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Brother CS6000 or Kenmore 16231
A sewing machine for my 23 year old daughter
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Date: 4/26/06 10:15 AM

I want to buy a sewing machine for my daughter. She does repairs, hemming, and crafts (stuffed animals, pillows.) I have narrowed my search down to the Brother CS6000 and the Kenmore 16231.
From reading the reviews, it seems both machines are well-liked. Can anyone help me make a decision? (The Kenmore is on sale for a few more day!)

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Date: 4/26/06 1:11 PM

I like the kenmores, but that is just my opinion. I have 8 of them, 6 for the sewing lesson classes that I teach, one that I leave set up to sew on and my embroidery machine. The Brother might be a good machine as well, but I am just -slightly- biased toward the kenmore. Features for price is one factor.

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Date: 4/26/06 5:15 PM

Off the bat, the Kenmore model that you mention is an electronic machine, but It is NOT computerized. The Brother CS600 is computerized.

I have the Sears Janome Harmony 8080, and most of the the Kenmore's are made by Janome. I really like the buld quality of the Kenmore/Janome over the Brother. My mother has the Brother CS6000, and it's is a nice machine, but it has more "plasticy" pieces. Just doesn't seem as sturdy?? as the Kenmore/Janome machines.

The CS6000 will give you many more stitches than theKenmore model that you mention, and it is much lighter in wieght. Also, the CS6000 has a hand control option (start-stop button).

Sears frequently has there entry level computerized machines on sale for $250 to $300. If you wait, you might want to consider one of these. Also, If you check your local sears stores, you might find one of the last Harmony 8080 on closeout for $249. It's computerized, and has almost as many stitches as the Brother CS6000.

I also like the Kenmore/Janome machines, but my mom loves her Brother CS6000.

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Date: 4/26/06 10:58 PM

Have you read the reviews here on PR? The Kenmore machines have good track records and many loyal owners. I have a Kenmore computerized machine and like it. I have not had enough time yet just using it to give my final review. I have an old mechanical Pfaff that I love. I had an old 1970s Kenmore that was fine. For service and follow up at least with Sears you can take it back for a certain amount of time. A lot depends on if you are going to buy from a local dealer or from a department store. A Brother sold at a local dealer might have better service than a Brother from Walmart. I don't know. Read the reviews and match them with her needs. Mechanical machines are usually electronic meaning that the foot control is variable speed. Computerized machines make their stitches with memory from an internal memory board, and I find mine to be extra quiet and smooth running.

It is great you want to get your daughter a machine, and maybe a good idea is to have her help in this decision. She may prefer one machine or the other just for the looks as well as the features!

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