93.5 The Brother CP60X is an affordable but fairly basic computerized sewing machine. The LCD screen allows you to select the stitch, stitch width and length, and it will indicate the correct presser foot to use. Consumer ratings for the CP60X are good and owners report that the machine is lightweight, intuitive, and easy-to-use. This is not a heavy-duty machine however, and it will struggle with thicker materials.
Over 600 CP60X owner ratings were found at several quality on-line retailers. These can be found in the table below. When we applied a weighted average to the figures we got an overall score of 93.5 out of 100. This is a good score and can be compared to the scores of ALL the sewing machines we have reviewed in our sewing machine ratings table.
|Source||Consumer Rating||# Ratings|
|Amazon||4.7 stars out of 5||650|
|Joann||4.1 stars out of 5||27|
|Best Buy||4.6 stars out of 5||14|
Pros & Cons
Owner comments have provided the following insights into what folks like and dislike about the CP60X.
- Intuitive and easy to use
- Good stitch quality
- Lightweight machine
- Plenty of stitch options
- Good bang for your buck
- Hard to read stitch panel
- Struggles on thicker materials
- Few features
What Are Owners Saying?
A large number of owners state that the CP60X is a very good machine for beginners. Owners feel that the controls are intuitive and that the machine is very easy to use. The limited number of features and controls likely contribute to the ease of use. This is a very basic sewing machine.
Folks like that there are a host of stitch options and they report that the stitch quality is good. In addition, the light weight of the CP60X allows the unit to be transported to sewing classes or sewing clubs easily. All-in-all most owner comments and ratings indicate that this machine provides good dollar value.
It has an automatic needle threader, however like many needle threaders this one get both praise and criticism. Some people find that it works well and really helps, while other say it is difficult and frustrating to use. We’ve seen this kind of thing with needle threaders on many machines from a host of different manufacturers.
On the downside, some people have highlighted that this is not a heavy duty machine and it will struggle with heavy/thick materials. Also, others have indicated that the stitch panel on the front of the machine can be difficult to read. For some reason Brother have used white text on a light blue background which offers poor contrast.
A few owners report that the manual can be difficult to follow and they have reverted to YouTube videos to get more information. In addition, there are occasional (not common) reports of problems cropping up after just a few months – things like thread tangling, the material feed not working, presser feet not staying on, the foot pedal working intermittently, etc. But, again, these kinds of issues appear in only a minority of comments.
You can read more Brother CP60X reviews on Amazon.
- 60 built-in stitches
- 7 auto-size one-step buttonholes
- LCD control panel
- Max stitch length = 5mm
- Max stitch width = 7mm
- Reverse stitch button
- Automatic needle threader
- Feed dogs can be dropped
- Free arm capable
- LED lit working area
- Max sewing speed = 750 stitches per minute
- Top drop-in, quick-set bobbin
- Snap-on presser feet
- Twin needle capable
- Manual tension dial
Does Not Have
Some features that you may want that this unit does not have include:
- No speed change control on sewing machine
- No start-stop button
- No needle up-down button
- No knee lifter
The unit has 60 built-in stitches. This includes utility stitches, decorative stitches, heirloom stitches, and buttonholes. Following is a closeup of the stitch panel on the front of the machine. You can see the limited contrast between the foreground and the background.
You can read more about each stitch in Brother’s detailed stitch chart document: Brother CP60X Stitches
Other Features & Characteristics
- One of the key characteristics of the CP60X is that is runs on 120 volts only. If you intend to use this outside of the USA or Canada you may need a voltage transformer.
- The sewing machine weighs a very lightweight 10.5 lbs. This, and its high owner ratings score, makes it a fit for our list of the best portable sewing machines. The unit also has an aluminum frame which helps with rigidity while keeping construction lightweight. In addition, a built-in carry handle aids in portability.
- The CP60X uses SA156 plastic bobbins. These are class 15 type bobbins.
- There is a slider on the back of the machine that allows you to drop the feed dogs.
- There is no speed control slider on the sewing machine so the speed is controlled by the included foot controller.
- The control panel on the CP60X is an LCD panel and is not backlit.
- According to Brother, one should not sew a material that is more than 6mm thick.
- The sewing machine is manufactured in Vietnam.
- There is no cover of any kind (hard or soft).
The CP60X comes with a host of accessories including 7 presser feet: Zigzag foot, Zipper foot, Overcasting foot, Button sewing foot, Monogramming foot, Buttonhole foot, and Blind stitch foot. You also get a 3 piece needle set, a twin needle, a ball point needle, 4 bobbins, a spool pin, a seam ripper, a cleaning brush, an L-shaped screwdriver, and an eyelet punch. In addition, you will receive an operating manual, a foot pedal, and a power cord.
There is an accessory storage box built into the sewing machine and removal of this box reveals the unit's free arm.
The Brother CP60X sewing machine carries a 25-year limited manufacturer’s parts and labor warranty. This does not mean the entire sewing machine is warranted for 25 years. What it does mean is the following:
- 1 year on parts/labor
- 2 years on electronics
- 25 years on the chassis
Sewing Machine Manual
The manual for this machine is quite detailed for a machine at this price point (in our experience). It covers sewing machine parts, features, accessories, threading, using the needle, presser feet, utility stitches, making adjustments, maintenance, troubleshooting, etc. You can view the manual here: Brother CP60X Sewing Machine Manual