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:
- 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.
- Research (but be aware that at some point, you have to take the leap and just get one and try it).
- 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:
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:
- 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.
- Weight: Very lightweight and easy to transport but it is NOT a travel machine when it comes to size or performance.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!