Brother SE1900 Review + Tips for Using It

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Want to learn more about the Brother SE1900 sewing and embroidery machine? I upgraded to the Brother SE1900 from the Brother SE625 in 2020, and I LOVE it.

It’s one of the more feature-rich Brother embroidery machines you can purchase without a dealer, and it’s a highly versatile machine with great stitch quality when sewing or embroidering.  

So, if you’re interested in this nifty machine, my Brother SE1900 review will detail its features, provide tips for use, answer common questions, and discuss its pros & cons. 

brother se1900 sewing and embroidery machine review

Quick Brother SE1900 Features

First, let’s review some of the basic features of the Brother SE1900 sewing and embroidery machine.

  • Weight: 22.1 lbs (although my box weighed 39 lbs when I got it!)
  • Built-in stitches: 240, including 10 automatic buttonhole stitches
  • Built-in embroidery designs: 138 designs, 11 fonts (7 in English), and 10 frames with 14 border options
  • Embroidery field size: 5″x7″
  • Presser feet included: 7 sewing feet + 1 embroidery foot
  • Maximum sewing speed: 850 stitches per minute
  • Feed dog points: 7
  • LCD touch-screen: access features through this colored 3.2″ smart touchscreen
  • Lighting: LED above stitching area
  • Warranty: 25-year limited warranty (read the warranty’s fine print for specifics!)

What’s In the Box?

brother se1900 review

Here’s what came with my machine when I opened the box.

  • Machine unit, power cord, and foot controller
  • Sewing accessories: 7 sewing machine presser feet, knee lifter
  • Embroidery accessories: embroidery arm, one spool embroidery bobbin thread (60 weight, white), embroidery foot, and 5″x7″ embroidery hoop
  • Tools and accessories: 4 bobbins, 4 spool caps, extra spool pin contraption for twin needle sewing, spool net, scissors, 3 screwdrivers, cleaning brush, seam ripper, and eyelet punch
  • Needles: one twin needle (2/11 size), 2 75/11 needles, 2 90/14 needles, and 2 90/14 ballpoint needles
  • Grid sheet set
  • Manual, quick reference guide, embroidery design guide, one free pattern coupon for, and warranty information

I thought it might come with a dust cover as my SE625 did, so I was a little bummed that wasn’t the case. I also hoped a smaller hoop would be included, but it wasn’t. 

The Brother SE600 andSE625 hoops are incompatible with the Brother SE1900, so I bought a set of 4 extra hoops from Amazon.

To start embroidering immediately, you must purchase several other items, such as stabilizer and embroidery thread. (Check out my embroidery machine supplies list to decide what’s a must-have for your embroidery aspirations.)

Sewing with the Brother SE1900

Let’s talk about some of the sewing features of this machine first! 

Automatic Functions For Easier Use

These automatic features will make setting up and using the Brother SE1900 a breeze.

1. Advanced Needle Threader

advanced needle threader on Brother embroidery machines

With the advanced needle threader, there is no need to worry about threading the needle by hand. Simply wind the thread around this contraption and press a lever on the side. Then, the threader pulls the thread through the eye of the needle. 

The presser foot does have to be down for the needle threader to work accurately, which took some getting used to at first. 

I historically have not been a fan of the Brother sewing machine needle threaders because they’re delicate and a pain to use, but the Brother embroidery machine threaders are MUCH BETTER.

After a year of use, I accidentally bent the hook inside my threader, but it was easy and inexpensive to replace. This is the Brother SE1900 replacement needle threader I purchased if you need an extra. 

2. Automatic Reinforcement/Reverse Stitches

When selecting stitches on the Brother SE1900, you can choose if you want to sew automatic reverse or reinforcement stitches at the beginning and end of a line of stitching. 

3. Automatic Thread Trimming

You can also opt for automatic thread trimming at the end of your SEWING projects. 

Unfortunately, the Brother SE1900 does not automatically cut jump threads when embroidering. You have to upgrade to the 6″x10″ hoop machine (I recommend the Brother NQ3600D, NQ3700D, or NQ3550W) or the Brother SE2000. 

4. Automatic Tension Default

Whereas most sewing machines have a dial for manually adjusting tension, the Brother SE1900 automatically adjusts the tension. 

When you select a stitch, the machine sets itself to a default tension value based on that stitch. You may still need to go in and manually adjust depending on your fabric or thread, but this default value is a time-saving feature.

Quick-Set, Top-Drop Bobbin

bobbin winding

Bobbin winding occurs on the machine’s top, after which the bobbin is dropped into the bobbin case at the base of the machine. 

Top-drop bobbin just means the bobbin is loaded into the top of the bobbin case rather than horizontally like on many other machines. 

With a quick-set bobbin, there’s also no need to draw up the bobbin thread yourself. The machine pulls it up automatically once you start sewing. Of course, you can pull the bobbin thread up yourself if necessary.

se1900 bobbin thread is empty warning

And, when the bobbin thread is running low, you get this nice reminder above that it’s time to change it! I’m an oblivious sewer, so it’s nice to be reminded, so I don’t run out of thread in the middle of a project.

Which sewing presser feet are included, and can you buy more?

brother se1900 accessories compartment

There are 7 sewing feet included with the Brother SE1900. 

They also come in a cool tray stored inside the accessories compartment. This was an exciting and unexpected find when I opened my machine for the first time!

Here’s what they are:

  • Spring-action zigzag foot: your everyday sewing foot
  • Overcasting foot: use with the overcasting stitch to finish edges and also create a seam
  • Buttonhole foot: sew on a perfectly sized buttonhole
  • Button fitting foot: sew on a button
  • Blind stitch foot: create a blind hem on a garment
  • Zipper foot: add a zipper
  • Monogramming foot: use with the decorative sewing stitches

One great thing about this machine is that you can purchase more compatible presser feet separately!

240 Stitches?! – What Are They?

the SE1900 stitches

There are more included stitches on the Brother SE1900 than you’ll probably ever use! 

The top of the machine features a flip-up top with the stitches on it. This was an improvement from my SE625, where I had to use the manual or scroll through the screen to know which number I needed for the stitch I wanted. 

Here’s the stitch breakdown:

  • 4 straight stitches (left and center needle, with and without automatic reinforcement/reverse)
  • 1 each of triple stretch, stem, basting, blind hem, blind hem stretch, shell tuck, scallop, patchwork join, patchwork double overlock, couching, smocking, feather, fagoting, tape-attaching, ladder, rick-rack, and serpentine stitches
  • 4 zigzag stitches, and 1 each of 2-step and 3-step zigzag stitches
  • 9 overcasting stitches
  • 5 stitches for use with the Brother side cutter presser foot
  • Quilting: 3 piecing stitches (left, right, middle needle) and 4 other quilting stitches
  • 22 hemstitches
  • 10 automatic one-step buttonhole stitches
  • 2 darning stitches and 1 each of darning, button sewing, and eyelet stitches
  • 8 reverse and sideways stitches for attaching appliques (this is a REALLY cool feature!)
  • Countless other decorative stitches, utility decorative stitches, satin stitches, and cross-stitch stitches!

If these fancy stitch names mean nothing to you, or you can’t see the picture well enough above, check out this visual Brother SE1900 stitch guide.

Have an idea for a stitch not included in these 240?

Then design your own using My Custom Stitch (included on the machine) or import one using the machine’s USB drive. You should be able to save about 15 of your own stitch designs in the 128KB memory.

The Side Cutter Foot Is a Neat Option

brother side cutter presser foot anatomy

The Brother SE1900 includes 5 stitches that can be used with the Brother side cutter foot. 

The side cutter is an additional presser foot that allows your machine to act like a serger in a few ways. When used with an overcasting type of stitch, the foot sews a seam, finishes fabric edges, and trims excess fabric all at once. 

I’ve been less than enthused with my side cutter’s performance on knits and other stretchy fabrics, so don’t rely on it in place of a serger! 

However, it’s a GREAT presser foot to have around for producing a faux-serged appearance on cotton. Read more in my tutorial and review of my Brother overlock side cutter foot.

What’s a knee lifter useful for?

knee lifter

The included knee lifter lets you lift the presser foot by pressing your knee on the lever. This means you won’t have to take your hands off your project to raise or lower the presser foot with your hand! 

This was my first time having a machine with a knee lifter, so it’s been an adjustment. I like it when I’m trying to sew two pieces of elastic together and need both my hands to hold them underneath the presser foot.

What else?

First, a built-in free arm, created with the removal of the flat-bed attachment, allows you to sew cylindrical items such as pant legs or shirt cuffs. Unfortunately, it’s not an embroidery free arm like on the Brother PRS100 embroidery machine.

Also, since this is a computerized sewing machine, you can sew with the included foot pedal or use the buttons on the front. 

Furthermore, a speed slider is included along with the buttons. 

The foot pedal takes some time to get used to, but it’s nice and heavy and less likely to slide than the foot pedals of many other machines I’ve used.

brother se1900 sews sideways too!

And, the Brother SE1900 sews SIDEWAYS and BACKWARDS. How cool is that? 

I keep forgetting about this function, but this makes me smile a little on the inside every time I remember to use it. You can do a straight stitch in all 4 directions and a zigzag in all 4 directions. 

The one caveat, though, is the length (and width of the zigzag) are preset, and of course, you can only use center needle.

Speaking of center needle, most sewing machines, like my old Brother CS6000i and my Singer 4452 heavy-duty machine, have only three options for needle position: left, right, and center. 

Because the Brother SE1900 is awesome and helps with exact sewing, you can set it to ANY position within 3.5mm of the center on either side of the needle.

ruler on side of machine

And lastly, the side of the machine has a ruler imprinted on it. None of my previous sewing or embroidery machines had this feature, but I’ve been enjoying having it when it comes to making gross measurements for sewing projects.

The Brother SE1900 Is Good At Quilting

quilting with brother se1900

The Brother SE1900 is one of the best sewing machines for quilting and embroidery if you’re on a budget. 

While there are no included specialty quilting feet, you can purchase a compatible walking foot, spring-action quilting foot, or 1/4″ piecing foot separately. 

how to drop feed dogs

And, the feed dogs do drop easily (there’s a switch on the machine back) to allow for free-motion quilting. The SE1900 also easily accommodates quilts and other fabrics up to about 6mm in thickness. (This isn’t a heavy-duty machine, so be careful!)

Another useful aspect is that the throat area is 7.4″ wide x 4.1″ tall, larger than most entry-level Brother quilting or sewing machines. (Although, it pales compared to some of the large hoop embroidery machines, which have throat spaces over 13″!)  

Nonetheless, this larger-than-standard space lets you create larger projects and roll bigger quilts. However, rolling a king-size quilt with high-loft batting might be difficult, if not impossible. 

magnet hoop

One last thing that I love is the Brother SE1900 finally has two compatible magnetic hoops! (Not Brother-brand, but they are compatible.) You can purchase a 5″x12″ magnetic hoop or 5″x7″ magnetic hoop.

If using the 5″x12″ hoop, I recommend purchasing extra magnets for a more secure hold. [Learn how to use magnetic hoops and what they’re helpful for!]

Embroidering with the Brother SE1900

4"x4" hoop compared to 5"x7" hoop

With the included 5″x7″ hoop, the Brother SE1900 embroidery machine is great for a small home business or hobby. 

If you decide you want a smaller hoop as well, you can purchase a 4″x4″ hoop (and others) as I did. There’s a big difference in the sizes of the two hoops, as you can see above. Using a smaller hoop uses less stabilizer and stretches small embroidery blanks less.  

Since the Brother SE1900 is a single-needle embroidery machine, you must change the thread yourself after each color. While threading is set up to be quick and straightforward, this takes more time than if you owned a multi-needle embroidery machine.  

The INcluded Embroidery Designs

Are the built-in 138 embroidery designs anything you’ll use? Or will you have to make or find your own to import?

To see the complete list, download this Brother embroidery design guide. It’s a lengthy guide and might be confusing to search through, so I can quickly help you navigate it.

  • First of all, these are the same designs featured on the Brother PE800 embroidery machine.
  • The 138 built-in designs are on pages 4 and 5 of the design guide.
  • 26 of the designs that count towards the 138 total are floral letters. For in-depth information about each design, such as expected embroidery time and the number of colors per design, scroll to page 18.
  • 11 fonts are included, 7 of which are English.
  • 3 of the fonts are Japanese, and 1 is Cyrillic. For a quick overview of the fonts compared side-by-side, flip to page 38. For details about specific fonts, start at the bottom of page 5. The fonts aren’t great, so you will likely want to add others. (Here are some places to download free embroidery fonts!)
  • There are 10 frame shapes with 14 border designs.
  • Starting at the bottom of page 16, you’ll see the frame shapes. You can choose from a circle, square, oval, diamond, 2 rectangles (vertical/horizontal), 2 shield-like shapes (one like a guitar pick and the other a first responder badge), octagon, and heart. The 14 border designs you can add to the shapes are situated to the right of each frame option.

Using the LCD Touchscreen to Embroider

moving around embroidery designs on screen

When it comes time to choose or edit a pattern, you use the color LCD touchscreen.

Selecting a Pattern

You can select a built-in pattern, a character pattern, or a frame pattern.   If you want a pattern not built-in, import it or access a previously saved pattern in the machine’s memory.

Editing the Pattern

One of the best features of the Brother SE1900 is the ability to edit designs on the screen! With drag-and-drop editing, you can combine patterns, letters, and frames to make your own designs. Here are some other ways you can edit the pattern before starting to embroider:

  • Adjust design size–enlarge or shrink the design proportionately or disproportionately!
  • Make a horizontal mirror image
  • Rotate the pattern
  • Change the thread colors or thread density
  • Add letters to an arc

Previewing the Pattern

Once your selected pattern is edited and ready, you can preview and check the pattern position on your hooped fabric. This is a helpful feature to help cut down on errors because it is NO fun removing embroidery stitching from a project!

If you like the design you’ve made and want to use it again, you can save it to your machine’s memory for later use.

Importing Additional Embroidery Designs

where to import designs

Import designs you’ve found online or created yourself using the built-in USB port on the machine’s side.   Plug in a jump drive, and access your designs on the LCD screen easily.

When importing a design, just make sure it’s a compatible format. You have to also unzip all files before importing. 

The Brother SE1900 Does Not Include Software

If you want to create designs, you have to purchase your own program. 

Software can be expensive, so you might save money by purchasing premade designs from Etsy, iBroidery (Brother’s online store), or other reputable digitizers. 

You can also find free designs, but be careful they are from places you trust! (I’ve compiled a list of my favorite websites to get free embroidery machine designs from if you want to check it out. Also, here’s my favorite places to download ITH (in-the-hoop) embroidery designs.)

Do you need software?

Let’s be honest. The built-in designs and fonts on the machine won’t cover every embroidery need you have. 

I’m a girly girl who likes swirly monograms, and none of the built-in fonts feature curlicues. If you want to use “prettier” fonts and create elaborate monograms, you have to buy them or have software to make them.

Also, if you want to embroider designs larger than 5″x7,” you must have embroidery software to split the big designs into smaller pieces. 

However, if you don’t think you’ll be doing anything beyond what the machine offers and plan to buy a few designs that don’t need editing, no need for software!

Embroidery Software Compatible With Brother SE1900

using hatch software with my brother se1900

The good news is that most embroidery software will work with the SE1900 if you export the final design in .pes, .phc, or .dst format.

To help, I’ve written a post about the best free embroidery software if you do not want to explore paid options.

If you only want a simple thumbnail viewer, organizer, or very basic editing software, these are great free options to check out! However, free digitizing software is much more challenging to learn than premium software, in my experience.

In terms of paid embroidery software, my post reviewing some of the best machine embroidery software is a great place to start.

To summarize that quickly, though, two great options for editing and customization are SewWhat-Pro (read: Sew What Pro review of functions) and Embrilliance Essentials. These allow you to add text to designs, create monograms, and perform basic editing tasks. They both offer a free demo to help you decide if you like the software first. 

I think Hatch 3 Digitizer and Embrilliance Stitch Artist are the easiest to learn and use if you want to digitize manually.

However, if you just want a program that can convert a basic .jpg or .png to a .pes embroidery file, check out SewArt. This is an auto-digitizing program, which has a lot of limitations. BUT, it is much less expensive than more robust digitizing programs and is relatively easy for beginners to learn. 

The Brother SE1900 Is Easy To Use

Setting up the machine and threading are straightforward when following instructions in the manual and on the machine’s body. Navigating the LCD screen is simple as well with the help of your manual. 

On the touchscreen, you’ll find tutorials if you forget things, and when sewing, the machine will even indicate which presser foot you’re to use with which stitch. So yes, easy to use, in my opinion!

What’s more complicated, though, is learning things like hooping fabric, picking embroidery stabilizers, and making your own designs.

Is it suitable for a beginner?

While you’ll find several Brother SE1900 reviews that comment on difficulties as a beginner, the Brother SE1900 is one of the easier machines to learn to sew and embroider with. It just takes a little patience and time investment on your part. You may not understand all the complexities initially, and that’s okay!

When you first get your machine, you’ll notice the manual is LONG. 

You may be tempted to take your SE1900 for a test drive immediately, but I recommend reading through the manual first to learn the nuances of the machine. This will make your learning curve MUCH less steep, and you’ll have fewer beginner user errors. 

If you have problems understanding the manual, watch some YouTube videos for step-by-step visual instructions.

However, if you’re not sure you will be fully into embroidery and sewing, you may benefit from choosing a less fully-featured combination machine like the Brother SE600 or Brother SE625. While these include a smaller embroidery area and fewer stitch options, they are almost 1/2 of the price. I started with the Brother SE625, a great starter machine.


One of the most significant disadvantages is the cost. While it’s a less expensive embroidery machine than comparable machines of other brands, the Brother SE1900 is an investment. 

If you think the price is too high, you can look at a few less expensive options, one of which is the Brother PE800 embroidery-only machine plus a basic sewing machine. 

Speaking of cost, you are getting a lot of features for a great price. However, you are limited by the 5″x7″ maximum embroidery field area and changing your thread after each color. Investing in a multi-needle embroidery machine or an embroidery machine with a larger embroidery field will cost MUCH more!

If you’re worried about needing a bigger embroidery area, just know that you can still split embroidery patterns and stitch in multiple sections, rehooping in between, to embroider one large design.

I wish the Brother SE1900 embroidery machine cut jump stitches (where the machine jumps from one part of the design to another with the same thread color), but that’s not the case. I also wish it had a dust cover, but I sewed my own.  

Troubleshooting and Warranty

As with all machines, choose the correct materials to prevent user error. Different fabrics may require different needles, threads, and stabilizers. And, take care that you’ve wound the bobbin correctly and threaded the needle the right way!  

If your machine stops working, keep your receipt to take advantage of the 25-year limited warranty. Parts, labor, and accessories carry a 1-year warranty, electronic components have a 2-year warranty, and the machine body itself is warrantied for 25 years.

You can also purchase an extended warranty if you’re a worrywart like me.

Comparing the Brother SE1900

If you’re doing your due diligence before purchasing the Brother SE1900, you probably want to know how it differs from other Brother embroidery machines!

Brother SE1900 vs. SE1950

The only difference between the Brother SE1900 and the new Brother SE1950 is the color and pattern of the faceplate on the front of the machine. I had hoped the newest model would have WiFi design transfer or something else awesome.

However, I confirmed with Brother that the SE1950 is only a cosmetic update to the SE1900. 

Brother SE1900 vs. SE2000

brother se1900 vs. se2000

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The biggest difference between these two sewing and embroidery combination machines is the Wi-Fi capability on the Brother SE2000. 

Thus, instead of transferring designs via USB on the SE1900, you can transfer designs directly from your computer to the SE2000 via Wi-Fi (or USB, too). You can also use Brother’s new Artspira app with the SE2000. 

Also, the SE2000 automatically trims jump stitches, which is a game-changer! Other differences include 190 embroidery designs, 13 fonts, and 241 sewing stitches on the SE2000 vs. 138 designs, 11 fonts, and 240 sewing stitches on the SE1900. 

(I recently added the Brother SE2000 to my craft room; you can read more about it in my Brother SE2000 combination review.)

Brother SE1900 vs. PE800

Brother PE800 Embroidery Machine, 138 Built-in Designs, 5

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The main difference when comparing Brother SE1900 vs. Brother PE800 is the PE800 is an embroidery-only machine. 

With the Brother SE1900, you get sewing features, including many stitches and presser feet. As such, the SE1900 will usually cost more than the PE800.

In terms of embroidery, both machines feature the same 138 built-in embroidery designs, fonts, and frames. Both machines are used similarly, have a maximum embroidery area of 5″x7″, and provide top-notch stitching. 

The color LCD display features the same editing ability, and you can import additional designs by plugging a jump drive into the side of the machine.

Read my full Brother PE800 review!

Brother SE1900 vs. SE600 vs. SE625

brother SE1900 vs SE625

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When comparing the Brother SE1900 vs. SE600 and SE625, the SE1900 is bigger and better.  

Both machines are sewing and embroidery combination machines and include the same 7 sewing presser feet. Both also have a color LCD touchscreen to select patterns. Additional patterns can be transferred via USB on the side of the machine.

In terms of sewing, however, the Brother SE600 features only 103 stitches and a maximum sewing speed of 710 spm. The Brother SE1900 has 240 stitches and a maximum sewing speed of 850 spm. 

In terms of embroidery, the Brother SE600 has 80 included embroidery designs and 6 English fonts. In contrast, the SE1900 has 138 designs and 7 English fonts. 

The hoop size on the Brother SE1900 is also 5″x7″ as opposed to a smaller 4″x4″ on the Brother SE600.

Read more in my Brother SE600 review!


The Brother SE1900 sewing and embroidery machine is a tremendous all-purpose machine that will sew, quilt, and embroider. The machine is simple to use, has many built-in stitches and designs, and will grow with beginners and experienced sewists alike!


  1. When monograming, can you widen the stitches so you can see them on dense fabrics like towels? (On the SE 1900)

    1. For many of the built-in fonts, you have the option of increasing thread density to make the letters show up a bit more. And of course you can choose to import a design or font that you’ve altered yourself prior to transferring to the machine.

  2. Hi, I wanted to ask if the free arm functionality on this machine can be used for embroidery. I’m looking to embroider designs onto shirt and pant arms, etc. and noticed you called this out. I just wasn’t sure if that was for sewing only. Thanks for the article, super helpful!


    1. My personal preference is polyester over rayon thread for embroidery. I tried Brothread off Amazon when the pandemic started, and I have yet to have problems, so I’m sticking with that for now for my basic colors, metallic, and even variegated embroidery threads. It’s significantly cheaper than what I used to use (Floriani/Isacord/Madeira/Gutermann/etc), and I find the finished product to be comparable. For glow-in-the-dark thread, I use Simthread. I also buy pre-threaded white bobbins for embroidery (60wt) or I thread my own with Brother 60wt bobbin thread. I’ve been super impressed with how well my machine handles most embroidery thread brands. When sewing, on the other hand, I’ve found it to be persnickety with cheaper threads.

  3. Great post! Learned a few things here. This will be my first embroidery machine. I was looking at the PE800 but none are available! Here in Canada the PE800 is nearly $1000 so an extra $500 will get me the SE1900.

    You mention rebooting to make larger embroideries; How do you reregister it?



    1. Hi! There are a few ways to stitch a larger design. First, there is a large hoop (5″ x 12″) that you can use to make that size of design by simply moving the hoop to a different place on the embroidery carriage after stitching the first half of the design, the max of which is still 5″ x 7″. You also have the option of removing your fabric from the hoop and then realigning it for even larger designs. You will split large design files using embroidery software (this is easier than it sounds!), and many designers of purchased designs will also split for you. The split location in the software will help you know where to rehoop your fabric.

      I wouldn’t recommend split designs as some of your first few projects, but once you get the hang of embroidering simple designs, this is an easy enough thing to do even though it takes a little extra time.

      Hope this all makes sense!

  4. Can you by other hoops that will work with this machine. I want a combination machine but am new to embroidery but everyone that I talk to tells me to get machine with bigger than 4by4. This machine looks like a great machine that does everything.

  5. I’ve had my SE1900 since June 2020 and I truly love it for both sewing and embroidery. My only issue is that when I’m embroidering and the bobbin runs out it just keeps on embroidering and it’s a mess if I don’t catch it in time. I’ve never gotten a message that my bobbin is getting low as mentioned above. That would be a great feature but it just doesn’t happen on my machine – ever. I clean the lint with my brush on a regular basis, too. Any suggestions? Thank you – this article is terrific.

    1. Hmmm, that’s so odd! One thing that might be worth trying is switching the bobbin case. The machine comes with two cases, and if you’re using the wrong one for your type of bobbin thread, it might not be sensing properly. And, if you use prewound bobbins, it also might be worth trying bobbins you wind yourself or a different brand of prewound. I once tried prewound bobbins with no core to have less waste, and my machine hated them!

  6. Hey! Thanks for your helpful review. We’re loving the machine so far. Do you have a source you prefer for purchasing a replacement bobbin case? Extra points for being economical!

    1. If I can’t get parts from a local shop, I usually shop,, and I know Amazon has generic bobbin cases that are much more economical, but I’m really weird about only buying genuine Brother parts for the innards of my more expensive machines!

      1. Thank you so much for sharing these sites. I’m always worried about where to purchase supplies from. Great article! Now I just need to find a machine!

  7. This page really has all the information and facts I needed concerning this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

  8. Hi Aly, have you ever used other Brother sewing feet, such as a walking foot, on the SE1900? I have a Brother sewing-only machine and was wondering if the feet would be compatible.

    1. Yes, that’s my favorite foot to use on my SE1900 that didn’t come with the machine! (It was included with my old cs6000i sewing machine.) I’ve never had any issues using any Brother (or generic, for that matter) low-shank presser feet on my machine so far.

  9. Hi Alt! I won my machine at SewFest from SewingMachinesPlus! I tried a redwork snowman design and it puckered a bit. I used Sulky iron on tearaway. Do you have an article on stabilizers? I used Simyhread prewound bobbins and thread. Just found your site and love it

    1. Hi! Wow, how amazing that you were able to win this machine!! I do have an article on stabilizers you can check out:

      If you’ve noticed puckering, make sure your fabric is hooped tightly. Also, if I’m embroidering on thin cotton or other lightweight fabrics, I’ve found adding stiffness to it by starching or using liquid stabilizer (you can find the recipe on Sulky’s blog) or Terial Magic can help keep the fabric from puckering as well.

      Hope that helps!

  10. Looking into buy the SE1900 but I want to make sure it can do projects that I want to make. Will it embroider towels, clothing, backpacks, hats, bags, blankets, etc? Is there a list somewhere of projects people have embroidered with this machine? Thanks in advance!

  11. Thank you for your very informative article. Do you know what the difference there is between the Brother SE1900 and the Brother Innov-is NS2750D?

    1. As far as I’m aware, they’re functionally the same. However, the NS2750D is the “Disney version” of the SE1900. So, it has a Disney-themed faceplate and includes extra built-in Disney designs that the SE1900 doesn’t have. The local sewing shops in my area don’t stock the SE1900 but instead carry the NS2750D.

      One other difference is the NS2750D does include a 5″x12″ hoop in the box with it as well as a few extra presser feet. (I purchased these separately for my SE1900.)

  12. I just got the se1900. I’m having trouble with doing a tight satin stitch with no gaps for appliqué like you see on stuffed animals around the eyes and the nose. I can’t seem to find a stitch and setting combination that works for this technique on this machine. I would really appreciate any help anyone could offer. Thanks so much for the great article.

    1. What width are you wanting? If the gaps aren’t too large with the settings you have, you can also try using a thicker thread to provide better coverage. Also, you could use the embroidery part of the machine to create eye shapes. There are several built-in frame shapes with satin stitch borders.

  13. My husband bought me this machine for Christmas (still in shock). I do a lot of quilting, but would love to do end to end quilting designs on my tops. Is this possible with this machine and do you have a good link for a tutorial? I also am hoping it will do appliqué with embrodiery designs, to be used on shirts and jackets. I have all your links bookmarked, this is the most helpful site I have seen, thank you so much!

    1. Welcome to the SE1900 club!

      Yes, E2E quilting is indeed possible. There are limitations to quilt sizes you can complete because of the throat space (while it’s big, it’s not HUGE), and you’ll have to do many, many rehoopings for big quilts. But, for me, I’d rather rehoop 1000x than stand and ache at the library’s longarm or nitpick my free-motion quilting when using the sewing part of the machine (thanks, perfectionism.)

      I di have a quilting tutorial here to give some basics on the process. Also, Kimberbell blue tiles are helpful for beginners, and Amelie Scott has a lot of fun designs and information out there also.

      And yes, any applique designs that are 5″x7″ or less are fair game for the SE1900!

      1. Wait…. Your library has a long arm? Wow, where do you live? I live in Michigan and I have never seen a long arm machine at any libraries. I am very jealous.. 👍

  14. I am trying to find a needle threader for my SE1900. The link you chared doesn’t include that model. Will that one work as well? Do you know where I can find a service manual as well to install the threader?

    1. The link I shared is the exact one I purchased. Even though it doesn’t include the SE1900 on the list, it includes part number XD1550351, which corresponds to the SE1900’s needle threader. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a service manual to install it and had to watch a YouTube video with my husband to figure it out.

    1. Yes! It is an optional accessory that’s purchased separately. The geniune Brother part number is SAWT4, but you can also get a clear extension table custom made from Sew Steady.

  15. You say the SE1900 doesn’t do automatic trimming for jump stitches, but what if there is a trim command in the embroidery file itself? Does the machine recognize those commands?

  16. So I was looking at the brother website and it recommends not to exceed 2mm fabric thickness for this machine. Would you say that makes it unsuitable for quilting with thicker batting? I wanted to trying edge to edge quilting with this machine to make warmer/winter quilts.

    1. I use the 80/20 cotton batting all the time and have no problem. I can also easily quilt with a thin layer of polyester batting and a Fluffy minky as the backing fabric with no issues. The SE1900 doesn’t have manually adjustable presser foot height which could exclude super, super thick quilts from being quilted easily. I think 2mm thickness is a little small of a limit, though. I’d say closer to 5-6mm hasn’t ever been an issue in my experience.

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