Brother XL3500I Review In Detail

Brother XL3500I Review In Detail

Brother XL3500I has good stitch quality. It is a very lightweight sewing machine. It has enough features to grow your skills as a beginner sewer. 

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XL3500I is very similar to Brother XL3750. The later is an excellent sewing machine that received very good feedback from its users. Let us see whether XL3500I lives up to our expectations. Brother XL3500I has 35 built-in stitches. The stitches also include a 1-step buttonhole, which is a beginners' favorite. 73 stitch functions are available on the machine. The machine features an automatic needle threader to save eye strain. Top drop-in bobbin with a clear cover is a boon for beginners.

Brother XL3500I, being a mechanical sewing machine, stitch selection is done by turning the dial. Separate controls are provided for adjusting stitch length and width. Tension can be adjusted by turning the dial. The machine is free arm convertible for sewing cuffs and sleeves. An automatic bobbin winding system is on board. The machine can be adjusted for twin needle sewing for decorative stitches. The 6-point feed system ensures consistent fabric feeding. To do free-motion sewing, you can drop the feed dogs as well.

Brother XL3500I belongs to the category of lightweight sewing machines. It weighs just 12 lbs. There is a built-in carrying handle, which adds to portability. A manual thread cutter is provided on the side. A bulb illuminates the work space. The machine has a pretty powerful motor capable of delivering 800 stitches/min. An accessory storage compartment is built-in. The machine comes with 25 year limited warranty as well. It also comes with an extension table, so that you can work on large projects with ease. It comes with a dust cover as well.

Ease of Use

Brother XL3500I has very good stitch quality which was also the hallmark of Brother XL3750 which is one of the main competitors (You can sense a sibling rivalry here). There is enough variety of stitches for you to grow your skills. The availability of a walking foot is a real bonus. The machine is very easy to thread (one of the easiest), you won't have any trouble there. The machine is mostly plastic on the outside, but the build quality is quite acceptable. It is not a toy at all.

Pros

•    Easy to thread
•    Good stitch quality
•    Lightweight
•    Decent build quality

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeMechanical
Built-in Stitches35
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles1 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
Stitch SelectionDial
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Stitch Width7mm
Stitch Length5mm
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNo
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
Motor Speed800 Stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes
Feed Dog6 Point
Included FeetZipper, Buttonhole, Button Sewing, Narrow Hemmer, Blind Stitch, Walking, Spring Action Quilting
Machine Weight12 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Included Wide Extension TableYes