Review: Brother SE400 Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Got beautiful designs in your head? Well, we got Brother SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine to help you actualize it. It doesn’t matter your level; beginner or advanced sewer, the machine comes loaded with features and it’s easy to use.

When you make the purchase, do rest assured that you made a fantastic investment. It’s a machine with limitless possibilities. If you like to know more, then continue reading.

The Product: SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Designed to give your projects that unique professional touch, the Brother SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine stands as the perfect machine for all your sewing, embroidery crafting and home décor projects.

It features 70 built-in embroidery designs, 67 built-in sewing stitches, 120 frame pattern combination and five embroidery lettering fonts. Though feature-loaded, the SE400 still stands at a budget-friendly price.

The SE400 cannot be outdated, thanks to the computer connectivity that affords if the luxury of enjoying future machine updates. You also can seamlessly import and digitalize embroidery designs from your laptop or desktop computer.

Working with the SE400 makes sewing easy and convenient, unlike other machines. For instance, the automatic needle threading system makes threading fast and easy.

On the other hand, the backlit touch screen LCD makes working with the machine easy on the eyes. For extra convenience, the Quick-Set drop-in top bobbin, easy bobbin-winding system, and built-in push-button thread cutter all combine to give the user extra convenience while sewing and creating embroidery.

To crown it all up, the SE400 comes with an impressive array of accessories making it an impressive affordable feature-rich asset to the budding fashion designer.

Unique Features:

The SE400, a product of the Brother Industries Limited comes out of the box features-laden for your projects as an advanced designer or beginner.

Here we have the cool features that make the machine so special:

User-Friendly Backlit LCD Touch Screen Display:

This machine features a series of in-built designs and patterns and with the LCD touch screen, you can easily access the designs.

You can also control the design editing features and do so much more. You can quickly get started with embroidery with the built-in tutorials and quick start guide all through the LCD screen.

Spacious 4” x 4” Embroidery Area:

With the embroidery area, you can get creative and craft beautiful designs.

Automatic Needle Threader:

You don’t have to worry about threading with SE400 because it comes with an automatic needle threader. With one touch the machine becomes threaded, so no need for tweezers or magnifying glasses.

Computer Connectivity:

Your SE400 cannot be outdated; with the computer connectivity you can easily download updates from the manufacturer’s website. You can import different designs from the internet to add to your collection.

You can also buy thousands of wonderful exclusive, downloadable embroidery designs on The machine uses industry-standard .pes files for digitalizing designs and .penibroidery files widely available after the product purchase.

Smooth Fabric Feeding:

With the 7-point feed dogs operational, fabrics easily advance or get smoothly fed into the machine.

Brightly Lit Workspace:

With the brilliant light shining on the needle area/workspace, you can work safely and conveniently with your SE400. Dark fabrics stand no chance under the bright light of the machine.

Easy Bobbin Preparation:

The SE400 comes with a convenient bobbin-winding system that makes threading a breeze. Preparing bobbins happen fast and convenient.

Reliable, Quick-Set Drop-in Bobbin System:

The machine’s bobbin system works smoothly like a hot knife through butter. The jam-resistant drop-in top bobbin eradicates the act of “fishing” for bobbin thread.

In-built designs:

You have 67 built-in sewing stitches to choose from including utility, quilting, heirloom, and decorative stitches. It also comes with 70 built-in embroidery designs, 5 embroidery fonts and 120 frame pattern combinations.

Design Editing:

It comes with designs design editing features which have functions such as rotate, mirror-images, increase and decrease the size of designs etc.

Built-in Tutorials:

The SE400 comes with tutorials that teach beginners or new users how to use the machine. So, you have nothing to worry about as it relates to the sewing and embroidery functions, the tutorials display them on the LCD screen for you to learn.


The SE400 comes with different accessories that increase the machine’s flexibility, usability, and versatility. For you to switch the machine from one function to another, just switch an accessory. Let us now see the accessories that came with the machine:

1, 4” x 4” Embroidery Hoop: With the 4 x 4 space, you can create different designs within that space.

2, Accessory Feet: The machine comes with the following feet that make the machine awesome and these include:

  • Blind stitch foot
  • Button fitting foot
  • Buttonhole foot
  • Embroidery foot
  • Monogramming foot
  • Overcasting foot
  • Zipper foot

3, Softcover

4, Embroidery arm

5, USB cable

6, Accessory bag with seam-ripper, needle set, cleaning brush, two screwdrivers, touch pen, three spool caps, scissors, three bobbins

7, English/Spanish operation manual

Product Information

The product information of the SE400 include:

Weight10.9 pounds
Product Dimension20.3 x 15 x 15.2 inches
Warranty25 years limited parts; 1-year labor
In the Box:SE400 Computerized
Sewing and Embroidery Machine
4” x 4” Embroidery hoop
Embroidery arm
Free Arm/Accessory Compartment
Assorted Accessory feet
Embroidery bobbin thread
USB cable
Power cord
Accessory bag with various accessories
English/Spanish operation manual
Warranty25-year limited warranty

Brother SE400 Tutorial for Beginners:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Care and Maintenance Tips:

For you to enjoy your machine for longer, you must keep it in good working condition. This can be made possible by routine operational maintenance which can be done following the simple tips below:

Cleaning The Machine Surface

From time to time your machine gets dusty. If the dust remains, it could get into it and cause it to develop some faults, hence the importance of cleaning the surface. With the simple steps below, you can quickly remove dust from your machine:

  1. Disconnect the power cable before starting to prevent electric shock or other related injuries.
  2. Get a soft absorbent cloth and lightly soak it in neutral detergent and water solution
  3. Remove the cloth from the detergent and firmly squeeze out the liquid from it
  4. Use the moist soapy cloth once to clean the surface of the machine.
  5. After using the damp cloth to clean the surface, use a dry cloth to wipe it thoroughly to keep its surface shining.

Cleaning The Race

Once dust accumulates in the bobbin case, the performance of the machine will be affected. Do keep the bobbin case dust-free periodically for the machine to run smoothly. Do follow the simple maintenance steps below to rid the bobbin case of dust:

Turn the machine off then remove the power cable positioned at the right side of the machine to cut off the electric supply to it.

Detach the flatbed attachment or the embroidery unit whichever one you find attached.

Loosen the presser foot holder screw and bring out the presser foot holder. Now loosen the needle clamp screw and remove the needle.

Grip the two sides of the needle plate cover and then slide the plate towards you to remove it.

Hold the bobbin case then pull it gently to remove it.

Use a soft brush, or a vacuum cleaner to clean off any lint and dust from the race, bobbin thread sensor and its surrounding area. Never apply oil on the bobbin case. Note that the bobbin thread sensor must not carry dust else it would not work properly.

Place the bobbin case into position so that the projection on the bobbin case aligns with the spring. To get the position right, move the bobbin case right and left to make sure that the right side of the projection touches the spring and you find a space on the left side of the projection. If you install the bobbin case wrongly it would cause the needle to break.

Place the tabs on the needle plate cover into the needle plate then slide the cover closed.

Ensure the bobbin case remain unscratched else the upper thread may become tangled or worse the needle may break, or the sewing may be hindered.

FAQs about SE400:

Q: What Should I Do When My Machine Thread Gets Tangled?

A: When the machine thread gets tangled and stops it from turning, please do the following:

  • Avoid turning the pulley by force because if you do the lower thread might not be picked up correctly and stitches might not be formed correctly.
  • Remove the needle plate and cut the tangled threads with a scissors or cutter

Q: Why Does The Lower Thread Keep Breaking?

A: The reasons for breaking of the lower thread include:

  • The thread might be tangled
  • The bobbin could be threaded improperly in the shuttle hook

Try and re-thread the machine if wrongly threaded and untangle the machine (as above) to resolve any of the problems.

Q: How Do I Oil My Machine?

A: Oiling the machine should never be done by the user because the machine might be damaged in the process. The machine was manufactured with the needed amount of oil to ensure the machine runs correctly. It’s therefore unnecessary for the user to oil the machine. However, the machine becomes difficult to turn or noisy, then contact the dealer for help.

Our Verdict

Bestowed with the Women’s Choice Award in 2018 and recommended by 9 out of 10 customers, Brother SE400 is highly recommended for all your fashion projects. As a professional or beginner do not look away from picking up this bad boy for yourself and make dreams with it. You will enjoy comprehensive sewing functions and unlimited embroidery capabilities.

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  1. Randy Neal

    Woww! Thank you so much for this post. Comprehensive and really helpful. I have once seen the SE400 machine at a friends place, and I instantly fell in love with it. The inbuilt designs were amazing and makes me want to get a hand on the machine.
    This post has just further watered my appetite for the machine and I am surely going to include it on my to-buy list. It always feels refreshing reading stuff from here. Keep up the good work.

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