Brother Treadle Powered Sewing Machine, 27-Stitch

Last updated: December 30, 2021


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Product Details

In our analysis of 71 expert reviews, the Brother Treadle Powered Sewing Machine, 27-Stitch placed 8th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

This Brother machine is perfect for multiple everyday sewing projects. Featuring a full range of user-friendly features and a lightweight design, the Brother XM2701 is perfect for beginners who are learning to sew and more advanced sewers who are looking for versatility. The Brother XM2701 sewing machine offers 27 built-in stitches including blind hem, decorative, and quilting stitches with an automatic one-step buttonholer for virtually perfect buttonholes. The XM2701 has been engineered for easy use, featuring 6 quick-change sewing feet, including buttonhole, zipper, zigzag, narrow hemmer, blind stitch, and button sewing feet. Users will enjoy the ease of sewing cuffs, sleeves, and pant legs with the built-in free arm. Designed for a broad range of users, the XM2701 also comes with a built-in easy needle threader, a jam-resistant Quick-Set top drop-in bobbin, and an automatic bobbin winding system. This affordable Brother machine is backed by a 25-year limited warranty along with free customer phone and online technical support for the life of the product.

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Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

This machine comes with 6 different sewing feet, which are easy to change and require no screws. The feet included are a button sewing foot, a buttonhole foot, a blind stitch foot, a zigzag foot, a zipper foot, and a narrow hem foot.
This machine makes a nice balance between easy setup and operating and a number of functions to start using later, as your skills grow.
It is a low price machine. It is affordable for any kind of users especially if you are looking to buy an advanced sewing machine but running low in the budget area.
Versatile with enough stitches to experiment later on, this machine is a solid choice that won't break the bank.
This mechanical sewing machine is easy-to-use right out of the box. It is value-packed and versatile and a great machine overall for a wide range of everyday sewing projects.
This machine comes with 6 different sewing feet, which are easy to change and require no screws. The feet included are a button sewing foot, a buttonhole foot, a blind stitch foot, a zigzag foot, a zipper foot, and a narrow hem foot.
A top drop-in bobbin system is in place for added convenience, and this machine also includes an automatic bobbin winding system. The bobbin system uses Brother’s Quick-Set technology, which ensures that the bobbin stays put when the machine is in use.
It has a built-in automatic needle threader, so all you have to do to thread the needle is touch the lever on the side of the machine. The machine will pull the thread through the needle and you will be ready to start sewing.
It also comes with stitches for sewing elastic and other stretchy fabrics where you need some flexibility. This allows the thread to give - and not snap - when the fabric is stretched.
This model is a very versatile one. It has a classy look and works smoothly. In fact, you can easily learn sewing with this machine as it is highly user-friendly. Similarly, it is easy-to-use even for beginners. All you require is to go through the instructional DVD.
Sews all materials – even pesky stretchy material.

What reviewers didn't like

The automatic needle threader is not easy to use.
You have to raise and lower the needle position by turning the hand wheel, but a button would be much more convenient. It would be of tremendous help when you want to pivot the fabric and continue sewing without losing your stitch.
The presser foot is not adjustable and the lever is very hard to reach. It can be a problem for the users.
Sensitive foot pedal takes some getting used to.
Presser foot pressure is not adjustable
Dim Work Light
The one complaint we had with this machine is that you can’t really tackle heavy-duty fabrics, like denim.
The foot pedal can be pretty sensitive. If you are looking to sew at a medium speed, this can be difficult, because at times, even a slight press forward can cause the speed of the sewing machine to go quite quickly.
This is a light-duty machine. If you are trying to sew more than one layer of thick fabric, the machine will struggle to get through them all.
It is not really suitable for heavy- duty materials such as denim.
The LED light is dim
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