Brother XM2701 review – a good beginner choice?

If you’re looking for a beginner sewing machine then this one by Brother is a popular option.  Is it right for a novice sewer though?  Here’s our Brother XM2701 review – hopefully it will help you make your choice easier!

Our Brother XM2701 review

As a starter sewing machine I don’t think you can get much better than the features of this sewing machine from Brother.  The XM2701 has all the features you need, an easy to use design and some really neat details such as the automatic needle threader which I personally love and can’t do without these days!

The fact that it comes from an excellent brand like Brother also puts this machine in a higher category for me – I know that if I have issues I can get in touch with their customer service to get it fixed.

Finally, if you’re the type of person who learns fast and thinks they’ll outgrow an extremely simple and basic machine, you’ll want something like this that has a few extra features and stitches that will keep you busy as your skills grow.

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Easy to use features

The Brother XM2701 is really easy to use which makes it perfect for beginners or those who just want a no whistles and bells machine.

You choose your stitches using the large round dial at the front of the machine, just set it to what you want to try and then there are three smaller dials at the top to fine tune your sewing.  One dial is for tension, another for stitch length and the last for stitch width.

With ease of use top of the list with this model it also has an automatic needle threader which makes getting started a snap.  There’s a top loading bobbin too which I find much easier than the front loading kind and there’s an automatic bobbin winder feature as well.

If you’re looking to sew clothes then you’re well catered for with a free arm to allow easy sewing of sleeves, pants and cuffs and also easy button, buttonhole and zipper sewing with the different sewing feet that you get.

27 built in stitches

It has every kind of stitch you are likely to need as a beginner or even as a more advanced sewer.  You get 27 in built stitches that are chosen using the dial on the front of the machine.

There are the obvious and useful straight stitches, hemming stitches, elastic stitches and a variety of decorative options too.  Some of these might be too advanced for a beginner to use, but they are useful and provides plenty of room to grow for the novice sewer.


Brother XM2701 features and specification

  • 27 built-in stitches including blind hem, decorative and also some quilting stitches
  • also has an automatic one-step buttonholer which uses the button to create the perfect size hole
  • has 6 different sewing feet which are easy to attach to help sew buttons, zippers, hems and zig zags
  • Automatic needle threading – great for those of us who struggle with poor eyesight
  • built in free-arm which is great for sewing sleeves and cuffs
  • LED lit work area
  • DVD instructions
  • machine weight – 12.6lbs
  • machine dimensions – 12.1″ x 5.9.” x 15.3″
  • 25 year warranty


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What others have to say

As well as giving my own thoughts I really like to scour the internet to get a general view of what people have said about this machine.

The reviews I’ve found online are generally extremely positive and with over 500 reviews there’s an average of 4.6 out of 5 rating being given.  It’s obviously a popular model and with good reason.

Major plus points go to the fact that it’s such an easy to use machine with the instructional DVD if you need help with what any of the parts do.  Having that on hand really does help combat overwhelm.

The majority of the negative reviews tend to focus on the fact that it’s a basic machine and some of the parts are made of ‘cheap plastic’.  Given the price point of this machine I don’t think this is a surprise but it’s something to bear in mind if you think it will bother you.

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I personally think the Brother XM2701 sewing machine is an excellent buy, being extremely good value for money and giving a lot of room to grow for beginners.

Brother is one of the top brands of sewing machines out there so if you have any problems you’ll be able to find a myriad of you tube videos, spare parts or repairers to help you.  I think if you’re looking for a sewing machine to last you a while, whether you’re a newbie or an old hand you’ll get all you need with this machine.


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