Brother HE1 Embroidery Machine (Refurbished)

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Enjoy exploring the world of embroidery with this incredibly feature-rich, yet affordable machine. The HE1 embroidery-only machine is easy to learn and use, so even beginners can quickly start embellishing clothing, crafts, gifts and more.


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ITEM#: 15585692

The HE1 embroidery-only machine is easy to learn and use, so even beginners can quickly start embellishing clothing, crafts, gifts and more with custom embroidery. The 4x4-inch embroidery area gives you ample space for many projects. Plus, the HE1 has computer connectivity, allowing you to import the thousands of embroidery designs available for separate purchase from and other sites. This model offers many features typically found on more expensive embroidery machines, with high quality stitching, an automatic needle threader, and even built-in tutorials you can view right on the LCD display screen.

  • 4x4-inch embroidery area
  • Perfect for embellishing clothing, accessories and home decor
  • Easy-to-use, backlit LCD touch screen display
  • Access and edit built-in designs and view tutorials
  • Easy threading
  • The automatic needle threader threads the needle with the press of a button
  • Import designs and download machine updates from Brother
  • compatible; enjoy access to, with over 5,000 designs for individual purchase
  • Brand: Brother
  • Color: White
  • Model: RHE1
  • Quantity: One (1) embroidery hoop, one (1) embroidery bobbin thread, one (1) extra bobbins, one (1) English/Spanish operation manual
  • Free customer phone and online support for the life of the product
  • Designs included: 70 designs, 5 fonts, 120 pattern combination
  • Embossing: Yes
  • Need a computer: No
  • USB port: Yes
  • Computer compatibility: Mac
  • Requires cartridges: No
  • Suggested user level: Beginner
  • Materials: Plastic, metal
  • Dimensions: 10 inches high x 6 inches deep x 15 inches wide

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Color White
Material Plastic
Type Electronic
Dimensions See description
Manufacturer Warranty 25 year Limited Manufacturer
Materials See description

Customer Reviews

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  • Perfect embroidery machine to fit my needs!

    I have always used Brother products. When I started looking for an embroidery machine, the refurbished HE-1 through Overstock popped up in my search engine. After doing some research, I decided to give it a try since it was well below my budget and seemed like it would be perfect to fit my needs. It arrived in original Brother packaging. I opened it and all original accessories were included and contained everything you'll need to monogram/embroider right away. I unpacked the machine from the box and it appears brand new, no signs of use at all! I read through the quick start guide and monogrammed within 15 minutes of opening the box. I have now been using my machine for about 2 weeks and I absolutely love it! I've purchased some monogram fonts from a website and purchased disks with embroidery designs and have been having a blast making art smocks, swimsuits, sweatshirts, towels, and more! I would recommend the refurbished Brother he-1 to anyone looking for a basic, easy to use, personal machine.

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  • Almost perfect!

    I love it, the only thing that didn't work is the automatic needle threader. I did get the insurance on it, but I don't want to take it in for something so minor. If the automatic needle threader worked, I would rate it perfect. I am so glad I am able to use this with my Mac computer. Everyone said I would need Windows, but I don't. It works perfectly fine, I can buy designs from etsy or the internet, and transfer to the embroidery machine with my Mac no problem. It was such a good price, I couldn't pass it up. I think it's the same as the PE500, just a different name because some were sold the QVC - but I'm not sure about that. Love it! Rated 4 stars instead of 5 just because of needle threader. I can easily do it manually, but when you are changing threads a lot, the auto threader makes it go so much quicker. We use this in our children't clothing store.

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  • Perfect for home embroidery

    Read the manual and you are ready to go. Easily connects to the computer for transferring designs. Super easy to wind bobbins, automatic needle threader and automatic bobbin thread catch. Highly recommend for any home venturer. Only embroiders, does not sew.

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  • Excellent machine

    I have been sewing for many years and purchased this as an intro. to embroidery machine. I am pleased with the quality of the machine, and the embroidery. Easy to use, and comes with everything you need to get started. It is relatively easy to move the fabric if you want to embroider words longer than the 4" space.

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  • Brother HE1 Embroidery Machine

    The HE1 performs well. The delivery of the product was faster than expected. Job well done!!

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Questions & Answers

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  • Is the embroidery hoop in the photo included, or an extra item that must be purchased separately?

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  • I have a Mac Air laptop and when I connect to the usb port nothing happens. It doesn't show any icon to let me know. Am I doing something wrong or do I need to connect to something else? My machine is not refurbished and it is anHE1.

    • Hello libbystaub, I am sorry to hear that you're having difficulty connecting this machine to your computer. You will be contacted by Customer Care for further assistance. Thank you for shopping with us.

  • Are you able to applique using this machine?

    • Hello psostrander, yes, this machine can do applique designs. Thank you for shopping with us!

  • I don't have a Mac computer. Can I download designs to my desktop and put them on a flash and then download to the machine? Does it support PES designs?

    • Hello bobbiedmk, thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, the information you have requested is currently unavailable. We will continue to try and answer this for you. You will receive an email notification once an answer is posted. Have a great day.

  • What is the difference between this machine and the brother PE500?

    • Hello cde016! Please follow this link to view more information about the PE500. Please also note that this item is refurbished and Item #: 14785260 is not. If you have any additional questions please feel free to let us know. Thank you for shopping with us! -Amanda P

  • Hello, Can I use this machine for regular sewing too or is it just for embroidery and no sew.

    • Hello hananmmd, this is an embroidery only sewing machine. Thank you for shopping with us.

  • You keep skirting around the question regarding the operating systems this machine will work with....hmmmm....Will the machine work with a Windows operating system? If yes, why is it stated "works with Mac" but does not mention that it works a Windows Operating System anywhere?

    • It states below that it works with Dell.. so that is YES to windows.

  • May I upload my own designs for jobs? or do I have to use what comes loaded on the machine and what Brother has to offer?

  • Is the 4x4 area good for getting most jobs done? My concern is it is to small.

    • Hello jrin13, it depends on the project; however 4x4 should be fine for getting most standard jobs done. If you have any additional questions please feel free to let us know. Thank you for shopping with us!

  • i'm worried about buying refurbished. How reliable would it be? -Worriesome-

    • Hello skatergurl558, every product we sell as Reconditioned or Refurbished must pass a thorough examination. The original manufacturer or a professional outside firm repairs any defect on a Reconditioned or Refurbished item, returning the product to a like-new or almost-new condition. We sanitize Reconditioned or Refurbished products, if necessary. We check each Reconditioned or Refurbished item twice for proper working condition and quality. If you have any additional questions please feel free to let us know. Thank you for shopping with us!

  • Can you do applique with this machine, or is it strictly for monograming/embroidery?

    • Hello sgoodrich, yes this does both. monogramming and embroidery. Have a great day!

  • Can you upload new fonts from your computer to this machine? Thank you!

    • Hello, ashleydewey. This machine does come with some pre-installed fonts, and you can import your own patterns. Usually, the case with these machines is that they read new alphabets as patterns, making it so you can only embroider one letter at a time. Thank you for shopping with us!

  • Is this compatible with Windows 8?

    • Hello heashu, this is compatible with a Mac. Thank you for shopping with us.


    • Hello mrsguillen07, This machine is so much fun to use! Yes, this machine will work with your laptop. I hope this helps. Thanks for shopping with us.

  • I may have just overlooked this is the description, but what year was this particular machine originally made and then refurbished (assuming the refurbish is recent). Thank you!

    • Hello, cataval. I apologize for the late response. The HE1s were remanufactured in the past 45 days, so the product is very “fresh.” In regards to the original manufacture date, there is no way to know without the serial number which has a code in it. We are unable to access the information without opening the item. I hope this was helpful to you. Thanks for your interest, and have a great day.

  • It states that a Mac computer is needed. I have a Dell. Is that sufficient?

  • What is included with the purchase? Usually you should have a list. Under product details it just mentions a few things but is ambiguous

    • Thank you for shopping with uscmarin. I found the list of the items: Thread(blue,red,yellow),scissors, seam ripper, bobbin(one on machine), needle set, cleaning brush, spool cap(L-M-S), spool net,disc-shaped screwdriver, brother poly #90 bobbin thread, touch pen, foot "Q" on machine, embroidery set, dust cover, usb cable, manual, reference guide and accessory bag. Have a great day.

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