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From: st13031
Date: 04-23-2007, 09:05 AM (1 of 5)
Hi, I was wondering if anyone had a Brother 98-Stitch Computerized Sewing & Embroidery Machine, SE270D, the kind they sell at walmart?

I am still fairly new to sewing, but have always wanted to get a embroidery machine too.... I have been making some handmade items that I wanted to have embroideried. I have contacted places around town to outsource it, but it just seems like maybe a waste of $$ and time running things by to them all the time, KWIM?

Does the Brother SE270D do a good job at both sewing and embroidering? Can anyone share thier honest thoughts and opinions on it with me? Is it easy to do lots of different designs with? I know it is probably the cheapest embroidery machine out there, but it is still a large investment to me at this point...:goodvibes:

Any information you can share will be helpful!

Thank you so much!
User: st13031
Member since: 02-27-2007
Total posts: 35
From: grammyo3
Date: 04-29-2007, 05:51 AM (2 of 5)
I have the 270D and like it. I have done mostly embroidery with it at this point but the little sewing I did seemed fine. I don't know if it is a workhorse or not so I can't attest to that. I had purchased a refurbished one and the motor froze up but with the good warranty on it, it was replaced with no problems.

If you do get it, get extra thread cassettes. They are well worth it.

The next thing to consider is who will service it and honor the warranty. Consider that into your decision.

Good luck!

Kathy Smith
User: grammyo3
Member since: 03-16-2003
Total posts: 5
From: Tom Land
Date: 04-29-2007, 10:46 AM (3 of 5)
Kathy is right. If you are new to embroidery you are about to enter a new world of thread, stabilizers, designs, placement, and much more. Make sure you will have someone to to fall back on while you are learning about these things, as well as someone to service the machine. Trying to learn these things on your own will be a very stessful and expensive experience. Many repairmen will not work on the 270d. Service-wise I really can't say how they are holding up. I have a lot brought in for repair but since I don't service them I don't know what kind of problems they're having.
Good luck.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
User: Tom Land
Member since: 09-21-2005
Total posts: 514
From: lazyolazys
Date: 05-05-2007, 06:52 PM (4 of 5)
I am getting into this a little late, but I HAD a brother 270D and did not like it at all! I had a hard time getting it to read cards and found it to be very limiting. I decided if I was going to make an investment, that I would invest in something that I could use for awhile. So, I returned the 270D and got a Brother PE700...I love it! It is well worth the extra $, as it has a 5x7 embroidery field. That extra work space makes such a big difference! It opens up a whole new world of embroidery patterns. The machine is somewhat new, so it is hard to find a lot of information on it. Hope this helps!
User: lazyolazys
Member since: 03-04-2007
Total posts: 17
From: judycre
Date: 05-12-2007, 10:12 PM (5 of 5)
My first embroidery machine was the Brother 65oo. I love it. I wanted a second machine and I was looking at the 270D. My dealer told me that they would not touch that machine. Also, on a website that I belong to, most of the 270D machines that are sold at Walmart are returned. My suggestion is to go to a local dealer and get a used machine instead.
User: judycre
Member since: 02-22-2007
Total posts: 6
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