Hello, my name is Faith. I have made several blankets and quilts over the last several years. My machine is a basic brother, nothing fancy. I want to start adding in embroidery into my quilts and blankets. I need a good or at least decent machine I can sew quilts on and do embroidery. Is the SE 400 good for both?
Hi faith, welcome to the group.
gini in north idaho
hi faith, glad you joined i'm still a new block in the quilt but i've had so much fun since i joined i'm sure you will to its a sea of knowledge. I don't know much about the
se 400 but i have the brother p1500 s. it is a long arm straight stitch i love it. again welcome!
Quilting My Rainbow
I have no experience with this particular machine so I really can't help. Good luck on your search. My biggest recommendation on purchasing a sewing machine is to find a reputable dealer with a good service department.
I have an SE400 that I got for Christmas. It works great, but it is limited to embroidery images that are 4" X 4" or less. I ordered the larger hoop, so I am able to make my quilting labels with it by moving the hoop up and down and designing them one line at a time. If I had the money I would go for a more advanced model if embroidering quilt blocks is your intention. It does a good job sewing, though, and is a lot easier to thread than my other domestic machines. Like I said, it was a gift from my family...had I purchased it myself I would have gone for one that had more memory and a larger embroidery space. One good point for me, though, is that the bobbins and presser feet interchange with my Huskystar by Husqvarna.
I have the SE400 and I love it for quilting. Like Karla mentioned it is limited in terms of embroidery but I look at it like this, since I am new to all things sewing this was a good investment for me.
"Fabricologist Resource Center" ...now doesn't that sound more impressive than "fabric stash" ?
Thank you Karla, That kind of embr area would be good enough for me. I just want to be able to make names, monograms, lil pics, so that should be fine. I read you can hook it up to a computer so does that mean you can embr a pic from the internet?
Thank you La Shawn, as I told Karla that kind of embr area would be good enough for me. I just want to be able to do names, monograms, lil pics, so that should be fine. I read you can hook it up to a computer so does that mean you can embr a pic from the internet as well? I asked both you and Karla in case one of you do not know :)
I've downloaded some free designs and transferred them to the Brother SE400...it doesn't have much of a memory so you have to keep deleting them to download more. Besides the designs that are already loaded on the machine and the alphabets, I think you can download 4 or 5 others. I ordered some on CD off of Ebay, just keep them stored on my laptop and download as I use them, then delete. The download process is pretty easy now that I've got a laptop to take over to the machine so I can hook them up together. I had to get the instructions off of the Brother website since I couldn't find how to do it anywhere in the manual.
Hi Faith, I am late to the discussion. Been so busy getting my long arm business off the ground that I have had little to no time for QCA.
I am a big Brother fan, It is the most value for your money. I have three Brother machine right now. An XL that needs to go to the doctor. Little brother is mechanical. Then there is Squiggy, my SQ she is computerized and does monograming and quilting. My Big Brother is a Qauttro 6000D and does it all including handling a 12x12 hoop. My advice is to buy as big as you can afford. Brother's last forever and have a 25 yr warrenty on the head. (little brother is 30 years old and was used hard for most of those years. spring has to be replaced. Can't complain as I paid about $100. for it )
It you go to Allbrands.com you will be able to look at a variety of models.
Happy machine hunting