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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 got a bit overwhelmed with the options out there. If you’ve never used an embroidery machine, how do you even know how to pick the best beginner embroidery 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 have a better handle on which one you prefer before making your decision! I’ll also go over some of the features of both of the machines so you’ll know a little bit more about 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 will 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 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 items you wish. (Check out my blanket embroidery tutorial to see the stitching quality!) For your reference, here’s comparing the 5″x7″ hoop that came with my Brother SE1900 with the 4″x4″ hoop of the Brother SE625 and Brother SE600.
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.
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
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 think it’s a good idea to 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 do a simple Google search.
How do the prices compare?
Depending on the day, the prices for these two machines can fluctuate a bit. In general, the Brother SE600 will be a little less expensive, most likely due to the additional CD that comes with the Brother SE625.
Brother SE600 vs SE625 – Final Answer
In conclusion, 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 the Brother SE625.
And while you’re here, feel free to browse around my Brother SE600 review and 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 at a look to help you decide which stabilizers, threads, and more you’ll need to help you get started embroidering.