When it comes to modern technology and sewing machines, the Brother SE-400 Computerized Embroidery and Sewing machine is among the best of the best. The Brother SE-400 is not only great for the beginning sewing enthusiast, but is also a well rounded machine that can be used by even the most experienced individuals.
There are a number of features that make the SE-400 Sewing Machine a must have. Perhaps the most convenient feature that this particular model comes equipped with is computer connectivity. Computer connectivity makes it possible for you to upload your own customized sewing or embroidery projects directly to the sewing machine itself. You can import customized designs that you have downloaded or created on your own with drawing software. The unit is also equipped with update capabilities.
The internal memory on the machine is 512K. Depending on the complexity of the patterns you might store up to around 12 designs in this space. If you wish to store more on the machine itself (and not have to connect it to your PC) you can do so by purchasing a blank Brother Memory Card which gives you 4Mb of storage. Do be aware that you require Brother's own propriety software to write to this card and the card and software are not inexpensive. Also, be aware that it is much more economical to buy the card and software bundled – in fact, it is cheaper to buy the bundled package than the card alone. There are links below for the card and the reader.
If you don't want to worry about loading custom designs from your computer to your sewing machine, then the Brother SE-400 definitely has you covered because it comes preloaded with 70 different built-in embroidery designs for you to choose from. There also are 5 different monogram fonts as well as 120 frame patterns that you can choose from to add a truly unique touch to your embroidery project.
What must be noted is the Brother SE-400 is principally an Embroidery Machine. In fact, it has been Amazon's best selling Embroidery Machine for some time. The SE-400 is equipped with a 4 inch by 4 inch working area for embroidery and sewing tasks which is very convenient. Not only does this make your sewing and embroidery tasks more convenient, but it can also help prevent mistakes from being made by having too small of an area to work on.
When it comes to sewing presets, there are also plenty of options to choose from. Nearly 70 different stitch patterns and nearly 100 different stitch functions come pre-loaded. On top of that you have a bobbin that has quick-set and drop-in capabilities, an automatic needle threader for quick and easy thread loading, and many other convenient features that will provide you with a wonderful sewing or embroidery experience.
Brother SE-400 Embroidery & Sewing Machine Features & Specifications
Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 15 x 15.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 23.8 pounds
Computer Connectivity with update capabilities
70 built-in embroidery designs; 5 monogramming fonts and 120 frame pattern combinations
Large 4-inch by 4-inch embroidery area
67 built-in sewing stitches with 98 stitch functions
quick-set drop-in bobbin
automatic needle threader and built in push button thread cutter
Easy-to-view back-lit touch screen LCD display
25-Year Limited Warranty
Brother SE-400 Reviews
Checking the online reviews and comments – the Brother SE-400 Computerized Embroidery and Sewing Machine received a number of great reviews from customers who purchased it. One of the things that many customers enjoy about the unit is that is lightweight and compact which makes it very portable and maneuverable. You don't have to be worried about being confined to one particular location with this machine.
Customers also seem to be very pleased with the computer connectivity capabilities. One review in particular indicates that the unit can be connected to both Mac and Windows machines via the USB ports that the sewing machine comes equipped with. This is great news for those who enjoy using MACs for their embroidery drawing tasks. They also indicate that the unit comes with internal memory storage capacity so you can load some of your different customized embroidery designs on to the machine. The nearest thing to a negative comment we read in the reviews is in regards to the 512K internal storage. Some buyers would happily pay a few dollars more for the convenience of a larger internal memory.
In summary, the Brother SE400 Computerized Embroidery and Sewing Machine is a well priced and well designed unit that can take on just about any embroidery or sewing task that you throw it's way, and we feel that it is a great buy for any home user, and thoroughly deserves it's place as Amazon's top seller.