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As a mid-range embroidery machine, the Brother PE500 only costs between $400 and $500, which is quite a bargain considering its extended range of features. Designed for embroidery-only, this particular piece of equipment is reputed for its exceptional ease of use. Perfect for beginners, the machine presents an extremely basic interface without cutting back on its varied range of features.
The PE500 comes with a standard-size 4×4” embroidery area, which tends to be enough for most embroidery designs and also cuts a lot on the machine’s price. Indeed, if you look at machines with a bigger embroidery area such as the Singer XL-400 and the Brother DZ820E, you’ll see that there’s a big jump on the price.
The machine even comes with a USB port designed to facilitate digital transfers. This allows you to access an extended variety of features and even transfer as many embroidery designs as you want from your computer to the machine- something that can be quite helpful for anyone who’s using it for professional purposes. The computer cable is included in the boxed packaging, along with an illustrated instructions manual to help you find your way around the machine. Users will be glad to learn that the PE500 even comes with a wide range of built-in embroidery designs that will certainly enhance your project while giving free rein to your imagination. Best of all, this item is extremely resistant to wear and tear and even comes with a scratch-resistant surface for longevity.
There have been a few drawbacks reported by some customers. For example, one person found the top drop-in bobbin to be quite fiddly to use, which meant that she required more time to complete her embroidery project. Another person claimed that the machine was far too noisy, which prevented her from sewing at night. This problem was, however, only reported by one user and didn’t seem to be an issue with the majority of customers.
Except for these few shortcomings, the Brother PE500 received an overwhelming number of positive reviews and is widely recommended, especially for beginners.
Embroidery Area: 4/5
With this machine, users will be able to benefit from an average-sized 4” x 4” embroidery area. This will give you enough space to embroider most of the designs you’ll find. The embroidery area is also wide enough to help you work with larger pieces of fabrics to embellish a variety of items such as handbags, satchels, bedsheets, pillow cases, towels, clothes, napkins and the likes.
Ease of Use: 5/5
Because of its computerized feature, this particular piece of equipment is extremely easy to navigate through. Therefore, all you need to do is select your feature by swiping your finger across the LED touch screen. Through the screen, you can even shuffle through the different embroidery designs until you find the one of your choice.
As far as ease of use is concerned, sewers will also be able to enjoy a preview of their embroidery designs before transferring it to their fabrics- an option which will undoubtedly help you avoid quite a few mishaps. The screen can also be used to edit your designs.
Extra Features: 4.5/5
One of the features that make this particular model especially great for beginners is the access to different tutorials that are included in the machine through the LCD screen. These will guide you through the different steps and help you familiarize yourself with multiple embroidery techniques and hints. Thanks to the computer connectivity, you can also purchase and import thousands of different embroidery designs from iBroidery.com. The PE500 also include no less than 70 built-in embroidery designs. If you plan on using it for monogramming, you will be glad to learn that it is equally equipped with 5 lettering fonts that you can use on napkins, towels, handkerchiefs and cushion covers, among others.
To help you cut back on time and protect your eyes from excessive strain, the machine even features an easy-to-use automatic needle threader: this enables you to avoid the usual magnifying glasses and tweezers that some people normally need to thread their machines. Instead, you simply need to swipe your finger across the touch pad and the machine is automatically threaded for you.
By the same token, sewers can enjoy an easy bobbin preparation that provides speed and ease of use. Thanks to the computer connectivity function, you can be sure that your machine will remain connected to the latest updates since you’ll be able to repeatedly download the different machine updates. The workspace is equipped with a brighter-than-average built-in light, hence enabling you to operate the embroidery machine at night.
All things considered, The Brother PE500 easily provides a great value for money. Often listed among the best budget-friendly embroidery machines on the market, the machine is also extremely easy to use- which makes it one of the best embroidery machines for beginners in the market.
- Sew & Embroidery: No
- Max Embroidery Area: 4 x 4″
- Included Hoops: 4 x 4″
- Embroidery Designs: 70
- Alphabet Fonts: 5
- Embroidery Speed: 400
- Weight: 18 lbs
- Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 16″
- Warranty: 25-year Limited