I already have a Brother machine and it is wonderful. I'm learning to sew and this machine has been very patient with me. Anytime I call Brother, they are so kind and helpful. They solve my problems. This was a great purchase.
I last sewed some 30 years ago. I wanted to start up again but, needed a new sewing machine as mine was as old as the hills. So, I started doing some research, reading reviews etc and, decided to purchase a Brother CS6000i. I have had it for just over a month now and I am absolutely loving it! Between taking a sewing class and watching all the numerous sewing videos that are out there. I have to say I am off to a great start. This machine is so easy to operate. I would highly recommend it.
I purchased this sewing machine since it sews and does embroidery. It has a fair price as well. I owned a Futura machine and the laptop used to do embroidery was dropped and the screen damaged. You cannot update the Futura with newer operating systems and Singer offered no fixes. This machine takes a few times to get used too. I did several test embroidery works to get the tension and sewing area correct. The push LED screen is nice as it lets you move the sewing starting point for what you are embroidering. Unfortunately there is only few designs available on the machine. You have to purchase downloads and send them to a laptop or design cards. Both can be expensive and your choices are great with these options if you can afford them. You should have some experience at sewing before using this machine. Once you have used it and tested it, it will work fine. The needle threader works great and makes that step simpler. The only thing it needs is an expanded hoop sewing area. You can purchase a longer hoop but you must move the hoop to continue embroidering as the machine cannot be programmed that you have a longer hoop and more space. The best machine is 5K from Brother. So in general, small embroidering works good and can be done, but larger panels take time as you have to re-hoop the material to the next area, I haven't used the sewing part as I use a Brother machine I'm comfortable with to do general sewing.
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