Brother XL2610 Vs XL2600i Comparison

Brother XL2610 Vs XL2600i Comparison In Detail

Brother XL2610 and XL2600i are two beginners machines that are in high demand in the under entry level category. Since majority of people looking for these machines are beginners, they may not be able to figure out the difference between the two. So we will try our best to help you make a decision. Other than the difference in color, both the machines look identical in design. Brother XL2610 comes in pink whereas XL2600i comes in cyan color (we guess that's what you call that color). Colors doesn't matter for a sewing machine anyway.

Brother XL2610 Vs XL2600i - Major Feature Differences

Now we are focusing on the feature differences between Brother XL2610 and XL2600i, apart from the color which we have already discussed.


Brother XL2600i wins hands down here with an easy to use 1-step buttonhole. Brother XL2610 on the other hand comes with a 4-step buttonhole. From beginners' point of view, it makes sense to finish the buttonhole in one easy step rather than going through four different steps.

Drop Feed 

Advantage Brother XL2600i here as well, as it comes with an option to drop feed dogs. Brother  XL2610 doesn't have this feature. Drop feed feature is used to do free motion sewing or quilting.

Other than the above said differences, both the machines are the same.

Editor comment

You can't expect these machines to sew too many multiple layers of thick fabrics, as they are not designed for that kind of stuffs. Lightweight to medium weight fabrics is the main area of operation. Even though both machines do a good job with multiple layers of denim (up to 6), too many layers will stall them. Both the machines are built on the same platform, so you won't be able to tell the difference in their stitch quality. However, we would rate Brother XL2600i tad higher than XL2610 in terms of ease of use and performance. 1-step buttonhole and drop feed option are the main contributors for the higher rating. Considering the better features, we would consider Brother XL2600I as a slightly better deal than Brother XL2610.

Side by side comparison

FeatureBrother XL2610Brother XL2600I
Built-in Stitches2525
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonNoNo
Speed Control SliderNoNo
Automatic Needle ThreaderYesYes
Buttonhole StylesOne 4-step1 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYesYes
Stitch SelectionDialDial
Programmable Needle Up/DownNoNo
Built-in Monogramming FontNoNo
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNoNo
Drop FeedFree-motion With Needle Plate Cover Only
Free ArmYesYes
Motor Speed800 Stitches/min800 Stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYesYes
Work LightYesBulb
Machine Weight11 lbs11 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited25 Year Limited
On-screen Help TutorialsNoNo

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer only. Opinions may be subjective.

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