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CONTENTS CONTENTS Chapter 1 Getting Ready Chapter 3 Various Stitches NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS......12 UTILITY STITCHES..........72 Included Accessories ............15 Straight Stitches ..............72 Accessories that are Included in Some Countries or Zigzag Stitches..............76 regions ................. 18 Overcasting .................
CONTENTS If the Thread Breaks or the Bobbin Runs out of Thread STITCH SETTING CHART ........ 194 During Embroidering ............138 INDEX.............. 200 Resuming Embroidery after Turning off the Power....138 Chapter 5 Advanced Embroidery VARIOUS EMBROIDERING FUNCTIONS ..140 Basting Embroidery ............
NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS C Flat bed attachment with accessory compartment NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS (page 14) D Thread cutter (page 43) E Thread guide plate (page 39) ■ Main Parts F Connector for the presser foot (page 52, page 107) G Handle Carry the machine by its handle when transporting the machine.
NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS ■ Operation Buttons Measurements on the needle plate, bobbin cover (with mark) and needle plate cover The measurements on the bobbin cover are references for stitch patterns with a middle (center) needle position. The measurements on the needle plate and the needle plate cover are references for stitches with a left needle position.
NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS ■ Using the Flat Bed Attachment Place the lid on top of the case so that the notches in the lid align with the tabs on the case, and then slide Pull the top of the flat bed attachment to open the the bar on each side back to the locked position.
Part Code After opening the box, check that the following Free motion open toe quilting foot “O” accessories are included. If any item is missing or damaged, contact your authorized Brother dealer. Part Name XF4873-001 Part Code Embroidery foot “W+” with LED pointer Zigzag foot “J”...
NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS Part Name Part Name Part Code Part Code Seam ripper Thread spool insert (mini king thread spool) XF4967-001 XA5752-121 Scissors Bobbin clip × 10 XF2052-001 XE3060-001 Cleaning brush Spool felt (on machine) X59476-051 X57045-051 Eyelet punch Spool net ×...
EF95S: XH4465-001 /115D05E0017 (Europe) This foot controller can be used on the machine EF95SAP: 115D05E7017 (other areas) with product code 882-W70. The product code is mentioned on the machine rating plate. Embroidery frame with decal set H 18 cm × W 13 cm •...
Bobbin center pin and instruction sheet Options The following are available as optional accessories to XF5048-001 be purchased separately from your authorized Brother dealer. Multi-purpose screwdriver * These embroidery frames can be used for general embroidery but cannot be used with the application (My SAMDRIVER1 (U.S.A.) / SAMDRIVER1C...
NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS Part Name Part Name Part Code Part Code Wide table Free-motion quilting foot SAWT6200D (U.S.A.) / SAWT6200DC (Canada) SA129 (Americas) WT10: XG6767-001 (Europe) F005N: XC1948-052 (Europe) WT10: XF4184-001 (other areas) F005N: 115C05E7002 (other areas) Embroidery bobbin thread (#60, black) Circular attachment SACIRC1 (U.S.A.) / SACIRC1C (Canada) SAEBT999 (Americas)
NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS Memo • To obtain optional accessories or parts, contact your authorized Brother dealer or visit our site “ http://s.brother/cpeaa/ ”. • All specifications are correct at the time of printing. Part Name Part Code Please be aware that some specifications may change without notice.
NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS Insert the telescopic thread guide into the round hole Insert the spool stand onto the notches of the machine. at the center of the spool support, and then use a screwdriver to securely tighten the screw from the reverse side.
If the cord or plug is damaged, take the machine to your press 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. Otherwise, a...
LCD SCREEN ■ Home Page Screen The message screen, confirming if you want to set time/date, appears. Press 4 5 6 7 8 9 Press to set time/date. 1 Select [ON] to display time/date on the screen. 2 Press to select the date display format. 3 Set the year (YYYY), month (MM) and date (DD).
LCD SCREEN ■ Utility Stitch Screen ■ Character/Decorative Stitch Screen Display Name Explanation Page Utility stitch key Select a straight stitch, zigzag stitch, buttonhole, blind hem stitch, or other stitch (utility stitch) commonly used in garment making. Character/Decorative Select character or decorative stitch patterns. stitch key Needle position Shows single or twin needle mode setting, and the needle stop position.
LCD SCREEN ■ Key Functions Note • Some editing functions cannot be used with certain stitch patterns. Only the functions for the displayed keys are available when a stitch pattern is selected. • The machine default setting is highlighted. Display Name Explanation Page...
LCD SCREEN Display Name Explanation Page “L/R Shift” key Press to shift the stitch pattern to the right or press to shift the stitch pattern to the left. This feature is not available for all stitch patterns. Only those applicable will be shifted. Stitch width and Shows the zigzag width and stitch length settings of the currently selected stitch length key...
LCD SCREEN 1 Select whether to use the sewing speed controller to Using the Machine Settings Key determine the zigzag width (page 79). 2 Make adjustments to character or decorative stitch patterns (page 97). Press to change the default machine settings 3 Adjust the presser foot height.
E Shows the internal machine number for this machine. F Shows the program version. Memo • Install the latest software. Check with your local authorized Brother dealer or at “ http://s.brother/ cpeaa/ ” for available updates (page 194). CAUTION • When [Upper and Bobbin Thread Sensor] is set to [OFF], the machine cannot detect tangled upper thread.
LCD SCREEN ■ Embroidery Settings ■ Wireless LAN Settings 1 Enable/Disable the wireless LAN function (page 33). 2 Shows the connected SSID. 3 Set the machine to connect wireless LAN function. 4 Shows the machine name used on the wireless network. This name is used when transferring files from the machine to the embroidery editing software (PE-DESIGN 11).
LCD SCREEN ■ Changing the Screen Saver Image Select the device that is connected. Instead of the default image, you can select your own personal images for the screen saver of your machine. Before changing the screen saver image, prepare the image on USB media.
LCD SCREEN ■ Using the Sewing Guide Function Using the Machine Help Use this function when you are not sure which stitch to use for your application, or to get advice about sewing particular stitches. Press to display the machine help screen. Functions are available from the screen shown below.
LCD SCREEN Play the tutorial video. Select the device where the video is saved. 1 2 3 4 1 Tutorial videos 2 Videos saved on the machine (favorites) 3 Videos from USB media plugged into the USB port 4 Videos from USB media plugged into the USB port for mouse Select the video that you want to play.
WIRELESS NETWORK CONNECTION FUNCTIONS ■ Requirements for a Wireless Network WIRELESS NETWORK Connection CONNECTION FUNCTIONS The wireless network connection complies with IEEE 802.11 n/g/b standards and uses the 2.4 GHz frequency. This machine supports a wireless network connection. Memo Using this function, an embroidery pattern edited in •...
WIRELESS NETWORK CONNECTION FUNCTIONS Press beside the SSID that was noted. When the following message appears, press When a connection is established, the following message appears. The screen for entering the network key (password) appears. Memo • If the SSID that was noted does not appear in the list, press •...
CONNECTING THE ACCESSORY TO THE MACHINE ■ Using the [Others] Menu To Set Up the CONNECTING THE ACCESSORY TO Wireless Network Connection The [Others] menu contains the following items. THE MACHINE Using a USB Mouse (Sold Separately) The USB mouse, connected to the machine, can be used to perform a variety of operations in the screens.
WINDING/INSTALLING THE BOBBIN Place the spool of thread for the bobbin and the spool WINDING/INSTALLING THE cap onto the supplemental spool pin. BOBBIN Slide the spool onto the supplemental spool pin so that the thread unwinds to the front from the bottom. Otherwise the thread may become tangled around the supplemental spool pin.
WINDING/INSTALLING THE BOBBIN Pass the thread around the pretension disk making sure Memo that the thread is under the pretension disk. • 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 Set the bobbin winding switch to the left, until it clicks After bobbin winding is finished, cut the thread with into place. scissors and remove the bobbin. 1 Bobbin winding switch The bobbin winding window appears. ■...
WINDING/INSTALLING THE BOBBIN ■ Using the Spool Stand (Included with Some Slide the spool cap onto the spool pin as far as possible to the right, with the rounded side on the left. Models) To wind thread on the bobbin while the spool stand is While holding the thread with both hands, pass the installed, pass the thread from the spool through the thread through grooves of the thread guide plate.
WINDING/INSTALLING THE BOBBIN Lightly hold down the bobbin with your right hand Setting the Bobbin (1), and then guide the end of the thread around the tab of the needle plate cover with your left hand (2). 1 Tab CAUTION •...
WINDING/INSTALLING THE BOBBIN Reattach the bobbin cover. Gently pull the upper thread. A loop of the bobbin thread will come out of the hole in the needle plate. Insert the tab of the bobbin cover into the notch of the needle plate cover, and then lightly press down on the right side.
UPPER THREADING Press (Needle position button) to raise the needle. UPPER THREADING Note Upper Threading • If you try to thread the needle automatically without raising the needle, the needle may not be thread correctly and the needle threader may be damaged.
UPPER THREADING While holding the thread in your right hand, pass the Pull the thread up through the thread cutter to cut the thread through the thread guide in the direction thread, as shown in the illustration. indicated. 1 Thread cutter Note •...
UPPER THREADING ■ Using the Vertical Spool Pin (Included with Raise the presser foot lever and pull out about 10 cm (4 inches) of the thread, and then pass it under the presser Some Models) foot toward the rear of the machine. Use the vertical spool pin when using an irregularly shaped thread spool, and when sewing with metallic thread.
(refer to the “STITCH SETTING CHART” on page 194). CAUTION 1 Spool cap • Only use a genuine Brother twin needle. 2 Spool pin • When using the twin needle, it is 3 Spool of thread recommended to use presser foot “J”.
UPPER THREADING Press to select the twin needle mode. Using the Spool Stand The included spool stand is useful when using thread on spools with a large diameter (cross-wound thread). This spool stand can hold two spools of thread. ■ Using the Spool Stand (Included with Some Models) •...
UPPER THREADING Place the spool of thread on the spool pin so that the Pass the thread through the machine’s thread guide thread feeds off the spool clockwise. Firmly insert the from the right to the left. spool cap onto the spool pin. Note 1 Thread guide •...
CHANGING THE NEEDLE With the flat side of the needle facing the back, insert CHANGING THE NEEDLE the new needle all the way to the top of the needle stopper (viewing window) in the needle clamp. Use the disc-shaped screwdriver to securely tighten the needle clamp screw.
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.
CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT Raise the presser foot lever to check that the presser CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT foot is securely attached. CAUTION • Always press on the screen to lock all keys and buttons before changing the presser foot. If is not pressed and the “Start/ Stop”...
CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT Remove the screw of the presser foot completely from Lower the presser foot lever. Insert the screw, and the presser foot shaft. tighten the screw securely with the screwdriver. Set the adapter on the presser foot bar, aligning the flat CAUTION side of the adapter opening with the flat side of the presser bar.
CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT ■ Attaching/Detaching Toe Position the dual feed foot to the presser foot bar by aligning the notch of the dual feed foot to the large Attach the toe by aligning the pins with the notches and screw.
CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT ■ Adjusting the Amount of Fabric Feeding from the Dual Feed Foot The dual feed mechanism pulls the top fabric according to the set stitch length. With troublesome fabrics, fine tune the set length, by changing the dual feed feed adjustment in the settings screen.
SEWING ■ Character/Decorative Stitches SEWING CAUTION • To avoid injury, pay special attention to the needle while the machine is in operation. Keep your hands away from moving parts while the machine is in operation. • Do not stretch or pull the fabric during sewing.
SEWING Select the category you want. Adjust the sewing speed with the speed control slide. You can use this slide to adjust sewing speed during sewing. 1 Slow 2 Fast Press the “Start/Stop” button to start sewing. Guide the fabric lightly by hand. Press the key of the stitch you want to sew.
SEWING Note Combining Stitch Patterns • When cutting thread, such as metallic thread or other decorative threads, use the thread cutter on Stitch patterns from the following categories can be the side of the machine. Cut transparent nylon combined. thread in the same way. When the needle has stopped moving, raise the presser foot and remove the fabric.
SEWING ■ Inserting Stitch Patterns Select a font. Press to select the stitch pattern at the position where a new stitch pattern will be added. Enter characters. • : Select a stitch pattern individually. Press • : Delete the selected stitch pattern. Select a new stitch pattern.
SEWING stitch button) or (Reinforcement stitch button) to Press (Reverse stitch button) or sew reverse stitches (or reinforcement stitches) (Reinforcement stitch button). automatically at the end of sewing (Refer to the next procedure “Automatic Reverse/Reinforcement Stitching”.). 1 Reverse stitch 2 Reinforcement stitch 1 Reverse stitches (or reinforcement stitches) ...
SEWING Automatic Presser Foot Lowering Function (Reverse stitch (Reinforcement and Thread Cutting Function button) stitch button) By setting the machine to automatically raise and lower Machine sews Machine sews reverse stitches and reinforcement the presser foot, sewing operations can be performed stops sewing when stitches and stops more smoothly.
STITCH SETTINGS ■ Setting the Stitch Length STITCH SETTINGS Follow the steps below when you want to change the stitch pattern length. Setting the Stitch Width/Stitch Length/“L/R Shift” When you select a stitch, your machine automatically selects the appropriate stitch width, stitch length, and L/R Shift.
STITCH SETTINGS ■ Upper Thread is Too Tight Press If the bobbin thread is visible from the right side of the fabric, the upper thread is too tight. Note • If the bobbin thread was incorrectly threaded, the upper thread may be too tight. In this case, refer to ...
USEFUL FUNCTIONS Adjusting the Needle Drop Point with the USEFUL FUNCTIONS Guideline Marker Automatic Thread Cutting The red guideline marker indicates the sewing position on the fabric. You can adjust the sewing position by After selecting a stitch pattern, turn on the automatic moving the guideline marker while checking the thread cutting function before sewing, and the machine guideline marker on the fabric.
USEFUL FUNCTIONS ■ Adjusting the Guideline Marker Position Pivoting If the guideline marker indicates the position incorrectly in the center needle position, adjust the initial position in the If the pivot function is selected, the machine stops with settings screen. the needle lowered (in the fabric) and the presser foot is Press automatically raised to an appropriate height when the...
USEFUL FUNCTIONS Press to select the pivot setting. Using the Knee Lifter Using the knee lifter, you can raise and lower the presser foot with your knee, leaving both hands free to handle the fabric. Align the tabs on the knee lifter with the notches in the knee lifter slot on the front of the machine.
USEFUL FUNCTIONS [Needle Position - Stitch Placement] is [OFF] Automatic Fabric Sensor System (Automatic Presser Foot Pressure) The thickness of the fabric is automatically detected and the presser foot pressure is automatically adjusted with an internal sensor while sewing, to insure that your fabric is fed smoothly.
USEFUL FUNCTIONS Align the two screw holes in the straight stitch needle Turn the main power to ON and then start sewing. plate with the two holes in the needle plate mounting After sewing, make sure to remove the straight stitch base, and then fit the straight stitch needle plate onto needle plate and the straight stitch foot, and reinstall the machine.
USEFUL SEWING TIPS Sewing Various Fabrics USEFUL SEWING TIPS ■ Sewing Heavyweight Fabrics Sewing Tips The machine can sew fabrics up to 6 mm (approx. 1/4 inch) thick. If the thickness of a seam causes sewing to occur at an angle, help guide the fabric by hand and sew ■...
UTILITY STITCHES Example: Left/Middle needle position stitches UTILITY STITCHES CAUTION • Before replacing the presser foot, be sure to press 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 ■ Dart Seam For stitches with a middle (center) needle position (Stitch width: 3.5 mm) Select and attach presser foot “J”. Sew a reverse stitch at the beginning of the dart and then sew from the wide end to the other end without stretching the fabric.
UTILITY STITCHES ■ Gathering Smooth the gathers by ironing them. Use on waists of skirts, sleeves of shirts, etc. Select a straight stitch and attach presser foot “J”. Set the stitch length to 4.0 mm (approx. 3/16 inch) and the thread tension to approximately 2.0 (weaker tension).
UTILITY STITCHES Lay both seam allowances on the side of the shorter Turn the fabric and iron the folded parts only. seam (cut seam) and iron them. 1 Surface 1 Wrong side Select and attach presser foot “J”. Fold the longer seam allowance around the shorter one, and sew the edge of the fold.
UTILITY STITCHES Zigzag Stitches Overcasting Sew overcasting stitches along the edges of cut fabric to ■ Cord Guide Bobbin Cover (Using a Zigzag prevent them from fraying. Stitch) Memo Remove the bobbin cover from the machine (page 40). • For details on stitch patterns, refer to “STITCH SETTING CHART”...
UTILITY STITCHES Quilting CAUTION You can make beautiful quilts quickly and easily with • Be sure to pull the fabric backward after this machine. When making a quilt, you will find it finished sewing. If you pull the fabric toward convenient to use the knee lifter and foot controller to side or forward, the presser foot pin may be free your hands for other tasks (“Using the Foot...
UTILITY STITCHES needle position) should be set to 5.50 mm (approx. Use the guide and marks on the presser foot to sew 7/32 inch). accurate seam allowances. Piecing a 1/4 inch seam allowance 1 6.5 mm (approx. 1/4 Sew keeping the edge of the fabrics against the guide. inch) 1 Guide 2 1/4 inch...
UTILITY STITCHES ■ Quilting with Satin Stitches Select a stitch. For better fabric control, use the foot controller to sew with satin stitches. Set the speed control slide to control the stitch width to make subtle changes in the stitch width during sewing.
UTILITY STITCHES ■ Free Motion Quilting Attach the straight stitch needle plate (page 67). With free motion quilting, the feed dogs can be lowered 1 Round hole by pressing , so that the fabric can be moved freely in any direction. For free motion quilting, use free motion quilting foot “C”...
UTILITY STITCHES Using free motion open toe quilting foot “O” The free motion open toe quilting foot “O” is used for free CAUTION motion quilting with zigzag or decorative stitches or for free motion quilting of straight lines on fabric with an •...
UTILITY STITCHES Use both hands to stretch the fabric taut, and then Position the free motion echo quilting foot “E” on the move the fabric at a consistent pace in order to sew left side of the presser bar with the holes in the quilting uniform stitches roughly 2.0-2.5 mm (approx.
UTILITY STITCHES Press to cancel the free motion sewing mode. Fold in the fabric (to the right side) along the basting. Rotate the handwheel toward you 1 Wrong side of fabric (counterclockwise) to raise the feed dogs. 2 Right side of fabric 3 Lower edge of fabric 4 Desired length for hem Blind Hem Stitches...
UTILITY STITCHES ■ If the Needle Catches Too Much of the Hem Position the fabric with the edge of the folded hem against the guide of the presser foot, and then lower Fold the presser foot lever. The needle is too far to the left. 1 Wrong side of Press to decrease the stitch width so that the needle...
UTILITY STITCHES Select Shell Tuck Stitches Attach monogramming foot “N”. The gathers that look like shells are called “shell tucks”. They are used to decorate trims, the front of blouses or cuffs made of thin fabrics. Stitch along the edge of the fabric, making sure not to sew directly on the edge of the fabric.
UTILITY STITCHES Stitch between the straight stitches and pull out the Attaching Tape or Elastic threads for the straight stitches. Memo • For details on stitch patterns, refer to “STITCH SETTING CHART” on page 194. Select a straight stitch and attach presser foot “J”. Set the stitch length to 4.0 mm (approx.
UTILITY STITCHES Sew over the tape (or elastic). Select a stitch and attach presser foot “N”. CAUTION • Be sure the needle does not strike a basting pin, or any other objects, during sewing. The thread could tangle or the needle could break, causing injury.
UTILITY STITCHES Mark the position and length of the buttonhole on the One-Step Buttonholes fabric. With one-step buttonholes, you can make buttonholes 1 Marks on fabric 2 Buttonhole sewing appropriate to the size of your button. One-step buttonholes are sewn from the front of the presser foot to the back, as shown below.
UTILITY STITCHES Lower the buttonhole lever so that it is positioned Memo behind the metal bracket on the buttonhole foot. • For keyhole buttonholes, use the eyelet punch to make a hole in the rounded end of the buttonhole. Then insert a pin along the inside of one of the bar tacks, insert a seam ripper into the hole made with the eyelet punch, and cut towards the pin.
UTILITY STITCHES ■ Odd Shaped Buttons/Buttons that Do Not Fit Mark the position and length of the buttonhole on the fabric. into the Button Holder Plate Use the markings on the presser foot scale to set the size of 1 Marks on fabric the buttonhole.
UTILITY STITCHES ■ Darning Check that the needle drops at the desired position and lower the presser foot, making sure the upper thread Use darning stitches for mending and other applications. passes underneath the buttonhole foot. Darning is performed by sewing from the front of the presser foot to the back as shown below.
UTILITY STITCHES Check the first needle drop point and lower the presser Bar Tacks foot. Use bar tacks to reinforce areas that will be subject to 1 2 mm (approx. 1/16 inch) strain, such as pocket corners. Memo • For details on stitch patterns, refer to “STITCH SETTING CHART”...
UTILITY STITCHES After the button is attached, select another stitch and Button Sewing rotate the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) to raise the feed dogs. Buttons with 2 or 4 holes can be attached, using the ■ Attaching 4-Hole Buttons machine. Sew the two holes closest to you.
UTILITY STITCHES Eyelet Multi-Directional Sewing (Straight Stitch and Zigzag Stitch) Use this stitch for making belt holes and other similar applications. Use these stitch patterns to attach patches or emblems to pant legs, shirt sleeves, etc. Memo Memo • For details on stitch patterns, refer to “STITCH SETTING CHART”...
UTILITY STITCHES ■ Centered Zipper Select and sew seam “3” as shown. Use for bags and other such applications. Select Attach presser foot “J” and sew straight stitches up to the zipper opening. Change to a basting stitch (page 73) and sew to the top of the fabric. 1 Basting stitches ...
UTILITY STITCHES Attach presser foot “J” and sew straight stitches up to Remove the presser foot, and reattach it so that the left the zipper opening. Change to a basting stitch and sew side of the pin is attached to the presser foot holder. to the top of the fabric.
MAKING ADJUSTMENTS If the stitch pattern is bunched: MAKING ADJUSTMENTS Press in the [Fine Adjust Verti.] display. The displayed value increases each time the button is Your stitch pattern may sometimes turn out poorly, pressed and the stitch pattern will lengthen. depending on the type or thickness of fabric, the stabilizer material used, sewing speed, etc.
MAKING STEP STITCH PATTERNS (FOR 7MM SATIN STITCH PATTERNS ONLY) Press MAKING STEP STITCH PATTERNS (FOR 7MM SATIN STITCH PATTERNS ONLY) You can use with 7mm satin stitch patterns to create a step effect, also called step stitch patterns. • Press to move the stitch pattern a distance equal to half of the stitch pattern’s size to ...
USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Retrieving Stitch Patterns USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Retrieve stitch patterns saved in the machine's memory or USB media. Saving Stitch Patterns Press the desired destination. You can save stitch patterns that you have customized in the machine's memory or USB media. Note •...
MY CUSTOM STITCH Select the desired stitch pattern, and then press 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 58).
MY CUSTOM STITCH ■ MY CUSTOM STITCH Screen Display Explanation Page Key Name Use these keys to move from point to point on the stitch, or to the first or last point entered on the stitch. Point-to-point Press this key to edit the utility —...
MY CUSTOM STITCH Select whether single stitch or triple stitches will be Press sewn between the first two points. The selected point and all points that were entered To sew three stitches, press the key so that it appears after it are selected.
MY CUSTOM STITCH Retrieving Saved Stitch Patterns Press Select the device to retrieve the stitch pattern from. Select the stitch pattern. You can start sewing when this screen is displayed. 1 Stored stitch patterns 2 Edit the stitch pattern. 3 Delete the stitch pattern.
BEFORE EMBROIDERING Attaching Embroidery Foot “W+” with LED BEFORE EMBROIDERING Pointer Embroidery Step by Step CAUTION Follow the steps below to prepare the machine for embroidery. • When attaching an embroidery foot, always press on the screen. You may Step 9 Step 6, 8 accidentally press the “Start/Stop”...
BEFORE EMBROIDERING Plug the connector of the embroidery foot “W+” with • Do not carry the embroidery unit by holding LED pointer into the jack on the back left side of your the carriage or release lever compartment. machine. Note •...
(see the “Quick the embroidery foot, and possibly cause injury. Reference Guide” for a full summary of patterns in the machine’s memory or visit “ http://s.brother/cmeac/ ”). Turn the main power to OFF. You can also use patterns sold separately.
SELECTING PATTERNS Press to set the pattern. Selecting Embroidery Patterns Press the category tab and then press the pattern type selection key or pattern key you want to embroider. Press to darken the background color for the pattern image with bright thread colors, to get a clearer image.
SELECTING PATTERNS Press to edit the pattern before Selecting Character Patterns embroidering. (page 125) To return to the edit screen, press Press Press the key of the font you want to embroider. Start embroidering. (page 135) : View the next page. : View the previous page.
SELECTING PATTERNS ■ Character Pattern Input Keys Display Explanation Name Memo Switch alignment. This function is available • If a key display is grayed out, you cannot use that when multiple lines of characters are input. function with the selected pattern. Alignment key •...
SELECTING PATTERNS Selecting Frame Patterns Combining Patterns Example: Press Press the key of the frame shape you want to embroider in the top part of the screen. Various frame patterns are displayed at the bottom part of the screen. Select a pattern and then press Press 1 Frame shapes...
SELECTING PATTERNS ■ Selecting Multiple Patterns at the Same Time Press Multiple patterns can easily be edited, for example, when moving patterns, if they are all selected together. Press to change the color of the characters. Press (page 122) Touch each pattern to be selected. Press When all editing is finished, press Note...
EDITING PATTERNS ■ Grouping Patterns EDITING PATTERNS If the multiple patterns are grouped, they can be edited as a single pattern. Select patterns you want to group. (page 113) Press The selected patterns are grouped. 1 Size of the entire combined pattern 2 Size of the pattern currently selected 3 Distance from the center of the frame to the center of the pattern currently selected...
EDITING PATTERNS Display Display Explanation Page Explanation Page Name Name Display the pattern sizing window. Separate the continuous character — patterns to adjust the spacing or • : Decrease the pattern Size key edit separately afterwards. Separate key proportionately. • : Select where the •...
EDITING PATTERNS ■ Editing Letters The pattern can be embroidered as it appears in the display. Press to check the embroidering order. The stitch simulator screen appears. For details on input keys, refer to “Character Pattern Input Keys” on page 111. Memo 1 Simulation speed keys •...
EDITING PATTERNS Changing the Size and the Density of the Creating Repeated Patterns Pattern Using the border function, you can create repeated patterns. You can also adjust the spacing of the is selected, you can change the pattern size patterns. while maintaining the thread density.
EDITING PATTERNS ■ Repeating One Element of a Repeated Pattern Horizontal direction You can select one element of a repeated pattern and repeat only that single element. This function allows you to create complex repeated patterns. Press Choose the direction in which the repeated pattern will be cut.
EDITING PATTERNS ■ Color Sorting Repeated Patterns Press Press to automatically change the embroidering order of colors in combined border embroidery patterns so that the same color can be continuously embroidered. This allows you to continue embroidering without repeatedly changing the upper thread or changing the embroidering order manually.
EDITING PATTERNS Select the repeated pattern and assign the thread mark Press at the center of the bottom of the pattern. Refer to “Assigning Thread Marks” on page 119. Press to select the thread mark to be sewn. Press , then Press the “Start/Stop”...
EDITING PATTERNS Attach the embroidery frame to the machine, and then Press to move the embroidery frame until the press thread mark on the fabric is aligned with the light of the LED pointer. To check the needle drop point with the light of the LED pointer, press Memo •...
EDITING COLORS Select a new color from the thread color palette, and EDITING COLORS then press Changing the Thread Color You can change the thread color from the thread colors assigned by the machine. Press , and then press 1 Thread brand for colors 2 Thread color palette ...
EDITING COLORS Press to set and specify the thread Finding New Color Schemes with the Color color to use in the effect. Shuffling Function If you don’t need to specify the thread color, just set With the color shuffling function, the machine suggests new color schemes for the embroidery pattern that you have selected.
EDITING COLORS [Manual] setting for [Gradient] Memo You can select one color to be used in the [Gradient] effect. • To temporarily register your favorite schemes, The effect will be created with a color you select. press (to release your favorite schemes, press again).
VIEWING THE EMBROIDERY SCREEN Press in the embroidery screen. VIEWING THE EMBROIDERY SCREEN Press This screen appears when embroidery starts. 1 The presser foot symbol Attach embroidery foot “W+” with LED pointer or embroidery foot “W” (sold separately) for all embroidery projects.
VIEWING THE EMBROIDERY SCREEN ■ Key Functions Display Explanation Page Using these keys, you can move or rotate pattern, etc. Name Press to display the editing window. Change the setting to embroider — the pattern with a single color. Uninterrupted Press the key again to return to the embroidery original setting.
PREPARING THE FABRIC Memo PREPARING THE FABRIC • When embroidering small pieces of fabric that cannot be hooped in an embroidery frame, use stabilizer material as a base. After lightly ironing the CAUTION fabric to the stabilizer material, hoop it in the embroidery frame.
Check with your authorized Brother dealer for frame compatibility. Select a frame that matches the pattern size. Available frame options are displayed on the LCD.
PREPARING THE FABRIC Tighten the frame adjustment screw to keep the fabric Place the embroidery sheet on the inner frame. Align from loosening while stitching. the guide lines on the embroidery sheet with the mark you made on the fabric. Return the frame adjustment screw to its initial position.
ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME ■ Removing the Embroidery Frame ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY Press (Presser foot lifter button) to raise the FRAME presser foot. Raise the frame-securing lever. Note • Wind embroidery bobbin thread and insert the bobbin before attaching the embroidery frame. Check that there is enough thread in the bobbin.
CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION Display [Embroidery Foot with LED Pointer CONFIRMING THE PATTERN Adjustment] in the embroidery setting screen. POSITION The pattern is normally positioned in the center of the Note embroidery frame. If the pattern needs to be repositioned for better placement on the garment, you can check the •...
CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION ■ Calibrating the Position of the Background Displaying a Background Image Image By calibrating the position of the background image Using a special application downloaded to a transferred to the machine, the pattern can be positioned smartphone or tablet, you can transfer a photo of the more accurately.
CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION ■ Aligning the Embroidering Position Press Calibrate the position of the background image. (page 132) Press When the following message appears, press Memo • The orientation of the pattern will change depending on the orientation of the embroidery positioning sticker.
EMBROIDERING A PATTERN EMBROIDERING A PATTERN From , press the key for the position that you want to check. Embroidering Attractive Finishes Many factors are involved in achieving a beautiful embroidery result. Using the appropriate stabilizer (page 127) and hooping the fabric in the frame (page 128) are two important factors mentioned earlier.
EMBROIDERING A PATTERN Embroidering Patterns CAUTION Prepare embroidery threads of the colors shown on the • When embroidering on large garments screen. (especially jackets or other heavy fabrics), do not let the fabric hang over the table. Otherwise, the embroidery unit cannot move freely and the embroidery frame may strike the needle, causing the needle to bend or break and possibly cause injury.
EMBROIDERING A PATTERN Memo Memo • If you want to get more attractive finishes, try the • The thread trimming function is originally set to trim procedures below; excess thread jumps (threads linking parts of the - After 5-6 stitches, press the “Start/Stop” button pattern, etc.).
EMBROIDERING A PATTERN Note • If the appliqué piece cannot be attached to the base fabric with fabric glue or temporary spray adhesive, securely baste it in place with basting stitches. • If thin fabric is used for the appliqué piece, reinforce and secure it in place with an iron-on 1 Outline of appliqué...
ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS Note ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE • It is recommended to stitch over the top of the last EMBROIDERY PROCESS two or three stitches for complete coverage. Memo If the Thread Breaks or the Bobbin • If you cannot move back to the spot where the Runs out of Thread During Embroidering thread broke, press...
VARIOUS EMBROIDERING FUNCTIONS Note VARIOUS EMBROIDERING • When is pressed, the pattern is moved to the FUNCTIONS center. After selecting the basting setting, move the pattern to the desired position. Basting Embroidery Basting is added to the beginning of the embroidering order.
VARIOUS EMBROIDERING FUNCTIONS Select the pattern, and edit it if necessary. Press and then, press to position the satin stitching around design. Note • Finish combining and editing the pattern before Note selecting the appliqué setting. If the pattern is edited after selecting the appliqué...
VARIOUS EMBROIDERING FUNCTIONS Fuse or stick a piece of stabilizer to the back of the felt Use two layers of adhesive water soluble stabilizer or denim fabric to be used as the appliqué piece. material with their sticky sides together, and then hoop them in the embroidery frame.
MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS Use scissors to cut the excess water soluble stabilizer MAKING EMBROIDERY from outside the appliqué outline. ADJUSTMENTS Soak the appliqué piece in water to dissolve the water soluble stabilizer. Adjusting Thread Tension When embroidering, the thread tension should be set so that the upper thread can slightly be seen on the wrong side of the fabric.
MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS ■ Correct Thread Tension ■ Upper Thread Is Too Loose The pattern can be seen from the wrong side of the fabric. The tension of the upper thread is too loose, resulting in a If the thread tension is not set correctly, the pattern will loose upper thread, loose thread locks, or loops appearing not finish well.
MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS ■ Bobbin Thread Is Too Tight Adjusting the Alternate Bobbin Case (with Upper thread on the right side of fabric seems to be lifting/ No Color on the Screw) looping and bobbin thread is not seen on the wrong side of fabric.
MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS Using the Automatic Thread Cutting Using the Thread Trimming Function Function (End Color Trim) (Jump Stitch Trim) The automatic thread cutting function will cut The thread trimming function will automatically the thread at the end of embroidering each color. This trim any excess thread jumps within the color.
MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS For example: Press to select 25 mm (1 inch) and the Changing the Thread Color Display machine will not trim a jump stitch of 25 mm or less before moving to the next stitching. You can display the name of the thread colors or embroidery thread number.
MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS Mark the embroidery start position on the fabric, as Embroidering Linked Characters shown. Follow the procedure described below to embroider linked characters in a single row when the entire pattern extends beyond the embroidery frame. Example: Linking “FG” to the characters “ABCDE” Select the character patterns for “ABCDE”.
MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS Press Press The needle is positioned in the lower-left corner of the pattern. The carriage moves so that the needle is positioned correctly. Press , then and use to align the needle with the end of embroidering for the previous pattern.
USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Saving Embroidery Patterns Note • Do not turn the main power to OFF while the [Saving…] screen is displayed. You will lose the pattern you are saving. • Embroidery patterns cannot be transferred if the computer and machine are connected to different home networks.
EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS Select the satin stitch frame pattern of the same shape EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS as the appliqué. Embroider over the fabric for the appliqué piece and base fabric from step to create the appliqué. Using a Frame Pattern To Make an Appliqué Note •...
EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS Remove the embroidery frame from the embroidery Insert the USB media containing the created split unit, and cut around the outside of the stitches of the embroidery pattern, and then select the split fabric for the appliqué piece. And then, reattach the embroidery pattern to be embroidered.
EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS If necessary, press and edit the pattern. Press to display the embroidery screen. Embroider the pattern section. When embroidering is finished, the following screen appears. Press A screen appears so that a section of the split embroidery pattern can be selected. Repeat steps through to embroider the...
ABOUT MY DESIGN CENTER ABOUT MY DESIGN CENTER PATTERN DRAWING SCREEN With My Design Center, you can use the functions listed below: • Hand-drawn functions - creating embroidery patterns by drawing on the LCD screen • Loading functions - creating embroidery patterns by transferring data from the application or USB media.
PATTERN DRAWING SCREEN ■ Key Functions Display Explanation Page Name Display Explanation Page Duplicate the selected section. — Name The temporarily positioned Duplicate key section can immediately be Magnify the pattern. rotated, enlarged, reduced or Magnify key moved. Load the fabric as the Paste in the pattern drawing area —...
PATTERN DRAWING SCREEN ■ Setting the Line Types, Stitch Types and Colors Before Creating Designs You can set or change the line types, stitch types and colors anytime. You can also specify the line types, stitch The pattern preview displays the design smaller than types and colors before drawing lines.
PATTERN DRAWING SCREEN Stitch types Drawing Regions Zigzag stitch Press and draw with brush. Running stitch Triple stitch Candlewicking stitch Chain stitch Line without stitch for creating a region. ■ Setting the Brush Types and Fill Colors Created region will be defined by the gray line. Press to set the brush types and fill colors.
PATTERN DRAWING SCREEN Press to return to the pattern drawing screen. Using the Stamp Key The color bar on the brush tool key is changed to the selected color. If a stippling stitch or decorative fill Press stitch has been selected, the stitch is displayed. 1 Color bar Press and press on the brush line to change color...
PATTERN DRAWING SCREEN Saved outlines Using the Select Key Embroidery pattern outlines can be registered as stamp shapes. When registering stamp You can select the part of the design to move and/or shapes, select from the last six embroidery edit. Some keys are available only after you select the patterns used.
STITCH SETTINGS SCREEN Candlewicking Stitch STITCH SETTINGS SCREEN Size Increases/reduces the size of the stitch. Before creating the embroidery pattern, specify the stitch Spacing Specifies the spacing of the stitch. settings. Lines of the design are embroidered with various stitches and regions are embroidered with fill stitches or stippling stitches.
STITCH SETTINGS SCREEN The same stitch type lines or regions will be selected to select the line or region to be changed. at the same time. Each press of moves the highlighting of the selected pattern in order. Select the setting to be changed, and then change the setting in the screen that appears.
STITCH SETTINGS SCREEN Press to display the pattern editing screen. Loading the Background Image Prepare the data file of your favorite picture so that you can create an embroidery pattern. Load the image file from the application or a USB media. Press ...
LINE CONVERSION Using the included touch pen (stylus), press , and LINE CONVERSION then draw lines to trace the image. For details on drawing lines, refer to “Drawing Custom patterns can be created from drawings. You can Lines” on page 158. create patterns by loading an image on the application or a USB media.
LINE CONVERSION Select the device you saved the data to. In the screen for confirming the converted image, you can adjust the [Gray-Scale Detection level] again, if necessary. Select the data, and then press 1 The settings for the lines to be embroidered appear. If you do not know how the settings should be changed, first continue the operation without specifying settings and check the results.
ILLUSTRATION CONVERSION Select the data, and then press ILLUSTRATION CONVERSION Custom patterns can be created from color illustrations. You can create patterns by loading an image on the application or a USB media. Recommended illustrations for Illustration Conversion • Illustrations that are clearly drawn, with no gradation, fading or blurriness.
ILLUSTRATION CONVERSION If necessary, edit the loaded image. Memo • Press to detect the outline. Line thickness can be specified from 1.0 mm (1/16 inch) to 5.0 mm (3/16 inch). • Press to select the outline color. Select by touching the color, or moving icon using in the color selection screen.
STIPPLING Press STIPPLING Basic Stippling with My Design Center Create a stippling design with the basic procedure. Example: Note Select the heart shape, and then press • You can load a line drawing to create a stippling stitch or use image design function of a fabric pattern and incorporate the stippling stitch.
STIPPLING Press until the heart shape fits in the square Press shape, and then press Press , and then press Adjust the stippling stitch settings to create the desired effect, and then press Press , and then select the stitch color. Press For details, refer to “Specifying Individual Stitch after setting the color.
STIPPLING Press to convert into embroidery. Decorative Stitching around a Pattern in Embroidery (a Quilting Function) Memo • For best results, reduce the embroidery speed. (page 29) A quilt can be created with stippling stitch around an embroidery pattern. Hoop the top layer of fabric in the embroidery frame, and then attach the frame to the machine.
STIPPLING Use a stamp or rectangular frame to determine the Press to continue to the embroidery screen, region to be stitched. and then embroider the pattern at the center. Note Remove the embroidery frame from the carriage. • If the region is to be drawn by hand, be sure to draw a completely closed shape.
STIPPLING Set the line type for the frame and pattern to , and then press Stitch settings can be adjusted in the stitch settings screen. For details, refer to “STITCH SETTINGS SCREEN” on page 162. Specify the stitch spacing and length in the stitch settings screen, and then press ...
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 1 Cleaning brush Do not store the machine in any of the locations...
If the machine stops operating correctly, check the following possible problems before requesting service. You can solve most problems by yourself. If you need additional help, the Brother Solutions Center offers the latest FAQs and troubleshooting tips. Visit us at “ http://s.brother/cpeaa/ ”.
TROUBLESHOOTING ■ Cause Incorrect Thread Tension Incorrect bobbin threading If the bobbin thread is incorrectly threaded, instead of the appropriate tension being applied to the bobbin thread, it ■ Symptoms is pulled through the fabric when the upper thread is pulled up.
Continue with step If the fabric could not be removed your nearest Brother authorized service center. ■ Removing the Fabric From the Machine Note Immediately stop the machine.
“Cleaning the Race”. the machine may be malfunctioning; therefore, contact your nearest Brother authorized service Check the condition of the needle, and then install it. center. If the needle is in a poor condition, for example, if it is bent, be sure to install a new needle.
Check the following possible problems before requesting service. If the reference page is “*”, contact your If the bobbin winding starts when the thread is not passed authorized Brother dealer or the nearest Brother through the pretension disk correctly, the thread may authorized service center.
TROUBLESHOOTING ■ While Operating Symptom, Cause/solution Reference Symptom, Cause/solution Reference The bobbin thread cannot be pulled up. Machine does not operate. Needle is turned, bent or the point is dull. Bobbin is set incorrectly. “Start/Stop” button was not pressed. Presser foot is not lowered. Machine does not operate “Start/Stop”...
TROUBLESHOOTING Symptom, Cause/solution Reference Symptom, Cause/solution Reference Bobbin thread is incorrectly wound. A bobbin designed specifically for this machine is not being used. Upper thread breaks. Fabric puckers. Machine is not threaded correctly (used the wrong spool cap, spool cap is loose, the thread There is a mistake in the upper or bobbin 40, 42 did not catch the needle bar threader, etc.)
If the handwheel does not turn smoothly or the needle that fell into the machine cannot be removed, consult your authorized Brother dealer. The handwheel feels sluggish when it is turned. Thread is tangled in the bobbin case.
• 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.
ERROR MESSAGES ERROR MESSAGES Below is an explanation of error messages. Refer to these when necessary (if you press or do the operation correctly while the error message is displayed, the message disappears). Error messages Cause/solution Attach the embroidery frame. This message is displayed when the machine is ready to embroider pattern, and the “Start/Stop”...
This message is displayed when the machine needs to be maintained. Once this message appears, it is recommended to take your machine to an authorized Brother dealer or the nearest Brother authorized service center for a regular maintenance check. Although this message will disappear and the...
This USB media is incompatible. This message is displayed when you try to use incompatible USB media. For a list of compatible USB media, visit “ http://s.brother/cpeaa/ ”. Turn off the machine before attaching or removing This message is displayed when the regular needle plate is replaced with the the needle plate.
ERROR MESSAGES Error messages Cause/solution Use the presser foot lifter button to lower the This message is displayed when a button, such as the “Start/Stop” button, is presser foot. pushed while the presser foot is raised. Use the presser foot lifter button to raise the presser This message is displayed when the embroidery unit is attached and the foot.
SPECIFICATIONS SPECIFICATIONS Item Specification Size and Machine Dimensions of machine Approx. 662 mm (W) × 348 mm (H) × 321 mm (D) Weight (Box 1 of 2) (approx. 26-1/16 inches (W) × 13-11/16 inches (H) × 12-5/8 inches (D)) Dimensions of box Approx.
• USB media is commercially available, but some USB media may not be usable with this machine. Please visit our website “ http:// s.brother/cpeaa/ ” for more details. • Depending on the type of USB devices/media being used, either directly plug the USB device into the machine’s USB port or plug the USB media Reader/Writer into the machine’s USB port.
• When any of the following stitches (reverse stitch machine. patterns and reinforcement stitch patterns) are When an upgrade program is available on “ http:// s.brother/cpeaa/ ”, please download the files following the selected, pressing (Reverse stitch button) will instructions on the website and steps below.
Brother SupportCenter is a mobile app that provides the support information for your Brother product. This machine is approved for use in the country of purchase only. Local Brother companies or their dealers will only support machines purchased in their own countries.