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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

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, 3 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, 10 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, 2 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, 2 months ago
By
MariaH2010
 - Ohio
Question

Would like to see the 5 embroidery fonts.

asked 2 years 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 11 months 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, 10 months ago
By
drgnldy
 - North Carolina
answer 3
go to you tube....they had an overview of the product there
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
MOE01
 - New York, NY
Question

Will this model sew leather?

asked 1 year, 5 months ago
By
Stan
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
3 answers
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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 11 months ago
By
asimeral
answer 2
Yes, just use the proper sized needle.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
febuntin
answer 3
NO
answered 1 year, 2 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, 4 months ago
By
sarah
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
3 answers
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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 11 months 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, 2 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, 4 months ago
By
Pseudonym065
Question

does it do letters

asked 1 year, 3 months ago
By
Joyce
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
3 answers
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answer 1
YES. The machine includes 6 different alphabets.
answered 11 months ago
By
asimeral
answer 2
Yes
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
MOE01
answer 3
Yes
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
windstar21
Question

Can this machine be used with 230 voltage or only 110 voltage ?

I need to take this machine out of USA to Srilanka 230 voltage can be used? Is Intenational warranty given?
asked 10 months ago
By
indi
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
3 answers
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answer 1
This machine is multi-current 50/60 cycle. They are made to travel the world and can be used with adapters.
answered 9 months ago
By
PixiesRule
answer 2
110 only
answered 9 months ago
By
blockbusterz20
answer 3
The SE-400 is designed for 120 volt usage. Voltage specifications are printed on the rating plates of Brother Products. As a result, each product is designed and CSA/UL approved for its specified voltage. Although step up or down transformer may be used, the voltage and minimum amperage indicated on the rating plate is required. Performance may vary between (step up or down) transformer manufacturers therefore, we cannot guarantee the results.

Please see the following link for the standard and international warranty available for this machine:

http://www.brother-usa.com/support/ModelInfo.aspx?R3ModelID=SE400

Hope this helps!
answered 9 months ago
By
BrotherProductExpert
Question

Can you change the size of the letters that you embroider?

I am looking for a machine that I can use to embroider names on baby clothing. What size letters does this machine embroider and can I change the size if needed?
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
3 answers
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answer 1
It makes all the letters in s-m or large. I have used the small & med on baby clothes.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
countryblue
 - arizona
answer 2
The size of letters depends on your hoop. This machine uses a 4x4. That is your limit.
answered 4 years ago
By
chief
 - Niceville FL
answer 3
You can adjust the sizes of the letters a little but without having to re-hoop your fabric. You can do single letters from very tiny (1/2 in) upto 4 inches with the hoop that comes with it. I do not have a larger hoop at this time so I am not sure if you can adjust the letters to fit a larger hoop. I just got this machine and so far it has been perfect. You can load larger fonts onto your computer then transfer them to the machine. I have not tried this yet but it is on my to-do list.
answered 4 years ago
By
maxandmeena
 - Minnesota
Question

Transfer embroidery designs from my computer?

Hi

I have bought some embroidery deisgns, can I transfer them from my computer to this sewing/embroidery machine?

what software do I need?

and does this machine have the imput for the flashcard?

Thanks
asked 4 years ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
3 answers
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answer 1
you can tranfer them to your machine if they are the correct file check with a dealer or brother on that I think it is PES. You do not need any software to do that and you can buy embroidery cards if the built in patterns are not enough. Never heard of a 'flashcard'
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
windstar21
 - Cedar City Utah
answer 2
You will need the software to convert the designs from CD to memory card. The software can be piurchased at Brothermall.com or places like Nancy's Notions.com.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
AngelicasMommy
 - Kennard, Tx
answer 3
If the file is a .pes, you just need to upload it via the usb cable, no software needed. There are several different software titles that would allow for conversion or editing. Start by checking out Brother's website for their software.
And yes, the SE-400 does have a slot for the Brother flashcards.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
awg0020
Question

what type thread does it take

Im buying this machine soon and need to know what kind of thread it uses
asked 4 years ago
By
pamela1955
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
3 answers
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answer 1
For sewing you need regular thread. Embroidery thread to embroider.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
jarhead66
 - Prairie Grove, AR
answer 2
Think about a different model. I have the SE270D and wanted to upgrade to a machine with computer capability. While the 270 will embroider a design with 14 color changes without a problem the 400 I bought has been returned once because it won't embroider without jamming. The replacement is just the same so thats going back for a refund.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
windstar21
answer 3
Stick with the higher quality threads, such as sulkey. For some reason, the embroidery machines do not like Coats & Clark thread & they do horribly with the cheap package brands found on EB.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
granne55
Question

How many color changes can this machine handle?

asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
curiousgeorge1
 - KY
on Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400
3 answers
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answer 1
As many as the design requires. The threads are changed manually. So the machine just stops and notifies when it's time to change colors.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
Bruska
 - New Jersey
answer 2
All color changes are manual and as long as you can change the color it can handle them all. If you want a machine to change the colors you need an industrial nine needle machine around $9000.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
windstar21
answer 3
I;ve colored chaned up to 6 and it did fine. Some of the embroidery designs I seen are a lot more than that.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
AngelicasMommy
 - Kennard, Tx
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