Brother PE-500 Embroidery Machine with 70 Built-In Designs and 120 Built-In Frame Patterns

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Brother PE-500 Embroidery Machine with 70 Built-In Designs and 120 Built-In Frame Patterns
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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.

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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; ibroidery.com
    • Computer connectivity is important for keeping your machine up to date
    • Allows you to download machine updates from brother-usa.com, keeping your machine like new
  • iBroidery.com compatible
  • Access to ibroidery.com; 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

Specifications

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
Walmart No.: 550866679
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Great for simple projects
5/11/2012

Customer review by lisatravels

4.0 stars 5/11/2012 by lisatravels
by lisatravels
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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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lisatravels
Dublin, CA
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:35 - 44
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Usage:Once per week
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Great purchase
1/6/2014

Customer review by MittenMomx3

5.0 stars 1/6/2014 by MittenMomx3
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This machine is great! I taught myself to sew about 3 years ago and have been able to learn on my own how to use this machine as well. It's very simple to use even if you haven't used a brother sewing machine before, but for me was a bit pricey... however, not compared to other embroidery machines. I have been able to download and use designs from websites other than ibroidery.com as well. The only issue is that the machine can only hold a few designs at a time. So say if you downloaded an alphabet for a 7 letter word, you would only be able to hold a few letters at a time on the machine, then delete those and add the next letters to the machine (and your machine needs to be connected to a computer for all of this). So, if your computer is close by or you don't plan on doing huge projects it's not really an issue. I am VERY happy with this machine.

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MittenMomx3
Michigan
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:25 - 34
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Usage:Once per week
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Fine for embroidery designs, not for monogramming
7/2/2012

Customer review by An anonymous customer

2.0 stars 7/2/2012 by An anonymous customer
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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
Gender:Female
Usage:Every day
Great little machine!
12/31/2015

Customer review by TBradford

5.0 stars 12/31/2015 by TBradford
by TBradford

I bought this machine because one of mine had to go to the sewing machine hospital and I was in a pinch for another machine for some quantity items I was making for Christmas. I have 3 other machines of various sizes (different brand) and honestly, because of the price range, I didn't expect a lot of this one. It has surprised me! Designs are uploaded to the machine via direct connect (which I thought was going to be a pain) but with a laptop, it wasn't inconvenient at all. It is user friendly and sewed out nicely. The sewing range is limited to 4X4 and it runs slower than most larger machines. For someone who does embroidery as a hobby, or is a newbie and just learning or unsure if this is something they will like, this machine is PERFECT! It is user friendly and the price makes it a good purchase. Buy one. Enjoy.

TBradford
Midwest
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Sweet Little Machine!
1/25/2016

Customer review by PixieRiver

5.0 stars 1/25/2016 by PixieRiver
by PixieRiver

I bought this as a backup for my PE770, which will need to go in for service shortly and I am told that they will have it from 3 to 4 weeks. It's a very nice running machine - much quieter than the 770 - slower and smaller, of course, but the stitch outs are superb. I was afraid that having to transfer designs using the cord rather than the USB stick would be cumbersome, but it's not really. It has the capacity to save more designs than I had anticipated.

PixieRiver
Illinois
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
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by an anonymous customer 5/12/2012
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  • A. The Brother PE500 comes with the 4" x 4" embroidery hoop. There are three sizes available from Brother. SA434 Brother, Large Hoop, 6 ¾" x 4" SA432 Brother, Medium Hoop, 4" x 4" (included with machine) SA431 Brother, Small Hoop, 1" x 2.5"
    by Monica9/11/2015
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  • A. Yes...4X4 hoop only
    by An anonymous customer8/28/2015
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  • A. 4" x 4" is the largest area you can use, but smaller is ok.
    by psalink6/25/2015
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  • A. The embroidery area is only 4X4. You can go larger with a bigger hoop, but you would have to purchase software that would allow you to break the design into 2 pieces...it's not easy to do....you have to align it just right...better off staying with just the 4x4 area.
    by ILRob2/4/2016
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  • A. According to the Brother website, you can buy a 4x6 hoop and use it with this machine.
    by maejo8/25/2015
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  • A. The maximum embroidery area for the PE500 is 4x4.
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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 control...you 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 luvs2sewalot9/22/2015
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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.
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