Brother Computerized Sewing Machine, 60-Stitch

Last updated: November 9, 2022

Brother Computerized Sewing Machine, 60-Stitch

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We looked at the top Sewing Machines and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Sewing Machine you should buy.

Overall Take

This sewing machine with 60 stitches is perfect for beginner sewers who are ready to learn new skills. The machine has an automatic needle threader and adjustable sewing speed. However, it cannot handle thick material like leather.

In our analysis of 71 expert reviews, the Brother Computerized Sewing Machine, 60-Stitch placed 3rd when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

This user-friendly and portable sewing and quilting machine offers a wide range of quilting and sewing features at an affordable price. The CS6000i features 60 built-in sewing stitches, including decorative stitches and 7 styles of one-step buttonholes. There are 9 presser feet included in this machine – buttonhole, overcasting, monogramming, zipper, zigzag, blindstich, button fitting, walking, and spring action quilting foot. This machine also includes a detachable wide table that is perfect for larger quilting projects. The Brother CS6000i sewing machine has been engineered for ease of use. A simple-to-view backlit LCD display, an automatic needle threader, easy-to-follow threading diagrams, and an adjustable sewing speed control system are all included. An easy-to-see, brightly lit sewing area is quite helpful when sewing on dark fabrics. An automatic needle threader has been added to perfectly align thread through the needle. A built-in free arm helps to assist with sewing pant legs, sleeves, and other cylindrical items. The CS6000i sewing machine also includes a hard machine case, making it a perfect traveling sewing machine. The CS6000i sewing and quilting machine includes a printed Quick Start guide and complete instructions manuals in English and Spanish. We do not recommend using this machine in countries that do not support 120V AC, even if a voltage adapter is in use. This sewing and quilting machine includes an instructional DVD, a bilingual user manual, a 25-year limited warranty, and free customer phone and online technical support for the life of the product.

Expert Reviews

What experts liked

The buttons on this sewing machine can simplify the sewing process a lot. An integrated speed control slider means you don’t have to focus on how hard you’re pressing the sewing pedal. Instead, you can set it to the speed you want and continually sew at the same speed no matter how hard you press the pedal.
This Brother sewing machine is one of the easiest sewing machines to operate. Even a novice who is completely new to the world of sewing could be up and running with this machine in just a matter of minutes. Its manual is exceptional and has all the information that you need to carry out any task with this machine.
A lightweight computerized machine for the novice who is ready for more. Has quilting capabilities and a wide stitch selection.
The primary advantage that comes with this particular sewing machine is the built-in free arm. Unlike other sewing machines at this price point, it allows users to be able to sew cuffs and sleeves quickly and easily.
Easily adjustable sewing speeds and big working table hence suitable for quilting and big projects.
The LCD display was clear and worked intuitively, we had no problems getting to all the settings or changing things around. The on-board light is super bright and gives off a very pure white light, perfect for detailed work on the spacious table.
Stitch speed can be controllable on brother cs6000i sewing and quilting machine as this feature is given to you for your comfort.
It’s really easy to use. We’re talking an automatic needle threader, jam-resistant and easy bobbin winding, and a computerized display for easy stitch and speed selection.
The included foot pedal allows you to use your foot to control your sewing speed, or you have the option of choosing between three speed setting – this is a computerized sewing machine after all.
It is the best option for home sewing because it is a portable sewing machine and wouldn’t take much storage space at your home.
It’s similar to working with denim and canvas. You can make denim clothes or hem denim jeans if you go slowly and work carefully. You may have to use the hand wheel versus the foot pedal depending on the thickness.
This computerized sewing and quilting machine comes with many options, but it remains easy to use. In fact, we recommend it to beginners due to its clean and simple design. You can choose from 60 built-in stitch styles, allowing you to seam and hem, but also add buttons and accessories, and decorate your garments and cloths with simple embroidery stitching.

What experts didn't like

Our reviewers noted a rather steep learning curve to use this machine to full advantage.
It may not work quite well with thinner fabric while too many layers could be a bit heavier and require more stability.
Could be difficult to adjust tension.
The machine tends to jam at the bobbin sometimes and the machine does not have much stitch variety.
However, this is not programmable
The machine doesn’t appear bulky at first glance, though it weighs in at a fairly heavy 17.4 pounds.
I’m not sure what the engineers had in mind when they designed this machine, but the light seems to be poorly placed – and not bright enough.
The storage for the accessories on the sewing machine is not that big. It has a small opening inside that may not be enough for all of them.
It cannot handle thick and sturdy material like leather.
It can only handle light and medium weight fabric, it won’t sew thick and heavyweight fabrics.

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Vicki Liston 
Home Improvement Expert

Vicki Liston writes, produces, and narrates “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement and DIY show of unique project tutorials for the casual DIY’er.

Home improvement and all things DIY have been Liston’s passion since she bought her first house in 2007 and she started making video blogs in 2014. She’s performed hundreds of DIY projects, from small ones to major, wall-smashing renovations and can teach you how to make a trendy DIY barn door for cheap. The proceeds earned from “On The Fly…DIY” are donated to no-kill animal shelters and rescue organizations.


Whether you’ve been sewing for years or are just picking it up as a new skill, having your own sewing machine at home is the way to go. With so many different brands and models available on the market, it’s difficult to know which sewing machine is right for you. You’ll want to keep in mind the kind of projects you’re interested in working on, and your skill level and familiarity with sewing fundamentals.

“There’s an entire spectrum of options which can quickly become overwhelming so before you begin shopping, ask yourself a few questions about your sewing goals,” says Vicki Liston, our home improvement expert and host of “On the Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement show. “What’s your current skill level? Are you looking for something with minimal bells and whistles, only meant to do simple tasks or do you want the equivalent of a sewing robot? Do you want to expand your skills and learn more about the craft? Are you a pro and need to make quick work of your projects? Do you have a special interest, like embroidery or quilting? Approaching your sewing machine purchase with a well-rounded picture of where you are, what you want to do, and how much you want to learn will help you pick the best one for you.”

There are two main types of sewing machines you can try: mechanical and computerized. For new sewers and those who are brushing up on their skills, a mechanical sewing machine is a good starting point. For sewing experts and professionals, a computerized sewing machine may be a better choice. A computerized sewing machine comes with many bells and whistles that a mechanical machine does not. However, to truly take advantage of those features, you have to understand the fundamentals of sewing – which you can better learn on the mechanical model.

One of the most important features to ensure your sewing machine has is the built-in needle threader. This is a task you need to do every time you sew. Even for those with steady hands and 20/20 vision, threading a needle can take time. A built-in needle threader makes this task easy and quick.

Another feature to consider when looking for a sewing machine is the top-loading drop-in bobbin. With this feature, you don’t need to disassemble a bobbin casing to get it in. Plus, this system usually has a transparent cover plate, so you can see when you run out of thread.

“I can’t tell you how excited I was when I learned that ‘drop-in bobbins’ and ‘self-threading needles’ were a thing,” says Liston. “These miraculous features would have saved me so much frustration and wasted time as I was learning to sew. If your budget allows it, I highly recommend a unit with these options as they are life-changing!”

If you want the ability to sew cylindrical pieces such as pant hems, sleeves and headbands, then you’ll want a sewing machine that has free-arm capability. Many beginner sewing machines do not have this capability, so watch out for that as it can limit the kind of projects you work on.

Buying Advice

  • “Whatever your sewing aspirations, I only recommend purchasing a machine with a metal frame,” says Liston. “It’s much cheaper and easier to find plastic-framed models but they won’t last as long and they are harder to fix. The same goes for the inner workings, like gears. Opt for metal and not plastic. You’ll get a much longer life out of your unit.”
  • When you’re on the hunt for a sewing machine, take into account the kind of stitches it can do and whether that is what you need for your projects. Some of the basic stitches that most people will require are the straight stitch, zig-zag stitch, buttonhole stitch, knit stitch, blind hem stitch and utility stitches. The Brother Computerized Sewing Machine with 60 Stitches has an easy stitch-selector switch so you can see and pick the kind of stitch you want. The electric version has five auto-size buttonholes in addition to its many stitches. The Brother Computerized Sewing Machine, 130 Stitches comes with eight styles of auto-size buttonholes and 55 alphanumeric sewing stitches. Other models are designed to be used for small on-the-spot repairs and alterations.
  • In addition to the built-in needle threader, top-loading drop-in bobbin and free-arm capability, you may need some additional features on your sewing machine, such as adjustable speed control, needle position adjustment, lighting and knee lifter capability. The Brother Computerized Sewing Machine with 60 Stitches has an automatic needle threader, adjustable speed control and a built-in free arm. Others use an automatic needle threader, drop-in bobbin and an LCD screen.
  • The attachments and feet you will need for your sewing machine will depend on the kind of projects you plan to sew. If you’re a quilter, you will need a walking foot, spring action foot and a ¼-inch foot. On the other hand, if you’re sewing garments, you will need a zipper foot, buttonhole foot, overcast stitching foot and button attaching foot. The Brother Computerized Sewing Machine, 130 Stitches comes with six sewing feet attachments.
  • For some sewers, a full sewing machine isn’t necessary. If you’re only looking to do small alterations, then a portable sewing machine may be what you need. Consider a cordless hand-held machine that runs on batteries, so it can be taken on the go. This type is often designed to be used on many different materials, including denim, wool, silk and leather, and is also suitable for crafts. It may also be useful for sewing hanging curtains or tapestries.