I saw a lot of gorgeous embroidery when my friend and I were in India last year. She really got into it, and we spent more time at the tailor’s and fabric shops than we did sightseeing. Embroidery is hot in India. Even the young, modern girls who don’t often wear their traditional dress, have embroidery on their jeans and tee-shirts.
All this elegant embellishment reawakened my childhood love and when I got back home, I started researching embroidery machines. I always do a lot of research before spending so much money, and I hope it helps you too.
My First Choice
I did make the 40-minute trek to my local dealer. But he only had large machines costing thousands of dollars — way out of my price range. So I started looking online.
The Brother PE770 was my first choice: a lot of value for the money at under $600; a step up from the “standard” 4×4 inch hoop to a 5×7 inch embroidery area; USB stick compatible for easy importing designs without having to hook up to my laptop, and all the easy-to-use features I’m used to from my Mother’s Brother sewing machine.
These are the most important features in my opinion that differentiate the Brother PE770 from the SE400. The easy-to-use features such as the automatic needle threader (which I absolutely love because my eyes aren’t what they used to be), quick-set bobbin, and auto thread trimmer are the same on both machines. The PE770 does have many more built-in designs, but I almost always want other designs that I download, so that doesn’t matter to me.
Built-In USB Flash Drive Port
One of the most important things to consider when you’re looking at buying an embroidery machine is how do you download embroidery designs. No matter how many built-in embroidery patterns a machine has, sooner or later you’re going to want more. Maybe the style of the built-in designs isn’t to your taste. Or maybe you just need something particular for a special project. You’re going to want to stitch a different design easily and without a lot of additional expense.
In addition to the memory cards, the Brother PE 770 has a USB port that accepts a USB flash drive. Flash drives go by various names including thumb drives, memory stick, USB keys, and they are cheap and readily available. The PE770 can read up to 200 embroidery designs that you’ve previously saved to the thumb drive. You can copy designs from CD, or find a vast variety of free and reasonably-prices designs on the Internet. You can then stitch them out simply by plugging in your USB flash drive and picking the one you want to embroider. Or store up to 12 patterns in the machine’s memory to use anytime.
In my opinion, the USB flash drive is the best method for transferring embroidery designs because you don’t need additional software and you don’t have to move your computer next to the embroidery machine. Just download embroidery designs from the Internet, save them on a flash drive, and import them into your Brother PE770 later.
5 x 7 Inch Embroidery Field
The Brother PE770 has a larger 5×7 inch embroidery field. Although many projects are available for the 4×4 inch frame size, many of the best designs are larger. With the PE770, you can take advantage of all these. And often you’ll want a larger sized monograms on a towel, for example, or the back of a jacket or t-shirt. It may not sound like a big different, but compare the sizes side-by-side and you’ll see a big difference in what you can do.
The Brother PE770 is a dedicated embroidery machine. It doesn’t do sewing. You can leave it set up for embroidery and not have to switch between sewing and embroidery. You can also work on the sewing parts of the project or a different project while the PE770 happily embroiders along. You don’t have to wait for it to finish embroidering just because you need to hem a pair of pants. The Brother PE770 is a precision embroidery machine. It does one thing and does it very well. This also means that there are no compromises trying to fit sewing features in.
Value For Money
In short, if you want an intermediate embroidery machine that is affordable and gives you a lot of features and value for the price, check out the Brother PE770.