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. ana munoz says

    I just got my brother 400se, when I embroider, only my white bobbin thread sews onto the fabric. None of my top colored thread even is sewn onto my fabric. What did I do wrong?

  2. JANET says

    i’m new to this craft. and feel very overwhelmed. i can’t seem to figure out how to download patterns to my machine. there’s not much on it that it came with. if i can’t get something downloaded to it there’s not much of a reason for me to keep it.

  3. Krista says

    I’m getting ready to purchase a new machine, but I need to know if the automatic sewing feature (no foot pedal) has a speed control that allows you to slide it for you to go as slow or fast as you’d like or is it only a slow medium and fast control? If the latter can you switch from slow to medium during the sewing? Are these controls conveniently located? Thank you!

  4. chelsea waite says

    I am so excited about me machine but totally overwhelmed at the same time. I have been following the procedures to prep the machine for embroidery (changing the foot and changing the base, then turning the machine on like the video tutorial and instruction manual say. However, every time I turn my machine on (even before I started changing it over to embroidery) it makes a clicking noise and the start/stop button with the arrow is red. The LCD screen does light up but it has nothing on it, no messages, does not respond or do anything if I push the buttons to the right of the screen, etc. Therefore, I cannot move forward with any steps. I can’t seem to find any information on what is causing this and thank you in advance for your help!

    • Kamala says

      Dear Chelsea, When you put the embroidery unit on and turn the machine on, there should be a little beep and then a noise. The start/stop button will be red until you lower the pressor foot to stitch. But the LCD Screen should have a message, “The carriage of the embroidery unit will move.” [OK] You can’t do anything until you press OK and wait for the embroidery unit to move. Then you should see the normal home screen.

      OK, the manual says if nothing appears in the LCD screen when the machine is turned on, it’s because it’s too bright. See p. 163, Adjusting the LCD in the Operations Manual for instructions.

  5. Belinda lint says

    I just got my brother 400se, when I embroider, only my white bobbin thread sews onto the fabric. None of my top colored thread even is sewn onto my fabric. What did I do wrong?

    • Vickie says

      I just purchased a Brother SE400 and having the same issue with only the white bobbin thread sewing onto the fabric and wonder if Belinda found an answer if anyone else is having the same problem.

    • Laura Mower says

      If the bobbin thread is showing on top, adjust the tension dial to lower position. May take a couple tries. Had same problem.

  6. Lauren says

    Hi! I am pretty good at using my Brother SE-400 but am currently having an issue seeing the file that I have transferred to my machine. What I choose the image I want to send over it acts like it is transferring it, but it never shows up on my machine’s display. It does say that It has used a bit of memory though. I haven’t transferred in a few months. Maybe I need to update my machine?

    • Kamala says

      Hi Lauren, as far as I know, there’s no updates for our machine. It’s probably some incompatibility with the design. You could test this, by transferring a file that you did before and know works. When this happens, it’s usually that the design is larger than 3.94″x3.94″. But there are other reasons. Please see my article on downloading designs and especially read the comments.

  7. Riva says

    I wanted to embroider “Big sister” on a t-shirt for my daughter. I started and it was looking great but on the last “r” the machine got stuck and I had to stop the process. After stopping it and cutting my threads I couldn’t figure out how to go back and add the last r to make sure it lined up properly. How can I add just one letter without restitching the entire word again?

    • Kamala says

      Hi Riva, You have to move forward by color or by stitch. See page 148 in the Operations Manual about “Stopping while Embroidering.”

  8. masood says

    Hi,i want to know that brother se 400 is working in india .do anyone used it.i dont know the voltage in india. Am living in hyderabad.plz suggest me i should buy this machine are not.plz iwant this machine.and singer quantum 9960 also.i am waiting .thank u

    • Kamala says

      Hi Masood. The voltage in India is 240 volts/50 hz. The voltage in the US and the SE400 is 110 volts/60 hz. You would need a transformer to convert the voltage (NOT just an adaptor). Both Brother and say not to use the SE400 with a transformer. I live in the US, so I’ve never tried it and cannot say. Some people say they’re doing it. Other people are having problems that may or may not be caused by the different voltage.

  9. Connie Olmos says

    I’m thinking of buying this machine but am wondering if it will fit in my current cabinet. Is the arm removable for regular sewing?

    • Kamala says

      Hi Connie, The embroidery unit is removable, but the arm is not. There is a base that is fixed, like a portable machine designed to go on top of a table. I don’t think it will fit in a cabinet. Also, the socket for the cord and on/off switch are down in the base and would be inside the cabinet.

  10. Julie says

    I just bought an se425 machine. I was wondering if I can use the cones of thread or do I have to use the regular spools? Thanks

    • Kamala says

      Hi Julie, You can use cones, but you have to have an external thread stand that sits behind the machine. The large cones or spools won’t fit in the regular SE400 thread holder/spindle.

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