First of all, thank you to all of you for your supportive responses. I bought my Brother SE 400 in December. Until Tuesday I had only sewed on it. Tuesday I took the embroidery class and today I sewed my first design. It was Buzz Lightyear and I'm very pleased with the results. I love this machine! It runs so well, so smooth. I'm looking forward to all the fun projects I'll be able to do on it.