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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, 7 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 3 months, 1 week 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, 4 months 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, 6 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, 7 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, 7 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, 7 months ago
By
ClaudiaSews
 - Tucson
answer 7
The SE400 is ready to sew & embroider right out of the box.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
By
BrotherCustomerService
Question

is windows 7 compatiable with this machine

asked 4 years, 6 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 4 years, 1 month 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 4 years, 3 months ago
By
PixiesRule
 - Conway, AR
answer 3
I have Windows 7, and have no problem with it
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
Lin43
 - Louisiana
answer 4
I have windows 7 and I can't get it to work.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
By
MelodySS
answer 5
Yes, I have Windows 7.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
By
jarhead66
 - Prairie Grove, AR
answer 6
Yes. it's compatiable!
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
By
ladynlouisiana
 - Louisiana
Question

does this machine come with the foot peddle

asked 4 years, 3 months 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 4 years, 1 month ago
By
IansGrandma
 - Colorado
answer 2
Yes..
answered 4 years, 2 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 4 years, 3 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 4 years, 3 months ago
By
MrsJohnson2010
answer 5
No, this machine uses a start/stop button above the needle shaft.
answered 4 years, 3 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, 3 months ago
By
mollyboo2
Question

is this machine good for beginners?

asked 2 years, 8 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, 10 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, 7 months ago
By
TXStitchhappy
answer 3
Very easy to use.
answered 2 years, 7 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, 7 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, 8 months ago
By
Embroideryman
 - Wilmington, NC
answer 6
Yes. Because it has the detailed guide on how to useit.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
By
SayMom
Question

Brother SE-400 accessories

What accessories are included? ie hoops, feet, bobbins, etc
asked 3 years, 6 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, 10 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 3 years, 2 months ago
By
Grandmatolots
 - Montana
answer 3
1 hoop ,loaded bobbins, thread, alot of things
answered 3 years, 3 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, 5 months 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, 6 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, 6 months ago
By
shescraftytwo
 - wisconsin
Question

Does the Brother SE-400 computerized sewing/embroidery machine come with its ows USB cable?

asked 4 years, 5 months ago
By
JohnnieM123
 - Tallahassee
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
yep!
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
IansGrandma
 - Colorado
answer 2
Yes it does.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
MrsJohnson2010
answer 3
No it does not. You have to purchase an A to B USB Cable.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
PixiesRule
 - Conway, AR
answer 4
I bought my SE-400 at my local Walmart just yesterday; it did come with the USB cable, the manual stated that this was the only USB cable that should be used.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
EMBROIDEROO
answer 5
Yes, it does
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
Lin43
 - Louisiana
answer 6
yes it does!!!
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
angelizr95
 - Sioux Falls, SD
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, 6 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 4 years, 3 months ago
By
PixiesRule
 - Conway, AR
answer 2
yes, you can mirror the images
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
angelizr95
 - Sioux Falls, SD
answer 3
Yes look in your manual on how to mirror image
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
By
windstar21
 - Cedar City Utah
answer 4
Yes, there is a mirrow image icon.
answered 4 years, 6 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, 6 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, 6 months ago
By
JenCraw
Question

Do this machine sews number fonts as well as letters

Can this machine do numbers fonts as well
asked 1 year, 7 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, 6 months ago
By
Debi212
answer 2
Yes!
answered 1 year, 6 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, 6 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, 6 months ago
By
Archaeology
answer 5
Yes
answered 1 year, 6 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, 7 months ago
By
BrotherProductExpert
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, 7 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 4 years, 1 month 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 4 years, 3 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, 6 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, 7 months ago
By
windstar21
 - Cedar City Utah
answer 5
You will have to split your design and sew it in sections.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
By
ClaudiaSews
 - Tucson
answer 6
Yes, you can purchase larger hoops at:
http://www.brother-usa.com/
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
By
BrotherCustomerService
Question

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

asked 4 years, 6 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 4 years, 3 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, 4 months 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, 5 months ago
By
Kristi6229
 - Oxford, Alabama
answer 4
Check the dealers on Ebay
answered 4 years, 6 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, 6 months ago
By
Inlovewithembroidery
 - Tucson, Az.
answer 6
There is a rouche foot for smocking.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
By
jarhead66
 - Prairie Grove, AR
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