The first great feature of the PE770 is the USB memory stick compatibility. This means that you can grab designs from your computer and upload them straight ot the machine via the memory stick.
Brother gets you off to a good start though with 136 built-in decorative patterns, 6 lettering fonts, 10 frame shapes and 12 border styles. These may be perfect for some people, while others may find limited use for them. It all depends on your own style of embroidering. However, it’s a good head start if nothing else.
Fortunately, the machine is also compatible with the Brother memory-card library, which you can utilize to get even more designs. The built-in memory function of the Brother PE770 means that you can also conveniently save your own designs for future use.
Patterns can be rotated in 1, 10 or 90 degree increments. The machine offers a 5″ x 7″ embroidery field with hoop included. However, it can support up to a 5″ x 12″ field with the additional purchase of an optional hoop
Intuitive LCD touch-screen controls makes getting to grips with the PE770 that much easier. The machine speed is adjustable up to a speedy 650 stitches per minute.
Useful aids such as a thread sensor, automatic thread cutter, Quick Set™ Bobbin and automatic bobbin winding are also present.
Seam ripper, bobbins, needle set, cleaning brush, screwdrivers, spool caps, spool net, scissors, accessory bag, manual and a reference guide. No carrying case is included, only a dust cover.
Having used Janome machines before, the one thing that Brother always brings to the table is intuitive ease of use. This is also the case with the PE770. You have to study the manual a bit to get going, but this won’t take too long and will involve the minimum head scratching.
The included patterns get you off to a great start, especially by providing a quick and easy way to get used to the machine. Once you move beyond these, the USB card connectivity makes it easy to grab and load new designs and patterns onto the machine. Also the fonts may not be large enough for all tastes, which may necessitate the purchase of embroidery software. If you do serious embroidering, this is probably a given anyway. Fonts can also be purchased from various online sites.
The monochrome LCD display lets the machine down a little, as some patterns are hard to distinguish on it due to lack of detail in the display.
The needle threader works well enough, although it may take some getting used to. All machines have their finicky areas, and in the case of the PE770 these are the needle threading and the bobbin tension. You may have to go through some trial and error to get the latter just right, so I would suggest practicing on cheap materials to get to grips with the machine before doing serious work.
Stitching is neat and precise.
If you find yourself having trouble with thread nesting or similar issues, make sure you are using top quality embroidery thread and needles. The Brother PE770 does not handle the cheap stuff well, and definitely don’t try to use sewing needles on it. This is an embroidery machine.
Overall, Brother has produced a fine embroidery machine with the PE770. Consumers also seem to be happy overall with the machine. On Amazon.com the machine maintains a 4 out of 5 star average rating, with almost 80% of all ratings being 4 and 5 star.
We can highly recommend the Brother PE770 Embroidery Machine as an intermediate embroidery machine. If you need an embroidery machine that can sew as well, check out the Brother SE400.