I'm working on cushions and a wedding gift. So, until Megan posts pictures of the things I send her, it is unlikely that I will be making things to post about. So... I figured I would post my amazon.com review of my one true love, my Brother XL-2600i.
This, my dear readers, is the love of my life. And here is what I had to say about it on Amazon:
When I got this machine, I was pretty hesitant. As a preteen, I had a
Singer Tiny Tailor. It was terrible, and I developed a sewing machine
phobia. Eventually I started up again with a little basic White brand
machine. My mom offered to buy me a full size machine for christmas 2010
when she saw that I was really sewing stuff with my one-stitch option
machine. I read hundreds of reviews about machines in my price range. I
didn't know anyone who had a machine in my price range that I could as
for input from, so I probably spent two weeks deciding based on reviews
from various websites. The Brother xl-2600i has mostly good reviews, but
the reviews that are bad are really bad. It looked better than Singer,
though, and came with more stitch options. I've recently had the
opportunity to use two different models of the Singer Inspiration line.
Truthfully, I much prefer my machine.
I love this machine. We have such a good relationship that I rarely
mend buttons by hand anymore because my beloved Brother will do it for
me! 25 stitch functions for the price is amazing! Truthfully, I don't
use most of them very frequently, but having them is nice. This machine
is very easy to use. Unlike the Singer Inspiration line, this machine
is exceptionally easy to thread (top and bottom). It has a needle
threader, but I never use it so I can't comment on its effectiveness.
The one-step button hole has always worked perfectly for me. I've read
some reviews that say that this machine does not work well with a
variety of bobbins. Well, I'm a devout thrifter, and I've probably used
six different bobbins of various ages with the machine and they've all
The machine can definitely handle a lot. I've used it for
everything from dress making to industrial sewing jobs (bookbags) where I
have to sew through many layers. This machine holds up like a
My only real complaints are: shirring and oiling. Brothers tend not
to shir well, but I bought a separate bobbin casing to have one with a
higher tension for elastic thread. As far as oiling goes, I am pretty
sure that 9 months into our relationship, my machine could use some oil.
Except, it didn't come with any and I'm not sure how I would go about
doing it without taking it in somewhere. However, neither of these are
seriously unfixable issues. I'll probably take my machine in for service
at a year, anyways. All machines need regular maintenance to keep them
at the top of their game.
All in all, this machine is NOT a miracle machine. However, for the
price it's quite the pleasant surprise. I will probably be a dedicated
Brother sewist for the rest of my sewing life. I'm looking into buying a
serger around this coming christmas. I plan on getting a Brother.