Brother SE400 Embroidery Machine Review

The Brother SE400 is a versatile sewing machine designed for both experienced and novice sewers. This model provides the perfect balance between basic and creative sewing and it comes as a complete package designed to do everything from quilting to sewing and decorative embroidery.

Most of the features found in this machine are similar to that of the previous Brother SE350 model. But unlike its predecessor, the Brother SE400 computerized model comes with the addition of a USB port. With this new feature, you’ll get to download machine updates and customize the large library of embroidery patterns, which will come in very handy for your sewing projects.

Preloaded with 100+ Built-in Embroidery Designs and Stitches

Some sewers own several machines – one for basic sewing, another for embroidery, and an additional serger for finishing garments. Brother’s SE400 combines functions of all these three machines into one. The stitch patterns add up to 67, including 10 styles of 1-step buttonholes.

With an assortment of straight, stretch, zigzag, eyelet, patchwork, overcastting, appliqué, heirloom, smoking, quilting, and decorative stitches, the Brother SE400 can sew fabric in so many styles.

The slide cutter stitches trim fabric at the seam to create finished edges, much like a serger. Although these slide cutter stitches won’t have double or multiple spools of threads like those created by an overlocker/serger, they’re still very sturdy and will help to prevent fraying and rolling at the seam. Take note that you would have to buy a slide cutter foot separately in order to create these stitches. But despite this slight inconvenience, an extra $30-$40 would allow you to produce serger-like results without having to buy a separate overlocker machine.

Stitches can be adjusted in length and width to a maximum of 7mm depending on the selected design. In addition, there are 98 stitch functions to use, which creates more possibilities to become creative when working on highly customized garments.

Further adding to the impressive 67 stitches available, the Brother SE400 sewing machine also comes with 70 embroidery designs. These built-in embroidery designs are pre-programmed into the machine, but you can expand your collection by buying Brother Embroidery cards to connect via the card reader slot or import new designs online using the USB port.

All embroidery designs are created on the 4 x 4 inch frame that comes with the machine. There are 12 stitch styles and 10 frame types to choose from, which give you a selection of 120 framing options to use for different projects.

For those who like to embellish garments with motifs, Brother’s SE400 also offers 5 lettering fonts, which are ideal when working on monogramming projects. The provided font options allow you to either imprint small, medium, or large letters on your fabric designs or garments.

Works with 8 Snap on Presser Feet for Added Functionality

Modern sewing machines from Brother come with easy to attach snap on accessory feet, and the SE400 is no exception. In total, it works with 8 presser feet that you can easily snap on and off the foot control. The presser foot offers a choice of 3 settings, namely down, regular up, and extra up. The latter setting helps to sew through multiple layers of denim or thick fabrics. Additionally, pressing the leveling button on the zigzag foot will allow you to maneuver through thick seams or fabric edges with ease.

Simple to Use Touch Screen and Controls

For a computerized sewing machine, Brother’s SE400 comes with fairly easy to use controls that won’t confuse even a first-time user. The backlit LCD touch screen can be operated with your fingers or the provided touch pen. It provides an interface for selecting stitch patterns, controlling design features, and even viewing step-by-step instructions.

After selecting a stitch pattern, the machine is programmed to show you which presser foot to use, whether or not twin needles are required, as well as the optimum width and length settings. There’s even an option for saving selections so you can quickly reuse them for a particular project. What’s more, the on-screen help button provides quick access to pictures and instructions for common tasks such as threading, bobbin winding and loading, foot replacement, and more.

When sewing, you can opt out on using a foot pedal thanks to the convenient start/stop button mounted on the front of the sewing machine. It’s also possible to access the speed control slider from this area as well as the thread cutter, needle up/down and reverse/reinforce buttons. Thread tension is adjustable by simply turning the dial at the top.

Can Connect to PC via USB Port

The USB port on Brother’s SE400 computerized sewing machine makes it possible to import new embroidery designs. This machine uses .pes and .pen files from iBroidery.com and other online sources. With the USB cable, it’s also possible to receive software updates for the sewing machine.

Equipped with Reliable QuickSet Bobbin plus Automatic Needle Cutter and Threader

Threading has never been easier when using Brother’s SE400 sewing machine. With the help of the automatic needle threader, there’s no need to use tweezers or a magnifying glass when trying to poke thread through the needle eye anymore.

As the name implies, the QuickSet Drop-in Bobbin facilitates fast and easy threading when preparing the machine to sew. And when there’s excess lint at the end of a seam or fabric edge, simply press the thread cutter button.

Package Details

  • The main sewing machine (model SE400)
  • 4 x 4 inch embroidery frame
  • Embroidery arm
  • 1 spool of white embroidery thread
  • Medium-sized embroidery sheet
  • Free arm with in-built accessories compartment
  • USB cable and stylus pen
  • Power cord
  • Soft cover
  • 7 accessory feet: embroidery foot, monogramming foot, zipper foot, blind stitch foot, button fitting foot, as well as overcasting, and buttonhole foot.
  • Accessory pouch with a pack of 6 needles, four bobbins, 3 bobbin clips/spool caps, extra spool pin, spool net, twin needle set, cleaning brush, eyelet punch, 2 screwdrivers, seam ripper, and cleaning brush.

Dimensions

The Brother SE400 measures (L) 18” x (W) 12” x (D) 8” in size.

Pros

  • Equipped with USB port for easy machine updates and importing of additional designs.
  • Offers a combination of more than 100 stitches and embroidery designs from which to choose.
  • Versatile sewing machine idea for constructing clothing, mending, making alterations, embroidery, and quilting.
  • Jam-packed with user friendly features such as needle up/down button, speed control slide, start/stop button, and touch screen control panel, just to name a few.
  • Comes with soft cover case.

Cons

  • Designed with a non-adjustable presser foot pressure (however, the machine can handle thick fabrics because of the leveling button).

Consumer Ratings

While Brother’s SE400 computerized sewing machine has no doubt elicited a bag of mixed reactions from past purchasers, the majority of reviewers still agree that it’s a great sewing machine. The fact that the vast majority of buyers vouch for this machine goes to show the level of quality you can expect.

Summary

Whether it’s hemming jeans, quilting, designing clothes, embellishing bags, or paper craft sewing, Brother’s SE400 computerized sewing machine can do it all. With more than 100 stitch patterns and embroidery designs, 120 framing options, 98 stitch functions, and 8 presser feet, this machine offers versatility at its best.

However, Brother didn’t just pack in a ton of cool stitches, presser feet, and embroidery patterns to lure buyers. The SE400 incorporates modern sewing technology in its operation in order to ensure easy set-up, fewer jamming issues, and solid performance. Overall, it’s worth a serious look if you’re looking for a feature-rich and affordable embroidery/standard sewing machine.