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Brother PE535 Embroidery Machine,
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2018
Whenever Brother tweaks a machine they give it a new model number so the PE535 is basically the same as the PE525 except the LCD screen is a little larger and you have 10 more built-in designs.
The PE535 is an embroidery only machine. If you plan to make your own garments, quilts, table runners etc. to embroider you will need a sewing machine also. In my opinion the PE535 has very limited usage unless you’re sure you only want to do small embroidery and no sewing. I have the Brother SE-600 which is a combination machine and is very similar to this one in features and price. It is a good entry level machine. I don’t know of any machine which does it all. I have a Brother ULT machine which does large designs and borders. I have a Pfaff quilt-pro which is best for quilts, and a couple of Singer machines which are most dependable for long bouts of quilt piecing. I have a couple of machines set up in my sewing room and the rest are in my cabin studio. The PE535 will be set up for those times I need a monogram, label or small design. It is easy to set up and easy to use. You will need a USB flash drive. I use the PNY brand.
If you’re new to embroidery you will probably be surprised at the expenses that come with the hobby. You can buy a larger hoop from brother ($75) or you can get the SA434 replacement hoop from embroidex for less than twenty five dollars. I’ve found the embroidex hoop to be very sturdy and easy to use. Thread can be expensive. The “collections” are probably a better bargain. I Have the Maderia chests which include most colors and I replace the individual spools as they run out. I also like the Sulky brand. You will need bobbin thread. Three pre-wound bobbins are included but I hate to run out in the middle of a design. I bought the Brother pre-wound, re-usable bobbins (PWB250). This isn’t a time to skimp with a “comparable” part. Just the slightest hinky bobbin can ruin your whole project. Unless you embroider mostly on denim or canvas type material you will need tear-away, cut-away- or wash-away stabelizers.Each has its own use.
If you search you can find free designs. I buy mine from emblibrary.com. They have beautiful, dependable designs at a reasonable cost. They often have sales and they give you free designs on your birthday. My favorite feature is I can go to my order history and download a design again if I lose it or if I want it on a different media. Also they have a record of your machine and will tell you if the design you’re ordering won’t fit your hoop. They also have free tutorials. The designs are easy to download to a flash drive for the PE535.
So, I suppose I’ve told you a lot of stuff you didn’t want to know. Bottom line, the PE535 is a great little machine if you have no interest in sewing and you only want to embroider small designs.