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Thread: Brother Pacesetter PC-8500(D)

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    Super Member mermaid's Avatar
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    Oct 2010
    Tennessee, UC area
    And realize that you can download the software program from the Brother site anytime--BUT it will not do anything until you connect the card writer and your computer/software recognizes the embedded license. It really is easier to download the program and just put your disk aside--there is an update that prob won't be on the disk...and the card writer will get it's driver updated also. The Brother site will show what you need for your computer's OS.

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    Super Member lalaland's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    Yakima, WA
    I owned an 8500D for several years so I can help you out.

    I've owned 4 Brother embroidery machines (so far) and as far as the thread goes, I didn't have good luck with Madiera and I think that's because it was rayon. My machines just don't seem to like the rayon. I use Isacord thread, mostly because the dye lots are consistent. But I've also used Sulky, and Threadart sells a nice generic high sheen embroidery thread very reasonably, and it works and looks great as well, and I've also used good 'ole coats and clark and varigated polyester thread on the cones too with good results.

    As far as the cards go, my 8500D came with 2 cards, an alphabet one and a 60's motif one, no software included, so you probably aren't missing much. Your machine takes PES format, you can buy Ped Basic (same as the PE Design Basic), which is the software that lets you download designs on a card and put them in your machine. The 8500D doesn't take a USB stick.

    I use 80/12 topstitch needles on my machine. The topstitich needles have a bigger eye. I use them on my sewing machine too. I use a 75/11 needle if I'm making lace on my embroidery machine.

    You can register your machine with Brother on their website, doesn't matter if it's new or used. If you register it, then you can call one of their techs if you are having a problem and they will gladly help you over the phone.

    If you have any more questions, please feel free to PM me.
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    Power Poster lynnie's Avatar
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    I had that machine, personaly, nothing but problems w it. Istill have hoops i need to sell. I used any emb thread. Wheni first got it, it sewed backwards. Then had a major prob with rhe cards. Best of luck w it.

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    Member Shana's Avatar
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    Sep 2012
    Rural East Texas
    We only paid $100 for the machine lol got a killer deal on it even if I do have to buy the reader...it is in very good shape, all 3 original hoops are with it along with all with all the feet(foots?). I'm thinking the reader is there somewhere, we just haven't found it yet. They are going to keep looking and let me know if they find it Thanks for the tips, I'll go look for the other thread about embroidery machines. I'm looking forward to getting started using it to enhance some of my quilts

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