Brother CS6000i

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If you look at reviews for the best beginner sewing machines this one pops up every time.

For under $200 you can purchase a reliable machine that offers the new sewist every possible feature she could need to get started sewing.

Read my review in the Description below.


Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine


  • Computerized sewing machine with 60 built-in stitches
  • LCD Display stitch selector
  • Automatic Needle Threader
  • Jam-Resistant Drop In Bobbin
  • Variable Speed Control and Start/Stop Button
  • 7 Buttonhole Settings
  • Standard Feet Collection PLUS a Walking Foot and a Spring Action Quilting Foot
  • Built-in Free Arm
  • Includes Quilting Table
  • Includes Hard Cover
  • Best priced machine for beginners


  • Lightweight (this could be a Strength, too). This means that it might have difficulty handling heavy fabrics or large quilting projects.
  • Narrow Harp or Throat Space. This can make larger projects difficult to maneuver.
  • Poor lighting in the sewing area.
  • Foot pedal can be too sensitive causing quick starts and stops.

My Overall Impression

I believe that this machine is a real winner for someone starting out sewing. For under $200 it is easy to use and comes with a well-written manual. Features like the automatic needle threader and the convenience of computerized sewing make it an excellent choice. I also applaud Brother for including a Walking Foot and a Quilting Foot for new quilters.

Because I have owned three Babylock machines (made by the Brother company), I have great confidence in their products to deliver on their promise and also be fairly trouble-free.

If I was looking for an entry-level machine, this is the one I would purchase.