Brother SE1800 Vs SE400 Comparison In Detail

Brother SE1800 Vs SE400 Comparison In Detail

The best thing about sewing and embroidery combo machines is that you don't need to spend money separately on a regular sewing machine and an embroidery machine. You can do both regular sewing and embroidery on the same machine itself. And when you talk about combo machines, one model that you can never ignore is the Brother SE400. This machine completely changed the face of entry level combo machine market. 

Sewers simply loved SE400's features, stitch quality and affordability. It was almost a picture perfect kind of machine for me, except for the slightly small embroidery area of 4" x 4". This is where Brother SE1800 stepped in with an embroidery area of 5" x 7". SE1800 is much more advanced than SE400, no question about. The question is, how advanced is SE1800 in comparison with SE400?

Brother SE1800 Vs SE400 - Major Feature Differences

In terms of design, both machines are entirely different. Let us see what are the main differences between the two.

Embroidery Area and Hoops

Brother SE1800 has a maximum embroidery area of 5" x 7" compared to the 4" x 4" area of SE400. The former comes with two hoops (5" x 7" and 5" x 12"). 5" x 12" hoop can be used  to combine designs with less rehooping. SE400 comes with a single 4" x 4" hoop. Moreover SE1800 comes with adjustable design icon size setting which is not available on SE400.

Built-in Sewing Stitches & Embroidery Designs

The first difference that you can pick is the embroidery area and the second is this one. Brother SE1800 comes with 184 sewing stitches which include 10 one-step buttonholes. SE400 has 67 sewing stitches including 10 one-step buttonholes. SE1800 has 136 built-in embroidery designs, whereas SE400 has only 70. Since both machines come with USB connectivity to import designs from internet, the number of built-in embroidery designs doesn't make a huge difference to me. 

Embroidery Lettering Fonts

SE1800 has 6 embroidery lettering fonts and SE400 has 5.

My Custom Stitch & Sideways Sewing

SE1800 has couple of advanced features like My Custom Stitch and Sideways Sewing. My Custom Stitch allows you to create your own sewing stitches and save it in the built-in memory. Sideways sewing gives you the freedom to sew sideways instead of just forward and backward (that's what we are used to). The feed dogs on this machine allow you to sew sideways and it is a blessing while sewing tight corners. For example, if you are sewing something like a square patch, you don't need to rotate your fabric.

Presser Foot Pressure

Presser foot pressure is adjustable on SE1800 and it is automatic on SE400. Even though an option to adjust the pressure is great, Brother SE400 does a fantastic job with automatic presser foot pressure.

LCD Screen

Both machines come with LCD Touch screen for input, but SE1800 has a slightly larger screen. The difference is not very huge but it is good anyways. The screen on SE1800 measures 3" x 1.6" and that on SE400 is 2.7" x 1.4". Moreover the screen brightness is adjustable on SE1800.

USB Connectivity

Both these machines have USB connectivity, which lets you import designs from the internet and store it in the machine memory. However, there is some difference in the way these two machines get connected. SE1800 comes with a USB port, which means you need to copy the designs or machine updates to a USB stick first and then plug it in (you can't connect your computer directly). SE400 on the other hand comes with a Type B USB port and a cable which connects directly to the computer (you can't insert a normal USB stick directly to the machine). I can't say that one method is better over the other. It is just personal preferences.

Work Space

The available sewing work space is understandably larger on SE1800. It measures 4.1" x 7.4". The work space on SE400 is 3.9" x 5.3". 

Motor Speed

SE1800 comes with a powerful motor which can do regular sewing and embroidery at maximum speeds of 850 Stitches/min and 650 Stitches/min respectively. SE400 can sew regular sewing stitches and embroidery stitches at maximum speeds of 710 Stitches/min and 400 Stitches/min respectively.

Knee Lifter

SE1800 has a knee lifter accessory to lift or lower the presser foot without taking your hands off the fabric. 

Work Lights

Brother SE1800 is well lit by 2 LEDs. Even though SE400 is well lit in the needle area, it has only 1 LED work light.

Machine Weight

SE1800 being an advanced sewing machine with more features, it is bound to be heavier than its younger cousin. SE1800 is 8.38 lbs heavier than SE400. You can easily carry Brother SE400 to sewing classes, which may not be the case with SE1800.


SE1800 comes with a hard protective cover and SE400 comes with a soft dust cover.

Editor comment

To be honest, you can't really compare these two machines because they cater to different set of users. Brother SE400 is an ideal machine for those who want to start out on embroidery without investing too much. It has so many features to grow your skills in embroidery. Not to forget its stitch quality and ease of use.

Brother SE1800 on the other hand is more advanced in features and suits professionals more. Its features are designed with professionals in mind and they will require those features on a day to day basis. This machine is ideal for giving that professional finishing touch to your projects.

Side by side comparison

FeatureBrother SE1800Brother SE400
TypeSewing and Embroidery ComboSewing & Embroidery Combo Machine
Max Embroidery Area5" x 7"4" x 4"
Built-in Stitches184 Sewing67 Sewing Stitches
Embroidery HoopTwo, 5"x7" and 5"x12"1 hoop, 4" x 4"
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYesYes
Embroidery Speed650 Stitches/min400 Stitches/min
Speed Control SliderYesYes
Built-in Embroidery Designs13670
Automatic Needle ThreaderYesYes
Layout FunctionYesYes
Buttonhole Styles10 One-step10 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
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYesYes
Built-in MemoryYesYes
Stitch Width7mm7mm
Stitch Length5mm5mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYesYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes, 6 Embroidery FontsYes 5
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureYesNo
Drop FeedYesYes
Motor SpeedSewing Speed 850 Stitches/min710 Stitches/min (For regular sewing)
On Board Accessory StorageYesYes
Work LightYes, 2 LEDsYes 1 LED
Feed Dog77
Included FeetButtonhole Foot, Overcasting Foot, Monograming Foot, Zipper Foot, Zigzag Foot, Button Fitting Foot, Stitch Guide Foot, Adjustable Zipper Foot/Piping Foot, Non-Stick Foot, Open Toe Foot, Embroidery Foot, Blind Stitch FootButtonhole foot, Overcasting foot, Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Blind Stitch foot, Button Fitting foot, Embroidery foot
Machine Weight22.05lbs13.66 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited25 Year Limited
Automatic Thread CutterYesYes
On-screen Help TutorialsYesYes
Knee LifterYesNo
CoverHard CoverSoft Cover

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

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