Brother Treadle Powered Sewing Machine, 27-Stitch

Last updated: December 30, 2021

Brother Treadle Powered Sewing Machine, 27-Stitch

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We looked at the top Sewing Machines and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Sewing Machine you should buy.

Overall Take

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.

Expert Reviews

What experts 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 experts 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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Vicki Liston writes, produces, and narrates “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement and DIY show of unique project tutorials for the casual DIY’er.

Home improvement and all things DIY have been Liston’s passion since she bought her first house in 2007 and she started making video blogs in 2014. She’s performed hundreds of DIY projects, from small ones to major, wall-smashing renovations and can teach you how to make a trendy DIY barn door for cheap. The proceeds earned from “On The Fly…DIY” are donated to no-kill animal shelters and rescue organizations.


Whether you’ve been sewing for years or are just picking it up as a new skill, having your own sewing machine at home is the way to go. With so many different brands and models available on the market, it’s difficult to know which sewing machine is right for you. You’ll want to keep in mind the kind of projects you’re interested in working on, and your skill level and familiarity with sewing fundamentals.

“There’s an entire spectrum of options which can quickly become overwhelming so before you begin shopping, ask yourself a few questions about your sewing goals,” says Vicki Liston, our home improvement expert and host of “On the Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement show. “What’s your current skill level? Are you looking for something with minimal bells and whistles, only meant to do simple tasks or do you want the equivalent of a sewing robot? Do you want to expand your skills and learn more about the craft? Are you a pro and need to make quick work of your projects? Do you have a special interest, like embroidery or quilting? Approaching your sewing machine purchase with a well-rounded picture of where you are, what you want to do, and how much you want to learn will help you pick the best one for you.”

There are two main types of sewing machines you can try: mechanical and computerized. For new sewers and those who are brushing up on their skills, a mechanical sewing machine is a good starting point. For sewing experts and professionals, a computerized sewing machine may be a better choice. A computerized sewing machine comes with many bells and whistles that a mechanical machine does not. However, to truly take advantage of those features, you have to understand the fundamentals of sewing – which you can better learn on the mechanical model.

One of the most important features to ensure your sewing machine has is the built-in needle threader. This is a task you need to do every time you sew. Even for those with steady hands and 20/20 vision, threading a needle can take time. A built-in needle threader makes this task easy and quick.

Another feature to consider when looking for a sewing machine is the top-loading drop-in bobbin. With this feature, you don’t need to disassemble a bobbin casing to get it in. Plus, this system usually has a transparent cover plate, so you can see when you run out of thread.

“I can’t tell you how excited I was when I learned that ‘drop-in bobbins’ and ‘self-threading needles’ were a thing,” says Liston. “These miraculous features would have saved me so much frustration and wasted time as I was learning to sew. If your budget allows it, I highly recommend a unit with these options as they are life-changing!”

If you want the ability to sew cylindrical pieces such as pant hems, sleeves and headbands, then you’ll want a sewing machine that has free-arm capability. Many beginner sewing machines do not have this capability, so watch out for that as it can limit the kind of projects you work on.

Buying Advice

  • “Whatever your sewing aspirations, I only recommend purchasing a machine with a metal frame,” says Liston. “It’s much cheaper and easier to find plastic-framed models but they won’t last as long and they are harder to fix. The same goes for the inner workings, like gears. Opt for metal and not plastic. You’ll get a much longer life out of your unit.”
  • When you’re on the hunt for a sewing machine, take into account the kind of stitches it can do and whether that is what you need for your projects. Some of the basic stitches that most people will require are the straight stitch, zig-zag stitch, buttonhole stitch, knit stitch, blind hem stitch and utility stitches. The Brother Computerized Sewing Machine with 60 Stitches has an easy stitch-selector switch so you can see and pick the kind of stitch you want. The electric version has five auto-size buttonholes in addition to its many stitches. The Brother Computerized Sewing Machine, 130 Stitches comes with eight styles of auto-size buttonholes and 55 alphanumeric sewing stitches. Other models are designed to be used for small on-the-spot repairs and alterations.
  • In addition to the built-in needle threader, top-loading drop-in bobbin and free-arm capability, you may need some additional features on your sewing machine, such as adjustable speed control, needle position adjustment, lighting and knee lifter capability. The Brother Computerized Sewing Machine with 60 Stitches has an automatic needle threader, adjustable speed control and a built-in free arm. Others use an automatic needle threader, drop-in bobbin and an LCD screen.
  • The attachments and feet you will need for your sewing machine will depend on the kind of projects you plan to sew. If you’re a quilter, you will need a walking foot, spring action foot and a ¼-inch foot. On the other hand, if you’re sewing garments, you will need a zipper foot, buttonhole foot, overcast stitching foot and button attaching foot. The Brother Computerized Sewing Machine, 130 Stitches comes with six sewing feet attachments.
  • For some sewers, a full sewing machine isn’t necessary. If you’re only looking to do small alterations, then a portable sewing machine may be what you need. Consider a cordless hand-held machine that runs on batteries, so it can be taken on the go. This type is often designed to be used on many different materials, including denim, wool, silk and leather, and is also suitable for crafts. It may also be useful for sewing hanging curtains or tapestries.