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Brother Brother PE-500 Embroidery Machine

Welcome to the world of truly affordable embroidery, with the exciting new PE-500 embroidery machine from Brother! The PE-500 comes with top-of-the-line features, typically found in more expensive machines, which help make embroidery fun and easy. Whether you are a sewer interested in trying your hand at embroidery for the first time, a crafter looking for a new challenge or an advanced embroiderer looking for a unit to carry to a make and take, the PE-500 is probably perfect for you! Use it to recycle clothing by adding new, fashionable embellishments! Turn everyday pillows and blankets into customized gifts for friends and family. With the PE-500 the options are virtually limitless. Though lightweight, the PE-500 is a workhorse capable of embroidering everything from delicate materials, like silk, to sturdier fabrics, like denim.
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Questions & Answers for Brother Brother PE-500 Embroidery Machine

Question

Can I design a design and then transfer it from my computer to the mechine and have my design be done by the machine

asked 1 year, 11 months ago
By
Jenn4598
on Brother PE-500 Embroidery Machine
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
YES YOU CAN. The people above are providing incorrect info. You can do what you are asking as long as you have conversion software. You can download these types of programs easily and free. Just google "jpg to pes conversion" or "jpg to pen conversion".

People answering questions please remember, just because you are unaware of or do not have knowledge of how to do something, do not assume it can not be accomplished. Or, at least keep those assumptions private as you are affecting people's decisions, whether purchasing or other wise.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
anon77800877
answer 2
Yes...it will take any created pes file
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 3
The only way you can use your own designs, is to have the PE Software. On Amazon they have the Brother PE Design Lite Embroidery Software - Comes with Rewritable Embroidery Card + Reader/Writer Box + Auto-Digitizing Capabilities + 35 Fonts!!!" This software costs $349. I just purchased it, and waiting for it to get here. I love to make my own designs, so I am hoping that this is what I will need to do so.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
Wendygirl1
answer 4
In order to create your own designs, you will need embroidery software that will put your design into embroidery format so that your machine can read it.

Please visit the link below for more information on the Brother software.

http://www.brother-usa.com/homesewing/embroiderysoftware/
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
BrotherCustomerService
Question

Can you embroider one word at a time

Someone posted - "In order to monogram, each letter has to be done separately meaning you have to manually place the hoop on your fabric, etc for each letter”.

When I had an online chat with a Brother rep today I got the impression that I could embroider a word all at one time (not just one letter at a time). I'm assuming if the word/name is longer than the 4" hoop will allow, you will need to move the hoop. Maybe that is what the poster was referring to.

Has anyone embroidered an entire name/word at one time? In other words, embroider on a towel - "Burns" by putting in all the letters in the lcd screen and let it do it's thing (as long as it wasn't longer than 4"?

Thanks!
asked 1 year, 8 months ago
By
vegasgal47
 - Las Vegas
on Brother PE-500 Embroidery Machine
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
Hi Vegasgal47..... Yes....you can embroider more then one letter at a time....you will just have to go into where the layout/size window is....use your quick view guide to show where all this stuff is you then touch the downsize icon and it shrinks the letters to fit the whole area.......it takes a bit of practice to get it right but with one or two tries it was easy to figure out and You always remember how to make everything fit.....you then can save the pattern and click on the frame features button and select a frame for around the letters and you can check the Preview button to show that the frame will go around the selected initials or name....I have fit 6 and 7 letter names on the 4x4 frame size ....Hope this helps you.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
luvs2sewalot
answer 2
You can definitely do a whole word, or multiple words...anything, as long as it fits in the hoop
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 3
I just did the name Cindy which came out being 1 inch in height. I could of still taken it to a larger size, but I was just seeing what it does. I have also purchased the next size up hoop. I will then try to make a five letter name larger. When I first tried to use lettering on my machine, I found that I could not get to the size area. After I created an image (butterfly), I went back to the letters and I then was able to open up the size window.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
Wendygirl1
answer 4
I have done many projects with more than 1 letter at a time. Just choose your font and put in the word. If it is too long then you will have to "piece it together" as in the instruction book. Very simple to do. On the medium size cursive font, I did a 9 letter name without having to piece it together.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
dasil7
 - tampa, fl
answer 5
Yes, you can embroider an entire word at a time without re-hooping as long as the design fits within the 4" hoop.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Starspangledgirl
 - Orlando, FL
Question

Does the 500 need the PED-Basic embroidery/sewing software to download patterns from the internet?

And can this machine use the Disney embroidery patterns available through the Brother suggested website? Thank you
asked 1 year, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Brother PE-500 Embroidery Machine
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes...as long as they are the 4X4 size
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 2
Nope...you just need any pes file....then upload the file directly to the machine with the included usb cord.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 3
As far as I know, any .pes will work, but the embroidery area is limited to 4" x 4".
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
psalink
 - Newark, OH
answer 4
You do not need software to load patterns from the Brother website. As long as the patterns are in the PES format, they will work
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
NurseDJ
 - Kenney Illinois
answer 5
No, you not need to have PED Basic to download designs to this machine. You do have to have a computer. You can download Disney designs at IBroidery.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
ILRob
Question

It looks like this machine accepts Brother embroidery cards with additional designs. Is that right?

asked 1 year, 11 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - USA
on Brother PE-500 Embroidery Machine
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
Hi there Anonymous and serenity.....The Machine does use Brother brand Embroidery pattern cards you can purchse from the Brother site or at you local Sewing Machine and Notions store......these cards have tons of other patterns not found on your machine and they help keep your machine memory space under control...you can design your own if you have the software to do so and the USB cable comes with the PE500 for use when downloading patterns from your saved folders as well as the ibroidery site for the Brother machines exclusively....
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
luvs2sewalot
answer 2
Yes, it does...but it is far easier to just use the usb cable
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 3
It has a card slot and you can download designs from the internet.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
sewcrazy2
 - Portsmouth, OH
answer 4
Yes, you can use Brother embroidery cards, or you can just download to the machine using your computer and the included USB cable
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
ILRob
answer 5
Yes, the PE500 does have a card reader, so you can use embroidery cards.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
BrotherCustomerService
Question

On the PE-500 , Is the 4 x 4 embroidery area the only size you can use with this machine?

asked 1 year, 11 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Brother PE-500 Embroidery Machine
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes...4X4 hoop only
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 2
4" x 4" is the largest area you can use, but smaller is ok.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
psalink
 - Newark, OH
answer 3
The embroidery area is only 4X4. You can go larger with a bigger hoop, but you would have to purchase software that would allow you to break the design into 2 pieces...it's not easy to do....you have to align it just right...better off staying with just the 4x4 area.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
ILRob
answer 4
According to the Brother website, you can buy a 4x6 hoop and use it with this machine.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
maejo
answer 5
The maximum embroidery area for the PE500 is 4x4.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
BrotherCustomerService
Question

Is everything included so this machine is ready to be connected to a computer?

asked 2 years ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Cadillac
on Brother PE-500 Embroidery Machine
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, it is just a standard usb cable and is included.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 2
yes, the cable is included
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
psalink
 - Newark, OH
answer 3
Yes. It comes with a USB cable.You can purchase and download designs from the Brother web site or it has a card slot for purchased design cards.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
sewcrazy2
 - Portsmouth, OH
answer 4
Yes, the Brother PE500 comes with a USB cable for quick computer connectivity.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
BrotherCustomerService
Question

Can you do regular sewing on this machine or just embroidery?

asked 1 year, 4 months ago
By
Pinky
on Brother PE-500 Embroidery Machine
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Hi Pinky....This Model....PE500 is an Embroidery only machine and a worthy one for the money for sure!
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
luvs2sewalot
answer 2
Just embroidery.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 3
Just embroidery
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
CybershopperNC
answer 4
Just embroidery
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
ChevyMan12
Question

How do I transfer a design into the machines format?

asked 1 year, 11 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Brother PE-500 Embroidery Machine
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
You just need it in pes format then plug in the usb cord and pull the file over. It works exactly like a flash drive plugged into a computer.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 2
There are several FREE software programs that will convert formats to PES. You do not need to buy a program specifically for this. Just a few: Wilcom Truesizer, Bernina Artlink6, Wings My Editor; Stitch Era Universal. You may want to buy software that will do this and offer other options for embroidery, but it is not necessary for embrodiery.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
CraftyOnes
 - Illinois
answer 3
Hook up your computor to the machine and download .
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
137happy
 - frankfort,ky
answer 4
You will need the proper software, such as the Brother PE-Design Plus or Brother PE-Design Next, to convert your designs into .pes and .pen formats for the PE500.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
BrotherCustomerService
Question

can you download designs from sites other than brother site with the usb cord

asked 1 year, 8 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Brother PE-500 Embroidery Machine
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes...any pes file will work -- so, you can download from any online source as long as it is a pes file (which is fairly standard)
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 2
Yes. This machine takes .pes format so other .pes designs will work.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Starspangledgirl
 - Orlando, FL
answer 3
yes, if they are available in the .pes format
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
psalink
Question

Built in Memory?

How many additional designs (i.e. downloaded designs) can this machine hold at a time? Is there any extra built in memory on this specific machine or is one required to purchase the additional memory card for extra designs?

Thank you for your time.
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
By
Serrenity
on Brother PE-500 Embroidery Machine
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
The machine forgets (deletes) all uploaded designs when it is powered off -- but, it takes only a few seconds to transfer any design.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 2
This machine can hold up to 12 additional designs.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
ILRob
answer 3
The PE500 can hold up to 12 additional designs. The actual number will depend on the designs themselves as some will take up more memory than others. Brother has blank cards that come with some of the software packages, however they are re-writeable. So they are not designed for storage – only taking designs to the machine from the computer.

For more information please visit our website.
www.brother-usa.com
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
BrotherCustomerService
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