Monday, February 8, 2010

WOW!

I have been saying for some time now that I wanted a new "electronic" sewing machine. Part of me wanted it because I like all the new snazzy stuff that I DON'T have and the other part of me wanted it because I knew it would make sewing time so much easier. Me being split about the reasons for needing it never allowed me to drop the kind dough I didn't really have for one on one.

BUT THEN...

I remembered that my grandmother gave me a machine before she moved to Virgina a few years ago. So I decided to whip it out and give it a once over.

Here is what I found...


A Brother Pacesetter PC-8200

With a huge touch screen and completely electronic!


The funny thing is that I KNEW I had an embroidering machine, I just didn't think about the fact that it was a SEWING machine as well.

Here are ALL the things it can do...

The Brother PC-8500 Pacesetter Sewing
& Embroidery Machine!

photo of 8500

The Brother PC-8500 Pacesetter!

BROTHER, a worldwide leader in embroidery and sewing technology...
...Proudly introduces the revolutionary new Pacesetter PC-8500 Personal Embroidery and Sewing Machine. The Complete and perfect machine for fine sewing and professional style embroidery featuring the latest technology not found on any other machine in the world. The PC-8500 is easy to experienced seamstress and quilter.



* LARGE INSTRUCTIONAL TOUCH SCREEN DISPLAY
* WONDERFUL SELECTION OF SEWING STITCHES
* MY CUSTOM STITCH
* KNEE LIFTER
* DROP FEED CONTROL
* 8-WAY STRAIGHT STITCH FEED AND 4 WAY ZIG-SAG STITCH FEED
* PROGRAMMED THREAD TENSION
* AUTOMATIC THREAD TENSION
* AUTOMATIC REINFORCEMENT STITCH
* F.A.S.T. BOBBIN WINDING SYSTEM
* QUICK-SET DROP-IN BOBBIN

EMBROIDERING FEATURES:

* IMPRESSIVE EMBROIDERY AREA

* ON-SCREEN EDITING

* PATTERN SCALING

* ROTATION BY 5 DEGREE INCREMENTS

* LETTERING ARRAY

* MONOGRAMMING

* SIXTY BUILT-IN EMBROIDERY PATTERNS

*-NEW-*
* Rotation by 5 degree increments
Rotate your work as little as 5 degrees for greater combination of your work or reduce the need for re-hooping.


*-NEW-*
* Lettering Araay
Allows you to customize the shape of one word or a group of words.

* MONOGRAMMING*

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The PC-8500 offers 4 monogram fonts to add variety to your many monogramming projects.
These built-in fonts include the beautiful 5" high floral alphabet font.

* Sixty built-in Embroidery patterns
Included in the Pacesetter PC-8500 are 60 exciting built-in embroidery patterns, 20 of which are exclusive to the new Pacesetter PC-8500. Also, 130 combinations of frame patterns, from ten great shapes and thirteen border stitches, can add a customized touch to any embroidery memory cards.

EMBROIDERING FEATURES:

photo of embroidery

*-NEW-*
* Impressive embroidery area:
* 11.8" x 5.1" (300mm x 130)
Big embroidery projects made easier. The Pacesetter PC-8500 has an impressive 11.8" x 5.1" (300mm x 130mm) embroidery area. Stitch huge designs without the need to reposition your fabric. Imagine embroidering large scale designs with the same ease as smaller designs.


* On-screen editing
This large screen allows you to select from the many options available for both embroidery and sewing from one screen. Limited only by your imagination, you can easily combine patterns. Monograms and frames into one design for memory recall and embroidery. The information filled LCD display gives motif sizes, color change order and the time elapsed while using an embroidery pattern. With the Pacesetter PC-8500, on-screen editing is simple with assured results.

*-NEW-*
* Pattern scaling:
Ranging from 90% - 120% of the original motif size!

SEWING FEATURES:

* Large instructional touch screen display:
The Sewing advisor feature turns the LCD display into your own built-in instruction and reference book. Simply touch the screen on the area of interest and see pictures and text describing different sewing techniques and suggestions. Choose from Basic Sewing or Basic Operation. The Brother Pacesetter PC-8500 even gives you Warning Messages such as when your bobbin thread is running out.


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* Wonderful selection of sewing stitches.
The PC-8500 has a wonderful selection of sewing stitches to add a professional finish or decorative detail to any sewing project. They include: 3 monogramming fonts (block, script and italic) for labels and lettering and 62 utility stitches. Select from many general and speciality stitches including a long basting stitch, applique stitch, blanket stitch, hem stitches, mending and darning stitches; 16 satin stitches for adding beautiful detail; 8 heirloom stitches to create the perfect Victorian look; 10 cross stitches for finishing any project; a wide selection of decorative designs that are fun to use in a variety of projects

* My Custom Stitch:
Have you ever seen a special stitch that you wish could be duplicated on your machine? Well, with the Pacesetter exclusive "My Custom Stitch" feature, you can copy or design decorative stitches right on the large LCD display and then record them into memory for future use. There is no limit to the number of new stitches you can create.


*-NEW-*
* Knee lifter


photo of 8500 knee lifter

The new PACESETTER PC-8500
features a knee lifter for greater sewing freedom. Easy to install knee lifter changes your machine in seconds to a comfortable machine for quilting, free motion embroidery or whatever you are sewing that requires an extra hand for fabric manipulation.

{I don't have that}

* Drop feed control
Drop feed control for free motion embroidery and quilting.

* 8-way straight stitch feed and 4 way Zig-Zag stitch feed

photo of directional sewing

8-Way straight stitch fabric feed and 4 way zig-zag stitch feed for sewing pockets, lapels, pant legs and quilting.

* Programmed Thread cutter
Programmed thread cutting for color changes or to automatically trim the top and bottom thread when finished sewing or embroidering.


* Automatic Thread tension
Automatic thread tension computer adjusts the thread tension for a perfect stitch result on any fabric or combination.


* Automatic reinforcement stitch
Automatic reinforcement stitch locks the beginning and ending stitch with the touch of a button.


* F.A.S.T. bobbin winding system:

photo of bobbin winding system

Brother's use of the lastest technology has made their sewing machines even easier to use. To wind bobbin, just wind the thread around the bobbin a few times, pass it through the slit in the bobbin winder seat and press and START/STOP button. No need to cut off the excess thread or stop the sewing machine when the bobbin is full.

* Quick-set Drop-in bobbin

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Quick-set drop-in bobbin system with clear view window shows bobbin thread at-a-glance. You'll never have to pull the thread up again. It's automatic.



Thank you Nana for the wonderful gift!



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