Brother PE-500 Embroidery Machine

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Walmart #: 550866679
Brother PE-500 Embroidery Machine
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  • 4" x 4" embroidery area
  • Wide range of built-in designs
  • Easy-to-use backlit LCD touch screen display
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    About this item

    Welcome to the world of truly affordable embroidery, with the exciting new PE-500 embroidery machine from Brother! The PE-500 comes with top-of-the-line features, typically found in more expensive machines, which help make embroidery fun and easy. Whether you are a sewer interested in trying your hand at embroidery for the first time, a crafter looking for a new challenge or an advanced embroiderer looking for a unit to carry to a make and take, the PE-500 is probably perfect for you! Use it to recycle clothing by adding new, fashionable embellishments! Turn everyday pillows and blankets into customized gifts for friends and family. With the PE-500 the options are virtually limitless. Though lightweight, the PE-500 is a workhorse capable of embroidering everything from delicate materials, like silk, to sturdier fabrics, like denim.

    Brother PE-500 Embroidery Machine:

    • 4" x 4" embroidery area
    • Wide range of built-in designs
    • 70 built-in designs, including floral and applique designs
    • 120 built-in frame patterns
    • 5 built-in font styles for lettering and monogramming
    • Easy-to-use, easy-to-see backlit LCD touch screen display
    • Use the intuitive touch screen to access and edit built in designs, view machine tutorials and more
    • Easy threading:
      • Numbered diagram on the machine showing the thread path
      • Automatic needle threader; thread the needle with the press of a button
      • No magnifying glass or tweezers required
      • Bobbin-winding system prepares bobbins quickly
      • Jam resistant drop-in top bobbin makes threading easy
    • Computer connectivity:
      • Use included cable to import designs from your computer
      • Import designs from the exclusive Brother embroidery design download site;
      • Computer connectivity is important for keeping your machine up to date
      • Allows you to download machine updates from, keeping your machine like new
    • compatible
    • Access to; purchase from over 5,000 designs, available for individual purchase
    • Built-in embroidery card slot enables use of optional Brother embroidery design cards, available for separate purchase.
    • Wide range of accessories, including embroidery starter kit
    • 25-year limited warranty


    Primary Color: White
    Multi Pack Indicator: No
    Battery Type: Does Not Contain a Battery
    Model No.: PE500
    Shipping Weight (in pounds): 22.4
    Product in Inches (L x W x H): 20.25 x 15.0 x 15.12
    Assembled in Country of Origin: Imported
    Origin of Components: Imported
    Walmart No.: 550866679

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    Fine for embroidery designs, not for monogramming

    Customer review by An anonymous customer

    2.0 stars by An anonymous customer

    I bought this machine as a beginner and I will agree that it is easy to use. I bought it with the intentions of monogramming and using it to embroider names, etc on things. In order to monogram, each letter has to be done separately, meaning you have to manually place the hoop on your fabric, etc for each letter and makes it very hard to get the placement 100% write for your monogram. The 4X4 hoop is not large enough when you want to embroider names/monograms on large things such as beach towels. I have been embroidering last names on beach towels and because of the size of the hoop I can not get the names large enough on the towel for it to even be worth it. Also buying fonts off the internet for this machine is a waste, because you can only do one letter at a time, again forcing you to manually place each letter which is time consuming. I have had this machine for one month and I am already ready to upgrade to one that at least allows for a bigger hoop and easier monogramming.

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    An anonymous customer
    Charlotte, NC
    Would recommend to a friend? No
    Age:25 - 34
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Usage:Every day
    Great for simple projects

    Customer review by lisatravels

    4.0 stars by lisatravels

    I'm not a master crafter. Last year I bought myself a Singer Curvy sewing machine and have made some simple bags and skirts, but I don't do very detailed, complicated projects yet. So for someone like me with basic experience, this machine offers a good way to start embroidering. My Singer came with a dvd that showed how to get started and I wish this machine had done that. The manual is a bit tricky to follow when it comes to setting up and threading the bobbin and machine the first time. Luckily it was similar enough to my other machine that I got it in just a couple of tries. What I like about the machine is that the touch screen made it very easy for me to get started with a plain text design very quickly. I wanted to make some fun, geeky bibs for a friend's baby and from the time I took the machine out of the box to when I got it set up, read the directions and finished my first bib it was just a little over an hour. (In the picture, the yellow bib came with the giraffe on it, I just added the monogram.) Changing the thread wasn't too tricky after I did it once and saving the pattern I created so I could use it again was simple. The only tricky part is that if you want to do something bigger than what the small embroidery hoop area allows then you have to follow the instructions for connecting two designs. I haven't needed to try that yet, but I could see how it could be limiting in your work. Using just one color at a time wasn't a problem for me since I was just doing text, but if you want to do more elaborate flower patterns or something it would be more time consuming. It looks like the machine guides you through the process though. I haven't tried downloading patterns from the website, but that looks simple enough. I would have liked for the manual to provide more details on how to create your own designs on a computer and add them to the machine, but there was nothing about that. Youtube does have some videos about it though, if you're really interested. Overall, a simple, fun machine to use. But if you want something with more options, or that will let you load more than one color of thread at a time, then you should invest in the next model up.

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    Dublin, CA
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:35 - 44
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Usage:Once per week
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    Easy to use, great for letters and monograms

    Customer review by TenTwentyFive

    5.0 stars by TenTwentyFive

    I currently have a brother sewing machine that I love (also bought it from!). This is my first embroidery machine and I'm really pleased with this so far. what I love: - easy to set up and get started on, especially if you're already familiar with using a Brother machine. All the set-up (like threading, bobbin winding etc) is all the same. Once I plugged it in, I scanned the manual and within an hour I was already doing some test embroidery. - the LCD touch screen is really user-friendly, and the graphics are intuitive - I know one of the reviewers said he/she had problems doing monograms, but I thought it was actually pretty easy to use, and you can fit a good size monogram into the 4" by 4" embroidery area, or you can just set it up so you can line up whatever letters you didn't fit the first time into the next pass - I love that it runs on its own, I can just put in a bunch of text and hit go, and then walk away and grab a drink, and come back and its all done what isn't perfect: - I experimented with a few fabrics and without the stabilizers (the white paper sheets) the stitches won't be exactly symmetric. you really do need to use the stabilizer sheets if you want the embroidery to be perfect. Especially if you're working with any kind of fabric that isn't 100% stiff. - I still can't figure out how to use the automatic threader, but I just squint and thread the machine without any issues

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    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:25 - 34
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Usage:Every few days
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    Someone posted - "In order to monogram, each letter has to be done separately meaning you have to manually place the hoop on your fabric, etc for each letter”. When I had an online chat with a Brother rep today I got the impression that I could embroider a word all at one time (not just one letter at a time). I'm assuming if the word/name is longer than the 4" hoop will allow, you will need to move the hoop. Maybe that is what the poster was referring to. Has anyone embroidered an entire name/word at one time? In other words, embroider on a towel - "Burns" by putting in all the letters in the lcd screen and let it do it's thing (as long as it wasn't longer than 4"? Thanks!
    by vegasgal47 8/13/2012
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    • A. Hi Vegasgal47..... can embroider more then one letter at a will just have to go into where the layout/size window is....use your quick view guide to show where all this stuff is you then touch the downsize icon and it shrinks the letters to fit the whole takes a bit of practice to get it right but with one or two tries it was easy to figure out and You always remember how to make everything then can save the pattern and click on the frame features button and select a frame for around the letters and you can check the Preview button to show that the frame will go around the selected initials or name....I have fit 6 and 7 letter names on the 4x4 frame size ....Hope this helps you.
      by luvs2sewalot5/27/2015
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    • A. You can definitely do a whole word, or multiple words...anything, as long as it fits in the hoop
      by An anonymous customer5/27/2015
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    • A. I just did the name Cindy which came out being 1 inch in height. I could of still taken it to a larger size, but I was just seeing what it does. I have also purchased the next size up hoop. I will then try to make a five letter name larger. When I first tried to use lettering on my machine, I found that I could not get to the size area. After I created an image (butterfly), I went back to the letters and I then was able to open up the size window.
      by Wendygirl15/27/2015
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    • A. I have done many projects with more than 1 letter at a time. Just choose your font and put in the word. If it is too long then you will have to "piece it together" as in the instruction book. Very simple to do. On the medium size cursive font, I did a 9 letter name without having to piece it together.
      by dasil73/11/2015
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    • A. Yes, you can embroider an entire word at a time without re-hooping as long as the design fits within the 4" hoop.
      by Starspangledgirl3/16/2015
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    by an anonymous customer 5/1/2012
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    • A. Hi there Anonymous and serenity.....The Machine does use Brother brand Embroidery pattern cards you can purchse from the Brother site or at you local Sewing Machine and Notions store......these cards have tons of other patterns not found on your machine and they help keep your machine memory space under can design your own if you have the software to do so and the USB cable comes with the PE500 for use when downloading patterns from your saved folders as well as the ibroidery site for the Brother machines exclusively....
      by luvs2sewalot5/20/2015
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    • A. Yes, it does...but it is far easier to just use the usb cable
      by An anonymous customer12/1/2014
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    • A. It has a card slot and you can download designs from the internet.
      by sewcrazy25/10/2015
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    • A. Yes, you can use Brother embroidery cards, or you can just download to the machine using your computer and the included USB cable
      by ILRob12/1/2014
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    • A. Yes, the PE500 does have a card reader, so you can use embroidery cards.
      by BrotherCustomerService4/12/2015
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