Brother Se400; Checking out the embroidery function

About an hour ago I got to play around with my Brother SE400′s embroidery function. The sewing machine arrived on Monday.

Brother SE400 sewing & Embroidery Machine

Brother SE400 Sewing & Embroidery Machine


I unpacked it the same day it arrived, just to see if I received all the parts, but I didn’t actually test it out until yesterday and then I only tested the sewing function. I won’t be using this for sewing, I purchased this machine solely for it’s embroidery feature. Today, I had a little time and so I finally tested out the embroidery feature. I stuck with simple designs and did them all on ‘scrap material’.

Cute designs embroidered with my Brother SE400

Cute designs embroidered with my Brother SE400


In hindsight, I should swapped out embroidery threads, especially for the kitty so you could see the contrast (and it’s eyes) but I was basically just checking out how it embroiders. The SE400 stops sewing so you can swap out the embroidery thread for another color. I didn’t swap, I just started it again to keep the machine sewing with the same color.

I'm really loving this embroidery thread.

I’m really loving this embroidery thread.


Also I should have used plain fabric but I told my daughter to grab some scrap fabric and she choose this. Currently I’m a newbie with machine embroidery… and it’s a strange feeling… I’ve been sewing for over 30 years, hand embroidery for almost as long, but this is my first time embroidering with an embroidery machine.

Wrong side of machine embroidered work

Wrong side of machine embroidery. I took this picture before I snipped the loose threads and removed the stabilizer – shiny clear stuff you see. Stabilizer is needed for machine embroidery.


Naturally you’ll need to use stabilizer on the back of your fabric… depending on the fabric you choose you might have to add a lightweight stabilizer to the front of the fabric also. The embroidery function is so easy, choose the design you like unplug the foot pedal and the machine does everything for you.

Once I become familiar with the Brother SE400′s embroidery function, I’ll start doing more elaborate designs. My initial reaction is that I like the machine. It’s runs quiet, and I love the hands off embroidery features… the self threading feature along with the automatic thread cutting are nice bonuses also.

In other news….

Of course I’m still knitting. Currently, I’m working on a pair of mittens for myself and I’m knitting the mittens two at a time!


8 Responses to Brother Se400; Checking out the embroidery function

  1. DragonLady says:

    Too cool. I did hand embroidery back in my teens, but pretty much abandoned it after that. I lost interest (focus, actually) really easy back then. Ok, I’m really not much better now, but now time is the constraint. :)
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    Opal Reply:

    @DragonLady, I always liked embroidery and it’s kind of neat to see the machine do it for you and you’re right time is always comes into play. ;)
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  2. Jennifer says:

    WOW! Awesome! I LOVE playing with new-to-me-stuff! Have FUN!!!!!
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    Opal Reply:

    Thanks @Jennifer, I haven’t had a chance to play since the day I wrote the post (Wednesday) I’m hoping to play around with it tomorrow.
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  3. Susanne says:

    That looks really nice!!! I’d love to get a new sewing machine but right now I use it too little.. maybe later.
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    Opal Reply:

    Thanks @Susanne, I had fun the limited time I was using it, it’s my first electric sewing machine. I’m looking to so some sewing this weekend.
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  4. syed says:

    Beautiful embroidery machine what is the price this machine I wana purchase
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  5. [...] played around with different colored embroidery thread. The cat is a big improvement over my first, remember that machine embroidered cat? But I still could have done better… such as using a thicker stabilizer for this muslin [...]

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