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Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine
Operation Manual
Getting Ready
Sewing Basics
Utility Stitches
Character/
Decorative Stitches
Embroidery
Embroidery Edit
My Custom Stitch
Appendix

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  • Page 1 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine Operation Manual Getting Ready Sewing Basics Utility Stitches Character/ Decorative Stitches Embroidery Embroidery Edit My Custom Stitch Appendix...
  • Page 3: Important Safety Instructions

    21. When transporting the sewing machine, be sure to carry it by its handle. Lifting the sewing machine by any other part may damage the machine or result in the machine falling, which could cause injuries.
  • Page 4 FOR USERS IN THE UK, EIRE, MALTA If this machine is fitted with a three-pin non-rewireable BS plug then please read the following. IMPORTANT If the available socket outlet is not suitable for the plug supplied with this equipment, it should be cut off and an appropriate three-pin plug fitted.
  • Page 5 • The enclosed interface cable should be used in order to ensure compliance with the limits for a Class B digital device. • Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Brother Industries, Ltd. could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
  • Page 6 7. The sewing machine plastic bag should be kept out of the reach of children or disposed of. Never allow children to play with plastic bags due to the danger of suffocation.
  • Page 8: What You Can Do With This Machine

    WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THIS MACHINE SPECIAL FEATURES Check operations and view advice on the large LCD (liquid crystal display). Prepare the bobbin thread with one touch. The automatic thread tension makes trial sewing unnecessary. Automatic threading makes threading quick and easy. Getting Ready To learn the operation of the principal parts and the screens...
  • Page 9: How To Use This Manual

    Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 explain your sewing machine’s basic operation procedures for someone who is using the sewing machine for the first time. If you want to sew utility stitches or character/ decorative stitches, read Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, then go on to Chapter 3 (Utility Stitches) or Chapter 4 (Character/ Decorative Stitches).
  • Page 10: Table Of Contents

    Contents CONTENTS IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ...i WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THIS MACHINE...vi HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL ...vii NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS... 1 Machine ... 1 Needle and Presser Foot Section ... 2 Embroidery Unit ... 3 Operation Buttons...
  • Page 11: Adjustments During The Embroidery

    Selecting Patterns from USB media/Computer ...154 VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN ...155 PREPARING THE FABRIC ...157 Attaching Iron-on Stabilizers (backing) to the Fabric ...157 Hooping the Fabric in the Embroidery Frame ...158 Embroidering Small Fabrics or Fabric Edges ...160 ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME...162 CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION ...163 Checking the Pattern Position...163 Previewing the Completed Pattern...164...
  • Page 12 Contents...
  • Page 13: 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.
  • Page 14: Needle And Presser Foot Section

    NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Needle and Presser Foot Section a Presser foot holder The presser foot is attached onto the presser foot holder. b Presser foot The presser foot applies pressure consistently on the fabric as sewing takes place. Attach the appropriate presser foot for the selected stitch.
  • Page 15: Embroidery Unit

    Embroidery Unit a Carriage The carriage moves the embroidery frame automatically when embroidering. b Release button (located under the embroidery unit) Press the release button to remove the embroidery unit. c Feed dog position switch Use the feed dog position switch to raise and lower the feed dogs while the embroidery unit is attached.
  • Page 16: Included Accessories

    NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Included Accessories Pull the top of the flat bed attachment to open the accessory compartment. a Storage space b Presser foot storage space c Presser foot storage space Included Accessories 33-36 are contained in the embroidery unit carrying case.
  • Page 17 75/11 2 needles 90/14 2 needles 90/14 2 needles: Ball point needle (gold colored) *Included Accessories 33-36 are contained in the embroidery unit carrying case. NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS...
  • Page 18 NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Part Name 1 Buttonhole foot “A” 2 Embroidery foot “W” 3 Overcasting foot “G” 4 Monogramming foot “N” 5 Zipper foot “I” 6 Zigzag foot “J” (on machine) 7 Blind stitch foot “R” 8 Button fitting foot “M”...
  • Page 19: Options

    4 Table and free motion grip SATFM 4000D 5 Embroidery card Memo • You can use any of the brother embroidery cards listed above with your machine. • Please be aware that some specifications may change without notice. Note • Embroidery cards purchased in foreign countries may not work with your machine.
  • Page 20 NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS...
  • Page 21: Chapter 1 Getting Ready

    Chapter Getting Ready TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF...10 LCD SCREEN...11 I Key Functions ...12 Screens Operations Performed Using a USB Mouse...14 I Clicking a key ...14 I Changing pages ...15 Using the Machine Setting Mode Key...16 I Adjusting Screen Brightness ...19 I Choosing the Display Language...20 Using the Machine Operation Mode Key ...21 Using the Pattern Explanation Key ...22...
  • Page 22: Turning The Machine On/off

    TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF • Use only regular household electricity as 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 electrical outlet and the power cord receptacle on the machine.
  • Page 23: Lcd Screen

    LCD SCREEN When switching on the machine, the screen will display the name of the machine. Touch the screen to display the utility stitch. Either “1-01 Straight stitch (Left)” or “1-03 Straight stitch (Middle)” is selected, depending on the setting selected in the setting screen (see page 16). Press a key with your finger to select the stitch pattern, to select a machine function, or to select an operation indicated on the key.
  • Page 24: I Key Functions

    LCD SCREEN I Key Functions Display Key Name Utility stitch key Character/Decorative stitch key Embroidery key Embroidery edit key Free-motion mode key Press this key to enter free-motion sewing mode. Sewing type selection Pattern explanation Pivot key Explanation Press this key to select a straight stitch, zigzag stitch, buttonhole, blind hem stitch, or other stitches commonly used in garment construction.
  • Page 25 Display Key Name Automatic reinforcement stitch Automatic thread cutting key Stitch selection display Screen lock key Image key Mirror image key Needle mode selection key (single/ double) Reset key Retrieve key Manual memory key Stitch width and stitch length key Thread tension key Machine setting mode Machine operation...
  • Page 26: I Clicking A Key

    Screens Operations Performed Using a USB Mouse If a USB mouse (sold separately by computer retailers) is connected to the sewing machine, the mouse can be used to perform operations in the screens. In addition, a USB hub can be connected so that USB media and a USB mouse can be used at the same time.
  • Page 27: I Changing Pages

    I Changing pages Rotate the mouse wheel to switch through the tabs of the pattern selection screens. Memo • If for additional pages is displayed, rotate the mouse wheel to display the next page. In the left mouse button with the pointer on to move down to the next part of a page.
  • Page 28: Using The Machine Setting Mode Key

    LCD SCREEN Using the Machine Setting Mode Key Press to change the default machine settings (needle stop position, embroidery speed, opening display, etc.) Press Memo • This function will be available in future technology upgrades. • Press Sewing settings a Select whether to use the sewing speed controller to determine the zigzag width (see page 82). b Make adjustments to character or decorative stitch patterns (see page 121).
  • Page 29 The “NO.” is the number for the embroidery and sewing machine. j Display the program version. Memo • The latest version of software is installed in your machine. Check with your local authorized Brother dealer or at www.brother.com for available updates (see page 250). LCD SCREEN...
  • Page 30 LCD SCREEN Embroidery settings a Select from among 10 embroidery frame displays (see page 178). b Change the thread color display on the embroidery screen; thread number, color name or each time to embroider (see page 176). c When the thread number #123 is selected, select among six thread brands (see page 176). d Adjust the maximum embroidery speed setting (see page 176).
  • Page 31: I Adjusting Screen Brightness

    I Adjusting Screen Brightness Note • All or part of the screen may sometimes become darker or lighter because of changes in the air temperature or other changes in the environment around the screen. This is normal and is not a sign of malfunction.
  • Page 32: I Choosing The Display Language

    LCD SCREEN I Choosing the Display Language Press → The Sewing settings screen appears. Press → The General settings screen appears. to choose the display language. Choose from the following languages: [ENGLISH], [GERMAN], [FRENCH], [ITALIAN], [DUTCH], [SPANISH], [DANISH], [FINNISH], [SWEDISH], [PORTUGEUSE], [RUSSIAN], [NORWEGIAN] or [JAPANESE].
  • Page 33: Using The Machine Operation Mode Key

    Using the Machine Operation Mode Key Press to open the screen shown below. Six categories are displayed at the top of the screen. Press a key to see more information about that category. displays information about the main parts of the machine and their functions.
  • Page 34: Using The Pattern Explanation Key

    LCD SCREEN Example: Displaying information about upper threading Press Press → The lower half of the screen will change. Press (upper threading). → The screen shows instructions for threading the machine. Read the instructions. Press to see a video of the displayed instructions.
  • Page 35: Lower Threading

    CAUTION • The enclosed bobbin was designed specifically for this sewing machine. If bobbins from other models are used, the machine will not operate correctly. Use only the enclosed bobbin or bobbins of the same type (part code: SA156, (XA5539-151)).
  • Page 36 LOWER THREADING CAUTION • If the thread spool and/or spool cap are set incorrectly, the thread may tangle on the spool pin and cause the needle to break. • Use the spool cap (large, medium, or small) that is closest in size to the thread spool. If a spool cap smaller than the thread spool is used, the thread may become caught in the slit on the end of the spool and cause the needle...
  • Page 37: I Using The Spool Pin

    Set the bobbin holder to the left, until it clicks into place. a Bobbin holder (switch) Memo When the bobbin holder is set to the left, it works as a switch to make the bobbin wind automatically. → The bobbin starts winding automatically and stops rotating when it is done winding.
  • Page 38: Setting The Bobbin

    Otherwise, the needle may break or the thread tension will be incorrect. • The enclosed bobbin was designed specifically for this sewing machine. If bobbins from other models are used, the machine will not operate correctly. Use only the enclosed bobbin or bobbins of the same type (part code: SA156, (XA5539-151)).
  • Page 39 Slide the bobbin cover latch to the right. a Bobbin cover b Latch → The bobbin cover opens. Remove the bobbin cover. Hold the bobbin with your right hand and hold the end of the thread with your left hand. Set the bobbin in the bobbin case so that the thread unwinds to the left.
  • Page 40: Pulling Up The Bobbin Thread

    LOWER THREADING Pulling Up the Bobbin Thread There may be some sewing applications where you want to pull up the bobbin thread; for example, when making gathers, darts, or doing free motion quilting or embroidery. Memo You can pull up the bobbin thread after thread- ing the upper thread (see “UPPER THREAD- ING”...
  • Page 41: Upper Threading

    Memo • The automatic threading function can be used with sewing machine needles 75/11 through 100/16. • Thread such as transparent nylon monofila- ment thread and thread with a thickness of 130/20 or thicker cannot be used with the automatic threading function.
  • Page 42 UPPER THREADING Memo When sewing with fine, cross-wound thread, use the small spool cap, and leave a small space between the cap and the thread spool. a Spool cap (small) b Thread spool (cross-wound thread) c Space Holding the thread with your hands, slide the thread into the grooves on the thread guide plate.
  • Page 43: Threading Manually

    Note When the “Automatic Threading” button is pressed, the presser foot will be automatically lowered. If you are using an incorrect needle and thread combination, the hook may sometimes get caught in the needle. If this happens, remove the hook from the needle as described below. CAUTION •...
  • Page 44 UPPER THREADING Raise the presser foot lever. CAUTION • If the presser foot is not raised, the sewing machine cannot be threaded correctly. Pivot the spool pin so that it angles upward. Set the thread spool on the spool pin so that the thread unwinds from the front of the spool.
  • Page 45 Pull the thread up along the left side of the thread path guide to the top left corner of the threading path cover. a Top left corner b Threading path cover Pull the thread down to the needle bar along the left side of the thread path guide. Make sure the thread is hooked at the top corner and positioned behind the transparent front cover.
  • Page 46: Using The Twin Needle Mode

    UPPER THREADING Using the Twin Needle Mode The twin needle can only be used for patterns that show after being selected. Before you select a stitch pattern, make sure the stitch can be sewn in the twin needle mode (refer to the “STITCH SETTING CHART”...
  • Page 47 Place the additional spool of thread on the supplemental spool pin, so that the thread unwinds from the front. Then push the spool cap onto the spool pin as far as possible to secure the thread spool. a Spool pin b Spool cap c Thread spool Hold the thread from the spool with both...
  • Page 48: Using Threads That Unwind Quickly

    • If using metallic thread, we recommend that you use a 90/14 home sewing machine nee- dle. • This method keeps the thread from twisting as it comes off the spool pin.
  • Page 49: Changing The Presser Foot

    CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT • Always press on the screen before changing the presser foot. If “Start/Stop” button or another button is pressed, the machine will start and may cause injury. • Always use the correct presser foot for the selected stitch pattern. If the wrong presser foot is used, the needle may strike the presser foot and bend or break, and may cause injury.
  • Page 50: Attaching The Walking Foot

    CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT Attaching the Walking Foot The walking foot holds the fabric between the presser foot and the feed dogs to feed the fabric. This enables you to have better fabric control when sewing difficult fabrics (such as quilting or velvet) or fabrics that slip easily (such as vinyl cloth, leather, or synthetic leather).
  • Page 51: Changing The Needle

    Stop button or another operation button is pressed accidentally, the machine will start and injury may result. • Use only sewing machine needles made for home use. Other needles may bend or break and may cause injury. • Never sew with a bent needle. A bent needle will easily break and may cause injury.
  • Page 52 CHANGING THE NEEDLE With the flat side of the needle facing the back, insert the new needle all the way to the top of the needle stopper (viewing window) in the needle clamp. Use a screwdriver to securely tighten the needle clamp screw.
  • Page 53: I About The Needle

    I About the Needle The sewing machine needle is probably the most important part of the sewing machine. Choosing the proper needle for your sewing project will result in a beautiful finish and fewer problems. Below are some things to keep in mind about needles.
  • Page 54 CHANGING THE NEEDLE...
  • Page 55: Chapter 2 Sewing Basics

    Chapter Sewing Basics SEWING ...44 Sewing a Stitch...44 I Using the Foot Controller...45 Sewing Reinforcement Stitches ...46 Sewing Curves...46 Changing Sewing Direction...46 I Sewing a Seam Allowance of 0.5 cm or Less ...46 Sewing Heavyweight Fabrics...47 I If the Fabric does not Fit under the Presser Foot ...47 I If the Fabric does not Feed ...47 Sewing Lightweight Fabrics ...48 Sewing Stretch Fabrics ...48...
  • Page 56: Sewing

    SEWING SEWING • 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. Doing so may lead to injury. •...
  • Page 57: I Using The Foot Controller

    Press the “Start/Stop” button to start sewing. Guide the fabric lightly by hand. Press the “Start/Stop” button again to stop sewing. Press the “Thread Cutter” button to trim the threads. → The needle will return to the up position automatically. CAUTION •...
  • Page 58: Sewing Reinforcement Stitches

    SEWING Slowly depress the foot controller to start sewing. Memo The speed set using the sewing speed con- troller is the foot controller’s maximum sewing speed. Release the foot controller to stop the machine. Memo (For U.S.A. only) Foot controller: Model S This foot controller can be used with model NV4500D Sewing Reinforcement Stitches...
  • Page 59: Sewing Heavyweight Fabrics

    Sewing Heavyweight Fabrics The sewing 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 on the downward slope.
  • Page 60: Sewing Lightweight Fabrics

    SEWING Sewing Lightweight Fabrics Place thin paper or tear away embroidery stabilizer under thin fabrics to make sewing easier. Gently tear off the paper or the stabilizer after sewing. a Thin paper Sewing Stretch Fabrics First, baste together the pieces of fabric, and then sew without stretching the fabric.
  • Page 61: Stitch Settings

    STITCH SETTINGS When you select a stitch, your machine automatically selects the appropriate stitch width, stitch length, and upper thread tension. However, if needed, you can change any of the individual settings. Note • Settings for some stitches cannot be changed (refer to the “STITCH SETTING CHART” at the end of this manual).
  • Page 62: Setting The Thread Tension

    STITCH SETTINGS Example: Press to shorten the stitch length. → The value in the display gets smaller. Press to lengthen the stitch length. → The value in the display gets bigger. Memo • Using the Image Key, you can check changes made to the stitch.
  • Page 63: Useful Functions

    USEFUL FUNCTIONS Automatic Reinforcement Stitching After selecting a stitch pattern, turn on the automatic reinforcement stitching function before sewing, and the machine will automatically sew reinforcement stitches (or reverse stitches, depending on the stitch pattern) at the beginning and end of sewing. Select a stitch pattern.
  • Page 64: Automatic Thread Cutting

    USEFUL FUNCTIONS Automatic Thread Cutting After selecting a stitch pattern, turn on the automatic thread cutting function before sewing, and the machine will automatically sew reinforcement stitches (or reverse stitches, depending on the stitch pattern) at the beginning and end of sewing, and trim the threads at the end of sewing.
  • Page 65: Pivoting

    I 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 jack, and then insert the knee lifter as far as possible.
  • Page 66 USEFUL FUNCTIONS Note • The “NEEDLE POSITION” (P. 2 of the set- tings screen) must be set in the down posi- tion for the pivot function to be used. When “NEEDLE POSITION” is set in the raised position, and cannot be used. •...
  • Page 67: Automatic Fabric Sensor System (automatic Presser Foot Pressure)

    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, so your fabric is fed smoothly. The fabric sensor system works continuously while sewing.
  • Page 68 USEFUL FUNCTIONS...
  • Page 69: Chapter 3 Utility Stitches

    SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES ...58 I Stitch Selection Screens... 58 Selecting a Stitch ... 59 I Using the Mirror Image Key ... 59 I Using the Image Key... 59 Saving Your Stitch Settings ... 60 I Saving Settings... 60 I Retrieving Saved Settings... 61 Using the Sewing Type Selection Key ...
  • Page 70: Selecting Utility Stitches

    SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES I Stitch Selection Screens There are 5 categories of Utility Stitches. for that category. Straight/Overcasting/Quilting Stitches Heirloom Stitches indicates that there is more than one stitch selection screen Buttonholes/Bar tacks Decorative Stitches Multi-directional Sewing...
  • Page 71: Selecting A Stitch

    Selecting a Stitch Turn the main power to ON. → Either “1-01 Straight stitch (Left)” or “1-03 Straight stitch (Middle)” is selected, depending on the setting selected in the setting screen. to select the category you want. Press to view this screen if another screen displays.
  • Page 72: Saving Your Stitch Settings

    SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES Press to change the thread color of the stitch on the screen. Press to display an enlarged image of the stitch. Memo • The color changes every time you press • The units of the stitch display area are in a Stitch screen Press to go back to the original...
  • Page 73: Using The Sewing Type Selection Key

    Press → The settings are saved and the original screen automatically appears. Memo If you try to save settings when there are already 5 sets of settings saved for a stitch, the message “The pockets are full. Delete a pat- tern”...
  • Page 74 SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES Example: Displaying information about overcasting Press → The advice screen is displayed. Press Press to return to the original screen. → The upper part of the screen displays a selection of overcasting stitches with explanations. Read the explanations and select the appropriate stitch.
  • Page 75: Sewing The Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES Straight Stitches Presser Stitch Stitch name foot Straight stitch (Left) Straight stitch (Left) Straight stitch (Middle) Straight stitch (Middle) Triple stretch stitch Stem stitch Decorative stitch Basting stitch a Left needle position b Middle needle position Memo If the selected stitch has a double mark “...
  • Page 76 SEWING THE STITCHES Select a stitch. Attach presser foot “J”. Attach presser foot “N” when you select Hold the thread tails and fabric with your left hand, and turn the handwheel with your right hand to insert the needle into the fabric.
  • Page 77: I Changing The Needle Position (left Or Middle Needle Position Stitches Only)

    I Changing the Needle Position (Left or Middle Needle Position Stitches Only) When you select left or middle needle position stitches, you can use width display to change the position of the needle. Match the distance from the right edge of the presser foot to the needle with the stitch width, then align the edge of the presser foot with the edge of the fabric during sewing for an attractive finish.
  • Page 78 SEWING THE STITCHES Press the “Presser Foot Lifter” button to raise the presser foot and turn the main power to OFF. Remove the flat bed attachment or the embroidery unit if either are attached. Grasp both sides of the needle plate cover, and then slide it toward you.
  • Page 79: Dart Seam

    I Basting Select and attach presser foot “J”. Press the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button to sew reinforcement stitches, then continue sewing. Memo If you do not want to use a reinforcement stitch at the beginning; you should lift the presser foot, rotate the handwheel, pull up the bobbin thread and pull a length of top and bobbin thread out from the rear of the machine.
  • Page 80: Gathering

    SEWING THE STITCHES Iron the dart to one side so that it is flat. Gathering 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).
  • Page 81: Flat Fell Seam

    Flat Fell Seam Use for reinforcing seams and finishing edges neatly. Select and attach presser foot “J”. Sew the finish line, then cut half of the seam allowance from the side on which the flat fell seam will lie. When the automatic thread cutting and automatic reinforcement stitching are preset, reinforcement stitches will be sewn automatically at the beginning of sewing.
  • Page 82 SEWING THE STITCHES Select and attach presser foot “I”. Sew a straight stitch along the fold. When the automatic thread cutting and automatic reinforcement stitching are preset, reinforcement stitches will be sewn automatically at the beginning of sewing. Press the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button to sew a reinforcement stitch and trim the thread automatically at the end of sewing.
  • Page 83: Zigzag Stitches

    Zigzag Stitches Zigzag stitches are useful for overcasting, appliqué, patchwork, and many other applications. Select a stitch, and attach presser foot “J”. If the stitch which you select has a double mark “ ” at the top of the key display, you can sew reverse stitches by holding the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch”...
  • Page 84: I Patchwork (for Crazy Quilt)

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Patchwork (for Crazy Quilt) Turn back the desired width of fabric and position it over the lower fabric, then sew so that the stitch bridges both pieces of fabric. I Sewing Curves (Using a Zigzag Stitch) Shorten the stitch length setting to obtain a fine stitch.
  • Page 85: Elastic Zigzag Stitches

    Elastic Zigzag Stitches Use elastic zigzag stitches for tape attaching, overcasting, darning, or a wide variety of other uses. Presser Stitch Stitch name foot 2 step elastic zigzag 2 step elastic zigzag 3 step elastic zigzag Select a stitch. Attach presser foot “J”. Stitch width [mm (inch.)] Applications...
  • Page 86: Overcasting

    SEWING THE STITCHES Overcasting Use for the beginning and end of seams in skirts or trousers, and the beginning and end of all cuttings. Use presser foot “G”, presser foot “J”, or the side cutter attachment depending on the kind of overcasting stitch you select.
  • Page 87: I Overcasting Using Presser Foot "j

    I Overcasting Using Presser Foot “J” Presser Stitch Stitch name foot Overcasting stitch Overcasting stitch Overcasting stitch Overcasting stitch Single diamond overcast Single diamond overcast Select a stitch and attach presser foot “J”. Sew with the needle dropping slightly off the edge of the fabric.
  • Page 88: I Overcasting Using The Side Cutter

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Overcasting Using the Side Cutter By using the side cutter, you can do overcasting while cutting the fabric. • Make sure to only select one of the stitches listed below. Using another stitch may cause the needle to hit the presser foot and break, possibly causing injury.
  • Page 89 Position the side cutter so that the side cutter pin is aligned with the notch in the presser foot holder, and then lower the presser foot. a Notch in presser foot holder b Pin → The side cutter is attached. Make a cut of approximately 20 mm (approx.
  • Page 90: I When Sewing Straight Stitches While Using The Side Cutter

    SEWING THE STITCHES I When Sewing Straight Stitches While Using the Side Cutter The seam margin should be approximately 5 mm (approx. 3/16 inch). a Seam margin Memo • The fabric will not be cut if the whole fabric is simply spread out underneath the presser foot guide plate.
  • Page 91: Quilting

    Quilting You can make beautiful quilts quickly and easily with this machine. When making a quilt, you will find it convenient to use the knee lifter and foot controller to free your hands for other tasks (see “Using the Foot Controller”...
  • Page 92: I Piecing

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Piecing Sewing two pieces of fabric together is called piecing. When cutting pieces for quilt blocks, make sure the seam allowance is 6.5 mm (approx. 1/4 inch). Select and attach presser foot “J”. Align the edge of the fabric with the edge of the presser foot, and start sewing.
  • Page 93: I Appliqué

    I Appliqué Trace the pattern onto the appliqué fabric and then cut around it, leaving a 3 to 5 mm (approx. 1/8 to 3/16 inch) seam allowance. a Seam allowance: 3 to 5 mm (approx. 1/8 to 3/16 inch) Place a piece of thick paper cut to the finished size of the appliqué...
  • Page 94: I Quilting With Satin Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Quilting with Satin Stitches Use the foot controller to sew with satin stitches. If you set the speed control slide to control the stitch width, you can make subtle changes in the stitch width during sewing. Attach the foot controller (see page 45).
  • Page 95: I Free-motion Quilting

    I Free-motion Quilting With free-motion quilting, the feed dogs can be lowered (using the feed dog position switch) so that the fabric can be moved freely in any direction. For free-motion quilting, use free-motion quilting foot “C” or free-motion open toe quilting foot “O” depending on the stitch that is selected, and set the machine to free-motion sewing mode.
  • Page 96 SEWING THE STITCHES Press to set the machine to free- motion sewing mode. → The key appears as raised to the necessary height for free-motion sewing. Select any of the following stitches. → Free-motion quilting foot “C” is indicated in the upper-left corner of the screen.
  • Page 97 Lower the feed dog position switch, located at the rear of the base of the machine, to a Rear of machine b Feed dog position switch (as seen from the rear of the machine) c Up d Down Use both hands to stretch the fabric taut, and then move the fabric at a consistent pace in order to sew uniform stitches roughly 2.0-2.5 mm (approx.
  • Page 98: I Echo Quilting Using The Free-motion Echo Quilting Foot "e

    SEWING THE STITCHES Press to set the machine to free- motion sewing mode. → The key appears as raised to the necessary height for free-motion sewing. Select a stitch. Memo Free-motion open toe quilting foot “O” is indicated in the upper-left corner of the screen.
  • Page 99 Free-motion echo quilting foot “E” measurement a 6.4 mm (approx. 1/4 inch) b 9.5 mm (approx. 3/8 inch) CAUTION • With free-motion quilting, control the feeding speed of the fabric to match the sewing speed. If the fabric is moved faster than the sewing speed, the needle may break or other damage may result.
  • Page 100 SEWING THE STITCHES Tighten the screw with the included screwdriver. CAUTION • Be sure to securely tighten the screws with the included screwdriver. Otherwise, the needle may touch the quilting foot, causing it to bend or break. Using the measurement on the quilting foot as a guide, sew around the motif.
  • Page 101: Blind Hem Stitches

    Blind Hem Stitches Select from these stitches to sew the hems or cuffs of dresses, blouses, pants, or skirts. Presser Stitch Stitch name foot Blind hem stitch Blind hem stitch stretch Select a stitch. Place the fabric wrong side up, and fold and baste the fabric.
  • Page 102: Appliqué

    SEWING THE STITCHES Remove the basting stitches and turn the fabric over. a Wrong side of fabric b Right side of fabric Memo Blind hem stitches cannot be sewn if the left needle drop point does not catch the fold. If the needle catches too much of the fold, the fabric cannot be unfolded and the seam appearing on the right side of the fabric will be...
  • Page 103: Shelltuck Stitches

    I Sewing Sharp Curves Stop the machine with the needle in the fabric outside the appliqué. Raise the presser foot and turn the fabric a little bit at a time while sewing for an attractive finish to the seam. Memo Placing a lightweight tear away stabilizer beneath the stitching area will improve the stitch placement along the edge of the appli-...
  • Page 104: Scallop Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES Scallop Stitches This wave-shaped satin stitch is called the scallop stitch. Use this stitch to decorate the edges of blouse collars and handkerchiefs or use it as a hem accent. Memo A temporary spray adhesive may be neces- sary for lightweight fabrics.
  • Page 105: Smocking Stitches

    Smocking Stitches Use smocking stitches for decorative sewing on clothes, etc. Select a straight stitch and attach presser foot “J”. Set the stitch length to 4.0 mm (approx. 3/16 inch) and loosen the upper thread tension to approximately 2.0 (See pages 49 through 50).
  • Page 106: Tape Or Elastic Attaching

    SEWING THE STITCHES Attach presser foot “J”. Align the center of the presser foot with the middle of the space between the fabrics and begin sewing. a Basting stitches Memo Use a thick thread. When sewing is finished, gently tear the paper away.
  • Page 107: Heirloom

    Heirloom I Hemstitching (1) (Daisy Stitch) Use for sewing tablecloths, decorative hems, and decorative stitching on shirt fronts. Memo Use a light to medium weight homespun fabric with a little stiffness. Insert a type 130/705H, size 100/16 Wing needle. CAUTION •...
  • Page 108: I Hemstitching (3) (drawn Work (2))

    SEWING THE STITCHES Press to create a mirror image of the stitch. Sew the opposite side to keep the stitch symmetrical. I Hemstitching (3) (Drawn Work (2)) Pull out several threads from both sides of the 4 mm (approx. 3/16 inch) area which are not yet open.
  • Page 109: One-step Buttonholes

    One-step Buttonholes With one-step buttonholes, you can make buttonholes appropriate to the size of your button. Presser Stitch Stitch name foot Narrow rounded buttonhole Wide round ended buttonhole Tapered round ended buttonhole Round ended buttonhole Round ended buttonhole Round double ended buttonhole Narrow squared buttonhole...
  • Page 110 SEWING THE STITCHES One-step buttonholes are sewn from the front of the presser foot to the back, as shown below. a Reinforcement stitching Select a buttonhole stitch, and attach buttonhole foot “A”. Mark the position and length of the buttonhole on the fabric. Memo The maximum buttonhole length is about 28 mm (approx.
  • Page 111 Align the presser foot with the mark on the fabric, and lower the presser foot. a Mark on the fabric b Marks on the presser foot Note • Pass the thread underneath the presser foot. • Slide the outside frame of the buttonhole foot backward as far as possible as shown in the illustration, making sure that there is no gap behind the part of the foot marked “A”.
  • Page 112: I Sewing Stretch Fabrics

    SEWING THE STITCHES Memo For keyhole buttonholes, use the eyelet punch to make a hole in the rounded end of the but- tonhole. 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.
  • Page 113: Four-step Buttonholes

    Four-step Buttonholes You can sew 4-step buttonholes using the following 4 stitches together. You can sew any desired length for the buttonhole when using 4-step buttonholes. 4-step buttonholes are a good option when attaching oversize buttons. Note When changing the stitch settings for the left side of the buttonhole, make sure that all setting should be changed to match.
  • Page 114 SEWING THE STITCHES Press the “Start/Stop” button to start sewing. Sew the desired length for the buttonhole and press the “Start/Stop” button again. Select stitch to sew the bar tack and press the “Start/Stop” button. → The machine will automatically stop after sewing the bar tack.
  • Page 115: I Darning

    I Darning Use darning stitches for mending and other applications. Presser Stitch Stitch name foot Darning Darning Darning is performed by sewing from the front of the presser foot to the back as shown below. a Reinforcement stitches Select a stitch, and attach buttonhole foot “A”.
  • Page 116 SEWING THE STITCHES Lower the buttonhole lever so that it is positioned behind the metal bracket on the buttonhole foot. a Buttonhole lever a Metal bracket Gently hold the end of the upper thread, and then press the “Start/Stop” button to start the machine.
  • Page 117: Bar Tacks

    Bar Tacks Use bar tacks to reinforce areas that will be subject to strain, such as pocket corners. Presser Stitch Stitch name foot Bar tack Select Attach buttonhole foot “A” and set the scale to the length of the bar tack you wish to sew.
  • Page 118: I Bar Tacks On Thick Fabrics

    SEWING THE STITCHES Lower the buttonhole lever so that it is positioned behind the metal bracket on the buttonhole foot. a Metal bracket Gently hold the end of the upper thread and begin sewing. → When sewing is completed, the machine will sew reinforcement stitches and stop automatically.
  • Page 119: Button Sewing

    Button Sewing Buttons can be sewn on using the machine. Buttons with 2 or 4 holes can be attached. Presser Stitch Stitch name foot Button sewing Note • Do not use the automatic thread cutting function when sewing buttons. Otherwise, you will lose the thread ends.
  • Page 120: I Attaching 4 Hole Buttons

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Attaching 4 Hole Buttons Sew the two holes closest to you. Then raise the presser foot and move the fabric so that the needle goes into the next two holes, and sew them in the same way. I Attaching a Shank to the Button Pull the shank lever toward you before sewing.
  • Page 121: Eyelet

    Eyelet Use this stitch for making belt holes and other similar applications. Presser Stitch Stitch name foot Eyelet Star eyelet Select in either the stitch width display or the stitch length display to choose the size of the eyelet. (Actual size) a Large 7 mm (approx.
  • Page 122: Multi-directional Sewing (straight Stitch And Zigzag Stitch)

    SEWING THE STITCHES Multi-directional Sewing (Straight Stitch and Zigzag Stitch) Use these stitch patterns to attach patches or emblems to pant legs, shirt sleeves, etc. Remove the flat bed attachment to create the free arm function. Memo Pass the free arm through a tubular piece of fabric, and then sew in the order shown in the illustration.
  • Page 123: Zipper Insertion

    Zipper Insertion I Centered Zipper Use for bags and other such applications. Select Memo • For details on each stitch, refer to the “STITCH SETTING CHART” at the end of this manual. Note • Make sure you sew using the middle needle position.
  • Page 124: I Inserting A Side Zipper

    SEWING THE STITCHES CAUTION Make sure the needle does not strike the zipper during sewing. If the needle strikes the zipper, the needle may break, leading to injury. I Inserting a Side Zipper Use for side zippers in skirts or dresses. Select Note •...
  • Page 125 Set the presser foot in the 3 mm (approx. 1/8 inch) margin. Starting from the end of the zipper opening, sew to a point about 50 mm (approx. 2 inches) from the edge of the fabric, then stop the machine. Pull down the zipper slider, then continue sewing to the edge of the fabric.
  • Page 126 SEWING THE STITCHES...
  • Page 127: Chapter 4 Character/decorative Stitches

    Chapter Character/ Decorative Stitches SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS...116 I Stitch Selection Screens... 117 Selecting Decorative Stitch Patterns/7mm Decorative Stitch Patterns/Satin Stitch Patterns/7mm Satin Stitch Patterns/ Cross Stitch/Utility Decorative Stitch Patterns ... 118 Alphabet Characters ... 118 I Deleting Characters... 119 SEWING STITCH PATTERNS ...120 Sewing Attractive Finishes ...
  • Page 128: Selecting Stitch Patterns

    SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS Press to display the screen below. a Decorative stitch patterns b 7mm decorative stitch patterns. You can set stitch length and width. c Satin stitch patterns d 7mm satin stitch patterns. You can set stitch length and width. e Cross stitch f Utility decorative stitch patterns g Alphabet characters (gothic font)
  • Page 129: I Stitch Selection Screens

    I Stitch Selection Screens There are 9 categories of Character/Decorative stitch patterns. stitch selection screen for that category. Decorative Stitch Patterns 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Alphabet Characters (Gothic Font) indicates that there is more than one 7mm Decorative Stitch Patterns Cross Stitch Alphabet Characters (Handwriting Font)
  • Page 130: Selecting Decorative Stitch Patterns/7mm Decorative Stitch Patterns/satin Stitch Patterns/7mm Satin Stitch Patterns/cross Stitch/utility Decorative Stitch Patterns

    SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS Selecting Decorative Stitch Patterns/7mm Decorative Stitch Patterns/Satin Stitch Patterns/ 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns/ Cross Stitch/Utility Decorative Stitch Patterns Select the category of the pattern you want to sew. Press the key of the stitch pattern you want to sew.
  • Page 131: I Deleting Characters

    I Deleting Characters Press to delete the last character. Memo Characters are deleted individually starting with the last character entered. Select the correct character. SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS...
  • Page 132: Sewing Stitch Patterns

    Thread #50 - #60 Needle With lightweight, regular, or stretch fabrics: the Ball point needle (golden colored) With heavyweight fabrics: home sewing machine needle 90/14 Presser foot Monogramming foot “N”. Using another presser foot may give inferior results. Basic Sewing Select a stitch pattern.
  • Page 133: Making Adjustments

    Memo If the fabric is pulled or pushed during sewing, the pattern may not turn out correctly. Also, depending on the pattern, there may be move- ment to the left and right as well as front and back. Guide the fabric with your hand to keep the fabric feeding straight and even during sewing.
  • Page 134 SEWING STITCH PATTERNS Press , and then adjust the pattern with the FINE ADJUST VERTI. or HORIZ. displays. If the pattern is bunched: Press in the FINE ADJUST VERTI. display. → The displayed value increases each time the button is pressed and the pattern will lengthen. If the pattern has gaps: Press in the FINE ADJUST VERTI.
  • Page 135: Editing Stitch Patterns

    EDITING STITCH PATTERNS I Key Functions You can create just the finish you want using the editing functions. Make patterns larger or smaller, make mirror images, etc. Note • Some editing functions cannot be used with certain stitch patterns. Only the functions for the displayed keys are available when a pattern is selected.
  • Page 136: Changing The Size

    EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Display Key Name Single/Repeat sewing Elongation key Size selection key Thread density key Delete key Memory key Stitch width and stitch length key Thread tension key Changing the Size Select a stitch pattern, then press sewn in the size highlighted on the key. Memo •...
  • Page 137: Changing The Length (for 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Only)

    Changing the Length (for 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Only) When stitch patterns are selected, press choose from 5 automatic length settings, without changing the stitch zigzag width or stitch length settings. Creating a Vertical Mirror Image To create a vertical mirror image, select a stitch pattern then press EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Creating a Horizontal Mirror...
  • Page 138: Changing Thread Density (for Satin Stitch Patterns Only)

    EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Changing Thread Density (for Satin Stitch Patterns Only) After selecting the pattern, press your preferred thread density. CAUTION If the stitches bunch when thread density is changed to , return the thread density to . If you continue sewing when the stitches are bunched, the needle may bend or break.
  • Page 139: Checking The Image

    Press the “Start/Stop” button to continue sewing. Checking the Image You can display an approximate size image of the selected stitch pattern. You can also check and change the colors of the image on the screen. Press → An image of the selected pattern is displayed. Press to change the thread color in the image.
  • Page 140: Combining Stitch Patterns

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS You can combine many varieties of stitch patterns, such as character stitches, cross stitches, satin stitches, or stitches you design with MY CUSTOM STITCH function (see chapter 7 for information about MY CUSTOM STITCH). You can also combine stitch patterns of different sizes, mirror image stitch patterns, and others.
  • Page 141 Press → The display returns to the stitch selection screen. Press COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Select Press to sew the pattern continuously. Press to view the completed pattern (see page 127). Press Memo Patterns are deleted individually starting with the last pattern entered by pressing...
  • Page 142: Combining Large And Small Stitch Patterns

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Combining Large and Small Stitch Patterns Example: Press → The large size stitch will be selected. Press again, then press the small size. → The pattern is displayed in a smaller size. Press to sew continuously. → The entered pattern is repeated. Combining Horizontal Mirror Image Stitch Patterns Example:...
  • Page 143: Combining Stitch Patterns Of Different Length

    Press Press again, then press → The pattern is flipped along a vertical axis. Press → The entered pattern is repeated. Combining Stitch Patterns of Different Length Example: Press , then press → The length of the image is set to Select again, then press →...
  • Page 144: Making Step Stitch Patterns (for 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Only)

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Press → The entered pattern is repeated. Making Step Stitch Patterns (for 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Only) You can use the keys with 7mm satin stitch patterns to create a step effect. Stitch patterns sewn so that they create a step effect are called step stitch patterns.
  • Page 145: I More Examples

    Press → The next stitch pattern will move to the left. Press → The entered pattern is repeated. COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS I More Examples → → → Press → → → Press → → → → → → Press → →...
  • Page 146: Using The Memory Function

    • Compatible operating systems: Microsoft Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP (Windows 98SE requires a driver. Download the driver from our Web site (www.brother.com). In addition, only Windows 98 Second Edition can use the driver.) I Precautions on Using the Computer to Create and Save Data •...
  • Page 147: I Trademarks

    I Trademarks • Secure Digital (SD) Card is a registered trademark or a trademark of SD Card Association. • CompactFlash is a registered trademark or a trademark of Sandisk Corporation. • Memory Stick is a registered trademark or a trademark of Sony Corporation. •...
  • Page 148: Saving Stitch Patterns In The Machine's Memory

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Saving Stitch Patterns in the Machine’s Memory You can save often-used stitch patterns in the machine’s memory. The machine’s memory can hold up to 20 stitch patterns. Note • Do not turn the main power to OFF while the “Saving”...
  • Page 149 Choose a stitch pattern to delete. Press so the pattern saved in that pocket appears. Press if you decide not to delete the stitch pattern. a Pockets holding saved stitch patterns Press → A confirmation message appears. USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press If you decide not to delete the stitch pattern, press →...
  • Page 150: Saving Stitch Patterns To Usb Media (commercially Available)

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Saving Stitch Patterns to USB Media (Commercially Available) When sending stitch patterns from the machine to USB media, plug the USB media into the machine’s USB port. Depending on the type of USB media being used, either directly plug the USB device into the machine’s USB port or plug the USB Card Writer/Reader into the machine’s USB port.
  • Page 151: Saving Stitch Patterns In The Computer

    Saving Stitch Patterns in the Computer Using the included USB cable, the sewing machine can be connected to your computer, and the stitch patterns can be temporarily retrieved from and saved on your computer. Note • Do not turn the main power to OFF while the “Saving”...
  • Page 152: Retrieving Stitch Patterns From The Machine's Memory

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Select the stitch pattern’s .pmu file and copy the file to the computer. Note • Do not turn off the machine while the “Sav- ing” screen is showing. You may lose the data. Retrieving Stitch Patterns from the Machine’s Memory Press →...
  • Page 153: Recalling From Usb Media

    Recalling from USB Media You can recall a specific stitch pattern from either direct USB media or a folder in the USB media. If the stitch pattern is in a folder, check each folder to find the stitch pattern. Insert the USB Media into the USB port connector on the machine (see page 138).
  • Page 154: Recalling From The Computer

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Recalling from the Computer Plug the USB cable connector into the corresponding USB connectors for the computer and for the machine (see page 139). On the computer, open “My Computer” then go to “Removable Disk”. Move/copy the pattern data to “Removable Disk”.
  • Page 155: Chapter 5 Embroidery

    BEFORE EMBROIDERING ...144 Embroidery Step by Step... 144 Attaching Embroidery Foot “W”... 145 Attaching the Embroidery Unit ... 146 I About the Embroidery Unit ... 146 I Removing the Embroidery Unit ... 147 SELECTING PATTERNS ...149 I Copyright Information... 149 I Pattern Selection Screens ...
  • Page 156: Before Embroidering

    BEFORE EMBROIDERING BEFORE EMBROIDERING Embroidery Step by Step Follow the steps below to prepare the machine for embroidery. Step 3 Step 1, 2 Step # Presser foot attachment Checking the needle Embroidery unit attachment Bobbin thread setup Fabric preparation Pattern selection Embroidery frame attachment Checking the layout Embroidery thread setup...
  • Page 157: Attaching Embroidery Foot "w

    Attaching Embroidery Foot “W” CAUTION • When attaching a presser foot, always press on the screen. You may accidentally press the “Start/Stop” button and possibly cause injury. • Be sure to use embroidery foot “W” when doing embroidery. Using another presser foot may cause the needle to strike the presser foot, causing the needle to bend or break and possibly cause injury.
  • Page 158: Attaching The Embroidery Unit

    BEFORE EMBROIDERING Hold the embroidery foot in place with your right hand, and then use the included screwdriver to securely tighten the presser foot holder screw. CAUTION • Use the included screwdriver to firmly tighten the screw of the presser foot holder. If the screw is loose, the needle may strike the presser foot and possibly cause injury.
  • Page 159: I Removing The Embroidery Unit

    Feed dog position switch Note • Be sure there is no gap between the embroi- dery unit and the sewing machine. If there is a gap, the embroidery patterns will not embroider with the correct registration. • Do not push on the carriage when installing the embroidery unit onto the machine.
  • Page 160 BEFORE EMBROIDERING Hold down the release button, and pull the embroidery unit away from the machine. a Release button CAUTION • Do not carry the embroidery unit by holding the release button compartment. • Be sure to close the cover of the connection port when the embroidery unit is not being used.
  • Page 161: Selecting Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS I Copyright Information The patterns stored in the sewing machine and embroidery cards are intended for private use only. Any public or commercial use of copyrighted patterns is an infringement of copyright law and is strictly prohibited. There are many character and decorative embroidery patterns stored in the machine’s memory (see the “QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE”...
  • Page 162: I Pattern Selection Screens

    SELECTING PATTERNS I Pattern Selection Screens There are 7 categories of patterns in this machine. selection screen for that category. Embroidery patterns Cross stitch patterns Frame patterns indicates that there is more than one pattern Heirloom patterns Floral alphabet patterns Border patterns Alphabet characters...
  • Page 163: Selecting Embroidery Patterns/heirloom Patterns/border Patterns/cross Stitch Patterns/floral Alphabet Patterns

    Selecting Embroidery Patterns/ Heirloom Patterns/Border Patterns/Cross stitch Patterns/ Floral alphabet Patterns Select the category of the pattern you want to embroider. Press the key of the pattern you want to embroider. Press to view the next page. Press to view the previous page. →...
  • Page 164: Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns Press Press the key of the font you want to embroider. Press to change the selection screen, and then enter the characters that you want to embroider. To enter a space, press If you want to change the size of a character, select the character and then press size.
  • Page 165: Selecting Frame Patterns

    Press → The sewing screen is displayed. Proceed to see “VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN” on page 155 to embroider the pattern. To return to the previous screen to select another pattern, press SELECTING PATTERNS Selecting Frame Patterns Press Press the key of the frame shape you want to embroider in the top part of the screen.
  • Page 166: Selecting Patterns From Embroidery Cards

    SELECTING PATTERNS Proceed to see “VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN” on page 155 to embroider the pattern. To return to the previous screen to select another pattern, press Selecting Patterns from Embroidery Cards I About Embroidery Cards (Sold Separately) • Use only embroidery cards manufactured for this machine.
  • Page 167: Viewing The Sewing Screen

    VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN a Shows the presser foot code. Attach embroidery foot “W” for all embroidery projects. When the foot presser symbol is displayed on the screen, you are able to sew. b Shows the boundary for embroidering with the extra large frame (30 cm × 18 cm (approx. 12 inches × 7 inches)). c Shows a preview of the selected pattern.
  • Page 168: I Key Functions

    VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN I Key Functions Using these keys, you can change the size of the pattern, rotate the pattern, etc. Display Key Name Image key Arrow keys Center key) Rotate key Size key Density key Horizontal mirror image key Multi color key Memory key Return key...
  • Page 169: Preparing The Fabric

    PREPARING THE FABRIC • Use fabrics with a thickness of less than 3 mm (approx. 1/8 inch). Using fabrics thicker than 3 mm (approx. 1/8 inch) may cause the needle to break. • When using layers with thicker batting etc., you can sew more attractive embroidery by adjusting the embroidery presser foot height in the embroidery settings screen (see below).
  • Page 170: Hooping The Fabric In The Embroidery Frame

    PREPARING THE FABRIC Hooping the Fabric in the Embroidery Frame I Types of Embroidery Frames Extra Large Can embroider an area 30 cm × 18 cm (approx. 12 inches × 7 inches) Use when embroidering connected or combined characters or patterns, or when embroidering large patterns.
  • Page 171: I Inserting The Fabric

    I Inserting the Fabric Note • If the fabric is placed loose in the embroidery frame, the embroidery design will sew out poorly. Insert the fabric on a level surface, and gently stretch the fabric taut in the frame. Follow the steps below to insert the fabric correctly.
  • Page 172: Embroidering Small Fabrics Or Fabric Edges

    PREPARING THE FABRIC Return the frame adjustment screw to its initial position. I Using the Embroidery Sheet When you want to embroider the pattern in a particular place, use the embroidery sheet with the frame. With a chalk pen, mark the area of the fabric you want to embroider.
  • Page 173: I Embroidering Ribbons Or Tape

    I Embroidering Ribbons or Tape Secure with double-sided tape or a temporary spray adhesive. a Ribbon or tape b Stabilizer PREPARING THE FABRIC...
  • Page 174: Attaching The Embroidery Frame

    ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME Note Wind and insert the bobbin before attaching the embroidery frame. Press the “Presser Foot Lifter” button to raise the presser foot. Align the embroidery frame guide with the right edge of the embroidery frame holder. a Embroidery frame holder b Embroidery frame guide Slide the embroidery frame into the holder,...
  • Page 175: Confirming The Pattern Position

    CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION The pattern is normally positioned in the center of the embroidery frame. You can check the layout before starting embroidery and change the position. Checking the Pattern Position The embroidery frame moves and shows the pattern position. Watch the frame closely to make sure the pattern will be sewn in the right place.
  • Page 176: Previewing The Completed Pattern

    CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION Previewing the Completed Pattern Press → An image of the pattern as it will be embroidered appears. Press used in the preview. Frames displayed in light gray cannot be selected. Press to see a full screen preview. The pattern can be sewn as it appears in the following display.
  • Page 177: Sewing An Embroidery Pattern

    SEWING AN EMBROIDERY PATTERN Sewing Attractive Finishes There are many factors that go into sewing beautiful embroidery. Using the appropriate stabilizer (see page 157) and hooping the fabric in the frame (see page 158) are two important factors mentioned earlier. Another important point is the appropriateness of the needle and thread being used.
  • Page 178: Sewing Embroidery Patterns

    SEWING AN EMBROIDERY PATTERN Sewing Embroidery Patterns Example: a Embroidery color order b Cursor Memo The [+] cursor moves over the pattern, show- ing which part of the pattern is being sewn. Thread the machine with the first color (see “Threading Using the “Automatic Threading”...
  • Page 179: I When Threading Manually

    Repeat the same steps for embroidering the remaining colors. → When the last color is sewn, “Finish sewing” will appear on the display. Press display will return to the original screen. Memo The Thread Trimming Function is originally set to trim excess thread jumps (threads linking parts of the pattern, etc.).
  • Page 180: Sewing Embroidery Patterns Which Use Appliqué

    SEWING AN EMBROIDERY PATTERN Sewing Embroidery Patterns Which Use Appliqué There are some patterns which call for an appliqué inside the pattern. Prepare the base fabric and the appliqué fabric (appliqué piece). When sewing an embroidery pattern with an appliqué, the color sewing order display shows “Appliqué...
  • Page 181 Apply a thin layer of adhesive or spray adhesive to the back of the appliqué piece and attach it to the appliqué position so that it follows the seam of the outline. Memo If the appliqué material is a lightweight fabric, you may want to use a fusible web on the back to stabilize the fabric and for appliqué...
  • Page 182: Adjustments During The Embroidery Process

    ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS Note • Be careful not to bump the embroidery unit carriage or the presser foot when removing or attaching the embroidery frame. Otherwise, the pattern will not embroider correctly. If the Bobbin Runs Out of Thread When the bobbin begins to run out of thread during embroidering, the machine will stop and the message below will appear.
  • Page 183: If The Thread Breaks During Sewing

    If the Thread Breaks During Sewing Press the “Start/Stop” button to stop the machine. If the upper thread is broken, redo the upper threading. If the bobbin thread is broken, press and follow the directions in steps through previous section to reset the bobbin. Press ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS Press...
  • Page 184: Restarting From The Beginning

    ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS Restarting from the Beginning Press Press → The embroidery frame moves, returning the needle to the pattern’s beginning position. Press the “Presser Foot Lifter” button to lower the presser foot and start sewing. Resuming Embroidery After Turning Off the Power The current color and stitch number are saved when embroidery is stopped.
  • Page 185 Attach the embroidery frame and press → The previous sewing screen displayed before the machine was turned off appears. Memo If you want to start a new operation, press so the pattern selection screen appears. Continue embroidering. a Stitch number when embroidery is resumed ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS...
  • Page 186: Making Embroidery Adjustments

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS 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. I Correct Thread Tension The pattern can be seen from the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Page 187: Using The Automatic Thread Cutting Function (end Color Trim)

    Using the Automatic Thread Cutting Function (END COLOR TRIM) The automatic thread cutting function cut the thread at the end of sewing each color. This function is initially turned on. To turn this function off, press key and then function can be turned on or off during embroidering.
  • Page 188: Adjusting The Embroidery Speed

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS Press to turn off JUMP STITCH TRIM. → The key will display as The machine will not trim the thread before moving to the next stitching. I Selecting the length of JUMP STITCH not to trim When the thread trimming function turned on, you can select the length of the jump stitch not to trim the thread.
  • Page 189: Changing The Thread Color Display

    Changing the Thread Color Display You can display the name of the thread colors, the time or embroidery thread number. Memo Colors on the screen may vary slightly from actual spool colors. Press Press In the THREAD COLOR DISPLAY, use to display the name of the thread colors, the time or the embroidery thread number.
  • Page 190: Changing The Embroidery Frame Display

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS Changing the Embroidery Frame Display Press Press In the FRAME DISPLAY, use change the embroidery frame display mode. There are 10 choices. a Extra large frame embroidering area b Center line c Large frame embroidering area d Medium frame embroidering area e Small frame embroidering area f Grid lines Press...
  • Page 191: Revising The Pattern

    REVISING THE PATTERN • When you have revised the pattern, check the display of available embroidery frames and use an appropriate frame. If you use an embroidery frame not displayed as available for use, the presser foot may strike the frame and possibly cause injury. Changing the Pattern Position to move the pattern in the direction shown by the arrow.
  • Page 192: Aligning The Pattern And The Needle

    REVISING THE PATTERN Aligning the Pattern and the Needle Example: Aligning the lower left side of a pattern and the needle Mark the embroidery start position on the fabric, as shown. Press...
  • Page 193: Changing The Size

    Press a Start position → The needle position moves to the bottom left corner of the pattern (the embroidery frame moves so that the needle is positioned correctly). Press to align the needle and the mark on the fabric, and begin embroidering the pattern.
  • Page 194: Rotating The Pattern

    REVISING THE PATTERN Rotating the Pattern Press Select the angle of rotation for the pattern. Press to rotate the pattern 90 degrees to the left. Press to rotate the pattern 90 degrees to the right. Press to rotate the pattern 10 degrees to the left.
  • Page 195: Creating A Horizontal Mirror Image

    Creating a Horizontal Mirror Image Press so it appears as horizontal mirror image of the selected pattern. Press again to return the pattern to normal. Changing the Density (Alphabet Character and Frame Patterns Only) to create a The thread density for some alphabet character and frame patterns can be changed.
  • Page 196: Changing The Colors Of Alphabet Character Patterns

    REVISING THE PATTERN Change the density. Press to make the pattern less dense. Press to make the pattern more dense. a Normal b Fine (stitches closer together) c Coarse (stitches farther apart) → The pattern density changes each time you press a button.
  • Page 197: Using The Memory Function

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Embroidery Data Precautions Observe the following precautions when using embroidery data other than that created and saved in this machine. • When using embroidery data other than our original patterns, the thread or needle may break when sewing with a stitch density that is too fine or when sewing three or more overlapping stitches.
  • Page 198: I Computers And Operating Systems With The Following Specifications Can Be Used

    • Compatible operating systems: Microsoft Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP (Windows 98SE requires a driver. Download the driver from our Web site (www.brother.com). In addition, only Windows 98 Second Edition can use the driver.) I Precautions on Using the Computer to Create and Save Data •...
  • Page 199: Saving Embroidery Patterns In The Machine's Memory

    Saving Embroidery Patterns in the Machine’s Memory You can save embroidery patterns that you have customized and will use often; for example, your name, patterns that have been rotated or had the size changed, patterns that have had the sewing position changed, etc.
  • Page 200 USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Select the pattern you want to delete. Press a Amount of memory used by the pattern to be deleted b Amount of memory needed to save the current pattern Press If you decide not to delete the pattern, press →...
  • Page 201: Saving Embroidery Patterns To Usb Media (commercially Available)

    Saving Embroidery Patterns to USB Media (Commercially Available) When sending embroidery patterns from the machine to USB media, plug the USB media into the machine’s USB port. Depending on the type of USB media being used, either directly plug the USB device into the machine’s USB port or plug the USB Card Writer/Reader into the machine’s USB port.
  • Page 202: Saving Embroidery Patterns In The Computer

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Saving Embroidery Patterns in the Computer Using the included USB cable, the machine can be connected to your computer, and the embroidery patterns can be temporarily retrieved from and saved in your computer. Note • Do not turn the main power to OFF while the “Saving”...
  • Page 203: Retrieving Patterns From The Machine's Memory

    Retrieving Patterns from the Machine’s Memory Press → The machine displays the patterns currently in the memory. Press the key of the pattern you want to retrieve. Press to return to the original screen. USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press → The sewing screen is displayed. Recalling from USB Media You can recall a specific embroidery pattern from either direct USB media or a folder in the USB...
  • Page 204: Recalling From The Computer

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press when there is a subfolder to sort two or more stitch patterns to USB media, the embroidery pattern in the subfolder is displayed. Press to return to the original screen without recalling. a Folder name b Embroidery patterns in a folder c Path →...
  • Page 205 Move/copy the pattern data to “Removable Disk”. → Pattern data in “Removable Disk” is written to the machine. Note • While data is being written, do not discon- nect the USB cable. • Do not create folders within “Removable Disk”. Since folders are not displayed, stitch pattern data within folders cannot be recalled.
  • Page 206: Embroidery Applications

    EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS Using a Frame Pattern to Make an Appliqué (1) You can use framed patterns of the same size and shape to create an appliqué. Embroider one pattern with a straight stitch and one pattern with a satin stitch.
  • Page 207: Using A Frame Pattern To Make An Appliqué (2)

    Using a Frame Pattern to Make an Appliqué (2) This is a second method to make appliqué using embroidery patterns. You do not have to change the fabric in the embroidery frame using this method. Embroider one pattern with a straight stitch and one pattern with a satin stitch.
  • Page 208 EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS...
  • Page 209: Chapter 6 Embroidery Edit

    Chapter Embroidery Edit EXPLANATION OF FUNCTIONS...198 SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT ...199 Selecting Embroidery Patterns/Heirloom Patterns/Border Patterns/Cross stitch Patterns/Floral Alphabet Patterns/Frame Patterns...200 Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns ...200 EDITING PATTERNS...203 I Key Functions ...204 Moving the Pattern...205 Rotating the Pattern ...205 Changing the Size of the Pattern ...206 Deleting the Pattern ...207 Changing the Configuration of Alphabet Character Patterns...207 Changing Alphabet Character Spacing ...207...
  • Page 210: Explanation Of Functions

    EXPLANATION OF FUNCTIONS EXPLANATION OF FUNCTIONS With the Embroidery Edit functions, you can combine embroidery patterns and character patterns, change the size of patterns, rotate patterns, and perform many other editing functions. This machine can perform the 9 functions listed below. I Combine Patterns You can easily create combinations of embroidery patterns, frame patterns, character patterns, patterns from the machine’s memory, patterns from separately sold embroidery cards, and many other patterns.
  • Page 211: Selecting Patterns To Edit

    SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT Prepare the machine for embroidery according to the instructions on page 144, and press display the screen below. a Embroidery patterns b Heirloom patterns c Border patterns d Cross stitch patterns e Floral alphabet patterns f Alphabet character patterns g Frame patterns h Patterns from an embroidery card (sold separately) i Patterns saved in the machine’s memory (see page 191)
  • Page 212: Selecting Embroidery Patterns/heirloom Patterns/border Patterns/cross Stitch Patterns/floral Alphabet Patterns/frame Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT Selecting Embroidery Patterns/ Heirloom Patterns/Border Patterns/Cross stitch Patterns/ Floral Alphabet Patterns/Frame Patterns Select the category of the pattern. Press the key of the pattern you want to edit. See pages 151 and 153 for more information on selecting patterns.
  • Page 213 Select the font, then enter the characters. (Example: A B C D) See page 152 for more information about selecting characters. Press to change the layout of the pattern. If the characters are too small to see, press view a display of all entered characters. SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT Select the layout.
  • Page 214 SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT Press to return to the original screen. After you finish your selections, press → The embroidery edit screen will appear. Proceed to see “EDITING PATTERNS” on page 203 to edit the pattern.
  • Page 215: Editing Patterns

    EDITING PATTERNS a Shows the size of the entire combined pattern. b Shows the size of the pattern currently selected. c Shows the distance from the center of the frame. d Shows the number of colors in the pattern currently selected. e Shows the degree of rotation for the pattern.
  • Page 216: I Key Functions

    EDITING PATTERNS I Key Functions Display Key Name Arrow keys Center key) Border key Rotate key Size key Density key Horizontal mirror image key Character spacing key Press this key to change the spacing of character patterns. Array key Multi color key Thread palette key Pattern select key Delete key...
  • Page 217: Moving The Pattern

    Moving the Pattern Press to move the pattern in the direction shown on the key. Press to return the pattern to the center. a Distance from the center Rotating the Pattern Press EDITING PATTERNS Select the angle by which the pattern is rotated.
  • Page 218: Changing The Size Of The Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS Press to return to the original screen. Changing the Size of the Pattern Press Select the direction in which to change the size. Press to enlarge the pattern proportionately. Press to shrink the pattern proportionately. Press to stretch the pattern horizontally. Press to compact the pattern horizontally.
  • Page 219: Deleting The Pattern

    Deleting the Pattern Press to delete the pattern from the screen. Changing the Configuration of Alphabet Character Patterns Press EDITING PATTERNS Press the key of the layout you want to embroider. See page 201 for more information about layout types. →...
  • Page 220: Reducing Character Spacing

    EDITING PATTERNS Press to widen the character spacing. Press to tighten the character spacing. Press to return the pattern to its original appearance. Press to return to the original screen. to change the spacing. Reducing Character Spacing The spacing between characters can be reduced to 50% of the narrowest character in the group.
  • Page 221: Changing The Color Of Each Alphabet Character In A Pattern

    Changing the Color of Each Alphabet Character in a Pattern Press so you can assign a thread color to each character. Change the thread to sew each character in a different color. Press to change the colors in the sewing order.
  • Page 222: Creating A Custom Thread Table

    EDITING PATTERNS Press color from the color palette. To return to the original color, press multiple colors have been changed, this command will return all colors to their original colors. You can select colors from the color palette by directly touching the color selection with the touch pen.
  • Page 223: I Adding A Color To The Custom Thread Table From The List

    to select one of the thread brands in the machine. to enter a color’s 4-digit number. If you make a mistake, press entered number, and then enter the correct number. a Thread brand Press a Thread brand b Entered number →...
  • Page 224: Choosing A Color From The Custom Thread Table

    EDITING PATTERNS Press Repeat the previous steps until all desired thread colors are specified. To delete a specified color from the palette, press Press to return to the original screen. Choosing a Color from the Custom Thread Table You can select a color from the up to 300 thread colors you have set in the custom thread table.
  • Page 225: Designing Repeated Patterns

    Press color from the custom thread table. to scroll through the custom thread table. Press to return to the original color. You can select colors from the custom thread table by directly touching the screen with the touch pen. a Custom thread b Custom thread table →...
  • Page 226 EDITING PATTERNS Select the direction in which the pattern will be repeated. a Vertical direction b Horizontal direction c Repeating and deleting keys d Spacing keys → The pattern direction indicator will change depending on the direction selected. to repeat the pattern on top and to repeat the pattern at the bottom.
  • Page 227: I Repeating One Element Of A Repeated Pattern

    I Repeating One Element of a Repeated Pattern By using the Cut function, you can select one element of a repeated pattern and repeat only that single element. This function allows you to design complex repeated patterns. Choose the direction in which the repeated pattern will be cut.
  • Page 228: I Assigning Thread Marks

    EDITING PATTERNS Repeat the selected element. Press to finish repeating. Note • Once you have cut a repeated pattern into separate elements, you cannot return to the original repeated pattern. • Each element can be edited separately in the edit screen. See “Selecting combined embroidery patterns”...
  • Page 229: After Editing

    Press to select the thread mark to be sewn. Memo • When there are two or more elements, use pattern that you want to assign a thread mark(s) to. Press After Editing Press If you want to sew the pattern immediately, to select a press Press...
  • Page 230: I Color Sorting Repeated Patterns

    EDITING PATTERNS I Color Sorting Repeated Patterns Press to automatically change the sewing order of colors in combined border embroidery patterns so that the same color can be continuously sewn. This allows you to continue sewing without repeatedly changing the upper thread or changing the sewing order manually.
  • Page 231: Combining Patterns

    COMBINING PATTERNS Editing Combined Patterns Example: Combining alphabet characters with an embroidery pattern and editing Press to select an embroidery pattern. COMBINING PATTERNS to view P.4, then select Press...
  • Page 232 COMBINING PATTERNS Press Press to enter the alphabet characters. Select and enter “Sewing”. After selecting , press character size to M, then enter the remaining characters. → The characters you enter will be displayed in the center of the display. Press to move the characters.
  • Page 233: I Selecting Combined Embroidery Patterns

    Press to change the layout of the characters. Press See page 207 for more information about changing the layout. Press to change the color of the characters. See page 209 for more information about changing the color. When all editing is finished, press I Selecting combined embroidery patterns If multiple patterns have been combined, use...
  • Page 234: Sewing Combined Patterns

    COMBINING PATTERNS Sewing Combined Patterns Combined patterns will be embroidered in the order they were entered. In this example, the embroidery order will be as follows: → Note Follow the directions in “Sewing Embroidery Patterns” on page 166. Embroider color order on the right side of the display. →...
  • Page 235: Using The Memory Function

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION In the same way as embroidery patterns in Chapter 5, you can save and retrieve edited embroidery patterns to and from the machine’s memory, a personal computer, or USB media. Refer to the relevant sections in Chapter 5 on saving and retrieving embroidery patterns and follow the same procedures in order to save and retrieve edited embroidery patterns.
  • Page 236 USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION...
  • Page 237: Chapter 7 My Custom Stitch

    Chapter MY CUSTOM STITCH DESIGNING A STITCH...226 ENTERING STITCH DATA ...228 I Key Functions ...228 I Moving a Point ...230 I Moving Part or All of the Design ...231 I Inserting New Points ...232 USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES ...233 Storing Custom Stitches in Your List ...233 I If the Memory is Full ...233 Retrieving Stored Stitches ...234...
  • Page 238: Designing A Stitch

    DESIGNING A STITCH DESIGNING A STITCH By using the MY CUSTOM STITCH can register stitches you have created yourself. You can also sew designs combining MY ™ CUSTOM STITCH creations with built-in characters (see page 128). Memo • Stitches that you create with MY CUSTOM ™...
  • Page 239 Examples of Custom Stitches Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch DESIGNING A STITCH...
  • Page 240: Entering Stitch Data

    ENTERING STITCH DATA ENTERING STITCH DATA I Key Functions a This area displays the stitch being created. b Displays the number of the present set point over the total number of points in the stitch. c Displays the y-coordinate of Display Enlarger key Grid direction key...
  • Page 241 Press Press to move to the coordinates of the first point on the grid sheet. Press to change the direction of the grid sheet. Press to enlarge the image of the stitch being created. a Currently selected point/Total number of points b Coordinates of Memo Whenever...
  • Page 242: I Moving A Point

    ENTERING STITCH DATA Repeat the steps above for each point that you have drawn on the grid sheet until the stitch design is drawn on the screen as a continuous line. Press to delete a selected point entered. Press to sew a test-run of the stitch. Press to return to the original screen.
  • Page 243: I Moving Part Or All Of The Design

    I Moving Part or All of the Design Press to move point of the section that you want to move. To move to the first point, press To move to the last point, press You can also move by using the touch pen. Press →...
  • Page 244: I Inserting New Points

    ENTERING STITCH DATA I Inserting New Points Press to move on the design where you want to add a new point. To move to the first point, press To move to the last point, press You can also move Press →...
  • Page 245: Using Stored Custom Stitches

    USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES Storing Custom Stitches in Your List Stitch patterns created using the MY CUSTOM ™ STITCH function can be stored for later use. Once you finish entering the stitch data, press . The “Saving” message appears and the stitch will be stored.
  • Page 246: Retrieving Stored Stitches

    USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES Retrieving Stored Stitches Press → A list of stored stitch patterns is displayed. Select the stitch pattern. Press to return to the previous screen without retrieving. Press To delete the stored stitch pattern, press To edit the stored stitch pattern, press...
  • Page 247: Chapter 8 Appendix

    Chapter Appendix CARE AND MAINTENANCE ...236 Cleaning the LCD Screen ...236 Cleaning the Machine Casing ...236 Cleaning the Race ...236 ADJUSTING THE SCREEN ...238 Screen Visibility is Low ...238 Touch Panel is Malfunctioning ...238 TROUBLESHOOTING ...240 ERROR MESSAGES...243 I Alarm Sounds ...248 SPECIFICATIONS...249 UPGRADING YOUR MACHINE’S SOFTWARE ...250 Upgrade Procedure Using USB Media ...250...
  • Page 248: Care And Maintenance

    CARE AND MAINTENANCE CARE AND MAINTENANCE • Be sure to unplug the machine before cleaning it. Otherwise, electric shock or injury may result. Cleaning the LCD Screen If the screen is dirty, gently wipe it with a soft, dry cloth. Do not use organic solvents or detergents. Cleaning the Machine Casing If the surface of the machine is dirty, lightly soak a cloth in a neutral detergent, squeeze it out firmly,...
  • Page 249 Insert the bobbin case so that the projection on the bobbin case aligns with the spring. a Projection b Spring Insert the tabs on the needle plate cover into the needle plate, and then slide the cover back on. Note •...
  • Page 250: Adjusting The Screen

    ADJUSTING THE SCREEN ADJUSTING THE SCREEN Screen Visibility is Low If the screen is difficult to see when you turn on the power, follow the steps below. Press your finger anywhere on the screen. Holding your finger on the screen, turn the main power switch to OFF and back to ON.
  • Page 251 Using the included touch pen, lightly touch the center of each +, in order from 1 to 5. If the buzzer sounds one time after you press number 5, the operation is finished. If the buzzer sounds twice, there was an error. In this case, repeat the steps above.
  • Page 252: Troubleshooting

    TROUBLESHOOTING TROUBLESHOOTING If you have a minor problem with your sewing machine, check the following solutions. If the solutions suggested do not correct the problem, contact your authorized dealer. You can also press for advice about minor sewing problems during sewing. Press the original screen.
  • Page 253 Problem Cannot lower the Presser foot was raised using the “Presser Foot presser foot with the Lifter” button. presser foot lever Thread tension is Upper threading is incorrect. incorrect Bobbin is set incorrectly. Using improper needle or thread for the selected fabric.
  • Page 254 TROUBLESHOOTING Problem Needle breaks Needle is installed incorrectly. Needle clamp screw is not tightened. Needle is turned or bent. Using improper needle or thread for the selected fabric. Wrong presser foot was used. Upper thread tension is too strong. Fabric is pulled during sewing. Spool cap is set incorrectly.
  • Page 255: Error Messages

    ERROR MESSAGES If the machine is not properly set and the “Start/Stop” button or the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button is pressed, or if the operation procedure is incorrect, the machine does not start. An alarm sounds and an error message is displayed on the LCD. If an error message displays, follow the instructions in the message.
  • Page 256 ERROR MESSAGES This message is displayed when the patterns you are editing take up too much memory, or if you are editing too many patterns for the memory. This message is displayed when the “Start/Stop” button is pushed to sew Utility stitches or Character/Decorative stitches while the foot controller is connected.
  • Page 257 This message is displayed when the machine is in embroidery mode and the small frame is attached, and the selected pattern does not fit in the small frame. This message is displayed when, with the machine in embroidery mode and the small embroidery frame or medium embroidery frame attached, the selected pattern is larger than the...
  • Page 258 ERROR MESSAGES This message is displayed when, after selecting a pattern, pattern is about to be deleted. This message is displayed when the speed control lever is set to control the zigzag stitch width, and the “Start/ Stop” button is pushed.
  • Page 259 This message is displayed when the “Start/Stop” button is pushed and the machine is in embroidery mode, but the embroidery unit is not attached. This message is displayed when you try to recall or save a pattern while no USB media is loaded. This message is displayed when you try to use incompatible media.
  • Page 260: I Alarm Sounds

    ERROR MESSAGES This message is displayed when replacing the embroidering bobbin thread. This message is displayed when rotating a saved combined pattern in the Embroidery screen. This message is displayed when you try to use incompatible USB media. This message is displayed when it seems that the upper thread has not been threaded correctly.
  • Page 261: Specifications

    12 kg (27 lb.) (with case: 14.3 kg (32 lb.)) 70 to 1000 stitches per minute Home sewing machine needles (HA × 130) 45.8 cm (W) × 13.1 cm (H) × 46.2 cm (D) (approx. 18 inches (W) × 5-1/8 inches (H) × 18-1/4 inches (D)) 72.4 cm (W) ×...
  • Page 262: Upgrading Your Machine's Software

    UPGRADING YOUR MACHINE’S SOFTWARE You can use USB media or a computer to download software upgrades for your sewing machine. When an upgrade program is available on www.brother.com, please download the files following the instructions on the web site and steps below.
  • Page 263: Upgrade Procedure Using Computer

    Upgrade Procedure Using Computer While pressing the “Automatic Threading” button, turn the main power to ON. → The following screen will appear on the LCD. Press Plug the USB cable connector into the corresponding USB port connectors for the computer and for the machine. →...
  • Page 264 UPGRADING YOUR MACHINE’S SOFTWARE...
  • Page 265: Stitch Setting Chart

    STITCH SETTING CHART The following chart shows information for each utility stitch concerning applications, stitch lengths, stitch widths, and whether or not the twin needle mode can be used. Presser foot Stitch Stitch name Straight stitch (Left) Straight stitch (Left) Straight stitch (Middle) Straight stitch...
  • Page 266 STITCH SETTING CHART Presser foot Stitch Stitch name Overcasting stitch Overcasting stitch Overcasting stitch Overcasting stitch Overcasting stitch Overcasting stitch Single diamond overcast Single diamond overcast With side cutter With side cutter With side cutter With side cutter With side cutter Piecing stitch (Right) Piecing stitch...
  • Page 267 Presser foot Stitch Stitch name Blind hem stitch Blind hem stitch stretch Blanket stitch Shell tuck edge Satin scallop stitch Scallop stitch Patchwork join stitch Patchwork double overlock stitch Couching stitch Smocking stitch Feather stitch Fagoting cross stitch Tape attaching Ladder stitch Rick-rack stitch Decorative...
  • Page 268 STITCH SETTING CHART Presser foot Stitch Stitch name Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching zigzag Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Honeycomb stitch Honeycomb stitch Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Stitch width [mm (inch.)] Applications Auto. Decorative hems, triple straight at left (1/16) (1/16 - 1/4)
  • Page 269 Presser foot Stitch Stitch name Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Ladder stitch Narrow rounded buttonhole Wide round ended buttonhole Tapered round ended buttonhole Round ended buttonhole Round ended buttonhole Round double ended buttonhole Narrow squared buttonhole Wide squared buttonhole Squared buttonhole Stretch buttonhole Heirloom...
  • Page 270 STITCH SETTING CHART Presser foot Stitch Stitch name 4 step buttonhole 1 4 step buttonhole 2 4 step buttonhole 3 4 step buttonhole 4 Darning Darning Bar tack Button sewing Eyelet Star eyelet Diagonally left up (Straight) Reverse (Straight) Diagonally right up (Straight) Sideways to left (Straight)
  • Page 271 Presser foot Stitch Stitch name Forward (Zigzag) Reverse (Zigzag) Stitch width [mm (inch.)] Applications Auto. For attaching appliqué on tubular pieces of fabric and mitering — corners For attaching appliqué on tubular pieces of fabric and mitering — corners STITCH SETTING CHART Stitch length [mm (inch.)] Twin...
  • Page 272: Index

    Index Index Accessories included accessories ... 4 options ... 7 Accessory compartment ... 4 Adjustments screen ... 238 screen brightness ... 19 Air vent ... 1 Alarm sounds ... 248 Alphabet characters character/decorative stitches ... 118 embroidery ... 152 embroidery edit ... 200 Appliqué...
  • Page 273 carriage ...3 carrying case ...4 Enlarger key ...229 Error messages ...243 Eyelet ...109 Fabrics fabric/thread/needle combinations ...41 sewing heavyweight fabrics ...47 sewing lightweight fabrics ...48 sewing stretch fabrics ... 48 Fagoting ...93 Feed dog position switch ... 1 Feed dogs ... 2 Flat bed attachment ...
  • Page 274 Index Saving character/decorative stitches ... 136 computer ... 139 embroidery patterns ... 187 machine’s memory ... 136 MY CUSTOM STITCH designs ... 233 stitch settings ... 60 USB media ... 138 utility stitches ... 60 Scallop stitches ... 92 Set key ... 229 Settings automatic reinforcement stitching ...
  • Page 276 English 882-S94 XE2537-001 Printed in Taiwan...

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