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Best Brother Embroidery Machines

My goal is to help you select the Brother machine that best suits your needs and, thus, we will compare all the best Brother embroidery machines, including those with exclusive face panels from Disney, Star Wars or Marvel.

Of all the brands out there, Brother is without a doubt a must-see before buying anything else.

Not only are their manufactures Japanese, but these remarkable home machines come at an inexpensive price that anyone can afford these days, so we’re talking about high quality at a reasonable price.

Some Tips before buying a Brother Embroidery Machine

  • Brother customers have exclusive access to more than a thousand embroidery designs through iBroidery.com. So, once you purchase your Brother machine, register it at the official site to get immediate free access to more designs than you will ever use.
  • Be aware that the usual format that Brother’s home machines can read is .pes.
  • If you want to embroider a custom design or a logo, there is a program called SewArt that can digitize designs for you. And, as long as you don’t use more than three colors, you can always use a demo version for 30 days.
  • When you upgrade machines within the Brother range of products, many times, the accessories will continue to work on your new device. For instance, if you were the proud owner of a PE770 and invested in some extra accessories, they will also work for the upgraded version, Brother PE800.

Brother Disney Embroidery Machine

As the main company that partners with Walt Disney, Brother has a variety of sewing and embroidery machines with different face panels portraying their world-famous characters as well as a wide range of embroidery designs to embellish all kinds of clothing.

You have different choices to get hold of these infamous embroidery designs: 

  • Buy a machine that includes Disney designs.

If you’re already thinking about buying a new embroidery machine, you could just go to the models that include Disney designs in their list of possibilities. We’ve reviewed the cheapest model, Brother PE550D embroidery machine.

On Brother’s official designs’ website, you’ll find over 1,000 Walt Disney designs and 200 more from Disney Pixar

  • Some say that you can secretly download Disney designs from the internet and convert them into .pes format so that your machine can read them. Not telling you to do it, nor did I ever do it before.

And, in case you’re not a Disney fan, you should know that Brother has released a few embroidery machines with Star Wars and Marvel designs as well as more purchasable designs on iBroidery.com.

Top 7 Best Brother Embroidery Machines

#7. Brother Marvel LB5000M Sewing and Embroidery Machine Review

Ideal for: Beginners of all ages to Intermediate users. First time users with a passion for Marvel.

Brother LB5000M Marvel Sewing and Embroidery MachineBrother Embroidery Marvel Face Panels

Budget: $$
Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star-o


EMBROIDERY FEATURES

      • Built-in Designs: 80 + 10 Marvel
      • Speed per minute: 400
      • On-Screen Editing: Yes
      • Area: 4″ x 4″

SEWING FEATURES

      • Decorative Stitches: 103
      • Speed per minute: 710

This machine is a special edition for Marvel lovers of long-time bestseller, Brother SE600. It’s also a great option for beginners with the added touch of interchangeable face panels as well as 10 additional Marvel designs. 

You can scroll down to #3 for our review of Brother SE600.

  • 10 Added Marvel designs
  • Create your own decorative stitches
  • Low budget price
  • Low learning curve
  • Free Arm
  • Small embroidery hoop

#6. Brother Star Wars LB5000S Sewing and Embroidery Machine Review

Ideal for: Beginners of all ages to Intermediate users. First time users with a passion for Star Wars.

Brother LB5000S Star Wars Sewing and Embroidery MachineBrother Embroidery Star Wars Face Panels

Budget: $$
Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star-o


EMBROIDERY FEATURES

      • Built-in Designs: 80 + 10 Star Wars
      • Speed per minute: 400
      • On-Screen Editing: Yes
      • Area: 4″ x 4″

SEWING FEATURES

      • Decorative Stitches: 103
      • Speed per minute: 710

This model is a Star Wars special edition of longtime bestseller Brother SE600. It’s a great option for beginners who are fans of the famous saga and would appreciate the added touch of interchangeable face panels as well as 10 additional Star Wars designs. 

You can scroll down to #3 for our review of Brother SE600.

  • 10 Added Star Wars designs
  • Create your own decorative stitches
  • Low budget price
  • Low learning curve
  • Free Arm
  • Small embroidery hoop

#5. Brother Embroidery Only Machine PE535 Review

Ideal for: Beginners and intermediate. Great machine for small jobs.

Brother PE 535 Embroidery Only Machine Review

Budget: $
Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star-half-emptyicon-star-o

EMBROIDERY FEATURES

      • Built-in Designs: 80
      • Speed per minute: 400
      • On-Screen Editing: Yes
      • Area: 4″ x 4″

This model is ideal for you if you just want to do small embroidery and no sewing since it’s an only embroidery machine. It’s the improved version of the Brother PE525 adding to the late design a larger LCD screen and 10 more built-in designs.

In general, Brother PE535 is overall a very good entry-level machine and is easy to set up and easy to use. I would personally recommend it to people who want to embroider monograms, labels or small designs.

Even if specialized machines are more suited to their specific tasks, in reality, if you compare the PE535 embroidery only side by side with the SE600 sewing and embroidery machine, you will appreciate that there is no clear mechanical advantage to the PE535. Plus, the price is quite similar.

So the only reason to skip the dual capabilities of the SE600 is that you already own a good sewing machine, and you’re convinced that you’re not going to use your new sewing machine for that same purpose.

  • Low noise levels
  • Great machine for small jobs
  • Embroidery Only
  • Small embroidery area

#4. Brother Embroidery Only Machine PE550D Disney Review

Ideal for: Beginners and intermediate. Great machine for small jobs and Disney lovers.

Brother PE 550D Embroidery Only Machine Review

Budget: $
Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star-half-emptyicon-star-o

EMBROIDERY FEATURES

      • Built-in Designs: 80 + 45 Disney
      • Speed per minute: 400
      • On-Screen Editing: Yes
      • Area: 4″ x 4″

This machine is quite similar, both mechanically and in price, to Brother PE535, so we recommend that you take a good look at the comparison chart provided at the end of this article.

A big difference between this one and the other model is the built-in Disney designs. Brother PE550D is the perfect gift for little beginners who want to let their imagination run wild.

Also, compared to the SE600, some of the advantages of the PE550D are the higher speed of stitches (400 spm vs. 650) and the built-in Disney design collection.

However, if you don’t own a sewing machine, one downside to this model is that for almost the same price you can currently get the Brother SE600, which is mechanically very similar but offers both sewing and embroidering capabilities.

  • Low noise levels
  • Great machine for small jobs
  • Disney designs included
  • Embroidery Only
  • Small embroidery area

#3. Brother SE600 Sewing and Embroidery Machine Review

Ideal for: Beginners to Intermediate users. First time users who want to experiment. #1 for beginners of all ages.

Brother SE 600 Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Budget: $
Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star-o


EMBROIDERY FEATURES

      • Built-in Designs: 80
      • Speed per minute: 400
      • On-Screen Editing: Yes
      • Area: 4″ x 4″

SEWING FEATURES

      • Decorative Stitches: 103
      • Speed per minute: 710

The Brother SE600 comes with a 4″ x 4″ embroidery area and with the possibility of re-hooping in case you want to embroider a larger design. It also includes 80 Embroidery Designs, 103 Built-In Sewing Stitches and, a large Color Touch LCD screen, where you can easily change specific embroidery thread colors and then preview before stitching.

Also, an automatic needle threader that is super useful when embroidering with a wide range of colors and for your tired eyes; 6 embroidery lettering fonts that allow you to customize your designs with different sizes and; a free arm for cuffs and sleeves which is considered a must.

In addition, this Brother model features auto-size buttonholes and comes with a USB so that you can import your designs.

The Brother SE600 is excellent for first-time users to sew and embroider since it’s super easy to learn how to use its features. I can’t think of a better machine for a beginner and a cheaper price for the value of the product.

  • Create your own decorative stitches
  • Low budget price
  • Low learning curve
  • Free Arm
  • Small embroidery hoop

#2. Brother SE1900 Sewing and Embroidery Machine Review

Ideal for: Beginner and Intermediate. Perfect for beginners who want a combo machine.

Brother SE1900 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine Review

Budget: $$$
Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star-o


EMBROIDERY FEATURES

      • Built-in Designs: 138
      • Speed per minute: 650
      • On-Screen Editing: No
      • Area: 5″ x 7″

SEWING FEATURES

      • Decorative Stitches: 240
      • Speed per minute: 800

The Brother SE1900 is a multipurpose machine with excellent value for money. 

The package only includes a 5″ x 7″ hoop. But if you’re thinking of embroidering larger or endless designs, you can always give yourself a 12″ x 5″ multi-positional hoop and re-hoop it as many times as you need. Just be careful with the alignment when you do that.

For a domestic model, the quality of the embroidery is quite impressive. In fact, even if it’s lacking a free arm, over 90 percent of users gave this machine the maximum rate possible.

Of course, if you already own a sewing machine, you should definitely check our next reviewed machine, the new embroidery only Brother PE800, and save some money.

  • Free motion quilting
  • Good quality-price ratio
  • The maximum embroidery area is 5″ x 7″
  • No free arm

#1. Brother PE800 Embroidery Only Machine Review

Ideal for: Beginner to Advanced Users.  Sewers who want extra help with embroidering only.

Brother PE800 Embroidery Only Machine Review

Budget: $$
Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star-half-empty

EMBROIDERY FEATURES

      • Built-in Designs: 138
      • Speed per minute: 850
      • On-Screen Editing: Yes
      • Area: 5″ x 7″

Brother PE800 Embroidery Machine is the latest embroidery only Brother model. After the success of discontinued PE770, the manufacturers decided to create an improved model that could meet the criteria of most demanding users. It has an optimal learning curve that is ideal for inexperienced users who want to start embroidering different clothes.

The Touch LCD Screen has been nicely upgraded from a grey-scale to Color, and it now gives you the freedom to edit your designs on-screen.

You will be able to rotate, increase and decrease the size, and mirror-image your design, so that even if you decide at the last minute that it will look better somehow else, you won’t waste time going back to edit it from your computer.

Like some other machines, it includes an automatic needle threader that will become the best friend of those with tired eyes when embroidering a multi-colored design on garments like hoodies and t-shirts.

Brother PE800 is great no matter the design size you want to embroider because it works with small – 1 “x 2,5” -, medium – 4 “x 4” – and large hoops – 5 “x 7” and 5 “x 12” -. Besides, if you own Brother PE770 you can always repurpose your hoops for this new model as they both use the same type.

  • Good quality-price ratio
  • Embroidery only

Brother Embroidery Machine Comparison Chart

Let’s compare every Brother embroidery machine reviewed above.

  If you’re browsing from your phone, scroll to the sides with your fingertip to see the full chart.

*Speed Per Minute: referring to the number of stitches a machine can perform in a minute.
**Area: referring to the maximum embroidery area that an embroidery machine can reach.

Brother Free Embroidery Software Options

  1. With Brother embroidery machines you will get thousands of free designs at iBroidery
  2. At EmbLibrary you can buy affordable designs, plus, a free one on your birthday.
  3. Downloading SewArt, you will be able to digitize any design you want by signing up for a trial of 30 days.
  4. Convert your designs into the required format following the instructions provided on the videos below.

FAQs


What is the Best Brother Embroidery Machine?

If you don’t want to spend over 5k for a high-end machine, the best option in the market is the new model from Brother (read Brother PE800 review).
However, depending on one’s needs, some other very good options are Brother SE600, Brother PE535, Brother PE550D (with Disney designs included) and combo machine Brother SE1900.
Read here a complete review of all the above-mentioned models.


How much is an embroidery machine?

Prices go from 300$, for hobbyists, up to over 15k for professionals and entrepreneurs.
The most common prices among hobbyists choices range from 300$ to 1k. If this is your budget, you may want to read some of our articles.


What is the best embroidery machine for beginners?

Any Brother model will do. Their machines are super intuitive and easy to use even if it’s the first time you manage one of these.
A smart thing to do is to invest in a machine like Brother SE1900 that is beginner-friendly, can both straight-stitch and perform embroidery and will last you a lifetime.
If you simply plan on embroidering, Brother SE600 and PE800 are both great options. Learn about all these models here.


What is the difference between a sewing machine and an embroidery machine?

Well, a sewing machine can stitch straight and create different decorative stitches. An embroidery only machine can perform flat 2D designs like those of logos or t-shirts.
A combo or combination machine will both sew and embroider.

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