When my wife decided that she would like to try her hand at sowing I knew that it wouldn’t be long before I would be doing some investigating online for the best value sewing machine on the market.
I gave it a few weeks after she made her intentions known just in case it was merely a passing fad and the idea would fade.
This wasn’t to be and after spending numerous hours online reading many detailed reviews and product manuals we found that the Brother CS6000i seemed to be the best choice.
As I’ve done a fair amount of research into this particular machine I thought it only makes sense to make it available to you here today.
What follows is my review of the Brother CS6000i Computerized Sewing Machine
Features of the Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine
This is a free arm sewing machine
This simply means that part of the base of the machine can be removed for easy sewing when doing something like trouser legs or shirtsleeves.
Computerised sewing machine
This means that the machine can produce many stitches, as they are held in its internal memory and you select them as you need them. The Brother CS6000i comes with over 60 stitches already programmed in. Stitches are chosen via the on-board LCD screen.
All of the stitches are referred to on the side of the machine. The selected stitch is displayed on the LCD screen.
You can make buttonholes from the seven styles available. Again these are already programmed in for your use.
To make this process even simpler get one of the buttons that are going onto your finished garment and place it into the holder on the back of the buttonhole foot.
Choose a buttonhole style and the machine will then make an appropriate sized buttonhole, foolproof isn’t it. Perfect buttonholes everytime.
Yes this is included on this machine.
This allows you to lock stitches as you can bring the fabric back toward you when you are just starting or finishing a line. It allows the reinforcing of a stitch.
Snap on presser feet
A number of different presser feet ship with this product including walking foot, quilting foot, buttonhole foot, overcasting foot, blind stitch foot, monogramming foot, zigzag foot, and a zipper foot.
The foot is the part of the machine that holds the fabric against the feed dogs as the material is fed through.
Under the material the feed dogs co-ordinate with the stitch, they rise up into contact with the material, move it along then drop down and move back to their original position and repeat the movement.
Additional feet are also available as accessories as follows
- 1/4 Inch Piecing Foot-Guide
- 1/4″ Quilting Foot
- 7 mm Narrow Hem Foot
- 7mm Cording Foot (5-hole)
- 7mm Cording Foot (7-hole)
- 7mm Open Toe Foot
- 7mm Picot Foot
- 7mm Side Cutter
- Adjustable Zipper & Piping Foot
- Binding Foot
- Braiding Foot up to 5mm width
- Clear Quilting Foot (Screw on Foot)
- Clearview Foot (For Horizontal Bobbin 7mm)
- Concealed Zipper Foot
- Cording Foot (For 7mm Horizontal Machine)
- Edge Joining Foot
- Fringe Foot
- Metal Open Toe Foot
- Non-Stick Foot (Horizontal Bobbins)
- Pearls and Sequins Foot
- Quilting Guide for Foot Holder
- Stitch Guide Foot
- Straight Stitch Foot
- Vertical Stitch Alignment Foot
- Zig Zag Foot with Ankle
Automatic needle threading
I would need this if I was to ever use this machine. My eyesight isn’t so good so this function would be a godsend. Easy to implement too.
Simple bobbin replacement
A drop in bobbin is used by the Brother CS6000i. This is easier to use than the bobbins that are inserted sideways into the machine.
Some simple instructions are printed onto the plate for you to follow when inserting the bobbin.
You just need to pull the thread to the side of the bobbin to get started and there is no need to draw the thread up through the foot.
A thread cutter is included on the machine so there’s no need for an extra pair of scissors.
The foot pedal
Activation of this machine is via a foot pedal which is simplicity itself. The alternative way to start sewing is to use a one touch button which is next to the reverse stitching button.
This is useful if you just want to do a quick job and don’t want to get the foot pedal out and attach it, to save time.
Once the stitch is chosen it actually tells you which foot you need to put on for use with that particular stitch.
The screen is clear and the font is large.
Illumination of working area
Right above your working area are two LEDs which effectively light the entire area.
A fitted plastic wide table is supplied with the machine to support your larger projects such as quilts.
Yes you can do free motion quilting on the Brother CS6000i.
The Brother CS6000i offers the luxury of being able to use standard replacement parts.
Any standard needle can be used with this machine as can any class 15 bobbins.
Issues raised with the Brother CS6000i
Many people have reported tension problems when using this sewing machine. There seems to be two ways to fix this.
One is to use a metal bobbin is instead of the plastic ones supplied, the second is to never use cheap thread.
One or other of these seems to cure the problem in the majority of cases.
I’ve been told that the metal bobbins are available at Wal-Mart, and they are even cheaper than the plastic ones.
Overall Opinion of the Brother CS6000i
Brother offer a limited warranty of a whopping 25 years on this item.
This has to be exceptional value for money and offers many functions of higher-priced models.
Any drawbacks that we have encountered have already been overcome by previous owners of these sewing machines. Such as the tensioning issue explained above.
Having looked into numerous sewing machines for the wife I would have to say that this is the one that I would get over all others. It offers a great number of useful features at a price point that even I can appreciate.
The wife also says it does everything that she needs and more. She’s not sure she will ever use all the features, but I suppose they are there if she ever wants to try them.
Specifications of the Brother CS6000i
- Weight: 13 lbs
- Size: Metric 12.5″ H x 9.75″ W x 9.6″ D Decimal 31.8cm H x 24.8cm x 24.4cm
- Speed: 850 Stitches per minute
- Power: 110 volts