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 : small 2"x3", medium 4"x4", large 5"x7", and extra large 5"x12"
Cost : $0.10 per 100 design stitches + cost of stabilizer
Stabilizer Cost : small: $2.00, medium: $2.50, large: $3.50, extra large: $4.50

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 embroidery machine
  • Raising and lowering the machine foot
  • Threading the needle
  • Operating the start/stop button

Individual understands the concepts:

  • Right and wrong sides of fabric
  • Trimming threads
  • Fabrics and items that can be embroidered
  • Top and bobbin thread
  • Jumps
  • Color switches

Level 1

Individual has demonstrated they are capable of:

  • Threading the embroidery machine
  • Changing the bobbin
  • Trimming a finished embroidery piece
  • Opening a file on the embroidery machine
  • Switching Color

Individual understands the concepts:

  • How to stabilize material to embroider
  • Different kinds of thread can effect embroidery
  • What kinds of changes can be made to a file on the embroidery machine
  • Orienting embroidery files

Level 2

Individual has demonstrated they are capable of:

  • Stabilizing material to be embroidered
  • Selecting an appropriate embroidery hoop
  • Advancing stitches or colors
  • Making changes to an embroidery file using the machine interface
  • Fixing a rat's nest

Individual understands the concepts:

  • Machine tension

Level 3

Individual has demonstrated they are capable of:

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

Individual understands the concepts:

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