86.9 The Brother XL2600i sewing machine is lightweight, versatile and very reasonably priced.   It also comes with 25 built in stitches, a one-step automatic buttonholer and a number of other features.  Consumers like that it is inexpensive and easy for the beginner to use, but several folks have had difficulty in using the automatic needle threader and have also raised concerns about the level of plastic used in the unit's construction. [REF Brother Sewing Machine Ratings]

Consumer Insights
Consumer comments related to the Brother XL2600i indicate a fair level of satisfaction.  It is considered by most to be a good buy and it does basically what it is supposed to do – although it doesn’t come with a number of features found in higher end machines.  

A review of several quality sites in the net indicates the following common consumer likes and dislikes:

• Good value for money
• Easy for a beginner to operate
• Variety of stitches to choose from
• Lightweight and portable
• Quiet
• Easy to load bobbin

• Has difficulty with heavy weight fabrics or multiple materials at one time
• No presser foot adjustment
• Self-threading needle is difficult at first
• Bobbin tends to jam up
• Tension dial is difficult to maneuver and read
• Thread spindle can only handle smaller spools

You can read more detailed customer reviews for the Brother XL2600i on Amazon.

Consumer Ratings
Consumer ratings for the Brother XL2600i are very good.  Ratings from several sites have been compiled below and a weighted average score provided.  SCORE = 86.9

 Source  Consumer Ratings  #Ratings
 Amazon  4.2 stars out of 5  90
 Walmart  4.5 stars out of 5  123
 Viewpoints  4 stars out of 5  12
 Epinions  4.5 stars out of 5  4
 Target  3.75 stars out of 5  8
 J&R  4.71 stars out of 5  7
 Best Buy  4 stars out of 5  1

KeySewing Machine  Features
- Lightweight
- 25 built in stitch options (blind-hem, decorative, stretch, heirloom, basic)
- Automatic buttonholer
- Drop in bobbin and automatic bobbin winding
- Automatic needle threader
- Built in thread cutter
- Easy to changer presser feet
- Sewing surface converts from flatbed to freearm
- Electronic speed control
- Twin needle capability (for decorative stitching)
- Width and length of stitches can be adjusted
- Light that illuminates the sewing area
- Built in handle for portability

An assortment of accessories is also included with the Brother XL2600i (pack of needles, twin needle, screwdriver, extra bobbins, darning plate, etc.) and the machine is quite lightweight weighing in at about 11 lbs.   The dimensions are 12.3 x 7.7 x 9.6 inches and it carries a 25-year limited warranty.   You can read more about the features and view the Brother XL2600i on Amazon.

Brother XL2600i Sewing Machine Video
Videos can be a great way to watch a product at work and get a very good look at how certain features work.  Although one does have to consider the source as many videos are promotional material.  The following video falls into that category but is still useful to better understand the machine.

Brother XL2600i Sewing Machine Video




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