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Ideal for embroidery, quilting and regular sewing, the Brother SE400 boasts of a high user rating on most major review sites- and for good reason. Featuring comprehensive sewing functions, this particular model has the added advantage of being surprisingly easy to use, which is why it’s often recommended to beginners. Indeed, its combined features are ideal for anyone who is just venturing into the world of home sewing since it allows you to familiarize yourself with the various techniques associated with embroidery, quilting and sewing.
The SE400 one of the most budget-friendly multi-function embroidery machines so its value for the money is amazing. Not only will it allow you to complete your project in very little time, but it’s also packed with a wide variety of features that will help you complete your projects in no time. For example, this machine boasts of a wide table that can very easily accommodate much larger expanses of fabrics like bedspreads, tablecloths, tapestries and the likes. From a wide variety of sewing patterns to an equally large plethora of embroidery designs, the SE400 has everything that you’ll need to embellish your project.
On the flip side, this model does have a few drawbacks to its name. For example, a few inexperienced users found the touch-screen fiddly and difficult to navigate through. One user also had some issues with the tread cutter and found that it required several adjustments to work properly. This same user also complained about the fact that her bobbin case repeatedly jammed during the course of her sewing. It should be noted, however, that this issue was not reported by other sewers.
In spite of the drawbacks, however, the Brother SE400 does remain a recommended buy, especially for users that don’t count with any other sewing equipment so can make the most out of its multi-function feature.
Embroidery Area: 3.5/5
The Brother SE400 comes with a basic embroidery area of 4 x 4 inches. While it certainly is smaller than what you’ll get with more professional machines such as the Brother PE770, it’s still wide enough to do the job and certainly appropriate for its price range, as can be seen on similarly-priced models such as the Brother PE500. Indeed, several users have successfully used this particular model to sew a wide variety of items from clothes to a variety of decorating accents for the home. In spite of its size, it can also be used with larger embroidery designs by doing some rehooping.
Ease of Use: 4/5
Because of its digitalized features, the SE400 can be used to access a wide range of features at the mere touch of a button. For instance, sewers can access the 70 built-in embroidery designs, 5 lettering fonts and 67 sewing stitches by simply shuffling through the touch LCD screen.
When on sewing mode, the free arm motion also makes it far easier for users to access harder-to-reach areas like cuffs, collars, hems and the likes. As far as ease of use is concerned, sewers can also make the most out of the easy-bobbin preparation that boasts of an efficient winding system which prepares your equipment as quickly as possible. This certainly eliminates the jams and snags that normally happen with the bobbin system on lower-quality models. The rapid bobbin system also prevents you from constantly having to fish in the case for your thread.
Extra Features: 5/5
Sewers will be glad to learn that the SE400 is extremely tech-friendly and even comes with a USB port for easy connectivity. This allows you to very easily transfer various types of embroidery designs from your computer to the machine. The easy computer connectivity can come in quite handy to sewers since it enables you to easily download the latest machine updates.
If you suffer from poor eyesight or simply want to avoid the hassle, you’ll be glad to learn that it also includes an automatic needle threader. By this token, you simply have to swipe your finger across the touch screen and the thread is automatically inched through the eye of the needle. This can be quite a helpful option to elderly users. Through the LCD screen, sewers can also access additional features such as editing features, built-in designs and control designs. Best of all, the machine even comes with a tutorial feature aimed at beginners.
With this particular model, customers can benefit from an exceptionally smooth fabric feeding system that is accompanied by 7-point feed dogs. Users will also receive an accessory bag with free accessories like needle set, cleaning brush, seam ripper, screwdrivers, spool caps, touch pen, bobbins, scissors and the likes. An embroidery hoops, soft cover, USB cable and embroidery arm is also included.
Thanks to its small size, with measurements of 20.3 x 15 x 15.2 inches, this machine is compact enough to be moved and placed in just about any room of the house. It also only weighs 10.9 pounds, which makes it easy for you to carry it back and forth to sewing class. The boxed packaging comes with a hard-shell carrying case.
All things considered, the Brother SE400 is undoubtedly a recommended purchase, especially considering its extended range of features and fairly affordable price tag, which is why it’s one of the most popular embroidery machines on the market. Not only is it extremely versatile but is designed to provide you with an extended array of stitch designs and embroidery patterns. The computer connectivity option will undoubtedly come in quite handy to users who want to access a whole range of additional features online. It even allows you to create your own patterns to embellish various types of projects.
- Sew & Embroidery: Yes
- Max Embroidery Area: 4 x 4″
- Included Hoops: 4 x 4″
- Built-in Designs: 70
- Alphabet Fonts: 4
- Embroidery Speed: 400
- Weight: 14 lbs
- Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 16″
- Warranty: 25-year Limited