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The journey of my quilting has been an awesome one. Starting off with a little quilt and then moving onto a block of the month and then into not following anyone’s patterns or rules and going for the designer side of things. Along with this, my trusty sewing machine has been there for me. It has served me well.
I started with a small White sewing machine. This was sent to an uncle who fancied it up with some lube and oil and it ran like a dream for a year or so. After I got the hang of things I upgraded to a Janome. This I still have and it is seriously a work horse. I take it where ever I go and ran it hard. I did years of machine quilting on it and it still just kept on going and going.
This is the machine I ended up buying. A Brother Sewing Machine.
Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine With 60 Built-In Stitches, 7 styles of 1-Step Auto-Size Buttonholes, Quilting Table, and Hard Cover
Check it out — this is what it does and includes:
And when I unpacked the little goodie bag– I found…. most of these additional feet cost additional money. They are so useful for the machine especially the zipper foot and hello— the walking foot!
After giving the machine a go with the regular straight stitch I gave the extra stitches a whirl. Love all those stitches. By far though my favorite was the button hole stitch. This stitch is missing from my Janome, so it’s sooo nice that it comes in this machine. I am totally excited to give that stitch a run!
The bobbin in a top loader and the loader is clear…..I’ve never had one of these before! Simple to fill and drop and stitch. Can’t complain yet!
Did you see that it comes with an extra long table? Oh yeah!!! I love this addition. A lot of times quilts get so big and hard to handle. This extra 6″ of table is wonderful. Easy to slide into place too and is very stable and secure.
There are a few functions that are taking me a bit of more time to get. One is the needle down– after you stop stitching, the needle stays in the down position. Push the button and it goes back up so you can release the fabric.
Another is the backwards button. It can take a couple of stitches with one push or it can take a few if you hold it down. Great option for a quick one stitch backstitch to secure the sewing.
And let me tell you about the speed option! I am a speed sewer. I love to sew fast. This machine allows me to book it through my sewing! Watch out! If you aren’t a speed sewer- no worries. There are two slower speeds you can use. I use those for tight corners and fussy sewing.
With all that good stuff this machine is on my top favorite machines. I can tell that it will be around for a long while and will allow me to sew and finish a lot of projects.
There is of course a few things on my wish-list for the machine.
— 1/4″ foot guide. It doesn’t have one and while I wanted to use another machines foot (which is ok) the needle isn’t able to be moved unless a different stitch is engaged. So I’m stuck using the wide sewing machine foot. It does have a mark on the foot, but to help me out a bit more I added a long piece of washi tape on the table to line up the fabric to.
— the needle only has two positions. Wish I could move it to the right one more time.
— the drawer is hidden in the arm and is not accessible unless you remove the arm then open it from the backside. Kind of inconvenient.
Other than that……there is nothing. This machine would be great for beginner sewers. Or even for tweens or teens.
The variety of stitches. The ease that is sews. The extras that are included. It’s so worth the investment.
If you are looking at getting a new machine I would highly recommend this machine. It’s a sweet deal and a great addition to your sewing room.
You can find the deal here:
What was your first sewing machine?