In this tutorial, I will show you how to embroider your own monograms using the Brother SE-400 Sewing Machine using the Frivolous Font. There are several websites out there where you can download embroidery fonts, but you can purchase the Frivolous Font in this example on my website available in the “DOWNLOADS” tab.
The Frivolous Font set comes with a set of uppercase and lowercase letters in 3 sizes: 1 inch, 2 inch, and 3 inch.
All files are downloaded as PES and are compatible with the Brother SE-400 Sewing Machine. A preview of this font’s alphabet is below.
Step One: Download Your Embroidery Design: Download the Frivolous Font embroidery design available in the “Font Downloads” tab on my website.
Step Two: Setup Embroidery Machine: After you purchase your desired design, it’s time to begin monogramming. You want to make sure that you have the correct setup in place. Your monogramming sewing machine will look like this. Make sure that the monogramming section is attached and you have the Q foot attached. The other foot attachments are for the sewing function.
Make sure that you have the Q foot attached. This is the correct foot used for monogramming.
Step Three: Attach USB Cord: Attach the USB cord to your laptop and the sewing machine.
Step Four: Select Embroidery Design: Once you insert the USB cord, the sewing machine screen will appear like this.
Select the following icon to show your uploaded embroidery items.
Your screen will appear like this.
Step Five: Upload An Embroidery Font: On your computer screen, as soon as you plug-in the USB cord, a folder will open up on your screen labeled “No Name”.
I find it beneficial to rename it something like “Sewing Machine”, so that you know which folder you are uploading to.
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 font “Frivolous Font“. You can find this specific font using the link below:
Step Six: Select Your Design: Click on the font name Frivolous Font. You will see three sizes: 1 inch, 2 inch, and 3 inch. For this tutorial, we will be using the 2 inch font for the center letter and the 1 inch font for the left and right letters.
In this tutorial, we will be using the monogram with the initials R K W.
R- First Initial
K- Middle Initial
W- Last Initial
Start with the center initial. Select the option for “2inch_Uppercase_W.pes”.
Drag the file over to your “Sewing Machine” folder.
Your sewing machine will beep and show the following message:
Next, select “1inch_Uppercase_R.pes”. Drag the file over to your “Sewing Machine” folder.
Finally, select “1inch_Uppercase_K.pes”. Drag the file over to your “Sewing Machine” folder.
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.
Step Seven: Edit Your Design: To edit the design specifics, touch the screen of your preferred design. Your screen will appear as follows. Select the icon for “AD-JUST”.
Followed by “LAY-OUT”.
Here, you will have several options.
The default location has the position of the design in the center, referred to as the location 0.00. This location indicates the position of your design in your embroidery template below.
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. From here, you can make the design larger or smaller.
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.
Step Eight: Apply Stabilizer and Position Your Fabric: 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”.
You can check the position of where your design is going to be positioned on your fabric using the plastic layout template. Place the embroidery loom into your sewing machine.
Step Nine: Begin Your Embroidery: When you are ready to start your monogram, lower the needle foot. Your down arrow will flash green, indicating you are ready to begin.
Push the green arrow button and that’s it. Your machine will begin your embroidery. The machine will automatically embroider the entire design and will beep once it has finished. You will only be able to embroider one letter at a time.
Using the Frivolous Font embroidery font, complete your monogram design using the following values. Your center letter will be at the size 4.6 and your left and right initials should be around 2.3. I find it beneficial to do a practice template to make sure that your letters align correctly. You also want to write down your letter position numbers, so that you can remember the positioning for future frivolous monogram font embroideries.
Below is the embroidery setup for my monogram R-W-K.
W- 4.6 + 0.00, 5.4 + 0.00 ( 2 inch font)
R- 2.3 – 0.25, 2.6 – 3.60 ( 1 inch font)
K- 2.3 – 0.25, 3.0 + 3.50 ( 1 inch font)
Start out by first embroidering your last initial “W”.
Followed by your middle initial “K”.
Then first initial “R”.
After you complete each letter, your display will say “OK to delete the selected pattern?”. Select “OK” and you will be take back to your embroidery upload screen. From here, you can select your next letter. Repeat the embroidery process.
Your embroidery design will look something like this.
Step Ten: Remove Stabilizer/ Trim Excess: Remove your newly embroidered fabric from the sewing machine and trim the edges. Tear your interfacing/stabilizer from around your design.
Your completed design will look similar to this.
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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