Does anyone recommend the SE-270DBSC Brother® Disney Computerized Sewing & Embroidery Machine?

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I've been sewing for 7 years but have never done embroidery. If someone has this machine, do you recommend it? Can I download free embroidery on a Macintosh and use it with this machine?

My wife and I bought this machine and found it relatively easy to learn. Neither one of us had ever embroidered or done much sewing before. The machine is, I feel, a really good starting point for someone wanting to get into the hobby or business. We had the machine for only a couple of months before we decided to upgrade. We are a small home-based start up embroidery business; thus the reason for upgrading. Having gone up a level and a half or so to a Brother Pacesetter 8200 there are some things we miss about the 270D and some things we don't. The 270D makes threading needles simple. The 8200 requires a tad bit more work (I do mean only a tad) to thread and is not as easy as the 270D; where once you get the thread situated in the thread cartridge you just insert it into the machine. So from that stand point the 270 is easier. That being said, having upgraded, I can honestly say, if we had known the difference in quality of the embroidery produced, we would have gone with a "higher" end machine from the start. The 270 produces good embroidery, but the difference of quality it is capable of and that of the 8200 floored us (270 had some looping and gaps in the designs while the 8200 did not). Same design, same thread. 8200 won hands down. So what am I trying to say here? If you don't want to shell out the dough, the 270 is perfect. If you can get your hands on an upgrade for a couple of hundred bucks more (varies), I'd go with a model a step or two above. My two cents. Hope it helps.

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November 15, 2011

Dawn K @ 4:15 am #

I purchased my Brother SE-270DBSC machine a few months ago. I haven't had any problems with it.In fact, I opened a whole new world of sewing. This is my first embroidery machine, I purchased the PED-Basic, and download my patterns for embroidery, the program that is used for the PED-Basic gives you the option of which program to run. I hope this helped you. Have Fun….
Dawn
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C G @ 4:37 am #

It is a nice little beginners machine, to see if machine embroidery is for you. The only thing is you will quickly outgrow it. My husband purchased this machine for me about 3 years ago. Since then I've purchase 2 more machines that do so much more.
Do your research before you buy, see all that is out there.
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Deb @ 5:20 am #

i have not used this machine but it would be a good starter machine. i have a brother ult2002d. i think brother makes the easiest to use machine. i've used viking, pfaff, janome, singer and brother. this is a very beginner type machine. you might want to check e-bay for a used machine. i'm sorry i can't answer the second part of your question about using a macintosh computer with it. here are some great embroidery groups. i'm sure if you check on these groups someone will have this machine and tell you all the pros and cons of using it with a macintosh.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ClassicEmb
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EmbracingM
http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/America

here is a great site to download embroidery designs. they give away 49 free designs everyday.
http://www.designsbysick.com/amember/go.php?r=5647&i=l0"

have fun.
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bjo @ 5:36 am #

I have been sewing all my life, and just recently purchased a SE-270b, and I love it, I also have the PED basic and this gives me endless designs for the 4×4 hoop. That is the only limit I have can't do anything larger. For personal use it's great, Its pretty self explanatory and has great directions. I download free stuff all the time, but not sure with a Mac.
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rainienites60 @ 5:44 am #

I have been sewing for almost 38 years. I purchased a se270d about three years ago and I just love it. I havent done anything with it in about three months but i love the simplicity. There is, however, one downfall, it only uses a 4×4 hoop. I have purchased a "large" hoop for it, but you can only use it with designs that have been set up in two or three stages. I use my PC to download and transfer designs to CD, and then to my Ultimate Box, designed for this particular embroidery machine. I am not sure about using a Mac. If you have any specific questions concerning this little machine, just email and ask.
have a great day,
lori
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debisews2 @ 6:07 am #

I was not happy with it , although i love the brother embroidery machines i would recommend saving for a higher end machine, it will save alot of grief, the lower priced machines have no safety features and will continue to sew and damage the machine when there is a problem you are unaware of, the higher end machines have sensors and will stop when there is an issue, and have less repair and hassle .i own 2 of the higher end brother embr/ sewing and love them both, never have any issues with either, have been embroiderying now for about 7 years, had 2 of the lower end machines and got rid of both of them they just don't cut it!and you will find the sewing field limits you soo much you spend twice as much on stabilzers doing multiple hoopings! just check them out even a used one will save alot of hassle and money over the long run and you will have less need to ever upgrade,used they are very reasonable!
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Joe R @ 6:47 am #

My wife and I bought this machine and found it relatively easy to learn. Neither one of us had ever embroidered or done much sewing before. The machine is, I feel, a really good starting point for someone wanting to get into the hobby or business. We had the machine for only a couple of months before we decided to upgrade. We are a small home-based start up embroidery business; thus the reason for upgrading. Having gone up a level and a half or so to a Brother Pacesetter 8200 there are some things we miss about the 270D and some things we don't. The 270D makes threading needles simple. The 8200 requires a tad bit more work (I do mean only a tad) to thread and is not as easy as the 270D; where once you get the thread situated in the thread cartridge you just insert it into the machine. So from that stand point the 270 is easier. That being said, having upgraded, I can honestly say, if we had known the difference in quality of the embroidery produced, we would have gone with a "higher" end machine from the start. The 270 produces good embroidery, but the difference of quality it is capable of and that of the 8200 floored us (270 had some looping and gaps in the designs while the 8200 did not). Same design, same thread. 8200 won hands down. So what am I trying to say here? If you don't want to shell out the dough, the 270 is perfect. If you can get your hands on an upgrade for a couple of hundred bucks more (varies), I'd go with a model a step or two above. My two cents. Hope it helps.
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