Embroidery Machines

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Brother PE800 embroidery machine available in the Idea Shop.


Embroidery machines use special stitch files to create thread designs on fabric. This is an ideal machine for making embellished clothing or patches.

General Stats:
Material : Light to medium weight Fabric, Off the shelf fabric products.
Hoop Sizes  : 2"x3", 4"x4", 5"x7", and 5"x12"
Cost : $0.10 per 100 stitches + cost of stabilizer

Strengths and Weaknesses

Main Article : Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Convenient built-in design options
  • Making decorative stitched patterns
  • Faster than hand embroidering
  • Only works for light to medium weight materials
  • Custom files take some time to create

Using the Brother PE800 embroidery machine

To use the Brother PE800 embroidery machine see the Brother PE800 embroidery machine Quick Start Guide

Machine Proficiency

In order for an individual to advance in machine proficiency they must demonstrate ability to perform certain actions or tasks. All levels include abilities and concepts from lower levels.

This section is primarily for student workers.

Level 0

Individual has demonstrated they are capable of:

  • Turning on the sewing machine
  • Using the foot control
  • Raising and lowering the machine foot
  • Threading the needle

Individual understands the concepts:

  • Right and wrong sides of fabric
  • How to join two pieces of fabric
  • Trimming threads
  • Fabrics that can be easily sewn
  • Top and bobbin thread
  • Seam allowance

Level 1

Individual has demonstrated they are capable of:

  • Threading the sewing machine
  • Winding a bobbin
  • Changing the bobbin thread
  • Using pins to hold fabric together
  • Keeping consistent seam allowance

Individual understands the concepts:

  • When pins are needed
  • Proper pinning technique
  • Different kinds of thread and fabric
  • When to use hand or machine sewing

Level 2

Individual has demonstrated they are capable of:

  • Changing the sewing machine foot
  • Sewing with difficult fabrics
  • Using the free arm
  • Fixing a rat's nest

Individual understands the concepts:

  • Different kinds of sewing machine feet
  • Kinds of machine needles
  • How to set up a machine to sew with difficult fabrics
  • Machine tension
  • How to measure and cut fabric taking seam allowances into account

Level 3

Individual has demonstrated they are capable of:

  • Adjusting the tension
  • Cleaning the Machine
  • Recognizing different sewing machine sounds
  • Cleaning the sewing machine
  • Knowing when to oil the sewing machine

Individual understands the concepts:

  • Checking the tension
  • The difference between top tension and bobbin tension
  • The cause of rat's nests
  • Clipping curves
  • Determining the order in which to sew