Brother SH40 Sewing Machine Review

The Brother SH40 is a standout addition to Brother‘s new line of sewing machines, offering a blend of advanced features and user-friendly functionality. As a computerised sewing machine, it has a good balance between technology and ease of use, making it a top contender for the best computerised sewing machine at its price point. The SH40 is an updated version of the widely popular Brother FS40 that has been one of our recommendations for a long time.


The SH40 is its computerised system with an LCD screen that simplifies stitch selection and adjustments for stitch width and length. This sewing machine is designed for both beginners and more advanced sewers, providing 40 stitch options, easy setup, and a suite of features that enhance sewing efficiency.

Brother Sh40 Sewing Machine
Brother SH40 Sewing Machine

Main Features

  • LCD Screen: Simplifies stitch selection and adjustments.
  • 40 Stitch Options: Offers a big selection of stitches for all sewing needs.
  • Foot Pedal & Start/Stop Button: Provides flexibility in how you operate the machine.
  • Speed Control: Allows for easy adjustment of sewing speed.
  • Built-in Needle Threader & Drop-in Bobbin: Streamlines the threading process and setup.

Foot Pedal and Start/Stop Button

The machine includes a foot pedal but also features a start/stop button, offering flexibility in machine operation without the need for the foot pedal.

Speed Control

Users can easily control the sewing speed with a simple slider, adjusting from slow to fast to match the project’s needs.

Built-in Needle Threader and Drop-in Bobbin

The SH40 simplifies threading with its built-in needle threader and easy-to-use drop-in bobbin system, minimizing setup time.

Sewing Features

Stitch Guide Brother Sh40 Sewing Machine
Stitch Guide Brother SH40 Sewing Machine


The SH40 offers 40 stitch options from basic stitches to more complex patterns that should cover most projects. The full stitch chart can be found here.

Threading the Brother SH40

Threading on the SH40 is very straightforward, with a clear path marked on the machine. The built-in needle threader and drop-in bobbin system are simple to use, making the machine ready for use quickly without needing to draw up the bobbin thread.

Sewing a Straight Stitch

The machine defaults to a standard straight stitch, with easy adjustments for length and a reverse function for securing stitches. The absence of a foot pedal requirement, thanks to the start/stop button, makes very convenient to use.

Adjusting Stitch Width and Length

The Brother SH40 comes with a small but very useful LCD Monochrome screen. The LCD screen provides a simple interface for adjusting stitch width and length and selecting the stitches. Albeit small, the screen is very clear and easy to read.

Brother Sh40 Sewing Machine Lcd Screen
Brother SH40 Sewing Machine LCD Screen

Sewing a Zigzag Stitch and Buttonhole

Switching to a zigzag stitch or sewing a buttonhole is seamless, with specific feet and settings to help get great stitches every time. The one-step buttonhole feature, in particular, simplifies what can be difficult on other machines.

Pros and Cons of the Brother SH40


  • Versatile stitch options
  • User-friendly features for beginners
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Built-in needle threader and drop-in bobbin system


  • Limited to basic and intermediate sewing tasks
  • Free motion embroidery foot not included


The Brother SH40 offers excellent value, positioned as a mid-range sewing machine that doesn’t compromise on features or functionality.

Warranty and Manual

Brother machines always have a good standard warranty for 3 years for home use. The user manual comes with the machine but is also available online here, offers detailed instructions and of course tips for making the most of the SH40. There is also a useful quick start guide included but can also be found online Quick Reference Guide.

Included Accessories Brother Sh40 Sewing Machine
Included Accessories Brother SH40 Sewing Machine


Included with the SH40 are several presser feet for different sewing tasks, alongside a robust set of accessories and a foot control. These additions ensure you have everything needed to start sewing right out of the box.

There is also a range of optional accessories that can be added to the Brother SH40, for instance a Wide Extension Table. Info on the included accessories can be found here and a catalogue of optional accessories can be read here.


The Brother SH40 is a versatile, user-friendly sewing machine that’s ideal for both beginners and more experienced sewers looking for a reliable, feature-rich machine. Its computerised system, combined with a wide range of stitches and sewing features, makes it a solid choice for anyone seeking quality and convenience in their sewing projects. Whether you need a primary sewing machine or a portable option for classes, the SH40 is worth considering. We actually recommend the Brother SH40 as one of the best starter and beginner machines on the market right now.

Feature list

Below is the Brother SH40’s feature list, that shows all the features that comes with the machine. This table is your helps to see the full scope of what the SH40 can do.

SpecificationsBrother SH40 Sewing Machine
Machine SizeCompact and Lightweight
Product TypeSewing
Skill LevelBeginner
Additional Features
Quick Set BobbinYes
Rotary HookMetal
General Features
Accessory CompartmentYes
Bobbin TypeHorizontal
CaseSoft Case
Machine TypeElectronic
Insertion of BobbinQuick Set Bobbin
Number Of Needles1
Stitch SelectionEntering Code of Numbers
Type of ScreenLCD Monochrome
Consumption Power40 W
Voltage220 – 240V
Sewing Features
Automatic reverse / reinforcement stitchYes
Drop feed settingManual
Electronic slide speed controlyes
Extension Wide TableOptional
Free arm sewingYes
Max. Sewing Speed (Stitches per minute)750
Mechanical Dual FeedOptional
Needle Stop Position Control Up/DownYes
Number of sewing stitches *incl. buttonholes40
Presser Foot Levelling ButtonYes
Snap on Presser Feet SystemYes
Stippling FunctionFree Hand Quilting
Stitch Length (mm)5
Stitch Width (mm)7
Workspace (cm)10 x 16
Warranty Information
WarrantyBrother 3 year Warranty *Commercial use only 1 year warranty
Adjustable Thread TensionManual
Bobbin WinderYes
Needle Threading SystemStandard
Weight and Measurements
Machine Dimension (mm)413 x 178 x 307
Weight (kg)4.5

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