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Embroidery Machine
Operation Manual
Product Code: 884-T13
Be sure to read this document before using the machine.
We recommend that you keep this document nearby for future reference.

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  • Page 1 Embroidery Machine Operation Manual Product Code: 884-T13 Be sure to read this document before using the machine. We recommend that you keep this document nearby for future reference.
  • Page 2 ® and ™ are not clearly described within the text. Open Source Licensing Remarks This product includes open-source software. To see the open source licensing remarks, please go to the manual download section on your model's home page of Brother Solutions Center at “ http://support.brother.com ”.
  • Page 3: Introduction

    Never operate this machine if it has a damaged cord or plug, if it is not working properly, if it has been dropped or damaged, or water is spilled on the unit. Return the machine to the nearest authorized Brother dealer or service center for examination, repair, electrical or mechanical adjustment.
  • Page 4 Always keep your work area clear: • Never operate the machine with any air openings blocked. Keep ventilation openings of the machine free from the build up of lint, dust, and loose cloth. • Do not use extension cords. Plug the machine directly into the electrical outlet. •...
  • Page 5 • Do not try to disassemble, repair or alter this machine in any way, otherwise a fire, electric shock or injuries may result. • If the light unit is damaged, it must be replaced by an authorized Brother dealer. • In the event a malfunction occurs or adjustment is required, first follow the troubleshooting table in the back of the operation manual to inspect and adjust the machine yourself.
  • Page 6 • The included interface cable should be used in order to ensure compliance with the limits for a Class B digital device. • Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Brother Corporation could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
  • Page 7: License Agreement

    “©DISNEY”). BROTHER retains all rights not expressly granted to CUSTOMER herein. Nothing in this agreement constitutes a waiver of the rights of BROTHER under any law. This agreement shall be governed by the laws of Japan. Please direct all inquiries concerning this Agreement in writing by regular mail, to Brother Industries, Ltd., 1-1-1 Kawagishi, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya 467-8562, Japan, Attention: P&H company Sales and Marketing...
  • Page 8: Warning Labels

    Warning Labels The following warning labels are on the machine. Be sure to observe the precautions described in the labels. Label locations Please put a drop of oil onto the hook once a day before use.
  • Page 9: Machine Structure And Features

    Machine Structure and Features The thread colors assigned to the needle bars are Ten-needle machine listed on the screen. Thread the needle bars as indicated. embroidering Your machine has ten needles, each threaded with a different color of thread. It can sew embroidery patterns that contain several colors by automatically selecting the appropriate needle for each color.
  • Page 10: Differences From Single-needle Machines

    Differences from single-needle machines ■ Can sew embroidery patterns using ten or less colors without the need to replace the thread spools With single-needle machines, the thread spool must be changed and the machine must be threaded each time a different thread color is used. With this machine, it is not necessary to change the thread spool or rethread the machine with embroidery patterns containing ten or less colors.
  • Page 11: Other Features

    ■ Embroider while replacing the Other features thread spool a minimal number of times ■ Quickly combine patterns using the Before starting to embroider, touch the thread color large LCD screen sorting key ( ) to rearrange the embroidery order The machine is equipped with a large 10.1-inch and sort it by thread colors.
  • Page 12 ■ Embroidering progress bar ■ Wide selection of built-in thread color information Since numbers for the time and stitches do not always provide the clearest image of the remaining The thread color information for manufacturers’ embroidery time, the new embroidering progress threads is available, making it easy to choose the bar shows the progress of the entire embroidery at a appropriate thread color.
  • Page 13 ■ Automatic needle-threading ■ USB port available as standard mechanism equipment Using the automatic needle-threading mechanism, By connecting a computer to the machine using the threads each needle easily. included USB cable, embroidery patterns can be In addition, you can specify that automatic needle transferred to/from the computer.
  • Page 14: Available Features

    Available features Designs with a maximum size of 200 mm (H) × 360 mm (W) (7-7/8 inches (H) × 14 inches (W)) can be embroidered. ■ Manual color sequence - More professional use of this machine If you specify the thread colors used with this machine, or if you use DST files frequently, it would be convenient to use the manual color sequence.
  • Page 15: Manual Structure

    Manual Structure This manual is constructed as described below. Before using the machine, check the procedures described with the numbered titles in the title list on the first page of chapter 2. This shows the sequence of these basic operations. Read before use Searching for information ■...
  • Page 16: Table Of Contents

    Contents Introduction ............1 Continuing to the embroidering screen ........ 54 10. Upper Threading.......... 55 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ....1 Checking the needle bars and thread colors......55 License Agreement ..........5 Upper threading ..............57 Warning Labels............. 6 Threading the needle ............61 Machine Structure and Features ......
  • Page 17 Adjusting the Thread Tension of both Trimming the threads between characters ......183 Combining the separated character patterns ....... 183 the Bobbin and Upper Thread ......124 Specifying multi-color text..........184 Adjusting the tension of the bobbin thread ......124 Changing the character font ..........
  • Page 18 Threads ................251 Stabilizers (backing) ............251 Hooping techniques ............253 Fabric/stabilizer compatibility chart........254 Installing the Included Table ......255 Removing the table ............257 Embroidery Patterns for the Optional Jumbo Frame ............ 258 Using the Optional Cap Frame ......262 Cap frame and its accessories..........
  • Page 19: Chapter1 Getting Ready

    Chapter GETTING READY After unpacking the machine, first refer to “Accessories” on page 20, and check that all listed accessories are included. After checking that all accessories are included, the embroidery machine can be set up. The setup of the machine and the various preparations required before starting to sew are described in this chapter.
  • Page 20: Names Of Machine Parts And Their Functions

    Names of Machine Parts and Their Functions The names of the various parts of the sewing machine and their functions are described below. Before using the sewing machine, carefully read these descriptions to learn the names of the machine parts. Front view 1 Thread tension knobs 6 Thread guide A...
  • Page 21: Right-side/rear View

    GETTING READY Right-side/rear view Operation panel 1 Start/Stop button Press the start/stop button to start or stop the machine. The lighting status and color of the button changes depending on the operation condition of the machine. Lit in red : When the machine cannot start sewing Flashing in green : When the machine can start...
  • Page 22: Accessories

    The accessories listed below are included with this machine. Make sure to use the accessories designed for this machine. Included accessories After opening the box, check that the following accessories are included. If any item is missing or damaged, contact your authorized Brother dealer. Part Name Part Name Part Code...
  • Page 23: Accessories That Are Included In Some Countries Or Regions

    PRPH360:XE8421-001 (Other area) Power cord Embroidery frame (large) 130 mm (H) × 180 mm (W) (5-1/8 inches (H) × 7-1/8 inches (W)) Visit your authorized Brother dealer. PRH180 (Americas) PRH180: XC6285-052 (Other area) Embroidery frame (medium) CAUTION 100 mm (H) × 100 mm (W) (4 inches (H) ×...
  • Page 24: Optional Accessories

    Optional Accessories The following are available as optional accessories to be purchased separately. Part Name Part Name Part Code Part Code Border frame Wide cap frame set (Refer to 100 mm (H) × 300 mm (W) page 262.) (4 inches (H) × 11-3/4 inches (W)) PRPBF1 (Americas) PRPBF1: PRPCF1 (Americas)
  • Page 25 Clamp frames S L & R set Note 24 mm (H) × 45 mm (W) (7/8 inch (H) × 1-3/4 inches (W)) • Visit your nearest authorized Brother dealer for a complete listing of optional accessories and embroidery cards available PRCLP45LRD (Americas) for your machine.
  • Page 26: Setting Up The Machine

    Setting Up the Machine The procedures for setting up the machine are described below. If the machine is not set up correctly, it may shake or produce loud noises and the embroidery will not be sewn correctly. An optional embroidery stand is also available. Setup and transporting precautions CAUTION •...
  • Page 27: Setup Location

    GETTING READY Setup location Set up the machine in a location that meets the following requirements. • Position the machine a minimum of 50 mm (2 inches) away from the wall • Allow sufficient space around the machine • Place no objects within the moving range of the embroidery frame •...
  • Page 28: Setting Up The Machine

    Use the included wrench to turn the Setting up the machine adjustable foot nut on the foot. Turning the nut in direction 1 lengthens the leg; When setting up the machine, adjust the legs so turning the nut in direction 2 shortens the leg. that the machine is steady.
  • Page 29: Remove The Fixing Plates

    • After removing the fixing plates, be sure to Loosen the thumb screw, adjust the operation panel to keep them to be used again. Before transporting the machine, consult your an easy-to-view orientation, and then tighten the authorized Brother dealer. thumb screw. 1 Thumb screw...
  • Page 30: Preparing The Thread Guide Assembly

    Adjust the angle of the operation panel. Preparing the thread guide Loosen the 2 thumb screws behind the operation assembly panel, adjust the operation panel to an easy-to-view angle, and then tighten the thumb screws. Raise the thread guide assembly. CAUTION •...
  • Page 31: Preparing The Spool Stand

    GETTING READY After the thread guide assembly support is Preparing the spool stand extended and the thread guide assembly is raised to its highest position, tighten the two thumb screws to secure the thread Secure the spool stand in place for embroidering. guide assembly in place.
  • Page 32: Attaching The Embroidery Frame Holder

    Secure the embroidery frame holder with Attaching the embroidery frame the two thumb screws removed in step holder Attach the embroidery frame holder to the carriage. Use the embroidery frame holder appropriate for the embroidery frame that you are using. (Refer to page 88 to 91.) Remove the two thumb screws of the embroidery frame holder.
  • Page 33: Chapter2 Embroidering Tutorial

    Chapter EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL This chapter describes the basic embroidering operations in order—from turning on the machine and sewing a pattern to finishing sewing. Follow the steps of the tutorial to embroider a pattern and master the operation of this embroidery machine. Operating Precautions..........
  • Page 34: Operating Precautions

    If the power supply cord or its plug is damaged, stop using the machine, and then take the machine to your authorized Brother dealer for repairs before continuing use. • If the machine is not to be used for a long period of time, unplug the power supply cord, otherwise a fire may result.
  • Page 35: Needle Precautions

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Needle precautions Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the correct choice of needle for your machine. CAUTION • Your machine is designed to use household embroidery needles. The factory recommended needle is “HAX 130 EBBR” (Organ). Schmetz needles 130/705 H-E may be used as a substitute. Use of any other needles may break the needle or thread or damage the needle-threading mechanism or result in injuries.
  • Page 36: Upper Thread Recommendations

    Upper thread recommendations Be sure to observe the following recommendations concerning the upper thread. Note • It is recommended that rayon or polyester embroidery thread be used (120 den x 2 / 135 dtex x 2 / 40 weight (in Americas and Europe) / #50 (in Japan)). Fabric recommendations Be sure to observe the following recommendations concerning the fabric.
  • Page 37: Basic Procedures

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Basic Procedures Basic embroidering procedures are described below. Check the overall procedure below, before operating the embroidery machine. Operating Tutorial Precaution Operation Reference Step Reference Page Page Install the bobbin. p. 36 p.33 Turn on the machine. p. 38 p.32 Select an embroidery pattern.
  • Page 38: Installing The Bobbin

    1. Installing the Bobbin When the machine is purchased, only the bobbin case is installed in the hook. Insert a bobbin wound with bobbin thread for embroidering. For precautions concerning the bobbin, refer to page 33. Grab the bobbin case latch, and remove the bobbin case.
  • Page 39: Installing The Bobbin Case

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Installing the bobbin case Note • Check that the thread winds off the bobbin clockwise as shown in the illustration. If the Insert the bobbin case into the hook. bobbin is installed with the thread winding off in the opposite direction, the embroidery Insert the bobbin case while aligning the tab on the will not be sewn correctly.
  • Page 40: Turning On The Machine

    2. Turning ON the Machine Connect the power supply cord, and then turn on the embroidery machine. For precautions concerning the power supply, refer to page 32. When the machine is turned on, the opening movie is played. Touch anywhere CAUTION on the screen to display the message below.
  • Page 41: Setting Your Machine For The First Time

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Setting your machine for the first time When you first turn on the machine, set the language and time/date to your language and local time/date. Follow the procedure below when the settings screen appears automatically. Touch and to set your local language.
  • Page 42: Understanding The Screens

    Understanding the screens When the machine is turned on and is touched, the pattern type selection screen appears. The operations described below will be entered using the operation panel. For precautions concerning the use of the touch panel, refer to page 34. Reference Display Key Name...
  • Page 43: Screen Overview

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Screen overview The basic operation flow is shown below. In the pattern type selection screen, select a pattern type. (Refer to page 43, 71.) In the pattern editing screen, edit the pattern. (Refer to page 45, 73.) 1 Touch this key to return to the pattern type selection screen and add another pattern.
  • Page 44 In the embroidering screen, check the thread colors assigned to the needle bars, and then install the upper threads. Touch to unlock the machine so that the start/stop button starts flashing in green. The embroidery machine is now ready to begin sewing.
  • Page 45: Selecting An Embroidery Pattern

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL 3. Selecting an Embroidery Pattern As an example, we will select the pattern shown at the right. In the pattern type selection screen, select a In the pattern list screen, search for the desired pattern category (type). pattern, and then touch the key for the pattern. Pattern type selection screen (For details on the Pattern list screen (For details on the keys and keys and other information on the screen, refer to...
  • Page 46: Selecting An Embroidery Pattern

    Touch the desired pattern. Selecting an embroidery pattern In this case, touch Touch to select the embroidery patterns category. → The embroidery pattern categories appear. • Sub-category keys may appear for some pattern categories. Touch the key for the sub-category containing the desired pattern.
  • Page 47: Editing The Embroidery Pattern

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL 4. Editing the Embroidery Pattern From this screen, the pattern can be edited. Pattern editing screen (For details on the keys and other information on the screen, refer to page 73.) In this example, we will not edit the pattern. Without performing any editing operations, continue to confirm the pattern.
  • Page 48: Previewing The Image

    5. Previewing the Image You can view an image of the completed pattern within the embroidery frame. Touch to select the type of Checking a preview image embroidery frame holder, and then select the embroidery frame you are going to use. Display the preview image to check that the embroidery will be sewn as desired.
  • Page 49 EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Touch to check the embroidering Touch to return to the previous order. screen. → The stitch simulator screen appears. Memo • The embroidery can be sewn while the preview image is displayed in the embroidering screen. If the preview image is displayed in any screen other than the embroidering screen, the embroidery cannot be sewn.
  • Page 50: Hooping The Fabric In The Embroidery Frame

    6. Hooping the Fabric in the Embroidery Frame After selecting the pattern to be embroidered, check which embroidery frames can be used to sew the pattern. Select the appropriate frame, and hoop the fabric and stabilizer in the embroidery frame. (Refer to “Attaching Iron-On Stabilizer (Backing) to Fabric”...
  • Page 51 EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL ■ Hooping fabric in the small Securely tighten the screw, and then check to make sure that the fabric is taut. embroidery frame The procedure for hooping fabric in the small embroidery frame is described below. The same procedure is used to hoop the fabric in the medium embroidery frame.
  • Page 52: Attaching The Embroidery Frame To The Machine

    7. Attaching the Embroidery Frame to the Machine After hooping the fabric in the embroidery frame, attach the frame to the embroidery machine. Embroidery frame holders A and B are included accessories with this machine. Install embroidery frame holder A when an included embroidery frame is to be used. (See “Correctly Using the Embroidery Frames”...
  • Page 53 EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Move the left arm to align the screw on the Hold the embroidery frame level, and then right side with the mark for the embroidery simultaneously align both the left and right frame to be installed, and then tighten the mounts with the embroidery frame holder thumb screws.
  • Page 54: Continuing To The Embroidering Settings Screen

    Continuing to the embroidering settings screen Press → The embroidering settings screen is displayed.
  • Page 55: Specifying Embroidering Setting

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL 8. Specifying Embroidering Setting From this screen, the entire pattern can be edited and embroidering settings can be specified. In addition, the embroidering position can be checked and a pattern can be saved for later use. Embroidering settings screen (For details on the keys and other information on the screen, refer to page 75.) Note •...
  • Page 56: Checking The Embroidery Area

    9. Checking the Embroidery Area Check the embroidery area to make sure that the embroidery will be sewn in the desired location and will not be misaligned and that the embroidery frame will not hit the presser foot. If the embroidery frame is not correctly positioned, it moves to the correct position, and then the embroidering position is indicated.
  • Page 57: 10. Upper Threading

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL 10. Upper Threading Check the embroidering screen for information on which needle bars should be threaded with which thread colors, and then thread the upper threads. Checking the needle bars and thread colors In the embroidering settings screen, touch to display the embroidering screen.
  • Page 58 Touch → The screen indicating that the spools be changed is closed. • In addition to checking the thread colors, information such as the number of stitches and the sewing time can be checked and various embroidering settings can be specified in the embroidering screen. 1 The embroidering progress is shown by the red mark in the bar.
  • Page 59: Upper Threading

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Upper threading Use machine embroidery thread to thread the needle bars in order, starting with needle bar 1. CAUTION • When threading the upper thread, carefully follow the instructions. If the upper threading is not performing correctly, the thread may break or become tangled, causing the needle to bend or break. On the spool pin, place a spool with the Note thread color specified for the corresponding...
  • Page 60 • Use spool cap on all spools of thread shorter than the Pass the thread through the hole (with the height of the spool pin. corresponding needle bar number) in thread guide C, then through the corresponding hole in thread guide D. As an example, the threading for spool pin 1 is shown.
  • Page 61 EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Wind the thread clockwise once around the number 1 thread tension disc. Pass the thread through the hole in the number 1 upper thread guide and pull the thread toward you. 1 Thread tension disc 2 Pass thread in a clockwise direction at this location on the tension disks.
  • Page 62 Use the included threader to pass the thread into the number 1 needle bar thread guide. 1 Needle bar thread guide Pass the thread along the number 1 slot to 2 Threader pass it through the number 1 take-up lever When all upper threading is complete, be hole from right to left.
  • Page 63: Threading The Needle

    • If the hook of the automatic needle-threading mechanism is bent or damaged, contact your authorized Brother dealer. 1 Guide on presser foot • While the hook of the automatic needle- 2 Notch in guide on presser foot threading mechanism is passed through the •...
  • Page 64: Needle Bar

    ■ Moving and threading a selected Note needle bar • If the thread is not correctly passed through You can move and thread a selected needle bar to the groove in the thread cutter, the the embroidering position at any time. message “Wiper error”...
  • Page 65 EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Press the automatic needle-threading button while the needle bar move screen Note appears. • If the thread is not taut, it may come out of the thread tension disc. After upper threading is finished, check again to make sure that the thread is correctly passed into the thread tension disc.
  • Page 66: 11. Sewing The Embroidery

    11. Sewing the Embroidery Now, the embroidery machine is ready to begin sewing. When the machine starts sewing, the presser foot is automatically lowered, the necessary thread trimming operations at the end of stitching are performed, the threads are changed as necessary while the embroidery is sewn, and the machine stops when the end of the stitching is reached.
  • Page 67 EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Press the start/stop button. After sewing of the first color is finished, the machine automatically stops and trims Press the start/stop button while it is flashing in green. the thread. The needle bar case moves to If the start/stop button returns to being lit in red, the 2nd color position and sewing of the perform this procedure again from step 2nd color begins.
  • Page 68: Stopping Embroidering

    ■ Continuing embroidering Stopping embroidering To sew the same pattern again, touch The machine can be stopped during sewing. ■ Temporarily pausing Press the start/stop button. → The embroidering screen appears so the same pattern can be sewn again. To select a new pattern, touch →...
  • Page 69 EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL ■ Resume sewing after the machine Set the main power switch to “ ”. was turned off Press the start/stop button. → The embroidery machine is turned off and the display and the start/stop button indicator go off. •...
  • Page 70: 12. Removing The Embroidery Frame And Fabric

    12. Removing the Embroidery Frame and Fabric After sewing is finished, remove the embroidery frame, and then remove the fabric from the frame. Removing the embroidery frame Removing the fabric Loosen the outer frame screw. CAUTION • When removing the embroidery frame, make sure that the start/stop button is lit in red.
  • Page 71: 13. Turning Off The Machine

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL 13. Turning OFF the Machine After all embroidery is finished, turn off the machine. Set the main power switch to “ ”. Memo • If the machine is turned off while it is sewing, embroidering can continue when the machine is turned on again.
  • Page 72: Screen Quick Reference Guide

    Screen Quick Reference Guide Descriptions of the keys and other information that appear in the screens are provided in the tables below. Key displays The appearances of the keys have the following meanings. (Normal color display) : This key is not selected, but can be selected. (Dark-colored display) : This key is selected.
  • Page 73: Understanding The Pattern Type Selection Screen

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Understanding the pattern type selection screen In this screen, select a pattern category (type). Display Function Page Key Name Recalls patterns from SD p.165 cards. SD card key Embroidery Recalls patterns stored in the p.164 patterns machine’s memory. stored in the machine memory key...
  • Page 74: Understanding The Pattern List Screen

    Understanding the pattern list screen In this screen, select the pattern. Display Function Page Key Name An image of the pattern appears on the key. Touch the image to select the pattern. p.150 Drag your finger up and Pattern keys down in this area to scroll through the pages.
  • Page 75: Understanding The Pattern Editing Screen

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Understanding the pattern editing screen In the pattern editing screen, patterns can be individually edited. (The entire pattern cannot be edited from this screen.) The pattern selected in the pattern display area can be repositioned, resized, rotated and rearranged, and its color scheme can be changed. In addition, multiple patterns can be selected and combined.
  • Page 76 Display Function Page Key Name Touch to change the font of the character pattern being p.184 edited. Font Type key Touch to change the size and font of individual p.184 characters in the character Letter Edit key pattern being edited. Flips the pattern being edited p.177 Horizontal...
  • Page 77: Understanding The Embroidering Settings Screen

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Understanding the embroidering settings screen From this screen, the entire pattern can be edited and embroidering settings can be specified. In addition, the embroidering position can be checked and a pattern can be saved for later use. Keys available in this screen differ when you set “Manual Color Sequence”...
  • Page 78 Display Function Page Key Name Specifies that automatic lock stitch is sewn when the p.134 Lock stitching thread is trimmed. (end) key Specifies that automatic lock stitch is sewn at the beginning of the pattern and p.134 Lock stitching at the beginning of sewing (beginning) after thread trimming.
  • Page 79 EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL ■ In the “Manual Color Sequence” mode Display Function Page Key Name This illustration appears when the sewing machine is p.132 Manual color in the “Manual Color sequence Sequence” mode. mode icon Touch to change the needle bar color setting. This key appears when you p.133 set “Manual Color...
  • Page 80: Understanding The Embroidering Screen

    Understanding the embroidering screen From this screen, the total number of thread colors and the sewing time can be checked, the needle bar settings can be specified, and the needle placement forward or backward can be done. Keys available in this screen differ when you set “Manual Color Sequence”...
  • Page 81 EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Display Function Page Key Name Touch a key to move the needle bar position to the selected needle bar number. Use when threading the Needle bar needle with the automatic needle-threading mechanism. Shows the color and the thread color name (number) Thread color for the thread on the needle p.55...
  • Page 82: When You Have A Question, This May Help You

    When You Have a Question, This May Help You Technical terms: Patterns: ■ DST Following patterns can be processed by the machine to embroider. This is the extension of Tajima data file (*.dst) that is - Use USB media or SD cards to transfer the one of the data formats of embroidery patterns.
  • Page 83: Useful External Connection Functions

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL ■ Getting false thread breakage error Useful external connection - Check that the position of the upper thread is functions under the upper thread guide plates. (Refer to page 57.) - Check that the position of the upper thread is You can access various patterns by using the around the thread tension disc.
  • Page 84 • USB media is widely used, however some USB media may not be usable with this machine. Please visit our website ( http:// support.brother.com ) for more details. • Depending on the type of USB media being used, either directly plug the USB device...
  • Page 85: Usb Mouse Operation

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL ■ Changing pages USB mouse operation Rotate the mouse wheel to switch through the tabs of the pattern selection screens. ■ Clicking a key Memo When the mouse is connected, the pointer appears • If page numbers and a vertical scroll bar for on the screen.
  • Page 86: Changing The Size

    ■ Changing the size ■ Rotating the pattern Refer to “Changing the size of a pattern (Normal Refer to “Adjusting the angle” on page 99 and resizing mode)” on page 178. “Rotating a pattern” on page 180. Touch Touch Change the size of the pattern. Rotate the pattern.
  • Page 87: Chapter3 Other Basic Procedures

    Chapter OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES This chapter provides explanations on operations other than those described in chapter 2, such as sewing a pattern with eleven or more colors, changing the needles and changing thread spools. Changing the Needle ..........86 Replacing the needle..............86 Correctly Using the Embroidery Frames....
  • Page 88: Changing The Needle

    Changing the Needle If the needle is bent or the tip of the needle is broken, replace the needle with a new one. Use the included Allen screw driver to replace the needle with one that is designed specifically for this machine and that passes the test described in “Checking the needle”...
  • Page 89 • If the hook of the automatic needle-threading mechanism is bent or damaged, contact your authorized Brother dealer.
  • Page 90: Correctly Using The Embroidery Frames

    Correctly Using the Embroidery Frames Various types of embroidery frames can be used with this machine to suit your project. In addition to the four included embroidery frames, there are many frames that can be used with this embroidery machine. (Refer to “Optional Accessories” on page 22.) CAUTION •...
  • Page 91: Types Of Embroidery Frames/frame Holders And Their Applications

    Flat frame (optional) 200 mm (H) × 300 mm (W) Consult your nearest (7-7/8 inches (H) × 11-3/4 inches (W)) authorized Brother dealer. Use when embroidering jackets and other thick garments. Large embroidery frame 130 mm (H) × 180 mm (W) (Refer to “Hooping the...
  • Page 92 200 mm (H) × 200 mm (W) (7-7/8 inches (H) × Consult your nearest 7-7/8 inches (W)) authorized Brother dealer. Use when embroidering pieces for quilts. Border frame (optional) 100 mm (H) × 300 mm (W) (4 inches (H) ×...
  • Page 93 Cylinder frame (optional) 80 mm (H) × 90 mm (W) Consult your nearest (3 inches (H) × 3-1/2 inches (W)) authorized Brother dealer. Use when embroidering tubular and curved fabric, such as shirt sleeves and turtlenecks. Note • The embroidery frame indicators show all embroidery frame sizes in which the embroidery pattern can be sewn.
  • Page 94: Attaching Iron-on Stabilizer (backing) To Fabric

    Attaching Iron-On Stabilizer (Backing) to Fabric In order to prevent shrinkage of the stitching or misaligned patterns, we recommend that iron-on stabilizer (backing) be used for embroidering. CAUTION • When embroidering on thin or stretch fabrics, fabrics with a coarse weave or fabrics that easily allow the stitching to shrink, be sure to use iron-on stabilizer (backing) for embroidering.
  • Page 95: Hooping The Fabric

    OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES Hooping the Fabric Hooping the fabric in the extra-large and large embroidery frames Loosen the screw on the outer frame. While stretching the fabric even more, securely tighten the screw so that the fabric is taut. 1 Screw •...
  • Page 96: Using The Embroidery Sheet

    Press the inner frame into the outer frame. Using the embroidery sheet Remove the embroidery sheet. In order to hoop the fabric so that the pattern will be sewn in the correct position, use the guidelines on the embroidery sheet to accurately stretch the fabric in the frame.
  • Page 97: Large/small Pieces Of Fabric

    OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ■ Embroidering the corner of fabric Large/small pieces of fabric When embroidering the corner of a piece of fabric, use spray fabric adhesive to attach the corner of the This section provides information on embroidering fabric to stabilizer (backing), and then hoop the fabric that is either much larger or much smaller stabilizer (backing) in the embroidery frame.
  • Page 98: Embroidery Frame Position And Movement

    Embroidery Frame Position and Movement The following provides information concerning the embroidery frame when operating the embroidery machine. ■ Embroidery frames that cannot be A message indicating that the embroidery frame be replaced may appear even if no embroidery frame is used for embroidering installed.
  • Page 99 OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ■ Moving to the correct position If the center of the embroidery frame is at the needle drop point in the embroidering area, the embroidery frame is correctly positioned, in other words, at the starting position before embroidering. If the embroidery frame is changed, the next frame that is installed will not be correctly positioned.
  • Page 100: Changing The Embroidering Position

    Changing the Embroidering Position When the embroidery machine is purchased, it was adjusted so that the beginning of the stitching was from the center of the pattern. Therefore, move the frame and adjust the embroidering position so that the center of the pattern aligns with the needle drop point at the sewing position. If you need to align the embroidering position to the specific point, follow the procedure described in “Aligning the Embroidering Position”...
  • Page 101: Adjusting The Angle

    OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ■ Finding the sewing position ■ Unlocking the needle bar By locking the needle bar (securing the needle and Display the embroidering screen, and then presser foot in the down position), the needle drop touch the key for any needle bar other than point can easily be seen.
  • Page 102 Touch the keys to adjust the pattern to the desired angle. Each touch of a key rotates the pattern. Example: Original angle Rotates 90 degrees to the right 1 Shows the angle of the pattern after a key is touched to change it. The pattern can also be rotated by holding down and Rotates 10 degrees to the right dragging a red point around the pattern.
  • Page 103 OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES Memo • With this operation, fine adjustments can be made to the angle; also, this operation is particularly useful when embroidering items, such as bags and tubular items, that have limitations to being hooped in the embroidery frame. Example: When embroidering a pillowcase Rotate the pattern 90 degrees to the left before embroidering.
  • Page 104: Aligning The Embroidering Position

    Aligning the Embroidering Position Press in the pattern editing screen. Displaying the fabric while aligning the embroidery position The fabric hooped in the embroidery frame can be displayed on the LCD so that the embroidery position can be aligned. This feature can be used from the pattern editing screen and embroidering settings screen.
  • Page 105 OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES Press to start embroidering. to align the pattern with the → When embroidery is finished, the fabric displayed in desired embroidery position. the background disappears. • The pattern can be moved to the desired position by using your finger or the touch pen to drag the Whether or not the fabric is displayed in the pattern displayed on the screen.
  • Page 106 ■ Positioning the pattern on thick Affix the embroidery positioning sticker to the fabric within the area indicated by the fabric red frame in the LCD, and then touch When positioning the pattern on the fabric thicker than 2 mm, the fabric may not be detected correctly. In order for the fabric to be correctly detected, its thickness must first be measured.
  • Page 107: Using The Built-in Camera

    OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES Touch in the embroidering settings Using the built-in camera screen. The camera built into this machine can be used to easily align the embroidering position. This is useful for patterns which need to be embroidered in particular position as shown below. Touch to set the starting point to the center of the pattern.
  • Page 108 Touch to display the needle drop point. Touch to return to the previous screen. • Touch to change the brightness of the camera image. The embroidering position can more easily be Touch checked by making the image darker ( ) on lighter fabrics or lighter ( ) on darker fabrics.
  • Page 109 OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES Touch to display the keys Memo for specifying the starting position, rotating • The three key panels can be repositioned so the pattern or moving the embroidery that the pattern can easily be viewed. frame. Touch the center of the top of a key panel to view possible locations where the panel can •...
  • Page 110: Using The Included Embroidery Positioning Sticker

    In the embroidering settings screen, touch Using the included embroidery positioning sticker Using the camera built into this machine and the included embroidery positioning stickers, the embroidering position can easily be aligned. Affix an embroidery positioning sticker to the fabric at the desired embroidering position.
  • Page 111 When purchasing new ones, check “Optional Accessories” on page 22 for the part code, and then contact your nearest authorized Brother dealer. Memo • You can touch to confirm the embroidery position is correctly aligned before removing the embroidery positioning sticker.
  • Page 112: Switching The Thread Colors On The Screen

    Switching the Thread Colors on the Screen If a thread color on the spool stand is different than the needle position thread color on the screen, the thread colors on the screen can be switched to match the spool stand thread color position. Touch to switch the two thread Memo...
  • Page 113 OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ■ To cancel the thread color settings for all previously stitched design Memo • The color settings will be completely canceled even if the machine is in the middle of the embroidery. Touch → The thread color setting is canceled. Touch →...
  • Page 114: Embroidering A Pattern Containing Eleven Or More Colors

    Embroidering a Pattern Containing Eleven or More Colors When embroidering a pattern that uses eleven or more thread colors, it is necessary to change the thread spools. When changing the thread spools, instruction to change the thread spools will appear with the machine automatically stopping.
  • Page 115: Checking If Thread Spool Changes Are Necessary

    OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ■ Spool change indicator ( Checking if thread spool changes The spool change indicator in the stitch navigating are necessary screen indicates the number of times that the thread spools will need to be changed and the amount of time between changes.
  • Page 116: Changing The Thread Spools With Designs Of Eleven Or More Colors

    Changing the Thread Spools with Designs of Eleven or More Colors This section provides details on the spool thread indicators and the change thread spools message in addition to the procedure for easily changing the spools. Memo • This feature is not available if “Manual Color Sequence”...
  • Page 117: Easily Changing The Thread Spools

    OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES Pull out the old thread just after the needle Memo bar thread guide. • To use a different thread color than the one that was specified, use the temporary needle bar setting key, and then change the thread color setting.
  • Page 118: If The Thread Breaks Or The Bobbin Thread Runs Out While Embroidering

    If the Thread Breaks or the Bobbin Thread Runs Out While Embroidering If the thread breaks or the bobbin thread runs out while embroidering, the machine will automatically stop. Since some stitches may be sewn with only one thread, go back through the stitching to a point where stitches have already been sewn before continuing embroidering.
  • Page 119 OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES Use the number keys to enter the desired stitch number, and then touch 1 Stitch line 2 Cross mark → The embroidery frame moves to the specified stitch. 3 Embroidery progress bar → When is touched in this screen to enlarge the You can also touch the specific point of the display, a stitch number can be specified with the embroidery progress bar to move the stitch count to...
  • Page 120: If The Bobbin Thread Breaks Or Runs Out

    ■ If the bobbin thread ran out, replace If the bobbin thread breaks or the bobbin at this point in the runs out procedure. Replace the bobbin with a bobbin wound Touch , and then press the thread with bobbin thread. (Refer to page 36.) trimming button.
  • Page 121: Embroidering From The Beginning Or Middle Of The Pattern

    OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES Embroidering From the Beginning or Middle of the Pattern If you wish to restart embroidering from the beginning, for example, if trial embroidery was sewn and an incorrect thread tension was used or if the wrong thread color was used, restart the embroidering using the forward/backward stitch key.
  • Page 122 → The needle bar case moves and the current needle ■ To start sewing from the beginning bar moves to the sewing position, and then the embroidery frame moves and current needle Touch position is indicated. Touch After selecting the stitch from where embroidering is to begin, touch →...
  • Page 123 OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ■ Specifying a stitch number In step on page 120, touch Use the number keys to enter the desired stitch number, and then touch → The embroidery frame moves to the specified stitch. → When is touched in this screen to enlarge the display, a stitch number can be specified with the number keys.
  • Page 124: Resume Embroidering After Turning Off The Machine

    Resume Embroidering After Turning Off the Machine In either of the following cases, the remaining stitches of the embroidery are stored in the machine’s memory. • If the machine’s power switch is pressed to turn off after stopping embroidering. Cut the thread before the machine’s main power switch is turned off, otherwise the thread may be pulled or may catch when the carriage returns to its initial position after the machine is turned on again.
  • Page 125 OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES Touch to check the needle drop point Touch on the LCD screen. → The embroidering screen appears again. → The camera view window appears. Touch , and then press the start/stop • Touch to zoom up the camera view twice the button to continue embroidering.
  • Page 126: Adjusting The Thread Tension Of Both The Bobbin And Upper Thread

    Adjusting the Thread Tension of both the Bobbin and Upper Thread The following procedure describes how to adjust the thread tensions. After adjusting the tension of the bobbin thread, adjust the tension of the upper thread for each needle bar. Note •...
  • Page 127: Adjusting The Tension Of The Upper Thread

    OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES → If the thread tension is not still correctly adjusted, After making the adjustments, try turn the upper thread guide pretension knob. embroidering with all needle bars to check the thread tension. Memo • In the built-in embroidery patterns, one pattern is used for checking the thread tension.
  • Page 128 ■ Upper thread is too tight ■ Upper thread is too loose The tension of the upper thread is too tight, resulting The tension of the upper thread is too loose, in the bobbin thread being visible from the right side resulting in a loose upper thread, loose thread locks of the fabric.
  • Page 129: Chapter4 Embroidering Settings

    Chapter EMBROIDERING SETTINGS This chapter contains descriptions on the various embroidering settings, which make operation easier. Basting Embroidery ..........128 Creating an Appliqué Piece ........129 Creating an appliqué piece .............129 Selecting/Managing Thread Colors for Each Needle Bar (Manual Color Sequence) ... 132 Convenience of the manual color sequence......132 Specifying the manual color sequence ........132 Using the manual color sequence ...........133...
  • Page 130: Basting Embroidery

    Basting Embroidery Before embroidering, basting stitches can be sewn along the outline of the pattern. This is useful for embroidering fabric that cannot have stabilizer material affixed with an iron or adhesive. By stitching stabilizer material to the fabric, shrinkage of the stitching or misaligned pattern can be minimized. Note Note •...
  • Page 131: Creating An Appliqué Piece

    EMBROIDERING SETTINGS Creating an Appliqué Piece Appliqué pieces can be created from the built-in patterns and patterns on embroidery cards. This is convenient for fabrics that cannot be embroidered or when you wish to attach an appliqué to a garment. Select the pattern to be used for the Creating an appliqué...
  • Page 132 Use two layers of adhesive water-soluble Memo stabilizer material with their sticky sides • Three steps are added to the sewing order: together, and then hoop them in the appliqué cutting line, position of pattern embroidery frame. placement on the garment, and appliqué stitching.
  • Page 133 EMBROIDERING SETTINGS Sew the outline “APPLIQUE”. 1 Outline of appliqué piece After embroidering is finished, remove the stabilizer material from the embroidery frame. Use scissors to cut the excess water-soluble stabilizer from outside the appliqué outline. Soak the appliqué piece in water to dissolve the water-soluble stabilizer.
  • Page 134: Selecting/managing Thread Colors For Each Needle Bar (manual Color Sequence)

    Selecting/Managing Thread Colors for Each Needle Bar (Manual Color Sequence) The thread colors assigned to each needle bar can be manually specified/managed. In addition, the thread colors can be assigned to needle bars automatically and more efficiently than when the settings are normally specified.
  • Page 135: Using The Manual Color Sequence

    EMBROIDERING SETTINGS Touch a number button (between Using the manual color sequence ) to select the number of the needle bar whose settings are to be specified. ■ Manually assign thread colors to all → The needle bar number for the thread color selected in step changes to the selected needle bar needle bars...
  • Page 136: Automatic Lock Stitch Setting

    Automatic Lock Stitch Setting The machine can be set to automatically sew lock stitches, for example at the beginning of the pattern, before sewing each thread color change, and before trimming the thread. ■ Specifying that lock stitches be sewn When the embroidery machine is purchased, this function is set ON.
  • Page 137: Starting/ending Position Settings

    EMBROIDERING SETTINGS Starting/Ending Position Settings The machine can set the start point and the ending point separately from the 9 points of the pattern. Those are upper-left corner, upper-center, upper-right corner, center-left, center-center, center-right, lower-left corner, lower-center and lower-right corner. These settings can be used to repeatedly sew a pattern along a diagonal.
  • Page 138: Repeatedly Sewing A Pattern Along A Diagonal

    Sew the first embroidery pattern. Repeatedly sewing a pattern Touch to display the embroidering screen, and along a diagonal then touch and press the start/stop button. Example 1 Starting position 2 Ending position After embroidering is finished, the machine stops at the lower-right corner of the Specify the upper-left corner as the starting pattern.
  • Page 139: Embroidering Linked Characters

    EMBROIDERING SETTINGS Touch , and then press the start/stop Embroidering linked characters button to begin embroidering. After the characters are embroidered, cut Follow the procedure described below to the threads, remove the embroidery frame, embroider linked characters in a single row when and then attach the embroidery frame again the pattern extends beyond the embroidery frame.
  • Page 140 to align the needle with the end of embroidering for the previous pattern. • Touch to check the needle drop point on the LCD screen. • Touch to zoom up the camera view. Note • You can also follow the procedure in page 99 to find the sewing position, by directly place the needle over the end of the previous pattern.
  • Page 141: Maximum Sewing Speed Setting

    EMBROIDERING SETTINGS Maximum Sewing Speed Setting The maximum sewing speed can be set to one of seven levels at every 100 spm between 400 and 1000 spm. If Cap frame, Cylinder frame or Clamp frame is used, the maximum sewing speed can be set to one of five levels at every 50 spm between 400 and 600 spm.
  • Page 142: Setting The Machine To Stop At Color Changes

    Setting the Machine to Stop at Color Changes The machine can be stopped at any time; however, if the machine is stopped while it is embroidering, it is better to go back a few stitches before continuing sewing to overlap the stitching. If the machine stops at a color change, it is not necessary to go back through the stitching before continuing embroidering.
  • Page 143 EMBROIDERING SETTINGS Touch → The mark appears to indicate where the machine will stop. mark • To cancel the setting, touch again. Repeat steps for each pause that you wish to specify. • Any number of pauses can be specified. After specifying the desired settings, touch •...
  • Page 144: Temporary Needle Bar Setting

    Temporary Needle Bar Setting After embroidering begins, the machine can be stopped at a color change and a different needle bar can be specified for the next color to be sewn. By substituting an upper thread color already threaded on a different needle bar, the time for sewing can be saved.
  • Page 145: Reserved Needle Bar And Sewing Speed Settings

    EMBROIDERING SETTINGS Reserved Needle Bar and Sewing Speed Settings Normally, the machine automatically assigns thread colors to the needle bars; however, a specific thread color can be manually assigned to a certain needle bar. If a needle bar is specified, that needle bar is removed from the machine’s automatic assignments and the specified color remains assigned to it.
  • Page 146 Touch If necessary, touch to cancel automatic needle threading. 1 Disable needle threader key → The color selected in step is specified. Touch 1 The selected color of thread and appear on the spool. • Specified needle bar is indicated with and the Touch to set the maximum sewing...
  • Page 147 EMBROIDERING SETTINGS ■ Cancelling the setting To cancel the cancel needle threading setting, touch again. To change the setting, first cancel it, and then select the new setting. Touch any of the key from for the number of the needle bar whose setting you wish to cancel.
  • Page 149: Patterns

    Chapter SELECTING/EDITING/ SAVING PATTERNS This chapter provides details on selecting, editing and saving embroidery patterns. Using the Memory Function ........148 Creating a custom thread table ..........195 Choosing a color from the custom thread table ..... 197 Embroidery data precautions ..........148 Saving and recalling the custom thread table using USB media ...
  • Page 150: Using The Memory Function

    • Some USB media may not be usable with this machine. Please visit our website ( http:// support.brother.com ) for more details. • The access lamp will begin blinking after inserting USB devices/media, and it will take about 5 to 6 seconds to recognize the devices/media.
  • Page 151: Concerning Usb Media

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ■ Precautions on using the computer to create and save data • If the name of the embroidery data file/folder cannot be identified, for example, because the name contains special characters, the file/folder is not displayed. If this occurs, change the name of the file/folder. We recommend using the 26 letters of the alphabet (uppercase and lowercase), the numbers 0 through 9,”-”, and “_”.
  • Page 152: Selecting An Embroidery Pattern

    Selecting an Embroidery Pattern Various embroidery patterns are built into this machine. Other than the built-in patterns, various other patterns can be selected from embroidery cards (optional) and from the computer. General pattern selection The procedure for selecting a pattern differs depending on the type of pattern; however, the general procedure for selecting a pattern is described below.
  • Page 153: Embroidery Patterns

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ■ Pattern list screen ■ Changing the size of pattern keys The size of pattern keys can be set to “Small”, “Medium” or “Large”. When the embroidery machine is purchased, “Medium” is selected. 1 “Small” pattern key size 1 Pattern keys Touch a pattern to display the following information of the pattern.
  • Page 154: Frame Patterns

    Select an embroidery pattern. From the upper tabs of the screen, select the desired shape for the frame. Touch the desired pattern. Touch the desired frame shape. → The selected pattern appears in the pattern display → The available frame patterns appear in the lower area.
  • Page 155: Monogram And Frame Designs

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Monogram and frame designs Monogram designs can be created by combining two or three letters. Frame patterns are also available for these types of designs. Touch Since the shapes of the letters are the same with this design, there are no tabs to select. On this screen, select three letters.
  • Page 156: Selecting A Character

    If necessary, edit the characters. Touch • For details on editing characters, refer to “Alphabet patterns” on page 155. → The pattern type selection screen appears. 1 Touch this key to change the size of the Touch characters. 2 Touch this key to change the text arrangement. 3 Touch this key to change the text alignment.
  • Page 157: Alphabet Patterns

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Select a pattern. Alphabet patterns Touch the desired pattern. There are 37 built-in character fonts. Example: Entering “Lucky Color”. Touch → The selected frame pattern appears in the pattern display area. → The font selection screen appears. Select a character font. Touch the desired character font.
  • Page 158 If the key for the character that you wish to With the first character entered, touch select is not displayed, touch the tab for the to change the size of the character. desired set of characters. 1 Uppercase letters 2 Lowercase letters 3 Numbers/symbols 4 Accented characters 1 Text preview area...
  • Page 159 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Touch and enter “ucky”. Touch and enter “olor”. 1 If the wrong character was selected or you wish to Even after text has been entered, characters select a different character, touch to delete can be selected and edited (resized, etc.). the last character selected, and then touch the key for the desired character.
  • Page 160: Decorative Alphabet Patterns

    ■ Changing the text arrangement When the key displayed as , text is aligned to the center. Touch to display the screen shown below. Touch the key for the desired text arrangement. After selecting the desired text arrangement, touch to return to the text input screen. When the key displayed as , text is aligned to the right.
  • Page 161 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ■ Appliqué alphabet Select an embroidery pattern. Touch the desired pattern. Touch → The selected pattern appears in the pattern display area. → The list of decorative alphabet categories appears. Touch → The list of appliqué alphabets appears. •...
  • Page 162: Saving Embroidery Patterns In The Machine's Memory

    Select an embroidery pattern. Memo Touch the desired pattern. • It takes a few seconds to save a pattern to the machine’s memory. • See page 164 for information on retrieving a saved pattern. Touch when the pattern you want to save is in the embroidering settings screen.
  • Page 163: Saving Embroidery Patterns To Usb Media/sd Card

    • USB media is commercially available, but saving. some USB media may not be usable with this machine. Please visit our website ( http://support.brother.com ) for more details. • Depending on the type of USB media being used, either directly plug the USB device into the machine’s USB port or plug the...
  • Page 164 Plug the USB cable connector into the Touch corresponding USB ports for the computer and for the machine. Touch to return to the original screen without The USB cable can be plugged into the USB ports saving. on the computer and embroidery machine whether or not they are turned on.
  • Page 165: Connecting The Usb Using The Included Usb Cord Clamps

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Open the USB cord clamp. Connecting the USB using the included USB cord clamps • With your fingernail, press on the tab to open the clamp. When connecting the embroidery machine to a computer, use the included USB cord clamps to keep the cord away from the carriage.
  • Page 166: Retrieving Patterns From The Machine's Memory

    Check that the USB cord clamps have been Arrange the USB cable between the USB firmly inserted into the front and rear screw cord clamps so that the cable does not holes on the side of the machine. interfere with the operation of the machine. •...
  • Page 167: Recalling From Usb Media/sd Card

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Touch Touch Touch to delete the embroidery pattern. → Embroidery patterns and a folder in a top folder are displayed. → The embroidering screen is displayed. Touch when there is a subfolder to sort Recalling from USB media/SD two or more stitch patterns to USB media/ SD card, the embroidery pattern in the card...
  • Page 168: Recalling From The Computer

    Touch the key of the pattern you want to Move/copy the pattern data to “Removable retrieve. Disk”. Touch to return to the original screen. Touch Touch to delete the pattern from the USB media/SD card. → Pattern data in “Removable Disk” is written to the machine.
  • Page 169 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ■ If the desired pattern cannot be Touch recalled Touch to delete the pattern from the computer. When recalling pattern data from the computer, the data is not taken directly from the computer. Instead, the pattern data is temporarily written to the machine, and that written pattern data is recalled.
  • Page 170: Saving Embroidery Patterns From Any Memory Source To Another Memory

    Choose the memory you want to save. Saving embroidery patterns from any memory source to another memory Embroidery patterns saved in the machine’s memory, USB memory, SD card, or PC can be transferred to each other. → Embroidery pattern is saved. On the home screen, press the key you want to retrieve/recall from.
  • Page 171: Sending Embroidery Patterns From A Computer To The Machine (link Function)

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Sending Embroidery Patterns From a Computer to the Machine (Link Function) This machine is compatible with the Link function. This function allows embroidery patterns edited in embroidery editing software provided with the Link function, such as PE-DESIGN NEXT or later, to be transferred from a computer to multiple embroidery machines.
  • Page 172: Embroidering Using The Link Function

    Use the included USB cable to connect the Embroidering using the Link embroidery machine to the computer. function • When connecting the embroidery machine to the computer, be sure to use the included USB cord clamps. For details on using the USB cord clamps, First, use the embroidery editing software to create refer to page 163.
  • Page 173 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS When the following message appears, touch Note • For details on using the embroidery editing software, refer to the Instruction Manual included with it. This Link dialog box is found in PE-DESIGN NEXT software. • If the following error message appears, the type of embroidery frame installed on the machine is not compatible with the size of the pattern.
  • Page 174 After the embroidery pattern has been To change the embroidering settings for the opened by the machine, the embroidering opened embroidery pattern, touch screen appears. • Touch when the following message appears. → The opened embroidery pattern appears in the pattern display area with the icon for the Link Touch to return to the embroidering screen.
  • Page 175: Disabling The Link Function

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS To open another pattern sent from the computer, touch , and then repeat the procedure starting from step to continue embroidering. To stop embroidering or to embroider the same pattern again, touch Note • The embroidering screen settings specified in step are saved even if touched to continue sewing after...
  • Page 176: Editing The Embroidery Pattern (pattern Editing Screen)

    Editing the Embroidery Pattern (Pattern Editing Screen) The patterns can be edited from the pattern editing screen and the embroidering settings screen. Individual patterns can be edited with the pattern editing screen, and the entire pattern can be edited with the embroidering settings screen.
  • Page 177: Selecting The Pattern To Be Edited

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Select an embroidery pattern. Select the pattern to be added as described on page 150 to 167. 1 Red frame indicating the pattern to be edited. Memo • If multiple patterns appear in the pattern • When another pattern is selected, it is normally added editing screen, the basic editing procedure at the center of the pattern display area.
  • Page 178: Grouping Multiple Selected Patterns

    Select the multiple patterns by dragging Grouping multiple selected your finger in the screen to create a box around the desired patterns. patterns If the multiple patterns selected in “Selecting multiple patterns at the same time” on page 175 are grouped, they can be edited as a single pattern. Touch so that it changes to →...
  • Page 179: Flipping A Pattern Horizontally

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Flipping a pattern horizontally Touch so that it changes to 1 Shows the vertical distance moved from center. → The pattern is flipped horizontally. 2 Shows the horizontal distance moved from center. • Each touch of the key turns the setting either on or off. Memo •...
  • Page 180: Changing The Size Of A Pattern (normal Resizing Mode)

    Changing the size of a pattern Enlarges only in the horizontal direction. (Normal resizing mode) Normal resizing mode Enlarges/reduces without changing the number of stitches. The size of the pattern can be increased or Stitch Recalculator mode decreased to between 90% and 120% of its Enlarges/reduces while thread density is original size.
  • Page 181: Changing The Pattern Size While Maintaining The Desired Thread Density (stitch Recalculator)

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS After making the desired changes, touch Press → The pattern editing screen appears again. CAUTION • After changing the size of the pattern, check the icons for the embroidery frames that can be used and use only the indicated frames. If a frame other than those indicated are used, the presser foot may hit the embroidery frame and →...
  • Page 182: Rotating A Pattern

    Rotating a pattern Memo • In Stitch Recalculator mode, the pattern can be reduced/enlarged between 60% and The pattern can be rotated in either direction to 120%. the desired angle. • With the density scale bar, the thread density can be changed. Touch A setting between 80% and 120% in 5% increments can be specified.
  • Page 183: Changing The Text Arrangement Of A Character

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS After making the desired changes, touch After selecting the desired text arrangement, the bend of the curve can be adjusted. If necessary, touch → The pattern editing screen appears again. to adjust the bend of the curve. CAUTION Memo •...
  • Page 184: Separating Combined Character Patterns

    Touch the keys to adjust the characters to to select where the pattern is to the desired spacing. be separated, and then touch Each touch of a key slightly increases or decreases the separate it. For this example, the pattern character spacing.
  • Page 185: Trimming The Threads Between Characters

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Trimming the threads between characters If the machine is set to trim the threads between the characters, the jump stitches between the characters are reduced and any other necessary procedures after embroidering are reduced. However, the embroidering time will increase if the threads are trimmed between each of the characters.
  • Page 186: Specifying Multi-color Text

    Touch to return to the previous Changing the character font screen. In the pattern editing screen, the font used in the selected pattern can be changed. Touch Specifying multi-color text to select the character pattern whose font is to be changed, and then select The alphabet pattern characters selected on the desired font.
  • Page 187: Changing The Thread Density (only For Selected Character And Frame Patterns)

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Select a character size below change the character to the desired size. 1 Selects a less thread density 2 Selects a more thread density 3 Touch this key to close this screen. Touch , and then select the desired ■...
  • Page 188 Touch From the thread color sequence display, select the thread color whose color is to be changed. • If the desired thread color is not displayed, use the scroll bar on the right side to display it. → The 64 embroidery threads table screen appears. 1 Scroll bar Memo •...
  • Page 189: Find New Color Schemes With The Color Shuffling Function

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Touch Press Note • This function may not be available depending on the pattern you select (ex. a → The color change is confirmed. bordered embroidery pattern). → The pattern editing screen appears again. If the color shuffling key is grayed out, select another pattern.
  • Page 190 Select the number of colors you want to use Press the desired color scheme from and then select the desired effect. samples. * Touch to display the new schemes. 1 Number of colors to be used in the pattern 2 Effects for schemes •...
  • Page 191 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ■ When “Random” or “Gradient” is selected Touch to select the desired thread palette mode. → If the thread colors to be used will not be selected, select “Auto”. 1 Select the thread color from the palette. 2 The selected thread color appear in the list. 3 A push pin appears on the color used in the color scheme.
  • Page 192: Thread Color Sorting

    Embroidery screen Thread color sorting You can embroider while replacing the thread spool a minimal number of times. Before starting to embroider, touch in the embroidering settings screen to rearrange the embroidery order and sort it by thread colors. Embroidery screen The embroidery color order is rearranged and sorted by thread colors.
  • Page 193 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Select the direction in which the pattern Adjust the spacing of the repeated pattern. will be repeated. • To widen spacing, touch • To tighten spacing, touch 1 Touch to change a repeated pattern back to one single pattern. Memo •...
  • Page 194 ■ Repeating one element of a repeated Touch pattern By using the Cut function, you can select one element of a repeated pattern and repeat only that single element. This function allows you to design complex repeated patterns. Choose the direction in which the repeated pattern will be cut.
  • Page 195: Assigning Thread Marks

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS After making the desired changes, touch Touch to select the thread mark to be sewn. The pattern editing screen appears again. Note • Once you have cut a repeated pattern into separate elements, you cannot return to the original repeated pattern.
  • Page 196 Create the repeated pattern with the thread Attach the embroidery frame to the mark at the center of the end of the pattern. machine, and then touch in the embroidering settings screen. Refer to “Assigning thread marks” on page 193. Touch to set the starting point to the left side of the pattern.
  • Page 197: Creating A Custom Thread Table

    • You have the option to completely clear, or to restore the Custom Thread Table to the original factory setting. Visit our website at “ http://support.brother.com ” for Custom Thread Table Clear/Restore Program and 1 Thread mark on the fabric instructions.
  • Page 198 to choose where to add a color on the custom thread table. to enter a color’s 4-digit number. • You can choose color box from the custom thread • If you make a mistake, touch to erase the from the custom thread table by directly touching the entered number, and then enter the correct number.
  • Page 199: Choosing A Color From The Custom Thread Table

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Repeat the previous steps until all desired Repeat the previous steps until all desired thread colors are specified. thread colors are specified. • To delete a specified thread color from the palette, • To delete a specified color from the palette, touch touch •...
  • Page 200: Saving And Recalling The Custom Thread Table Using Usb Media

    Touch to choose a new color Saving and recalling the custom from the custom thread table. thread table using USB media • Use to scroll through the custom thread table. You can save a custom thread table data file to USB media, and then you can recall the saved •...
  • Page 201: Duplicating A Pattern

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Touch , and then select the port where Duplicating a pattern the data is to be saved. Touch → The “Saving…” screen is displayed. When the data is saved, the display returns to the original screen automatically. Note •...
  • Page 202: Deleting A Pattern

    Deleting a pattern Touch → The screen shown below appears. Touch → The pattern is deleted. • To quit deleting the pattern, touch Note • If multiple patterns are displayed, only the pattern selected will be deleted.
  • Page 203: Editing The Embroidery Pattern (embroidering Settings Screen)

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Editing the Embroidery Pattern (Embroidering Settings Screen) In the embroidering settings screen, a single pattern can be edited if patterns were not combined or an entire combined pattern can be edited as a single pattern. In addition, the arrow keys can be used to move the pattern in the pattern editing screen or move the embroidery frame in the embroidering settings screen.
  • Page 204: Editing A Combined Pattern

    Editing a Combined Pattern In this section, we will combine text with floral alphabet pattern, which we will then edit. Example) Touch To select the pattern, touch Select → The pattern editing screen appears. Touch Select → The pattern type selection screen appears again. →...
  • Page 205 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Touch Type to enter a line feed. Touch Type “Luck”. Type “ood”. Touch the tab for lowercase letters to display the Touch to align the text to the left. lowercase letters input screen, and then touch “o”, “o”, then “d”. After selecting the characters, touch →...
  • Page 206 Touch and adjust the position of Touch to move the red frame the letters so that they are well balanced. around Check the balance of the entire pattern, and, if you wish to edit the pattern, touch Touch to select the pattern to be edited.
  • Page 207 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS After reducing the pattern, touch After finishing all editing, touch return to the pattern editing screen. then • To adjust other parts of the pattern, touch → The embroidering settings screen appears. again, and then adjust the pattern as desired. •...
  • Page 208: Using The Camera To Connect Patterns

    Using the Camera to Connect Patterns Instead of using thread marks, the camera can be used to connect patterns. An area of 17 cm × 33 cm (6-1/2 inches × 13 inches) can be embroidered when the camera is used to connect patterns.
  • Page 209 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Touch , then touch and then Select the second pattern B for practicing, press the start/stop button to embroider the then touch first pattern. Press , and then select how the After embroidering of the first pattern is pattern will be connected.
  • Page 210 • Use the positioning stickers included with this product or purchase replacement stickers (SAEPS2, EPS2: XF0763-001) from your Brother dealer. If any other sticker is used, the camera may not recognize it. • The 182 mm × 257 mm (7 inches × 10...
  • Page 211 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Using both hands affix the second Note embroidery positioning mark within the red • Use new positioning stickers. If a sticker is lines by pressing down on each corner of reused, it may easily peel off. If the sticker peels off during this procedure, the patterns the positioning mark onto the material and cannot be connected.
  • Page 212 After the two positioning stickers have been detected, the following message appears. Note • If the next pattern and the centers of the large circles of the two positioning stickers do not fit within the embroidering area, use a larger embroidery frame. If a larger embroidery frame cannot be used, continue to step , and then refer to “Changing the...
  • Page 213 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS After the positioning stickers have been Select the third pattern C, and touch detected, touch , and then remove the stickers. Touch , then touch and then press the start/stop button to embroider the second pattern. Before embroidering, touch display the pattern connection setting screen.
  • Page 214: Changing The Position Of A Sticker

    Touch the position for the third pattern will Changing the position of a sticker be connected on the screen, and then touch . In this example, touch the upper If the selected pattern or positioning stickers for right side of the second pattern. connecting the next pattern do not easily fit in the embroidering area, follow the on-screen instructions that appear after step...
  • Page 215 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Note Note • If the following message appears, rehoop • When referring to steps through the fabric as indicated in the screen, and make sure you select the pattern position to reflect this exercise. then touch After the sticker position is detected, touch Following message appears in step if the , and then remove the stickers.
  • Page 216: Connecting Rotated Patterns

    Affix the second sticker and then touch Connecting rotated patterns Greater design variations can be created by rotating patterns. The following procedure describes how to connect patterns that are rotated. 1 First pattern 2 Second pattern Select the pattern, and then touch →...
  • Page 217 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Rotate the pattern, and then touch Press in the pattern editing screen. Rotate the pattern to the same angle as the first pattern, and then touch Note • Be sure to rotate the pattern from the editing screen. The reference edge and reference point are specified along the smallest rectangle (not angled) that contains all patterns selected.
  • Page 218: Connecting Patterns To Be Joined Along An Edge

    Select the pattern whose slide distance is to Connecting patterns to be joined be measured. along an edge Greater design variations can be created by sliding the patterns being connected. The following procedure describes how to use this function to connect patterns so they are joined along an edge.
  • Page 219 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ■ Trial Sewing Specify the distance that the pattern is to be slid, and then touch Sew trial embroidery to check that the pattern will be slid the correct distance. Select the pattern, and then continue to the embroidering settings screen.
  • Page 220: Resume Feature

    Finish detecting positioning stickers (2 locations). Resume feature If the machine is turned off while the pattern connecting function is being used, the machine will return to the operation indicated below when it is turned on again. The machine operation will differ depending on when it is turned off.
  • Page 221: Chapter6 Basic Settings And Help Feature

    Chapter BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE This chapter contains descriptions on the use of the settings key and the machine operations guide key, introduced on page 40. Details on changing the basic embroidery machine settings and viewing operations on the LCD will be provided. Using the Settings Key ...........
  • Page 222: Using The Settings Key

    Using the Settings Key Touch (settings key) to change many of the basic embroidery machine settings. Understanding the settings screen There are seven pages in the settings screen. Touch in the lower-center of the screen until the desired page is displayed. The key appears on all pages.
  • Page 223 BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE ■ Page 3 ■ Page 4 A Reserved Needle B Select settings for the “Eco Mode” and “Shutoff A specific thread color can be set to a needle bar. Support Mode”. (Refer to “Selecting the “Eco The specified color remains assigned to the Mode”...
  • Page 224 M Brightness of the Screen Display Note Adjust the brightness of the screen display. (Refer to page 234 ) • Check with your local authorized Brother dealer or at “ http://support.brother.com ” N LANGUAGES for details on available updates. Enables the display language to be changed. The keys and messages appear in the selected language.
  • Page 225: Changing The Display Guides

    BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE ■ Page 7 Changing the display guides The guides in the pattern display area can be set. The machine automatically detects the type of embroidery frame holder and embroidery frame that are installed and displays them. The guide settings can be specified from page 1 of the settings screen.
  • Page 226 ■ Size of the embroidery frame The machine automatically detects the type of Cap frame wide type embroidery frame that is installed and displays it. (optional) 60 mm (H) × 360 mm (W) (2-3/8 inches (H) × 14 inches (W)) Extra-large embroidery frame Advanced cap frame 2...
  • Page 227: Changing The Thread Color Information

    BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE Compact frame 50 Centerpoint marker and 50mm (H) x 50mm (W) grid lines (2 inches (H) x 2 inches (W)) (10 mm spacing) Compact frame 44 Centerpoint marker 38mm (H) x 44mm (W) andgrid lines (1-1/2 inches (H) x 1-3/4 (25 mm spacing) inches (W))
  • Page 228: Selecting The Thread Color Information For "pes" Format Data

    When the thread number [#123] is Time displayed, touch to select from Time six embroidery thread brands pictured below. Memo • The thread colors in the thread color sequence display and in the patterns in the pattern display area are displayed in the original thread color (i.e.
  • Page 229: Changing The Background Colors Of The Embroidery Patterns Or Thumbnails

    BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE Changing the background colors Specifying jumpstitch trimming / of the embroidery patterns or “DST” jump codes for trimming thumbnails You can specify whether or not jumpstitches are cut. In addition, when using Tajima embroidery The background colors of the pattern display area data (.dst), you can specify whether or not the and pattern thumbnails.
  • Page 230: Deleting Short Stitches

    ■ When using Tajima embroidery data Note (.dst) • If the setting is changed from the previous setting, the new setting is only applied to If “ON” is selected, touch the next embroidery. select the number of feed codes. The desired setting is displayed. Specifying the remaining length of thread This setting specifies whether the length of upper...
  • Page 231: Changing The Embroidery Basting Distance

    BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE Press the “Start/Stop” button or touch the screen Changing the embroidery basting display to recover from these modes. distance These settings can be specified from page 4 of the settings screen. The distance from the pattern to the basting to select the time until stitching can be set to 0.0 mm to 12.0 mm.
  • Page 232: Changing The Screen Saver Image

    ■ Changing the screen saver image Connect the USB media or the computer (using a USB cable) that contains your You can select your own personal images for the personal image to the USB port of the screen saver of your machine. machine.
  • Page 233: Setting The Opening Screen

    BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE Touch a file name to select image and then Specifying the spool stand LED touch setting The spool stand LED lights inform you when the machine stops, when the thread need to be changed or error has occurred. Set the spool stand LED setting to “OFF”, “1”...
  • Page 234: Adjusting The Brightness Of The Sewing Light

    Adjusting the brightness of the Changing the speaker volume sewing light The volume of operation sounds (which are produced when a key is touched in a screen or a You can adjust the brightness of the sewing light to button is pressed in the operation panel) and alarm light up the embroidering area.
  • Page 235: Specifying Thread Sensor

    BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE Specifying thread sensor Changing the pointer shape when a USB mouse is used If thread sensor is set to “OFF”, the machine does not stop until embroidering is finished, even if the The shape can be selected for the pointer that thread breaks or there is no more thread in the appears when a USB mouse is connected.
  • Page 236: Changing The Units Of Measurements

    Changing the units of Changing the language measurements The language setting can be specified from page 5 of the settings screen. The units of measurements can be set to millimeters or inches. Touch to select the desired language. When the embroidery machine is purchased, “mm”...
  • Page 237: Using The Machine Operations Guide Key

    BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE Using the Machine Operations Guide Key This machine contains information based on the contents of the Operation Manual, such as basic machine operations. Touch (machine operations guide key), and then select either to view the operation guides or to play tutorial videos.
  • Page 238: Playing A Tutorial Video

    Example: To learn how to thread the upper thread Read the instructions. • Touch to display the next page. Touch • Touch to display the previous page. Touch to return to the previous screen. Playing a tutorial video This machine provides tutorial videos on how to use the machine.
  • Page 239: Playing Mpeg-4 (mp4) Videos

    BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE Play the tutorial video. Playing MPEG-4 (MP4) videos Your MP4 videos can be played from USB media. In addition, the MP4 video can be saved to the machine so that a tutorial video on creating a project, for example, can be viewed at any time.
  • Page 240 To return to the previous screen, touch Select the video that you want to play. To return to the previous screen, touch Play the video. Use the operation keys as described in “Playing a tutorial video” on page 236. Note •...
  • Page 241: Chapter7 Appendix

    Chapter APPENDIX This chapter provides descriptions of techniques for sewing applications, pointers for creating beautiful embroidery, and details on maintenance procedures and corrective measures that should be taken when a problem occurs. Appliqué Sewing............ 240 If the machine does not respond when a key is pressed ..307 Specifications ............308 Sewing appliqué...
  • Page 242: Appliqué Sewing

    Appliqué Sewing This section describes the procedure for sewing appliqués. Remove the appliqué fabric from the Sewing appliqué patterns embroidery frame, and then carefully cut along the sewn cutline. Some of the built-in embroidery patterns can be used for sewing appliqués. Follow the procedures described below to sew appliqués using the patterns with “APPLIQUE MATERIAL”, “APPLIQUE POSITION”...
  • Page 243: Using A Frame Pattern To Create Appliqués (1)

    APPENDIX After attaching the appliqué piece, sew an Embroider the same pattern on the base “APPLIQUE” pattern. The appliqué is fabric. finished. • Depending on the pattern, an “APPLIQUE” pattern may not be available. In this case, sew the appliqué Lightly apply fabric glue or spray adhesive using thread in the color of a part of the embroidery.
  • Page 244: Using A Frame Pattern To Create Appliqués (2)

    Embroider over the appliqué fabric using Using a frame pattern to create the same frame pattern. appliqués (2) There is another way of sewing appliqués. With this method, there is no need to change the fabric in the embroidery frame. The appliqué can be created by sewing two frame patterns of the same size and shape—one sewn with straight stitches and the other sewn with satin stitches.
  • Page 245 APPENDIX Attach the embroidery frame removed in step , and then finish embroidering the appliqué.
  • Page 246: Sewing Large-size (split) Embroidery Patterns

    Sewing Large-size (Split) Embroidery Patterns Large-size (split) embroidery patterns created with PE-DESIGN Ver.7 or later can be sewn. With large-size embroidery patterns, embroidery designs larger than the embroidery hoop are divided into multiple sections, which combine to create a single pattern after each section is sewn. For details on creating large-size embroidery patterns and for more detailed sewing instructions, refer to the operation manual included with PE-DESIGN Ver.7 or later.
  • Page 247 APPENDIX Confirm the pattern size, and then select the appropriate fabric and the embroidery Note • The last step of the stitching of the pattern frame. section will be an alignment stitching. Use • Be sure to select fabric of the size of combined this stitching for placement of adjacent pattern.
  • Page 248 Hoop the fabric for the next design section aligning on the alignment stitching. In this case, align the left side of the hoop on the right side of the design section embroidered in step 1 Alignment stitching Note • Make sure that the alignment stitching is completely within the embroidery field.
  • Page 249: Helpful Tips For The Operation Of The Machine

    APPENDIX Helpful Tips for the Operation of the Machine This section provides descriptions to operations useful in the operation of this machine. Touch Checking the thread tension of built-in patterns We will sew this pattern to check the thread tension. Touch Touch →...
  • Page 250: Sewing A Pattern Aligned With A Mark On The Fabric

    Touch Sewing a pattern aligned with a mark on the fabric By specifying the beginning of stitching and the end of stitching, the exact position of the pattern can be checked. For example, when sewing text along a line in the fabric pattern, the beginning of the stitching can be set in the lower-left corner so that the position can be checked, and then the beginning of stitching...
  • Page 251 APPENDIX With a fabric marker, mark this point on the fabric. Set the beginning of stitching in the lower- right corner. → The frame moves so that the needle drop point aligns with the beginning of stitching. With a fabric marker, mark this point on the fabric.
  • Page 252: Color Thread Table

    Thread color display using a custom thread Color thread table Additional explanations of the machine’s built-in color thread table and the custom thread table are provided below. Normally, the thread colors in the thread color sequence display and in the pattern display area are displayed in the colors of the machine’s built- in color thread table.
  • Page 253: Creating Beautiful Embroidery

    APPENDIX Creating Beautiful Embroidery The various precautions concerning the thread, embroidery frames and stabilizers (backings) that must be observed in order to create beautiful embroidery are described below. Choice of thread is a major factor in improving Threads production time. The thread run ability, strength, consistency and weight all affect output.
  • Page 254 1. Polyester mesh cut-away stabilizer works 5. Self-adhesive (peel-and-stick) backing is used extremely well with light-colored fabrics since on those difficult-to-hoop fabrics. This backing it prevents a shadow from showing through on is applied (with sticky side up) to the underside the front after you have trimmed away the of the frame, enabling your fabric to “stick on”...
  • Page 255: Hooping Techniques

    APPENDIX ■ When embroidering thick fabric Hooping techniques If the fabric slips within the frame or cannot be correctly hooped, wrap masking tape or bias tape “Use the right tool for the right job” is a statement around the outer frame. The tape will provide many of us have heard throughout the years.
  • Page 256: Fabric/stabilizer Compatibility Chart

    Fabric/stabilizer compatibility chart Fabric/ No. of Backing No. of Topping Comments Garment Pieces Pieces Increase density and/or satin stitch width. Fine details and small Terry cloth 1 tear-away 1 water-soluble lettering tend to get caught in the terry loops. Heavy lining: If garment slips in frame, causing alignment problems, wrap None inner frame with masking tape or fabric bias tape.
  • Page 257: Installing The Included Table

    APPENDIX Installing the Included Table When using the optional border, quilt, flat or jumbo frame, it is recommended that the table be used for additional support. CAUTION • Be sure to install the table when using the optional jumbo frame, border frame, quilt frame or flat frame. If these frames are used without the table installed, the weight of the frame and fabric may cause the frame to slant and result in poor embroidering quality.
  • Page 258 Pull the table toward you until the pins on While looking below the table, lightly lift it the mounting brackets (attached on each up, and then lower it so that the screw fits side to the bottom of the table) fit into the into the notch at the front of the guide notches in the guide plates.
  • Page 259: Removing The Table

    APPENDIX Carefully pull out the table so that it does Removing the table not hit the machine. Loosen the two thumb screws, lift up the table, and then pull it off toward you. 1 Thumb screw Tighten the thumb screws on the table. After the pins on each side reach the notches in the guide plates, raise the table to lift the pins up through the notches.
  • Page 260: Embroidery Patterns For The Optional Jumbo Frame

    • Before you start sewing the jumbo frame pattern, prepare the optional jumbo frame. pattern selection screen. • Contact your authorized Brother dealer for For details on importing the pattern, refer to purchasing the optional jumbo frame. “Recalling from USB media/SD card” on page 165.
  • Page 261 APPENDIX Check the size of the pattern, and then hoop fabric that is large enough in the Note • When you change the embroidering optional jumbo frame. position using the jumbo frame, be sure to For details on attaching the optional jumbo frame, be aware of the size of the combined refer to “Hooping the Fabric”...
  • Page 262 An image of the needle location appears in When the machine's built-in camera has finished detecting the location of the the screen with the positioning detection embroidery positioning sticker, the area framed by a red line. Affix an following message appears. embroidery positioning sticker so that it fits within the red line, and then touch Note...
  • Page 263 APPENDIX Touch , then the machine starts to Touch to select the next section of the detect the location of the embroidery pattern to be embroidered, and then touch positioning sticker. When the machine's built-in camera has finished detecting the location of the embroidery positioning sticker, the following message appears.
  • Page 264: Using The Optional Cap Frame

    Using the Optional Cap Frame By using the optional cap frame, patterns can be embroidered onto caps and hats. The procedures for using the cap frame are described below. Cap frame and its accessories The cap frame driver and the mounting jig are required in order to use the cap frame. Cap frame Cap frame driver and 4 thumb screws 1 Embroidering area:...
  • Page 265: Types Of Caps

    The height may differ depending on the machine that is used. For details, contact your authorized 1 Face: Pro style Brother dealer. 2 6 sections Otto Note International, •...
  • Page 266: Fabric Precautions

    ■ Golf Style Fabric precautions ■ Cap fabric recommended for embroidering • 35%Cotton / 65%Polyester • 100%Cotton • 80%Wool / 20%Nylon • 15%Wool / 85%Acrylic 1 Face: Not divided ■ Cap fabric not recommended for 2 5 sections embroidering Otto International, If caps of the following types of fabric are used, they Inc.
  • Page 267: Preparing To Use The Cap Frame

    APPENDIX Pass the machine bed through the ring of Preparing to use the cap frame the cap frame driver. ■ Installing the cap frame driver Remove the embroidery frame holder from the carriage on the machine, and then install the cap frame driver.
  • Page 268 ■ Adjusting the cap frame driver Insert the pins on the frame-mounting plate of the carriage into the holes in the mounting plate of the cap frame driver. 1 L-shaped bracket 2 Ring Memo • If the same machine is being used, the 1 Pins on the frame-mounting plate of the carriage adjustment to the cap frame driver is only 2 Holes in the mounting plate of the cap frame driver...
  • Page 269 APPENDIX Lower the L-shaped bracket to make it Insert the pad between the machine bed touch the machine bed and then tighten the and the ring of the cap frame driver. two hexagonal screws using the Allen screwdriver (medium). Firmly tighten the screws.
  • Page 270: Preparing The Mounting Jig

    ■ Installing the needle plate spacer Memo Attach the needle plate spacer to the needle plate. • If there is a gap between the clamp of the thumb screw and the mounting surface, insert the included pad as shown below. 1 Needle plate spacer ■...
  • Page 271: Attaching The Cap Frame

    APPENDIX ■ For the standard type Attaching the cap frame Using a Phillips screwdriver, loosen the three screws (one each at the top and on the left and right sides) Put the cap into the cap frame attached to the on the outside of the mounting jig two or three turns.
  • Page 272 With your fingers behind the handles on the Align the center of the stabilizer with the left and right sides of the mounting jig, push center of the brim holder. the cap frame onto the mounting jig by We recommend a stabilizer size of 100 × 510 mm (4 × pushing the handles on the left and right 20 inches).
  • Page 273 APPENDIX Lift out the sweat guard on the inside of the Before closing the clamping frame, push the cap, and then place the cap over the cap ends of the sweat guard into the cap to frame. move them away from the hinge and latch of the clamping frame.
  • Page 274 Close the lever of the snap lock. Note • Loosen the two screws for the outside clamping frame, and then adjust the position of the outside clamping frame so that it conforms to the shape of the cap and so that the teeth of the clamping frame perfectly align with the base of the brim.
  • Page 275 APPENDIX Adjust the brim so that it maintains a Use the clips to secure the cap. rounded shape. Attach the clips with their handles folded inward. If the handles are pointed outward, they may be hit by the machine’s presser foot. While pulling the lever toward you that is located behind the handle on the right side of the mounting jig, rotate the cap frame to...
  • Page 276 Use the clips to secure the cap. Remove the cap frame from the mounting jig. To remove the cap frame from the mounting jig, place both thumbs on the holders on the mounting jig, grasping the handles on both the right and left side of the cap frame, gently pulling toward you.
  • Page 277 APPENDIX ■ Removing the cap frame Attach the cap frame to the cap frame driver. After embroidering is finished, remove the cap Turn the cap frame to the left so the brim of the cap frame, and then remove the cap. does not hit the embroidery machine.
  • Page 278: Installing The Embroidery Frame Holder

    Remove the cap frame driver. Installing the embroidery frame holder After embroidering using the cap embroidery frame is finished, remove the needle plate spacer and cap frame driver, and then re-attach the embroidery frame holder. Remove the needle plate spacer. Note •...
  • Page 279: Additional Digitizing Information

    APPENDIX Align the holes on the embroidery frame Additional digitizing information holder with the pins in the frame-mounting plate of the carriage. When creating a pattern for embroidering with a cap frame, pay attention to following points in order to avoid registration problems (misalignment of gaps in the pattern).
  • Page 280 When sewing outlines of patterns, make sure that the stitch width of the satin stitching is at least 2 mm, and that the stitching over-laps the fabric by at least 1 mm. Also, make sure that there are no jumps of long stitches in the outlining on each region or letter.
  • Page 281: Using The Optional Bobbin Winder

    AC adapter* – Weight (S) XC6631-051 Visit your authorized Brother dealer. Memo • The part code of the bobbin winder set may differ depending on the country/area where the machine was purchased. • Depending on the model you purchased, the bobbin winder may be included with the machine.
  • Page 282: Setting Up The Optional Bobbin Winder

    Setting up the optional bobbin Connecting the AC adapter winder Insert the plug of the power supply cord into the AC adapter. Attach the spool pin, spool cushion and thread guide to the bobbin winder. Insert the spool pin and the spool cushion. Lower the holder, and then insert the spool pin straight into the hole.
  • Page 283: Winding The Bobbin

    APPENDIX Pass the thread through the hole in the left Winding the bobbin of the thread guide toward the front of the winder. Prepare the bobbin and the spool of bobbin thread. Use cotton or spun polyester bobbin thread (from 74 dtex/2 to 100 dtex/2). 1 Hole in the thread guide Pass the thread around the tension disc as Align the groove in the bobbin with the...
  • Page 284 Pass the thread through the hole in the right Slide the bobbin holder, until it clicks into of the thread guide toward the back of the place. machine. 1 Bobbin holder Press the main power switch to start winding the bobbin. 1 Hole in the thread guide Wind the thread clockwise around the bobbin 4 or 5 times, as shown in the...
  • Page 285 APPENDIX Remove the bobbin. CAUTION • Check that the bobbin thread has been wound correctly, otherwise the needle may break or the thread tension will be incorrect. • Be sure to clean the bobbin case each time that the bobbin is changed. Thread wax and dust easily collect around the hole in the tension-adjusting spring on the bobbin case, resulting in an incorrect thread tension.
  • Page 286: Maintenance

    CAUTION Cleaning the hook • If the hook is scratched or damaged, consult your authorized Brother dealer. Periodically remove lint and dust for better performance from Hook race area. After cleaning is finished, insert the bobbin Use the included cleaning brush.
  • Page 287: Cleaning Around The Needle Plate

    APPENDIX Remove the spacer. Cleaning around the needle plate If lint and dust collect around the moving knife, the fixed knife or the thread retaining plate, the thread may not be cut correctly and the error message may appear, or various parts of the machine may be damaged.
  • Page 288: Cleaning The Bobbin Case

    Attach the needle plate in the opposite way Slide the paper under the tension-adjusting that it was removed in step , and then spring to remove any dust. close the hook cover. Use a corner of the paper to remove any dust from around the hole.
  • Page 289: Cleaning The Thread Paths Of The Upper Threads

    APPENDIX Using the included cleaning brush, remove Cleaning the thread paths of the any lint and dust from the two pieces of felt washers (top, bottom) inside the tension upper threads dial. If dust or lint has accumulated in the thread guides or tension unit in the paths of the upper threads, the thread may break while embroidery is being sewn.
  • Page 290: Oiling The Machine

    Put a drop of oil onto the hook. Oiling the machine In order to extend the life of the embroidery machine’s parts and keep the machine operating correctly, be sure to oil the machine before the first time that it is used. If too little oil was applied to the race, an error message may appear.
  • Page 291: About The Maintenance Message

    Once this message appears, it is recommended to take your machine to your nearest authorized Brother dealer for a regular maintenance check. Although this message will disappear and the machine will continue to function once you touch , the message will display several more times until the appropriate maintenance is performed.
  • Page 292: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Check the items that are displayed. On-screen troubleshooting This embroidery machine is equipped with an easy-to-use troubleshooting feature for problems during sewing. Touch the key that shows the problem, and then check for the causes that are displayed. Touch After checking the desired information, touch Touch...
  • Page 293: Troubleshooting

    APPENDIX Troubleshooting If the machine does not operate correctly, check for the following points/issues before requesting service. If the suggested remedy does not correct the problem, contact your authorized Brother dealer. Symptom Probable Cause Remedy Reference Page The machine is not turned on.
  • Page 294 The needle and the hook are not Hook timing may be OFF. Consult your correctly passing each other. nearest authorized Brother dealer. There is backlash play (forward/ Consult your nearest authorized backward) in the needle bar case.
  • Page 295 Replace the needle with a new one. p.33, 86 The area around the hole in the needle plate is damaged. Replace the needle plate or consult your nearest authorized Brother dealer. 1 Scratches/Burrs The needle is touching the needle plate. Consult your nearest authorized The upper thread Brother dealer.
  • Page 296 Reference Page Sliding surface on hook is not smooth. There are burns on it. Consult your nearest authorized Brother dealer. 1 Hook race area Remove the loose thread. If the thread The thread is loose in the hook area. p.284 is tangled in the hook, clean the hook.
  • Page 297 The needle and the hook are not Consult your nearest authorized correctly passing each other. Brother dealer. The thread twist is either too tight or too Improper twisting results in irregular loose. loop formation. Try using a new spool.
  • Page 298 The upper thread is not threaded Check the thread path, and then thread p.57 correctly. the upper thread again. The machine is noisy. Replace the hook. The hook is damaged. Consult your nearest authorized Brother dealer. Not enough oil was applied. Oil recommended parts. p.288...
  • Page 299 Consult your nearest disc, even though the thread is not authorized Brother dealer. broken, the machine detects that the thread is not being fed and stops. Remove the tension dials, and then Lint or dust has accumulated in the The thread is worn.
  • Page 300 Symptom Probable Cause Remedy Reference Page Dull needles push fabric down and The needle is dull. p.33, 86 damage material. Replace the needle. There is puckering in Too many stitches in an area pull the fabric. fabric, causing it to pucker. Slightly The design density is too heavy.
  • Page 301: Error Messages

    To close the message, touch or perform the correct operation, then touch . If the message appears again, consult your nearest authorized Brother dealer. Some malfunction occurred. There are too many characters in the Machine cannot receive any data from curved text arrangement for the the PC in the Link mode.
  • Page 302 The installed embroidery frame is too The upper thread broke, the thread The bobbin thread broke or ran out. small. came out of the thread tension disc or a Check that there is thread on the bobbin Check which embroidery frames can be thread guide, or the machine is not and that approximately 50 mm (2 threaded correctly.
  • Page 303 APPENDIX The needle bar case has stopped at an The needle bar case motor has locked The automatic needle-threading incorrect position. mechanism did not operate correctly. Remove the thread entangled in the Touch to automatically reset the Touch to automatically reset the automatic needle-threading needle bar case.
  • Page 304 The image is going to be deleted. The machine was turned off while was touched while thread sewing, then turned on again. colors were being changed. Touch to return the machine to the condition (pattern position and number of stitches) when it was turned off.
  • Page 305 APPENDIX The machine needs maintenance. Machine has recognized the The machine is retrieving a previously (Refer to page 289.) embroidery position mark. saved pattern. Remove the embroidery positioning sticker and touch to continue. The machine was stopped while the The combined character pattern is too The built-in camera is being used to needle bar case was moving.
  • Page 306 The USB media is write-protected. You tried to select a pattern after the You tried to save a copyright-protected USB media in which the pattern is pattern to USB media or a computer. Touch , and cancel the write saved has been changed. According to copyright laws, patterns protection.
  • Page 307 APPENDIX You tried to retrieve a pattern that was You tried to use incompatible media. The USB media is transmitting. downloaded for a different machine. Dust may have accumulated within the An error has occurred with the USB You tried to recall or save a pattern moving cutter.
  • Page 308 If any of the following messages appear, consult your nearest authorized Brother dealer.
  • Page 309: If The Machine Does Not Respond When A Key Is Pressed

    “SUCCESS” will show on the screen. Note • If the keys still do not respond, even after the touch panel is adjusted, or if the touch panel cannot be adjusted, contact your nearest authorized Brother dealer. Turn the machine off, and on again.
  • Page 310: Specifications

    Specifications Embroidery machine specifications Item Specification Weight 42.5 kg (94 lb) 560 (W) × 589 (D) × 785 (H) mm Machine size (22 (W) × 23-1/4 (D) × 31 (H) inches) Maximum / Tubular: 1,000 spm, Cap: 600 spm Sewing speed Speed range / Max.: 1,000 spm, Min.: 400 spm Hook Type Vertical rotary hook...
  • Page 311: Upgrading Your Machine's Software

    Upgrading Your Machine’s Software You can use USB media or a computer to download software upgrades for your embroidering machine. When an upgrade program is available on “ http://support.brother.com ”, please download the files following the instructions on the website and steps below.
  • Page 312: Upgrade Procedure Using Computer

    Touch Upgrade procedure using computer Note • Do not connect any additional USB media devices to your computer when using the USB cable. For computers and operating systems, see → The upgrade file is downloaded. “Connecting your machine to the PC” on page 148.
  • Page 313: Index

    APPENDIX Index Symbols position of a sticker ..............212 size ..............178 “DST” Setting ..............220 text arrangement of a character ..........181 thread color display ............... 225 thread density ................ 185 thread spools ................114 Accessories .................. 20 units of measurements ............234 Adjusting Checking angle ..................
  • Page 314 Embroidering screen ............55 Embroidering settings screen ........53 Machine operations guide key ........... 235 Embroidery Main power switch ............19 basic method ................64 Maintenance ..............235 repeatedly sewing ..............136 Manual color sequence ............. 132 Embroidery data ................. 148 Manual needle bar settings ............
  • Page 315 APPENDIX changing ................114 easily changing ..............115 Satin jacket ................254 Thread tail length ............... 228 Saving Thread tension ..............124 to computer ................161 Thread tension disc ..............59 to the machine’s memory ............160 Thread tension knobs ............18 to USB media/SD card ............
  • Page 316 Please visit us at where you can get product support and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs). English 884-T13 Printed in Taiwan XG5965-001...

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