Brother Pacesetter PC8500

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The PC8500 is the ideal machine for the novice as well as the most experienced sewer and quilter. The PC8500 has three built-in adjustable monogramming fonts and a 5" high floral alphabet font that's great for home decor. Also included are 60 exciting built-in embroidery designs and 120 combinations of frame patterns.What's more, the PC8500 has an impressive 12 x 5" embroidery area, allowing you the freedom to embroider large designs without repositioning your fabric or hoop. It comes with four hoops in a variety of sizes including the popular 5 x 7" hoop and a jumbo hoop.

For sewing, the PC8500 boasts more than 900 sewing stitch functions plus the Brother exclusive My Custom Stitch feature that enables you to design decorative stitches right on the machine's large LCD display. You can even save your distinctive designs in the machine's memory for future use. The PC8500 offers 10 creative, easy-to-use buttonhole styles, and a unique one-step, auto-size buttonhole feature for uniform buttonholes that fit your buttons perfectly every time. And, it features automatic thread tension adjustment for a perfect stitch on any fabric or combination of fabrics. In fact, we think you'll find the combination of sewing and embroidery functions on the PC8500 as near to perfection as can be!

Sewing Features

  • 8-way straight stitch fabric feed
  • 4-way zig zag feed for sewing pockets, lapels, pant legs and quilting.
  • Walking foot for uniform feed while sewing multiple layers of smooth fabrics and quilting
  • Automatic reinforcement stitch locks the beginning and ending stitch with the touch of a button.
  • Automatic thread tension computer adjusts the thread tension for a perfect stitch on any fabric or combination.
  • 62 utility stitches.
  • A long basting stitch.
  • Appliqué stitch.
  • Blanket stitch.
  • Hem stitches.
  • Mending and darning stitches.
  • 16 satin stitches.
  • 8 heirloom stitches.
  • 10 cross stitches.
  • 8 way directional fabric feed.
  • 4 way directional feed when sewing zig-zag designs.

Embroidery Features

  • Drop feed control for free motion embroidery and quilting.
  • Programmed thread cutting for colour changes or to automatically trim the top and bottom threads.
  • 4 monogram fonts.
  • Sixty built-in embroidery patterns: 20 are exclusive to the PC-8500
  • 130 combinations of frame patterns (10 great shapes & 13 border stitches).
  • The PC-8500 is also compatible with all Brother embroidery memory cards.

Basic Features

LCD Size (Horizontal x Vertical) inches Yes
On-Screen Help Yes
On-Screen Editing Yes
Lighting 1 bulb
Needle Threading System Manual⁄automatic
Thread Sensor Upper⁄lower
Automated Upper and Lower Thread Cutting 5 upper⁄ 1 lower
Quick-Set™ Bobbin Horizontal⁄auto-delivery
Built-in Memory Sewing/embroidery

Sewing Features

Maximum Sewing Speed (Stitches Per Minute) 600
Knee Lifter Yes
Feed Dog 6⁄button
Buttonhole Styles 10
Stitch Width 7.0mm ⁄ programmable
Stitch Length 5.0mm
My Custom Stitch™ Feature Yes
Presser Foot Pressure Adjustment Automatic
Built-in Quilting Stitches 3

Embroidery Features

Maximum Embroidery Area (X x Y) 5" x 7"
Maximum Embroidery Speed (Stitches Per Minute) 600
Built-in Embroidery Designs (Non-License) 60
Built-in Embroidery Designs featuring Disney/Pixar® Characters 54
Built-in Frame Designs 10 frames⁄12 patterns
Thread Wiper No
Sewing Decorative Stitches with Embroidery Arm Attached No

Carton Contents

Accessory Storage Yes
Included Accessory Feet Buttonhole A, Embroidery Q, Overcasting G, Monogramming N, Zipper
Other Included Accessories Sewing notions, power cord, foot controller, embroidery arm, cover, instructions


Warranty 25 year limited warranty
Machine Dimensions (H x W x D) 13" x 8.7" x 17.3", 13" x 8.7" x 23.2"
Machine Weight 22 lbs ⁄ 26 lbs w⁄emb unit
Shipping Dimensions (H x W x D) 18.9" H x 15" W x 22.4" D
Shipping Weight 44 lbs
UL/CSA Listed y⁄110


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