Brother CS6000i Computerized Sewing Machine Review

Brother CS6000iThe Brother CS6000i Computerized Sewing Machine is a little sewing powerhouse. This model gives you a choice of 60 built-in stitches. From decorative to quilting to various utility stitch functions, the aim of the Brother CS6000i sewing machine is to make your life as easy as possible.

Sewing is controlled through either a foot pedal or a simple one-touch button on the machine itself, the latter of which can also be used to do reverse stitching. The machine connects materials at a speedy 850 stitches per minute.

You will find a complete range of accessories included with the machine: from the basics like a manual, power cord and a solid storage case, to the tools of the trade like bobbins, a needle set, seam ripper, handy screw driver, brush for cleaning, an additional spool spin, twin needle and various snap-on presser feet.

Brother offers you a 25 year limited warranty on this unit. It appears to be an extremely versatile sewing machine, but let’s look beyond the features to see how it performs.

Performance Review

The positives

The manual is very good and we’d highly recommend that you carefully read it (it features plenty of diagrams and pictures if you struggle with the jargon) and follow the instructions before using or threading the machine. With that said, the machine is very easy to get to grips with. The computerized stitch selection (done via a LCD screen) is a joy. The included quilting table makes this machine a great buy if you enjoy or have to do a lot of quilting.

Threading is surprisingly easy. The feet just snap in, no screws to mess with, and are easily released with the press of a button.

Another positive is that the machine is fairly light (it features a sturdy plastic chassis), so if you need to carry it around a lot you won’t find that too much of a hardship.

Finally, the price is the major draw here. For around $180 you wouldn’t expect anything nearly this easy to use, sturdy or effective, but the Brother CS6000I delivers value in spades. After doing some quilting and stitching some heavy curtains, we cannot help but be impressed at the ease with which the Brother CS6000I handles the tasks you throw at it.

Problems encountered

If you’re using cheap thread, the machine is prone to bunching up the thread. Use high quality thread and be sure to use identical thread in the bobbin as well as on top of the machine. Also, if you plan to sew a lot of heavy material, like multiple layers of denim, this may not be the ideal machine for you.

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Verdict:

Overall, the Brother CS6000i Computerized Sewing Machine punches well above its price range in both features and actual operation. Cheap, light, versatile and sturdy, this is a great machine for novices in particular who wants to learn the ropes without a big expense, while avoiding having to upgrade to something better in a few months.

Consumer Verdict:

Out of 513 user reviews currently on Amazon.com, this unit has collected 446 4 and 5 star reviews, meaning that 86% of consumers are extremely happy with it. That’s one heck of a strike rate.