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Brother CS6000I Review

Est. $145
Reviewed
December 2014
by ConsumerSearch

Best sewing machine

Pros
  • One-step buttonhole; seven buttonhole styles
  • Consistent stitches
  • Nine included presser feet
  • Wide table attachment
  • 60 stitches; very even stitch performance
Cons
  • No automatic embroidery functions

Bottom line

Sewing hobbyists can hardly believe such a bargain as the Brother CS6000i exists: A sub-$150 computerized sewing machine that really works. It get high praise for being extremely easy to use; even those who've been away from sewing for a while say they figured this machine out right away. It's a durable, high performing machine with a vast variety of stitches and settings. It does not have an automatic embroidery function, however, although experienced sewers say they don't need one.

Breaking it down

Performance

Computerized operation means fewer mistakes, better results. The Brother CS6000i is often described by reviewers as a "workhorse." Its 60 stitch selections are said to be very even and consistent, and the nine included presser feet enable users to do a variety of tasks, from plain stitching to embroidery. The walking presser foot is especially popular, although some reviewers warn that it's best left to more experienced sewers. Thanks to the CS6000i's computerized operation, owners report making fewer errors and getting more precise results. If you start a task such as a buttonhole and set up the parts incorrectly, an error message will appear, saving you from making a mistake that can ruin your project. Other sewers point out that when you change stitches, the display tells you which presser foot to use.

A small number of reviewers say the machine vibrates or produces uneven stitches, and some complain that it's prone to jams or needle breaks, particularly with heavier-weight fabrics. However, the vast majority -- including sewing instructors and professional tailors -- say the CS6000i performs beautifully with a range of simple and complex projects, from clothing and costumes to blankets and crafts. It does not have an automatic embroidery function, but some advanced sewers say they can use still use this sewing machine to embroider their own designs.

Ease of use

Simple and intuitive. Novice and experienced sewers say the Brother CS6000i makes sewing easy and fun. Many praise its LCD screen, and say the instruction manual is easy to understand. Quilters like the extension table, which they say makes it easier to work on quilts and other large projects. The machine is lightweight at 13 pounds and includes a hard carry case that makes it highly portable. A handful of owners say the light above the workspace could be brighter, but just as many others say it's fine. Many users note that the CS6000i does not have a memory function and will lose its last stitch setting when it's turned off, so you may want to make a note of favorite stitches or if the stitch you were using if you need to stop work in the middle of a section. It starts and stops with the touch of a button on the chassis, so you don't need to have good foot or leg mobility to use the CS6000i.

Durability/noise

Quiet and sturdy. The Brother CS6000i has been around for a good number of years, and we saw very few durability complaints. We saw some complaints -- and correspondingly low ratings -- about the plastic casing, but these seem to be in the minority. All users say this Brother is a quiet machine, although some say the noise level ramps up when you sew on the highest speed setting.

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Brother CS6000i Reviews

1. Amazon.com

More than 3,650 owners weigh in on the Brother CS6000i here, and it earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Most appreciate the combination of an affordable price tag with features commonly found on computerized machines costing far more. They also say it's easy to learn and to use. Some complain of bobbin or tension issues, but most are thrilled with the CS6000i.

Review: Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine With 60 Built-In Stitches, 7 styles of 1-Step Auto-Size Buttonholes, Quilting Table, and Hard Cover, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2014

2. Walmart.com

The Brother CS6000i gets more than 1,250 reviews with an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. Most praise the model for its value and call it especially good for beginners. They say it operates smoothly and can accommodate a wide range of sewing projects from clothes to blankets to crafts. A few complain of mechanical problems such as jams or needle breakages.

Review: Brother 60-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine, CS-6000i, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of December 2014

3. Viewpoints.com

More than 170 users give the Brother CS6000i a score of 90 points out of 100 here, one of the highest ratings of any machine on the site. Owners say it's easy to use and offers a wide array of beautiful stitches.

Review: Brother Computerized Sewing Machine CS6000i Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of December 2014

4. Joann.com

The Brother CS6000i earns an overall average of 4.2 stars out of 5 in more than 85 reviews. Most find it reliable and easy to use, and many who use the machine for quilting like the included extension table. Its lightweight construction also draws praise. However, some sewers complain about loose tension, and others say the machine vibrates or has trouble handling heavier fabrics.

Review: Brother CS6000i Computerized Sewing Machine, Contributors to Joann.com, As of December 2014

5. PatternReview.com

At PatternReview.com, experienced sewers can post reviews of their sewing machines, giving an overview of how they use them, any pros and cons, and if they would recommend them. There are more than 30 reviews here for the Brother CS6000i, though you'll need to join the site (free) to read those that are more than six months old.

Review: Sewing Machines, Contributors to PatternReview.com, As of December 2014

6. SewMamaSew.com

SewMamaSew.com asked readers to fill out a survey about their favorite sewing machines, giving the answer to specific questions that give a good overview of the machine and how it's used. The Brother CS6000i has two such reviews, both very balanced. The owners really like this machine, and name few cons.

Review: Sewing Machine Reviews, Contributors to SewMamaSew.com, As of December 2014

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