Brother SE400 Review In Detail

Brother SE400 Review In Detail

Brother SE400 is different in many ways. It is in a different class altogether. However the small embroidery area may be a disadvantage.

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Brother SE400 is a very popular embroidery machine in US. The machine is not just popular for embroidery, it is popular for regular sewing as well. We are not joking, Brother SE400 can do both regular sewing and embroidery. It is a computerized sewing and embroidery combo machine.

Brother SE400 has 120 frame pattern combinations, 5 alphabetic fonts, 70 built-in embroidery designs, 67 built-in sewing stitches (including 10 one-step buttonholes) and 98 stitch functions. It has an embroidery area of 4" x 4" which is ideal for beginners. Creativity doesn't simply end there, with SE400 you can download additional designs from and then import them to the machine via USB. There are so many free designs to try.

Brother SE400 also features an embroidery card slot. However it supports only .pes and .pen embroidery file formats. Since the machine is computerized, you can sew without using the foot pedal. With the speed control slider, you are in full control of the sewing speed. Threading is made easy by the automatic needle threader.

Pattern selection is nice and easy, thanks to the backlit LCD touch screen. To feature a touch panel at this price is great. One unique thing about Brother SE400 is that the machine will suggest the thread color depending on the pattern you select. The pattern can be adjusted in the layout setting as well. The size menu lets you adjust the size of patterns. The screen also has some built-in help tutorials, which is a nice thing as you don't need to reach out for the user manual every time you are in doubt.

An LED bulb illuminates the work space. SE400 features an automatic thread cutter. In this price segment, an automatic thread cutter is hard to find, kudos to Brother for providing it. Programmable needle up/down button is handy while quilting. Reverse sewing button is conveniently placed. You can also do mirror designs or rotate the design to different angles like 90 degrees, 10 degrees and 1 degree. Top drop-in bobbin with clear cover makes bobbin changing easy.

Brother SE400 can sew at a speed of 710 stitches/min. Now, this is not the best sewing speed you can get on a regular sewing machine, but considering the fact that SE400 is a sewing and embroidery combo machine, this speed is pretty good. As far as embroidery is concerned, the machine can stitch at a speed of 400 stitches/min. 

7-point feed dogs ensure consistent feed. 5 lettering fonts are there for monogramming. The maximum stitch width and length are 7mm and 5mm respectively. There is drop feed option to do free-motion works. An accessory storage compartment is built-in. Brother SE400 weighs just 13.66 lbs, which is pretty lightweight for such a sophisticated embroidery machine.The handle on the top adds to the portability of the machine. 

Ease of Use

The user manual is very detailed. There is also information about the time required to finish a design. It is very easy to thread the machine. To insert the embroidery unit, first drop the feed dogs and then insert it. It snaps into place quite easily. As far as ease of use is concerned, this machine is right up there with the best. The LCD screen is also very user-friendly, so that you feel at home while selecting patterns and editing stitches. Even better thing is that the start stop button will remain red until all the settings are correct. If everything is correct, it will turn green and you are ready to go. Stitch quality of SE400 is great, even over multiple layers. Stitch quality is something that we consider as a top priority. Fortunately, Brother SE400 is excellent in that regard. Stitch quality over multiple layers of thick fabrics like denim is quite good. Embroidery pattern and monogram letters come out good.


Brother SE400 ticks almost all the check boxes, except for the embroidery area. The embroidery area of 4" x 4" might be small to accommodate large projects. However the area is more than enough for starters. It is when you do really large projects you may feel constrained. Only 4' x 4" hoop comes included in the box. 

Presser foot pressure is automatic, there is no adjustment option.


•    User friendly
•    Lot of customization options
•    Excellent stitch quality
•    Combo machine
•    Portable


•    Slightly small embroidery area

Editor Comments

There are many things that make Brother SE400 sewers' favorite. Be it the option to do both regular sewing and embroidery, level of customization, advanced features, affordability, stitch quality. Customization has no limits on this machine. Beginners need not think twice.


TypeSewing & Embroidery Combo Machine
Max Embroidery Area4" x 4"
Built-in Stitches67 Sewing Stitches
Embroidery Hoop1 hoop, 4" x 4"
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYes
Embroidery Speed400 Stitches/min
Speed Control SliderYes
Built-in Embroidery Designs70
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Layout FunctionYes
Buttonhole Styles10 One-step
Pattern Rotation1, 10, or 90 Degrees
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
USB ConnectivityYes
Stitch SelectionLCD Touch Display
Embroidery Card SlotYes
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Built-in MemoryYes
Stitch Width7mm
Stitch Length5mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes 5
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNo
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
Motor Speed710 Stitches/min (For regular sewing)
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes 1 LED
Feed Dog7
Included FeetButtonhole foot, Overcasting foot, Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Blind Stitch foot, Button Fitting foot, Embroidery foot
Machine Weight13.66 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Snap-on Presser FootYes
Twin Needle CapabilityYes
Automatic Thread CutterYes
Work Space3.9 x 5.3 (H x W)
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button (Apart from reverse button)No
On-screen Help TutorialsYes
TensionAdjustable With Dial
Included Wide Extension TableEmbroidery Attachment
Knee LifterNo
CoverSoft Cover

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