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Brother CS6000i vs. Janome 7318 Comparison

In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Brother CS6000i and Janome 7318. What made these two sewing machines stand out was that they were packed with features in an affordable range combined with excellent stitch quality.

What are the major differences between them? Here I will try to answer them as simply as possible.

Brother CS6000i vs. Janome 7318: Comparison in Features

Sewing Machine Types

The Brother CS6000i is a computerized sewing machine, while the Janome 7318 is a mechanical sewing machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.

You should choose carefully based on your sewing skills and goal.

Brother CS6000i vs. Janome 7318 : Built-in Stitches

There are 60 stitches on Brother CS6000i. On the other hand, the Janome 7318 has 18 built-in stitches. Brother CS6000i comes with 7 one-step buttonhole(s), while Janome 7318 sewing machine has only 1 four-step buttonhole(s).

Weight

The Brother CS6000i sewing machine weighs approximately 13 lbs, while the Janome 7318 comes with a weight of 17.6 lbs.

The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.

Start/Stop Button

The Janome 7318 doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Brother CS6000i sewing machine does. A huge number of sewists don’t realize that using the start/stop button effectively can make sewing a whole lot easier. It is very useful for decorative stitches for example, as well as with free-motion quilting.

Speed Control Slider

The Brother CS6000i arrives with a speed control slider while the Janome 7318 sewing machine doesn’t. A speed control slide is a useful feature that allows you to set the maximum speed you are comfortable with.

Automatic Needle Threader

To assist the user, self-threading sewing machines have what is called an automatic needle threader. The Brother CS6000i has one while the Janome 7318 doesn’t.

Drop-in Bobbin

The advantage of easy drop-in, top load bobbins is that you can readily see how much thread is left on the bobbin through the window. You do not have to remove the bobbin case to insert a new bobbin, and you do not have to remove the accessory tray from the free arm to change bobbins. Both the Brother CS6000i and the Janome 7318 sewing machine come with this user-friendly feature.

Programmable Needle Up/Down

Unlike the Brother CS6000i, the Janome 7318 isn’t equipped with a programmable needle up/down function. And using the needle-down function allows the needle to act as a third hand in holding the stitching position, such as when you want to stop and turn a corner or stitching a curve.

Drop Feed

The most common type of feeding mechanism in a home sewing machine (and some industrial machines) is the drop feed, also known as the regular feed system. Both Brother CS6000i and Janome 7318 come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.

Free Arm

There is free arm on both the Brother CS6000i and the Janome 7318. The free arm is a very useful feature to all sewing machines as it makes sewing one layer of fabric without catching another. This is because all of the workings around the bobbin race, feed dogs, and needles are housed there.

Brother CS6000i Janome 7318
Product Image
Sewing Machine Type Computerized Mechanical
Stitches 60 18
Buttonhole Styles 7 one-step 1 four-step
Start/Stop Button Yes No
Built-in Memory No No
Programmable Needle Up/Down Yes No
Monogramming Font No No
Drop Feed Yes Yes
Free Arm Yes Yes
Working Light Yes, Dual LEDs Yes LED
Speed Control Slider Yes No
Weight 13 lbs 17.6 lbs
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter Yes
Snap-on Presser Foot Yes Yes
Automatic Thread Cutter No No
Automatic Needle Threader Yes No
Drop-in Bobbin Yes Yes
USB Connectivity No No
Stitch Selection LCD Display and Push Button Dial
Adjustable Stitch Length/Width Yes Yes
Included Feet Buttonhole foot, Overcasting foot, Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Zigzag foot, Blind stitch foot, Button fitting foot, Walking foot, Spring action quilting foot Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G, Buttonhole Foot, Zig-Zag Foot, Zipper Foot
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button No No
Tension Adjustable With Dial Adjustable With Dial
Knee Lifter No No
Warranty 25 Year Limited
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The Verdict

The Brother CS6000i and the Janome 7318 have a number of differences in terms of features. The stitch quality, however, is a common aspect. These two machines sew on a range of materials with reliable results. Any of these two machines would be my first choice if you asked me to choose an affordable, sophisticated sewing machine. I won’t offer a recommendation and the choice should be based on your sewing ability and experience.

Q. Can I interchange metal and plastic bobbins if they are the same size?

A. Metal bobbins and plastic bobbins of the same size can NOT be swapped. Machines are set for a very precise tension setting. If they are set for a lighter plastic bobbin, the tension will change if a heavier metal bobbin is used.

Q. Why adjust tension on sewing machine

A. Sewing machine tension adjustment is controlled by devices that separately control the needle thread and the bobbin thread, putting varying amounts of tension (or strength) on the threads they control to form a strong, balanced stitch.

Q. Do you need a special sewing machine for leather?

A. No, although a heavy-duty machine will make it easier. However, any good-quality home sewing machine can handle leather with a few special accessories. You will need a Teflon presser foot, a needle designed for sewing leather, and heavy-duty thread.

Q. Can a regular sewing machine sew vinyl?

A. Yes, with the same modifications listed above for leather.

Q. Can i use clipper oil on my sewing machine

A. Yes, you can as some people do recommend it as an alternative to sewing machine oil.

Q. How to use double needle on sewing machine

  • STEP 1: PREP YOUR EDGE.
  • STEP 2: PREP YOUR SEWING MACHINE.
  • STEP 3: TEST ON A SCRAP OF FABRIC.
  • STEP 4: SEW THE DOUBLE NEEDLE HEM.