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« on: December 27, 2012 09:15:43 AM »

Just got my first embroidery machine - Hubby got me the Brother SE400 for Christmas!  I'm so excited to get started with my new toy.   Cheesy

Anyone else have this model that would like to share tips & tricks?
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2012 10:17:31 AM »

Just got my first embroidery machine - Hubby got me the Brother SE400 for Christmas!  I'm so excited to get started with my new toy.   Cheesy

Anyone else have this model that would like to share tips & tricks?
I highly suggest you join http://www.sewforum.com/index.php been there a few years and they have tons of info and freebies :)Or you can PM me and if I can help I will Grin
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2012 11:02:36 AM »

Thanks!!
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2013 01:29:31 PM »

katpac has one! www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388031.0 There are also a few other ladies with other Brother models.
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ivoryh1632
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2013 09:59:49 PM »

I have the same machine, had it for about a year but only started using it a few months ago. I absolutely love how smoothly and quietly it sews compared to my old machine (i can actually have the tv or radio on when i sew and hear it, holy cow).

I still haven't tried embroidering with it though because i have absolutely no idea where to start (that sewforum link looks hopeful though, i'm looking forward to wading through the posts). I know the stabilizer you use pretty much depends on the fabric you're using, so that part i'm not to confused about. but what's tripping me up is what thread to use. I know you have to use the special embroidery thread but i don't know what brand is better or how much to get or how much i should be spending on it or what colors i'm most likely to use (like how with regular sewing you always keep black and white on hand because you can use it for most things in a pinch). I was hoping Joanns would have some kind of starter pack of thread or something but no such luck. so if anyone has suggestions there i'd appreciate it.

also- have you had any problems with your zipper foot on your se400? i don't know why but whenever i try to sew with the zipper foot the tension seems to get all loose and i can't figure out why. has that happened to you or does anyone know why that may be?
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2013 05:12:46 AM »

I use Madeira embroidery thread on top and those prewound spools of white on the bottom.  My quilt shop offers an 18 spool starter kit of Madeira thread for $25 which is a pretty good deal.  I've seen them online for a similar price. 
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2013 06:09:11 PM »

thanks so much! that sounds like exactly what i'm looking for, all the starter kits i saw online were around $50 and it was a good price for the amount of thread but i just dont wanna spend that much to start with when i dont know what all i'm gonna be using ya know. i'll do some searching online to see if i can find that kit and see if there's any quilt shops around me that might have it...i know i saw one not too long ago, i just dont remember where it was, i just remember having to explain to my boyfriend that it was a store that sold supplies to make quilts not a store that just sold quilts  Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2013 03:32:02 AM »

I just checked Amazon and it's there for $24 and is eligible for free shipping.   Have fun!

sewcrazyquilter, have you given your Brother SE400 a test drive yet?  We wanna see what you make!
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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2013 05:15:21 PM »

So I went over to the quilt shop closest to me yesterday. Should have listened to the reviews online and went to the one across town because the lady looked at me like i was crazy when I asked if they had stuff for machine embroidery and then got into an argument with me because according to her quilters never use machine embroidery in their work  Roll Eyes But the trip wasn't a total loss because the shop was across the street from In N Out and the boy hates them so we never eat there, so i decided i just couldn't come back from my whole 1.3 mile drive empty handed and used that as an excuse to get a grilled cheese and shake for dinner  Grin

Anywho......

I ended up placing an order on amazon yesterday for some thread and stabilizer and a rolled hem foot....which has nothing to do with embroidery but it was cheap and i've been wanting one forever. So i figure at least with amazon if nothing works right with my machine they're really good about returns so i felt safer ordering from there. Package should be here sometime next week and i'm sure i'll be posting about my first project even if it turns out a huge disaster
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2013 04:16:20 AM »

Just got my first embroidery machine - Hubby got me the Brother SE400 for Christmas!  I'm so excited to get started with my new toy.   Cheesy

Anyone else have this model that would like to share tips & tricks?

I am thinking of getting the Brother SE400 for a birthday gift.

As an actual owner/user, would you say that it's a worth investing in?

Reviews on Amazon seem very favorable, which is normally a good sign.
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« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2013 05:46:18 PM »

Just got my first embroidery machine - Hubby got me the Brother SE400 for Christmas!  I'm so excited to get started with my new toy.   Cheesy

Anyone else have this model that would like to share tips & tricks?

I am thinking of getting the Brother SE400 for a birthday gift.

As an actual owner/user, would you say that it's a worth investing in?

Reviews on Amazon seem very favorable, which is normally a good sign.


I absolutely love love love mine. both for sewing and for embroidery, i think its definitely perfect for beginner embroidery, it does a good size and you can upload designs onto it so you can do a lot without having to buy one of the expensive embroidery machines. it sews beautifully, super smooth and quiet and has all the nice little stuff like the needle threader and cuts the thread for you. it comes with a bunch of feet which is nice and the cheapy "Distinctive" brand of feet from amazon fit on it so i don't have to spend a lot if i want other fancy feet. its fairly easy to use straight off the bat and i'm still learning new things, like last night i found out that it can do a pretty descent overlock with the cool overlock foot it came with, saved me a bunch of hassle. the only thing i can think of that's been a downside is sometimes the instructions take a couple times reading it through to figure it out and i haven't found a whole lot of tips and tutorials for it online so you might need a bit of patience when learning a new setting. but i'm seriously so happy i got mine and would recomend it to anyone
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« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2013 08:23:31 AM »

I've had this machine for about 3 years now. I absolutely love it! It has so many features that definitely make it easier/faster to complete projects!
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« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2013 08:55:18 AM »

I'll throw in another vote for this one.

Granted, I've mostly been making Urban Threads Freestanding Lace designs, but the few times I've done 'normal' sewing on it, the thing's a racecar rather than my old machine.

My mother is envious for one reason - the threading function. What I love is the drop in bobbin, because in my old machine you had to remove half of the base of the machine every time you wanted to change a bobbin, and here its easy peasy.

When you make different colors of embroidered lace, you have to change bobbins a lot, so I'm extremely grateful for this. And the needle threader. And the very very complete instruction book which helps so much!

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