How To Create Your Own Monogrammed Headbands Using The Brother SE-400 Sewing Machine

I recently received a request for a tutorial on how to create your own stretchy monogrammed headbands. Thank you Miranda for reaching out to me! I am always happy to to create custom tutorials for my subscribers.

In this tutorial, I will be showing you how to embroider 4 different embroidery fonts onto a stretchy headband using the Brother SE-400 Sewing Machine.

You can find similar headbands at any local Target or Walmart. The exact ones I used in this blog post are actually from a Kroger grocery store here in Dallas, TX.

*** Note: These headbands are the “ouchless” ones and the fabric differs from the traditional cotton headbands. The cotton headbands are easier to monogram and produce a better outcome.

Check Out My “How To” Page: Start out by reading the tutorials on my “How To” page to learn about how to use your Brother SE-400 sewing machine for at home embroidery projects. These tutorials will review the setup for your sewing machine and the proper positioning for your 4 embroidery patterns using the 1 inch font.

*** Before beginning your embroidery designs, please read this blog post in its entirety. There are several steps that must be completed before you can start your embroidery project onto your headband. We will be using four different fonts throughout this tutorial. 

Download Your Embroidery Fonts: Download your embroidery patterns. I have several monogram fonts available for purchase under my “DOWNLOADS” folder. In this tutorial, I will be using four different fonts including the Classic Monogram Font, Empire Font, Circle Font, and Vine Font. I will be using the 1 inch font files from each of these 4 font downloads during this tutorial.

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

I purchased a four pack of headbands (grey, white, maroon, and black)  from a local grocery store. In this tutorial, I put the design on the front middle of the headband.

To make the embroidery process easier, I decided to remove the stitches that held the two pieces of the headband together. This allowed the headband to lay flat in the embroidery loom. After my embroidery design was complete, I sewed the two ends back together.

Apply Stabilizer: Apply your stabilizer to the back of your fabric and secure it in place using your embroidery loom. I recommend that you use a tear away stabilizer for your embroidery designs. The one I use for these projects can be found at Hobby Lobby or Joann’s using this link “Stabilizer”.

Place the loom in the sewing machine making sure that you have your Q foot attached and the correct attachments.

Upload Embroidery Fonts:  Select the embroidery function on your sewing machine display. 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.

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Step Five: Click on the font name and then the PES subfolder.

In this tutorial, we will be using the 1 inch monogram with the initials R-W-K.

R- First Initial

K- Middle Initial 

W- Last Initial 

*** We are going to be using four different embroidery fonts during this tutorial. We will be using the Classic Monogram Font, Empire Font, Circle Font, and Vine Font. We will start out with the Classic Mono Font.

Classic Mono Font Setup:

Start with the center initial. Select the 1 inch option for “1inchCenterW.pes”.

Next, select the 1 inch option for “1inchLeftR.pes”. Drag the file over to your “Sewing Machine” folder.

Finally, select the 1 inch option for “1inchRightK.pes”. Drag the file over to your “Sewing Machine” folder.

To edit the design specifics, touch the screen of your preferred design and modify your size, location, and position.

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Using the Classic Monogram embroidery font, complete your monogram design using the following values. Your center letter will be at the size 4.0 and your left and right initials should be around 4.0.

I find it beneficial to do a practice template to make sure that your letters align correctly. It is very important to create a practice template using a scrap piece of fabric before attempting to embroider directly onto your headband. Embroidering requires a lot of trial and error. Below is the sample template for my 1 inch Classic Monogram Font.

Below is the embroidery setup for my monogram R-W-K.

W-  4.0 + 0.00,   1.8 + 0.00 (1 inch font)

R-   4.0 + 0.00,   1.6 – 1.40 (1 inch font)

K-  4.0 + 0.00,   1.4 + 1.40 (1 inch font)

For smaller embroidery fonts, you will want to modify your tension. You can find this dial on the top left of your sewing machine. Modifying the string tension for an embroidery helps produce a cleaner outcome. Smaller designs create a shorter stitch, which pulls tight on the fabric and can cause ripples around your completed design. For this tutorial, you will want to use a looser tension. We will be using a tension between 4 and 5. The higher the number, the looser the tension.

Tension-  5.0

Embroidery Loom Setup: The most challenging part of any embroidery project is determining the correct position. Since we are using a smaller piece of fabric (headband), it is important to make sure that we are positioning our embroidery design directly in the center of the fabric. To accomplish this, I always create a design template beforehand. After completing my template, I determined that the 1 inch Classic Monogram Font creates a 1.5 inch monogram, which is the smallest I could make the design.

After you follow the steps above to create your practice template, remove your embroidery loom from your sewing machine.

Place your plastic template over your design and trace your pattern onto your plastic template using a dry erase marker.

In order to determine the positioning of your design on your headband, place your traced plastic template onto your headband and position the headband into the embroidery loom in front of your stabilizer. Locate the middle of your headband and use that location as the center to align your design. (Note the yellow pin)

Change your thread to the color thread of your choosing. In this example, I used a white thread, so that it would pop against the black headband. Place your secured fabric into your sewing machine and begin the embroidery process for your Classic Monogram Font.

Complete the embroidery onto your headband using the values you determined while creating your practice template.

W-  4.0 + 0.00,   1.8 + 0.00 (1 inch font)

R-   4.0 + 0.00,   1.6 – 1.40 (1 inch font)

K-  4.0 + 0.00,   1.4 + 1.40 (1 inch font)

Start out by embroidering your center letter. In this example, I started with the W.

Next, embroider your left letter. In this example, it was the R.

Followed by the final letter, K.

Remove Loom and Trim Excess: Remove your newly embroidered fabric from the sewing machine and trim the edges.

Tear your interfacing/stabilizer from around your design.

Your finished product will look something like this.

Sew the two ends of the headband back together and that’s it! Now let’s move onto embroidery design #2, the Empire Font.

Empire Font Setup:

Start with the center initial. Select the 1 inch option for “1inch_Center_W.pes”. Drag the file over to your “Sewing Machine” folder.

Next, select the 1 inch option for “1inch_Left_R.pes”. Drag the file over to your “Sewing Machine” folder.

Finally, select the 1 inch option for “1inch_Right_K.pes”. Drag the file over to your “Sewing Machine” folder.

To edit the design specifics, touch the screen of your preferred design and modify your size, location, and position.

Using the Empire Font, complete your monogram design using the following values. Your center letter will be at the size 3.0 and your left and right initials should be around 2.2.

Create your practice template using a scrap piece of fabric. Below is the sample template for my 1 inch Empire Font.

Below is the embroidery setup for my monogram R-W-K.

W-  3.0 + 0.00,   1.3 + 0.00 (1 inch font)

R-   2.2 + 0.00,   1.0 – 1.15 (1 inch font)

K-  2.2 + 0.00,   0.9 + 1.05 (1 inch font)

Modify your tension. You can find this dial on the top left of your sewing machine. For this tutorial, you will want to use a looser tension. We will be using a tension between 4 and 5.

Tension-  4.5

Create Your Practice Template: Follow the instructions above to create your practice template using your monogram letters. The 1 inch Empire Font creates a 1 inch monogram.

After you follow the steps above to create your practice template, remove your embroidery loom from your sewing machine.

Place your plastic template over your design and trace your pattern onto your plastic template using a dry erase marker.

In order to determine the positioning of your design on your headband, place your traced plastic template onto your headband and position the headband into the embroidery loom in front of your stabilizer and secure in place.

Change your thread to the color thread of your choosing. In this example, I used a hot pink thread, so that it would pop against the white headband. Place your secured fabric into your sewing machine and begin the embroidery process for your Empire Font.

Complete the embroidery onto your headband using the values you determined while creating your practice template.

W-  3.0 + 0.00,   1.3 + 0.00 (1 inch font)

R-   2.2 + 0.00,   1.0 – 1.15 (1 inch font)

K-  2.2 + 0.00,   0.9 + 1.05 (1 inch font)

Start out by embroidering your center letter. In this example, I started with the W.

Next, embroider your left letter. In this example, it was the R.

Followed by the final letter, K.

Remove your newly embroidered fabric from the sewing machine and trim the edges.

Tear your interfacing/stabilizer from around your design.

Your finished product will look something like this.

Sew the two ends of the headband back together and that’s it! Now let’s move onto embroidery design #3, the Circle Font.

Circle Font Setup:

Start with the center initial. Select the 1 inch option for “1inchCenterW.pes”. Drag the file over to your “Sewing Machine” folder.

Next, select the 1 inch option for “1inchLeftR.pes”. Drag the file over to your “Sewing Machine” folder.

Finally, select the 1 inch option for “1inchRightK.pes”. Drag the file over to your “Sewing Machine” folder.

To edit the design specifics, touch the screen of your preferred design and modify your size, location, and position.

Using the Circle Font, complete your monogram design using the following values. Your center letter will be at the size 2.6 and your left and right initials should be around 2.5.

Create your practice template using a scrap piece of fabric. Below is the sample template for my 1 inch Circle Font.

Below is the embroidery setup for my monogram R-W-K.

W-  2.6 + 0.00,   0.9 + 0.00 (1 inch font)

R-   2.5 + 0.00,   0.9 – 1.05 (1 inch font)

K-  2.5 + 0.00,   0.9 + 1.00 (1 inch font)

Modify your tension. You can find this dial on the top left of your sewing machine. For this tutorial, you will want to use a looser tension. We will be using a tension between 4 and 5.

Tension-  5.0

Create Your Practice Template: Follow the instructions above to create your practice template using your monogram letters. The 1 inch Circle Font creates a 1 inch monogram.

After you follow the steps above to create your practice template, remove your embroidery loom from your sewing machine.

Place your plastic template over your design and trace your pattern onto your plastic template using a dry erase marker.

In order to determine the positioning of your design on your headband, place your traced plastic template onto your headband and position the headband into the embroidery loom in front of your stabilizer and secure in place.

 

Change your thread to the color thread of your choosing. In this example, I used a gold thread, so that it would pop against the maroon headband. Place your secured fabric into your sewing machine and begin the embroidery process.

Complete the embroidery onto your headband using the values you determined while creating your practice template.

W-  2.6 + 0.00,   0.9 + 0.00 (1 inch font)

R-   2.5 + 0.00,   0.9 – 1.05 (1 inch font)

K-  2.5 + 0.00,   0.9 + 1.00 (1 inch font)

Start out by embroidering your center letter. In this example, I started with the W.

Next, embroider your left letter. In this example, it was the R.

Followed by the final letter, K.

Remove your newly embroidered fabric from the sewing machine and trim the edges.

Tear your interfacing/stabilizer from around your design.

Your finished product will look something like this.

Sew the two ends of the headband back together and that’s it! Now let’s move onto embroidery design #4, the Vine Font.

Vine Font Setup:

For this embroidery project, I decided to only embroider my last initial “W” in the center of my headband.

Select the center initial in your monogram. Select the 1 inch option for “1inchCenterW.pes”. Drag the file over to your “Sewing Machine” folder.

 

To edit the design specifics, touch the screen of your preferred design and modify your size, location, and position.

Using the Vine Font, complete your monogram design using the following values. Your center letter will be at the size 2.5.

Create your practice template using a scrap piece of fabric. Below is the sample template for my 1 inch Vine Font.

*** Note: I only used the center letter “W” in this tutorial. If you would like to create the full vine monogram design, you can use the template below.

Below is the embroidery setup for my last initial “W”.

W-  2.5 + 0.00,   2.3 + 0.00 (1 inch font)

Modify your tension. You can find this dial on the top left of your sewing machine. For this tutorial, you will want to use a tighter tension. We will be using a tension between 3 and 4.

Tension-  3.5

Create Your Practice Template: Follow the instructions above to create your practice template using your monogram letters. The 1 inch Vine Font creates a 1 inch monogram.

After you follow the steps above to create your practice template, remove your embroidery loom from your sewing machine.

Place your plastic template over your design and trace your pattern onto your plastic template using a dry erase marker.

In order to determine the positioning of your design on your headband, place your traced plastic template onto your headband and position the headband into the embroidery loom in front of your stabilizer and secure in place.

Change your thread to the color thread of your choosing. In this example, I used a  light grey thread, so that it would match the grey headband. Place your secured fabric into your sewing machine and begin the embroidery process.

Complete the embroidery onto your headband using the values you determined while creating your practice template.

W-  2.5 + 0.00,   2.3 + 0.00 (1 inch font)

Remove your newly embroidered fabric from the sewing machine and trim the edges.

Tear your interfacing/stabilizer from around your design.

Your finished product will look something like this.

Sew the two ends of the headband back together and that’s it!

After you have completed the embroidery designs for your four headbands, your finished product will look something like this.

Finally, using the sewing machine function (not embroidery setup), you will then sew the two ends of your headbands back together. Reference your Brother SE-400 Sewing Machine manual for additional help regarding the correct setup for the sewing function on your machine.

After you sew the two ends back together, you are all done!

Now you have four custom monogrammed headbands to show off to all of your friends 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Thank you again Miranda for the great suggestion to create a tutorial on monogrammed headbands!

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

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