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Thread: Brother CS6000I anyone have one?

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    Hi all,

    Well I have been researching all the great info you shared and I have one more question to ask before I decide on a travel sewing machine.

    Does anyone out there have a Brother CS6000I? I have no experience with Brother machines. I have had Singer, Kenmore and now Bernina.

    For the price you are getting alot of bang for your buck, the reviews I have read have been good only a few complaints. Mostly due to operator error I think.

    Thanks so much for your help.

    Have a geat day,
    DeniseB

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    I have this machine along with a couple of Singers and I highly prefer the Brother. In my opinion Singers have gone downhill. I won't own another Singer.

    The Brother is a great machine, it has never given me any problems!

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    I just got one for a spare since my singer is getting serviced. I'm really not happy with it at all. Its like driving a tractor once you've had a mercedes! I've had other Brother machines, the 6080 which was very nice but the motor went out that winds the bobbins. Overall...not to happy with Brother!

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    I used one for several years. It worked fine for me. I also have a variety of old singers (the all metal ones). I liked the tension on the CS6000I, it was better than my Bernina and easier than the old singers. The stitch is nice too. I gave it to my best friend who likes to make quilt tops but she is nearly blind. This was my choice of all my machines to give her for ease of use. I also bought a new CS6000I for my niece. I think it's a good machine, simple to use, super price and mine came with lots of extra goodies. :-)

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    I have that machine and LOVE it :lol: I have several Brother machines and seem to have good luck with them. I think the needle up and down feature and mine also came with a lot of "extras", the walking foot and guide (?), zipper foot, blind stitch foot,free motion quilt foot , the large flat bed for quilting.

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    I also have the machine and love it. There are 6 in our quilt group who have the CS6000I and are very happy with it also. If you can't afford an expensive machine then this is the one for you. Well worth the price I would recommend it to anyone.

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    I have that machine and much prefer it to my two singers. Can't beat it in my book

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    I have this machine and have been really happy with it. I FMQ all my quilts on it. (I have a Bernina 730 w/ the /bsr but I learned on this little machine and can't help myself)

    I talked my mom into this machine--not a lot of money but a good, basic machine. That way, if she didn't want to continue quilting, she could still make curtains and wasn't out alot of money.

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    Thanks for the information. I appreciate it.

    have a great weekend.

    DeniseB

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    I also have this machine and a Janome. I can't FMQ on my Janome but I can on my Brother. The bed that comes with it is great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    I have that machine and LOVE it :lol: I have several Brother machines and seem to have good luck with them. I think the needle up and down feature and mine also came with a lot of "extras", the walking foot and guide (?), zipper foot, blind stitch foot,free motion quilt foot , the large flat bed for quilting.
    I just got this machine and so far, I really love it. I have been sewing/quilting on a 45 year old Universal which was the top of the line Japanese made. I am 70 years old and I needed something lighter in weight. I read somewhere that you can't use inexpensive thread on this machine. However, I also have my husband's mother's treadle singer machine and while we were looking at it, I found several spools of thread in the drawers that have to be nearly 45-50 years old. So I thought I would try some of that thread on my CS6000i and whohoo, it worked like a charm. Stitches are perfect and it runs so quiet sompared to the 45 year old Universal. Now, I don't recommend using old thread but I was just curious to see if it would work on the CS6000i. Of course I am not going to get rid of my Universal and I am hoping to get the Singer Treadle cleaned up and tuned up so I can use it. I think that would be kind of fun.

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    Amazon.com has it on sale for less than half prive $179.97 I believe. Its a great machine and has some really neat stitches. Bought on for my DGD.

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    I have one and liked it so much that I bought two as gifts for my neices. I still use my featherweight but when I need a modern machine this is the one I use. :thumbup:

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    I have this machine and really like it :) I bought it to take to class with me. It's a light weight machine so if you're looking for something "substantial" this isn't it, but over all I would recommend it as a nice piecing machine. I've used some of the other stitches and they are very uniform.

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    i have this machine, and i like it., but i don't sew all day long like i think some of you ladies do. i like the speed adjustment and not having to use a foot pedal,and it hardly weighs anything, one thing, i can't get the automatic threader to work, but i think i just need to practice. but don't let this stop you from using it.

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    I have made several quilts on this machine and absolutely love it! I did take it to a quilting class once and was made to feel like the kid from the wrong side of the tracks because it wasn't a Bernina or a Janome, but honestly, my quilt looked just as good as the others and I like the feel of it as I'm sewing. I didn't know I would like so many of the features that I now couldn't live without, like the needle-down feature, the on/off sewing and backstitch buttons with the speed control - who knew you could sew without a foot pedal? I didn't know if I would like that, but now I can't imagine going back to the foot pedal. My verdict? Love it!

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    Renee...LOL...I know exactly what you mean! When I took mine to class also they all looked at me like I had the plague. It was at a Janome LQS but a lot of the ladies had Bernina's. Well, if I could afford a Bernina, I'd have one but I don't think I'd look down my nose at someone that didn't have one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    Amazon.com has it on sale for less than half prive $179.97 I believe. Its a great machine and has some really neat stitches. Bought on for my DGD.
    I just checked Amazon and the price today is $147.54. the same price I paid for mine about a week ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by renee765
    I have made several quilts on this machine and absolutely love it! I did take it to a quilting class once and was made to feel like the kid from the wrong side of the tracks because it wasn't a Bernina or a Janome, but honestly, my quilt looked just as good as the others and I like the feel of it as I'm sewing. I didn't know I would like so many of the features that I now couldn't live without, like the needle-down feature, the on/off sewing and backstitch buttons with the speed control - who knew you could sew without a foot pedal? I didn't know if I would like that, but now I can't imagine going back to the foot pedal. My verdict? Love it!
    Was there a problem getting the quilt into the small neck. I am going to be making a full size quilt for my niece to give to the people in Tanzania S.Africa where she is serving as a Baptist Missionary and it seems like from looking at the machine that the neck area is rather small. I have never made any size of quilt except the lap throws that I have been making and giving to the Nursing Home for their patients.

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    I have 2 Bernina's, but before I got the second one, DH got me a Brother CS4000 for a backup and it is a great little machine. The CS6000I has more on it, so I would assume it is even nicer. When my DD was home from NZ, she wanted to begin to learn to sew. She used the Brother and fell in love with it. She was so disappointed to find that she couldn't take it back with her due to the luggage limits and the difference in power over there. The only thing I had to get used to was that, in it's default position, the needle is over to the left. But that is no problem when you use the 1/4 inch foot you just move the needle over. Also, it makes great decorative stitches, 7mm (my Bernina 440 only did 5mm).

    Check out the prices on Overstock.com. DH got mine there refurbished with full warranty for a very reasonable price.

    Good luck.

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    I just started a thread yesterday about cheaper machines. I think the one you are looking at is going to be the one I get too. Good Luck. Here is the thread i started with some additional advice :)

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-63785-1.htm

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    Blackberry: I discovered that, for me, I could free-motion quilt alot easier than stitch in the ditch on larger quilts. When you stitch in the ditch, you have to follow specific lines and directions in the quilt, so it is hard to maneuver in that throat space. When I meander, however, it's easy to move around the quilt without having it bunch up in the machine. JMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by nursie76
    I have 2 Bernina's, but before I got the second one, DH got me a Brother CS4000 for a backup and it is a great little machine. The CS6000I has more on it, so I would assume it is even nicer. When my DD was home from NZ, she wanted to begin to learn to sew. She used the Brother and fell in love with it. She was so disappointed to find that she couldn't take it back with her due to the luggage limits and the difference in power over there. The only thing I had to get used to was that, in it's default position, the needle is over to the left. But that is no problem when you use the 1/4 inch foot you just move the needle over. Also, it makes great decorative stitches, 7mm (my Bernina 440 only did 5mm). How do you move the needle over. I just started using mine this evening so maybe that is in the manual.

    Check out the prices on Overstock.com. DH got mine there refurbished with full warranty for a very reasonable price.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renee765
    Blackberry: I discovered that, for me, I could free-motion quilt alot easier than stitch in the ditch on larger quilts. When you stitch in the ditch, you have to follow specific lines and directions in the quilt, so it is hard to maneuver in that throat space. When I meander, however, it's easy to move around the quilt without having it bunch up in the machine. JMHO
    Sounds good to me. Guess I will need to get to practicing my FMQ.

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    I have this machine, twice!, that is I have 2 of them, and my daughter has one, and BFF has one.
    They are great little machines, and do everything we need them to do.
    They are Brothers, afterall!
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