Brother SE600 vs SE625 – Compare Features, Pros & Cons
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If you’re looking to compare the Brother SE600 vs SE625 sewing and embroidery machines, I’ve got you covered.
When I first decided to purchase a Brother embroidery machine, I was overwhelmed with the options out there. If you’ve never used an embroidery machine, how do you even know how to pick the best machine for you?
I did know I wanted to purchase a 2-in-1 sewing and embroidery machine that would perform basic sewing tasks as well as do embroidery. Two of the best options at the time for beginners were the Brother SE600 and the Brother SE625.
They were fairly similar in price and seemed almost identical at first glance. Upon further investigation, I found a few very subtle differences do exist.
I ended up purchasing the Brother SE625 because at the time it was the better price, and I liked the added designs.
So what’s the difference between the Brother SE600 and Brother SE625?
Read on for an in-depth comparison of the Brother SE600 vs SE625 sewing and embroidery machines so you can learn which you prefer!
I’ll also go over some of the features of both of the machines to explain the awesome things they can do.
Brother SE625 vs SE600: Quick Comparison Chart
|Brother SE600||Brother SE625|
|Dimensions||21.2" x 15.5" x 16.5"||21.1" x 15.3" x 16.4"|
|Combination sewing and embroidery?||Yes||Yes|
|Included embroidery designs||80||80 built-in + 200 on a CD|
|Presser feet included||7||7|
|LCD touch screen||3.2" smart screen||3.2" smart screen|
|Advanced needle threader||Yes||Yes|
|USB Connectivity||Computer or USB stick||Computer or USB stick|
|Maximum stitch speed||710 spm||710 spm|
|Warranty||25-year limited||25-year limited|
Brother SE600 vs SE625: The Similarities
Now it’s time to go into a little more depth on some of the features that are similar between these two nearly identical computerized embroidery machines.
Sewing Features: Stitches, Presser Feet, and More
Both machines contain 103 built-in stitches. The complete breakdown can be seen in my more thorough Brother SE600 review post.
The same 7 sewing accessory feet are included with both machines: a spring action zigzag foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot, overcasting foot, monogramming foot, zipper foot, and blind stitch foot. These allow you to accomplish most sewing tasks.
Additional sewing feet can be purchased, such as a spring-action quilting foot, walking foot, side cutter overlock foot, or 1/4″ piecing foot.
The maximum sewing speed is 710 stitches per minute, which is admittedly a little slower than many of Brother’s computerized sewing and quilting combination machines.
Both the Brother SE600 and Brother SE625 are free-arm sewing machines, meaning when the flat-bed compartment at the front is removed, a small cylindrical arm remains.
This facilitates the sewing of tubular items such as jean hems and shirt sleeves. Or sewing doll clothes, which is the case for this mom of daughters! You also have to remove the free arm to be able to insert the embroidery arm.
Embroidery Features: Hoop Size, Touch Screen, and More
The maximum embroidery field area is 4″x4″ on both the Brother SE600 and SE625. One 4″x4″ hoop is included with your purchase.
While this is much smaller than the 5″x7″ hoop size of the Brother PE800 embroidery machine or SE1900 combo machine, you’ll be able to monogram and embroider most small items.
For your reference, below is the 5″x7″ hoop that came with my Brother SE1900 with the 4″x4″ hoop of the Brother SE625 and Brother SE600. (If you’re worried about the small 4″x4″ size, you might enjoy reading: What can you embroider with a 4×4 hoop?)
Both machines also include the embroidery foot and embroidery arm that are required for embroidery or monogramming.
The 3.2″ LCD touch screen allows for stitch selection and embroidery pattern selection. What’s nifty about this is you can alter your design size, orientation, and even colors directly on the touchscreen.
You are also able to preview your design before starting to embroider. Double-checking saves you from spending some extra time with your seam ripper on a failed project!
On-screen, you’ll also find tutorials. Here are 8 of the offered tutorials so you don’t always have to have your instruction manual near you.
Computer and USB Connectivity
Both machines have a built-in USB port on the side. You can directly connect your computer, or you can transport designs using a USB flash drive.
Hundreds and thousands of embroidery designs and fonts are available online from iBroidery (Brother’s official store), Etsy, and more. Performing an online search for your desired design will also turn up both paid and free patterns.
If you have your own embroidery software (how you create your own designs or monograms), you can transfer these files as well to your machine. The most common design file format is .pes.
Both machines feature the traditional 25-year limited warranty (2/6/25) from Brother. Make sure to read the fine print and keep a copy of your purchase receipt!
Brother SE600 vs SE625: What are the differences?
The list of differences is very small between these two machines. In general, Walmart sells the Brother SE625 while Amazon and other online retailers prefer to carry the Brother SE600.
1. The Look of the Machines
The graphics on the faces of the machines are different. It seems as if Brother created the two machine faceplates in different colors only so users could differentiate between the two similar machines.
The Brother SE600 features a silver or gray-toned faceplate while the SE625 boasts a gold or light brown front. Both feature floral designs, although there are slight differences in them.
Here are two videos showing the looks of the two machines and also describing some of the better features of these machines.
Brother SE600 Video
Brother SE625 Video
2. Included Embroidery Designs
Both the Brother SE600 and Brother SE625 contain the same 80 built-in embroidery designs on the machine. (Refer to Brother’s embroidery design guide for more information.)
The fonts are also the same. Here are the 6 English fonts of both machines.
The difference comes in where the Brother SE625 includes an extra 200 designs pre-loaded on a CD.
However, I’m not sure why Brother would preload an archaic CD with designs, though. I would much prefer the designs already on a USB flash drive that I can plug right into my SE625. Since many laptop computers (like mine!) no longer have CD drives, that may get you in a pickle with accessing those additional CD designs.
This video of the Brother SE625 embroidery designs will give you more of an idea of what extra designs are included. I don’t think they’re that stellar. I choose to design most of my own designs or download them (here’s a list of where to find free embroidery designs!)
How do the prices compare?
Depending on availability, the prices for these two machines can fluctuate.
Brother SE600 vs. SE625 vs. SE630
The SE630 is the updated version of the SE625 and SE600 machines and has a blue faceplate.
While features and use are almost identical and all 3 machines include the same 80 built-in designs, the biggest difference is the Brother SE630 includes an extra 400 downloadable designs through iBroidery.com.
Compare this to the 200 extra designs on CD with the SE625 and no additional designs with the SE600.
Brother SE600 vs SE625 – Final Answer
The Brother SE600 and SE625 machines are identical with the exception of different colored faceplates (SE600 is silver and SE625 is gold) and the inclusion of 200 additional embroidery designs on a CD with the Brother SE625.
Technically, while the Brother SE625 comes with 200 more embroidery designs on a CD, the USB connectivity allows you to plug in a USB drive or your computer to transfer designs on both machines.
With so many free and low-cost embroidery patterns available online, I don’t see this as a significant advantage for the Brother SE625. Unless, of course, you’re not tech-savvy and don’t want to have to deal with finding your own designs. In that case, lean towards the Brother SE625!
If I were choosing between the two and didn’t have a preferred retailer, I’d price compare and then pick the one that’s more affordable that day! That’s what I did when I purchased my Brother SE625.
And while you’re here, feel free to browse around my Brother SE625 review for more information about how to use these two sewing embroidery combos!
I’ve also made a post of my must-have beginner embroidery supplies. Give that a look to help you decide which stabilizers, threads, and more you need to get started embroidering.
Thanks for sharing! God bless!
Hey thanks for the review. Also you can buy the CD from Brother. It was a while ago but think I paid around $20 for it.
Thanks, good to know!
Can you use the 5×7 frame on the 600/625 or do I need to consider the 1900? I only have 3 designs that would require the larger frame, so trying to decide if the extra expense is worth it.
The max size you can stitch at any one time is 4″×4″. However, you can split your big designs into two small parts with software (Sew What Pro and Embrilliance are two basic, inexpensive software to do that.) Then, you can stitch the design in two parts. You will rehoop your fabric between the two sections, or, if the designs are 4″×6.75″ or smaller, you can use a repositional hoop (sold separately). With the repositional hoop, you just move where the hoop is attached to the embroidery arm without having to rehoop the fabric to complete the design. I did this a lot with bigger designs because the big price increase from my SE625 to SE1900 was very, very hard to justify at first!
Oh man that all sounds o very confusing I am a sewer of almost 37 yrs never have done embroidery but..I have always wanted to do it so I am doing it now and I am very excited likes kid on Christmas morning lol but it just seem so overwhelming I have been binging tutorials and now I’m torn between SE600/625 but now I am seriously thinking about the SE1900 only because I know in less than a yr maybe 2 if m gonna want to upgrade to a larger size embroider due to our dart leagues will want shirts done with names or intials or some will want something larger than a 4×4 on the front but honestly I am financially strapped at $1000bux on tht machine which I know in the long run it will be worth it and I will love it can’t say I will make my money back maybe after a yr maybe 2 gotta give myself practice time can’t sell or gift anything til I’m good at it ya know lol I get made fun of by my family and friends b-cuz I’m such a huge prefectionist it actually can affect my work speed lol uugh wish I could just stop tht crap uugh well anyways I’m so torn $500 or $1000. hmm well you know us crafters want to say well heck ya just do it go for it get the SE1900. But then again on the other hand were also saying omg can I justify spending tht.much will my husband freak out will he kill me (figure of speech..he will not literally kill me lol) HELP I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO HERE !! LOL
I feel you! I had the SE625 for 1-2 years before deciding to get the SE1900 to have the extra space. Whew, it was a big purchase and a big decision for me, though!
I was actually able to sell my SE625 for about what I paid for it, so it all worked out well in the end for the upgrade 🙂
Best wishes with your decision!!!
Thank you this is a huge help!
Thankyou, your reviews and comparative analysis are good gave me a good idea.
i am wanting to embroider on crocheted stuffies that i make.
will these machines be able to embroider through bulky yarn?
I don’t think these machines will have any problem with the bulk of the yarn, as I’ve been able to embroider through materials like balsa wood, thick denim, leather, marine vinyl, etc.
Aspects that might be concerning, though, include making sure you can isolate the area of the stuffie you want to embroider in a single layer first and then figuring out how to stabilize the yarn to keep it from moving during the embroidery process. Also, if there’s much space between yarns, the stitches will not have anything to grab onto, making a good-quality stitch-out difficult.
Hope that helps a little!
Which one of these machines is best to buy if you want to start making outfits?
When it comes to sewing outfits, these machines are practically identical, so either will work great.