Brother PE770 Vs SE400 Comparison In Detail

Brother PE770 Vs SE400 Comparison In Detail

Brother PE770 and SE400 are two popular embroidery machines from Brother. There is a huge difference in functionality between these two machines. PE770 is an embroidery only machine, SE400 on the other hand is a sewing and embroidery machine. Which means you can do regular sewing and embroidery on SE400. Versatility is the biggest selling point of SE400, whereas PE770 is famous for its professional quality stitches. There is one area where these two machines meet, it is the quality of stitches. If you ask anyone who uses PE770 or SE400, they will always talk about the quality. Now let us see which one offers more in value.

Brother PE770 Vs SE400 - Main Differences In Features

At first, we will be looking at the areas where these two machines differ. Later on we will have a look at the features as a whole.


As we have said earlier, Brother SE400 is a sewing and embroidery combo machine. PE770 is an embroidery only machine, so you will need a regular sewing machine to do stuffs other than embroidery.  As far as versatility is concerned, we believe SE400 is slightly ahead.

Built-in Stitches 

SE400 has 67 sewing stitches which includes 10 one-step buttonholes. It also has 70 embroidery designs and 5 lettering fonts. PE770 on the other hand comes with 136 built-in embroidery designs and 6 lettering fonts. Since these two machines have USB connectivity, you can easily import designs from or other websites.

Work Light 

PE770 scores in this area with better lighting provided by 2 LEDs. SE400 has only 1 LED.

Embroidery Area 

This is what makes all the difference. PE770 has a large 5" x 7" embroidery area. SE400 on the other hand has smaller 4" x 4" area. This is the most important factor you need to consider before deciding which one to buy. The larger embroidery area of PE770 has an advantage over SE400. It makes a difference while working on large projects. Less rehooping is required, thanks to the expansive embroidery area. Even though SE400 has a decent 4" x 4" embroidery area, we would recommend PE770 if you are a professional.

Maximum Embroidery Speed 

PE770 scores all the points here as well. The maximum embroidery speed of PE770 is 650 stitches/min, whereas SE400 has only 400 stitches/min embroidery speed.

Storage Compartment 

SE400 has a built-in accessory storage compartment which is absent on PE770.

Machine Weight

Being a more sophisticated embroidery only machine with large workspace, PE770 is bound to be much heavier than SE400. PE770 weighs 27 pounds whereas SE400 weighs just 13.669 pounds.

Monogramming Font

Brother PE770 has 6 fonts for monogramming whereas SE400 has only 5.

Editor comment

Both are high performance machines. As far as embroidery performance is concerned, you get the feel that PE770 is slightly ahead. It is a hardcore embroidery machine. It doesn't mean that SE400 is inferior, it is still one of the best entry level embroidery machine available in U.S. We love SE400 for a variety of reasons including versatility, ease of customization and quality.

If you look at the features of both machines, you will understand one thing. The areas where it makes a huge difference is the embroidery area and the functionality. The smaller embroidery area of SE400 would be enough for beginners and intermediate sewers to an extent. The 5" x 7" embroidery area of PE770 is vital for professionals. While the sewing function on SE400 gives you the flexibility of owning a 2 in 1 machine. In simple words, go with SE400 if you are beginner and go with PE770 if you plan to do large projects.

Side by side comparison

FeatureBrother PE770Brother SE400
TypeEmbroidery OnlySewing & Embroidery Combo Machine
Max Embroidery Area5" x 7"4" x 4"
Built-in StitchesNo Sewing Stitches67 Sewing Stitches
Embroidery Hoop1 hoop, 5" x 7"1 hoop, 4" x 4"
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYesYes
Embroidery Speed650 Stitches/min400 Stitches/min
Speed Control SliderNoYes
Built-in Embroidery Designs13670
Automatic Needle ThreaderYesYes
Layout FunctionYesYes
Buttonhole StylesNo10 One-step
Pattern Rotation1, 10, 90 Degrees1, 10, or 90 Degrees
Top Drop-in BobbinYesYes
USB ConnectivityYes, USB PortYes
Stitch SelectionLCD Touch ScreenLCD Touch Display
Embroidery Card SlotYesYes
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Stitch Width7mm
Stitch Length5mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYesYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes 6Yes 5
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNoNo
Motor Speed710 Stitches/min (For regular sewing)
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes, 2 LEDsYes 1 LED
Feed Dog7
Machine Weight27 lbs13.66 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited25 Year Limited
Automatic Thread CutterYesYes

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer only. Opinions may be subjective.

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