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Thread: brother personal embroidery machine pe-150v

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    Senior Member dmackey's Avatar
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    I found someone selling this machine, used once, still in box with all the manuals for $95. I did some quick research and told her I wanted to buy the machine.

    Does anyone on here have this machine and do you like it?

    Diane

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    The only problem with some of the older machines may be the smaller hoop size. Many of the new designs need a minimum of a 5" X 7" hoop :D:D:D

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    Is this one a combo? I have the Brother SE270D which only does up to a 4x4 hoop and I enjoyed it a lot until I could upgrade to one with the 5x7 hoop. For that price, I don't think you can go wrong though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms
    Is this one a combo? I have the Brother SE270D which only does up to a 4x4 hoop and I enjoyed it a lot until I could upgrade to one with the 5x7 hoop. For that price, I don't think you can go wrong though!
    I have never had or used and embroidery machine before and I wasn't looking for one, but the price seemed right for a starter machine. I will probably use it mostly to add embellishments on little girl clothing, since I have the cutest little granddaughter to sew for now!

    Learning to use it is just another thing on my ever growing list of things to accomplish this year!

    Diane

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    I don't have one but I do know you will need a way to transfer the designs to the machine, like a magic box. It has a 4x4 hoop. I've heard good things about them.

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    I had one along time ago. It does only take the 4x4 designs but hey thats all I needed when I first started. Did it come with any embroidery cards? This machine uses the card slot. You can also use the pedesign to load the designs. ( I think that is the one) Good luck and have fun.

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    I love mine, but I don't do a lot of embroidery so the 4 x 4 hoop is fine with me. I also use PED Basic to transfer patterns.

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    These are great machines, with an average resale value of $150 so you are getting a good price. They are a beginner machine, and only take a 4x4 hoop. I would get the PED Basic for it so you could at least download additional designs from the internet. It takes PES designs and you need to be sure when you buy designs that they aren't too big for the 4x4 hoop. You did good!

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    Sounds like it will be a perfect machine to use to decorate little things for DGD. You'll gain confidence and the little ones seem to like anything we make them. I'm still waiting for a DGD. Right now I have 5 DGSs, but if and when she comes along, I'm going to sew her the cutest little things anyone could ever imagine.

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    That was my first Embrodery machine. It does only embroidery and the hoop is 4x4. I used it about 6 times before I sold it and bought one with a 5x7 hoop. It is a good machine to start with I guess...

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    I have the more expensive brother combo model and love it. Largest hoop size is 4x4 but I honestly bought it for all my sewing needs because it had all the perks I wanted, embroidery was a bonus. I have only used the emb unit maybe twice.

    Well worth the money spent on it.

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    Sounds like a good price for a starter machine; you will learn if you like machine embroidery without having paid a hefty price to find out.

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    This is a real work horse of a machine!!! My first embroidery machine was a PE 150 and I still have it an it works great!! Only has a 4x4 hop but is good to find out if you really want to do machine embroidery. Also not a color screen and limited editing of designs. Also you will need a converter box to get the designs from the PC to the machine or buy very expensive cards for it. As a matter of fact I have one I would give to someone if they came after it, as I have 2 other embroidery machine. It is an expensive hobby but lots of fun. :-P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Threadedneedle
    This is a real work horse of a machine!!! My first embroidery machine was a PE 150 and I still have it an it works great!! Only has a 4x4 hop but is good to find out if you really want to do machine embroidery. Also not a color screen and limited editing of designs. Also you will need a converter box to get the designs from the PC to the machine or buy very expensive cards for it. As a matter of fact I have one I would give to someone if they came after it, as I have 2 other embroidery machine. It is an expensive hobby but lots of fun. :-P
    I just picked up the machine. When I got there, she showed me an ebay auction with 20 bids for the same machine at $252, so I REALLY thanked her for such a good deal. I just know she was hoping I would add to the price. You should put yours on Ebay.

    Just what is a converter box? Based on the messages here, it looks like I have to purchase some software to transfer designs from the web. Who sells the cards? Are they worth it?

    I have looked at designs on emblibary.com in the past and loved some of their designs, so now I have to figure out how to get them onto the emb. machine.

    Thanks for everyone's input! Looks like I have quite a learning curve with this machine. Goodness, my housework will never get done now!

    Diane

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    The card thing is like 130.00 here locally, my machine doesnt use it as it has a built in usb plug.

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    I just picked up the machine. When I got there, she showed me an ebay auction with 20 bids for the same machine at $252, so I REALLY thanked her for such a good deal. I just know she was hoping I would add to the price. You should put yours on Ebay.

    Just what is a converter box? Based on the messages here, it looks like I have to purchase some software to transfer designs from the web. Who sells the cards? Are they worth it?

    I have looked at designs on emblibary.com in the past and loved some of their designs, so now I have to figure out how to get them onto the emb. machine.

    Thanks for everyone's input! Looks like I have quite a learning curve with this machine. Goodness, my housework will never get done now!

    Diane[/quote]

    I use an Amazing Box and card for mine. Same company as Amazing designs. It connects to PC and has software so you can write to card and then insert card in PC. Might depend on how old the PE150 is. All of them that I have seen use a card.

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    Check your local sewing machine shop for memory cards. They are discontinuing them, and I got several at a deeply discounted price, since I have the Brother SE-350 which also needs the cards. It's fun to use!!

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