Borderline Brilliant Contest: Brother PE500 Machine – Grand Prize!

If our How to Use an Embroidery Machine video, featuring the Brother PE500 Personal Embroidery System, has you dreaming of owning one of your own, get out your embroidery floss because we are going to have a little contest and the prize is – one of these beauties! We had the pleasure of testing out the totally new (and totally affordable) Brother PE500 embroidery machine. This machine has so many options – lots of included designs like alphabets, images, and frames, as well as the ability to use designs stored on a card or from your computer, and it’s only $299 on amazon How to Use An Embroidery Machine (And Pretty Felt Frame Coasters Too)!

What do you have to embroider (by hand or machine) to enter this contest and maybe win a Brother PE500 Personal Embroidery System? Any design that includes a frame, meaning a border that goes all the way around either the outside of your design or the outside of the object. Here are a few examples…

The lovely felt coasters that Jaime shared in the How to Use an Embroidery Machine video.

Score some $1 felt baskets from your favorite discount store and add a little character. Note the opening has a running stitch border that goes all the way around!

This little pincushion that my mom made features an embroidered illustration of her childhood home.

Completely new to embroidery? This Beginner Embroidery hoop project might be your inspiration.

Or maybe, like me, you’ll decide that you want to embroider some underpants. We don’t judge.

And of course, some monogrammed hand towels, just don’t skip the border/frame!

All of the machine embroidery in these samples was done on the PE500. You will seriously have so much fun with this machine!

To recap:

1. Hand embroidery or machine embroider your entry.

2. The surface may be purchased or made by you.

3. A border or frame must either completely surround the artwork or the edge of the surface, like these examples.

In order to “link” your entry you must have it originally posted to Facebook, Flickr, or a blog. Please include your entry photo and project info where you have the project “hosted.” Project images should be at least 300 x 300 pixels.

Project info should include: 1-2 sentences about the project including how it was made and credits for purchased materials and/or pattern.

Enter Here:

This contest is open to any individual 18+ with a mailing address in the 48 contiguous US States. Please read Official Rules carefully. Deadline for entries: September 30, 2012




I got really excited too, and ideas started popping up in my mind… but I am in Spain. 🙁


Well, we would love it if you still played along. If you know someone in the US, you can have it mailed to them. : )


after reading the rules i am confused. are we allowed to use purchased designs if the co. receives credit or do i need to digitize my own?


Thanks for taking the time to discuss that, I’d love to learn more about this area. Would you mind updating your blog post with additional details? It will be really helpful for all of us.


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