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Operation Manual
Sewing Machine
Product Code: 885-S61
GETTING READY
SEWING BASICS
UTILITY STITCHES
APPENDIX

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  • Page 1 GETTING READY Read before use. SEWING BASICS UTILITY STITCHES Read when additional information is required. APPENDIX Sewing Machine Product Code: 885-S61 Operation Manual...
  • Page 2: Enclosed Accessories

    Enclosed Accessories After opening the box, check that the following accessories are enclosed. If any item is missing or damaged, contact your retailer. Accessories The following items should also be enclosed in the box. Note (For U.S.A. only) ● Foot controller: Model N5V This foot controller can be used on this machine model SB3129.
  • Page 3: 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. Front view 1 Thread guide plate / 2 Thread guide cover 9 Operation buttons...
  • Page 4: Needle And Presser Foot Section

    ——————————————————————————————————————— Names of Machine Parts and Their Functions Right-side/rear view Needle and presser foot section 1 Buttonhole lever 1 Presser foot dial Lower the buttonhole lever when sewing buttonholes Use the presser foot dial to adjust the amount of and bar tacks. pressure that the presser foot applies to the fabric.
  • Page 5: Operation Buttons

    Operation buttons The operation buttons help you to easily perform various basic sewing machine operations. 1 Start/stop button CAUTION Press the start/stop button to start or stop sewing. The ● Do not press the thread cutter button after machine sews at a slow speed at the beginning of sewing while the button is depressed.
  • Page 6: Operation Panel

    Operation panel The operation panel, located on the front at the right of the sewing machine, consists of the LCD (liquid crystal display) and keys for specifying various sewing settings. 1 LCD (liquid crystal display) 7 OK key Settings for the selected stitch and error messages for incorrect operations appear in the LCD.
  • Page 7: Optional Accessories

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Enclosed Accessories Optional Accessories The following are available as optional accessories to be purchased separately. Part Code Part Code Part Name Part Name Americas Others Americas Others F054 Adjustable zipper/ F036N Side cutter SA177 SA161 (XC3879-152) piping foot (XC1970-052) F016N F007N Quilting guide...
  • Page 8: Introduction

    Introduction Thank you for purchasing this sewing machine. Before using this sewing machine, carefully read the “IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS” (page 6), and then study this manual for the correct operation of the various functions. In addition, after you have finished reading this manual, store it where it can quickly be accessed for future reference.
  • Page 9: Table Of Contents

    Contents Enclosed Accessories ....................Cover A Accessories .............................Cover A Names of Machine Parts and Their Functions ............Cover B Front view ............................... Cover B Needle and presser foot section ......................Cover C Right-side/rear view ..........................Cover C Operation buttons ..........................Cover D Operation panel ............................
  • Page 10 SEWING BASICS .....................45 Sewing ..........................46 General sewing procedure ..........................47 Positioning the fabric ............................48 Starting to sew ..............................49 Securing the stitching ............................51 Cutting the thread ............................53 Adjusting the Thread Tension .................... 54 Changing the tension of the upper thread ......................54 Adjusting the Stitch Width and Length ................
  • Page 11 Reinforcement Stitching ....................100 Triple stretch stitching ........................... 100 Bar tack stitching ............................100 Darning ................................. 102 Eyelet Stitching ........................104 Decorative Stitching ......................105 Fagoting ................................ 106 Scallop stitching ............................107 Smocking ..............................107 Shell tuck stitching ............................108 Joining ................................109 Heirloom stitching ............................
  • Page 12: Important Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Please read these safety instructions before attempting to use the machine. DANGER - To reduce the risk of electric shock: Always unplug the machine from the electrical outlet immediately after using, when cleaning, when making any user servicing adjustments mentioned in this manual, or if you are leaving the machine unattended.
  • Page 13 Always keep your work area clear: • Never operate the machine with any air openings blocked. Keep ventilation openings of the machine and foot control free from the build up of lint, dust, and loose cloth. • Do not store objects on the foot controller. •...
  • Page 14 For repair or adjustment: • If the Light unit (light-emitting diode) is damaged, it must be replaced by authorized dealer. • In the event a malfunction occurs or adjustment is required, first follow the troubleshooting table in the back of the operation manual to inspect and adjust the machine yourself. If the problem persists, please consult your local authorized Brother dealer.
  • Page 15: Getting Ready

    GETTING READY The various preparations required before starting to sew are described in this chapter. Turning the Machine On/Off ..................10 Understanding the LCD Screens................12 Changing the Machine Settings ................14 Winding/Installing the Bobbin ................18 Upper Threading .....................24 Replacing the Needle ....................33 Replacing the Presser Foot ..................37 Sewing Cylindrical or Large Pieces................42...
  • Page 16: Turning The Machine On/off

    GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Turning the Machine On/Off This section explains how to turn the sewing machine on and off. Power supply precautions Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the power supply. WARNING ● Use only regular household electricity for the power source. Using other power sources may result in fire, electric shock, or damage to the machine.
  • Page 17: Turning On The Machine

    Turning on the machine Turning off the machine When you are finished using the sewing machine, Make sure that the sewing machine is turned turn it off. In addition, before transporting the sewing off (the main power switch is set to “O”), and machine to another location, be sure to turn it off.
  • Page 18: Understanding The Lcd Screens

    GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Understanding the LCD Screens The LCD screen, located on the front at the right of the sewing machine, displays the settings for the selected stitch and error messages if operations are performed incorrectly. When the sewing machine is turned on, the LCD comes on and the following screen appears. 1 Presser foot that should be used 2 Single or twin needle 3 Selected stitch...
  • Page 19: Checking Machine Operating Procedures

    Checking machine operating procedures Simple descriptions on replacing the presser foot, threading the upper thread, winding the bobbin and installing the bobbin can be displayed in the LCD. When you are finished with the help screen, press (OK key). Turn on the sewing machine. The initial stitch screen appears again.
  • Page 20: Changing The Machine Settings

    GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Changing the Machine Settings Various sewing machine operations and sewing settings can be changed. Press (OK key). Changing the settings The initial stitch screen appears again. The general procedure for changing machine settings is described below. Turn on the sewing machine. The LCD comes on.
  • Page 21 ■ List of stitch or machine attribute The stitch or machine attribute that can be set are listed below. For details on each attribute, refer to the corresponding reference page. Attribute Icon Details Reference Automatic reverse/ Specifies automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching. page 57 reinforcement stitching...
  • Page 22: Changing The Needle Stop Position

    GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Changing the needle stop Adjusting the brightness of position the LCD When the sewing machine is purchased, it is set to The brightness of the LCD can be adjusted. leave the needle lowered in the fabric when sewing is stopped.
  • Page 23: Changing The Screen Language

    Changing the screen language The language used in the screens that are displayed can be changed to one of the many available. When the sewing machine is purchased, the screens appear in English. Press (settings key) in the operation panel, and then press (arrow keys) until is selected.
  • Page 24: Winding/installing The Bobbin

    GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Winding/Installing the Bobbin This section describes how to wind the thread onto the bobbin, and then insert the bobbin thread. Bobbin precautions Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the bobbin. CAUTION ● Only use the bobbin (part code: SA156, XA5539-151) designed specifically for this sewing machine.
  • Page 25 Turn on the sewing machine. Place the spool of thread for the bobbin onto the spool pin. Slide the spool onto the pin so that the spool is horizontal and the thread unrolls from the bottom front of the spool. Lift open the upper cover.
  • Page 26 GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Pull the thread to the right, pass it under the CAUTION hook on the thread guide for bobbin winding, and then wind it counterclockwise between ● If the spool or the spool cap is not the discs. positioned correctly, the thread may become tangled around the spool pin or the needle may break.
  • Page 27 Use scissors to cut the end of the thread CAUTION wound around the bobbin. ● Be sure to cut the thread as described on the previous page. If the bobbin is wound without cutting the thread using the cutter built into the slit in the bobbin winder seat, the thread may become tangled in the bobbin or the needle may bend or break when the bobbin thread...
  • Page 28: Installing The Bobbin

    GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Remove the bobbin cover. Installing the bobbin Hold the bobbin with your right hand and Install the bobbin wound with thread. hold the end of the thread with your left. CAUTION ● Use a bobbin thread that has been correctly wound, otherwise the needle may break or the thread tension will be incorrect.
  • Page 29 While lightly holding down the bobbin with your right hand as shown, guide the thread through the slit (1 and 2). • At this time, check that the bobbin easily rotates counterclockwise. Then, pull the thread toward you to cut it with the cutter (3).
  • Page 30: Upper Threading

    GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Upper Threading In this section, the procedures for positioning the spool for the upper thread and threading the needle are described. Threading the upper thread CAUTION ● Turn on the sewing machine. When threading the upper thread, carefully follow the instructions.
  • Page 31 • If the presser foot is not raised, the sewing Place the spool for the upper thread onto the machine cannot be threaded correctly. spool pin. Slide the spool onto the pin so that the spool is Press (needle position button) once horizontal and the thread unrolls from the or twice to raise the needle.
  • Page 32 GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— While using your right hand to hold the thread CAUTION passed under the thread guide plate taut, pass the thread through the guides in the order (up ● If the spool or the spool cap is not →...
  • Page 33: Threading The Needle

    Lower the presser foot lever. Threading the needle Memo ● The needle threader can be used with sewing machine needles 75/11 through 100/16. ● The needle threader cannot be used with the wing needle or the twin needle. ● If the needle threader cannot be used, refer 1 Presser foot lever to “Threading the needle manually (without The presser foot is lowered.
  • Page 34: Threading The Needle Manually (without Using The Needle Threader)

    GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Raise the presser foot lever, pass the end of the thread through the presser foot, and then Note pull out about 5 cm (2 inches) of thread ● If the needle is not raised, the needle toward the rear of the machine. threader cannot thread the needle.
  • Page 35 Manually thread the left needle with the Thread the upper thread in the same way that upper thread. the upper thread for the left side was Pass the thread through the eye of the needle threaded. from the front. 1 Thread guide cover •...
  • Page 36 GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Press (settings key) in the operation panel. Select a stitch. • For details on selecting a stitch, refer to The settings screen appears. “Selecting stitching” (page 68). • For details on the stitches that can be sewn Press (arrow keys) until with the twin needle, refer to “Stitch...
  • Page 37: Using Thread That Winds Off Quickly

    Pulling up the bobbin thread Using thread that winds off quickly When making gathers or before free-motion quilting, first pull up the bobbin thread as described below. When using thread that winds off quickly, such as transparent nylon thread or metallic thread, place the Insert the bobbin into the shuttle.
  • Page 38 GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Pull out about 5 cm (2 inches) of the bobbin thread under the presser foot toward the rear of the machine. Reattach the bobbin cover. Insert the tab in the lower-left corner of the bobbin cover, and then lightly press down on the right side.
  • Page 39: Replacing The Needle

    Replacing the Needle This section provides information on sewing machine needles. Needle precautions Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the handling of the needle. Failure to observe these precautions is extremely dangerous, for example, if the needle breaks and fragments are dispersed. Be sure to read and carefully follow the instructions below.
  • Page 40: Checking The Needle

    GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Checking the needle Note ● Never use a thread of weight 20 or lower. It Sewing with a bent needle is extremely dangerous may cause malfunctions. since the needle may break while the machine is being operated. Before using the needle, place the flat side of the needle on a flat surface and check that the distance Memo...
  • Page 41: Replacing The Needle

    Hold the needle with your left hand, and then Replacing the needle use a screwdriver to turn the needle clamp screw counterclockwise to remove the Replace the needle as described below. Use the needle. screwdriver and a needle that has been determined to be straight according to the instructions in “Checking the needle”.
  • Page 42 GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— CAUTION ● Be sure to insert the needle until it touches the needle stopper and securely tighten the needle clamp screw with the screwdriver, otherwise the needle may break or damage may result.
  • Page 43: Replacing The Presser Foot

    Replacing the Presser Foot The presser foot presses down on the fabric. Presser foot precautions Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the needles. CAUTION ● Use the presser foot appropriate for the type of stitch that you wish to sew, otherwise the needle may hit the presser foot, causing the needle to bend or break.
  • Page 44 GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Press the black button at the back of the presser foot holder. Note ● When a stitch is selected, the icon for the presser foot that should be used appears in the screen. Check that the correct presser foot is attached before starting to sew.
  • Page 45: Adjusting The Pressure Of The Presser Foot

    Adjusting the pressure of Removing the presser foot the presser foot holder The amount of pressure that the presser foot applies Remove the presser foot holder when cleaning the to the fabric can be adjusted. sewing machine or when installing a presser foot that does not use the presser foot holder, such as the Lower the presser foot lever.
  • Page 46: Using The Walking Foot

    GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— CAUTION Using the walking foot ● Be sure to securely tighten the screw With the walking foot, both pieces of fabric are fed with the screwdriver, otherwise the evenly by the feed dogs and the teeth on the presser needle may touch the presser foot, foot.
  • Page 47 Raise the presser foot lever. 1 Presser foot lever The presser foot is raised. With a screwdriver, loosen the presser foot holder screw, and then remove the walking foot. Attach the presser foot holder. • For details, refer to “Removing the presser foot holder”...
  • Page 48: Sewing Cylindrical Or Large Pieces

    GETTING READY ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Sewing Cylindrical or Large Pieces When sewing cylindrical or large pieces of fabric, remove the flat bed attachment. Stitching cylindrical pieces Sewing large pieces of fabric Removing the flat bed attachment makes it easier to The optional wide table makes sewing large pieces sew cylindrical pieces such as cuffs and pant legs.
  • Page 49 Turn the screw at the bottom of the legs to adjust their height. CAUTION ● Do not move the sewing machine while the wide table is attached, otherwise damage or injuries may occur. When you are finished using the wide table, remove it.
  • Page 50 GETTING READY ———————————————————————————————————————————————————...
  • Page 51: Sewing Basics

    SEWING BASICS The necessary preparations for sewing are described in this chapter. Sewing........................46 Adjusting the Thread Tension..................54 Adjusting the Stitch Width and Length..............55 Useful Functions .....................57 Useful Sewing Tips ....................62...
  • Page 52: Sewing

    SEWING BASICS ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Sewing Basic sewing operations are described below. Before operating the sewing machine, read the following precautions. CAUTION ● While the machine is in operation, pay special attention to the needle location. In addition, keep your hands away from all moving parts such as the needle and balance wheel, otherwise injuries may occur.
  • Page 53: General Sewing Procedure

    General sewing procedure Follow the basic procedures below to sew. Turn on the sewing machine. Turn on the For details on turning on the machine, refer to “Turning on the machine” machine. (page 11). ↓ Select the stitch appropriate for the area to be sewn. Select the stitch.
  • Page 54: Positioning The Fabric

    SEWING BASICS ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Positioning the fabric Be sure that the fabric pieces are sewn in the correct order and that the right and wrong sides of the fabric are aligned correctly. Turn on the sewing machine. Lower the presser foot lever. The straight stitch (left needle position) is automatically selected.
  • Page 55: Starting To Sew

    When the end of the stitching is reached, Starting to sew press (start/stop button) once. The machine stops sewing with the needle Once you are ready to start sewing, you can start the down (in the fabric). sewing machine. The sewing speed can be adjusted using either the operation buttons or the foot When you are finished sewing, raise the controller.
  • Page 56 SEWING BASICS ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Turn on the sewing machine. When you are finished sewing, raise the needle, and then cut the threads. • For details, refer to “Cutting the thread” (page 53). Memo ● When the foot controller is plugged in, the start/stop button cannot be used to start or Slide the sewing speed controller to the left or stop sewing.
  • Page 57: Securing The Stitching

    After sewing 3 to 5 stitches, press Securing the stitching (reverse/reinforcement stitch button). Keep the reverse/reinforcement stitch button When sewing with the straight stitch, for example, at held down until you reach the beginning of the the end of an opening or where seams do not stitching.
  • Page 58 SEWING BASICS ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Sewing reinforcement stitches After 3 to 5 reverse stitches have been sewn, release (reverse/reinforcement stitch When sewing stitches other than straight or zigzag button). stitches that are secured with reverse stitching, pressing (reverse/reinforcement stitch The machine stops sewing. button) sews reinforcement stitches, 3 to 5 stitches on top of each other.
  • Page 59: Cutting The Thread

    Memo Cutting the thread ● The machine can be set so that the threads When you have finished sewing, cut the threads. The will be cut when sewing is finished. For threads can be cut in either of two ways. details on setting the machine so that the ■...
  • Page 60: Adjusting The Thread Tension

    SEWING BASICS ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Adjusting the Thread Tension The tensions of the upper thread and of the bobbin thread (thread tension) should be adjusted so that they are equal. Turn the thread tension dial to the left to loosen Changing the tension of the the upper thread.
  • Page 61: Adjusting The Stitch Width And Length

    Adjusting the Stitch Width and Length The zigzag width (pattern width) and stitch length of utility stitches can be adjusted. Normally, when a stitch is selected, the appropriate width and length are automatically selected. For details on the range of values within which the width and length can be set, refer to “Stitch Settings”...
  • Page 62: Adjusting The Stitch Length

    SEWING BASICS ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Memo Adjusting the stitch length ● To reset the stitch length to its standard The stitch length can be adjusted with the arrow setting, select the same stitch again or keys. change the setting to the highlighted value. ●...
  • Page 63: Useful Functions

    Useful Functions Functions useful in improving sewing efficiency are described below. Press to select Automatically sewing reverse/ To return to , press reinforcement stitches The sewing machine can be set to automatically sew reverse or reinforcement stitches at the beginning and end of the stitching.
  • Page 64 SEWING BASICS ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— After reaching the end of the stitching, press (reverse/reinforcement stitch button) once. This step is not necessary if a stitch such as those for sewing buttonholes and bar tacks is selected where reinforcement stitches are automatically sewn. 1 Reverse/reinforcement stitch button After reverse/reinforcement stitches are sewn, the sewing machine stops.
  • Page 65: Automatically Cutting The Thread

    Press to select Automatically cutting the To return to , press thread The sewing machine can be set to automatically cut the threads at the end of the stitching. This is called “programmed thread-cutting”. The machine is now set for programmed If programmed thread-cutting is set, automatic thread-cutting.
  • Page 66: Saving Stitch Settings

    SEWING BASICS ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— After reverse/reinforcement stitches are Saving stitch settings sewn, the sewing machine stops and cuts the thread. Adjusted stitch width and length settings can be saved so that they will be specified each time the stitch is selected. The various settings can be saved for each utility stitch.
  • Page 67 • The next time that the stitch is selected, the saved settings are the first ones that are displayed. • To clear the saved settings and return the stitch width and length to their default settings, press so that , and then press (OK key).
  • Page 68: Useful Sewing Tips

    SEWING BASICS ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Useful Sewing Tips Various ways to achieve better results for your sewing projects are described below. Refer to these tips when sewing your project. Trial sewing Sewing curves After you have set up the machine with the thread Stop sewing, and then slightly change the sewing and needle appropriate for the type of fabric being direction to sew around the curve.
  • Page 69: Sewing Thick Fabrics

    Release the presser foot locking pin (black Sewing thick fabrics button). The presser foot remains level, allowing the ■ If the fabric does not fit under the presser foot fabric to be fed. If the fabric does not fit easily under the presser foot, raise the presser foot lever even higher to bring the presser foot to its highest position.
  • Page 70: Sewing Thin Fabrics

    SEWING BASICS ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Sewing thin fabrics Sewing leathers or vinyl fabrics When sewing thin fabrics, the stitching may become misaligned or the fabric may not feed correctly. If When sewing the fabrics that may stick to the presser this occurs, place thin paper or stabilizer material foot such as leathers or coated fabrics, change the under the fabric and sew it together with the fabric.
  • Page 71 ■ Aligning the fabric with a needle plate marking The markings on the needle plate show the distance from the needle position of a seam sewn with the straight stitch (left needle position). Sew while keeping the edge of the fabric aligned with a marking in the needle plate.
  • Page 72 SEWING BASICS ———————————————————————————————————————————————————...
  • Page 73: Utility Stitches

    UTILITY STITCHES The various stitches and their applications are described in this chapter. Selecting Stitching....................68 Overcasting Stitches....................70 Basic Stitching......................74 Blind Hem Stitching ....................76 Buttonhole Stitching....................78 Zipper Insertion ......................85 Zipper/piping Insertion ...................89 Sewing Stretch Fabrics and Elastic Tape..............91 Appliqué, Patchwork and Quilt Stitching ..............93 Reinforcement Stitching ..................100 Eyelet Stitching......................104 Decorative Stitching....................105...
  • Page 74: Selecting Stitching

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Selecting Stitching You can select any of the various types of stitching available. Stitch types Selecting stitching A total of 8 groups of stitch types (utility stitches, Using the operation panel keys, select the desired decorative stitches, satin stitches, cross-stitches, stitch from those shown in the LCD.
  • Page 75 Press (arrow keys) until the type of stitch that you wish to use is Note selected. ● When a stitch is selected, the icon for the presser foot that should be used appears in the screen. Check that the correct presser foot is attached before starting to sew.
  • Page 76: Overcasting Stitches

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Overcasting Stitches Sew overcasting stitches along the edges of cut fabric to prevent them from fraying. Fifteen stitches are available for overcasting. The procedure for sewing overcasting stitch is explained according to the presser foot that is used. Sewing overcasting stitches using overcasting foot “G”...
  • Page 77: Sewing Overcasting Stitches Using Zigzag Foot "j

    Sewing overcasting stitches using zigzag foot “J” Seven stitches can be used to sew overcasting stitches with zigzag foot “J”. Stitch Width Stitch Length Stitch Presser [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Name Application Pattern Foot Auto Manual Auto Manual Zigzag stitch (center Preventing fraying (center 0.0–7.0...
  • Page 78: Sewing Overcasting Stitches Using The Optional Side Cutter

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Sewing overcasting stitches using the optional side cutter Using the side cutter, seam allowances can be finished while the edge of the fabric is cut off. Five stitches can be used to sew overcasting stitches with the side cutter. Stitch Width Stitch Length Presser...
  • Page 79 Raise the presser foot lever to check that the Position the fabric in the side cutter. side cutter is securely attached. The cut in the fabric should be positioned over the guide plate of the side cutter. Pass the upper thread under the side cutter, and then pull it out toward the rear of the sewing machine.
  • Page 80: Basic Stitching

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Basic Stitching Straight stitches are used for sewing plain seams. Five stitches are available for basic stitching. Stitch Width Stitch Length Stitch Presser [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Name Application Pattern Foot Auto Manual Auto Manual Basting 0.0–7.0 –...
  • Page 81 ■ Changing the needle position Start sewing. • For details, refer to “Starting to sew” The needle position used as the baseline is (page 49). different for the straight stitch (left needle position) • For details on sewing reverse/reinforcement and the straight stitch (center needle position). stitches, refer to “Securing the stitching”...
  • Page 82: Blind Hem Stitching

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Blind Hem Stitching Secure the bottoms of skirts and pants with a blind hem. Two stitches are available for blind hem stitching. Stitch Width Stitch Length Stitch Presser [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Name Application Pattern Foot Auto Manual Auto...
  • Page 83 ■ If the needle does not catch the hem fold Adjust the stitch width until the needle slightly catches the fold of the hem. The needle is too far to the right. Press (of the arrow keys) to increase the stitch width so that the needle slightly catches the fold of the hem.
  • Page 84: Buttonhole Stitching

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Buttonhole Stitching Buttonholes can be sewn and buttons can be sewn on. Eleven stitches are available for sewing on buttons and one-step buttonholes. Stitch Width Stitch Length Stitch Presser [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Name Application Pattern Foot Auto Manual...
  • Page 85: Buttonhole Sewing

    Buttonhole sewing The maximum buttonhole length is about 28 mm (1-1/8 inch) (diameter + thickness of the button). Buttonholes are sewn from the front of the presser foot to the back, as shown below. 1 Reinforcement stitching The names of parts of buttonhole foot “A”, which is Use chalk to mark on the fabric the position used for sewing buttonholes, are indicated below.
  • Page 86 UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— ■ If the button does not fit in the button guide Pass the upper thread down through the hole plate in the presser foot. Add together the diameter and thickness of • When lowering the presser foot, do not push the button, and then set the button guide in the front of the presser foot, otherwise the plate to the calculated length.
  • Page 87 ■ Changing the density of the stitching Raise the buttonhole lever to its original position. Adjust the stitch length. – Insert a pin along the inside of one bar tack at the end of the buttonhole stitching to prevent the stitching from being cut. •...
  • Page 88: Button Sewing

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Attach buttonhole foot “A”. Button sewing • For details, refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 37). Buttons can be sewn on with the sewing machine. Buttons with 2 or with 4 holes can be attached. Select stitch Raise the presser foot lever, and then slide the Adjust the stitch width to the thickness of the drop feed lever, located at the rear of the...
  • Page 89 Place the button into button-sewing foot “M”. CAUTION ● When sewing, be sure that the needle does not touch the button, otherwise the needle may bend or break. Start sewing. The sewing machine automatically stops after sewing reinforcement stitches. • If additional strength is needed to secure the 1 Button button, perform the button-sewing operation •...
  • Page 90 UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Attaching a shank to a button To sew the button with a shank, attach the button with space between it and the fabric, and then wind the thread by hand. This attaches the button securely. Place the button into button-sewing foot “M”, and then pull the shank lever toward you.
  • Page 91: Zipper Insertion

    Zipper Insertion A zipper can be sewn in place. Stitch Width Stitch Length Stitch Presser [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Name Application Pattern Foot Auto Manual Auto Manual Straight Attaching zippers stitch (center 0.2–5.0 Sewing concealed seams and – – needle (3/32) (1/64–3/16)
  • Page 92: Inserting A Side Zipper

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Select stitch Inserting a side zipper • For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” Stitching is sewn on only one piece of fabric. Use (page 68). this type of zipper for side openings and back openings. CAUTION ● When using zipper foot “I”, be sure to select the straight stitch (center needle position), and slowly turn the balance...
  • Page 93 Press the seam allowance so that the right side CAUTION (the side that will not be stitched) has an extra 3 mm (1/8 inch). ● When using zipper foot “I”, be sure to select the straight stitch (center needle position), and slowly turn the balance wheel toward you to check that the needle does not touch the presser foot.
  • Page 94 UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Close the zipper, turn over the fabric, and When you are about 5 cm (2 inch) from the then baste the other side of the zipper to the end of the zipper, stop the sewing machine fabric. with the needle lowered (in the fabric), and then raise the presser foot lever.
  • Page 95: Zipper/piping Insertion

    Zipper/piping Insertion A zipper and piping can be sewn in place. Stitch Width Stitch Length Stitch Presser [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Name Application Pattern Foot Auto Manual Auto Manual Straight Attaching zippers stitch (left 0.0–7.0 0.2–5.0 Sewing concealed seams and needle (0–1/4) (3/32)
  • Page 96: Inserting A Piping

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Securely tighten the positioning screw with a Inserting a piping screwdriver. Place the piping between two fabrics inside out, as shown below. 1 Positioning screw Topstitch around the zipper. 1 Fabric 2 Piping 3 Fabric Refer to the steps of attaching the optional adjustable zipper/piping foot on the previous page.
  • Page 97: Sewing Stretch Fabrics And Elastic Tape

    Sewing Stretch Fabrics and Elastic Tape Stretch fabrics can be sewn and elastic tape can be attached. Stitch Width Stitch Length Stitch Presser [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Name Application Pattern Foot Auto Manual Auto Manual Stretch 1.0–3.0 1.0–4.0 Stretch fabrics stitch (1/16) (1/16–1/8)
  • Page 98 UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Select a stitch. • For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 68). Sew the elastic tape to the fabric while stretching the tape so that it is the same length as the fabric. While pulling the fabric behind the presser foot with your left hand, pull the fabric at the pin nearest the front of the presser foot with your right hand.
  • Page 99: Appliqué, Patchwork And Quilt Stitching

    Appliqué, Patchwork and Quilt Stitching The stitches that can be used for sewing appliqués, patchwork and quilts are described below. Stitch Width Stitch Length Stitch Presser [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Name Application Pattern Foot Auto Manual Auto Manual Attaching appliqués (center 0.0–7.0 0.0–4.0 baseline/reverse stitching)
  • Page 100 UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Turn the fabric over, and then baste or pin it Turn the balance wheel toward you, and then onto the fabric that it will be attached to. begin sewing around the edge of the appliqué, making sure that the needle drops just outside of the appliqué.
  • Page 101: Patchwork (crazy Quilt) Stitching

    Sew with the side of the presser foot aligned Patchwork (crazy quilt) with the edge of the fabric. stitching ■ For a seam allowance on the right side Align the right side of the presser foot with the Fold the edge of the top piece of fabric and edge of the fabric, and sew using stitch place it over the lower piece.
  • Page 102: Quilting

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Using the optional quilting guide Quilting Use the quilting guide to sew parallel stitches that are equally spaced. Sandwiching batting between the top and bottom layers of fabric is called “quilting”. Quilts can easily be sewn using the walking foot and the quilting guide.
  • Page 103: Free-motion Quilting

    Slide the drop feed lever, located at the rear Free-motion quilting of the machine on the base, to (to the right as seen from the front of the machine). With free-motion quilting, the feed dogs can be lowered (using the drop feed lever) so that the fabric can be moved freely in any direction.
  • Page 104: Satin Stitching

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— After sewing is finished, slide the drop feed Satin stitching lever to (to the left as seen from the front of the machine) and turn the handwheel A decorative stitch can be sewn by changing the to raise the feed dogs. stitch width of a satin stitch.
  • Page 105 Press (OK key). The initial stitch screen appears again. Select stitch • For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 68). While sewing, slide the sewing speed controller to adjust the stitch width. Slide the controller to the left to make the width narrower.
  • Page 106: Reinforcement Stitching

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Reinforcement Stitching Reinforce points that will be subject to strain, such as sleeve holes, inseams and pocket corners. Stitch Width Stitch Length Stitch Presser [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Name Application Pattern Foot Auto Manual Auto Manual Triple Reinforcing the seams of 0.0–7.0...
  • Page 107 Attach buttonhole foot “A”. The buttonhole lever is positioned behind the • For details, refer to “Replacing the presser bracket on the buttonhole foot. foot” (page 37). Select stitch • For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 68). Position the fabric so that the opening of the 1 Buttonhole lever 2 Bracket pocket faces toward you, and then lower the...
  • Page 108: Darning

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Darning Fabric that has been torn can be darned. Darning is sewn as shown below. 1 Reinforcement stitching Determine the desired length of the darning. Position the fabric so that the needle is 2 mm Set the button guide plate on buttonhole foot (1/16 inch) in front of the area to be darned, “A”...
  • Page 109 Pull down the buttonhole lever as far as possible. 1 Buttonhole lever The buttonhole lever is positioned behind the bracket on the buttonhole foot. 1 Buttonhole lever 2 Bracket Gently hold the end of the upper thread in your left hand, and then start sewing. Once sewing is completed, the machine automatically sews reinforcement stitches, then stops...
  • Page 110: Eyelet Stitching

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Eyelet Stitching Eyelets, such as those on belts, can be sewn. Three sizes of eyelets are possible: 7 mm, 6 mm and 5 mm (1/4, 15/64 and 3/16 inch). Stitch Width Stitch Length Presser [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Name Application Pattern...
  • Page 111: Decorative Stitching

    Decorative Stitching Various decorative stitches can be sewn with this sewing machine. Stitch Width Stitch Length Presser [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Name Application Pattern Foot Auto Manual Auto Manual 0.0–7.0 1.0–4.0 (3/16) (0–1/4) (3/32) (1/16–3/16) Fagoting Sewing two pieces of fabric stitch together across an open seam 2.5–7.0...
  • Page 112: Fagoting

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Stitch Width Stitch Length Presser [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Name Application Pattern Foot Auto Manual Auto Manual 0.0–7.0 2.0–4.0 (3/16) (0–1/4) (1/8) (1/16–3/16) 0.0–7.0 1.0–4.0 (3/16) (0–1/4) (3/32) (1/16–3/16) Decorative Decorative stitching stitch 0.0–7.0 1.0–4.0 (7/32) (0–1/4) (1/16) (1/16–3/16)
  • Page 113: Scallop Stitching

    Scallop stitching Smocking The wave-shaped repeating pattern that looks like The decorative stitch created by stitching or shells is called “scalloping”. It is used on the collars embroidering over gathers is called “smocking”. It is of blouses and to decorate the edges of used to decorate the front of blouses or cuffs.
  • Page 114: Shell Tuck Stitching

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Select stitch Shell tuck stitching • For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” The gathers that look like shells are called “shell (page 68). tucks”. They are used to decorate trims, the front of blouses or cuffs made of thin fabrics. Stitch between the straight stitches.
  • Page 115: Joining

    Unfold the fabric, and then iron the tucks Joining down to one side. Decorative bridging stitches can be sewn over the seam allowance of joined fabrics. This is used when making a crazy quilt. Attach zigzag foot “J”. • For details, refer to “Replacing the presser foot”...
  • Page 116: Heirloom Stitching

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Start sewing. Heirloom stitching When sewing with the wing needle, the needle holes are enlarged, creating a lace-like decorative stitch. This is used to decorate hems and tablecloths on thin or mediumweight fabrics in addition to plain weave fabrics.
  • Page 117 Partially removing threads is called “drawnwork”. Press (settings key) in the operation panel. This gives a beautiful result with fabrics that have a loose weave. The settings screen appears. Two ways to create drawnwork are described below. ■ Drawnwork (Example 1) Press (arrow keys) until is selected.
  • Page 118 UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Drawnwork (Example 2) Pull out several threads from two sections of the fabric, separated by an unfrayed section of about 4 mm (3/16 inch). 1 4 mm (3/16 inch) Attach monogramming foot “N”. • For details, refer to “Replacing the presser foot”...
  • Page 119: Sewing The Various Built-in Decorative Patterns

    Sewing the Various Built-In Decorative Patterns Satin stitches, cross-stitches and decorative satin stitches can be sewn. All are sewn with monogramming foot “N”. Sewing beautiful patterns Sewing patterns In order to sew the patterns correctly, the following Attach monogramming foot “N”. must be considered.
  • Page 120: Combining Patterns

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Sew reinforcement stitches. Combining patterns When sewing with a character stitch, reinforcement stitches are automatically sewn Multiple patterns can be combined and sewn after each character. together. • When sewing a pattern with a stitch other than a character stitch, it is useful to first set Select the first pattern, and then press the automatic reverse/reinforcement (OK key).
  • Page 121: Repeat Sewing Patterns

    Repeat sewing patterns To repeatedly sew the combined pattern, follow the procedure described below. Select the pattern. • For details, refer to “Combining patterns” (on the previous page). Press (settings key) in the operation panel. The settings screen appears. Memo Press (arrow keys) until ●...
  • Page 122: Checking The Selected Pattern

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Checking the selected pattern Up to 70 patterns can be combined. If all of the selected patterns cannot be displayed in the LCD at the same time, the pattern can be checked according to the following procedure. Press (settings key) in the operation panel.
  • Page 123: Changing The Pattern Size

    Changing the pattern size The size of character stitches in the Gothic font and outline style can be switched between large and small. However, the size of other patterns cannot be changed. Select a stitch. Select a character stitch in either the Gothic font or outline style.
  • Page 124: Changing The Stitch Density

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Changing the pattern length Changing the stitch density The length of one part of a satin stitch can be set to one of five sizes. If a decorative satin stitch has been selected, the stitch density can be changed. Select a satin stitch Select a decorative satin stitch Press...
  • Page 125: Mirror Imaging The Pattern

    Memo Mirror imaging the pattern ● Some of the utility and decorative patterns The pattern can be mirror imaged along a vertical can be mirror imaged. axis. ● Mirror imaged patterns can also be combined with other patterns. Select a stitch. Press (settings key) in the operation panel.
  • Page 126: Storing A Pattern

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Press (OK key). Storing a pattern The contents of the selected pocket are Combined patterns can be stored for later use. Since displayed. stored patterns are not lost after the sewing machine is turned off, they can be recalled at any time. This is Check the contents, and then press convenient for patterns, such as names, that will be used often.
  • Page 127: Realigning The Pattern

    Press (OK key). Realigning the pattern The contents of the selected pocket are The pattern may not be sewn correctly, depending displayed. on the type of fabric being sewn or the sewing speed. If this occurs, adjust the pattern while sewing on a Check the contents, and then press piece of scrap fabric that is the same as that used for key).
  • Page 128 UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Check the sewn pattern. When the pattern is sewn correctly, press (OK key). If the part of the pattern indicated in the The initial stitch screen appears again. illustration is sewn uniformly, the pattern is correctly aligned. If the pattern is not sewn correctly, following the steps below to adjust the sewing.
  • Page 129: Designing A Pattern

    Designing a Pattern With the My Custom Stitch function, you can sew stitch patterns that you design yourself. Drawing a sketch of the pattern Prepare a grid sheet set. Mark the points in the pattern that are Draw a sketch of the pattern on the grid sheet positioned at intersections in the grid, and set.
  • Page 130: Entering The Pattern Data

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Specify the coordinates of the second point, Entering the pattern data and then press (OK key). Follow the pattern drawn on the grid sheet and program the pattern into the sewing machine. Attach monogramming foot “N”. A screen appears, allowing you to specify the settings for the stitching between the two points.
  • Page 131 The embroidery screen appears. Specify the various stitching settings, such as reverse/reinforcement stitching, in the same way as with other stitches. • With this screen displayed, pressing (back key) allows you to add or remove points. Memo ● To store the entered pattern data, store it from the embroidery screen.
  • Page 132: Design Exampled

    UTILITY STITCHES —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Design exampled Enter each of the points indicated in the table to sew the sample stitch. Point Point Point Point Point Point Point Point...
  • Page 133: Appendix

    APPENDIX The various maintenance and troubleshooting procedures are described in this chapter. Stitch Settings......................128 Maintenance ......................135 Troubleshooting ....................137 Index ........................144...
  • Page 134: Stitch Settings

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Stitch Settings Applications, stitch lengths and widths and whether the twin needle can be used are listed for utility stitches in the following table. Utility stitches Stitch Width Stitch Length [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Name Pattern Application Auto Manual Auto...
  • Page 135 Stitch Width Stitch Length [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Name Pattern Application Auto Manual Auto Manual Reinforce- Overcasting on thin or 2.5–5.0 1.0–4.0 Reinforce- ment + mediumweight fabrics (1/8) (3/32–3/16) (1/16) (1/16–3/16) ment thread-cut- ting Reinforce- Overcasting on thick 2.5–5.0 1.0–4.0 Reinforce- ment +...
  • Page 136 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Stitch Width Stitch Length [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Name Pattern Application Auto Manual Auto Manual Reinforce- 0.0–7.0 2.0–4.0 Reinforce- ment + Decorative stitching (3/16) (0–1/4) (1/8) (1/16–3/16) ment thread-cut- ting Reinforce- 0.0–7.0 1.0–4.0 Reinforce- ment + Decorative stitching (3/16) (0–1/4) (3/32)
  • Page 137 Stitch Width Stitch Length [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Name Pattern Application Auto Manual Auto Manual Horizontal button- Automatic 3.0–5.0 0.2–1.0 Thread-cut- holes on thin and reinforce- (3/16) (1/8–3/16) (1/64) (1/64–1/16) ting mediumweight fabrics ment Horizontal button- Automatic 3.0–5.0 0.2–1.0 Thread-cut- holes on areas that are reinforce-...
  • Page 138 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Stitch Width Stitch Length [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Name Pattern Application Auto Manual Auto Manual Reinforce- Quilting stitch Quilting background 1.0–-7.0 1.0–4.0 Reinforce- ment + (for stippling) stitching (stippling) (1/4) (1/16–1/4) (1/16) (1/16–3/16) ment thread-cut- ting Reinforce- Sewing straight stitches 0.0–2.5 0.2–5.0...
  • Page 139: Other Stitches

    Other stitches Stitch Type Pattern Decorative Large stitches Satin stitches Large Cross-stitches Large Decorative satin Large (length stitches only) Character Large, stitches Small (Gothic font) *Pattern for making adjustment Stitch Settings...
  • Page 140 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Stitch Type Pattern Character stitches Large (Script font) Character Large, stitches Small (Outline style)
  • Page 141: Maintenance

    Maintenance Simple sewing machine maintenance operations are described below. Grasp both sides of the needle plate cover, Restrictions on oiling and then slide it toward you. In order to prevent damaging this machine, it must not be oiled by the user. This machine was manufactured with the necessary amount of oil applied to ensure correct operation, making periodic oiling unnecessary.
  • Page 142 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Use the cleaning brush or a vacuum cleaner to Insert the tabs on the needle plate cover into remove any lint and dust from the race and its the needle plate, and then slide the cover back surrounding area. 1 Cleaning brush 2 Shuttle race CAUTION...
  • Page 143: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting If the machine stops operating correctly, check the following possible problems before requesting service. If the problem persists, contact your retailer or the nearest authorized service center. Symptom Probable Cause Remedy Reference The machine is not turned on. Turn on the machine. page 11 The start/stop button was not Press the start/stop button.
  • Page 144 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Symptom Probable Cause Remedy Reference ▲ There are knots or tangles in the – Remove any knots or tangles. thread. The selected needle is not Select a needle that is appropriate appropriate for the thread being page 33 for the type of stitch being used.
  • Page 145 Symptom Probable Cause Remedy Reference The upper thread was not threaded Correctly thread the upper thread correctly, or the bobbin is and correctly install the bobbin page 22, 24 incorrectly installed. thread. The spool is incorrectly installed. Correctly install the spool. page 24 Select a thread and needle that are The combination of fabric, thread...
  • Page 146 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Symptom Probable Cause Remedy Reference ▲ Turn the presser foot pressure dial to The pressure of the presser foot is the right to increase the pressure of page 39 weak. the presser foot. Remove the tangle thread. If the The thread is tangled, for example, thread is tangled in the shuttle, clean page 135...
  • Page 147: Error Messages

    Error messages If the start/stop button is pressed before the sewing machine is correctly set up or if an operation is performed incorrectly, an error message appears in the LCD. Follow the instructions that appear. If you press or do the operation correctly while the error message is displayed, the (OK key), (back key) message disappears.
  • Page 148: Nothing Appears In The Lcd

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Nothing appears in the LCD Operation beep If nothing appears in the LCD when the sewing Each time a key is pressed or an incorrect operation machine is turned on, the brightness of the LCD is is performed, a beep is sounded. either too light or too dark.
  • Page 149: Cancelling The Operation Beep

    Removing the upper cover Cancelling the operation beep If the upper cover of the sewing machine was removed, re-attach it as described in the following When the sewing machine is purchased, it is set to procedure. beep each time an operation panel key is pressed. This setting can be changed so that the machine does Hold the upper cover level.
  • Page 150: Index

    APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Index Symbols + key ..............Cover E darning ...............102 designing patterns ............123 Numerics 2-point zigzag stitch ............71 3-point zigzag stitch ............71 elastic tape ..............91 electrical outlet ............. 11 error messages ............141 even seam allowance ............64 accessories ............Cover A extra spool pin ..........Cover A adjustable zipper/piping foot ........
  • Page 151 needle plate ...........Cover C seam ripper ............Cover A needle plate cover ............135 selecting stitching ............68 needle position ............55 settings ................14 needle position button ......... Cover D settings key ............ Cover E needle set ............Cover A sewing machine help key ....... Cover E needle stop position ............16 sewing machine needles ..........
  • Page 152 APPENDIX ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— zipper stitching ............85...
  • Page 156 Please visit us at http://solutions.brother.com where you can get product support and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs). English 885-S61 Printed in China XF4637-001...

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