In spite of its being light and portable, this little sewing machine has a toughness to it. Using the XL-2230, you'll find it easier than you expect, to stitch through heavier fabrics or multiple layers of fabric. Its hard working feed dogs will even let you hem a new pair of jeans easily.
The Brother XL-2230 has a number of nice features:
Basic utility and stretch stitches.
The option to get a little fancy with your finishing stitches. The machine includes a handful of decorative and heirloom stitches, but it won't overwhelm you with a zillion stitches.
If you dislike the automatic thread tension on many modern machines, the XL 2230 allows you to set your own tension.
A simple four-step button holer
Built-in needle threader
The machine includes a twin-needle for two-color or reinforced stitching,
Snap-on presser feet - compatible with specialty feet that you can purchase separately.
Quiet operation - but not as quiet as some machines. In other words, you can use it in a room with other people, but you may have to turn up the TV to hear it over the machine.
A Brother Sewing Machine With Some Limitations
If you use straight stitches or simple zigzags most of the time, this machine is tough enough to handle your lighter sewing needs, and even some medium-duty or occasional tough stitching projects.
However, it's no industrial dressmaker. The feed dogs are strong, but if you have very delicate fabrics, you'll definitely want to protect your fabric with tissue paper, when sewing.
It's also important to note that Brother machines like the Brother XL 2230, tend to be temperamental, especially when dealing with the thread tension.
The Brother XL2230 free arm sewing machine is a budget-priced sewing machine that performs basic sewing functions for your household and crafting needs.
As with any sewing machine, you should follow the directions in the manual carefully, for choosing thread and adjusting the tension, and you will avoid most problems.