I don’t know about you, but I love new toys to play with. I’m so excited about this new toy – the Brother XV8550D, aka the DreamMachine 2. I’m particularly excited about the built-in camera and how it can be used to align designs perfectly. Before I can play with that, I’ve got to unpack the box. I’d like to invite you to follow along…
The Big Box
I love that the box lid has a “map” of the contents on it. Looks like there’s a narrow box on one side, then some layers on the other side with the sewing machine at the bottom. There’s also a hoop tucked down the side.
Sure enough, there’s the handle to pull out the narrow box and a pretty big arrow showing me which side the hoop is hidden on.
Inside the narrow box, there’s a whole stack of hoops!
I grew up with BERNINA sewing and embroidery machines and so that’s what I’m familiar with. I can’t help the comparison with the BERNINA Jumbo Hoop (on the left) and the largest Brother hoop. The BERNINA Jumbo Hoop has a maximum embroidery area of 260mm x 400mm (a scant 10.25″ x 15 3/4″). The Brother hoop is physically bigger, but the embroidery area is not quite as big at 240mm x 360mm (9.5″ x 14″).
Having said that, the Brother hoop has straight sides whereas the BERNINA hoop has curved sides which can really restrict the size of design which will fit in it.
There are 4 hoops in the box – 240mm x 360mm; 200mm x 300mm (8″ x 12″); 5″ x 7″ and 4″ x 4″.
Underneath the hoops is the embroidery module and some accessories.
This is the embroidery foot – with a built in LED pointer. The pointer allows you to see exactly where the needle is going to drop. I can see this being very useful, especially if you have to move backward through a design to start stitching where a thread broke.
This is a bobbin case – not sure yet if it’s an extra or if this one is specifically for embroidery.
Here’s the actual embroidery module!
Here’s the hoop that was hidden down the side of the box…
It’s a 240mm x 240mm (9.5″ x 9.5″) hoop – making a total of 5 hoops in the box.
Now for the first layer of the big box.
Electrical cord and USB cable.
The accessories box…
… has a ton of stuff in it! Various feet fit into their own spots in the grey trays which lift out; a bunch of different tools; bobbins and bobbin clips (hmmm… no more tangled bobbin threads!); a selection of needles; another bobbin case; stitch plates; a screen cleaning cloth.
The scanning frame allows you to scan a photo or picture into the embroidery machine.
The dual feed foot.
A couching dual feed foot with yarn threader.
Spool stand for 2 spools of thread.
An adjustable knee lifter. I love the knee lifter on my BERNINA machines and so was very happy to find this in the box!
Sensor pen – and a pen holder that can be attached to the side of the sewing machine.
The next layer finally reveals the actual sewing machine, but first…
The flat bed attachment…
… opens up to reveal accessory storage space.
The multi-functional foot controller.
The thing that holds the two parts of the multi-functional foot controller together.
Finally – the actual sewing machine! This thing has the largest screen I’ve seen on an embroidery machine.
The top lifts up to reveal the thread path and a bobbin winder/
The top can be removed so that the thread stand can be installed.
It’s all out of the box – next up is to get busy stitching!
What’s your primary embroidery machine and what’s your favorite feature? Leave me a comment to let me know!