Brother CS6000i Vs ST531HD Comparison In Detail

Brother CS6000i Vs ST531HD Comparison In Detail

In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular beginner sewing machines, the Brother CS6000i with Brother's own ST531HD. I am familiar with CS6000i ever since it was launched. I think it doesn't need an introduction. What made CS6000i different was that it was packed with features in an affordable range combined with the excellent stitch quality. Now ST531HD is different from CS6000i in the sense that the former is a mechanical sewing machine whereas the latter is a computerized sewing machine. ST531HD is designed to deal with thick fabrics like multiple layers of denim on a regular basis. Hence the tag 'Strong and Tough'. CS6000i being a computerized machine, one always expects it to have more beginner friendly features than the mechanical ST531HD. So the comparison is very interesting.

Brother CS6000i Vs ST531HD - Major Feature Differences

The first obvious difference is that CS6000i is a computerized machine whereas ST531HD is a mechanical machine. So there is a huge difference in how each machine operates. Let us dig a little deeper.

Built-in Stitches

CS6000i has a slight upper hand here with 60 built-in stitches. ST531HD on the other hand comes with 53 built-in stitches. The apparent difference is in the buttonhole styles, when CS6000i came with 7 one-step buttonholes, ST531HD has only 1 one-step buttonhole.

Sewing Start/Stop and Speed Control Slider

This is a feature exclusive to computerized sewing machines, which enables you to sew without using the foot controller. So CS6000i being a computerized machine, comes with this.

Stitch Selection

Stitch selection on ST531HD is done by turning the dial whereas CS6000i has push buttons and LCD screen to view the settings.

Stitch Length

While the maximum stitch width on both machines remain the same at 7mm, the maximum stitch length available on CS6000i is 5mm and that on ST531HD is 4mm.

Programmable Needle Up/Down

This is another computerized feature which helps you stop the needle in the up or down position by the press of a button. This is really handy while pivoting. On ST531HD, you will have to do it manually using the handwheel.


Brother CS6000i has a slightly faster motor on paper. CS6000i's motor can deliver 850 stitches/min whereas that of ST531HD can deliver 800 stitches/min. This is just on paper I guess, I couldn't find any noticeable difference in practical conditions.

Machine Weight

Brother ST531HD is 1.3 lbs heavier than CS6000i, which clearly suggests that the former is built for sewing thick fabrics. ST531HD is a sturdy mechanical sewing machine.

Wide Extension Table

Brother CS6000i comes with an included extra wide extension table which makes easier to handle large projects.  The extra space is always handy.

Editor comment

It is very clear that Brother CS6000i  being a computerized sewing machine, comes with more features. So if you compare features alone, it won't do any justice to ST531HD, because it is a mechanical machine. Mechanical sewing machines generally don't focus too much on features, what they are good at is in durability, the ability to put in long hours of sewing and in dealing with thick fabrics. Even among mechanical machines, ST531HD is an exception because it comes with 53 built-in stitches, which is a very good number compared to most of its competitors.

While the stitch quality of CS6000i is very good, I would prefer ST531HD with multiple layers of thick fabrics like denim. Because the latter is more suited for that kind of stuff. I will sum up the comparison as, "CS6000i for ease of use and ST531HD for thick fabrics".

Side by side comparison

FeatureBrother CS6000iBrother ST531HD
Built-in Stitches6053
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYesNo
Speed Control SliderYesNo
Automatic Needle ThreaderYesYes
Buttonhole Styles7 One-step1 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYesYes
USB ConnectivityNoNo
Stitch SelectionLCD Display and Push ButtonDial on Side
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYesYes
Built-in MemoryNoNo
Stitch Width7mm7mm
Stitch Length5mm4mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYesNo
Built-in Monogramming FontNoNo
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNoNo
Drop FeedYesYes
Free ArmYesYes
Motor Speed850 stitches/min800 Stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYesYes
Work LightYes, Dual LEDsYes 1 LED
Feed Dog66
Included FeetButtonhole foot, Overcasting foot, Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Zigzag foot, Blind stitch foot, Button fitting foot, Walking foot, Spring action quilting footButtonhole foot, Button sewing foot, Spring action zigzag foot, Zipper foot, Non stick foot, Blind stitch foot.
Machine Weight13 lbs14.3 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited25 Year Limited
Snap-on Presser FootYesYes
Twin Needle CapabilityYesYes
Automatic Thread CutterNoNo
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button (Apart from reverse button)NoNo
TensionAdjustable With DialAdjustable With Dial
Included Wide Extension TableYesNo
Knee LifterNoNo
CoverHard CoverSoft Cover

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer only. Opinions may be subjective.

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