Brother XM1010 Review

Brother XM1010 Review In Detail

Brother XM1010 is a good option for those who enter the sewing world for the first time. It still misses out on some features though.

Editor rating


Brother XM1010 is a pretty basic sewing machine aimed at beginners. The machine doesn't boast of a lot of bells and whistles. It targets beginners who are looking to test the waters. Feature wise, Brother XM1010 is very similar to the ever popular LS2125i. Brother XM1010 is a mechanic sewing machine with 10 built-in stitches which include a 4-step buttonhole.

The best thing about XM1010, especially when you compare it with LS2125i is that the former comes with a top drop-in bobbin, which is a blessing for beginners. With top drop-in bobbin, you can easily change the bobbin by just dropping it into the slot. Moreover, Brother XM1010 has a clear bobbin cover which lets you keep an eye on the thread supply all the time.

Stitch selection is done by turning the dial as usual. A single LED bulb illuminates the work space reasonably well. The maximum stitch width is 5mm and stitch length is 4mm. The sewing motor that comes with Brother XM1010 is powerful  (750 stitches/min). The reverse sewing lever is of decent size and it is easy to engage as well. Upper thread tension control dial lets you adjust the tension according to the type of fabric.

Brother XM1010 has free arm for sewing cuffs and sleeves. The machine is pretty lightweight, weighs just 10.8 lbs. This ensures portability. You can easily take it to your sewing classes. The machine comes with 25 year limited warranty as well.

Ease of Use

As far as the stitch quality is concerned, we are very much satisfied with what Brother XM1010 offers. The stitch quality on lightweight-medium weight fabric is pretty good. As far as ease of use is concerned, the problems we have, is with the 4-step buttonhole and automatic needle threader. Brother could have gone with 1-step buttonhole which is more beginner friendly. Lack of automatic needle threader means, you will have to rely on the power of your eyes to thread the needle.

Drawbacks

No 1-step buttonhole, automatic needle threader and drop feed.

Pros

•    Lightweight
•    Good motor
•    Good stitch quality
•    Free arm

Cons

•    No 1-step buttonhole
•    No automatic needle threader
•    No drop feed

Review Verdict

Brother XM1010 is a good quality beginner sewing machine. But if you are a fast learner, you will outgrow this machine rather quickly.

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeMechanical
Built-in Stitches10
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonNo
Speed Control SliderNo
Automatic Needle ThreaderNo
Buttonhole StylesOne 4-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
Stitch SelectionDial
Stitch Width5mm
Stitch Length4mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownNo
Built-in Monogramming FontNo
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNo
Drop FeedNo
Free ArmYes
Motor Speed750 Stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes 1 LED
Feed Dog6
Included FeetButtonhole foot, Button sewing foot, Zigzag foot, Zipper foot
Machine Weight10.8 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited