Brother SE-400 — Sewing Stitch Patterns

The Brother SE-400 has 67 built in stitches for various types of sewing, including 10 styles of 1-step buttonholes. The stitches include several styles of Straight, Zigzag, Overcasting, BlindHem, Applique, Stretch, Patchwork, Quilting, Eyelet, Smocking, Decorative, Heirloom stitches and Side Cutter stitches. Side Cutter stitches, using an optional side cutter foot, finish seams by overcasting and cutting off the extra seam allowance similar to what a serger does.

The stitch length is adjustable up to 5mm and the stitch width up to 7mm for some stitch patterns. Stitch attributes include: Mirror, twin, multi-directional, side cutter, satin stitch regulator.

To select a stitch, use the arrow keys on the LCD touch screen to move through the stitch icons on the screen, select the stitch and choose the stitch settings.

Here are the utility and decorative stitches built into the Brother SE400:

Brother SE400 sewing stitches

Number Stitch Name Application
1 Straight stitch Basic stitching, sewing gathers or pintucks, etc.
2 Straight stitch Basic stitching and sewing gathers or pintucks
3 Straight stitch Attaching zippers, basic stitching, sewing gathers or pintucks, etc.
4 Triple stretch stitch Attaching sleeves, sewing inseams, sewing stretch fabrics and decorative stitching
5 Stretch stitch Sewing stretch fabrics and decorative stitching
6 Basting stitch Temporarily securing
7, 8 Zigzag stitch (left and right) Overcasting and attaching appliqués
9 2-point zigzag stitch Overcasting on mediumweight or stretch fabrics, attaching
elastic, darning, etc.
10 3-point zigzag stitch Overcasting on mediumweight or stretch fabrics, attaching elastic, darning, etc.
11 Overcasting stitch Overcasting on thin or mediumweight fabrics
12 Overcasting stitch Overcasting on thick fabrics
13 Overcasting stitch Overcasting on thick fabrics and decorative stitching
14 Overcasting stitch Overcasting on stretch fabrics
15 Overcasting stitch Overcasting on thick or stretch fabrics
16 Overcasting stitch Overcasting on stretch fabrics and decorative stitching
17 Blind hem stitch Blind hem stitching on mediumweight fabrics
18 Blind hem stitch Blind hem stitching on stretch fabrics
19 Appliqué stitch Appliqué stitching
20 Shell tuck stitch Shell tuck stitching
21, 22 Piecing straight stitch Piecing straight stitching (right and left)
23 Straight stitch that looks hand-sewn (for quilting) Straight stitch quilting that looks hand-sewn
24 Zigzag stitch (for quilting) Appliqué quilting, free-motion quilting, satin stitching
25 Appliqué stitch (for quilting) Attaching appliqués and binding
26 Quilting stitch (for stippling) Quilting background stitching (stippling)
27 Satin scallop stitch Scallop stitching
28 Joining stitch Patchwork stitching and decorative stitching
29 Joining stitch Patchwork stitching, decorative stitching and sewing overcasting on both pieces of fabric, such as with tricot
30 Joining stitch Patchwork stitching and decorative stitching
31 Smocking stitch Smocking stitching and decorative stitching
32, 33 Fagoting stitch Fagoting and decorative stitching
34 Elastic-attaching stitch Attaching elastic to stretch fabrics
35, 36, 37 Decorative stitch Decorative stitching
38 Decorative stitch Decorative stitching and elastic-attaching
39 Decorative stitch Lace sewing, decorative hemming, heirloom stitching, etc.
40 Decorative stitch Decorative hemming, heirloom stitching, etc.
41 Decorative stitch Decorative hemming on thin, mediumweight and plain weave fabrics, heirloom stitching, etc.
42 Decorative stitch Decorative hemming on thin, mediumweight and plain weave fabrics, heirloom stitching, etc.
43 Decorative stitch Decorative hemming on thin, mediumweight and plain weave fabrics, heirloom stitching, etc.
44 Decorative stitch Decorative hemming on thin, mediumweight and plain weave fabrics, heirloom stitching, etc.
45 Decorative stitch Decorative hemming, ribbon threading, heirloom stitching, etc.
46 Decorative stitch Decorative stitching, smocking stitching, heirloom stitching, etc.
47 Decorative stitch Decorative stitching, smocking stitching, heirloom stitching, etc.
48 Buttonhole stitch Horizontal buttonholes on thin and mediumweight fabrics
49 Buttonhole stitch Horizontal buttonholes on areas that are subject to strain
50 Buttonhole stitch Horizontal buttonholes on thick fabrics
51 Buttonhole stitch Secured buttonholes for fabrics that have backings
52 Buttonhole stitch Buttonholes for stretch or knit fabrics
53 Buttonhole stitch Buttonholes for stretch fabrics
54 Buttonhole stitch Bound buttonholes
55 Buttonhole stitch Keyhole buttonholes for thick or furry fabrics
56 Buttonhole stitch Keyhole buttonholes for mediumweight and thick fabrics
57 Buttonhole stitch Horizontal buttonholes for thick or furry fabrics
58 Darning stitch Darning mediumweight fabrics
59 Darning stitch Darning thick fabrics
60 Bar tack stitch Reinforcing openings and areas where the seam easily comes loose
61 Button-sewing stitch Button sewing
62 Eyelet stitch Sewing eyelets, for example, on belts
63 Side cutter (requires optional side cutter foot) Sewing straight stitches while cutting the fabric
64 Side cutter (requires optional side cutter foot) Sewing zigzag stitches while cutting the fabric
65 Side cutter (requires optional side cutter foot) Overcasting on thin and mediumweight fabrics while cutting the fabric
66 Side cutter (requires optional side cutter foot) Overcasting on thick fabrics while cutting the fabric
67 Side cutter (requires optional side cutter foot) Overcasting on mediumweight and thick fabrics while cutting the fabric

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Our Readers Respond ...

  1. Marie says

    Hello and thanks for your helpful site! I’m considering this machine and was wondering which one of the numbered decorative stitches will replicate a pin stitch in heirloom sewing?

  2. anna says

    hi Kamala,
    I have a SE 400 and i want to know how to “smock.” I can not find any info about smocking for a toddler dress/outfits using this machine ; and wonder if you have any knowledge. And if possible, can the smocked be embroidered afterwards.
    Thank you very much,
    anna

    • Kamala says

      Hi Anna, Look at page 112 in your Operations Manual for Smocking instructions. I’m not sure how embroidering over the smocking would work because it’s rather thick and rough. And there are so many variables depending on the fabric. You’d have to try it.

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