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Brother CS6000i
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90.2 If you are new to sewing, the Brother CS6000I sewing machine may be worth checking out.  This is because it is easy to use, has quite a few features and doesn’t cost as much as some of the other sewing machines made by Brother.  Priced at under 200USD, this machine is an affordable investment for the beginner.  [REF Brother Sewing Machine Ratings]

The CS6000I is also lightweight and portable.  Weighing only thirteen pounds, this sewing machine has measurements of (H x W X L) of 12.5 inches by 9.75 inches by 9.35 inches.  As such the Brother CS6000I sewing machine is easy to store if you can’t devote space to a permanent sewing room.   The CS6000I sewing machine is also a computerized model and has an LCD display screen that makes stitch selection simple.  It features 60 built-in stitches, which can be programmed by width and length.   This includes utility stitches for constructing or mending garments, decorative stitches, heirloom stitches, stitches for quilting, and one-step buttonhole capabilities with seven styles of button holes to choose from.

Other Features
Two of the sewing machine’s most important features include a quick set bobbin and easy needle threading.  These are important if you are a first time sewer and have never threaded a sewing machine before.  In addition there is an adjustable dial control to change the length of the stitches quickly and easily.  You can also use either the built-in one-touch start/stop/reverse button to control the machine, or you can use the foot pedal.  The presser pedal can be adjusted for pressure and height (although some consumers indicate that adjusting the pedal pressure effectively is not easy), and the machine can be adjusted electronically for sewing speed.

The Brother CS6000I sewing machine comes with an attached thread cutter, storage space on the machine, and a walking foot so that fabrics don’t slip - even if you sew in multiple layers.  More features include a walking foot that allows you to quilt in straight lines and lets you sew both traditional and free-form quilts.

Accessories
The accessories include items such as a plastic, fitted wide table that will support quilting and other large sewing projects like curtains.  Other accessories include a hard case for transporting the machine, as well as quite a few accessory feet.  The accessory feet that come with this sewing machine are as follows:  buttonhole, overcastting, monogramming, zipper, zigzag, blind stitch, button fitting, walking foot, and a quilt guide. 

You also get a seam ripper, bobbins, a needle set, a twin needle, a cleaning brush, a screwdriver, an extra spool pin, a foot controller, a power cord, and a how-to manual.  This makes the Brother CS6000I sewing machine a complete package for the beginning sewer.

Consumer Reviews, Ratings and Comments
Consumer reviews for this sewing machine are overall very good.  Novice sewers seem to like the machine because it comes with all of the parts and a how-to manual that lets them get started right away.   They say that it is easy to thread and the LCD screen is helpful because it will give you information such as what foot you need to use while you are sewing.  Some consumers have indicated, however, that the bobbin case is not well designed and prone to failure.

The Brother CS6000I sewing machine seems to be geared towards the novice sewer who is on a budget.  It also comes with a 25 year warranty. 

The following table shows consumer ratings for the CS6000I selected from a number of quality sources. 

Source Consumer Ratings #Ratings
Amazon 4.4 stars out of 5 360
Walmart 4.6 stars out of 5 569
Target 4.43 stars out of 5 7
Epinions 4 stars out of 5 6
Sears 4 stars out of 5 5

Also a reviews of consumer comments yields the following common likes and dislikes related to the Brother CS6000I sewing Machine. 

PROS
- Lightweight
- Easy to use
- Sturdy
- Very good for beginners
- Extended table is helpful
- Good instruction manual
 
Cons
- LED lighting isn’t that great
- Sometimes jams with low-quality thread
- Some consumers have indicated that setting the tension is difficult

 

 

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