I recently was able to get my hands on the new Brother P-touch Embellish, which seems to only be available at Michaels at this time. The Embellish machine was introduced by Brother at CHA 2017 in Phoenix Arizona back in January and just recently released. I called my local Michaels store the weekend after it was released, luckily the woman on the line was very helpful, but really did not know much about the new product. She was able to locate on their computer system that they had 3 machines but after looking at the store could not find them. She did take down my name and number in the hopes of calling me once she located the item. A week later I found myself at Michaels again, surprised??? This time I asked an associate, she was kind enough to ask the manager although she told me she didn’t think they had anything that printed on ribbon. Not 2 minutes later the manager walks out of the office with the prized item in his hands. I am giddy at this moment but then pose another difficult question, do you happen to have the additional ribbons/tapes? That was another search, after about 5 minutes they found them, still in the shipping box up at the front of the store along with two other machines. I found the tapes I wanted, paid and went home with my treasures (along with my son’s treasures too! He loves Michaels – odd his name is Michael, right?).
Sorry to bore you with all the hunting details, but I really encourage you to ASK someone at Michaels where they have the machine. By the way, the Michaels I shop from is located in Davenport, IA. Now onto my review. I want to compare this new Embellish machine to my old P-touch PT-D200. Both machines are great for anyone who wants to create labels to organize their office, home, hobby or children – so this is not just a craft machine.
I will start with similarities. They both have a full key board, take the same TZe size tapes, take 6 AAA batteries (although I highly recommend purchasing the power cord – which is NOT included when you purchase the machine) and test they both can print on the new ribbon TZe-R…. tapes. Currently the ribbon tapes come in 5 different styles (black on white ribbons, gold on pink ribbon, gold on navy blue ribbon, gold on red ribbon and gold on white ribbon). They are relatively the same size with the same size display screen and same features.
Let me make it clear, yes, the PT-D200 can print on ribbons. The TZe-R tapes fit just fine in the machine (and I would assume they also print just fine in any machine that takes the TZe sized tapes) and print beautifully but the Embellish machine has additional features that make printing on the ribbon very easy. On the keyboard you will notice a ribbon button, on this it will take you step by step through printing a ribbon.
- You pick the style you would like (repeating sentiment, having the same sentiment on the end of each ribbon, having two different sentiments (one on each end of the ribbon), having the same sentiment on the end of each ribbon but one being upside down, and typing vertically along the ribbon)
- You type your text
- You select the length of your ribbon
Other than the ribbon button the machine is pretty much the same and has the same feature. Maybe some are a bit clearer on the Embellish machine (i.e. The PT-D200 has a magnifying glass image which is actually the preview button but on the Embellish it clearly states “Preview” on that button). THe PT-D200 does have additional basic symbols, like for electrical labeling and the Greek alphabet. I could not find those symbols on the Embellish. The embellish machine allows you to align you label either left, center, right or justified. Other than that, I really don’t see many major difference.
Along with the new machine, new ribbon tapes, they also have 9 new pattern tapes. These tapes are not glossy like normal TZe tapes, they are matte and resemble washi tape. After searching www. Ptouch.com I found that only a handful of these tapes are currently available and only at Michaels at this time. They have a pink and blue stripe, doggie prints, stars, chevron, gingham, heart, and scrolls (they all start with TZe-MP…..).
I really hope this has helped you out with deciding if you need the latest and greatest. Please feel free to comment or leave questions. I would be happy to help. I did purchase the Embellish from my own funds, I was not asked to do a review or comparison.
I do have my Ptouch PT-D200 for sale, as I don’t need two labelers. The machine come with all original docuementation and I just realized I still have the protective screen film on the display! This machine does not come with the power adapter (check out Amazon to grab that). If interest in the PT-D200 please leave a comment with your e-mail or message me on instagram @BarbaraAnnCrafts.