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Announcing the Brother PE500 Embroidery Machine Winner! By DianeSev on 1/3/13 3:29 PM

As you know, Brother donated an embroidery machine, the Brother PE500, a $299.99 value, to PatternReview for us to raffle off to a PatternReview member.   

Well, we have a randomly chosen winner:

kfams1 - Brother PE500 Winner


(known to family and friends as Karen Famularo).

She says, "Oh, my gosh!!! I can't believe it!!! I am just on a sewing high right now!!!"  

Congratulations, kfams1!

kfams1 wrote the following for her entry:

“My first sewing machine that I owned was a 158 green Kenmore that was straight-stitch and zig-zag only. A friend bought it from a garage sale and gave it to me because I was using her old White. I had learned on a black Singer and a Singer Junior. Then my mother got a Touch & Sew but I wasn’t really fond of it.

“I was so excited to have a heavy sewing machine. It didn’t even have a case. I sewed constantly on it night and day for my babies’ bedrooms and for all my Christmas presents in my extended family. Sadly, the bobbin winder snapped off, even though it was made of metal. I thought I couldn’t sew with it ‘cause how could I wind the bobbin?

“I ended up buying a new Simplicity and throwing my Kenmore away. The Simplicity was never the sewing machine the Kenmore was. Of course, now I have a 1050 Kenmore and an 1803. I always wanted more than a zig-zag stitch and was jealous of someone that had a cam. I highly recommend any old mechanical Kenmore.

“In my quest to buy an embroidery machine, I bought the 1803 to use the fancy stitches and monogramming. If I owned the Brother, I couldn’t imagine a fancy stitch bigger than my cam stitches. It would be amazing. And to monogram a whole name without stopping and measuring would be great.

“I would use it to make presents, especially the Disney designs. I would also monogram leg loops, bed loops, walker/wheelchair bags for patients that are on my stroke unit. I actually get to sew at work for the patients to increase their mobility in bed and to assist with transferring to wheelchair. I have been eyeballing this machine since I saw it at Walmart.

“Thanks for the chance to win this sewing machine.”

Karen, it sounds like the Brother PE500 will keep you very busy!  We hope you’ll write reviews for what you make and post pictures too!

Thanks to everyone for sharing your stories with us!  Read them all, if you can.  They're very inspiring!

And thank you, Brother, for giving us this great machine to raffle off!

Brother PE500 Embroidery Machine

Learn more about the PE500 Embroidery Machine.

Go to the Brother website and click on Videos to see the PE500 in action and learn about the projects you can make!

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quiltingwolf said... (1/10/13 11:10 AM) Reply
Contgrats I'm just getting around to reading this.
mesewlot said... (1/9/13 4:33 PM) Reply
Congratulations kfams1!!
Ashford said... (1/9/13 2:09 PM) Reply
So happy with you and for you, Karen. I can tell your new machine will be a well used tool and not a dust catcher.
Dona4KY said... (1/9/13 1:11 PM) Reply
Congrats to Karen!
Equine Rider said... (1/9/13 10:59 AM) Reply
Congratulations kfam1 I too volunteer my services in sewing for others I.e. disabled children, adults, and the elderly. My disabled Aunt who turned 99 yrs. old Dec. 1st encouraged my Mom to buy me a sewing machine when I was a young teen. We were poor,my father died suddenly of a heart attack when I was. 10 yrs old. In the past few years, I have sewn for others who have lost their jobs & need clothes for job interviews, alterations for career clothes, as well as alterations for elderly and disabled who's clothing needs are different than fashion. I too have a disability, that forces my time in using my old sewing machine. Newer models cut the time in half! I sew small items to help pay for the cost of horse hay for my rescued horses. The cost of hay has doubled in the past 7 yrs. I let kids ride the horses who can not afford them, some of them have learning challenges . I hope there will be another contest for a embroidery machine for those who need one for their charity work! I certainly could use one! Again, Congratulations kfams1!
elna2 said... (1/8/13 8:41 PM) Reply
Congratulations kfams1! It sounds to me like it has gone to the perfect person! Enjoy.
dukaqwn said... (1/8/13 2:42 PM) Reply
MissCelie said... (1/8/13 11:57 AM) Reply
That's awesome. Congrats!
Mufffet said... (1/7/13 7:50 PM) Reply
How nice! I hope you love this and have some fun with it! :)
tgm and Kittys said... (1/6/13 2:40 PM) Reply
Congrats! I am happy for you.
Angela64 said... (1/5/13 0:34 AM) Reply
Congrats! I am so happy that you won - to be able to use it to help your patients is great! Maybe sometime you can post some of your projects, I would truly love to see them.
kfams1 said... (1/4/13 8:48 PM) Reply
Thanks everyone. I am very excited. I have wanted an embroidery machine forever. This one does disney and I live about 40 minute away. I cant wait to sew gifts for everyone. I love pulling out my old kenmore at work and sewing. I use my portable 158.1050. It can handle anything.
KathleenNW said... (1/4/13 3:07 PM) Reply
You sounds like just the perfect winner who will get lots of use and make beautiful things.
Judy Kski said... (1/4/13 2:02 PM) Reply
Congratulations and have fun with your new machine. I'm sure it will be a blessing to help you during gift giving time.
Holmar said... (1/4/13 5:34 AM) Reply
Congratulations kfams1 ...what a great machine! I can't wait to see all the beautiful items you will make with your new embroidery machine...Enjoy!
Kippysan said... (1/3/13 9:11 PM) Reply
Yay for you kfams1! Enjoy your new machine!
Scrnme007 said... (1/3/13 9:10 PM) Reply
Congrats! Sounds like you are looking forward to generously donating your sewing time to others with your new machine. It is awesome that you get to sew at work, too... what PR member wouldn't love that!?!
RadarRadiance said... (1/3/13 8:01 PM) Reply
I'm really excited you won the mahcine, it sounds like you will get a lot of good use from it! Welcome to the world of embroidery and have fun collecting designs.
ggf2005 said... (1/3/13 6:04 PM) Reply
Congratulations kfams1, i know you will enjoy it!

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