Jump to content

Brother BM2600, just bought one for the kids seems okay
Now on special for $139 at Spotlight


No replies to this topic

#1 Froger

Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:55 AM

Posting this in case anyone is looking for a really low cost machine. I just bought one of these for the kids. It is currently on special at Spotlight for $139 (RRP is $349). I have read an online review recently, which suggested it may be available elsewhere even cheaper (but I'm not sure where, so I just went with my local shop for $139).

Many online reviews I read weren't exactly favourable, so I wasn't expecting much. A lot of people reviewing it on the internet seem to have problem with the tensioning and bobbin tangles. But honestly for $139 so far I have found it to be a great little machine. I sewed a couple of items last night after getting it (including a skirt), just to test it out before I hand it over to the kids, and I had no problems at all. I had no problems with the tensioning whatsoever. No problems with the bobbin thread tangling or anything.

The action isn't as smooth as my Janone (it sew more stiffly like my really old Singer but not as strong), and the foot peddle is not that reactive.  Also the bobbin stitches are at a very slight angle to each other, so if you often cheat on hemming and use your bobbin line as a top stitch it may be something that bothers you (but I only noticed as I sewed with white thread on dark material on purpose to look at the stitching - it actually isn't noticeable unless one looks closely). Also the bobbin cover is a little hard to get off. I also can't see it sewing through many layers of really thick material, but the kids aren't going to be doing that anyway. But for the price it seems to be a good basic machine, although not a terribly fast machine (but for kids and beginners this is may be a good thing!) But I mostly sew as much as possible with an overlocker, so honestly I guess everything seems slow after an overlocker.

It actually does a lot more stitches than my old Janone and my very old Singer, so I may even be borrowing it from the kids from time to time, lol. It has twin needle capacity which is also good for such a cheap machine (although I haven't used it yet).

Edited by SarahM72, 18 January 2013 - 10:08 AM.




Reply to this topic



  


0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Why we tend to hold our babies on our left side

On which side of your body do you carry or cradle your baby? If you answered "left" then you're not alone.

Taking fish oil in pregnancy may prevent childhood asthma

Women who took omega-3 fatty acid supplements (fish oil supplements) in pregnancy reduced the risk of their children developing asthma by almost one third.

Mum, dad and son all share a birthday

Luke and Hillary Gardner never have a problem remembering each other's birthday.

Mum shares the bittersweet truth about pregnancy after miscarriage

A mother's candid and heartfelt reflections about pregnancy after miscarriage are providing comfort to other women.

16 simple ways to make your baby smarter

What's the best way to mentally stimulate your baby? It doesn't take a genius - just a loving, involved parent.

Your blood pressure could predict baby's sex even before conception

The average blood pressure of mother could suggest a baby's sex before it even exists, a study has found.

The breastfeeding photo that says it all

Ashley Rockill was lucky enough to have her birth photographer on hand to capture a precious moment.

13 pregnancy superstitions from across the globe

In honour of Black Friday, let's explore 13 of the strangest pregnancy superstitions from across the globe.

I'm a stay-at-home mum, and I'm sending my son to daycare

When you become a mum you give birth to a beautiful baby, but you also give birth to guilt.

Mum gives birth to 'Incredible Hulk' 6.4kg baby

An American mother was shocked when she gave to a 6.4kg (14lb 1oz) baby last month.

Mum demands $530 for daughter's shoes after playdate

A mum has made a pretty bold move by demanding $532 for a pair of her daughter's shoes that were damaged at another family's house. 

A toddler's guide to helping around the house

If a toddler was to write a guide to 'help' you with the household chores, it would go something like this.

The breast pump you can use on the go

The game-changing breast pump promises to make life easier all round.

'Mum, don't be mad but I've just had a baby'

A teen mum has shared her birth story – and her shock at not knowing she was pregnant until her baby's head emerged.

No, Senator, childcare workers don't just wipe noses and stop fights

The only thing childcare workers spend their time doing is "wiping noses and stopping the kids from killing each other"? Not quite.

'I wanted to be the birth mum so much'

When people say "aren't you lucky that there are two of you, that you can switch?" I give them a tight smile.

6 myths about breastfeeding toddlers

Although breastfeeding a toddler isn't for everybody, if you choose to nurse beyond babyhood you can expect some strong reactions.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

From our network

Your child's fine motor skills: what you should know

There is less of a focus on fine motor skills, but they're just as important as others. (SPONSORED)

5 ways music helps your toddler's development

There are at least five other compelling reasons to get musical around your toddler. (SPONSORED)

 

Baby Names

Unusual Celeb Baby Names

Click through the gallery to read the details and see some of the most memorable monikers in show biz families.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.