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Brother SE600 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine Review

Are you new to sewing? Do you want to create unique masterpieces that would stand the test of time? The Brother SE600 computerized sewing and embroidery machine is the right product for you.

This is a 2-in-1 computerized sewing machine that can be used for both sewing and embroidery works. The machine is built with a 4 x 4 embroidery field with a hoop, embroidery foot and arm. The machine comes with a touchscreen LCD as well as an automatic needle threader to make your task easy.

The Brother SE600 computerized sewing and embroidery machine has 103 built-in sewing stitches for you to select from. The super bright LED-lit work area and USB port to input the design adds to the functionality of the machine.

The Brother SE600 computerized sewing and embroidery machine also comes with a software which you can use to create your own custom designs. The device is highly user-friendly and would be the right choice for first-time users.

Brother SE600 Key Features

  • Large color touchscreen

The Brother SE600 computerized sewing and embroidery machine comes with a large touchscreen on its side. This screen helps to design and edit the embroidery project thoroughly before starting the work.

The screen is 3.7” in size and provides a clear picture of the embroidery stitches and colors. At the touch of the screen, you can select the thread color from the built-in color palette. Similarly, you can also change stitches as per your taste and even place letters in an arc. Moving designs is also possible at the touch of a finger.

The main advantage of the touchscreen is that it provides a realistic embroidery design on the screen. The screen also comes with in-built support, thus making it more user-friendly.

  • 4” x 4” Embroidery field

This sewing cum embroidery machine comes with a 4” x 4” embroidery field, which is the most popular embroidery design size. It also has a hoop of this size, which makes it easy for you to do your embroidery work.

The peculiar feature of this machine is a built-in alignment feature that helps you to realign the design once you re-hoop it. Thus, you do not have to worry even if you have to pause and restart the work.This feature also comes handy when you have to position several designs on the project.

  • Automatic needle threader

The Brother SE600 computerized sewing and embroidery machine comes with an automatic needle threader that helps to thread the needle at the touch of a lever. Thus, if you have to change the thread multiple times in a project, this feature is highly beneficial.

To use the needle threader, first lower the needle threader lever and hook the thread on the guide. Now the end of the needle threader rotates, and the hook passes through the eye of the needle. Now catch the thread and release the lever. You can now raise the press foot lever and slowly pull the thread through the eye of the needle.

  • LED lit work area

The work area of the Brother SE600 computerized sewing and embroidery machine is well lit with an LED light fixed on the device. Thus, you can easily thread the needle and work on tiny stitches as the work area is brightly lit. Working on dark colored fabric is also rather easy thanks to the LED light.

  • 103 built-in stitches

The machine comes in-built with 103 stitches that can be used for a variety of projects. Apart from basic utility stitches like a straight stitch, zigzag stitch, overcasting stitch and blind hem stitch, the machine also has some specialized stitches in-built in it. You can find decorative stitches like Greek key, decorative scrolls, scallops, feathers, wave, star and heart stitches that can be used for a variety of specialized projects.

  • Six embroidery lettering fonts

The Brother SE600 computerized sewing and embroidery machine comes with six embroidery lettering fonts that can be used to personalize your embroidery projects. You can select from the capital letter, small letter, numbers, and symbols in six font styles. You can also choose from small, medium and large size fonts.

Additionally, you can download unique fonts, transfer them to the machine, and do the embroidery.

These embroidery letters come handy when you want to design logos, or stitch some unique projects.

  • Free arm for cylindrical sewing

The machine comes with an extendable arm called the free arm that can be used for sewing clothes in a cylindrical shape. Thus, using the Brother SE600 computerized sewing and embroidery machine, you can now easily sew the arm of a shirt or legs of a trouser.

  • Expanded arm space

The Brother SE600 computerized sewing and embroidery machine has a 6.4” w X 4.1”h expandable arm space that can be used for placing large fabric. Thus, you can work on a quilt or undertake a bulkier sewing project using this sewing machine.

  • USB port

The machine has a USB port through which you can import beautiful embroidery designsin .pes format. You can either access the stitches uploaded in iBroidery.com or use designs stored on your laptop or computer. Thus, through the USB port, you can have access to innumerable styles and varieties of embroidery designs.

Brother SE600 Accessories

The following accessories add to the functionality of the sewing machine

  • Sewing machine oil: This oil is used to make the machine functioning smooth and keep the device in good condition. The sewing machine oil comes with a flexible spout that can reach any part of the machine. This oil helps prevent rust and the resulting damage to the device. It also prevents dust and dirt from accumulating in the machine.

 

The sewing machine oil is non-toxic and can be used even if you have kids or pets at home.

  • Walking foot

A walking foot helps you to feed the fabric easily on the sewing machine. The foot provides a good grip on the material and helps you to place it in the right position. If you are sewing with multiple layers of fabric, then the walking foot comes handy.

  • Hump jumper

Hump jumper makes hemming easier in thick fabrics like jeans, jackets, upholstery, and home décor projects. It can also be used for topstitching.

  • Clear Roller foot

This foot comes handy when you are sewing imitation leather, elastic, and velvet as it provides more control.

  • Side cutter

The side cutter is used when you want to cut the edge of the fabric and sew at the same time. You can use a straight stitch, blind stitch or stretch hemming stitch for sewing the edges. You should first guide the fabric through the cutting-edge part and then guide it through the sewing part. The side cutter can be used for thin materials.

  • Denim/Jeans needles

If you want to sew thick fabric like denim, then this needle is a must-have. The needle comes with a medium ballpoint and reinforced blade that can penetrate thick fabric like denim. Thus, the chances of the needle breaking are minimal.

  • Brother multi-purpose screwdriver

This screwdriver is designed to carry out a variety of functions in the Brother SE600 sewing machine. It can be used to tighten frames and hoops, needle and presser foot screw tip and needle plate screw tip.

If you are planning to do quilting using the Brother SE600 computerized sewing and embroidery machine, then you need to have an adjustable quilting guide, quilting clip, and piecing foot.

Apart from this, you might need general accessories like needles, threads, scissors and hoop.

Brother SE600 Setup

First, let us have a look at how to set up the machine before using it.

  • Winding the bobbin

The thread that is used for sewing should depend on the fabric used. First, place the bobbin on the bobbin winder shaft. Now slide the shaft to the right till it is fixed in its place.

Remove the spool cap and wind the thread on the spool pin. The spool should be installed correctly so that the thread does not get tangled leading to the breaking of the needle. Now pull the thread under the thread guide and the thread guide cover and to the front. Pull the thread under the hook on the bobbin winding thread guide and wind it clockwise around the bobbin 5-6 times.

Now, turn on the machine and press the “start/stop” button to wind the bobbin. Once the bobbin winding slows down, press the button once again to stop it.

  • Threading the upper thread

Turn the machine on and raise the presser foot. Press the button to raise the needle. Now remove the spool cap, wind the thread, and insert it back to the spool pin.

Pull the thread under the thread guide and thread guide cover and bring it to the front. Make sure that the thread unwinds to the front from the bottom so that it does not get tangled.

Now, pull the thread through the thread channel into the thread take-up lever. The thread should then be fed through the needle bar thread guide. Pull the end of the thread to the left and pass it through the threader thread guide. Now slowly pull the thread from the front and place it on the slit of the threader thread guide. Cut the thread.

Lower the presser footer lever and then the needle threader lever to make the hook turn. Now slowly raise the needle threader lever. Now you should slowly pull the thread that has passed through the eye of the needle.

The presser foot lever should now be raised, and thread should be passed under the presser foot. Now pull about 2 inches of the thread towards the rear of the machine.

Brother SE600 Common Problems

Here are a few of the common problems faced while using the Brother SE600 computerized sewing and embroidery machine.

Machine not sewing

One reason for the machine not sewing could be because the bobbin winder shaft is pushed towards the right. If it is so, then push it towards the left.

Sometimes the machine may not sew if the threading is not done correctly. Check the threading and make sure that the threading line on the handwheel is on the top position. You should also ensure that the presser foot is lifted before threading. You can refer to the instruction manual for the correct way of threading.

If the bobbin is not correctly loaded on the machine, then also you can have problem with sewing. Check the instruction manual for the correct way of loading the bobbin.

Machine sewing in reverse

If this happens, you can turn the machine off and switch it on after sometime. This should solve the problem.

Machine not picking up the lower thread

First, you should check whether the needle is broken. If so, you should immediately replace the needle. You can also try re-threading the machine and see whether the lower thread is working correctly.

Always make sure that the needle used is compatible with Brother SE600 computerized sewing and embroidery machine. Organ or Schmetz branded needles are highly recommended for this machine.

Machine skipping stitches

If this happens, check the needle. If the needle is bent, replace the same. You can also re-thread the machine and make sure that the foot is raised.

You should also check the fabric and ensure that the needle is compatible with the material. For eg; if you are stitching on stretch fabric, make sure that you use a ballpoint needle.

If the problem cannot be solved even after changing the needle and re-threading, then you need the service of a technician.

Poor stitch quality

If you find that the stitches are not up to the mark, then check the bobbin. The Brother SE600 computerized sewing and embroidery machinecomes with a specially designed bobbin. If 3rd party bobbins are used, then the stitch quality will suffer.

You should also ensure that while winding thread, the thread goes evenly around the bobbin. If not, the quality of the stitch becomes poor.

Breaking of thread

If low-quality thread or thread meant for hand embroidery is used in the machine, then the thread is likely to break. Thus, you should make sure that only good quality thread compatible with the device is used for sewing purposes.

One way to test whether the thread is compatible with the machine is to try threading with the foot raised. If the thread passes through smoothly without pulling, then the thread is compatible with the device.

If a good quality thread is used and still it breaks, then try re-threading the top thread.

Bunching of thread

In the case of a bunching problem, you can re-thread and check whether the problem persists. Also, make sure that while re-threading the presser foot is in a raised position. If it is not, then no tension is applied on the top thread which can result in the bunching of thread.

You should also ensure that the bobbin case is in the right position. You can check the instruction manual for the correct positioning of the bobbin.

Fabric not feeding properly

If this happens, check whether the drop feed is lowered. If so, raise it back so that you can easily feed the fabric.

Similarly, if the stitch length on the machine is too low, then also you may not be able to feed the fabric properly.

Needle not moving

This could be because the machine is in the bobbin winding mode. If so, push the bobbin winder shaft to the left. This will switch on the sewing mode, and the needle will move freely.

Selecting The Right Thread And Needle For The Machine

For a sewing project to be successful, the right type of thread must be used for the fabric.

In the case of medium weight fabric like flannel and broadcloth and thin fabric like georgette and satin, cotton and synthetic thread of 60 – 90 sizesand silk thread of 50 size can be used.

In the case of thick fabric like denim and corduroy, a cotton thread of 30 and 50 size and synthetic and silk thread of 50 -60 sizes can be used.

Stretch fabrics like jersey and tricot need knit thread of size 50 – 60.

The needle selected should also depend on the type of fabric. You can go for a thin needle for light fabric and thick needle for heavy material. In the case of stretch fabric, a ballpoint needle should be used to prevent the skipping of stitches.

Conclusion

The Brother SE600 computerized sewing and embroidery machine is a versatile piece that lets you undertake a variety of sewing projects with ease. Apart from this, you can also carry out beautiful quilting and embroidery work thanks to the 4 x 4 embroidery field with hoop and touch screen LCD.

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