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.
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:
Blind stitch foot (in the video I called it the ‘stitch in the ditch’ foot, because that’s what I use it for)
1/4’’ Piecing foot
Monogramming foot (I would probably use this one for everyday sewing too because it has good visibility)
Button fitting 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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