Brother DZ820E Review In Detail

Brother DZ820E Review In Detail

Brother DZ820E has the quality and it has a lot of bonus accessories. But the CD designs could do with more variety. That's what we felt during our review.

Editor rating

Brother Designio DZ820E is an embroidery only machine. With the large 5" x 7" embroidery area, you can embellish any article in a professional manner. It gives you the flexibility to do large designs quite easily. This machine belongs to the Designio series of machines from Brother, primarily made for designers. It comes with 136 built-in embroidery designs including 6 lettering fonts and 120 frame pattern combinations.

The best thing about Brother Designio DZ820E is that, you have option to choose from 5000 embroidery designs from You will also get 200 designs on an included CD. You can import all those designs via the USB port. You can store the imported designs in the machine's memory for later use. So practically, you have no limits on the number of designs you can have.

All the settings and features can be viewed on the reasonably large sized LCD touch screen(2.7" x 1.4" to be precise). One good thing is that, it has built-in tutorials to familiarize yourself with the machine. Which means, you don't have to search for the user manual each time for help. The bobbin is easy to load as it is drop-in type. The sewing area is brightly lit by built-in LEDs. Brother always had better lighting.

Brother Designio DZ820E comes with automatic needle threader and automatic thread cutter. This machine has so many automated features that a newbie will find it very user-friendly. This machine can stitch at a speed of 650 stitches/minute. This machine comes with 2 extra embroidery hoops (4x4 inch and 2.5x1 inch) in addition to the default 5" x 7" hoop and a starter kit, which Brother says is worth $200.

Ease of Use

Brother Designio DZ820E is very easy to set up. If you follow the directions correctly, threading is a walk in the park. Customizing the settings and selecting stitches is very easy, thanks to the user-friendly LCD touch screen. The screen will tell you if something is wrong. When it comes to the embroidery area, it is large enough for designers do their creative works. The machine is sturdy with a very good motor inside. It sews beautifully. In addition to the USB port, Brother Designio DZ820E also has a card slot for the old fashion Brother embroidery cards.


Some may find automatic needle threader to be slightly tricky for the first few attempts. It isn't an issue once you get used to it.

We felt that the designs on the CD were basic. A bit more variety would have done a world of good.


•    Very easy to use
•    Quality stitching
•    Sturdy machine
•    Quite a lot of accessories


•    Slightly tricky automatic needle threader

Editor Comments

It is an excellent embroidery machine. This machine has all the features that a designer will look for. 


TypeEmbroidery Only
Max Embroidery Area5" x 7"
Embroidery Hoop3 hoops, 5" x 7", 4'' x 4'', 2.5' 'x 1''
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYes
Embroidery Speed650 Stitches/min
Speed Control SliderNo
Built-in Embroidery Designs136
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Layout FunctionYes
Buttonhole StylesNo
Pattern Rotation1, 10, or 90 Degrees
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
USB ConnectivityYes
Stitch SelectionLCD Touch Screen
Embroidery Card SlotYes
Built-in MemoryYes
Programmable Needle Up/DownYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes 6
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNo
Work LightYes LED
Warranty25 Year Limited
Automatic Thread CutterYes
CoverDust Cover

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