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Should I buy the Brother PE-770?
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Date: 4/25/13 10:50 AM

Hi everyone,

I have wanted an embbroidery machine for ages now, but I was torn between saving up for years and then getting a higher end machine, or getting a cheaper one now and seeing if I like it and if I can make some money from embellishing my items. I wanted a 5 by 7 area and this one seems to be a good price for that, I am just getting cold feet. Even though it is is only $599, that is still all my savings right now (by the time I get thread and stabilisers).

What do you think? Is it a machine that will teach me to love embroidery, or will I get frustrated with it? Is it easy to transfer the embroidery patterns from the internet? Does it take the free embroidery patterns available or can I only use bought ones?

I guess I just want some encouragement. I have the item in my Amazon buy list, but am too cowardly to click the 'pay' button.

Also, which thread set should I buy? There seem so many to choose from and I am more likely to be the sort to pick my own colours rather than colour match, but nervous of not getting the Brother thread. Also where can I buy the 60w bobbin thread cheaply? Is there a reason they want you to buy prewound - can't I just wind it on my brother sewing machine?

Thanks for any help!! I am so excited and scared...

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Date: 4/25/13 9:30 PM

I bought the PE770 as my first embroidery machine and believe that it is an excellent choice for getting acquainted with machine embroidery and then some. The fact that you get the 5x7 hoop for under $600 is a huge plus. I used Poly-X thread and NEBs (prewound bobbins) without any problems at all. Transferring designs is very easy with either the USB port or the card/reader that come with the machine. Learning the ins and outs of hooping and stabilizers is far more difficult than using that little gem of a machine. Take a class on stabilizers if you can. A good one (I took a 2-day workbook class for just $75) is a solid investment.

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Date: 4/26/13 7:49 AM

I purchased the Brother 770 from Walmart and I really like it. However, I am now looking to get a couple different hoops to use with it. I find that I would like to have a larger hoop, and you can get it but you move it to make larger designs (and I think you have to have a software to split designs, which I don't have) and I also want a smaller hoop because I seem to waste too much stablizer. I thnk this is a very nice machine for the price. Though I was spoiled because I previously owned the Brother 4000D and it had everything, from cutting thread between colors and all hoops, threading and such and a much larger screen to view designs. I traded it in on my Symphony machine and a serger and now wish I would not have. I love though having a stand alone machine and embroidery only machine so I can be working on other things as it stitches out.

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Date: 4/27/13 1:31 PM

i bought the brother 780D, And now it works just fine. I had some problems last December. The problem was I bought my machine used and whoever had it before me used cheap threads cauing the machine problems. I have only used Madeira or thread for a brother machine. I think it is a great machine to learn on, since the next step up is quite pricey. There are a lot of ins and outs in machine embroidery, everything depends on the prep to embroidery - ie: placement, stabilizer, proper threading. There are some great threads on here about that. I also just saw a wonderful Sewing With Nancy two part episode focusing on machine embroider. I would imagine you could find it on her web site. I saved it on my DVR for future reference.

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Date: 4/27/13 5:56 PM

Spend the extra money and buy from a dealer where you can walk in for lessons as well as service for the machine.

They may include a few extras if you ask. Although you may be able to purchase supplies at fabric stores and online for less money, purchase what you can from the dealer to help establish repoire.

If you review the manual (you can download at Brother) you will see that it uses 90wt bobbin thread and not the 60wt usually found where machine embroidery thread is sold. You may find it at a Brother dealer who knows what he/she is selling, or order it online.

Transferring is very easy. Check the manual to see if this model has USB connectivity (either a flash drive or cable that you connect to PC to machine for the transfer only).

You create a folder on your PC and download to it. Make sure to select pes format and sizes within the largest embroidery area the machine recognizes - this is usually the hoop size.

Downloads are usually zipped and you unzip/open/extract and save. Use the one you saved and discard the zipped file. There are many that are free.

Computer operating systems do not recognize machine embroidery formats, so you will not be able to see the designs without software.

Embrilliance Thumbnailer is inexpensive, or you can use an editing product (for more money) for viewing the files, plus be able to do a bit of editing.

There are free products and someone will surely make a recomendation.

You do not need Brother brand thread. In fact, it is difficult to find, which tells me not many people buy it. Buy the thread as you need it as a collection of colors can sit for ages and not be used.

You can start out with a few basics based on what you want to stitch out. Colors of the flag if you are super patriotic, colors of flowers, the sky and grass if scenic is your thing. The downloads will have a color chart you can use to compile your shopping list.

I don't think I have ever used an exact color, just what I had, could find or preferred.

I do this and suggest everyone do the same - sit down at the new machine and open the manual. Read and apply. No skipping. Try every feature. The first thing will be to wind the bobbin. The PE 770 comes with a spool of the 90wt bobbin thread, so that is resolved. Next, thread the machine - just like the manual reads.

Hoop an old shirt or tea towel and attach it to the machine. Slip a sheet of stabilizer under it (not in the manual, but it will work).

Select a built-in frame design in the running stitch. Press start. This will baste the stabilizer and fabric to help prevent slipping or shifting.

Now select one of the built-in designs. Press start. Try letters, try the trial key, try the stop and restart, try tilting the design this way or that, try moving it as near to the top of the hoop as possible (use the trial key to make sure the foot does not hit the hoop). Stitch it out and then add something else at the bottom (use the trail key to make sure the foot does not hit the hoop).

Never walk away from the machine when it is running. As that is when all *ell will break loose. If you have to pee, stop the machine and then restart it when you get back.

Have fun, the machine can be intimidating, but thousands have quickly caught on and are happily stitching away! You can too.




-- Edited on 4/27/13 6:22 PM --

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Date: 5/21/13 7:30 PM

This was a good read, as I too am looking to purchase this machine. I was looking at a Baby Lock Spirit but honestly cannot part with $4100.00 as a beginner. I have been sewing since i was 8 but I am now wanting to venture into the embroidery fun. I am wondering about thick materials like saddle pads and how the PE770 will do, my other thing I have been boggling my internet search with is how to or if you can do logo's for companies??

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Date: 5/21/13 8:27 PM

Not sure about saddle pads...I'm a horse admirer but not an owner or rider.

You can do a company's logo only if you have their permission to do so. The same goes for schools and organizations.

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Date: 5/21/13 9:21 PM

So your not sure if the PE770 will embroider nicely on a thick quilted/padded material??
As far as the logos i know you have to have permission but how do you get them from computer to machine ?? and or if you want to draw your own image can you do that as well ?? remember i am new so if these questions sound dumb that is why LOL

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Date: 5/22/13 6:57 PM

The jumbo hoop that is available for the PE 770 is 5x12 but the info i have found for this machine says it has a 5x7 embroidery field so I am a little confused. I am still researching machines to purchase and trying to understand all the jargon etc? PES files ?? kind of overwhelming so any help is amazing

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Date: 5/22/13 7:13 PM

The machine will embroider in a 5x7 area only. The 5x12 hoop is a repositionable or multi-position hoop mainly used for doing border designs where you re-hoop the fabric multiple times. PES is the file format that the machine can read. Designs you want to stitch out must be in this format. Also, in order to get a design or logo from computer or hand-drawn format to actually stitch out requires that the design be digitized using specialty software for this process. There is a lot to machine embroidery and my best advice is to check out these books from the library before you purchase a machine:

Machine Embroidery With Confidence: A Beginner's Guide by Nancy Zieman
Embroidery Machine Essentials: How to Stabilize, Hoop and Stitch Decorative Designs by Jeanine Twigg

These will provide many of the answers you are looking for as well as a good overview to machine embroidery in general.

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