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But until you reach that point, the Brother has everything you need to become proficient: a free arm, 25 stitches, needle threader and thread cutter, automatic bobbin winding for your top drop-in bobbin and a one-step buttonholer.
The sewing gets a bit rough when using the XL2600I on thick fabrics, and the mostly-plastic machine clearly isn’t built for the long term.
This is a lightweight, sturdy sewing machine which you won’t want to give away once you’ve mastered the basics.
It will serve you well for years once you’ve used it to learn on.
If you fall into the latter category you could always consider the Singer 4423 which comes with an automatic needle threader.
You do have to settle for less with a second-choice, though.
It has a foot pedal similar to the Magnolia’s (although this one is a little touchier to control) and the bobbin drops in from the top.And it’s only slightly more expensive than the Janome beginner machine we’ve ranked #1.You may not be certain whether you’ll stick with sewing as a hobby once you’ve learned.There is no automatic needle threader which depending on your viewpoint might be an issue.Some beginners like to get experience threading the needle themselves while other beginners don’t want the hassle.