The Brother XL2610 sewing machine might be the perfect beginner sewing machine. Easy to use, this model is also inexpensive and comes with more stitches than most models in this price range (25 to be exact) while also offering Brother’s exceptional 25-year warranty.
Let’s take a look at this machine’s features before delving into our review.
Brother XL2610 Features at a Glance
- 25 built-in stitches
- Automatic buttonhole
- Automatic needle threader
- Built-in thread cutter
- Drop-in bobbin system
- Automatic bobbin winding
- Built-in light
- 25-year warranty
Stitching Made Easy
There are 25 stitches, all of the necessities, and some extras included. You also have 59 stitch functions available to you. You’ll find:
- Quilting stitches
- Garment stitches
- Decorative stitches
- Stretch stitches
- Blind hem stitches
The blind hem stitches are especially helpful, and make the hemming process a breeze.
A thread dial controls the tension of the thread so that stitches can be looser or tighter as needed. There is also a 4-step buttonhole maker that ensures buttons can be sewn quickly and easily.
Adding thread to the machine is made simple thanks to the automatic needle threader. There is also a built-in thread cutter that will allow you to cut your thread quickly without the need for scissors.
Users are further able to take control of their stitches with length and width adjustment options. This allows for longer or wider stitches needed in certain projects.
Bobbin System and Design
Featuring a drop-in bobbin system, the XL2610 takes only 10 minutes to setup and get sewing. There is also an automatic bobbin winding system and a handle for carrying the sewing machine safely.
I want to point out that most sewing machines for kids can’t handle thicker materials. This limits the projects that can be sewn and occurs because the motor simply isn’t strong enough to pierce through fleece or jean material.
This is not the case with the Brother XL2610.
The motor is able to handle thick fabrics with ease. What I do want to advise is to place the machine on a non-skid surface when using thicker material. Due to the machine’s light weight, it has a tendency to move when sewing heavier, thicker materials. Don’t worry: it’s not an issue at all.
Even this inexpensive Brother sewing machine comes with a 25-year warranty. You won’t have to worry about the motor breaking or having to replace this model for a very long time.
Did we forget to mention that the XL2610 weighs just 11 pounds?
Most lightweight sewing machines in this range have a really tough time going through thick material, but this model is powerful and portable, making it perfect for beginners and kids alike.
In the box, you will find numerous accessories that will make sewing easier. If you have a machine at home, you probably have many of these accessories already, but more is always better. You’ll receive:
- 4 bobbins (one in the machine)
- 3 needles
- 1 twin needle
- Extra spool pin
There is also a darning plate and screwdriver included.
• Abundance of stitches allow for intermediate and advanced garment making
• Powerful motor is able to sew into thicker fabrics
• Comes with an abundance of accessories to get the user started sewing immediately
• Thread tension, stitch width and length adjustments allow for better stitch control
• Zipper foot is difficult to work with
Brother has included a zipper foot with this model to make sewing zippers a breeze – or so I thought. Instead, the zipper foot is rather difficult to work with and will require you to adjust the needle to ensure that the seam is properly aligned. It’s definitely not enough of a burden to give this model a low rating, but it’s something to be aware of. This is still one of the best entry-level sewing machines available.
And, you can always buy a different zipper foot if you plan to sew zippers often.
The Brother XL2610 comes with advanced features that make sewing faster as well as a low entry-level price, which makes it the perfect model for beginners. There are 25 built-in stitches which ensures projects of all kinds can be sewn, and there is even a built-in light that will make the sewing process a little easier on the user.
With a very powerful motor and easy to use features, I highly recommend this model to all of my readers.