Brother sells several different models of dedicated embroidery machines and sewing machines equipped with embroidery. And each version can get additional embroidery designs into the system in different ways. If you want to purchase an embroidery machine, the choices for additional embroidery models need to be carefully considered so that you can determine the version is correct for you. You will want to extend your creative design options beyond the built-in designs until you learn all the beautiful things you can do with an embroidery machine.
There are three basic ways of moving additional embroidery patterns into a Brother Sticker
- Brother Proprietary Memory Card Slot
This slot takes small memory cards for some devices that appear like the flashcards, but are in a proprietary format for Brother. The memory cards have embroidery patterns that can be interpreted and sewn by the user.
Brother or third-party businesses may purchase compatible memory cards. But the cards are expensive and buying a card writer / reader and software that writes the designs on the card is a better long-term solution. You can import from the Web several thousands of free and paid designs with this program, write them to a file, and load them into your embroidery machine.
Brother offers a number of different capabilities software packages. The Brother PED-Basic program offers just this if you only want to import models from the Web in PES format and use them as they are. You need more advanced software such as Brother PE-Design if you also want to create your own designs. Many firms also sell computer and card readers that are compliant.
- USB Port That Connects To a Computer
This kind of USB port is like a small opening of a square cord. To transfer the embroidery designs stored on your computer, you connect the embroidery machine directly to your computer. There’s no need for a reader / writer card.
- USB Port with Memory-Stick Compatibility
This type of USB port is a long, narrow slot which takes either a USB memory stick (thumb drive or finder drive) or any USB hard drive. This is even simpler and more comfortable as there is no need for a reader / writer card or to link to your device at all.
All you need to do is transfer saved embroidery designs from any device to a USB stick or thumb drive and add them to the stitching machine.
So what are the characteristics of which models? Here are the models I looked at: the Brother SE350 Computerized Embroidery and Sewing Machine and the Brother LB6770PRW Runway Sewing and Embroidery Machine were sewing and embroidery devices mixed. They have only the slot for the memory card. This means that if you really embellish your projects, software such as the Brother PED-Basic and a card writer / reader will be needed to take advantage of all the designs available on the internet.
The Brother SE400 is similar to the SE350, except it has a USB port that connects directly to your laptop to pass designs to the embroidery machine that is saved on your desktop. It also has a memory card slot to use if only a memory card has the design you want. Unless you want to hold layouts on memory cards instead of your desktop, you don’t need the Brother PED-Basic Program or card writer / reader.
Brother PE770 is a special tool for embroidery. Ordinary sewing can’t be done. The Brother PE770 has a port compatible with the USB memory stick. The embroidery designs are first copied to a USB memory stick or drive and then transferred to the PE770. This is the simplest, most convenient option, as there is no need to write memory cards or attach the sewing machine to your device. Also, the PE770 has a space for the memory card.
When I was a child, I learned to sew and embroider. Now I want to get into the embroidery of the machine, and I have been researching the various models. I realize I want to import models from the Internet, but at first, I found the possibilities to be very frustrating. I assume that what I learned will allow you to understand the gaps and choose the best system for you.
In a combination of embroidery and sewing machine, I’ve found the best value for money is the Brother SE400, or you can step up with the Brother PE770 to the next level.