Operation Manual KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE Sewing Machine SEWING BASICS Product Code: 885-E35 UTILITY STITCHES APPENDIX Be sure to read this document before using the machine. We recommend that you keep this document nearby for future reference.
IMPORTANT SAFETY • While the machine is stored or in use if you notice anything unusual, such as an odor, heat, INSTRUCTIONS discoloration or deformation, stop using the machine and immediately unplug the power cord. • When transporting the machine, be sure to carry it Please read these safety instructions before by its handle. Lifting the machine by any other part attempting to use the machine.
• Always replace the fuse cover. Never use plugs For additional product information, visit our web with the fuse cover omitted. site at www.brother.com • If the available electrical outlet is not suitable for the plug supplied with this equipment, you should contact your authorized dealer to obtain the correct lead.
10 Needle set XC8834-021 • This foot controller can be used on the machine 11 Twin needle 131096-121 with product code 885-E35. The product code is Ball point needle XD0360-021 mentioned on the machine rating plate. (gold colored) • The screw of the presser foot holder is available...
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE For models equipped with an open type flat bed Optional accessories attachment Open the compartment as illustrated below. The following are available as optional accessories to be purchased separately. Depending on the model you purchased, the following accessory may be included.
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE D Foot controller (page 9) NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS E Foot controller jack/socket (page 9) AND THEIR FUNCTIONS F Feed dog position lever (page 38 and 43) G Presser foot lever (page 16) The illustrations in this operation manual may differ H Thread guide (page 12 and 17) from the actual machine.
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE 3 Stitch length adjustment key Operation buttons Press the “–” side to reduce the stitch length; press the “+” side to increase the stitch length. The operation buttons differ depending on the 4 Stitch width adjustment key sewing machine model.
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ■ Installing the spool pin Spool pin Insert the tab on the spool pin into the hole. Press down on the spool pin lever to raise the spool pin. 1 Hole 2 Tab CAUTION Push the spool pin down until it locks into place.
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE USING YOUR SEWING Power supply MACHINE Insert the plug into a wall outlet. Power supply precautions Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the power supply. WARNING 1 Main power switch 2 Jack/socket • Use only regular household electricity for the connector power source.
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE CAUTION Changing the needle stop position Normally, the sewing machine is set to leave the • When connecting the foot controller, be sure needle in the fabric when sewing is stopped. Instead, to turn off the sewing machine in order to the machine can be set to leave the needle raised prevent the machine from accidentally being when sewing is stopped.
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE Cancelling the operation beep CAUTION When the sewing machine is purchased, it is set to • Only use the bobbin that comes with this beep each time a key is pressed. This setting can be machine or bobbins of the same type (part changed so that the machine does not beep.
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE CAUTION • If the spool or the spool cap is not positioned correctly, the thread may become tangled around the spool pin or the machine may be damaged. • Three spool cap sizes are available. Choose a spool cap that best fits the size of spool being 3 Bobbin-winding thread guide used.
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE Note Memo • When using the foot controller to operate • When the sewing machine is started or the the sewing machine, connect the foot handwheel is turned after winding the thread controller before turning on the machine. around the bobbin, the machine will make a • When the foot controller is plugged in, the clicking sound;...
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE Pull the thread and pass it through the slit in (For models equipped with the sewing speed the bobbin winder seat. controller) Slide the sewing speed controller back to its original position. Memo • When the sewing machine is started or the handwheel is turned after winding the thread 1 Slit (with built-in cutter) around the bobbin, the machine will make a...
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE Slide the button and open the cover. ■ For models equipped with the quick-set bobbin Memo • The direction for feeding the bobbin thread is indicated by marks on the needle plate cover. Be 1 Cover sure to thread the machine as indicated. 2 Slide button Put the bobbin in so the thread comes out in the direction shown by the arrow.
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE CAUTION • When threading the upper thread, carefully follow the instructions. If the upper threading is not correct, the thread may become tangled or the needle may bend or break. • Never use a thread weight of 20 or lower. • Use the needle and the thread in the correct combination.
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE Pass the thread as illustrated below. CAUTION • Do not grab the bar to raise the spool pin, otherwise, the spool pin may bend or break. • Be sure to raise the spool pin when winding the bobbin.
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE Memo ■ Using the needle threader (for models equipped with the needle threader) • If the needle is not raised, the thread take- up lever cannot be threaded. Be sure to CAUTION raise the needle before threading the sewing machine. • The needle threader can be used with a 75/11 through 100/16 home sewing machine needle. Put the thread behind the needle bar thread However, the needle threader cannot be used guide.
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE Release the needle threader lever. Then pull the loop of the thread. 1 Turn the handwheel so 2 Press the Needle position that the mark on the button (for the models wheel points up. equipped with this button). 1 Loop of thread Pull on the upper thread to draw up the CAUTION...
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE Memo REPLACING THE NEEDLE • The lower the thread number, the thicker the thread; and the higher the needle number, the This section provides information on sewing machine thicker the needle. needles. ■ Ball point needle Needle precautions Use the ball point needle when sewing on stretch fabrics or fabrics where skipped stitches easily Be sure to observe the following precautions...
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE • Do not apply strong force when loosening or Replacing the needle tightening the needle clamp screw, otherwise certain parts of the sewing machine may be damaged. Raise the needle in the following way. With the flat side of the needle toward the 1 Turn the handwheel so 2 Press the Needle position that the mark on the...
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE Thread the upper thread for the right needle CAUTION in the same way as the left needle. • Use only twin needles that have been made for this machine (part code: 131096-121). Other needles could break, and damage the machine. • Do not sew with bent needles.
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE Two lines of stitching are sewn parallel to If the sewing machine has been turned on, each other. turn it off. CAUTION • Before replacing the presser foot, be sure to turn off the sewing machine, otherwise injuries may occur if the foot controller or the start/ stop button is accidentally pressed and the Note...
KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE Raise the presser foot lever to check that the presser foot is securely attached. Removing the presser foot holder Remove the presser foot holder when cleaning the sewing machine or when installing a presser foot that does not use the presser foot holder, such as the quilting foot.
SEWING BASICS SEWING BASICS SEWING Selecting a stitch When the sewing machine is turned on, the straight Basic sewing operations are described below. stitch ( left needle position) is selected. Before operating the sewing machine, read the following precautions. Turn on the sewing machine. CAUTION <For models equipped with satin stitches and • While the machine is in operation, pay special...
SEWING BASICS Note Press (stitch selection keys) to designate the desired stitch number. • When the stitch length or stitch width is changed from the standard setting, around disappears from the LCD. CAUTION 1 Designates the tens digit. 2 Designates the ones digit. • After adjusting the stitch width, slowly turn The stitch is selected.
SEWING BASICS While holding the end of the thread and Pull the fabric to the left side of the machine, the fabric, turn the handwheel toward you and then cut the threads by using the thread (counterclockwise) to lower the needle to the cutter.
SEWING BASICS Memo Thread tension • When you finish sewing, remove the bobbin cover and then make sure that the thread is shown The thread tension will affect the quality of your as below. If the thread is not shown as below, stitches.
SEWING BASICS USEFUL SEWING TIPS Sewing curves Stop sewing, and then slightly change the sewing Various ways to achieve better results for your direction to sew around the curve. sewing projects are described below. Refer to these tips when sewing your project. Trial sewing A trial piece of fabric should be sewn.
SEWING BASICS While holding zigzag foot “J” level, hold the Make sure that the needle passes through the hook- presser foot locking pin pressed in, and lower and-loop fastener tape by turning the handwheel and the presser foot lever. lower the needle into the hook-and-loop fastener tape before sewing.
SEWING BASICS Stitching cylindrical pieces Removing the flat bed attachment makes it easier to sew cylindrical pieces such as cuffs and pant legs, or hard-to-reach areas. Pull the flat bed attachment to the left to release it. <Slide type flat bed attachment> 1 Flat bed attachment <Open type flat bed attachment>...
UTILITY STITCHES OVERCASTING STITCHES Using overcasting foot You can use the overcasting stitches to join together Attach overcasting foot “G”. seams and finish them in one operation. They are also useful for sewing stretch materials. Select stitch . (Refer to page 25.) Stitch Name Pattern Presser Foot Pattern No.
UTILITY STITCHES BASIC STITCHING Straight stitches are used for sewing plain seams. Stitch Name Pattern Presser Foot Pattern No. 1 Stitch width 2 Stitch width adjustment key 3 Left needle position Left 4 Right needle position Straight BLIND HEM STITCHING Center You can use the Blind Hem Stitch to finish the Triple stretch...
UTILITY STITCHES Fold the fabric along the desired edge of the Attach blind hem foot “R”. hem, and press. Select a stitch. 1 Wrong side of fabric 2 Right side of fabric 3 Edge of fabric Remove the flat bed attachment and make 4 Desired edge of hem free-arm sewing possible.
UTILITY STITCHES ■ If the needle catches too much of the hem fold BUTTONHOLE SEWING If the needle catches too much of the hem fold, adjust the stitch width so that the needle Buttonholes can be sewn and buttons can be sewn on. slightly catches the fold by pressing the “+”...
UTILITY STITCHES Part names of the buttonhole foot “A” Attach buttonhole foot “A”. Position the upper thread under the presser foot by guiding thread through the hole in the presser foot before attaching the buttonhole foot “A”. Select a stitch. 1 Button guide plate 2 Presser foot scale 3 Pin...
UTILITY STITCHES Memo Gently hold the end of the upper thread in your left hand, and then start sewing. • Before sewing buttonholes, check the stitch length and width by sewing a trial buttonhole on a scrap piece of fabric. ■ Sewing buttonholes on stretch fabrics When sewing buttonholes on stretch fabrics, use a gimp thread.
UTILITY STITCHES Button sewing Select a stitch . (With models not provided with stitch , select stitch .) Buttons can be sewn on with the sewing machine. Buttons with 2 or with 4 holes can be attached. Adjust the stitch width so that it is the same as the distance between the holes in the Measure the distance between the holes.
UTILITY STITCHES Attach the presser foot holder to the right ZIPPER INSERTION side of the pin on zipper foot “I”. You can use the zipper foot to sew different types of zippers, and can easily position it to the right or left side of the needle.
UTILITY STITCHES Memo Sew the fabric without stretching it. • If the presser foot contacts the zipper slider, leave the needle lowered (in the fabric) and raise the presser foot. After moving the slider so it will not contact the presser foot, lower the presser foot and continue sewing.
UTILITY STITCHES APPLIQUÉ, PATCHWORK CAUTION AND QUILT STITCHING • If glue is used to hold the cut design in place on the fabric, do not apply glue to areas that The stitches that can be used for sewing appliqués, will be sewn with the machine. If glue is patchwork and quilts are described below.
UTILITY STITCHES Note Piecing • The walking foot can only be used with straight or zigzag stitch patterns. Do not sew reverse stitches Sewing together two pieces of fabric is called with the walking foot. “piecing”. The fabric pieces should be cut with a 6.5 • When using the walking foot, try a test sewing mm (1/4 inch) seam allowance.
UTILITY STITCHES Note Note • When sewing with the walking foot, sew at a Models equipped with a needle threader speed between slow and medium. • Thread the needle manually when using the quilting foot, or only attach the quilting foot after threading the needle using the needle threader.
UTILITY STITCHES Triple stretch stitching Use triple stretch stitching to reinforce sleeve holes and inseams. Attach zigzag foot “J”. The feed dogs are lowered. Select stitch Turn on the sewing machine, and then select Start sewing. (Refer to page 26.) a stitch.
UTILITY STITCHES • When lowering the presser foot, do not push DECORATIVE STITCHING in the front of the presser foot, otherwise the bar tack will not be sewn with the correct size. Various decorative stitches can be sewn with this sewing machine. Stitch Name Pattern Presser Foot Pattern No.
UTILITY STITCHES CAUTION Scallop stitching The wave-shaped repeating pattern that looks • Be sure to turn off the main power before like shells is called “scalloping”. It is used on the replacing the presser foot. Otherwise, injuries collars of blouses and to decorate the edges of may occur if the foot controller or (start/ handkerchiefs.
UTILITY STITCHES Sew parallel stitching at intervals of 10 mm Attach zigzag foot “J”. (3/8 inch). Select stitch , and then increase the thread tension. • For details, refer to “Selecting a stitch” (page 25). Sew while making sure that the needle drops 1 10 mm (3/8 inch) slightly off the edge of the fabric.
UTILITY STITCHES Turn the fabric over so that the right side Start sewing. faces up, and then sew over the seam with the center of the presser foot aligned with the seam. SEWING CHARACTERS (for models equipped with character stitches) 1 Right side of 55 characters can be sewn by following the fabric...
UTILITY STITCHES The following display is shown on the LCD. 1 Selected pattern No. 1 Stitch category selection key 2 The position of the selected pattern No. 2 Character stitch indicator 3 The total number of entered characters <For models equipped with 2 font types of Attach the presser foot indicated on the LCD.
UTILITY STITCHES When you have finished combining characters, check the entered characters and their order. • For details on checking characters, refer to “Checking characters” (page 51). 1 Utility stitch key 2 Character stitch key Memo 3 Character stitch indicator (Gothic font) 4 Character stitch indicator (Script font) • A new character can only be added next to the last character.
UTILITY STITCHES Checking characters Sewing the character stitches You can check the characters in a combination with All character stitches are sewn with monogramming following method. foot “N”. Press the “+” or “-” side of (stitch length Select a character stitch. (Refer to page 48.) adjustment key) repeatedly.
UTILITY STITCHES Select No. 59 (for making adjustments). ADJUSTING STITCHES (for models equipped with character stitches) Your stitch pattern may sometimes turn out poorly, The LCD goes into the stitch adjustment depending on the type or thickness of fabric, the mode.
APPENDIX STITCH SETTINGS Applications, stitch lengths and widths and whether the twin needle can be used are listed for utility stitches and satin stitches in the following table. CAUTION • When using the twin needle, select a stitch width of 5.0 mm (3/16 inch) or less, otherwise the needle may break or the machine may be damaged.
APPENDIX Stitch Width Stitch Length [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Pattern Stitch Name Application Auto Auto Manual Manual 2.0 (1/16) 0 (0) Blind hem stitch Blind hem stitching on stretch fabrics 1.0–3.5 Reinf. -3← →3 (1/16–1/8) 3.5 (1/8) 2.5 (3/32) Yes* Appliqué...
APPENDIX Stitch Width Stitch Length [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Pattern Stitch Name Application Auto Auto Manual Manual 5.0 (3/16) 0.5 (1/32) Auto Horizontal buttonholes on thin and medium 3.0–5.0 0.2–1.0 weight fabrics Reinf.** (1/8–3/16) (1/64–1/16) 5.0 (3/16) 0.5 (1/32) Secured buttonholes for fabrics that have Auto 3.0–5.0 0.2–1.0...
APPENDIX Stitch Width Stitch Length [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Pattern Stitch Name Application Auto Auto Manual Manual 7.0 (1/4) 2.5 (3/32) For decoration, etc. 0.0–7.0 0.2–4.0 Reinf. (0–1/4) (1/64–3/16) 7.0 (1/4) 2.5 (3/32) For decoration, etc. 0.0–7.0 0.2–4.0 Reinf. (0–1/4) (1/64–3/16) 7.0 (1/4) 1.4 (1/16)
APPENDIX Stitch Width Stitch Length [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Pattern Stitch Name Application Auto Auto Manual Manual 7.0 (1/4) 1.6 (1/16) For decoration, etc. 0.0–7.0 0.2–4.0 Reinf. (0–1/4) (1/64–3/16) Decorative stitch 7.0 (1/4) 1.4 (1/16) For decoration, etc. 0.0–7.0 0.2–4.0 Reinf.
APPENDIX Character stitches (for models equipped with character stitches) Stitch Type Pattern No. Gothic font Stitch Type Pattern No. Script font (for models equipped with 2 font types of character stitches)
APPENDIX MAINTENANCE CAUTION Simple sewing machine maintenance operations are • Make sure you unplug the machine before you clean it. Otherwise, you may get an electric described below. shock or be injured. Restrictions on oiling Raise the needle and the presser foot. In order to prevent damaging this machine, it must not be oiled by the user.
• Never use a bobbin case that is scratched, You can solve most problems by yourself. If you otherwise the upper thread may become need additional help, the Brother Solutions Center tangled, the needle may break or sewing offers the latest FAQs and troubleshooting tips. Visit performance may suffer.
APPENDIX • Looking under the fabric, there is tangled Upper thread tightened up thread in the bobbin case. ■ Symptom • The upper thread appears as a single continuous line. • The lower thread is visible from the upper side of the fabric. (Refer to the illustration below.) • The upper thread has tightened up, and comes out when pulled.
APPENDIX Symptom 1 Symptom 3 • When the upper thread is visible from the lower side of the fabric, turn the dial clockwise. Fabric is caught in the machine and cannot be removed 1 Lower side of fabric 2 Lower thread visible from upper side of fabric 3 Upper thread If the fabric is caught in the sewing machine and cannot...
APPENDIX Remove the bobbin case. If the fabric cannot be removed, even after completing these steps, contact your nearest If threads remain in the bobbin case, remove authorized service center. them. Remove any threads in the race and around the feed dogs. Turn the handwheel to raise the feed dogs.
APPENDIX Slowly turn the handwheel toward you CAUTION (counterclockwise) and check that the needle bar and feed dogs operate correctly. • Never use bent needles. Bent needles can If the needle or feed dogs contact the needle easily break, possibly resulting in injuries. plate, the machine may be malfunctioning;...
APPENDIX Note Turn off the machine. • If the needle is not raised, the upper thread Remove the fabric from the machine. cannot be threaded correctly. Be sure to press the needle position button to raise the needle before • Refer to “Fabric is caught in the machine and threading the upper thread.
APPENDIX List of symptoms ■ Before sewing Symptom Possible cause How to put it right Reference The needle Raise the needle either by turning threader cannot be the handwheel toward you You have not moved the needle holder used. (counterclockwise) so that the mark on page 16 to its highest position.
APPENDIX Symptom Possible cause How to put it right Reference Fabric being sewn Thread is tangled below the needle Lift up the fabric and cut the threads with the machine page 63 plate. below it, and clean the race. cannot be removed. The spool or spool cap is incorrectly Correctly install the spool or spool cap.
APPENDIX Symptom Possible cause How to put it right Reference The area around the hole in the needle plate is scratched. * There is a notch on Replace the needle plate. the left side of the Contact your retailer or the nearest –...
APPENDIX Symptom Possible cause How to put it right Reference Dust has built up in the feed dogs or in Remove the needle plate cover and page 60 the race. clean the plate and the race. You have not threaded the upper thread Correct the upper threading.
APPENDIX Symptom Possible cause How to put it right Reference The thread tension is incorrect. Adjust the tension of the upper thread. page 28, 62 The stitch is not The thread is tangled, for example, in Remove the tangle thread. If the thread page 60, 62 sewn correctly.