The Brother SE400 combination computerized sewing and embroidery machine features a 4 x 4 embroidery area, sixty-seven stitches, seventy designs, five fonts, a large backlit display, an automatic threader and thread cutter, and a free arm design. This feature packed model is a popular machine among users of all skill levels. Its overall versatility is what makes this machine so fun to use and experiment with.
It’s impressive that a machine in this price range is so intuitive and beginner-friendly. It also comes with a ton of extra features that take a lot of work out of the embroidery process, allowing you to really get creative by choosing the stitch type, pattern, and font style in order to make every pattern your own.
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Brother Embroidery and Sewing Machine Combo Assessment and Features
The machine’s workspace is brightly lit, allowing you to easily monitor the embroidery as it happens. The embroidery area measures in at 4 x 4 inches, so you can create intricate squares that you can sew together later on.
If you have experience with embroidering by hand, then you know that choosing a design takes time. Usually, you have to go to your local sewing store to search for the right pattern. Then, once you’ve finally found one, it will take you hours to complete it.
This embroidery machine with built-in embroidery patterns allows you to choose a pattern and complete the design rather quickly.
This model can be used with iBroidery.com, which means you can choose from thousands of different patterns online that you can download directly to the machine. These designs are affordably priced and exclusive to Brother users and are sold individually. Their selection is truly outstanding. You’ll find designs ranging from limited edition designs to Disney characters.
The Large LCD display is where you’ll control most of the machine’s functions. This display screen is a touchscreen and acts as the central hub for all of your design, font, and stitch options. You’ll be able to choose from sixty-seven stitch styles, which is more than enough to complete any type of advanced sewing project. There’s also a variety of different designs available for embroidery with seventy unique designs to choose from.
Located on the right side of the model you’ll find the stitch menu which can be viewed on the display screen. The screen features a small diagram of each stitch type. If you’re looking at the different design options you can scroll through the extensive list and select the one that works best for your project. You’ll be able to view two designs at the same time, so there’s plenty of room to view design details before you make the final selection. In total, there are a hundred and twenty frame pattern combinations you can choose from.
If you love monogramming, you’ll be happy to know that there are five fonts available.
Brother Embroidery Machine Pros and Cons
Pros: If you don’t like tapping the display screen using your finger you can use the included tap pen, so you can make your selections without leaving smudges on the screen.
You can easily choose the stitch length and width on the LCD display, where you’ll also find the thread tension option if you want to take on advanced projects and use tighter stitches.
All in all, we felt that the LCD functionality was incredibly simple to use. Most users won’t have any issues finding what they need on the display, quickly and easily. Beginners will really love the simplicity of this machine.
When embroidering or sewing, you want to start a new project as quickly as possible. One of the most frustrating parts about beginning a project is threading the needle. Fortunately, this model comes with an easy to use automatic needle threader function. This feature is reliable, fast, and easy to set up. It also comes equipped with an automatic thread cutter.
You’ll also find seven quick change sewing feet: overcasting, embroidery, buttonhole, zigzag, zipper, blind stitch, and monogramming.
Featuring a drop-in top bobbin, you’ll be ready to begin a new project in just a few minutes. There’s even a one step buttoning hole which ensures you can sew your buttons just like a pro.
When it comes to the editing process, there’s a wide range of features that you can choose from via the display. If you normally get overwhelmed using a computerized sewing machine or embroidery machine, you’ll find that this beginner friendly model makes this process as painless as possible. Beginners can take advantage of the included tutorials which teach you how to use this machine in nine easy steps.
This machine is packed with an abundance of design and stitch options. Threading the needles is fast and easy. The eight presser feet with snap-on mounting is a huge selling point for beginners, as are the tutorials that can be viewed on the display screen.
Cons: Some buyers felt that choosing stitches was sort of a tedious process with a total of twelve screens to scroll through. The bobbin case needs to be cleaned frequently due to the built-in sensors. While cleaning the case is easy, it’s not something you would have to deal with if you were using a manual sewing machine.
While the LCD touchscreen is easy to use and intuitive, for some, it takes too long to scroll through the different menus to choose functions and designs. With only six designs per page, that’s a lot of scrolling. However, this is a common issue you’ll have with any computerized model.
Brother SE400 Conclusion and Rating
The Brother SE400 embroidery and sewing machine combo is easy to use, making it very beginner-friendly. This model comes with all of the advanced features you’ll need for more complex projects, yet it’s still easy for beginners to learn and master. If you’re searching for a machine that can embroider, sew, and monogram, then you’ll love what this Brother model can do. Consumers who purchased this combo machine gave it a rating of five out of five stars, which makes it one of the best embroidery machines on the market.