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Brother Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400

This Brother SE-400 Sewing & Embroidery Machine 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 SE-400 combination sewing/embroidery machine 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

Can this machine make a design smaller to fit into the 4x4" area?

asked 4 months, 1 week ago
By
firewife99
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
You will have to use your software to shrink the design and sent to the machine. Be careful in shrinking because your density and stitch count may not change appropriately and your design may not be as you would wish. Do a stitch out on a 'throw away' similar fabric. I usually do several and use different stabilizers to see what is best before I do the final design. Floriani software (expensive) will shrink your design and change the stitch count and density appropriately and in their 'Save to Sew" format will tell you what stabilizers and toppings to use what ever fabric you choose for your embroidery design. I have only used Brother Basic software and only shrink up to 20% without many problems.
answered 1 month ago
By
ClaudiaSews
answer 2
The Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine can only take a design that is up to 4" x 4". This product does not have the capability to take a design and shrink it to a 4" x 4" size.
answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 3
NO, it must be smaller than the 4x4 inch for the machine to even recognize it. If you want to make it smaller to be able to use it in the machine, you need either digitizing or editing software to make it smaller before loading it into the machine. Only then will it be recognized as a usable design for the machine.
answered 4 months ago
By
SierraGranny
answer 4
Thank you for your question.

The SE-400 maximum embroidery area is 4 x 4. The machine has some resizing capabilities, but the design would have to be 4 x 4 or smaller in order for it to be transferred to the machine for editing.
answered 4 months, 1 week ago
By
BrotherProductExpert
Question

can i make my own design?

can i make my own design and upload it to the machine?
asked 1 month, 3 weeks ago
By
jenn
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
You will need software to create your own design and save it to PES format. Another option is to use the shapes, designs and lettering to stitch out together as one design. I design on paper, print it out in real size (100%), using the shapes installed in the machine, the designs and the lettering. Then I use the printed page as a template and make sure everything is centered properly. Remember you can resize in the installed software--smaller, larger, angles too.
answered 1 month ago
By
ClaudiaSews
answer 2
does it cost extra for the program?
answered 1 month, 2 weeks ago
By
waterdragon1
answer 3
Yes you can upload your own designs.
answered 1 month, 2 weeks ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 4
Thank you for your question.

In order to create your own designs, you will need embroidery digitizing software. Brother has two software programs that will allow you to do this - PE-Design Plus and PE-Design Next.
answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
By
BrotherProductExpert
Question

can i input my own designs

asked 4 years, 2 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Possibly not you need a scanner for that facility and a more expensive machine
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
windstar21
 - Cedar City Utah
answer 2
Yes but you will have to buy 2 softwares to do this. The design software and the PE-Basic with a blank memory card.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
chief
 - Niceville FL
answer 3
yes you can update and create. search the brothers website and locate this model and it has more details on the functions
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
thesewingqueen
 - TX
Question

Embroiders with bobbin

I love this machine for sewing. I just tried the embroidery functions and it is using the bobbin thread for the embroidery design instead of the embroidery thread from the top. Any idea why or how to fix it?
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Go onto the Brother web site and the techs are great and they can help you.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
jarhead66
 - Prairie Grove, AR
answer 2
Try rethreading and adjust your tension. If you still have the problem contact Brother help.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
windstar21
answer 3
It could be the top tension is too tight or the bobbin tension is too loose.

Be sure you are using machine embroidery bobbin thread in the bobbin and not regular sewing thread. The embroidery bobbin thread is thinner and still strong.

Brother has a page to submit e-mail questions.

http://www.brother-usa.com/askus/default.aspx
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
angelang
Question

Can a larger hoop be purchared and used for this machine?

asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
windstar21
answer 2
Yes, you can purchase the smaller, the larger, and the hat hoop!!!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
AngelicasMommy
 - Kennard, Tx
answer 3
Yes, you can purchase additional hoops for the SE400 at: http://www.brother-usa.com/
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
BrotherCustomerService
Question

What's the best way to create a monogram?

I've been using this machine for about a month, but have realized that you can't embroider three letters where the middle letter (last name initial) is bigger than the other two letters. Like a traditional monogram. Can someone tell me the least expensive patterns or software I might get to be able to do this?
asked 2 years, 4 months ago
By
Bluebonnet23
 - New Bern, NC
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
im not sure why you cant...i can do it with mine...check the order that you type it in
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
MOE01
 - New York, NY
answer 2
Have you tried changing the font size? You can make each letter smaller or bigger.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
glimmerfun
 - Guthrie, Oklahoma
answer 3
Personally, the software that I use I would recommend to everyone. I use Embird software. You purchase the basic software and then you can buy other plug-ins to fit your needs. The basic software is $144 and the plug-ins cost extra. You could also buy software from a different company, say Brother, but I don't think that they break it down into separate plug-ins like Embird does and you just have to pay for everything. The plug-ins are things like taking a photo and it will automatically turn it into an embroidery file, digitizing for you to create your own pattern, and cross stich patterns. What I like about Embird is that I just bought the basic software and I don't really need the extra plug-ins so I'm not paying $600 for all this stuff that I don't really need. I also bought a couple of alphabets that are really affordable - only $15 each and there are a lot to choose from.

To answer your question specifically, with this software I believe that you will be able to do what you want. You can combine several different patterns into one embroidery pattern and you can also insert font, save, then insert more font that you can then resize to make larger than the other font. There really is a lot that you can do with this software. I don't think that you would be disappointed with it.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
MariaH2010
 - Ohio
Question

Would like to see the 5 embroidery fonts.

asked 2 years, 1 month ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Thousand Oaks, CA
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Go to the Brother website, or to your local Brother dealer. :-)
answered 1 year ago
By
asimeral
answer 2
go online to Brother International and you can find out all you want about this machine, and customer service over the phone is poliet and helpful.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
drgnldy
 - North Carolina
answer 3
go to you tube....they had an overview of the product there
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
MOE01
 - New York, NY
Question

Will this model sew leather?

asked 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Stan
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
As long as you are talking about GARMENT weight leather, yes, it can sew leather using LEATHER needles. If you want to sew heavier leather like wallets, spur straps, etc... I wouldn't suggest this one. You'd want to move up to a commercial model.
answered 1 year ago
By
asimeral
answer 2
Yes, just use the proper sized needle.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
febuntin
answer 3
NO
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
windstar21
Question

how do you get extra designs

where do you go online to get more embroidery designs or is there a cd you can buy with more on them?
asked 1 year, 5 months ago
By
sarah
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
WOW, you'll be shocked at how many things are available for this machine. I know I was.

There are many websites where you can download designs for a lot cheaper than buying the old embroidery cards like I used to! You can also obtain CD's from EBAY and ETSY.

My fav embroidery design site is: www.urbanthreads.com. There is also Brother's own site where you can get FREE designs, though rather limited: http://www.brother-usa.com/Homesewing/DesignStudio/Projects/Designs.aspx#.UglGLdK84fU

A paid Brother design site is: www.ibroidery.com . You can even get the Disney designs there.

My last suggestion is: www.embroiderydesigns.com

THERE ARE MANY OTHERS too. Just do a SEARCH.
answered 1 year ago
By
asimeral
answer 2
You can buy a CD with designs on them. you can also buy memory cards with designs on them. With the 400 you can use the usb cable that is provided and down load to your computer then transfer designs to your machine.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
windstar21
answer 3
ibroidery.com has designs you can download and brother offers CD's. I've also used Embroiderydesigns.com which has designs you can order plus hundreds you can download for free (max of 3 per week unless you make a purchase). Do a google search and you will find lots of sites that offer free designs along with pay options.

Just make sure that you order the correct format for a brother machine.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
Pseudonym065
Question

does it do letters

asked 1 year, 4 months ago
By
Joyce
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
YES. The machine includes 6 different alphabets.
answered 1 year ago
By
asimeral
answer 2
Yes
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
MOE01
answer 3
Yes
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
windstar21
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