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Which sewing machine?
Two Brother machines - recommendations?
barbiejpete
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Date: 9/7/12 11:58 AM

I have been looking at two sewing machines, and can't seem to decide which one I would like to buy.
Brother CS6000i, or the Brother PC420 PRW, Project Runway.
Anyone have any comments? Big difference in price...
Thanks!

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Date: 9/7/12 4:13 PM

Have you checked out the reviews for these machines? Check the topics out at the top of the page, select Sewing Machines and then Sewing Machine Reviews. Or look to the left and select if from there. I have the CS6000i. It is okay. It doesn't do well with fleece. It sews it but groans in the process. I say buy the best machine you can afford with the features you are looking for.
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Date: 9/7/12 8:37 PM

These two are not in the same class. The 6000 has gotten some good reviews-it is an entry level machine and a great deal for the price according to the reviews on here. I had the 420 and did a review. I liked it ok-it sewed what I asked it to sew. However, I have a mechanical Kenmore/Janome (Sears doesn't sell these any longer) that I bought for $150 and it is a more solid machine. I would encourage you to look at the Janomes-there are several in the same price range. Only you know what you can afford and what type of machine you want. If you can get to a dealer or two and try some different machines out, you will have a better idea of what you want. There are several models in your price range that you could get at a dealer's and you would have dealer support etc.
By the way, I don't have the Brother any longer; I kept it about 4 months and bought a Janome 6600P (considerably more $$).

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Date: 9/7/12 11:47 PM

The 6000 is an entry level and OK, the PC420 is an excellent machine. Read my review. I have never had a Janome so cannot speak about it, but you will not be disappointed in the 420.

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Date: 9/8/12 8:14 AM

The Brother CS6000i, has 1.048 reviews on Amazon, 4 1/2 stars - that's pretty good. The Brother PC420 PRW has only 149 reviews but still @ 4 1/2 stars. I purchased the Brother PC420 PRW and returned it the next day, poor poor stitch quality! The Brother CS6000i, for the price, looks tempting, however, it really depends on how you're planning to use your machine. Are you an occasional sewer who will sew mainly with cottons, light knits etc. OR do you plan to sew handbags or jeans with thick materials? OR do you need a machine for a home business? If you fall in the first category then the Brother CS6000i may serve you well. And lastly, you get what you pay for. That said, I'd go with a Janome if you have $350 - $450 to spend OR if you're not afraid of the word SINGER =0) I'd go with the Singer Quantum 9960, on Amazon it's 329.99 free shipping and is sold by Amazon, they stand behind what they sell. Ton's of rave reviews about the Singer Quantum 9960, I bought one for classes after I'd returned the Brother! Do you have any dealers near by to test the machines?

Good luck, happy sewing!
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Date: 9/8/12 10:19 AM

I have a veritable Fraternity of Brother machines!

I bought the CS6000i as my entry level computerized machine a few years ago. It comes with a nice array of feet, but stumbles on heavy or thicker fabrics with skipped stitches or a sudden elongation of stitch. The harp space is teeny tiny making maneuvering projects a challenge. Light is dim. Bobbin winder is fickle, necessitating a Sidewinder. At the time, I thought it was an awesome machine.I keep it as it is a class and back up machine for light wt. fabrics, but I'm seriously rethinking that.

RE: PRW 420. Since it is a mail order only machine, I'd be hesitant. Some folks do well without dealer support, I am not one. Even with pricier machines, timing +tension can be issues upon delivery.

IF I was to do it all over, again, knowing what I know now ( thanks, PR!), I'd pass the CS6000i to buy a Brother Innovis 80, 250, or 450 machine. Or a midline Janome/Kenmore. Heavier machines. Very Good-Excellent switch quality. Great warranties. And can be traded up. The Innovis NX450 is nearly identical to the PRW 420, but you get dealer support and 7 feed dogs, much better warranty. Cost is similar.

I agree that the Singer Quantum 9960 looks like a great deal---especially that box feed!

Computerized machines, while amazing, tend to be fussy. Frustrated, I looked at mechanicals. For the price of the next 2 repairs, I could have a workhorse mechanical to handle the ugly jobs. Do not discount the mechanicals for lack of bells and whistles!

Also, check the dealers for used machines from loving homes traded up. You can buy much better quality for less, get a warranty, plus dealer support. Another thing I wish I'd known!Some PR folks have great luck with used machines on ebay or craigslist.

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