Brother PE525 Review In Detail

Brother PE525 Review In Detail

Brother PE525 is a quality embroidery machine with good features. It even has USB connectivity. It will be an excellent tool for beginners.

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Brother PE525 is an embroidery only machine rolled out by Brother. This model came as a marginal update over the popular PE500 model, which was doing quite well in the US market.

Like its predecessor, Brother PE525 is also an embroidery only machine (there are no regular sewing functions like the ever popular Brother SE400). The maximum embroidery area is 4"x4". It comes with a 4" x 4" hoop. There are 70 built-in embroidery designs and 120 frame patterns. There are 5 font styles for lettering and monogramming. The machine comes with computer connectivity, so you can download unlimited number of designs from iBroidery.com or from other websites. PE525 supports only .pes design files, so make sure that the designs you download are compatible. Computer connectivity means you have no limit on creativity.

One thing you need to know about the computer connectivity is that, the port on the machine is Type B USB port. It is not a normal USB port where you can directly plug in USB sticks. Instead PE525 comes with a USB cable which can be connected to your computer. If you want to plug in a USB stick directly to the machine, you will have to look at something like the Brother PE770.

On PE525, the 2.7" x 1.4" back-lit LCD touch screen is where all the controls are. Design selection, editing and help tutorials are all available on the LCD touch screen. The automatic needle threader saves eye strain. The automatic thread cutter cuts the upper and lower threads with just the push of a button. The workspace is brightly lit by an LED bulb. The drop-in bobbin with clear cover is a very user-friendly feature. The clear cover is really handy as you can keep an eye on the thread supply.

Brother PE525 also has the ability to rotate designs by 1, 10 or 90 degrees. The layout function gives you an idea about how the design will look like. You can also combine designs on this machine. It has a good motor that can deliver 400 stitches/min. The machine weighs 18.078 lbs.. It comes with 25 year limited warranty.

Ease of Use

The embroidery area of 4"x4" is pretty good for home sewers. This is a very easy machine to use. Even people with no previous experience with embroidery machines can figure out its functions quite easily. One good thing is that, Brother provided an excellent, well detailed user manual with this machine. Everything is included in the manual and you can also have a look at the built-in tutorials on the machine itself.

The designs look perfect. We are very much impressed with the stitch quality. Great stitch quality has always been a hallmark of PE series machines from Brother. The machine is very quiet, the operation is very smooth as well. The LCD display is crisp and clear. It also has an option to adjust the brightness which is not a common feature. The machine even warns you if anything goes wrong, so that you don't do something really stupid and end up causing serious damage to it.

Drawbacks

We couldn't find any fault with Brother PE525. However if you are a professional sewer, you might feel a bit limited by the 4" x 4" embroidery area while doing large projects. In such a case, you will have to look at some other model with larger embroidery area like the Brother PE770.

Pros

•    Quality stitches
•    Computer connectivity
•    Lot of features

Cons

•    Not much

Review Verdict

Brother PE525 is a good affordable option for those who want to start out on embroidery. The stitch quality and ease of use are something that we loved about this machine.

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeEmbroidery Only
Max Embroidery Area4"x4"
Built-in StitchesNo Sewing Stitches
Embroidery Hoop1 hoop, 4" x 4"
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYes
Embroidery Speed400 Stitches/min
Speed Control SliderNo
Built-in Embroidery Designs70
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Layout FunctionYes
Buttonhole StylesNo
Pattern Rotation1, 10, or 90 Degrees
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
USB ConnectivityYes
Stitch SelectionLCD Touch Display
Embroidery CardYes
Built-in MemoryYes
Programmable Needle Up/DownYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes, 5
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNo
Work LightYes, 1 LED
Included FeetEmbroidery Foot "Q"
Machine Weight18.078 lbs (with embroidery unit attached)
Automatic Thread CutterYes
On-screen Help TutorialsYes
CoverDust Cover

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Comparisons

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<p>Brother SE400 and PE525 are entirely different machines. Their mode of operation and purpose are different. One is a combo and the other is embroidery only.</p>

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<p>Brother PE500 and PE525 have different front graphics but, they have the same number of built-in designs, same embroidery area, USB connectivity etc.</p>