Can the Brother SE400 Do Caps?

Brother SE-400 Hat HoopYes, the Brother SE400 can embroider caps and hats with visors like baseball caps.

The trick is to hold the cap firmly in place while the machine embroiders it. A special cap hoop makes this job a lot easier.

For a description of the cap hoop for the Brother SE400 and instructions on how to use it, read my post, Cap Hoop for Brother SE400 Embroidery Machine.

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  1. connie says


    I’m new to embroidering and haven’t sewn in years but am wanting to do a lot of projects for coworkers and have spent a lot of money on this machine and the problem I’m running into is all the
    things I want to do my machine says its too large for my hoop and its not even close I want to know how to change the size of the hoop in the machine so it will let me sew ? their has to be a way, otherwise why would they have 3 hoop sizes with it if it wouldn’t let you sew them. please let me know what I’m doing wrong.

  2. Gail weber says

    How can I emb. a name on a stocking cap? There is an existing design on the cap so I want to place a name above the design or on the back side of the part that folds up.

  3. Karen Johnston says

    I recently purchased a SE425. I designed an image on “Sew What,” I then transferred the image to the machine. It shows in the memory (40/476 kb) so I know its there, but it won’t let me select it. Any ideas?


  4. Karlee says

    Hi! I am definitely thinking about purchasing a Brother SE400. I am making lanyards and wanted to embroider different designs on them. The width of fabric is about 7/8. Would I be able to do that if I put the fabric in the hoop? Or would I need a specialized hoop at all?
    Thank You!

  5. Joanie says

    Hi! I am learning how to used the brother SE400 but I have some questions. When I choose small letters for embroidering a name can the size of the whole name design be changed? If so how? I also don’t quite understand how to move my material in the frame and line it up to continue a word. If the letters could be smaller could I fit 10 spaces? Since I can’t seem to change the size it will only let me enter 8. Thanks for your time.

  6. DiANA says

    How do you realign a name. The machine tells you the name won’t fit in hoop. I guess I am asking how do you use the placement guide. I am 74 years old, and I don’t understand the instructions. Thank you

  7. patei says

    I have a fast growing grand dtr and 7 grand sons, the hat hoop would be a better buy for someone
    on a fixed income, but right now I could use a smaller hoop for the little girl clothes, I wonder if the hat hoop would be useable for her little things and then I can use it also for the boys hats,
    I think I have 1 maybe 2 yrs before she will be in clothes that the 4×4 will be compatible with.

    also I wanted to tell you that the person I talked to about the SE400 told me I could move,/store patterns to my machine with a usb flash drive. my kids got together and bought it for me as a Christmas gift via amazon, so I was surprized to see your comment that that wouldn’t work. you can tell I haven’t tried it yet tho.

    • Kamala says

      Hi Patel, The only difference about the hap hoop is the clamp that holds the bill of a cap securely for embroidering. I don’t see how it would work for little things. There is the small hoop that is designed for little things. After she grows, you can still use this hoop for things like socks, cuffs, gloves, sleeves. But since you’re on a fixed income, I would suggest trying the adhesive stabilizer method before buying any hoop. Hoop adhesive stabilizer in the regular 4×4 hoop. Stick the item to the stabilizer. (You can also use regular stabilizer with spray adhesive.) Pin or baste it securely. The item is not hooped. Some people embroider caps with this method too. I just find the cap hoop makes it faster and easier. But if you’re on a limited budget, you can do without. Here are some instructions from Sulky: Sticky+. Scroll down to the bottom.

      The SE400 connects directly to your computer with an USB cable. This is a different type of USB connection than the one that takes a USB flash drive. Many people are confused about the different types of USB ports. If you haven’t seen my tutorial on copying patterns, you can check it out here. How To Download Designs To The Brother SE400

    • Kamala says

      Hi Lori, using the built-in fonts, you can choose three different sizes. The small size is approximately 3/8 x 3/8 inch, the medium size is 5/8 x 5/8 inches and the large size is 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches. Then using the Adjust > Layout > Size screen you can increase the size further. Have a look at page 143 in the Operations Manual.

  8. Jill says

    Hi ~ I have the SE400 and am having trouble clearing a caught thread under the bobbin spool. It is stopping the machine from working. I can see it, but I can’t get to it. Has anyone else had this problem and managed to remove the bobbin case?

    • Kamala says

      Hi Jill, you have to remove the needle plate cove and then you can remove the bobbin case and clean. Look on page 152 of the Operations Manual under “Cleaning the race” for details.

      • Jill says

        Hi ~ Thank you for that. However, it’s under the actual casing that the bobbin case sits in. I have managed to clean it…….but I think I have now damaged the bobbin case, it doesn’t rotate anymore.I’ve looked everywhere, but can’t find any spare parts for this machine:(

        • Kamala says

          Oh dear, sorry, it’s hard to understand from just words. The bobbin and bobbin case don’t move. Only the silver casing that the bobbin case sits in rotates. If that doesn’t move, maybe there’s still a bit of thread caught in the mechanism. I don’t know anywhere to get spare parts except at a dealer.

  9. Dennis Horton says

    I am working on put a logo on some material. i have the .pes file and the first two time i did the work it came out with the bottom thread came out in the pattern at the edges as if the pattern had a border. Then it worked fine three times and now it is doing it again. What is going on?

    • Kamala says

      I don’t know. It doesn’t seem like a tension adjustment problem since it comes and goes. I wonder what’s changing? You could try taking the bobbin case out and thoroughly cleaning the race. (see manual p. 152). Sometimes even a microscopic bit of dust or debris can mess up the tension. I wonder if there’s something whirling around in there that gets caught in the mechanism and messes up the stitching. And then it gets spun out and it’s OK. That’s just a wild thought. And the top thread. A little bit of stuff in the tension disc can affect it. Cut the thread at the top near the spool, remove the other end from the needle, and pull the thread down and out from the bottom. This “flosses” the upper thread path. Removing the thread from the top can leave bits of thread lint in there. Did you rethread between times? Different fabric or stabilizer? Any other thoughts on what could be different between the work? Good luck, sorry I don’t know more, Kamala

  10. Mabel Brooks says

    I just got my SE-400 today. I was able to do the Butterfly design. I love the machine. Easy to use but I would like to do some labels but I cant find any instructions on doing a second line inside of the 4×4 area. I am looking forward to reading your blog and following your ideas.

    • Kamala says

      Hi Mabel,
      There are basically two ways. Stitch the first line. Then select the letters for the second line. Press the ADJUST, then LAYOUT keys. Now you can change the position of the letters within the 4×4 area. Look on p. 143 of the Operation Manual for some pictures.

      The other way is to put the lines together with embroidery editing software. This would be faster if you’re going to stitch a lot of labels with the same words. But you have to buy the software.

      I would suggest trying the first method first just to learn how to use the position tools.

      Congratulations on your first day embroidering,

  11. Becky says

    I was wondering if you have any experience with Stitch Era Universal? I have the free version and I am trying to figure out how to put individual fonts together to form words to embroider. I have some .pes fonts that I would like to use with my brother se400, and am hoping to use Stitch Era Universal to put them together.

    • Kamala says

      Hi Becky, I’m sorry, I’ve never used Stitch Era Universal. I’ll put it on my list to check out. Maybe someone else can help. Kamala

  12. Kim Dority says

    Does the Brother SE400 come with a stabilizer? If not what kind of stabilizer do I get? Also can this machine embroider duffle bags? Thank you so much,
    Kim Dority