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Embroidery and Sewing Machine
Operation Manual
Product Code: 882-W01/W02

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  • Page 1 Computerized Embroidery and Sewing Machine Operation Manual Product Code: 882-W01/W02...
  • Page 2 Trademarks ® FlashFX is a registered trademark of Datalight, Inc. ® FlashFX Copyright 1998-2007 Datalight, Inc. U.S.Patent Office 5,860,082/6,260,156 ® FlashFX Pro™ is a trademark of Datalight, Inc. ® Datalight is a registered trademark of Datalight, Inc. Copyright 1989-2007 Datalight, Inc., All Rights Reserved Video powered by Mobiclip™...
  • Page 3: Important Safety Instructions

    • 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 • Your close attention is necessary when the machine is used by or near children. • The plastic bag that this sewing machine was supplied in should be kept out of the reach of children or disposed of. Never allow children to play with the bag due to the danger of suffocation.
  • Page 5 FOR USERS IN THE UK, EIRE, MALTA AND CYPRUS ONLY IMPORTANT • In the event of replacing the plug fuse, use a fuse approved by ASTA to BS 1362, i.e. carrying the rating as marked on plug. • Always replace the fuse cover. Never use plugs with the fuse cover omitted. •...
  • Page 6 • 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.
  • Page 7 The following warning label is on the included side cutter. Be sure to observe the precaution. • When using the side cutter, sew between low and mid-speed and do not touch the knives or operation lever of the side cutter while sewing to avoid equipment damage or injury. a Guide plate (lower knife) b Upper knife c Operation lever...
  • Page 8: Outstanding Features

    OUTSTANDING FEATURES Checking the Needle Location in the Screen You can check the needle drop position on the screen of your machine, even if the needle has not actually been lowered. Also, you can view the location of the needle within the sewing area in the screen.
  • Page 9: Duplicating A Pattern

    Using the Built-In Camera to Align the Embroidering Position The embroidering position can easily be aligned by using the machine’s built-in camera and the enclosed embroidery positioning sticker. See “Using the Built-In Camera to Align the Embroidering Position” on page 206 and 302. Uninterrupted Embroidering (Using a Single Color) You can embroider a multi-color pattern with a single...
  • Page 10: What You Can Do With This Machine

    WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THIS MACHINE Getting Ready To learn the operation of the principal parts and the screens Chapter Page 11 Utility Stitches Pre-programmed with more than 100 frequently used stitches Chapter Page 77 Embroidery Maximum 30 cm × 20 cm (approx. 12 × 8 inches) for large embroidery designs Chapter Page 181...
  • Page 11: 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 12: Table Of Contents

    TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF...12 LCD SCREEN ...14 USB Connectivity ...18 Using the Machine Setting Mode Key ...22 Using the Sewing Machine Help Key ...32 Using the Operation Guide Function...33 Using the Sewing Guide Function ...34 Using the Pattern Explanation Function ...35 LOWER THREADING ...37...
  • Page 13: Patterns And Printed Designs

    Embroidery Step by Step ... 182 Attaching Embroidery Foot “W” ... 183 Attaching the Embroidery Unit ... 184 SELECTING PATTERNS...186 Selecting Embroidery Patterns/Brother “Exclusives”/Greek Alphabet Patterns/Floral Alphabet Patterns/Utility Embroidery Patterns ... 189 Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns ... 190 Selecting Frame Patterns ... 192 Selecting Patterns from Embroidery Cards ...
  • Page 14 CONTENTS...
  • Page 15: 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 16: Needle And Presser Foot Section

    NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Needle and Presser Foot Section a Buttonhole lever The buttonhole lever is used with the one-step buttonhole foot to create buttonholes. (page 121) b Presser foot holder The presser foot is attached to the presser foot holder. (page 54) c Presser foot holder screw Use the presser foot holder screw to hold the presser foot in...
  • Page 17: Embroidery Unit

    Embroidery Unit a Carriage The carriage moves the embroidery frame automatically when embroidering. (page 184) b Release button (located under the embroidery unit) Press the release button to remove the embroidery unit. (page 185) c Embroidery frame holder Insert the embroidery frame into the embroidery frame holder to hold the frame in place.
  • Page 18: Using The Flat Bed Attachment

    NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Using the Flat Bed Attachment Pull the top of the flat bed attachment to open the accessory compartment. Using the Accessory Case ■ Opening the Accessory Case Fully slide the bar on each side of the accessory case, and then lift off the lid to open the case.
  • Page 19: Storing Bobbin Clips

    For your convenience, a presser foot storage tray can be stored in the accessory compartment of the flat bed attachment. a Storage space of the flat bed attachment b Presser foot storage space of the flat bed attachment c Presser foot storage trays Storing Bobbin Clips Bobbin clips can be stored inside of the accessory case cover.
  • Page 20 NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS 75/11 2 needles 90/14 2 needles 90/14 2 needles: 2.0/11 needle Ball point needle (gold colored) *Included Accessories 43-46 are contained in the embroidery unit carrying case. 75/11 2 needles...
  • Page 21 **In some countries or regions, this is not included in the enclosed accessories; however, it is available as an option. Part Name U.S.A./ Canada Zigzag foot “J” (on machine) Monogramming foot “N” 3 Overcasting foot “G” 4 Zipper foot “I” Buttonhole foot “A”...
  • Page 22: Options

    NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Memo • Always use accessories recommended for this machine. • The screw for the presser foot holder is available through your authorized dealer (Part code XA4813-051). • Included accessories 37, 42, 58 and 59 can be stored in the machine’s soft cover case.
  • Page 23: Using The Spool Stand

    Using the Spool Stand The included spool stand is useful when using thread spools with a large diameter (cross-wound thread). The spool stand can hold two spools of thread. Part Name 1 Telescopic thread guide Spool support 3 Spool pin × 2 Screw and washer Spool cap (XL) ×...
  • Page 24 NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Firmly insert the two spool pins into the two holes in the spool support. Open the upper cover of the machine. From the back of the machine, press in the upper cover latches (one on each side), and then pull the upper cover up to remove it from the machine.
  • Page 25: Chapter 1 Getting Ready

    ■ Choosing the Display Language... 29 ■ Changing the Background Colors of the Embroidery Patterns... 30 Using the Sewing Machine Help Key ... 32 Using the Operation Guide Function... 33 Using the Sewing Guide Function... 34 Using the Pattern Explanation Function... 35 LOWER THREADING ...37...
  • Page 26: Turning The Machine On/off

    TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF • Use only regular household electricity for the power source. Using other power sources may result in fire, electric shock, or damage to the machine. • Make sure that the plugs on the power cord are firmly inserted into the electrical outlet and the power cord receptacle on the machine.
  • Page 27 Insert the power supply cord into the power cord receptacle, then insert the plug into a wall outlet. a Main power switch b Power supply cord Turn the main power switch to “I” to turn on the machine. a OFF b ON Memo •...
  • Page 28: Lcd Screen

    LCD SCREEN LCD SCREEN When the machine is turned on, the opening movie is played. Touch anywhere on the screen for the home page screen to be displayed. Touch the LCD screen or a key with your finger or the included touch pen to select a machine function.
  • Page 29: Utility Stitch Lcd Screen

    ■ Utility Stitch LCD Screen 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. a Shows single or twin needle mode setting, and the needle stop position. Single needle/down position Twin needle/down position b Shows the name and code number of the selected stitch.
  • Page 30: Key Functions

    LCD SCREEN ■ Key Functions Display Key Name Utility stitch key Character/Decorative stitch key Screen lock key Image key Home page screen Stitch selection display Edge sewing key Needle mode selection key (single/ double) Retrieve key Manual memory key Reset 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 31 Display Key Name Presser foot/Needle exchange key Sewing machine help Camera view key Machine setting mode Stitch width and stitch length key Thread tension key Mirror image key Automatic thread cutting key Automatic reinforcement stitch Free motion mode key Press this key to enter free motion sewing mode.
  • Page 32: Usb Connectivity

    LCD SCREEN USB Connectivity You can perform many functions using the USB ports on the machine. Connect the appropriate devices according to the feature of each ports. a Primary (top) USB port for media or card Reader/ USB card writer module* (USB2.0) If you have purchased the PE-DESIGN Ver5 or later, PE-DESIGN Lite or PED-BASIC, you can plug the included USB card writer module into the machine...
  • Page 33: Connecting The Machine To The Computer

    ■ Connecting the Machine to the Computer Using the included USB cable, the sewing machine can be connected to your computer. a USB port for computer b USB cable connector Note • The connectors on the USB cable can only be inserted into a port in one direction.
  • Page 34: Clicking A Key

    LCD SCREEN ■ Clicking a Key When the mouse is connected, the pointer appears on the screen. Move the mouse to position the pointer over the desired key, and then click the left mouse button. Memo • Double-clicking has no effect. a Pointer ■...
  • Page 35 LCD SCREEN...
  • Page 36: 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.). To display the different settings screens, press “General settings” or Memo • Press to display a different settings screen. Sewing settings a Select whether to use the sewing speed controller to determine the zigzag width (see page 104).
  • Page 37: General Settings

    Display the program version. “Version 1” shows the program version of the LCD panel, “Version 2” shows the program version of the machine. Memo • The latest version of software is installed in your machine. Check with your local authorized Brother dealer or at “http://solutions.brother.com” for available updates (see page 344). LCD SCREEN...
  • Page 38: Embroidery Settings

    LCD SCREEN Embroidery settings a Select from among 14 embroidery frame displays (see page 232). b Change the thread color display on the embroidery screen; thread number, color name (see page 231). c When the thread number “#123” is selected, select from six thread brands (see page 231). d Adjust the maximum embroidery speed setting (see page 231).
  • Page 39: Changing The Pointer Shape When A Usb Mouse Is Used

    ■ Changing the Pointer Shape When a USB Mouse Is Used In the settings screen, the shape can be selected for the pointer that appears when a USB mouse is connected. Depending upon the background color, select the desired shape from the three that are available.
  • Page 40 LCD SCREEN Press o The Sewing settings screen appears. Press o The General settings screen appears. Display 4/7 (page 4 of 7) of the General settings screen. Press Press Connect the USB media or the computer (using a USB cable) that contains your personal image to the USB port of the machine.
  • Page 41 Press to select the first image. The images will appear in a list in this screen. Select the desired number to specify the image. Select the device that is connected. Press when connecting USB media to the primary (top) USB port. Press when connecting USB media to the center USB port.
  • Page 42: Selecting The Initial Screen Display

    LCD SCREEN ■ Selecting the Initial Screen Display The Initial screen that appears on the machine can be changed. Press o The Sewing settings screen appears. Press o The General settings screen appears. Display 4/7 (page 4 of 7) of the General settings screen.
  • Page 43: Choosing The Display Language

    ■ Choosing the Display Language Press o The Sewing settings screen appears. Press o The General settings screen appears. Display 4/7 (page 4 of 7) of the General settings screen. to choose the display language. Choose from the following languages: “English”, “Deutsch (German)”, “Français (French)”, “Italiano (Italian)”, “Nederlands (Dutch)”, “Español (Spanish)”, “Dansk (Danish)”, “Norsk (Norwegian)”,...
  • Page 44: Changing The Background Colors Of The Embroidery Patterns

    LCD SCREEN ■ Changing the Background Colors of the Embroidery Patterns In the settings screen, the background colors can be changed for the embroidery pattern and pattern thumbnails. Depending on the pattern color, select the desired background color from the 66 settings available.
  • Page 45 Select the background color from the 66 settings available. a Embroidery pattern background b Selected color a Pattern thumbnails background b Selected color Press to return to the original screen. Memo • The setting remains selected even if the machine is turned off. LCD SCREEN...
  • Page 46: Using The Sewing Machine Help Key

    Using the Sewing Machine Help Key Press to open the sewing machine help screen. Three functions are available from the screen shown below. a Press this key to see explanation for upper threading, winding the bobbin, changing the presser foot, preparing to embroider a pattern, and how to use the machine (see page 33).
  • Page 47: Using The Operation Guide Function

    Using the Operation Guide Function 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 48: Using The Sewing Guide Function

    LCD SCREEN Example: Displaying information about upper threading Press Press Press o The lower half of the screen will change. Press (upper threading). o The screen shows instructions for threading the machine. Read the instructions. Press to see a video of the displayed instructions.
  • Page 49: Using The Pattern Explanation Function

    Press o The advice screen is displayed. Press the key of the category whose sewing instructions you wish to view. Press to return to the original screen. Read the explanations and select the appropriate stitch. o The screen displays directions for sewing the selected stitch.
  • Page 50 LCD SCREEN Press o The screen shows information. Press to return to the original screen. Memo • The settings remain displayed to allow you to fine tune the stitch.
  • Page 51: Lower Threading

    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: SA156, (SFB: XA5539-151)).
  • Page 52 LOWER THREADING Set the supplemental spool pin in the “up” position. a Supplemental spool pin Place the spool of thread on the supplemental spool pin, so that thread unrolls from the front. Push the spool cap onto the spool pin as far as possible to secure the thread spool.
  • Page 53 Wind the thread clockwise around the bobbin 5-6 times. Pass the end of the thread through the guide slit in the bobbin winder seat, and pull the thread to the right to cut the thread with the cutter. a Guide slit (with built-in cutter) b Bobbin winder seat CAUTION •...
  • Page 54: Using The Spool Pin

    LOWER THREADING Cut the thread with cutter and remove the bobbin. Memo • When removing the bobbin, do not pull on the bobbin winder seat. Doing so could loosen or remove the bobbin winder seat, and could result in damage to the machine. CAUTION •...
  • Page 55: Using The Spool Stand

    Pass the thread through the thread guide. a Thread guide Pass the thread around the pre-tension disk making sure that the thread is under the pre-tension disk. a Thread guide b Pre-tension disk Follow steps through through 40. ■ Using the Spool Stand To wind thread on the bobbin while the spool stand is installed, pass the thread from the spool through the thread guide on the telescopic thread guide, and...
  • Page 56: Untangling Thread From Beneath The Bobbin Winder Seat

    LOWER THREADING ■ Untangling Thread from Beneath the Bobbin Winder Seat If the bobbin winding starts when the thread is not passed through the pre-tension disk correctly, the thread may become tangled beneath the bobbin winder seat. Wind off the thread according to the following procedure.
  • Page 57: Setting The Bobbin

    Otherwise, the needle may break or the thread tension will be incorrect. • 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: SA156, (SFB: XA5539-151)).
  • Page 58 LOWER THREADING Pass the thread through the guide, and then pull the thread out toward the front. a Cutter o The cutter cuts the thread. Note • If the thread is not correctly inserted through the tension spring of the bobbin case, it may cause incorrect thread tension.
  • Page 59: Pulling Up The Bobbin Thread

    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 threading the upper thread (“UPPER THREADING”...
  • Page 60: Upper Threading

    Memo • The automatic threading function can be used with sewing machine needle sizes 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 61 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. a Spool pin b Spool cap c Thread spool d Spool felt Push the spool cap onto the spool pin as far as possible, then return the spool pin to its original position.
  • Page 62 UPPER THREADING Pass the thread through the needle bar thread guide (marked “6”) by holding the thread with both hands and guiding it as shown in the illustration. a Needle bar thread guide Press the “Presser Foot Lifter” button to lower presser foot.
  • Page 63: Using The Twin Needle Mode

    Carefully pull the end of the thread that was passed through the eye of the needle. If a loop was formed in the thread passed through the eye of the needle, carefully pull on the loop of thread through to the back of the needle. Note •...
  • Page 64 UPPER THREADING Press and install the twin needle (“CHANGING THE NEEDLE” on page 56). Thread the machine for the first needle according to the procedure for threading a single needle (“Upper Threading” on page 46). Pass the thread through the needle bar thread guides on the needle bar, then thread the needle on the left side manually.
  • Page 65 Continue threading however do not pass the thread in the needle bar thread guide “6” on the needle bar. Thread the needle on the right side. a Needle bar thread guide Press Select a stitch pattern. (Example: Refer to the “STITCH SETTING CHART” at the end of this manual for the proper stitch to use with presser foot “J”.
  • Page 66: Using The Spool Stand

    UPPER THREADING Using the Spool Stand The included spool stand is useful when using thread on spools with a large diameter (cross- wound thread). This spool stand can hold two spools of thread. Memo • See page 9 to assemble the spool stand. •...
  • Page 67: Using Threads That Unwind Quickly

    Note • When using 2 spools of thread, make sure that both spools are feeding in the same direction. • Make sure that the spools do not touch each other, otherwise the thread will not feed off smoothly, the needle may break, or the thread may break or become tangled.
  • Page 68: Changing The Presser Foot

    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 69: Attaching The Walking Foot

    Press to unlock all keys and buttons. Raise the presser foot lever. 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 quilted fabrics or velvet) or fabrics that slip easily (such as vinyl, leather, or synthetic leather).
  • Page 70: 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 71 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. a Needle stopper b Hole for setting the needle c Flat side of needle...
  • Page 72: About The Needle

    CHANGING THE NEEDLE 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 73: Chapter 2 Sewing Basics

    Chapter Sewing Basics SEWING ...60 Sewing a Stitch...60 ■ Using the Foot Controller...61 Sewing Reinforcement Stitches ...62 Sewing Curves ...62 Changing Sewing Direction ...63 ■ Sewing a Seam Allowance of 0.5 cm or Less ...63 Sewing Heavyweight Fabrics...63 ■ If the Fabric does not Fit under the Presser Foot ...63 ■...
  • Page 74: 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 75: Using The Foot Controller

    Adjust the sewing speed with the speed control slide. You can use this slide to adjust sewing speed during sewing. a Slow b Fast Press the “Start/Stop” button to start sewing. Guide the fabric lightly by hand. Memo • When the foot controller is being used, you cannot start sewing by pressing the “Start/ Stop”...
  • Page 76: Sewing Reinforcement Stitches

    SEWING Pull the retractable cord out from the foot controller to the desired length, and then insert the foot controller plug into its jack on the machine. a Foot controller b Foot controller jack Note • Do not pull the retractable cord out beyond the red mark on the cord.
  • Page 77: Changing Sewing Direction

    5 mm (approx. 3/16 inch) 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 78: Sewing Hook-and-loop Fastener

    SEWING ■ If the Fabric does not Feed If the fabric does not feed when starting to sew or when sewing thick seams, press the black button on the left side of presser foot “J”. Raise the presser foot. While keeping the black button on the left side of presser foot “J”...
  • Page 79: Sewing Stretch Fabrics

    Sewing Stretch Fabrics First, baste together the pieces of fabric, and then sew without stretching the fabric. In addition, a better result can be achieved by using thread for knits or a stretch stitch. Memo • For best results when sewing stretch fabrics, decrease the pressure of the presser foot (“Using the Machine Setting Mode Key”...
  • Page 80: Stitch Settings

    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 81: Setting The Stitch Length

    Setting the Stitch Length Follow the steps below when you want to change the stitch pattern length. Example: Press to shorten the stitch length. o The value in the display gets smaller. Press to lengthen the stitch length. o The value in the display gets bigger. Memo •...
  • Page 82: Upper Thread Is Too Tight

    STITCH SETTINGS ■ Upper Thread is Too Tight If the bobbin thread is visible from the right side of the fabric, the upper thread is too tight. Note • If the bobbin thread was incorrectly threaded, the upper thread may be too tight. In this case, refer to “Setting the Bobbin”...
  • Page 83: 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 84: 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 85: Using The Knee Lifter

    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. Change the operating position of the knee lifter handle before inserting into the machine.
  • Page 86: Pivoting

    USEFUL FUNCTIONS Pivoting If the pivot setting is selected, the machine stops with the needle lowered (in the fabric) and the presser foot is automatically raised to an appropriate height when the “Start/Stop” button is pressed. When the “Start/Stop” button is pressed again, the presser foot is automatically lowered and sewing continues.
  • Page 87: Automatic Fabric Sensor System (automatic Presser Foot Pressure)

    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 begin sewing. Memo • If you press the “Start/Stop” button to pause sewing, press it again to continue, reverse stitches (or reinforcement stitches) will not be sewn.
  • Page 88: Needle Position - Stitch Placement

    USEFUL FUNCTIONS Needle Position – Stitch Placement When the “Needle Position – Stitch Placement” is on, the needle will be partially lowered for precise stitch placement and then press the “Needle Position” button to lower the needle completely. Each press of the “Needle Position” button changes the needle to the next position.
  • Page 89: Checking The Needle Location In The Screen

    Sew your project. When you are finished sewing, press again to unlock the screen settings. CAUTION • If the screen is locked ( ), unlock the screen by pressing . While the screen is locked, no other key can be operated. •...
  • Page 90 USEFUL FUNCTIONS...
  • Page 91: Chapter 3 Utility Stitches

    Chapter Utility Stitches SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES ...78 ■ Stitch Selection Screens... 78 Selecting a Stitch ... 79 ■ Using the Mirror Image Key ... 79 ■ Using the Image Key... 80 Saving Your Stitch Settings ... 81 ■ Saving Settings... 81 ■...
  • Page 92: Selecting Utility Stitches

    SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES ■ Stitch Selection Screens There are 6 categories of Utility Stitches. If a page number such as selection screen for that category. Straight/Overcasting Buttonholes/Bar tacks appears, there is more than one stitch Decorative Stitches Multi-directional Sewing Heirloom Stitches Quilting Stitches...
  • Page 93: Selecting A Stitch

    Selecting a Stitch Turn the main power to ON and press to display the utility stitches. o Either “1-01 Straight stitch (Left)” or “1-03 Straight stitch (Middle)” is selected, depending on the setting selected in the setting screen. the category you want. Press to view the next page.
  • Page 94: Using The Image Key

    SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES ■ Using the Image Key You can display an image of the selected stitch. You can check and change the colors of the image of the screen. Press o An image of the selected stitch is displayed. Press to change the thread color of the stitch on the screen.
  • Page 95: Saving Your Stitch Settings

    Saving Your Stitch Settings The settings for the zigzag stitch width, stitch length, thread tension, automatic thread cutting, automatic reinforcement stitching, etc., are preset in the machine for each stitch. However, if you have specific settings that you wish to reuse later for a stitch, you can change the settings so that they can be saved for that stitch.
  • Page 96: Retrieving Saved Settings

    SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES ■ Retrieving Saved Settings Select a stitch. Memo • When a stitch is selected, the last settings retrieved are displayed. The last settings retrieved are retained even if the machine was turned off or a different stitch was selected.
  • Page 97: 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 •...
  • Page 98 SEWING THE STITCHES Select a stitch. Attach presser foot “J”. Attach presser foot “N” when you select Hold the thread tail and fabric with your left hand, and rotate the handwheel with your right hand to insert the needle into the fabric.
  • Page 99: Changing The Needle Position (left Or Middle Needle Position Stitches Only)

    ■ 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 100: Aligning The Fabric With The Vertical Stitch Alignment "v" Foot

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Aligning the Fabric with the Vertical Stitch Alignment “V” Foot Sew while keeping the right edge of the fabric aligned with a desired position of markings on the vertical stitch alignment “V” foot. You can also use the vertical stitch alignment “V” foot for setting a stitch width using the built-in camera (see page 138).
  • Page 101: Basting

    Insert the bobbin case in its original position, and then attach the needle plate cover. After reinstalling the needle plate cover, select any of the straight stitches. Memo • When using the straight stitch needle plate, all straight stitches become middle needle position stitches.
  • Page 102: Dart Seam

    SEWING THE STITCHES Dart Seam Select and attach presser foot “J”. Sew a reverse stitch at the beginning of the dart and then sew from the wide end to the other end without stretching the fabric. If automatic reinforcement stitching is preset, a reinforcement stitch will automatically be sewn at the beginning of sewing.
  • Page 103: Flat Fell Seam

    Pull the bobbin and upper threads out by 50 mm (approx. 1-15/16 inches) (see page 45). a Upper thread b Bobbin thread c About 50 mm (approx. 1-15/16 inches) Sew two rows of straight stitches parallel to the seam line, then trim excess thread leaving 50 mm (approx.
  • Page 104: Pintuck

    SEWING THE STITCHES Fold the longer seam allowance around the shorter one, and sew the edge of the fold. a Wrong side Finished flat fell seam a Surface Pintuck Mark along the folds on the wrong side of the fabric. a Wrong side Turn the fabric and iron the folded parts only.
  • Page 105: 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 106: Patchwork (for Crazy Quilt)

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ 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. ■ Sewing Curves (Using a Zigzag Stitch) Shorten the stitch length setting to obtain a fine stitch.
  • Page 107: 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 steps elastic zigzag 2 steps elastic zigzag 3 steps elastic zigzag Select a stitch. Attach presser foot “J”. Stitch width [mm (inch)] Applications...
  • Page 108: Overcasting

    SEWING THE STITCHES Overcasting Use for the edge of seams in skirts or trousers, and the edge 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 109: Overcasting Using Presser Foot "j

    ■ 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”. Stitch width [mm (inch)] Applications Auto Reinforced seaming of stretch fabric (3/16) Reinforcing of medium stretch...
  • Page 110: Overcasting Using The Side Cutter

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Overcasting Using the Side Cutter By using the side cutter, you can do overcasting while cutting the fabric. • Recommended stitches are noted “S” in the lower right corner, therefore sure to only select one of these stitches listed below.
  • Page 111 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 o The side cutter is attached. Raise the presser foot and pull out a long section of the upper thread.
  • Page 112: When Sewing Straight Stitches While Using The Side Cutter

    SEWING THE STITCHES Lower the presser foot and start. o A seam allowance is cut while the stitching is sewn. CAUTION • When using the side cutter, sew between low and mid-speed and do not touch the knives or operation lever of the side cutter while sewing to avoid equipment damage or injury.
  • Page 113: 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 (“Using the Foot Controller” on page 61 and /or “Using the Knee Lifter” on page 71). The 30 quilting stitches Q-01 through Q-30 and the utility stitches with “P”...
  • Page 114 SEWING THE STITCHES Stitch Stitch name Quilting stippling Overcasting stitch Tape attaching Serpentine stitch Feather stitch Fagoting cross stitch Couching stitch Patchwork double overlock stitch Smocking stitch Rick-rack stitch Decorative stitch Decorative stitch Hemstitching Hemstitching Single diamond overcast Overcasting stitch Piecing stitch (Right) Piecing stitch (Middle)
  • Page 115 Presser foot Stitch Stitch name Piecing stitch (Left) Hand-look quilting Quilting appliqué zigzag stitch Quilting appliqué stitch Quilting stippling Memo • When a stitch pattern in the Quilting Stitches category (Q-02 through Q-30) is selected, a finer stitch width can be set than is available with stitch patterns in other categories.
  • Page 116: Piecing

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ 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 117: Appliqué

    ■ 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 stabilizer cut to the finished size of the appliqué...
  • Page 118: Quilting With Satin Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES You can use the appliqué technique to attach appliqué designs like the three pictured below. a Dresden plate b Stained glass c Sunbonnet sue ■ Quilting with Satin Stitches For better fabric control, use the foot controller to sew with satin stitches.
  • Page 119: Free Motion Quilting

    Example: Changing the width When you are finished sewing, set the width control back to “OFF”. ■ Free Motion Quilting With free motion quilting, the feed dogs can be lowered by pressing , so that the fabric can be moved freely in any direction. For free motion quilting, use free motion quilting foot “C”...
  • Page 120 SEWING THE STITCHES Press to set the machine to free motion sewing mode. → The key appears as to the necessary height, and then the feed dogs are lowered for free motion sewing. a Free motion quilting foot “C” → When stitch Q-01 or 1-31 is selected, free motion quilting foot “C”...
  • Page 121 Press to cancel the free motion sewing mode. → Rotate the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) to raise the feed dogs. After sewing, make sure to remove the straight stitch needle plate and presser foot “C”, and reinstall the regular needle plate and the needle plate cover.
  • Page 122: Echo Quilting Using The Free Motion Echo Quilting Foot "e

    SEWING THE STITCHES Select a stitch. Memo • When stitch Q-01 or 1-31 is selected, free motion quilting foot “C” is indicated in the upper-left corner of the screen. When the other stitches are selected, free motion open toe quilting foot “O” is indicated in the screen.
  • Page 123 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. Memo • When starting to sew, the internal sensor detects the thickness of the fabric, and the quilting foot is raised to the height specified in the machine settings screen.
  • Page 124 SEWING THE STITCHES Using the measurement on the quilting foot as a guide, sew around the motif. a 6.4 mm (approx. 1/4 inch) Finished project Press to cancel the free motion sewing mode. o Rotate the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) to raise the feed dogs.
  • Page 125: Blind Hem Stitches

    Blind Hem Stitches Secure the bottoms of skirts and pants with a blind hem. Two stitches are available for blind hem stitching. Presser Stitch Stitch name foot Blind hem stitch Blind hem stitch stretch Sew a blind hem according to the following procedure.
  • Page 126 SEWING THE STITCHES Unfold the edge of fabric, and position the fabric with the wrong side facing up. Seen from the side a Wrong side of fabric b Basting line c Bottom edge of fabric Attach blind hem foot “R”. Select Remove the flat bed attachment to use the free-arm.
  • Page 127: Appliqué

    ■ If the Needle Catches Too Much of the Hem Fold The needle is too far to the left. Press to decrease the stitch width so that the needle slightly catches the fold of the hem. a Wrong side of fabric b Right side of fabric ■...
  • Page 128: Shelltuck Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Appliqué 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. ■...
  • Page 129: Scallop Stitches

    Attach presser foot “J”. Set the needle drop point slightly off the edge of the fabric, and start sewing. a Needle drop position Unfold the fabric, and iron the tucks to one side. Memo • To make shell tucks at the edge of a collar or neckline, follow the pattern’s instructions and then use this stitch to make a decorative finish on the collar or neckline.
  • Page 130: Crazy Quilting

    SEWING THE STITCHES Crazy Quilting For a decorative look called “Crazy Quilting”, the following stitches can be sewn on top of a pressed seam allowance. Select a straight stitch and attach presser foot “J”. With the right sides facing each other, sew two pieces of fabric together, and then press open the seam allowance.
  • Page 131: Fagoting

    Sew the spaces between the straight seams. Pull out the straight stitch threads. Fagoting When there is a space between two fabrics with thread sewn over the space to join the fabrics together, it is called fagoting. Use this stitch when sewing blouses or children’s clothes.
  • Page 132 SEWING THE STITCHES Sew two rows of straight stitches on the right side of the fabric, then pull the bobbin thread to create the necessary gather. Memo • Before sewing the straight stitch, rotate the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) and pull up the bobbin thread. Holding the top and bobbin thread, pull a length of thread out from the rear of the machine.
  • Page 133: Heirloom

    Heirloom ■ Hemstitching (1) (Daisy Stitch) Use for sewing tablecloths, decorative hems, and decorative stitching on shirt fronts. Memo • Use a light to medium weight homespun fab- ric with a little stiffness. Insert a type 130/705H, size 100/16 Wing needle.
  • Page 134: Hemstitching (3) (drawn Work (2))

    SEWING THE STITCHES Press to create a mirror image of the stitch. Match beginning needle drop points on the opposite edge of the open area to keep the stitching symmetrical. ■ Hemstitching (3) (Drawn Work (2)) Pull out several threads from both sides of the 4 mm (approx.
  • Page 135: 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 136 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 •...
  • Page 137 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”. If the buttonhole foot is not slid back as far as possible, the buttonhole will not be sewn at the correct size.
  • Page 138: Sewing Stretch Fabrics

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Sewing Stretch Fabrics When sewing on stretch fabric with sew the buttonhole stitches over a gimp thread. Hook the gimp thread onto the back of presser foot “A”. Insert the ends into the grooves at the front of the presser foot, and then temporarily tie them there.
  • Page 139: 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, make sure that all stitch settings are changed to match. Presser Stitch Stitch name...
  • Page 140 SEWING THE STITCHES Attach monogramming foot “N”, and select stitch to sew the left side of the buttonhole. 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”...
  • Page 141: Darning

    ■ 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 142 SEWING THE STITCHES Check that the needle drops at the desired position and lower the presser foot, making sure the upper thread passes underneath the buttonhole foot. Note • Pass the thread underneath the presser foot. • Set the presser foot so that there is no gap behind the section marked with an “A”...
  • Page 143: 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 144: 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. o When sewing is completed, the machine will sew reinforcement stitches and stop automatically.
  • Page 145: Button Sewing

    Button Sewing Buttons with 2 or 4 holes can be attached, using the machine. 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. Select o The feed dogs are lowered automatically.
  • Page 146: Attaching 4 Hole Buttons

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ 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. ■...
  • Page 147: 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 148: 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 use the free-arm. Memo • Insert the tubular piece of fabric onto the free-arm, and then sew in the order shown in the illustration.
  • Page 149: Zipper Insertion

    Select and sew seam “2” as shown. The fabric will move sideways, guide the fabric by hand to keep sewing straight. Select and sew seam “3” as shown. o The fabric feeds forward while stitching backward. Select and sew seam “4” as shown. o The seam will be connected to the starting point of seam 1.
  • Page 150: Inserting A Side Zipper

    SEWING THE STITCHES Press the seam allowance open and attach the zipper with a basting stitch in the middle of each side of the zipper tape. a Basting stitches b Zipper c Wrong side Remove presser foot “J”. Align the right side of the pin in zipper foot “I”...
  • Page 151 Attach presser foot “J” and sew straight stitches up to the zipper opening. Change to a basting stitch and sew to the top of the fabric. a Reverse stitches b Wrong side of fabric c Basting stitches d End of zipper opening Press the seam allowance open and align the folded hem along the teeth of the zipper, while maintaining 3 mm (approx.
  • Page 152: Edge Sewing

    SEWING THE STITCHES Close the zipper, turn the fabric over, and sew a basting stitch. a Front of the skirt (wrong side of fabric) b Basting stitches c Front of the skirt (right side of fabric) d Back of the skirt (right side of fabric) Remove the presser foot, and reattach it so that the left side of the pin is attached to the presser foot holder.
  • Page 153 Note • Clean stitching cannot be sewn if this function is used when the edge of the fabric has corners as shown below. • When edge sewing using the built-in camera, make sure that the room is evenly lit. If the brightness in the room changes while edge sewing, the built-in camera may not be able to detect the edge of the fabric.
  • Page 154 SEWING THE STITCHES Place the edge sewing sheet on top of the needle plate cover. Align the guides on the edge sewing sheet with the sides of the needle plate cover, and then adjust the position of the edge sewing sheet so that its cutout aligns with the edges of the opening for the feed dogs.
  • Page 155 Note • Before pressing , install the vertical stitch alignment foot “V” and position the edge sewing sheet; otherwise, the built-in camera cannot detect the fabric. is pressed before the edge sewing sheet is positioned, the message shown in step appears again.
  • Page 156 SEWING THE STITCHES When the Fabric Edge Indicator Line Does Not Appear The built-in camera cannot detect the edge of the fabric. Press , and then perform the procedure again starting with step When the Fabric Edge Indicator Line Is Not Aligned With the Edge of the Fabric The fabric edge indicator line that appears is not aligned with the edge of the fabric.
  • Page 157 Example: When a straight stitch is selected (example: a Middle needle position b Stitching c Edge of fabric d Width of edge sewing Note • Distances between 1.5 mm (about 1/16 inch) and 38.5 mm (about 1-1/2 inches) can be measured. The distance is displayed in the screen in 0.5 mm (about 1/64 inch) increments.
  • Page 158 SEWING THE STITCHES When sewing is between 1 and 2 cm (about 3/8 and 3/4 inch) from the edge of the fabric, sewing stops automatically and the following message appears. To stop sewing, press When this message appears, edge sewing (with the seam wizard function) is canceled.
  • Page 159: Chapter 4 Character/decorative Stitches

    Chapter Character/Decorative Stitches SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS...146 ■ Stitch Selection Screens... 147 Selecting Decorative Stitch Patterns/7mm Decorative Stitch Patterns/Satin Stitch Patterns/7mm Satin Stitch Patterns/ Cross Stitch/Utility Decorative Stitch Patterns ... 148 Alphabet Characters ... 148 ■ Deleting Characters... 150 ■ Adjusting the Character Spacing... 150 SEWING STITCH PATTERNS ...152 Sewing Attractive Finishes ...
  • Page 160: Selecting Stitch Patterns

    SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS Press , then 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 161: Stitch Selection Screens

    ■ Stitch Selection Screens There are 9 categories of Character/Decorative stitch patterns. If a page number such as more than one stitch selection screen for that category. Decorative Stitch Patterns 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Alphabet Characters (Gothic Font) 7mm Decorative Stitch Patterns Cross Stitch Alphabet Characters (Handwriting Font)
  • Page 162: Cross Stitch/utility Decorative Stitch Patterns

    SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS Selecting Decorative Stitch Pat- terns/7mm Decorative Stitch Pat- terns/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 163 Press and then enter “B”. Press and then enter “lue”. SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS Press to enter a space. Press again and enter “S”. a Jumping stitch Remove the jumping stitches after sewing.
  • Page 164: Deleting Characters

    SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS Press and then enter “ky”. If you want to continue entering characters in a different font, press step ■ Deleting Characters Press to delete the last character. Memo • Characters are deleted individually starting with the last character entered. Select the correct character.
  • Page 165 Press to adjust character spacing. Press to increase the character spacing and press to decrease the character spacing. Example: Each setting equals a specific distance between characters. Value Memo • The default setting is “0”. No number less than “0” can be set. •...
  • Page 166: 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 167: Making Adjustments

    Memo • If the fabric is pulled or pushed during sew- ing, the pattern may not turn out correctly. Also, depending on the pattern, there may be movement 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 168 SEWING STITCH PATTERNS Attach monogramming foot “N” and sew the pattern. Compare the finished pattern to the illustration of the correct pattern below. Press , and then adjust the pattern with the “Fine Adjust Verti.” or “Fine Adjust Horiz.” displays. If the pattern is bunched: Press in the “Fine Adjust Verti.”...
  • Page 169: Editing Stitch Patterns

    EDITING STITCH PATTERNS ■ 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 170 EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Display Key Name Pattern display size Pivot key Free motion mode key Press this key to enter free motion sewing mode. Automatic reinforcement stitch Automatic thread cutting key Delete key Stitch width and stitch length key Thread tension key Memory key Elongation key Needle mode...
  • Page 171: Changing The Size

    Changing the Size Select a stitch pattern, then press sewn in the size highlighted on the key. Memo • If you continue entering stitch patterns after changing the size, those patterns will also be sewn in that size. • You cannot change the size of combined stitch patterns once the stitch pattern is entered. Actual Stitch Pattern Size The size differs depending on the fabric and threads.
  • Page 172: Creating A Horizontal Mirror Image

    EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Creating a Horizontal Mirror Image To create a horizontal mirror image, select a stitch pattern then press Sewing a Pattern Continuously Press to select continuous sewing or single stitch sewing. Memo • To finish a complete motif while sewing the pattern continuously, you can press the key while sewing.
  • Page 173: Returning To The Beginning Of The Pattern

    Returning to the Beginning of the Pattern When sewing character/decorative stitches, you can return to the beginning of the pattern after trial sewing or when the stitching is sewn incorrectly. Press the “Start/Stop” button to stop the machine, and then press o Sewing returns to the beginning of the selected pattern (“W”) from the point where sewing was stopped.
  • Page 174: Checking The Image

    EDITING STITCH PATTERNS 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 o An image of the selected pattern is displayed. Press to change the thread color in the image to red, blue, or black.
  • Page 175 Press to return to the original screen. Memo • You can also sew from this screen when the presser foot symbol is displayed. • Image of some patterns will display in default size only. EDITING STITCH PATTERNS...
  • Page 176: 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 177 Select Press o The display returns to the stitch selection screen. COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Press Select...
  • Page 178: Combining Large And Small Stitch Patterns

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Press to sew the pattern continuously. Press Memo • Patterns are deleted individually starting with the last pattern entered by pressing Combining Large and Small Stitch Patterns Example: Press o The large size stitch will be selected. Press again, then press the small size.
  • Page 179: Combining Horizontal Mirror Image Stitch Patterns

    Combining Horizontal Mirror Image Stitch Patterns Example: Press Press again, then press o The pattern is flipped along a vertical axis. Press o The entered pattern is repeated. Combining Stitch Patterns of Different Length Example: Press , then press o The length of the image is set to COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS once.
  • Page 180: Making Step Stitch Patterns (for 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Only)

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Select again, then press o The length of the image is set to Press o The entered pattern is repeated. 3 times. Making Step Stitch Patterns (for 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Only) You can use the stitch patterns to create a step effect. Stitch patterns sewn so that they create a step effect are called step stitch patterns.
  • Page 181 Press Press o The next stitch pattern will move to the right. Press again. Press o The next stitch pattern will move to the left. COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Press o The entered pattern is repeated.
  • Page 182: More Examples

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS ■ More Examples Press Press Press Press...
  • Page 183: Using The Memory Function

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Stitch Data Precautions Observe the following precautions when using stitch data other than that created and saved in this machine. ■ Types of Stitch Data that can be Used • In the Character/Decorative Stitch memory, “.pmx” and “.pmu” stitch data files can be used with this machine.
  • Page 184: Trademarks

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION ■ 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 185: Saving Stitch Patterns In The Machine's Memory

    Saving Stitch Patterns in the Machine’s Memory You can save often used stitch patterns in the machine’s memory. A total of about 1 MB of stitch patterns can be saved in the machine's memory. Note • Do not turn the main power to OFF while the “Saving”...
  • Page 186: If The Memory Is Full

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION ■ If the Memory is Full If the following 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.
  • Page 187 Press If you decide not to delete the stitch pattern, press o The machine deletes the stitch pattern, then automatically saves the new stitch pattern. USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION...
  • Page 188: Saving Stitch Patterns To Usb Media

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Saving Stitch Patterns to USB Media When sending stitch patterns from the machine to USB media, plug the USB media into the machine’s top USB port. Memo • USB media is commercially available, but some USB media may not be usable with this machine.
  • Page 189: Saving Stitch Patterns In The Computer

    Press Press to return to the original screen without saving. o The “Saving” screen is displayed. When the pattern is saved, the display returns to the original screen automatically. Note • Do not insert or remove USB media while “Saving” screen is displayed. You will lose some or all of the pattern you are saving.
  • Page 190: Retrieving Stitch Patterns From The Machine's Memory

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press Press Press to return to the original screen without saving. o The stitch pattern will be temporarily saved to “Removable Disk” under “Computer (My computer)”. Select the stitch pattern’s .pmx file and copy the file to the computer. Note •...
  • Page 191: Recalling From Usb Media

    Choose a stitch pattern to retrieve. If the entire saved stitch pattern is not displayed, press the thumbnail. Press to return to the original screen without saving. a Saved stitch patterns Press Press to delete the stitch pattern. o The selected stitch pattern is retrieved and the sewing screen will be displayed.
  • Page 192 USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press when there is a subfolder to sort two or more stitch patterns to USB media, the stitch pattern in the subfolder is displayed. Press to return to the original screen without recalling. a Folder name b Stitch patterns in a folder show only the first pattern of any combined patterns.
  • Page 193: Recalling From The Computer

    Recalling from the Computer Plug the USB cable connector into the corresponding USB ports for the computer and for the machine (see page 175). On the computer, open “Computer (My computer)” then go to “Removable Disk”. Move/copy the pattern data to “Removable Disk”.
  • Page 194 USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press Press to delete the stitch pattern. The pattern will be deleted from the “Removable Disk” folder in your computer. o The selected stitch pattern is recalled and the sewing screen will be displayed. Note • The pattern recalled from the computer is only temporarily written to the machine.
  • Page 195: Chapter 5 Embroidery

    ■ About the Embroidery Unit ... 184 ■ Removing the Embroidery Unit ... 185 SELECTING PATTERNS... 186 ■ Copyright Information... 186 ■ Pattern Selection Screens ... 187 Selecting Embroidery Patterns/Brother “Exclusives”/Greek Alphabet Patterns/Floral Alphabet Patterns/Utility Embroidery Patterns...189 Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns...190 Selecting Frame Patterns...192 Selecting Patterns from Embroidery Cards ...194...
  • Page 196: 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 197: Attaching Embroidery Foot "w

    Attaching Embroidery Foot “W” Press in this order to display a video example of attaching embroidery foot “W” (see page 34). Follow the steps explained below to complete the operation. CAUTION • When attaching a presser foot, always press on the screen. You may accidentally press the “Start/Stop”...
  • Page 198: Attaching The Embroidery Unit

    Machine connection port 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 199: Removing The Embroidery Unit

    Turn the main power to ON. o The following message will appear. Press o The carriage will move to the initialization position. ■ Removing the Embroidery Unit Press either o The carriage will move to the removal position. CAUTION • Always remove the embroidery frame before pressing .
  • Page 200: Selecting Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS ■ 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 201: Pattern Selection Screens

    ■ Pattern Selection Screens There are 7 categories of patterns in this machine. If a page number such as pattern selection screen for that category. Embroidery patterns Floral alphabet patterns Frame patterns SELECTING PATTERNS appears, there is more than one Greek alphabet patterns Utility embroidery patterns Alphabet characters...
  • Page 202 SELECTING PATTERNS Brother “Exclusives” Vintage designs New European designs Quilt designs Monogram designs Japanese designs...
  • Page 203: Selecting Embroidery Patterns/brother "exclusives"/greek Alphabet Patterns/floral Alphabet Patterns/utility Embroidery Patterns

    Selecting Embroidery Patterns/ Brother “Exclusives”/Greek Alphabet Patterns/Floral Alphabet Patterns/Utility Embroidery Patterns Touch the key of 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.
  • Page 204: Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS Proceed to “VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN” on page 196 to embroider the pattern. To return to the previous screen to select another pattern, press Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns Example: Entering “Blue Sky”. Press Press the key of the font you want to embroider.
  • Page 205 Press and then enter “B”. If you want to change the size of a character, select the character and then press size. The size changes each time you press the key, from large to medium to small. If you make a mistake, press mistake.
  • Page 206: Selecting Frame Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS Press and then enter “ky”. Press o The sewing screen is displayed. Proceed to “VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN” on page 196 to embroider the pattern. To return to the previous screen to select another pattern, press Selecting Frame Patterns Press...
  • Page 207 Press the key of the frame shape you want to embroider in the top part of the screen. a Frame shapes b Frame patterns o Various frame patterns are displayed at the bottom part of the screen. Press the key of the frame pattern you want to embroider.
  • Page 208: Selecting Patterns From Embroidery Cards

    SELECTING PATTERNS Selecting Patterns from Embroidery Cards ■ About Embroidery Card Reader (Sold Separately) and USB Card Writer Module* • Use only an embroidery card Reader designed for this machine. Using an unauthorized embroidery card Reader may cause your machine to operate incorrectly. If you have purchased the PE-DESIGN Ver5 or later, PE-DESIGN Lite or PED-BASIC, you can plug the included USB card writer module into the machine...
  • Page 209: Selecting Patterns From Usb Media/computer

    Selecting Patterns from USB Media/Computer To recall patterns from the computer or USB media, see pages 252 through 255. SELECTING PATTERNS...
  • Page 210: Viewing The Sewing Screen

    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 u 20 cm (approx. 12 inches u 8 inches)). c Shows a preview of the selected pattern.
  • Page 211: Key Functions

    ■ 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 Cut/Tension key...
  • Page 212: Preparing The Fabric

    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 213 Iron the iron-on stabilizer material to the wrong side of the fabric. a Fusible side of stabilizer b Fabric (wrong side) Memo • When embroidering on thin fabrics such as organdy or lawn, or on napped fabrics such as towel or corduroy, use water soluble sta- bilizer (sold separately) for best results.
  • Page 214: Hooping The Fabric In The Embroidery Frame

    PREPARING THE FABRIC Hooping the Fabric in the Embroidery Frame ■ Types of Embroidery Frames Extra Large Embroidery field 30 cm × 20 cm (approx. 12 inches × 8 inches) Use when embroidering Use when embroidering patterns between 10 cm × 10 cm (approx. connected or combined 4 inches ×...
  • Page 215: Inserting The Fabric

    ■ Inserting the Fabric Press in this order to display a video example of hoping the fabric in the see page 34 embroidery frame ( ). Follow the steps explained below to complete the operation. Note • If the fabric is not securely held in the embroidery frame, the embroidery design will sew out poorly.
  • Page 216: Using The Embroidery Sheet

    PREPARING THE FABRIC Return the frame adjustment screw to its initial position. Memo • You can use the included screw driver when you loosen or tighten the frame adjustment screw. ■ Using the Embroidery Sheet When you want to embroider the pattern in a particular place, use the embroidery sheet with the frame.
  • Page 217: Embroidering Small Fabrics Or Fabric Edges

    Embroidering Small Fabrics or Fabric Edges Use an embroidery stabilizer to provide extra support. After embroidering, remove the stabilizer carefully. Attach the stabilizer as shown in the following examples. We recommend using a stabilizer for embroidery. ■ Embroidering Small Fabrics Use a temporary spray adhesive to adhere the small piece of fabric to the larger piece in the frame.
  • Page 218: Attaching The Embroidery Frame

    ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME Press example of attaching the embroidery frame (see page 34). Follow the steps explained below to complete the operation. Note • Wind and insert the bobbin before attaching the embroidery frame. Press the “Presser Foot Lifter” button to raise the presser foot.
  • Page 219: Removing The Embroidery Frame

    ■ Removing the Embroidery Frame Raise the frame-securing lever. Pull the embroidery frame toward you. ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME...
  • Page 220: Confirming The Pattern Position

    CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION The pattern is normally positioned in the center of the embroidery frame. If the pattern needs to be repositioned for better placement on the garment, you can check the layout before starting embroidery. Using the Built-In Camera to Align the Embroidering Position The embroidering position can easily be aligned...
  • Page 221 After selecting the pattern, press and then press o A window appears so that the area containing the embroidery positioning sticker can be selected. CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION From the areas shown in the window, select the area containing the embroidery positioning sticker.
  • Page 222 CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION Press Note • Attach embroidery foot “W” before pressing . The embroidery foot “W” lowers and check the fabric thickness, to help the built-in camera recognize the embroidery positioning sticker. Following message appears. Press o The built-in camera automatically searches for the embroidery positioning sticker, and then the carriage is moved so that the center of the embroidery pattern is aligned with the center of the...
  • Page 223: Checking The Pattern Position

    A reminder message appears. Remove the embroidery positioning sticker from the fabric, and press To remove the embroidery positioning sticker more easily, press so that the embroidery frame moves slightly forward and away from under the needle. After the embroidery positioning sticker is removed, press Press the “Start/Stop”...
  • Page 224: Previewing The Completed Pattern

    CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION From , press the key for the position that you want to check. a Selected position → The needle will move to the selected position on the pattern. Memo • To see the entire embroidering area, press .
  • Page 225 Press to select the frame used in the preview. Frames displayed in light gray cannot be selected. Press to enlarge the image of the pattern. The pattern can be sewn as it appears in the following display. Memo • You can begin sewing from this screen by pressing the “Start/Stop”...
  • Page 226: Sewing An Embroidery Pattern

    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 198) and hooping the fabric in the frame (see page 200) are two important factors mentioned earlier. Another important point is the appropriateness of the needle and thread being used.
  • Page 227: Sewing Embroidery Patterns

    ■ Embroidery Needle Plate Cover Under some conditions, based on the type of fabric, stabilizer, or thread being used, there may be some looping in the upper thread. In this case, attach the included embroidery needle plate cover to the needle plate.
  • Page 228 SEWING AN EMBROIDERY PATTERN Lower the presser foot, then press the “Start/Stop” button to start embroidering. After 5-6 stitches, press the “Start/Stop” button again to stop the machine. Trim the excess thread at the end of the seam. If the end of the seam is under the presser foot, raise the presser foot, then trim the excess thread.
  • Page 229: Sewing Embroidery Patterns Which Use Appliqué

    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 “APPLIQUE MATERIAL”, “APPLIQUE POSITION”, “APPLIQUE”, and then the sewing order of the colors around the appliqué.
  • Page 230 SEWING AN EMBROIDERY PATTERN 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 231: Print And Stitch (combining Embroidery Patterns And Printed Designs)

    PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) Completed embroidery patterns combined with printed designs are built into this machine. Beautiful three-dimensional embroidered designs can be created by ironing a background onto fabric or printing it onto printable fabric, then sewing complementary embroidery on top of the background.
  • Page 232: Selecting A Pattern

    PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) Selecting a Pattern Patterns combining embroidery and printed designs can be selected from the pages that contain . Select the desired pattern. Memo • Refer to the Quick Reference Guide for the detail of patterns which enable this function.
  • Page 233: Outputting The Background Image And Positioning Image

    PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) Outputting the Background Image and Positioning Image Use USB media or the computer to output the following three images from the machine. File name may differ depending on the PDF file selected.
  • Page 234: Using A Usb Cable

    PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) Press to select the primary (top) USB port where the USB media is inserted. o Two files of the background image only and one file for aligning embroidery into position are copied (PDF format) onto the USB media.
  • Page 235: Printing The Background And Embroidery Position Sheet

    PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) Press → Two files of the background image and one file for aligning embroidery into position are copied (PDF format) into “Removable Disk” under “Computer (My computer)”. Memo • Do not disconnect the USB cable from the machine until data output is finished.
  • Page 236: Sewing Embroidery Patterns

    PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) If an iron-on transfer sheet is used, transfer the image onto fabric. Memo • For details on transferring from iron-on transfer sheets, refer to the instructions for the iron-on transfer sheets. •...
  • Page 237: 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 238: If The Thread Breaks During Sewing

    ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS 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 previous section to reset the bobbin.
  • Page 239: Restarting From The Beginning

    Restarting from the Beginning Press Press o 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. ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS Resuming Embroidery After Turning Off the Power The current color and stitch number are saved when embroidery is stopped.
  • Page 240 ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS Attach the embroidery frame and press o The previous sewing screen displayed before the machine was turned off appears. Memo • If you want to start a new embroidery pat- tern, press so the pattern selection screen appears.
  • Page 241: 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. ■ Correct Thread Tension The pattern can be seen from the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Page 242: Adjusting The Alternate Bobbin Case (with No Color On The Screw)

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS ■ Upper Thread is Too Loose The tension of the upper thread is too loose, resulting in a loose upper thread, loose thread locks, or loops appearing on the right side of the fabric. Note • If the upper thread was incorrectly threaded, the upper thread may be too loose.
  • Page 243: Using The Automatic Thread Cutting Function (end Color Trim)

    ■ Bobbin Thread is Too Loose Bobbin thread appears slightly on the right side of fabric. a Right side b Wrong side If this occurs, turn the slotted screw (-) clockwise, being careful not to over-tighten the screw, approximately 30-45 degrees to increase bobbin tension.
  • Page 244: Using The Thread Trimming Function (jump Stitch Trim)

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS Using the Thread Trimming Function (JUMP STITCH TRIM) The thread trimming function automatically trim any excess thread jumps within the color. This function is initially turned on. To turn this function off, press . This function can be turned on or off during embroidering.
  • Page 245: Adjusting The Embroidery Speed

    Adjusting the Embroidery Speed Press In the “Max Embroidery Speed” display, use to change the maximum embroidery speed. You can choose from 3 different speed levels. Memo • SPM is the number of stitches sewn in one minute. • Decrease the sewing speed when embroi- dering on thin, thick, or heavy fabrics.
  • Page 246: Changing The Embroidery Frame Display

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS When the thread number displayed, use embroidery thread brands pictured below. EMBROIDERY/POLYESTER THREAD# COUNTRY/COTTON THREAD#* MADEIRA /POLYESTER THREAD# MADEIRA RAYON THREAD# SULKY THREAD# ROBISON-ANTON/POLYESTER THREAD# Depending on the country or area, cotton-like polyester thread is sold. Press #123 Changing the Embroidery Frame to select from six...
  • Page 247 For the optional embroidery frame. MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS a Extra large frame embroidering area [30 cm × 20 cm (12 inches × 8 inches)] b Center line c Quilt frame embroidering area [20 cm × 20 cm (8 inches × 8 inches)] d Embroidery area for optional large embroidery frame [18 cm ×...
  • Page 248: Revising The Pattern

    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.
  • Page 249: 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 250: Changing The Size

    REVISING THE PATTERN Press a Start position b This key is used for aligning linked characters (see page 241). o 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...
  • Page 251: Rotating The Pattern

    a Size of the pattern Memo • Some patterns or characters can be enlarged more than others. • Some patterns or characters can be enlarged to a greater degree if they are rotated 90 degrees. Press to return to the original screen. REVISING THE PATTERN Rotating the Pattern Press...
  • Page 252: Creating A Horizontal Mirror Image

    REVISING THE PATTERN Press to return the pattern to its original position. a Degree of rotation 0° Press to return to the original screen. 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.
  • Page 253: Changing The Density (alphabet Character And Frame Patterns Only)

    Changing the Density (Alphabet Character and Frame Patterns Only) The thread density for some alphabet character and frame patterns can be changed. A setting between 80% and 120% in 5% increments can be specified. Press REVISING THE PATTERN Change the density. Press to make the pattern less dense.
  • Page 254: Changing The Colors Of Alphabet Character Patterns

    REVISING THE PATTERN Changing the Colors of Alphabet Character Patterns Combined alphabet character patterns can be sewn with each letter in a different color. If “MULTI COLOR” is set, the machine stops after each character is sewn so that the thread can be changed to a different color.
  • Page 255: Embroidering Linked Characters

    Embroidering Linked Characters Follow the procedure described below to embroider linked characters in a single row when the entire pattern extends beyond the embroidery frame. Example: Linking “DEF” to the characters “ABC” Select the character patterns for “ABC”. Note • For details on selecting character patterns, refer to “Selecting Alphabet Character Pat- terns”...
  • Page 256 REVISING THE PATTERN Press Press to turn off the thread cutting function and then press Press the “Start/Stop” button. After the characters are embroidered, cut the threads to a generous length, remove the embroidery frame, and then attach the embroidery frame again so that the remaining characters (“DEF”) can be embroidered.
  • Page 257: Uninterrupted Embroidering (using A Single Color)

    to align the needle with the end of embroidering for the previous pattern. Press the “Start/Stop” button to begin embroidering the remaining character patterns. Uninterrupted Embroidering (Using a Single Color) A selected pattern can be stitched out in one color instead of multicolor.
  • Page 258: Using The Memory Function

    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 259: Computers And Operating Systems With The Following Specifications Can Be Used

    ■ Computers and Operating Systems with the Following Specifications can be Used • Compatible models: IBM PC with a USB port as standard equipment IBM PC-compatible computer equipped with a USB port as standard equipment • Compatible operating systems: Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista ■...
  • Page 260: Saving Embroidery Patterns In The Machine's Memory

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION • Before disconnecting the USB cable, click the “Unplug or Eject Hardware” icon in the taskbar of ® Windows 2000 or the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon in the taskbar of Windows Then, when the removable disk can safely be removed, disconnect the USB cable from the computer and the machine.
  • Page 261: If The Memory Is Full

    Press Press to return to the original screen without saving. o The “Saving” screen is displayed. When the pattern is saved, the display returns to the original screen automatically. USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION ■ If the Memory is Full If the screen below displays, either the maximum number of patterns have been saved or the pattern you want to save takes a lot of memory, and the machine cannot save it.
  • Page 262 USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION 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 o The “Saving” screen displays. When the pattern is saved, the display returns to the original screen automatically.
  • Page 263: Saving Embroidery Patterns To Usb Media

    Saving Embroidery Patterns to USB Media When sending embroidery patterns from the machine to USB media, plug the USB media into the machine’s USB port. Memo • USB media is commercially available, but some USB media may not be usable with this machine.
  • Page 264: Saving Embroidery Patterns In The Computer

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press Press to return to the original screen without saving. o The “Saving” screen is displayed. When the pattern is saved, the display returns to the original screen automatically. Note • Do not insert or remove USB media while “Saving”...
  • Page 265: Retrieving Patterns From The Machine's Memory

    Press when the pattern you want to save is in the sewing screen. Press Press to return to the original screen without saving. o The pattern will be temporarily saved to “Removable Disk” under “Computer (My computer)”. USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Select the pattern’s .phc file in “Removable Disk”...
  • Page 266: Recalling From Usb Media

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press the key of the pattern you want to retrieve. Press to return to the original screen. Press o 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 media.
  • Page 267 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 USB media c Path The path to shows the current folder at the top of the list.
  • Page 268: Recalling From The Computer

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Recalling from the Computer Plug the USB cable connector into the corresponding USB ports for the computer and for the machine (see page 250). On the computer, open “Computer (My computer)” then go to “Removable Disk”. Move/copy the pattern data to “Removable Disk”.
  • Page 269 USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press o The sewing screen is displayed.
  • Page 270: 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 271: Using A Frame Pattern To Make An Appliqué (2)

    Select the satin stitch frame pattern of the same shape as the appliqué. Embroider over the appliqué and base fabric from step create the appliqué. Note • If you change the size or position of the pat- terns when selecting them, make a note of the size and location.
  • Page 272 EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS Embroider the same pattern on the appliqué fabric. Remove the embroidery frame from the embroidery unit, and cut around the outside of the stitches. Note • Do not remove the fabric from the embroi- dery frame to cut it. Also, do not pull strongly on the fabric.
  • Page 273: Sewing Split Embroidery Patterns

    Sewing Split Embroidery Patterns Split embroidery patterns created with PE-DESIGN Ver.7 or later can be sewn. With split embroidery patterns, embroidery designs larger than the embroidery hoop are divided into multiple sections, which combine to create a single pattern after each section is sewn. For details on creating split embroidery patterns and for more detailed sewing instructions, refer to the operation manual included with PE-DESIGN...
  • Page 274 EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS If necessary, edit the pattern. For details, refer to “REVISING THE PATTERN” on page 234. Memo • The pattern can be rotated 90° to either the left or right when Press the “Start/Stop” button to embroider the pattern section. When embroidering is finished, the following screen appears.
  • Page 275: Chapter 6 Embroidery Edit

    Chapter Embroidery Edit EXPLANATION OF FUNCTIONS...262 SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT ...263 Selecting Embroidery Patterns/Brother “Exclusives”/Greek Alphabet Patterns/Floral Alphabet Patterns/Utility Embroidery Patterns/Frame Patterns... 264 Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns... 264 EDITING PATTERNS...267 ■ Key Functions ... 268 Moving the Pattern ... 269 Rotating the Pattern...
  • Page 276: 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. ■...
  • Page 277: Selecting Patterns To Edit

    SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT Prepare the machine for embroidery according to the instructions on page 182, and press to display the screen below. a Embroidery patterns b Brother “Exclusives” c Greek alphabet patterns d Floral alphabet patterns e Utility embroidery patterns...
  • Page 278: Selecting Embroidery Patterns/brother "exclusives"/greek Alphabet Patterns/floral Alphabet Patterns/utility Embroidery Patterns/frame Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT Selecting Embroidery Patterns/ Brother “Exclusives”/Greek Alphabet Patterns/Floral Alphabet Patterns/Utility Embroidery Patterns/Frame Patterns Select the category of the pattern. Press the key of the pattern you want to edit. See pages 189 and 192 for more information on selecting patterns.
  • Page 279 Select the font, then enter the characters. (Example: A B C D) See page 190 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 280 SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT After you finish your selections, press o The embroidery edit screen will appear. Proceed to “EDITING PATTERNS” on page 267 to edit the pattern.
  • Page 281: 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 color sequence and times of each step of the pattern currently selected. e Shows the degree of rotation for the pattern.
  • Page 282: Key Functions

    EDITING PATTERNS ■ Key Functions Display Key Name Thread palette key Rotate key Size key Horizontal mirror image key Density key Multi color key Add key Delete key Pattern select key Sewing key Array key Character spacing key Press this key to change the spacing of character patterns. Duplicate key Border key Arrow keys...
  • Page 283: Moving The Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS Moving the Pattern Rotating the Pattern Press to move the pattern in the direction Press shown on the key. Press to return the pattern to the center. a Distance from the center The pattern can also be moved by dragging it. If a USB mouse is connected, move the mouse to position the pointer on the desired pattern, and then select and drag the pattern.
  • Page 284: Changing The Size Of The Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS Select the angle by which the pattern is rotated. 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 285: Deleting The Pattern

    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. Press to stretch the pattern vertically. Press to compact the pattern vertically.
  • Page 286: Changing Alphabet Character Spacing

    EDITING PATTERNS Press the key of the layout you want to embroider. See page 265 for more information about layout types. o The display will show the selected layout. Press Changing Alphabet Character Spacing Press...
  • Page 287: Reducing Character Spacing

    to change the spacing. Press to increase the character spacing. Press to decrease the character spacing. Press to return the pattern to its original appearance. Press to return to the original screen. Reducing Character Spacing The spacing between characters can be reduced to 50% of the narrowest character in the group.
  • Page 288: Separating Combined Character Patterns

    EDITING PATTERNS Separating Combined Character Patterns Combined character patterns can be separated to adjust the character spacing or to separately edit the patterns after all characters have been entered. Press Press o The key appears as to be separated, and then press separate it.
  • Page 289: Changing The Color Of Each Alphabet Character In A Pattern

    to select a pattern, and then use to adjust the character spacing. Press EDITING PATTERNS 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.
  • Page 290: Embroidering Linked Characters

    EDITING PATTERNS Embroidering Linked Characters Follow the procedure described below to embroider linked characters in a single row when the pattern extends beyond the embroidery frame. Example: Linking “DEF” to the characters “ABC” Select the character patterns for “ABC”. Note •...
  • Page 291 Press Press to turn off the automatic thread cutting function and then press Press the “Start/Stop” button. After the characters are embroidered, cut the threads to a generous length, remove the embroidery frame, and then attach the embroidery frame again so that the remaining characters (“DEF”) can be embroidered.
  • Page 292: Changing The Thread Color

    EDITING PATTERNS Press to align the needle with the end of embroidering for the previous pattern. Press the “Start/Stop” button to begin embroidering the remaining character patterns. Changing the Thread Color You can change the thread color by moving the color to be changed to the top of the sewing order and selecting a new color from the thread colors in the machine.
  • Page 293: Creating A Custom Thread Table

    Press to choose a new 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 294 EDITING PATTERNS In the pattern editing screen, press then press add a color on the custom thread table. You can choose colors from the custom thread from the custom thread table by directly touching the screen with the touch pen. You can scroll through 100 colors at a time using on the custom thread table.
  • Page 295 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 thread color number o The selected thread color is set in the custom thread table.
  • Page 296: Adding A Color To The Custom Thread Table From The List

    EDITING PATTERNS Press to return to the original screen. ■ Adding a Color to the Custom Thread Table from the List Repeat the previous steps page 279. Press to display the thread list. to select a thread color. a Thread list b Thread brand Press Repeat the previous steps until all desired...
  • Page 297: Choosing A Color From The Custom Thread Table

    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. Press o The thread color palette screen displays. Press to put the color you want to change at the top of the sewing order.
  • Page 298: Designing Repeated Patterns

    EDITING PATTERNS Designing Repeated Patterns ■ Sewing Repeated Patterns Using the border function, you can create stitches using repeated patterns. You can also adjust the spacing of the patterns within a repeated pattern stitch. Select a pattern, and then press Press Select the direction in which the pattern will be repeated.
  • Page 299 to repeat the pattern on top and to repeat the pattern at the bottom. To delete the top pattern, press To delete the bottom pattern, press Adjust the spacing of the repeated pattern. To widen spacing, press To tighten spacing, press a Press one single pattern.
  • Page 300: Repeating One Element Of A Repeated Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS Complete repeated patterns by repeating steps through Press to finish repeating. Memo • When there are two or more patterns, all patterns will be grouped together as one pattern in the red frame. • When changing the direction in which the pattern will be repeated, all of the patterns in the red frame will automatically be grouped as one repeating unit.
  • Page 301: Color Sorting Repeated Patterns

    Press o The repeated pattern will be divided into separate elements. Press to select the element to repeat. 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.
  • Page 302 EDITING PATTERNS...
  • Page 303: Assigning Thread Marks

    ■ Assigning Thread Marks By sewing thread marks, you can easily align patterns when sewing a series. When sewing is finished on a pattern, a thread mark in the shape of an arrow will be sewn using the final thread. When sewing a series of patterns, use the point of this arrow for positioning the following designs to be sewn.
  • Page 304: Duplicating A Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS Duplicating a Pattern Press o The duplicate is positioned over the original pattern. a Duplicated pattern Note • If multiple patterns are displayed in the screen, only the pattern selected using is duplicated. • Move and edit each duplicated pattern individually.
  • Page 305: 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 2/7, then select Press...
  • Page 306 COMBINING PATTERNS Press Press to enter the alphabet characters. Press to return to the previous screen. Select and enter “Spring”. After selecting , press character case, then enter the remaining characters. o The characters you enter will be displayed in the center of the display.
  • Page 307: Selecting Combined Embroidery Patterns

    Press to change the layout of the characters. Press See page 271 for more information about changing the layout. Press to change the color of the characters. See page 278 for more information about changing the color. When all editing is finished, press COMBINING PATTERNS ■...
  • Page 308: 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 213. Embroider by following the color order on the right side of the display.
  • Page 309: Various Embroidering Functions

    VARIOUS EMBROIDERING FUNCTIONS Uninterrupted Embroidering (Using a Single Color) A selected pattern can be stitched out in one color instead of multicolor. The machine will hesitate but not stop between color steps, and then continue till the pattern is completed. Press for the multicolor steps to become shaded and the selected pattern will embroider in a single color, instead of changing the thread while...
  • Page 310: Creating An Appliqué Piece

    VARIOUS EMBROIDERING FUNCTIONS Press to return to the previous screen. Press Press to select the basting setting. Note • When is pressed, the pattern is moved to the center. After selecting the basting setting, move the pattern to the desired position.
  • Page 311 Select the pattern, and edit it if necessary. Note • Finish combining and editing the pattern before selecting the appliqué setting. If the pattern is edited after selecting the appliqué setting, the appliqué stitching and pattern may become misaligned. • Since an outline is added, the pattern for an appliqué...
  • Page 312 VARIOUS EMBROIDERING FUNCTIONS Press to select the appliqué setting. Note • When is pressed, the pattern is moved to the center. After selecting the appliqué setting, move the pattern to the desired position. Memo • To cancel the setting, press •...
  • Page 313 After the pattern is embroidered, thread the machine with the thread for the cutting line, and then sew the cutting line (APPLIQUE MATERIAL). a Cutting line for appliqué Memo • We recommend using thread for the cutting line that is closest to the color of the fabric. Remove the appliqué...
  • Page 314: Using A Frame Pattern For The Outline

    VARIOUS EMBROIDERING FUNCTIONS With the machine threaded using the thread for the outline from step (APPLIQUE). a Outline of appliqué piece Memo • The outline is sewn using satin stitching. • Some glue may get onto the presser foot, needle, and needle plate at this time. Finish embroidering the appliqué...
  • Page 315 Edit the frame pattern to fit the size of the appliqué pattern. Press and then press Press to select the appliqué piece setting. Press VARIOUS EMBROIDERING FUNCTIONS and then press o The frame pattern is deleted. Press Continue with step Appliqué...
  • Page 316: Using The Built-in Camera To Align The Embroidering Position

    VARIOUS EMBROIDERING FUNCTIONS Using the Built-In Camera to Align the Embroidering Position The embroidering positioning can easily be aligned using the machine’s built-in camera and the included embroidery positioning sticker. Note • When embroidery frame (small) is installed, the built-in camera cannot be used to align the embroidering position.
  • Page 317 From the areas shown in the window, select the area containing the embroidery positioning sticker. Note • If the embroidery positioning sticker is placed in the center of embroidery frame, select any of the four areas. • If the embroidery positioning sticker over- laps two areas, select either of the two areas.
  • Page 318 VARIOUS EMBROIDERING FUNCTIONS Note • If the following warning message appears, touch and reposition the embroidery positioning sticker so the pattern is within the embroidery field, and then press again. A reminder message appears. Remove the embroidery positioning sticker from the fabric and press To remove the embroidery positioning sticker more easily, press...
  • Page 319: 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 320: Print And Stitch (combining Embroidery Patterns And Printed Designs)

    PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) Completed embroidery patterns combined with printed designs are built into this machine. Beautiful three-dimensional embroidered designs can be created by ironing a background onto fabric or printing it onto printable fabric, then sewing complementary embroidery on top of the background.
  • Page 321: Selecting A Pattern

    PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) Selecting a Pattern Patterns combining embroidery and printed designs can be selected from the pages that contain . Select the desired pattern. Memo • Refer to the Quick Reference Guide for the detail of patterns which enable this function.
  • Page 322: Outputting The Background Image And Positioning Image

    PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) Outputting the Background Image and Positioning Image Use USB media or the computer to output the following three images from the machine. File name may differ depending on the PDF file selected.
  • Page 323: Using A Usb Cable

    PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) o Two files of the background image only and one file for aligning embroidery into position are copied (PDF format) onto the USB media. Memo • Do not remove the USB media from the machine until data output is finished.
  • Page 324: Printing The Background And Embroidery Position Sheet

    PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) Printing the Background and Embroidery Position Sheet Print the PDF files of the background and embroidery position sheet. The background file that is printed differs depending on whether iron- on paper or printable fabric is used. To view the PDF file, Adobe If it is not installed on your computer, you can download it from the Adobe Systems website:...
  • Page 325 PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) Cut the paper printed with the center positioning image so it can easily be positioned aligned with the background image on the fabric. Lines or color changes in the image can help you find the correct alignment position.
  • Page 326 PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS)
  • Page 327: Chapter 7 My Custom Stitch

    Chapter MY CUSTOM STITCH DESIGNING A STITCH...314 ENTERING STITCH DATA ...316 ■ Key Functions ...316 ■ Moving a Point ...319 ■ Moving Part or All of the Design ...319 ■ Inserting New Points ...320 USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES ...322 Storing Custom Stitches in Your List ...322 ■...
  • Page 328: 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 162). Memo • Stitches that you create with MY CUSTOM ™...
  • Page 329 Examples of Custom Stitches Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch DESIGNING A STITCH...
  • Page 330: Entering Stitch Data

    ENTERING STITCH DATA ENTERING STITCH DATA ■ 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 Single/triple stitching key Press this key to select whether one or three stitches will be sewn Point delete key...
  • Page 331 Press and then Press to move to the coordinates of the first point on the grid sheet. Press to change the direction of the grid sheet. Press created. a Currently selected point/Total number of points b Coordinates of Press To insert coordinates with the touch pen, move the tip of the pen to a desired point.
  • Page 332 ENTERING STITCH DATA Select whether one stitch or three stitches will be sewn between the first two points. To sew three stitches, press the key so that it appears to move and press 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.
  • Page 333: Moving A Point

    ■ Moving a Point Press to move 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. to move the point. ■ Moving Part or All of the Design to the point Press point of the section that you want to move.
  • Page 334: Inserting New Points

    ENTERING STITCH DATA Press to move the section. Press o The section will be moved. ■ 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 by using the touch pen.
  • Page 335 ENTERING STITCH DATA o A new point is entered and moves to it. to move the point.
  • Page 336: Using Stored Custom Stitches

    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 337: Retrieving Stored Stitches

    Retrieving Stored Stitches Press o A list of stored stitch patterns is displayed. Select the stitch pattern. Press to return to the previous screen without retrieving. USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES Press To delete the stored stitch pattern, press To edit the stored stitch pattern, press...
  • Page 338 USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES...
  • Page 339: Chapter 8 Appendix

    Chapter Appendix CARE AND MAINTENANCE ...326 Cleaning the LCD Screen ...326 Cleaning the Machine Casing ...326 Cleaning the Race ...326 Cleaning the Cutter in the Bobbin Case Area ...327 About the Maintenance Message...328 ADJUSTING THE SCREEN ...329 Touch Panel is Malfunctioning ...329 TROUBLESHOOTING ...330 ERROR MESSAGES...335 ■...
  • Page 340: 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 the included LCD cleaning cloth or a soft, dry cloth. Do not use organic solvents or detergents.
  • Page 341: Cleaning The Cutter In The Bobbin Case Area

    Use the cleaning brush or a vacuum cleaner to remove any lint and dust from the race and bobbin thread sensor and the surrounding area. a Cleaning brush b Race c Bobbin thread sensor Note • Do not apply oil to the bobbin case. •...
  • Page 342: About The Maintenance Message

    CARE AND MAINTENANCE Use the cleaning brush or a vacuum cleaner to remove any lint and dust from the cutter in the bobbin case area. a Cutter CAUTION • Do not touch the cutter, otherwise injuries may result. Use the screwdriver included with the machine to screw and attach the needle plate.
  • Page 343: Adjusting The Screen

    ADJUSTING THE SCREEN Touch Panel is Malfunctioning If the screen does not respond correctly when you touch a key (the machine does not perform the operation or performs a different operation), follow the steps below to make the proper adjustments. Holding your finger on the screen, turn the main power switch to OFF and back to ON.
  • Page 344: Troubleshooting

    Press for advice about minor sewing problems during sewing. Press the original screen. If you need additional help, the Brother Solutions Center offers the latest FAQs and troubleshooting tips. Visit us at [http://solutions.brother.com].
  • Page 345 Problem Bobbin thread breaks Bobbin is set incorrectly. There are scratches on the bobbin or it doesn’t rotate properly. Thread is twisted. A bobbin designed specifically for this machine is not used. Bobbin thread does The thread is not passed through the bobbin not wind neatly on the winding thread guide correctly.
  • Page 346 TROUBLESHOOTING Problem Fabric does not feed Feed dogs are set in the down position. through the machine Stitches are too close together. Wrong presser foot was used. Needle is turned, bent or the point is dull. Thread is entangled. Fabric puckers There is a mistake in the upper or bobbin threading.
  • Page 347 Problem Embroidery pattern Thread is twisted. does not sew out correctly Fabric was not inserted into the frame correctly (fabric was loose, etc.). Stabilizing material was not attached. There was an object placed near the machine, and the carriage or embroidery frame hit the object during sewing.
  • Page 348 TROUBLESHOOTING • This machine is equipped with a thread detection device. If the “Start/Stop” button is pushed before the upper threading is done, the machine will not operate properly. Also, depending on the pattern selected, the machine may feed the fabric even if the needle is raised. This is due to the needle bar release mechanism.
  • Page 349: 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 350 ERROR MESSAGES This message is displayed when the automatic needle threading button is pushed while twin needle sewing is set. This message is displayed when the “Start/Stop” button is pressed before the edge of the fabric is detected. To detect the edge of the fabric using the built-in camera, press , raise the...
  • Page 351 This message is displayed when a key on the LCD display is touched while the needle is in the down position. This message is displayed when there are too many characters and the curved character configuration is impossible. This message is displayed when the machine is in embroidery mode, and the character pattern...
  • Page 352 ERROR MESSAGES This message is displayed when is pressed when changing thread colors. This message appears if the machine is turned off while sewing, then turned on again. Press to return the machine to the condition (pattern position and number of stitches) when it was turned off.
  • Page 353 This message appears when the built-in camera is being used to align the embroidery position, but the embroidery positioning sticker is too near an edge or the pattern extends from the embroidery frame. Change the positioning of the embroidery position sticker, and then try aligning the position again.
  • Page 354 ERROR MESSAGES 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 there is a possibility that the data for the selected pattern is corrupted. This message is displayed when the buttonhole lever is down, a stitch other than a...
  • Page 355 This message is displayed when you try to use incompatible USB media. For a list of compatible USB media, visit “http:// solutions.brother.com”. ERROR MESSAGES This message is displayed when it seems that the upper thread has not been threaded correctly.
  • Page 356: Alarm Sounds

    ERROR MESSAGES ■ Alarm Sounds If the operation was performed incorrectly, an alarm sounds to indicate that an error occurred. If the operation was performed correctly, the machine beeps to confirm the operation. Memo • To cancel the operation beep or to change the volume, press 3/7, and then change the setting for “Speaker”.
  • Page 357: Specifications

    Approx. 19 kg (approx. 42 lb) 70 to 1000 stitches per minute Home sewing machine needles (HA × 130) Approx. 68.5 cm (W) × 15.2 cm (H) × 39.4 cm (D) (approx. 26-31/32 inches (W) × 6 inches (H) × 15-33/64 inches (D)) Approx.
  • Page 358: 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 “http://solutions.brother.com”, please download the files following the instructions on the website and steps below.
  • Page 359: Upgrade Procedure Using Computer

    Press o The upgrade file is downloaded. Note • If an error occurs, a red text error message will appear. When the download is performed successfully, following message will appear. Remove the USB media, and turn the machine off and on again. UPGRADING YOUR MACHINE’S SOFTWARE Upgrade Procedure Using Computer...
  • Page 360 UPGRADING YOUR MACHINE’S SOFTWARE o The following message will appear. When the message disappears, press o The upgrade file is downloaded. Note • If an error occurs, a red text error message will appear. If the download is performed successfully, following message will appear. Unplug the USB cable, and turn the machine off and on again.
  • Page 361: 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. Note • Quilting foot “C” is used when the straight stitch needle plate is attached to the machine. Refer to “Using Free motion Quilting Foot “C””...
  • Page 362 STITCH SETTING CHART Presser foot Stitch Stitch name 2 steps elastic zigzag 3 steps elastic zigzag Overcasting stitch 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...
  • Page 363 Presser foot Stitch Stitch name Piecing stitch (Left) Hand-look quilting Quilting appliqué zigzag stitch Quilting appliqué stitch Quilting stippling 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...
  • Page 364 STITCH SETTING CHART Presser foot Stitch Stitch name Ladder stitch Rick-rack stitch Decorative stitch Decorative stitch Serpentine stitch Decorative stitch Decorative stippling stitch Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching zigzag Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Stitch width [mm (inch)] Applications Auto.
  • Page 365 Presser foot Stitch Stitch name Honeycomb stitch Honeycomb stitch Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Hemstitching Ladder stitch Narrow rounded buttonhole Wide round ended buttonhole Tapered round ended buttonhole Round ended buttonhole Stitch width [mm (inch)] Applications Auto.
  • Page 366 STITCH SETTING CHART Presser foot Stitch Stitch name Round ended buttonhole Round double ended buttonhole Narrow squared buttonhole Wide squared buttonhole Squared buttonhole Stretch buttonhole Heirloom buttonhole Bound buttonhole Keyhole buttonhole Tapered keyhole buttonhole Keyhole buttonhole 4 steps buttonhole 1 4 steps buttonhole 2 4 steps...
  • Page 367 Presser foot Stitch Stitch name Button sewing Eyelet Star eyelet Diagonally left up (Straight) 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)
  • Page 368 STITCH SETTING CHART Presser foot Stitch Stitch name Hand-look quilting Basting stitch Stem stitch Quilting appliqué zigzag stitch Zigzag stitch (Right) Zigzag stitch (Left) 2 steps elastic zigzag 3 steps elastic zigzag Quilting appliqué stitch Shell tuck edge Blanket stitch Quilting stippling Overcasting...
  • Page 369 Presser foot Stitch Stitch name Patchwork double overlock stitch Smocking stitch Rick-rack stitch Decorative stitch Decorative stitch Hemstitching Hemstitching Single diamond overcast Overcasting stitch Stitch width [mm (inch)] Applications Auto. Patchwork stitches, decorative 5.00 stitching (3/16) Smocking, decorative stitching 5.00 (3/16) Decorative top stitching 4.00...
  • Page 370: Index

    INDEX Accessories included accessories ... 4 options ... 8 Accessory case ... 4 Accessory compartment ... 4 Adjustments screen ... 329 Air vent ... 1 Alarm sounds ... 342 Aligning the position ... 206 Alphabet characters character/decorative stitches ... 148 embroidery ...
  • Page 371 pattern selection screens ... 187 patterns which use appliqué ... 215 retrieving ... 251 revising ... 234 saving ...246 selecting ... 186 sewing ... 212 using a frame pattern to make an appliqué ... 256 Embroidery positioning sticker ... 206 Embroidery sheet ...
  • Page 372 ...67 stitch width ...66 thread tension ... 67 thread trimming ...230 Sewing key ...290 Sewing machine help key ...32 Sewing speed controller (speed control slide) ... 1 Sewing type selection key ...34 Shelltuck stitches ...114 Side cutter ...96 Single/Repeat sewing key ...158...
  • Page 376 Please visit us at where you can get product support and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs). English 882-W01/W02 XE4892-201 d Printed in Taiwan...

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