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The Brother PE540D is an affordable embroidery machine, with a price tag of between $400 and $500, and is brimming with tech-friendly features such as a handy USB port, computer connectivity and the likes. Designed for embroidery only, this particular model also has the added advantage of being extremely easy to use so it’s really ideal for beginner sewers. Best of all, it’s compact enough to be carried back and forth to sewing class. Budding users will be happy to hear that the boxed packaging includes a handy hard-shell case that allows you to very easily move it from room to room or back and forth to sewing class.
You can also compare it with other models on our embroidery machine reviews.
As far as features are concerned, it boasts of a surprising range of functions designed to render the embroidery process even easier. From a wide range of built-in patterns to various lettering fonts, sewers can be sure that they’ll enjoy a wide range of features that will not only enhance their sewing projects but also guarantee their comfort. This enables you to work for longer periods of time, which means that you’ll be able to finish your project as quickly as possible. By this token, the Brother PE540D can be considered as quite an investment for sewers who plan on using the machine for business purposes.
In spite of its great features, the PE540D has a few minor drawbacks, especially in regards to its tension settings which proved to be problematic to some users. As far as the computerized function, this proved to be quite fiddly for beginners to navigate through. However, they did get the hang of it after consulting the fully illustrated instructions manual.
Still, the machine provides excellent value for the money and remains a recommended buy in spite of its few drawbacks.
Embroidery Area: 4/5
Like the Brother SE400 and PE500, the PE540D comes with a standard embroidery area of 4” x 4”. While it is admittedly not the most spacious work area, it’s still large enough to help you work with a most of the embroidery designs you’ll find. This will prevent you from constantly having to rehoop to finish your design.
Ease of Use: 5/5
Despite its extended range of features, the Brother PE5400 is surprisingly easy to use. Indeed, it even comes with an automatic needle threader designed to help you avoid the hassles that normally come with this particular task. Therefore, you simply need to swipe your finger across the LCD screen to automatically activate the mechanism that will guide the thread through the needle. This feature can come in particularly handy to elderly users or anyone who suffers from poor eyesight. This also helps you cut back on time, which means that you’ll be able to complete your embroidery project even faster than anticipated.
It also comes with an easy-to-adjust tension setting. Therefore, you just need to adjust your settings through the LCD screen and the machine will take care of the tension setting for you. Similarly, it also comes with a free arm feature that enables you to access the harder-to-reach areas like the hems, cuffs, collars and the likes. This can prove helpful for more intricate embroidery projects that often require a lot of precision.
The computerized function makes it far easier for users to find their way around the machine since everything can be controlled through the LCD screen.
Extra Features: 4.5/5
Sewers certainly won’t have any issues as far as extra features are concerned. Indeed, it comes with 105 attractive embroidery designs that will help you create unique projects. If you have children, you will be glad to learn that the Brother PE540D includes no less than 35 built-in Disney designs. Best of all, you can even import more than 1000 designs online, thanks to the USB port that enables you to connect the machine to your computer. With the PE540D, sewers can equally benefit from 5 lettering fonts for monogramming. These can very easily allow you to personalize different types of items like napkins, cushion covers, couch covers, towels and the likes.
The handy LCD screen can help you access several types of additional functions such as control design editing features and the likes. Beginners can even benefit from in-depth tutorials that will enable them to find their way around the machine and properly get acquainted with the different functions before they embark on their projects. Because of the built-in memory feature, you can save your favorite designs to the machine, which eliminates the need to constantly go back to the editing feature and recover your designs or patterns. The PC connectivity feature is also designed to help sewers ensure that their machines are up to date with the latest software.
Extremely efficient and affordable, the Brother PE540D is well worth the price. Readily available in most stores, the machine is built for both beginners and more experienced users and will certainly help you add some extra variety and flair to your embroidery projects.
- Sew & Embroidery: No
- Max Embroidery Area: 4 x 4″
- Included Hoops: 4 x 4″
- Embroidery Designs: 105
- Alphabet Fonts: 5
- Embroidery Speed: 400
- Weight: 18 lbs
- Dimensions: 16 x 7 x 12″
- Warranty: 25-year Limited