Brother PE500 Review

Simply the best low cost embroidery only machine you can get in U.S. It packs a lot of features for minimal price. Highly rated by users.

Brother PE500 Embroidery Machine Features

  • 70 built-in embroidery designs
  • 4″ x 4″ embroidery area
  • Easy to view LCD touchscreen
  • 25 year limited warranty
  • USB connectivity

Brother PE500 Review

Sewing Machine Reviews Recommendation Level : HIGH

Brother PE500 is an embroidery only machine, it doesn’t have sewing capability. It comes with quite a lot of features that you normally find only on expensive embroidery machines. It has a spacious 4″ x 4″ embroidery area. It comes with 70 built-in embroidery designs, 120 frame patterns and 5 built-in font styles. The backlit LCD touch screen display lets you edit settings, select designs and view tutorials.

Brother PE500 comes with a very good work light. It has a convenient bobbin winding system which makes it very easy to wind the bobbins. The bobbin system is drop-in, which adds to the ease of use. The best thing about this embroidery machine is the computer connectivity. You can import designs and keep the machine up to date by downloading machine updates. You can download designs from ibroidery website, most of them are free.


Brother PE500 is a lightweight and easy to use embroidery machine.  It is capable of doing embroidery on delicate fabrics to denim. The ability to customize designs is the best feature of this embroidery machine. It is a great tool for creative people for sure. Even though this machine comes with only 70 built-in embroidery designs, you can download more either using embroidery cards or via ibroidery website.  It also comes with medium-sized embroidery hoop and other standard accessories.

Another good feature of Brother PE500 is that the tutorials are included in the machine itself, so you don’t need to check the user manual each time you want to do something new. The automatic needle threader is one of the best I have ever seen. The ease of use is something that really attracts more people into buying this machine. The embroidery quality of this machine is excellent.


Brother PE500 has an embroidery area of 4″ x 4″ which is enough for beginners but it is small when compared to professional embroidery machines. But you can’t ask more for the price either. Brother PE500 memory can only store up to 12 downloaded designs, which means you will have to delete some to load new ones.


  • User friendly
  • Low price
  • Tons of features
  • Highly rated by users
  • Computer connectivity
  • Workhorse


  • 4″ x 4″ embroidery area is slightly small for professionals
  • Embroidery only


Brother PE500 is the cheapest (price can change according to shopping seasons) of all embroidery machines available in U.S. Low price doesn’t mean that this is a low quality product. Most users have rated this machine pretty high. For the price, you can’t get a better feature packed workhorse.

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