Is anyone having problems with your brother sewing machine?

@fury2525 (139)
United States
May 21, 2008 10:15pm CST
I bought a cs-6000i, back a while but just now have tried to use it. For a few months now i have been battling the bobbin winder, i went several times online to yahoo sewing groups i belong to try and get help. I called brother themselves, to no avil. Recently my finacee bought me a sidewinder (that bobbin winder thing) $30. Pretty cheaply made for that price, and its not working much better i still have to work it by hand just to get every other bobbin to wind. And some were still not wound right. I have sewn since i was a lil girl and never had this much trouble. I need help or advise...did i just buy a bummer of a sewing machine? I have had singers in the past but tht was when they were american made and worked better. now its hard to trust any of them anymore. Lish in kentucky
2 responses
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
22 May 08
It kind of sounds like a problem that I had with a Bernina that I had. Is there any possibility that some thread got wound around the post for winding the bobbin? Since you didn't say how the bobbin was when you finished winding it, I am kind of at a loss. I've been sewing since I was 5 (at that age I wasn't allowed to use a sewing machine, I could only hand sew) and have had Brothers, Singers, Whites, Janomes,Berninas, Elnas and others that I can't think of right now; but I only had the problem with the Bernina after my daughter used it and got thread wound around that spindle. It was a real pain because it was the machine that I use for making teddy bears and it would sew anything I wanted it to sew, including leather! Anyway, if you would post more information about your problem maybe I could help. Toni in California
@fury2525 (139)
• United States
23 May 08
It would act up several ways, Toni. Sometimes the thread would wind up under the bobbin, other times it would wind on the bobbin but be larger at the bottom the top almost like a pyramid shape. Now my finacee has wasted $30 at walmart for sidewinder the winds the bobbin, im not sure if its not liking my brother bobbin,(says on box takes most bobbins), but every other bobbin is wind right with it, but i have to hold the thread out each time to start it. Big pain, and im not sure its worth it. Never have had problems with my white 8910, it winds on the side perfect every time, and its 17 yrs old. if you can think of other questions ill try my best to answer them. my model is a brother cs-6000i Lish in Kentucky
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
24 May 08
It sounds a lot like the problem that I had with my Bernina after my daughter used it. I was going nuts because the thread wouldn't wind straight, would bunch at the top and go under the bobbin. I took it into the shop and the mechanic spotted the problem right off. One of the times my daughter used the machine the thread clumped under the bobbing and there was thread down on the spindle. Can you get the top off the machine? If you can (and usually it is very easy and you won't mess anything up on the machine) get the flashlight and peer down where the bobbin spindle is and see if you can find anything unusual down there. (Gee, it sounds like you're checking down the dogs throat! LOL) It could be thread or it could also be a build up of lint. That is easily taken care of with a blast or two or three of canned air. If it's thread, try picking it out carefully with a tweezers-providing you see thread down there. The other thing is when you have the lid off you could run the winder and see if you can see anything unusual when it runs. (I am mechanically inclined. When I was growing up I used to play with my brothers erector set. I spent hours building cranes, elevators and anything else I could dream up. I played with it more than my brother did. When I grew up and lived with my Mom before she passed away, she would buy me these really "girley" gifts...She bought me a jig saw for Christmas, a Drill for Valentines day and for my birthday she bought me a set of socket wrenches. :-) I loved it!) I did all the repairs around her house and would be called on by the neighbors to fix their sewing machines. One neighbor had bought a Bernina and she came down complaining that it didn't sew for squat after it had sewn for several months and had worked perfectly. I went up to her place and opened it up and discovered enough lint in the bobbin area to knit a sweater!!! When I told her about it she responded "I'm supposed to do that??" I'm going to do some extra research and see what I can find. The problem is so familiar and I just can't come up with it right now. Toni
@mummymo (23709)
22 May 08
Lish I am so sorry that you are having this trouble - I have often yearned for a sewing machine and the ability to make clothes - I would love to see my kids in outfits I have made for them. I guess I am too scared I would be no good at it and besides now I couldn't sit upright for long enough to do anything - thank goodness for laptops! I called my friend who is into sewing and uses her machine quite often (usually to adjust something for one of my kids) but she didn't have any tips! Hope you get something sorted out! Good Luck Lish! xxx