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Brother® Pacesetter PC-8500

Brother® Pacesetter PC-8500 sewing machine.
Machine Info. from Brother®
Specifications  
Sewing Area: 178mm (7.01") x 127mm (5.00")
Max Stitches: 120000
Needle Type: Flat Shank Domestic
Bobbin Type: Style L
Read Formats: PES 
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Debby Q.

My friend bought this when she retired awhile ago. I don’t think she ever used it besides doing the free classes. She had it for years and then gave it to me. Does anyone know what year it was made or sold how much it went for and if the embroidery designs are built in? She has a lot of hoops and parts. It also has a hook up for computer but it is the old style screw on plug and says it needs Windows 95 to download. I have Apple and not windows 95 ( do they even use that anymore?

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Carol M.

I bought mine around 2001-03. I paid around 5,200.00 for it at that time. I love my machine I don’t use my machine very much but works really well. Yes it’s heavy but you probably would be lugging it around much anyway. The PE design is really great to

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Terry P.

I have this machine. I use the Brother PED software/card to download designs and use them on my machine. It works very well and I haven’t found a design it won’t stitch! You can find info about it on the Brother site as well as download the file for your computer. It may work with an Apple; worth the time to check.

I’d like to know how many stitches per minute this machine stitches. Anyone know? I’d like to compare it to a newer model

Good luck!

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Heather B.

Thanks for the info, Terry. I found info online that indicates that this machine sews 600 stitches per minute.

Sincerely,

~Heather
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Terry P.

Thank you, Heather.

I imagine that was considered fast at one time.

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Heather B.

For sure, Terry. :)

~Heather
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Elva L.

2000 I have one just like it

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Kirsten S.

Thanks, Elva!

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Kirsten S.

Hi Debby, Here's a series of videos from BYU-Idaho Sewing that include several that show some of the embroidery capabilities of this machine. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy9wEWdMtsGrpHdTo...
They are not all machine specific, but look for the machine name, and you will be able to identify the relevant videos.


Most of the introductory videos I have seen for that machine were posted in 2012. Given that, my best guess is that it was manufactured in 2012 or 2011. It was common (still is) for embroidery software to require Windows and to only be accessible in Apple with a Windows emulator or translator. It may be possible to use the download with a newer version of Windows, but I have not been able to find any documentation of continued support for that machine's software.

The machine does have a number of designs and alphabets on board, though -- so it is possible to use it as a stand-alone embroidery machine and never connect it to a computer at all.

The user's guide for the machine (if you don't have the manual at this point) can be downloaded here: https://support.brother.com/g/b/manualtop.aspx?c=u...

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Kirsten S.

Hi Debby,

This is an old one for sure! I don't even see specific information for it on Brother's Web site. I'll see what I can find and get back to you. So far as I know, Windows 95 applications are no longer being supporte.d

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