Brother PE800 Vs SE1900 Comparison In Detail

Brother PE800 Vs SE1900 Comparison In Detail

Without going through a lengthy introduction, let us get straight to the point. The difference between Brother PE800 and SE1900 is that PE800 is an embroidery only machine, it cannot do normal sewing functions. Brother SE1900 on the other hand can do both embroidery and normal sewing functions. In simple words, SE1900 is a sewing and embroidery combo machine and PE800 is an embroidery only machine. That's pretty much the difference. Experienced sewers might understand the difference straightaway, but not so experienced people might require a detailed explanation. So let us dig in a little bit more.

Before going into the differences, let us first talk about the common features. Some of them are

1. Maximum embroidery area is the same 5"x7" and both machines come with one hoop each of 5"x7".

2. Both come with sewing start/stop button

3. Both have the same number of built-in embroidery designs, 138 each.

4. Both come with LCD touch screen.

5. Both have 11 embroidery fonts.

6. Both have automatic needle threader, pattern rotation, top drop-in bobbin, USB port, built-in memory, needle position key, automatic thread cutter, help key etc etc.

Embroidery features of both PE800 and SE1900 are almost identical.

Brother PE800 Vs SE1900 - Major Feature differences

All the above said common features make Brother PE800 a very good embroidery machine. Honestly, there is not much of a difference between PE800 and SE1900 in terms of embroidery features and functions. But as I have said earlier, PE800 is an embroidery only machine, so it will miss out on the normal sewing features that come with SE1900. Some of them are

Sewing Features

1. Built-in Sewing Stiches : SE1900 has 240 stitches which include 10 one-step buttonholes. Another highlight is the 'My Custom Stitch' feature which lets you create your own stitches and save it in the built-in memory or a USB flash drive for later use. If you love creativity, it is a very nice feature to have.

2. Speed Control Slider : SE1900 comes with a speed control slider to control the sewing speed. For adjusting embroidery speed, you can do it using the touch screen (procedure for adjusting the embroidery speed on PE800 is the same as that of SE1900).

5. Locking Stitch Button : SE1900 has a locking stitch button to lock or reinforce the stitch. 

6. Knee Lifter : SE1900 comes with a knee lifter which can be used to raise and lower presser foot without taking your hands off the fabric.

Other Differences

Apart from the normal sewing features, there are some other differences between Brother PE800 and SE1900, they are

1. Storage Compartment : SE1900 comes with a large storage compartment to store different feet and other accessories. PE800 doesn't have this.

2. Machine Weight : By this time you should know that SE1900 is more advanced than PE800, so you expect SE1900 to be heavier and same is the case. SE1900 is approximately 4.41 lbs heavier than PE800.

3. Cover : While reviewing Brother SE1900, one of the drawback I pointed out was the lack of soft cover or hard cover in the box. Fortunately Brother PE800 comes with an included dust cover.

4. Machine Color : This is actually something you can ignore, but still I want to mention it since it is a difference. PE800 has a light blue top lid whereas SE1900 comes with a plain white one. 

Editor comment

In terms of quality, both machines are excellent and the performance is also similar. In short, you can't really pick one, you can't say one machine is better than the other because both machines cater to different segments of customers. In my opinion, PE800 will suit those who already own a normal sewing machine and is looking for a machine to embroider. If you don't have a normal sewing machine and you want to embroider as well, then you will be better of going with SE1900, since it can do both normal sewing and embroidery.

Side by side comparison

FeatureBrother PE800Brother SE1900
TypeEmbroidery OnlySewing and Embroidery Combo
Max Embroidery Area5" x 7"5" x 7"
Built-in Stitches240 Sewing
Embroidery HoopOne 5" x 7"One 5" x 7"
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYesYes
Speed Control SliderNoYes
Built-in Embroidery Designs138138
Automatic Needle ThreaderYesYes
Buttonhole Styles10 one-step
Pattern Rotation1, 10, 90 Degrees1, 10, 90 Degrees
Top Drop-in BobbinYesYes
USB ConnectivityYes, USB PortYes, USB Port
Stitch SelectionLCD Color TouchscreenLCD Color Touch Screen
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Built-in MemoryYesYes
Stitch Width7mm
Stitch Length5mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYesYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes, 11 Embroidery FontsYes, 11 Embroidery Fonts
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureYes
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
Motor SpeedSewing Speed 850 Stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes, LEDYes, LED
Feed Dog7
Machine Weight17.64 lbs22.05 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited25 Year Limited
Snap-on Presser FootYes
Twin Needle CapabilityYes
Automatic Thread CutterYesYes
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button (Apart from reverse button)Yes
On-screen Help TutorialsYesYes
Knee LifterYes
CoverDust CoverNo

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer only. Opinions may be subjective.

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