Brother XM2701 Vs Brother XL2600I

Brother XM2701 Vs Brother XL2600I Comparison In Detail

Now if you ask us which is a good inexpensive sewing machine for beginners, we would have answered Brother XL2600I a year ago, but now there is a fierce competitor in XM2701 to dethrone it. Both these machines are aimed at beginners. For years, there was no competition to XL2600I, but in 2014, Brother released the XM2701 which has already started eating away the market share of XL2600I. Brother XM2701 is not a huge step up from XL2600I, still there are some slight changes in features.

Brother XM2701 vs Brother XL2600I - Major Feature Differences

At first we will have a look at the main areas where these two machines differ in features. Both are mechanical sewing machines but their design is not identical. XL2600I resembles CS6000i in design whereas XM2701 is more like the CS5055PRW.

Built-in Stitches 

This is the main difference between Brother XM2701 and Brother XL2600I. XM2701 has its nose slightly in front here, as it comes with 27 built-in stitches when compared to 25 built-in stitches of XL2600I. Both machines come with a one-step buttonhole as well. We really don't think the difference of two extra stitches will matter much. It is pretty much even stevens here.

Machine Weight 

Brother XM2701 is slightly heavier than XL2600I (1.6 lbs to be exact). Now this must add more stability to XM2701. Less vibrations will be there, especially when sewing at high speeds. That's the science behind it, but in practical conditions we feel both machines perform in a similar manner.

That's it, the difference ends here. 

Editor comment

Brother XM2701 is literally the upgraded version of Brother XL2600I. So there isn't a lot of difference in performance. Let us break down things for you. Go for Brother XM2701, if those 2 extra stitches matter a lot to you. Go for Brother XL2600I, if you are under a tight budget. 

Side by side comparison

FeatureBrother XM2701Brother XL2600I
Built-in Stitches2725
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonNoNo
Speed Control SliderNoNo
Automatic Needle ThreaderYesYes
Buttonhole Styles1 One-step1 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYesYes
Stitch SelectionDialDial
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYesYes
Stitch Width5mm5mm
Stitch Length4mm4mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownNoNo
Built-in Monogramming FontNoNo
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNoNo
Drop FeedFree-motion With Needle Plate Cover OnlyFree-motion With Needle Plate Cover Only
Free ArmYesYes
Motor Speed800 Stitches/min800 Stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYesYes
Work LightYes 1 LEDBulb
Feed Dog66
Included FeetButtonhole foot, Button sewing foot, Narrow Hemmer foot, Zipper foot, Blind Stitch foot, Zigzag footButtonhole foot, Button sewing foot, Narrow Hemmer Foot, Zipper foot, Blind Stitch foot, Zig zag foot
Machine Weight12.6 lbs11 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited25 Year Limited
Twin Needle CapabilityYesYes

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

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