Brother XM2701 Lightweight Sewing Machine Review

An in-depth review of the features and capabilities of the Brother XM2701 Lightweight, Full Featured Sewing Machine - a perfect machine for beginners.

Rating: 4.5 (out of 5)

This is an in depth review of the Brother XM2701 Lightweight, Full Featured Sewing Machine, which is an easy-to-use, feature packed machine perfect for beginning sewers on a budget.

I will overview the following features and aspects of this sewing machine:

  • The overall features
  • Built-in stitches and buttonholes
  • Presser feet and included accessories
  • A video demo
  • What users have to say (reviews)
  • The pros and cons
  • And the best current price

So let’s get started!

Introduction to the Brother XM2701

The XM2701 is a perfect sewing machine for beginners and sewists on a budget because of its simplicity and reasonable price.

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.

Below is a general overview of the features and accessories included. Continue reading for a more in depth overview.

Stitch SelectionDial
Buttonhole Styles1 One step style
Needle Threading SystemAutomatic
Easy Bobbin WindingYes
Automatic Thread CutterYes
Presser Feet Included6 (No Quilting Feet Included)
Feed Dog6
Quick Set BobbinYes (Drop In)
Max Sewing Speed (stitches per minute)800 spm
Stitch Width5mm
Stitch Length4mm
Speed ControllerNo
Automatic Needle Up / DownNo
Drop Feed / Free MotionYes
Built-In Quilting StitchesYes
Accessory StorageYes
Carrying CaseOptional
Machine Weight12.6 lbs
Machine Dimensions 12.1" x 5.9." x 15.3"
WarrantyBrother 25 Year Limited Warranty
Rating4.5 / 5.0 4.5 / 5.0
Current Price

Brother XM2701 Built-In Stitches

This machine is considered a mechanical sewing machine because it does not have a built-in computer with pre-programmed settings.

It has a dial that you turn by hand to select the stitch, the stitch length, and the stitch width. Selecting a stitch couldn’t be easier. All of the stitches are laid out clearly on the front.

The Brother XM2701 has 27 unique built-in stitches, including blind hem, decorative and quilting stitches, with an automatic one-step buttonholer for perfect buttonholes.

This is plenty to handle the majority of basic projects that you’ll have.

There are machines on the market with hundreds of built-in stitches, but don’t let that fool you. Most people use just a few stitches regularly (this includes me – 90% of the time I use a regular straight stitch.)

Because the XM2701 has a drop feed you can do free motion quilting with it. There are no included quilting feet but you can purchase a free motion quilting foot and other quilting feet separately.

The Brother XM2701 has a single one-step auto-size buttonholer so there is not a lot of versatility but should be fine for most beginner sewists.

Convenience and Easy-to-Use Features

The Brother XM2701 is affordably priced but you still get a nice amount of convenience features like a jam-resistant drop-in bobbin system and easy bobbin rewinding.

Another great feature that you won’t ever be able to live without is an automatic needle threader. Follow the easy-to-read thread instructions then simply touch the lever on the side of the machine, and the XM2701 automatically pushes the thread right through the needle.

A built-in thread cutter, built in LED light, and a free arm for sewing sleeves, skirts, etc. are additional features that make this a value packed machine.

You also get an instruction DVD makes getting started easy. The DVD shows demonstrations on everything from threading the needle to sewing buttonholes.

Presser Feet Included

  • Buttonhole foot
  • Button sewing foot
  • Narrow Hemmer foot
  • Zipper foot
  • Blind Stitch foot
  • Zigzag foot

Accessories Included

  • Darning plate
  • Accessory bag with needle pack
  • Twin needle
  • Screwdriver
  • Extra spool pin
  • Bobbins (3)
  • Power cord
  • Instructional DVD
  • Operation manual

There is no carrying case included with this but you can purchase the Brother Universal Carrying Case to protect your machine. I own one of these for my Brother machine and it is a worthwhile investment.

Video Demo

Here is a video showing the versatility of this machine in action.

User Reviews of the Brother XM2701

4.6 / 5.0 Currently Rated 4.5 / 5.0

Users of this machine rave about how easy-to-use this machine and some said it was perfect for beginners.

Many users appreciate the dvd, which guides you through the setup and what you can do with it.

Users were impressed with how quiet it is when sewing.

Owners also commented on how substantial and responsive the foot pedal is, allowing the speed to be easily controlled at max speed or slowed down.

Pros and Cons of theBrother XM2701


  • Lightweight and portable at 12.6 lbs
  • Very affordable
  • Comes with a dvd for easy setup and instructions for beginners
  • Quiet yet powerful sewing at 800 stitches per minute


  • Presser foot pressure is not adjustable
  • Some reviewers mentioned that the LED light is not bright enough

Overall Summary of the Brother XM2701

Overall you should know that the Brother XM2701 sewing machine is definitely a budget beginner machine. It has a good amount of convenience features to make sewing and setup easy and plenty of stitches for most projects.

Best of all it is very lightweight and easily portable to sewing classes or travel.

If you are an advanced seamstress this is also suitable as a travel machine or something simple to use instead of taking out a larger and heavier machine.

Current and Best Price 

You can’t beat the price of the Brother XM2701. It is very affordable for any budget, which is one reason it is a top selling machine. This is a great sewing machine that will last you for years as your sewing skills grow.

Check out my other reviews of beginner sewing machines or lightweight sewing machines for similar machines to the Brother XM2701.

Let me know if you have any questions. I’ll do my best to answer. Happy sewing  🙂