The Brother LX2500 is a good choice for children, high school and college students who want to use a sewing machine in their dorm room, as well as an older beginner who might be intimidated by the machine’s many extra features.
The Brother LX2500 sewing machine is as straightforward as it looks. This machine is lightweight and portable, so it’s not designed for heavy use.
Although it isn’t the most high-end sewing machine, it still offers many useful features compared to machines of similar price from Singer and Janome.
What We Like About Brother LX2500 Sewing Machine
The Brother LX2500 arrives with 38 different stitch functions and 17 built-in stitches, including a 4-step buttonhole. The stitches were not the neatest on this Brother sewing machine, but it was probably one of the best in its range. The maximum stitch width is 5mm, and the maximum stitch length is 4.
This machine is user-friendly and has a top drop-in bobbin, which is different from other sewing machine brands. Only Brother offers top-quality drop-in bobbins at a price below $100, which is the case among all major sewing machine brands in America.
It comes with clear covers for bobbins that allow you to monitor thread supply, and you can turn the dial (can be used to adjust the tension manually) to select your stitch.
The large reverse lever was a nice touch. However, you have to hold it down to reverse the sewing machine.
Bright LED bulbs provide good lighting for the work area. The LED bulbs are also energy efficient and consume less electricity compared with other choices in the market.
It provides you a free arm for sewing seams, sleeves, cuffs, and collars. It has a very large space for fabric feeding, which is ideal for quilting.
The sewing table can be adjusted to four different heights, which you can choose depending on your task at hand. The machine’s drop-in bobbin system makes it convenient and easy to change thread while working on a project.
A storage compartment for accessories is also included. To properly wind the bobbin or thread the machine, you might need to follow the numerical guides at the top.
It’s easy to insert thread and yarn into the bobbin. Simply open the clear plastic cover of the bobbin and insert the thread as per the instructions on the worktable.
After the thread has been wound in the right place, all you have to do is get on your feet and start sewing.
What Could Be Better?
The Brother manual and website claim that the LX 2500 can be adjusted in length and width, but this is a bit misleading.
The manufacturer sets the parameters for the length and width of the stitch. You will notice that the stitch selection guide has seven options. These options not only control stitch length but also regulate needle position.
The stitches were well defined, but the tension was not adjusted enough to make them feel looser than I would prefer.
And the fact that the user does not have any control over the stitch width or length beyond what the manufacturer has set is something I find a bit disappointing because this is a basic requirement that every home sewer should have.
We find that the scallop stitches are not dense enough, and they are impossible to make tighter. The same applies to the other decorative stitches.
What Fabrics Can Brother LX2500 Sew With?
- Natural fibers/cottonlinen-wool
- Silk-satin-taffeta/velvet in fine fabrics
- Synthetic fabrics/blends Rayon-Polyester
- Reptile skin
- Multiple layers or extra thick fabrics
Who Is Brother LX2500 Sewing Machine For?
The machine’s basic operation and features are covered in the owner’s manual, quick-start guide, and an instructional DVD, making Brother LX2500 one of the best sewing machines for novice home sewers of all ages. It’s easy to use and a great resource for anyone who wants to learn about the sewing machine operation.
This machine is ideal if you are only concerned with clothing construction. If you are looking to learn machine embroidery and quilting, even at very basic levels, then I recommend you look elsewhere.
This machine would suit any child who can read. It is simple enough that elementary school children can use it easily and feel proud to be able to sew on a grown-up’ sewing machine. However, they might get bored with its limitations if it is not used to their full potential.
A home sewer with experience would only be able to use the Brother LX2500 for basic sewing and clothing, and accessory construction.
The Brother LX2500 can be used as a backup machine when your main machine is being serviced or repaired.