Brother LB6800PRW Computerized Embroidery Machine

Brother LB6800PRWGo seriously creative with the Project Runway Limited Edition LB-6800PRW Embroidery Machine. Keep your machine up to date and import an unlimited amount of designs with its computer connectivity. Versatility abounds with this combination embroidery and sewing machine as it includes 70 built-in embroidery designs, 67 built-in sewing stitches, 120 frame pattern combinations, 5 embroidery lettering fonts, and 98 stitch functions. A push-button thread cutter, needle threading system, and back-lit LCD touch screen make this unit easy and convenient. The included custom rolling luggage makes portability easy for travel or going to classes.

Features include: Quick-Set drop-in bobbin, automatic threader, thread cutter, 4”x4” embroidery area, LED-lit work area, automatic bobbin winding, work with or without foot control, Electronic Variable Sewing Speed Control, Quick-Change presser feet, stitch width and length control, and adjustable thread tension control. The LB6800PRW is lightweight with a built-in handle and includes a 25-year limited warranty.

Features and Specifications

  • 67 Built in sewing stitches
  • 70 built-in embroidery designs
  • 5 monogramming fonts
  • 120 frame pattern combinations
  • Fashion Project Runway Rolling Luggage
  • Quick-Set drop-in bobbin
  • automatic needle threader
  • automatic bobbin winding
  • computer connectivity with update capability
  • Electronic Variable Sewing Speed Control
  • Brother LB6800PRW Embroidery Machine warranty: 25-year limited warranty

Customer Reviews

We only found a few reviews for this machine but they were all very favorable. All reviewers commented that it was easy to use especially after watching the included instructional video. The ability to download designs was also a prime reason for their purchases. One reviewer stated that the included luggage made transporting the machine easy. One reviewer stated that this Project Runway special edition machine seems to be better made than the standard unbranded machine. Another reviewer commented that this machine was able to stitch through double and triple layers of fabric effortlessly and quietly.

Now for the bad – The reviews only included a few negative comments. One reviewer stated that she would have purchased the SE 400 had she known that it was basically the same thing but without the luggage (It is unknown at this time if this unit is actually a branded SE400). One reviewer stated that she would like a larger embroidery area which can be accomplished by purchasing larger frames.

It appears that all the reviewers are pleased with the performance. If the ability to go portable with the included rolling bag is important to you than we would highly recommend this machine.

Brother PE770 Embroidery Machine

Brother PE770Feel free to embroider anything from clothing, to handbags, to home décor with the Brother PE770. Producing up to 650 embroidery stitches per minute, this unit features six built-in embroidery lettering fonts and its probably one of the best embroidery machines for sale. Produce intricate scrollwork, delicate florals, and classic quilt patterns with the 163 built-in decorative patterns. It doesn’t stop there. Connect this machine to computer with it’s USB port and download an endless supply of embroidery designs. Even easier than that, just throw your designs on a memory stick for grab-and-go convenience. And for a finishing touch, choose from 12 border styles and 10 built-in frame shapes.

Featuring on-screen help and on-screen editing, the Brother PE770 Embroidery machine is incredibly user friendly. Using it’s monochrome, 1.5”x3” LCD touch-screen control panel, it’s easy to save designs for future use. Advanced features include a thread cutter button, advanced needle threading, automatic upper-thread tension, easy bobbin winding system and a super bright work area lit by twin LEDs. Accessories include a seam ripper, a needle set, screw drivers, a spool net, a dust cover, user’s manual, accessory bag, 5”x7” embroidery hoop, bobbins, and cleaning brush.

Features and Specifications:

  • Computerized embroidery machine with USB memory-stick compatibility
  • 136 built-in decorative patterns
  • 6 lettering fonts
  • 10 frame shapes
  • 12 border styles
  • Brother memory-card library compatible
  • Imports designs up to 5 by 7 inches
  • LCD touch-screen controls for ease of use
  • Full array of accessories
  • Warranty: 25-year limited warranty

Customer Reviews

We were only able to find a dozen or so reviews for the Brother PE770 Embroidery Machine. Over half of those reviewers gave it a perfect 5 out of 5 rating. For many reviews the selling point for this machine was its memory stick capabilities. They could easily download embroidery designs to the stick then go portable without having to bring a computer along. Many reviewers commented that the machine was easy to use and one even commented that she was already busy making Christmas gifts for loved ones with ease. Many are also pleased with the larger 5”x7” frame. Some also stated that they love the auto threading feature.

Now the bad. One reviewer stated that her machine had arrived broken but was quickly replaced by Amazon.com. Many commented that although it is not a big problem, the instruction manual could have been written better. Several also stated that the monochrome display does not give you an accurate idea of how the design will look but they were able to get around this by looking at the design on their computer first.

After reading the reviews we are confident in stating that this is a quality embroidery machine with desirable features. If you are looking for a machine with a larger frame (5×7) and the ability to transfer designs using a thumb drive, then this one could be for you. It gets out recommendation.

Singer CE-150 Futura Embroidery Machine

Singer CE-150With a number of features the Singer CE-150 Futura Embroidery machine is easy to use for both embroidery and sewing. Preprogrammed with 24 stitch settings, including 2 one-step buttonholes, this machine is fully electronic to ensure precision yet can be adjusted for total control. Other impressive features include an automatic needle threader, top drop in bobbin with a view plate, twin needle control, one touch stitch selector buttons, drop feed, needle up/down selector, and more.

This unit also comes with everything necessary to transform it into a full featured embroidery machine. It is easy to get started with 120 embroidery designs, two embroidery hoops (4 ½ x 6 ¾ and 3 1/8 x 4 ¾), five fonts, USB cable, and windows based software for downloading an unlimited number of designs. Learning is easy as the software provides a step-by-step tutorial. Screen prompts and help screens also provide assistance throughout your embroidery process. With the click of a mouse, you can layout and edit your design then send it to the embroidery machine.

Other features include horizontal thread delivery, automatic thread tension, a free-arm, a well-lit work area, carrying handle, built-in accessory storage, needles, bobbins, 3 screwdrivers, 2 spool caps, 6 snap-on presser feet, and a buttonhole opener/brush.

Features and Specifications:

  • Sewing-and-embroidery machine
  • 24 built-in stitches
  • 2 types of 1-step buttonholes
  • electronic stitch control
  • array of accessories
  • 120 embroidery designs
  • 5 fonts, 2 hoops
  • Windows-compatible software
  • USB cable
  • Measures approximately 17 by 11 by 12 inches
  • Warranty: 25-year limited warranty

Customer Reviews

We were only able to find about 10 reviews and they covered the complete range between good and bad.

The good- Several reviews commented that the machine was quick and easy to use. Some were also impressed with the automatic threader. A couple reviewers were also pleased with the quality of the embroidery. One reviewer commented that the software was easy to use and the larger hoop is nice considering the fact that machines of this price range normally only include the 4” x 4” hoop. Many reviewers also like the fact that many designs can be downloaded to the machine for very cheap and many times free.

The bad – One reviewer commented that the tension was not set well from the factory but was able to adjust it with help from an online support group. Another reviewer was not happy and pointed out that this machine does not have the ability to embroider with-out being attached to a computer. One reviewer stated that she received 2 broken machines and that Singer customer support was very slow. She also stated that the software was very difficult to install even though she is very computer savvy. Several reviewers reported having problems with parts breaking and again receiving terrible support from Singer.

Even though there were several raving reviews, we would not feel comfortable recommending this unit to anyone. Poor customer service seems common, not only on this model but others also. It appears that this is a decent sewing machine but not so much for embroidery. Keep looking!

Singer Futura CE-250 Embroidery Machine

Singer Futura CE-250Easy-to-use and loaded with features, the Singer Futura CE-250 embroidery machine is great for sewing and embroidery. When used as a sewing machine, the supplied 100 stitch options include six styles of one-step buttonholes with preprogramed adjustable stitch settings. Eleven of the most common stitches can be selected with the one-touch button selector and provides 600 stitches per minute. Features include 13 needle positions, needle up/down selector, electronic stitch control, automatic needle threader, top drop-in bobbin, twin needle control, and see-through cover.

When hooked up to a PC, embroidering is as simple as the click of a mouse. Simply install the included Windows-compatible software to your computer, layout and edit your design, then download it to the embroidery machine and you are good to go. This machine includes AutoPunch software which allows you to convert just about any graphic file into embroidery designs or simply download your favorites from the internet or CD. Features include a built-in tutorial, 120 embroidery designs, 5 popular fonts, and two embroidery hoops (4 ½” x 6 ¾” and 3 1/8”x4 ¾”).

Included are also bobbins, general purpose foot, built-in accessory storage, embroidery foot, zipper foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot, needles, screwdrivers, LCD display and users manual.

Features and Specifications:

  • LCD display
  • 100 stitch options
  • 6 styles of 1-step buttonholes
  • 1-touch stitch selector
  • Electronic stitch control for precise results
  • Auto needle threader
  • Top drop-in bobbin
  • Software
  • 120 embroidery designs
  • 5 fonts
  • 2 embroidery hoops
  • Approximately 17 by 11 by 12 inches
  • Warranty: 25-year limited warranty

Customer Reviews

With some looking around, we were able to find about 20 reviews for this unit. Several people commented that it does a nice job in the sewing mode. A number of people also stated that this machine was easy to use after reading the manual and watching the tutorials.

The bad – apparently a lot. Over half of the reviewers gave this machine the worst possible rating. They stated that this machine is constantly breaking thread, is often unaligned, required many adjustments, leaves gap in embroidery designs, and tears material. One reviewer stated that her machine has already been sent in for repairs several times. Several reviewers commented that they had a difficult time learning the machine. Many reviewers also received numerous error messages, some accurate – some not. One reviewer stated that Singer customer service was horrible.

With all the negative reviews, there is no way that we can recommend this unit. Keep looking!

Janome Memory Craft MC 9500 Embroidery Machine

Janome MC 9500With the sophistication of computerized Touch Screen control and the power and precision of a superior stitch mechanism, the Janome Memory Craft MC9500 Embroidery Machine is a hard working sewing and embroidery machine. Whether you are doing decorative stitches or delicate heirloom work, your quilting, clothing, home decor, crafts, etc will go smoother and look better.

Features include: 4.7” back-lit touchscreen display, multi-language selection, software upgradable, auto thread tension control, auto drop feed mechanism, accessory compartment in lid, well-lit work area, auto needle threader, variable speed control up to 820 stitches per minute, 98 built in stitches, twin needle guard, and 7 buttonholes.

Getting into embroidery mode is as simple as pushing the embroidery mode key and attaching the embroidery foot. Link to your computer with ATA card. Maximum embroidery size is 5.5” x 7.9’. Variable embroidery speed from 400-650 stitches per minute. Editing, resizing, rotating, and flipping designs is as easy as a mouse click.

Features and Specifications:

  • Large 5.5″ x 7.9″ Embroidery Field
  • Easy Operation
  • 4.7″ Backlit LCD Touchscreen
  • 98 Sewing Stitches
  • 3 Built-In Embroidery Fonts
  • 2 and 3 Letter Monograms
  • Weight: 35 lbs

Customer Reviews

We were not able to find many reviews for this unit but all were very good. The reviewers commented that they “love” this machine and that it is super easy to use. One reviewer commented that this machine is heavy, so no wobbling during sewing or embroidery.

The bad – One reviewer stated that she wished it had a needle up/down feature with lock.

Janome is very well known brand and the few reviews that we found were very good. We would feel confident purchasing this unit.

Brother SE-400 Computerized Embroidery Machine

brother-se-400The best-selling Brother SE-400 embroidery machine is a combination computerized embroidery machine and sewing machine. Priced within the budget of most buyers, this embroidery machine will give your projects a customized, professional look.

Should you wish, you may attach your Brother SE-400 embroidery machine to a computer for future machine updates and to download countless embroidery designs.

Taking into account the ease of operation , pile of included accessories, and impressive features, the Brother SE-400 embroidery machine is an affordable choice for the budding fashion designer and experienced craftsmen alike.

Features and Specifications:

  • Updates through Computer Connectivity
  • 5 monogramming fonts
  • Embroidery area: 4” x 4”
  • Quick-set drop-in bobbin
  • Automatic needle threader and built-in push button thread cutter
  • Easy-to-view back-lit, touch screen LCD display
  • Warranty: 25-year limited warranty

Customer Reviews:

We were able to find over 30 reviews and over 2/3 of those reviewers gave it a perfect 5 out of 5 rating. Many reviewer commented that the machine is compact and has a carrying handle making it portable but also stated that although it is lightweight, it is sturdy. The reviewers stated that the machine is easy to use and the manual is well written and easy to understand. Many also are pleased with the auto-threading feature and thread cutter. Several of the reviewers stated that watching the included video made learning this embroidery machine a breeze. Last but not least, an overwhelming number of the reviewers commented on the affordability of this machine and stated that this embroidery machine is well worth the price and performed as well as many more expensive machines.

There were very few unfavorable reviews. Two reviewers commented that the sewing needle kept breaking and apparently found that the shaft was bent or the tensioner was working incorrectly. They also stated that they had problems with support from Brother – but they also stated that Amazon.com had replaced there units quickly and painlessly. Several commented on plastic parts but did not mention that this was actually causing any problems.

After reading all the reviews, we would definitely recommend the Brother SE-400 embroidery machine to anyone looking for an affordable home embroidery machine.