Brother XM2701 and Brother XL2600I are two excellent mechanical sewing machines that are available just under a hundred bucks. Brothers XL2600I has become one of the best-selling products so far, but the newly produced Brother XM2701 has attracted the attention of a lot of people. Slowly but surely, BrotherXM2701 eats some market share of Brother XL2600I. Actually, Brother XM2701 is not exactly a huge upgrade from Brother XL2600I, but there are still beneficial changes that may or may not benefit you. So, let us take a look at the differences between these models so that you can determine which one is most suitable for you. (Take a look : Brother LS2125I vs. XL2600I)
Brother XM2701 is a little bit more expensive than Brother XL2600I, but the gap is neither too big nor too small, as something like ten bucks is still considerable if we talk about products under a hundred dollars. Comparing their design, if you put the two side by side, actually Brother XM2701 is not so identical to Brother XL2600I. In fact, Brother XM2701 shares more resemblances with Brother CS6000I while Brother XL2600I is more like Brother CS5055PRW. The nose of Brother XM2701 is a little bit longer to the front than Brother XL2600I.
Brother XM2701 comes with a bit more extras than Brother XL2600I. First, Brother XM2701 has 27 built-in stitches while Brother XL2600I only has 25 built-in stitches. Each of them comes with a one-step buttonhole. The additional two stitches are probably not a big deal, depending on your needs and preferences. More often than not, the stitches that you will use most often are just the basic ones, anyway. Nevertheless, think carefully if you need the extra two stitches or not.
Second, Brother XM2701 is slightly heavier than Brother XL2600I. While the 1.6 lbs difference will not matter too much for compactness, the extra weight actually helps a lot in giving more stabilization. Brother XM2701 vibrates less than Brother XL2600I, especially when sewing at a high speed. As it is heavier, it is less likely to drop or fall accidentally. Third, Brother XM2701 has more accessory feet than Brother XL2600I. It has 6 included sewing feet, which include a zigzag foot, while the other model only comes with 5 sewing feet.
Brother XM2701 vs. Brother XL2600I
So, Brother XM2701 or Brother XL2600I? If you have no problem spending some extra dollars, Brother XM2701 can be handier, as it is more stable and coming with more additional stitches and sewing feet. Also, if you need the two stitches, you need to choose Brother XM2701. Otherwise, you can save some money with Brother XL2600I.