Brother SE600 Sewing and Embroidery Machine Review

Brother SE600 Review
Pros
  • 2-in-1 Sewing and Embroidery machine
  • Beginner-friendly touch interface and design editing
  • Has an automatic needle threader and variable speed regulator
  • Great price for the amount of features it offers
Cons
  • You can’t combine the built-in designs

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The Brother SE600 is 2-in-1 a computerized sewing and embroidery machine designed to fill your creative projects for years to come. In this article, I’m going to make a quick review of the main features and share my personal opinion on this machine.

SPOILER ALERT!

It’s a hidden gem! Brother SE600 is a great sewing machine for your regular day to day needs and a perfect tool to show your embroidery skills and creativity.

Why choose Brother

Brother is a well-known and trusted brand of Japanese origins. They’ve been producing and selling sewing machines for decades. And not just sewing machines, but all kinds of electronics. So when it comes to computerized sewing and embroidery machines at affordable prices, Brother is the way to go.

Along with Singer, Brother is one of the best selling and most popular brands of sewing machines. There are plenty of free projects, tutorials and software pieces that are meant for Brother sewing and embroidery machines.

Some of the most popular models are Brother XM2701, SE400, SE600 (which is almost the same as SE625) and Brother CS6000i, which is probably the most popular model of this brand.

Brother SE600 Key Features Review

Now let’s review the main features of this machine and see what benefits it gives to the owner, apart from it being the 2-in-1 computerized sewing and embroidery machine.

Colored LCD display

Brother SE600 features a 3.2 inches colored LCD display. Not only that, but it’s also a touchscreen that you can use for setting up your sewing and embroidery projects. Edit the designs, change colors and sizes of your projects and immediately see the results.

Editing designs is easy although it can’t combine designs. You would need to use embroidery software and then transfer combined designs to machine.

USB port to input designs

After you download or create your embroidery designs, put them on a USB stick. Brother SE600 has a USB port for this. Put the stick into the embroidery machine and easily import the designs. Read the manual guide to learn how to import or follow the recommendations on the display.

Built-in tutorials

If you’re an inexperienced sewer or you just don’t know how to operate this piece of technology, Brother SE600 has an extensive list of built-in visual tutorials. Choose one on the touchscreen and follow a step by step tutorial.

103 Built-in Sewing Stitches

Brother SE600 features 103 sewing stitching modes including 10 styles of buttonholes. All the different styles are used with 7 different sewing feet for zigzags, monogramming, overcasting, zippers and more.

Automatic Needle Threader

If you ever had trouble seeing the needle eye to thread it manually, the automatic needle threader would be a big help for you. You don’t need to do it manually anymore. The machine does it for you. Like a breeze.

80 Built-in Embroidery Designs

It has 80 embroidery designs built-in into the machine memory by default. They include new applique designs and 6 embroidery fonts. But if you buy the Brother SE600, you probably wouldn’t even need them when you get access to thousands of designs on iBroidery.com (available for separate purchase).

How do you use them? See the next feature.

LED-lit work area

Brother SE600 has an LED-lit work area which is very convenient for working conditions with poor lighting. I liked this feature a lot when I worked with darker fabric too.

Variable speed control

As Brother SE600 is designed with beginners in mind, more experienced sewers may feel that the sewing machine is underperforming, considering the number of features it offers. This is what the variable speed control is for. If you think it’s sewing very slowly and you can do faster, try to adjust the speed. It can do more, I promise you that :)

4″x4″ Embroidery Work Area

This sewing and embroidery machine has a relatively large 4×4 inches work area. It allows you to work with larger projects. Of course, there are embroidery machines with even bigger work areas. But do you really need it that big for home use? I promise you that 4×4 is big enough for most of your projects

My personal opinion

I’m surprised by the price. For the features that are offered, I would think it would be more expensive even though it just has the 4×4 embroidery field. It’s useful to read the manual before you buy the machine to see what it’s capable of and to check if it can handle the amount and kind of work you’re going to do with it.

When I tested the embroidery for the first time, the thread broke shortly after I started the first design. The same thing happened with the second design. After the initial breakages no thread issues while embroidering the designs. Letters in a name all embroidered without any breakage.

Some people on forums recommended using the Polystar thread. And I tried them too. I’ve never experienced any breakage since then. The Sulky thread is pretty good too.

Brother SE600 Specifications and Accessories

Brother SE600 comes with a number of additional accessories that you may and will need for your sewing and embroidery projects. The list includes:

  • Embroidery arm
  • 4″x4″ embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery foot
  • 3 bobbins pre-wound.
  • 7 Sewing feet: Spring action zigzag (on machine by default), buttonhole, zipper, button sewing, blind stitch, overcasting, monogramming feet.
  • Twin needle, darning plate.
  • Bobbins (2), bobbin clips (3), 6-piece needle set, disk-shaped screwdriver, 4 spool caps, spool net, scissors, cleaning brush, power cord.
  • Foot controller.
  • Machine dust cover.

The machine weighs around 11.82 pounds.

Brother SE600 Software

Since it’s a computerized sewing and embroidery machine it requires the software to operate properly. The machine comes with some built-in standard functions and software. And you may even never need any additional software or updates and be totally good with what comes by default.

But if you’re planning on doing lots of embroideries, you’ll find useful additional custom fonts for your projects or ready-made designs. You can simply transfer any of that to your USB stick and upload them to the machine. And you can create them easily with one of the following embroidery software pieces:

I can’t really recommend anything specific since the use of the software totally depends on your projects. But if you need something universal and diverse at the same time, I’d recommend Brother Initial Stitch Embroidery Lettering & Monogramming Software. Most likely, it’ll be enough before you really get into the details and know exactly what you need.

The second program is Letter It! As you may have figured out, it’s a program for embroidering the letters. It has 35 fonts of different styles.

If you need a professional program that you could use for ANY kind of projects including the super creative ones, go check out the Embrilliance Essentials and Embrilliance StitchArtist. These are basically graphic editors for embroidery. You could convert any image to an embroidery project, edit it and make it into reality. Super fun stuff, but really expensive though.

If you’re starting out, I recommend going for the simpler programs like the ones I mentioned earlier.

Brother SE600 Maintenance

This sewing machine is easy to maintain at home. All you need to do is basically just keep the bobbin area clean.

How do you clean out this area?

Go to a hardware store. They have a set of little attachments – mini-sized – put them on your vacuum cleaner. Due to the adapters in the little set, the vacuum will not hurt your machine but it will suck out a lot of lint and so on. This is true for all machines, certainly not just the Brother. The same little attachments will be useful for cleaning out computer vents and so on – we use them in the house for several cleaning tasks for instruments, computers and my sewing machines. Be sure to get a set with the adapters for the regular vacs. Here is one example:



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