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Thread: New Brother PE 500 Embroidery Machine?

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    Question New Brother PE 500 Embroidery Machine?

    I would like to do some embroidery, not a whole lot, just occassional item.

    Just saw ad for this Brother machine for under $300, from Walmart, which is in my price range.
    I have 2 sergers, a bernina activa, and a sears cam machine and ancient singer treadle.
    The drawback is that this machine only does embroidery, but I think that is all I need it to do!

    Anyone have any experience with this machine or tried it? Just curious about the advantages or disadvantages anyone might mention.
    TIA for any comments
    Debs Herold & Hemi (ADA Service Dog)

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    It sounds like you already have enough regular machines at hand so the part that it only does embroidery wouldn' matter. I bought the Viking Ruby and I use it more for embroidery and still use my Kenmore more for piecing. Manily because I haven't taken the time to get to know the sewing machine side of it and I'm still learning the embroidery part. It's nice to be able to set the embroidery machine up and then still be able to piece on another machine; you aren't at a stand still only being able to do 1 thing. If you search on here you may find out about your machine. I know that some brothers are good but I also not all are created the same. Machines created for Walmarts are the same quality as the ones in a LQS or JoAnns. That being said you are trying to learn and get started it's a good place to start. You might check your area. Around here several shops that offer embroidery classes will let you take them no matter what machine you have.
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    I have the Brother SE270D which is a combo machine and has the 4x4 embroidery field. I also have the PE700II which is embroidery only with a 5x7 embroidery field. Not sure what size the PE500 does. The size of the embroidery field is the most important option to consider. Learning the machines is easy and very self explanatory. Also, there are some great embroidery sites that have free tutorials on all the stuff you need to successfully embroider a design. I didn't take any classes...just self-taught. If you know how to operate any computerized sewing machine, you should be able to teach yourself.

    So I guess your main decision is what size embroidery field you want. One other thing to consider is how you transfer designs from computer to machine. There is the memory card, USB or Flash Drive. You will get tired quickly of the designs built into the machine.

    I love my Brother machines and have had very little problems with them. If you have specific questions, feel free to PM and I'll try to answer them.
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    I have the Brother PE770, besides a Bernina QE440, a older Singer Serger and an Innova Longarm with AutoPilot.

    I agree with Nanamoms, embroidery field size is the most important aspect. Generally, the larger the hoop your machine can accommodate, the better. I've had lots of fun with my PE770 and have done several T-shirts, bibs and smaller quilts. The quality of the stitch, especially on the quilts, using continuous line embroidery designs, is beautiful. That's what actually convinced me to buy a longarm with robotics.

    Like Nanamoms, I'm also self-taught. I bought myself a good general machine embroidery book and read and followed the instructions since I was new to embroidery. Because the machine only does embroidery, it's very straightforward and easy to use. Biggest issues I've had are with brand of thread. Mine seems to prefer Gutterman. I made the mistake of ordering some bulk "embroidery" thread on e-Bay, but no matter how much I adjusted tension, changed speed, stabilizer brand, etc. it was just shredding and breaking. Had to fish shredded thread ends out of the tension disks several times, until I learned which thread my machine liked. But the machine kept running no problem, even with all the tinkering I did. I've bought several of the Brother embroidery design cards but these seem to be going by the wayside as the new machines connect directly to your PC. I also transfer designs to my PE770 using a USB stick.

    Bottom line: I've found my Brother PE770 to be very dependable and a good value for the money.

    Good luck with your decision.

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    Greetings!
    I bought the PE500 a few days ago. I'm a machine embroidery virgin, but have thought about a machine for a couple years now. I decided not to ask about this machine at my local sewing machine dealer, since the last time I conferred with them, they had me believing I wouldn't be happy unless I bought a better machine, and had me looking at $2,000-$3,000. That's just to much for a new toy at this time. So I went ahead with the under $300 Brother. I can consider it a "starter". So I'm looking for links to tutorials, etc.

    I've done a couple embroidery designs that came with the machine so far. It seems to work great. I think I'm going to have lots of fun with it.

    Let me know what you decide.

    Anyone who wants to share how-to knowledge with me, please do!

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    Talking

    Anxious to hear more from you as you have more time to play with it.
    For now I've decided to wait!
    My good friend who has an embroidery machine said she would do anything I wanted her to for me, and also like the others commenting here said the size of the embroidery field is one of the most important and the Brother one is the small size. She suggested looking for a used or refurbished model if I really want an embroidery machine.

    So for now I've decided to spend that money that is burning a hole in my pocket on some furniture to put my current machines on, so I don't have to keep putting them away.

    Of course that is just as hard of a decision to make!
    Anxious to see some of the embroidery your machine will do, so please show it!



    Quote Originally Posted by DJ View Post
    Greetings!
    I bought the PE500 a few days ago. I'm a machine embroidery virgin, but have thought about a machine for a couple years now. I decided not to ask about this machine at my local sewing machine dealer, since the last time I conferred with them, they had me believing I wouldn't be happy unless I bought a better machine, and had me looking at $2,000-$3,000. That's just to much for a new toy at this time. So I went ahead with the under $300 Brother. I can consider it a "starter". So I'm looking for links to tutorials, etc.

    I've done a couple embroidery designs that came with the machine so far. It seems to work great. I think I'm going to have lots of fun with it.

    Let me know what you decide.

    Anyone who wants to share how-to knowledge with me, please do!
    Debs Herold & Hemi (ADA Service Dog)

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    Brother embroidery machines are very user friendly. The only drawback i see with this machine is the the limited 4x4 embroidery field. for the price it is a good one to start with. Keep in mind though machine emb. is a pricey hobby. you need stabilizer, thread etc. but it is a fun thing

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    I just boughtt this today. I have never embroidered befor either. I have a few other Brother machines and love them. I experimented with a few designs on hand towels tonight and I think I am going to love it. I am anxious to try and download some patterns.

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    I did a handtowel, too, and then downloaded a free design to try out and did it on an old sweatshirt of DH's. I still have to work out how to make a quilt label with it. Would love to find some small redwork designs.
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    O I got one too and I cant STOP I LOVE IT!!! THe onley thing so far I have found out is if you down load something bigger than 4 X 4 it will not show up on your screen so do not down load anything bigger than 4 X 4 unless you have some software to resize..

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    I'm making some heart appliques to put on a quilt. I need to be sure I have enough bobbin thread before I start each applique. It will go a ways if it runs out of thread before it stops to let you know. I don't see that there is any way to advance from the beginning of the design to the point it ran out of thread so you can continue from there. I need to either trash the applique I was working on or try to run the program from the beginning with no thread until I get to where I want to use thread again. Of course it continues to keep stopping because there is no thread. Unfortunately, I don't have enough of one of the fabrics that I can afford to throw any away. I guess that's one drawback to an inexpensive machine. I'm really enjoying the machine, tho, and I just bought it as a starter. If I find I want more, I can upgrade.

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    I'm looking for some good videos or tutorials on how I might be able to do quilt labels with this machine. Anyone know of any? I need step-by-step help, as I am practically a ME virgin. Thanks!

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    ON THE Brother PE500 U go to the screen where it says adjust and layout and you can hit the minus button to move back where you stopped.. I M still loving mine so far.. I was having a bad time till I got the right thread and stabalizer. I LOVE it I cant stop..:O) OOO and if you got to do the threader and it will not work right you have to make sure your needle is in the right position..

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    I have this cute little machine and have sewn up samples for reference later. It is easy to use.
    Surfed the web for 2 days now looking for designs. The cards are very expensive and most are for 5 x 7 areas but some have designs that include some for 4 in but at the prices its not worth it.
    Did find some redwork designs that have some 4 in. but again expensive.
    Guiss I will break down and order some baby redwork designs and evenually may have a larger area machine and will still be able to use it.

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    if you can download designs it is much more economical. I love dkembroidery.com and annthegran.com, lots of free designs and I pay the membership at dk because it is sooo worth it. Really depends on what size embroidery you want to do
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    Jujudesigns is cheap at around $3 a set for lots of regular designs and redwork.
    Just have to figure out how to download from my computer to my machine.

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    DJ - theres a video on youtube for making a luggage tag. It is very informative on using the pe500.

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    Just wondering how everyone is still liking their PE500. I'm thinking of getting one to do quilt labels and maybe some other embroidery. Is anyone using it with the new EQ stitch program?

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    I just finished a baby quilt using teddy bear red work designs and 9 patch as alternate blocks.
    Wish my camera would download pics again. For some reason it decided it would not recognize my usb port.

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    I don't have that particular Brother embroidery machine but I do own two Brother sewing machines and a Brother embroidery only machine and I love them all!! I say if it's in your price range go for it!!
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    Does anyone know if EQ stitch has the capability to reduce 5 x 7 designs to upload to the PE500?

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    My machine arrived today. Also, to answer my own question, I cannot edit premade embroidery files in EQ Stitch.

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    me too have the pe500

    I have had my brother PE500 for 6mths now and found a few problems on the way , first i had to buy a transformer to convert to the UK . Then the rayon i brought was no good kept snapping so i used some polyester thread which works lovely . The other is something silly but will find out how to do it unless someone can help me with it , you see when the thread snaps i need to go back a little but dont know how yet . yours julie

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