Member since 12/22/12
Date: 9/5/13 1:18 PM
Hey guys, I bought an entry-level SE-400 dual sewing/ embroidery machine because it's all I could afford. However, it only has a stitch-out limit of 4x4-inches, but I do not know how hard or soft that limit ultimately is. Everything I have embroidered thus far has been just barely under 4-inches. However, I have found a fabulous (and free!!!) rowan branch appliqué/ embroidery that I adore and dearly want to use, but the only size available is 4.57 x 4.12-inches. Would my machine still be able to stitch it out? And, if not, is there any sort of a work-around that I might be able to make use of?
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Date: 9/5/13 3:14 PM
I think you are pretty much limited to 4x4. I'm not familiar with your machine, maybe someone else can make a more specific suggestion. But I think you can run the design through several programs (some of them are free to download) and scale down the design easily to fit your 4x4 frame, then use your USB or cable connection to stitch out the smaller design.
That size is kind of a kick in the teeth, so close, but it shouldn't be too difficult to make it work for you.
Member since 5/2/09
In reply to MacMorrighan
Date: 9/5/13 3:28 PM
Yes. You could just take someone's embroidery design that is too big for your particular machine, to sew out on it, and split it up into separate and two smaller pieces and 2 smaller embroidery designs instead. Then hoop up, sew out one of them, then re-hoop and sew out the other part. People have been doing things like that, for many, many years. Lots of very expensive software out there to do that with, that takes money and lots of learning time to figure out and learn too.
Or maybe use this very, very old computer program, that is free shareware and almost nothing involved in learning how to use just that way either? Learning to hoop up several times and sew out something several times and keep things aligned with each other while doing that is harder, involves drawing cross hairs on your fabric, and practice, but if you want to do it bad enough, I bet you really do figure it all out.
You could try it, it's called the Atomizer and it's here if you want to try it and play with it.
since it only takes old melco .exp kind of embroidery files though, and your machine I think takes .pes formated brother ones instead, you would need to get your file into .exp format first, split it up, then afterwards use something to convert it back to .pes file format just to sew it out that way.
An applique design that was too big for your hoop, would not be the best one to start with or play with, to learn how to do somthing like that, as some other more simple embroidery design with no applique in it, would lend it's self better for that.
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Date: 9/6/13 8:31 PM
Also, be sure the site you are getting the design firm is reputable. I've heard questionable things about sites that end in ".ru".
There are only about a gazillion freebie designs out there on line. You can surely find something that will fit your hoop and be safe to use.
Have you gone to brother's own website? They have an archive of free designs that you can download. Check to be sure they are for your size hoop.
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Subject: Brother SE-400s Size Limitations? Date: 9/6/13 11:24 PM
I can reduce the size of a design (by about 20% max) directly on my Viking Rose and I think you can do this on yours too.
This website (http://www.embroiderymachines-forsale.net/brother-se400/brother-se400/) says "Enjoy the flexibility of being able to resize your designs, flip them or rotate freely through 1°10° or 90°". Try it out and see if it will work. Good luck!
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Subject: Brother SE-400s Size Limitations? Date: 9/7/13 10:36 AM
Reducing the size without reducing the number of stitches can result in a bullet-proof stitch-out (so thick a bullet would not penetrate it).
The embroidery area of your machine is 4 x 4 and that is the limit.
Anything larger and you would have to use ME software and split the design into more than one section where you would stitch out one section, then rehoop and stitch the second section.
There is a repositionable hoop that would eliminate rehooping, but you still have to remember the machine's memory is 4 x 4 no matter what.
Here is an example of splitting a design. Embird has a trial and it is a very popluar software program.
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Date: 9/7/13 11:52 AM
Get the trial demo of SewWhatPro which allows you to save your designs for a 30 day period. Download the design from the website. Open it up in SewWhatPro and use its capabilities to resize to fit in the 4 x 4 hoop. Save As to a different name than your original PES file. Then transfer the design to the SE 400 and do a test stitch and see how it turns out. When resizing designs, you don't want to reduce too much or too large from the original size. Always do test stitches.
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In reply to MacMorrighan
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Date: 9/8/13 9:58 PM
One can resize designs,rotate designs and mirror designs with this free OESD ARTsizer.It reads and writes most embroidery designs too.I never tried it myself,a friend likes it,my embroidery machine's software can do it all and more.
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Subject: Brother SE-400s Size Limitations? Date: 9/14/14 1:46 AM
I have a Bernina, and just use the free Bernina Art-Link Software to resize. I also have the SE400 and if I want to do a small project, just use that instead of switching over my main machine.
You can get Art-Link with or without a Bernina, since it works on the computer.
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Subject: Brother SE-400s Size Limitations? Date: 9/14/14 8:56 PM
I have the Brother PE500. It has the 4x4 also. You can't do anything over on it.