Brother XM2701 Review

Brother XM2701 Review In Detail

Brother XM2701 will be an ideal machine for beginners. However it is not a machine suited for sewing multiple layers of really thick fabrics. 

Editor rating


Brother XM2701 is a beginners sewing machine with 27 built-in stitches and 63 stitch functions. The built-in stitches include decorative, blind hem, zigzag and stretch stitches and 1-step buttonhole. It has a lightweight design, the machine weighs just 12.6 lbs, which is really light when you compare with other machines in the same class.

You can call Brother XM2701 as a simple machine. It is a mechanical sewing machine which is operated by a foot pedal. The design is not overly complicated and it doesn't have buttons and controls everywhere. Dials are provided at ergonomically convenient locations. Stitch selection can be easily done by turning the dial. The machine has an automatic needle threader, which is a luxury to have in such an inexpensive sewing machine. Top drop-in bobbin system is another feature that adds to the ease of use.

The work area is lit by a single LED. The machine can sew at a maximum speed of 800 stitches/minute. You can do free motion quilting as well, but the quilting foot must be purchased separately. You will also get a variety of sewing feet along with this machine. Included are buttonhole, zipper, zigzag, narrow hemmer, blind stitch and button sewing foot. There is a small storage compartment built-in to store all the accessories. This machine comes with 25 year limited warranty. An instructional DVD is included along with the user manual.

Ease of Use

When we saw the features, Brother XM2701 looked good on paper. Now let us see whether the features turn into performance. Brother XM2701 works quite well on stretchy and lightweight fabrics. It has a good selection of stitches. The automatic needle threader is a real time saver and in this segment, it is an absolute luxury to have. The instruction manual is pretty clear and easy to read, so there is no trouble with that part. The transparent bobbin cover is really handy as you can keep an eye on the thread supply.

Drawbacks

The work light could be brighter.

More than 4 layers of denim seems to be a struggle. Honestly, it is asking too much from a machine in this segment. 

Pros

•    Quality stitches
•    Works great with lightweight fabrics
•    Easy to use
•    Affordable
•    Automatic needle threader
•    Lightweight

Cons

•    Slightly dim work light

Editor Comments

There are many factors that make Brother XM2701 a very good beginners sewing machine. One is that it is really affordable for the features on board. The second is that it has enough room to grow your creativity. It is not that basic a machine, it has good enough features to keep up with your growth as a sewer.

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeMechanical
Built-in Stitches27
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonNo
Speed Control SliderNo
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles1 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
Stitch SelectionDial
Adjustable Stitch Length & WidthYes
Stitch Width5mm
Stitch Length4mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownNo
Built-in Monogramming FontNo
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNo
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
Motor Power800 Stitches/min
On Board StorageYes
Work LightYes 1 LED
Feed Dog6
Included FeetButtonhole foot, Button sewing foot, Narrow Hemmer foot, Zipper foot, Blind Stitch foot, Zigzag foot
Machine Weight12.6 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Twin NeedleYes
Independent Bobbin Winding MotorNo

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