Brother CS6000i Vs XR6060 Comparison In Detail

Brother CS6000i Vs XR6060 Comparison In Detail

When you search for a beginner computerized sewing machine, it is more or less guaranteed that you will come across Brother CS6000i at least once. Such is the popularity of this particular model. Do you know why it became so popular? It is because of its stitch quality, variety of features and last but not the least, affordability. Brother XR6060 is another popular beginners sewing machine. XR6060 I am talking about is a Canada specific model. It is also well received by beginners. These two sewing machines may seem similar in features, but there is more to it than what you see. Brother CS6000i and XR6060 are not identical in features. Our detailed comparison will reveal the differences and I hope it will help you make a choice.

Brother CS6000i Vs XR6060 - Major Feature Differences

Both machines come with 60 built-in stitches including 7 one-step buttonholes. Other common features include automatic needle threader, top drop-in bobbin, free arm, drop feed etc. 

Design wise, there is absolutely no similarity between them. CS6000i is more 'curvaceous' in design, whereas XR6060 is kind of 'squarish' in shape. The location of buttons and LCD screen are vastly different, which is a clear indication that there are a lot of difference in features.


Brother CS6000i is a fully computerized sewing machine, whereas XR6060 is an electronic (partly computerized) sewing machine. What this means is that, XR6060 will miss out on few automated features in comparison with CS6000i. What all features are different, you will find out below.

Sewing Without Foot Controller

As I have said earlier, CS6000i being a fully computerized sewing machine, you can sew without using the foot controller. Sewing start/stop button and speed control slider lets you do this. This feature is not available on Brother XR6060. On XR6060 you will have to sew the traditional way, using the foot controller.

Programmable Needle Up/Down

This is another feature that CS6000i has, by virtue of being a fully computerized sewing machine. With programmable needle up/down button, you can program the machine to stop sewing with the needle either in the up/down position. For example, if you want to pivot after stopping, you can program it in the down position. I found this feature very useful while quilting, it almost works like an extra hand. Brother XR6060 doesn't have this feature, but you can perform the same function manually using the handwheel.

Wide Extension Table

Brother CS6000i comes with an included extension table which gives you extra space to work with. XR6060 doesn't come with a table.


CS6000i comes with an included hard protective case which is not included with XR6060.

Editor comment

As you can see, Brother XR6060 misses out on a couple of automatic features in direct comparison with Brother CS6000i. However, XR6060 is an excellent sewing machine in isolation. Except for the wide table and hard cover, most things you can do with CS6000i can also be done with XR6060 but with some extra manual intervention.

The stitch quality on both machines are more or less the same. Stitch quality is excellent to say the least. Now, if you ask me which one will you choose as a beginner? My head will be slightly tilted towards CS6000i because of the couple of extra automated features, so that you don't feel the need to upgrade in near future. But if you are happy with doing stuffs manually, you can go with XR6060 and still be very happy.

Side by side comparison

FeatureBrother CS6000iBrother XR6060
TypeComputerizedElectronic/Partly Computerized (This is Canada Model)
Built-in Stitches6060
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYesNo
Speed Control SliderYesNo
Automatic Needle ThreaderYesYes
Buttonhole Styles7 One-step7 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYesYes
USB ConnectivityNoNo
Stitch SelectionLCD Display and Push ButtonLCD Display and Push Buttons
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYesYes
Built-in MemoryNoNo
Stitch Width7mm7mm
Stitch Length5mm5mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYesNo
Built-in Monogramming FontNoNo
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNoNo
Drop FeedYesYes
Free ArmYesYes
Motor Speed850 stitches/min850 Stitches/Min
On Board Accessory StorageYesYes
Work LightYes, Dual LEDsYes 1 LED
Included FeetButtonhole foot, Overcasting foot, Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Zigzag foot, Blind stitch foot, Button fitting foot, Walking foot, Spring action quilting footBlind stitch foot, Button sewing foot, Buttonhole foot, Monogramming foot, Overcasting stitch foot, Zigzag foot, Zipper foot.
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 CoverNo

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

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