Pfaff creative 2170 Owner's Manual

Pfaff owner's manual sewing machine 2170.
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    2170 O w n e r ‘ s m a n u a l...

  • Page 2: Important Safety Instructions

    • Never operate this sewing machine if it has a damaged cord or plug, if it is not working properly, if it has been dropped or damaged, or dropped into water. Return the sewing machine to the nearest authorized dealer or service center for examination, repair, electrical or mechanical adjustment.

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    Before you start, please spend some time reading this Owner's Manual. Ideally, follow the information described directly on your new Pfaff creative 2170. This is the easiest way to discover its many creative facets. But we don’t want to keep you any longer. Give a free rein to your imagination.

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Table of Content INTRODUCTION Stitch Chart Decorative stitches creative 2170 Machine Parts of the embroidery unit Parts of the embroidery hoop Standard accessories PREPARATIONS Operating Instructions Voltage Switch Electrical connection Connecting the foot control Changing the presser foot The IDT (Integrated Dual Feed)

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    DECORATIVE SEWING General notes on decorative sewing Selecting decorative stitches Alter the stitch settings Sewing sequence Create a sewing sequence Arrange stitches within a sewing sequence Adjust an existing sewing sequence Inserting a stitch in the sewing sequence Inserting a stitch at the start of a sewing sequence Save a sewing sequence Close a sewing sequence without saving...

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Using the hoop adapter Automatic hoop positioning Prepare a creative memory card for saving Transferring designs from the PC to your Pfaff creative 2170 How to use the embroidery template Putting the embroidery in the right place 5:42-5:43 Stabilizers Needles Threads Appliqué...

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  • Page 8: Stitch Chart, Utility Stitches

    Stitch Chart Utility stitches Stitch No. Description Straight stitch Stretch triple straight stitch Zigzag stitch Three-step Zigzag stitch Straight stitch reverse Elastic overcast stitch Honeycomb stitch Elastic stitch Triple stretch stitch Z-Zigzag stitch Bridging stitch Foundation Elastic stitch Cross hem stitch Stretch triple zigzag stitch Quilt stitch Quilt stitch...

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    Utility stitches Stitch No. Description Quilting, appliqué or pinstitching Closed overlock stitch Closed overlock stitch Open overlock stitch Zigzag stitch, right or left needle position Standard overlock stitch Finished Edge overlock stitch For joining and overcasting stretch fabrics in one operation. Light-knit fabric patching stitch Closed overlock stitch...

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    Utility stitches 49. 50. 52. 53. Stitch No. Description Stretch buttonhole Cross stitch buttonhole Rounded buttonhole with pointed bartack Rounded buttonhole with lengthwise tack Rounded end buttonhole with crosswise tack Eyelet buttonhole with pointed bartack Eyelet buttonhole with lengthwise bartack Professional eyelet buttonhole Rounded buttonhole...

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    Decorative stitches creative 2170 Utility stitches For the stitches 30, 31 and 32, you fi nd a more detailed explanation in the Stitch overview on page 1:9. Satin stitches 101 104 107 110 113 116 102 105 108 111 114...

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    Decorative stitches creative 2170 Leaves and Flowers 153 156 159 162 165 154 157 160 163 166 155 158 161 164 167 Decorative stitches 1 174 177 180 183 186 175 178 181 184 187 176 179 Decorative stitches 2...

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    Decorative stitches creative 2170 MAXI stitches Alphabets Script Block Outline Comic Cursive MAXI 1 MAXI 2 1:13...

  • Page 14: Machine

    Machine overview Parts of the creative 2170 Top cover with stitch chart Multi-color touch screen Base plate Slide for lowering the feed dogs Connection for knee lift Feed dogs Free arm Presser foot holder with presser foot Needle threader 10 Needle holder with set screw...

  • Page 15: Parts Of The Embroidery Unit, Parts Of The Embroidery Hoop 2

    Parts of the embroidery unit 44 Connection plug to the machine 45 Fastener for fi tting to the machine 46 Under arm guide 47 Release button for removing the embroidery unit 48 Pivot for embroidery arm 49 Metal guide for fi tting the embroidery hoop 50 Release lever for removing the embroidery hoop 51 Embroidery arm 52 Recessed grip for raising and rotating the...

  • Page 16: Standard Accessories

    Standard accessories Standard presser foot No. 0 A Order No.: 820 244-096 Fancy stitch foot with IDT No. 1 A (for IDT) Order No.: 820 254-096 Fancy stitch foot No. 2 A (not suitable for IDT) Order No.: 820 260-096 Maxi-stitch Embroidery foot No.

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    Creative Fantasy Embroidery foot Order No: 820 280-096 Edge guide No. 3 Order No.: 820 251-096 1. Brush Order No.: 93-847-979-91 2. Extra spool pin 3. Seam ripper Order No.: 99-053-016-91 4. Bulb remover / Needle plate changer Order No.: 820 292-096 5.

  • Page 18: Embroidery Hoops

    1. File assistant File Assistant Using the File Assistant you can download embroidery designs directly from the Internet and transfer them to your creative 2170. Order No: 412 84 16-96 2. Creative gallery designs 3. USB cable 4. Quick embroidery packet 5.

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  • Page 20: Operating Instructions, Voltage Switch, Electrical Connection, Connecting The Foot Control

    120V (US/Canada), you must set the voltage switch on the underside of the machine to 120 V. If you are unsure of the correct voltage for your country, please check with your authorized Pfaff sewing machine dealer or local electrical authorities before plugging in your machine. Electrical connection Connect the lead cord between the socket of the sewing machine and the wall outlet.

  • Page 21: Main Switch, Thread Cutter, Contrast Of The Screen

    Main switch When the main switch is switched on (switch function I) the sewing lightbulb lights up and the multi-color touch screen lights up. The sewing machine is now ready to function. "0" = OFF "I" = ON Thread cutter Pull the thread from the back to the front up over the thread cutter.

  • Page 22: Carrying Case, Accessory Tray, Free Arm

    fl ush with the free arm of the sewing machine. Note: Some fabrics have a lot of excess dye which can cause discoloration on other fabric but also on your sewing machine. This discoloring may be very diffi cult or impossible to remove.

  • Page 23: Changing The Presser Foot

    Changing the presser foot Snap off the presser foot Switch off the main switch. Press the front part of the presser foot upwards and at the same time the rear part downwards until it disengages from the presser foot holder. Snap on the presser foot Place the presser foot under the presser foot holder, so that when the presser foot lift is lowered, the pins of the foot snap onto the presser...

  • Page 24: The Idt (integrated Dual Feed)

    The IDT (Integrated Dual Feed) For sewing any fabric precisely Pfaff provides the ideal solution: the Integrated Dual Feed, IDT system. As on industrial machines, the IDT feeds the fabric from the top and bottom at the same time at the same stitch length.

  • Page 25: Changing The Needle, The Feed Dogs

    For certain sewing work such as free-motion quilting or darning or when embroidering, the feed dog must be lowered. On your Pfaff creative 2170 there are two different methods for lowering the feed dogs, one on the outside of the machine and one inside the bobbin door.

  • Page 26: Winding The Bobbin From The Spool Pin, Threading

    Note: When bobbin winding always place the thread ABOVE the bobbin winder thread guide (B). Place a bobbin on the bobbin winder with the Pfaff logo up. Make sure the bobbin is secure on the bobbin winder by placing the small pin on the bobbin winder into the slot on the bobbin.

  • Page 27: Winding From The Second Spool Pin, Winding From The Third Spool Pin

    1. Winding from the second spool pin Swing the second spool pin up and lock. Place a spool of thread with an appropriate spool cap on the spool pin. 2. Winding from the third spool pin Insert the third spool pin in the hole provided. Place the appropriate spool cap and then a spool on the spool pin.

  • Page 28: Bobbin Winding While Embroidering, Winding A Bobbin Through The Needle

    Bobbin winding while embroidering The creative 2170 has a thread guide for bobbin winding while embroidering. The needle thread (red) is placed into the thread guide (A) and underneath the bobbin winder thread guide (B). Pull the bobbin thread (blue) counter clockwise above the bobbin winder thread guide. Wind the start of the thread around the bobbin several times in a clockwise direction.

  • Page 29: Setting The Bobbin Winding Speed

    The speed that you have selected can halved at any time by touching the half speed button. Note: If you wind the bobbin while the sewing machine is running, the winding speed is automatically set to Low. 2:11...

  • Page 30: Inserting The Bobbin And Bobbin Case, Bobbin Thread Monitor, Inserting The Bobbin

    Inserting the bobbin Insert the full bobbin (with the Pfaff logo facing towards the bobbin case) in the bobbin case. When doing so, pull the thread through slot (A), then under tension spring (B) until it rests in the opening (see arrow).

  • Page 31: Correct Top Tension - How To Get It, Thread Tension

    Correct top tension - How to get it This machine will automatically preset the tension for different types of stitches. Depending on what type of fabric and threads you are using, manual adjustments might be needed. If you fi nd that the bobbin thread is visible on the top side of the fabric or that the top thread is visible on the underside of the fabric, you need to adjust the thread tension.

  • Page 32: Thread The Needle, Needle Threader

    Note: When sewing always place the thread underneath the bobbin winder thread guide (B). Needle threader In order to make threading of the needle easier and quicker the Pfaff needle threader is built-in. The needle threader allows you to thread the needle automatically.

  • Page 33: Bobbin Thread, Threading The Twin Needle

    Bobbin thread Raise the presser foot. Insert the bobbin case and place the thread to the left (see picture). Close the hook/bobbin door. Place the fabric under the presser foot and start to sew. The machine will pull the thread up by itself.

  • Page 34: Presser Foot Lift, Electronic Knee Lift

    The presser foot is raised or lowered with the presser foot lift. Electronic knee lift Your Pfaff creative 2170 is provided with an electronic knee lift for regulating the presser foot height. 1. Push the knee lift fully into the provided hole on the machine.

  • Page 35: General Notes 3, Creative Assistant

    Assistant and the Machine Assistant. Creative Assistant In your Pfaff creative 2170 there is a creative Assistant function (A) that gives you information on how to use the machine. If you press the creative Assistant while you are on the Main menu you will get general information about the machine.

  • Page 36: Creative Data Manager

    6. Data in the memory can be accessed. 7. Individual stitches or designs within a sequence/combination can be accessed. 8. An entire directory can be accessed. Your Pfaff creative 2170 is always ready to sew, even when the Creative Data Manager is open.

  • Page 37: Renaming Data

    creative Data manager A. Machine memory icon: Use this function to access the stitches or the embroideries in the machine. B. Front card drive icon, card inserted: use this function to access the front card drive. C. Rear card drive icon, no card in the machine: Use this function to access the rear card drive.

  • Page 38: How To Update Your Machine

    How to update your machine Together with your Pfaff creative 2170 you received a special cable with USB connection on one end and a creative card on the other. Use this cable when updating your machine or when transferring data between your Pfaff creative 2170 and the 3D File Assistant on your computer.

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    The updating process will begin and after approximately 20 minutes, you can restart the sewing machine and your Pfaff creative 2170 is ready to use with the new program version. If you have problems updating your Pfaff creative 2170, see section Troubleshooting, page 2:23.

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    7. The new folder is selected so you can enter a new name. Name the folder Update 2170. 8. Double-click on the folder to open it. 9. Left mouse click on the Save icon to save the update fi le in the folder.

  • Page 41: Troubleshooting

    Follow the instructions on the screen and set your 2170 in the update mode. Update later If you want to update your Pfaff creative 2170 at a later time, left mouse click on the Close icon. If the Download complete screen is closed automatically, disregard the above.

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  • Page 43: Function Buttons

    Function Buttons A. Thread Snips Button B. Pattern start C. Sew Slow Button D. Needle Up/Down Button E. Bobbin Thread Monitor F. Reverse Sewing Button A. Thread Snips Button When pressing this button the machine automatically cuts the bobbin and needle thread. If you press the button while sewing, the machine will fi...

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    Sewing mode functions A. End to end mirroring B. Side to side mirroring C. Four directions sewing D. Single Stitch E. Immediate tie-off F. Tie-off program G. Tapering H. Balance Free-motion sewing Twin needle A. End to end Mirroring When pressing this button, you mirror the stitch end to end. You will see the change on the screen.

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    Sewing mode functions A. End to end mirroring B. Side to side mirroring C. Four directions sewing D. Single Stitch E. Immediate tie-off F. Tie-off program G. Tapering H. Balance Free-motion sewing Twin needle D. Single Stitch Stitches and stitch sequences can be sewn as single stitches. By touching the single stitch button you can decide how many patterns you want to sew.

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    Sewing mode functions A. End to end mirroring B. Side to side mirroring C. Four directions sewing D. Single Stitch E. Immediate tie-off F. Tie-off program G. Tapering H. Balance Free-motion sewing Twin needle F. Tie-off program The icon for the Tie-off program includes four functions; Tie-off beginning, Tie-off end, Thread Snips and Presser foot lifter.

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    Start by sewing a seam on a piece of scrap fabric. When balancing your stitch, then change the seam on your sewing machine so that it looks like your sewing sample. Use the + and - buttons to change the balance.

  • Page 48: Welcome Screen

    Welcome Screen A. Main menu B. Last stitch C. Information Main Menu When touching the main menu icon, you enter the main menu. In the main menu you will fi nd the different categories of stitches, reach the embroidery mode and the Data Manager. Information Use this function to obtain general information on how to operate the machine.

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    B. Context menu The Context menu always refers specifi cally to the menu you have selected. When on the Main menu these menus are active: 1. Select language: This icon allows you to change the language in the machine. 2. Audio signal: You can change button and message sound. 3.

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    10. Code: The code function allows you to lock your Pfaff creative 2170. Your machines Main Menu will not appear until your security code has been entered accurately.

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    C. Creative Assistant There is a Creative Assistant function in your sewing machine to help you. It can be called up anytime. The toolbar then changes color and the functions assigned to the icons change. If you touch the icon in the main menu, the Creative Assistant provides general information on operating the machine.

  • Page 52: Altering A Utility Stitch

    Pfaff creative 2170 is ready to sew. Press the foot control once again and the machine will start to sew stitch number 1; a straight stitch.

  • Page 53: Altering A Decorative Stitch, Tie-off

    Reset parameter. Tie-off On your creative 2170 there are two different ways to do tie-offs. You can program your machine to do tie-off at the beginning, at the end, cut the threads and raise the presser foot. We call this the Tie-off program.

  • Page 54: Needle Positions, Mirroring

    Needle positions On stitches 1, 2, 5, and 15 you can change needle position by touching the stitch width button (A). These four stitches have 19 different needle positions. Use the + icon to move the stitches to the right in 0.5 mm steps.

  • Page 55: Straight Stitch, Three-step Zigzag – Stitch No 4, Basting Program

    If the feed dogs are engaged, the sewing machine sews with a 6 mm stitch length. 6 mm is the longest stitch length of the Pfaff creative 2170; it enables you to sew a temporary seam for fi tting.

  • Page 56: Attaching Buttonhole Foot – No 5a

    Buttonholes There are 12 buttonhole styles available in your Pfaff creative 2170. Each buttonhole is especially adapted for a particular use and fabric type. You can read about the different buttonholes in the overview in chapter 1. Your Pfaff creative 2170 is equipped with the Sensormatic buttonhole guide and sensor technology to ensure that every buttonhole is sized accurately.

  • Page 57: Automatic Buttonhole, Manual Buttonhole, Programmed Buttonhole, How To Balance A Buttonhole

    How to sew a buttonhole Choose Buttonholes from the main menu and select the buttonhole of your choice. For this example we have chosen buttonhole no. 47. The most important settings are visible on the screen. There are three different ways of sewing a buttonhole: automatically, programmed or manually.

  • Page 58: Buttonhole With Gimp Thread, Eyelet Buttonhole With Gimp Thread

    Buttonhole with gimp thread Buttonholes that are sewn with gimp threads are more stable, durable and has a professional appearing. Use pearl cotton or a regular gimp thread. 1. Insert the Sensormatic buttonhole guide. 2. Place the center of a length of gimp thread over the metal bar extending from the center back of the buttonhole foot.

  • Page 59: Buttonhole Tips

    2. Attach the buttonhole foot and pull it backward as far as the second red mark. Before starting to sew, press the “needle down” button. 3. Sew the right side of the buttonhole. 4. After the machine sews the fi rst few stitches of the curved end pull the gimp thread down from the clamp with a straight pin.

  • Page 60: Eyelets, Sewing On Buttons

    Sewing on buttons With stitch no. 59 you can easily sew on two and four-hole buttons. 1. Remove the presser foot and lower the feed dog. 2. Mark the button position on your fabric. Place the button on the marked fabric. 3.

  • Page 61: Darning, Darning With The Elastic Stitch, Automatic Darning, Programmable Darning, Balancing The Darning Stitch

    3:20 Darning To mend a small hole or tear, you can either do automatically by using the darning stitches on the machine or darn your tear manually using by doing Free-motion darning. Automatic darning The darning stitches no. 64 and no. 65 can be used for strengthening damaged areas of fabric.

  • Page 62: Overlock Stitches

    Overlock stitches For elastic, knits, woven and stretch fabrics, your creative 2170 provides a selection of overlock stitches. These stitches join multiple layers of fabric and overcast them in one operation. These stitches can stretch and are more durable than standard stitches.

  • Page 63: Blindhem Stitch – No 30, Elastic Blind Stitch – No 31

    Blindhem stitch – No 30 The blindhem stitch is used to make invisible hems on skirts, trousers and home decorating. • Finish the edge of the hem. • Fold and press the hem allowance to the wrong side. • Fold the hem back on itself so approximately 3/8" (1 cm of the fi...

  • Page 64: Bridging Stitch - No 11, Crosshem Stitch - No 13

    Bridging stitch - No 11 The bridging stitch creates a hemstitching effect. It is often used for connecting two fi nished fabric edges called bridging. • Finish the fabric edges and press the seam allowance to the wrong side. • Place the fabric under the presser foot with the edges approximately 1/8 inch (3mm) apart.

  • Page 65: Rolled Hem With Foot No. 7, Twin Needle Sewing

    Rolled hem with foot No. 7 Use the rolled hem foot to fi nish the edges of blouses, scarves, or ruffl es without having to iron the edges beforehand. Hemming prevents the edges from fraying and produces a neat and durable edge fi nish. •...

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    If one of the direction arrows has turned dark green (B) the function is active and your Pfaff creative 2170 is ready to sew. With the direction arrows you can decide the fi rst direction in which the machine sews.

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    If you also touch the man icon (E), your Pfaff creative 2170 sews one side and then stops. The length of the sides are determined in the same way as described in section 1. The machine stops after each side.

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    Personal menu On your Pfaff creative 2170 you can have one or several Personal menus, where you can save your personal settings for the stitches and create a menu which contain the stitches you use the most. Create a personal menu by selecting Personal menu (A) in the main menu.

  • Page 69: Demo, Options For Messages

    Demo You can program a demonstration of the machine into your Pfaff creative 2170 and replay it. Programming of a demo For programming a demo, go into the context menu and touch the Record demo icon. The screen will change to the welcoming screen, where you will start making your demo.

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  • Page 71: General Notes On Decorative Sewing, Selecting Decorative Stitches

    General notes on decorative sewing To enhance your own home decorations or garments your Pfaff creative 2170 offers you a wide variety of fancy and decorative stitches. Create a greater variety of embellishments by combining different patterns, colors and sizes. Use specialty decorative threads to enhance the lovely stitching.

  • Page 72: Alter The Stitch Settings

    Alter the stitch settings Increase or reduce the width of a stitch with the stitch width icons plus and minus (A). Alter the density of the decorative stitch by touching the stitch length icons plus and minus (B). You can elongate the pattern with the plus and minus buttons (C). Elongating the pattern does not change the stitch density.

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    Sewing sequence With your Pfaff creative 2170 you can combine various stitches and save them permanently in the Sewing sequence menu. You can combine various 9mm stitches and MAXI stitches from the machine, creative memory card or creative card and sew them as a continuous border.

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    Create a sewing sequence 1. Touch the sewing sequence icon on your Main menu. The sewing sequence window appears. 2. Touch the Mini main menu (D) to open a menu showing all the different stitches in the machine. Select the category you want a stitch from.

  • Page 75: Arrange Stitches Within A Sewing Sequence

    Arrange stitches within a sewing sequence To obtain wider borders, you can save connecting stitches in your sewing sequence. These connecting stitches make it possible to move stitches in various directions. This results in new shapes and large-area borders. Connecting stitches are straight stitches with a length of 1 mm. They can be made in 16 different directions.

  • Page 76: Adjust An Existing Sewing Sequence, Inserting A Stitch In The Sewing Sequence

    Adjust an existing sewing sequence An existing sewing sequence can be adjusted. By selecting an individual stitch within a sequence or an entire sequence, you can do adjustments according to your wishes. 1. To select an individual stitch, use the cursor arrows (A) to move the cursor line in front of the stitch you want to adjust.

  • Page 77: Save A Sewing Sequence

    Save a sewing sequence 1. Touch the Data Manager icon to save the sewing sequence. The window for opening, saving, closing or deleting the sewing sequence opens (A). 2. When you touch Save as, the menu for entering the name opens. You can give your sewing sequence a name and select a path where the sequence should be saved.

  • Page 78: Close A Sewing Sequence Without Saving, Delete A Sewing Sequence

    The sewing sequence remains visible on the screen and can be sewn. If you touch ESC a query appears. If you confi rm with OK you return to the Sequence menu. Close a sewing sequence without saving 1. If you touch the Data Manager icon and Close, you exit the menu without saving the sewing sequence.

  • Page 79: Open From The Machine's Memory, Open From A Creative Memory Card

    Open from the machine‘s memory Use the cursor arrows (A) to move the selection bar to the directory in which the sewing sequence is stored. Confi rm the directory by touching OK, a list of names in that directory opens. Select the sewing sequence directly with the cursor arrows (A). The selected sewing sequence appears on the screen when you touch the Stored stitches icon (C).

  • Page 80: Stitch Creator

    On the screen you will see how many stitches you have added, which one/ones you have selected (marked blue) and actual shows you which stitch the marker is positioned on (the red square). Stitch Creator With Stitch Creator you can customize and create your own stitches. You can add, erase, move and combine the stitches directly on screen.

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    N. This icon shows the stitch length of a selected stitch. You can change the stitch length for the selected stitch by touching the + or the - of the icon. If more than one stitch is selected this icon is not active.

  • Page 82: Placing Single Stitches

    Placing single stitches For each additional stitch you want to place, touch the confi rm icon (E). To move single stitches With your stylus or your fi nger you can work with your stitches directly on the work space by dragging and dropping a selected stitch point.

  • Page 83: Combining Single Parts Of Patterns

    Combining single parts of patterns With the Stitch Creator you can also edit and combine existing stitches. 1. Touch the Mini main menu (W) to open the main menu where you can call up stitches that you wish to add in your stitch pattern. 2.

  • Page 84: More Options To Edit Patterns

    Combining pattern components In the Stitch Creator you have 8 pattern components for creating new stitch patterns. 1. Touch the More Options icon to open a menu with 8 different pattern components. 2. Touch an icon (A) and the stitch will be positioned on the work space.

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    Traditionally patchwork was sewn by hand. Today your creative ideas can be realized in a much shorter time with your Pfaff creative 2170. A quilt consists of three layers, two layers of fabric with a layer of batting sandwiched between.

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    Create a new patchwork program 1. To create a new patchwork program, touch the ON icon to activate the function and press OK. The Patchwork program icon will change and will say prog pat (B). 2. You determine the length of the seam by test sewing and pressing the Reverse sewing button.

  • Page 87: Piecing The Quilt Top, Stitch In The Ditch

    In traditional quilts these three layers of fabric are then sewn together by hand with small stitches. However, it is quicker and more practical with your Pfaff creative 2170 e.g. with stitch no. 15 using monofi lament thread on top and regular or decorative thread in the bobbin.

  • Page 88: Free-motion Stippling, Quilt Appliqués

    There are many different ways of applying appliqués to a quilt. One way is to add the appliqué to the block before the quilt is put together. • Set your Pfaff creative 2170 with stitch no. 3, stitch length 0.5, stitch width 4-6 mm, presser foot no. 2A. •...

  • Page 89: Tapering

    Tapering increases or decreases the width of the stitch during sewing to create a symmetric or asymmetric tapers. On your creative 2170 you can use the tapering function on 106 stitches. With the tapering program you can select a particular angle for the taper.

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    Asymmetric taper, Stitch no. 22 To make an asymmetric taper chose a stitch that has a needle position to the right or left, for instance stitch no. 22. If you use the mirror function you can reverse the needle position. This stitch is most suitable for corners and border stipes.

  • Page 91: Nostalgia/heirloom

    Hemstitching This is a technique everyone recognizes as embroidered by hand. With your Pfaff creative 2170, you can produce hemstitching much more quickly and easily. With 10 special hemstitches and by changing the stitch length and width, you can create a variety of hemstitch effects.

  • Page 92: Cross Stitch, Antique Hand Embroidery Stitches

    Twin needle Pintucks are created by placing a twin needle in your Pfaff creative 2170. Mark the fi rst line of stitching with a fade away or wash away fabric pen. Continue to mark lines or use one of the optional Pfaff Pintuck feet to easily guide your rows where needed.

  • Page 93: Free-motion Sewing, Maxi Stitches

    With Free-motion sewing you can create the most fantastic work. It is possible to sew just as you would draw with a pencil, using the various types of threads that are on the market today and your Pfaff creative 2170. You can also vary the shade of your Free-motion Sewing by sewing in different directions or patterns.

  • Page 94: Gathering With Straight Stitch, Shell Edging

    Gathering with straight stitch A straight stitch can be used to gather sleeves, cuffs, skirts or valances. To obtain neat and even gathers you should sew two or three rows of gathering stitches. • Set your stitch length to 6.0 mm. Lower thread tension to 3. •...

  • Page 95: Alphabets

    Alphabets You can write an entire sequence of words using the machine’s fonts and save it permanently in the machine’s memory. There are three different types of fonts in the machine; fi ve fonts that you use when sewing, two monograms (Maxi) that can be sewn as single stitches and two embroidery fonts.

  • Page 96: Editing A Word Sequence, Saving A Word Sequence

    Editing a word sequence In order to process a single character or a word sequence, it must be previously selected. To select a single character, just move the red dash to the character using the cursor icons. The selected character is surrounded by a colored frame.

  • Page 97: Monogram

    Monogram There are two monogram fonts available in the sewing machine (MAXI). These are sewn as single stitches. The feed dogs should be engaged. If you select one of the monogram stitches, a screen with the letter A appears automatically.

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    The Embroidery window A. Data manager icon B. Mini Main menu icon C. Zoom in icon D. Select stitches icon E. Zoom out icon F. Stitch information icon G. Basting in the hoop H. Move icon Automatic stitch building icon Delete icon K.

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    ’Save as’ icon: When you touch ”Save as”, the menu for input of the name is opened. You can give your program a name and select a directory in which to save it. When you open the menu, the machine’s memory is automatically selected.

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    C. Zoom in icon Use the Zoom in icon to enlarge the representation in several steps. The machine zooms in towards the center. D. Select stitches icon In order to process a design, it must be marked. You can mark a design or an embroidery combination.

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    F1: Design processing F2: Alphabet screen processing screen F3: Stitch processing screen H. Move icon When touching the Move icon a new window opens, allowing you to process the design you have marked. If you touch the arrows (R), the design will move in small steps in the hoop.

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    J. Delete icon When touching the Delete icon you will delete the highlighted design/ design combination or letter/letter combination. K. More options icon When touching the More options icon a new window appears. L. Mirror end to end icon When touching this you can mirror the selected design end to end. M.

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    More options pop-up P. Mirror side to side icon With this function you can mirror a design side to side. The mirrored design appears on the screen for further processing. Q. Hoop selection icon With this function, you can select an embroidery hoop that is not yet attached to the machine.

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    Context menu in embroidery When touching the Context menu icon (A) a new window appears. The Context menu changes whether you are sewing, embroidering, etc. It always refers specifi cally to the menu that you have selected. When you are on the embroidery page the following menus are active: Options for messages When you touch the Options for messages icon you can turn different messages on or off.

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    Information When touching the information icon you will get information about the embroideries on your screen (C). "Actual" indicates the last selected design. "Selected" indicates which designs are selected and "Num of entries" indicates how many designs you have on your screen. You will also fi...

  • Page 107: Attaching The Embroidery Foot, Inserting A Card, Embroidery Accessories

    Embroidery accessories With you creative 2170 you have been provided with accessories for embroidering. You will get an embroidery unit, four clips, 3 hoops (225x140, 120x115 and 80x80 with hoop adapter), a 300 card and booklet, a template, a quick embroidery packet, embroidery threads and an embroidery foot.

  • Page 108: Lowering The Feed Dogs, Disengaging The Idt, Removing The Knee Lift

    Lowering the feed dogs The feed dogs must be lowered for hoop embroidery. To lower the feed dogs move the slide (D) to the left. Note: Raise the presser foot before lowering the feed dogs. The thread tension is automatically set and can be adjusted for specialty techniques.

  • Page 109: Connecting The Embroidery Unit

    Connecting the embroidery unit Embroidery unit socket 1. The socket for the embroidery unit (A) is located at the back of the machine. Switch off the main switch. 2. Place the embroidery unit directly behind the machine and pull it into the socket. Make sure that the guide (B) is slid between the base plate and the free arm as far as it will go.

  • Page 110: Embroidery Hoop, Attach The Hoop, Remove The Hoop, Remove The Embroidery Unit

    Embroidery hoop There are three embroidery hoops supplied with your Pfaff creative 2170. One rectangular hoop with the embroidery surface (C) 225 x 140 mm, a round hoop for embroideries up to 120 x 115 mm and a square hoop 80x80 with a hoop adapter.

  • Page 111: Get Started To Embroider

    Get started to embroider 1. Attach the embroidery foot and thread the machine. 2. Attach the embroidery unit and lift the presser foot. Turn on your machine. 3. Touch the Main menu icon and touch the Embroidery icon. 4. Insert your 300 creative card. 5.

  • Page 112: Hooping The Fabric

    Hooping the fabric For better embroidery results, place a layer of stabilizer beneath the fabric and hoop both the stabilizer and the fabric. The fabric and stabilizer must sit smooth and be securely hooped. Any distortion or slackness in the fabric will impair the fi nished quality of the embroidery.

  • Page 113: Selecting A Design, Embroider Single Designs From A Card

    Note: The Pfaff creative cards of the Pfaff creative 7570 can be used in the Pfaff creative 2170. If you use the cards for the Pfaff creative 7570, the designs do not appear on the screen in the correct colors of the design.

  • Page 114: Basting In The Embroidery Hoop

    To start to embroider touch the reverse button or tap on your foot control. Your Pfaff creative 2170 will then calibrate, to sense the size of the hoop attached to the embroidery unit. This might take a few seconds.

  • Page 115

    Color changing icon With the Color changing icon, view the colors of your embroidery and change the colors of your embroidery on screen. With this function, you open a window for processing the color segments further. Changing the color onscreen Touch the Color changing icon (A).

  • Page 116: Multi-color Embroidery

    4. Press the foot control again and touch OK during embroidering. Your Pfaff creative 2170 will keep on embroidering. Your Pfaff creative 2170 stops after each color segment, and the threads are tied off and cut. A window with the following message appears: ”Change of thread, please insert the next color”.

  • Page 117: One Color Embroidery, Move The Design Within The Hoop

    Touch OK, the window is closed. The design can now be embroidered. Note: You can stop your Pfaff creative 2170 at any time. Either touch the screen, or tap the foot control. The machine immediately stops embroidering. Move the design within the hoop The design is placed in the center of the embroidery fi...

  • Page 118: Embroider

    Embroider 1. Press the reverse button (or the foot control), the machine starts embroidering. Tie-off is performed at the start of the design. Note: Holding the reverse button for a few seconds will also start your embroidery. 2. A window appear with the following query: If you wish to embroider without pressing the foot control, please confi...

  • Page 119: Enlarged Representation, Positioning Of Designs In The Embroidery Hoop

    Enlarged representation If you go into the More Options and touch the Enlarged representation icon (A), an enlarged representation which covers the whole multi- color touch screen is opened. By touching the multi-color touch screen you close that view. Positioning of designs in the embroidery hoop With the Move icon (D) you open a window (G) for moving the designs or embroidery combinations within the hoop.

  • Page 120

    If you touch the Repositioning icon (I), the design or the combination which protrudes beyond the hoop returns into the hoop. With the Move design icon (F) a design which has been moved can be positioned at the center of the embroidery hoop. If you confi...

  • Page 121

    Working steps In the example below we want to connect two designs to each other (see picture). This is a design that is included in your creative 2170. 1. While the machine is turned off, attach the embroidery unit and the embroidery foot.

  • Page 122

    13. With the arrows on your screen or with your stylus, you can move your embroidery on the screen so that the needle is exactly above the connection point in your actual embroidered design in your hoop. 14. After having locked the position, the cross-hair icon (G) changes appearance.

  • Page 123

    Jumping over stitches Embroidering several colors With the Stitch information icon (A) you open a window for moving to a specifi c stitch in a design or a combination of designs. Thus you can jump quickly to the beginning of a specifi c area of a design and embroider only that part.

  • Page 124: Embroider Monograms And Letters

    Touch a monogram, it appears enlarged on the screen. Confi rm the monogram with OK or touch the screen. Your Pfaff creative 2170 calibrates, to sense the size of the hoop attached to the embroidery unit. All settings and sewing functions are displayed on the screen and can be adjusted for your specifi...

  • Page 125

    Create a word combination of embroidery alphabets 1. Touch Embroidery icon on your Main menu. 2. Touch the Mini Main menu and the Card/Machine icon (B). 3. To select an embroidery alphabet from the machine’s memory, touch the Machine icon (C). Note: To select an embroidery alphabet from a card, touch the Front card slot icon (D) for the front card drive and the Rear card slot icon (E) for the rear card drive.

  • Page 126

    Adjust an embroidery alphabet combination If you wish to adjust a letter or a combination of letters, it must be selected. 1. To select a letter, move the cursor to the desired letter using the Arrows (A). The selected letter is shown surrounded by a blue frame.

  • Page 127

    Changing a single character in the written sequence A single character which has been entered by mistake can be selected and changed. 1. To do this, select the character that you want to change with Arrow up icon (A) and touch the Automatic stitch building icon (D). The Alphabet modifying window will open (F).

  • Page 128

    Arcing: embroidery combinations Arcing of letters and patterns The arcing function allows you to embroider words, names and sentences with four different shapes directly on screen. You can also use this feature on all the 9mm and MAXI stitches. Lettering along different shapes In the alphabet input menu you can select that a word sequence should be embroidered along a certain shape.

  • Page 129

    Working steps In the alphabet input menu you can select if a text should be embroidered along a certain path. 1. Touch the Arcing icon (A) after entering the letter sequence. A menu opens for changing the shape. The letter sequence is placed in the center of the hoop.

  • Page 130: Description Of Icons, Automatic Stitch Building

    Automatic stitch building Small stitch patterns, such as 9 mm stitches or MAXI stitches from the sewing machine or embroidery designs created with the creative software or a creative card, can be combined to create borders with different corner shapes.

  • Page 131

    7. Touch the Move icon (C) and Move design icon (E) to move the fi rst stitch pattern edge to a position in the hoop. 8. Touch OK to close the window and save the settings. The Move design icon remains active if selected. 9.

  • Page 132: Zoom In, Move The Zoomed Area

    Zoom In For easier positioning of the designs within a combination, you can use the zoom function to enlarge the designs on the screen. Touch the Zoom In icon (G) to zoom in the pictured designs in steps up to 800%. If you want to select a different design in the combination you can do that with the selection arrows.

  • Page 133: The Creative Data Manager

    The creative Data Manager The creative Data Manager organizes your Pfaff creative 2170‘s stitches/designs. Here you can work with stitches/designs, sewing sequences, embroidery combinations, personal menus and the patchwork program. Stitches/designs, sewing sequences, embroidery combinations and programs are referred to as ’data’ or ’data records’.

  • Page 134: Working With Source And Destination fi Elds In The Creative Data Manager

    Working with source and destination fi elds in the creative Data Manager The upper fi eld is used as source, the lower fi eld is used as destination. You can copy and move data from source to destination. 1. If the lower fi eld is the destination, the fi rst step must be done in the lower fi...

  • Page 135

    Working with a fi eld in the creative Data Manager The following icons refer to the functions available in the creative Data Manager. Delete (B) Use this function to delete a selected stitch/design, sewing sequence or embroidery combination. The following questions appear: Do you really want to delete the data? The directory is not empty! Do you still want to delete it?

  • Page 136

    Memory information Touch the Memory information icon (B) to review properties of the data records contained in at directory or stitches/designs that you have selected. Data can only be selected in the upper fi eld (A). In the lower, fi eld the contents of the memory are displayed. To close the window, touch the Memory information icon (B) again or ESC.

  • Page 137: Using The Hoop Adapter, Automatic Hoop Positioning, File Formats

    File formats There are several different fi le formats used in the creative 2170. 9 mm stitches - .9MM The 9 mm stiches are included in the machine or created in Stitch Creator. You can transfer the stitches between your sewing machine and your computer.

  • Page 138: Prepare A Creative Memory Card For Saving

    Pfaff creative 2170 With your 3D File Assistant you can transfer embroidery designs from your PC directly to your Pfaff creative 2170 or to a card in your creative Smart card station. 1. Install the 3D File Assistant that is included with your Pfaff creative 2170 on your PC following the instructions in the 3D File Assistant case.

  • Page 139: How To Use The Embroidery Template

    When you use the template you must ensure that the text Pfaff can be read at the top right, and the two grip depressions are situated on the left. The template has a scale in mm and inches at the sides.

  • Page 140

    2. Once you have the drawn the embroidery design on the template, position the template on your fabric. Mark the hooping placement lines on the project with a fabric-marking pen. 3. Then, when hooping the fabric, match the marked line with the guide marks on the hoop.

  • Page 141

    Stabilizers Stabilizer is the key to quality embroideries. When embroidering, sewing decorative stitches, appliqué satin stitches or hemstitching, you should place a stabilizer underneath your fabric. There are different types of stabilizers. Tear-away stabilizer The tear-away stabilizers are torn away after the design is stitched and are used for stable, woven fabrics such as denim, woven cotton or blends, linen etc.

  • Page 142

    Adhesive Stabilizer Adhesive stabilizers have a sticky side and are great for embroideries that are diffi cult to hoop. Instead of hooping the fabric, you hoop the stabilizer with the paper side facing the top. Then lightly scratch the surface and remove the paper. You now have a sticky side where you can place the fabric that you will embroider on.

  • Page 143: Threads

    Threads The thickness of the thread is represented by a number: the lower the number, the thicker the thread. Most embroideries are designed for 40 wt thread. Rayon thread Rayon thread is a soft and durable thread with a shine and is often used when embroidering. Metallic threads Special threads like metallic threads are more fragile than rayon embroidery thread.

  • Page 144: Appliqué Embroidery 6, Cutwork Embroidery, Appliqué Embroidery

    Appliqué embroidery All appliqué embroideries are marked with an A in Pfaff creative cards/cds design booklets. To embroider an appliqué design, place a stabilizer underneath the fabric and hoop all the layers. Start to embroider. A straight stitch outline is stitched around the appliqué design. When the machine stops, place the appliqué...

  • Page 146


  • Page 147

    Design L01 Width: 238.8 mm 9,4 inch Height: 213,9 mm 8,4 inch A - Color B - Color L01B L01A 5:50 Stitches: 2237 Estimated embroidery time...

  • Page 148


  • Page 149

    5:52 Design L02 Width: 111,8 mm 4.4 inch Height: 145,5 mm 5,7 inch Stitches: 13690 Estimated embroidery time Color...

  • Page 150

    Design L03 Width: 72,9 mm 2,87 inch Height: 219,6 mm 8,7 inch Stitches: 9741 Estimated embroidery time Color 5:53...

  • Page 151

    5:54 Design L04 Width: 78,3 mm 3,1 inch Height: 221,1 mm 8,7 inch Stitches: 8781 Estimated embroidery time Color ≠ ≠ ≠ ≠...

  • Page 152

    Design L05 Width: 135,4 mm 5,32 inch Height: 141,1 mm 5,55 inch Stitches: 4607 Estimated embroidery time Color 5:55...

  • Page 153

    5:56 Design L06 Width: 122,3 mm 4,8 inch Height: 188,6 mm 7,4 inch Stitches: 11575 Estimated embroidery time Color " " " " " "...

  • Page 154

    Design L07 Width: 30,4 mm 1,2 inch Height: 173,1 mm 6,8 inch Stitches: 18285 Estimated embroidery time Color 5:57...

  • Page 155

    Design M01 Width: 127,3 mm 5,0 inch Height: 127,3 mm 5,01 inch Color 5:58 Stitches: 9062 Estimated embroidery time...

  • Page 156

    Design M02 Width: 127,0 mm Stitches: 5,0 inch Estimated embroidery time Height: 116,5 mm 4,6 inch Color 8106 5:59...

  • Page 157

    Design M03 Width: 115,7 mm 4,56 inch Height: 125,7 mm 4,96 inch Color * Use 30 wt thread. 5:60 Stitches: 10465 Estimated embroidery time...

  • Page 158

    Design M04 Width: 107,0 mm Stitches: 4,21 inch Estimated embroidery time Height: 107,0 mm 4,21 inch Color 1280 5:61...

  • Page 159

    Design M05 Width: 124,8 mm 4,92 inch Height: 124,2 mm 4,89 inch Color 5:62 Stitches: 1961 Estimated embroidery time...

  • Page 160

    Design M06 Width: 63,4 mm 2,5 inch Height: 102,9 mm 4,05 inch Color Stitches: 7565 Estimated embroidery time 5:63...

  • Page 161

    Design M07 Width: 108,4 mm 4,3 inch Height: 112,3 mm 4,4 inch Color 5:64 Stitches: 14061 Estimated embroidery time...

  • Page 162

    Design S01 Width: 55,4 mm Stitches: 2,2 inch Estimated embroidery time Height: 37,0 mm 1,5 inch Color 2722 5:65...

  • Page 163

    5:66 Design S02 Width: 28,9 mm 1,14 inch Height: 33,4 mm 1,30 inch Stitches: 2191 Estimated embroidery time Design S03 Width: 75,9 mm 2,99 inch Height: 64,4 mm 2,52 inch Stitches: 5917 Estimated embroidery time fi fi Color Color fi fi...

  • Page 164

    ≠ ≠ Design S04 Width: 18,1 mm 0,71 inch Height: 29,5 mm 1,15 inch Stitches: 1452 Estimated embroidery time Design S05 Width: 56,8 mm 2,24 inch Height: 67,8 mm 2,67 inch Stitches: 5835 Estimated embroidery time Color Color ≠ ≠ fi...

  • Page 165

    5:68 Design S06 Width: 30,2 mm 1,19 inch Height: 33,6 mm 1,32 inch Stitches: 3174 Estimated embroidery time Design S07 Width: 21,2 mm 0,83 inch Height: 4,2 mm 0,16 inch Stitches: Estimated embroidery time Design S08 Width: 29,5 mm 1,16 inch Height: 4,8 mm 0,19 inch...

  • Page 166

    Color Design S09 Width: 52,4 mm 2,05 inch Height: 11,3 mm 0,43 inch Stitches: Estimated embroidery time Color Design S10 Width: 41,7 mm 1,64 inch Height: 26,0 mm 1,02 inch * For durable buttonholes, use regular sewing thread as top and bobbin thread. Stitches: Estimated embroidery time...

  • Page 167

    Monograms 1. Height: 17 mm 0,66 inch Pouty 5:70 2. Height: 28 mm 3. Height: 1,10 inch Times New Roman 42 mm 1,65 inch...

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  • Page 169: Changing The Needle Plate, Cleaning

    Remove the needle plate and lower the feed dogs. Clean the feed dogs and hook area with the brush. • Clean the sewing machine after every 10 - 15 hours of operation. Cleaning the window Wipe the window with a soft, lint-free dry cloth. DO NOT use abrasive...

  • Page 170: Changing The Light Bulb

    Remove the light bulb changer from the bulb. The bulb will be held fi rmly so you can remove it safely. Bulbs can be purchased from your Pfaff dealer.

  • Page 171

    What to do if...? In this chapter you are suggested solutions if you have a problem with your creative 2170. For further information please contact your Pfaff dealer who will be pleased to help you. Sewing Problem/Cause The machine skips stitches...

  • Page 172

    Embroidery Problem/Cause The embroidery design is distorted Did you hoop the fabric strongly enough? Is the inner embroidery hoop completely attached to the outer embroidery hoop? The embroidery design has contracted Did you stabilize your fabric suffi ciently? Needle thread breaks Did you use the right needle? Is the needle bent or blunt? Is the thread too thick for the needle?

  • Page 173: Table Of Contents

    Index Accessories embroidery accessories standard accessories Accessory tray Alphabets 1:13, 4:26–4:27, 5:27–5:30 Animal stitches Antique Embroidery stitches Antique hand embroidery stitches Appliqué embroidery Arcing Automatic stitch building Balance Basting in the embroidery hoop Basting program Blindhem stitch elastic blind stitch Bobbin and bobbin case inserting Bobbin thread...

  • Page 174: Table Of Contents

    balancing the darning stitch programmable Darning with the elastic stitch Data Manager 5:2, 5:9, 5:36–5:40 Decorative sewing general notes Decorative stitches 1:11, 1:12, 1:13 altering a decorative stitch selecting Delete Demo playing programming Designs built in designs transferring designs Electrical connection Electronic knee lift Embroider Embroidering several colors...

  • Page 175

    Hemstitching Hem stitches Hoop attach the hoop remove the hoop selection Hooping the fabric Hoop adapter IDT (Integrated Dual Feed) disengaging engaging Immediate tie-off Information Introduction Jumping over stitches Knee lift removing Last stitch Leaves and Flowers Light bulb changing 4:22 Machine Assistant 1:11...

  • Page 176

    One color embroidery Operating Instructions Overlock stitches closed overlock stitch closed with edge thread open overlock stitch Parts of the creative 2170 Parts of the embroidery hoop Parts of the embroidery unit Patchwork Patchwork program create a new Pattern start...

  • Page 177: Table Of Contents

    Stitch building automatic Stitch Chart Stitch Creator Stitch information Stitch length Stitch settings alter the stitch settings Stitch width Straight stitch Table of Content Tapering asymmetric taper symmetric taper Technical Data Threading needle twin needle Threads Thread cutter Thread snips Thread Snips Button Thread tension Three-step Zigzag stitch...

  • Page 178: Technical Data

    Please note that on disposal, this product must be safely recycled in accordance with relevant National legislation relating to electrical/electronic products. If in doubt please contact your retailer for guidance. Technical Data Dimensions (w x h x d) Weight Nominal voltage (reversible) Power consumption Sewing lamp Sewing speed (max and min)

  • Page 179

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