Brother PE770 Embroidery Machine Review

Creation of something new is impossible without the tools for the job. The Brother 770 Embroidery Machine puts those tools in the hands of the artist whose design dreams soar through the skies, as well as the steady-as-she-goes craft sewer who wants only to add that decorative touch an otherwise plain material.

This Brother Embroidery Machine puts an endless palette of patterns at the fingertips of the aspiring, or tried-and-true embroiderer. Falling within the $600-$700 range, this machine comes with computerized capability to download an endless amount of embroidery patterns from the internet. And, since the Brother PE770 Hoops are up to 5” x 7”, there’s almost no end to the amount of embroidery craft that can be brought to your projects. Brothers Embroidery Machine is fast, easy-to-use, and versatile – a good buy for every level of embroiderer.

The Brother PE770 Embroidery Machine with USB memory-stick compatibility puts a large palate of designs and possibilities at the fingertips of a novice or expert embroiderer. It’s pre-programmed, out-of-the box array includes 136 decorative patterns, ten frame shapes, twelve styles of border, and six fonts of lettering. The sheer number of combinations possible from this included array would be enough by itself. But the USB memory-stick compatibility puts an entire world’s worth of patterns, designs, and letterings in easy reach. Just download from the world wide web, save to the USB stick, and attach the stick to the sewing machine. Then save any or all of these new tools and creations to supplement your own creative embroidery. It’s also compatible with all Brother memory cards (not Disney), and lets you save any new pattern permanently into the machine.

As with so many of Brothers Embroidery Machines and other products, the PE770 is easy to set up and easy to use. It comes with a wealth of features for quick and easy set up and use:

  • Memory function – so you only have to put that new design in once.
  • An LCD touch screen with help and editing functions – so help is only a touch away.
  • Easy bobbin setting and winding – with Brother’s patented systems
  • Advanced automatic needle-threading and automatic upper-thread tension system.
  • Very bright work area, with two LED style lights to make embroidery easy on the eyes.
  • Easy Embroidery rotation – in increments of 1, 10 or 90 degrees – for your convenience
  • A full array of accessories: seam ripper, 5” x 7” embroidery hoop, bobbins, needles, cleaning brush, spool net and caps, scissors, dust cover, accessory foot, and reference guide for quick look-ups.

When looking at the Brother PE770 Reviews, one gets the general impression that the machine performs up to expectations, and even exceeds them. Users love the automatic features which make for easy use, as well as the large array of stitches and patterns available to them, either through the internet or pre-programmed into the machine. These include delicate scrollwork, classical patterns for quilts, beautiful and detailed floral patterns, and much more. The only complaint which makes its way into several of the Brother PE770 Embroidery Machine reviews is the poor quality of the instruction manual. Still, even those who complained about this, usually found a way to get the machine working exactly how they wanted it to – either by looking up more instructions on the internet, asking experienced sewers, or calling Brother.

For a wonderfully versatile, easy-to-use, well designed embroidery machine, the Brother Embroidery Machines in the $600-$700 range – specifically the PE770 – is a real winner. It’s got so much functionality, so many easy-to-use features, and such a vast array of stitches and patterns, that it’s no wonder the reviews of the PE770 praise it so highly.

(And yes, the video refers to this machine as the PE700II, it is the same model as the current PE700 we review here, which also offers the USB port and internet connection ability.)

Brother PE770 Embroidery Machine
Brother PE770 Embroidery Machine with USB Memory-Stick Compatibility
Brother PE770 (PE 770) Embroidery Machine w/ USB Flash Port
Brother PE770 (PE 770) Embroidery Machine w/ USB Flash Port and Elipse 4-Hoop Embroidery Package w/ Embroidery Thread and Scissors
Brother PE770 (PE 770) Embroidery Machine w/ USB Flash Port and Grand Slam Package Includes 63 Embroidery Threads with Snap Spools + 144 Prewound Bobbins + Cap Hoop + Sock Hoop + Stabilizer + 15,000 Embroidery Designs + Scissors ($1,170 Value)

Brother SE400 Computerized Embroidery and Sewing Machine Review

Made for the beginner to intermediate embroiderer or any level of general sewing enthusiast, the Brother SE400 computerized embroidery and sewing machine is one of the great deals of the $300 – $400 price range. The onboard computer, with its visual, easy-on-the-eyes, intuitive LCD interface, is one of the great advantages of the Brother SE400. In fact, it’s the ability to plug this sewing machine right into the computer, for the fast download of software updates and readily internet-available stitches that differentiates this model from its predecessor, the SE350.

Even without any embroidery functionality, the Brother SE400 computerized sewing machine could stand on its own:

  • It’s got 67 built in utility and decorative stitches. That’s enough to tackle all but the most sophisticated design project.
  • It’s also got 98 stitch functions, which increases the flexibility of the machine even more.
  • The SE400, as is often heard with Brother sewing machines, is easy to use.

It’s got those extra user-friendly features that evoke much pleasant surprise in experienced sewers who’ve suddenly upgraded to a 21st century model. That includes a quick-set, drop-in bobbin which means no more fussing. It’s also got an automatic needle threader which makes that first stage of the task, often such a bane to tired eyes, that much easier. Brother hasn’t left any loose threads at the end of the task either. With it’s automatic thread cutter system, the end of the run is as easy to accomplish as the beginning – with the push of a button.

Although reviewers praise it as an excellent all-around machine, the Brother SE400 embroidery machine impresses most within its unique sewing niche – embroidery. That easy-to-use onboard computer interface puts 70 embroidery designs at the fingertips of even the most novice embroiderer. And monogramming, which reviewers claim this machine handles like a charm, is no different.

With five monogramming fonts to choose from, the right one isn’t more than a touch or two away. Add all that to the 120 frame pattern combinations, and consider that the included USB cable opens up the personal machine to all of the stitches and combinations developed all over the world, and it comes out that the Brother SE400 is an amazing embroidery tool.

The only major complaint among the reviews is the limitation both on the embroidery area and the size of the stitch. Both max out at 4-inches by 4-inches. That’s not tiny – but it’s not impressively large either. It means that any stitch over four inches downloaded from the internet won’t be recognized by the system. It also means that large-swath embroidery is out of the question.

A partial solution to this, adapted by some, is to simply embroider the 4 x 4 area and then embroider the next 4 x 4 area immediately adjacent to the first. Additionally, some point out that the computer memory – 512 KB of data – is too small to really store a full collection of stitches. All of these limitations are fixable however. A larger hoop is available, albeit at a price, and added memory can also be tacked on in the form of a memory card.

Still, even considering these somewhat limiting factors, nearly all agree that it would be very difficult to find a better machine in this price range. One user reported the machine to be so quiet that, even as she was sewing a cuff for her son, he asked her if she’s sewing or not! In addition, several reviewers reported an almost addiction-like enjoyment they get from the machine. That testifies to its ease of use, excellent design, and plethora of interesting and useful features. All in all, reviews for the Brother SE400 computerized embroidery sewing machine can be summed up in the words of one reviewer: “the best purchase I ever made.”

Brother SE400 Computerized Embroidery and Sewing Machine