IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS When using an electrical appliance, basic safety precautions should always be followed, including the following: This sewing machine is designed and manufactured for household use only. Read all instructions before using this sewing machine. DANGER — To reduce the risk of electric shock: 1.
GROUNDING INSTRUCTIONS This product must be grounded. In the event of malfunction or breakdown, grounding provides a path of least resistance for electric current to reduce the risk of electric shock. This product is equipped with a cord having an equipment grounding conductor and a grounding plug. The plug must be plugged into an appropriate outlet that is properly installed and grounded in accordance with all local codes and ordinances.
TABLE OF CONTENTS SETTING UP THE MACHINE Moving the pattern ............50 Resizing the pattern ............ 50 Installing the Machine ............2 Rotating the pattern ............. 51 Adjusting the feet ............3 Deleting the pattern ............. 51 Names of Parts ..............5 Saving the file ..............
SETTING UP THE MACHINE Installing the Machine Place the machine on a flat and stable surface such as a sturdy table that could withstand the machine’s weight and vibration. Place the machine on the flat and level surface. Make sure that all the feet firmly contact the surface. Provide a sufficient space around the machine to allow the hoop to move freely.
Adjusting the feet Turn the adjusting screw counterclockwise (in the direction of A) as much as possible, before placing the machine on a surface. q Adjusting screw Place the machine on a flat and level surface. Turn the adjustable foot so the four feet firmly contact the surface.
CAUTION: Do not use the machine near appliances that radiate electromagnetic noise such as a microwave oven, or do not plug in the machine to the same branch circuit where such appliances are connected. CAUTION: Do not use or store the machine near a heat radiator or in a place with dust or high humidity.
Names of Parts q Thread guide bar w Pre-tension control e Tension control r Check spring t Hoop supporter y Needle plate u Hook cover i START/STOP button o Auto thread cutter button !0 Sub control panel !1 Spool stand !2 Spool pins * For assembling the thread guide bar and the spool stand, refer to page 9.
Sub control panel q MODE button w Trace button e Arrow buttons r ENTER button t LCD brightness adjusting dial y LCD display RCS unit (optional for some models) q RCS unit w START/STOP button e Auto thread cutter button r Trace button t Jog buttons y Carriage return button...
Standard Accessories q Needle (DB x K5Q1-NY, #11) (x 10) w Scissors e Bobbin (x 5) r Lint brush t Seam ripper y Handy needle threader u Spool cap (x 8) i Spool net (x 15) o Screwdriver !0 Screwdriver (small) !1 Oiler !2 Tweezers !3 Offset screwdriver...
Standard Accessories q Instruction book w Instructional DVD e Power supply cable r USB cable t Screwdriver (large) y Hoop M1 (MB Hoop 240 x 200 mm) (with template) u Hoop M2 (MB Hoop 126 x 110 mm) (with template) i Hoop M3 (MB Hoop 50 x 50 mm) (with template) o Hoop supporter...
Assembling the Spool Stand z Insert the spool pins A into the spool stand. Insert the thread guide poles and secure the poles with setscrews A from the bottom. q Thread guide poles w Setscrews A e Spool stand r Spool pin A x Insert the spool pin B into the spool stand.
Setting the Thread Cones or Spools of Thread Felt rings of two sizes are provided to accommodate various types of spools of thread and thread cones. Use the large felt rings for large thread cones. For small thread cones or spools of thread, insert the small felt rings into the large rings.
Installing the Hoop Supporter CAUTION: Turn the power switch off before installing the hoop supporter. z Loosen the two thumbscrews on the hoop supporter. q Hoop supporter w Thumbscrew x Hold the hoop supporter with both hands and place it under the carriage plate by inserting the necks of both thumbscrews into the slots in the carriage plate.
Installing the RCS Unit (optional for some models) z x c z Loosen the thumbscrew and open the mounting arm. q Thumbscrew w Mounting arm x Loosen the screw knob A and set the RCS unit on the mounting arm by hooking the RCS unit on the pins. Tighten the screw knob A to secure the RCS unit.
Connecting the Power Supply CAUTION: Turn the power switch off before connecting the machine to the power supply. z Turn the power switch off. q Power switch x Insert the machine plug into the machine socket. w Machine plug e Machine socket c Insert the power supply plug into the properly grounded outlet.
Direct PC-Link The machine can be connected to PC with the USB cable included as standard accessory. You need Digitizer V5 software (optional item) to operate the machine via direct PC-link. q Type A USB connector w Type B USB connector e Transferring the data Connecting the Machine and PC Start up the machine and PC, and insert the type A USB...
Winding the Bobbin NOTE: Cotton or spun polyester threads sizes 90 to 120 are recommended for bobbin thread. Do not use poor quality prewound bobbins. z Place the thread cone (spool of thread) on the rear most spool pin. x Pass the thread through the thread guide A. Pass the thread through the upper hole and lower hole in the thread guide B.
Removing the bobbin case CAUTION: Turn the power switch off before removing the bobbin case. z Open the hook cover toward you. q Hook cover x Hold and open the latch of the bobbin case. Take the bobbin case out from the machine. w Bobbin case e Latch CAUTION:...
Inserting the bobbin z Insert the bobbin into the bobbin case leaving a 2˝ (5 cm) thread tail as illustrated. q Bobbin w Bobbin case x Draw the thread to slip it into the slit of the bobbin case. e Slit c Pull the thread to slide it under the tension blade until the thread comes out from the notch.
Threading the Needle The method of threading needle is all similar. Review the threading procedure of the first needle when threading other needles. NOTE: Rayon threads are recommended for needles to achieve a better result. Threading needle No.1 z Push back the tension release lever. q Tension release lever x Place a thread cone on the front right spool pin.
c Draw the thread to the right pre-tension control. Pass the thread through the guide hole from behind. While holding the thread with both hands, slip the thread under the tension disk of the pre-tension control. Hook the thread around the guide pin from right to left as shown in the threading path.
⁄3 Pass the thread through the hole in the presser foot. Draw the thread up and pinch the thread tail with the ⁄3 holder spring. !9 Hole in the presser foot @0 Holder spring ⁄4 Pull up the tension release lever to close the tension ⁄4 disks.
Stabilizers To obtain the best quality embroidery, it is important to use stabilizers. Types of stabilizer • Tear-away stabilizer: Use tear-away stabilizers for stable woven fabrics. • Iron-on stabilizer: Fuse it to the wrong side of the fabrics with an iron. •...
Setting the Fabric in the Embroidery Hoop z Attach stabilizer to the wrong side of the fabric. Mark the centerlines for pattern placement on the right side of the fabric. q Fabric w Centerlines e Stabilizer CAUTION: Thick and hard materials such as multi-layer canvas may cause needle to warp or break.
Setting the Embroidery Hoop Hold the setting plate with both hands and insert them under the holder clips. Slide the hoop on the hoop supporter until the holes catch the positioning pins on the hoop supporter. q Holder clip w Positioning pin e Hole on the setting plate NOTE: •...
BASIC OPERATION Basic Operation with the Sub Control Panel Machine operating buttons q START/STOP button Press this button to start or stop the machine. * When you press this button once, the LCD screen will show the reminder [H:M1 ?] asking you to confirm the hoop type to be used.
LCD screen z When turning the power on, the LCD screen will show W: 00 [W:00]. Press the ENTER button and the hoop will move to the home position. q ENTER button NOTE: If the LCD screen shows [E:03], press the ENTER button to initialize the needle bar position.
Machine setting M1 00001 01/13 1 Press the MODE button to select the item you wish to change the setting. The selected item will blink. Press the MODE button to select the next item or press the ENTER button to change the setting of the selected item. q MODE button w ENTER button Stitch count setting...
Selecting the Embroidery Pattern z x c You need to save the data file of the embroidery pattern in the internal memory of the machine by using Digitizer V5 or the RCS unit (optional items). z Press the MODE button to select the pattern selection mode and press the ENTER button.
Starting to Embroider z Select the pattern you wish to sew. The LCD screen M1 00001 01/13 1 shows the Ready to Sew mode display. NOTE: The embroidery result may vary depending on the fabric and threads used. Make a test embroidery using the same fabric and threads before sewing on the actual garment.
m Press the START/STOP button. , The LCD screen will show the reminder asking you to H:M1 ? confirm the hoop type to be used. Check the hoop size and press the START/STOP button again to sew a few stitches. * If you press the MODE button, the previous screen will be displayed.
Removing the Hoop z Hold the setting plates with both hands and lift the front side of the setting plates to release them from the positioning pins. Slide the hoop toward you and remove it from the machine. q Hole in the setting plate w Positioning pin x Loosen the hoop tightening screw.
Adjusting the Thread Tension Adjusting the needle thread tension Adjust the needle thread tension by turning the tension dial. q Tension dial NOTE: If the thread kinks while stitching, turn the pre-tension dial clockwise slightly to eliminate kinks. w Pre-tension dial Balanced tension A small amount of the needle thread shows on the wrong side of the fabric.
Replacing the needle WARNING: Always make sure to turn the power off before replacing the needle. z Loosen the needle clamp screw with the small screwdriver included in the standard accessory. Pull the needle out from the needle clamp. q Small screwdriver w Needle clamp screw x Insert a new needle into the needle clamp with the long groove facing you.
Basic Operation of the Optional RCS Unit Machine operating buttons q START/STOP button Press this button to start or stop the machine. * When you press this button once, the LCD touch panel will show the message “Machine Starts to Run”. Press this button again to start sewing.
Panel keys CAUTION: Do not press the LCD touch panel with hard or sharp pointed objects like pencils, screwdrivers or the like. Press the LCD touch panel and buttons gently. Rough or forceful pressing may damage the unit. q MENU key Press this key to assign mode selection to the function keys.
On-screen Help Movie z Press the help (?) key to open the help movie menu. You can view 6 help topics of essential operations. q Help key x Select the help topic you wish to view by pressing the arrow keys and press the OK key. w Arrow keys e OK key Help topics:...
Disconnecting the RCS Unit z Press the function key next to the RCS icon. q Function key (RCS) x The confirmation dialog box will open. Press the OK key and the LCD touch panel turns off. * Press the exit key to go back to the previous display. Disconnect the RCS? w OK key e Exit key...
ADVANCED OPERATION WITH THE OPTIONAL RCS UNIT Selecting the Embroidery Patterns When turning the power on, the LCD touch panel will Keep hand clear. Carriage will now move to set position. show the opening window, then a warning message will appear after a few seconds.
Selecting the built-in designs There are 50 Ready to Sew embroidery designs categorized by hoop size. To view the designs on the next page or the previous page, press the page keys. Press a pattern selection key. q Page keys w Pattern selection keys A: The designs on pages 1/7 to 2/7 are those for M2 hoop (126 x 110 mm).
Example: Design #1 on page 1/7 z Press the pattern selection key and the Ready to Sew window will open. q Pattern selection key w Ready to Sew window Colors Ivory White 1071 Bamboo 1127 Tangerine1372 Orange 1278 Siennna 1158 x The Ready to Sew window displays the following information.
Function keys Color list option Press the function key next to the color list icon to switch display between 4 colors and 8 colors. q Function key (color list option) Colors Ivory White 1071 Bamboo 1127 Tangerine1372 Orange 1278 Siennna 1158 Color section Press the function key next to the color section icon to show the complete stitch image or the selected color...
Saving the file Press the function key next to the save file icon to save the pattern as a file. Colors * Refer to page 78 for detailed instructions. q Function key (save) Ivory White 1071 Bamboo 1127 * To show the alternate function key assignment, press Tangerine1372 Orange 1278 the function key next to the right arrow icon.
Monogramming There are 3 pages of the monogramming window. Press alphabet keys to enter the characters and the cursor will move. q Alphabet keys w Cursor Press the page key to show the next or previous page. e Page keys Page 1: Roman alphabets and spaces Page 2: Numbers, punctuation marks and symbols Page 3: European accented letters...
Function keys Font selection z Press the function key next to font icon to open the font selection window. q Function key (font selection) x Press the arrow keys to select the desired font. Press the OK key to confirm your selection. Script Cheltenham Gothic...
Entering the characters Example: “Jump” in Gothic font z Select Gothic font. Enter upper case “J”. x Press the function key next to the letter case icon to switch to the lower case. q Function key (letter case) c Enter lower case “u”, “m” and “p”. Press the OK key to sew the monogram.
Deleting a character z Press the arrow key to move the cursor under the character to delete. Press the function key next to the delete icon. q Arrow keys w Cursor e Function key (delete) x If the cursor is not under the character, press the function key next to delete icon to delete the character before the cursor.
Placement of monogramming You can select one of the 3 placements for monogramming. Press the function key next to the placement icon to select the left justify, center justify or right justify alternately. Colors q Function key (placement) Any – Horizontal orientation 1.
Multi-color monogramming You can sew a multi-color monogramming by assigning different thread color to each character. Colors z Press the function key next to the right arrow icon to show the alternate function key assignment. Any – q Function key (right arrow) x Press the function key next to the separation/unite icon.
Editing In the editing mode, you can modify and combine the embroidery patterns and monograms. z Press the function key next to the editing icon. q Function key (editing) x Press the MENU key. w MENU key Edit c Press the function key next to the built-in icon to import the built-in patterns.
Editing Functions Selecting the hoop Edit z Press the function key next to the hoop icon. q Function key (hoop) The function key assignment will change to the hoop type selection. The following hoop types are available: M: Standard MB hoops T: Tajima hoops (optional) S: Socks and Hat hoops (optional) J : Monogram hoops (optional)
Moving the pattern To move the pattern on the editing screen, press and drag the pattern to the desired location with your fingertip. You can move the selected pattern also by pressing the arrow keys. q Arrow keys Resizing the pattern The pattern size will change from 80 to 120%.
Rotating the pattern Press the function key next to the rotate icon and the function key assignment will change to rotation. The selected pattern is indicated with a green frame. q Function key (rotate) Press the function key next to the rotate clockwise icon to rotate the pattern 1 degree clockwise.
Alternate function key assignment To show the alternate function key assignment, press the function key next to the right arrow icon. q Function key (right arrow) Duplicating the pattern Press the function key next to the copy icon to duplicate the pattern.
Monogramming in an arc You can make a monogramming in an upper or lower arc. z Enter the characters in the editing mode. Press the function key next to the arc icon. q Function key (arc) x The alternate function key assignment will appear. Press the function key next to the lower arc icon to make a lower arc.
Customizing the color setting The background color of the editing screen and section color of the pattern image can be changed to simulate the actual colors of the fabric and threads. z Press the function key next to the color icon and the color palette window will open.
, The screen will return to the editing window. Press the OK key. !0 OK key . The Ready to Sew window will open. The pattern image will be shown in the new color and the color list will show the new color names that you have assigned.
Zooming the editing window Press the function key next to the magnifier icon to zoom- in or zoom-out the editing window. q Function key (zoom) NOTE: Some patterns cannot be zoomed in depending on the total stitch count. To scroll the zoom-in window, press the function key next to the scroll icon.
Combining the Patterns and Lettering z Press the MENU key. q MENU key x Press the function key next to the built-in pattern icon. w Function key (built-in) Press Corresponding Function Button. c The pattern selection window will open. Select pattern #6. v The editing window will open and the stitch image of the selected pattern will appear.
m Move the flipped pattern to the left bottom corner of the editing screen by using the arrow keys or by dragging it with your fingertip. i Arrow keys , Make a duplicate of the pattern and flip it horizontally. Move the flipped pattern to the top left corner of the editing screen.
⁄2 Press the function key next to the arc icon. ⁄2 !3 Function key (arc) ⁄3 Press the function key next to the lower arc icon to ⁄3 make a lower arc. Press the function key next to the outward arrow to make the arc larger.
Adjusting the start position z Select the pattern and the hoop will move to the home position. Colors x To check the needle drop position, lower the needle Ivory White 1071 Bamboo 1127 Tangerine 1372 bar with the small screwdriver so you can see the Orange 1278 Siennna 1158 needle point closer to the fabric.
Starting to Embroider z x c z Select the pattern you wish to sew. The LCD touch panel shows the Ready to Sew window. Colors NOTE: Ivory White 1071 Bamboo 1127 The embroidery result may vary depending on the Tangerine 1372 Orange 1278 Siennna 1158 fabric and threads used.
Customizing the Settings with the Sub Control Panel Press the MODE button until the LCD screen shows SET blinking. Press the ENTER button to start the My setting mode. q MODE button w ENTER button * Press the upward or downward arrow button to go to the next or previous setting.
 Formatting the memory If the internal memory does not function due to damage to the memory bank, you need to re-enable it by formatting the memory. NOTE: If you format all the data stored in the memory will be erased and cannot be restored.
 Reminder message ON/OFF When you press the START/STOP button, a reminder message will appear on the LCD screen. However, you can turn off the reminder. Press the right arrow button to indicate [OFF] to turn off the reminder. Press the ENTER button to register the new setting.  Ignoring short stitches Very short stitches may cause the thread or needle to break.
 Jump thread trimming ON/OFF The default setting is [ON]. To disable the jump thread trimming, press the left arrow button to indicate [OFF]. Press the ENTER button to register the new setting. [13-A] Jump thread trimming threshold If you insert jump codes when creating a custom design embroidery pattern using a digitizing software, you can adjust the position of jump thread trimming by setting the number of jump codes.
 Locking stitch ON/OFF (after color change) The threads may ravel if the stitch data does not contain locking stitches at the beginning of each color section. To avoid raveling, insert locking stitches at the beginning by pressing the right arrow button to indicate [ON].
Customizing the Settings with the Optional RCS Unit The machine settings and LCD screen display can be customized with the RCS unit. Press the SET key and the setting mode window will open. q SET key There are 8 pages of display including the language selection in the setting mode.
4. Resume mode ON/OFF When resume mode is enabled, the last stitch of the pattern sewn before turning the power off will be resumed when the power is turned on again. Screen Contrast Press the function key next to “ON” or “OFF” to turn on or off the resume mode.
6. Screen saver If the screen saver is activated, it will be shown on the LCD screen instead of entering the eco mode. To activate the screen saver, press the function key next Eco Mode to “ON”. When it is activated, a check mark will appear in the box. Screen Saver To disable the screen saver, press the function key next to “OFF”.
8. Machine ID and name When connecting two or three units of the machine to the PC at the same time, you need to assign the identification number and name to each machine. Eco Mode Press the function key next to Rename and the keyboard window will open.
9. Formatting the memory If the internal memory or media does not function due to damage to the memory bank, you need to re-enable it by formatting the memory. Format Press the arrow key (up or down) to select the desired memory location.
11. Grid size The grid size of the editing screen can be changed by pressing the function key next to “+” or “–”. You can select one of 3 sizes, 10 mm, 20 mm and Grid Size 30 mm. Maximum speed setting To hide the grid, select “OFF”.
15. Selecting the thread brand There are 8 kinds of embroidery threads to choose from. Press the function key next to the upward or downward arrow to select the desired brand. Thread selection q Function keys (arrow) Press the OK key. w OK key * Rayon threads are recommended for embroidery on knit fabrics.
17. Reminder message ON/OFF When you press the START/STOP button, a reminder message will appear on the LCD touch panel. However, Color Control you can turn off the reminder. Press the function key next to OFF to turn off the Reminder to Start reminder.
20. Setting the trim tail length Some times you need to adjust the tail length of the thread being trimmed depending on the thickness and type of the thread. Trim Tail Length Press the function key next to “+” or “–” to adjust the trim length.
24. Jump thread trimming ON/OFF If you wish to trim jump threads automatically, press the function key next to “ON”. A check mark will appear in the box. Jump Thread Trimming Press the function key next to “OFF” to disable the jump Number of Jumps thread trimming.
27. Hoop position adjustment ON/OFF (after starting embroidery) The hoop position can be adjusted before sewing each layer (section) or even in the middle of embroidering. Jump Thread Trimming Number of Jumps NOTE: • The adjusted hoop position will apply to the Mnimum jump thread length to cut subsequent layers (sections).
File Management Saving the Pattern as a File z Press the function key next to the save file icon in the Colors Ready to Sew mode. Bright Blue 1028 q Function key (save file) Floral Pink 1117 Orchid Pink 1031 Bright Blue 1028 Floral Pink 1117 Orchid Pink 1031...
Creating a new folder z If you wish to create a new folder, press the function Location : key next to the New. q Function key (New) NOTE: If you wish to change the name of the existing folder or file, press the function key next to Rename. w Function key (Rename) * The machine does not have a folder.
Opening a file You can open embroidery data files from the internal memory of the machine, RCS unit and memory devices such as USB flash drive. The RCS unit is able to open embroidery data files in Janome *.jef and Tajima *.dst format. z Press the open file key to the save file icon in the Ready to Sew mode.
File list option Press the function key next to name/type icon to switch display between the file name and file type of the data on the list. q Function key (name/type) w File type jef+, jef (Janome format) dst (Tajima format) Example: Opening a file from the machine.
Deleting the folder z To delete the unnecessary folders, press the function key next to the delete icon in the folder list window Location : and press the folder icon you wish to delete. q Function key (delete) w Folder icon * Press the function key next to delete again to return to the previous display.
OPTIONAL ITEMS USB Flash Drive The RCS unit is compatible with the USB flash drive, which can be used to save and transfer the files between the machine and your PC. USB flash drives with 2GB capacity are recommended. Insert the USB flash drive into the USB port on the RCS unit.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE Cleaning the Hook CAUTION: Turn the power switch off before cleaning the hook area. z Open the hook cover and remove the bobbin case (Refer to page 16). q Hook cover x Clean the inside of the hook with the lint brush. w Lint brush Cleaning the Bobbin Case Remove the bobbin from the bobbin case.
Cleaning the Tension Leaves and Disks Clean lint and wax in the tension area with a piece of paper. Insert a piece of paper under the tension leaf or between the tension disks and scrape out lint and wax. q Tension leaf w Pre-tension disks e Tension disks * Use only thin paper.
Cleaning the Auto Thread Cutter Mechanism CAUTION: Turn the power switch off before cleaning the auto thread cutter mechanism. z Loosen the 2 setscrews on the needle plate with the offset screwdriver. Loosen and remove the 2 setscrews with the screwdriver.
Oiling CAUTION: Turn the power switch off before oiling. If you use the machine frequently, oil the needle bars every two weeks and oil the hook race every day. z Clip the tip (1-2 mm from the point) of the oiler with scissors.
Oiling If you use the machine frequently, oil the following points every four months. z Turn the machine on and select pattern #1. Move the head to the right-most position by selecting needle bar #7. The oiling points will be exposed. Turn the machine off.
Error Message Error Message Error Description Remedy Communication error with the RCS unit. Turn the power switch off and turn it on E : 00 again. Initializing error. Turn the power switch off and turn it on again. Needle bar switching error. Turn the power switch off and turn it on again.
Troubleshooting Problem Cause Reference The machine does not run. 1. The machine is not plugged in correctly. See page 13. 2. The threads are jammed in the hook or Remove jamming threads. around the take-up lever. 3. A confirmation message or an error message Follow the message to turn it off.
Problem Cause Reference The fabric puckers. 1. The needle thread tension is too tight. See page 31. 2. The fabric is not stretched tight enough in See page 22. the hoop. 3. A stabilizer is not used. See page 21. The LCD screen is not 1.