Brother PE770 Embroidery Machine with USB Memory Stick Compatibility

Looking for a fun, easy way to embellish or embroider anything from baby bibs to baseball caps but don’t want to spend a fortune on an embroidery machine?  Well the Brother PE 770 Embroidery Machine is a perfect choice as a stand-alone embroidery machine for a beginner to intermediate crafter. It comes with 136 built-in embroidery designs and 6 built-in fonts. The PE 770 also has a built in USB port, so connect it to a computer to access an endless variety of embroidery designs, or use a USB memory stick for the ultimate in grab-and-go convenience.  And the PE 770 is so easy to set up and use that you can began embroidering right out of the box.

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In this Review

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Quick Stats for Brother PE 770
Notable Features and Highlights
Video
Reviewer Feedback
Manual and Warranty
Extras for Brother PE 770
Products

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Quick Stats for Brother PE 770: (Back To Top)

Price Free Shipping at Amazon.com
Embroidery: Yes –  This is a stand-alone Embroidery Machine
Embroidery Stitches 136 built-in embroidery designs and 6 built-in embroidery fonts.  You can embroider using the built-in embroidery patterns,  alphabet patterns,  framed decorations and also the optional embroidery cards as well as downloadable embroidery designs
Monogramming Fonts
6 embroidery lettering fonts and characters
Frame Patterns 10 frames and 12 borders for 120 different combinations
Media Recognition Memory card slot and USB Host allow you to embroider designs in addition to those built-into the machine
Bobbin: Class SA156 bobbins are designed for this machine. Using other bobbins may cause damage to the machine.
Bobbin Type: Quick Set™ Bobbin – one step drop-in bobbin style; start embroidering immediately.
Bobbin Winding System: Super Easy System: The bobbin can quickly and easily be wound with thread.
Clear Bobbin Cover: Yes
Display Control Panel Monochrome, backlit touch screen measures 1.6″ x 3″ for computerized stitch selection. Use keys  to select stitches.
Design Memory Yes – save customized embroidery patterns in machine’s memory for future use
Compatible Media Memory Card and  USB Memory Stick (both require separate purchase). Use purchased embroidery cards or import designs from your memory stick via the built-in USB port
Embroidery Data Formats .pes file format (PE-Design®) Compatible with PE-Design/PED Basic
On-Screen Help Yes – The machine gives you step by step instructions to help you if you get stuck
Upper Thread Tension: Automatic
Built-in Accessory Storage: No
Carry Handle: Yes – Built-in carry handle - Carry the machine by its handle when transporting it.
Light: Yes –2 LED’s for a  Super Bright Work Area
Needle Threader: Yes – Automatic needle threader, used with sewing machine needles 75/11 through 100/16
Thread Cutter Yes – Automatic: The thread can be cut automatically after embroidering OR Pass the threads through the manual thread cutter to cut them.
Snap-on Presser Feet: Yes – 1  Embroidery foot “Q”
User Guide & Quick Reference Guide & Yes – Well-written, easy to understand User and Quick Reference Guides as well as an Operation Manual for the USB Feature demonstrating how get started embroidering fast
Limited Warranty: 25 year limited warranty
Hard Cover No – Comes with a Dust cover
Dimensions 16.77″ (L) x 21.26″ (W) x 17.28″ (H
Weight 27 lbs


Notable Features and Highlights: (Back To Top)

LCD Screen

The Brother PE 770 has an LCD monochrome, backlit touch screen measuring 1.6″ x 3.”  The screen has an operation panel that’s used for embroidery pattern selection, pattern settings, on-screen editing and for pattern design with memory capabilities (create your own patterns – then save them to the built-in memory). Saved patterns will not be erased when the power is turned off; you can always retrieve them later for embroidery.

All your creating and customizing starts here; Use the operation keys to scroll back and forth and select the embroidery pattern type that you want. The LCD screen features 2 icon keys to display and access embroidery patterns: 70 designs under icon key and 66 under icon key. In addition to the embroidery patterns, from the LCD screen you can access the 6 alphabet patterns as well as frame patterns. You can access patterns from embroidery cards by inserting the card into the embroidery card slot and selecting the embroidery card key.  There is a recall key for recalling a pattern that you saved to the machine’s memory. You can also access designs that you’ve downloaded and stored on a USB memory stick by inserting the memory stick into the  flash drive host and selecting the USB flash drive key. From there the machine will guide you through stitching out your pattern.

Lastly there is also an icon key that releases the embroidery unit for easy storage of the machine.

Embroidery Pattern Types

136 Built-in Embroidery patterns: As a stand-alone embroidery machine the Brother PE770 has 136 built-in embroidery patterns from florals to fish, animals, decorative borders and more. You can use them to embellish any sewing project – everything from home decor to clothing and accessories. As we mentioned above the embroidery patterns are divided into 2 groups: 70 patterns in  one group and 66 patterns in the other group; each group has its own icon display key on the LCD screen. This is probably done for  easier organization of the patterns.

6 Embroidery Fonts / Alphabet patterns
There are 6 built-in embroidery fonts allowing for easy monogramming and personalizing of your sewing projects. Within these patterns there are 6 different types of characters: Alphabet characters, European characters, uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers from 0 to 9 and symbols. Access these from the alphabet patterns icon on the main LCD screen via the operational panel

10 Frame patterns
Embroidery pattern types also include 10 Frame patterns such as squares and circles that you can use as outlines or borders. These can be combined with 12 stitch types for 120 different border combinations. So for example you can use the heart outline and use the leaf pattern to stitch it out  ====>

Patterns stored in the machine’s memory
Patterns, such as frequently used character combinations or patterns that have been edited can be stored in the machine’s memory to be recalled later and embroidered. Patterns consisting of up to 12 patterns or 512 KB can be stored.

Patterns from Digital Media

If you ever become tired of your machine’s built-in designs and are ready for something new or you just can’t find that right embroidery pattern for your special project the next step is  to try some new designs on embroidery cards or you can download an almost endless variety of additional designs from the Internet.
The PE770 has an embroidery card slot on the side of the machine to access designs from compatible embroidery cards. And directly under that is a USB flash drive port, which gives you the opportunity to import designs from the internet.
Both of these features allow you to access additional embroidery patterns other than those that come with the machine. How’s that for opening up a whole new world of embroidery fun and possibilities!

Built-In Embroidery Card Slot
The PE-770 has a built-in card slot that gives you access to thousands of additional
designs from Brother Embroidery cards. You can also purchase cards online or at your favorite craft stores. There are a variety of cards with different themes that you can use to embroider designs. Just insert a card into the card slot, select the embroidery card key on the LCD display then select a pattern. Your machine will guide you through embroidering out the pattern – you will need to change the thread after each color to complete the pattern.  Make sure to use only embroidery cards that are compatible with the PE770 embroidery machine .pes or .dst file format  – and a 5″ x 7″ frame size.

Built-In USB Flash Drive Port (Host)
The PE-770 also has a built-in USB flash drive port so you can download an almost endless amount of embroidery designs right from the internet or from a USB Flash Drive (memory stick). You can store thousands of embroidery designs on a memory stick such as the Brother 1GB USB Embroidery Stick; just download embroidery designs from the Internet then copy them onto a USB memory stick and transfer them into the Brother PE770 via the built-in USB port. You don’t need any additional software or computer access once you’ve saved designs to the memory stick – just grab-n-go! That’s very convenient when you’re running off to class.

On-Screen Editing Capabilities

When you begin to embroider a pattern it is normally positioned in the center of the embroidery frame. But with simple on-screen editing, not only can you position the pattern wherever you like, you can also change the pattern size: make it bigger, make it smaller. You can rotate it one degree, 10 degrees or 90 degrees – so flip it around until it looks just right. You can do a horizontal mirror image from left to right. All this gives you more control over the layout and look of your embroidered pattern.

Once you’re finished customizing the embroidery and alphabet patterns they can be saved and stored in the machine’s memory so they can be used again. Saved and stored patterns will not be erased when the machine is turned off, you can always recall them for embroidery. This is convenient and you can store up to 12 patterns or 512 KB of data.

If you are interested in doing any additional editing you will need additional computer software. PE770 uses Embroidery Data Formats .pes (PE-Design®) and is compatible with PE-Design Lite and PED Basic.


Needle and Plate Area

The machine comes with one presser foot: the Embroidery foot “Q” which is used to complete the embroidering project.

The machine also has an automatic needle threader that is quick and easy to use.

1 embroidery needle is included on the machine

ADDITIONAL MACHINE FEATURES

Maximum Embroidery Speed (stitches per minute) 650

On-Screen, Step-by-Step Instructions in case you ever need help.

Operation Buttons
1. Stop/Start button
Press the start/stop button to start or stop embroidering. The machine embroiders at a slow speed while the button is pressed. When embroidering is stopped, the needle is lowered in the fabric. The button changes color according to the machine’s operation mode.
2. Needle position Button
Press the needle position button to raise or lower the needle. Pressing the button twice sews one stitch.
3. Thread cutter button
Press the thread cutter button after embroidering is stopped to cut both the upper and the bobbin threads.

Video: (Back To Top)

This video from HSN quickly walks you through some of the main features of the PE770 Embroidery Machine. There are also several examples of some beautifully embellished embroidery projects. Watch the video below and see just how easy and fun this machine is to use. HSN’s price is slightly higher than Amazon’s but they do offer you the advantage of a payment plan if you’de prefer to stretch the cost out over several months. Check here for HSN


 

Reviewer Feedback: (Back To Top)


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I didn’t want to spend too much on an embroidery machine before knowing if it would be something that would get a lot of use. …the major selling point besides price was that it takes a thumb drive … set up is really easy and I immediately began stitching out some of the preloaded designs. The stitch quality is great… downloaded some cool designs from a website and put them on the thumb drive… very easy to transfer them to the machine and sew them even though we don’t own a PC.… I think I made a good choice for a beginner…



I love this machine!! It was incredibly easy to set up…performed…like the instruction booklet said…designs look great. It’s easy to increase and decrease size, change threads, etc. I’ve never used an embroidery machine, but this is fun!… easy to download designs from the internet and try them on the machine. The only problem …was the skipping of some stitches on the patterns, but I believe this is due to the poor material I was using for practice…



I wanted an embroidery machine that would allow downloads of custom designs. This machine has performed to all my expectations. This is my first experience with any kind of embroidery machine and I am perfectly satisfied. I suggest buying an introductory book on machine embroidery so you can figure out what kind of thread and stabilizer to use. I find that it takes more time to do the set-up than anything else. I would buy this again…

 

Dislikes

…there are some downsides – The image is in black & white on the machine’s display…

The only problem I’ve had was the skipping of some stitches on the patterns, but I believe this is due to the poor material I was using for practice…

The only trouble I have had is with the thread breaking. I have not taken the time to find the perfect needle and tension setting for the thread I use…
 

Bottom Line

The Brother PE770 is an embroidery-only machine that comes with 136 built-in embroidery patterns and six alphabet fonts. You can easily increase your embroidery pattern library with the addition of the embroidery card slot. And, what’s more, the USB flash drive port gives you another resource for increasing your down-loadable options. These truely give you an unlimited source of additional embroidery patterns. You will also find many of the stitching functions that make sewing on Brother machines such a breeze, such as the stop/start feature and automatic needle threading. If you’re looking for a stand-alone embroidery machine the PE770 delivers a lot of value for the price range and many people find it fun and easy to use.

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Manual and Warranty: (Back To Top)

Click on images to download manuals:

Study the manuals for the correct operation of the various functions of your machine. These are great resources full of handy information. After you have finished reading the manuals, store it where it can be quickly accessed for future reference.

Operation Manual Quick Reference Guide Manual for USB Feature


Extras for Brother PE 770: (Back To Top)

Accessories in the Box

The Brother PE770 comes with a good amount of  ‘in the box’ accessories:

Seam ripper
Bobbins
Needle set
Cleaning brush
Screw drivers
Spool caps
Spool net
Scissors
Accessory bag
Manual
Reference guide
Dust Cover
1 embroider needle on the machine
Included 5″ x 7″ Embroidery Hoop

1 Included Presser Foot
The machine comes with one presser foot: the Embroidery Foot “Q”

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