Every beginner can try their hand and explore the art of sewing and quilting with 60 stitches available.
Since most beginners go on classes and group projects, the hard case offers convenience, and protection from damage and other factors like the weather. It is beginner-friendly since it guides you through everything you need to do, from bobbin threading, needle threading, stitch selection, to sewing speed.
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Pro A variety of 60 built-in stitches to choose from
The machine includes 60 stitches:
20 basic stitches
20 decorative stitches
7 quilting stitches
7 heirloom stitches
7 buttonhole stitches
Pro Hard cover protects the machine from damage and moisture
The case which is made of a hard plastic material is very useful for those who travel and carry the machine around. It protects it from damage and moisture. You can also use the case as a storage compartment to keep it dust-free.
Pro Affordable for beginners
This machine is very affordable (est: $150) and offers a 25-year warranty.
Pro Easy to carry
It is easy to carry around because it has a built-in handle at the back of the machine. The hard case has no handle of its own but has a space where the handle on the machine fits through.
Pro Automatic threading feature makes threading easier
The auto-threader feature helps those who have poor eyesight and shaky fingers. The machine pushes the thread right through the needle for you.
Pro Foot pedal responds well
The pedal is not overly sensitive and responds well to pressure.
Pro Slide switch controls speed from slow to fast for added consistency
The sewing speed is easily controlled using the slider. The speed is more consistent compared to when the foot pedal is used. For beginners and children in particular, it is best to sew on slow speed to make sure the seam and stitches are even.
Pro Start and stop button for easier on-and-offs
The option to stop and start using the button instead of the foot pedal is more efficient and precise for periodic stops and starts.
Pro Detailed instructions for easy assembly
The manual has all the information you need: from the initial set-up, to how you set up the presser feet, and how you use the auto needle threading.
Pro Instructions on the machine for easier to follow instructions
At the top part of the machine where bobbin threading occurs are numbered illustrations that tell you exactly where to put the thread in, where to hook it, where the bobbin should be placed, etc. The illustrations tell you what to do and where to do it, making it easier to follow instead of having to refer to the manual.
Pro Package includes all accessories you need for basic – advanced sewing
The machine comes with 9 presser feet and accessories such as the needles, bobbins, and eyelet punch.
Pro Stitches are easy to select
You can choose from any of the 62 built-in stitches and easily select them using the buttons near the LCD. For example, if you want to stitch using Stitch #45, just press the first button 4 times (for 4) and the second button 5 times (for 5).
Pro LCD shows error warning when incorrect presser foot is placed
This machine tells you what presser foot to use after you have chosen a stitch, and will warn you if there is an error.
Pro One-step buttonhole feature makes buttoning a breeze
One of the many stitches this machine offers is the 7 styles of one-step auto buttonhole feature: just insert a button in the presser foot, choose from the 7 styles available, and the machine automatically buttons your clothes for you.
Con Small compartment can only hold a few things
The compartment underneath the machine can only hold a few tiny accessories (bobbin, eyelet punch, needle set, seam ripper, cleaning brush, screwdriver, extra spool pin) because of its small size.
Con Screwdrivers provided don’t work
Whenever cleaning the machine, you have to take off two screws at the base. The screwdriver provided is too long and won’t fit. You would have to use coins to unscrew the tight screws.
Con Loud high-pitched beeping sound is not suitable for those with sensitive ears
The machine beeps a high-pitched sound every time you press a button which greatly affects those with hypersensitive ears and those prone to seizures and migraines.
Con No warning when the bobbin runs low on thread
There is no warning when the bobbin runs low on thread and there is no way to monitor it since it is underneath the sewing space. You would have to lift off your fabric to check your bobbin.
Con Machine is over-particular in the materials used
The machine only works best with a decent thread and correctly wound bobbins.
Con Loud rattling noise when machine is set to ‘fast’
The machine starts rattling when threading and winding bobbins on full speed and when stitching on fast mode.
Con Machine is not meant for heavy materials
This can only be used for sewing light-medium fabrics. Expect jams and needle breaks when sewing heavy fabrics, or quilting.
Con Short arms which are not suitable for pant- sewing
It is difficult to stitch jeans because of the short and wide arm. Its size will not allow most pant sizes, especially skinny jeans and straight cuts.
Con Too light, making the machine slide when it is in use
Because of its light weight material and the vibration the machine produces when it is in use, the machine does not stay put no matter what surface you place it on.
Con Regular machine-cleaning will eat up your time
This machine needs to be tediously cleaned after only 5 bobbins, taking up precious time of those rushing on projects.
Con Plastic bobbins are light and break easily
The bobbins which are made of plastic do not wind properly and easily tangle, making the stitches skip and bunch. It is better to use metal, heavier bobbins to avoid breaking.
Con Table legs are uneven and wobbly
Most CS600is released on the market have uneven table legs. Only one leg touches the surface making the extension wobble when sewing.
Con Dim lighting makes it hard to see
The light on the machine is weak and is focused on a very small area making it difficult to thread a needle and follow through sewing on dark fabrics.
Con Expect difficulties when quilting
There is little space under the arm for fabric so expect difficulties when quilting and sewing wide fabrics.