Brother CS-80 85-Stitch-Function Computerized Sewing Machine
- 85 stitch functions for optimal versatility
- Bonus accessories included; walking foot, quilting foot and quilt guide
- Quick-load thread cassette system threads the machine and needle
- 5 styles of built-in, automatic buttonholes
- Stitch width- and length- control
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The Brother CS-80 is an 85 stitch function computerized sewing machine which features Brother's exclusive quick-load thread cassette system. The cassette threading system gives you an easy 3 step way to thread your machine and even threads the needle for you as well. The CS-80 has an LED Display with computerized stitch selection to make it easy to change stitches automatically. This machine has 85 stitch functions with 50 built-in stitches which include utility stitches for garment construction as well as decorative and heirloom stitches for embellishment. The machine has snap-on presser feet which are easily changed for any stitch. The CS-80 also comes with built in quilting features and bonus quilting accessories. The bonus accessories include a walking foot for easy accurate stitching of slippery fabrics or multiple layers, a quilting foot for darning, quilting or free motion decorative stitching, a quilting guide to help create precise evenly spaced quilt lines and a soft cover for storage. There is even a programmable needle-stop position which quilters love. This sewing machine has 5 styles of one-step auto size buttonholes built right into the machine. Using Brother's buttonhole foot you can sew perfect buttonholes everytime. The bobbin system on the CS-80 features fast, automatic bobbin winding and one-step bobbin replacement with our quick-set drop in top bobbin system. You can even operate this machine without a foot control by using the built-in speed control system and the built in start/stop feature. The CS-80 features a drop feed for free motion quilting or to create free form traditional quilt patterns. Your possiblities are endless with this machine! The machine is lightweight with a built-in handle for portability. The instructions are biliugual in English and Spanish.
Top Customer Reviews
I took the machine into the repair shop and the owner tried a few different sizes before finding the right part. In case anyone wants to save on labor costs for this common problem, the bobbin winder wheel for this machine is a donut-shaped rubber piece with an inner diameter of 3/8" and an outer diameter of 3/4" by my measurement.
The repair guy said he hates this model because its cassette threading system is so fiddly and flimsy; the machine is hard to take apart and reassemble; and both these issues are compounded by the delicacy of the mostly plastic parts. He recommended Singer machines for durability ("they're like the John Deere tractors of sewing machines").
Nonetheless, I've used my CS-80 for up to 8 hours at a time without trouble, aside from the melting rubber wheel. Tension is even and consistent, threading is easy (but requires a careful touch), and operation is simple. It even works without the included foot pedal--you adjust the speed with a slider--but I prefer the pedal to keep my hands free for guiding the fabric.
Overall, not the worst machine out there. It's been running fine for 5 years, is made to never need oiling, and handles lightweight and occasional sewing beautifully. But if you're doing a lot of sewing, the difficulty of repair and general flimsiness mean that you should look for a sturdier, heavier machine.
CONS: My bobbin winder moter quit working. Had to buy a separate bobbin winder. Also, a part has recently broken from the self threading mechanism, rendering the machine useless. The machine still works/sews well but I cannot use it because I cannot thread the machine. From this personal experience and from all the negetive information I've gotten from the local sewing-machine-repair-man about these cartridge/self threading machines, I will not purchase one again. I can spare an extra few seconds to manually thread my machine. I did LOVE the self threading and bobbin winding mechanisms while they worked, but once they break (and according to the repair man, they will), you are stuck with a machine that you can't do anything with.
I would still recommend Brother sewing machines, just not those with the self threading cartridge systems.