Which is the Best Embroidery Machine in 2018? We Review Our 4 Favorites
Embroidery machines open up a new world of possibilities with your sewing projects. Using this one machine, you can personalize, embellish and decorate virtually any fabric. Some embroidery machines also offer regular sewing features, which allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Modern embroidery machines are typically computerized and use LCD displays for stitch and design selection. They also come with USB ports that allow you to import more designs that you purchase or create yourself.
There are many computerized embroidery machines on the market today, but the Brother brand is a favorite among many users. In fact, Brother models make up three of our four favorite embroidery machines. Here are the best embroidery machines you can find in 2018:
1. Brother SE400 Sewing and Embroidery Machine
If you’re looking for an entry-level embroidery machine for your home, the Brother SE400 may be a great option for you. This model is both a sewing machine and an embroidery machine, which gives you the best of both worlds. You can even quilt with the SE400.
The machine offers 4”x 4” embroidery capabilities, 70 built-in embroidery designs, 67 sewing stitches and 5 lettering fonts. All of these functions are easily accessible through the touchscreen LCD display.
You can also edit designs by rotating, mirroring or adjusting the size of images.
Here’s the thing I really like about the SE400: I can import embroidery designs. This model can be plugged into my computer, so I can import designs I purchase from iBroidery.com and other sites. This function also makes it easy to update the machine in the future.
Automatic needle threading, bright LED lights and a quick-set drop-in bobbin make this machine so easy to use. And the large embroidery area gives you plenty of space to bring your designs to life.
There’s a lot to love about this machine, and it’s easily one of my favorite embroidery machines – especially for beginners.
- Offers embroidery and sewing functionality
- Can connect to the computer to import designs
- Automatic thread cutting
- Brightly-lit workspace
- Dozens of stitches and embroidery designs included
- 4” x 4” hoop may not be big enough for some designs
The SE400 comes with a 4” x 4” embroidery hoop, but this may not be large enough for some designs. If you plan to do some monogramming with this machine, you may need a 9” hoop to accommodate for longer names.
But all in all, the Brother SE400 is an excellent machine that’s easy to use and gives you the option to use it for either sewing or embroidery.
If you don’t already have a sewing machine, this model may be a good fit for you. You can read our full review of this machine here.
2. Brother PE770
In total, there are 136 embroidery designs included with this machine, which includes 12 border styles and 10 frame shapes. It has built-in memory, 6 letter fonts, a USB port and design editing functionality.
The USB port allows you import designs from a thumb drive, which gives you virtually unlimited design options.
Like the SE400, the PE770 allows you to edit embroidery designs with features like: mirror-image, rotate and size editing. The editing features – and the majority of the machine’s other features – can be accessed through the touchscreen LCD display.
An automatic needle threader and quick-set bobbin allow you to get started with your projects quickly and easily. There’s also an automatic thread trimmer built into the machine.
- Offers a large embroidery area: 5” x 7”
- Over 100 built-in embroidery designs
- USB port allows you to import designs
- Design editing features included
- Easy to thread and use
- Bobbin winding can be fickle
Some users have complained about the bobbin winding feature being a little fickle. At times, the winder wants to wind onto the metal instead of the bobbin. While this doesn’t happen to everyone, it can be frustrating. Every machine has its quirks.
Still, the Brother PE770 offers advanced features at an affordable price, and it gives you plenty of space for large designs.
3. Brother LB6800PRW
The Brother LB6800PRW is similar to the SE400 in that it offers both sewing and embroidery functions. One advantage it has over the SE400 is that it comes with a rolling carrying case, which makes it easy to take your machine to a class, meet or hotel if you’re traveling.
With this model, you get a 4” x 4” embroidery hoop, and lots of built-in designs and stitches. In total, there are 67 sewing stitches, 70 built-in embroidery designs, 120 frame combinations and 5 lettering fonts.
You can also connect this machine to your computer to import designs.
Threading is easy, and a built-in automatic thread cutter trims your top and bobbin thread quickly and easily. There is also a 7-point feed dog system for smooth fabric feeding.
All designs and features are accessible through the touchscreen LCD display. You can even edit your embroidery designs by changing the size, mirroring them or rotating them. This machine also has built-in tutorials that make it easy to learn how to use your new machine.
- Sewing and embroidery functionality
- Touchscreen LCD display
- Dozens of designs and stitches included
- Design editing features
- Embroidery hoop may be too small for monogramming projects
Like with the SE400, the embroidery hoop may not be large enough for some monogramming projects. For longer names or larger lettering projects, you may need a bigger hoop.
Overall, the Brother LB6800PRW is a great option for anyone who wants a sewing and embroidery machine in one. It offers advanced features and smooth sewing to tackle just about any project you can dream of. You can read our full review of this machine here.
4. EverSewn Hero
EverSewn’s Hero model is another sewing and embroidery machine combination, but this model offers more in the sewing department. This machine has more than 400 decorative, utility and lettering stitches – all of which are listed in the stitch library near the bobbin winder.
Along with a vast array of stitches, the Hero offers 40 built-in embroidery designs and variable design sizes up to 110mm x 170mm. A 6.5” workspace gives you plenty of room, and EverSewn includes 8 different presser feet with this machine.
The Hero can sew up to 850spm and has a detailed LCD screen. It also comes with a USB port that allows you to connect to your computer or thumb drive to import more designs.
- Dozens of built-in embroidery designs
- Hundreds of stitches
- Large embroidery area
- USB connectivity for design import
- Quick sewing speed
- LCD doesn’t display the words or pictures
The only drawback with this machine is that the LCD doesn’t display the words or pictures that it’s embroidering.
With that said, the Hero does a great job at embroidering and sewing. Many people prefer it for sewing over embroidery, but they admit that the embroidery function is excellent. I like the versatility this machine offers and the large working space for bigger projects.