First Impressions of my New Brother CS7000X Sewing Machine


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Lots of people have asked me for advice for purchasing a good entry level or beginner sewing machine, so I purchased one so I could help answer that question. This is the Brother CS700X. It’s reasonably priced and comes with a lot of features and accessories. I made an unboxing video to show you my first impressions too!

The video will play automatically in the video player on this page, but if you don’t see it, you can also watch on YouTube.

sewing machine accessories

One of the first things I took out of the box was a bag full of accessories. I had no idea what that orange handled thing was, but later I read the instruction manual and discovered that it’s an eyelet punch! I already have a much heavier duty one that I use for rivets, but I guess it will be good to have another.

The Brother CS700X sewing machine comes with the following 9 sewing machine feet, plus the Zig Zag foot “J” that came on the machine:

  • Walking foot

  • Quilting/Darning foot

  • Blind stitch foot (in the video I called it the ‘stitch in the ditch’ foot, because that’s what I use it for)

  • Zipper foot

  • 1/4’’ Piecing foot

  • Monogramming foot (I would probably use this one for everyday sewing too because it has good visibility)

  • Overcast foot

  • Button fitting foot

  • Buttonhole foot

It also came with some needles, 4 bobbins, a small cleaning brush, a seam ripper, and the extension table that you see installed on these photos.

Tip: Here’s a printable guide that includes most of these sewing machine feet.

zipper foot and bobbin

This sewing machine has an easy drop in bobbin, and you don’t have to bring the thread up before starting to sew. I already tested that and it works! This is a feature that I love on my higher-end sewing machines.

sewing machine features

Other features that I’m pleased to see on this machine are a needle up-down button (down seems to be default when sewing) and a speed control. It can also sew with a start/stop button if the foot pedal is removed.

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The Brother CS7000X has 70 included stitches. As I mentioned on the video, I don’t think the number of stitches that a sewing machine can sew is as important as whether it has some that you like. I see several patterns that I like here already (including 6 different buttonhole choices).

Brother CS7000X sewing machine

So my first impressions after sewing with the Brother CS7000X a little bit (it sews great!) and seeing everything that it came with are very good. I have tested sewing machines that cost more and came with a lot less. Of course, I’ll write a more thorough review after I have had the chance to sew on this machine more, but today if someone asked me for advice on a good beginner sewing machine, I’d say this one!

By the way, no one gave me this sewing machine or paid me to make a video or write a review. I bought it the regular way on Amazon here. I love it so much I put it on my list of the best sewing machines you can buy on Amazon.

Happy sewing!


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  1. I bought the previous version (CS7000i) of this machine to take in my RV. I’ve used it exclusively for several months now and I love it! The only issue I’ve had is that it does not like 50wt Aurifil thread. I could not get close to good tension with it. I’d love to see your thoughts on using various threads with your machine.

  2. I have had a Brother Runway machine for about 5 years. I sew about 20 hours a week. This machine looks very similar. My machine says do not oil, so of course it freezes up. My hubby takes it apart -many screws- and oils it anyway. The speed control is not consistent and placed where bulky items hit it and move it while sewing. It hates to make anything with multiple layers. The stitch length is not consistent either . I would never buy another one..

  3. Susan August says:

    I’m so happy for you–it looks like a beautiful machine! I just unpacked my Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q!! Fun for us both!!

  4. Barb Flowers says:

    Brother makes a vast assortment or both beginner and intermediate or advanced sewists. I have never had a problem with a Brother sewing machine. That being said I have mine (2) serviced at regular intervals. The dealer here in Denver does a great job and has a really good service plan for a fee.

  5. Angie Hall says:

    I bought the Brother CS6000i a little over a year ago and taught myself to sew in order to make masks! It has fewer automatic stitches, but is very similar to the 7000x! I’ve been very happy with the balance of ease of use and advanced features I love the expansion table!

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