Brother PE800 Embroidery Machine Review

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!

Brother PE800 out of the box.

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.

Grand Slam Package

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.

There are 64 embroidery threads in the box!

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.

Review Summary

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.

I choose a leather piece to test out the machine!

Stay tuned there’s more to come from LaCartera!


9 Comments Add yours

  1. slfinnell says:

    Thereโ€™s a thing called the Embroidery Fairy that allows your project to slip underneath itself unbeknownst to you until it has ruined a project. I have learned to clip the edges with chip bag clips to prevent these mishaps. No more bad tricks from the trickster lol

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    1. lacartera says:

      That’s a great tip to keep those darn fairies away! ๐Ÿคฉ

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  2. Your new toys looks so great and inspiring Sheila ๐Ÿ˜€
    As you might remember, I do also have a Brother Embroidery Machine, which I havenโ€™t been using for this yet. I do really see the idea with this packet. Where did you found yours?

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    1. lacartera says:

      Thank you! I do remember you mentioning your Brother Embroidery machine. ๐Ÿ˜€ I had just started looking several years back. I found my package on Amazon! It was sold by Mr. VAC and Mrs. Sew in New York. You can also check with any Brother authorized dealers too. I’m not sure of your options in Spain, but keep me posted.

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      1. I will look into this and thank you Sheila.

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  3. Something I always wanted to try. Think these old fingers too arthritic now. Might think this strange for a man as I can barely sew a button back on but my ancestors were all seamstresses and tailors from Sicily.

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    1. lacartera says:

      It’s not strange to me! Some of my favorite embroidery Youtube videos are produced by men. I actually learned the most from an older gentleman named Vince Arcuri on YouTube. Luckily the machine does all of the work and a pair of sewing tweezers to help pull the threads and you’re in business. ๐Ÿ˜€


  4. lindaglovinghome says:

    Oh this sounds so terrific. Iโ€™m so excited to hear your updates and see all the beauties you will create. I have never used an embroidery machine but love the designs. I agree with you regarding review when researching. Kudos to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. lacartera says:

      Thank you, Linda! I’ve been contemplating this for a while and hope to put it to good use! So far I haven’t had any problems Maybe one day I can take custom orders for monograms or something without the fear of messing it up. ๐Ÿ˜†


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