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Operation
Manual
Sewing Machine
Video tutorials
included on DVD.
888-X64/X74/X84/X67/X77/X87
IMPORTANT SAFETY
INSTRUCTIONS
Please read these safety instructions before attempting to use the
machine.
DANGER
- To reduce the risk of electric shock:
1
Always unplug the machine from the electrical outlet
immediately after using, when cleaning, when making any
user servicing adjustments mentioned in this manual, or if you
are leaving the machine unattended.
WARNING
- To reduce the risk of burns, fire, electric shock, or injury to persons.
2
Always unplug the machine from the electrical outlet when
making any adjustments mentioned in the instruction manual:
To unplug the machine, switch the machine to the symbol "O"
position to turn it off, then grasp the plug and pull it out of the
electrical outlet. Do not pull on the cord.
Plug the machine directly into the electrical outlet. Do not use
an extension cord.
Always unplug your machine if the power is cut.
3
Electrical Hazards:
This machine should be connected to an AC power source
within the range indicated on the rating label. Do not connect it
to a DC power source or inverter. If you are not sure what kind
of power source you have, contact a qualified electrician.
This machine is approved for use in the country of purchase only.
4
Never operate this machine if it has a damaged cord or
plug, if it is not working properly, if it has been dropped or
damaged, or water is spilled on the unit. Return the machine
to the nearest authorized Brother dealer or service center for
examination, repair, electrical or mechanical adjustment.
While the machine is stored or in use if you notice anything
unusual, such as an odor, heat, discoloration or deformation,
stop using the machine and immediately unplug the power cord.
When transporting the machine, be sure to carry it by its handle.
Lifting the machine by any other part may damage the machine
or result in the machine falling, which could cause injuries.
When lifting the machine, be careful not to make any sudden or
careless movements, otherwise you may injure your back or knees.

Included accessories

1
2
3
4
5
A
A
J
I
I
J
6
7
Part Code
No.
Part Name
Americas
Others
1 Zigzag foot "J" (on machine)
XC4901-121
2 Buttonhole foot "A"
X59369-321
3 Zipper foot "I"
XE9369-001
4 Bobbin (One is on machine)
SA156
SFB:XA5539-151
3-piece set: XE5328-001
5 Needle set (90/14 needle)
2-piece set: XE7064-001
6 Screwdriver
XF3557-001
Model KD-1902 for 110-120V area
7 Foot controller
KD-1902 for 110-127V area (Brazil only)
Model KD-2902 for 220-240V area
Note
The included accessories vary depending on the machine model.
The foot controller part code differs depending on the country or region.
Contact your Brother dealer or the nearest authorized Brother Service Center.
Replacing the needle
CAUTION
Checking the needle
Always turn off the machine before you change
the needle. Otherwise, injuries may occur if the
foot controller is accidentally pressed and the
machine starts sewing.
Only use sewing machine needles for home
use. Other needles may bend or break and
cause injury.
Never sew with a bent needle. A bent needle
will easily break and cause injury.
CAUTION
Mark on the wheel points
up to rise the needle
Before replacing the needle, place fabric or paper
under the presser foot to prevent the needle from
falling into the hole in the needle plate.
Turn the screw
counterclockwise.
Changing the presser foot
CAUTION
Always turn off the machine before you change the
presser foot. If you leave the power on and step on the
controller, the machine will start and you may be injured.
Always use the correct presser foot for the stitch pattern
you have chosen. If you use the wrong presser foot, the
needle may strike the presser foot and bend or break,
and may cause injury.
Only use presser feet that have been designed to be
used with this machine. Using any other presser foot
may cause accident or injury.
Reverse sewing
Trial sewing
To sew in reverse,
Use a piece of fabric and
push the reverse
thread that are the same
sewing lever in as far
as those used for your
as possible and hold
project, and check the
it in that position while
thread tension and stitch
you lightly push the foot
length and width.
controller.
To sew forward, release
the reverse sewing
lever. The machine will
Reverse sewing
then sew forward.
lever
The length of reverse
stitches is fixed at 2 mm
(1/16 inch).
5
Always keep your work area clear:
Never operate the machine with any air openings blocked. Keep
ventilation openings of the machine and foot control free from the
build up of lint, dust, and loose cloth.
Do not store objects on the foot controller.
Do not use extension cords. Plug the machine directly into the
electrical outlet.
Never drop or insert any object into any opening.
Do not operate where aerosol (spray) products are being used or
where oxygen is being administered.
Do not use the machine near a heat source, such as a stove or
iron; otherwise, the machine, power cord or garment being sewn
may ignite, resulting in fire or an electric shock.
Do not place this machine on an unstable surface, such as
an unsteady or slanted table, otherwise the machine may fall,
resulting in injuries.
6
Special care is required when sewing:
Always pay close attention to the needle. Do not use bent or
damaged needles.
Keep fingers away from all moving parts. Special care is required
around the machine needle.
Do not turn on the machine while pressing down the foot controller.
The machine may start unexpectedly and cause personal injury or
damage to the machine.
Switch the machine to the symbol "O" position to turn it off when
making any adjustments in the needle area.
Do not use a damaged or incorrect needle plate, as it could cause
the needle to break.
Do not push or pull the fabric when sewing, and follow careful
instruction when freehand stitching so that you do not deflect the
needle and cause it to break.
7
This machine is not a toy:
Your close attention is necessary when the machine is used by or
near children.
The plastic bag that this machine was supplied in should be kept
out of the reach of children or disposed of. Never allow children to
play with the bag due to the danger of suffocation.
Do not use outdoors.
8
For a longer service life:
When storing this machine, avoid direct sunlight and high humidity
locations. Do not use or store the machine near a space heater,
iron, halogen lamp, or other hot objects.
Use only neutral soaps or detergents to clean the case. Benzene,
thinner, and scouring powders can damage the case and machine,
and should never be used.
Always consult the operation manual when replacing or installing
any assemblies, the presser feet, needle, or other parts to assure
correct installation.
9
For repair or adjustment:
If the light unit (light-emitting diode) is damaged, it must be
replaced by authorized Brother Service Center.
In the event a malfunction occurs or adjustment is required,
first follow the troubleshooting table in the back of the operation
manual to inspect and adjust the machine yourself. If the problem
persists, please consult your local authorized Brother Service
Center.

Optional accessories

1
2
3
6
7
8
No.
Part Name
Americas
1 Extra spool pin
2 Twin needle (2.0/75 needle)
3 Darning Plate
4 Button sewing foot "M"
5 Walking Foot
SA107
6 Quilting Foot
SA129
7 1/4-inch Quilting Foot
SA125
8 Narrow Hemmer Foot
SA127
9 Blind Stitch Foot
SA134
10 Quilting guide
SA132
Note
The optional accessories are to be purchased separately. Depending on the
model you purchased, some accessories may be included with your machine.
Parallel space
Level surface
Note
With the flat side of the needle
toward the back of the machine,
Do not use excessive force
insert the needle until touching
when loosening or tightening
this stopper.
the needle clamp screw.
Tighten the needle
clamp screw.
Mark on the wheel points up to raise
the needle.
Changing the sewing
Sewing thick fabrics
direction
If the fabric does not fit
easily under the presser
Stop the machine with
foot, raise the presser
the needle in the fabric
foot lever even higher to
at the point where you
bring the presser foot to its
want to change the
highest position.
sewing direction, and
CAUTION
then raise the presser
foot lever. Using the needle as a pivot, turn
If fabric more than 6 mm (15/64 inch) thick is
the fabric, lower the presser foot lever, and
sewn or if the fabric is pushed with too much
then continue sewing.
force, the needle may bend or break.
Use this machine only for its intended use as described in this manual.
Use accessories recommended by the manufacturer as contained in
this manual.
The contents of this manual and specifications of this product are
subject to change without notice.
For additional product information, visit our web site at www.brother.
com
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
This machine is intended for household use.
FOR USERS IN COUNTRIES EXCEPT
EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
This appliance is not intended for use by persons
(including children) with reduced physical, sensory
or mental capabilities, or lack of experience
and knowledge, unless they have been given
supervision or instruction concerning use of the
appliance by a person responsible for their safety.
Children should be supervised to ensure that they
do not play with the appliance.
FOR USERS IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
This appliance can be used by children aged from
8 years and above and persons with reduced
physical, sensory or mental capabilities or lack
of experience and knowledge if they have been
given supervision or instruction concerning use of
the appliance in a safe way and understand the
hazards involved. Children shall not play with the
appliance. Cleaning and user maintenance shall
not be made by children without supervision.
FOR USERS IN THE UK, EIRE, MALTA AND CYPRUS
ONLY
IMPORTANT
In the event of replacing the plug fuse, use a fuse approved by
ASTA to BS 1362, i.e. carrying the
plug.
Always replace the fuse cover. Never use plugs with the fuse cover
omitted.
If the available electrical outlet is not suitable for the plug supplied
with this equipment, you should contact your authorized Brother
Service Center to obtain the correct lead.

Using Your Sewing Machine

4
5
M
WARNING
M
Use only regular household electricity for the power source. Using other
power sources may result in fire, electric shock, or damage to the machine.
Make sure that the plugs on the power cord are firmly inserted into the
9
10
electrical outlet and the power supply jack on the machine. Otherwise, a fire
or electric shock may result.
Do not insert the plug on the power cord into an electrical outlet that is in
poor condition.
Turn off the main power and remove the plug in the following circumstances:
When you are away from the machine
Part Code
After using the machine
When the power fails during use
Others
When the machine does not operate correctly due to a bad connection or
XG3488-001
a disconnection
X57521-021
During electrical storms
XC6063-021
CAUTION
XE2137-001
Use only the power cord included with this machine.
F034N: XC2165-002
Do not use extension cords or multi-plug adapters with many other
F005N: XC1948-052
appliances plugged in to them. Fire or electric shock may result.
Do not touch the plug with wet hands. Electric shock may result.
F001N: XC1944-052
When unplugging the machine, always turn off the main power first. Always
F003N: XC1945-052
grasp the plug to remove it from the outlet. Pulling on the cord may damage
the cord, or lead to fire or electric shock.
F018N: XC1976-052
Do not allow the power cord to be cut, damaged, modified, forcefully bent,
F016N: XC2215-052
pulled, twisted, or bundled. Do not place heavy objects on the cord. Do not
subject the cord to heat. These things may damage the cord and cause fire
or electric shock. If the cord or plug is damaged, take the machine to your
authorized Brother Service Center for repairs before continuing use.
Unplug the power cord if the machine is not to be used for a long period of
time. Otherwise a fire may result.
Install the twin needle in the same way.
CAUTION
Make sure you insert the needle until it touches the
stopper, and securely tighten the needle clamp screw
with a screwdriver, otherwise the needle may break or
the machine may be damaged.
Presser foot holder
Black
or
button
Remove the presser
Press the black button at the
foot by pulling it
back of the presser foot holder
vertically downward.
to release the presser foot.
Sewing thin fabrics
When sewing thin
fabrics, the stitching
may become
misaligned or the
fabric may not feed
correctly. If this
Stabilizer material
occurs, place thin
or paper
paper or stabilizer
material under the
fabric and sew it
together with the
fabric. When you have
finished sewing, tear
off any excess paper.
The main parts
3
4
6
8
Bobbin winder
a
This winds the thread onto the bobbin for use as the lower thread.
Spool pin
b
This holds the spool of thread.
Thread guide
c
This is used when winding the thread onto the bobbin and then
threading the machine.
Thread take-up lever
d
Hole for extra spool pin
e
This holds a second spool of thread for sewing with the twin needle.
Upper tension-control dial
f
This controls the tension of the upper thread.
Thread cutter
g
Pass the threads through the thread cutter to cut them.
Flat bed attachment with accessory compartment
h
Presser foot
i
Reverse sewing lever
j
Push this lever to stitch in the reverse direction.
Buttonhole fine-adjustment screw
k
Pattern selection dial
l
Rotate the dial in either direction to choose the stitch you want.
Handwheel
m
Used to manually raise and lower the needle.
Air vent
n
The air vent allows the air surrounding the motor to circulate.
Do not cover the air vent while the machine is being used.
Main power and sewing light switch
o
You can turn the main power and sewing light switch on and off.
mark, rating as marked on
Foot controller jack / socket
p
Plug in the foot controller plug and connect the machine to the power supply.
Presser foot lever
q
Used to raise and lower the presser foot.
Handle
r
Carry the machine by its handle when transporting.
Foot controller
s
You can use this to control the sewing speed, and to start and stop sewing.
Flat bed attachment
The accessories can be stored in a compartment inside the flat bed attachment.
Connecting plugs
Main power and
sewing light switch
Press the power switch
toward the "I" mark to turn the
main power and sewing light
on. Press toward the "O" mark
to turn off.
Thread tension
The tension of the thread will affect the quality of your stitches. You may need to adjust it when you change fabric or thread. We
recommend that you do a test sample on scrap of a fabric before you start to sew.
Correct tension
Upper tension is too tight
Correct tension is important as
Loops will appear on the surface of the fabric.
too much or too little tension will
weaken your seams or cause
puckers on your fabric.
Note
If the bobbin thread was incorrectly
Back of fabric
threaded, the upper thread may be too
tight. In this case, refer to "1 Lower
threading" on the back side to rethread
Surface of
the bobbin thread.
fabric
Upper thread
Back of fabric
Lower thread
Surface
of fabric
Upper
Loops appear on
thread
Lower
surface of fabric
thread
Solution: Reduce the tension by turning the
upper tension control dial to a lower number.
This snaps in
Shank
to the shank.
Sewing stretch

Stitching cylindrical pieces

fabrics
First, baste
Slide the flat bed
the pieces
attachment to the
of fabric
left to release it.
together,
and then
sew without
Basting
stretching the
fabric.
Note
When you are finished with free-arm sewing,
install the flat bed attachment back in its
original position.
XG4097-001
1
2
H
5
B
A
C
0
D
G
9
E
F
I
Slide the
attachment to the
left to open.
Storage compartment
Note
If a power outage occurs while the sewing
machine is being operated, turn off the main
power and unplug the power supply cord.
When restarting the sewing machine, follow the
necessary procedure to correctly operate the
machine.
(For U.S.A. only)
This appliance has a polarized plug (one blade wider
than the other). To reduce the risk of electric shock,
this plug is intended to fit in a polarized outlet only
one way. If the plug does not fit fully in the outlet,
reverse the plug.
If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician
to install the proper outlet. Do not modify the plug in
any way.
Foot controller
CAUTION
Do not allow pieces of
cloth and dust to build
up on the foot controller.
Doing so could cause a
fire or an electric shock.
Slower
Faster
Press the foot
controller down to start
sewing. Take your foot
off the foot controller to
stop sewing.
Upper tension is too loose
Loops appear on the back of the fabric.
Note
If the upper thread was incorrectly
threaded, the upper thread may be
too loose. In this case, refer to "2
Upper threading" on the back side and
rethread the upper thread.
Loops appear
on back of
Back of fabric
fabric
Surface
of fabric
Upper
thread
Lower thread
Solution: Increase the tension by turning the
upper tension control dial to a higher number.
Presser foot installation orientation
CAUTION
If the presser foot is not
installed with the correct
orientation, the needle may
strike the presser foot,
which may bend or break
the needle and cause injury.
Slide the part that you wish
to sew onto the arm, and
then sew from the top.

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  • Page 1: Important Safety Instructions

    ● on. Press toward the “O” mark off the foot controller to Contact your Brother dealer or the nearest authorized Brother Service Center. model you purchased, some accessories may be included with your machine. time. Otherwise a fire may result.
  • Page 2: Lower Threading

    Using tailor’s chalk, mark the position and Match up the • Exposed to extremely low temperatures CAUTION Brother Service Center or the nearest authorized Brother Service Center. length of the buttonhole on the fabric. bar tack mark • Exposed to extreme temperature changes...

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