Unboxed and waiting for tryouts! Why do people leave on those stickers that look like ads? I have no idea, but I removed them.
First up - sewing. Set it up for sewing and the stitches were as good as any machine I have ever used, including the Berninas I used in classes for two days, or Janomes, Pfaffs or Vikings. Really does a nice stitch without my changing tensions or anything else. Very impressed. The only accessory I need to purchase is the SA187 free motion/darning/quilting foot, and that's on its way to me at the moment. I will only do small projects on this machine however, as my Elna 720 is much more a quilting and everything else machine. So - the Brother will be a small project/embroidery machine and I hope it lasts as long as my wonderful Brother 1034D serger! The serger just had a spa day and is in excellent shape after owning it for over 11 years now. Here is a stitch sample of the Brother SE400. I was a bit sloppy there with the serpentine stitch, but I was so happy to see it has the true serpentine stitch! The fabric is a little piece of batting within two layers of muslin here.
For some time I have looked at Brother machines and read good reviews from people who have low end Brothers, and mid range machines as well as those high priced TOL machines. It made me want to experience the Brother machines. Also, having the little Audrey Babylock at my vacation location was fun. It has many differences from Janome machines, and that was fun to assess and use. As Brother and Babylock are siblings and quite alike, I was always on the lookout for a brother bargain, and getting gift cards sealed the deal! Here is all the manual/CD included help. You get a lot of manual in this deal! My CD was bad, but it copied to another CD well and it is informative!