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Thread: Brother CS6000i machine

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    Hi, Does anyone use one of these? I have a great Viking machine but it is so heavy to haul to retreats etc. plus I worry about bouncing around the electronics and computerized parts. I see some great reviews on this little machine & it looks like it sells for about $150+/- which is amazing considering it even includes a walking foot! Guess it's a step up from purely mechanical and has some electronic components. If not this one, any other ideas? Just want something a lot lighter that I can count on. Thanks so much!
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    I have a brother that is almost the same as that one and it is a great lightweight machine for smaller projects. I don't like it for quilting, but it sews nice and does have many different stitches. For the price you can't go wrong.

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    I'll be watching this thread. I got one off Amazon a couple of weeks ago but haven't used it yet. I'm especially interested in how well the walking foot works and how hard it is to put on. Seems like I read somewhere they were a little tricky to get on right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katkat1946
    Hi, Does anyone use one of these? I have a great Viking machine but it is so heavy to haul to retreats etc. plus I worry about bouncing around the electronics and computerized parts. I see some great reviews on this little machine & it looks like it sells for about $150+/- which is amazing considering it even includes a walking foot! Guess it's a step up from purely mechanical and has some electronic components. If not this one, any other ideas? Just want something a lot lighter that I can count on. Thanks so much!
    Pat
    I have 2. 1 at home and 1 at the lake. I love it. They were a recent purchase at a very good price. The 1st one, we ordered a case, but it comes with a hard cover. I got the walking foot as an extra. I can't handle a heavy machine so this is great for me to pick up or take to classes. I am very pleased with its performance. It winds a nice bobbin. the instructions were good. The 2nd one came shortly after, because Dh was tired of having to haul my sewing machine everytime we went to the lake.......If you are hauling it, I do think it would be better to have the extra case. It has the extension table also. Carefully placed in the case, even the extension fits.

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    I have one that I purchased just to take to classes and retreats. My other machine was just too heavy! So far, no problems!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDog
    I'll be watching this thread. I got one off Amazon a couple of weeks ago but haven't used it yet. I'm especially interested in how well the walking foot works and how hard it is to put on. Seems like I read somewhere they were a little tricky to get on right.
    I haven't had a problem with putting the walking foot on. I have used it several times and have been pleased with it.

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    I'm with you. I need something light to carry around.

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    I have had mine for almost 4 years and love it :thumbup: No problems - works great has the fancier stitches that I usually don't bother with :oops: The walking foot is easy to put on/take off for the money you can't go wrong :thumbup:

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    I use mine every day.The only problem is the small throat,makes it hard to quilt anything very large.

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    I bought one this winter and I REALLY like it. It has run like a champ for me, and has some nice features that my old Singer Touch N Sew didn't. You can take it anywhere because it came with a case and is light weight. The needle down feature is wonderful for piecing, and the speed regulator comes in very handy. It has all the feet you need, is easy to thread, has the needle threader and many stitch choices. You can also use double needles.
    There are only two things I would change. First...the light isn't very bright, so I use more lighting when I am sewing. Also, it really ISN'T very good for quilting any large quilts. The opening is way too small, and you'll have to work hard to get your project through it. So, I am using my Singer to do my big quilt project. It DOES work just fine for things like bed runners, table runners and smaller wall hangings. My personal feeling is that you can't go wrong for the price! :thumbup:

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    don't have that one, but have another little brother that does just great for piecing

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    I got the Brother (my second Brother machine) 420 Project Runway last year at Xmas on Amazon and I LOVE it!! I don't do much machine quilting so it isn't an issue-but it is a really good machine! For the price, you can't go wrong!

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    I bought a Brother HS 2000 for my kids. It's a great little machine, sews nicely, easy to use. The CS 6000i actually costs less and comes with more. Go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandma Mary
    I bought one this winter and I REALLY like it. It has run like a champ for me, and has some nice features that my old Singer Touch N Sew didn't. You can take it anywhere because it came with a case and is light weight. The needle down feature is wonderful for piecing, and the speed regulator comes in very handy. It has all the feet you need, is easy to thread, has the needle threader and many stitch choices. You can also use double needles.
    There are only two things I would change. First...the light isn't very bright, so I use more lighting when I am sewing. Also, it really ISN'T very good for quilting any large quilts. The opening is way too small, and you'll have to work hard to get your project through it. So, I am using my Singer to do my big quilt project. It DOES work just fine for things like bed runners, table runners and smaller wall hangings. My personal feeling is that you can't go wrong for the price! :thumbup:
    That's exactly why I haven't used mine yet...the light isn't bright enough. I just haven't taken the time to rummage around the house for a lamp or go to Target to buy a new floor lamp to put next to my table.

    I bought it primarily for stitch in the ditch and most of the quilts I make are Queen. Hope I can manage.

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    I have this machine and it works great. The throat is too small for large quilts, but works fine for table runners, baby quilts, wall hangings, etc. The light isn't very bright, but I have a desk lamp that I use. I haven't had any problems with this machine at all and think it's a great machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbk1962
    I have this machine and it works great. The throat is too small for large quilts, but works fine for table runners, baby quilts, wall hangings, etc. The light isn't very bright, but I have a desk lamp that I use. I haven't had any problems with this machine at all and think it's a great machine.
    I agree with sbk1962 - I too have one of these as my Pfaff (which I love) to WAY too heavy to lug. It is great for class etc - but the throat is small. It works like a charm.

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    My Pfaff machine died about a fortnight ago and a friend lent me her "Sew Fun" Elna machine that cost her about $130. It is very lightweight and great to use. I have been making more bowls for an exhibition which starts tomorrow, and the machine has worked fine.

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    I have one and I like it. It's lightweight and very portable. I'm new at sewing and quilting so I didn't want to start our too expensive. I got mine by ordering it from Walmart and it was less than $100.

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    I have a "new" one given to me by my DH this past Christmas. Works great and easy to bring to classes. Only problem is when I turn the machine off, the needle automatically goes to the left. When I turn it back on, MUST REMEMBER to set the needle back to the middle. Got a couple of broken needles. I e-mailed Brother and called if I am setting the machine wrong; no clear solution...Just got to remember to set the needle to the correct position before starting sewing. Aside from this, I am happy with the machine.
    I am new to quilting, I already made lap and Baby blankets using this machine.

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    I've had one for probably 5-6 years now, and you're right, it is GREAT for using at retreats/sew-ins. Never had a problem with it - at all. Saw one yesterday on Ebay for $125 I think.

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    A small group of quilters get together once a week to "quilt". One of the ladies had purchased the 6000i and raved about it. In turn, 3 of us have gotten one and we all LOVE it. lightweight and easy to transport. I have a heavy BabyLock at home and really like sewing on the little Brothers much better. It has proven to be well worth the money for it. Love my Little Brothers.

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    Do you have problems with the needle moving to the left when you turn off the machine?

    Thanks.

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    Hi namom5,

    I have broken couple of needles when I turn off the machine, needle move to the left. I "MUST" remember ot move it to the middle.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lola721
    I have a "new" one given to me by my DH this past Christmas. Works great and easy to bring to classes. Only problem is when I turn the machine off, the needle automatically goes to the left. When I turn it back on, MUST REMEMBER to set the needle back to the middle. Got a couple of broken needles. I e-mailed Brother and called if I am setting the machine wrong; no clear solution...Just got to remember to set the needle to the correct position before starting sewing. Aside from this, I am happy with the machine.
    I am new to quilting, I already made lap and Baby blankets using this machine.
    Isn't that a pain? My Singer does this as well and everytime I turn it on I have to re-set the crazy needle.

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    I have this machine also, was to be a back up but I have been using it for everything. It has alot of decorator stitches including blanket stitch for machine applique. I think its a nice machine for the price.

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