Best Embroidery Machine For Beginners 2017

Read on to discover my picks for the three best embroidery machine for beginners and why they are perfect for you.

Looking to join the millions of people that enjoy embroidery around the world? If this is your intention you will be needing a quality embroidery machine.

Best Embroidery Machine For Beginners: Quick Overview

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What is a good embroidery machines for beginners

This can be quite a difficult question to answer. Some people will say you shouldn’t spend any real money on a machine when just starting out. In my opinion those people are wrong.

There is no point getting all hyped for your new hobby and then buying a duff machine just because it’s on the cheap side. The machine was cheap for a reason.

Here are a few things I would consider when buying an embroidery machine for a beginner:

  • Easy to setup and use.
  • Make sure the machine is built by a leading manufacturer.
  • Don’t cheap out, seriously, you will regret it.
  • Will it last beyond the beginner phase.

As you can see choosing the best embroidery machine for a beginner is just like choosing any other product. A little bit of research and careful consideration is what you need.

Review time

So you have decided to take the plunge and get yourself an embroidery machine. As a beginner you will be wary of spending too much on your new machine. Some machines can be very expensive. However, with a bit of shopping around you can find high quality machines at affordable prices.

When buying embroidery machines, the saying “You get what you pay for” rings true. The machines I have reviewed for you are comfortably in the mid-price range, from established manufacturers and feature everything you need to get started in your new hobby.

Brother SE400

The Brother SE400 is a fantastic machine for those new to the world of embroidery. Easy to operate and understand all of its great features, while being versatile enough to work as a machine for advanced users.

At under $300 the SE400 is an affordable machine and it packs all the features you would expect from any machine that can cost upwards of $1000. As with all Brother products it comes with a 25 year guarantee and that excellent Brother build-quality.

As a combination machine it can sew and quilt at a high quality, luckily it also embroiders to that same high level. You might be a beginner but after a little experimentation and learning your embroidery will look beautiful and professional.

The high quality backlit LCD touch-screen allows you to select stitches, organise designs and even edit patterns with ease. This might sound complicated but on-screen instructions guide you through this process making it easy for even the most confused of beginners.

One of the most fiddly and annoying things about embroidery machines is setting them up ready to work. Luckily for us the SE400 has a wealth of features designed to make this process as painless as possible.

From automatic needle threading to a drop-in bobbin system, your machine will be ready to work in under 10 minutes. After a little familiarisation the entire setup can take you around 5 minutes, more time for the fun stuff and less time with the fiddly boring bits.

One of the main reasons I love this machine so much for those new to embroidery is that the machine will last as you leave the beginner phase behind you. Computer connectivity means that whatever pattern or design you wish to embroider is only a download away.

Topping this machine off is the full range of included accessories providing everything you need to get started. The SE400 is an excellent starter machine, I am confident that you will agree after you experience all it has to offer.

What’s Great:

  • The same great build quality offered by all Brother products.
  • Affordable pricing.
  • Easy threading system.
  • 4×4 embroidery area.
  • LCD backlit touch-screen.
  • Automatic needle threader.
  • Drop in bobbin system with automatic bobbin winder.
  • Computer connectivity for Mac or PC.
  • Huge range of included accessories.

What’s Not:

  • Only 5 included fonts. (Not such a big deal as you can download any font you need)
Lowest price for: Brother SE400

Brother PE525

This fantastic embroidery-only machine is great for those taking the plunge into the world of machine needlecraft. Brother have intentionally made this machine easy to learn and use. Create professional looking embroidery in no time at all with the Brother PE525.

I love this machine, I bought this exact model for my sister-in-law last year, she is still using it today and loves the versatility of the PE525. No longer a rookie embroider but she still feels that this great machine by Brother is good enough to meet all her needs.

Featuring a backlit LCD touch screen display that allows for easy stitch selection and pattern management the Brother will have you embroidering with confidence in no time at all. Built in memory allows you to store your favorite patterns for use whenever you need them.

As with most Brother machines the PE525 includes many quality of life features such as automatic needle threading and cutting. Great for new users as some of the more fiddly aspects of embroidery can discourage those new to the hobby.

The standard 4×4 embroidery area is great for adding small designs to objects and clothes while it’s huge selection of built-in designs means the hardest thing about using this machine is choosing which pattern to embroider.

If after a while you are bored with the many included fonts and designs don’t worry! Full computer connectivity means that literally millions of designs and patterns are at your fingertips. Not only that but with the right software you can design and upload your own patterns.

The Brother PE525 is a great machine for beginners, easy to use and learn on while offering enough features to keep you interested in the long term.

What’s Great:

  • Excellent build quality.
  • Ease of operation makes this an excellent learning machine.
  • Backlit LCD touchscreen.
  • 70 built-in embroidery designs.
  • 5 built-in fonts.
  • Automatic needle threader and trimmer.
  • Brightly lit workspace.
  • Drop-in bobbin system is great for beginners.
  • Full computer connectivity for Mac and PC.
  • Free online tech support for the life of the product.

What’s Not:

  • An embroidery only machine does limit your options.
  • Needle threader can sometimes stick.
Lowest price for: Brother PE525

Brother PE770

The Brother PE770 has to be one of my favorite embroidery-only machines available. Everything about it is amazing, great design makes it also ideal for those new to embroidery. Easy to use without any limitations on functionality.

Its larger 5×7 inch embroidery area allows for larger designs as well as intricate detailed work. I love this feature as it means the PE770 will last you well beyond the beginner phase of your new hobby and will continue to be an awesome machine for years to come.

Coming complete with all the features that make a beginners life easier. From the Brother easy threading system to quick set bobbins, getting to the fun bits is quick and painless.

The large, backlit LCD touch screen is great for organising your designs, fonts and patterns. Simple operation allows you to edit, rotate and flip your designs on the machine with ease and it even includes a function that allows you to see what the finished design will look like once complete.

While not directly compatible to a computer, the USB slot allows for easy design and pattern upload from the millions available online. Not only this but Brother release regular updates for their machines that can be installed via the USB.

The one thing that might catch your eye is the price. Yes the PE770 is more expensive than the other two machines on my list, by quite a considerable amount, but in all honestly the extra money is worth it. The PE770 is easy to learn on, but its versatility and range of features will keep you using this machine for many years to come.

What’s Great:

  • In my opinion the best embroidery-only machine that Brother produces.
  • Amazing build quality.
  • Large 5×7 inch embroidery area.
  • 136 built-in designs.
  • 6 built-in fonts.
  • Large backlit LCD touchscreen display.
  • Extensive on-machine editing options.
  • Easy threading system.
  • Automatic thread trimmer.
  • Drop-in bobbin system.
  • USB compatibility for unlimited design choices.

What’s Not:

  • Price might be prohibitive for some.
  • Embroidery only machine.
Lowest price for: Brother PE770

best embroidery machine for beginners: Final thoughts

As you can see, I am a big fan of the Brother range of machines. Their simple operating procedures and multiple quality of life features makes them the perfect machines for a beginner.

I’m a big fan of thinking ahead. Some of these machines might seem a little advanced for your average beginner. However, they are all really easy to use and the more complicated functions will come into their own as your skill progresses.

All three of these machines reviewed make for an excellent entry into the world of embroidery, and I hope whatever choice you make brings you as much happiness as embroidery does for me and my family.