Brother PE-500 Embroidery Machine

4.5 stars
By: Brother
Walmart #: 550866679
List price $599.00  (You save $299.03)
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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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    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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    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
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Age:25 - 34
    Usage:Every few days
    Walmart associate
    Perfect Embroidery Only Machine

    Customer review by AngMomOfTwo

    5.0 stars by AngMomOfTwo

    I have experience using regular sewing machines and this was the first time I ever used an embroidery machine and it was very easy to set up and use. The self threading needle is awesome and the self cutter button is a great feature that all machines should have. If you are looking for a machine that only does embroidery then this is the perfect machine for you! If you need a sewing/embroidery machine I would recommend the Brother sewing/embroidery machine.

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    Hayward, CA
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Age:25 - 34
    Usage:Every few days
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    Easy to use and does a good job

    Customer review by mrbandit

    5.0 stars by mrbandit

    Two years ago I bought my wife a high end hursqvarna embroidery machine, but it was complicated to use and had to be closely monitored during each job. My wife saw my frustration early on and refused to deal with it, so that job fell on me. I finally had all I could take and sold that unit on ebay for $950. Then I looked at smaller units and found this online. I bought it, choose site to store delivery and picked it up in an hour. Right out of the box my wife had it sewing and hasn't stopped. Not only was it easy to use the stitch quality is better then the high end machine I had before.

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    Eastern NC
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Ownership:2 - 3 months
    Age:35 - 44
    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
    • 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 luvs2sewalot1/14/2015
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    • You can definitely do a whole word, or multiple words...anything, as long as it fits in the hoop
      by An anonymous customer11/23/2014
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    • 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 Wendygirl111/23/2014
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    • 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 dasil71/14/2015
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    • Yes, you can embroider an entire word at a time without re-hooping as long as the design fits within the 4" hoop.
      by Starspangledgirl11/23/2014
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