Saturday, 6 June 2009

The Brother CS-6000 (Sewing Machine)

OK, you all know that I'm a sewing nerd anyway, so I might as well go all out with this post. The fine folks over at Sew Mama Sew are having Sewing Machine month for June and have come up with a really useful idea. They asked their readers to fill out a short survey about their sewing machines and then they will compile them into a nice list by brand. Makes for easy shopping if you are in the market for your first machine, or maybe your dream machine. I thought I would participate because I know I will certainly be using the list (which I will link when it becomes available at the end of the month) to buy my next machine.

All of you who would rather read about Logan and Terry (ummm that's most of you), skip this blog entirely. This is for the sewing dorks like me!

Here goes:

What brand and model do you have?

I have the Brother CS-6000

How long have you had it?

Since my Birthday 2007, so almost 2 years.

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?

$350.00 (but I got it on sale for $299.00)

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?

Mostly toddler clothes and my clothes.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?

I sew almost every day. It gets used a lot!

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?

This machine and I have had a love/hate relationship. She's now starting to behave, but for the first few months while I was learning all her quirks, I sometimes wanted to throw her out the window. She reduced me to tears more than a few times... but lately she is behaving and staying in line. Sewing machine, thy name is "Corduroy". Like the cute little bear that Logan loves so much and like the fabric that seems to be the bane of your existence. I figure by naming you that, you will eventually come to love it and behave while I sew it.

What features does your machine have that work well for you?

I love the automated buttonhole function. I could never make my buttonholes come out all even and nice, but now my machine does it for me - and fast too! I also love the ease of adding and removing feet and needles.

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?

It won't sew corduroy (even if I have a heavy needle, adjust the tension, use expensive, strong thread, rewind the bobbin, etc). This was the incident that reduced me to tears. I wanted to sew some cute pants for Logan to wear to our friends' wedding. I tried everything and ended up hand cranking the remaining seams and leaving out pockets and embellishments just to get them done. Boo! And yet, this machine will sew through vinyl, heavy denim, and fun fur with ease. She must just hate the ribs on the corduroy (even if I sew on the smooth surface, she freezes and makes horrendous noises at me which make me cry more).

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!

Hmmm not much for stories. Although, my son is 2 and he can't say "machine" very well. He's very enthusiastic about mommy sewing, and always wants to help. He clears the coffee table for me to put the machine on (yes, I sew on a coffee table because we have no room for a proper sewing area). For a long time he would say, "Sew with poontang?" and I couldn't figure out that he was trying to say "machine" hahaha. Anyway, now "machine" comes out sounding more like that delicious French/Canadian snack "Poutine". "Sew with Poutine mommy?" hehehe

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?

I would recommend it for someone who is just beginning. I find I need a little more power from my machine now that I'm back into sewing a lot. But it's a great (relatively inexpesive) machine to learn on with lots of fun buttons and functions to play around with.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?

I would make a list of all the things that you can't do without. For me that's an automated buttonhole, lots of choices for stitches, and even something as silly as a handle to carry it back and forth from my coffee table to storage (because I do that a lot!) and I would go searching for that. Also consider price. What can you get for the price you're willing to spend? No sense in wanting a bunch of computerized embroidery stitches if you're not willing to fork out some serious cash.

Do you have a dream machine?

I don't yet have a dream machine, but I'll certainly be looking through everyone's reviews of their own machine to see what appeals to me.


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Julie said...

Thanks for the poutine machine post, Tawny. I've never owned a sewing machine, haven't used one since maybe ?grade 8 Home Ec? but am thinking I really could use one for fix-its and who knows what else.