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Brother® SE-400 (Enthusiast)

Brother® SE-400 (Enthusiast) sewing machine.
Machine Info. from Brother®
Specifications  
Sewing Area: 100mm (3.94") x 100mm (3.94")
Needle Type: Flat Shank Domestic
Bobbin Type: Style A or Type 15
Introduced: 2012
Read Formats: PES 
Please message us if you have additional info on this machine.

The computerized SE-400 combination embroidery and sewing machine is designed to help you give your projects a customized, high-end look -- all while being priced to fit your budget! Featuring 70 built-in embroidery designs, 67 built-in sewing stitches, 120 frame pattern combinations and 5 embroidery lettering fonts, the SE-400 is the perfect machine for all your sewing, embroidery, crafting and home décor projects. Computer connectivity allows you to enjoy future machine updates and easily import and digitize embroidery designs directly from your computer. Features like the automatic needle threading system and backlit touch screen LCD display make working on the machine easy on your eyes, while the Quick-Set™ drop-in top bobbin, easy bobbin-winding system and built-in push-button thread cutter add a new level of convenience to your sewing and embroidery crafting. With an impressive assortment of included accessories, the SE-400 is truly an affordable, feature-rich choice for the budding fashion designer.


G C.

Help, I am having trouble embroidering a beautiful Nutcracker design that I purchased on Etsy to try with my Brother SE-400. Most of the stitches on the design's body look fine but the eyes look horrible. I am new to embroidering and don't know where to get help. The fabric and stabilizer are medium weight. I am using a red top needle and I tried adjusting the tension from 4 to 6 but it didn't help.

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Kirsten S.

Hi G C.
I suggest contacting the seller for help. They might have used a finer thread for the eye detail, and they could tell you if they did. I also suggest doubling your stabilizer if you are using only one sheet. This may help to stabilize the dense stitches in that area to a point where they will turn out more satisfactorily.

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G C.

Hi Kirsten, thank you for your help. The seller adjusted the design for me and I doubled the stabilizer. The eyes look much better now.

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Kirsten S.

That's super! Thanks for letting us know :)

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Shanna D.

If I want to use a monster hoop what one would I use for this machine?

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Jeanne E.

Hi Shanna, I just checked our compatibility chart, and unfortunately it looks like we don't have a monster hoop that is compatible to this machine. Sorry for any inconvenience. Have a great day!

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Meg T.

I have the Brother Embroidery and Sewing SE-400 "Enthusiast" machine. I am wondering what is the best type of backing to use behind the fabric to be embroidered? I can think of what its called...interfacing maybe? In order to embroider on the fabric piece I was told you have to use a different kind of material behind it too.

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Heather B.

Hi, Meg. We generally call that "stabilizer". Stabilizer recommendations vary depending on your fabric. For instance, if you are doing a t-shirt, a piece of cutaway stabilizer would be recommended, but if you are stitching on a non-stretch cotton, a piece of tearaway stabilizer may be sufficient. Here's a link to a video to get you started:

https://www.embroidery.com/help.ec?docid=1696&efid=1777

P.S. If you need a recommendation for a specific fabric, please let us know.

~Heather
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nancy z.

i found the card for the se400 in amazon

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nancy z.

wow got information i needed first time embroidery did a b on a shirt

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Heather B.

Congrats, Nancy.

~Heather
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Kristen B.

My Brother SE400 keeps disconnecting from the computer when I try to upload a design. Any ideas?

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Kirsten S.

Hi Kristen,

When you upload a design, if it is ion a USB drive, if you are disconnecting the USB cable to insert the USB stick, that will disconnect the machine from the computer.
When you upload a design, it needs to have been unzipped, and in the .pes or .dst format that your machine recognizes. The design should also be 3.93 inches or less in size and saved with that hoop size, with no special characters in the file name. If uploading designs has worked in the past, check if your machine's memory might be too full to take another design. Upload less than 12 designs at a time. It's also possible that a cable has come disconnected on the inside of your machine. If that's the case, it will need to see a technician.
https://help.brother-usa.com/app/answers/detail/a_...

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Ruth Z.

Hi, i want to use my new large hoop for a larger design but the machine keeps telling me that the design is to big for the hoop, it only wants to work with the 4x4 hoop, what i have to do

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Heather B.

Hi, Ruth. Unfortunately, buying a new hoop does not expand your machine's actual sewing area. It is programmed to embroider in a 4"x4" sewing area, which will not change unless Brother offers a machine upgrade that allows you to expand that area. You would need to check with them to see if that is the case.

Alternately, if you own software such as Embrilliance Essentials or Embrilliance Enthusiast, you can embroider larger designs using the multi-position function. If you're interested, you can read more here:

https://www.embroidery.com/help.ec?docid=2875&efid=79

~Heather
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Kimberly S.

Hello, so excited to find a forum that's not 10 years old! I'm new to machine embroidery. I've had success with most designs, trial, error & YouTube help! I want to use monogram design frames that I bought & downloaded from Etsy. I am stumped at how to actually get the monogram letters to sew in the frames. Do I need to sew the monogram 1st & then add the frame around it or the other way around? Or can I somehow make my Brother SE400 do it all at once? I appreciate all help and hope this is the place I've been searching for!

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Heather B.

Hi, Kimberley. I'm glad you found us!

Not having seen the monogram you are asking about, I'll just give my best guess. If it were me, I would to a test sewout, embroidering the monogram first, followed by the frame. If you want to do both at once, you would need to combine the designs first in some embroidery software. If you don't have software that combines designs, a good one we carry is Embrilliance Essentials. It's just a good all around software that I'd recommend to any embroiderer.

https://www.embroidery.com/Embrilliance-Essentials.ec

I hope that helps and please let us know if you need anything else.

~Heather
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Cecilia J.

How can I get an electronic card for embroidering other designs on my Brothers SE 400 ?

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Heather B.

Thanks for the question, Cecilia. If you're looking for a blank card, we carry the Ultimate Card, which is available for purchase:

https://www.embroidery.com/product.ec?productsetID=39173

If you are looking for pre-loaded design cards, you can check websites such as Brother's Ibroidery website:

http://www.ibroidery.com/

~Heather
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KIMBERLY J.

I AM NEW TO EMBROIDERING. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW CAN I EMBROIDER A PARAGRAPH ON MY SE400 WITH OUT HAVING TO PROGRAM 1 LINE AT A TIME

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Kirsten S.

Hi Kimberly, What I do is use Embrilliance software. If it's just text you want, download Embrilliance and don't add a serial number. That way you're using the free, text-only mode. You will find a .bx font that matches what you want to do (many companies offer them, often with freebies), type in a whole paragraph on your computer and save it to the .pes for your SE-400. Then you can use the computer connection to send that pes paragraph to your machine for stitching.
This link has two videos that show how you do it:

https://www.embroidery.com/help.ec?docID=2883&efid=...

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ANN H.

I have a Brother SE1800 WHY CAN I NOT FIND IT ON ANYTHING?

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Heather B.

Hi, Ann. Thanks for the question. I would guess that the SE1800 is a newer machine so there is not as much information out there as is on other machines. I have been able to do research and add an information page to our site:

https://www.embroidery.com/Brother-SE1800.ec

Please let me know if I can help you have any additional questions on this that I can help with.

~Heather
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