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Brother CS6000i vs. Singer XL-550 Comparison

The Brother CS6000i and the Singer XL-550 are two of the most popular affordable sewing machines we will compare today. In addition to being packed with features in an affordable price range, these two sewing machines produced excellent stitch quality.

What are the major differences between the two? Below I will describe the differences in the simplest terms possible.

Brother CS6000i vs. Singer XL-550: Comparison in Features

Sewing Machine Types

The Brother CS6000i is a computerized sewing machine, while the Singer XL-550 is a sewing and embroidery combo machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.

The sewing machine you choose should be tailored to your skill level and goals.

Brother CS6000i vs. Singer XL-550 : Built-in Stitches

There are 60 stitches on Brother CS6000i. On the other hand, the Singer XL-550 has 215 built-in stitches. Brother CS6000i comes with 7 one-step buttonhole(s), while Singer XL-550 sewing machine has only 6 one-step buttonhole(s).

Start/Stop Button

Both the Brother CS6000i sewing machine and Singer XL-550 come with a start/stop button. A start/stop button is an important accessibility feature. If you’re unable, for whatever reason, to use the foot pedal, a start/stop button allows you to run your sewing machine anyway. It’s also invaluable for making perfect one-step automatic buttonholes.

Speed Control Slider

Both Brother CS6000i and Singer XL-550 have a speed control slider, which allows you to set the maximum speed you are comfortable with.

Automatic Needle Threader

Many sewing machines sold today come with an automatic threader function. This is essentially a lever that will guide the thread through the eye of your sewing needle for you so that you don’t have to do it yourself. Many sewists prefer to thread their own needles, but if you have difficulty performing this task, then a machine with an automatic needle threader might be very useful for you. Fortunately, these two sewing machines both come with automatic needle threader, allowing you to thread the machine with ease.

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 sewing machine and the Singer XL-550 come with this user-friendly feature.

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 Singer XL-550 come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.

Brother CS6000i Singer XL-550
Product Image
Sewing Machine Type Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Combo
Stitches 60 215
Buttonhole Styles 7 one-step 6 one-step
Start/Stop Button Yes Yes
Built-in Memory No Yes
Programmable Needle Up/Down Yes Yes
Monogramming Font No Yes, 20
Drop Feed Yes Yes
Free Arm Yes
Working Light Yes, Dual LEDs Yes, 6 LEDs
Speed Control Slider Yes Yes
Weight 13 lbs
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter Yes
Snap-on Presser Foot Yes
Automatic Thread Cutter No Yes
Automatic Needle Threader Yes Yes
Drop-in Bobbin Yes Yes
USB Connectivity No Yes
Stitch Selection LCD Display and Push Button LCD and Push Button
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
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button No Yes
Tension Adjustable With Dial Automatic Tension
Knee Lifter No
Warranty 25 Year Limited 25 Year Limited
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Brother CS6000i Video Review

Singer XL-550 Video Review

The Verdict

The Brother CS6000i and Singer XL-550 differ significantly in terms of features. The stitch quality is, nevertheless, a recurring factor. These two machines can sew a wide range of textiles with reliable results. I’d choose any of these two machines if you asked me to choose an affordable, sophisticated sewing machine. I won’t offer a recommendation because they have such disparate features. You must base your selection on your stitching ability and experience.

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.

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. What type of maintenance do sewing machines need?

A. Today’s sewing machines usually require just a few basic steps to keep them in good working order. While the manual included with your machine will spell out the details, it’s important to regularly remove the throat plate and use a small, soft brush to remove thread, lint, and debris that might have become lodged inside the machine. Your machine may also require oiling to keep everything lubricated and running smoothly.

Q. Why use a bobbin on a sewing machine

A. In general, the bobbin is the thing that feeds the thread to stitch from the lower part of the machine. Its purpose is to hold the thread below the needle, and it is where the thread in which you stitch comes from.

Q. How much electricity does a sewing machine use

A. A typical home sewing machine may be in the 100-watt range. One estimate for portable sewing machines says that you are paying about 0.013 cents per hour every time. For the day you may be spending about 10 cents.

Q. How do I thread a sewing machine?

To get started with your sewing project, you’ll need to first thread your sewing machine. While your machine’s manual should guide you in the specific sequence for your make and model, the basic process starts by placing the presser foot in the up position.

Next, put your thread spool on the spool holder and bring the thread across the top of the machine, through the thread guide. Insert the thread through the tension mechanism, sliding it between the metal disks before pulling it back upwards. Find the take-up lever and place the thread into the hole. Pull the thread towards the sewing machine needle, using available thread guides as you go.

Finally, bring the needle into an accessible position by adjusting the handwheel. Insert the thread. Your sewing machine should be threaded and ready to go, but it’s always a good idea to make a test run on a sample swatch to check your work.

However, if you sewing machine comes with an automatic needle threader, that would save you lots of time.