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E M B R O I D E R Y M A C H I N E
PR-600
O P E R A T I O N M A N U A L

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  • Page 1 E M B R O I D E R Y M A C H I N E PR-600 O P E R A T I O N M A N U A L...
  • Page 2: Important Safety Instructions

    14. Always unplug the machine from the electrical outlet when lubricating it or when making any other user servicing adjustments mentioned in the manual. 15. This sewing machine is not intended for use by young children or infirm persons without supervision.
  • Page 3 FOR USERS IN THE UK, EIRE, MALTA AND CYPRUS ONLY If this machine is fitted with a three-pin non-rewireable BS plug, then please read the following. IMPORTANT If the available socket outlet is not suitable for the plug supplied with this equipment, it should be cut off and an appropriate three-pin plug fitted.
  • Page 4 • The enclosed interface cable should be used in order to ensure compliance with the limits for a Class B digital device. • Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Brother Industries, Ltd. could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
  • Page 5 In the event a malfunction occurs or adjustment is required, first follow the troubleshooting table at the back of this Operation Manual to inspect and adjust the machine yourself. If the problem persists, consult your local authorized Brother dealer. For additional product information and updates, visit our web site at www.brother.com...
  • Page 6: License Agreement

    PARTIES OTHER THAN BROTHER (e.g. “©DISNEY”). BROTHER retains all rights not expressly granted to CUSTOMER herein. Nothing in this agreement constitutes a waiver of the rights of BROTHER under any law. This agreement shall be governed by the laws of Japan.
  • Page 7: Warning Labels

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

    Precautions Concerning optional embroidery cards • Do not disassemble or alter the embroidery cards. • Do not forcefully bend, drop, scratch or place heavy objects on top of the embroidery cards. • Do not allow the embroidery cards to become wet, such as with water, solvents, drinks or any other liquids.
  • Page 9: Machine Structure And Features

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Machine Structure and Features Six-needle machine embroidering Your machine has six needles, each threaded with a different color of thread. It can sew embroidery patterns that contain several colors by automatically selecting the appropriate needle for each color. The mechanism that moves the needles up and down is called the needle bar, and the needle bars are in the needle bar case.
  • Page 10: Differences With Single-needle Machines

    Not all six needles can be used to sew at the same time. Only one needle is moved to the embroidering position at a time. According to the sewing order, the needle bar case is moved to the left and right so that the needle bar and needle thread with the required color can be moved to the embroidering position.
  • Page 11: Other Features

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Other features ■ Easy-to-read and easy-to-use LCD Equipped with a large color LCD, the colors of an embroidery pattern can be previewed in a nearly realistic image. In addition, since the LCD is a touch panel, the keys that are displayed can be touched to easily perform operations.
  • Page 12: Available Features

    ■ USB Type “B” (function) port connector available as standard equipment If a computer is connected to the machine through the included USB cable, embroidery patterns can be recalled from the computer. Available features Designs with a maximum size of 200 mm (H) × 300 mm (W) (7-7/8 inches (H) ×...
  • Page 13: Manual Structure

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Manual Structure This manual is constructed as described below. Read before use Chapter 1: Getting Ready The setup of the embroidery machine and the various preparations required before starting to sew are described in this chapter. Chapter 2: Embroidering Tutorial This chapter describes the basic embroidering operations in order—from turning on the machine and sewing a pattern to finishing sewing.
  • Page 14: Table Of Contents

    Contents Important Safety Instructions ... i License Agreement ... v Warning Labels... vi Precautions... vii Concerning optional embroidery cards ... vii Concerning USB media ... vii Machine Structure and Features... viii Six-needle machine embroidering ... viii Differences with single-needle machines ... ix Other features ...
  • Page 15 —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Previewing the Image ...27 Checking a preview image ... 27 Hooping the Fabric in the Embroidery Frame... 28 Hooping the fabric in the embroidery frame... 28 Attaching the Embroidery Frame to the Machine ... 30 Attaching the embroidery frame ... 30 Checking the Embroidery Area...32 Continuing to the embroidering screen ...
  • Page 16 EMBROIDERING SETTINGS Automatic Lock Stitch Setting ...88 Starting/Ending Position Settings ... 89 Repeatedly sewing a pattern along a diagonal ... 90 Maximum Sewing Speed Setting... 91 Setting the Machine to Stop at Color Changes ... 92 Stopping the machine at the next color change ... 92 Specifying pause locations before embroidering...
  • Page 17 —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Specifying jumpstitch trimming / “DST” jump codes for trimming ... 149 Deleting short stitches ... 150 Specifying the remaining length of thread ... 150 Using the Machine Operations Guide Key ...151 Using the Help Key...153 APPENDIX Appliqué Sewing... 156 Sewing appliqué...
  • Page 18: Getting Ready

    GETTING READY After unpacking the PR-600II, first refer to “Included Accessories” on page 4, and check that all listed accessories are included. After checking that all accessories are included, the embroidery machine can be set up. The setup of the PR-600II and the various preparations required before starting to sew are described in this chapter.
  • Page 19: 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 20: Right-side/rear View

    Right-side/rear view USB Type “A” (host) port connector When using USB media, plug the USB media into the USB Type “A” (host) port connector. 2 Embroidery card slot Insert the embroidery cards (sold separately) into the embroidery card slot. 3 Handwheel Rotate the handwheel to move the needle up and down.
  • Page 21: Included Accessories

    GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Included Accessories After opening the box, check that the following accessories are included. If any item is missing or damaged, contact your retailer. Accessories The accessories listed below are included with this machine. Make sure to use the accessories supplied with this machine.
  • Page 22: Optional Accessories

    Optional Accessories The following are available as optional accessories. 1. Advanced cap 2. Standard frame set cap frame Model Name: PRCF2 Model Name: Parts Code: XC7609-052 PRCFH1 Parts Code: (See instructions on page 169.) XC6958-052 6. Embroidery card Model Part Name Name Alphabet SA298...
  • Page 23: Setting Up The Machine

    GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Setting Up the Machine The procedures for setting up the machine are described below. If the machine is not set up correctly, it may shake or produce loud noises and the embroidery will not be sewn correctly. An optional sewing stand is also available.
  • Page 24: Setup Location

    Setup location Setup the machine in a location that meets the following requirements. • Position machine more than 50 mm (2 inches) from the wall • Allow sufficient space around the machine • Place no objects within the moving range of the embroidery frame •...
  • Page 25: Setting Up The Machine

    GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Setting up the machine When setting up the machine, adjust the legs so that the machine is steady. Make sure that all packing tape affixed to the machine is peeled off and that all packing material is removed. Set up the machine while making sure that there is sufficient space around it.
  • Page 26: Adjusting The Operation Panel Position

    Adjusting the operation panel position Adjust the orientation and angle of the operation panel so it can easily be operated. Loosen 2 thumb screws to bring the operation panel forward. 1 Thumb screws Adjust the operation panel to an easy-to- operate position, and then tighten the thumb screws.
  • Page 27: Preparing The Thread Guide Assembly

    GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Preparing the thread guide assembly Raise the thread guide assembly. Locate the included Phillips screwdriver. Using the Phillips screwdriver, loosen the screws on the left side of the thread guide assembly support so that the thread guide assembly can be raised.
  • Page 28: Positioning The Spool Stand

    Positioning the spool stand Secure the spool stand in the embroidering position. Loosen the thumb screw, and then open up the spool stand to the left and right. 1 Thumb screw 2 Spool stand After the spool stand is fully opened up, tighten the thumb screw.
  • Page 29 GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Secure the embroidery frame holder with the two thumb screws. 1 Use the thumb screws removed in step Note ● Using the disc-shaped screwdriver included, firmly tighten the thumb screws. This completes the preparation of the machine.
  • Page 30: Embroidering Tutorial

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL This chapter describes the basic embroidering operations in order—from turning on the machine and sewing a pattern to finishing sewing. Follow the steps of the tutorial to embroider a pattern and master the operation of this embroidery machine. Operating Precautions ...14 Basic Procedures ...17 Screen Quick Reference Guide ...49...
  • Page 31: Operating Precautions

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— Operating Precautions The necessary points to ensure the correct operation of this machine are described below. Power supply precautions Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the power supply. WARNING ● Use only regular household electricity for the power source. Using other power sources may result in fire, electric shock, or damage to the machine.
  • Page 32: Needle Precautions

    Needle precautions Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the correct choice of needle for your machine. CAUTION ● Your machine is designed to use household embroidery needles. The factory recommended needle is “HAX 130 EBBR” (Organ). Schmetz needles 130/705 H-E may be used as a substitute.
  • Page 33: Upper Thread Recommendations

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— Upper thread recommendations Be sure to observe the following recommendations concerning the upper thread. Note ● It is recommended that rayon or polyester embroidery thread be used (120 den x 2 / 135 dtex x 2 / 40 weight (in Americas and Europe) / #50 (in Japan)).
  • Page 34: Basic Procedures

    Basic Procedures Basic embroidering procedures are described below. Check the overall procedure below, before operating the embroidery machine. Procedure Install the bobbin. Turn on the machine. Select an embroidery pattern. Edit the embroidery pattern. Specify the embroidering settings. Check the previewed image. Hoop the fabric in the embroidery frame.
  • Page 35: Installing The Bobbin

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— 1. Installing the Bobbin When the machine is purchased, only the bobbin case is installed in the hook. Insert a bobbin wound with bobbin thread for embroidering. For precautions concerning the bobbin, refer to page 15. Note ●...
  • Page 36: Installing The Bobbin

    Installing the bobbin Insert the bobbin into the bobbin case. Note ● Check that the thread winds off the bobbin clockwise as shown in the illustration. If the bobbin is installed with the thread winding off in the opposite direction, the embroidery will not be sewn correctly.
  • Page 37: Turning On The Machine

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— 2. Turning ON the Machine Connect the power supply cord, and then turn on the embroidery machine. For precautions concerning the power supply, refer to page 14. Plug the power supply cord into the machine. Insert the plug of the power supply cord into a household electrical outlet.
  • Page 38: Understanding The Screens

    Understanding the screens When the machine is turned on and operations described below will be entered using the operation panel. For precautions concerning the use of the touch panel, refer to page 16. The screen that appears the next time that the embroidery machine is turned on differs depending on how the machine was previously turned off.
  • Page 39: Screen Overview

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— Screen overview The basic operation flow is shown below. In the pattern type selection screen, select a pattern type. (Refer to page 23, 50) 1 Touch this key to continue to the pattern editing screen. This key is not available unless a pattern type is selected.
  • Page 40: Selecting An Embroidery Pattern

    3. Selecting an Embroidery Pattern As an example, we will select the pattern shown at the right, on the last page of the embroidery patterns. In the pattern type selection screen, select a pattern category (type). Pattern type selection screen (For details on the keys and other information on the screen, refer to page 50.) 1 Pattern type keys In the pattern list screen, search for the desired pattern, and then touch the key for the pattern.
  • Page 41: Selecting An Embroidery Pattern

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— Selecting an embroidery pattern We will select a floral on the second page. Touch to select the embroidery patterns category. The list of embroidery patterns appears. Touch until the desired page is displayed. For this example, display the last page. •...
  • Page 42: Editing The Embroidery Pattern

    4. Editing the Embroidery Pattern When in the pattern list screen is touched, the pattern editing screen appears. From this screen, the pattern can be edited. Pattern editing screen (For details on the keys and other information on the screen, refer to page 52.) 1 Highlights the sizes of embroidery frames that can be used to sew the currently selected embroidery pattern...
  • Page 43: Specifying Embroidering Setting

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— 5. Specifying Embroidering Setting When in the pattern editing screen is touched, the embroidering settings screen appears. From this screen, the entire pattern can be edited and embroidering settings can be specified. In addition, the embroidering position can be checked and a pattern can be saved for later use. Embroidering settings screen (For details on the keys and other information on the screen, refer to page 54.) 1 Restarts from the beginning 2 Returns to the pattern editing screen...
  • Page 44: Previewing The Image

    6. Previewing the Image You can view an image of the completed pattern within the embroidery frame. Checking a preview image Display the preview image to check that the embroidery will be sewn as desired. Touch The preview image is displayed. 1 Touch these keys to display the pattern in the various sizes of embroidery frames.
  • Page 45: Hooping The Fabric In The Embroidery Frame

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— 7. Hooping the Fabric in the Embroidery Frame After selecting the pattern to be embroidered, check which embroidery frames can be used to sew the pattern. Select the appropriate frame, and hoop the fabric and stabilizer in the embroidery frame. (Refer to “Attaching Iron-On Stabilizer (Backing) to Fabric”...
  • Page 46 ■ Hooping fabric in the small embroidery frame The procedure for hooping fabric in the small embroidery frame is described below. The same procedure is used to hoop the fabric in the medium embroidery frame. For details on hooping fabric in the large embroidery frame and the extra-large embroidery frame, refer to “Hooping the Fabric”...
  • Page 47: Attaching The Embroidery Frame To The Machine

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— 8. Attaching the Embroidery Frame to the Machine After hooping the fabric in the embroidery frame, attach the frame to the embroidery machine. CAUTION ● If the embroidery frame is not correctly attached it may hit the presser foot and damage the machine, or cause injury to the user.
  • Page 48 Loosen the two thumb screws on the embroidery frame holder. If the screw is too tight, please use the included disc-shaped screwdriver. 1 Left arm 2 Thumb screws The left arm of the embroidery frame holder can be moved. • Only loosen the thumb screws a maximum of 2 turns counter clockwise.
  • Page 49: Checking The Embroidery Area

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— 9. Checking the Embroidery Area Check the embroidery area to make sure that the embroidery will be sewn in the desired location and will not be misaligned and that the embroidery frame will not hit the presser foot. If the embroidery frame is not correctly positioned, it moves to the correct position, and then the embroidering position is indicated.
  • Page 50: 10. Upper Threading

    10. Upper Threading Check the embroidering screen for information on which needle bars should be threaded with which thread colors, and then thread the upper threads. Checking the needle bars and thread colors In the embroidering settings screen, touch instructing that the needle bars be threaded (that the thread spools from the previous time be changed). Check the thread colors in this screen.
  • Page 51 EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— Touch The screen indicating that the spools be changed is closed. • In addition to checking the thread colors, information such as the number of stitches and the sewing time can be checked and various embroidering settings can be specified in the embroidering screen. 1 Shows the embroidering order for the thread colors.
  • Page 52: Upper Threading

    Upper threading Use embroidery thread to thread the needle bars in order, starting with needle bar 1. → → Press on the LCD (see page 151). CAUTION ● When threading the upper thread, carefully follow the instructions. If the upper threading is not performing correctly, the thread may break or become tangled, causing the needle to bend or break.
  • Page 53 EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— The numbers indicate the thread path for each of the numbered needle bars. Be very careful to correctly thread the needle bars. Place on spool pin 1 the spool of thread with the color (lime green) specified for needle bar •...
  • Page 54 Pass the thread through the hole in the number 1 upper thread guide. Pass the thread toward you from the inside of the thread guide. 1 Hole in upper thread guide Pass the thread through the number 1 upper thread guide. Hold the thread with both hands, and then pass it under the guide from the right.
  • Page 55 EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— Pass the thread along the thread path indicated on the machine, and then pass it under the number 1 middle thread guide plate. 1 Middle thread guide 2 Thread guide pin • The path from the upper thread guide around the thread tension disc and to the middle thread guide (steps differ depending on the spool number.
  • Page 56: Threading The Needle

    Threading the needle Use the automatic needle-threading mechanism to thread the needle. → → Press (to page 2) → in order to view a video of the operation on the LCD (see page 151). Press the automatic needle-threading button. The hook on the automatic needle- threading mechanism passes through the eye of the needle.
  • Page 57 EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— Pass the thread under the guide on the presser foot. 1 Guide on presser foot 2 Notch in guide on presser foot • Make sure that the thread securely passes through the notch in the guide on the presser foot.
  • Page 58 Note ● If the thread is not taut, it may come out of the thread tension disc. After upper threading is finished, check again to make sure that the thread is correctly passed into the thread tension disc. (Refer to step page 37.) Memo ●...
  • Page 59: 11. Sewing The Embroidery

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— 11. Sewing the Embroidery Now, the embroidery machine is ready to begin sewing. When the machine starts sewing, the presser foot is automatically lowered, the necessary thread trimming operations at the end of stitching are performed, the threads are changed as necessary while the embroidery is sewn, and the machine stops when the end of the stitching is reached.
  • Page 60 The following screen appears. 1 A red frame around the thread information box indicates which needle bar is currently being used for sewing. • While the embroidery machine is sewing, the point being sewn is indicated by the green crosshairs in the pattern display area. In addition, the number of stitches and the time count up.
  • Page 61: Stopping Embroidering

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— Stopping embroidering The machine can be stopped during sewing. ■ Temporarily pausing Press the start/stop button. The machine stops and the start/stop button lights up in red. • The thread is not trimmed. • To continue sewing, after checking that the upper thread is taut, touch the unlock key, and then press the start/stop button.
  • Page 62: 12. Checking The Thread Tension

    12. Checking the Thread Tension Check the embroidery to see if it was sewn with the correct thread tension. If the thread tension is not adjusted correctly, the stitching may be uneven or there may be puckering in the fabric. ■...
  • Page 63: 13. Removing The Embroidery Frame And Fabric

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— 13. Removing the Embroidery Frame and Fabric After sewing is finished, remove the embroidery frame, and then remove the fabric from the frame. Removing the embroidery frame CAUTION ● When removing the embroidery frame, make sure that the start/stop button is lit in red.
  • Page 64: 14. Turning Off The Machine

    14. Turning OFF the Machine After all embroidery is finished, turn off the machine. Set the main power switch to “ ”. The embroidery machine is turned off and the display and the start/stop button indicator goes off. Unplug the power supply cord from the electrical outlet.
  • Page 65 EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— ● If the embroidery machine is turned off while the pattern editing screen is displayed, the way that the pattern appears before the machine was turned off is stored in the machine's memory. When the embroidery machine is turned on again, the pattern editing screen as it appeared before the machine was turned off can be displayed again.
  • Page 66: Screen Quick Reference Guide

    Screen Quick Reference Guide Descriptions of the keys and other information that appear in the screens are provided in the tables below. Key displays The appearances of the keys have the following meanings. (Normal color display) (Dark-colored display) (Gray display) Common screen controls The keys described below, except for the settings key, appear in all screens and can always be used.
  • Page 67: Understanding The Pattern Type Selection Screen

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— Understanding the pattern type selection screen In this screen, select a pattern category (type). Display Key Name Embroidery pattern Frame patterns Alphabet key Renaissance alphabet Floral alphabet Appliqué alphabet Embroidery patterns stored in the machine key Embroidery cards key USB media key Computer (USB) key Edit key...
  • Page 68: Understanding The Pattern List Screen

    Understanding the pattern list screen In this screen, select the pattern. Display Key Name Size (vertical) Size (horizontal) Number of thread color changes Page Next page key Previous page Pattern keys Cancel key Size key Horizontal mirror image key Vertical mirror image key Preview key Set key...
  • Page 69: Understanding The Pattern Editing Screen

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— Understanding the pattern editing screen In this screen, the pattern can be edited. Display Key Name Embroidery frame indicators Pattern size Distance from center (vertical) Distance from center (horizontal) Size (vertical) Size (horizontal) Rotation angle Number of thread color changes Description Shows the sizes of embroidery frames that can be used to...
  • Page 70 Display Key Name Pattern selection keys Positioning keys Horizontal mirror image key Vertical mirror image key Size key Rotate key Spacing key Array key Multi Color key Density key Change thread color key Delete key Merge key Preview key Edit End key Description Selects the pattern that is being edited when the embroidery pattern consists of multiple patterns that...
  • Page 71: Understanding The Embroidering Settings Screen

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— Understanding the embroidering settings screen From this screen, the entire pattern can be edited and embroidering settings can be specified. In addition, the embroidering position can be checked and a pattern can be saved for later use. Display Key Name Embroidery frame...
  • Page 72 Display Key Name Rotate All key Repeat key Change thread color key Positioning keys Lock stitching (beginning) key Lock stitching (end) key Maximum sewing speed key Starting/ending position key Trial sewing key Moves the embroidery frame so that the Quit key Edit key Store key Preview key...
  • Page 73: Understanding The Embroidering Screen

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— Understanding the embroidering screen From this screen, the total number of thread colors and the sewing time can be checked, the needle bar settings can be specified, and the stitching forward or backward can be done. Display Key Name Region display Shows the part of the pattern that will be sewn with the thread Thread color...
  • Page 74 Display Key Name Reserve Stop Cancel key Temporary needle bar settings key Forward/ Backward stitch Unlock key Description While sewing embroidery, touch this key for the machine to stop as the next color begins. Touch this key to quit sewing and return to the embroidering settings screen.
  • Page 75: When You Have A Question, This May Help You

    EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL —————————————————————————————————————————————— When You Have a Question, This May Help You TECHNICAL TERMS: ■ USB Type “A” (host) and USB Type “B” (function) This is one of the communication methods between PC (Personal Computer) and peripherals. You can connect USB media via USB Type “A” (host) port connector and also you can connect your machine to your PC via USB Type “B”...
  • Page 76: Patterns

    PATTERNS: Following patterns can be used to embroider by the machine. - Embroidery data with *.pes, *.phc or *.dst format. USB media transfer the data to the machine. Also via USB cable, the data can be transferred from the PC to the machine. - Optional embroidery cards - Embroidery patterns created by digitizing software program...
  • Page 77 EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL ——————————————————————————————————————————————...
  • Page 78: Other Basic Procedures

    OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES This chapter provides explanations on operations other than those described in chapter 2, such as sewing a pattern with seven or more colors, changing the needles and changing thread spools. Resume the Operation Being Performed Before the Machine Was Turned OFF...62 Changing the Needle...63 Replacing the needle / 63 Correctly Using the Embroidery Frames...65...
  • Page 79: Resume The Operation Being Performed Before The Machine Was Turned Off

    OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ————————————————————————————————————————————— Resume the Operation Being Performed Before the Machine Was Turned OFF The screen that appears after the machine is turned on and machine was previously turned off. If the machine was turned off while an operation was being performed, you can choose to continue the operation being performed before the machine was turned off.
  • Page 80: Changing The Needle

    Changing the Needle If the needle is bent or the tip of the needle is broken, replace the needle with a new one. Use the included allen screw driver to replace the needle with one that is designed specifically for this machine and that passes the test described in “Checking the needle”...
  • Page 81 OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ————————————————————————————————————————————— As shown in the illustration, press 1 to extend the needle-mounting clamp 2. Attach the clamp to the needle, and then release the pressed area to clamp the needle. To unclamp the needle, press 1 again. While holding the needle in place with your left hand, tighten the needle set screw.
  • Page 82: Correctly Using The Embroidery Frames

    Correctly Using the Embroidery Frames The various types of embroidery frames and their uses are described below. In addition to the included embroidery frames, the optional cap frame can be used with this embroidery machine. CAUTION ● Only use embroidery frames of the sizes indicated in the screen, otherwise the embroidery frame may hit the presser foot, which may result in injuries.
  • Page 83: Attaching Iron-on Stabilizer (backing) To Fabric

    OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ————————————————————————————————————————————— Attaching Iron-On Stabilizer (Backing) to Fabric In order to prevent shrinkage of the stitching or misaligned patterns, we recommend that iron-on stabilizer (backing) be used for embroidering. CAUTION ● When embroidering on thin or stretch fabrics, fabrics with a coarse weave or fabrics that easily allow the stitching to shrink, be sure to use iron-on stabilizer (backing) for embroidering.
  • Page 84: Hooping The Fabric

    Hooping the Fabric Hooping the fabric in the extra-large and large embroidery frames Loosen the screw on the outer frame. 1 Screw Place the fabric with right side up on top of the outer frame. • The outer frame does not have a front or back side.
  • Page 85: Using The Embroidery Sheet

    OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ————————————————————————————————————————————— Using the embroidery sheet In order to hoop the fabric so that the pattern will be sewn in the correct position, use the guidelines on the embroidery sheet to accurately stretch the fabric in the frame. With a fabric marker, mark the area of the fabric you want to embroider.
  • Page 86: Large/small Pieces Of Fabric

    Large/small pieces of fabric This section provides information on embroidering fabric that is either much larger or much smaller than the embroidery frame. ■ Embroidering large pieces of fabric or heavy clothing When embroidering large pieces of fabric or heavy pieces of clothing, use a clothespin or binder clip to fasten the excess fabric to the embroidery frame so that it does not hang down from the frame.
  • Page 87: Embroidery Frame Position And Movement

    OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ————————————————————————————————————————————— Embroidery Frame Position and Movement The following provides information concerning the embroidery frame when operating the embroidery machine. ■ Embroidery frames that cannot be used for embroidering As explained on page 28, the embroidery frame indicators at the top of the screen show the embroidery frames that can be used to sew the currently selected pattern.
  • Page 88 • The embroidery frame is replaced while the embroidering settings screen or embroidering screen is displayed, and then the key for checking the embroidering area, for moving the embroidery frame, or for starting embroidering is touched. The embroidery frame will move. Since the embroidery frame is moved to the correct position and paused, touch the desired key again.
  • Page 89: Changing The Embroidering Position

    OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ————————————————————————————————————————————— Changing the Embroidering Position When the embroidery machine is purchased, it was adjusted so that the beginning of the stitching was from the center of the pattern. Therefore, move the frame and adjust the embroidering position so that the center of the pattern aligns with the needle drop point at the sewing position.
  • Page 90: Adjusting The Angle

    Touch the arrow keys in the embroidery settings screen to move the embroidery frame so that the needle drop point is at the center of the area where you wish to embroider. • When specifying the starting of stitching, align the needle drop point with the point specified as the starting of stitching.
  • Page 91 OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ————————————————————————————————————————————— Touch the keys to adjust the pattern to the desired angle. Each touch of a key rotates the pattern. 1 Shows the angle of the pattern after a key is touched to change it • To return the pattern to its original angle (0 degrees), touch so that it changes If necessary, touch the arrow keys to adjust...
  • Page 92: Embroidering A Pattern Containing Seven Or More Colors

    Embroidering a Pattern Containing Seven or More Colors When embroidering a pattern that uses seven or more thread colors, it is necessary to change the thread spools. When changing the thread spools, instruction to change the thread spools will appear with the machine automatically stopping.
  • Page 93 OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ————————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Spool change indicator ( The spool change indicator in the stitch navigating screen indicates the number of times that the thread spools will need to be changed and the amount of time between changes. Touch in the embroidering screen.
  • Page 94: Changing The Thread Spools With Designs Of Seven Or More Colors

    Changing the Thread Spools with Designs of Seven or More Colors This section contains details on understanding the change thread spools message and on easily changing the thread spools. Change thread spools message When it is necessary to replace the thread spool while embroidering a pattern that contains seven or more colors, the machine automatically stops sewing and the message shown below appears.
  • Page 95: Easily Changing The Thread Spools

    OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ————————————————————————————————————————————— Easily changing the thread spools When replacing the thread spools, it is necessary to re-thread the upper thread. However, the thread spools can easily be changed when replacing a thread spool whose thread is correctly threaded through the machine.
  • Page 96: If The Thread Breaks Or The Bobbin Thread Runs Out While Embroidering

    If the Thread Breaks or the Bobbin Thread Runs Out While Embroidering If the thread breaks or the bobbin thread runs out while embroidering, the machine will automatically stop. Since some stitches may be sewn with only one thread, go back through the stitching to a point where stitches have already been sewn before continuing embroidering.
  • Page 97: If The Bobbin Thread Breaks Or Runs Out

    OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ————————————————————————————————————————————— If the bobbin thread breaks or runs out Touch , and then press the thread trimming button. The upper thread is trimmed. • If the bobbin thread breaks or runs out, also trim the upper thread. Remove the stitches sewn only with the upper thread.
  • Page 98: Embroidering From The Beginning Or Middle Of The Pattern

    Embroidering From the Beginning or Middle of the Pattern If you wish to restart embroidering from the beginning, for example, if trial embroidery was sewn and an incorrect thread tension was used or if the wrong thread color was used, restart the embroidering using the forward/backward stitch key.
  • Page 99 OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ————————————————————————————————————————————— ■ To select the stitch from where embroidering is to begin Touch to select a color in the thread color sequence, and then touch to select the stitch. 1 Touch this key once to return to the beginning of the stitching for the color being sewn.
  • Page 100: Resume Embroidering After Turning Off The Machine

    Resume Embroidering After Turning OFF the Machine In either of the following cases, the remaining stitches of the embroidery are stored in the machine’s memory. • If the machine's power switch is pressed to turn off after stopping embroidering. Cut the thread before the machine's main power switch is turned off, otherwise the thread may be pulled or may catch when the carriage returns to its initial position after the machine is turned on again.
  • Page 101 OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ————————————————————————————————————————————— Touch 1 Touch to continue embroidering. 2 Touch to cancel embroidering and display the pattern type selection screen to select a new pattern. The embroidering screen displayed before the machine was turned off appears. Touch The stitch navigating screen appears. Touch two or three times to go back two or three stitches.
  • Page 102: Adjusting The Thread Tension

    Adjusting the Thread Tension The following procedure describes how to adjust the thread tension if the correct thread tension as described on page 45 was not used. After adjusting the tension of the bobbin thread, adjust the tension of the upper thread for each needle bar.
  • Page 103: Adjusting The Tension Of The Upper Thread

    OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ————————————————————————————————————————————— After making the adjustments, try embroidering with all needle bars to check the thread tension. Memo ● In the built-in embroidery patterns, one pattern is used for checking the thread tension. By sewing this pattern, the thread tension can easily be checked.
  • Page 104: Embroidering Settings

    EMBROIDERING SETTINGS This chapter contains descriptions on the various embroidering settings, which make operation easier. Automatic Lock Stitch Setting ...88 Starting/Ending Position Settings ...89 Repeatedly sewing a pattern along a diagonal / 90 Maximum Sewing Speed Setting...91 Setting the Machine to Stop at Color Changes ...92 Stopping the machine at the next color change / 92 Specifying pause locations before embroidering / 92 Temporary Needle Bar Setting ...94...
  • Page 105: Automatic Lock Stitch Setting

    EMBROIDERING SETTINGS —————————————————————————————————————————————— Automatic Lock Stitch Setting The machine can be set to automatically sew lock stitches, for example at the beginning of the pattern, before sewing each thread color change, and before trimming the thread. When the embroidery machine is purchased, this function is set ON.
  • Page 106: Starting/ending Position Settings

    Starting/Ending Position Settings The machine can set the start point and the ending point separately from the 9 points of the pattern. Those are upper-left corner, upper-center, upper-right corner, center-left, center-center, center-right, lower-left corner, lower-center and lower-right corner. These settings can be used to repeatedly sew a pattern along a diagonal. The starting/ending position settings are specified from the embroidering settings screen.
  • Page 107: Repeatedly Sewing A Pattern Along A Diagonal

    EMBROIDERING SETTINGS —————————————————————————————————————————————— Repeatedly sewing a pattern along a diagonal Example Specify the upper-left corner as the starting position and the lower-right corner as the ending position. Touch in the embroidering settings screen to display the starting/ending position settings screen. For the starting position, touch changes to For the ending position, touch...
  • Page 108: Maximum Sewing Speed Setting

    Maximum Sewing Speed Setting The maximum sewing speed can be set to one of five levels at every 100 rpm between 600 and 1000 rpm. If the cap frame is used, the maximum sewing speed can be set to one of five levels at every 50 rpm between 400 and 600 rpm.
  • Page 109: Setting The Machine To Stop At Color Changes

    EMBROIDERING SETTINGS —————————————————————————————————————————————— Setting the Machine to Stop at Color Changes The machine can be stopped at any time; however, if the machine is stopped while it is embroidering, it is better to go back a few stitches before continuing sewing to overlap the stitching. If the machine stops at a color change, it is not necessary to go back through the stitching before continuing embroidering.
  • Page 110 Touch so that it changes to mark appears to indicate where the machine will stop. mark Repeat steps for each pause that you wish to specify. • Any number of pauses can be specified. After specifying the desired settings, touch The screen that was displayed before was touched appears.
  • Page 111: Temporary Needle Bar Setting

    EMBROIDERING SETTINGS —————————————————————————————————————————————— Temporary Needle Bar Setting After embroidering begins, the machine can be stopped at a color change and a different needle bar can be specified for the next color to be sewn. By substituting upper thread already threaded on a different needle bar, the time for sewing can be saved. For example, similar color thread can be substituted for temporary use.
  • Page 112 Memo ● The thread color (needle bar) change specified as described above only applies until the next color change. If the pattern contains another area with the same color or when the same pattern is sewn the next time, the area is sewn with the original color.
  • Page 113: Reserved Needle Bar Settings

    EMBROIDERING SETTINGS —————————————————————————————————————————————— Reserved Needle Bar Settings Normally, the machine automatically assigns thread colors to the needle bars; however, a specific thread color can be manually assigned to a certain needle bar. If a needle bar is specified, that needle bar is removed from the machine’s automatic assignments and the specified color remains assigned to it.
  • Page 114 ■ Cancelling the setting To change the setting, first cancel it, and then select the new setting. Touch number of the needle bar whose setting you wish to cancel. 1 Indicates the number of the selected needle bar Touch 1 The anchor disappears from the thread spool. This cancels the manual needle bar setting.
  • Page 115 EMBROIDERING SETTINGS ——————————————————————————————————————————————...
  • Page 116: Selecting/editing/saving Patterns

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS This chapter provides details on selecting, editing and saving embroidery patterns. Embroidery Data Precautions...100 Selecting an Embroidery Pattern ...102 General pattern selection / 102 Renaissance Alphabet Patterns / 105 Appliqué alphabet / 107 Alphabet patterns / 109 Embroidery cards (optional) / 112 USB media (Commercially Available) / 117 Editing the Embroidery Pattern (Pattern Editing Screen) ...119 Combining patterns / 119...
  • Page 117: Embroidery Data Precautions

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— Embroidery Data Precautions Observe the following precautions when using embroidery data other than that created and saved in this machine. CAUTION ● While 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 118 • Compatible operating systems: Microsoft Windows Me/2000/XP (Windows 98 requires a driver. Download the driver from our Web site (www.brother.com).) ■ Precautions on using the computer to create data • If the name of embroidery data file/folder cannot be identified, for example, because the name contains special characters or symbols, the file/folder is not displayed.
  • Page 119: Selecting An Embroidery Pattern

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— Selecting an Embroidery Pattern Various embroidery patterns are built into this machine. Other than the built-in patterns, various other patterns can be selected from embroidery cards (sold separately) and from the computer. Memo ● Please refer to page 5 for a list of compatible cards. General pattern selection The procedure for selecting a pattern differs depending on the type of pattern;...
  • Page 120 When a pattern is selected, the following keys at the right side of the screen allow you to edit the pattern. 1 Changing the size of the pattern • Each touch of the key changes the setting as shown below. Large Medium •...
  • Page 121: Embroidery Patterns

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— Embroidery patterns Touch The list of embroidery patterns appears. Select an embroidery pattern. Touch the desired pattern. The selected pattern appears in the pattern display area. • If the wrong pattern was selected or you wish to select a different pattern, touch the desired pattern.
  • Page 122: Renaissance Alphabet Patterns

    Renaissance Alphabet Patterns Touch The list of renaissance alphabet patterns appears. Select an embroidery pattern. Touch the desired pattern. The selected pattern appears in the pattern display area. • If the wrong pattern was selected or you wish to select a different pattern, touch the desired pattern.
  • Page 123: Floral Alphabet Patterns

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— Floral alphabet patterns Touch The list of floral alphabet patterns appears. Select an embroidery pattern. Touch the desired pattern. The selected pattern appears in the pattern display area. • If the wrong pattern was selected or you wish to select a different pattern, touch the desired pattern.
  • Page 124: Appliqué Alphabet

    Appliqué alphabet Touch The size selection screen appears. Select the text size. Touch the key for the desired text size. • The character will have the following vertical length when the corresponding size is selected. 1 Large: 122mm (4-13/16 inches) 2 Medium: 68mm (2-11/16 inches) 3 Small: 49mm (1-15/16 inches)
  • Page 125: Frame Patterns

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— Frame patterns Touch The list of frame patterns appears. In the upper half of the screen, select the desired shape for the frame. Touch the desired frame shape. The available frame patterns appear in the lower half of the screen. Select a frame pattern.
  • Page 126: Alphabet Patterns

    Alphabet patterns There are 13 built-in character fonts. Touch The font selection screen appears. Select a character font. Touch the desired character font. • Touch for additional selections. The text input screen appears. If the key for the character that you wish to select is not displayed, touch the tab for the desired set of characters.
  • Page 127 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— With one character entered, if necessary, change the size of the character. 1 Touch this key to change the size. ■ Changing the size After selecting the first character, touch until the character is the desired size. •...
  • Page 128: Embroidery Patterns Stored In The Machine

    ■ Changing the text arrangement Touch to display the screen shown below. Touch the key for the desired text arrangement. After selecting the desired text arrangement, touch to return to the text input screen. 1 Arranges the text on a straight line 2 Arranges the text on a slanted line 3 Arranges the text on the outside of a wide curve 4 Arranges the text on the outside of a sharp curve...
  • Page 129: Embroidery Cards (optional)

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— ■ Deleting embroidery data From this screen, the embroidery data stored in the machine’s memory can be organized by deleting unnecessary data. After selecting the pattern that you wish to delete, touch to display the screen shown below. 1 Permanently deletes the data from the memory, then returns to the data with no pattern selected.
  • Page 130 Touch The list of patterns on the embroidery card appears. Select the pattern as described on page 104 to 111. ■ With patterns larger than 200 mm(H) × 300 mm(W) (7-7/8 inches (H) × 11-3/4 inches (W)) When a pattern larger than 200 mm(H) × 300 mm(W) (7-7/8 inches (H) ×...
  • Page 131: Computer (usb)

    ● Compatible operating systems: Microsoft Windows Me/2000/XP * Windows 98 SE requires a driver. Download the driver from our Web site (www.brother.com). ■ Connecting Plug the USB cable connector into the corresponding connectors on the computer and the USB Type “B” (function) port connector on the embroidery machine.
  • Page 132 Note ● While data is being written, do not disconnect the USB cable. ● Do not create folders within the "Removable Disk" folder. Even if folders have been created, they will not appear in the machine's screen. ● While the machine is sewing, do not write data to or delete data from “Removable Disk”.
  • Page 133 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— ■ If the desired pattern cannot be recalled When recalling pattern data from the computer, the data is not taken directly from the computer. Instead, the pattern data is temporarily written to the machine, and that written pattern data is recalled.
  • Page 134: Usb Media (commercially Available)

    USB media (Commercially Available) You can recall a specific embroidery pattern from either directly USB media or a folder in the USB media. If the embroidery pattern is under the folder, move down layers of folders following a path to it. For details on storing a pattern, refer to “Saving Embroidery Patterns”...
  • Page 135 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— The list of folders and patterns in the selected folder are displayed in order. 1 Shows the name of the current folder 2 Shows the folder in the current folder If the folder name is more than nine characters long, the name changes to the first six characters followed by "~"...
  • Page 136: Editing The Embroidery Pattern (pattern Editing Screen)

    Editing the Embroidery Pattern (Pattern Editing Screen) The patterns can be edited from the pattern editing screen and the embroidering settings screen. Individual patterns can be edited with the pattern editing screen, and the entire pattern can be edited with the embroidering settings screen.
  • Page 137: Selecting The Pattern To Be Edited

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— Selecting the pattern to be edited If multiple patterns are selected, you can choose which pattern will be edited. Touch The pattern that will be edited is the pattern enclosed by the red frame. Continue touching the red frame is around the pattern that you wish to edit.
  • Page 138: Flipping A Pattern Horizontally

    Flipping a pattern horizontally Touch so that it changes to The pattern is flipped horizontally . • Each touch of the key turns the setting either on or off. Horizontal flip turned off Flipped horizontally Flipping a pattern vertically Touch so that it changes to The pattern is flipped vertically.
  • Page 139: Rotating A Pattern

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— Touch the keys to adjust the pattern to the desired size. Each touch of a key slightly enlarges or reduces the pattern. The size of the pattern is displayed after a key is touched to change it. 1 Vertical length 2 Horizontal width •...
  • Page 140: Changing The Text Arrangement Of A Character

    Touch the keys to adjust the pattern to the desired angle. Each touch of a key rotates the pattern. 1 Shows the angle of the pattern after a key is touched to change it. • To return the pattern to its original angle (0 degrees), touch so that it changes If necessary, touch the arrow keys to adjust...
  • Page 141: Changing The Character Spacing

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— If necessary, touch the arrow keys to adjust the position of the pattern. For more details, refer to page 120. After making the desired changes, touch The pattern editing screen appears again. Memo ● The text arrangement specified when the character was selected on page 123 can be changed at this point.
  • Page 142: Changing The Thread Density (only For Some Character And Frame Patterns)

    ■ Trimming the threads between characters If the machine is set to trim the threads between the characters, the jumpstitches between the characters are reduced and any other necessary procedures after embroidering are reduced. However, the embroidering time will increase if the threads are trimmed between each of the characters.
  • Page 143: Specifying Multi-color Text

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— Touch the keys to select the desired thread density. Each touch of a key slightly increases or decreases the thread density. • To return to the original thread density (standard), select “100%”. After making the desired changes, touch The pattern editing screen appears again.
  • Page 144: Changing The Colors Of The Pattern

    Changing the colors of the pattern The colors of the pattern can be changed and previewed on the screen. By changing the colors of the pattern, the same pattern can be viewed in various ways. If your thread colors are registered in a color thread table and if you used the table for changing color, the thread spools can be assigned with the thread colors that you have.
  • Page 145: Deleting A Pattern

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— Touch The color change is confirmed. • Make sure to touch new color, otherwise the thread color is not changed. • If the wrong thread color is specified or if you wish to change the thread color again, select a different thread color, and then touch Repeat steps...
  • Page 146: Editing The Embroidery Pattern (embroidering Settings Screen)

    Editing the Embroidery Pattern (Embroidering Settings Screen) In the embroidering settings screen, a single pattern can be edited if patterns were not combined or an entire combined pattern can be edited as a single pattern. In addition, the arrow keys can be used to move the pattern in the pattern editing screen or move the embroidery frame in the embroidering settings screen.
  • Page 147: Creating A Repeating Pattern

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— Creating a repeating pattern The entire pattern can be copied and repeated the specified number of times. The pattern can be repeated a maximum of 20 times in both the vertical and the horizontal directions within the embroidering area.
  • Page 148: Changing The Colors Of The Pattern

    The size of the pattern is displayed after a key is touched to change it. 1 Repeat spacing (vertical) 2 Repeat spacing (horizontal) • To quit repeating the pattern and return it to its original arrangement, touch that it changes to If necessary, touch the arrow keys to adjust the position of the embroidery frame.
  • Page 149: Editing A Combined Pattern

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— Editing a Combined Pattern Example) Touch Select This pattern will be positioned at the center of the embroidery area. In this section, we will combine text with floral alphabet pattern, which we will then edit. To select the pattern, touch The pattern editing screen appears.
  • Page 150 Touch Type “ood”. Touch the tab for lowercase letters to display the lowercase letters input screen, and then touch “o”, “o”, then “d”. The selected letters appear at the center of the embroidery area. • To change the size of the pattern, select “o”, and then touch to select the desired size.
  • Page 151 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— Touch to select the same font, and then type “Luck”. After touching “L”, touch the tab for lowercase letters to display the lowercase letters input screen, and then touch “u”, “c” , then “k”. The selected letters appear at the center of the embroidery area.
  • Page 152 Touch Touch to reduce the pattern proportionately. After reducing the pattern, touch return to the pattern editing screen. • To adjust other parts of the pattern, touch again, and then adjust the pattern as desired. • If it is difficult to view the text and the pattern, touch , and then touch to preview it.
  • Page 153: Saving Embroidery Patterns

    SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— Saving Embroidery Patterns Machine’s Memory You can save embroidery patterns that you have customized and will use often, for example, your name or other pattern combinations, patterns that have been rotated or resized, or patterns that have had their embroidering position changed.
  • Page 154: Usb Media (commercially Available)

    • If the wrong pattern was selected or you wish to select a different pattern, touch the desired pattern. Touch The screen shown below appears. To delete the data, press The pattern is deleted, and if there is enough space, the previous screen appears automatically.
  • Page 155 SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ———————————————————————————————————————— When connecting the USB Card Reader/Writer to the machine’s USB Type “A” (host) port, be sure to secure the cable with the three hooks on the back panel. If the cable is not secured, the embroidery frame may catch on the cable while the frame is moving, causing the pattern to become misaligned.
  • Page 156: Basic Settings And Help Feature

    BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE This chapter contains descriptions on the use of the settings key, the machine operations key and the help key, introduced on page 21. Details on changing the basic embroidery machine settings and viewing operations on the LCD will be provided.
  • Page 157: Using The Settings Key

    5 VERSION Shows the version of the software installed on this embroidery machine Note ● Check with your local authorized Brother dealer or at www.brother.com for details on available updates. in the lower-right corner of the screen until key appears on all pages.
  • Page 158 ■ Page 3 A RESERVED NEEDLE A certain thread color can be set to a specific needle bar. The specified color remains assigned to the needle bar specified here until the setting is cancelled. For details on specifying these settings, refer to “Reserved Needle Bar Settings”...
  • Page 159: Adjusting The Brightness Of The Lcd

    BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE ————————————————————————————————————————— Adjusting the brightness of the LCD The brightness of the LCD can be specified from the fifth page of the settings screen. Touch to adjust the brightness of the screen so that the contents of the screens can be clearly viewed.
  • Page 160: Changing The Language

    Changing the language The display language can be set to any of the following. ENGLISH, GERMAN, FRENCH, ITALIAN, DUTCH, SPANISH, PORTUGUESE, JAPANESE or THAI. When the embroidery machine is purchased, “ENGLISH” is selected. The language setting can be specified from the fifth page of the settings screen.
  • Page 161 BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE ————————————————————————————————————————— Embroidering area of the extra-large embroidery frame Embroidering area of the large embroidery frame Embroidering area of the medium embroidery frame Embroidering area of the small embroidery frame Embroidery area of the optional cap frame.
  • Page 162: Changing The Thread Color Information

    ■ Center Cursor The cursor indicates the current needle drop point in the embroidering screen. The center cursor appears in green. When the embroidery machine is purchased, “Display as plus sign (+)” is selected. Touch to select whether to display the cursor as a plus sign (+) or as a large crossbar and whether to display or hide the cursor.
  • Page 163: Display Expanded Thread Color

    BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE ————————————————————————————————————————— Thread color number (Madeira Poly) Thread color number (Madeira Rayon) Thread color number (Sulky) Thread color number (Robison-Anton) Time Memo ● The thread colors in the thread color sequence display and in the patterns in the pattern display area are displayed in the original thread color (i.e.
  • Page 164: Custom Thread Table Settings

    Touch ) and select the desired setting. The key appears as when “ON” is selected, and it appears as “OFF” is selected. • Each touch of the key turns the setting either on or off. Touch to select the thread. The desired thread is displayed.
  • Page 165 BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE ————————————————————————————————————————— Select the thread color number type. Touch until the desired thread color number type (brand name) appears. Type in the thread color number. Touch to type in the desired thread color number. If the wrong number is entered, touch The entered number is erased.
  • Page 166: Specifying Jumpstitch Trimming / "dst" Jump Codes For Trimming

    Repeat steps through to specify colors for the other boxes. • To change the color specified in a box, delete the previous color, and then specify a new one. ■ Changing the color thread table Set “DISPLAY EXPANDED THREAD COLOR” to “ON”, and then select the color thread.
  • Page 167: Deleting Short Stitches

    BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE ————————————————————————————————————————— ■ When using Tajima embroidery data (.dst) If “ON” is selected, touch select the number of feed codes. The desired setting is displayed. • A value between 1 and 8 can be specified. For example, if 3 is specified, sequential 3 jump codes will be converted to the trim code.
  • Page 168: Using The Machine Operations Guide Key

    Operations Troubleshooting Maintenance Example: To learn how to thread the upper thread Touch The sewing machine help screen appears. Touch The list of basic operations appears. Touch The procedure for threading the upper thread appears. Using the Machine Operations Guide Key...
  • Page 169 BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE ————————————————————————————————————————— Touch to display the next page. 1 Next page key Touch this key to display the next page. 2 Previous page key Touch this key to display the previous page. 3 Current page number 4 Total number of pages 5 Movie key Appears only if the procedure for...
  • Page 170: Using The Help Key

    Using the Help Key If help is needed, touch (help key) to check an operation or to check the function of a key. ■ Example: Viewing help on the function keys in the pattern type selection screen Touch in the pattern type selection screen.
  • Page 171 BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE —————————————————————————————————————————...
  • Page 172: Appendix

    APPENDIX This chapter provides descriptions of techniques for sewing applications, pointers for creating beautiful embroidery, and details on maintenance procedures and corrective measures that should be taken when a problem occurs. Appliqué Sewing ...156 Sewing appliqué patterns / 156 Using a frame pattern to create appliqués (2) / 158 Helpful Tips for the Operation of PR-600II ...160 Checking the thread tension of built-in patterns / 160 Sewing a pattern aligned with a mark on the fabric / 161...
  • Page 173: Appliqué Sewing

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Appliqué Sewing This section describes the procedure for sewing appliqués. Sewing appliqué patterns Some of the built-in embroidery patterns can be used for sewing appliqués. Follow the procedures described below to sew appliqués using the patterns with “Appliqué Material”, “Appliqué Position” or “Appliqué”...
  • Page 174: Using A Frame Pattern To Create Appliqués (1)

    Lightly apply fabric glue or spray adhesive to the back of the appliqué piece that was cut out, and then attach the appliqué piece to the base fabric at the position sewn using the “Appliqué Position” pattern in step • If an iron-on stabilizer is used to attach the appliqué...
  • Page 175: Using A Frame Pattern To Create Appliqués (2)

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Lightly apply fabric glue or spray adhesive to the back of the appliqué piece that was cut out in step , and then attach the appliqué piece to the base fabric. Select the satin-stitched frame pattern with the same shape to embroider the appliqué attached in step 1 Appliqué...
  • Page 176 Embroider over the appliqué fabric using the same frame pattern. • Be sure to stop the machine before the cross at the center is sewn. Remove the embroidery frame from the machine, and then cut off the excess appliqué fabric along the outside of the stitching. Note ●...
  • Page 177: Helpful Tips For The Operation Of Pr-600ii

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Helpful Tips for the Operation of PR-600II This section provides descriptions to operations useful in the operation of this machine. Checking the thread tension of built-in patterns One pattern on the last page of the embroidery patterns can be used to check the thread tension. We will sew this pattern to check the thread tension.
  • Page 178: Sewing A Pattern Aligned With A Mark On The Fabric

    Touch (unlock key), and then press the start/stop key to begin embroidering. Correct thread tension. From the wrong side of the fabric, the bobbin thread should be about one third of the stitch width. Note ● If adjustment is necessary, refer to instructions on page 45 or 85/86.
  • Page 179 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— With a fabric marker, mark this point on the fabric. Set the beginning of stitching in the lower- right corner. The frame moves so that the needle drop point aligns with the beginning of stitching. With a fabric marker, mark this point on the fabric.
  • Page 180: Color Thread Table

    Color thread table Additional explanations of the machine’s built-in color thread table and the custom thread table are provided below. Normally, the thread colors in the thread color sequence display and in the pattern display area are displayed in the colors of the machine's built-in color thread table.
  • Page 181: Creating Beautiful Embroidery

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Creating Beautiful Embroidery The various precautions concerning the thread, embroidery frames and stabilizers (backings) that must be observed in order to create beautiful embroidery are described below. Threads Embroidery thread can be costly, therefore caring for it should be a priority. No matter how well a thread is manufactured, it must be appropriately stored if it is to sew properly.
  • Page 182: Stabilizers (backing)

    Stabilizers (Backing) Backing and topping serve to stabilize and support the product being embroidered so the stitches can be sewn with the least amount of interference or instability. They serve as stabilizers for your embroidery work. Without the proper type of stabilizer, the fabric may move too much within the embroidery frame causing poor alignment of the embroidery.
  • Page 183: Hooping Techniques

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Hooping Techniques “Use the right tool for the right job” is a statement many of us have heard throughout the years. This statement holds true even in the embroidery industry. The wrong size or type of embroidery frame may result in poor design alignment during sewing or damage the product altogether.
  • Page 184: Fabric/stabilizer Compatibility Chart

    Fabric/stabilizer compatibility chart Fabric/ No. of Backing Garment Pieces Terry cloth 1 tear-away Heavy lining: None Satin jacket Light or no lining: 1 tear-away Cotton sheeting 1 tear-away Denim 1 tear-away Headwear Optional Dress shirt 1 tear-away (woven) Golf shirt 1 cut-away Canton fleece 1 tear-away...
  • Page 185: Optional Accessories

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES Attaching an optional embroidery frame for industrial embroidery machines Prepare the embroidery frame holder in order to attach the embroidery frame for industrial embroidery machines. When the embroidery frame for industrial embroidery machines is attached, both the left and right arms of the embroidery frame holder moves.
  • Page 186: Using The Optional Cap Frame

    Using the Optional Cap Frame By using the optional cap frame, patterns can be embroidered onto caps and hats. The procedures for using the cap frame are described below. Cap frame and its accessories The cap frame driver and the mounting jig are required in order to use the cap frame. Cap frame 1 Embroidering area: 50 mm (H) ×...
  • Page 187: Types Of Caps

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Types of caps With PR-600II, we recommend that the following types of caps be embroidered. ■ Standard(Pro Style) Face: Pro style Otto Interna- tional, Inc. cap OTTO27-007 model number (Example) Mesh backing on the back of front Constructed panels firm front (soft or hard)
  • Page 188: Fabric Precautions

    ■ Cap fabric not recommended for embroidering • Caps with a front panel that is less than 50 mm (2 inches) high (such as a sun visor) • Children’s caps • Caps with a brim that is longer than 80 mm (3-1/16 inches) Fabric precautions ■...
  • Page 189 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Pass the machine bed through the ring of the cap frame driver. 1 Machine bed Note ● Be careful that the cap frame driver does not hit any nearby parts, such as the presser foot. Attach the cap frame driver to the carriage as described below in steps through Insert the two thumb screws at the bottom of...
  • Page 190 ■ Adjusting the cap frame driver 1 L-shaped bracket 2 Ring Memo ● If the same machine is being used, the adjustment to the cap frame driver is only required the first time that the machine is used. Turn on the machine. After the carriage moves to its initial position, turn off the machine.
  • Page 191 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Insert the pad between the machine bed and the ring of the cap frame driver. 1 Pad 2 Machine bed 3 Ring of the cap frame driver Lightly press down the ring, and then use the Allen screwdriver (large) to tighten the four hexagonal screws on the inside of the ring.
  • Page 192 Tighten the two screws. • Make sure that the stopper is firmly secured. Attach the mounting jig to a stable mounting surface, such as a desk. Loosen the thumb screw for the mounting jig to open the mounting bracket so that it is wider than the thickness of the mounting plate.
  • Page 193: Attaching The Standard Cap Frame To The Mounting Jig And Putting A Cap Into The Frame

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ■ For the standard type Using a Phillips screwdriver, turn the four screws (two on the left and two on the right) at the inside of the mounting jig one turn to loosen them. 1 Screws 2 Phillips screwdriver Note ●...
  • Page 194 Release the snap lock on the standard cap frame down and then disengage the latch. Open the clamping frame. Also, open brim presser. 1 Snap lock released 2 Clamping frame opened 3 Brim presser Placing a sheet of stabilizer. Placing a sheet of about 100 mm (4 inches) x 250 mm (10 inches) of stabilizer on top of the lower frame, place a cap in the frame.
  • Page 195 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Close the clamping frame, and then hook the catch of the snap lock to temporarily secure 1 Catch of the snap lock 2 Clamping frame Check for the following conditions. 1 The centerline of the cap is parallel with the short side of the clamping frame.
  • Page 196 While pulling the cap down with one hand, pull the lever of the snap lock to securely close it. 1 Lever of the snap lock Note ● Make sure that there are no wrinkles within the clamping frame. Otherwise miss alignment will occurred.
  • Page 197: Attaching The Advanced Cap Frame To The Mounting Jig And Putting A Cap Into The Frame

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Remove the standard cap frame from the mounting jig. Press both right and left holders on the mounting jig with both thumbs, and then pull off the embroidery frame, as shown in the illustration. 1 Holder Attaching the advanced cap frame to the mounting jig and putting a cap into the frame Put the cap into the advanced cap frame attached to the mounting jig, and then remove the advanced cap...
  • Page 198 Release the snap lock on the advanced cap frame down and then disengage the latch. Open the clamping frame. Also, open brim presser. 1 Snap lock released 2 Clamping frame opened 3 Brim presser Secure the stabilizer with the pins on the cap frame.
  • Page 199 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Close the clamping frame so that the brim of the cap passes between the inside clamping frame and the outside clamping frame. 1 Brim 2 Inside clamping frame 3 Outside clamping frame Neatly align the teeth of the clamping frame with the base of the brim.
  • Page 200 Note ● If the cap fabric is thick and the clamping frame cannot be closed, or if the fabric is thin and the cap is too loose within the frame, loosen the screw for the inside clamping frame, and then adjust the inside clamping frame.
  • Page 201 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Attaching the cap frame to the embroidery machine The cap frame driver is required in order to attach the cap frame to the embroidery machine. Before attaching the cap frame to the machine, attach the cap frame driver to the carriage. (Refer to “Installing the cap frame driver”...
  • Page 202: Installing The Embroidery Frame Holder

    ■ For the advanced cap frame After removing the brim holder, unlock the snap lock of the cap frame, remove the clips, and then remove the cap. 1 Brim holder 2 Snap lock 3 Clips Installing the embroidery frame holder After embroidering using the cap embroidery frame is finished, remove the needle plate spacer and cap frame driver, and then re-attach the embroidery...
  • Page 203: Additional Digitizing Information

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Align the holes on the embroidery frame holder with the pins in the frame-mounting plate of the carriage. 1 Pins in the frame-mounting plate 2 Holes on the embroidery frame holder Secure the embroidery frame holder with the two thumb screws.
  • Page 204 When sewing outlines of patterns, make sure that the stitch width of the satin stitching is at least 2 mm, and that the stitching over-laps the fabric by at least 1 mm. Also, make sure that there are no jumps of long stitches in the outlining on each region or letter.
  • Page 205: Using The Optional Bobbin Winder

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Using the Optional Bobbin Winder When winding the bobbin thread onto a metal bobbin, use the optional bobbin winder. The procedures for using the optional bobbin winder are described below. Precautions For precautions concerning the power supply, refer to page 14. CAUTION ●...
  • Page 206: Setting Up The Optional Bobbin Winder

    Setting up the optional bobbin winder Attach the spool pin, spool cushion and thread guide to the bobbin winder. Insert the spool pin and the spool cushion. Lower the holder, and then insert the spool pin straight into the hole. And insert the spool cushion.
  • Page 207: Winding The Bobbin

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Winding the bobbin Prepare the bobbin and the spool of bobbin thread. Use cotton or spun polyester bobbin thread (from 74 dtex/2 to 100 dtex/2). Align the groove in the bobbin with the spring on the bobbin winder shaft, and set the bobbin on the shaft.
  • Page 208 Pass the thread through the hole in the right of the thread guide toward the back of the machine. 1 Hole in the thread guide Wind the thread clockwise around the bobbin 4 or 5 times, as shown in the illustration. Pass the end of the thread through the guide slit in the bobbin winder seat, and pull the thread.
  • Page 209 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The bobbin will stop rotating automatically when it is done winding, and the bobbin holder will return to its original position. Remove the bobbin. Note ● When removing the bobbin, do not pull on the bobbin winder seat. Doing so could loosen or remove the bobbin winder seat, resulting in damage to the bobbin winder.
  • Page 210: Maintenance

    Maintenance Simple embroidery machine maintenance operations are described below. Always keep the machine clean, otherwise malfunctions may occur. Cleaning the LCD If the surface of the LCD is dirty, lightly wipe it with a soft dry cloth. Do not use organic cleansers or detergents.
  • Page 211: Cleaning Around The Needle Plate

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Use the included cleaning brush to remove any lint and dust from the hook and its surrounding area. CAUTION ● If the hook is scratched or damaged, consult your authorized dealer. After cleaning is finished, insert the bobbin case into the hook, and then close the hook cover.
  • Page 212: Cleaning The Bobbin Case

    Use the included cleaning brush to remove any lint and dust from the moving knife, the fixed knife, the thread retaining plate, and their surrounding areas. 1 Remove all lint in this area After cleaning is finished, attach the needle plate in the opposite way that it was removed in step 1 Needle plate...
  • Page 213: Oiling The Machine

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Note ● Do not bend the tension-adjusting spring. In addition, do not use anything other than thick paper or paper of the specified thickness to clean the bobbin case. Use the enclosed cleaning brush to remove any lint and dust from inside the bobbin case. After cleaning is finished, insert the bobbin into the bobbin case and the bobbin case into the hook, and then close the hook cover.
  • Page 214 ● Apply one drop of oil on the lower needle bar felt washer every 40 – 50 hours of sewing time. ● Apply only sewing machine oil. Use of any other type of oil may result in damage to the embroidery machine.
  • Page 215: Troubleshooting

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Troubleshooting On-screen troubleshooting This embroidery machine is equipped with an easy- to-use troubleshooting feature for problems during sewing. Touch the key that shows the problem, and then check for the causes that are displayed. Touch Touch Touch the key that contains a description of the problem.
  • Page 216: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting If the machine does not operate correctly, check for the following points/issues before requesting service. If the suggested remedy does not correct the problem, contact your authorized dealer. Symptom Probable Cause The machine is not turned ON. The embroidery The machine has not been machine does not unlocked.
  • Page 217 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Symptom Probable Cause The area around the embroidery foot hole is damaged. 1 Scratches or Burrs Sliding surface on hook race is not smooth. There are scratches or burrs on it. 1 Hook race area The hook is not correctly installed.
  • Page 218 Symptom Probable Cause The needle is not correctly installed . The needle set screw is loose. The needle is bent or blunt. The area around the hole in the needle plate is damaged. 1 Scratches/Burrs The needle is touching the needle plate.
  • Page 219 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Symptom Probable Cause Sliding surface on hook is not smooth. There are burns on it. 1 Hook race area The thread is loose in the hook area. The play between the hook and the race is too much. The hook does not rotate smoothly.
  • Page 220 Symptom Probable Cause The automatic needle-threading mechanism is broken. Adhesive is attached to the needle. The fabric is not taut. The thread quality is poor. The upper thread breaks. The embroidery data contains stitches with a pitch of zero. The embroidery data contains many stitches with an extremely small pitch.
  • Page 221 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Symptom Probable Cause Stabilizer (backing) is not used. The embroidery frame is not correctly attached to the carriage. The carriage or the embroidery frame is hitting objects. The embroidery pattern is The fabric is caught or pinched. misaligned. The carriage moved while removing embroidery frame.
  • Page 222 Symptom Probable Cause The thread tension does not correspond to the amount that the thread tension knob was tightened. There are loops in the upper thread. The thread quality is poor. Lint may be wound in the hook. The upper thread is not threaded correctly.
  • Page 223 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Symptom Probable Cause If the thread breakage sensor in the thread tension disc of the thread tension knobs cannot Although the detect that the thread is being thread is not fed, even if the machine is broken, a broken running, a broken thread error thread error occurs and the machine is...
  • Page 224: Error Messages

    Error messages If the start/stop button is pressed while the machine is not correctly set up or if an incorrect operation is performed, the machine stops and informs you of the error with a buzzer and an error message. If an error message appears, correct the problem according to the instructions in the message.
  • Page 225 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Sewing cannot begin from the specified starting position. Change the starting position or move the frame and change the embroidering position. (Refer to page 89.) The needle bar case cannot be moved to its initial position. Touch to automatically reset the needle bar case.
  • Page 226 Patterns stored in the machine's memory cannot be recalled. The machine's memory may be damaged. Consult your nearest authorized dealer. The pattern is larger than the embroidering area of the installed embroidery frame. Use an embroidery frame with an embroidering area that is larger than the pattern.
  • Page 227 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— More than 501 thread color changes are being specified in the pattern. Up to 501 thread color changes can be specified in a pattern. USB media is not connected to the machine. Connect a USB media. The embroidery data cannot be detected.
  • Page 228 If any of the following messages appear, consult your nearest authorized dealer. Troubleshooting...
  • Page 229 APPENDIX —————————————————————————————————————————————————————...
  • Page 230: If The Lcd Cannot Be Read

    If the LCD cannot be read If the LCD cannot be read after the machine is turned on, adjust the LCD as described below. While touching anywhere inside the touch panel turn the machine off, then on again. • Continue touching the touch panel until the screen shown below appears.
  • Page 231 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Use the included touch pen to touch the center of the crosses on the screen, from 1 to 5. CAUTION ● Be sure to use the included touch pen to adjust the touch panel. Do not use a mechanical pencil, screwdriver or any other hard or sharp object.
  • Page 232: Specifications

    Specifications Embroidery machine specifications Item Specification Weight 37 kg (81 Ibs.). Machine size 512(W) x 589(D) x 586 (H) mm (20-5/32 (W) x 23-3/16 (D) x 23-1/16(H) inches) Sewing speed Maximum / Tubular: 1,000 spm, Cap: 600 spm Speed range / Max.: 1,000 spm, Min.: 400 spm Hook Type Vertical rotary hook Hook size...
  • Page 233: Index

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Index Symbols “DST” TRIM SETTING ...140, 149 Accessories ...4 Adjusting angle ...73 cap frame driver ...173 edited patterns ...120 legs ...8 operation panel ...9 screen brightness ...142, 213 sewing speed ... 91 thread tension ...85 touch panel ...213 Alphabet patterns ...
  • Page 234 types ...65 Embroidery frame holder installing ...185 removing ... 171 Embroidery frame indicators ...28, 52, 54 Embroidery patterns ...104 Embroidery position ...72 Embroidery thread ...35 Error messages ...207 Fabric ...16, 69 removing ... 46 Fabric/stabilizer compatibility chart ...167 Features ... viii Feet ...
  • Page 235 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Satin jacket ... 167 Screen ...16, 21, 22, 49 Selecting edited pattern ... 120 embroidery pattern ...23, 102 Set key ... 51 Setting up ... 6 Settings key ...49, 140 Sewing appliqué ...156 pattern aligned with a mark on the fabric ... 161 Sewing key ...
  • Page 236 Index...
  • Page 237 English 884-T03 XD1133-0511 0512 Printed in Taiwan...

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