Brother CE4000 Review

The time of Brother CE4000 is over. Today there are better alternatives from Brother itself. CE4000 is one machine that failed to make a mark.

Brother CE4000 Main Features

  • 40 built-in stitches
  • LCD screen
  • Top drop-in bobbin

Brother CE4000 Review

Sewing Machine Reviews Recommendation Level : LOW

Brother CE4000 didn’t get the attention that Brother expected, because it was over shadowed by the ever popular Brother CS6000i during its early days. CE4000 never recovered from the loss. It has 40 built-in stitches including 5 one-step buttonholes. There are 77 stitch functions in total. CE4000 is not a computerized or a mechanical sewing machine. It is somewhere in between (you can call it an electronic machine), or a mechanical sewing machine with an LCD screen to be precise.

Stitch selection is done by using the arrow keys. Plus and minus buttons are provided for stitch length and width adjustments. The top drop-in bobbin is a beginner friendly feature. The machine is also equipped with an automatic bobbin winder. Drop feed option is provided for free-motion quilting. Variable needle positions are available on the machine. Thread tension adjustment dial is provided. The machine is capable of twin needle sewing as well.

The maximum stitch width is 7mm and stitch length is 5mm. Brother CE4000 comes with an automatic needle threader for easy threading. A manual thread cutter is also provided. The motor is powerful and can deliver 850 stitches per minute, which is pretty good for a sewing machine under $200.

Brother CE4000 is pretty lightweight. It weighs just 11 pounds, so you can carry it to the sewing class. The carry handle adds to the portability. Built-in work light illuminates the workspace quite well. There is a built-in accessory storage compartment which can be removed to convert the machine to free arm.

Usability

You can set up Brother CE4000 pretty easily. Even first time users will find it very easy to use this machine. This is a beginners sewing machine, not a heavy duty machine intended to sew multiple layers of heavy duty fabrics. Don’t believe those who say otherwise, it is just not designed for such stuffs. The machine is able to stitch multiple layers of denim without much difficulty, but too many layers will stall it. The variety of stitches are quite good. The stitch quality is good as well. Brother CE4000 is a machine for home use. If you are a professional, it might not bring out the best results you are expecting.

Limitations

Brother CE4000 misses out on a lot of features like programmable needle up/down, sewing start/stop and speed control etc.

Even the presence of LCD screen doesn’t make it any better than a mechanical sewing machine.

The pricing also is very close to Brother CS6000i, which is by far the best sewing machine in the price category.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight
  • Good selection of stitches

Cons

  • Lacks features
  • Not widely available

Is It Worth Buying?

Brother seems to have discontinued this machine (not 100% sure). It is not widely available. Then the best alternative is the Brother CS6000i. It is a full fledged computerized sewing machine that oozes class. It has 60 built-in stitches, programmable needle up/down button, sewing start/stop and speed control and many more. It is far more superior than CE4000 and is available at a similar price point. CS6000i even features in our list of ‘Machines You Can Buy With Your Eyes Shut’.


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