A Best Buy in Sewing Machines

Brother XL-2600i

  • MSRP: $107; Best Price: $85
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Review

[E] If you’re looking for a starter sewing machine, the XL-2600i’s combination of features sets it apart from other economy models. You would have to pay at least $90 more to buy a model that has more stitches and matches this model’s highest speed (800 spm). This model includes an all-purpose foot and five accessory sewing feet to assist in creating buttonholes, zipper insertion and hem applications, a darning plate for free-motion stitching and a built-in needle threader.

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Best Buys in noncomputerized sewing machines were selected based on features, ease of use and warranty.

Noncomputerized sewing machines include models that operate on a single analog speed-controlled motor. Stitch selection and tension are made manually by the use of dials or levers. These also include “electronic” models that replace some mechanisms with electronics to improve control, precision and stitch quality.

Best Price is a reflection of the lowest retail price that was available at press time and is subject to change.

Best Buy Categories: [P] = Premium selection; [M] = Midrange selection; [E] = Economy selection

Best Buy Key Descriptions

  • [P] Premium Selection denoting that the product is full-featured and priced accordingly;
  • [M] Midrange Selection denoting that the product offers many popular features and good performance at a price below the top-of-the-line for the product category;
  • [E] Economy Selection denoting that the product offers satisfactory performance with basic features only, at an advantageous price for cost-conscious purchasers.

Best Buy Key Descriptions

  • [P] Premium Selection denoting that the product is full-featured and priced accordingly;
  • [M] Midrange Selection denoting that the product offers many popular features and good performance at a price below the top-of-the-line for the product category;
  • [E] Economy Selection denoting that the product offers satisfactory performance with basic features only, at an advantageous price for cost-conscious purchasers.


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