Is the Brother PE800 embroidery machine worth buying? Is the cost of the grand slam package worth the added cost? What are you looking to create?
I contemplated buying the Brother PE770 embroidery machine for several years. After a lot of comparison research on Amazon, I found the Brother PE800 upgraded features to be the better choice. (This is not a sponsored review.) Of course, the PE800 cost more if you purchase the grand slam package and here’s why!
The Grand Slam Package comes with everything you need to get started. If you had to purchase all of the items separately you will definitely end up spending more for those items.
Save yourself the time and energy of trying to find deals on the thread, pre-wound bobbins, and embroidery hoops. During my quest to find the best deals, It wasn’t clear to me if any of the items I found would work with the PE800 machine. The embroidery supplies I found online appeared in my search terms but the results didn’t mention the PE800 machine compatibility. I decided against buying those items to avoid wasting my time and spending money unnecessarily.
Luckily, Mr. Vac and Mrs. Sew offers a grand slam package with all of the items you need to get started! I purchased everything on Amazon. All of the items they offer in the package are compatible with the PE800 machine. The threads, stabilizer, pre-wound bobbins, hoops and scissors to name a few things arrived in the package. Here’s a look at their grand slam package.
The Brother PE800 is an updated version of the PE770 machine. The most important update is the 3.2 Sew Smart Color LCD touch screen display! I think it’s important to see the colors that will appear in your designs. The PE800 machine also has more lettering fonts and two more embroidery designs than the PE770. All of the other features appear to be the same.
After embroidering a couple of items and emptying a couple of pre-wound bobbins, I found that the pre-wound bobbins for the PE800 also fit my Brother XR9500PRW sewing machine too! Now I will always have a bobbin available to use with my regular sewing machine without having to unthread and rethread a bobbin ever again.
I read the good and bad reviews for most products that I’m interested in purchasing. Sometimes there is a defect with the machine and sometimes I find that it’s the user error that prompted the bad review. That’s when I head to YouTube to see what others are saying.
After watching 50 or more embroidery videos on YouTube, I learned the following embroidery rules.
1. Always cut any loose threads as the machine moves along your design to eliminate the risk of having a dark colored thread sewn under a light colored thread design.
2. Avoid thread snags and tangles by cutting the threads as the machine moves to a new section or thread change.
3. Spend less time trimming loose threads when your design is completed by cutting them as you go.
4. Never leave the machine unattended while you are embroidering. It only takes a second to snag a thread or have trouble with the bobbin that will destroy your design.
5. Use the proper threads and stabilizers for the job.
6. Have fun!
I’ve played around with some of the color choices on a couple pre-loaded embroidery designs and found that Brother has really taken the time to coordinate the colors and I’m not good at it yet! I will post updates along the way and share some of the work that I’ve completed.
Stay tuned there’s more to come from LaCartera!