Brother SE400 Computerized Embroidery and Sewing Machine Review

Brother SE400This is a slightly updated version of the SE350, the biggest difference being that the SE400 now offers you PC connectivity via a USB cable. This makes it easy for you to not only update its software, but also to download embroidery designs from your computer straight to the SE400.

The unit comes with 67 built-in stitches and 98 stitch functions, along with 70 built-in embroidery designs. You also get the legendary Brother reliability, ease of use and efficiency.


Feet included:

Buttonhole, overcasting, monogramming, zipper, blind stitch, button fitting and embroidery foot.

Essential Accessories:

Spool caps, touch pen, needle set, screwdrivers, accessory bag & seam ripper, eyelet punch, cleaning brush, twin needle, embroidery arm.

Additional Accessories:

Power cord, Manual, USB cable, Additional spool pin, Scissors, CD with Instructions, Embroidery Bobbin Thread, Felt with stabilizer

The accessories is pretty complete as you can see, giving you all the basic and essential tools you’ll need to operate the machine.

As with most of their sewing machines, Brother offers a 25 year limited warranty on the Brother SE400. It is always a very real comfort to know a company has this much confidence in their products.

Performance Review

Brother has a reputation for producing decent operating manuals, and the manual for the SE400 is no exception. An additional instructional CD is included and will help you get to grips with an already user-friendly machine even faster.

The machine is very compact and easy to move around, but on the negative side it does limit the embroidery size to 4″ x 4″. This means this is best sewing machine for beginners and is only suitable for beginner embroidery, or if you don’t need to embroider anything beyond the supported size.

Bobbins, Cutting, Threading

The Brother SE400 has a self threading mechanism which works exceptionally well.

Brother’s trademarked Quick-Set drop-in bobbin system is also present, as is the case on many Brother sewing machines. This allows you to simply drop the bobbin into the top load bobbin case, follow the thread guide, and then close the case again. This does make replacing bobbins quite easy and hassle-free.

An effective automatic thread cutter completes this very competent little setup

LCD Control

Being a computerized sewing machine, the Brother SE400 is controlled via the very efficient LCD touch screen system. From here you will select the functions you need to use. The machine will provide information on the selected options and let you know exactly what you need to execute them.

A help function is also directly accessible through the LCD menu, providing various instructions related to the setup and running of the machine as you require them.

Powerful PC Support

The PC connectivity is a major feature, and allows you to use various software programs available from Brother to create your own unique and custom embroidery designs and send them straight to the machine. This really ups the versatility of the machine.

Walk–through Video


Overall, the Brother SE400 Computerized Sewing Machine is an excellent buy for intermediate sewing, with decent but size limited embroidering capabilities. If you are considering serious embroidering, this machine may fall short eventually due to the 4×4 inch hoop size limit. If you can get by with that, it’s a bargain though.

All the great features Brother has developed over the years is included in the machine, like automatic threading and drop-in bobbins. Add a great warranty, a decent price, PC connectivity and a high degree of user-friendliness and the SE400 is easy to recommend if you can live with its limitations.

Consumer Verdict:

Currently on, this unit has a great rating, of which 88% are pure 4 and 5 star ratings. In other words, consumers find this sewing machine extremely efficient. That is a very high level of customer satisfaction.