My First Brother SE400 Video And Embroidery

When I got my Brother SE400, it had so many functions and features that I was a little bit overwhelmed. So I wanted to start with the easiest, simplest possible thing just to try out the embroidery.

I decided to start with one of the built-in designs – the large, fancy initial “A”. A for Audrey, the name of my baby grandniece. I choose the easiest fabric I could think of – a medium weight, cotton twill – that would be easy to hoop, not too heavy and not stretchy. I used Sulky Soft ‘n Sheer, cut-away lightweight stabilizer behind the fabric and hooped both of them.

This video of that first embroidery shows how to select the pattern and stitch it out. The embroidery came out very well. But there’s a lot more to learn.

This is also my first video about my new Brother SE400 Sewing and Embroidery machine. I shot it with my iPhone 4s and edited it with iMovie on the iMac. Amazing how good the iPhone camera is now.

I hope you enjoy it.

Our Readers Respond ...

  1. Andrea says

    Could you recommend a good site to download embroidery designs for my se400 I am always worried about getting a virus

  2. Melissa Palmer says


    I can’t seem to do a 3 initial monogram one letter at a time on my Brother SE400. Do you have tips on how to size each letter individually and still have a pretty 3 letter monogram? Is there a way on the Brother SE400 to do a 3 letter monogram in one file? Thank you!

  3. Diana Brown says

    Hello All, My problem is basic as it gets….I cannot seem to wind thread on the bobbin that comes with the machine. It keeps winding beneath the cutter. Any advice?

    • Diana Brown says

      Found the instructions. This machine is more complex than doing it by hand. Go ahead, just pull me into the 21st century…..kicking and screaming! :)

  4. Sandra says

    I just got a SE400; the top thread won’t pull through; I know the logical thing is that the upper thread is not properly threaded but I can see the take up lever and the thread is through it; there are no error messages; I can pull the thread through the needle manually. The piece of work looks perfect on the back side but the front looks thin and obviously is just the bobbin thread pulled through . Any ideas?

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  6. Karli Sue Moore says

    Just got my SE400 for Christmas, very excited! My problem is, when attempting to monogram 3 letters, they seem to pull the cloth around them as if they are too tight, help?

    • Diana Brown says

      try adjusting the tension, that should help. test it out on a scrap piece of material first.

  7. Christy Brooks says

    HELP! I just bought an SE400. My problem is I can’t figure out how to line things up, for example, I want to type 2 words on the same line. When I line the 2nd word up the carriage starts sewing somewhere else. I also have downloaded some design frames and I want to put initials inside the frame but I’m having a hard time trying to figure out how to fit the initials inside the frame. Thank you!!

  8. Cheryl Lemmings says

    I’m new at this. I’m making memory bears and pillows and would like to be able to embroidery a poem on my pillows and need to know how to do that I have an SE 400. I’m searching very hard on a tutorial on how to.

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