Brother CS6000i vs Brother XR9500PRW

A detailed and honest comparison of Brother CS6000i vs Brother XR9500PRW. Both machines are high performers in beginners category. XR9500PRW is slightly ahead in features.



Brother CS6000i and Brother XR9500PRW are the best sewing machines in the beginners category, with XR9500PRW being slightly advanced in terms of features. XR9500PRW belongs to the limited edition Project Runway Series of machines. Both are excellent machines and we have already reviewed both and been pretty impressed. Both machines come almost in the same price category with CS6000i being the less expensive one.

Brother CS6000i vs Brother XR9500PRW Features Comparison

brother cs6000i vs brother xr9500prw

Here we are talking about the difference in features only. All other basic features can be seen on the table below. The differences are marked in red color in the table for your convenience. There is a difference in 10 features between Brother CS6000i and Brother XR9500PRW, of which XR9500PRW scores better than CS6000i on 9 occasions. They are listed one by one below,

Thread Sensor : XR9500PRW comes with upper thread and bobbin sensors which is absent on CS6000i. What does a thread sensor do? If you have a sewing machine with thread sensor, it will automatically detect when the thread is running low. In the case of CS6000i, you will have to check the thread supply manually.

Automatic Thread Cutter : There is no automatic thread cutter on CS6000i.

Built-in Stitches : CS6000i comes with 60 built-in stitches which include 7 one-step buttonholes. XR9500PRW has 100 built-in stitches including 8 one-step buttonhole styles. It also has 1 sewing lettering font, which is absent on CS6000i. XR9500PRW also features some quilting stitches, which is again absent on CS6000i.

Automatic Presser Foot Lifter : The machine will automatically lift the presser foot instantly when the needle setting is at “stop down” or at the end of a seam, after the thread has been cut. CS6000i lacks this feature.

Quilting Table & Hard Cover : In terms of features and accessories, this is the only area where CS6000i has an upper hand. Even though XR9500PRW comes with a quilting table, it doesn’t have an included hard cover. You will have to buy it separately.

Sewing Machine Weight : XR9500PRW is 3 pounds lighter than CS6000i, which is not really much but still a consideration, if you want to take it to your sewing class.

Sewing Machine Features

Brother CS6000i

Brother XR9500PRW

Stitch Selection

LCD Display

LCD Display

Automatic Needle Threader

Yes

Yes

Thread Tension Adjustment

Manual

Manual

Thread Sensor

No

Upper Thread and Bobbin Sensors

Automatic Thread Cutter

No

Yes

Bobbin System

Top drop-in

Top Drop-in

Motor Speed

850 stitches/min

850 stitches/min

Included Standard Presser Feet

7

7

Built-in Stitches

60

100

Buttonhole Styles

7 1-step

8 1-step

Built-in Sewing Lettering Fonts

No

1

Max Stitch Width

7mm

7mm

Max Stitch Length

5mm

5mm

Start/Stop Button & Speed Control

Yes

Yes

Programmable Needle Up/Down

Yes

Yes

Automatic Presser Foot Lifter

No

Yes

Free Motion

Yes

Yes

Quilting Stitches

No

Yes

Free Arm

Yes

Yes

Quilting Table

Yes

Yes

Hard Cover

Yes

No

Foot Pedal

Yes

Yes

Machine Weight

13 lbs

9.92 lbs

Warranty

25 year limited warranty

25 year limited warranty

Brother CS6000i vs Brother XR9500PRW Performance

Both are excellent machines with CS6000i rated slightly higher than Brother XR9500PRW in performance. CS6000i is an awesome machine, that is the reason why it features on our list of ‘Machines You Can Buy With Your Eyes Shut’.

Verdict

It is a tough decision to make. My recommendation will be Brother CS6000i if you are budget conscious and want high quality performance than those little features that CS6000i lacks. If you really care for the few extra features that comes with XR9500PRW, you can choose it. It is also a quality machine. All comes down to personal preferences, it is just a small price difference after all.