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  • Page 1 Operation Manual...
  • Page 2: Important Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS When using this machine, basic safety precautions, including the following, should always be taken: Read all instructions before use. DANGER To reduce the risk of electric shock: 1. The machine should never be left unattended while plugged in. Always unplug the machine from the electrical outlet immediately after using it and before cleaning it.
  • Page 3: Connecting Plugs And Main Power/sewing Light Switch

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— 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 (in the United Kingdom) Always replace the fuse cover. Never use plugs with the fuse cover omitted.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ................1 CONNECTING PLUGS AND MAIN POWER/SEWING LIGHT SWITCH ......2 CONTENTS ......................... 3 PRINCIPAL PARTS ....................... 4 ACCESSORIES ........................5 USING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ..................6 Connecting Plugs .............................. 6 Main Power/Sewing Light Switch ........................7 Foot Controller ..............................7 Inserting the Needle ............................
  • Page 5: Principal Parts

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— PRINCIPAL PARTS 1 Bobbin-winding assembly (page 15) D Handle This winds the thread onto the bobbin, which you use E Balance wheel for the lower thread. Turn toward you (counterclockwise) to raise and lower 2 Spool pin (page 15 and 18) the needle.
  • Page 6: Accessories

    ACCESSORIES 2 X59370-021 XA4911-151 X59369-321 (For 1 Step Automatic Buttonhole) (For 4 Step Buttonhole) 5 X57521-001 6 SA156(For U.S.A.) 4 129583-001 3 X59375-121 SFB(XA5539-151)(For other countries) 7 X55467-021 8 130920-021 9 XA3442-121 1 Buttonhole foot (1 pc.) Parts code for zigzag presser foot: 138135-122 Foot controller: 2 Zipper foot (1 pc.) XC7359-021 (110/120V areas)
  • Page 7: Using Your Sewing Machine

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— USING YOUR SEWING MACHINE 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. ● Turn off the main power and remove the plug in the following circumstances: •...
  • Page 8: Main Power/sewing Light Switch

    Foot Controller Note ● When leaving the machine unattended, the When you press the foot controller down lightly, the main switch of the machine should be machine will run at a low speed. When you press switched off or the plug must be removed harder, the machine’s speed will increase.
  • Page 9: Checking The Needle

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— Raise the needle bar to its highest position. Checking the Needle Lower the presser foot. The sewing needle must always be straight and sharp for smooth sewing. If a needle is already installed, remove it by To check if the needle is bent, place the flat loosening the needle clamp with a side of the needle on a flat surface as shown.
  • Page 10: Converting To Free-arm Style

    Put a different presser foot on the needle plate Converting to Free-arm Style so that the bar on the presser foot is in line with the slot on the shank. Free-arm sewing is convenient for sewing tubular and hard-to-reach areas. To change your machine to the Lower the presser foot lever and fix the free-arm style, lift out the extension table attachment.
  • Page 11: The Controls

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— THE CONTROLS Pattern Selection Dial Note To choose a stitch, simply turn the pattern selection ● Since the pattern selection dial is not dial in either direction. Stitch widths and lengths are continuous, it cannot be turned directly shown on the following page.
  • Page 12: Recommended Widths And Lengths For Stitches

    Recommended Widths and Lengths for Stitches ■ 21 Stitches Recommended Recommended Page in Pattern Stitch Name Width Length Instructions [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] 1-STEP AUTOMATIC -1.5 BUTTONHOLE (1/8-3/16) (1/64-1/16) 0-5 (0-3/16) STRAIGHT STITCH 25, 34, 35 (Changes needle position) (1/16-3/16) ZIGZAG STITCH 26, 33, 36 (0-3/16)
  • Page 13 KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— ■ 17 Stitches Recommended Recommended Page in Pattern Stitch Name Width Length Instructions [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] 1-STEP AUTOMATIC -1.5 BUTTONHOLE (1/8-3/16) (1/64-1/16) 0-5 (0-3/16) STRAIGHT STITCH 25, 34, 35 (Changes needle position) (1/16-3/16) ZIGZAG STITCH 26, 33, 36 (0-3/16) (1/64-3/16)
  • Page 14: Stitch Length Dial

    SHELL TUCK STITCH (1/8-3/16) (1/64-1/8) -2.5 ELASTIC STITCH (1/8-3/16) (1/64-3/32) DOUBLE ACTION STITCH (1/8-3/16) (1/64-1/8) BLIND HEM STITCH (1/8-3/16) (1/64-1/16) Fixed TRIPLE ZIGZAG STRETCH STITCH (1/8-3/16) 2.5 (3/32) 0-5 (0-3/16) Fixed TRIPLE STRETCH STITCH (Changes needle position) 2.5 (3/32) Fixed ARROWHEAD STITCH (1/8-3/16) 2.5 (3/32)
  • Page 15: Stitch Width Dial

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— If different types of fabric or thread are used or the Reverse Sewing Lever pattern does not have the correct shape, turn the dial toward either “+” or “-” to adjust the stitch. You can use reverse sewing for backtacking and –...
  • Page 16: Threading The Machine

    THREADING THE MACHINE right. Turn the bobbin clockwise, by hand, Winding the Bobbin until the spring slides into the slit. CAUTION ● Only use the bobbin (part code: SA156, SFB (XA5539-151)) that has been designed for this sewing machine. Using of any other bobbin may cause damage to 1 Spring 2 Slit...
  • Page 17: Lower Threading

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— CAUTION Lower Threading ● Make sure you follow the instructions carefully. If you do not cut the thread CAUTION completely, and the bobbin is wound, when the thread runs low it may tangle ● Setting the bobbin improperly may cause around the bobbin and cause the needle the thread tension to loosen, breaking the to break.
  • Page 18 Unwind about 10 cm (4") of thread from a full bobbin and insert the bobbin into the bobbin CAUTION case. (See fig. A-1.) Pull the trailing thread into the slot, then down and to the left, as ● To reduce the risk of injury from moving shown in fig.
  • Page 19: Upper Threading

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— Upper Threading 1 Spool pin 3 Tension discs 2 Thread guide 4 Thread take-up lever While holding the thread, pull it between the CAUTION tension discs. ● Make sure you thread the machine properly, otherwise the thread could tangle and break the needle.
  • Page 20: Using The Needle Threader (models Equipped With A Needle Threader)

    Bring the thread down and pass it behind the Turn the balance wheel toward you thread guide. (counterclockwise) until the bottom of the needle holder aligns with the bottom of the needle-threading-hook holder. 1 Needle holder 2 Needle threader lever 3 Hook holder 4 Align 1 Thread guide...
  • Page 21: Quick Thread-setting System Fast Start Bobbin (models Equipped With A Quick Thread-setting System)

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— While lightly holding the thread, turn the needle threader lever toward the front of the Quick Thread-Setting System FAST START BOBBIN machine (toward you). The hook will pull the (models equipped with a quick thread-setting system) thread through the needle.
  • Page 22: Drawing Up The Lower Thread

    Drawing up the lower thread Sewing with a Twin Needle We have designed your machine so you can sew Raise the presser foot and the needle to their with this needle and two top threads. You can use highest positions. the same color or two different colors of thread for making decorative stitches.
  • Page 23: Tension Of The Thread

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Twin Needle Threading ■ Possible Problems If the Tension Is Wrong You should thread each needle separately. Upper tension is too tight. Locks will appear on the surface of the fabric. Threading the Right Needle Upper tension control dial Follow the same instructions for threading a Decrease the tension by turning the dial to a...
  • Page 24 Correct tension Correct tension is important as too much or too little tension will weaken your seams or cause puckers on your fabric. 1 Reverse 2 Surface...
  • Page 25: Chart Of Sewing Fabrics, Needles And Thread Combinations

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— CHART OF SEWING FABRICS, NEEDLES AND THREAD COMBINATIONS Thread Fabric Type Size of Needle Type Size Broadcloth Cotton – Medium- Synthetic Taffeta – weight mercerized 75/11 90/14 fabrics Flannel, Silk or – Gabardine silk finished Lawn, Batiste Cotton –...
  • Page 26: Please Read Before Sewing

    Please Read Before Sewing CAUTION ● To avoid being injured, watch the needle carefully while you are using the machine. Keep your hands away from moving parts. ● Do not stretch or pull the fabric during sewing, otherwise the needle may be damaged and you may be injured.
  • Page 27: Zigzag Stitching

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— Raise the presser foot and turn the fabric to its To prepare the machine for the next seam, new direction using the needle as a turning pull about 10 cm (4") of thread through the point for the fabric.
  • Page 28: Blind Hem Stitching

    When the fabric is unfolded you will have a Blind Hem Stitching blind hem stitch as shown in fig. D. Stitch Stitch Stitch Name Pattern Length Width [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Blind Hem Stitch (1/8-3/16) (1/64-1/16) Stretch Blind -1.5 Hem Stitch (1/8-3/16) (1/64-1/16) You can use the Blind Hem Stitch to finish the edge...
  • Page 29: Elastic Stitching

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Joining Fabric Elastic Stitching You can use the Elastic Stitch to join two pieces of fabric together. In addition, it is very effective when sewing knitted fabrics. If you are using Stitch Stitch nylon thread, the stitch will not be visible. Stitch Name Pattern Length Width...
  • Page 30: Double Action Stitching

    Put the fabric under the presser foot so that Double Action Stitching the seamline (or arrowhead point) is approximately 3 mm (1/8") to the left of the center of the presser foot. This stitch works Stitch Stitch best with a seam allowance of approximately Stitch Name Pattern Length Width...
  • Page 31: Triple Zigzag Stretch Stitching

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— The stitch will prevent the fabric from unravelling. Making a Buttonhole (1-Step Automatic Buttonhole) Stitch Stitch Pattern Length Width Foot [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] -1.5 Buttonhole (1-Step (1/8-3/16) Foot (1/64-1/16) Automatic Buttonhole) Memo Triple Zigzag Stretch Stitching ●...
  • Page 32: Making A Buttonhole (4-step Buttonhole)

    Lower the buttonhole lever and push it back Once sewing is completed, gently pull the slightly. gimp thread to remove any slack, and then trim off the excess. While gently holding the upper thread, start the machine. The bar tacks of the buttonhole are sewn in the order shown.
  • Page 33 KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Securing the Stitching and Cutting the You need to sew the front bar tack first. Line the bar tack mark under the center of the Buttonhole presser foot and align it with the two lines on the presser foot.
  • Page 34: Adjusting Buttonholes

    • This adjustment ensures both sides of the Adjusting Buttonholes buttonhole are the same. If the stitching on the two sides of the buttonhole is not the same, you can make the following adjustments. Set the stitch length dial to " " and sew the buttonhole on a scrap piece of fabric to observe how the material is fed.
  • Page 35: Zipper Insertion

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— Put a button between the foot and the fabric Zipper Insertion and make sure that the needle enters the holes without hitting the button. If it hits, see step Stitch Stitch Stitch Pattern Length Width Foot Name [mm (inch)]...
  • Page 36: Gathering

    Sew from the bottom of the zipper toward the Darning top on both sides. The needle should be positioned on the zipper side of the foot for best results. Stitch Stitch Name Pattern Length [mm (inch)] Straight Stitch Place the darning plate on the needle plate. (On a machine equipped with a drop feed lever, lower the feed dogs by setting the drop feed lever to the up position.)
  • Page 37: Appliqués

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— Appliqués Monogramming and Embroidering Stitch Length Stitch Width Stitch Name Pattern [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Stitch Stitch Stitch Pattern Length Width Foot Name Zigzag Stitch [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] (1/64-1/16) Zigzag None You can create an applique by cutting a different piece Stitch of fabric into a shape and using it as a decoration.
  • Page 38 Memo Note ● You can make long stitches by moving the ● After sewing without feeding, prepare for embroidery hoop rapidly and short stitches the next seam by returning the drop feed by moving it slowly. lever to the down position so that the feed dogs are raised.
  • Page 39: Maintenance

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— MAINTENANCE Reattach the face plate and fasten the screw. Changing the Light Bulb Remove the power supply plug from the outlet. Loosen the face plate screw. Oiling Remove the power supply plug from the outlet. Remove the needle plate and the face plate, and then put 2 to 3 drops of oil at each point indicated by the arrows.
  • Page 40: Cleaning

    ■ Cleaning the Shuttle Race Cleaning Remove any accumulated lint and thread from ■ Removing the Shuttle Hook the retaining ring, hook, driver and race body with a brush. Raise the needle to its highest position and unplug the machine. Remove the extension table and open the shuttle cover on the front of the free arm.
  • Page 41: Performance Checklist

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— Performance Checklist Whenever sewing difficulties are encountered, first review the manual section about the operation that you are performing, to make sure you are using the machine correctly. If the problem persists, the following checklist may help improve the operation.
  • Page 42 FABRIC DOES NEEDLE MACHINE IS MACHINE DOES NOT FEED BREAKS NOISY OR SLOW NOT START PROPERLY Stitch length Lint is clinging to Power supply Needle is not dial is set at no the bottom of the plug is removed correctly inserted. feeding.
  • Page 43: Repacking The Machine

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ————————————————————————————————————————— Repacking the Machine Keep the carton and packing materials for future use. You may have to take or send the machine to be repaired or wish to move the machine. If you do not pack it properly, or do not use the right packing material, the machine could be damaged.
  • Page 44: Index

    INDEX Numerics 1-Step Automatic Buttonhole ....4 Gathering ..............35 4-Step Buttonhole ..........5 Hole for Extra Spool Pin ..........21 Accessories ..............5 Adjusting Buttonholes ...........33 Appliqués ..............36 Inserting the Needle ............7 Arrowhead Stitch ........11 Leaf Stitch ............11 Blind Hem Stitch ........11 Legs Stitch ..............11 Bobbin Threading ..........
  • Page 45 —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Satin Stitch ..............26 Scallop Stitch ..........11 Sewing Buttons .............33 Sewing Light Bulb Replacement ........38 Sewing Light Switch ........... 2 Sewing with a Twin Needle ..........21 Shell Tuck Stitch ........11 Shuttle Hook Removal ..........39 Shuttle Race Cleaning ...........39 Spool pin ............... 15 Steadying the Machine ............9 Stitch Length Dial ............13 Stitch Width Dial ............14...
  • Page 46 English 885-458 XC7363-121 Printed in China...

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