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How To Use Stitch Selector Brother XL2600 Sewing Machine- Sewing Tips Tricks

October 9, 2019

how to use stitch selector brother XL2600 sewing machine hi it’s AlaskaGranny do you have a
Brother sewing machine and you have been wondering how to use the dial to make
all the different stitches on your sewing machine well it’s really quite simple I’m going to
show you the steps to turn the dial to get the stitches that you want look at
your machine and realize the innermost or dark gray dial is the stitch length the
higher the number the longer the stitch so I have this set on four and it’ll make
the longest stitch if you want your stitches shorter you turn the dial backwards when
you want to do a buttonhole you start with it on F when you want to sew a
button and you don’t want the needle to move forward at all you would put it on
0 for most stitching I do zigzag or straight and I normally just leave it on three or
four choose the stitch you want to make from the guide on your machine number 1 would be how to make a
buttonhole the number 2 is straight stitching number 3 is the zigzag
number four and five are both blind hem depending on which way you want the
needle to move and then we get into decorative stitches you can use these
for different kinds of things I just don’t ever really use these because I
normally just sew basic things and repaire things so I use the two and
three and sometimes the four or the five but if you want to do one of these you
simply turn this dial to match the number that you want to if you were
ging to make a buttonhole you would start withi it on one if you wanted to sew straight you would turn it see the arrow line it up with the two if you want
zigzag you line it up with the three then you just sew your zig-zag stitch I
want to sew something straight so I put this stitch length on four and then I’m going
to turn the dial to two now I’m going to have a regular straight stitch normally
you would use matching thread but I’m going to use a contrasting thread so you
can see the stitches so place your fabric under your presser foot drop it
down then you push this button to make it go backwards and lock your stitch and
press on the pedal then release the backwards hold your
fabric and guide it through and you can see that it sews straight on the
front and the back now I am going to show you a zig-zag which is number three so this
one is still set on four and I turn this to 3 they’re lined up with the arrow
add your fabric under the presser foot and drop it make sure both your threads
are coming out to the back then you want to hold down this button and go back a
few stitches to lock it in place see how it’s zigging release that and you guide your fabric it’s zigzagging the machine does it for you and if you want a more narrow zigzag you simply adjust this to 2 here it’s on 2 that was on 4 and now it is on 2 and I can put it all the way down to F for fine the blind hem is 4 or 5 which is what I did on this pair of
pants so I did the same thing when I first cut hem off then I fold it under
a quarter of an inch and then I sewed it with a straight stitch then you fold it over
again and you place it with the folded side the hem like this so if this was my hem I would fold this
part under and do a straight stitch with number 2 all the way along where the
hem is going to be I fold that back and place that under the presser foot
and I hold the part I just stitched over here and the long leg of the pants or the
dress right there and then you go backwards if you watch it will sew several
stitches onto the hem part and then one stitch over to catch it on the fabric the
main part of the fabric then you keep folding correctly evenly for number 510 same thing in case you
wanted to put it through your machine and that is the way it works on number 4 number 5 does the same thing in case you want to put it through your machine the other direction so if you were
putting it through this side you would use it on number five then it would do
most of the stitching on here and one stitch over there four and five make the same stitch you just
have to decide which way you’re trying to make your blind hem then if you turn
it back over and after you give it a little tug and you press it you
would use thread that would match the same thing for any other stitches you
want you choose which did stitch you want 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 you simply change the outer
dial to the stitch that you want so this one is number eight if you want to
do any of the stitches in this row you turn it to SS and then you dial the
number so if you look on here turn the gray one and you can feel it click and it’s on S S now you put the
second row of numbers into play so I turn this back to14 its SS so it’s the
second row and stitch 14 and there’s stitch number fourteen now
to set it at 15 I have this on SS and I turn this to 15 and this is stitch 15 always make sure your
needle is in the up position before you switch the dials around so that you
don’t risk damaging your needle try practicing with these get some scraps of
fabric and try different stitches until you find the one that you like but
remember at the end of the day put it back on this just plain average
stitches here that’s probably what you’re going to use the most you can
have a lot of fun with the Brother sewing machine and it isn’t very
expensive and it’s amazing what it can do Please subscribe AlaskaGranny channel


  • Reply hascall waithe October 25, 2015 at 1:59 am

    u are awesome god bless u and your family thank u so much

  • Reply 4heartandsoul November 2, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you for this video. Overall, are you happy with the machine's performance?

  • Reply Life Happens November 21, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Best tutorial ever on sewing. It has been awhile since I used a machine & I had a brother sewing machine growing up so that's what I chose again…I have this model n blue xl2600i…& this helped so much…! Thanx a Ton.

  • Reply RAINY December 13, 2015 at 2:03 am

    thanks granny, God bless you, you answered questions i had about this machine.

  • Reply Baljinder Kaur December 19, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    i usually use straight stitch. and my stitch is not clean. i usually do cotton. can u please tell me the setting that i should use for stitch width dial and upper tension control dial.

  • Reply MzComprehensive December 27, 2015 at 9:18 am

    thank you so much for this video, I'm a beginner in sewing and just got a brother sewing machine. I learned everything else except the dials lol.

    but thanks to your video, I now know how to stitch patterns! 🙂

  • Reply Sharen Cheathon January 9, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    thx for this video… what if u are following the instructions and the stitches still dont change??

  • Reply E JM January 27, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you so much for the tutorial I have GS2700 and I am having so much frustration, figuring out how to use the SS stitch 🙂
    this is awesome!!!

  • Reply Linh Tran March 3, 2016 at 4:17 am

    Thank you so much for the tutorial! I've learned so much from you since the manual of the machine is very hard to read. Thanks!

  • Reply Katsume Jackson April 29, 2016 at 5:08 am

    AlaskaGranny can you tell me what the 0 means on it and Need help with the top two dials on the to.

  • Reply Maureen Gardiner May 26, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Very helpful and easy to understand thank-you

  • Reply Zaedy OMeara June 22, 2016 at 5:48 am

    this is awesome video. can you please do a video of twin needle tutorial.

  • Reply Holly Separghan July 2, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Hi ! I really enjoy your videos! I'm currently doing my GCSE textile coursework and I've done a bunch of stitches and I have no idea what they are called! I have looked everywhere. I was wondering if you would be able to help me please? Although I need to send you pictures of what they look like. thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Nuwan Ranawaka July 8, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    good instruction .

  • Reply Bill Ulammandakh August 20, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    So helpful!

  • Reply Paige Paige Paige August 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks so much for this I just got a "Brother XL 2600 I" sewing machine and I now know how to stitch on it.

  • Reply chrinkandlisty September 7, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    So helpful! Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Reply Ammy Okpara September 10, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Thanks for your simple guide. It's very clear to understand.

  • Reply Howard Goldstein September 25, 2016 at 1:45 am

    Very well done video…clear & concise…juts one thing not mentioned is that the SS stands for stretch stitches………..

  • Reply Kristina N October 1, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing this video and showing the different kinds of stiches…I had a part that broke on the top right that I hope wont be a problem. I think it's to make a bobbin…it's been a few years since I brought out my sewing machine.

  • Reply Alexis Snider October 13, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Thank you so much! I was having the hardest time getting my stitch length long (for gathering) and didn't know that the grey dial adjusts the length. Thank you for this tutorial!

  • Reply Tamra Cardenas October 27, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Great video! Thank you so much. You've helped me get to know my machine!

  • Reply catarina pucci November 7, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply Katherine Carroz November 13, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Hola. Esta maquina puede coser jeans?

  • Reply Alicia November 19, 2016 at 9:19 am

    thank you!!! first time owning a sewing machine and your video is very helpful.

  • Reply Aixin Lu December 29, 2016 at 10:45 am


  • Reply Ronna Candelaria December 29, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    I just got my Brother XL-2610 for Christmas and your videos have really helped me learn more about my machine. Thanks so much.

  • Reply I Dahabra February 3, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Hi how are you i have this sewing machine and i try the straight one but it didn't work with me the stitch won't set on the fabric can you help me with that

  • Reply Casey February 11, 2017 at 1:42 am

    this video was so helpful! im just learning how to sew and now i know all the basics

  • Reply Nava Wagman February 27, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    I had to look for a while to find a video explaining how to USE this machine…so happy to find your video. Some of them show you how to unpack and whats in the box. YOUR video is actually useful in showing how to sew. I also appreciate the clear way you explain the different stitches. Alaskan granny….you don't look that old ! 🙂 I bought the XL2600I …i think my dial and controls are the same.
    Anyhow thanks again !!! Well done.!

  • Reply Alexandria Layton February 28, 2017 at 1:11 am

    I need help! I just unpacked my brother xl2600i and the needle is not aligned properly. it hits the foot and plate. The needles are straight and they came new with the machine. Am I missing something? I read through the manuel.

  • Reply Alex Wagner March 17, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you very much for this excellent video.

  • Reply Secret Soto At Creativebirdie April 20, 2017 at 7:26 am

    thank you for all the info

  • Reply Emmy June 14, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Disregard. I'm making notes for myself.
    Grey-stitch length
    ^num ^stitch size
    vnum vstitch size
    0* is for buttons

    colored circle- what stitch *1 is button

  • Reply Emmy June 14, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    What do the dials on the top do? I know they have something to do with tension, but no matter what I do the bottom of my fabric (it's a plain, thin, cotton-type one) keeps advancing on its passion for developing birds' nests. I think once the machine sort of began to get tangled (more like loose, though) and hen straightened out but then I adjusted the dials and it failed again…

  • Reply Tracey Gordon June 16, 2017 at 1:50 am

    I've just purchased a Brother XL2600i and was struggling with how to set the stitches. Your video made everything so clear and make sense. I too am a visual learner and couldn't work anything out from the manual that came with the machine. Thank you for a great video 🙂

  • Reply stephanie chapple July 2, 2017 at 4:30 am

    thanks so much for this video! very helpful!

  • Reply Amanda Castillo de Gomez July 12, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Debe ser en español

  • Reply Aby Jones July 14, 2017 at 2:00 am

    My stitches don't change after changing the setting. If anyone knows // Has a suggestion please help!!

  • Reply Claire Heiserman August 18, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Thank you!!!!

  • Reply Orion Ulttramarino August 21, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Thanks, just bought this machine, this helped a lot

  • Reply Dawnette Thompson August 27, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you so much. I was watching another video from brother and I could not understand how to get the straight stitch because the lady said for straight stitch use SS…lol. Thanks, thanks.

  • Reply Bangladesh High Commission August 29, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Can you help me showing the use of overcast presser foot and pico foot. Do I need to adjust the stitch section and any other button.

  • Reply Angelique Solgat September 6, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Thank you SO much! I've had this sewing machine for years- trying to learn how to sew and I couldn't figure out the controls, lost the manual.

  • Reply PHINA .BlessedHands. September 8, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Thanks ma'am you helped me a lot because I was seriously confused with the stitches. God bless you!

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  • Reply dezyday October 27, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    How do I do a gathering stitch on this machine?

  • Reply amanja deshanti October 27, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Thank You So Very Much!!!

  • Reply Sailor Dreams Tracy Millosovich November 26, 2017 at 3:55 am

    What stitch would I need to sew the hem of chiffan or tulle?

  • Reply YassiPlays Roblox January 4, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    considered as the BTES?!

  • Reply BowsByJaggers January 23, 2018 at 12:53 am

    I have watched many videos and yours is by far the best,you made it so easy for me to learn..Thank you!!!

  • Reply BowsByJaggers January 23, 2018 at 1:23 am

    how do I fix my bottom stitch its not perfect and looks zigzag almost

  • Reply Pj Cardone January 25, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Just got a brother xr3774……new beginner. Appreciate this video, simple and plain. Is there a chart available w/ settings for each stitch? If you want a variation of that stitch, you can adjust….something BUT a basic default setting chart would be very helpful as a place to begin. Do you know of any? Thank you again…..

  • Reply luis rios January 27, 2018 at 3:10 am

    What are the knobs with numbers on top of the machine

  • Reply Hey Jude March 11, 2018 at 1:16 am

    Can you please tell me the dimensions of this machine?

  • Reply Jena Tucker March 29, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you so much! This is exactly what I was looking for 😁

  • Reply Amanda Sheren May 17, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this video! I FINALLY understand how to select stitches and what some of those stitches do.

  • Reply BB Altamira July 25, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Merci beaucoup pour toute ces informations a propos de l'utilisation de la machine à coudre. Mais j'ai une question. J'ai une machine a coudre modèle brother XL 2600. Puis-je savoir les démarches et le réglages pour toute sorte de tissus et la broderie. Merci infiniment

  • Reply Arletha Hill September 9, 2018 at 3:06 am

    Thank you so very much. My struggle is over of trying to figure out how to adjust the tension. It took me some to find your video. It's saved in tutorials. You've helped me a lot. Thank you one again.

  • Reply Criket Bug October 10, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Reply Star Gazer November 17, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Hallelujah! But what about the 2 dials on top of the machine? I was given a. Brother sewing machine without instructions so I'm trying to figure everything out. 🙈😩

  • Reply martha ratliff December 3, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    Thank you so much.

  • Reply Michelle .H December 9, 2018 at 10:55 am

    I have a Brother PX-110 that I have not used for a long time.
    Wanted to fix a skirt waist and was getting frustrated because I had only ever used the Stright stitch on it and could not work out how to get it to use the 9 to 15 (on my Brother).

    Thank you.

  • Reply myfairy talegimail December 28, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Thanku. Alaska Granny, how to use those dials above the sewing machine brother xl2600i but blue color. Thanku

  • Reply Joanne Dozier January 9, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Hi, I have a brother xl2600i and I'm wanting to finish the edges of my dress since I don't have a serger and I saw a tutorial that suggested using the overedge stitch. I have a blind stitch foot that came with my machine which has an L engraved onto it. Should I use this foot and place my stitch setting onto 16 or 17 for overlock stitching? I've never used this foot before but wondering if that will help guide my fabric through and keep it on the edge? If so do you have a tutorial that shows how to use this foot? Thank you for your help in advance 🙂

  • Reply CherLock January 15, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you so very much! You should write the instruction manual for Brother, your instructions are much easier to understand and follow.

  • Reply Tess Martinez February 10, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Which stitch is good for edging using the machine in this video?

  • Reply esinfa February 10, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you for this video, the part where you adjust wider or finer stiches were especially usefull

  • Reply lobo en hs March 2, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Why thank you Alaska granny!

  • Reply Venkat Puli June 29, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Can you show top two wheel setting numbers.

  • Reply Ange love August 20, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Omg! this lady is the best teacher!! I knew it was easy to use this machine but she made it a piece of cake… Im changing my career to professional seamstress right now! thank you @alaskagranny 😭😭😭😭😭

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