Brother XL-2600i 25-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine Review

A Best Reviewed Basic Sewing Machine

Brother XL-2600i is a compact sewing machine that’s lightweight and easy to set up. A great starter machine and one you can easily grow into, it’s also an excellent choice for sewers looking for a reliable sewing machine for simple mending and sewing projects. Beginning sewers love how easy it is to use; and the amount of built in stitches – 25 in all – is a real plus for a basic sewing machine. With lots of nice features and an affordable price the XL-2600i continues to receive excellent reviews from satisfied owners.


In This Review:

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Quick Stats for xl2600i
Notable Features and Highlights
Reviewer Feedback
Manual and Warranty
Extras for Brother xl2600i
Product for Brother xl2600i



Quick Stats for Brother XL 2600i:(Back To Top)

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Stitching Functions: 25 built-in stitches
Button Hole Type(s): Automatic 1-step, 1 style with stitch balance control for perfectly balanced  buttonholes every time; allows you to create buttonholes in a snap.
Bobbin Winding System: Horizontal Bobbin Winding
Bobbin Type: Drop-in bobbin, very easy, no fuss feature
Clear Bobbin Cover: Y – You can easily determine when the thread is running low
Adjustable Pressure: N – Preset Presser Foot Pressure, automatically adjusts presser foot pressure to fabric being sewn
Upper Thread Tension System: Y – Dial thread tension control helps you find the best tension setting for the fabric that you’re working on
Built-in Thread Cutter Button: Y – The built-in cutter removes excess threads from your sewing project and leaves you with a clean-finish product.  Manually pass thread through the cutter to cut them
Built-in Accessory Storage: Y – Conveniently store all your accessories in one spot
Carry Handle: Y – Lightweight and compact with built-in handle for portability
Drop Feed: N
Quilting: Y – With purchase of optional accessories
Embroidery: Y – Some decorative stitches
Free-Arm: Y – Converts from flatbed to free arm; easily sew on hems or cuffs as well as larger items.
LCD Display: N
Light: Y – Built-in light illuminates the sewing area
Needle Threader: Y – Automatic Needle Threading System: inserting the thread is easy, with a little practice;you’ll have it done in seconds and you can begin sewing immediately
Snap-on Presser Feet: Y – Quick-change presser feet attachment
Stitch Length & Width: Preset  width and length, not adjustable
Quick Start Guide & Manual Manual Instructions are bilingual in English and Spanish; Quick-Start Guide for preparing the bobbin thread and for upper threading.
Limited Warranty: 25 Year Limited Warranty
Hard Cover: N
Dimensions: 12.26″ x 7.73″ x 9.6″
Weight: 11 lbs
Shipping Weight: 16 lbs


Notable Features and Highlights (Back To Top)


25 Stitch Display


There are 25 built-in stitch patterns to choose from and that’s a great selection for a beginner machine. There are utility stitches for making clothes and for everyday sewing tasks. There are decorative stitches for decorating home as well as craft projects, and heirloom stitches that give your project that handmade appeal. There is also the option to purchase additional accessories for quilting (go to optional accessories).

The automatic 1-step buttonhole stitch is quick and easy and allows you to create perfectly balanced and perfectly sized buttonholes. To choose a stitch, simply turn the pattern selection dial in either direction.

Quick-Set™ Bobbin

The top loading drop-in bobbin includes a clear bobbin cover so that you can determine when the thread is running low.

Quick-Set means that you can drop in the bobbin and begin sewing immediately without drawing up the bobbin thread. Jam resistant means no more tangles. This is especially helpful for a beginner who wants to spend more time sewing and less time fumbling.

Automatic Buttonhole Maker

How important are buttonholes to the success of your garment? Would you say very? With the 1-step auto-size buttonhole function you can automatically create a perfect size buttonhole for your buttons. Simply place the button on the included presser foot and drop the presser foot lever. The machine will make a perfect size buttonhole every time – it’s that simple! Save time and frustration trying to create an accurate measurement – another great feature

Needle Threader

The XL 2600i features a convenient automatic needle threader so you can begin sewing quickly and easily, a handy feature for those with poor eyesight or shaky fingers.


  • Manual reinforcement function –  Use the reverse sewing lever to sew in reverse or to reinforce your stitches at the end of seams.
  • Variable needle positions – Use for straight or zigzag stitching; inserting  zippers etc.
  • With the purchase of additional accessories the machine can easily handle quilting projects; some of the decorative stitches can be useful for light embroidery as well.
  • The flatbed converts to a free arm so that you can easily sew difficult areas such as cuffs and armholes.

Reviewer Feedback (Back To Top)

Here’s what others are saying about the Brother XL2600i:


It is so easy to use! I love the diagrams right in the machine showing how to thread the machine and how to thread and insert the bobbin. For someone like me who sews only once in a while, it makes the set up a breeze…

Love this machine! Intuitive, easy, sews though a couple layers of denim; it has rejuvenated my interest in sewing. Love the bobbin set up and threaded, and comes with ample accessories. A bargain in quality, ease of use, and price! …

I’ve never used a sewing machine before and needed one for basic tasks. Directions were easy enough to understand with good illustrations. Worked perfectly for my needs (hemming, mending). For the price, I’m extremely happy…

I just received my Brother XL2600i sewing machine. i have always gotten frustrated sewing in the past because of great detail to get anything done. This machine is very easy to understand and more heavy duty to work with than what i had expected. my grandson that is 8 years old enjoyed it too. this may open up a whole new hobby for us to enjoy. thank you much!!…


  • The self-threading needle takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, it’s very easy.
  • Sewing with heavier fabrics can be a problem at times.
  • Can be difficult to control sewing speed.
  • This machine does not come with a hard cover for protection.

Bottom Line:

The Brother XL2600I 25-Stitch Sewing Machine is a very easy-to-use machine good for your basic and simple projects, a machine that you can use now and again. It is easily portable, with a little patience and practice this machine will be perfect for the absolute beginner.



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Manual and Warranty (Back To Top)

Click on Images to Download Guides:

Study the manual for the correct operation of the various functions of your machine.

The Quick Start Guide is a 2-page visual guide showing you how to prepare the (1) bobbin thread and (2) upper threading as well. Print it out and keep it close to your machine for a quick handy reference.

After you have finished reading the manual and guide, store them where they can be quickly accessed for future reference.


Operation Manual Quick Start Guide


Brother® 25 Year Limited Warranty:

25 years for head parts such as shafts, connecting rods, except needles, light bulbs, belts, pulleys, motor, and replacement labor; 2 years for electronic pattern control and selection components; 1 year for parts and labor

Extras for Brother xl2600i (Back To Top)

Accessories in the box:

The XL 2600i comes with the following additional accessories that are stored in the flat bed attachment.  They have been designed  help you be able to carry out most of your sewing tasks and include:

Bobbins (3pieces) SA156
Needle Pack (Regular Single)
Needle HAX130 (3 pcs.)
Twin Needles (1 pc)
Extra Spool Pin (1 pc)
Screwdriver (1 pc)
Darning Plate (1 pc)

4 Included Presser Feet:

General Sewing Presser Foot (1 pc)
Zipper Foot (1 pc)
Buttonhole Foot (1 pc)
Button Sewing Foot (1 pc)

Optional Accessories are available for purchase

Walking Foot
Quilting Foot
1/4-inch Quilting Foot
Narrow Hemmer Foot
Blind Stitch Foot SA134

Products (Back To Top)

Stitch by Stitch: Learning To Sew One Project at a Time

Style SA156 Sewing Machine Bobbins for Brother


Singer 611.BR Universal Hard Carrying Case


Singer 1512 Beginners Sewing Kit, 130 pieces


Coats & Clark Dual Duty All Purpose XP Thread 50/pkg


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