Brother PE535 Embroidery Machine Review

In days gone by, if you wanted an embroidered design on something, you did it by hand. Not only was this time consuming, but the results were generally not as good as if it was done professionally.

Nowadays, there are many machines on the market that let you embroider detailed, quality designs. They are dedicated to the purpose of embroidery and do not double as sewing machines (although good combination machines exist).

Maybe you want to embellish a garment or put a design on your napkins or towels. You might want to personalize a gift for a wedding, birthday or baby shower.

One machine that is capable of completing these tasks, even if you are new to embroidery, is the Brother PE535. Let’s see what it has to offer.

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The Brand

Brother has been manufacturing sewing machines for over 70 years. Headquartered in New Jersey, it is a global company that prides itself on quality and innovation.

A lot of thought has gone into the PE535 embroidery machine and it has many features at an affordable price.

Features

This machine measures 16.5 by 7.5 by 12 inches and weighs 10.82 pounds. It has a stitch capability of 400 stitches per minute, meaning you can complete projects quickly.

It has a large 3.2-inch color touchscreen LCD display. This shows your designs before you stitch them and lets you change them at the touch of a finger. There is a built-in color palette so you can select or change the thread colors before sewing.

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There are 80 high-quality embroidery designs built in to the machine’s memory. These include borders, florals, holiday designs and designs for kids. There is also a decorative alphabet.

Nine different lettering fonts allow you to personalize your projects. These are all available in small, medium and large sizes to suit your needs.

There are numbers and symbols, and you can choose from upper or lowercase letters. Six of the fonts are in English and three in Japanese.

You can edit the fonts to fit your project by aligning the text in curves or at an angle. It’s possible to place the text on multiple lines or increase and decrease the space between the letters. If that’s not enough, you can import more designs files via the machine’s USB port.

Another bonus is access to iBroidery designs, which have many Disney, Marvel, and Pixar designs.

The machine has an automatic needle threader, which saves your eyes straining to thread the needle.

It has an embroidery field that accommodates designs up to 4 inches by 4 inches. There is also a built-in alignment tool and a grid sheet to help you put your design in the correct place on your fabric.

Freestanding lace designs and 3D projects can be completed on this machine. It will embroider on many different types of fabric, including denim.

The PE535 comes with an embroidery hoop and some tools. There is also an instructional DVD, user manual and a 25-year limited warranty. You get technical online support for the life of the product.

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This model is an upgrade of the Brother PE525; it has 10 more stitch designs and four more fonts.

The biggest difference though, is the improvement of the LCD touchscreen from monochrome to a larger color display. This lets you easily change color and designs before stitching.

The Positives and Negatives

If you are in the market for an embroidery-only machine, the Brother PE535 is a really good choice. Its ease of use makes it perfect for beginners to machine embroidery. However, it still has lots of features that will appeal to the experienced hobbyist.

There are plenty of built-in designs and fonts to choose from, and you can always upload your own via the USB port. This makes the machine versatile and allows you plenty of room for creativity.

The clear and easy-to-read color touchscreen has a good menu layout. It’s a breeze to resize, edit and rotate any of your designs ready to be sewn.

As with anything, it’s not all perfect. The 4-inch embroidery area restricts you to sewing designs that are no larger than that. This might be too small for some people.

Should You Buy One?

The main features of this machine are the color LCD display and the number of built-in designs. Combine those with its ease of use and you have a machine that will complete many embroidery projects to a high standard. The stitch quality produced by this machine is consistent and even.

If you want to expand your creativity, you can upload further designs via the convenient USB port. This machine is definitely a good upgrade from the Brother PE525.

The 4-inch embroidery size can be limiting for some, so if you plan on creating larger designs, this is not the machine for you. There are other embroidery machines, like the Brother PE770, which have a larger embroidery area but comes at a higher cost.

Personally, I think this machine is a great entry-level choice for those of you starting out on machine embroidery.

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  • VERSATILE EMBROIDERY MACHINE: The Brother PE535 is an affordable, reliable, and feature-rich embroidery machine that's perfect for beginners...
  • 80 BUILT-IN DESIGNS: The PE535 is an exceptional embroidery machine that features 80 designs, plus fonts, borders and more.
  • BUILT-IN MEMORY: The Brother embroidery machine includes a built-in memory function that allows you to import designs from a USB memory...

Last update on 2018-12-10 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API / More info