UNPACKING: The Brother PE-770 arrived via UPS in a well packaged box. The manuals, accessory pack, warranty card, power cord, thread and 5x7 frame were neatly packed into the styrofoam.
SET UP: Here we are, blue packing tape still on the machine, ready to put the machine and module together. Simply slide the module onto the machine, ensuring they "snap" together. There is a latch that catches on the machine, to secure the module. You must release to remove the module. So DON'T tug or pull to separate the module from the machine. There are great diagrams in the quick start and user's manual.
Next I attached the power cord and turned the unit on. The initial screen requested that I "Please touch the display". After touching the display, I received the message to raise the presser foot, followed by a notice that the carriage was going to move. The font was easy to read and the instructions were clear.
WINDING A BOBBIN: Now it was time to wind a bobbin. I utilized the quick start guide and away we flew. I was proven over-confident in my abilities, as the bobbin winding abruptly stopped and I had to unwind a nest of thread that had gathered under the bobbin as opposed to on the bobbin. I can't emphasize enough the importance of using your manual, no matter your expertise, and ensureyou have threaded the machine right BEFORE starting to wind your bobbin.
ACCESSORY KIT: The accessory kit comes with 4 bobbins (one not shown in the photo as it comes in the machine), a seam ripper, 3 spool caps, netting for thread, extra needles, a small scissors, lint brush and 2 screw drivers. Adequate for starts, but you will want to purchase additional bobbins as well additional needles. It is important to change your needles frequently, especially if doing embroidery on specialty fabrics. I have found that whenever my thread breaks over and over, simply putting in a new needle and rethreading the machine fixes the issue. So don't panic, take a deep breath, and go back to the basics.
As my bobbin winding experience has me gun-shy, I utilized the manual for threading the machine. It went very smooth. The machine is clearly marked (numerically) for threading. Step #9 is the needle threader. What a treat! I have had several machines with a needle threader, and not a one, EXCEPT THE BROTHER PE-770, came out of the box calibrated and able to thread the needle. (Hear the chorus of angels singing alleluia in the background). Kudos to Brother! I have to credit this to the excellent packing of the machine that limits jostling and allows me to sew right away.
EMBROIDERY: Time to put the machine to the test. I had prepared a piece of muslin for my initial embroidery design. I chose a stock design loaded on the machine - No 13. They are leaves and I've affectionately named them "falling leaves". Selecting a design is very easy. If you are new to machine embroidery, utilize the manual and you won't have any issues.
Bobbin wound and in machine. CHECK
Machine threaded with desired thread. CHECK
Design chosen. CHECK
Frame with material loaded properly. CHECK
The first item is now stitched and it's only been 45 minutes since I opened the box. In looking at other reviews online, 45 minutes is quick. The majority are up and running in 1.5 hours. It took me longer to write this blog and upload the photos than it did to set up the Brother PE-770 and stitch out the design.
COMING SOON: Complete review of the Brother PE-770 Embroidery machine. I will put the Brother PE-770 through the paces. I'll stitch up some flour sack towels, download a design online and utlize the USB port, perhaps stitch out a sweatshirt or t-shirt and we'll monogram a towel. Will the Brother PE-770 live up to Stephanie's prior high priced embroidery machines?