Best Brother Embroidery Machines

Of all the brands and models of embroidery machines on the market, any Brother embroidery machine is always a must-see before looking at anything else.

The number one reason for this is that Brother embroidery machines are inexpensive enough to be affordable for almost anyone’s budget, so all the machines we will be looking at below will offer high quality at a reasonable price.

And to add even more value to their brand, Brother has partnered up with cultural powerhouses like Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel, all to offer the eye-catching special edition models that we will cover later. So, for everything related to Brother embroidery machines, stay tuned below!

What to Know before buying a Brother Embroidery Machine

1. Brother customers have exclusive access to more than a thousand embroidery designs through iBroidery.com. So, once you purchase your Brother machine, register it at the official site to get immediate free access to more designs than you will ever use.

2. Be aware that the usual format that Brother’s home machines can read is .pes.

3. If you want to embroider a custom design or a logo, there is a program called SewArt that can digitize designs for you. And, as long as you don’t use more than three colors, you can always use a demo version for 30 days.

4. If you’re afraid to buy a model with an embroidery area limited to a 4” x 4” inch space—which may limit some who want to embroidery larger pieces without re-hooping—, we have a great solution for you. And no, it isn’t rehooping the fabric. You should know that there are larger hoops available that are compatible with Brother machines, we recommend this 4” x 6.75” hoop.

4. Lastly, one of the best aspects of Brother machines is that most accessories will work along with their entire range of products, so when you upgrade your machine, your accessories will continue to work on your new device. For instance, if you were the proud owner of a PE770 and invested in some extra accessories, they will also work for the upgraded version, the Brother PE800.

Brother’s Disney Embroidery Machine

As the main company that partners with Walt Disney, Brother has a variety of sewing and embroidery machines with different face panels portraying their world-famous characters as well as a wide range of embroidery designs to embellish all kinds of clothing.

You have many options when it comes to how to get a hold of these famous embroidery designs: 

  1. Get a machine that includes Disney designs: if you’re already thinking about buying a new embroidery machine, you could just go to the models that include Disney designs in their list of possibilities. We’ve reviewed the cheapest model, the Brother PE550D.
  2. Buy a pack of designs from iBroidery.com: on Brother’s official designs’ website, you’ll find over 1,000 Walt Disney designs and 200 more from Disney Pixar
  3. Some say that you can secretly download Disney designs from the internet and convert them into .pes format so that your machine can read them. We’re not telling you to do this, nor that we’ve ever done so ourselves.

And, in case you’re not a Disney fan, you should know that Brother has released a few embroidery machines with Star Wars and Marvel designs as well as more purchasable designs on iBroidery.com.

The 7 Best Brother Embroidery Machines Reviewed

7. Brother LB5000M Sewing and Embroidery

Ideal for: Beginners of all ages to intermediate users. First-time users with a passion for all things Marvel.

  • Budget: $$
  • Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star
  • Included Feet: Buttonhole, Zipper, Overcasting, Blindstich, Monogramming, Zigzag, Embroidery, Button Sewing.
EMBROIDERY
  • Built-in Designs: 80 + 10 Marvel
  • Speed per minute: 400
  • On-Screen Editing: Yes
  • Area: 4″ x 4″
SEWING
  • Free Arm: Yes
  • Decorative Stitches: 103
  • Speed per minute: 710
Brother LB5000M Marvel

You don’t have to be up on the granular details of phase five of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to use this Marvel Special Edition LB5000M from Brother—though mega MCU fans will definitely get a kick out of this machine’s unique styling. And you don’t have to be worried that you’ll be stuck with Hawkeye staring you down as your frustration over a new pattern grows, as the machine comes with four interchangeable faceplates—so you can pick the Marvel hero you prefer to be your embroidery buddy.

Brother Embroidery Marvel Face Panels

Not a Marvel fan? No problem, the machine works perfectly fine with no faceplate at all!

And, of course, this sewing and embroidery machine has more to offer than just a simple cosmetic Marvel-themed makeover, under the hood, it has some of the most advanced features on the market, with the ability to execute over 100 embroidery designs, ten of which are Marvel-themed and exclusive to this model.

What you’ll like:
  • This is a great machine to use for those that are new to embroidery, as it is easy to thread and intuitive to use. It has options to allow computer-assisted stitching and embroidering, which can make more advanced work accessible, even to newbies.
  • You can create your own decorative stitches.
  • Added Sewing Capabilities with a free arm.
  • Low budget price for an embroidery machine.
Something to Consider:
  • This machine is very similar to other Brother models, so if the Marvel branding isn’t something you are enthralled with, you can find better models at more economical prices, such as the Brother SE600 which we’ve highlighted below.

7. Brother LB5000S Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Ideal for: Beginners of all ages to Intermediate users. First-time users with a passion for all things Star Wars.

  • Budget: $$
  • Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star
  • Included Feet: Buttonhole, Zipper, Overcasting, Blindstich, Monogramming, Zigzag, Embroidery, Button Sewing.
EMBROIDERY
  • Built-in Designs: 80 + 10 Star Wars
  • Speed per minute: 400
  • On-Screen Editing: Yes
  • Area: 4″ x 4″
SEWING
  • Free Arm: Yes
  • Decorative Stitches: 103
  • Speed per minute: 710
Brother LB5000S Star Wars

Embroidery is a difficult hobby to master. You might think that you need to have started embroidering a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away in order to have the needle skills needed to make your own costume pieces, like those you might see cosplayers wearing at a Comic-Con, but, in reality, we all start somewhere on our embroidery journey. And if you picked up on the Star Wars reference above, and you’re new to embroidery, this Star Wars Special Edition sewing and embroidery machine from Brother is a great place to start.

Brother Embroidery Star Wars Face Panels

For Star Wars fans the LB5000S might be the ideal starter machine, with four interchangeable faceplates, you can turn R2D2 or Darth Vader into your own sewing-time sensei—watching over you as you work. Just imagine Darth Vader telling you to “use less force, Ruth” as you use your machine to embroider one of the downloadable Star Wars embroidery designs.

What you’ll like:
  • With its technical abilities and a wealth of downloadable content available for free, along with the eye-catching Star Wars branding, this Brother branded embroidery machine brings an out-of-this-planet sewing experience to any seamstresses’ fingertips.
  • You can create your own decorative stitches.
  • Sewing capabilities with a handy free arm.
  • Affordable and easy to use for newbies.
  • 10 Added Star Wars designs.
Something to Consider:
  • While the ability to both sew and embroider is a nice feature to have for a machine at this price point, the embroidery area will be limited to a 4” x 4” inch space (unless you buy this additional hoop).

6. Brother PE535 Embroidery Machine

Ideal for: Beginners and intermediate. Great machine for small embroidery jobs. Best Brother Embroidery Machine for Beginners.

  • Budget: $
  • Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star-half
  • Included Feet: Embroidery.
EMBROIDERY
  • Built-in Designs: 80
  • Speed per minute: 400
  • On-Screen Editing: Yes
  • Area: 4″ x 4″
NO SEWING
  • Free Arm: No
Brother PE535

This model is ideal for you if you just want to do small embroidery and no sewing since it’s an embroidery machine without the sewing features and it’s the improved version of the Brother PE525 adding to the later design a larger LCD screen and 10 more built-in embroidery designs.

In general, Brother PE535 is overall a very good entry-level machine and is easy to set up and easy to use. I would personally recommend it to people who want to embroider monograms, labels, or small designs.

Comparing Brother PE535 to Brother SE600, there is no mechanical advantage so the only reason to skip on the sewing features of the SE600 is that you already own a good sewing machine and you know you won’t use your new embroidery machine for sewing purposes.

What you’ll like:
  • Low noise levels
  • Great machine for small jobs
Something to Consider:
  • Embroidery Only – go with the SE600 for added sewing capabilities -.
  • Small embroidery area

5. Brother PE550D Embroidery Machine

Ideal for: Beginners and intermediate. Great machine for small projects and Disney lovers. Best Brother Disney Embroidery Machine.

  • Budget: $
  • Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star-half
  • Included Feet: Embroidery.
EMBROIDERY
  • Built-in Designs: 80 + 45 Disney
  • Speed per minute: 400
  • On-Screen Editing: Yes
  • Area: 4″ x 4″
NO SEWING
  • Free Arm: No
Brother PE550D

 

Brother PE550D is quite similar, both mechanically and in price, to Brother PE535, so we recommend that you take a good look at the comparison chart provided at the end of this article.

A big difference between this one and the other model is the built-in Disney designs. Brother PE550D is the perfect gift for little beginners who want to let their imagination run wild.

Also, compared to the SE600, some of the advantages of the PE550D are the higher speed of stitches (400 vs. 650 speed per minute) and the built-in Disney design collection.

However, if you don’t own a sewing machine, one downside to this model is that for almost the same price you can currently get the Brother SE600, which is mechanically very similar but offers both sewing and embroidery capabilities.

What you’ll like:
  • Low noise levels
  • Great machine for small jobs
  • Disney designs included
Something to Consider:
  • Embroidery Only
  • Small embroidery area

4. Brother SE600 Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Ideal for: Beginners to Intermediate users. First-time users who want to start embroidering while having sewing capabilities. #1 for beginners of all ages. Best Embroidery Machine for the Money.

  • Budget: $$
  • Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star
  • Included Feet: Buttonhole, Zipper, Overcasting, Blindstich, Monogramming, Zigzag, Embroidery, Button Sewing.
EMBROIDERY
  • Built-in Designs: 80
  • Speed per minute: 400
  • On-Screen Editing: Yes
  • Area: 4″ x 4″
SEWING
  • Free Arm: Yes
  • Speed per minute: 710
  • Decorative Stitches: 103
Brother SE600 Sewing and Embroidery

The Brother SE600 comes with a 4″ x 4″ embroidery area and the ability to re-hoop on the same piece in case you want to embroider a larger design. It also includes 80 Embroidery Designs, 103 Built-In Sewing Stitches and, a large Color Touch LCD screen, where you can easily change specific embroidery thread colors and then preview before stitching.

Other features include an automatic needle threader, which is super useful when trying to embroider in a wide range of colors or if you have tired eyes; six embroidery lettering fonts that allow you to customize your designs with different sizes; and a free arm for cuffs and sleeves which is considered a must.

In addition, this Brother model features auto-size buttonholes and comes with a USB so that you can import your designs.

The Brother SE600 is excellent for first-time users to sew and embroider since it’s super easy to learn how to use its features. I can’t think of a better machine for a beginner and a cheaper price for the value of the product.

What you’ll like:
  • Create your own decorative stitches
  • Low budget price
  • Low learning curve
  • Free Arm
Something to Consider:
  • Small embroidery hoop

3. Brother SE625 Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Ideal for: Beginners to intermediate users. A good choice for those who want a wide range of embroidery designs while still having a machine with a full set of sewing capabilities. Best upgraded embroidery machine.

  • Budget: $$
  • Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star
  • Included Feet: Buttonhole, Zipper, Overcasting, Blindstich, Monogramming, Zigzag, Embroidery, Button Sewing.
EMBROIDERY
  • Built-in Designs: 80 + Extra 200 in CD
  • Speed per minute: 400
  • On-Screen Editing: Yes
  • Area: 4″ x 4″
SEWING
  • Free Arm: Yes
  • Speed per minute: 710
  • Decorative Stitches: 103

Brother SE625 Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Brother SE600 vs SE625

If you’re wondering what separates the Brother SE600 from the SE 625, it can be summarized as the following:

  1. The golden front of model SE625,
  2. An included CD with 200 extra embroidery designs.

That’s it. The actual machines are exactly the same and, besides, it’s probably easier nowadays to find new designs online than to download them from a CD, so you can simply buy any model available as the price is also pretty much the same.

2. Brother PE800 Embroidery Only Machine

Ideal for: Beginner to advanced users. Professional sewers who want a second machine dedicated to embroidering duties. Best “embroidery only” Brother machine.

  • Budget: $$
  • Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star
  • Included Feet: Embroidery.
EMBROIDERY
  • Built-in Designs: 138
  • Speed per minute: 850
  • On-Screen Editing: Yes
  • Area: 5″ x 7″
NO SEWING
  • Free Arm: No
Brother PE800 Embroidery Only

 

Brother’s PE800 machine is the brand’s latest embroidery-only unit, and it is an ideal entry point for inexperienced users who want to try to start embroidering their own clothes.

Thanks to the Touch LCD Screen you’ll be able to rotate, increase and decrease the size, and mirror-image your design. These abilities can save you a lot of time, as even if you decide to make last-minute design changes, you won’t have to waste time by going back to edit on your computer. It also includes an automatic needle threader that will become the best friend of those with tired eyes when embroidering a multi-colored design on garments like hoodies and t-shirts.

Brother PE800 is great no matter the design size you want to embroider because it works with small – 1 “x 2,5” -, medium – 4 “x 4” – and large hoops – 5 “x 7” and 5 “x 12” -. Lastly, if you already own the Brother PE770 machine, you’re in luck! As you can reuse the hoops you already have on this newer model. This is because most hoops that are accepted by either machine should be mutually compatible.

What you’ll like:
  • Good quality-price ratio.
  • Low learning curve.
Something to Consider:
  • Embroidery only.

1. Brother SE1900 Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Ideal for: Beginner and intermediate users. Machine offers pro-quality designed for home use. The best Brother embroidery machine for home.

  • Budget: $$$
  • Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star
  • Included Feet: Buttonhole, Overcasting, Monogramming, Zipper, Zigzag, Stitch Guide, Adjustable Zipper/Piping, Non-Stick, Open Toe, Embroidery, Blindstich.
EMBROIDERY
  • Built-in Designs: 138
  • Speed per minute: 650
  • On-Screen Editing: No
  • Area: 5″ x 7″
SEWING
  • Free Arm: Yes
  • Speed per minute: 800
  • Decorative Stitches: 240
Brother SE1900

 

 

The Brother SE1900 is a multipurpose sewing and embroidery machine that is an excellent value for the money.

The package only includes a 5″ x 7″ hoop but if you’re thinking of embroidering larger or endless designs, you can always buy an extra 12″ x 5″ multi-positional hoop and re-hoop it as many times as you need. Just be careful with the alignment when you do that.

For a model designed for home use, the quality of both sewing and embroidery is quite impressive. In fact, even if it’s lacking a free arm, over 90 percent of users gave this machine the maximum rate possible.

Of course, if you already own a sewing machine, you should definitely check the above-reviewed machine, the new embroidery only Brother PE800, and save some money.

What you’ll like:
  • Free motion quilting
  • Good quality-price ratio
Something to Consider:
  • The maximum embroidery area is 5″ x 7″
  • No free arm

Free Embroidery Software for Brother

Shortly after getting your new Brother embroidery machine home, you’ll likely realize that the built-in designs your machine has are really only good for rudimentary practice of your embroidery skills. And it won’t take long before you’ll want to get creative and try your hand at creating some designs of your very own.

Although you can always use a piece of paid software such as StitchArt, there are also some quality free options available that you can use without the added cost. We’ve highlighted a few options for you below.

  1. Get Free Designs from Brother: did you know that you can get thousands of free designs by simply buying a Brother embroidery machine? Buy your Brother embroidery machine and go to iBroidery to claim what’s yours.
  2. Get a Free Design on your Birthday: At EmbLibrary you can buy affordable designs, plus, just for signing up, you’ll receive one free design on your birthday.
  3. Sign up for a Free 30 days Trial: if you download SewArt, and register for a free trial you will be able to digitize as many designs as you want up until the due date. Of course, you should be sure to set up a reminder to unsubscribe so that you aren’t charged once your free first month has expired.
  4. Convert your designs for free: into the required format following the instructions provided on the videos below.

Brother Embroidery Machine Comparison Chart

Let’s compare every Brother embroidery machine on the market today, Brother SE600 vs SE625 vs PE535 vs SE1900 vs PE550D vs PE800 vs LB5000M vs LB5000S vs LB7000 vs NQ1600E vs PRS100.

MachinesEmbroidery
Features
Sewing
Features
OtherDimensionsPrice

Brother LB7000
Project Runway
400 spm*
80 Designs
9 Fonts
4" x 4" Area**
710 spm*
103 Stitches
7mm Width
10 Buttonholes
- Free Arm
- On-Screen
Editing
- Speed Control
- 10.82 lbs
- 16.5" x 7.8"
x 12"
- Needle-to-Arm
6.4" w x 4.1" h

- Included Feet:
Buttonhole, Zipper,
Overcasting, Blindstich,
Monogramming,
Zigzag, Embroidery,
Button Sewing.

Brother Marvel LB5000M
Read Review
400 spm*
80 + 10 Marvel
Designs
9 Fonts
4" x 4" Area**
710 spm*
103 Stitches
7mm Width
10 Buttonholes
- Free Arm
- On-Screen
Editing
- Speed Control
- 10.82 lbs
- 16.5" x 7.8"
x 12"
- Needle-to-Arm
6.4" w x 4.1" h

Brother Star Wars LB5000S
Read Review
400 spm*
80 + 10 Star Wars
Designs
9 Fonts
4" x 4" Area**
710 spm*
103 Stitches
7mm Width
10 Buttonholes
- Free Arm
- On-Screen
Editing
- Speed Control
- 10.82 lbs
- 16.5" x 7.8"
x 12"
- Needle-to-Arm
6.4" w x 4.1" h

Brother PE535
Read Review
400 spm*
80 Designs
9 Fonts
4" x 4" Area**
-- Carrying
Handle
- Speed Control
- 10.82 lbs
- 16.5" x 7.8"
x 12"
- 125mm/ 5"
Arm Length

Brother PE550D
Read Review
400 spm*
80 + 45 Disney
Designs
6 Fonts
4" x 4" Area**
-- Carrying
Handle
- Speed Control
- 10.82 lbs
- 16.5" x 7.8"
x 12"
- 125mm/ 5"
Arm Length

Brother SE600
Read Review
400 spm*
80 Designs
11 Fonts
4" x 4" Area**
710 spm*
103 Stitches
7mm Width
10 Buttonholes
- Free Arm
- On-Screen
Editing
- Speed Control
- 11.82 lbs
- 21.2" x15.5"
x16.5"
- 163mm/ 6.4"
Arm Length

Brother SE625
Read Review
400 spm*
280 Designs
11 Fonts
4" x 4" Area**
710 spm*
103 Stitches
7mm Width
10 Buttonholes
- Free Arm
- On-Screen
Editing
- Speed Control
- 11.82 lbs
- 21.2" x15.5"
x16.5"
- 163mm/ 6.4"
Arm Length

Brother PE800
Read Review
850 spm*
138 Designs
11 Fonts
5" x 7" Area**
-- On-Screen
Editing
- Speed Control
- 13.74 lbs
- 21.8" x19"
x19.1"
- 210mm/ 8.3"
Arm Length

Brother SE1900
Read Review
650 spm*
138 Designs
11 Fonts
5" x 7" Area**
850 spm*
240 Stitches
7mm Width
10 Buttonholes
- Free Arm
- Speed Control
- 22.05 lbs
- 17.6" x9.5"
x11.8"
- 163mm/ 6.4"
Arm Length

Brother NQ1600E
650 spm*
198 Designs
11 Fonts
6” x 10” Area**
-- Speed Control- 8.3" Arm Length
- Included Foot:
Embroidery.

Brother PRS100
Read Review
1000 spm*
405 Designs
20 Fonts
8" x 8" Area**
-- Free Arm
- On-Screen
Editing
- 68.34 lbs

*Speed Per Minute: referring to the number of stitches a machine can perform in a minute.
**Area: referring to the maximum embroidery area that an embroidery machine can reach.

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FAQs

What is the Best Brother Embroidery Machine?

If you aren’t looking to spend over 5k for a high-end machine, one of the best options on the market is the new PE800 embroidery machine from Brother.
However, depending on one’s needs, some other very good options are Brother SE600, Brother PE535, Brother PE550D – with Disney designs included -, and combo machine Brother SE1900. Click here for a complete revie of all the above-mentioned models.

How much is an embroidery machine?

Prices go from 300$, for hobbyists, up to over 15k for professionals and entrepreneurs. The most common prices among hobbyists choices range from 300$ to 1k. If this sounds like your budget, you may want to read some of our other articles on the topic.

What is the best embroidery machine for beginners?

For those that are new to embroidery, almost any Brother model will do. This is because their machines are super intuitive and easy to use, even if it is your first time using one. The smart money is in investing in a machine like the SE1900, which is not only beginner-friendly, but is also capable of straight-stitching and embroidering and is durable enough to stand up to a lifetime of use.
If you simply plan on embroidering, Brother SE600 and PE800 are both great options. Learn about all these models here.

What is the difference between a sewing machine and an embroidery machine?

Well, a sewing machine can stitch straight and create different decorative stitches. An embroidery only machine can perform flat 2D designs like those of logos or t-shirts. A combo or combination machine will both sew and embroider.
However, depending on one’s needs, some other very good options are Brother SE600, Brother PE535, Brother PE550D – with Disney designs included -, and combo machine Brother SE1900. Click here for a complete review of all the above-mentioned models.