With lots of impressive features and a pretty extensive library of stitches, the Brother SE400 computerized sewing machine is designed to make all your sewing and embroidery dreams come true – all of this while being priced to fit your budget.  As far as machines in this category go, the SE 400 is .

This is an exact replica of the SE 350 with one distinct upgrade- the addition of a USB port for computer connectivity. This makes it possible for you to import your own customized designs that you have either created on your own or downloaded from the internet. It also allows you to easily download important software updates.

Embroider & Sewing Features of the Brother SE400

The machine has an internal memory of 512K, so depending on how simple or complex the designs are, you could store up to about 12 designs on your machine and anything more than that can be stored on your computer and uploaded whenever necessary. If you do not want to bother with connecting to the computer every now and done,  getting a 4 MB Brother Memory card will allow you to store additional designs on the machine itself.

Even without the computer connectivity, the SE400 comes with enough pre loaded features to give you a lot of versatility when it comes to embroidery. There are a whopping 70 built in embroidery designs, 120 frame patterns and 5 monogram fonts to choose from! Using these patterns in different combinations can add a truly unique touch to several embroidery project without having to repeat any design.

In addition to the embroidery stitches, the SE400 also comes with 67 built in sewing stitches coupled with 98 stitch functions.

Highlights of the Brother SE400

The sewing area is a generous 4” x 4”, which is very convenient when you are machine embroidering. You don’t have to struggle with the excess fabric when working on larger projects such as table cloths or drapes.

Other convenient features include:

  • Variable needle positions
  • Easy bobbin winding system
  • Quick-set and drop-in bobbin
  • Automatic needle threader
  • Touch screen LCD display
  • Easy to view back light
  • Slider for speed control
  • Start/Stop Button

Pros of the Brother SE 400

The combination of sewing and embroidery functionality at less than $400 is like getting two for the price of one. It’s a fantastic deal for a machine that is so versatile, sturdy and brimming with features.

The built in sewing and embroidery stitches are well thought of and there is a pretty good selection of buttonhole styles and utility stitches for home sewing projects.


The presser foot pressure cannot be regulated but it does not matter much because the machine is quite capable of handling multiple layers of fabric without needing too much adjusting.

In Conclusion

The Brother SE 400 computerized sewing and embroidery machine is a well designed, well priced unit that can handle a wide range of sewing and embroidery tasks easily and without a fuss. It is a great buy for beginner sewers who are looking for convenience and ease of use as well as for veterans who are looking for versatility in their sewing machine.  It comes as no surprise that this is Amazon’s best selling sewing machine.