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Embroidery Machine
Operation Manual
Product Code: 884-T20
Be sure to read this document before using the machine.
We recommend that you keep this document nearby for future reference.



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  • Page 1 Embroidery Machine Operation Manual Product Code: 884-T20 Be sure to read this document before using the machine. We recommend that you keep this document nearby for future reference.
  • Page 2 ® and ™ are not clearly described within the text. Open Source Licensing Remarks This product includes open-source software. To see the open source licensing remarks, please go to the manual download section on your model's home page of Brother Solutions Center at “ ”.
  • Page 3: Introduction

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

    “©DISNEY”). BROTHER retains all rights not expressly granted to CUSTOMER herein. Nothing in this agreement constitutes a waiver of the rights of BROTHER under any law. This agreement shall be governed by the laws of Japan. Please direct all inquiries concerning this Agreement in writing by regular mail, to Brother Industries, Ltd., 1-1-1 Kawagishi, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya 467-8562, Japan, Attention: P&H company Sales and Marketing...
  • Page 7: Warning Labels

    Warning Labels The following warning labels are on the machine. Be sure to observe the precautions described in the labels. Label locations Please put a drop of oil onto the hook once a day before use.
  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    Contents Introduction..........1 Attaching the embroidery frame to the machine ............. 34 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS... 1 Checking the needle bars and thread colors ..35 License Agreement........4 Upper threading ..........36 Warning Labels ........5 Threading the needle........38 Starting embroidering ........
  • Page 9: Names Of Machine Parts And Their Functions

    Names of Machine Parts and Their Functions The names of the various parts of the sewing machine and their functions are described below. Before using the sewing machine, carefully read these descriptions to learn the names of the machine parts. Front view 1 Thread tension knobs Adjust the tension of the thread.
  • Page 10: Right-Side/Rear View

    Right-side/rear view Operation panel 1 Start/Stop button Press the start/stop button to start or stop the machine. The lighting status and color of the button changes depending on the operation condition of the machine. Lit in red : When the machine cannot start sewing Flashing in green : When the machine can start...
  • Page 11: Accessories

    The accessories listed below are included with this machine. Make sure to use the accessories designed for this machine. Included accessories After opening the box, check that the following accessories are included. If any item is missing or damaged, contact your authorized Brother dealer. Part Name Part Name Part Code...
  • Page 12: Accessories That Are Included In Some Countries Or Regions

    XC5761-051 Embroidery frame holder A (with white corner cover) XF2222-001 Embroidery frame holder B (with light gray corner cover) XF2223-001 Operation Manual This manual Embroidery Design Guide XG8276-001 Power cord Visit your authorized Brother dealer. Bobbin case (on machine) XC7206-001...
  • Page 13: Optional Accessories

    Optional Accessories The following are available as optional accessories to be purchased separately. Part Name Part Name Part Code Part Code Round frame (100 mm (4 inches)) Advanced cap frame 2 set PRPRF100 (Americas) PRPRF100: XE8427-001 (Other area) PRCF3 (Americas) PRCF3: Round frame XE2158-201 (Other area)
  • Page 14 Part Name Note Part Code • Visit your nearest authorized Brother dealer Clamp frame M set 100mm (H) × 100 mm (W) for a complete listing of optional (4 inches (H) × 4 inches (W)) accessories for your machine. PRCLPM1 (Americas)
  • Page 15: Setting Up The Machine

    Setting Up the Machine The procedures for setting up the machine are described below. If the machine is not set up correctly, it may shake or produce loud noises and the embroidery will not be sewn correctly. An optional embroidery stand is also available. Setup and transporting precautions CAUTION •...
  • Page 16: Setting Up The Machine

    CAUTION • In order to prevent malfunctions or damage, do not set up the machine in a location exposed to the following conditions. Liquids, such as water Extreme dust Direct sunlight Insufficient space Blocked ventilation slots Objects within the moving range of the embroidery frame An unstable surface Connection to extension cords or...
  • Page 17: Adjusting The Operation Panel Position

    Adjusting the operation panel position (Side view) (Top view) Preparing the thread guide assembly 1 Remove. 1 Insert and tighten. 2 Loosen. 2 Tighten. 1 Tighten. 1 Loosen.
  • Page 18: Preparing The Spool Stand

    Preparing the spool stand Attaching the embroidery frame holder...
  • Page 19: Operating Precautions

    If the power supply cord or its plug is damaged, stop using the machine, and then take the machine to your authorized Brother dealer for repairs before continuing use. • If the machine is not to be used for a long period of time, unplug the power supply cord, otherwise a fire may result.
  • Page 20: Needle Precautions

    Needle precautions Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the correct choice of needle for your machine. CAUTION • Your machine is designed to use household embroidery needles. The factory recommended needle is “HAX 130 EBBR” (Organ). Schmetz needles 130/705 H-E may be used as a substitute. Use of any other needles may break the needle or thread or damage the needle-threading mechanism or result in injuries.
  • Page 21: Bobbin Precautions

    Bobbin precautions Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the bobbin. CAUTION • Only use prewound bobbin (COATS “L” type/TRU-SEW POLYESTER COATS “Filaments”) or bobbins designed specifically for this machine. Use of any other bobbin may result in injuries or damage to the machine. Polyester •...
  • Page 22: Preparing For Starting The Embroidery

    Preparing for Starting the Embroidery Playing a Tutorial Video Removing the bobbin case...
  • Page 23: Installing The Bobbin

    Installing the bobbin Check that the thread winds off 1 Pull out about 50 mm (2 inches) of thread. the bobbin clockwise as shown in the illustration. Installing the bobbin case...
  • Page 24: Turning On The Machine

    Turning on the machine CAUTION • Make sure to keep your hands and other items away from the carriage, in order to prevent any injuries. Set the clock. Steps are only needed when you turn on the machine for the first time.
  • Page 25: Selecting The Embroidery Pattern

    Selecting the embroidery pattern Checking a preview image...
  • Page 26: Understanding The Pattern Type Selection Screen

    Understanding the pattern type selection screen In this screen, select a pattern category (type). Display Function Key Name By using the included USB cable to connect a computer to the embroidery machine, patterns can be Computer recalled from the computer. (USB) key Recalls patterns from SD cards.
  • Page 27: Understanding The Pattern List Screen

    Understanding the pattern list screen In this screen, select the pattern. Display Function Key Name Displays an image of the pattern that is to be embroidered so it can be Preview key previewed. Shows the number of thread colors for the currently selected embroidery Number of pattern.
  • Page 28: Understanding The Pattern Editing Screen

    Understanding the pattern editing screen In the pattern editing screen, patterns can be individually edited. (The entire pattern cannot be edited from this screen.) The pattern selected in the pattern display area can be repositioned, resized, rotated and rearranged, and its color scheme can be changed. In addition, multiple patterns can be selected and combined.
  • Page 29 Display Function Key Name Flips the pattern being edited Horizontal horizontally. mirror image Changes the density of the pattern that is being edited; can only be used if an alphabet or frame pattern is Density key selected. Touch to group the multiple selected patterns.
  • Page 30: Understanding The Embroidering Settings Screen

    Understanding the embroidering settings screen From this screen, the entire pattern can be edited and embroidering settings can be specified. In addition, the embroidering position can be checked and a pattern can be saved for later use. Keys available in this screen differ when you set “Manual Color Sequence”...
  • Page 31 Display Function Key Name Selects the speed to move the frame. Touch to move the frame by 0.1 Touch to move the frame by 0.5 Frame movement speed keys Keep touching to move the frame at maximum speed. Specifies the needle position at the Starting/ beginning of sewing and at the end.
  • Page 32 ■ In the “Manual Color Sequence” mode Display Function Key Name This illustration appears when the sewing machine is in the “Manual Manual color Color Sequence” mode. sequence mode icon Touch to change the needle bar color setting. This key appears when you set Manual color “Manual Color Sequence”...
  • Page 33: Understanding The Embroidering Screen

    Understanding the embroidering screen From this screen, the total number of thread colors and the sewing time can be checked, the needle bar settings can be specified, and the needle placement forward or backward can be done. Keys available in this screen differ when you set “Manual Color Sequence”...
  • Page 34 Display Function Key Name Specifies the maximum sewing Maximum speed. sewing speed Moves the needle forward or backward through the stitching. Use this key in the following situations: • If the thread breaks or runs out while embroidering Forward/ • To restart sewing from the Backward stitch key beginning...
  • Page 35: Starting The Embroidery

    Starting the Embroidery Hooping the fabric in the embroidery frame Loosen the screw. Place the fabric with the right side up on top of the outer frame. Lightly tighten the screw, and then pull the edges of the fabric. 1 Inner frame 2 Outer frame 3 Bottom of inner frame Tighten the screw.
  • Page 36: Attaching The Embroidery Frame To The Machine

    Attaching the embroidery frame to the machine CAUTION • If the embroidery frame is not correctly attached it may hit the presser foot and damage the machine, or cause injury to the user. • When attaching the embroidery frame, make sure that the start/stop button is lit in red. If the start/stop button is flashing in green, the embroidery machine may start sewing.
  • Page 37: Checking The Needle Bars And Thread Colors

    Slide the embroidery frame into the clip on the Insert the embroidery frame until it snaps into embroidery frame holder. The inner frame should place. be on top. Checking the needle bars and thread colors 1 Thread information for the first to sixth needle bars 2 If no thread color name is displayed, that needle bar has not been used.
  • Page 38: Upper Threading

    Upper threading CAUTION • When threading the upper thread, carefully follow the instructions. If the upper threading is not performing correctly, the thread may break or become tangled, causing the needle to bend or break.
  • Page 40: Threading The Needle

    • If the hook of the automatic needle-threading mechanism is bent or damaged, contact your authorized Brother dealer. • While the hook of the automatic needle-threading mechanism is passed through the eye of the needle, do not rotate the handwheel, otherwise the automatic needle-threading mechanism may be damaged.
  • Page 41: Starting Embroidering

    Starting embroidering Stop the embroidering Removing the embroidery frame and fabric...
  • Page 42: Turning Off The Machine

    Turning off the machine Changing the needle CAUTION • Be sure to turn off the embroidery machine before replacing the needle, otherwise injuries may result if the machine starts embroidering. Memo 1 End of the needle changing tool 2 Needle mounting clamp 1 Needle bar stopper 2 Needle 3 Flat side of needle...
  • Page 43: Appendix

    Appendix Checking the thread tension The upper thread tension can be adjusted using the thread tension knob or the upper thread guide pretension knob. 1 Right side 1 Right side 2 Wrong side 2 Wrong side The tension of the upper thread is The tension of the upper thread is too tight, resulting in the lower too loose, resulting in a loose...
  • Page 44: Oiling The Needle Bars

    (Front angle view) (Side view) 1 Punch a small hole in oil bottle. 2 Apply oil here. • Use a pointed object to punch a small hole in the tip of the included oiler before using it. Oiling the needle bars Note •...
  • Page 45: Cleaning The Hook

    • Unplug the power supply cord before cleaning the machine, otherwise injuries or an electric shock may occur. • If the hook is scratched or damaged, consult your authorized Brother dealer. Remove any lint and dust from the hook and its surrounding area.
  • Page 46: Cleaning Around The Needle Plate

    Cleaning around the needle plate CAUTION • Unplug the power supply cord before cleaning the machine, otherwise injuries or an electric shock may occur. 1 Remove the needle plate. 1 Spacer 1 Remove all lint in this area. 1 Elliptical notch 1 Needle plate 2 Screw head...
  • Page 47: Cleaning The Thread Guides

    Cleaning the thread guides 1 Clean the thread guide plate. Clean the thread guide plates for both the upper thread guide 1 and the middle thread guide 2. Clean the tension dial Note • When reassembling the tension unit, be sure not to install the tension disc upside down.
  • Page 48: Basic Setting

    Basic Setting...
  • Page 49: Upgrading Your Machine's Software

    Upgrading Your Machine’s Software Note • When an upgrade program is available on “ ”, please download the files following the instructions on the website and steps below. • Check that no data other than the upgrade file is saved on the USB media being used for this upgrade.
  • Page 52 Please visit us at where you can get product support and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs). English 884-T20 Printed in Taiwan XG9515-001...