We’re really excited today to be reviewing one of our favorite low cost sewing machines: the Brother CS6000i.
This little beauty is one of the best machines to help you find your footing when you’re just stepping into the sewing world, but will also support you and help you to grow as you get more experienced as a sewer.
With 60 in-built stitches, computer power and a host of other features, the Brother CS6000i sewing machine represents incredible value for money.
It’s not exactly a perfect machine, mind you — but don’t worry, we’ll cover everything you need to know about, both good and bad, so you can make an informed buying decision.
Let’s take a look!
Brother CS6000i: The Details
The light gray, rounded body of the machine reads both modern and familiar, like you’d expect to find it sitting in your mother’s crafting room after a particularly nice Christmas.
The Brother CS6000i computerized sewing machine includes an easy-to-read LCD stitch selector that is highlighted by a dash of blue plastic, drawing the attention of the curious (or overworked) sewer.
The machine doesn’t appear bulky at first glance, though it weighs in at a fairly heavy 17.4 pounds.
Otherwise pretty nondescript, it comes along with a plastic cover, better to allow it to blend into any crafting room.
Let’s have a tour around the features:
- Extra wide table
- Quick-set and jam resistant bobbin
- Automatic needle threader
- Stop/Start button and reverse stitch
- Manual thread tension dial
- Stitch selection buttons
- LCD screen
- Stitch speed control
- Stitch size selection buttons
- Stitch and buttonhole table
- Weight: 17.4 lb
- Dimensions: 16 x 6.7 x 11.4 inches
- Stitches: 60 built in stitches
- Speed: 850 stitches per minute
- Computerized/Mechanic: Computerized
- Bobbin: Jam Resistant, quick set, top-drop in
- Warranty: 25 year limited warranty
The Brother CS6000i sewing machine comes with the following accessories:
- Walking foot
- Spring action quilting foot
- Quilt guide for foot holder
- Buttonhole foot
- Overcasting foot
- Monograming foot
- Zipper foot
- Blind stitch foot
- Button fitting foot
- Eyelet punch
- Needle set
- Twin needle
- Seam ripper
- Cleaning brush
- Wide table
- Extra spool pin
- Hard case/cover
Needless to say, it’s well kitted out when it arrives. All the better for getting started straight away!
Brother: The Company
Since 1954, Brother International Corporation has been working to serve the needs of the home and office as a US branch of the Japanese-based Brother Industries Ltd.
Their sewing and embroidery machines were awarded “Consumer Digest Best Buy” in 2013, and Amazon claims the Brother CS6000i, specifically, as one of its bestselling sewing machines.
Brother’s longstanding reputation of creating quality sewing machines, backed by their standard 25 year minimum warranty, stands as testament to their dedication to their sewers.
They even run a sewing blog, ‘Stitching Sewcial,’ in order to create a community of sewers and to provide personal stories, tips, and DIY project designs to sewers who are considering their products.
The aforementioned 25 year warranty for the Brother CS6000i ensures that parts, labor, and accessories for the machine can be replaced up to one year after purchase of the machine.
Electronics and printing circuit boards can be replaced at up to two years after purchase, and the chassis casting can be replaced up to twenty five years post-purchase.
A more detailed explanation of the warranty is provided by Brother and can be read in PDF form here.
While the number of accessories that come with the Brother CS6000i sewing machine serves as a selling point of its own, Brother advertises several other features that make the CS6000i ideal for beginning sewers.
If you are looking for the best sewing machine for beginners, this is definitely a strong candidate.
The machine’s brightly lit work space compliments its LCD stitch selector, making work and stitch selection easy to see, either for those just learning how many different types of stitches there are in the world or for those with poor eyesight.
Threading is simple, too, thanks to its automatic needle threader and easy bobbin winder.
Adjustable speed settings allow for beginning sewers to work their way up to more comfortable paces over the course of a project.
The free arm and oversized table make this machine an excellent choice for quilt makers too.
Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine: Review
Details, details. What do we really think of the Brother CS6000i? Well…
It’s Ideal for Beginners
If you want to get serious about sewing, we’re not sure that there’s a better sewing machine to get started with than the Brother CS6000i.
First off, it’s really easy to use. We’re talking an automatic needle threader, jam-resistant and easy bobbin winding, and a computerized display for easy stitch and speed selection.
If you need a little direction when it comes to getting started, check out this video tutorial in threading the needle and winding the bobbin:
Not only is it easy to use, but it’s perfectly positioned to take you from a beginner sewer to a more experienced one.
There are over 60 in-built stitches (that’s a lot at this price point), a free arm and an extra large table to allow you to take on a variety of different projects on this machine.
While there may be much cheaper sewing machines available for beginners, we’re not sure any stand up to the Brother CS6000i in terms of it sewing potential.
All the Accessories
The Brother CS6000i’s plethora of accessories may seem overwhelming at first, if only for the sheer amount of opportunity they present!
Beginners can make use of some of the more basic feet included with the machine, while adventurous sewers can find themselves experimenting with blind stiches and button holes.
Some machines on the market — particularly at this price point — sell just the machine alongside a couple of feet, upselling you into buying all the extra accessories you’re likely to need at some point in your sewing career.
We love that Brother simply include more or less everything as standard. In fact, we haven’t bought any extra accessories for this machine since we got it!
Perfect for Quilting
The Brother CS6000i reviews sing its praises when it comes to the machine’s ability to quilt.
We don’t do a huge amount of quilting personally but like the opportunity to dabble every now and again — and the CS6000i is perfect for this. We told you it was a versatile machine!
Fun toys, like the spring action quilting foot, the additional wide table, and the foot holder quilt guide all lend to the machine’s quilting prowess.
Automatic Needle Threader
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — no sewer ever regrets buying a machine with an automatic needle threader.
It’s a silky balm to our poor strained eyes.
In its continued appeal to beginner sewers (and even us more experienced ones!), the Brother CS6000i sewing machine’s automatic needle threader reduces the struggle of threading down to the push of a lever.
Stress levels reduce just as automatically as this needle threads.
Slow Your Roll
The Brother CS6000i’s adjustable speed setting is enough to make your heart flutter.
Maybe that’s just us…
Beginner sewers nervous about making mistakes or starting their first projects can be overwhelmed by machines that start them off at top speeds. The Brother CS6000i allows those of us who want to take it easy an opportunity to ease ourselves into our projects.
More experienced sewers can start out strong, too, but it’s always nice to have a tortoise speed to compliment the hare.
It’s the price though, along with the accessories, the versatility, and the ease of use, that makes the Brother CS6000i sewing machine really worth considering.
It’s priced towards the lower end of the mid-market, but we’d honestly be happy paying a little more as it’s so full of features.
That doesn’t mean, of course, that the machine is perfect.
There are some downsides that may be deal breakers for more experienced sewers, but it all depends on what kind of projects you’re interested in pursuing.
It’s Not So Good on Layers
The biggest problem that we’ve found and that other Brother CS6000i reviews report is that the machine has some difficulty working through multiple layers of fabric or with fabric that is particularly thick (like leather or denim)
It’s definitely not a heavy duty machine and shouldn’t be used as such.
There’s debate as to whether or not the machine can handle denim, as well, making a sewer’s dream of the perfect jean jacket – or properly hemmed pants – a little more difficult to achieve.
We’ve found that it can tackle denim, as long as you go slowly and work carefully. It might groan a little bit so take care not to treat it like a work horse.
No Automatic Tension
One way in that the Brother CS6000i computerized sewing machine isn’t set up for beginners is that there’s no automatic tension control.
This doesn’t take a huge amount of time to master but we often found we had to readjust it every time we fired up the machine.
A small niggle, but a little annoying.
The ‘Extra’ Light is Still Dim
Brother wax lyrical on their supposed ‘extra bright’ work area, but we still found it a little dim for our poor, tired eyes!
This is nothing that an extra desk lamp can’t fix, but it wouldn’t have hurt to put in a couple of extra LEDs to live up to the advertized expectation.
We highly recommend the Brother CS6000i sewing machine and think it represents excellent value for money.
It’s not a workhorse and certainly isn’t a heavy duty machine, but it’s pretty much perfect for the beginner sewer or for someone just using it for everyday projects (with some quilting on the side!).
As well as being reasonably priced, it’s easy to use and comes with a host of interesting accessories. If you want to practise your sewing skills or venture into some more ambitious projects, the Brother CS6000i is the sewing machine for you.
Where To Buy The Brother CS6000i
The enduring popularity of the Brother CS6000i feature-rich sewing machine ensures that you can find it in nearly all the sewing nooks and crannies of the Internet.
Here’s a few online stockists, for starters:
And, of course, you can find it on Amazon.
Now that’s everything you need to know about the Brother CS6000i!
Will you be buying one?
Brother CS6000i Review
Good for Beginners?
Value for Money
We love the Brother CS6000i — it’s one of the best sewing machines for beginners on the market. It’s reasonably priced, easy to use and will grow with you as you grow in experience.
It’s not great on multiple layers and the jury’s still out on how well it can handle denim, but it’s perfectly good for most sewing and quilting projects.