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Brother Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400

This Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine SE 400 can be connected to a computer, allowing you to enjoy future machine updates and easily import and digitize embroidery designs directly from your computer. The embroidery machine comes with seventy built-in embroidery designs and 5 monogramming fonts. Ninety-eight stitch functions in this Brother SE-400 machine let you blend your creativity with technology. This quickset sewing machine includes drop-in bobbin and an automated needle threader. Get the most out of this computerized sewing machine using the on-screen reference guide in sixteen languages. It even features an LCD panel. The Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine SE 400 is designed to give your projects a customized, high-end look, and at the same time, is priced to fit your budget.
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Questions & Answers for Brother Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400

Question

Does this machine require any additional software or memory cards or is it ready to do both sewing and embroidery out of the box?

asked 4 years, 4 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
The machine has built-in designs you can use, but to add more designs you need to connect it to a computer and put the design into the memory. You won't get a lot of designs in the memory so be sure they are ones you really want to work with.
In order to keep a lot of designs handy without going back and forth to the computer you will need a card system to put designs onto the memory card. Brother PED Basic card writer will work, but I use a different system which is available on the Internet that works the best for me because it holds far more designs on their card. I also use a free editing program from the internet to re-design some of my designs and also have the Brother BES2 Lettering program to change some of the designs to have lettering on them. I make about 250-300 small items every year for homebound folks so I like to add variety to the projects.
This is my second Brother embroidery/sewing machine and I plan on buying it for two of my nieces who want to learn how to sew. It is far more functional than a dedicated sewing only or embroidery only machine and a great value for the cost.
answered 4 days ago
By
Anditoo
answer 2
It has built in stiches that you can use out of the box. If you want additional ones, you can download them from the internet or buy them. I think you can buy memory cards with designs also, but they are kind of pricey.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
Lin43
 - Louisiana
answer 3
Yes, out of the box. There are a limited number of embroidery designs that come with it.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
jarhead66
 - Prairie Grove, AR
answer 4
Yes it does and very nice they are too. You can buy cards if what is built into the machine is not enough and you can go to the brother library or the internet download any design to your computer then transfer them to your machine. However use quality threads recommended by your color chart. Non branded threads bunch up under the shuttle and i have had to cut embroidery out. But with good threads marvelous!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
windstar21
 - Cedar City Utah
answer 5
It comes with about 70 preloaded embroidery designs, and 5 different fonts for lettering. I took the machine out of the box, read the directions and set it up to embroider "right out of the box". Loved the ease of it!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
imagramma53
 - Indiana
answer 6
You will need embroidery software to send embroidery to the machine from your computer. You may wish to purchase the brother embroidery cards but that can add up $$$ quickly. There are programs on the internet that range in price. I would start with PE BasicThat way, you can write your own cards if you don'at want to keep your computer or laptop next to the machine..
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
ClaudiaSews
 - Tucson
answer 7
The SE400 is ready to sew & embroider right out of the box.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
BrotherCustomerService
Question

Is there a ruffler foot I can purchase as an accessory to this machine?

asked 4 years, 3 months ago
By
PoppyT
 - Texas
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
There are universal ruffler's on the the market that are made to fit various machines. There is no ruffler foot that comes with this machine. I would try Nancy's Notions.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
PixiesRule
 - Conway, AR
answer 2
yes go to the site below...SA143..I use it!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/seller/at-a-glance.html?ie=UTF8&seller=A1UH186TDH6D3K
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
angelizr95
 - Sioux Falls, SD
answer 3
Yes, I purchased one from Ebay. Just be sure to ask the seller if it will fit your machine.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
Kristi6229
 - Oxford, Alabama
answer 4
Check the dealers on Ebay
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
windstar21
 - Cedar City Utah
answer 5
I am sure I seen one on Amazon.com in Garden, Home & Pets then pick sewing machings and assesaries
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
Inlovewithembroidery
 - Tucson, Az.
answer 6
There is a rouche foot for smocking.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
jarhead66
 - Prairie Grove, AR
Question

Does model have all the regular sewing abilities like buttonholes, straight stitching on stretch fabric, overlocking stitch?

asked 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Fraser
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
angelizr95
 - Sioux Falls, SD
answer 2
You bet ya!!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
jarhead66
 - Prairie Grove, AR
answer 3
YES!!!!
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
ClaudiaSews
 - Tucson
answer 4
yes
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
windstar21
answer 5
Yes it does, plus a lot more. I have been able to sew anything with this machine! (other than leather)because I haven't tried!
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
AngelicasMommy
 - Kennard, Tx
answer 6
Yes, the SE400 is quite capable of handling regular sewing duties.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
BrotherCustomerService
Question

Does this machine come with needle threader and up-down needle function?

asked 4 years, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
YES!! I love these funtions! The needle threader has worked consitantly every time for me.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
GMASUNEE
 - Waterford, Ca.
answer 2
Yes to both.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
Lookspurple2me
 - Jacksonville, FL
answer 3
Yes and it's easy to use. Yes up and down.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
jarhead66
 - Prairie Grove, AR
answer 4
Yes it does and very simple to use.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
windstar21
 - Cedar City Utah
answer 5
Yes, and it's a terrific feature. It will even cut the thread for you.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
imagramma53
 - Indiana
answer 6
Yes, the SE400 has both the Needle Threader and an Up and Down needle function.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
BrotherCustomerService
Question

appliques

I need to know if this machine will do appliques?
asked 3 years, 2 months ago
By
scrapie
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
YES.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
asimeral
answer 2
It has several stitches that you can do machine applique with. In fact you could do a fancy crazy quilt with several different stitches. You can set the width and length of the stitches to go along with the size of your applique piece.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
By
Grandmatolots
 - Montana
answer 3
yes
answered 3 years ago
By
1shae
answer 4
Yes. It comes with a few pre-programmed applique patterns, but it will also accept any .PES file from any website or disk you find an applique pattern from. You could even design your own applique and stitch it with one of the many decorative stitches that come on it. View the stitches on the Brother website for the SE400 manual, or on the box on the shelf at most Walmarts.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
By
lovinmymachine
 - Corpus Christi, TX
answer 5
Yes you use the satin stitch for this. More info is in your manual
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
windstar21
 - Cedar City Utah
answer 6
Yes. It has a usb cable that you hook up to the computer to transfer designs to the machine.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
southernmomma811
 - LA
Question

Needle Threader and position

Does this machine have the assisted needle threading that thread the needle but requires a two-step process or is it fully automatic by the single press of a button? Also, does this machine automatically stop in the down position?
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
By
mindiiiii
 - Grand Rapids, MI
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
brother-usa.com/homesewing/ will answer question. It has a threading option and it is a self threader, with human interaction. 'fun to use. SE-400 also has a "needle down" positioner button in front of machine. its cool. it also has a thread CUTTER!!!!!!!!!!All buttons are located in front and it saves TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
IansGrandma
 - Colorado
answer 2
Yes to all
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
ShopperBambi
 - Cabot, AR
answer 3
push of as button to to thread the needle...except when using the twin needle. you can set the needle position in either the up or down position in the settings screen
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
angelizr95
 - Sioux Falls, SD
answer 4
The threading is fully automatic and the needle finishes down until you press the scissor icon to cut the threads
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
windstar21
 - Cedar City Utah
answer 5
Yes, yes,
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
jarhead66
 - Prairie Grove, AR
answer 6
This machine threads itself with the push of a lever. This machine also stops in the down position.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Dedete
 - NH
Question

is windows 7 compatiable with this machine

asked 4 years, 3 months ago
By
rndarnda
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have an ACER 64 bit windows 7 and it does just fine.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
IansGrandma
 - Colorado
answer 2
Yes it is. The machine itself is compatible with any platform. The software needed to move the designs from the computer to the machine will be the place where compatibility issues could arise. Brother provides updated software patches very successfully at their international web site.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
PixiesRule
 - Conway, AR
answer 3
I have Windows 7, and have no problem with it
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
Lin43
 - Louisiana
answer 4
I have windows 7 and I can't get it to work.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
MelodySS
answer 5
Yes, I have Windows 7.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
jarhead66
 - Prairie Grove, AR
answer 6
Yes. it's compatiable!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
ladynlouisiana
 - Louisiana
Question

Do this machine sews number fonts as well as letters

Can this machine do numbers fonts as well
asked 1 year, 3 months ago
By
Ava
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes it does. Very easy to do both.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
Debi212
answer 2
Yes!
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
Sewforgrandchidren
answer 3
Yes, Ava, it does sew numbers as well. I made stuffed bears this Christmas, on one foot I put the child's name on the other the year.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
MommaMimi8
answer 4
It can sew numbers however it does not have any in the storage it comes with, however you can download them from websites and some are even free. Embroiderydesign.com is the one I use and most designs are 1.99
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
Archaeology
answer 5
Yes
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
Ritakk
answer 6
Ava,

The SE-400 comes with 5 built-in fonts, which also includes numbers, in the machine.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
BrotherProductExpert
Question

does this machine come with the foot peddle

asked 4 years ago
By
vmvj1949
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
sure does, but u can also sew with an automatic feature--save on knee or foot pressure. from slowski to zipadeedodah fast either way.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
IansGrandma
 - Colorado
answer 2
Yes..
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Ilovemyhusbandxoxo
 - Indiana
answer 3
Yes, there is a foot peddle included. You can sew using either the button located on the front of the machine or by using the foot peddle.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Willowsmominpa
 - Muncy, Pennsylvania
answer 4
Yes it does. I was curious about that when I purchased mine as well, but it does come with the foot pedal.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
MrsJohnson2010
answer 5
No, this machine uses a start/stop button above the needle shaft.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
PixiesRule
 - Conway, AR
answer 6
I bought mine yesterday and yes it had the foot peddle included in the package.
answered 4 years ago
By
mollyboo2
Question

Are you able to purchase a larger hoop than the 4x4 hoop that comes with the machine? Is it able to sew a larger design if you have a larger hoop?

asked 4 years, 4 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
it will sew smaller and larger...I don't know if any will do, but the web page www.brother-usa.com/homesewing/ has their own suggestions.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
IansGrandma
 - Colorado
answer 2
Yes you can! Read below:

SA434 Genuine Brother® Accessory
Large Hoop 6 ¾ x 4 inches

Create extra large designs without repositioning your fabric. Combine several small designs to create a larger design. No need to re-hoop. Clear grid notched for accurate placement of embroidery designs. Markings on hoop for easy reference.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
PixiesRule
 - Conway, AR
answer 3
yes, there is a large hoop size that is compatiable the se-400; however i don't know if it will work.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
jarhead66
 - Prairie Grove, AR
answer 4
You can buy a larger hoop but the designs are not larger. What you can do is embroider one design and move the fabric up or down to add another or embroider a name. Never done that yet but the manual will explain.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
windstar21
 - Cedar City Utah
answer 5
You will have to split your design and sew it in sections.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
ClaudiaSews
 - Tucson
answer 6
Yes, you can purchase larger hoops at:
http://www.brother-usa.com/
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
BrotherCustomerService
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