Brother 17 Stitch Sewing Machine, JX2517

Walmart # 551424362

Brother 17 Stitch Sewing Machine, JX2517

Walmart # 551424362
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<p>The Brother 17 Stitch Sewing Machine, JX2517, is an easy-to-use sewing and mending machine that is well-suited for both the novice or more experienced home tailor. It includes a total of 17 built-in unique utility and decorative stitches. This Brother sewing machine also contains an automatic four-step buttonhole maker for added functionality. These features all come in one compact, lightweight sewing appliance. This stitch machine even comes with a jam-resistant quick-set drop-in top bobbin, eliminating the need to fish around for bobbin thread. It also includes a brightly lit LED work area. Repair a hem with the built-in blind hem stitch or create a home decor project with the many features of this Brothers sewing machine.</p>

About This Item

  • 17 built-in stitches
  • 4-step buttonhold maker
  • LED work area
  • Brand
    Standard Sewing Machines
    Manufacturer Part Number
    Skill Level
    Assembled Product Weight
    13.889 POUNDS
    Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
    7.44 x 17.28 x 14.17 Inches
    Customer Reviews
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    1-5 of 719 reviews

    This is wonderful!

    I have always wanted to learn how to sew, and when I was a child I dreamed of starting my own fashion line! So, I started sewing about 6-8 months ago (mostly just to start a new hobby) and was using my mother-in-law's machine. It was an old Singer. Within a week I knew I wanted my own machine because I was LOVING making clothes, and I knew eventually she was going to need her machine back. My husband bought me this one for Christmas and it is wonderful! It is so much quieter than the older machine I used, has more of a stitch selection, and it doesn't mess up on me like the other one did. (At least not yet!) It took some getting used to at first, but I really love it. I have already made 3 dresses and a shrug for our daughters! The stitches are holding up wonderfully (even with my rough and tough toddlers!), and the dresses are so cute. It definitely does the job, and I have already recommended it to a friend!
    The first dress and shrug I made for my daughter with the Brother JX2517 17-Stitch Sewing Machine!

    Got my sewing groove back

    disclosure: “I am posting this review as part of my entry in Walmart's Holiday Sewing Contest.” I bought Brother JX2517 for $49.95 online on black Saturday for immediate pickup to make Alaskan kuspuks to distract myself from a hospital visit earlier that day. Needles to say, I was highly skeptical sewing 4 layers of high end quilting cotton with 2 layers of metallic ribbon at the seams, yet machine handled it shockingly well, punching through as if it were butter. Machine was working like a dream, and I finished one kuspuk on Saturday, made a second one on Sunday, and made the third kuspuk the following weekend. While pondering about a meaningful gift for a baby shower, I was inspired to sew a keepsake newborn kuspuk, and machine handled the zipper and double stitching to cover the raw edges beautifully. My coworkers were shocked when I told them I made my outfits on a $50 machine. Reliable and uncomplicated, Brother JX2517 is flying with me to Hawaii. Now that I got my sewing groove back, I will teach my teen daughter how to sew during the holiday break.

    Great value machine!

    I purchased this machine to make DIY Pinterest home decor projects. I bought the sewing machine on-line and picked it up a few hours later at my local Walmart store. The price was the best I saw from any retailer. I read the manual and set up the machine. You could watch the included DVD, but I chose to watch YouTube videos on my phone and practice with the machine at the same time. This was easy to set up and I was sewing practice stitches in no time at all. The machine has just enough variety and an easy to use intuitive interface. The stitch dial and all other parts make sense to me and are super simple to use. For my purposes, this was the perfect machine.

    Best purchase I've ever made!

    I am posting this review as part of my entry in Walmart's Sewing Contest. You will not regret buying this cute, lightweight workhorse! I randomly decided that I wanted to really learn to make my own clothes and researched about starter-friendly machines that would allow me to grow and sew more complicated garments down the line. At first I ordered a Singer "heavy duty" sewing machine and the first night I got it, I couldn't get it to work. Long story short, I tried everything under the sun to just get the thing to start sewing two thin layers of cotton. No such luck. I went as far as going to a local repair shop later that week, quickly realized how ridiculous I was being, and promptly retuned it! I was a little frustrated and discouraged, needless to say. The next day I went to my local Walmart and picked up this baby and I haven't had one regret since! It comes with an in-depth manual and a quick reference guide for those who only need to quickly familiarize themselves with this particular machine. It already came with a bobbin of white thread loaded in the machine and ready to go! If you want to start sewing with another color, there are a few extra bobbins provided. I was able to wind my first bobbin in under five minutes. The instructions and directions on the machine are no nonsense and very easy to follow. Kids in elementary school to adults will be able to follow the instructions with little problem. And, if you're not sure, there's an instructional DVD that comes with your machine and plenty of YouTube videos that show you how to operate your JX2517. The process of setting up this machine was a breeze! It has 17 different stitches, like the straight and zigzag stitches, the satin stitch, blind hem stitch, and even an overedge stitch (if you don't have a serger, you don't need one with this stitch). You might think there aren't many stitches like with another, more expensive machine, but trust me when I tell you these will be more than enough. I've worked with industrial sewers and sergers (with all the bells and whistles) and I have rarely used anything other than the straight and zig-zag stitch. You also get a variety of other accessories, like the zipper foot and the buttonhole foot. Why spend more money when you can get what you need for less? This beauty is so quiet while sewing! I've spent many nights patching up holes in shirts, pants, undergarments, anything I could get my hands on. My neighbors weren't even aware I had a machine until I told them. It won't disrupt others from what they're doing, the next room over either. As a student surrounded by other grad students, that is a necessity. The light on this machine is perfect for sewing in a low-light setting and at night. All I use is the machine light and a small lamp and I don't have to squint or struggle to see what I'm sewing. I can control the speed of the foot pedal with how lightly or hard I press down. It's convenient when I need to control the direction and movement of the fabric, especially with slippery fabrics like satin. On the other end, I've gone through three layers of denim quickly and with no problems. The machine didn't clog up or sputter once. But, please note that you may need to use a certain type of needle to accommodate the fabric you want to sew. I used a denim needle, size 16, in my case. One reason a lot of people's needles break while sewing is because they are using the wrong needle size. Your machine comes with a universal size 14 needle, which will work for most general light-weight to mid-weight fabrics. I decided I wanted to be Little Miss Muffet for Halloween and sewed the whole costume in under 2 hours. I got compliments the whole night and was proud to say I made it myself! I've always wanted to say I made something I'm wearing as I am completely self-taught. Now I can! I usually worry about quality and pricing but this is one machine that was worth the price and didn't break the bank! As I'm becoming more experienced with garment-making, I don't see myself buying another machine anytime soon. I highly recommend this machine for beginners and more experienced sewists alike! P.S. Please only turn the handwheel TOWARDS you (counter-clockwise) to prevent your machine from jamming the thread or getting out of tune.

    Brother 17 stitch sewing machine JX2517

    I bought this machine at Walmart for less than $70. It was my first sewing machine. I am 60 years old. It has been an absolute joy to me. I have always wanted a sewing machine and this one is perfect for me. It is easy to use, comes with an instruction DVD and you can learn to do a lot of things with it just by searching YouTube for what you want to do. One note: it only comes with one bobbin that is already wound and ready to use. Mine was white thread. So you will need to buy some thread. There are 4 bobbins that come with it. You will absolutely love this machine.
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