My Brother HE-240 finally arrived via UPS from Costco at 7:00 this evening!
It came with everything as advertised on the American Home Shopping Network including the uber important USB port! I had it unpacked and embroidering in less than 1/2 an hour, granted I had read the online manual and watched various YouTube videos so I felt I really knew this machine before it arrived. Keep in mind that I have never machine embroidered anything in my life, I’ve never even tried a machine in the store simply because they’ve been out of my price range.
The Brother HE-240 feels solid and reminded me a lot of my Babylock Crafter’s Choice, further, it’s super quiet! It was very easy to slide the embroidery unit into place and simple to snap the embroidery hoop on. I really don’t know how tight to make the hoop as I’ve never hooped anything in my life and I’m afraid of breaking it.
I’m impressed with the embroidery quality, I’m sure it’s not as perfect as the Babylock Ellisimo or Brother Quattro (drool!) but it’s darn good for the price of the machine! It comes loaded with 70 embroidery designs which includes monograms (sample above) as well as 5 fonts. Many of the designs are not to my taste but I’ve perused many designs available online at reasonable prices, many free. Tomorrow I’m going to attempt to download a few designs, I’ve heard they sew out much nicer than the built-in designs.
I can tell I’m going to blow through a lot of stabilizer! I’m still researching, it’s relatively inexpensive on Ebay and I think — but am not sure — that the water soluble type is the way to go. I’m also going to go through a lot of thread!