Brother XS37 is a good quality beginners machine. However, the lack of drop feed option is a handicap.
Brother XS37 Main Features
- 37 built-in stitches
- 1-step buttonhole
- Top drop-in bobbin
- Free arm
Brother XS37 Review
Sewing Machine Reviews Recommendation Level : MODERATE
XS37 is a beginners sewing machine. Design wise it looks similar to sub $100 machines from Brother, but with more built-in stitches (I am talking about the Brother XM2701 which is the best machine in the segment). There are 37 built-in stitches including a 1-step buttonhole for making perfect buttonholes. 74 stitch functions are available in total. Automatic needle threader makes needle threading a walk in the park (nowadays, an automatic needle threader is pretty much a standard feature on all Brother sewing machines).
Top drop-in bobbin with clear cover is another user-friendly feature. This makes bobbin changing much more easier than machines with side loading bobbins. Brother XS37 also has an automatic bobbin winding system. Brightly lit LED bulb illuminates the work space. For sewing cuffs and sleeves, you can always convert the machine to free arm.
Brother XS37 has a dial to select the stitches. The maximum stitch width is 7mm and stitch length is 5mm. It comes with 25 year limited warranty. Included feet are
- Buttonhole foot
- Zipper foot
- Zigzag foot
- Blind stitch foot
- Button sewing foot
One thing I really liked about Brother XS37 is the speed at which it can sew. I am really impressed with the power of the motor. It is right up there with $200 machines. The motor can deliver a maximum of 800 stitches/min. The machine is lightweight, so it will work in favor of those who are attending sewing classes (the weight is 12.6 pounds). The machine has a good variety of built-in stitches. The stitch quality is pretty good. It does a reasonable job with thick fabrics. Its performance on light-medium weight fabrics is quite good.
There is no drop feed option to do free-motion quilts, which is a downer for me.
Is It Worth Buying?
It is a good beginners machine, if it is priced right.