Are you ready to take a step up from just embroidering by hand? Machines can do that! Finding the best embroidery sewing machines for your needs can be a daunting task. Do you need one that doubles as a utility, or for quilting? Will you be using it for your business? Which ones fit your comfort level? Here is a list of our favorites for embroidery and their important features!
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1. Brother SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing and 4×4 Embroidery Machine
The Brother SE400 is an embroidery and utility sewing machine all in one. This is a great value for its low price.
- 67 built in stitches, and ten one-step buttonhole styles
- Includes 70 pre-programmed embroidery designs. Add flowers, animals, birds, or other images to your projects by following the step-by-step instructions displayed on the screen.
- A website dedicated to thousand of online embroidery patterns.
- 120 customizable frame options
- Five fonts for even more personalization
- Automatic threading
- Slider to adjust sewing speed with three settings
- Sets maximum speed when used in combination with the foot pedal
- Button to start or stop sewing
- Thread cutter button
- Can set it to end with needle lowered
- Button to reverse stitch
- Switch between computerized and pedal control
- Backlit LCD touchscreen
- The package includes:
- Seam ripper
- Set of extra needles
- Twin needle
- Spool caps
- Extra spool pin
- Embroidery bobbin thread
- Soft cover
- Touch pen, for use with LCD screen
- Cleaning brush
- Eyelet punch
- Manual with animated instructions
- 4”x4” embroidery hoop
- Eight snap-on presser feet:
- General purpose/zigzag
- Blind Stitch
- Button Fitting
What Do We Like?
- Side Cutter stitches trim extra fabric from the seams. It is like having a serger, though you will not be able to have three of four loop threading. These stitches are marked by an “S,” which also reminds you to attach the Side Cutter Presser Foot.
- The font sizes are acceptable compared to other models. Small letters are ⅜ of an inch, and large text is 1 ¼ inches tall.
- You can connect your computer to the sewing machine with a USB A/B cable. This allows you to design or digitize your own embroidery stitches. This function is compatible with both PC and Mac computers.
- 25 year limited warranty, with free toll-free helpdesk access for the life of the product.
What Are the Drawbacks?
- The Side Cutter Presser Foot is not included. You can find it online or at your favorite craft store.
- The power supply cord is small, and appears to be made cheaply.
- The embroidery hoop could be larger.
- It is a bit difficult to set up at first, but is easier after the first use.
Our Final Thoughts
We love that the Brother SE400 is like having three different products in one! Also, we’ve heard from people who’ve worked with more expensive products and like this one better! There are a few drawbacks, but with so many features a few problems are unavoidable. This machine is a great option for a professional quilter on a budget. This one is also a great option for anyone looking to start embroidery for the first time, or are looking for a new sewing experience with their next one. If you’re on the fence, check out this video guide of how this machine works.
2. Brother LB6800PRW Project Runway Computerized Embroidery and Sewing Machine
The Brother LB6800PRW Project Runway is very similar to the Brother model we just mentioned. Like the SE 400, the Project Runway LB6800 can connect to a computer through a USB drive. It costs more than the Brother SE 400, and includes a stylish tote-bag with plenty of room for both your new product, and your favorite seam-crafting tools. You may even be able to fit your work-in-progress as well!
What Sets the Brother LB6800PRW Apart?
Actually, not too much. You can see the machines are identical, though the LB6800PRW has the Project Runway label decals. Other than that, you will still get the 25 year warranty, 4” X 4” embroidery area, and the ability to apply your own custom embroidery designs with the help of a computer. The only differences are:
- The SE400 does not come with a handy, luggage-style rolling tote.
- However, the SE400 comes with an extra screwdriver, felt, and stabilizer.
One Winning Design, Two Separate Products?
These two are the top two embroidery options, because they are versatile enough to complete both utility sewing tasks, and detailed stitch designs. They both also come at very reasonable prices. They are the same option with slightly different packaging and accessories. If you are looking for a dependable choice for embroidery, you have a tough choice to make (if our number three pick doesn’t win you over). Is the rolling tote worth the price? It just might be if you are planning on taking it abroad. If not, the SE400 is just as great!
3. Brother PE770 5”x7” Embroidery-only Machine
Finally, Brother takes the final spot, with their PE770 5” X 7” Embroidery-only option. The larger sized hoop lessens the frequency of rehooping. Even the backlit screen is slightly larger. Bigger is not always better– especially when it comes to prices. This one has a few features that may make it worth the price increase for avid embellishers.
Our Favorite Brother PE770 Features:
- 136 built-in embroidery designs
- Includes: scrolls, flowers, quilt embellishments, various shapes, and other images
- 6 built-in font styles
- More design options:
- Import from a USB memory stick. Just plug it into the PE770s port.
- Edit and preview your unique designs, as well as the built-in stitches on the screen.
- Save your favorite designs on it’s built-in memory.
- 1.4” by 2.7” backlit LCD touchscreen that displays instructions, and gives a nice preview of your edited designs.
- Automatic needle threading
- Programmable automatic thread cutter
- Needle up/down button
- Accessories include:
- Seam ripper
- 5” by 7” embroidery hoop
- Embroidery arm
- Needle set
- Power cord
- Cleaning brush
- Dust cover
- Screw drivers
- Spool net
- Spool caps
- Accessory bag
- Operational manual in English and Spanish
- The machine basically runs itself!
Complaints About Brother PE770
- The LCD screen often loses picture quality while the machine is sewing.
- The hoop fits tightly, maybe too much so. It sometimes feels like it may break during assembly. This can be a huge time sink.
Tips for Choosing the Best Embroidery Machine for You!
When choosing any sewing machine, you should look at where you will get the most out of your purchase. Look for long warranties, free troubleshooting assistance, or even instructional classes from the retailer. Small local retailers will often include classes to make sure you feel comfortable using your sewing machine, as well as help you master some of the machine’s more advanced functions.
Know what you expect to use the machine for. Are you sole proprietor for your very own sewing business. or a casual crafter? If you plan on sewing for 8 hours every day you will need a machine that can withstand long shifts. Are you an avid quilter? You should find a machine with a larger throat width. You may also want an embroidery machine that functions as a utility sewing machine, as well as an embellishment studio.
Which features are truly essential to your work? Which features do you have the capabilities, and skills to utilize? If you do not use computers, you may not spend time designing your own unique patterns. Instead, you may prefer buying embroidery cards from the manufacturer, or downloading designs from the internet. Make sure you choose a machine that fits what you already do. If you dive into something new, you may find yourself frustrated with the technology, instead of flexing your creative muscles.
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