The Brother SE-270D uses a cartridge system which is very annoying, doesn't work all of the time and if anything is just a little out of whack you can't thread the needle. It is only a 3/4 machine (very small) and it does have a big embroidery field. For a beginner I would Highly reccomend either the Janome 9500. The Janome 9500 is a wonderful machine that both sews and embroiders wonderfully. The Janome 9500 has 3 built-in alphabet fonts so you can embroider the name Elizabeth with ease. Elizabeth could be done in one step with the 9500. All you have to do is choose the letters you want and it will group them together to make the word. Then you just have to set it to where you want, thread you needle and press the go button. Nice and easy. Embroidery machines allow to embroider full size designs like say you wanted a dog on your shirt, the machine can embroider it (provided the design is digitized, in a format where the stitches are layed out so the machine knows what to do). It is a wonderful sewing machine too. It has also has a full touchscreen which is nice and fun to use. But trust me the SE-270D is a joke. The best deal for the Janome 9500 is from Mr. Vac and Mrs. Sew. They have it for only $1599 with free shipping and no tax (if you are outside New Tork State)and it comes with so many extras. It comes with:
Stabilizer - This stabilizer is great for it's uniqueness in that after you wash your item the stabilizer totally washes away - (Retail Value - $50.00)
Magic Box Plus Elite - Gives you the freedom to put up to 30 designs on your blank embroidery card from CD's, other manufacturers cards and even the internet. - (Retail Value - $399.00)
Polystar Thread - Superior Strength, Shine, and Vibrant colors - (Retail Value - $305.00)
Polystar Prewound Bobbins - Get thread, thread and more bobbin thread, with the same quality and strength expected from the Polystar name - (Retail Value - $100.00)
Embroidery Magic II Embroidery Software - A Full lettering, editing, and digitizing embroidery software - (Retail Value - $399.00)
Pantostock - Filled with over 3900 Beautiful Quality Professionally Digitized Embroidery Machine Designs - (Retail Value - $100.00)
Cap Hoop - Allows you the unique ability to embroider on the uncommon medium of a typical baseball style cap - (Retail Value - $50.00)
Sock Hoop - Easy and simple sock embroidery - (Retail Value - $50.00)
With all of the stuff you get you are completely set to embroider whatever you want. The Magic Box allows you to transfer designs you like from the internet to your machine. The Thread is beautiful and shiny and it comes in a box of 61 colors with 1000 meters on each spool. It also has 144 prewound bobbins for embroidery (you only need white thread in the bobbin when embroidering) which I reuse for sewing because they are true plastic strong bobbins. It comes with 3900 extra designs all of which are incredible. A big roll of stabilizer (you need this for everytime you embroider it stabilizes your shirts etc.). Software that allows you to edit designs and make your own designs and do lettering as well. Also a cap hoop and sock hoop so you can embroider on caps and socks. I purchase all my things from Mr. Vac and Mrs. Sew they are such a nice company to deal with. They are kind and always make my shopping experience a pleasant one. Here is a link to the product and their number (you can order it on the phone or through the internet).
I think ordering over the phone is better though because they will answer any further questions you have.
Tell Lisa and Joe Kevin told you about it:)