Brother Dream Machine 2 XV8550D Sewing & Embroidery Machine

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Sold from 2016 to 2018.

When Brother created THE Dream Machine, their most advanced machine ever, few believed it could be surpassed. However, visionary designers at Brother never stop dreaming. Now, Brother brings you THE Dream Machine 2.

Enhanced, fine-tuned and graced with refined new features to give serious enthusiasts like yourself an incomparable sewing, embroidery and quilting experience. Are you ready for luxury in every detail? DREAM ON!


New Software update available now! Version 2.01. Call the store to set up your update today.

This software update will provide the following changes:

  • Improved machine's functionality for the following features:
    • My Design Center
    • Editing embroidery patterns
    • Reading embroidery data
    • USB function
    • Tutorial video function
    • Spool Stand LED function 
  • Improved machine's functionality for reading the embroidery data whose file name contains characters other than the 26 letters of the alphabet and the numbers (0 through 9).
  • The notation of embroidery frame size on the LCD is revised. [for inches as the display unit]

Whats new with The Dream Machine 2


Take your creativity on the go with BES4 Embroidery Lettering Software!

Make edits on the go | Connect wirelessly | Create designs with PC software

Make edits on the go | Connect wirelessly | Create designs with PC software

The Industry's Largest Built-In High Definition LCD Display

23% larger than previous Brother screens with zoom and adjustment features. Features a large 10.1" 1280x800 touch screen

The Industry's Largest Built-In High Definition LCD Display

23% larger than previous Brother screens with zoom and adjustment features. Features a large 10.1" 1280x800 touch screen

56 Square Inches of Workspace. 11.25" Needle to Arm!

Our largest needle to arm is a dream for any quilter with the ability to accommodate a rolled king-sized quilt!

Stability Plus Frame

Make your projects larger than life with our largest 9.5" x 14" and strongest embroidery frame yet. Plus, our NEW 9.5" x 9.5" included embroidery frame is perfect for quilt squares, jacket backs and cushions. With the addition of aluminum, rubber gasket and ribbed corners, our improved embroidery frames offer less slippage for better stitch results.

AccuTrac Embroidery System

Engineered for superior stitch quality. Bask in the pleasure of even more precise, high quality embroidery with our most advanced AccuTrac embroidery system. Created and used in our multi-needle PR machine, it provides better under arm support, reduces bounce, provides better stitch quality, as well as sophisticated mechanical changes for the smoothest frame control to date.

Disney is in Our DNA

Only THE Dream Machine 2 has the magic of 166 Disney embroidery designs built right in. Plus, get exclusive access to a constant parade of Disney and Disney•Pixar embroidery designs through the Download Center.

XV8550D with hoops

InnovEye 2 Technology
For Precise Positioning

It's like having a built in camera and scanner

This industry-first technology gives you a live and up close view of the needle area for the most precise positioning ever. The ability to scan the entire embroidery area provides virtually endless creative options and helps ensure that all of your projects are perfect.

XV8550D magnified view with up-close viewer

My Design Center
Make Your Projects Unique!

My Design Center integrates with our industry-first InnovEye™ 2 Technology to offer new design capabilities at your fingertips, all without a PC.

InnovaChrome LED Thread Color
& Monitoring System

No more babysitting your machine! Our revolutionary visual status system indicates when a thread color change is needed, what the next color is, as well as thread breakages and alerts. Originally designed for our PR-Series of machines.

Color Shuffling 2
Function for Even More Color Possibilities

Love a certain color scheme? Not sure how to combine colors? Use the pin function in Random and Gradient modes to ensure your favorite colors are included in your shuffle.

Perfect Precision Has Never Been Easier

  • Couching technique and MuVit™ Digital Dual Feed System
  • V-Sonic™ Pen Pal for sewing & embroidery
  • Dropight™ LED Embroidery Positioning Marker
  • Sew Straight™ 2 Laser Vision Guide

New Brother My Design Center Features

There are many new enhancements to My Design Center, including automatic outline recognition and new decorative fill patterns, so you can add detail to any project.

  • NEWOutline Recognition for Stipple and Fill Patterns
    • Accurately stipple anywhere on any project. Add stippling or fill to any embroidery design, whether built-in or imported. Import your saved outline, choose from 10 new built-in decorative fill patterns or stipple stitch, and the machine does the rest. The enhanced Preview mode allows you to see both the scanned design and selected stippling or fill pattern before you begin to stitch.
  • NEWInside & Outside Auto Stipple and Fill Pattern
    • Use the built-in library of shapes to add interesting detail to any project. You can even combine shapes and apply inside or outside stippling. And now you can choose decorative fill patterns with separate stitch settings to create unique designs. Includes 30 new closed shapes, 30 new open shapes, and 2 new line options – Candlewicking and Diamond!
  • NEWTrapunto-Like Embroidery
    • Easily create Trapunto-like projects using the new Save Outline feature. The last 6 outlines are saved

New Enhanced Embroidery Editing Features

  • NEWNo-Fuss Stippling
    • Easily add stippling around any embroidery design or shape in the Embroidery mode. The machine will recognize the outline of your design and automatically apply stippling. The margin and stippling size are adjustable
  • NEWEasy Applique Features
    • Instant pattern outline for easily creating appliqué. Now you can create multiple appliqués in one hoop!
  • NEWImproved Letter Input and Editing
    • Now you can easily insert or delete lettering and characters.
  • NEWMulti-Line Text Input and Alignment
    • Easily embroider multi-line words, phrases and notes. Also allows for Left, Center and Right alignment of text
  • NEWCombine Bobbin Work Designs
    • Now you can combine Bobbin Work designs, and the machine alerts you when a pattern is complete to change the bobbin to stitch the next design.
  • NEWColor Sort
    • When combining designs, you can easily cut down on thread changes by having the machine sort the stitch order by color.
  • NEWMultiple Design Transfer
    • Copy multiple design files from your USB to the machine’s memory at once.
  • NEWGroup and Ungroup
    • Easily group letters and designs to edit all at once.
  • NEWIcons
    • For showing Hoop Size, Distance from Design and Spacing of Stippling.
  • NEWMultiple Design Selection
    • Makes editing multiple design creations easy.
  • NEW20 Exclusive Embroidery Patterns
    • Brother has added new patterns to give you more options when designing.
  • NEW30 Beautiful Cursive Letters with Matching Patterns that will Bring Your Design to the Next Level of Uniqueness
    • Decorate your embroidery with an added font and matching patterns that will bring your design to the next level of uniqueness


  • Large 10.1" built-in high definition LCD display with faster processing than prior models
  • NEW! Go wireless with BES®4 Dream Edition Software and BES® Upgrade Kit
  • New 9.5" x 9.5" embroidery frame with rubber gasket and ribbed corners for less slippage
  • New! My Design Center features: outline recognition to effortlessly add stipple and fill patterns to embroidery designs, and inside & outside auto stipple and fill patterns
  • Industry-first ScanImation™ Scanning Frame and InnovEye® 2 Technology
  • Easily create trapunto-like projects using the new save outline feature
  • New! Color Sort feature to cut down on thread changes when combining designs
  • New! No-fuss stippling in the embroidery mode, easily adds stippling around any embroidery designs
  • New! Easy appliqué feature with ability to create multiple appliqués in one hoop
  • Expansive 5" x 11.25" workspace for your larger projects and our largest 9.5" x 14" embroidery area
  • Newly enhanced embroidery editing features include: letter insertion at mid-point of a text line, left, center and right alignment
  • 982 built-in embroidery designs, including 166 designs featuring Disney characters, 140 frame pattern combinations, 22 embroidery lettering fonts and 5 sewing lettering fonts.
  • 726 built-in sewing stitches, including 15 styles of one-step auto-size buttonholes and 1 style of four-step buttonholes.
  • MuVit™Digital Dual Feed System to powerfully feed fabric from the top and bottom for greater

Basic Features

LCD Size (Horizontal x Vertical) inches 5.3 X 8.5
Adjustable Screen Brightness Settings Yes
Stitch Select Clear Touch Panel
Screensaver Yes
On-Screen Help Yes
Built-in Languages Yes
Zoom Function Yes
On-Screen Editing Yes
Realistic Preview Yes
Lighting LED 10" Lightining
Table Option
Needle Threading System Automatic
Independent Bobbin Winding Motor Yes
Thread Sensor Yes
Thread Sensor On/Off Upper and Bobbin
Automated Upper and Lower Thread Cutting Yes
Quick-Set™ Bobbin Yes
Built-in Memory Yes
Computer Connectivity with Update Capability Yes
Memory Card Yes
Cable USB
Display (Number of Colors) Up to 16,777,216
Thread Tension Automatic
Mouse Capability by USB Yes
Media Type USB USB
Adjustable Screen Brightness Settings Yes

Sewing Features

Work Space (Height & Width) inches 5 x 11.25
Maximum Sewing Speed (Stitches Per Minute) 1,050
Feed Dog 7
Back to Beginning Key Yes
Built-in Sewing Stitches (Includes Buttonhole Styles) 726
Buttonhole Styles 15 one-step plus 1 four-step
Built-in Sewing Lettering Fonts 5
Stitch Width 7mm
Stitch Length 5mm
My Custom Stitch™ Feature Yes
Sideways Sewing Yes
Start/Stop Button Yes
Speed Control Yes
Needle Position Key (Up/Down) Yes
Automatic Height Adjuster™ AHA® Feature Yes
Presser Foot Pressure Adjustment Yes
Presser Foot Leveling Yes
Pivot Function Yes
Drop Feed/Free Motion Yes
Free Motion Quilting Foot Included (3 types: C, E, O)
Built-in Quilting Stitches Yes
Included Quilting Feet Yes

Embroidery Features

Maximum Embroidery Area (X x Y) 9.5" x 14"
Maximum Embroidery Speed (Stitches Per Minute) 1050
Speed Adjustment Yes
Adjustable Design Icon Size Setting Yes
Built-in Embroidery Designs (Non-License) 982
Built-in Embroidery Designs featuring Disney/Pixar® Characters 166
Built-in Alphabet Fonts 17
Built-in Frame Designs 10 shapes x 14 stitch patterns
InnovEye™ Technology Yes
Snowman® Embroidery Positioning Marker Yes
Resume Function Yes
Trial Position/Layout Function Yes
Thread Anchor Yes
Built-in Border Function & Designs Yes
Sewing Decorative Stitches with Embroidery Arm Attached Yes
Appliqué Creator Function Yes
Automatic Feed Thread Cutting Yes
Curving Text on Screen Editing Yes
Space Reduction among Embroidery Alphabets Yes
Pattern Rotating 0.1, 1, 10, or 90 degrees
Drag and Drop Editing Yes
Onscreen Automatic Density Adjustment (STB) Yes
My Custom Design™ Feature Yes (new version)
Color Shuffling™ Function Yes (with Anchor Function)
Print and Stitch™ Technology Yes
Programmable Monochrome Embroidery Yes

Carton Contents

Accessory Storage Yes
Included Accessory Feet Yes
Included Embroidery Hoops 9.5 x 14, 8 x 12, 5 x 7, 4 x 4


Warranty 2 Year: Parts and labor. 6 Years: Electronic Components and Printed Circuit Boards. 25 Years: Chassis
Machine Dimensions (H x W x D) 13.7 x 12.7 x 26 inches
Machine Weight 37.26lbs
Shipping Dimensions (H x W x D) 25.2 x 24 x 32.7
Shipping Weight 80.47 lbs


Saundra Peters 06 january 2024, 15:18

I have two other machines Now I have my brothers and it is the best one I will ever have now. Thanks to a very good friend. This is the only one I will ever have. Tkamks to everyone

gayle craig 02 july 2020, 14:15

if i could give this machine 100 stars i would. i got mine a year ago and i dearly love is so darn amazing that there is not enough words to describe how amazing this machine really is i go to bed sewing and i wake up sewing lol. i still have not learn everything about this machine and i sew on it everyday . i go on youtube and watch videos

Teri 15 april 2020, 15:27

This machine is amazing. It does absolutely everything you could possibly think of! I haven’t even begun to touch on all the many things as I am just learning it, but I intend to figure out all of it!

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