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Brother CS6000i Review

This Brother sewing machine can get you through whatever project you’re working on quickly and easily.

Our Verdict

The Brother CS6000i wasn’t a favorite among our reviewers but has a lot of sewing speed and a plethora of stitch patterns to choose from.

For

  • Seven extra sewing feet are included.

Against

  • Our reviewers noted a rather steep learning curve to use this machine to full advantage.
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Our reviewers said there was a learning curve to using the Brother CS6000i.

Our reviewers said there was a learning curve to using the Brother CS6000i.
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The Brother CS6000i has integrated speed control you can use to set the speed wherever you like no matter how you press on the foot pedal.

The Brother CS6000i has integrated speed control you can use to set the speed wherever you like no matter how you press on the foot pedal.
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The Brother CS6000i has an automatic needle threader.

The Brother CS6000i has an automatic needle threader.
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You can sew up to 850 stitches per minute with the Brother CS6000i.

You can sew up to 850 stitches per minute with the Brother CS6000i.
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There are several dials on the Brother CS6000i for changing tension, stitch width and stitch length.

There are several dials on the Brother CS6000i for changing tension, stitch width and stitch length.
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Like many of the machines we tested, the Brother CS6000i has a needle up/down button.

Like many of the machines we tested, the Brother CS6000i has a needle up/down button.
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The integrated speed control on the Brother CS6000i lets you slow your sewing way down without having to worry about pressing very lightly on the foot pedal.

The integrated speed control on the Brother CS6000i lets you slow your sewing way down without having to worry about pressing very lightly on the foot pedal.
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While the stitches are preset in the Brother CS6000i, you can manually change the settings.

While the stitches are preset in the Brother CS6000i, you can manually change the settings.
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The balance wheel on the Brother CS6000i turns smoothly.

The balance wheel on the Brother CS6000i turns smoothly.
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The Brother CS6000i comes with an extension table.

The Brother CS6000i comes with an extension table.
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We had four testers use every sewing machine we reviewed, including the Brother CS6000i.

We had four testers use every sewing machine we reviewed, including the Brother CS6000i.
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The power switch and cord ports are all located near each other on the right side of the Brother CS6000i.

The power switch and cord ports are all located near each other on the right side of the Brother CS6000i.
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Our reviewers gave the Brother CS6000i a D- for ease of use and a C+ for accuracy.

Our reviewers gave the Brother CS6000i a D- for ease of use and a C+ for accuracy.
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The Brother CS6000i has an easy-to-use drop-in bobbin system.

The Brother CS6000i has an easy-to-use drop-in bobbin system.
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The Brother CS6000i has a nice LED sewing light over the needle.

The Brother CS6000i has a nice LED sewing light over the needle.
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There are 60 stitch patterns programmed into the Brother CS6000i.

There are 60 stitch patterns programmed into the Brother CS6000i.
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Our testers sewed straight stitches and regular stitches with every machine.

Our testers sewed straight stitches and regular stitches with every machine.
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The Brother CS6000i is rather quiet, only putting out 67.7 decibels of sound in our tests.

The Brother CS6000i is rather quiet, only putting out 67.7 decibels of sound in our tests.
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We tested the machines using white denim, cotton and satin.

We tested the machines using white denim, cotton and satin.
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We used a sound pressure level meter to see how loud the sewing machines are.

We used a sound pressure level meter to see how loud the sewing machines are.

This Brother sewing machine can get you through whatever project you’re working on quickly and easily. At up to 850 stitches per minute, it’s one of the fastest machines we tested so skilled sewers will be able to speed through anything. And this speed doesn’t equate to deafening noise. This machine only registered 67.7 decibels in our tests. That is only a bit louder than normal conversation and similar to the noise level of the typical dishwasher.

The CS6000i has 60 stitch patterns, which is mid-range among the machines in our comparison, some of which top 100 stitch patterns. Regardless, even with 60 you have a lot of patterns to choose from including seven buttonhole styles. All the stitches have automatic settings which are accessible on the sewing machine’s LCD screen. Rather than having to manually adjust stitch width and length, you simply enter the number corresponding to the stitch you want and you can start sewing right away. You do still have the option to manually change settings if you want.

The buttons on this sewing machine can simplify the sewing process a lot. An integrated speed control slider means you don’t have to focus on how hard you’re pressing the sewing pedal. Instead, you can set it to the speed you want and continually sew at the same speed no matter how hard you press the pedal. There is also a start/stop button on the front of the machine so you can ignore the pedal altogether if you want. The Needle Position Key will move the needle to its highest or lowest point. This makes threading easier when the needle is in the up position and gives you a precise pivot point for tight turns if you send the needle to the down position. This machine also comes with a lot of the basics like an automatic needle threader, LED light, extension table and sharp thread cutter.

The four reviewers who used the CS6000i said it took a while to figure out how to use this machine but found the accompanying instructions very helpful. One had a problem finding the lever to lower the foot and another kept getting error messages when she switched between stitch patterns too quickly. Because of this, the sewing machine earned a D- for ease of use. It received a C+ for accuracy because some reviewers felt the factory setting tension was off. The straight stitch wasn’t very straight on denim and several decorative stitches resulted in puckering on cotton and satin.

This sewing machine comes with a bunch of extra feet: a buttonhole foot, overcasting foot, monogramming foot, zipper foot and several others. Only two other machines we tested came with more feet, the Singer Confidence 7640 and the Singer Stylist 7258. A walking foot of this quality alone can cost upwards of $10, so all these extras can save you a lot of money in the long run. It also comes with a cleaning brush, bobbins and seam ripper.