Brother PE500 Review In Detail

Brother PE500 Review In Detail

Brother PE500 has almost everything that you look for in an entry level embroidery machine. However, it could do with slightly bigger capacity memory.

Editor rating

Brother PE500 is an embroidery only machine, it doesn't have sewing capability. It comes with quite a lot of features that you normally find only on expensive embroidery machines. It has a 4" x 4" embroidery area. It comes with 70 built-in embroidery designs, 120 frame patterns and 5 built-in font styles. The backlit LCD touch screen display lets you edit settings, select designs and view tutorials.

Brother PE500 comes with a very good work light. It has a convenient bobbin winding system which makes it very easy to wind the bobbins. The bobbin system is drop-in, which adds to the ease of use. The best thing about this embroidery machine is the computer connectivity. You can import designs and keep the machine up to date by downloading machine updates. You can download designs from ibroidery website, most of them are free.

Ease of Use

Brother PE500 is a lightweight and easy to use embroidery machine.  It is capable of doing embroidery on delicate fabrics to denim. The ability to customize designs is the best feature of this embroidery machine. It is a great tool for creative people for sure. Even though this machine comes with only 70 built-in embroidery designs, you can download more, either using embroidery cards or via ibroidery website.  It also comes with medium-sized embroidery hoop and other standard accessories.

Another good feature of Brother PE500 is that the tutorials are included in the machine itself, so you don't need to check the user manual each time you want to do something new. The automatic needle threader is one of the best we have seen for a while. The ease of use is something that really attracts more people into buying this machine. The embroidery quality of this machine is excellent.


Brother PE500 has an embroidery area of 4" x 4" which is enough for beginners but it is small when compared to professional embroidery machines. 

Brother PE500 memory can only store up to 12 downloaded designs, which means you will have to delete some to load new ones once you reach 12.


•    User friendly
•    Affordable
•    Tons of features
•    Highly rated by users
•    Computer connectivity
•    Workhorse


•    4" x 4" embroidery area is slightly small for professionals

Editor Comments

Most users have rated Brother PE500 pretty high. It is a quality machine and it is affordable as well.


TypeEmbroidery Only
Max Embroidery Area4" x 4"
Embroidery HoopOne 4" x 4"
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYes
Embroidery Speed400 Stitches/min
Speed Control SliderNo
Built-in Embroidery Designs70
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Layout FunctionYes
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 5
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNo
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes 1 LED
Included FeetEmbroidery foot
Machine Weight18.1 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Automatic Thread CutterYes
On-screen Help TutorialsYes

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