How To Create Your Own Monogrammed Applique Baby Onesies Using The Brother SE-400 Sewing Machine

In this tutorial, I will show you how to embroider your own monogrammed appliqué  baby onesies using the Brother SE-400 Sewing Machine using the 4 inch Circle Applique Font.

There are several websites out there where you can download embroidery fonts, but you can purchase the Circle Applique Font in this example on my website available in the “FONT DOWNLOADS” tab.

Read My Applique Tutorial: Start out by reading my tutorial “How To Embroider The Applique Monogram Font Using The Brother Se-400 Sewing Machine” to learn about how to use your Brother SE-400 sewing machine for at home embroidery projects. This tutorial will review the setup for your sewing machine and the proper positioning for your patterns.

Download Your Embroidery Design: Download the Circle Applique Font embroidery design available in the “Font Downloads” tab on my website.

Attach your USB cord to your computer and upload the design into your sewing machine (see tutorial for further instructions).

I purchased white baby onesies that I planned to put the embroidery pattern on. In this tutorial, I put the design on the top center of the onesie.

*** NOTE: Creating an applique monogram is much more challenging than creating the traditional monogram embroidery. I do not recommend this project for beginners. Read my tutorials in the “Brother SE-400 Sewing Projects” tab for detailed tutorials on creating traditional monogram embroideries. 

Monogramming baby onesies is quite challenging to do only because the onesie is so small and holding the fabric in place during the embroidery can be difficult. I recommend completing a practice appliqué embroidery project on scrap fabric before attempting this project.

Upload An Embroidery Font: To upload a font you have downloaded, you will want to select the PES file version. I keep all of my downloaded embroidery fonts in a folder called “Embroidery” on my desktop for easy access. I’ve renamed all of the specific fonts to their design names below.

In this example, I will be using the 4 inch font Circle Applique Font. You can find this specific font using the link below:

Select Your Design: Click on the font name Circle Applique Font. You will see seven options for sizes: 1 inch, 1.5 inch, 2 inch, 2.5 inch, 3 inch, 3.5 inch, and 4 inch. For this tutorial, we will be using the 4 inch font, which is the largest embroidery design the Brother SE-400 Sewing Machine will embroider.

In this tutorial, we will be using the monogram with the initials A-R-S.

A- First Initial

R- Middle Initial 

S- Last Initial 

Start with the center initial. Select the option for “4inch_CenterS.pes”.

Next, select the 4 inch option for “4inch_LeftA.pes”. Drag the file over to your “Sewing Machine” folder.

Finally, select the 4 inch option for “4inch_RightR.pes”. Drag the file over to your “Sewing Machine” folder.

Your sewing machine will beep and show the following message:

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When you double-click on the folder “Sewing Machine”, you will see your three files added.

On your sewing machine screen, you will see a preview of your three embroidery letters.

Part One: Applique Overview

*** Please read the entire blog post before beginning your embroidery. There are several steps involved in positioning and size that will need to be completed before starting the embroidery ***

Select your middle letter (first letter of your last name). In this example, we will be using the “S”. Then select the “pocket arrow” to edit your design.

From here you will have many options.

The numbers “1/3” indicate that the 1 is the first section of 3 separate functions that must be followed to achieve your completed pattern.

Select the “AD-JUST” button to change the size of your design. The presets for this pattern have it set to embroider at a 4 inch size. You can decrease the size of your design in the “AD-JUST” section like you would a normal embroidery pattern.

ELECTRIC BLUE indicates the color of thread to use for this section. ELECTRIC BLUE = PINK in this tutorial. You can use any color of thread you prefer.

After threading your bobbin and changing your thread color to PINK, its time to begin embroidering the template for your letters.

Part Two: Apply Stabilizer To Patterned Fabric

In this tutorial, I will be using a blue fabric with a pink pattern. This will be used for the base of your appliqué design.

Apply Stabilizer: We are going to be cutting out our template letters from the fabric, so I recommend that you apply an iron-on stabilizer to your fabric prior to beginning part one of your design. You can find this type of stabilizer at any fabric store.

Apply your stabilizer over the area you are going to be embroidering and iron in place.

Place your patterned fabric into your embroidery loom and secure in place.

Part Three: Begin Part 1 Of 3

It is now time to begin part 1 of 3 separate sections of your design.

*** NOTE: You will need to complete sections 1 through 3 for EACH letter of your three letter monogram ***

Part 1 will embroider the template for your letters on your patterned fabric. You will cut out this design to use with part 3 of this design.

Edit Your Design: Select the letter that corresponds with your last initial. In this example, we will be using the S.

Select the “pocket arrow” to be taken to the edit screen.

There are three parts to this design indicated by “1/3”. Prior to beginning your embroidery, we will need to resize our design. Select the icon for “AD-JUST”

Followed by “LAY-OUT”.

Here, you will have several options.

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For your middle initial (typically the first letter of your last name), you want this to be in the center of your template at 0.00. The arrows on your touchscreen will allow you to move your design up, down, left, or right.

Select the left arrow keep to move your design over to the left. You will want to use the left position for your first initial of your monogram. Select the right arrow to move your design over to the right. You will want to use the right position for your middle initial of your monogram.

To change the size of your design, select the “SIZE” icon.

You will see the size value in the bottom left-hand area of the screen.

Once you have sized and positioned your design, you can begin your embroidery. You will repeat this process to modify the size and location of your first initial and last initial.

For our last initial, we will use the following values:

S- 9.9 + 0.00, 3.0 + 0.00 (4 inch font)

After you have modified the size of your letter, its time to begin embroidering your design on your patterned fabric. Push the GREEN button to begin your embroidery design. Your completed pattern will look like this (Sorry for the bad lighting). You will see your outline for your middle letter “s”. This is what you will cutout and apply to your project fabric.

To save time, we are going to embroider the outlines for our left and right letters on our patterned fabric before we cut out our three letters.

To go back to our home screen, hit the “back” button until you see your three letters displayed.

After you complete each letter, your display will say “OK to delete the selected pattern?”. Select “OK” and you will be taken back to your embroidery upload screen.

Delete Pattern

From your home screen, you will see your three monogram letters. From here, you can select your next letter. Repeat the embroidery process. Next, select your left letter, which is typically the first name initial of your first name. In this example, we will be using the “A”.

Select the “pocket arrow” to be taken to the edit screen. Select the icon for “AD-JUST”. Followed by “LAY-OUT”.

To change the size of your design, select the “SIZE” icon.

For our first initial, we will use the following values:

A- 9.0 + 0.00, 3.1 – 3.45 (4 inch font)

After you have modified the size of your letter, its time to begin embroidering your design on your patterned fabric. Push the GREEN button to begin your embroidery design.

Next, we will embroider our middle name initial. Go back to your home screen, hit the “back” button until you see your three letters displayed. Select the option for your middle initial. In this example, it will be the “R”.

Select the “pocket arrow” to be taken to the edit screen. Select the icon for “AD-JUST”. Followed by “LAY-OUT”.

To change the size of your design, select the “SIZE” icon.

For our middle initial, we will use the following values:

R- 9.0 + 0.00, 3.1 + 3.40 (4 inch font)

After you have modified the size of your letter, its time to begin embroidering your design on your patterned fabric. Push the GREEN button to begin your embroidery design. Your completed pattern will look like this.

After you have embroidered the outline of each of your three letters, its time to cut them out.

Using your scissors, cut out each of your three patterned letters using the embroidered outline as your guide. I like to leave a little extra fabric around the sides of the embroidered pattern.

Part Four: Begin Part 2 Of 3

Part 2 will embroider your letter outline on your project fabric. This is what you will attach your cutout patterned letters to.

Secure your onesie into your embroidery loom. This is the fabric or item that you will be embroidering your appliqué on.  I also recommend using a tear-away stabilizer underneath your onesie for better support.

*** NOTE: Like I mentioned earlier, embroidering a baby onesie is challenging because the onesie is so small. You will need to pin up the sides of the fabric and hold the sides out of the way during your embroidery. Be cautious that you don’t hold the fabric too firm because it can cause the loom to shift out of place and misalign your design.

Use your plastic template as a guide to position where you want your monogram to be located on your onesie.

Next, place your embroidery loom into your sewing machine.

It is now time to begin part 2 of 3 separate sections of your design.

*** NOTE: You will need to complete section 2 for EACH letter of your three letter monogram ***

Part 1 will embroider the template for your letters on your patterned fabric. Part 2 will embroider the template on your onesie.

*** We are basically repeating Part 1 onto our onesie ***

Edit Your Design: Go back to your home screen. Select the letter that corresponds with your last initial. In this example, we will be using the S.

Select the “pocket arrow” to be taken to the edit screen. There are three parts to this design indicated by “1/3”. Before we go onto part “2/3”, we need to adjust the positioning and size of our image. Select the icon for “AD-JUST”. Followed by “LAY-OUT”. To change the size of your design, select the “SIZE” icon.

For our last initial, we will use the following values again:

S- 9.9 + 0.00, 3.0 + 0.00 (4 inch font)

After you have modified the size of your letter, select the “back” button once and you will be taken to the “LAY-OUT” screen. Select the icon for the “Thread” with a -/+ sign.

This button will take you to the next section of your design, “2/3”.

You will see that it has now changed from “1/3” to “2/3”.

Now its time to begin embroidering your design on your onesie. Push the GREEN button to begin your embroidery design. Your completed pattern will look like this. You will see your outline for your last initial “S”.

To save time, we are going to repeat this process for our first name initial and middle name initial. Hit the back button until you are taken to your preview screen again.

Select the “pocket arrow” to be taken to the edit screen. There are three parts to this design indicated by “1/3”. Before we go onto part “2/3”, we need to adjust the positioning and size of our image. Select the icon for “AD-JUST”. Followed by “LAY-OUT”. To change the size of your design, select the “SIZE” icon.

For our first initial, we will use the following values again:

A- 9.0 + 0.00, 3.1 – 3.45 (4 inch font)

After you have modified the size of your letter, select the “back” button once and you will be taken to the “LAY-OUT” screen. Select the icon for the “Thread” with a -/+ sign. This button will take you to the next section of your design, “2/3”. You will see that it has now changed from “1/3” to “2/3”.

Now its time to begin embroidering your design on your onesie. Push the GREEN button to begin your embroidery design. Your completed pattern will look like this. You will see your outline for your first initial “A” to the left of the “S”.

Lastly, we will embroider our initial for our middle name. Hit the back button until you are taken to your preview screen again. Select the option for your middle name initial. In this example, it’s the “R”.

Select the “pocket arrow” to be taken to the edit screen. There are three parts to this design indicated by “1/3”. Before we go onto part “2/3”, we need to adjust the positioning and size of our image. Select the icon for “AD-JUST”. Followed by “LAY-OUT”. To change the size of your design, select the “SIZE” icon.

For our middle initial, we will use the following values again:

R- 9.0 + 0.00, 3.1 + 3.40 (4 inch font)

After you have modified the size of your letter, select the “back” button once and you will be taken to the “LAY-OUT” screen. Select the icon for the “Thread” with a + sign. This button will take you to the next section of your design, “2/3”. You will see that it has now changed from “1/3” to “2/3”.

Now its time to begin embroidering your design on your project fabric. Push the GREEN button to begin your embroidery design. Your completed pattern will look like this. You will see your outline for your middle initial “R” to the right of the “S”.

Remove your embroidery loom from the sewing machine.

You will see your completed monogram outline. This is what you will secure your cutout patterned letters to.

Part Five: Secure Your Cutout Letters

Next, we will secure our patterned letters to our onesie. I recommend using a spray adhesive, but you could use any type of glue you prefer.

Our goal for this is to secure our letters in place, so that they don’t move around during Part 3, when we embroider our letters onto our onesie.

Using your spray adhesive, lightly coat each letter and place it onto the outline we just sewed during part 2.

You do not need to over glue the letters. We just want to make sure they don’t move around during our embroidery.

Your finished product will look similar to this.

After securing your cutout letters, its time to begin Part 3.

Part Six: Begin Part 3 Of 3

It is now time to begin part 3 of your design.

*** NOTE: You will need to complete section 3 for EACH letter of your three letter monogram ***

Part 1 will embroider the template for your letters on your patterned fabric. Part 2 will embroider the template on your onesie. Part 3 will complete the actual embroidery that sews the patterned fabric onto your onesie.

*** We are basically repeating Part 1 onto our project fabric again ***

Place your embroidery loom with your secured onesie into your sewing machine.

At this point, you will want to change your thread to the color you want embroidered onto your fabric. In this example, I will be using a pink thread.

Now, we are going to start Part 1 all over again.

Edit Your Design: Go back to your home screen. Select the letter that corresponds with your last initial. In this example, we will be using the S.

Select the “pocket arrow” to be taken to the edit screen. There are three parts to this design indicated by “1/3”. Before we go onto part “3/3”, we need to adjust the positioning and size of our image.

Select the icon for “AD-JUST”. Followed by “LAY-OUT”. To change the size of your design, select the “SIZE” icon.

For our last initial, we will use the following values again:

S- 9.9 + 0.00, 3.0 + 0.00 (4 inch font)

After you have modified the size of your letter, select the “back” button once and you will be taken to the “LAY-OUT” screen. Select the icon for the “Thread” with a -/+ sign. This button will take you to the next section of your design, “2/3”. Hit it one more time to be taken to “3/3”.

You will see that it has now changed from “1/3” to “3/3”.

Now its time to begin embroidering your design on your onesie. Push the GREEN button to begin your embroidery design. Your completed pattern will look like this. You will see that you have now embroidered the patterned fabric letter in place onto your onesie.

Hit the back button until you are taken to your preview screen again. Select the option for your first name initial. In this example, it’s the “A”. Select the “pocket arrow” to be taken to the edit screen. There are three parts to this design indicated by “1/3”. Before we go onto part “3/3”, we need to adjust the positioning and size of our image.

Select the icon for “AD-JUST”. Followed by “LAY-OUT”. To change the size of your design, select the “SIZE” icon.

For our first initial, we will use the following values again:

A- 9.0 + 0.00, 3.1 – 3.45 (4 inch font)

After you have modified the size of your letter, select the “back” button once and you will be taken to the “LAY-OUT” screen. Select the icon for the “Thread” with a -/+ sign. This button will take you to the next section of your design, “2/3”. Hit the button again to be taken to “3/3”. You will see that it has now changed from “1/3” to “3/3”.

Now its time to begin embroidering your design on your onesie. Push the GREEN button to begin your embroidery design. Your completed pattern will look like this. You will see your embroidery for your first initial “A” to the left of the “S”.

Lastly, we will embroider our initial for our middle name. Hit the back button until you are taken to your preview screen again. Select the option for your middle name initial. In this example, it’s the “R”.

Select the “pocket arrow” to be taken to the edit screen. There are three parts to this design indicated by “1/3”. Before we go onto part “3/3”, we need to adjust the positioning and size of our image. Select the icon for “AD-JUST”. Followed by “LAY-OUT”. To change the size of your design, select the “SIZE” icon.

For our middle initial, we will use the following values again:

R- 9.0 + 0.00, 3.1 + 3.40 (4 inch font)

After you have modified the size of your letter, select the “back” button once and you will be taken to the “LAY-OUT” screen. Select the icon for the “Thread” with a -/+ sign. This button will take you to the next section of your design, “2/3”. Hit it again to go onto part “3/3”. You will see that it has now changed from “1/3” to “3/3”.

Now its time to begin embroidering your design on your onesie. Push the GREEN button to begin your embroidery design. Your completed pattern will look like this. You will see your embroidery for your middle initial “R” to the right of the “S”.

Remove your embroidery loom from the sewing machine.

Trim any excess thread and tear away your stabilizer.

Your completed design will look similar to this.

That’s it! A traditional appliqué monogram takes much longer to complete than a normal embroidery monogram, but the results are totally worth it!

Stay tuned for additional tutorials on how to use embroidery fonts for at home monogramming using the Brother SE-400 Sewing Machine.

For a detailed tutorial on how to appliqué using the Brother SE-400 Sewing Machine, make sure to check out my blog post below.

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One comment

  1. Pam says:

    Love your detailed tutorials! I just got this machine but haven’t embroidered or made an appliqué. Hopefully, I will be able to do this after using my machine a while.

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