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Oh, Brother! What You Need to Know About Brother Embroidery Machines

Oh, Brother! What You Need to Know About Brother Embroidery Machines

Tips for buying the right embroidery machine for you!

The Brother brand of embroidery machines is well known for being reliable and long lasting, so it is no wonder that you are considering a Brother embroidery machine!

Brother embroidery machines are especially great for those that are new to machine embroidery because Brother offers online tech support and community forums to help you get the most out of your machine. Their website even provides a variety of free offers and information about projects, tutorials and new product deals!

However, it is important to remember that although Brother does design great machines, not every Brother embroidery machine is going to be the right one for you. Here are our tips on finding the right Brother machine for all your embroidery needs!

A Shopping Guide for Brother Embroidery Machines

There are three main categories of embroidery machines that you will find:

  1. Machines with only built-in designs available
  2. Machines with built-in patterns and internet capability to download more
  3. Machines with built-in patterns and a USB port to transfer design files

Before committing to a new machine, decide what kind of embroidery designs you plan on doing and whether the machine will be able to deliver. You will save money buying a machine that only offers built-in designs, but if you don’t like any of the designs it provides, then it is better to spend more money on the machine that will allow you to create the projects that you really want.

After determining which level of design-capability works best for you, you will want to make sure that the machine in question is able to check off the following:

  • Detachable embroidery frame with a minimum of 4×4 inches
  • Automatic thread tension and autopilot functions
  • Easy-to-use display of an adequate size
  • Easy threading or an automatic threader
  • Excellent LED lighting

If a machine has these qualities, then the rest of the decision is up to you! There are numerous extra functions and add-ons that may be worth the extra splurge to you. But to aid you in your decision, here are our top 3 Brother embroidery machine picks!

Brother Embroidery Machines

The Brother PE770

Named as a Consumers Digest Best Buy, the Brother Machine PE770 has a large 5×7 area, perfect for embroidering jackets, bags, and larger items. It is USB compatible with a built-in memory to store your designs. And like most of Brother’s machines, it also has tutorials available from the touch-screen. It’s compatible with iBroidery.com so that you can choose from thousands of limited edition and downloadable designs!

Brother Embroidery Machines

The Brother SE400

This all-in-one Brother sewing / embroidery machine allows you to sew and embroider with one machine! The Brother SE400 has a 4×4 embroidery area and computer connectivity so you can download updates and designs, in addition to a variety of sewing stitches. It is also one of the most cost-effective machines on the market!

Brother Embroidery Machines

The Brother Designio DZ820E

The Designio DZ820E has a 5×7 frame and is USB compatible. It also has 136 built-in embroidery designs, 6 lettering fonts, and 120 frame pattern combinations! This machine also comes with two extra hoops, a starter kit and an additional 200 designs on included CD.


For more information on Brother embroidery machines, check out this comparison chart!

What are the pros and cons of your Brother embroidery machine? Tell us in the comments below!

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