Machine Buying Guide - Brother
Sewing Machine Review
Of The Brother Se350 Embroidery Machine.
The Brother SE350 computerized
embroidery-and-sewing machine could be
considered a good starter machine for someone
just entering the wonderful world of machine
Having said that I don't
mean that it is only capable of minimal
functions, this is not the case at all. What I
am saying is that it is very user friendly.
The machine itself is
reasonably lightweight, you can take it around
with you with minimal effort and it doesn't
need anything special with regards to needles
It has been suggested that
it is best to buy the PED basic software when
you purchase the machine as this allows you to
have access to the thousands of designs on the
To call 8,000 designs just a
few is not understating the case, there are
literally thousands and thousands of designs
available to you.
It has a cut thread feature
which is a definite plus when you are working
on something large like a duvet cover or
curtains in fact anything with a large area of
material, it would be hard to locate your
sewing area to cut this thread otherwise.
This machine really is
excellent for a beginner, the instructions are
so easy to understand. The manual is also a
boon to a beginner because it gives so many
regular sewing tips and hints to get the
beginner started producing quality items. With
a video showing you how the embroidery
functions work you should be able to get
started very quickly.
You get everything with the
machine to get you started, all except fabric.
You will have to provide that, otherwise
everything is there, nothing to hold you
Another innovation is a
button to activate the machine, this is in
addition to the foot pedal. You can use either,
whichever is suitable for what you are doing at
If you are into embroidering
monograms and the size letters you require are
not included in the machine, there are pes
files with much larger fonts that you can get
free or inexpensively online and these can give
you the ability to produce letters up to 4"
The best way to start when
you get your new machine is to take the time to
really read the manual and watch the DVD. Then
start out just trying the different stitch
options perhaps do a little embroidery. If you
don't rush into things you will get to know
this particular machine's individual functions.
Even though you may have experience of other
Brother machines you are bound to find that
individual models like the Brother SE350 can
have differences. Give yourself time to become
I think that the use of
craft felt is good for practising because you
don't need to use stablizer fabric with it, it
is thick enough.
One of the great functions
of this Brother SE350 is that you are warned if
you are making a mistake, not only that but you
are told how to fix the problem.
One thing that could be
considered a drawback is that you are limited
to 4" x 4" size designs.
There is not a lot of room
when you come to change feet or thread the
needle by hand. You need to be careful also
when you remove the bobbin cover - it is small
and can be easily lost when you have a big
sewing job on the go.
The machine would be perfect
if it had a scanner.
Sometimes when attempting to
embroider a string of words you might find the
machine stopping after each letter, but another
time it will complete the word no problem.
The in-built designs are a
bit old-hat now and should be changed because I
don't think they will appeal much.
Having said all that this machine is great
value for money and will give you hours of fun
and satisfaction from the professional looking
results you can produce.
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