The Brother JX 2517 Video Review

If you have read my blog or know me at all, you are probably already aware that I only just started sewing this year, and while I wouldn’t call myself a total beginner anymore (mainly because I became obsessed and have been sewing almost every day, so I’m getting a lot of practice), I definitely still have a “beginner’s mentality.” I am still in awe of this craft and I still have so MUCH to learn. You can read the story of how my sewing addiction hobby began HERE.

*Once again, need to mention this. You know the drill: this post contains affiliate links so if you make a purchase through one of those links I will make a small commission. The opinions are my true opinions and I am sharing them because I want to. (This product was purchased well before I even HAD a blog)!*

Before we chat about this particular machine, here are a few tips for any beginners out there looking to buy a first sewing machine:

  1. My humble opinion is that if you are a beginner, you should go with a manual machine, not a digital one. There are some amazing digital sewing machines out there, but they can be overwhelming to a beginner and take your focus away from learning the necessary basics.
  2. Research (but be aware that at some point, you have to take the leap and just get one and try it).
  3. Borrow a sewing machine from someone else first. It was so helpful to me to have used a borrowed machine for a bit before I purchased mine. It meant that when I pulled mine out of the box it wasn’t completely foreign to me.

When I set out to purchase my first sewing machine, I did a boatload of research and had a very limited budget. I read a lot of reviews and eventually settled on the Brother JX 2517. One thing that bugs me about the popular online “five star” rating review system used by so many websites is that the good and bad reviews cancel each other out, and I’m back where I started, wondering which review I’ll be giving if I make the purchase. I am very happy with my choice but I don’t know if I just got lucky or if it was all my research that paid off. Truth be told, I still felt like I was making my purchase with a blindfold on. So let me take the blindfold off for you if you’re in that spot now. Here it is, y’all:

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The Brother JX 2517 Video Review

Now that I have been using the machine for several months I am convinced I could do a much better job telling the “few months younger” me about this machine by just chatting about it, rather than my previous method of relentlessly checking out star ratings online. If you’re a beginner interested in getting your own sewing machine, or even if you already know how to sew and are a looking for an affordable spare, or a gift for someone else, watch the video below to find out if the Brother JX 2517 might be the one for you.

A quick written version of my review for those of you who don’t have time to watch:

  1. Price point: Can’t be beat for what you get. A machine for under $100 that will do what this one does is a steal.
  2. Weight: Very lightweight and easy to transport but it is NOT a travel machine when it comes to size or performance. 
  3. Ease of use: The machine comes with a really handy DVD that shows you with very clear videos and instructions how to use the basic functions of the machine. This is a huge value for a beginner.
  4. Performance: I forgot to mention in the video that I read about some people having tension issues with the machine prior to making my purchase and I was a little nervous about that. The only tension issues I had were most likely caused by me, not the machine, and they were easily overcome. You can read about that HERE. I did break a needle while trying to sew through a very thick project so be mindful that the machine probably does have its limits. It’s highly possible that it was the needle and not the machine (we’ll never really know) but for under $100 I’m not sure I would expect to be able to do heavy quilting all day long.
  5. Versatility: Here is where you may find yourself lacking if you decide you want to start doing things like embroidery or using decorative stitches. It has a lot of great options, like the button hole and zipper foot, but some of the pricier machines just have more stitch options. I haven’t found this to be a problem for me yet.

Not that it matters to me all that much but I know to some it does, so I will just add: it’s an attractive machine, too! Very cute. Overall I am thrilled with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable and reliable sewing machine.

If you are interested in purchasing this machine there is a photo link over in the right sidebar that will take you straight to Amazon to make your purchase. Or you can click right here:

Brother Sewing Machine JX2517 Lightweight – 17 Stitch – 4 Step Buttonholer

If you do purchase the machine, be sure and pop back over here and let me know what you think of it and what awesome projects you’re working on! If you’re a sewing newbie, be on the look out for upcoming video tutorials on how to wind the bobbin and thread this particular machine. If you subscribe to my blog, you will get a notification when those are posted.

Feel free to comment below with questions, or if you have this machine and have opinions about it that you would like to share, I would love to hear them! Happy sewing!

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27 Comments on The Brother JX 2517 Video Review

  1. Erlene
    May 10, 2015 at 4:28 PM (3 years ago)

    I never thought about a digital machine taking away from learning to sew, but I can see how one that is very new to sewing can get overwhelmed. Great review!
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    • notimefordiy
      May 10, 2015 at 8:27 PM (3 years ago)

      Yes, sometimes too many options (and buttons) can get in the way of my ability to focus (of course, I’m the easily distracted type so that could just be me)! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

  2. Dana Alley
    May 12, 2015 at 3:42 PM (3 years ago)

    Hello! Hey that’s my sewing machine! Or at least extremely similar. I’m a beginner sewer, and I really only sew for small projects here and there. My mom bought me this machine for my birthday and I love it. My Aunt borrowed it for a quilting project when she visited this year and she kept commenting on how smooth it sewed for being so ‘portable.’ #TwinkleTuesday

    • notimefordiy
      May 12, 2015 at 3:51 PM (3 years ago)

      Yay! Exactly my thoughts. When I first started sewing with it, all I could think of was that it was “smooth” like butter compared to the machine I learned on. I’m so glad to hear this! I was hoping others would chime in about it so people would see more than one view point and feel better about purchasing it. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. Elizabeth
    May 12, 2015 at 4:22 PM (3 years ago)

    So glad it’s working well for you! Enjoying watching your journey.

    • notimefordiy
      May 12, 2015 at 4:36 PM (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Elizabeth! It really is a good machine. When I was in NJ and borrowing my aunt’s machine I actually really missed my own. A sure sign that it was a good choice, I think! And the journey is definitely FUN (and taking some winding roads, too)!

  4. Lisa (mummascribbles)
    May 18, 2015 at 9:21 AM (3 years ago)

    What a gorgeous machine – I love the flowers. I have a machine at home getting dusty – I did a day’s beginner course at Christmas but I need to find time to put the lesson into action at home! I just don’t find time! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • notimefordiy
      May 18, 2015 at 9:34 AM (3 years ago)

      Thanks! I love that it’s pretty AND works well. I hope you find some time to dust your machine off! Thanks for hosting the link up!

  5. Minh
    May 18, 2015 at 2:03 PM (3 years ago)

    Under $100 – nice. Mine cost way more than that and all I use it for is hemming pants and making my daughter her neck warmers so this would have done the trick. Thanks for linking up with #ConfessionsLinkUp
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    • notimefordiy
      May 18, 2015 at 2:16 PM (3 years ago)

      Definitely so happy with the price. Of course, under $100 isn’t worth it if it is not a good machine, but it this case, I think this was definitely a WIN! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Brittany
    May 18, 2015 at 11:12 PM (3 years ago)

    I want to learn how to sew someday. Good to know there is a quality affordable option for beginners! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty :)
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    • notimefordiy
      May 19, 2015 at 12:55 AM (3 years ago)

      Hope you’re able to get to learn someday! I had barely ever touched a sewing machine before this year but so glad I did! Thanks for hosting the link up and for stopping by!

  7. Amy Ngai
    May 20, 2015 at 9:48 AM (3 years ago)

    Great review. This machine is perfect for me since I’m a beginner but looking to get back in to sewing. Thanks for sharing on the #ConfessionsLinkUp

    • notimefordiy
      May 20, 2015 at 9:52 AM (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Amy! I love it. Hope you get the time to get back into it soon! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai
    July 25, 2015 at 12:12 AM (2 years ago)

    This is a great review–loads of information. Thanks for being such an awesome Co-host at the #HomeMattersParty and for sharing this post with us. :)

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    • notimefordiy
      July 26, 2015 at 2:39 PM (2 years ago)

      Thanks Lorelai! It’s great to co-hosting with you as always!

  9. Amanda
    July 25, 2015 at 12:40 PM (2 years ago)

    Great detailed and concise review. You’re brave to do videos! I need to start doing those on my blog. Yikes!!
    It’s been great co-hosting the #homemattersparty with you. I’ve learned a lot. :)
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    • notimefordiy
      July 26, 2015 at 2:44 PM (2 years ago)

      Doing videos is SO much more work than I thought it would be but sometimes they make more sense than pictures or text. I’ve definitely been nervous about them for sure! Thanks for commenting and being a great co-host at the #HomeMattersParty!

  10. Kristen from The Road to Domestication
    July 27, 2015 at 2:36 PM (2 years ago)

    Wow! I had no idea that a machine under $100 would offer so much versatility! Interesting! Thanks for being a fantastic #HomeMattersParty co-host – we are loving having you with us!

    • notimefordiy
      July 27, 2015 at 4:15 PM (2 years ago)

      Yes, it really does, Kristen! I am still loving it and I am fighting the urge to buy another one of the same machine to have one set up to sew knits all the time and the other to sew cotton. I think that would be unnecessary and a bit overkill…but I really do live the machine!

  11. Liz
    November 4, 2015 at 7:05 PM (2 years ago)

    Hi Nicole, I ran across your video on YouTube. I am a “new” haven’t seen in years sewist. I saw the Brother JX 2517 in a local Store for under $100!! I said what a steal!!! You can’t beat that with a stick. So I grabbed it. I came home and gathered my sewing supplies, notions etc, as I already had some projects in mind. I will be running a practice sew to get familiar with it first before I start my projects. It looks very easy and not intimidating at all. I think it is and will be a great machine for beginners,
    thru expert sewist. Just as you mentioned in your video, it can be your main squeeze it your spare!
    I will let you know how our first run around the block goes.
    Thanks for your video it was great!✂️???

    • Liz
      November 4, 2015 at 7:24 PM (2 years ago)

      Sorry for the typos. I meant to say; ” I am a “new” haven’t sewn in years sewist.
      Also, “it can be your main squeeze or your spare.”
      Will double check “auto correct ” next time.

      • notimefordiy
        November 5, 2015 at 11:58 AM (2 years ago)

        I totally got what you were saying LOL! Typos are unavoidable sometimes! Thanks for checking out my video and my blog!

    • notimefordiy
      November 5, 2015 at 11:58 AM (2 years ago)

      So glad to hear this, Liz! It really was so super easy to learn on and even now, months later, I still recommend it. Can’t wait to hear how your sewing adventure goes!

  12. Patricia Kolman
    January 24, 2017 at 10:34 AM (12 months ago)

    Thank you for your post it was very informative and eased my mind about purchasing this machine.

  13. Fran Chaput
    January 26, 2017 at 12:43 PM (12 months ago)

    I have been looking for a beginner sewing machine and this looks like something I would like. But what I want to know is does it let you do pants and cuffs? It sounds like it does a lot of things but I have pants that need to be hemmed up, I can’t find an answer anywhere can you please help me? Thank you! Fran

  14. Fran Chaput
    January 26, 2017 at 12:46 PM (12 months ago)

    I’m sorry, it’s the the jx2517 that I have been looking at. Forgot to mention the model of the machine! Thanks again, Fran


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