Brother PE770 Embroidery Machine Review

Brother PE770

The first great feature of the PE770 is the USB memory stick compatibility. This means that you can grab designs from your computer and upload them straight ot the machine via the memory stick.

Brother gets you off to a good start though with 136 built-in decorative patterns, 6 lettering fonts, 10 frame shapes and 12 border styles. These may be perfect for some people, while others may find limited use for them. It all depends on your own style of embroidering. However, it’s a good head start if nothing else.

Fortunately, the machine is also compatible with the Brother memory-card library, which you can utilize to get even more designs. The built-in memory function of the Brother PE770 means that you can also conveniently save your own designs for future use.

Patterns can be rotated in 1, 10 or 90 degree increments. The machine offers a 5″ x 7″ embroidery field with hoop included. However, it can support up to a 5″ x 12″ field with the additional purchase of an optional hoop

Intuitive LCD touch-screen controls makes getting to grips with the PE770 that much easier. The machine speed is adjustable up to a speedy 650 stitches per minute.

Useful aids such as a thread sensor, automatic thread cutter, Quick Set™ Bobbin and automatic bobbin winding are also present.

Included Accessories:

Seam ripper, bobbins, needle set, cleaning brush, screwdrivers, spool caps, spool net, scissors, accessory bag, manual and a reference guide. No carrying case is included, only a dust cover.

Performance

Having used Janome machines before, the one thing that Brother always brings to the table is intuitive ease of use. This is also the case with the PE770. You have to study the manual a bit to get going, but this won’t take too long and will involve the minimum head scratching.

The included patterns get you off to a great start, especially by providing a quick and easy way to get used to the machine. Once you move beyond these, the USB card connectivity makes it easy to grab and load new designs and patterns onto the machine. Also the fonts may not be large enough for all tastes, which may necessitate the purchase of embroidery software. If you do serious embroidering, this is probably a given anyway. Fonts can also be purchased from various online sites.

The monochrome LCD display lets the machine down a little, as some patterns are hard to distinguish on it due to lack of detail in the display.

The needle threader works well enough, although it may take some getting used to. All machines have their finicky areas, and in the case of the PE770 these are the needle threading and the bobbin tension. You may have to go through some trial and error to get the latter just right, so I would suggest practicing on cheap materials to get to grips with the machine before doing serious work.

Stitching is neat and precise.

If you find yourself having trouble with thread nesting or similar issues, make sure you are using top quality embroidery thread and needles. The Brother PE770 does not handle the cheap stuff well, and definitely don’t try to use sewing needles on it. This is an embroidery machine.

Verdict

Overall, Brother has produced a fine embroidery machine with the PE770. Consumers also seem to be happy overall with the machine. On Amazon.com the machine maintains a 4 out of 5 star average rating, with almost 80% of all ratings being 4 and 5 star.

We can highly recommend the Brother PE770 Embroidery Machine as an intermediate embroidery machine. If you need an embroidery machine that can sew as well, check out the Brother SE400.

Brother SE400 Computerized Embroidery and Sewing Machine Review

Brother SE400This is a slightly updated version of the SE350, the biggest difference being that the SE400 now offers you PC connectivity via a USB cable. This makes it easy for you to not only update its software, but also to download embroidery designs from your computer straight to the SE400.

The unit comes with 67 built-in stitches and 98 stitch functions, along with 70 built-in embroidery designs. You also get the legendary Brother reliability, ease of use and efficiency.

Accessories

Feet included:

Buttonhole, overcasting, monogramming, zipper, blind stitch, button fitting and embroidery foot.

Essential Accessories:

Spool caps, touch pen, needle set, screwdrivers, accessory bag & seam ripper, eyelet punch, cleaning brush, twin needle, embroidery arm.

Additional Accessories:

Power cord, Manual, USB cable, Additional spool pin, Scissors, CD with Instructions, Embroidery Bobbin Thread, Felt with stabilizer

The accessories is pretty complete as you can see, giving you all the basic and essential tools you’ll need to operate the machine.

As with most of their sewing machines, Brother offers a 25 year limited warranty on the Brother SE400. It is always a very real comfort to know a company has this much confidence in their products.

Performance Review

Brother has a reputation for producing decent operating manuals, and the manual for the SE400 is no exception. An additional instructional CD is included and will help you get to grips with an already user-friendly machine even faster.

The machine is very compact and easy to move around, but on the negative side it does limit the embroidery size to 4″ x 4″. This means this is best sewing machine for beginners and is only suitable for beginner embroidery, or if you don’t need to embroider anything beyond the supported size.

Bobbins, Cutting, Threading

The Brother SE400 has a self threading mechanism which works exceptionally well.

Brother’s trademarked Quick-Set drop-in bobbin system is also present, as is the case on many Brother sewing machines. This allows you to simply drop the bobbin into the top load bobbin case, follow the thread guide, and then close the case again. This does make replacing bobbins quite easy and hassle-free.

An effective automatic thread cutter completes this very competent little setup

LCD Control

Being a computerized sewing machine, the Brother SE400 is controlled via the very efficient LCD touch screen system. From here you will select the functions you need to use. The machine will provide information on the selected options and let you know exactly what you need to execute them.

A help function is also directly accessible through the LCD menu, providing various instructions related to the setup and running of the machine as you require them.

Powerful PC Support

The PC connectivity is a major feature, and allows you to use various software programs available from Brother to create your own unique and custom embroidery designs and send them straight to the machine. This really ups the versatility of the machine.

Walk–through Video

Verdict:

Overall, the Brother SE400 Computerized Sewing Machine is an excellent buy for intermediate sewing, with decent but size limited embroidering capabilities. If you are considering serious embroidering, this machine may fall short eventually due to the 4×4 inch hoop size limit. If you can get by with that, it’s a bargain though.

All the great features Brother has developed over the years is included in the machine, like automatic threading and drop-in bobbins. Add a great warranty, a decent price, PC connectivity and a high degree of user-friendliness and the SE400 is easy to recommend if you can live with its limitations.

Consumer Verdict:

Currently on MySewingAdventure.com, this unit has a great rating, of which 88% are pure 4 and 5 star ratings. In other words, consumers find this sewing machine extremely efficient. That is a very high level of customer satisfaction.

Brother PC-420 PRW Sewing Machine Review

Brother PC-420 PRW The Brother PC-420 PRW Sewing Machine is a powerful and versatile computerized sewing machine. It features an impressive 294 built-in stitches, both utility and decorative. As is customary for Brother’s computerized series of sewing machines, you can access the stitches with the touch of a button.

In addition to this you can also design your own unique stitches, making the possibilities with the Brother PC-420 PRW sewing machine almost limitless. If you are a designer sewer, you will absolutely love this feature as it enables you to turn this machine into your own personal sewing database.

Buttonholing is simple and automatic, and you have 10 styles to choose from in this regard. Also included are three lettering styles supporting 55 characters (alphanumeric) each.

We also love the needle threading system, which saves you the annoyance of getting the thread through that tiny little eye.

The PC-420 comes with a stack of accessories. There are 13 accessory feet, including buttonhole, overcasting, monogramming, zipper, zigzag, blind stitch and more. Other useful accessories include a twin needle, needle set, eyelet punch, seam ripper, cleaning brush, knee lifter and more. A foot controller is included as well, along with a hard cover carrying case.

As usual Brother offers you a 25 year limited warranty on this machine. The PC-420 PRW sewing machine looks extremely impressive right out of the box, so let’s see how it performs.

The positives

For starters, after unpacking we briefly studied the first part of the manual just to make sure we knew how to set the machine up. Setting up turned out to be a dream, and we had the machine threaded in no time. The advanced threader really helped here. The bobbin can be easily accessed without having to fiddle with screws.

A handy start/stop button, as well as decent speed control adds to the enjoyment of working with the Brother PC-420 PRW. And boy, is it quiet.

Another handy feature that works wonderfully in practice is the automatic thread cutter. It did on occasion fail to cut a thread cleanly, but it happens seldom enough to not be a big deal.

Stitching quality is very good. Not only do you have a vast number of stitches to choose from, but the machine executes them with uniform precision. The ability to create and save your own stitches, which we already touched on, is fantastic.

There’s so much we’ve yet to try out on the PC-420, but up to now it’s handled everything we’ve thrown at it with ease. It is not an industrial class machine, but at just over $400 you wouldn’t expect it to be.

Problems encountered

We’d recommend using only Brother manufactured bobbins on this machine. It is a very sensitive machine, and you could experience thread jams otherwise. We’re also not quite convinced by the alpha numeric stitches. They’re decent, but nothing spectacular.

Verdict:

Overall, the Brother PC-420 Project Runway Sewing Machine delivers amazing results for its price range. You can certainly pay much more for a sewing machine and not get the quality and versatility you do with the PC-420. Also, despite its many features, it is not a difficult or intimidating sewing machine to get to grips with. Very highly recommended.

Consumer Verdict:

Out of 61 user reviews currently on Amazon.com, the Brother PC-420 PRW has collected 60 4 and 5 star reviews, meaning that 98% of consumers are thrilled with it. There is no truly negative review to be found for this product. The consumers have spoken. For just over $400 at Amazon.com, the Brother PC-420 PRW is one heck of a sewing machine.

Brother XL2600I Sewing Machine Review

Brother XL2600IBrother has built itself a reputation for ease of use and aggressive pricing, and the Brother XL2600I won’t do anything to harm the company’s reputation in this regard.

Features

Coming in considerably cheaper than the more advanced Brother CS6000I, the XL2600I is a free-arm sewing machine with 25 built-in stitches. These cater well for novices as well as your everyday sewing projects.

Operation is by foot pedal and the unit features a light bulb to help you see what you’re doing. It has an automatic needle threader, built-in thread cutter, a drop-in bobbin, automatic bobbin winding system and an automatic 1-step buttonholer.

Included in the box you’ll find 5 accessory feet (buttonhole, zipper, button sewing, narrow hemmer and zigzag presser), as well as a screw driver, needle, twin needle, extra spool spin and a darning plate.

The Brother XL2600I features the standard Brother 25 year limited warranty. It weighs just 11 pounds.

The positives

Right out of the box, this is a very easy machine to set up and get going with. We were sewing away happily in less than an hour. Quilting is not a problem for this machine and we also did some mending without any problems. We did some buttonholing as well and found it to be a breeze. The included accessories provides you with pretty much everything you need to get started right away.

Problems encountered

Be careful to follow the instructions in the manual to the letter when threading the machine though or you may run into some issues with the lower threading. Also, it seems that the foot height on this model cannot be adjusted, although that hasn’t caused any difficulties for us so far. Also, this machine is not ideal for really heavy materials.

Verdict

For under $90 (at the time of this writing), you’d be hard pressed to find a better sewing machine than the Brother XL2600I. If this is your budget range, and you consider yourself a beginner to casual sewing enthusiast, this machine will suit you down to the ground. Be aware of its limitations, and also consider the Brother CS6000I.

Consumer Verdict

Out of 134 customer reviews currently on Amazon.com this unit scores 116 4 and 5 star reviews, also scoring an 86% extreme satisfaction rating.

Brother CS6000i Computerized Sewing Machine Review

Brother CS6000iThe Brother CS6000i Computerized Sewing Machine is a little sewing powerhouse. This model gives you a choice of 60 built-in stitches. From decorative to quilting to various utility stitch functions, the aim of the Brother CS6000i sewing machine is to make your life as easy as possible.

Sewing is controlled through either a foot pedal or a simple one-touch button on the machine itself, the latter of which can also be used to do reverse stitching. The machine connects materials at a speedy 850 stitches per minute.

You will find a complete range of accessories included with the machine: from the basics like a manual, power cord and a solid storage case, to the tools of the trade like bobbins, a needle set, seam ripper, handy screw driver, brush for cleaning, an additional spool spin, twin needle and various snap-on presser feet.

Brother offers you a 25 year limited warranty on this unit. It appears to be an extremely versatile sewing machine, but let’s look beyond the features to see how it performs.

Performance Review

The positives

The manual is very good and we’d highly recommend that you carefully read it (it features plenty of diagrams and pictures if you struggle with the jargon) and follow the instructions before using or threading the machine. With that said, the machine is very easy to get to grips with. The computerized stitch selection (done via a LCD screen) is a joy. The included quilting table makes this machine a great buy if you enjoy or have to do a lot of quilting.

Threading is surprisingly easy. The feet just snap in, no screws to mess with, and are easily released with the press of a button.

Another positive is that the machine is fairly light (it features a sturdy plastic chassis), so if you need to carry it around a lot you won’t find that too much of a hardship.

Finally, the price is the major draw here. For around $180 you wouldn’t expect anything nearly this easy to use, sturdy or effective, but the Brother CS6000I delivers value in spades. After doing some quilting and stitching some heavy curtains, we cannot help but be impressed at the ease with which the Brother CS6000I handles the tasks you throw at it.

Problems encountered

If you’re using cheap thread, the machine is prone to bunching up the thread. Use high quality thread and be sure to use identical thread in the bobbin as well as on top of the machine. Also, if you plan to sew a lot of heavy material, like multiple layers of denim, this may not be the ideal machine for you.

Walk–through Video

Verdict:

Overall, the Brother CS6000i Computerized Sewing Machine punches well above its price range in both features and actual operation. Cheap, light, versatile and sturdy, this is a great machine for novices in particular who wants to learn the ropes without a big expense, while avoiding having to upgrade to something better in a few months.

Consumer Verdict:

Out of 513 user reviews currently on Amazon.com, this unit has collected 446 4 and 5 star reviews, meaning that 86% of consumers are extremely happy with it. That’s one heck of a strike rate.