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CONTENTS CONTENTS Chapter 1 GETTING READY Adjusting thread tension ............70 Embroidering the appliqué patterns ........70 Names of Machine Parts........5 Using a frame pattern to make an appliqué......71 Included accessories .............. 7 Split embroidery patterns ............. 72 Optional accessories ..............
Names of Machine Parts GETTING READY Chapter 0 Flat bed attachment (page 7, 31) Names of Machine Parts A Thread cutter (page 19) B Needle threader lever (page 19) C Thread tension dial (page 29, 70) ■ Main parts D Handwheel Turn the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) to raise and lower the needle to sew one stitch.
Names of Machine Parts ■ Operation buttons ■ Operation panel and operation keys 1 “Start/Stop” button Press the “Start/Stop” button to start or stop sewing. The button changes color according to the machine’s operation mode. Green: The machine is ready to sew or is sewing. Red: The machine cannot sew.
90/14 2 needles: Ball point needle (gold colored) 2/11 needle Note • (For U.S.A. only) Foot controller: Model T This foot controller can be used on the machine with product code 888-M00/M02/M03/M04. The product code is mentioned on the machine rating plate.
(4 inches × 4 inches). Memo • To obtain optional accessories or parts, contact your authorized Brother dealer or visit our site http:// s.brother/cpjaa. • All specifications are correct at the time of printing. Please be aware that some specifications may change without notice.
These things may damage the cord, or cause fire or electric shock. If the cord or plug is damaged, take the machine to your authorized Brother dealer for repairs before continuing use. • Unplug the power cord if the machine is not to be used for a long period of time.
LCD Operation LCD Operation Viewing the LCD Press a key with your finger to select the stitch pattern, to select a machine function, or to select an operation indicated on the key. The screen below appears when you press on the operation panel. 1 Utility stitch 2 Character/Decorative stitch ■...
LCD Operation No. Display Key Name Explanation Page Needle position setting Shows single or twin needle mode setting, and the needle stop position. : Single needle/down position : Twin needle/down position : Single needle/up position : Twin needle/up position Stitch width Shows the stitch width of the currently selected stitch pattern.
(page 13) J Display the service count which is a reminder to take your machine in for regular servicing. (Contact your authorized Brother dealer for details.) K Display the total number of stitches sewn on this machine. L The [No.] is the internal machine number for your machine.
Winding/Installing the Bobbin Adjusting input sensitivity for operation keys Winding/Installing the Bobbin You can adjust the sensitivity of the operation keys to 5 levels. Display the settings screen to set desired level. CAUTION Press to display the settings screen. • Only use the plastic bobbin that comes with this machine or bobbins of the same type Display page 7 by pressing (SA156/SFB: XA5539-151/SFB).
Winding/Installing the Bobbin Slide the spool cap onto the spool pin. Memo Slide the spool cap as far as possible to the right, as shown, with the rounded side on the left. • When using the spool as shown below, use the small spool cap, and leave a small space between the cap and the spool.
Winding/Installing the Bobbin Pass the thread under the hook on the bobbin winding Turn on the machine. thread guide, and then wind it counterclockwise under the pretension disk. Press the “Start/Stop” button once to start winding the bobbin. When the foot controller is plugged in, press down on the foot controller.
Winding/Installing the Bobbin Insert the bobbin into the bobbin case so that the Installing the bobbin thread unwinds to the left. Install the bobbin wound with thread. You can begin sewing immediately without pulling up the bobbin thread by simply inserting the bobbin in the bobbin case and guiding the thread through the slit in the needle plate cover.
Upper Threading While lightly holding down the bobbin with your right Upper Threading hand (1), continue guiding the thread through the slit with your left hand (2). Then, cut the thread with the cutter (3). CAUTION • When threading the upper thread, carefully follow the instructions.
Upper Threading Pass the thread under the thread guide, then under the Press (Needle position button) once or twice to thread guide cover and to the front. raise the needle. The needle is correctly raised when the mark on the handwheel is at the top, as shown below.
Upper Threading Check that the needle and thread are compatible with Lower the needle threader lever on the left side of the the needle threader. If they are compatible, continue machine as much as possible to make the hook turn. with the next step.
Upper Threading Pulling up the bobbin thread If the threads will be pulled to create gathers or the thread at the beginning of sewing will be finished, for example, when free motion quilting, first pull up the bobbin thread. Refer to “Threading the upper thread” on page 17 to thread the machine with the upper thread and thread the needle.
Fabric/Thread/Needle Combinations Fabric/Thread/Needle Combinations • Needles that can be used with this machine: Home sewing machine needles (size 65/9 - 100/16) * The larger the number, the larger the needle. As the numbers decrease, the needles get finer. • Thread that can be used with this machine: 30 - 90 weight * Never use thread of 20 weight or lower.
Replacing the Needle Press Replacing the Needle The screen changes, and all keys and operation buttons are locked (except CAUTION CAUTION • Only use recommended home sewing machine • When replacing the needle, be sure to press needles. Use of any other needle may bend the on the operation panel to lock all keys needle or damage the machine.
Replacing the Presser Foot Raise the presser foot lever. Replacing the Presser Foot Press the black button at the back of the presser foot holder in order to remove the presser foot. CAUTION 1 Black button 2 Presser foot holder •...
Replacing the Presser Foot Hold the presser foot holder in place with your right Removing and attaching the presser foot hand, and then tighten the screw using the screwdriver in your left hand. holder Turn the screw toward you (clockwise). Remove the presser foot holder when cleaning the machine or when installing a presser foot that does not use the presser foot holder, such as the walking foot and quilting foot.
Sewing SEWING BASICS Chapter Basic sewing Sewing Note CAUTION • First, perform a trial sewing, using a piece of fabric and thread that are the same as those used for your project. • While the machine is in operation, pay special attention to the needle location.
Sewing Set the fabric under the presser foot. Hold the fabric and thread with your left hand, and rotate the CAUTION handwheel counterclockwise or press (Needle position button) to set the needle in the sewing start • Do not press (Thread cutter button) after position.
Sewing Slowly depress the foot controller to start sewing. Combining Stitch Patterns Stitch patterns from the following categories can be combined. Memo • The speed that is set using the sewing speed controller Example: will be the foot controller’s maximum sewing speed. Release the foot controller to stop the machine.
Sewing If you want to sew the stitch pattern continuously, Once you have reached the end of the stitching, press (Reverse/Reinforcement stitch button). press to display editing screen, and then press 1 Reverse stitches (or reinforcement stitches) The machine will sew reverse stitches (or ...
Adjusting the thread tension ■ Setting the stitch width Setting the stitch width/stitch length/“L/R The stitch width (zigzag width) can be adjusted to make the Shift” stitch wider or narrower. This machine is preset with the default settings for the stitch width, stitch length and “L/R Shift”...
Useful Sewing Tips ■ Upper thread is too tight Useful Sewing Tips If the bobbin thread is visible from the right side of the fabric, the upper thread is too tight. Loosen the thread tension. Sewing Tips Note • If the bobbin thread was incorrectly threaded, the upper ■...
Useful Sewing Tips ■ Sewing cylindrical pieces When the stitch width of the straight stitch (left needle position) is set to its standard setting (0.0 mm), the Removing the flat bed attachment allows for free-arm sewing, distance from the needle position to the right side of the making it easier to sew cylindrical pieces such as sleeve cuffs presser foot is 12 mm (1/2 inch).
Useful Sewing Tips Release the presser foot locking pin (black button). Sewing Various Fabrics The presser foot remains level, allowing the fabric to be fed. ■ Sewing thick fabrics If the fabric does not fit under the presser foot The presser foot lever can be raised to two different positions.
* Items sold separately, please contact your authorized • Use only the adhesive-free hook-and-loop Brother dealer. fastener tape which is designed for sewing. When the glue adheres to the needle or the 1 Leather bobbin case, it may cause malfunction.
Utility stitches Utility stitches Character stitches (Japanese font) CAUTION • Before replacing the presser foot, be sure to press (Presser foot/Needle exchange key) on the operation panel to lock all keys and buttons, otherwise injuries may occur if the “Start/Stop” button or any other button is pressed and the machine starts.
Utility stitches Rotate the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise). Blind Hem Stitching Check that the needle does not touch the presser foot. 1 The needle should not touch the Secure the lower edge of skirts and pants with a blind hem. center bar Memo •...
Utility stitches Unfold the edge of fabric, and position the fabric with Adjust the stitch width until the needle slightly catches the wrong side facing up. the fold of the hem. (page 29) 1 Needle drop point 1 Wrong side of fabric 2 Right side of fabric 3 Edge of fabric 4 Desired edge of hem...
Utility stitches Use chalk to mark on the fabric the position and length Buttonhole sewing of the buttonhole. 1 Marks on fabric The maximum buttonhole length is about 28 mm (1-1/8 2 Buttonhole sewing inches) (diameter + thickness of the button). Buttonholes are sewn from the front of the presser foot to the back, as shown below.
Utility stitches Position the fabric with the front end of the buttonhole Press (Thread cutter button) once. mark aligned with the red marks on the sides of the Raise the presser foot, and then remove the fabric. buttonhole foot, and then lower the presser foot lever. Memo 1 Mark on fabric (front)
Utility stitches ■ Sewing buttonholes on stretch fabrics Raise the presser foot lever, and then slide the feed dog position switch, located at the rear of the machine on When sewing buttonholes on stretch fabrics, use a gimp the base, to (to the left as seen from the rear of thread.
Utility stitches Sew straight stitches up to the zipper opening. CAUTION With the right sides of the fabric facing each other, sew reverse stitches after reaching the zipper opening. • When sewing, be sure that the needle does not 1 Reverse stitches touch the button, otherwise the needle may 2 End of zipper opening bend or break.
Utility stitches Select a stitch. Appliqué, Patchwork and Quilt Stitching 1-03 ■ Appliqué stitching Stitch Baste or glue the appliqué piece to the base fabric to • For details, refer to “Stitch Chart” on page 35. secure it. CAUTION Note •...
“quilting”. Quilts can easily be sewn using the walking foot* and the quilting guide*. CAUTION * Items sold separately, please contact your authorized Brother dealer. • Do not stitch over pins. Note ■ Piecing • Thread the needle manually when using the walking Sewing together two pieces of fabric is called “piecing”.
* Items sold separately, please contact your authorized • For details, refer to “Stitch Chart” on page 35. Brother dealer. Place one hand on each side of the presser foot, and Free motion open ...
Utility stitches ■ Satin stitching using the sewing speed Attach the quilting foot by positioning the pin of the quilting foot above the needle clamp screw and controller aligning the lower-left of the quilting foot and the A decorative stitch can be sewn by changing the stitch width presser bar.
Utility stitches Determine the desired length of the bar tack. Other Stitching Applications Set the button guide plate on buttonhole foot “A” to the desired length. (The distance between the markings on the presser foot scale is 5 mm (3/16 inch).) ■...
Utility stitches ■ Darning Pull down the buttonhole lever as far as possible. Gently hold the end of the upper thread in your left hand, and then start sewing. After sewing is finished, raise the presser foot lever, remove the fabric, and then cut the threads. Raise the buttonhole lever to its original position.
Utility stitches After removing the fabric, use the eyelet punch to cut a Attach monogramming foot “N”. hole in the center of the eyelet. Select a stitch. 2-06 Stitch • For details, refer to “Stitch Chart” on page 35. Stitch along the edge of the fabric, making sure not to •...
Utility stitches Stitch between the straight stitches and pull out the Select a stitch. threads for the straight stitches. 2-07 2-08 2-09 Stitch • For details, refer to “Stitch Chart” on page 35. Turn the fabric over so that the right side faces up, and then sew over the seam with the center of the presser foot aligned with the seam.
Utility stitches Put the extra spool pin in the hole on the top of the needle when you select a satin stitch pattern. In this case, use zigzag foot “J”. machine and put the spool of thread onto the extra spool pin.
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Using The Memory Function Saving stitch patterns Retrieving stitch patterns You can save stitch patterns that you have customized in the Retrieve stitch patterns saved in the machine's memory or machine's memory or USB flash drive. USB flash drive. When retrieving stitch patterns from a USB flash drive, Note insert the USB flash drive into the USB port on the •...
MY CUSTOM STITCH ■ MY CUSTOM STITCH screen MY CUSTOM STITCH ■ Designing a Stitch By using the MY CUSTOM STITCH function, you can register stitches you have created yourself. You can also sew designs combining MY CUSTOM STITCH creations with built-in characters (page 25).
MY CUSTOM STITCH ■ Entering points Press to move the section and press Press The section will be moved. ■ Inserting new points to move to the coordinates of the first Press to move to a place on the design point on the grid sheet.
Embroidering Preparation EMBROIDERY Chapter Attaching the Embroidery Foot Embroidering Preparation Follow the steps below to prepare the machine for embroidery. CAUTION Step 9 • Be sure to use embroidery foot when doing embroidery. Using another presser foot may cause the needle to strike the presser foot, causing the needle to bend or break and possibly cause injury.
Embroidering Preparation While pressing in the lever on embroidery foot “Q” Attaching the Embroidery Unit with your finger, fit the embroidery foot bar over the needle clamp screw. CAUTION • Before attaching the embroidery unit, be sure to turn off the machine. Otherwise, injuries may occur if one of the operation buttons is accidentally pressed and the machine starts 1 Embroidery foot bar...
Embroidering Preparation Turn on the machine. Hold the release button on the bottom left of the embroidery unit, and slowly pull the embroidery unit A message appears in the screen. to the left. Note • If [Opening Screen] is set [ON] within the settings screen, touch screen for the following message to appear.
Embroidering Preparation Loosen the embroidery frame adjustment screw and Tighten the adjustment screw while removing any slack remove the inner and outer frames, placing the outer in the fabric by hand. The goal is to have a drum-like frame on a flat surface. sound when the fabric is struck lightly.
Embroidering Preparation ■ Removing the embroidery frame Attaching the Embroidery Frame Raise the presser foot lever to raise the presser foot. Press the part of the embroidery frame holder in the Note figure to the left side, and raise the embroidery frame. •...
• The pattern can also be moved by dragging it with your finger. Embroidery settings screen appears. Press 1 Embroidery patterns 2 Brother “Exclusives” 3 Floral alphabet patterns 4 Character patterns 5 Frame patterns 6 Press this key to position the embroidery unit for storage 7 Patterns saved in the machine's memory •...
Embroidering • After selecting a character if you would like to Memo change the character size press . The size changes each time you press the key, from large to • If [Embroidery Frame Identification View] in the settings medium to small. After the character size is changed, screen is set to [ON], the pattern can be edited in the all characters on the same line will have the new screen as if that embroidery frame is attached.
Embroidering ■ Checking the pattern position Press to enter the alphabet characters. The embroidery frame moves and shows the pattern position. Select and enter “Happy”. Watch the frame closely to make sure the pattern will be embroidered in the right place. Press on the embroidery settings screen.
Embroidering Lower the presser foot, then press the “Start/Stop” Embroidering a pattern button to start embroidering. After 5-6 stitches, press the “Start/Stop” button again to stop the machine. Embroidery patterns are embroidered with a change of thread after each color. Prepare embroidery thread of the color shown on the screen.
Embroidering ■ Changing the thread color display ■ If the thread breaks or the bobbin runs out of thread during embroidering You can display the name of the thread colors or embroidery thread number. Press the “Start/Stop” button to stop the machine. Memo Press and set the upper thread or bobbin thread.
Embroidering Adjusting thread tension Embroidering the appliqué patterns The upper thread tension is changed using the thread tension When the color embroidering order display shows dial. (APPLIQUE MATERIAL)], (APPLIQUE POSITION)] or When doing machine embroidery, the tension dial should be set somewhere between 2 to 6.
Embroidering ■ 2. Sewing the appliqué position on the base Using a frame pattern to make an appliqué fabric You can use framed patterns of the same size and shape to Sew the appliqué position. create an appliqué. Embroider one pattern with a straight stitch and one pattern with a satin stitch.
Embroidering ■ Method 2 Split embroidery patterns Select a straight stitch frame pattern, and embroider the pattern onto the base fabric. Split embroidery patterns created with PE-DESIGN Ver.7 or later, or PE-DESIGN NEXT can be embroidered. With split 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 embroidered.
Editing Patterns Display Editing Patterns Explanation Key Name Press this key to rotate the pattern. You When a pattern is selected in the pattern selection screen can rotate a pattern one degree, ten is pressed, the pattern editing screen appears. Rotate key degrees or ninety degrees at a time.
Editing Patterns Display Display Explanation Explanation Key Name Key Name Press this key to change the size of the Press this key to edit each character pattern. separately. Size key Edit character key : Enlarges the pattern proportionately. : Decreases the pattern proportionately. : Stretches the pattern horizontally.
Editing All Patterns Aligning the pattern and the needle position Editing All Patterns Example: Aligning the lower left side of a pattern and the When is pressed in the editing screen, the embroidery needle position settings screen appears. After editing the pattern, press to continue to the embroidering screen.
Editing All Patterns Embroidering linked characters Press to cancel the current character patterns. Select the character patterns for “DEF”, and then press Follow the procedure described below to embroider linked characters in a single row when the entire pattern extends beyond the embroidery frame.
USB flash drive is commercially available, but some USB flash drives may not be usable with this machine. Please visit our website “ http://s.brother/cpjaa ” for more details. Press the desired destination to start saving. Precautions on using the computer to create and save...
Using the Memory Function Retrieving embroidery patterns Retrieve stitch patterns saved in the machine's memory or USB flash drive. When retrieving the embroidery patterns from a USB flash drive, insert the USB flash drive into the USB port on the machine. Press the desired destination, and then select the desired embroidery pattern.
If problems occur, such as difficulty turning the handwheel or an unusual noise, immediately stop using the machine, and contact your authorized Brother dealer or the nearest Brother authorized service center. Precautions on storing the machine Grasp the bobbin case, and then pull it out.
FAQs and troubleshooting tips. Visit us at “ http:// 3 Bobbin case s.brother/cpjaa ”. If the problem persists, contact your Brother dealer or the • Make sure that the indicated points are aligned before installing the bobbin case. nearest Brother authorized service center.
Troubleshooting ■ Cause Upper thread tightened up Incorrect upper threading If the upper thread is incorrectly threaded, the upper thread passed through the fabric cannot be firmly pulled ■ Symptom up and the upper thread becomes tangled in the bobbin case, causing a rattling noise.
A needle and thread appropriate for the fabric are not according to this procedure, instead of attempting to remove it being used. forcefully, contact your nearest Brother authorized service The machine needle that should be used depends on the center.
■ Checking machine operations If the fabric cannot be removed, even after completing If the needle plate has been removed, check machine these steps, contact your nearest Brother authorized operations to confirm that installation has been completed service center. correctly.
If the needle or feed dogs contact the needle plate, the Stop the bobbin winding. machine may be malfunctioning; therefore, contact your nearest Brother authorized service center. Cut the thread with scissors beside the bobbin-winding Turn off the machine, and then install the bobbin and thread guide.
If the reference page is “*”, contact your authorized Condensation has formed on the LCD screen. – Brother dealer or the nearest Brother authorized service • After a while, the cloudiness will disappear. center. The operation keys do not respond, or the key ■...
Troubleshooting Symptom, Cause/solution Reference Symptom, Cause/solution Reference There are scratches around the opening in the There are scratches around the opening in the needle plate. presser foot. There are scratches on the bobbin case. * There is a notch on the left side of the opening in the needle plate.
Brother Needle is turned, bent or the point is dull. dealer or the nearest Brother authorized service center. Bobbin is set incorrectly. The handwheel does not turn smoothly.
• Always use stabilizing material, especially with stretch fabrics, lightweight fabrics, fabrics with a coarse weave, or fabrics that often cause pattern shrinkage. See your authorized Brother dealer for the proper stabilizer. There was an object placed near the machine, and the carriage or embroidery frame hit the object during embroidering.
Turn the machine off, then back on again. If this message continues to appear, the machine may be malfunctioning. Please contact your authorized Brother dealer or the nearest Brother authorized service center. Cannot change the configuration of the characters.
Preventive maintenance is recommended. Once this message appears, it is recommended to take your machine to an authorized Brother dealer or nearest Brother authorized service center for a regular maintenance check. Although this message will disappear and the machine will continue to function once you press , the message will display several more times until the appropriate maintenance is performed.
When an upgrade program is available on our website at or four times. “ http://s.brother/cpjaa ”, please download the file(s) following the instructions on the website and steps listed If the machine locks up, for example, because the thread is below.
Index Index Leather ..................33 Light .................... 12 Aligning the position ..............75 Appliqué ..............46 Maintenance ................79 Memory ................55 Ball point needle ................21 Metallic thread ..............14 Bar tack stitch ................50 Mirroring ................11 Basting stitch ................35 MY CUSTOM STITCH ..............
Index Thread ................. 21 Thread color display ..............69 Thread cutting ..............26 Thread density ..............11 Thread tension .............. 29 Transparent nylon thread ......14 Troubleshooting ................80 Twin needle ................53 Upgrading ................... 91 Upper thread ..............17 USB ..................
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