Brother XM2701 Lightweight Beginner Sewing Machine
Last updated date: October 7, 2020
Why Trust The DWYM Score?
DWYM is your trusted product review source. Along with our in-house experts, our team analyzes thousands of product reviews from the most trusted websites. We then create one easy-to-understand score. Learn more.
We looked at the top Beginner Sewing Machines and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Beginner Sewing Machine you should buy.
This Brother model can tackle any project you throw at it, from simple alterations to intricate arts and crafts projects. With this sewing machine, you'll get 27 built-in stitches, automatic needle threader, free arm option and a jam-resistant drop-in top bobbin. You also get six sewing feet, a three-piece needle set, four bobbins and an instructional video. In our analysis of 8 expert reviews, the Brother Brother XM2701 Lightweight Sewing Machine placed 1st when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
Editor's Note October 7, 2020:
Checkout The Best Beginner Sewing Machine for a detailed review of all the top beginner sewing machines.
Expert Summarized Score
User Summarized Score
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
From The Manufacturer
27 Unique built-in stitches: The XM2701 includes 27 built-in stitches including decorative, blind hem, zigzag, and stretch stitches and an auto-size buttonhole
Overall Product Rankings
An Overview On Beginner Sewing Machines
The ability to create and mend clothing, accessories, household décor and more using a sewing machine is a priceless skill and hobby. For shoppers who are hunting for a beginner sewing machine to kickstart their hobby or introduce the craft to a loved one, there are myriad products to consider, from basic options equipped with one stitch to machines loaded with oodles of bells and whistles.
Which beginner sewing machine is right for you depends on what you plan to use it for. A machine with limited stitch options may suffice for simple tasks like mending and hemming, while a machine with dozens of built-in stitches, features and accessories are equipped to manage more complex sewing projects. Tabletop sewing machines are typically operated by a presser foot and run using electricity or batteries; and the stitches and designs are controlled by a dial or computerized LCD screen with bottoms.
Look for features such automatic needle threaders and jam-resistant drop-in top bobbins and accessories like lights, extra presser feet for buttonhole making and zipping sewing, and additional needles for thicker or thinner fabrics. If you’re planning to work with tubes of fabric like sleeves, collars, cuffs and pant legs, consider a free arm sewing machine. A free arm sewing machine is equipped narrower surface than a regular sewing machine base, offering a space between the base and your table to slip material around. The arm can often be accessed by removing part of the base.
Brother, Singer, Juki, Babylock, Podofo and Bernette are all well-known sewing machine makers and offer options for all budgets. A machine with extra features and accessories will likely cost more than one without — but if you’re planning to make sewing a long-term hobby, it is a worthy investment.
DWYM Fun Fact
- You can thank Elias Howe for the handiness of your sewing machine. The American inventor gained a patent for his practical sewing machine in 1846. However, Howe sold the patent rights in England for $1,250 (£250) and began working abroad for a low wage. After returning to the U.S. penniless a few years later, he discovered that the machines were being widely manufactured in violation of his patent and only received royalties starting in 1854 after extended litigation to reclaim his rights.
- Advanced sewing machines have tons of future-forward capabilities. For example, Husqvarna Designer Epic has a tablet-like touchscreen, a sensor system that automatically adjusts to fabric thickness, 650 embroidery designs, Wi-Fi, 120 step-by-step animated and illustrated tutorials and more. It can be yours for a cool $7,999,00.
The Beginner Sewing Machine Buying Guide
- A beginner sewing machine with the option to adjust tension, zigzag width and stitch length will give you more control over your projects.
- Sewing machines built with metal frames are known to have a longer life than ones made with plastic ones.
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions before using your sewing machine.
- How often your sewing machine requires cleaning depends on how much you use it and the types of fabric you sew. Light or moderate users only need to clean their machine every few months, while frequent sewers need to clean them more regularly, particularly if they use shedding fabrics that produce a lot of debris. Refer to your manufacturer’s directions for cleaning instructions.
- Do not let children use the sewing machine unattended.