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Date: 1/29/14 2:29 PM

After years of wanting an embroidery machine but fearing the learning curve, I just ordered a Brother pe500. I really wanted the pe770, but it is best priced at $600 and I got the PE-500 for $180. I could not justify triple the price not knowing if I would be able to master the learning curve or do enough embroidery to make it worth the price, so I will try to learn it on the small 4x4 field and then go from there.

I see so many monogrammed scarves, vests, napkins, hand towels--things that will be fine with the 4x4 frame. If I don't "take off", I will be glad I didn't spend more $$. If I do "take off", I will either sell the small machine or give it to one of my daughters if I do move up in size.

Sooo, if you have the Brother pe500 (or HE-1), please let me know how you like it and any tips or BEGINNER advice:) Once I try out the basics like learning to thread, hoop, testing out stabilizers, etc, then my sole use of it will be for 3-letter monograms, so if you have tips on a reasonably priced/easy to use monogram software, I'm all ears. And if you have good sources for cute styles of fonts/designs for 3-letter monograms at great prices, please do tell. And if you know of a good source for pre-wound bobbins that definitely work w/the pe500, I would love to know that as well.

Thank you!!!!!!!!

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Date: 1/29/14 9:48 PM

emblibrary has a lot info. I don't have your machine but most of the learning curve is learning the proper stabilizers to use. brothers are super easy to use right out of box so you should have no trouble.



http://www.emblibrary.com/el/elprojects/HelpfulHow-Tos.aspx

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Date: 1/29/14 10:15 PM

Thanks! I hear it uses 90-weight bobbin thread, and i am looking for a good source for purchasing pre-wound bobbins that will fit this machine. If anyone has purchased pre-wounds for their pe500, I would love to know where you order them from and the name/brand/size you've had good luck with. Thx!!!

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Date: 1/29/14 10:25 PM

My PE 700II uses 90 wt. , but I have never seen prewound bobbins. I did, however get a good deal on the thread on Amazon.

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Date: 1/30/14 5:00 AM

I don't have this but I am very happy for you. It was smart to begin small. Now you will have money for all the supplies you will need.
The small hoop machines give you time to master all the skills that you will want to learn. And when you are ready to get a fancier machine you will know just what you want.
I found the Craftsy Classes about embroidery very helpful. I also got Nancy Z's book on stabilizer. MetroEmb.com has inexpensive stabilizer sheets and threads.

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Date: 1/30/14 6:15 AM

Allstitch carries the 90wt. prewound bobbins.
90wt. bobbin thread

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Date: 1/30/14 7:56 AM

Sandi, thank you for the info! I will check those out. Thank you also for your vote of confidence. Part of me wanted to go for it with the pe770, but I did not have the confidence for that investment at this point. I came across several blogs where crafty ladies are doing precious monogrammed, preppy things with Their PE-500's---so when I got it for $180, I just felt that was the way to go for me.

If I monogram things for my 2 college daughters & help them out by monogramming things they want to give as gifts, it will be worth the $180 even if that's all I ever do with it. And I was out of the phase of friends having babies for years, but soon my oldest daughter's friends will be having babies & this size is ample for monogramming bibs, burp cloths, etc. You know what they say in the south---"If it is still for a few minutes, monogram it!" I love this board for the shared knowledge & comraderie!

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Date: 1/30/14 7:57 AM

clt3, thank you---I will most definitely check that out!

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Date: 1/30/14 11:07 AM

Oh Boy, you are gonna have fun!! I have the PE-400 which I believe is exactly like yours except mine also does regular sewing. I have been embroidering since the late 1990's and all we had back then were 4x4 fields so we taught ourselves to multihoop and still managed to turn out great projects. While now, 15 years later, I do have a large field machine, I find that the 400 is my go-to machine for quick things like monograms. My advice is if you decide you like embroidery (I mean "when" you decide you like it ) go for a software that "does all" rather than limit yourself to a lettering only program.

A few sites that I have used monograms from are www.designsbyjuju.com and www.8clawsandapaw.com Both sites generally offer their fonts in different sizes so they will fit your field.

My 400 seems to take any bobbin I throw at it--either cardboard sided or plastic sided. I am currently using Exquisite brand which I got from www.shoppersrule.com

Feel free to send me a PM if you have other questions.

Helen in WI

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Date: 1/30/14 4:52 PM

Thank you, Helen, and once the machine comes I will probably take you up on your offer & PM you when (not if) I have questions:) I have been checking my Amazon Account page all day and it kept saying "preparing to ship", and now it says it "has shipped"!! I feel like a little kid waiting for the ice cream truck to come.

I really hope I can figure out how to make nice looking monograms---my two college daughters will be delighted! But I will use self control and read the manual & master the threading & other machine basics before I start importing monogram designs.

By the way, Helen, what software do you find to be the best for monograms? THANKS!!!!!!!

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