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Brother CS6000i
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Date: 11/23/13 6:34 PM

Please help. I have waded through thousands of the reviews here and I think I'm homing in on a new sewing machine. I am a beginner , but my old machine for the last 30 years went to the Big Bobbin in the sky. Besides, it was was from my ex husband, so I was more than glad to see it go ! Didn't even attempt to take it in for service.

I found a great price on a Brother CS6000i but the latest review on it is in 2010.

Does anyone have any current insight on this machine ? I found it for $140 and it includes a hard case. Seems like a great deal. Could I go wrong ? I want to use it for an easy upholstery project so it needs to handle heavy fabric and denim.

Any comments appreciated. Theresa, Redmond, Oregon

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Date: 11/23/13 6:47 PM

The Brother cs6000i is a 3/4 machine. That means it's a little smaller and lighter than you would see a regular sewing machine. It's a great machine for travel and for lighter sewing.

It would not be a good machine for heavy duty sewing.

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Date: 11/23/13 7:02 PM

I have used the CS6000 to sew heavy (Sunbrella) acrylic boat covers and it did a good job. The machine drills through heavy fabric seams.

That said, the machine is light weight. If I was going to do lot of upholstery sewing, I would consider a heavier machine.


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Date: 11/23/13 8:38 PM

Quote: Theresal58
...it includes a hard case.

I want to use it for an easy upholstery project so it needs to handle heavy fabric and denim.

Check the reviews on Amazon as well.

FYI...it has a hard cover instead of a case. A hard cover has an open bottom and sets over the sewing machine to help keep dust off of it.

IMHO layers of heavy fabric or denim would be more than it can handle...but check out the Amazon reviews.
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Date: 11/24/13 0:18 AM

This is my sewing machine (my first, bought this summer). I love it. I've done unspeakably horrible things to it and it still runs perfectly. Never sewn denim with it, but made a couple of heavily interfaced handbags and it did fine with those. Really easy to use (although I still can't figure out how the automatic needle threader works)...

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Date: 11/24/13 3:19 AM

I know many are used to bigger machines for large projects. I grew up using smaller harp treadles and Singers (incl featherweight) and it never slowed down my mom or myself. We sewed all sorts- car, motorcycle covers, RV, boat, etc.

I read a review of a guy reupholstering a couch using a BL BL-9- small machine and that lead me to buy it- steel insides.

So don't let the size turn you away if you like it.

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Date: 11/24/13 4:08 AM

If you are ordering the Brother CS 6000i from Amazon be sure to get a pack of the Brother SA156 bobbins to go with it as those are the correct bobbins for that machine. Brother also makes a SA155 bobbin but that is NOT the one for the CS 6000i.

Serious problems can happen using the wrong bobbins...and many times "made for Brother bobbins" can be a waste of $ and not good for the sewing machine.

Genuine Brother SA156 bobbins at Amazon

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Date: 11/24/13 10:47 AM

I have one and it's a nice little machine. Lotta bang for the buck. I'm abusive to my machines, but have found that using the correct needle, thread, stitch, and tension combo works wonders.

Used the CS6000i to sew Sunbrella cushion covers with upholstery zippers and piping, for full sized sofa, wing chair, ottoman, and rocking chair. I hate Sunbrella.

I've pieced larger quilt tops on it with a bit of maneuvering…but not much more than is required for the Nx650Q/Melody/Laura Ashley 800.

Keep the bobbin case pristine and needles sharp. All MY Brother machines behave badly using Coats and Clark thread. Gutterman or better is the choice for fuss free Brother sewing.

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Date: 11/25/13 12:20 PM

(Sent you a detailed PM on the needle threader.)

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Date: 11/25/13 1:56 PM

I bought the CS6000i as my first machine, and for the price I quite like it. It served me well and didn't complain when I used it to sew things like 4+ layers of thick wool felt. I don't think I've used it on denim, but I don't see it having issues as long as you use the right needle. The hard case is actually just a cover (no bottom) like somebody else said. But, you CAN carry the machine with the cover on, as there is a hole in the cover through which you grasp the machine handle. It's lightweight and very easy to move around. I like the ability to start and stop the sewing using the buttons and slide speed control w/o the foot pedal plugged in. That makes it easy to pull out for a quick job when you don't have a dedicated sewing space - you can toss it on a kitchen counter and use it there if you need to. I even set it up on an ironing board in front of some already-hung curtains to sew the hems after I pinned them. I was able to pin the 5 curtains individually while hung to keep the hems looking even over our uneven floors and then sew them w/o a bunch of extra steps of putting them up/taking them down.

The instructions are well illustrated and easy to understand. The machine comes with quite a few feet, and the display shows you which foot to use based on the stitch you've chosen. You can often go outside of this recommendation for various applications (as long as you are careful to check that the needle won't hit the foot), but it's nice for a beginner to have the instruction.

I will say that I recently inherited a vintage Bernina 1130, which I adore. There IS a difference in the experience that a higher end machine provides. I find that stitching close to the edge, etc, is easier for me to do on the Bernina than on the Brother, likely due to the Bernina feet and how they work with the feed dogs. However, I am keeping my Brother around and do use it for certain tasks (I like some of the decorative stitches, it has some fun buttonholes which it does well, and it is very portable). If you need a reliable machine without a huge investment of money, the Brother is in my opinion a very good option.

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