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Brother Innov-is 4000DLTD User Manual

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  • Page 2: Important Safety Instructions

    Never operate this machine if it has a damaged cord or plug, if it is not working properly, if it has been dropped or damaged, or dropped into water. Return the machine to the nearest authorized dealer or service center for examination, repair, electrical or mechanical adjustment.
  • Page 3 The plug served from the main lead must be destroyed as a plug with bared flexible cords is hazardous if engaged in a live socket outlet. In the event of replacing the plug fuse, use a fuse approved by ASTA to BS 1362, i.e. carrying mark, rating as marked on plug.
  • Page 4 This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
  • Page 5 PLEASE READ BEFORE USING THIS MACHINE For safe operation 1. Be sure to keep your eye on the needle while sewing. Do not touch the handwheel, thread take-up, needle, or other moving parts. 2. Remember to turn off the power switch and unplug the cord when: •...
  • Page 7: What You Can Do With This Machine

    WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THIS MACHINE SPECIAL FEATURES Check operations and view advice on the large LCD (liquid crystal display). Prepare the bobbin thread with one touch. The automatic thread tension makes trial sewing unnecessary. Automatic threading makes threading quick and easy.
  • Page 8: 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 9: Table Of Contents

    Using the Twin Needle Mode ..........29 Changing the Size ...............106 Using Threads that Unwind Quickly ........31 Changing the Length (for 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Only) ..107 CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT .......32 Creating a Vertical Mirror Image ........107 Removing the Presser Foot ............ 32 Creating a Horizontal Mirror Image ........107...
  • Page 10: Adjustments During The Embroidery

    Recalling from USB Media ..........170 Recalling from the Computer..........171 EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS ......173 Using a Frame Pattern to Make an Appliqué (1) ....173 Using a Frame Pattern to Make an Appliqué (2) ....174 Chapter 6 Embroidery Edit EXPLANATION OF FUNCTIONS .....176 SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT ......177...
  • Page 11 Contents...
  • Page 12: 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 13: Needle And Presser Foot Section

    Feed dog position switch c Feed dogs Use the feed dog position switch to raise and lower the feed The feed dogs feed the fabric in the sewing direction. dogs while the embroidery unit is attached. d Bobbin cover d Embroidery unit connection Open the bobbin cover to set the bobbin.
  • Page 14: Operation Buttons

    Sewing Speed controller Use this controller to adjust the sewing speed. Move the slide to the left to sew at slower speeds. Move the slide to the right to sew at higher speeds. Beginners should sew at a slow speed.
  • Page 15 NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS → Included Accessories 75/11 2 needles 90/14 2 needles 90/14 2 needles: Ball point needle (gold colored)
  • Page 16 • Always use accessories recommended for Blind stitch foot “R” X56409-051 this machine. Button fitting foot “M” 130489-001 • The screw of the presser foot holder is avail- Walking foot SA140 F033N:XC2214-102 able through your authorized dealer (Part 10 Side cutter foot...
  • Page 17: Options

    XA1223-001 No. 16 Cats & Dogs SA316 XA1406-001 Memo No. 19 Marine SA319 XA2452-001 • You can use any of the brother embroidery No. 20 Petite Designs SA320 XA2869-001 cards listed above with your machine. No. 21 Needlework SA321 XA2873-001 •...
  • Page 18: Chapter 1 Getting Ready

    ■ Key Functions ........................10 Using the Machine Setting Mode Key..............12 ■ Adjusting Screen Brightness ....................15 ■ Choosing the Display Language..................16 Using the Machine Operation Mode Key ..............17 Using the Pattern Explanation Key ................18 LOWER THREADING ................19 Winding the Bobbin ....................19 ■...
  • Page 19: Turning The Machine On/off

    If the cord or plug is damaged, take the machine to your authorized dealer for repairs before continuing use. • Unplug the power cord if the machine is not to be used for a long period of time. Otherwise, a fire may result.
  • Page 20: Lcd Screen

    Either “1-01 Straight stitch (Left)” or “1-03 Straight stitch (Middle)” is selected, depending on the setting selected in the setting screen (See page 12). Press a key with your finger to select the stitch pattern, to select a machine function, or to select an operation indicated on the key.
  • Page 21: Key Functions

    Sewing type selection Press this key when you need help selecting the appropriate stitch pattern for the sewing application and when you need instructions on how to sew the stitch pattern. This key is very helpful for beginners. Pattern explanation Press this key to see an explanation of the selected pattern.
  • Page 22 Press this key to display an enlarged image of the selected stitch pattern. Mirror image key Press this key to create a mirror image of the selected stitch pattern. If the key display is light gray, a mirror image of the selected stitch pattern cannot be sewn.
  • Page 23: Using The Machine Setting Mode Key

    Adjust the presser foot height. (Select the height of the presser foot when the presser foot is raised.) d Adjust the presser foot pressure. (The higher the number, the higher the pressure will be. Set the pressure at 3 for normal sewing.)
  • Page 24 Change the display language (see page 16). h Display the service count and the total number of embroidery stitches. The service count is a reminder to take your machine in for regular servicing. (Contact your authorized dealer for details.) i The “NO.”...
  • Page 25 Embroidery settings a Select from among 10 embroidery frame displays (see page 158). b Change the thread color display on the embroidery screen; thread number, color name or each time to embroider (see page 156). c When the thread number #123 is selected, select among six thread brands (see page 156).
  • Page 26: Adjusting Screen Brightness

    The screen will return to its normal level of brightness after approxi- mately 10 minutes. • If you are not directly in front of the machine when you view the LCD, the colors may appear to change or the screen may be diffi- cult to see.
  • Page 27: Choosing The Display Language

    LCD SCREEN ■ Choosing the Display Language Press → The Sewing settings screen appears. Press → The General settings screen appears. to choose the display language. Choose from the following languages: [ENGLISH], [GERMAN], [FRENCH], [ITALIAN], [DUTCH], [SPANISH], [DANISH], [FINNISH], [SWEDISH], [PORTUGEUSE], [RUSSIAN], [NORWEGIAN] or [JAPANESE].
  • Page 28: Using The Machine Operation Mode Key

    LCD SCREEN Using the Machine Operation Mode Key Press to open the screen shown below. Six categories are displayed at the top of the screen. Press a key to see more information about that category. displays information about displays information about...
  • Page 29: Using The Pattern Explanation Key

    Using the Pattern Explanation Press → The lower half of the screen will change. If you want to know more about the uses of a stitch pattern, select the pattern and press to see an explanation of the stitch selection.
  • Page 30: Lower Threading

    Place the spool of thread on the supplemental spool pin, so that thread 3, 4 unrolls from the front. Then push the spool cap onto the spool pin as far as possible to secure the thread spool. 7, 8 a Supplemental spool pin...
  • Page 31 • Use the spool cap (large, medium, or small) that is closest in size to the thread spool. If a spool cap smaller than the thread spool is used, the thread may become caught in the slit on the end of the spool and cause the needle to break.
  • Page 32: Using The Spool Pin

    ■ Using the Spool Pin Set the bobbin holder to the left, until it clicks into place. You can use the main spool pin to wind the bobbin before sewing. You cannot use this spool pin to wind the bobbin while sewing.
  • Page 33: Setting The Bobbin

    LOWER THREADING Push the spool cap onto the spool pin as far Setting the Bobbin as possible, then return the spool pin to its original position. Holding the thread with your hands, slide → → → Press the thread into the grooves on the thread guide plate.
  • Page 34: Pulling Up The Bobbin Thread

    → The cutter cuts the thread. CAUTION • Be sure to hold down the bobbin with your finger and unwind the bobbin thread correctly. Otherwise, the thread may break or the thread tension will be incorrect.
  • Page 35 LOWER THREADING Press the “Needle Position” button to raise the needle. Gently pull the upper thread, and a loop of the bobbin thread will come out of the hole in the needle plate. Pull up the bobbin thread, then pass it under the presser foot and pull it about 100 mm (approx.
  • Page 36: Upper Threading

    • Use the spool cap (large, medium, or small) that is closest in size to the thread spool. If a spool cap smaller than the thread spool is used, the thread may become caught in the slit on the end of the spool and cause the needle to break.
  • Page 37 Memo have the machine automatically thread the When sewing with fine, cross-wound thread, needle. use the small spool cap, and leave a small space between the cap and the thread spool. a Spool cap (small) b Thread spool (cross-wound thread)
  • Page 38: Threading Manually

    If this happens, remove the hook from the needle as described below. a Line on handwheel Memo If the line on the machine is not aligned with the line on the handwheel, the sewing machine cannot be threaded. Check that the CAUTION line on the handwheel is facing up as shown in the illustration above.
  • Page 39 • Use the spool cap (large, medium, or small) that is closest in size to the thread spool. If a spool cap smaller than the thread spool is used, the thread may become caught in the slit on the end of the spool and cause the needle to break.
  • Page 40: Using The Twin Needle Mode

    UPPER THREADING Lower the presser foot lever. Using the Twin Needle Mode The twin needle can only be used for patterns that show after being selected. Before you select a stitch pattern, make sure the stitch can be sewn in the twin needle mode (refer to the “STITCH SETTING CHART”...
  • Page 41 Do not place the thread in the bobbin winding thread guide. a Needle bar thread guides Note •...
  • Page 42: Using Threads That Unwind Quickly

    If the spool net is too long, fold it once to match it to in the twin needle mode. the spool size before placing it over the spool.
  • Page 43: Changing The Presser Foot

    “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 44: Attaching The Walking Foot

    The walking foot holds the fabric between the presser foot and the feed dogs to feed the fabric. This enables you to have better fabric control when sewing difficult fabrics (such as quilting or velvet) or fabrics that slip easily (such as vinyl cloth, leather, or synthetic leather).
  • Page 45: 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 46 Hole for setting the needle c Flat side of needle CAUTION • Be sure to push in the needle until it touches the stopper, and securely tighten the needle clamp screw with a screwdriver. If the needle is not completely inserted or the needle clamp screw is loose, the needle may break or the machine may be damaged.
  • Page 47: 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 48: Chapter 2 Sewing Basics

    Sewing Curves ......................40 Changing Sewing Direction ..................40 Sewing Heavyweight Fabrics...................41 ■ If the Fabric does not Fit under the Presser Foot .............41 ■ If the Fabric does not Feed at the Beginning of Stitching..........41 Sewing Lightweight Fabrics ..................41 STITCH SETTINGS ................42 Setting the Stitch Width ..................42...
  • Page 49: Sewing

    SEWING CAUTION • To avoid injury, pay special attention to the needle while the machine is in operation. Keep your hands away from moving parts while the machine is in operation. • Do not stretch or pull the fabric during sewing. Doing so may lead to injury.
  • Page 50: Using The Foot Controller

    If the warning displays, re-thread the machine immediately. ■ Using the Foot Controller You can also use the foot controller to start and stop sewing. Press the “Thread Cutter” button to trim CAUTION the threads.
  • Page 51: Sewing Reinforcement Stitches

    Slowly depress the foot controller to start Sewing Curves sewing. Sew slowly while keeping the seam parallel with the fabric edge as you guide the fabric around the curve. Memo The speed set using the sewing speed con- troller is the foot controller’s maximum sewing speed.
  • Page 52: Sewing Heavyweight Fabrics

    ■ If the Fabric does not Fit under the Release the button. Presser Foot If the presser foot is in the up position, and you are sewing heavyweight or multiple layers of fabric which do not fit easily under the presser foot, use the presser foot lever to raise the presser foot to its highest position.
  • Page 53: Stitch Settings

    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). • If you turn off the machine or select another stitch without saving stitch setting changes (see “Saving Your Stitch Settings”...
  • Page 54: Setting The Thread Tension

    Surface changes. d Locks appear on surface of fabric ■ Upper Thread is Too Loose If the upper thread can be seen on the wrong side of the fabric, press a Upper thread b Bobbin thread c Wrong side...
  • Page 55: Useful Functions

    USEFUL FUNCTIONS USEFUL FUNCTIONS Set the fabric in the start position and start Automatic Reinforcement sewing. 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.
  • Page 56: Automatic Thread Cutting

    (or reverse stitches, depending on the stitch pattern) at the beginning and end of sewing, and trim the threads at the end of sewing. This function is useful when sewing buttonholes and bar tacks.
  • Page 57: Locking The Screen

    USEFUL FUNCTIONS ■ Using the Knee Lifter Locking the Screen Using the knee lifter, you can raise and lower the presser foot with your knee, leaving both hands free If the screen is locked before starting to sew, the to handle the fabric.
  • Page 58: Chapter 3 Utility Stitches

    ■ Overcasting Using Presser Foot “G” ........63 ■ Overcasting Using Presser Foot “J” .......... 64 ■ Overcasting Using the Side Cutter ........... 65 ■ When Sewing Straight Stitches While Using the Side Cutter ..66 Quilting ................67 ■ Piecing ..................68 ■...
  • Page 59: Selecting Utility Stitches

    SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES Selecting a Stitch ■ Stitch Selection Screens There are 5 categories of Utility Stitches. indicates that there is more than one stitch selection screen for that category. Straight/Overcasting/Quilting Stitches Decorative Stitches Heirloom Stitches Buttonholes/Bar tacks...
  • Page 60: Using The Mirror Image Key

    → Either “1-01 Straight stitch (Left)” or “1-03 Straight Depending on the type of utility stitch you select, you may be able to sew a horizontal mirror image of stitch (Middle)” is selected, depending on the setting selected in the setting screen.
  • Page 61: Saving Your Stitch Settings

    • The color changes every time you press for a stitch, you can change the settings so that they can be saved for that stitch. Five sets of settings can be saved for a single stitch.
  • Page 62: Using The Sewing Type Selection Key

    You can also select utility stitches using Press Use this key when you are not sure which stitch to use for your application, or to get advice about sewing particular stitches. For example, if you...
  • Page 63 → The advice screen is displayed. selected stitch. Follow the directions to sew the stitch. Press Press to view the next page. Press to return to the original screen. → The upper part of the screen displays a selection of overcasting stitches with explanations.
  • Page 64: Sewing The Stitches

    Reinforcement stitch Memo If the selected stitch has a double mark “ ” at the top of the key display, you can sew reverse stitches holding the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button. If the selected stitch has a dot mark “ ” at the top of the key display, you can sew reinforcement stitches...
  • Page 65 SEWING THE STITCHES Select a stitch. CAUTION Be sure the needle does not strike a basting pin, or any other objects, during sewing. The thread could tangle or the needle could break, causing injury. When sewing is completed, hold the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch”...
  • Page 66: Changing The Needle Position (left Or Middle Needle Position Stitches Only)

    The small the edge of the presser foot with the edge of the opening on the foot provides support for the fabric fabric during sewing for an attractive finish.
  • Page 67: Basting

    When using the straight stitch needle plate, all straight stitches become middle needle posi- tion stitches. You cannot change the needle position using the width display. a Between 5 mm (approx. 3/16 inch) and 30 mm (approx. 1-3/16 inches) Sew while keeping the fabric straight. CAUTION •...
  • Page 68: Dart Seam

    SEWING THE STITCHES Iron the dart to one side so that it is flat. 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.
  • Page 69: Flat Fell Seam

    Seam line reinforcement stitching are preset, reinforcement stitches will be sewn automatically at the beginning b 10 to 15 mm (approx. 3/8 inch to 9/16 inch) of sewing. Press the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” c About 50 mm (approx. 1-15/16 inches) button to sew a reinforcement stitch and trim the thread automatically at the end of sewing.
  • Page 70: Pintuck

    Fold the longer seam allowance around the Select and attach presser foot “I”. shorter one, and sew the edge of the fold. Sew a straight stitch along the fold. When the automatic thread cutting and automatic reinforcement stitching are preset, reinforcement stitches will be sewn automatically at the beginning of sewing.
  • Page 71: 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” button.
  • Page 72: Patchwork (for Crazy Quilt)

    ■ Patchwork (for Crazy Quilt) Snap the cord guide bobbin cover into place, making sure that the gimp thread can Turn back the desired width of fabric and position it be fed freely. over the lower fabric, then sew so that the stitch bridges both pieces of fabric.
  • Page 73: Elastic Zigzag Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES Elastic Zigzag Stitches Use elastic zigzag stitches for tape attaching, overcasting, darning, or a wide variety of other uses. Stitch width Stitch length Presser Twin [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Stitch name Applications foot needle Auto. Manual Auto.
  • Page 74: Overcasting

    SEWING THE STITCHES Overcasting Use for the beginning and end of seams in skirts or trousers, and the beginning and end of all cuttings. Use presser foot “G”, presser foot “J”, or the side cutter attachment depending on the kind of overcasting stitch you select.
  • Page 75: Overcasting Using Presser Foot "j

    1.0 - 7.0 1.0 - 4.0 overcast (15/ (1/16 - 1/4) (1/16) (1/16 - 3/16) ( J ) Select a stitch and attach presser foot “J”. Sew with the needle dropping slightly off the edge of the fabric. a Needle drop position...
  • Page 76: Overcasting Using The Side Cutter

    By using the side cutter, you can do overcasting while cutting the fabric. CAUTION • Make sure to only select one of the stitches listed below. Using another stitch may cause the needle to hit the presser foot and break, possibly causing injury.
  • Page 77: When Sewing Straight Stitches While Using The Side Cutter

    Seam margin Memo • The fabric will not be cut if the whole fabric is simply spread out underneath the presser foot guide plate. Set the fabric as explained in step from the previous section, and then start sewing.
  • Page 78: Quilting

    (see “Using the Foot Controller” on page 39 and /or see “Using the Knee Lifter” on page 46). If there is a “P” or “Q” at the bottom of the key display, the indicated stitch is intended for quilting. Stitch width...
  • Page 79: Piecing

    6.5 mm (approx. walking foot to keep the quilt top, batting, and 1/4 inch). backing from sliding. The walking foot has a set of feed dogs that move together with the feed dogs in the needle plate during sewing.
  • Page 80: Appliqué

    Select and attach presser foot “J”. Trace the pattern onto the appliqué fabric and then cut around it, leaving a 3 to 5 mm Use the quilting appliqué stitch to attach (approx. 1/8 to 3/16 inch) seam allowance. the appliqué. Sew around the edge while dropping the needle as close to the edge as possible.
  • Page 81: Quilting With Satin Stitches

    ■ Quilting with Satin Stitches Press to use the speed control slide Use the foot controller to sew with satin stitches. If to control the stitch width. you set the speed control slide to control the stitch width, you can make subtle changes in the stitch Set the width control to “ON”.
  • Page 82: Free-motion Quilting

    Lower the feed dog position switch, located With free-motion quilting, the feed dogs can be at the rear of the base of the machine, to lowered (using the feed dog position switch) so that the fabric can be moved freely in any direction.
  • Page 83: Blind Hem Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES Blind Hem Stitches Select from these stitches to sew the hems or cuffs of dresses, blouses, pants, or skirts. Stitch width Stitch length Presser Twin [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Stitch name Applications foot needle Auto. Manual Auto.
  • Page 84: Appliqué

    Appliqué appearing on the right side of the fabric will be b Fabric glue very large, leaving an unattractive finish. If you experience either of these cases, follow the instructions below to solve the problem.
  • Page 85: Shelltuck Stitches

    Stop the machine with the needle in the fabric outside the appliqué. Raise the presser foot and turn the fabric a little bit at a time while sewing for an attractive finish to the seam. Memo Use a thin fabric.
  • Page 86: Scallop Stitches

    This wave-shaped running stitch is called the For a decorative look called “Crazy Quilting”, the scallop stitch. Use this stitch to decorate the edges following stitches can be sewn on top of a pressed of blouse collars and handkerchiefs or use it as a seam allowance.
  • Page 87: Smocking Stitches

    50 mm (approx. 1-15/16 inches). 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 88: Tape Or Elastic Attaching

    2.0 (See pages 42 through 43). Memo CAUTION Be sure that neither automatic reinforcement Be sure the needle does not strike a basting pin, or nor automatic thread cutting any other objects, during sewing. The thread selected. could tangle or the needle could break, causing injury.
  • Page 89: Heirloom

    CAUTION piece of fabric to open the area. • The “Automatic Threading” button cannot be Pull out 5 or 6 threads to leave a 3 mm used. Thread the wing needle by hand, from (approx. 1/8 inch) area open. front to back. Using the “Automatic Threading”...
  • Page 90: Hemstitching (3)

    Pull out four threads, leave five threads, and then pull out four threads. The width of five threads is approximately 4 mm (approx. 3/16 inch) or less. a Approx. 4 mm (approx. 3/16 inch) or less...
  • Page 91: One-step Buttonholes

    SEWING THE STITCHES One-step Buttonholes With one-step buttonholes, you can make buttonholes appropriate to the size of your button. Stitch width Stitch length Presser Twin [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Stitch name Applications foot needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Narrow rounded Buttonhole on light to medium 3.0 - 5.0...
  • Page 92 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 Pull out the button holder plate on the buttonhole foot “A”.
  • Page 93 “A”. If sewn. If the fabric does not feed (for example, the buttonhole foot is not slid back as far as...
  • Page 94: Sewing Stretch Fabrics

    For keyhole buttonholes, use the eyelet punch off any excess. to make a hole in the rounded end of the but- tonhole. Then insert a pin along the inside of one of the bar tacks, insert a seam ripper into the hole made with the eyelet punch, and cut towards the pin.
  • Page 95: Four-step Buttonholes

    4-step buttonholes. 4-step buttonholes are a good option when attaching oversize buttons. Note When changing the stitch settings for the left side of the buttonhole, make sure that all setting should be changed to match. Stitch width...
  • Page 96 “Start/Stop” button to begin sewing. Sew the right side of the buttonhole and press the “Start/Stop” button again. Sew the right side of the buttonhole the same length as the left. Select stitch to sew the bar tack and then press the “Start/Stop”...
  • Page 97: Darning

    (3/32 - 1/4) (1/16) (1/64 - 1/16) 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 Check that the needle drops at the desired “A”.
  • Page 98 If automatic thread cutting is turned on before you start sewing, both threads are automati- cally cut after the reinforcement stitches are sewn. If the fabric does not feed (for example, because it is too thick), increase the stitch length setting.
  • Page 99: Bar Tacks

    SEWING THE STITCHES Bar Tacks Use bar tacks to reinforce areas that will be subject to strain, such as pocket corners. Stitch width Stitch length Presser Twin [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Stitch name Applications foot needle Auto. Manual Auto.
  • Page 100: Bar Tacks On Thick Fabrics

    ■ Bar Tacks on Thick Fabrics Lower the buttonhole lever so that it is positioned behind the metal bracket on the Place a piece of folded fabric or cardboard beside buttonhole foot. the fabric being sewn to level the buttonhole foot and allow for easier feeding.
  • Page 101: Button Sewing

    — — (1/8) (3/32 - 3/16) Note • Do not use the automatic thread cutting function when sewing buttons. Otherwise, you will lose the thread ends. Turn the handwheel to check that the Select needle goes into each hole correctly.
  • Page 102: Attaching 4 Hole Buttons

    Sew the two holes closest to you. Then raise the the wrong side of the fabric. presser foot and move the fabric so that the needle goes into the next two holes, and sew them in the Note same way.
  • Page 103: Eyelet

    SEWING THE STITCHES Eyelet Use this stitch for making belt holes and other similar applications. Stitch width Stitch length Presser Twin [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Stitch name Applications foot needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Eyelet For making eyelets, holes on 7.0 6.0 5.0...
  • Page 104: Multi-directional Sewing (straight Stitch And Zigzag Stitch)

    → The fabric feeds forward while stitching backward. Select and sew seam “4” as shown. Memo → The seam will be connected to the starting point of For details on each stitch, refer to the seam 1. “STITCH SETTING CHART” at the end of this...
  • Page 105: Zipper Insertion

    Basting stitches b Zipper c Wrong side Remove presser foot “J”. Align the right side of the pin in zipper foot “I” with the presser foot holder, and attach the zipper foot. Memo • For details on each stitch, refer to the “STITCH SETTING CHART”...
  • Page 106: Inserting A Side Zipper

    Zipper teeth d End of zipper opening e 3 mm (approx. 1/8 inch) Remove presser foot “J”. Align the right side of the pin in zipper foot “I” with the presser foot holder, and attach the presser foot. Note •...
  • Page 107 Set the presser foot in the 3 mm (approx. Remove the presser foot, and reattach it so 1/8 inch) margin. that the left side of the pin is attached to the presser foot holder. Starting from the end of the zipper opening, When sewing the left side of the zipper, the needle sew to a point about 50 mm (approx.
  • Page 108: Chapter 4 Character/decorative Stitches

    ■ Types of Stitch Data that can be Used ......................... 116 ■ Types of USB Devices/Media that can be Used ....................116 ■ Computers and Operating Systems with the Following Specifications can be Used ..........116 ■ Precautions on Using the Computer to Create and Save Data ................116 ■...
  • Page 109: Selecting Stitch Patterns

    Patterns saved in USB media (see page 123) m Patterns saved on the computer (see page 123) ™ n Press this key to create your own stitches with the “MY CUSTOM STITCH ” function (see page 202). Note • If the screen is locked ( ), unlock the screen by pressing .
  • Page 110: Stitch Selection Screens

    SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS ■ Stitch Selection Screens There are 9 categories of Character/Decorative stitch patterns. indicates that there is more than one stitch selection screen for that category. Decorative Stitch Patterns 7mm Decorative Stitch Patterns Satin Stitch Patterns 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns...
  • Page 111: Selecting Decorative Stitch Patterns/7mm Decorative Stitch Patterns/satin Stitch Patterns/7mm Satin Stitch Patterns/cross Stitch/utility Decorative Stitch Patterns

    7mm Satin Stitch Patterns/Cross font. 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. Press to view the next page. Press to view the previous page.
  • Page 112: Deleting Characters

    SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS ■ Deleting Characters Press to delete the last character. Memo Characters are deleted individually starting with the last character entered. Select the correct character.
  • Page 113: Sewing Stitch Patterns

    When sewing on stretch fabrics, lightweight fabrics, or fabrics with coarse weaves, attach stabilizer on the wrong side of the fabric. If you do not wish to do so, place the fabric on a thin paper such as tracing paper.
  • Page 114: Making Adjustments

    If your back. Guide the fabric with your hand to keep...
  • Page 115 Press in the FINE ADJUST HORIZ. display. → The displayed value increases each time the button is pressed and the pattern will slide to the right. If the pattern is skewed to the right: Press in the FINE ADJUST HORIZ. display.
  • Page 116: Editing Stitch Patterns

    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 117: Changing The Size

    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.
  • Page 118: Changing The Length (for 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Only)

    Changing the Length (for 7mm Creating a Horizontal Mirror Satin Stitch Patterns Only) Image To create a horizontal mirror image, select a stitch When stitch patterns are selected, press pattern then press choose from 5 automatic length settings, without changing the stitch zigzag width or stitch length settings.
  • Page 119: Changing Thread Density (for Satin Stitch Patterns Only)

    . If you continue sewing when the stitches are bunched, the needle may bend or break. Memo • Even if you select a new pattern after chang- ing the thread density, the thread density remains the same until you change it.
  • Page 120 Press to return to the original screen. Memo You can also sew from this screen when the presser foot symbol is displayed.
  • Page 121: Combining Stitch Patterns

    When changing sizes, creating mirror images, or making other adjustments to a combined stitch pattern, be sure to edit the selected stitch pattern before selecting the next one. You cannot edit a stitch pattern once the next stitch pattern is selected.
  • Page 122 COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Press Select → The display returns to the stitch selection screen. Press Press Memo Patterns are deleted individually starting with the last pattern entered by pressing Press to sew the pattern continuously. Press to view the completed pattern (see...
  • Page 123: Combining Large And Small Stitch Patterns

    → The entered pattern is repeated. Combining Horizontal Mirror Press Image Stitch Patterns → The large size stitch will be selected. Example: Press again, then press to select the small size. → The pattern is displayed in a smaller size.
  • Page 124: Combining Stitch Patterns Of Different Length

    Example: Press again, then press Press , then press once. → The pattern is flipped along a vertical axis. → The length of the image is set to Press Select again, then press 3 times. → The entered pattern is repeated.
  • Page 125: Making Step Stitch Patterns (for 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Only)

    Press again. Press to move the stitch pattern a distance equal to half of the stitch pattern’s size to the left. Press to move the stitch pattern a distance equal to half of the stitch pattern’s size to the right.
  • Page 126: More Examples

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS ■ More Examples Press → → → → Press → The next stitch pattern will move to the left. Press → → → → → Press → → → → → → Press → The entered pattern is repeated.
  • Page 127: Using The Memory Function

    ■ Types of Stitch Data that can be Used • Only .pmu stitch data files can be used with this machine. Using data other than that created using this machine may cause the machine to malfunction. ■ Types of USB Devices/Media that can be Used Stitch data can be saved to or recalled from USB media.
  • Page 128: Trademarks

    • IBM is a registered trademark or a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. • Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Each company whose software title is mentioned in this manual has a Software License Agreement specific to its proprietary programs.
  • Page 129: Saving Stitch Patterns In The Machine's Memory

    You can save often-used stitch patterns in the machine’s memory. The machine’s memory can hold up to 20 stitch patterns. Note • Do not turn the main power to OFF while the “Saving” screen is displayed. You will lose the stitch pattern you are saving. Memo •...
  • Page 130 Choose a stitch pattern to delete. Press Press so the pattern saved in that pocket If you decide not to delete the stitch pattern, press appears. If the entire saved stitch pattern is not displayed, press to view the entire stitch pattern.
  • Page 131: Saving Stitch Patterns To Usb Media (commercially Available)

    USB media, plug the USB media into the machine’s USB port. Depending on the type of USB media being used, either directly plug the USB device into the machine’s USB port or plug the USB Card Writer/Reader into the machine’s USB port.
  • Page 132: Saving Stitch Patterns In The Computer

    Note • Do not turn the main power to OFF while the “Saving” screen is displayed. You will lose the stitch pattern you are saving. Plug the USB cable connector into the corresponding USB port connectors for the computer and for the machine.
  • Page 133: Retrieving Stitch Patterns From The Machine's Memory

    Press to return to the original screen without saving. Note • Do not turn off the machine while the “Sav- ing” screen is showing. You may lose the data. Retrieving Stitch Patterns from the Machine’s Memory Press...
  • Page 134: Recalling From Usb Media

    Stitch patterns in a top folder: “key” shows only the first pattern over if the patterns is combined. c Path → The path shows the current holder at the top of the list. Stitch patterns and a folder in a subfolder are displayed.
  • Page 135: Recalling From The Computer

    (see page 121). On the computer, open “My Computer” then go to “Removable Disk”. → The stitch patterns in the computer are displayed on the selection screen. Press the key of the stitch pattern you want to recall.
  • Page 136: Chapter 5 Embroidery

    Using the Thread Trimming Function (JUMP STITCH TRIM) ................155 ■ Copyright Information............130 ■ Pattern Selection Screens ............131 ■ Selecting the length of JUMP STITCH not to trim ....156 Selecting Embroidery Patterns/Heirloom Patterns/Border Adjusting the Embroidery Speed........156 Patterns/Cross stitch Patterns/Floral alphabet Patterns .. 132 Changing the Thread Color Display.........157...
  • Page 137: Before Embroidering

    Check and adjust the size and position of the embroidery. Embroidery thread setup Set up embroidery thread according to the pattern. * It is recommended that a 90/14 needle should be used when embroidering on heavy weight fabrics or stabilizing products (for example; denim, puffy foam, etc.).
  • Page 138: Attaching Embroidery Foot "w

    You may accidentally press the “Start/Stop” button and possibly cause injury. • Be sure to use embroidery foot “W” when doing embroidery. Using another presser foot a Black button may cause the needle to strike the presser foot,...
  • Page 139: Attaching The Embroidery Unit

    • You can sew utility stitches even while the c Feed dog position switch embroidery unit is attached. • Be sure to turn off the power before install- Note ing the embroidery unit. Otherwise, the • Be sure there is no gap between the embroi- machine may be damaged.
  • Page 140: Removing The Embroidery Unit

    . Otherwise, the frame may strike the embroidery foot, and possibly cause injury. • The embroidery unit will not fit in the storage case if this step is not done. Turn the main power to OFF. Note • Be sure to turn the main power to OFF.
  • Page 141: 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 142: Pattern Selection Screens

    SELECTING PATTERNS ■ Pattern Selection Screens There are 7 categories of patterns in this machine. indicates that there is more than one pattern selection screen for that category. Embroidery patterns Heirloom patterns Border patterns Alphabet characters Cross stitch patterns Floral alphabet patterns...
  • Page 143: Selecting Embroidery Patterns/heirloom Patterns/border Patterns/cross Stitch Patterns/floral Alphabet Patterns

    Selecting Embroidery Patterns/ Heirloom Patterns/Border pattern as needed. If you make a mistake selecting the pattern, press the Patterns/Cross stitch Patterns/ key of the pattern you want to embroider. Floral alphabet Patterns Select the category of the pattern you want to embroider.
  • Page 144: Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns

    If you make a mistake, press to erase the mistake. If the pattern is too small to see clearly, you can use key to check it. Memo If you continue adding characters after chang- ing the size, the new characters will be entered in the new size.
  • Page 145: Selecting Frame Patterns

    Press the key of the frame pattern you want to embroider. If you make a mistake selecting the pattern, press the key of the pattern you want to embroider. → The selected pattern is displayed on the screen.
  • Page 146: Selecting Patterns From Embroidery Cards

    SCREEN” on page 136 to embroider the the right side of the machine. pattern. Insert the embroidery card so that the end with a printed arrow is facing the front. To return to the previous screen to select another pattern, press...
  • Page 147: Viewing The Sewing Screen

    Attach embroidery foot “W” for all embroidery projects. When the foot presser symbol is displayed on the screen, you are able to sew. b Shows the boundary for embroidering with the extra large frame (30 cm × 18 cm (approx. 12 inches × 7 inches)). c Shows a preview of the selected pattern.
  • Page 148: Key Functions

    Note • Some operations or functions are not available for certain patterns. If the key display is light gray, you cannot use that function or operation with the selected pattern.
  • Page 149: Preparing The Fabric

    (see below). • In the case of thick terry cloth towels we recommend that you place a piece of water soluble stabilizer on the top surface of the towel. This will help to reduce the nap of the toweling and result in more attractive embroidery.
  • Page 150: Hooping The Fabric In The Embroidery Frame

    Select a frame that matches the pattern size. Frame options are displayed on the LCD. a Can be used b Cannot be used CAUTION • If you use a frame that is too small, the presser foot may strike the frame during sewing and cause injury.
  • Page 151: Inserting The Fabric

    Note pulling on the edges and corners. Do not • If the fabric is placed loose in the embroidery loosen the screw. frame, the embroidery design will sew out poorly. Insert the fabric on a level surface, and gently stretch the fabric taut in the frame.
  • Page 152: Embroidering Small Fabrics Or Fabric Edges

    ■ Embroidering Small Fabrics Use a temporary spray adhesive to adhere the small piece of fabric to the larger piece in the frame. If you do not wish to use a temporary spray adhesive, attach the stabilizer with a basting stitch.
  • Page 153: Embroidering Ribbons Or Tape

    PREPARING THE FABRIC ■ Embroidering Ribbons or Tape Secure with double-sided tape or a temporary spray adhesive. a Ribbon b Stabilizer...
  • Page 154: Attaching The Embroidery Frame

    ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME Note Wind and insert the bobbin before attaching the embroidery frame. Press the “Presser Foot Lifter” button to Lower the frame-securing lever to be level raise the presser foot. with the frame to secure the embroidery frame in the embroidery frame holder.
  • Page 155: Confirming The Pattern Position

    CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION The pattern is normally positioned in the center of the embroidery frame. You can check the layout before starting embroidery and change the position. Checking the Pattern Position From , press the key for the position The embroidery frame moves and shows the that you want to check.
  • Page 156: Previewing The Completed Pattern

    Previewing the Completed screen. Pattern Press → An image of the pattern as it will be embroidered appears. Press to select the frame used in the preview. Frames displayed in light gray cannot be selected.
  • Page 157: Sewing An Embroidery Pattern

    • Before embroidering, check that there is enough thread in the bobbin. If you continue sewing without enough thread in the bobbin, the thread may tangle. • Do not leave objects in the range of motion of the embroidery frame. The frame may strike the object and cause a poor finish to the embroidery pattern.
  • Page 158: Sewing Embroidery Patterns

    Repeat the same steps for embroidering the Example: remaining colors. → When the last color is sewn, “Finish sewing” will appear on the display. Press (CLOSE), and the a Embroidery color order display will return to the original screen.
  • Page 159: Sewing Embroidery Patterns Which Use Appliqué

    Attach an iron-on stabilizer to the wrong side of the appliqué material. 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 160 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 place- ment. Fuse appliqué in place with an iron. Do not remove fabric from the frame to iron Place the base material into the embroidery the appliqué...
  • Page 161: Adjustments During The Embroidery Process

    ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS Note • Be careful not to bump the embroidery unit carriage or the presser foot when removing or attaching the embroidery frame. Otherwise, the pattern will not embroider correctly. Unlock the frame-securing lever and If the Bobbin Runs Out of Thread remove the embroidery frame.
  • Page 162: If The Thread Breaks During Sewing

    Sewing before the spot where the thread broke. If you cannot move back to the spot where the Press the “Start/Stop” button to stop the thread broke, press to select the color and machine.
  • Page 163: Restarting From The Beginning

    Memo Even if the power goes out in the middle of embroidery, the machine returns to the point where embroidery was stopped when the machine is turned on again.
  • Page 164 ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS Press → The previous sewing screen displayed before the machine was turned off appears. Memo If you want to start a new operation, press so the pattern selection screen appears. Continue embroidering. a Stitch number when embroidery is resumed...
  • Page 165: Making Embroidery Adjustments

    This is not the sign of a malfunc- tion. Increase the thread tension slightly, and begin sewing again. Memo • If you turn the main power to OFF or select a different pattern, the thread tension will reset to the automatic setting. Press •...
  • Page 166: Using The Automatic Thread Cutting Function (end Color Trim)

    Press The automatic thread cutting function (END COLOR TRIM) will cut the thread at the end of one color sewing. This function is initially turned on. To turn this function off, press (TENSION/CUT) key and then (END COLOR TRIM). a Jump stitch Note •...
  • Page 167: Adjusting The Embroidery Speed

    This function can be turned on or off during embroidering. Select a setting from 5 mm to 50 mm in 5 mm increments. Your customized setting remains after turning off and on the machine.
  • Page 168: Changing The Thread Color Display

    Changing the Thread Color Display displayed, use to select from six embroidery thread brands pictured below. You can display the name of the thread colors, the time or embroidery thread number. Memo Colors on the screen may vary slightly from actual spool colors.
  • Page 169: Changing The Embroidery Frame Display

    Changing the Embroidery Frame Display Press Press In the FRAME DISPLAY, use change the embroidery frame display mode. There are 10 choices. a Extra large frame embroidering area b Center line c Large frame embroidering area d Medium frame embroidering area...
  • Page 170: 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 171: Changing The Size

    Start position Press to return the pattern to its original → The needle position moves to the bottom left corner appearance. of the pattern (the embroidery frame moves so that the needle is positioned correctly).
  • Page 172: Rotating The Pattern

    REVISING THE PATTERN Select the angle of rotation for the pattern. Rotating the Pattern Press to rotate the pattern 90 degrees to the left. Press Press to rotate the pattern 90 degrees to the right. Press to rotate the pattern 10 degrees to the left.
  • Page 173: Creating A Horizontal Mirror Image

    The thread density for some alphabet character horizontal mirror image of the selected pattern. and frame patterns can be changed. Press again to return the pattern to normal. A setting between 80% and 120% in 5% increments can be specified. Press...
  • Page 174: 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. Press so that it appears as Press the key again to return to the original setting.
  • Page 175: Using The Memory Function

    USB memory cards through a USB hub. • The access lamp will begin blinking after inserting USB Devices/Media, and it will take about 5 to 6 sec- onds to recognize the Devices/Media. (Time will differ depending on the USB Device/Media).
  • Page 176: Precautions On Using The Computer To Create And Save Data

    If this occurs, change the name of the file. • If embroidery date larger than 300 mm (H) × 180 mm (W) (approx.12 inches (H) × 7 inches (W)) is selected, a message is shown asking if you wish to rotate the pattern 90 degrees.
  • Page 177: Saving Embroidery Patterns In The Machine's Memory

    Note • Do not turn the main power to OFF while the “Saving” screen is displayed. You will lose the pattern you are saving. Memo •...
  • Page 178 → The “Saving” screen displays. When the pattern is saved, the display returns to the original screen automatically. Note • Do not turn the main power to OFF while the “Saving” screen is displayed. You will lose the pattern you are saving. Memo •...
  • Page 179: Saving Embroidery Patterns To Usb Media (commercially Available)

    USB Media (Commercially Available) When sending embroidery patterns from the machine to USB media, plug the USB media into the machine’s USB port. Depending on the type of USB media being used, either directly plug the USB device into the machine’s USB port or plug the USB Card Writer/Reader into the machine’s...
  • Page 180: Saving Embroidery Patterns In The Computer

    Note • Do not turn the main power to OFF while the “Saving” screen is displayed. You will lose the pattern you are saving. Plug the USB cable connector into the corresponding USB port connectors for the computer and for the machine.
  • Page 181: Retrieving Patterns From The Machine's Memory

    Press the key of the pattern you want to retrieve. Insert the USB media into the USB port connector on the machine (see page 168). Press to return to the original screen. Press → Embroidery patterns and a folder in a top folder are displayed.
  • Page 182: Recalling From The Computer

    (see page b Embroidery patterns in a top folder 169). c Path → The path to shows the current folder at the top of the On the computer, open “My Computer” list. then go to “Removable Disk”.
  • Page 183 Press the key of the pattern you want to Disk”. recall. Press to return to the original screen. → Pattern data in “Removable Disk” is written to the machine. Note • While data is being written, do not discon- nect the USB cable.
  • Page 184: Embroidery Applications

    Note • If you change the size or position of the pat- terns when selecting them, make a note of the size and location. Embroider the same pattern from step onto the base fabric.
  • Page 185: Using A Frame Pattern To Make An Appliqué (2)

    Note • Do not remove the fabric from the embroi- dery frame to cut it. Also, do not pull strongly on the fabric. Otherwise, the fabric may loosen in the frame. Select the satin stitch frame pattern of the same shape as the appliqué.
  • Page 186: Chapter 6 Embroidery Edit

    Changing the Color of Each Alphabet Character in a Pattern........186 Changing the Thread Color ...................187 Creating a Custom Thread Table ................188 ■ Adding a Color to the Custom Thread Table from the List ..........189 Choosing a Color from the Custom Thread Table ..........189 Designing Repeated Patterns.................190 ■...
  • Page 187: Explanation Of Functions

    ■ Move Patterns Within the 30 cm × 18 cm (approx. 12 inches × 7 inches) wide embroidery area, you can change the position of patterns, and check the position on the LCD.
  • Page 188: Selecting Patterns To Edit

    Memo See page 131 for more information on each category’s selection screen. Note You can also sew Utility Stitches or Character/Decorative Stitches with the embroidery unit attached by pressing (a confirmation message for moving the carriage will appear). Raise the...
  • Page 189: Selecting Embroidery Patterns/heirloom Patterns/border Patterns/cross Stitch Patterns/floral Alphabet Patterns/frame Patterns

    Press the key of the pattern you want to edit. See pages 132 and 134 for more information on selecting patterns. → The pattern is displayed in the top part of the screen. Press Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns When you select character patterns from the embroidery edit screen, you can edit the appearance of the pattern at the same time.
  • Page 190 Memo When selecting change to . You can increase or decrease the incline. Press to change the layout of the pattern. If the characters are too small to see, press view a display of all entered characters.
  • Page 191 SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT Press to return to the original screen. After you finish your selections, press → The embroidery edit screen will appear. Proceed to see “EDITING PATTERNS” on page 181 to edit the pattern.
  • Page 192: Editing Patterns

    Shows the color currently selected, and the number of colors in the pattern. e Shows the degree of rotation for the pattern. Memo If a key display is light gray, you cannot use that function with the selected pattern.
  • Page 193: Key Functions

    Display Key Name Explanation Page Arrow keys Press these keys to move the pattern in the direction indicated by the arrow on Center key) the key. (Press to return the pattern to its original position.) Border key Press this key to make a repeating pattern.
  • Page 194: Moving The Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS Select the angle by which the pattern is Moving the Pattern rotated. Press to rotate the pattern 90 degrees to the Press to move the pattern in the direction left. Press to rotate the pattern 90 degrees to the shown on the key.
  • Page 195: Changing The Size Of The Pattern

    Press to compact the pattern vertically. Press to return the pattern to its original appearance. Changing the Size of the Pattern Press a Shows the size of the pattern being edited. Press to return to the original screen.
  • Page 196: Deleting The Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS Press the key of the layout you want to Deleting the Pattern embroider. See page 179 for more information about layout types. Press to delete the pattern from the screen. → The display will show the selected layout.
  • Page 197: Changing The Color Of Each Alphabet Character In A Pattern

    Press to return the pattern to its original appearance. color to each character. Change the thread to sew each character in a different color. Press to change the colors in the sewing order (see page 187).
  • Page 198: Changing The Thread Color

    You can change the thread color by moving the To return to the original color, press . If color to be changed to the top of the sewing order and selecting a new color from the thread colors in multiple colors have been changed, this command the machine.
  • Page 199: Creating A Custom Thread Table

    Thread brand Press a Custom thread table a Thread brand b Entered number → The selected thread color is set in the custom thread table. Note • If is not pressed, the thread color num- ber will not be changed.
  • Page 200: 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 ■ Adding a Color to the Custom...
  • Page 201: Designing Repeated Patterns

    Press to return to the original color. You can select colors from the custom thread table by directly touching the screen with the touch pen. a Custom thread b Custom thread table → The display shows the changed colors.
  • Page 202 Press to finish repeating. To delete the top pattern, press Memo • When there are two or more patterns, all To delete the bottom pattern, press patterns will be grouped together as one pattern in the red frame. • When changing the direction in which the...
  • Page 203: Repeating One Element Of A Repeated Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS ■ Repeating One Element of a Press Repeated Pattern By using the Cut function, you can select one element of a repeated pattern and repeat only that single element. This function allows you to design complex repeated patterns.
  • Page 204: Assigning Thread Marks

    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 205: After Editing

    Press to select the thread mark to Press be sewn. Memo • When there are two or more elements, use If you want to sew the pattern immediately, to select a press to call up the sewing screen. pattern that you want to assign a thread mark(s) to.
  • Page 206: Combining Patterns

    COMBINING PATTERNS COMBINING PATTERNS Editing Combined Patterns to view P.4, then select Example: Combining alphabet characters with an embroidery pattern and editing Press to select an embroidery pattern. Press...
  • Page 207 M, then enter the remaining characters. Press to enter the alphabet characters. → The characters you enter will be displayed in the center of the display. Press to move the characters. Press to change the layout of the characters.
  • Page 208: Sewing Combined Patterns

    When all editing is finished, press → When the border is finished, the [+] cursor will move to the “Sewing” part of the pattern. Embroider → When “Sewing” is embroidered, the display returns...
  • Page 209: 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 210: Chapter 7 My Custom Stitch

    DESIGNING A STITCH..............200 ENTERING STITCH DATA ..............202 ■ Key Functions ........................202 ■ Moving a Point ......................204 ■ Moving Part or All of the Design ...................205 ■ Inserting New Points .....................206 USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES ..........207 Storing Custom Stitches in Your List ..............207 ■...
  • Page 211: Designing A Stitch

    Memo with a line. Simplify the design so that it can be sewn as a continuous line. For a more attractive stitch, close the design by intersecting lines. If the design is to be repeated and linked, the start point and end point of the design should be at the same height.
  • Page 212 DESIGNING A STITCH Examples of Custom Stitches Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch...
  • Page 213: 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 over the x-coordinate of...
  • Page 214 Press To insert coordinates with the touch pen, move the tip of the pen to a desired point. Once you release the pen from the screen a point will be entered into the graph at those coordinates. The number of the currently selected point along with the total number of points will be displayed.
  • Page 215: Moving A Point

    Press to view an image of the stitch. Memo • If you have entered points that are too close to move the point. together, the fabric may not feed properly. Edit the stitch data to leave a larger space between points.
  • Page 216: Moving Part Or All Of The Design

    To move to the last point, press You can also move by using the touch pen. Press Press → The section will be moved. → The selected point and all points that were entered after it are selected.
  • Page 217: Inserting New Points

    ENTERING STITCH DATA ■ Inserting New Points to move the point. Press to move to a place on the design where you want to add a new point. To move to the first point, press To move to the last point, press You can also move by using the touch pen.
  • Page 218: Using Stored Custom Stitches

    ™ STITCH function can be stored for later use. space available in the memory. To be able to store Once you finish entering the stitch data, press the stitch pattern in the machine’s memory, a previously stored stitch pattern must be deleted.
  • Page 219: Retrieving Stored Stitches

    Retrieving Stored Stitches To delete the stored stitch pattern, press Press To edit the stored stitch pattern, press → A list of stored stitch patterns is displayed. Select the stitch pattern. Press to return to the previous screen without retrieving.
  • Page 220: Chapter 8 Appendix

    Cleaning the Race ....................210 ADJUSTING THE SCREEN ..............212 Screen Visibility is Low ..................212 Touch Panel is Malfunctioning ................212 TROUBLESHOOTING ...............214 ERROR MESSAGES................217 ■ Alarm Sounds ........................222 SPECIFICATIONS................223 UPGRADING YOUR MACHINE’S SOFTWARE .........224 Upgrade Procedure Using USB Media ..............224 Upgrade Procedure Using Computer ..............224...
  • Page 221: Care And Maintenance

    CARE AND MAINTENANCE CARE AND MAINTENANCE CAUTION • Be sure to unplug the machine before cleaning it. Otherwise, electric shock or injury may result. Grasp the bobbin case, and then pull it out. Cleaning the LCD Screen If the screen is dirty, gently wipe it with a soft, dry cloth.
  • Page 222 Note • Never use a bobbin case that is scratched; otherwise, the upper thread may become tangled, the needle may break, or sewing performance may suffer. For a new bobbin...
  • Page 223: Adjusting The Screen

    ADJUSTING THE SCREEN Screen Visibility is Low Touch Panel is Malfunctioning If the screen is difficult to see when you turn on If the screen does not respond correctly when you the power, follow the steps below. touch a key (the machine does not perform the operation or performs a different operation), follow Press your finger anywhere on the screen.
  • Page 224 ADJUSTING THE SCREEN Using the included touch pen, lightly touch the center of each +, in order from 1 to 5. If the buzzer sounds one time after you press number 5, the operation is finished. If the buzzer sounds twice, there was an error. In this case, repeat the steps above.
  • Page 225: Troubleshooting

    TROUBLESHOOTING TROUBLESHOOTING If you have a minor problem with your sewing machine, check the following solutions. If the solutions suggested do not correct the problem, contact your authorized dealer. You can also press then for advice about minor sewing problems during sewing. Press at any time to return to the original screen.
  • Page 226 Attach the correct presser foot. “STITCH SETTING does not turn out CHART” Pattern adjustment settings were set incorrectly. Revise the pattern adjustment settings. Did not use a stabilizer material on thin fabrics Attach a stabilizer material. or stretch fabrics. Thread tension is set incorrectly.
  • Page 227 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. At these times, the machine will make a sound different from that made during normal sewing.
  • Page 228: 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 229 This message is displayed when the patterns you are editing take the embroidery unit is attached up too much memory, or if you and the power is turned on with are editing too many patterns for the needle in the down position.
  • Page 230 This message is displayed when, This message is displayed when with the machine in embroidery the bobbin thread is running out.
  • Page 231 This message is displayed when This message is displayed when the speed control lever is set to there is a possibility that the data control the zigzag stitch width, for the selected pattern is and the “Start/ Stop”...
  • Page 232 This message is displayed when This message is displayed when you try to recall or save a pattern the memory is full and a pattern while no USB media is loaded. must be deleted.
  • Page 233: Alarm Sounds

    If the operation procedure was correct, the machine media. will beep once. If the operation procedure was incorrect, the machine will beep twice or four times. Memo If you want to turn the alarm off, press . See page 12 for more details.
  • Page 234: Specifications

    SPECIFICATIONS SPECIFICATIONS Item Specification 55.6 cm (W) × 30.5 cm (H) × 25.8 cm (D) (approx. Sewing Machine Dimensions 21-7/8 inches (W) × 12 inches (H) × 10-1/8 inches (D)) 58.2 cm (W) × 31.9 cm (H) × 28.4 cm (D) (approx.
  • Page 235: Upgrading Your Machine's Software

    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. Memo During the process of upgrading software, the buzzer will not sound when a key is pressed.
  • Page 236 UPGRADING YOUR MACHINE’S SOFTWARE When the message disappears, press → The upgrade file is downloaded. Note If an error occurs, a red text error message will appear. If the download is performed success- fully, an “Upgrade complete.” message will appear.
  • Page 237 UPGRADING YOUR MACHINE’S SOFTWARE...
  • Page 238: Stitch Setting Chart

    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. Stitch width Stitch length Presser Twin [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)]...
  • Page 239 (3/16) (1/8 - 3/16) (3/32) (1/16 - 3/16) Piecing stitch (Right) Piecework/patchwork 0.0 - 7.0 0.2 - 5.0 6.5 mm (approx. 1/4 inch) right (7/32) (0 - 1/4) (1/16) (1/64 - 3/16) seam allowance Piecing stitch Piecework/patchwork 0.2 - 5.0 (Middle) —...
  • Page 240 1.6 - 4.0 stitch (1/8) (3/32 - 1/4) (3/32) (1/16 - 3/16) ( J ) Shell tuck edge Shell tuck edge finish on fabrics 0.0 - 7.0 0.2 - 4.0 (3/16) (0 - 1/4) (3/32) (1/64 - 1/16) ( J )
  • Page 241 [mm (inch.)] Stitch Stitch name Applications foot needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Hemstitching Decorative hems, triple straight 1.0 - 7.0 1.5 - 4.0 at left (1/16) (1/16 - 1/4) (3/32) (1/16 - 3/16) ( J ) Hemstitching Decorative hems, triple straight 1.0 - 7.0...
  • Page 242 3.0 - 6.0 1.0 - 3.0 stretch fabrics (15/ (1/8 - 15/64) (1/16) (1/1 - 1/8) Bound buttonhole The first step in making bound 0.0 - 6.0 0.2 - 4.0 buttonholes (3/16) (0 - 15/64) (1/16) (1/64 - 3/16) Keyhole buttonhole Buttonholes in heavyweight or 3.0 - 7.0...
  • Page 243 Applications foot needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual 4 step buttonhole 1 Left side of 4 step buttonhole 1.5 - 7.0 0.2 - 1.0 (7/32) (1/16 - 1/4) (1/64) (1/64 - 1/16) 4 step buttonhole 2 Bar tack of 4 step buttonhole 1.5 - 7.0...
  • Page 244 Stitch Stitch name Applications foot needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Forward (Zigzag) For attaching appliqué on tubular pieces of fabric and mitering — — — — corners Reverse (Zigzag) For attaching appliqué on tubular pieces of fabric and mitering —...
  • Page 245: Using Prewound Bobbins

    D6_Bobbin_centerpin_brother.fm Page 1 Thursday, June 2, 2005 11:32 AM Using Prewound Bobbins When using a prewound bobbin, not included with this machine, set the bobbin by following the steps below. ■ Using Prewound Bobbins with ■ Using Bobbin Center Pin (Spacer)
  • Page 246: Cleaning The Bobbin Case

    D6_Bobbin_centerpin_brother.fm Page 2 Thursday, June 2, 2005 11:32 AM Cleaning the Bobbin Case Thread wax and dust easily collect around the notch in the tension spring on the bobbin case, resulting in an incorrect thread tension. Therefore, the bobbin case should be cleaned as necessary should tension problems arise.
  • Page 247: Index

    Buttonhole lever ..............2 Embroidery frames Buttonholes attaching .................143 four-step ................... 84 inserting fabric ................140 odd-shaped/buttons that do not fit the button holder plate ..83 removing .................143 one-step ..................80 types ..................139 using the embroidery sheet .............141 Embroidery needle plate cover ............146 Embroidery patterns Character spacing key ..............
  • Page 248 Index Error messages ................217 saving ..................207 Eyelet ....................92 storing in your list ..............207 Fabrics Needle fabric/thread/needle combinations ..........36 changing the needle ..............34 sewing heavyweight fabrics ............41 changing the needle position ............ 55 sewing lightweight fabrics ............41 fabric/thread/needle combinations ..........36 sewing stretch fabrics ..............83...
  • Page 249 Thread density key ..............108 Thread guide .............. 1 Thread guide plate .............1 Thread marks ................193 Thread palette key .............186 Thread take-up lever check window ......... 1, 28 Top cover ..................1 Top stitching ................. 75 Touch pen ..............187 holder ..................1 Trial key ..................
  • Page 250 Index...

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