Need help with your new Brother XL2600i sewing machine?
If you need some help with setting up and using your brand new Brother XL2600i sewing machine, you’ll find it in this tutorial.
Maybe you’ve misplaced your manual or you just find video demonstrations more helpful. I’ve rounded up the manual and the best YouTube videos for the Brother XL2600i showing how to set it up, how to wind the bobbin and how to thread the machine.
Also included are videos for basic sewing: seams, sleeves, zippers, buttons and gathering. Finally, I share five of my favorite sewing tips as an experienced seamstress and dollmaker.
Setting up your new Brother sewing machine
View the manual for the Brother XL2600i sewing machine
All the instructions you need for setting up your new Brother XL2600i sewing machine are included in the manual. For your convenience I’ve included a link to the PDF file:
For video demonstrations, please continue below.
How to wind the bobbin of the Brother XL2600i demonstrated by novice seamstress Natalie Mootz
Loading the bobbin on the Brother XL2600i sewing machine, a YouTube video by Natalie Mootz
Threading the machine and using the automatic needle threader on the Brother XL2600i, an easy to follow video demo by Natalie Mootz
How to bring up the bobbin thread on the Brother XL2600i, demonstrated by YouTuber Natalie Mootz
You’re all set up and ready to sew!
Using your new Brother XL2600i for the first time
Now that your sewing machine is threaded, you’re ready for sewing.
What I like to do when I get a new sewing machine is to make test swatches of all the stitches. This is a fast way to get familiar with your machine.
Get a long strip of scrap fabric, select a stitch and sew for a couple of inches. Select the next stitch and sew again for a couple more inches, and so on. You can keep this swatch for future reference.
I also like to test out the buttonhole feature just to see how it works. When it comes time to actually do a buttonhole on a real project, you want to make sure to make a test buttonhole using a scrap from the fabric you’re working on. After you make your sample buttonhole, open it up and make sure the button goes through it easily. Sometimes you need to make adjustments to the buttonhole depending on how thick or thin the fabric is.
Five tips for general sewing
- Always lock your stitches by backstitching at the beginning and end of every seam. That way your seams won’t accidentally pull apart.
- Use sewing pins with a round head on the end. They’re easier to remove and easier to see.
- Use a seam ripper to hold down the fabric while sewing. If I need to hold down a seam really close to the presser foot, I use the tip of my seam ripper to guide the fabric instead of my finger. That way I can get really close to the needle without getting my finger in the way.
- For a professional look when sewing denim, use 30 weight cotton thread in the bobbin and top thread. Make sure to use the right size needle too.
- If you’re having trouble sewing over thick seams, or jumping the hump, raise up the back of your presser foot with a piece of folded cardboard or a Jean-a-ma-jig tool. Make sure to go slow over the seam.
My favorite sewing tool of all time for fast precision snipping
I couldn’t sew without my thread snips
One thing I can’t stand is to have thread tails all over a garment, and these razor sharp thread snips are just the thing for trimming them right off at the base. And they’re easier to use than scissors due to the spring action. I also use them many times instead of a seam ripper.