A honest and impartial comparison between Brother CS6000i and Singer 4432. Both are quality machines but they differ a lot in features.
Brother CS6000i and Singer 4432 are two quality entry level sewing machines, there is no question about it. Both are closely priced as well. At the time of writing this post, there is only a $3 difference between them (This may change according to shopping seasons). When you do a comparison of these two machines, you are actually comparing two entirely different sewing machines. Brother CS6000i is a computerized sewing machine, whereas Singer 4432 is a heavy duty mechanical sewing machine. All I want to know in this comparison is, which one offers more value for your hard earned money. Let’s find out.
Brother CS6000i Vs Singer 4432 – Features Comparison
Actually two machines cater to two different categories of sewers. Brother CS6000i will suit those who experiment a lot with their creativity. It has a lot of stitch options and lot of automated controls. It provides machine assisted sewing. Singer 4432 on the other hand will suit those subdued sewers, who just want quality stitches without a lot of experimentation. It is more suited to conventional sewers. Now let us have a look at areas where these two machines differ.
Type Of Machine : As I have already pointed out, Brother CS6000i is a fully computerized sewing machine. So you will be getting an LCD screen for stitch selection. You will also get sewing star/stop button and speed control slider for sewing without the foot pedal. Singer 4432 on the other hand is a conventional mechanical sewing machine with dials for stitch selection and foot pedal for sewing. Brother machine has more machine assisted controls, so most of the work will be done by the machine itself. So out and out beginners will find Brother machine easier to use. Singer 4432 is for those who love the traditional way of sewing using foot pedal. However, it is not that far behind the Brother machine in terms of ease of use.
Built-in Stitches : The Brother machine scores all the points here with 60 built-in stitches including 7 one-step buttonholes. The Singer machine on the other hand has only 32 built-in stitches with only a single one-step buttonhole. So those who are looking for creativity options, go with CS6000i.
Build Quality : Even though Singer 4432 comes with a heavy duty tag, it has plastic parts. Don’t mistake it for an all metal sewing machine. Yes, all the internal parts are made of heavy duty metal, so no worries there. Brother CS6000i also comes with plastic exterior parts. As far as build quality is concerned, it is even stevens here. However if you look at the durability factor, I would rate the Singer machine higher, as it has no electronic parts to stop working. Moreover, 4432 is 2 pounds heavier than the Brother machine, so expect more metal inside. Generally, mechanical sewing machines last longer than computerized ones. But don’t expect today’s mechanical sewing machines to last for a life time like those in the old ages.
Motor : The Singer 4432 wins hands down here. Being a sewing machine made for heavy duty sewing, 4432 is equipped with a very powerful motor capable of delivering 1,100 stitches/min. Compare it with 850 stitches/min motor of CS6000i and you know what I am talking about. So those who want to sew a lot of thick fabrics like denim, the 4432 is the way to go.
Stitch Width : The maximum stitch width available on Brother machine is 7mm, whereas Singer machine has a maximum stitch width of only 6mm. This may not sound much, but it does mean a lot to creative people.
Programmable Needle Up/Down : This feature acts like an extra hand while pivoting or removing fabric. You can actually program the needle to stop in up/down position. CS6000i has it and 4432 doesn’t. It adds a lot to ease of use.
Extension Table : The Brother machine comes with an extension table to accommodate large projects. The Singer machine misses out on that.
|Sewing Machine Features||Brother CS6000i||Singer 4432|
|Buttonhole Styles||7 one-step||1 one-step|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Motor Power||850 stitches/min||1,100 stitches/min|
|Top Drop-in Bobbin||Yes||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Feet||Yes||Yes|
|On Board Storage||Yes||Yes|
|Adjustable Stitch Length & Width||Yes||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||Push Button||Dial|
|Sewing Start/Stop Button||Yes||No|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||No|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||No|
|Machine Weight||13 lbs||15 lbs|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
Brother CS6000i Vs Singer 4432 – Performance Comparison
Singer 4432 is better equipped to handle multiple layers of fabrics like denim (thanks to the powerful motor). But Brother CS6000i is not that far behind. It has excellent stitch quality across a variety of fabrics, which is why it is the most popular beginners machine in US. As far as ease of use is concerned, the Brother machine is a level above, which is mainly because it has a lot of computerized controls. The same is the case with stitch options. The Singer machine falls behind in variety of stitches.
Brother CS6000i is a complete package for a beginner. It has the stitches and it has the stitch quality. Beginners will love its ease of use and frustration free ownership. The machine also features in our list of ‘Machines You Can Buy With Your Eyes Shut’.
Singer 4432 will suit those who love the conventional way of sewing. It will serve you long like a typical mechanical sewing machine.
I will break it down for you. If you want a complete sewing machine, go with Brother CS6000i. If you intend to put in long hours of sewing with thick fabrics, go with Singer 4432.
Picking a first time machine is very daunting. This information was very helpful!