This is my Review of the Brother CS6000i Sewing and Quilting Machine. I purchased this Sewing Machine in July of 2015. Originally it was for my daughter who was interested in sewing at the time. She learned a few things with help from Grandma. I made some simple crafts like bookmarks, tiny pillows, maybe a potholder or 2. I really hadn’t sewn anything since High School Home Ec, many many years ago. So I was learning everything all over again.
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The first thing I wanted to show you about the Brother CS6000i Sewing and Quilting Machine is how easy it is to use. My daughter is 8 in these pictures, she learned a few basics about the machine, and after that, she just sewed on her own. It is so simple and easy once everything is threaded and the bobbin is loaded. This is a great starter machine but it also has a lot more features than a beginner machine.
I really didn’t get to know this machine until my daughter was cast in a play. Every parent had to join a committee to help. I told them I had a sewing machine but I really didn’t know how to sew. They asked can you sew a straight line? I said yes, they said good enough, welcome to the costume-making committee! So I dragged that sewing machine in its carrying case to the school every Saturday and Sunday for 3 months.
You can see in the picture it comes with a white hard protective case. You do need a bag or special sewing machine carrier to put all the accessories in, like the foot pedal, power cord, extended table, and all the tools. It does not come with anything that holds it all in one place. Since then I received this Sewing Machine Black Quilted Rolling Carrying Case as a birthday present. It holds the machine and all the accessories that go with it. I LOVE IT!!!!
In 3 months being on the costume committee, I literally learned to sew everything. We made 90% of the costumes, everything else from the thrift store we altered to fit the kids. I sewed dresses, pants, skirts, undergarments. I altered coats, sleeves, pantlegs. I sewed every different kind of fabric you can imagine, stuff that is really hard to sew with.
I literally sewed for hours and hours on that Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine and it just kept going and going, not a single issue. I put that thing through the paces and it just kept sewing beautifully! This should tell you that this machine is so much better and sturdier than a cheap starter machine and worth the price.
What does it come with?
Ok, let’s talk about what it comes with. If you are not familiar with sewing machines you may not recognize some of these pieces. That’s ok, I’ll walk you through them.
9 Sewing and Quilting Feet
Walking foot Used for going through multiple layers of fabric like a quilt sandwich or anything thick that needs a little extra help.
Spring Action Quilting Foot Used for free motion quilting. I’ve quilted with this foot, it is not the best for quilting. You need to buy a better quality foot to be able to free motion quilt with this machine.
Overcasting Foot Used for finishing a seam, the stitching goes on both sides of the fabric. It is like a serger (overlocker) stitch but it doesn’t cut off the material like a serger (overlocker) does.
Monogramming Foot. This foot has a wide open space for the needle to move in. You are able to do the larger decorative stitches with this foot.
Zipper Foot. Is a narrow foot used to install zippers into garments. It fits easily stitching along the edge of the zipper.
Blind Stitch Foot. This foot is used to do a special stitch called a blind stitch that barely shows.
Buttonhole foot This funny looking foot is used to do the stitching around a button hole. It does not cut the buttonhole but it does all the reinforced stitching around it so everything stays in place.
Button Sewing Foot: This foot actually sews a button in place, the foot holds the button and you set the stitch width to match the holes and it stitches it into place.
ZigZag Foot Open for the needle to go back and forth doing small or large zigzags
This assortment of sewing feet is pretty much all you need unless you get into really serious complicated sewing. The walking foot alone is worth $60 if you bought it by itself.
The Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine comes with the Extended Table which makes it so much easier to sew on when you have a large flat surface. Foot Pedal, Power Cord, and Tools. There is a tool to change the needle, it also opens up the bobbin case underneath so you can clean. Lint and dust will kill your machine so you should clean it constantly, there is a little Cleaning Brush that you use to brush out dust bunnies.
It also comes with needles, a double-needle, spool covers, a tool to slice open a buttonhole. The best thing about this machine is that it has an Automatic Threader. You don’t have to get a magnifying glass to thread the needle. You just push a lever and it threads the needle for you.
More Features of the Brother CS600i Sewing Machine:
You’ve got a Light underneath and buttons for Backstitching, Needle up and down, Speed control lever which is awesome for beginners. When you are learning to sew, it’s hard to control the foot pedal so sometimes you go way too fast. You set the speed control to slow so you can’t get out of control. There is an LCD display with buttons that control stitch length and width. You can also select the kind of foot you are going to use and switch between 60 different kinds of stitches.
I have tried every single one of the decorative stitches. Seven of them are buttonhole stitches, I have not tried all of those. Trust me there are enough decorative stitches to keep you busy for a long time. I made these potholders and used decorative stitching.
Specifics on the Brother CS6000i Sewing and Quilting Machine:
All this information is from the website:
This user-friendly and portable sewing and quilting machine offers a wide range of quilting and sewing. The CS6000i features 60 built-in sewing stitches, including decorative stitches and 7 styles of one-step buttonholes. There are 9 presser feet included in this machine – buttonhole, overcasting, monogramming, zipper, zigzag, blindstich, button fitting, walking, and spring action quilting foot.
This machine also includes a detachable wide table that is perfect for larger quilting projects. The Brother CS6000i sewing machine has been engineered for ease of use. A simple-to-view backlit LCD display, an automatic needle threader, easy-to-follow threading diagrams, and an adjustable sewing speed control system are all included. An easy-to-see, brightly lit sewing area is quite helpful when sewing on dark fabrics.
An automatic needle threader has been added to perfectly align thread through the needle. A built-in free arm helps to assist with sewing pant legs, sleeves, and other cylindrical items. The CS6000i sewing machine also includes a hard machine case.
The CS6000i sewing and quilting machine includes a printed Quick Start guide and complete instructions manuals in English and Spanish. We do not recommend using this machine in countries that do not support 120V AC, even if a voltage adapter is in use.
Weight 13lbs, 25 Year limited warranty: The CS6000i is backed by a 25 year limited warranty with free technical support for the life of the product
My Review of the Brother CS6000i Sewing and Quilting Machine:
I would absolutely 100% recommend the Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine. We have used this machine for the last 6 years and haven’t had a single issue with it. This machine is for beginners, intermediate, and advanced skill levels. It is perfect for clothing, fabric tote bags, fabric napkins and placemats, pillow covers……..the possibilities are endless. I do have to say that it struggles when you have a really thick corner and there are multiple layers of fabric. I end up having to hand-crank the wheel to get the needle through those thick areas. It would not do well for someone that makes bags or wallets out of vinyl, leather. It wouldn’t have the power to get through those materials.Brother Sewing and Quilting Machine, CS6000i, 60 Built-in Stitches, 2.0″ LCD Display, Wide Table, 9 Included Sewing Feet
Is it worth the money?
This machine is absolutely worth the money. If you bought a cheaper machine it wouldn’t last, you wouldn’t have half the features that this one does. Spend the little extra money and get something that will last.
Here are some of the things I’ve made with this machine including a Harry Potter Gryffindor Tie and Scarf.
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