Brother HE1 Vs SE400 Comparison

Brother HE1 Vs SE400 Comparison In Detail


If you are out for an entry level embroidery machine, you are bound to come across Brother SE400. It is one of the most popular entry level embroidery machines in US. While searching, you may also have come across Brother HE1, which looks very much like the SE400. You may be wondering what is the difference between the two. Let us see which one offers more value for the money.

Brother HE1 Vs SE400 - Major Feature Differences

In simple words

•    Brother SE400 is a sewing and embroidery combo machine
•    Brother  HE1 is an embroidery only machine

What does that mean? On Brother  SE400 you can do regular sewing along with embroidery, which means you don't need to invest separately on a sewing machine for tasks other than embroidery. It is a kind of 2 in 1 machine. Whereas Brother  HE1 is an embroidery only machine, which cannot do the tasks of a regular sewing machine.

The interesting thing is that both Brother HE1 and SE400 are identical if you take the sewing functions out of SE400. Both have the same 4"x4" embroidery area, 70 built-in embroidery designs and so on. The extras you will get with SE400 are listed below

•    67 built-in sewing stitches
•    10 one-step buttonholes
•    Variable speed control
•    Programmable needle up/down
•    Free-motion quilting

Side by side comparison

FeatureBrother HE1Brother SE400
TypeEmbroidery OnlySewing & Embroidery Combo Machine
Max Embroidery Area4" x 4"4" x 4"
Built-in StitchesNo67 Sewing Stitches
Embroidery Hoop1 hoop, 4" x 4"1 hoop, 4" x 4"
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonNoYes
Embroidery Speed400 Stitches/min400 Stitches/min
Speed Control SliderNoYes
Built-in Embroidery Designs7070
Automatic Needle ThreaderYesYes
Layout FunctionYesYes
Buttonhole StylesNo10 One-step
Pattern Rotation1, 10, or 90 Degrees1, 10, or 90 Degrees
Top Drop-in BobbinYesYes
USB ConnectivityYesYes
Stitch SelectionLCD Touch DisplayLCD Touch Display
Embroidery CardYesYes
Adjustable Stitch Length & WidthYes
Stitch Width7mm
Stitch Length5mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYesYes
Built-in Monogramming FontNoYes 5
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNoNo
Drop FeedYes
Motor Power710 Stitches/min (For regular sewing)
On Board StorageYesYes
Work LightYes, 1 LEDYes 1 LED
Included FeetEmbroidery footButtonhole foot, Overcasting foot, Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Blind Stitch foot, Button Fitting foot, Embroidery foot
Machine Weight18.1 lbs13.66 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited25 Year Limited
Automatic Thread CutterYesYes

Editor comment

Take the sewing features of Brother SE400 out and you are looking at identical machines, so there is no difference in their performances. Both are quality embroidery machines. They have a lot of advanced options. One thing we really liked about these machines is their user-friendliness. You tend to get the chemistry right on the first use itself. A person with reasonable experience with smartphones will find these machines very easy to use. If you ask us, we would place Brother SE400 a notch above HE1 as far as value for money proposition is concerned.

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