Brother SE400 Sewing Machine Review


Brother SE400 Sewing Machine Review 2016

Sewing Capabilities

The Brother SE400 sewing machine has 67 built-in stitch patterns to give you the flexibility to choose from multiple designs and complete many different projects, from quilts to handbags. Designs include zigzag, overcasting, applique, eyelet, heirloom, and many more. 10 of the designs are 1-step button holes, which makes sewing clothing a cinch. Side cutter stitches are good when making clothing as it stops the material from fraying or rolling at the seam giving your project a clean, professional finish. Stitch length is adjustable up to 5mm, which is average, but the width is adjustable up to 7mm, which is more than other units offer.

On the Brother SE400 sewing machine you also get 70 built-in embroidery designs, which are detailed on the LCD screen, letting the user know how long it will take for each design and what color thread to use. Monogramming is available in 5 different fonts and 3 different sizes. Additional embroidery patterns can be added by using the USB connection.

This machine is self-threading with a built-in thread cutter, drop-in bobbin system, bobbin winding, and bobbin sensors.


The LED control panel of the Brother SE 400 sewing machine really stands out from other competitor models. Stitch designs are chosen on this screen by using included stylus or finger. Each stitch choice lets you know what length and width settings, presser foot, and automatic settings to use. Instructions for threading, bobbin winding and loading, and changing presser feet can also be found on the screen.

A USB port allows you to connect your computer to your sewing machine to download new embroidery patterns, though there are enough patterns already included with the unit so that you do not need to download more to get started. Other 3rd party software is also available for those who want to get more memory or designs.

The Brother SE400 sewing machine has a sewing area of 4” x 4”, which is larger than most to give ample space to work on larger projects. Speed control is regulated on a slider, and the unit features a start/stop button for ease of use.

The unit is lightweight and includes a built-in carry handle for transport.


This unit comes with many more accessories than most other units. Aside from the standard extras like bobbins, needles, a seam ripper, and a screwdriver, this unit also comes with:

  • Bobbin clips
  • Twin needle
  • Cleaning brush
  • Eyelet punch
  • Touch pen (for LCD control panel)
  • 3 spool caps
  • Spool net
  • Scissors
  • Disc shaped screwdriver
  • Embroidery frame
  • Embroidery sheet
  • Embroidery thread

Also included is a soft cover and an accessory bag.

Brother SE400 Sewing Machine – Review Summary

The Brother SE400 sewing machine is a multi-use unit capable of many projects from professional-grade clothing to a set of living room curtains. The beginner can look at the easy-to-read manual or simply scroll through the LCD touch screen to understand what to do next. Many push-button features and automatic functions make sewing a snap and large projects are no match for the beginner or the more experienced sewer. With so many options, this unit is a great choice for anyone who is looking for variety, power, and the option to upgrade memory and designs in the future. The warranty is 1-year on parts and labor, 2-years on electronic pattern control and selection components, and 25-years on shafts and rods on the machine head.

Overall the Brother SE400 sewing machine is an impressive machine with wide ranging capabilities and super LCD control, earning the Editor’s Choice Award 2016.