The CS7000X sewing and quilting machine is a smart option for beginners and experienced sewers alike with a plethora of convenient features. An LCD display, improved automatic needle threader, large needle-to-arm workspace, a smaller free arm for stitching tight projects, and a fixed needle bar for stability, highlight one of the most machine’s simple-to-use components. With 70 built-in sewing stitches, including decorative stitches, quilting stitches, and seven styles of 1-step, auto-size buttonholes, the probabilities are endless. The CS7000X is a smart value, including sewing and quilting accessories right within the box, such as 10 presser feet plus a quilt guide. Also included is the detachable wide table that may be best for larger quilting projects and a hard-protective case for comfy portability and class use.
is this one suggested for a beginner
This would be a GREAT machine for a beginner. I've sewn for at least 60 yrs and have had machines that cost as much as $2,000, and to me this is the best. I'm an avid believer that one should read the manual first and recommend for you to do this. You will be able to nicely grow into this machine and should have no regrets with the purchase. I love idea that you can sew without using a presser foot, but can control your stitches on the front of the machine. Love to be able to see when the bobbin is getting low, various speeds, even some decorative stitches for you. It's quiet, fun, light weight for taking to classes, or for my motorhome. Can't say enough, I JUST LOVE THIS MACHINE, it's all I could ever want. Please read the manual. Hope this helps. JMD
how could 2,000 people give this a good review and another 150 absolutely hate the same machine?
Because it's a review, some reviews aren't anything more than "it sucks". But for only 150 people out of 2,000 people don't like or understand the machine, that's pretty damn good.
Is this easy to use?
Depends what you want it for. Simple sewing like clothing or piecing quilt tops should be okay - putting quilts together NO! The throat is not big enough for free motion quilting and it doesn’t do well with bulky material. Your needle will snap, bobbin will have a nervous breakdown and you’ll get error codes that will make you want to pull your hair out when you try to clear them. But if you set on buying this model or the CS6000i here is the skinny - it is easy to use if you stick to the book or YouTube for help and FOLLOW the step by step instructions. It’s a cute machine for newbies but an albatross around experienced quilters necks
Can you embroider with this machine?
Even though this machine is not an embroidery machine, you can learn to do beautiful embroidery work on it by learning free motion embroidery. In fact, one of the cool presser feet that comes with this machine is the open toe darning foot, which is a bonus!... People who wish to embroider, use this foot to do so. You Tube has many fine videos that will show you how to do free motion embroidery, on a regular machine, with just an everyday wooden hoop. Just type in free motion embroidery tutorials in the you tube search area, and you will be busy for hours, learning to this method. Enjoy!
Does it sew leather? If so what needle should I use for heavier fabrics?
I have used this machine for leather and various thick home decor fabrics. I made leather straps last night (with a thinner leather) and had no problem sewing through 2 layers, but there is one part on the strap that has 4 layers and I had to use the hand wheel to sew over that part. I think the needle would depend on the thickness for your fabric, but I use 110/18 for thicker fabric and it works fine.
Can the needle be programmed to stop in the up position?
Yes, the machine comes preset to end stitching in the needle down position but that can be easily reprogrammed to end in the needle up position. See page 10 of the user manual.
Having tension difficulties. Just getting back into sewing after many many years, any guidance for setting tension with different fabrics. Thank you.
99% of the time it's not the tension, it's because the machine isn't threaded correctly. Before you panic, rethread both the top and bobbin threads. That usually solves most of the problems. If that doesn't work, set the machine back to factory specs, (tension at 4), and sew fabric that worked for you. That way you will know nothing is wrong with the machine. Remember, higher tension for thicker, less tension for thinner fabrics. Hope this helps.
It's a dream machine. It goes through the three layers of a quilt with no effort. Comes with a walking foot and quilting guide to keep parallel stitches even. Good instructions in book that is enclosed with machine. Also comes with the Free-Motion quilting foot which I use mainly on baby quilts as they are easier to move than the bigger quilts which I usually do the In-the-ditch quilting, but there is no reason not to do a bigger quilt on the Free motion. Hope this helps.
Will it hem denim jeans
YES IT WILL! This is exactly why I bought a sewing machine (because f*** me for being 5' 01", I need to hem EVERYTHING that I buy). Two critical pieces of advice though:1) Buy some heavy duty denim needles! They are cheap, so just do it. Your normal needles have a tendency to bend/break when going through multiple layers of denim.2) Buy some polyester thread (much stronger than regular cotton). Again, it's cheap, so just do it! Cotton will work OK, but again, you WILL occasionally get thread breaks when going through a lot of layers. Following the above advice, so far I've hemmed two pairs of jeans, containing 5+ layers of denim at the seams, and neither my needle nor string has broken ONCE. The one extra piece of advice that I would give is to go slowly over the seams. Other than that, this machine has been wonderful on denim.
Does this machine have a 1/4 inch seam guide? I quilt and this feature is hard to find.
Better than that! It has 2 stitches, #'s 37 and 38, which sew only at 1/4 inch and I can use the general foot. Plus there are 3 other quilting stitches, but I don't seem to get past 37 and 37, even for binding.