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92.2 Characterized by fantastic reviews from many sources and a reasonable price for what you get, the Brother SE400 is a combination embroidery and sewing machine that doesn'’ disappoint.  It features 67 built-in stitches, 70 built-in embroidery designs, 5 monogramming fonts, and 120 frame pattern combinations.  Owners are very pleased with the machine's ease of use and ability to import and use designs from the Internet.  It is also covered by a 25 year warranty.  It does not come with a hard case however and it is limited to a 4" x 4" hoop size.  [REF Brother Sewing Machine Reviews]

Consumer Ratings
This is a popular embroidery/sewing-machine and almost 300 consumer ratings were found – please see the table below.  The average rating was 92.2 (or 4.61 stars out of 5).  This is a very good rating.

 Source  Consumer Ratings  #Ratings
 Amazon  4.5 stars out of 5  100
 Walmart  4.7 stars out of 5  122
 Viewpoints  4.61 stars out of 5  31
 Overstock  4.5 stars out of 5  17
 J&R  4.8 stars out of 5  13

Consumer Insights
A review of owner comments provides the following Brother SE-400 likes and dislikes:

PROS
- Very easy to operate
- Lightweight
- USB port allows you to import designs
- Can download and use designs from the Internet
- Has carrying handle
- Automatic needle threader
- Comes with many accessories
- Excellent price
- Comes with instruction manual and DVD
- Easy to change presser feet

CONS
- Doesn’t come with hard case (has vinyl cover)
- Memory allows only limited patterns to be stored
- Limited to a 4 x 4 hoop size

You can read more customer reviews for the Brother SE-400 on Amazon.

Owners comment that this is a great machine for the money.  Most folks really like the ease of operation and the ability to import designs using your computer.  Consumers find designs on the Internet and download them to their computer – then they can import them to the Brother SE-400 to use.  The machine is also popular for its automatic needle threader, automatic thread cutter and easy to change presser feet.  In addition, it comes with a very wide range of accessories.  There is limited on-board storage for the accessories however.

Some people would have preferred a hard carrying case in which to store or carry their SE-400.  It comes with a vinyl cover instead.  A few comments indicate that the Brother 5300 universal hard carrying case is a good option if one wants to upgrade – it goes for about $25.  Also the machine has 512kb of memory which only allows a limited number of designs to be stored.  Other designs have to remain on your computer or on an external drive (they can be imported at any time).  Finally, some people find the 4” x 4” hoop size (embroidery area) limiting as it renders quite a few embroidery designs useless.

Key Sewing Machine Features
- Connects to a computer
- 67 built-in sewing stitches
- Stitch width and length control
- 10 one-step buttonholes
- 70 built-in embroidery designs
- 120 frame patterns
- 5 monogramming fonts
- Built-in thread cutter
- LED light
- 2.7”x1.4” LCD touch screen
- 710 stitches per minute
- Start/stop button
- One touch reverse
- Speed controller
- Needle up/down
- 15 needle positions
- Quick set drop-in bobbin
- Automatic needle threader
- Electronic variable speed control
- Simple-to-change presser feet
- Free arm
- Drop feed capability
- Foot controller

SE-400 Stitches
SE-400 Stitches

It is difficult to determine the weight of the Brother SE-400 as some sources (like Brother USA) indicate it is about 11 lbs while others indicate significantly more.  A large array of accessories is also provided including 7 presser feet (buttonhole, embroidery, overcasting, monogramming, button fitting, blind stitch, zipper), twin needle, set of needles, seam ripper, cleaning brush, eyelet punch, spool caps & pins, spool net, bobbins, screwdrivers, scissors, thread, felt, language setting sheet, embroidery hoop and a USB cable.  An operator’s manual is also included.

The SE-400 carries a 25-year warranty on parts, a 5-year warranty on electricals and a 1-year warranty on labor.

 

Sewing Machine Manual
For additional information on the Brother SE-400 one may wish to view the extremely detailed manual.


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