Today we have Shannon from Little Kids Grow– she is an incredible seamstress who is another project run and play alum. She also runs a pattern company called Peaches and Peanuts, and has an awesome series on her blog called Motivation Mondays. Plus, if you head on over to her blog right now, you can see an adorable picture of her gorgeous newborn son.
She’s here to tell us all about her Brother CS6000i– which is one of the machines I recommend the most!
1. What brand and model Machine do you have, and how long have you had it? Can you show us a picture? Currently, I’m using my Brother CS6000i computerized sewing machine.
2. Are there any features that you love about your machine? Is there anything that makes you want to throw your machine out the window? I’m a vintage girl at heart and have always preferred the solidly constructed “work horse” types of machines; however, I changed my tune a bit after using this machine. After giving my godsister sewing lessons last year, she gifted me the CSBrother 6000i. I love that there are so many decorative stitches to play with and that threading the machine is as easy as pie. I also like not having to struggle with buttonholes which was not uncommon with my vintage machines. Because I’m so used to working with heavier machines, the lightweight plastic of the Brother machine makes me a little nervous sometimes. I’m always hesitant to sew with more than a few layers of fabric or heavier fabrics like denim, because I don’t want the machine to break. Also, because it’s computerized, I tend to handle the machine with a more delicate touch because I don’t want to throw anything off. I’ve never wanted to throw the machine out the window. It’s been kind to me, but it may take another year, before I’m totally confident that it can handle all of my sewing needs.
3. If your machine was suddenly taken from you– what would you look for in a new machine? I would look for a modern machine with good solid construction, the ability to work through multiple layers of fabric or heavier materials. I’d also look for a machine with parts that are easy to replace, lots of feet options, and local dealers who are able to fix the machine if it breaks down (I don’t want to have to ship it somewhere just to get it fixed.) Also, fancy stitching options is not necessary, but they’re nice to have around when the mood strikes.
4. Would you recommend this machine to your best friend? Is there any other advice about sewing machine shopping that you would give her? This is a great machine for the beginner whose not intimidated by a few extra bells and whistles. This is also a great machine for other skill levels that don’t necessarily sew on a regular basis. It’s a fun machine, with a great price point from a reliable retailer. So, yes, I would definitely recommend it to a friend.
5. If your sewing machine was a cupcake, what flavor would it be and why? Discuss. My machine would likely be something similar to this Chocolate Angel Food Cupcake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Whipped Cream that I found recently on Cooking Classy. You can find the recipe here.
Yummy, right? Angel food is lightweight (like my machine), but this cupcake has a decadent creamy frosting and beautiful decorations that are hard to resist like my machine’s bells and whistles:
- LCD display with easy-to-use stitch selector
- 60 built-in stitches including and 7 styles of 1-step auto-size buttonholes.
- Automatic needle threader
- Super easy bobbin winding system
- Electronic variable speed control
- Included wide table for larger projects
- Brightly Lit LED Work Area
- Built-in free arm for sewing cuffs and sleeves
Overall, it’s a great machine that has served me well (priced around $150). Now that I’m sewing more, I will likely upgrade in the near future, but this will definitely be a machine that I will keep close by.
Thanks for letting me share my machine with your lovely readers, Palak!
Peaches & Peanuts Patterns
Thank you so much for sharing Shannon! Please do go check out Shannon’s amazing blog at Little Kids Grow where she inspires moms to sew, create, and uplift their lives!