How Good Is the Brother PE550D?

Do you, your kids, or grandkids love all things Disney? If you do, this embroidery machine from Brother comes with lots of Disney designs included.

It’s a versatile machine that can also stitch many other designs. Even if you are a beginner, this machine is easy to use straight out of the box. You can embellish T-shirts, bags, denim and a whole lot more.

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The Brand

Brother is a popular brand in the market when it comes to sewing appliances. However, just being popular isn’t reason enough to buy a product.

The Brother name is synonymous with quality sewing machines. The company has been a leader in this market since the 1950s. Its innovation and expertise is poured into supplying affordable products for the home market. The Brother PE550D is just one of those products.

Let’s take a look at what the Brother PE550D can do.

Features

This machine weighs in at 23.1 pounds and measures 16.5 by 7.8 by 12 inches. It can stitch at a speedy 400 stitches per minute. This means less time taken to complete a design.

It has a color touchscreen, with an LCD display measuring 3.2 inches. This lets you view and change designs before you stitch them quickly and easily. There is even a color palette built in, allowing you to select the color of your threads before your start.

Brother Embroidery Machine, PE550D, 125 Built-In Designs, 45 Disney Designs, Large Color Touch LCD...

There are 125 built-in high quality embroidery designs, 45 of these are your favorite Disney and Pixar characters. Further choices can be made from holiday designs, florals, borders, alphabets, and kids.

If you find the design you want is not built in to the machine’s memory, there is an option to import more via a USB port. Access to iBroidery gives you over 5000 other designs to purchase and expand your design library.

You can personalize projects using the six different lettering fonts. They come in three sizes: small, medium and large. The varied numbers, symbols and alphabet can be changed between upper and lower case.

Further editing lets you align the text in angles, curves or multiple lines. You can also adjust the spacing between the letters to place them exactly where you want.

Being easy to thread, due to an automatic needle threader, this will save time and effort when changing between different colored threads.

The machine can stitch designs measuring up to 4 inches by 4 inches. A grid sheet and built-in alignment tool means perfect placement of your designs.

Various fabrics can be embroidered with the Brother PE550D, including denim. It will also complete 3D and freestanding lace projects.

Included with the purchase are an embroidery arm and a 4-inch by 4-inch hoop. There are also three bobbins, three needles, two screwdrivers, spool caps, and a spool net. Scissors, cleaning brush, dust cover and power cord complete the package.

Brother Embroidery Machine, PE550D, 125 Built-In Designs, 45 Disney Designs, Large Color Touch LCD...

There is a DVD giving instructions, a user manual and a Brother 25-year limited warranty. There is also technical online support available for the life of the product.

This model is an upgrade of the Brother PE540D, the main difference being the replacement of the LCD backlit screen with a color one. The PE550D also has 20 more built-in designs and 10 more Disney designs than its predecessor.

The Positives and Negatives

Like many other Brother sewing machines, the PE550D does what it promises. It stitches beautiful designs on your fabrics. It’s easy to set up and use, so much so I have even heard of a four-year-old being taught how to embroider with it.

The choice of designs is limitless, with those included and the thousands you can use via the USB port. The Disney and Disney Pixar designs seem to be firm favorites with many users.

Just a word of caution, be sure to use a good quality thread. It appears that cheaper threads may cause needles to break. This can be frustrating, and cost more money than you would save because you have to buy new needles.

The internal memory of the machine might also benefit from having more storage capacity. You may need to delete some designs before uploading a new one.

Should You Buy One?

This dedicated embroidery machine is certainly a go-to item for many keen embroiderers. The built-in designs, especially the Disney ones, are definite crowd pleasers.

Ease of use, affordability and consistent results also feature highly in customer reviews of this machine. This matches with our own experiences.

On the downside, you are limited to smaller designs that will fit in the 4-inch hoop. This can be restrictive for some people who want a larger embellishment.

Overall, however, Brother has brought another good embroidery machine to the market for home use.

Brother Embroidery Machine, PE550D, 125 Built-In Designs, 45 Disney Designs, Large Color Touch LCD...
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Brother Embroidery Machine, PE550D, 125 Built-In Designs, 45 Disney Designs, Large Color Touch LCD...
  • VERSATILE EMBROIDERY MACHINE: The Brother PE550D is a dependable and affordable, 4" x 4" embroidery machine.
  • 125 BUILT-IN DESIGNS (INCLUDING DISNEY): This embroidery machine includes 45 built-in Disney designs plus floral, borders, freestanding...
  • BUILT-IN MEMORY: This 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