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Brother CS6000i Review

By: Kelly Burgess on June 26, 2017

Bottom Line

The fully-featured, computerized Brother CS6000i is 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.


  • One-step buttonhole; seven buttonhole styles
  • Consistent stitches
  • Nine included presser feet
  • Wide table attachment
  • 60 stitches; very even stitch performance


  • No automatic embroidery functions
Our Analysis
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Breaking it down


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 carrying 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 your favorite stitches or of 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.


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.

Our Sources

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2017

More than 6,855 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.

Contributors to Walmart.com, As of June 2017

The Brother CS6000i gets around 1,875 reviews and ratings, with an overall score 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.

Contributors to Joann.com, As of June 2017

The Brother CS6000i earns an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 in more than 450 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.

Contributors to PatternReview.com, As of June 2017

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 just over 35 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.

Contributors to SewMamaSew.com, As of June 2017

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 three such reviews, all very balanced. The owners really like this machine, and name few cons.

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