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What type of thread do I buy for this machine?
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Is this machine good for just plain straight sewing? Do you have to purchase only designs that state they are 4 x 4, or can you adjust them smaller?

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

asked 4 years, 4 months ago
By
Fraser
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes
answered 4 years 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, 3 months ago
By
ClaudiaSews
 - Tucson
answer 4
yes
answered 4 years, 4 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, 4 months ago
By
AngelicasMommy
 - Kennard, Tx
answer 6
Yes, the SE400 is quite capable of handling regular sewing duties.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
BrotherCustomerService
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, 3 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, 9 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, 2 months ago
By
windstar21
 - Cedar City Utah
answer 5
You will have to split your design and sew it in sections.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
ClaudiaSews
 - Tucson
answer 6
Yes, you can purchase larger hoops at:
http://www.brother-usa.com/
answered 4 years, 3 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, 8 months ago
By
GMASUNEE
 - Waterford, Ca.
answer 2
Yes to both.
answered 4 years, 1 month 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, 2 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

is windows 7 compatiable with this machine

asked 4 years, 2 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, 9 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 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, 2 months ago
By
ladynlouisiana
 - Louisiana
Question

I want to monogram in the center of pillowcases -- can the monogram be reversed so that one pillowcase hem faces right and one to the left?

asked 4 years, 2 months ago
By
chefinblairsville
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes it can. The SE400 has on-board editing features for mirror imaging designs.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
PixiesRule
 - Conway, AR
answer 2
yes, you can mirror the images
answered 4 years ago
By
angelizr95
 - Sioux Falls, SD
answer 3
Yes look in your manual on how to mirror image
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
windstar21
 - Cedar City Utah
answer 4
Yes, there is a mirrow image icon.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
jarhead66
 - Prairie Grove, AR
answer 5
P.S. I should clarify... You can rotate a monogram up to 90 degrees, so if you want to just easily slip the middle of the pillow over the arm, you are out of luck on your project.

However, I used to work in an embroidery shop and learned to pull back and secure extra fabric. You may need to get some clothes pins or something to secure the fabric away from the hoop making sure to avoid stretching the area inside.

Might be more than you bargained for? ;)
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
JenCraw
answer 6
Yes. Check this site for a very detailed review. Be sure to check out the video on the page. They included an approximately 30 minute presentation of the product which is very helpful. I saw a project on there that a picture was reversed.

As far as your pillowcases, you wouldn't have to switch the monogram at all. You'd just have to hoop the pillowcase with the hem facing whichever direction you'd like. :)

http://www.sewing-machines-for-beginners.com/brother-se400-computerized-embroidery-sewing-machine-review/
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
JenCraw
Question

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

asked 4 years, 2 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 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, 1 month ago
By
Kristi6229
 - Oxford, Alabama
answer 4
Check the dealers on Ebay
answered 4 years, 1 month 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

Brother SE-400 accessories

What accessories are included? ie hoops, feet, bobbins, etc
asked 3 years, 2 months ago
By
rickdeis
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Go to this page and scroll to the lower part of the page. It will name all the contents.

http://www.brother-usa.com/homesewing/ModelDetail.aspx?ProductID=SE400&ref=mega#.UglOCtK84fU
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
asimeral
answer 2
Eight different feet, a seam ripper, 4 bobbins, 3 bobbin clips, 1 pack of machine needles, one twin needle, cleaning brush, hole punch (for button holes), 2 screw drivers (used to change back and forth from regular to machine embroidery set up), touch pen for the touch screen (if desired - fingers work), 3 sizes of spool caps, an extra spool holder, a spool net, foot controller, scissors, plastic accessory bag, a plastic machine dust cover, 2 manuals (one in Spanish and one in English), a quick reference guide, tutorial CD, one 4x4 hoop, target like hoop guide, spool of bobbin embroidery thread, one sheet of felt stabilizer.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
By
Grandmatolots
 - Montana
answer 3
1 hoop ,loaded bobbins, thread, alot of things
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
By
1shae
answer 4
The box is really unclear about this!
It comes with all kinds of goodies. It came with the USB cord needed to hook it up to a computer so you can download more designs, it came with several feet, including an embroidery foot, a buttonhole guide, a few bobbins, some bobbin thread, some tools to loosen the feet, a tool to use with the touch screen, some thread caps, an extra thread holder, some very cheap but precise scissors for trimming close to your project, a 4x4 hoop, a quick start guide, a user manual, a grid for perfect placement of fabric in your hoop.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
By
lovinmymachine
 - Corpus Christi, TX
answer 5
4x6" hoop, 4 bobbins, 3 opr 4 feet, double needle, thread stick, plastic case, small scissors, screwdriver, bobbin covers, thread net,
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
Linklady5
 - Mid America
answer 6
yes one hoop, feet for sewing and embroidery, 4 plastic bobbins, tools for maintenance, seam ripper, 6 needles, bobbin thread, button hole attachment.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
shescraftytwo
 - wisconsin
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, 6 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, 10 months ago
By
Grandmatolots
 - Montana
answer 3
yes
answered 2 years, 11 months 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, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
By
southernmomma811
 - LA
Question

is this machine good for beginners?

asked 2 years, 4 months ago
By
me
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I am an experienced seamstress, and I can honestly say that this machine is easy to work with. It will also let you grow into more advanced techniques. For the money, you canNOT beat this machine.

I had a Janome I bought 17 yrs ago that finally died. I paid over $3k for it. I was fighting spending that much again for the machine I imagined I needed. Much to my surprise, this one is just fine, and I only paid $350 for it.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
asimeral
answer 2
I think that would depend on the age of the beginner. For a beginner on the embroidery, I would recommend it highly. For regular sewing it should be ok. If it was being purchased for a child, I would go with a simpler zigzag machine.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
TXStitchhappy
answer 3
Very easy to use.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
Mom2twingirls01
answer 4
This is a great little machine. Just follow the instructions. However it can be tempermental with thread. It will bunch and cause problems unless branded thread is used. I use Brother Country or Robison Anton, very reasonable on
Ebay. especially wound off cones of Robison Anton
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
windstar21
 - Cedar City Utah
answer 5
Absolutely! It is very easy to thread and operate. It produces professional quality results. For embroidery, the UCB computer connection opens up a whole world of patterns available on the internet.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
Embroideryman
 - Wilmington, NC
answer 6
Yes. Because it has the detailed guide on how to useit.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
SayMom
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, 2 months ago
By
Archaeology
answer 5
Yes
answered 1 year, 2 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, 2 months ago
By
BrotherProductExpert
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