16. This sewing machine is not intended for use by young children or infirm persons without supervision. 17. Young children should be supervised to ensure that they do not play with this machine.
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.
• The included 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.
If the problem persists, please consult your local authorized Brother dealer. For additional product information and updates, visit our web site at www.brother.com The contents of this manual and specifications of this product are subject to change without notice.
HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL Chapters 1 and 2 describe to the first-time user the initial operations for using this machine and the basic sewing operations. To sew utility stitches Continue with chapter 3 to learn how to select a stitch and sew using the various stitches. Chapter 2 Chapter 1 To sew characters and patterns...
Contents CONTENTS NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS ... 9 Machine ... 9 Needle and Presser Foot Section ... 10 Embroidery Unit ... 10 Operation Buttons ... 11 Included Accessories ... 11 Options ... 14 Chapter 1 Getting Ready TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF ...16 LCD SCREEN ...17 Using the Machine Setting Mode Key ...
Embroidering Small Fabrics and Fabric Edges ... 123 ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME ...124 EDITING THE PATTERN ...125 Changing the Embroidery Frame Display... 125 Changing the Pattern Position... 125 Rotating the Pattern ... 126 Changing the Pattern Size... 126 Creating a Horizontal Mirror Image ... 127 Changing the Stitching Density (Alphabet and Frame Patterns Only) ...
Main power switch Use the main power switch to turn the machine ON and OFF. j Air vent Do not cover the air vent while the sewing machine is being used. k Feed dog position switch Use the feed dog position switch to lower the feed dogs.
NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Needle and Presser Foot Section a Buttonhole lever Lower the buttonhole lever when sewing buttonholes and bar tacks. b Presser foot holder The presser foot is attached to the presser foot holder. c Presser foot holder screw Use the presser foot holder screw to hold the presser foot holder in place.
Operation Buttons a “Start/Stop” button When this button is pressed, the machine sews a few stitches at a low speed, then begins sewing at the speed set by the sewing speed controller. Press this button again to stop sewing. This button lights up in a different color depending on the machine’s operating condition.
NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS 75/11 2 needles 90/14 2 needles 90/14 2 needles: Ball point needle (gold colored)
NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Part Code Memo Others (For U.S.A. only) Foot controller: Model T XD0313-051 This foot controller can be used with this X57789-151 machine model NV1500D/NV1500. XC3098-051 X53840-351 X59370-051 Memo XC3021-051 • Always use accessories recommended for X56409-051 this machine.
NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Options Part Name 1 Embroidery bobbin thread (White) Embroidery bobbin thread (Black) 2 Stabilizer material Water soluble stabilizer 3 Seam guide Embroidery frame set (small) 2 cm (H) × 6 cm (W) (1 inch (H) ×...
Chapter Getting Ready TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF...16 LCD SCREEN...17 ■ Display Precautions...17 ■ Key Functions ...18 Using the Machine Setting Mode Key...20 Using the Machine Operation Mode Key ...22 ■ Contents of Each Category ...22 Using the Pattern Explanation Key ...23 LOWER/UPPER THREADING ...24 Winding the Bobbin ...24 ■...
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. • Turn the main power to OFF and remove the plug in the following circumstances: When you are away from the machine After using the machine When the power fails during use...
LCD SCREEN ■ Display Precautions • Only touch the display with your finger or the touch pen included with the machine. Do not use a mechanical pencil, screwdriver or any other hard or sharp objects. In addition, do not press the display with extreme pressure, otherwise damage to the display may result.
LCD SCREEN ■ Key Functions With your finger or the touch pen, press a key at the top of the display ( screen that is displayed. Operation panel Machine setting mode Machine operation mode key Presser foot / Needle exchange key Utility stitch key Character/Decorative Stitch key...
Screen Name Screen lock key Sewing type selection Pattern explanation key Press this key to see how the selected stitch pattern can be used. Stitch selection display Press the key for the stitch pattern that you want to sew. Press one of the Automatic reinforcement stitch key Automatic thread...
LCD SCREEN Using the Machine Setting Mode Key Press to change the needle stop position, turn the buzzer on/off, adjust the pattern or screen, and change other basic machine settings. * Press to display the next page. * Press to display the next page. * Press to display the next page.
Shows the version of the software installed on this machine Shows the product identification number for this machine. Memo The latest version of software is installed in your machine. Check with your local authorized Brother dealer or at www.brother.com for notification of available updates (see page 189).
LCD SCREEN Using the Machine Operation Mode Key Basic machine operations and other information based on the contents of this Operation Manual are stored in this machine. 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.
Example: Displaying information about upper threading Press Press → A list of basic operations appears in the lower half of the screen. Press (upper threading). → The instructions for threading the machine appear. Press to view the next page. When you are finished with the instructions, press Using the Pattern Explanation Key To learn more about the uses for a stitch pattern, select...
CAUTION • The included bobbin was designed specifically for this sewing machine. If bobbins from other models are used, the machine will not operate correctly. Use only the included bobbin or bobbins of the same type (part code: X52800-150).
While holding the thread from the spool in your right hand, hold the end of the thread with your left hand, and then pass the thread through the thread guide. Thread guide Pass the thread under the pin on the bobbin winding thread guide, and then pass it around the pretension disk.
LOWER/UPPER THREADING ■ Winding the Bobbin Using the Spool Pin The main spool pin cannot be used to wind the bobbin while sewing. For details, see “Using the Supplemental Spool Pin” on page 24. Turn on the machine. Open the top cover. Align the groove in the bobbin with the spring on the bobbin winder shaft, and then slide the bobbin onto the shaft.
Setting the Bobbin This section describes how to set a bobbin wound with thread into the machine. You can begin sewing without pulling up the bobbin thread. If you wish to pull up the bobbin thread, for example, when sewing gathers, follow the procedure described in the next section.
LOWER/UPPER THREADING Guide the bobbin thread through the groove, following the arrow in the illustration. Note • Do not cut the thread with the cutter. • Do not attach the bobbin cover. While lightly holding the upper thread, press the “Needle Position” button twice to lower, then raise the needle.
Press the “Needle Position” button to raise the needle. Note If you try to thread the needle with the needle threader lever without raising it, damage to the machine may result. Pivot the spool pin so that it angles upward, and then place the spool of thread on the spool pin.
LOWER/UPPER THREADING Pass the thread through the thread guide disks (marked “7”). * Make sure that the thread passes through the groove in the thread guide. * Make sure that the thread securely enters the thread guide disks, otherwise the needle may not be threaded. Groove in thread guide Pull the thread up through the thread cutter to cut the thread, as shown in the illustration.
Using the Twin Needle Using the twin needle, you can sew two parallel lines of the same stitch. Although the same bobbin thread is used, interesting patterns can be sewn by threading each needle with a different color of thread. Both upper threads should have the same thickness and quality.
LOWER/UPPER THREADING While holding the thread from the spool with both hands, pull the thread through the lower notch in the thread guide plate, then through the upper notch. Hold the end of the thread with your left hand, and then guide the thread through the groove, following the arrows in the illustration.
CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT • Always press in the operation panel 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.
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.
Use the included screwdriver to turn the needle clamp screw toward the front of the machine to loosen it, and then remove the needle. Note Do not apply extreme force when loosening or tightening the needle clamp screw, otherwise damage to the machine may result.
■ 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.
Chapter Sewing Basics SEWING ...38 Sewing a Stitch...38 ■ Using the Foot Controller...39 ■ Using the Knee Lifter...40 Sewing Reinforcement Stitches ...40 Sewing Curves...40 Changing Sewing Direction...40 ■ Sewing a Seam Allowance of 0.5 cm or Less ...40 Sewing Heavyweight Fabric ... 41 ■...
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. •...
The speed set using the sewing speed controller 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 T This foot controller can be used with model NV1500D/ NV1500. SEWING...
SEWING ■ 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.
Sewing Heavyweight Fabric ■ If the Fabric Does Not Fit Under the Presser Foot The presser foot lever can be raised to two different positions. If the fabric is too thick to fit under the presser foot, raise the presser foot lever to its highest position so that the fabric can be placed under the presser foot.
ADJUSTING STITCH SETTINGS ADJUSTING STITCH SETTINGS When a stitch is selected, the most appropriate stitch width, stitch length, and upper thread tension are automatically set. However, if needed, you can change any of the settings as described in this section. Note •...
Adjusting the Thread Tension The default thread tension, which is automatically set, can normally be used regardless of the type of thread or fabric being sewn. However, with some fabric and thread combinations, the thread tension may need to be adjusted.
USEFUL FUNCTIONS Place the fabric under the presser foot with the needle at the starting point of the stitching, and then press the “Start/Stop” button. The machine will automatically sew reverse stitches (or reinforcement stitches), and then begin sewing. Reverse stitches (or reinforcement stitches) Memo If you press the “Start/Stop”...
Locking the Screen If the screen is locked before starting to sew, the various settings, such as the stitch width and stitch length, are locked and cannot be changed. This prevents screen settings from accidentally being changed or the machine from being stopped while large pieces of fabric or other projects are being sewn.
SELECTING A UTILITY STITCH SELECTING A UTILITY STITCH ■ Stitch Selection Screens Press to display the previous or next page. Straight/Overcasting/Quilting Stitches Decorative Stitches Buttonholes/Bar tacks Heirloom Stitches Multi-Directional Sewing...
Selecting a Stitch Pattern Turn on the machine, and then lightly press the display. → Depending on the setting, either "1-01 Straight stitch (Left)" or "1-03 Straight stitch (Middle)" is automatically selected. Press to display a screen of the stitches in the selected category, and then select a stitch pattern.
SELECTING A UTILITY STITCH Memo • The next time that the same straight stitch is selected, the stitch length is set to 2.0 mm. • All stitch settings (stitch width (zigzag width), stitch length, thread tension, automatic thread cutting, and automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching) are saved, not just the setting that was changed.
SEWING THE STITCHES Select a stitch pattern. Attach presser foot “J”. Hold the thread ends and the fabric with your left hand, and turn the handwheel toward you with your right hand to insert the needle into the fabric at the starting point of the stitching. a Starting point of stitching Lower the presser foot lever.
Memo For a standard 16 mm (approx. 5/8 inch) seam allowance, set the width to 0 mm on the screen. While sewing, align the edge of the fabric with the 16mm (approx. 5/8 inch) mark on the needle plate. a 16 mm (approx. 5/8 inch) ■...
SEWING THE STITCHES Gathering Sew gathers on sleeves, the waist of a gathered skirt, etc. Select a straight stitch, and then attach presser foot “J”. Set the stitch length to 4.0 mm (approx. 3/16 inch) and the thread tension to 2.0 (weaker tension).
Lay both seam allowances on the side of the shorter one (cut seam allowance) and iron them flat. a Wrong side of fabric Fold the longer seam allowance around the shorter one, and then sew along the edge of the fold. a Wrong side of fabric Finished flat fell seam a Surface of fabric...
SEWING THE STITCHES Zigzag Stitches Zigzag stitches are useful for a variety of applications, including overcasting and sewing appliqués and patchwork. Note When using the twin needle (see page 31), be sure to attach presser foot “J”. Stitch Stitch Name Zigzag stitch (Middle) Zigzag stitch (Middle) Zigzag stitch (Right)
■ Patchwork (Crazy Quilts) Turn back the desired width of fabric, place it over a different piece of fabric, and then sew the two fabric pieces together so the stitching bridges both pieces. Elastic Zigzag Stitches Use elastic zigzag stitches for a wide variety of applications, including overcasting, tape attaching, and darning. Stitch Presser Stitch Name...
SEWING THE STITCHES Overcasting Sew overcasting at the beginning and end of seams for skirts or pants, and at the beginning and end of all cuttings. Depending on the selected stitch, use presser foot “G” or “J” or the side cutter attachment. ■...
■ Overcasting Using Presser Foot “J” Stitch Presser Stitch Name Foot Overcasting stitch Overcasting stitch Overcasting stitch Overcasting stitch Single diamond overcast Single diamond overcast Select a stitch, and then attach presser foot “J”. Sew while making sure that the needle drops slightly off the edge of the fabric.
SEWING THE STITCHES ■ 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.
Select a stitch. Make a cut of approximately 20 mm (approx. 3/4 inch) in the fabric. a 20 mm (approx. 3/4 inch) Position the fabric so that the right side of the cut is on top of the guide plate and the left side of the cut is underneath the presser foot.
SEWING THE STITCHES 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”...
■ Quilting Sewing together the quilt top, batting, and backing is called quilting. You can sew the quilt with the walking foot to keep the quilt top, batting, and backing from sliding. The walking foot has a set of feed dogs that move together with the feed dogs in the needle plate during sewing.
SEWING THE STITCHES Check the needle drop point, and then sew along the edge of the appliqué while making sure that the needle drops slightly off the edge of the fabric. a Needle drop point CAUTION • Be careful that the needle does not strike a basting pin during sewing.
■ 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. The quilting foot is needed for free-motion quilting. We recommend attaching the foot controller and sewing at a consistent speed.
SEWING THE STITCHES Blind Hem Stitches Select a blind hem stitch to sew the hems or cuffs of dresses, blouses, pants, or skirts. Stitch Stitch Name Blind hem stitch Blind hem stitch Select a stitch pattern. Memo For best results when sewing stretch fabrics, decrease the pressure of the presser foot.
Remove the basting, and then turn over the fabric. a Wrong side of fabric b Surface of fabric Memo Blind hem stitches cannot be sewn if the needle does not catch the fold on the left side. However, if the needle catches too much of the fold, the fabric cannot be unfolded and too much of the seam will appear on the surface of the fabric, leaving an unattractive finish.
SEWING THE STITCHES ■ 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. Shell Tuck Stitching The arched tuck that looks like shells lined up in a row is called a shell tuck.
Leave a seam when sewing the scallop stitches so that the pattern is not sewn directly on the edge of the fabric. Note Sew test stitches on the fabric before sewing on your project. Trim along the seam, making sure not to cut the stitches.
SEWING THE STITCHES Pull the bobbin threads to create the desired amount of gather, and then smooth the gathers by ironing them. Press Memo For details on the stitch patterns, refer to the “STITCH SETTING CHART” at the end of this manual. Sew between the straight stitches.
Tape or Elastic Attaching Elastic tape is sewn onto the fabric unstretched. Select a straight stitch, and then attach presser foot “J”. Note Make sure that the automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching and automatic thread cutting settings are not selected. Set the stitch length to 4.0 mm (approx. 3/16 inch) and the thread tension to 2.0 (weaker tension).
SEWING THE STITCHES Heirloom Stitching By sewing with the wing needle sold separately, the needle holes are enlarged, creating a lace-like decorative stitch. This stitching is used to decorate tablecloths, hems, and shirt fronts. ■ Hemstitching (1) (Daisy Stitch) Note For best results, use lightweight to medium weight homespun fabrics with a slight stretch.
Pull out several threads from the fabric to leave a 3 mm (approx. 1/8 inch) area open. Memo For best result, use loosely woven fabrics. Press , and then attach presser foot “N”. Memo For details on the stitch patterns, refer to the “STITCH SETTING CHART”...
SEWING THE STITCHES Buttonhole Stitches Select the desired buttonhole stitch according to your application and the size of the button. Stitch Stitch Name Narrow rounded buttonhole Wide round ended buttonhole Tapered round ended buttonhole Round ended buttonhole Round double ended buttonhole Narrow squared buttonhole...
Select a stitch, and then attach presser foot “A”. Mark the position and length of the buttonhole on the fabric. Memo The maximum buttonhole length is 28 mm (approx. 1- 1/6 inches) (diameter + thickness of the button). Pull out the button holder plate on the presser foot, and then insert the button that will be put through the buttonhole.
SEWING THE STITCHES Gently hold the end of the upper thread, and then start sewing. * Once sewing is completed, the machine automatically sews reinforcement stitches, then stops. * If the automatic thread cutting setting is selected before sewing, the machine will automatically cut the thread at the end of stitching.
■ Sewing Stretch Fabrics When sewing a buttonhole on stretch fabrics, press , and use a gimp thread. Hook the gimp thread onto the back of buttonhole foot “A”, and then pull the ends of the gimp thread under the presser foot. Pass the thread ends through the grooves at the front of the presser foot, and then temporarily tie them.
SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Darning Use darning stitches for mending and other applications. Stitch Stitch Name Darning Darning Darning is sewn from the front of the presser foot to the back, as shown below. a Reinforcement stitching Select a stitch pattern. Set the scale on buttonhole foot “A”...
Pull down the buttonhole lever. * The buttonhole lever should be positioned behind the metal bracket on the buttonhole foot, as shown in the illustration. a Buttonhole lever a Metal bracket Bar Tacks Bar tacks are one type of reinforcement stitching used to strengthen points subject to strain, such as ends of pocket openings and slits.
SEWING THE STITCHES Position the fabric so that the opening of the pocket moves toward you during sewing. Hold the outside frame of the buttonhole foot toward the back with your finger, check the first needle drop point, and then lower the presser foot.
Button Sewing Buttons with 2 or 4 holes can be sewn on. Note Make sure that the automatic thread cutting setting is not selected when sewing on buttons. Stitch Presser Stitch Name Foot Button sewing Press Raise the presser foot lever, and remove the flat bed attachment.
SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Attaching a 4-Hole Button Sew the two holes toward the front. Then, raise the presser foot, move the fabric so that the needle goes into the back two holes, and then sew them in the same way. ■...
Use the eyelet punch to cut a hole in the center of the stitching. Multi-Directional Sewing (Straight Stitch and Zigzag Stitch) Use these stitch patterns to attach patches or emblems to pant legs, shirt sleeves, etc. Memo Pass the free arm through the tubular piece of fabric, and then sew in the order shown in the illustration.
SEWING THE STITCHES Press , and then sew seam 4. * The fabric will move sideways, so guide the fabric with your hands to sew straight. Memo Zigzag stitches can also be used with multi-directional sewing. Zipper Insertion ■ Centered Zipper Use for bags and other such applications.
■ Side Zipper Use for side zippers on skirts or dresses. Press * Be sure to select the straight stitch with the middle needle position. Attach presser foot “J”, sew straight stitches to the zipper opening, and then sew basting stitches to the edge of the fabric.
SEWING THE STITCHES Close the zipper, turn the fabric over so that the surface faces up, and then baste the other side of the zipper to the fabric. a Front of garment (wrong side of fabric) b Back of garment (surface of fabric) c Basting d Front of garment (surface of fabric) Remove the presser foot, and then attach the...
SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS ■ Stitch Selection Screens Press to display the screen shown below. Press to display the previous or next page. * The patterns in screens b, d and f have a stitch width of 7 mm or less. Both the stitch length and width can be adjusted. a Decorative stitch b 7 mm decorative patterns...
Selecting Decorative Stitch Patterns/ 7 mm Decorative Stitch Patterns/ Satin Stitch Patterns/ 7 mm Satin Stitch Patterns/Cross Stitch Patterns/Utility Decorative Stitch Patterns Press , and then press the key for the category containing the pattern that you want to sew. Select a stitch pattern that you want to sew.
SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS Press screen of characters, and then select a character. Repeat this step until you have selected all of the characters. * If a wrong character was selected, press the character, and then select the new character. * To select a different character style, press and then select the new character style.
If you do not wish to do so, place the fabric on a thin paper such as tracing paper. Thread #50 - #60 Needle With lightweight, regular, or stretch fabrics: Brother ballpoint needle (golden colored) With heavyweight fabrics: home sewing machine needle 90/14 Presser foot Monogramming foot “N”.
SEWING STITCH PATTERNS Press the “Start/Stop” button to stop the machine, and then press the “Reverse/ Reinforcement Stitch” button to sew reinforcement stitches. Memo • When sewing character stitch patterns, the machine automatically sews reinforcement stitches at the end of the stitching, then stops (The machine is automatically set to sew reinforcement stitches at the beginning and end of each character.)
Press If the pattern is bunched together: Press in the FINE ADJUST VERTI. display. Each press of the key increases the value and lengthens the pattern. If the pattern is stretched: Press in the FINE ADJUST VERTI. display. Each press of the key decreases the value and shortens the pattern.
EDITING STITCH PATTERNS EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Using the editing functions, you can change the patterns in a variety of ways, such as resizing them or flipping them to create a mirror image. Memo Depending on the pattern that is selected, some editing functions may not be available. ■...
Changing the Pattern Size After selecting a stitch pattern, press desired size is selected. Memo • Stitch patterns entered after the pattern size was changed are added at the selected size until it is changed again. • You cannot change the size of stitch patterns once they have been combined.
EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Selecting a Single/Repeating Pattern Press to select whether the pattern is sewn repeatedly or once. Memo If you press while sewing, the key changes to and the machine will sew one copy of the pattern, then automatically stop. Changing the Thread Density (Satin Stitch Patterns Only) After selecting a stitch pattern, press...
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. Before Combining Patterns Note •...
COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Press Press To repeatedly sew the pattern combination, press so that it appears as Memo • Press to erase the last pattern entered. Patterns are erased one at a time. • If the entire combined pattern cannot be displayed, press to view an image of the pattern.
Press again, and then press appears as → The second pattern is displayed in the smaller size. To repeatedly sew the pattern combination, press so that it appears as → The combination appears as a repeating pattern. Combining Stitch Patterns of Different Orientations Example: COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS...
COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS To repeatedly sew the pattern combination, press so that it appears as → The combination appears as a repeating pattern. Memo • Press to erase the last pattern entered. Patterns are erased one at a time. • If the entire combined pattern cannot be displayed, press to view an image of the pattern.
Press again, and then press times so that it appears as → The second pattern is displayed with a length of 2. To repeatedly sew the pattern combination, press so that it appears as → The combination appears as a repeating pattern. three Creating Step Patterns (7 mm Satin Stitch Patterns Only)
COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Press , and then press → The next pattern is moved to the right. Press again, and then press Press so that it appears as → The combination appears as a repeating pattern. ■ Examples of Pattern Combinations →...
USB port as standard equipment • 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.) ■ Precautions on Using the Computer to Create and Save Data •...
USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION ■ If the Memory Is Full If this screen appears while you are trying to save a pattern on the machine’s memory, the memory is too full to hold the currently selected stitch pattern. To save the stitch pattern in the machine’s memory, you have to delete a previously saved stitch pattern.
Press * If you decide not to delete the stitch pattern, press → The old stitch pattern is deleted, and the new stitch pattern is automatically saved. Saving Stitch Patterns to the Computer Using the included USB cable, connect the sewing machine to your computer so that stitch patterns can be retrieved from and saved to your computer.
USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press → Press to return to the previous screen without saving the stitch pattern. → The stitch pattern is temporarily saved to “Removable Disk” under “My Computer”. Select the stitch pattern’s .pmu file in “Removable Disk”, and copy the file to the computer.
Press * Press to delete the stitch pattern. → The selected stitch pattern is retrieved and the sewing screen appears. Retrieving Stitch Patterns from the Computer Plug the USB cable connectors into the corresponding USB ports on the computer and on the machine (see page 105). On the computer, open “My Computer”, and then go to “Removable Disk”.
USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION * Press to return to the previous screen without saving the stitch pattern. a Pockets holding saved stitch patterns Press * Press to delete the stitch pattern. → The selected stitch pattern is retrieved and the sewing screen appears.
The embroidering procedures are listed below. Step # Attach embroidery foot “U”. Insert a 75/11 home sewing machine needle.* Attach the embroidery unit. Wind the bobbin with embroidery bobbin thread, and then set the bobbin. Attach stabilizer material to the fabric, and then hoop it in the embroidery frame.
Attaching Embroidery Foot “U” CAUTION • When attaching a presser foot, always press in the operation panel. You may accidentally press the “Start/Stop” button and possibly cause injury. • Be sure to use embroidery foot “U” 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.
Embroidery unit connector Note • Make sure that there is no gap between the embroidery unit and the sewing machine, otherwise the embroidery pattern may not be sewn correctly. Be sure to fully insert the connector into the connection port.
Press → The carriage moves to its initial position. CAUTION • Keep your hands and foreign objects away from the embroidery carriage and frame when the machine is embroidering. Otherwise, injury may result. Note If the machine was not initialized correctly, the initial screen may not appear.
SELECTING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS SELECTING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS ■ Copyright Information The embroidery patterns stored in the machine and on embroidery cards (sold separately) are intended for private use only. Any public or commercial use of copyrighted patterns is an infringement of copyright law and is strictly prohibited.
One-point Patterns/Floral Patterns Select a type of embroidery pattern. Select an embroidery pattern. Press * Press to view an image of the embroidery pattern. → The sewing screen appears. SELECTING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS Continue with “VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN” on page 119. * To select a different embroidery pattern, press .
SELECTING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS Alphabet Patterns Press Select a character style. Press to display a selection screen of characters, and then select a character to be embroidered. * To change the size, press size is selected. * If a wrong character was selected, press erase the character.
Continue with “VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN” on page 119. * To select a different character, press a confirmation message to delete the selected pattern appears, the pattern selection screen appears.) SELECTING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS Frame Patterns . (After Press In the top part of the screen, select a frame shape.
SELECTING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS Continue with “VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN” on page 119. * To select a different embroidery pattern, press . (After a confirmation message to delete the selected pattern appears, the pattern selection screen appears.) Embroidery Cards ■ About Embroidery Cards (Sold Separately) •...
VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN Using the editing keys, you can change the patterns in a variety of ways, such as resizing them or rotating them. ■ Key Functions Name Memory key Image key Return key Thread Settings key Layout key Color Check key Forward/Back key Trial key...
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).
Hooping Fabric in the Embroidery Frame ■ Types of Embroidery Frames Extra Large Embroidering area: Embroidering area: 26 cm × 16 cm (approx. 10 - 1/4 18 cm × 13 cm (approx. 7 inches × inches × 6 - 1/4 inches) 5 inches) Use when embroidering connected Use when embroidering patterns...
PREPARING THE FABRIC ■ Inserting the Fabric Note If the fabric is not taut, the pattern may be misaligned or the fabric may pucker. Follow the procedure described below to gently stretch the fabric in the embroidery frame so that the fabric is not loose. In addition, be sure to work on a level surface when hooping the fabric in the embroidery frame.
Place the embroidery sheet in the inner frame, and then align the guide lines on the embroidery sheet with the marks on the fabric. a Inner frame b Guide lines Stretch the fabric within the inner and outer frames so that there are no folds or wrinkles (see page 122).
ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME Note Before attaching the embroidery frame, set the bobbin. Press the “Presser Foot Lifter” button to raise the presser foot. Raise the frame-securing lever. a Frame-securing lever Align the embroidery frame guide with the right edge of the embroidery frame holder.
EDITING THE PATTERN • After the size of the pattern has been changed, check the icons for the embroidery frames that can be used and use only the indicated frames. If a frame other those indicated is used, the presser foot may strike the embroidery frame, possibly causing injuries.
EDITING THE PATTERN Press to move the pattern. * Press to move the pattern in the direction of the arrow on the key. * Press to center the pattern. a Distance from the center Press Rotating the Pattern Press Press * Each press of the key rotates the pattern 90 degrees.
Press Change the size of the pattern. * Press to reduce the size of the pattern. * Press to enlarge the size of the pattern. * Press to return the pattern to its original size. a Size of the pattern Memo •...
EDITING THE PATTERN Changing the Stitching Density (Alphabet and Frame Patterns Only) Press Change the stitching density. * Press to reduce the stitching density. * Press to increase the stitching density. * Each press of the key changes the stitching density by 5% (The density can be set between 80% and 120%.) Coarse...
CHECKING THE PATTERN Checking the Embroidering Position The embroidery frame is moved to indicate the embroidering position. Closely watch the frame to check that the pattern will be sewn at the correct place. Press CHECKING THE PATTERN Press to select the position to be checked.
CHECKING THE PATTERN Previewing the Pattern Press Press to select the frame used in the preview. * Embroidery frame icons that appear in dashed line cannot be selected. * Press to enlarge the preview of the embroidery pattern. Memo • Press the “Start/Stop” button to sew the pattern as it appears in this screen.
SEWING AN EMBROIDERING PATTERN Sewing Attractive Finishes There are many factors that go into sewing beautiful embroidery. Using the appropriate stabilizer (see page 120) and hooping the fabric in the frame (see page 121) are two important factors mentioned earlier. Another important point is the appropriateness of the needle and thread being used.
SEWING AN EMBROIDERING PATTERN Sewing Embroidery Patterns Example: To embroider a Embroidery color order Memo If there are too many thread colors to be displayed, press to scroll through the thread colors. Thread the machine with thread for the first color, pass the thread through the hole in embroidery foot “U”, pull out some thread to give it some slack, and then lightly hold the...
Embroidering Appliqué Patterns There are some patterns which call for an appliqué inside the pattern. When sewing an embroidery pattern with an appliqué, the color sewing order display shows “Appliqué Material”, “Appliqué Position”, “Appliqué”, and then the sewing order of the colors around the appliqué. Memo When “Appliqué...
SEWING AN EMBROIDERING PATTERN Apply a thin layer of adhesive or spray adhesive to the back of the appliqué piece, and then attach it to the base fabric at the appliqué position sewn in step Note If the appliqué fabric is a lightweight fabric, you may want to use a fusible web to stabilize the fabric and to attach it to the base fabric.
Press the “Presser Foot Lifter” button to lower the presser foot. To return to the point in the pattern where sewing was stopped, follow steps in the next section. Memo For best results, return to a point 2 or 3 stitches before sewing stopped.
SEWING AN EMBROIDERING PATTERN Restarting from the Beginning Press Press → The embroidery frame moves, returning the needle to the beginning of the pattern. Press Press the “Start/Stop” button. Adjusting the Thread Tension When embroidering, the thread tension should be set so that the upper thread can be slightly visible from the wrong side of the fabric.
■ If the Upper Thread Is Too Tight The upper thread is too tight when the bobbin thread is visible from the right side of the fabric. Right side of fabric Wrong side of fabric Press Press in the tension display. * Each press of the key decreases the value and weakens the upper thread tension.
SEWING AN EMBROIDERING PATTERN Changing the Embroidering Speed Press Press in the “MAX EMBROIDERY SPEED” display on P. 2 of the screen. * You can choose from 3 embroidering speed levels. Memo • SPM is the number of stitches sewn in one minute. •...
Example: Displaying the thread number of “EMBROIDERY” Press Press beside screen to select the “#123”. → “EMBROIDERY” appears at the bottom. Press to select the thread brand. SEWING AN EMBROIDERING PATTERN Press on P. 2 of the → The thread color display is changed. Memo Colors on the screen may vary slightly from actual spool colors.
• 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.). ■ Precautions on Using the Computer to Create and Save Data •...
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 or other pattern combinations, patterns that have been rotated or resized, or patterns that have had their embroidering position changed.
USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press a Amount of memory currently being used b Total amount of machine memory available for saving patterns c Pockets where a pattern is saved (The amount of memory used by the pattern is indicated on the pocket.) Press * If you decide not to delete the pattern, press...
With the pattern that you want to save displayed in the sewing screen, press Press * Press to return to the previous screen without saving the pattern. → The pattern is temporarily saved to “Removable Disk” under “My Computer”. Select the pattern’s .phc file in “Removable Disk”, and copy the file to the computer.
USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press → The sewing screen appears. Retrieving Patterns from the Computer Plug the USB cable connectors into the corresponding USB ports on the computer and on the machine (see page 142). The “Removable Disk” icon appears in “My Computer”...
Press → The pattern selection screen appears. Select an embroidery pattern to be retrieved. * If you decide not to retrieve the pattern, press a PHC data b PES data c Large-size embroidery pattern data d DST data e Amount of memory currently being used f Total amount of “Removable Disk”...
EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS Using a Frame Pattern to Make an Appliqué (1) You can use frame patterns of the same size and shape to create an appliqué. Embroider one pattern with a straight stitch and the other pattern with a satin stitch. Select a straight stitch frame pattern, embroider the pattern onto the appliqué...
Using a Frame Pattern to Make an Appliqué (2) This is a second method for making appliqués using embroidery patterns. With this method, there is no need to change the fabric in the embroidery frame. To make the appliqué, embroider one pattern with a straight stitch and the other pattern with a satin stitch.
AVAILABLE EDITING FUNCTIONS AVAILABLE EDITING FUNCTIONS With the Embroidery Edit functions, you can change the size of patterns, rotate patterns, adjust the character spacing and layout, and perform many other editing operations. In addition, characters and patterns can be combined and rearranged within the 26 cm ×...
SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT Attach the embroidery unit, prepare the machine for embroidering according to the instructions on page 110, and then press to display the screen shown below. One-point patt erns One-point patterns Floral patterns Alphabet patterns Frame patterns Embroidery cards (sold separately) Patterns saved in the machine’s memory Patterns saved on the computer...
SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT Press → The selected pattern appears in the screen. Continue with “EDITING PATTERNS” on page 154. Alphabet Patterns With the Embroidery Edit functions, you can edit the appearance of a character at the same time that you enter it.
Press to change the layout of the pattern. Layout of characters Memo The layout of the characters appears in the upper-left corner of the screen. Select the layout. → The displayed character layout changes. Press to return to the previous screen. SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT Press →...
EDITING PATTERNS EDITING PATTERNS Shows the size of the entire combined pattern. Shows the size of the pattern currently selected. Shows the distance from the center of frame. Shows the degree of rotation for the selected pattern. ■ Key Functions Name Image key Pattern selection key...
Moving the Pattern Press to move the pattern in the direction shown on the key. Press to center the pattern. Distance from the center Rotating the Pattern Press Select the angle that the pattern is rotated. * Press left. * Press right.
EDITING PATTERNS Changing the Size of the Pattern Press Select the direction in which the size is changed. * Press to reduce the pattern proportionately. * Press to enlarge the pattern proportionately. * Press to reduce the pattern vertically. * Press to enlarge the pattern vertically.
Changing the Configuration of Character Patterns Press Select the layout. * After selecting an arc layout, press expand the arc. * After selecting an arc layout, press reduce the arc. Press to adjust the position. * Press to center the pattern. Press Changing the Character Spacing Press...
EDITING PATTERNS Changing the Color of Each Character in a Pattern Press so that it appears as will stop after each character is embroidered so the thread can be changed. Memo The multi color settings can also be set from the sewing screen.
COMBINING PATTERNS This section will describe how to combine characters and embroidery patterns. Editing Combined Patterns Press Press on P. 1 of the screen. COMBINING PATTERNS Press Press...
COMBINING PATTERNS Press Press Enter “WELCOME”. * For details on selecting characters, see page 116. * After entering “W“, press to M, then enter the remaining characters. * Press to view an image of all entered characters. Press to change the size...
Press to change the layout of the characters. * For details, see page 157. Press to adjust the position of the characters. COMBINING PATTERNS Press Press...
USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Sewing Combined Patterns Combined patterns will be embroidered in the order that they were entered. In this example, the embroider order will be as follows. For details, see “Sewing Embroidery Patterns” on page 132. → Press USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION In the same way that embroidery patterns are saved and retrieved in chapter 5, you can save edited embroidery patterns to the machine’s memory and retrieve them later.
Chapter MY CUSTOM STITCH DESIGNING A STITCH...164 ■ Examples of Custom Stitches ...165 ENTERING STITCH DATA ...166 ■ Key Functions ...166 ■ Moving a Point ...168 ■ Moving Part or All of the Design ...169 ■ Inserting New Points ...170 USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES ...171 Saving Custom Stitches in the Machine’s Memory ...171 ■...
DESIGNING A STITCH DESIGNING A STITCH By using the MY CUSTOM STITCH register stitches you have created yourself. Memo • Stitches that you create with MY CUSTOM ™ STITCH can be a maximum of 7 mm (approx. 9/32 inch) wide and 37 mm (approx. 1-1/3 inches) long. •...
ENTERING STITCH DATA ENTERING STITCH DATA ■ Key Functions This area displays the stitch being created. Displays the number of the present set point over the total number of points in the stitch. Displays the y-coordinate of Display Grid direction key Single/triple stitching key Press this key to select whether one or three stitches will be sewn Point delete key Block move key...
Press Press to move to the coordinates of the first point on the grid sheet. → Press to change the direction of the grid sheet. Currently selected point/Total number of points Coordinates of Memo You can also use the touch pen to enter data. Press to add the point indicated by Select whether one stitch or three stitches...
ENTERING STITCH DATA Press Memo • If you have entered points that are too close together, the fabric may not feed properly. Edit the stitch data to leave a larger space between points. • If the stitch design is to be repeated and linked, make sure that linking stitches are added so that the stitch designs will not overlap.
■ 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.
ENTERING STITCH DATA ■ Inserting New Points Press to move 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 →...
USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES Saving Custom Stitches in the Machine’s Memory Stitch patterns created using the MY CUSTOM STITCH™ function can be saved for later use. The machine’s memory can hold up to 16 custom stitches. Note Do not turn off the machine while the “Saving” screen is displayed, otherwise you may lose the custom stitches that you are saving.
USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES Select a custom stitch to be deleted. * Press to display the custom stitch saved in that pocket. If the entire saved custom stitch cannot be displayed, press to view the entire custom stitch. * Press if you do not want to delete the custom stitch.
Retrieving Custom Stitches from the Machine’s Memory Press → The pocket selection screen appears. Select a custom stitch to be retrieved. * Press so that the custom stitch saved in that pocket appears. If the entire saved custom stitch cannot be displayed, press to view the entire custom stitch.
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 If the surface of the LCD is dirty, lightly wipe it with a soft dry cloth. Do not use organic solvents or detergents.
• For a new bobbin case (part code: XC3153- 151(green marking on the screw) (for sewing and embroidering with bobbin thread recommended by Brother) or XC8167-151 (pink marking on the screw) (for embroidering with bobbin threads from other manufacturers)), contact your nearest authorized dealer (see page 131).
ADJUSTING THE SCREEN ADJUSTING THE SCREEN Screen Visibility Is Low If the screen is difficult to read when the machine is turned on, follow the procedure described below. Turn off the machine, hold your finger anywhere on the screen, and then turn the machine on.
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, and “SUCESS” appears on the screen. If the buzzer sounds twice, there was an error.
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. Memo This machine is equipped with a simple troubleshooting feature that can be used in case minor problems occur during sewing.
Problem High-pitched sound while Dust or lint is caught in the feed dogs. sewing Pieces of thread are caught in the race. The upper threading is incorrect. There are scratches on the race. Cannot thread the needle The needle is not in the correct position. The threading hook does not pass through the eye of the needle.
TROUBLESHOOTING Problem Needle breaks The needle is installed incorrectly. The needle clamp screw is not tightened. The needle is bent or blunt. The thread or needle is not suitable for the type of fabric being sewn. The wrong presser foot was used. The upper thread tension is too strong.
ERROR MESSAGES If the “Start/Stop button” or the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button is pressed before the machine is correctly set up or if an incorrect operation is performed, the machine stops and informs you of the error with an alarm and an error message.
ERROR MESSAGES This message is displayed when the pattern selected in embroidery mode is larger than the embroidering area of the medium embroidery frame while the small or medium embroidery frame is attached. This message is displayed when the upper thread is broken or not threaded correctly, and the “Start/ Stop”...
This message is displayed when more than 12 patterns have been saved in “Removable Disk”. This message is displayed when the memory is full and the stitch or pattern cannot be saved. This message is displayed when is pressed while the presser foot is raised.
ERROR MESSAGES This message is displayed when the bobbin thread is running out. This message is displayed when the bobbin is being wound, and the motor locks because the thread is tangled, etc. This message is displayed when the embroidery unit is initializing. This message is displayed when the foot controller is pressed while the embroidery unit is attached.
This message is displayed when the motor locks up due to tangled thread or for other reasons related to thread delivery. If data is being written to or deleted from “Removable Disk” on the connected computer during sewing, the machine stops and this message is displayed.
UPGRADING YOUR MACHINE’S SOFTWARE You can use a computer to download software upgrades for your sewing machine. Note There are two upgrade files. Be sure to download both files successively. Memo • When the machine’s software is upgraded, saved combinations of character and decorative stitches are erased.
UPGRADING YOUR MACHINE’S SOFTWARE When the following screen appears, upgrading is completed. Press LOAD after saving the upgrade file in the machine. Upgrade complete. Note If an error occurred, an error message appears in red. At this time, turn the machine off, and then start the procedure again from step Disconnect the USB cable, and turn the machine off, then on again.
STITCH SETTING CHART Note When using the twin needle (see page 31), be sure to attach presser foot “J”. Stitch Presser Stitch Name Foot Straight stitch (Left) Straight stitch (Left) Straight stitch (Middle) Straight stitch (Middle) Triple stretch stitch Stem stitch Decorative stitch Basting stitch Zigzag stitch...
Stitch Setting Chart 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 (Middle) Piecing stitch (Left)
Stitch Setting Chart Stitch Stitch Name Reverse (Straight) Diagonally right up (Straight) Sideways to left (Straight) Sideways to right (Straight) Diagonally left down (Straight) Forward (Straight) Diagonally right down (Straight) Sideways to left (Zigzag) Sideways to right (Zigzag) Forward (Zigzag) Reverse (Zigzag) Presser Applications...