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Sewing Machines

This guide offers information about the sewing machines in PPLD's Makerspaces.

Brother SE400


The Brother SE400 is a computerized embroidery and sewing machine, featuring a touch screen LCD, automatic needle threader, upper thread and bobbin thread sensors, automatic thread cutter, speed control, needle up/down positioning, built-in free arm, seven (7) standard accessory feet, and an embroidery foot. This light-weight machine is a great basic embroidery machine for small (under 4"x4") designs.

Basic Specifications

  • Weight (lbs): 13.669
  • Maximum sewing speed: 710 stitches per minute
  • Stitches: 67 built-in stitches, including quilting, utility, heirloom, and decorative styles
  • Stitch length: 0 mm - 5 mm
  • Stitch width: 0 mm - 7 mm
  • Bobbin type: SA156, class 15 (plastic) bobbins
  • Needles: Home machine needles (130/705 H / HAx1 / 15x1), sizes 65/9 - 100/16
  • Included feet: Buttonhole; Zigzag; Zipper; Blindstitch; Overcasting; Monogramming; Button Fitting
  • Acceptable fabrics: thin, medium weight, stretch, and some thick fabrics (such as corduroy, tweed, or thin denim)
    • Remember to always match your needle type and size to the weight and type of your fabric! Check the Resources guide for more information about thread and needle types.

Embroidery Specifications

  • Designs: 70 built-in designs, 5 fonts, and 10 frame patterns
  • Embroidery area: 4"x4"
  • Included feet: Embroidery
  • Bobbin thread: MUST use embroidery bobbin thread
  • Needles: Home machine needles (130/705 H / HAx1 / 15x1), Embroidery style
    • Generally, use a 75/11 Embroidery needle
    • When embroidering on thick fabrics such as denim, use a 90/14 or 100/16
  • Acceptable fabrics: Fabric must be able to fit in the embroidery hoop. Use appropriate needle size to match fabric weight.
  • Accepted file types: .pes (Brother embroidery machine file); .dst (Tajima Embroidery Format)
    • Note: the embroidery design MUST be less than 4"x4" to be recognized by the embroidery machine.

Transferring Embroidery Data Files

Embroidery data files can be transferred to the Brother SE400 using the embroidery card slot or USB port. Explore the Instructions Manual: USB Connections Manufacturer Resource below for instructions on transferring files.

For information on using embroidery software to create custom embroidery designs, please select the Software - PE Design Plus tab from the menu on the left.


The Brother SE400 computerized embroidery and sewing machine is available at East Library, Library 21c, and Sand Creek Library.

Sewing Machines are available by reservation at all makerspace locations. Reservations are for 1 to 4 hours, up to 2 times a month. They can be made up to one week in advance. Walk-ins are permitted - even if both reservations have already been used - however, usage of the machine cannot be guaranteed. See the link at the bottom of this box to reserve one of the sewing machines.

Learn more about the makerspaces on our website: 

Sewing Notions

Always use stabilizer for embroidery projects, especially when embroidering on lightweight or stretch fabrics (knits).

Explore the General Information tab of this guide for a quick list of provided notions (most available free of charge), such as thread, needles, pins, measuring tape, and cutting tools.


Manufacturer Resources