IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS When using this machine, basic safety precautions should always be taken, including the following: Read all instructions before using. DANGER - To reduce the risk of electric shock: The machine should never be left unattended while plugged in. Always unplug the machine from the electrical outlet immediately after using and before cleaning.
FOR USERS IN THE UK, EIRE, MALTA AND CYPRUS ONLY IMPORTANT • In the event of replacing the plug fuse, use a fuse approved by ASTA to BS 1362, i.e. carrying the mark, rating as marked on plug. • Always replace the fuse cover. Never use plugs with the fuse cover omitted. •...
• The included interface cable should be used in order to ensure compliance with the limits for a Class B digital device. • Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Brother Industries, Ltd. could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
If the problem persists, please consult your local authorized Brother dealer. For additional product information and updates, visit our web site at www.brother.com The contents of this manual and specifications of this product are subject to change without notice.
HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL Chapters 1 and 2 describe to the first-time user the initial operations for using this machine and the basic sewing operations. To sew utility stitches Continue with chapter 3 to learn how to select a stitch and sew using the various stitches. Chapter 2 Chapter 1 Chapter 3...
CONTENTS NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR Scalloping ..............81 Top Stitching............. 82 FUNCTIONS............9 Smocking ..............82 Machine ..............9 Fagoting..............83 Needle and Presser Foot Section ....... 10 Tape or Elastic Attaching........... 84 Operation Buttons ............ 11 Heirloom Stitching ............ 85 Included Accessories ..........
Chapter 6 Appendix CARE AND MAINTENANCE ......138 Cleaning the LCD ............ 138 Cleaning the Machine Casing ........138 Cleaning the Race ........... 138 Cleaning the Bobbin Case ........139 ADJUSTING THE SCREEN .........140 Screen Visibility Is Low..........140 Touch Panel Is Malfunctioning ........ 140 TROUBLESHOOTING ........142 ERROR MESSAGES ..........145 SPECIFICATIONS ..........148...
NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Machine Front View Right-side/Rear View a Handle a Top cover When transporting the machine, carry it by this handle. Open the top cover to thread the machine and wind the bobbin. b Handwheel b Thread guide plate Turn the handwheel toward you to sew one stitch or to raise or...
NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Needle and Presser Foot Section a Buttonhole lever Lower the buttonhole lever when sewing buttonholes and bar tacks. b Presser foot holder The presser foot is attached to the presser foot holder. c Presser foot holder screw Use the presser foot holder screw to hold the presser foot holder in place.
NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Operation Buttons Included Accessories The accessories are stored in the flat bed attachment. Open the flat bed attachment as shown below. a “Start/Stop” button When this button is pressed, the machine sews a few stitches at a low speed, then begins sewing at the speed set by the sewing speed controller.
NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS 75/11 2 needles 90/14 2 needles 90/14 2 needles: Ball point needle (gold colored) 2.0/11 needle *1 See Circular Attachment Instruction Manual for detailed instruction. *2 See Bobbin Work Instruction Manual for detailed instruction.
NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Part Code Memo Part Name U.S.A./ Others (For U.S.A. only) Canada Foot controller: Model T 1 Buttonhole foot “A” X57789-151 This foot controller can be used with this machine 2 Overcasting foot “G” XC3098-051 model NX-2000.
NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Options Part Code Part Name U.S.A./ Others Canada Quilting foot SA129 F005N 2 1/4” quilting foot SA125 F001N 3 Side cutter foot SA177 F054 4 Spool stand SA542 Memo • All specifications are correct at the time of printing. •...
Chapter Getting Ready TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF............16 LCD SCREEN..................17 Display Precautions......................17 Key Functions ........................18 Using the Machine Setting Mode Key..............20 Using the Machine Operation Mode Key ..............21 Contents of Each Category ....................21 Using the Pattern Explanation Key ................22 LOWER/UPPER THREADING ..............23 Winding the Bobbin ....................23 Using the Supplemental Spool Pin...................23 Winding the Bobbin Using the Spool Pin.................25...
TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF WARNING • Use only regular household electricity as the power source. Using other power sources may result in fire, electric shock, or damage to the machine. • Make sure that the plugs on the power cord are firmly inserted into the electrical outlet and the power supply jack on the machine.
LCD SCREEN LCD SCREEN Display Precautions • Only touch the display with your finger or the touch pen included with the machine. Do not use a mechanical pencil, screwdriver or any other hard or sharp objects. In addition, do not press the display with extreme pressure, otherwise damage to the display may result.
LCD SCREEN Key Functions With your finger or the touch pen, press a key at the top of the display ( ) to change the screen that is displayed. Operation panel Name Function Page Machine setting mode Press this key to change the needle stop position, turn the buzzer on/off, adjust the pattern or screen, and change other machine settings.
LCD SCREEN Screen Name Function Page Drop feed key For free-motion sewing, press this key to lower the feed dogs (free-motion sewing 75, 94 mode). In addition, the key automatically appears as and the feed dogs are lowered when button sewing is selected. Screen lock key Press this key to lock the screen.
[English], [German], [French], [Italian], [Dutch], [Spanish], [Japanese], [Danish], [Norwegian], [Finnish], [Swedish], [Portuguese], [Russian] Memo The latest version of software is installed in your machine. Check with your local authorized Brother dealer or our web site (http://solutions.brother.com) for notification of available updates (see page 149).
LCD SCREEN Using the Machine Operation Mode Key Basic machine operations and other information based on the contents of this Operation Manual are stored in this machine. Press to open the screen shown below. Six categories are displayed at the top of the screen. Press a key to see more information about that category.
LCD SCREEN Example: Displaying information about upper Using the Pattern Explanation Key threading Press To learn more about the uses for a stitch, select the Press stitch, and then press to see a description of the → A list of basic operations appears in the lower half of selected stitch.
LOWER/UPPER THREADING LOWER/UPPER THREADING Set the supplemental spool pin in the “up” Winding the Bobbin position. This section describes how to wind thread onto a bobbin. With this machine, you can use the supplemental spool pin to wind the bobbin while sewing using the main spool pin.
LOWER/UPPER THREADING While holding the thread from the spool in Slide the bobbin holder to the left until it your right hand, hold the end of the thread snaps into place. with your left hand, and then pass the thread * When the bobbin holder is set to the left, it works as a through the thread guide.
LOWER/UPPER THREADING Winding the Bobbin Using the Spool Pin Slide the spool cap as far as possible onto the spool pin, and then return the spool pin to its The main spool pin cannot be used to wind the original position. bobbin while sewing.
LOWER/UPPER THREADING Lightly hold down the bobbin with your right Setting the Bobbin hand, and then, while slightly pulling the thread with your left hand, guide it through This section describes how to set a bobbin wound with the groove. thread into the machine.
LOWER/UPPER THREADING Guide the bobbin thread through the groove, Upper Threading following the arrow in the illustration. This section describes how to thread the machine and Note the needle. The machine is marked with numbers that • Do not cut the thread with the cutter. indicate the threading order.
LOWER/UPPER THREADING Press the “Needle Position” button to raise While holding the thread from the spool in the needle. your right hand, hold the end of the thread with your left hand, and then guide the thread through the groove, following the arrows in the illustration.
LOWER/UPPER THREADING Pass the thread through the thread guide disks Release the needle threader lever. (marked “7”). → The thread passes through the eye of the needle. * Make sure that the thread passes through the groove in the thread guide. Carefully pull the end of thread that was * Make sure that the thread securely enters the thread guide disks, otherwise the needle may not be threaded.
LOWER/UPPER THREADING Pass the thread through the needle bar thread Using the Twin Needle guide, and then manually thread the needle on the left side. Using the twin needle, you can sew two parallel lines of * Do not use needle threader when threading a twin needle. the same stitch.
LOWER/UPPER THREADING While holding the thread from the spool with Press to select the setting for twin both hands, pull the thread through the lower needle sewing. notch in the thread guide plate, then through * The stitch width becomes narrower than with single needle the upper notch.
CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT CAUTION • Always press in the operation panel before changing the presser foot. If is not pressed and the “Start/Stop” button or another button is pressed, the machine will start and may cause injury. •...
CHANGING THE NEEDLE CHANGING THE NEEDLE CAUTION • Always press in the operation panel before changing the needle. If is not pressed and the “Start/ Stop” button or another operation button is pressed accidentally, the machine will start and injury may result. •...
CHANGING THE NEEDLE Use the included screwdriver to turn the needle clamp screw toward the front of the machine to loosen it, and then remove the needle. Note Do not apply extreme force when loosening or tightening the needle clamp screw, otherwise damage to the machine may result.
CHANGING THE NEEDLE About the Needle The sewing machine needle is probably the most important part of the sewing machine. Choosing the proper needle for your sewing project will result in a beautiful finish and fewer problems. Below are some things to keep in mind about needles.
SEWING LARGE PIECES OF FABRIC SEWING LARGE PIECES OF FABRIC When you are finished using the wide table, The wide table makes sewing large pieces of fabric easier. remove it. While slightly lifting up the wide table, pull it off to the left.
Chapter Sewing Basics SEWING ....................38 Sewing a Stitch......................38 Using the Foot Controller....................39 Using the Knee Lifter.......................40 Sewing Reinforcement Stitches ................40 Sewing Curves ......................40 Changing Sewing Direction ..................41 Sewing a Seam Allowance of 0.5 cm or Less ..............41 Sewing Heavyweight Fabric ..................41 If the Fabric Does Not Fit under the Presser Foot ............41 If the Fabric Does Not Feed ....................41 Sewing Lightweight Fabric ..................41...
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. •...
SEWING To stop sewing, press the “Start/Stop” button Using the Foot Controller again. You can also use the foot controller to start and stop sewing. CAUTION • Do not allow fabric pieces and dust to collect in the foot controller. Doing so could cause a fire or an electric shock.
SEWING Using the Knee Lifter Sewing Reinforcement Stitches Using the knee lifter, you can raise and lower the presser foot with your knee, leaving both hands free to handle the fabric. Generally stitching must be secured at the beginning and end with reverse/reinforcement stitches. Press the Align the tabs on the knee lifter with the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch”...
SEWING Raise the presser foot lever. Changing Sewing Direction While keeping the black button on the left Stop the machine with the needle in the fabric at the side of presser foot “J” pressed in, lower the point where you want to change the sewing direction, presser foot lever.
ADJUSTING STITCH SETTINGS ADJUSTING STITCH SETTINGS When a stitch is selected, the most appropriate stitch width, stitch length, and upper thread tension are automatically set. However, if needed, you can change any of the settings as described in this section. Note •...
USEFUL FUNCTIONS Upper Thread Is Too Tight Adjusting the Thread Tension If the bobbin thread can be seen on the surface of the fabric, press . Each press of the key reduces The default thread tension, which is automatically set, the setting and decreases the upper thread tension.
USEFUL FUNCTIONS Place the fabric under the presser foot with the Press to select the automatic thread needle at the starting point of the stitching, and cutting setting. then press the “Start/Stop” button. The machine will automatically sew reverse stitches (or reinforcement stitches), and then begin sewing.
USEFUL FUNCTIONS If the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button Pivoting is pressed, the machine automatically sews reverse stitches (or reinforcement stitches), If the pivot setting is selected, the machine stops with cuts the thread, then stops. the needle lowered (in the fabric) and the presser foot is automatically raised to an appropriate height when the “Start/Stop”...
USEFUL FUNCTIONS Select a stitch. Rotate the fabric, and then press the “Start/ Stop” button. Press to select the pivot setting. → The presser foot is automatically lowered, and sewing continues. Automatic Fabric Sensor System The thickness of the fabric is automatically detected →...
USEFUL FUNCTIONS Press to display P. 2, and then set the Locking the Screen “AUTOMATIC FABRIC SENSOR SYSTEM” to “ON”. If the screen is locked before starting to sew, the various settings, such as the stitch width and stitch length, are locked and cannot be changed.
Chapter Utility Stitches SELECTING A UTILITY STITCH ...50 Blind Hem Stitches ...........79 If the Needle Does Not Catch the Fold....80 Stitch Selection Screens ........50 If the Needle Catches Too Much of the Fold ..80 Selecting a Stitch ..........51 Appliqués............80 Using the Mirror Image Key .........
SELECTING A UTILITY STITCH Selecting a Stitch Saving Stitch Settings This machine is preset with the default settings for the Turn on the machine, and then lightly press stitch width (zigzag width), stitch length, thread tension, the display. automatic thread cutting, automatic reverse/ reinforcement stitching, etc.
SELECTING A UTILITY STITCH Using the Sewing Type Selection Key Memo • The next time that the same straight stitch is selected, the stitch length is set to 2.0 mm. • All stitch settings (stitch width, stitch length, thread By pressing , a stitch can also be selected tension, automatic thread cutting, automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching, mirror image, and...
SELECTING A UTILITY STITCH Example: Displaying information about piecing. Select a stitch. * Press to return to the previous screen. Press → Directions for sewing the selected stitch are → The sewing type selection screen is displayed. displayed. Press Follow the directions to sew the stitch. * Press to scroll the page.
SEWING THE STITCHES SEWING THE STITCHES Straight Stitches Note When using the twin needle (see page 30), be sure to attach presser foot “J”. Stitch width Stitch length Stitch Presser Twin [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Stitch Name Applications Foot Needle Auto Manual Auto...
SEWING THE STITCHES Select a stitch. At the end of the stitching, hold the “Reverse/ Reinforcement Stitch” button pressed to sew reverse stitches (or reinforcement stitches). Press the “Thread Cutter” button to trim the threads. * If the automatic thread cutting setting is selected before sewing, the machine will automatically sew Attach presser foot “J”.
SEWING THE STITCHES Changing the Needle Position (Left or Basting Middle Needle Position Stitches Only) Press , and then attach presser foot “J”. When you select left or middle (center) needle Press the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” position stitches, you can use in the button to sew reinforcement stitches at the stitch width display to change the position of the...
SEWING THE STITCHES Aligning the fabric with the seam guide Guide the right edge of a fabric lightly against the seam guide with your hands while sewing. This adjustable screw-on seam guide helps you to sew an accurate 6.5mm,13mm or 16 mm (approx. 1/4,1/2 or 5/8 inch) seam from the edge of the fabric.
SEWING THE STITCHES Grasp the bobbin case, and then pull it out. Insert the bobbin case so that the mark aligns with the mark as shown below, and then attach the needle plate cover. a Bobbin case Use the disc-shaped screwdriver included with the machine to unscrew and remove the regular needle plate.
SEWING THE STITCHES Start sewing. Darts Seams * After sewing, make sure to remove the straight stitch needle plate and the straight stitch foot, and reinstall the regular needle plate, the needle plate cover and Press , and then attach presser foot “J”. the presser foot “J”.
SEWING THE STITCHES Pull the bobbin threads to create the desired Gathering amount of gathering, and then tie the threads. Sew gathers on sleeves, the waist of a gathered skirt, etc. Select a straight stitch, and then attach presser foot “J”. Smooth the gathers by ironing them.
SEWING THE STITCHES Lay both seam allowances on the side of the Pintucks shorter one (cut seam allowance) and iron them flat. Use pin tucks to decorate blouses. Mark the positions of the folds on the wrong side of the fabric. a Wrong side of fabric Fold the longer seam allowance around the shorter one, and then sew along the edge of...
SEWING THE STITCHES Zigzag Stitches Zigzag stitches are useful for a variety of applications, including overcasting and sewing appliqués and patchwork. Note When using the twin needle (see page 30), be sure to attach presser foot “J”. Stitch width Stitch length Stitch Presser Twin...
SEWING THE STITCHES Patchwork (Crazy Quilts) Turn back the desired width of seam allowance, place it over a different piece of fabric, and then sew the two fabric pieces together so the stitching bridges both pieces. Sewing Curves Shorten the stitch length setting to obtain a fine stitch.
SEWING THE STITCHES Elastic Zigzag Stitches Use elastic zigzag stitches for a wide variety of applications, including overcasting, tape attaching, and darning. Stitch width Stitch length Stitch Presser Twin [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Stitch Name Applications Foot Needle Auto Manual Auto Manual 2 step elastic zigzag...
SEWING THE STITCHES Overcasting Sew overcasting at the beginning and end of seams for skirts or pants, and at the beginning and end of all cuttings. Depending on the selected stitch, use presser foot “G” or “J” or the optional side cutter attachment. Overcasting Using Presser Foot “G”...
SEWING THE STITCHES Overcasting Using the Optional 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.
SEWING THE STITCHES Select a stitch. Start sewing. → A seam allowance is cut while the stitching is sewn. Note If the width has been adjusted, turn the handwheel by hand to check that the needle does not touch the side cutter.
SEWING THE STITCHES Quilting You can make beautiful quilts quickly and easily with this machine. When making a quilt, you will find it convenient to use the knee lifter and foot controller to free your hands for other tasks (see “Using the Foot Controller”...
SEWING THE STITCHES Stitch width Stitch length Presser [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Stitch Twin Foot Stitch Name Applications Needle Auto Manual Auto Manual Overcasting stitch Stretch knit seam 0.0 - 7.0 1.0 - 4.0 (3/16) (0 - 1/4) (3/16) (1/16 - 3/16) Tape attaching Attaching tape to seam in stretch 0.0 - 7.0...
SEWING THE STITCHES Use the guide and marks on the presser foot Topstitching quilting, 1/8 inch to sew accurate seam allowances. Sew with the edge of the fabric aligned with the left side of the presser foot end. Piecing a 1/4 inch seam allowance Sew keeping the edge of the fabrics against the guide.
SEWING THE STITCHES Lower the presser foot lever. Tighten the Presser foot holder screw securely with the screwdriver. Adjust the stem of the quilting guide so that the guide aligns with the seam that has already been sewn. Place one hand on each side of the walking foot to hold the fabric secure while sewing.
SEWING THE STITCHES Check the needle drop point, and then sew Set “WIDTH CONTROL” to “ON”. The along the edge of the appliqué while making sewing speed will be adjusted using the foot sure that the needle drops slightly off the edge controller.
SEWING THE STITCHES Free-motion Quilting Press to lower the feed dogs and to set the machine to free-motion sewing mode. For free-motion quilting, use free-motion quilting foot “C” and free-motion open toe quilting foot “O” depending on the stitch that is selected, and set the machine to free-motion sewing mode.
SEWING THE STITCHES Use both hands to stretch the fabric taut, and Press to lower the feed dogs and to set then move the fabric at a regular pace in the machine to free-motion sewing mode. order to sew uniform stitches roughly 2.0-2.5 mm (approx.
SEWING THE STITCHES Hold the quilting foot in place with your right Echo Quilting hand, and then tighten the presser foot holder Sewing quilting lines at equal distances around a screw using the screwdriver in your left hand. motif is called echo quilting. The quilting lines, which appear as ripples echoing off the motif, are the distinguishing characteristic of this quilting style.
SEWING THE STITCHES Press to lower the feed dogs and to set Tighten the screw. the machine to free-motion sewing mode. Using the measurement on the quilting foot as a guide, sew around the motif. Select a straight stitch with the middle (center) needle position Follow the steps on page 32 “Removing the Presser Foot”...
SEWING THE STITCHES Blind Hem Stitches Select a blind hem stitch to sew the hems or cuffs of dresses, blouses, pants, or skirts. Stitch width Stitch length Stitch Presser Twin [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Stitch Name Applications Foot Needle Auto Manual Auto Manual...
SEWING THE STITCHES Remove the basting, and then turn over the Appliqués fabric. Use a temporary spray adhesive or basting to attach the appliqué to the fabric. a Wrong side of fabric b Surface of fabric Memo a Appliqué Blind hem stitches cannot be sewn if the needle does b Fabric glue not catch the fold on the left side.
SEWING THE STITCHES Sewing Sharp Curves Attach presser foot “J”, and then sew along the edge of the fabric, making sure that the Stop the machine with the needle in the fabric needle drops slightly off the edge. 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.
SEWING THE STITCHES Leave a seam when sewing the scallop Turn the fabric over so the right side faces up, stitches so that the pattern is not sewn and then sew over the seam with the center of directly on the edge of the fabric. the presser foot aligned with the seam.
SEWING THE STITCHES Pull the bobbin threads to create the desired Fagoting amount of gather, and then smooth the gathers by ironing them. Stitching across an open seam is called fagoting. It is used on blouses and children’s clothing. Separate the two pieces of fabric by about 4 mm (approx.
SEWING THE STITCHES Press Tape or Elastic Attaching Memo Elastic tape is sewn onto the fabric unstretched. For details on the stitches, refer to “Stitch Setting Select a straight stitch, and then attach Chart” at the end of this manual. presser foot “J”.
SEWING THE STITCHES Select a stitch, attach presser foot “N”, and Heirloom Stitching then start sewing. * Select a stitch between 3-01 and 3-22. By sewing with a wing needle sold separately, the Drawn Work (1 needle holes are enlarged, creating a lace-like decorative stitch.
SEWING THE STITCHES Pull out several threads from the fabric to Hemstitching (3) (Drawn Work (2)) leave a 3 mm (approx. 1/8 inch) area open. Memo For best result, use loosely woven fabrics. Memo Drawn work can also be sewn using the wing needle (sold separately).
SEWING THE STITCHES Buttonhole Stitches Select the desired buttonhole stitch according to your application and the size of the button. Stitch width Stitch length Stitch Presser Twin [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Stitch Name Applications Foot Needle Auto Manual Auto Manual Narrow rounded Buttonhole on light to medium 3.0 - 5.0...
SEWING THE STITCHES Select a stitch, and then attach presser foot Hold the outside frame of the buttonhole foot “A”. toward the back with your finger, and then lower the presser foot so that the mark on the Mark the position and length of the fabric aligns with the marks on the buttonhole buttonhole on the fabric.
SEWING THE STITCHES Gently hold the end of the upper thread, and Insert a pin along the inside of a bar tack at then start sewing. the end of the buttonhole, and then insert the seam ripper into the center of the buttonhole * Once sewing is completed, the machine and cut towards the pin.
SEWING THE STITCHES Sewing Stretch Fabrics Buttons That Do Not Fit into the Button Holder Plate When sewing a buttonhole on stretch fabrics, press Use the markings on the presser foot scale to set the , and use a gimp thread. size of the buttonhole.
SEWING THE STITCHES Darning Use darning stitches for mending and other applications. Stitch width Stitch length Stitch Presser Twin [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Stitch Name Applications Foot Needle Auto Manual Auto Manual Darning Darning of medium weight fabric 2.5 - 7.0 0.4 - 2.5 (1/4) (3/32 - 1/4)
SEWING THE STITCHES Pull down the buttonhole lever. Gently hold the end of the upper thread, and then start sewing. * The buttonhole lever should be positioned behind the metal bracket on the buttonhole foot, as shown * Once sewing is completed, the machine in the illustration.
SEWING THE STITCHES Position the fabric so that the opening of the Gently hold the end of the upper thread, and pocket moves toward you during sewing. then start sewing. Hold the outside frame of the buttonhole foot * Once sewing is completed, the machine toward the back with your finger, check the automatically sews reinforcement stitches, then first needle drop point, and then lower the...
SEWING THE STITCHES Button Sewing Buttons with 2 or 4 holes can be sewn on. Note Make sure that the automatic thread cutting setting is not selected when sewing on buttons. Stitch width Stitch length Stitch Presser Twin [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Stitch Name Applications...
SEWING THE STITCHES Attaching a 4-Hole Button When sewing is finished, pull the two ends of the upper thread between the button and the Sew the two holes toward the front. Then, raise the fabric, wind them around the shank, and then presser foot, move the fabric so that the needle goes tie them together.
SEWING THE STITCHES Use the eyelet punch to cut a hole in the Press , and then attach presser foot “N”. center of the stitching. Multi-Directional Sewing (Straight Stitch and Zigzag Stitch) Memo Use these stitches to attach patches or emblems to pant For details on the stitches, refer to the “STITCH legs, shirt sleeves, etc.
SEWING THE STITCHES Press , and then sew seam 4. Press open the seam allowance, align the seam with the center of the zipper, and then * The fabric will move sideways, so guide the fabric baste the zipper in place. with your hands to sew straight.
SEWING THE STITCHES Side Zipper Remove presser foot “J”, and then attach the presser foot holder to the pin on the right side Use for side zippers on skirts or dresses. of zipper foot “I”. Press * Be sure to select the straight stitch with the middle (center) needle position.
SEWING THE STITCHES Close the zipper, turn the fabric over so that the surface faces up, and then baste the other side of the zipper to the fabric. a Front of garment (wrong side of fabric) b Back of garment (surface of fabric) c Basting d Front of garment (surface of fabric) Remove the presser foot, and then attach the...
SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS Stitch Selection Screens Press to display the screen shown below. a Decorative stitch patterns b 7 mm decorative stitch patterns c Satin stitch patterns d 7 mm satin stitch patterns e Cross stitch patterns f Utility decorative stitch patterns g Alphabet patterns (gothic font) h Alphabet patterns (handwriting font)
SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS To combine patterns, select the next pattern. Selecting Decorative Stitch Patterns/ * Press to check the selected pattern 7 mm Decorative Stitch Patterns/ combination. Satin Stitch Patterns/ * If the wrong pattern was selected, press 7 mm Satin Stitch Patterns/Cross erase the pattern, and then select the new stitch pattern.
SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS Press Press to display a selection screen of characters, and then select a character. Repeat this step until you have selected all of the characters. * If a wrong character was selected, press to erase the character, and then select the new character. * To select a different character style, press and then select the new character style.
Thin paper Thread #50 - #60 Needle With lightweight, regular, or stretch fabrics: Brother ballpoint needle (golden colored) With heavyweight fabrics: home sewing machine needle 90/14 Presser foot Monogramming foot “N”. Using another presser foot may give inferior results.
SEWING STITCH PATTERNS Press the “Start/Stop” button to stop the Adjusting Patterns machine, and then press the “Reverse/ Reinforcement Stitch” button to sew Depending on the type and thickness of the fabric being reinforcement stitches. sewn, the sewing speed, whether or not stabilizer material is used, etc., the desired result may not be achieved.
SEWING STITCH PATTERNS Press Sew the pattern again. If the pattern still is not sewn correctly, adjust it again. Continue making adjustments until the pattern is sewn correctly. Memo You can sew with the settings screen on the display. After the pattern is sewn correctly, quit making adjustments.
EDITING STITCH PATTERNS EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Using the editing functions, you can change the patterns in a variety of ways, such as resizing them or flipping them to create a mirror image. Memo Depending on the pattern that is selected, some editing functions may not be available. Key Functions Name Function...
EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Changing the Pattern Size Creating a Vertical Mirror Image After selecting a stitch pattern, press until the After selecting a stitch pattern, press to flip the desired size is selected. pattern vertically. Memo • Stitch patterns entered after the pattern size was changed are added at the selected size until it is changed again.
EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Selecting a Single/Repeating Pattern Changing the Thread Density (Satin Stitch Patterns Only) Press to select whether the pattern is sewn repeatedly or once. After selecting a stitch pattern, press until the desired stitching density is selected. Memo CAUTION If you press while sewing, the key changes to...
EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Returning to the Beginning of the Pattern When sewing character/decorative stitches, you can return to the beginning of the pattern after trial sewing or when the stitching is sewn incorrectly. Memo This function is not available for the stitches in the category.
COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS You can combine many varieties of stitch patterns, such as character stitches, cross stitches, satin stitches, or stitches you design with MY CUSTOM STITCH function (see chapter 7 for information about MY CUSTOM STITCH). You can also combine stitch patterns of different sizes, mirror image stitch patterns, and others.
COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Press Memo • Press to erase the last pattern entered. Patterns are erased one at a time. • If the entire combined pattern cannot be displayed, press to view an image of the pattern. Press to return to the previous screen. Press →...
COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Combining Stitch Patterns of Different Press again, and then press so that it Sizes appears as Example: Press → The second pattern is displayed in the smaller size. To repeatedly sew the pattern combination, press so that it appears as Press →...
COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Combining Stitch Patterns of Different Press again, and then press so that it Orientations appears as Example: Press → The second pattern is flipped horizontally. To repeatedly sew the pattern combination, press so that it appears as Press →...
COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Press again, and then press three Combining Stitch Patterns of Different Lengths times so that it appears as Press → The second pattern is displayed with a length of 2. To repeatedly sew the pattern combination, press so that it appears as Press , and then press...
COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Press , and then press Creating Step Patterns (7 mm Satin Stitch Patterns Only) Stitch patterns that are shifted to create a step-shaped pattern are called step patterns. Step patterns can be created by using shift 7 mm satin stitch patterns. Press once to move the stitch pattern to the left by half the width of the stitch pattern.
Microsoft Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7 (Windows 98SE requires a driver. Download the driver from our Web site Press (http://solutions.brother.com). In addition, only Windows 98 Second Edition can use the driver.) Precautions on Using the Computer to Create and Save Data • If the file name of stitch data cannot be...
USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Select a stitch pattern to be deleted. Press * Press to display the next page. * Press to return to the previous screen without saving the stitch pattern. * Only the first entry of each stitch pattern is displayed in the memory.
USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press Plug the USB cable connectors into the corresponding USB ports on the computer * If you decide not to delete the stitch pattern, press and on the machine. * The USB cable can be plugged into the USB ports on the computer and machine whether or not they are turned on.
USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press Retrieving Stitch Patterns from the * Press to return to the previous screen Machine’s Memory without saving the stitch pattern. Press → The stitch pattern is temporarily saved to “Removable Disk” under “My Computer”. → The pocket selection screen appears. Select the stitch pattern’s .pmu file in “Removable Disk”, and copy the file to the Select a stitch pattern to be retrieved.
USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Move/copy the pattern data to “Removable Press Disk”. * Press to delete the stitch pattern. Memo A maximum of 24 stitch patterns or 476 KB can be moved or copied to “Removable Disk”. → The selected stitch pattern is retrieved and the →...
USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Select a stitch pattern to be retrieved. * Press to view the entire stitch pattern. CAUTION * Press to return to the previous screen • When disconnecting the USB cable: without retrieving the stitch pattern. Before disconnecting the USB cable, click the “Unplug or Eject Hardware”...
Chapter MY CUSTOM STITCH DESIGNING A STITCH..............126 Examples of Custom Stitches ..................127 ENTERING STITCH DATA ..............128 Key Functions ........................128 Moving a Point ......................130 Moving Part or All of the Design ...................131 Inserting New Points .....................132 USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES ..........133 Saving Custom Stitches in the Machine’s Memory ..........133 If the Memory Is Full .....................133 Saving Custom Stitches to the Computer ..............134...
DESIGNING A STITCH DESIGNING A STITCH Decide the spacing of the stitch. ™ By using the MY CUSTOM STITCH function, you can register stitches you have created yourself. * By adjusting the spacing of a stitch, you can create various patterns with one stitch.
ENTERING STITCH DATA ENTERING STITCH DATA Key Functions This area displays the stitch being created. Displays the number of the present set point over the total number of points in the stitch. Displays the y-coordinate of over the x-coordinate of Display Key Name Explanation...
ENTERING STITCH DATA Press Press to add the point indicated by Press Select whether one stitch or three stitches will be sewn between the first two points. * To sew three stitches, press the key so that it appears as to move to the coordinates of the first point on the grid sheet.
ENTERING STITCH DATA Press Moving a Point Press to move to the point that you want to move. * To move to the first point, press * To move to the last point, press * You can also move by using the touch pen. Memo •...
ENTERING STITCH DATA Moving Part or All of the Design Press to move the section. Press to move to the first point of the section that you want to move. * To move to the first point, press * To move to the last point, press * You can also move by using the touch pen.
ENTERING STITCH DATA Inserting New Points 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.
USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES Press Saving Custom Stitches in the * Press to return to the previous screen without Machine’s Memory saving the custom stitch. Stitch patterns created using the MY CUSTOM STITCH™ function can be saved for later use. The machine’s memory can hold up to 15 custom stitches.
USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES Select a custom stitch to be deleted. Press * If you decide not to delete the custom stitch, press * Press to view the entire custom stitch. * Press if you do not want to delete the custom stitch.
USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES Press Retrieving Custom Stitches from the * Press to delete the custom stitch. Machine’s Memory Press → The selected custom stitch is retrieved and the sewing screen appears. → The pocket selection screen appears. Retrieving Custom Stitches from the Computer Select a custom stitch to be retrieved.
Chapter Appendix CARE AND MAINTENANCE ..............138 Cleaning the LCD ....................138 Cleaning the Machine Casing ................138 Cleaning the Race ....................138 Cleaning the Bobbin Case ..................139 ADJUSTING THE SCREEN ..............140 Screen Visibility Is Low ..................140 Touch Panel Is Malfunctioning ................140 TROUBLESHOOTING ...............142 ERROR MESSAGES................145 Alarm ..........................147 SPECIFICATIONS................148...
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 If the surface of the LCD is dirty, lightly wipe it with a soft dry cloth.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE Insert the bobbin case so that the mark Cleaning the Bobbin Case aligns with the mark as shown below. Thread wax and dust easily collect around the notch in the tension spring on the bobbin case, resulting in an incorrect thread tension.
ADJUSTING THE SCREEN ADJUSTING THE SCREEN Screen Visibility Is Low Touch Panel Is Malfunctioning If the screen is difficult to read when the machine is If the screen does not respond correctly when a key is turned on, follow the procedure described below. pressed (the machine does not perform the operation or performs a different operation), follow the procedure Turn off the machine, hold your finger...
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, and “SUCCESS” appears on the screen.
TROUBLESHOOTING TROUBLESHOOTING If you have a minor problem with your sewing machine, check the following solutions. If the solutions suggested do not correct the problem, contact your authorized dealer. Memo This machine is equipped with a simple troubleshooting feature that can be used in case minor problems occur during sewing.
TROUBLESHOOTING Problem Cause Solution Page High-pitched sound while Dust or lint is caught in the feed dogs. Remove the dust or lint. sewing Pieces of thread are caught in the race (bobbin Clean the race (bobbin case). case). The upper threading is incorrect. Check the procedure for threading the machine and rethread it correctly.
TROUBLESHOOTING CAUTION • This machine is equipped with a thread detection device. If the “Start/Stop” button is pushed before the upper threading is done, the machine will not operate properly. Also, depending on the pattern selected, the machine may feed the fabric even if the needle is raised. This is due to the needle bar release mechanism. At these times, the machine will make a sound different from that made during normal sewing.
ERROR MESSAGES ERROR MESSAGES If the “Start/Stop button” or the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button is pressed before the machine is correctly set up or if an incorrect operation is performed, the machine stops and informs you of the error with an alarm and an error message.
ERROR MESSAGES This message is displayed when This message is displayed when the bobbin thread is running out. is pressed while the presser foot is raised. This message is displayed when This message is displayed when the bobbin is being wound, and the motor locks because the thread is tangled, etc.
ERROR MESSAGES This message is displayed when the machine is set for twin needle sewing and a pattern that cannot be sewn with the twin needle is selected. This message is displayed when you try to sew with a stitch other than a middle needle position stitch while the single-hole needle plate is installed.
UPGRADING YOUR MACHINE’S SOFTWARE You can use a computer to download software upgrades for your sewing machine. When an upgrade program is available on “http://solutions.brother.com”, please download the files following the instructions on the web site and steps below. Note There are two upgrade files.
UPGRADING YOUR MACHINE’S SOFTWARE When the following screen appears, upgrading is completed. Press LOAD after saving the upgrade file in the machine. Upgrade complete. Note If an error occurred, an error message appears. At this time, turn the machine off, and then start the procedure again from step Disconnect the USB cable, and turn the machine off, then on again.
STITCH SETTING CHART STITCH SETTING CHART Note When using the twin needle (see page 30), be sure to attach presser foot “J”. Stitch Width Stitch Length Stitch Presser Twin [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Stitch Name Applications Foot Needle Auto Manual Auto Manual Straight stitch (Left)