We recently had a chance to test drive the BROTHER CS6000i and must admit we were pleasantly surprised. It has tons of features, comes with a great selection of sewing feet but the real shocker was the price –It’s just $154.99.
MANUFACTURES DESCRIPTION: A computerized sewing machine with 60 stitch functions, and an oversized table for large sewing & quilting projects. This light weight computerized sewing machine is heavy on the features that you are looking for! The CS-6000i has 60 built in stitches including, utility, decorative, heirloom, quilting and 7 styles of one step auto-sizing buttonholes. Whether you sew for crafting, garment, home decoration, or quilting; this machine has it all for you at an affordable price! The CS-6000i also includes a wide assortment of sewing feet
WHY WE LIKE IT: There’s a reason the CS-6000i is so popular among sewing enthusiasts; It offers great features at incredibly affordable price (I mean seriously it’s just $154.99) . I learned to sew using a Brother and can personally attest that the brand makes solid, reliable machines. Plus the CS-6000i comes with lots of accessories,extra bobbins, a needle set, an extra spool pin, twin needle, seam ripper, cleaning brush, and much more. Best of all it includes additional specialty machine feet.While most machine only come with a zipper foot as an add on, the CS-6000i comes packaged with a Monogramming Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Blind Stitch Foot, Overcasting Foot, Zipper Foot, and Button Fitting Foot.
- It’s Quiet!!
- Drop in Bobbin winding system.
- 7 styles of button holes (yup this isn’t a typo, it really has 7 styles of button holes).
- 60 built in stitches.
- It’s very easy to use the automatic threaded. Plus the directions with steps & pictures are printed on the machine so even a beginner could do it.
- It’s surprisingly light weight.
- Forget about using that cheap dollar store thread in this baby- otherwise you’ll probably encounter problems with the tension.
- It doesn’t come with a cover or carrying case
- And while this isn’t really a CON, I thought that I’d point out that just like any other piece of technology, it’s important to READ the manual. Yup I said it,learn about your new machine first then start sewing!
BEST FOR: Every day use.
Book Review: Patternreview.com 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips: Top-Rated Favorites from Sewing Fans and Master Teachers
On an impulse, I purchased PatternReview.com 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips at my local bookstore this week and I have to say, I’m not disappointed. As a busy mom and a business owner I almost never have a free moment to myself. I’m always looking for easier, faster and more professional ways to sew things and I love books that are filled with clever sewing tips.
This book contains the best hands-on insider sewing tips from the sewing website PatternReview.com, which is a community of more than 170,000 members. The tips are collected from the website’s enormous database of members’ shared comments and advice. Also included are five special how-to features by PatternReview.com‘s master teachers and pattern designers, who regularly conduct online chats and workshops
The thing that impressed me most is that the tips are from everyday sewing enthusiasts who just happened to devise a cleaver solution for an annoying problem. It’s like having a bunch of sewing experts on your bookshelf sharing their secret time saving sewing techniques.
As I was reading this book for the first time I had so many ahhh haaa moments where I kept wondering “why didn’t I think of doing this?”
Here of some of my favorite tips from the book:
#43 To Clean a dirty iron, spray Dawn Power Disolver on the soleplate and let sit for 10 minutes. Then use handi-wipes to wipe clean. Once this is done just run a half tank of water thru the steamer to ensure that none of the foam inadvertently entered the iron thru the holes.
#97 An electric carving knife is the best tool there is to cut foam.
The Bottom Line: This book will be a permanent part of my sewing library and is a really great resource to refer to before tackling a new project. It’s perfect for beginners as well as advanced sewers.
Book Review: One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric!
Years ago in Framingham, Ma there was this great sewing store called “Fabric Place”. Many days I would spend my entire lunch break searching through their 1 yard remnants table and dreaming about all of the ways I’d use up these gems of fabric. So when I stumbled upon this book a couple of days ago I had (yes I had) to buy it. Finally someone who could appreciate the ways of the thrifty shopper.
So what can you do with just 1 yard of fabric? Well it turns out you can make Allot! The book includes patterns and/or directions for making a variety of things using just one yard of fabric. For example you can make a Newborn Flyaway Jacket , a pleated Girly Skirt , and a Toddler Pinafore Smock. Who knew you could do so much with just one yard!
Last Month my DH surprised me with an iTouch as an early anniversary gift, every since then I’ve been spending more time than I care to admit on iTunes searching for new apps. Well, I recently I stumbled upon some really cool iPod apps for Sewers. Here are some of my favorites:
- FABRIC STASH: I’ve been sewing for years and have a pretty large fabric stash. My biggest challenge has been categorizing the fabric, cords, bullions and fringes that I have for my personal use. With Fabric Stash, I’m now able to do a better job of organizing my fabric and trims. I just take a picture of the item and upload the picture to my iTouch. Since each item can have 2 pictures I’m now taking pictures of the end-of-the-bolt prior to purchasing a new fabric (so I’m able to save the manufacturers care instructions along with the fabric pic). All and all this app is Awesome!
- UNITS: I’ve had this app for a while and use it frequently. It converts all type of measurements: length, temperature, weight.
- YARDAGE CALC: this app helps you estimate the yardage of fabric needed for your projects and it converts metric to yards.
- PATTERN PAL: I can enter every pattern in my stash- fabric yardage needed, notions, etc. Now this information is easily retrievable when I visit my local fabric store.
Admittedly it will take me a while to input all of my fabric and patterns into my iTouch, but these apps have already saved me allot of time and money. Last week while on an impromptu shopping trip I found an exquisite sewing trim and was able to purchase just the right amount that I will need to make my draperies!
I probably won’t be buying anymore sewing apps but you can check out this post on BurdaStyle for even more great Apps