In order to start this whole “sewing” thing, I needed to get a sewing machine. Wrong already had an old Singer Merritt 4530 that she was using. I wanted to get a basic-but-modern machine. For me, getting a fancy machine would be a waste what if learning how to sew didn’t work out? But, I didn’t want to go too basic, which would just be frustrating, and it did not make sense to not take advantage of advances in sewing machines.
I went with the Brother CS6000i, since it has good reviews and was economical.
I can really appreciate the modern features of my sewing machine, since I had to deal with my sister’s old machine during the second pajama pants debacle. Loading the bobbin in her old machine was a terror, and one of the main reasons she almost stopped sewing. Loading the bobbin in the Brother CS6000i was so easy that I was skeptical, and spent about an hour reading the manual and trying to make it more complicated. (“It can’t be this easy. No. It should take like an hour, at least.”) Loading the top thread is easy, and it has an automatic needle threader.
One thing I am not happy about is the width of the free arm. To me, it just seems too big to fit things with a smaller circumference things around. I could be making incorrect assumptions about how it is used, but I can already tell that it is too small for me to fit my sleeve cuffs around. I am sure I will be able to figure out how to use it correctly, though.
The Brother CS6000i can do 60 types of stitches, and 7 types of buttonholes. I haven’t really had to use these features yet, but am glad to have them. It comes with standard accessories (several different presser feet, a few bobbins, et cetera), which is great.
Compared to my sister’s new Elna 5300, the fabric seems to feed a bit less straight, and I am jealous of her machine’s ability to adjust the height of the presser foot to deal with fabrics of different thickness, especially denim and knits. Her machine also has 3 different settings to deal with different fabric weights (ie, something gauzy vs something heavy, like canvas). But, my machine is good! I think it is a good quality, economical learner’s machine, and I think I will be happy with it for several years, at least. Plus, since her machine specifically says it can be used for jeans and t-shirts, I can ask her to make them for me!
So, the Brother CS6000i is the ideal choice for me- a perfect intersection of economy and functionality.