A Very Nice Embroidery Machine
I have the Brother Simplicity SB7900E. It is an embroidery only machine. I’ve had it 5 months and have used it a few times a week. I upgraded from the Brother SE400 because I wanted a larger hoop, and I wanted to be able to use designs that I have saved to a USB jump drive and not have to hook up my computer to the machine (like you do with the SE400).
I compared the P770, DZ820E and the SB7900E. I was going to buy one online but went to a local quilt shop/Brother dealer to see the machines in
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person. They only had the SB7900E. The price was similar to the other machines but came with the BES lettering software (they say a $400 value). There were also a few other options that made this one the better machine and I liked that I could buy it locally and take classes there.
Note that the Brother website overview of the 7900E does not show that it has a USB port if you are comparing machines, but it does.
You create your own designs and monograms in the BES and put them on a USB drive and then upload them to the machine to stitch out.
Because I had owned the SE400, I was able to pull this one out of the box and use it immediately. It’s pretty easy to use.
I put the BES software onto my laptop and was able to use that also. It’s similar to any windows program. It works fine on windows 8, though it’s an older version of the program. I did take a class on the software to learn all those little things that make it easier to use.
I have no complaints about the machine. It has nice quality stitching. You need to use quality thread, not $1 spool discount stuff. I’m using Madeira as that is what was sold and used at the shop where I bought it. I didn’t like the #90 bobbin thread that came with the machine and switched to the #60 that came with my SE400. The machine seemed to like it better. I haven’t had to touch the tension settings. It’s still set as it came out of the box and working fine. The auto needle threader is fantastic. Really speeds up thread changes.
You can fill the bobbins on the machine, then just drop one in the bobbin case and run thread through one channel and it’s done.
It comes with the 5x7” hoop, and I bought a 4x4” hoop to use with smaller pieces of fabric. I was hoping I could use my SE400 hoops on this one but they have a different connector. The 7900E has a metal tab that you have to push to the left as you drop on the hoop. It takes a little practice, but once you get it, the hoop slides right on (drop the front on first, then the back just drops right in and you let go of the tab).
The machine comes with 136 embroidery designs on it. I’ve only used 1 of them so far, but it stitched out nicely. I bought a few designs online and they stitched out nicely also. It comes with 6 fonts, but I’ve mostly used the fonts that come in the BES program, creating my words/designs/monograms and then uploading onto the machine from the USB. The program has over 150 fonts in it.
I’m very happy with this machine.