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Brother NV4500D Operation Manual

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Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine
Operation Manual
Getting Ready
Sewing Basics
Utility Stitches
Character/
Decorative Stitches
Embroidery
Embroidery Edit
My Custom Stitch
Appendix

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  • Page 1 Getting Ready Sewing Basics Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine Utility Stitches Operation Manual Character/ Decorative Stitches Embroidery Embroidery Edit My Custom Stitch Appendix...
  • Page 3: Important Safety Instructions

    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.
  • Page 4 FOR USERS IN THE UK, EIRE, MALTA AND CYPRUS ONLY If this machine is fitted with a three-pin non-rewireable BS plug then please read the following. IMPORTANT If the available socket outlet is not suitable for the plug supplied with this equipment, it should be cut off and an appropriate three-pin plug fitted.
  • Page 5 • The enclosed interface cable should be used in order to ensure compliance with the limits for a Class B digital device. • Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Brother Industries, Ltd. could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
  • Page 6 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.
  • Page 8: What You Can Do With This Machine

    WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THIS MACHINE SPECIAL FEATURES Check operations and view advice on the large LCD (liquid crystal display). Prepare the bobbin thread with one touch. The automatic thread tension makes trial sewing unnecessary. Automatic threading makes threading quick and easy. Getting Ready Sewing Basics To learn the operation of the principal...
  • Page 9: How To Use This Manual

    HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 explain your sewing machine’s basic operation procedures for someone who is using the sewing machine for the first time. If you want to sew utility stitches or character/ decorative stitches, read Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, then go on to Chapter 3 (Utility Stitches) or Chapter 4 (Character/ Decorative Stitches).
  • Page 10: Table Of Contents

    Contents CONTENTS IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ....i Elastic Zigzag Stitches ............73 Overcasting ................74 WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THIS MACHINE..vi Quilting.................79 HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL ......vii Blind Hem Stitches..............89 NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR Appliqué ................90 FUNCTIONS............1 Shelltuck Stitches ..............91 Machine .................
  • Page 11: Adjustments During The Embroidery

    Contents Selecting Patterns from USB media/Computer .....154 Designing Repeated Patterns..........213 VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN ......155 After Editing................ 217 COMBINING PATTERNS ........219 PREPARING THE FABRIC ........157 Editing Combined Patterns..........219 Attaching Iron-on Stabilizers (backing) to the Fabric ....157 Sewing Combined Patterns ..........222 Hooping the Fabric in the Embroidery Frame ......158 USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION ....
  • Page 12 Contents...
  • Page 13: Names Of Machine Parts And Their Functions

    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. Machine I Front View I Right-side/Rear View...
  • Page 14: Needle And Presser Foot Section

    NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Needle and Presser Foot Section Measurements on the needle plate, bobbin cover and needle plate cover The measurements on the bobbin cover are references for pat- terns with a middle (center) needle position. The measure- ments on the needle plate and the needle plate cover are references for stitches with a left needle position.
  • Page 15: Embroidery Unit

    NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Embroidery Unit Operation Buttons a Carriage a “Start/Stop” button The carriage moves the embroidery frame automatically when Press this button and the machine will sew a few stitches at a embroidering. slow speed and then begin sewing at the speed set by the b Release button (located under the embroidery unit) sewing speed controller.
  • Page 16: Included Accessories

    NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Included Accessories Pull the top of the flat bed attachment to open the accessory compartment. a Storage space b Presser foot storage space c Presser foot storage space Included Accessories 33-36 are contained in the embroidery unit carrying case.
  • Page 17 NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS 75/11 2 needles 90/14 2 needles 90/14 2 needles: Ball point needle (gold colored) *Included Accessories 33-36 are contained in the embroidery unit carrying case.
  • Page 18 Foot controller: Model S 8 Button fitting foot “M” 130489-001 This foot controller can be used with this 9 Walking foot SA140 F033N:XC2214-102 machine model NV4500D. 10 Side cutter foot SA177 F054:XC3879-002 11 Free-motion quilting foot “C” XE0765-001 12 Free-motion open toe quilting...
  • Page 19: Options

    TFM2: 4000D XC8645-052 5 Embroidery card Memo • You can use any of the brother embroidery cards listed above with your machine. • Please be aware that some specifications may change without notice. Note • Embroidery cards purchased in foreign...
  • Page 20 NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS...
  • Page 21: Chapter 1 Getting Ready

    Chapter Getting Ready TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF............10 LCD SCREEN..................11 I Key Functions ........................12 Screens Operations Performed Using a USB Mouse..........14 I Clicking a key ........................14 I Changing pages .......................15 Using the Machine Setting Mode Key..............16 I Adjusting Screen Brightness ....................19 I Choosing the Display Language..................20 Using the Machine Operation Mode Key ..............21 Using the Pattern Explanation Key ................22...
  • Page 22: Turning The Machine On/off

    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 cord receptacle on the machine.
  • Page 23: Lcd Screen

    LCD SCREEN LCD SCREEN When switching on the machine, the screen will display the name of the machine. Touch the screen to display the utility stitch. Either “1-01 Straight stitch (Left)” or “1-03 Straight stitch (Middle)” is selected, depending on the setting selected in the setting screen (see page 16). Press a key with your finger to select the stitch pattern, to select a machine function, or to select an operation indicated on the key.
  • Page 24: I Key Functions

    LCD SCREEN I Key Functions Display Key Name Explanation Page Utility stitch key Press this key to select a straight stitch, zigzag stitch, buttonhole, blind hem stitch, or other stitches commonly used in garment construction. Character/Decorative Press this key to select character or decorative stitch patterns. stitch key Embroidery key Attach the embroidery unit and press this key to sew embroidery.
  • Page 25 LCD SCREEN Display Key Name Explanation Page Automatic Press this key to use the automatic reinforcement stitching (reverse stitching) reinforcement stitch setting. If you select this setting before sewing, the machine will automatically sew reinforcement stitches at the beginning and end of sewing (depending on the pattern, the machine may sew reverse stitches).
  • Page 26: I Clicking A Key

    • Some mouse types cannot be used to oper- ate the machine. For details on the USB mouse types that are compatible, check www.brother.com. • Do not perform operations with the mouse while also touching the screen with your fin- ger or the included touch pen.
  • Page 27: I Changing Pages

    LCD SCREEN I Changing pages Rotate the mouse wheel to switch through the tabs of the pattern selection screens. Memo • If for additional pages is displayed, rotate the mouse wheel to display the next page. In the , click the left mouse button with the pointer on to move down to the next part of a page.
  • Page 28: Using The Machine Setting Mode Key

    LCD SCREEN Using the Machine Setting Mode Key Press to change the default machine settings (needle stop position, embroidery speed, opening display, etc.) Press to display the different settings screens. Memo • This function will be available in future technology upgrades. •...
  • Page 29 The “NO.” is the number for the embroidery and sewing machine. j Display the program version. Memo • The latest version of software is installed in your machine. Check with your local authorized Brother dealer or at www.brother.com for available updates (see page 250).
  • Page 30 LCD SCREEN Embroidery settings a Select from among 10 embroidery frame displays (see page 178). b Change the thread color display on the embroidery screen; thread number, color name or each time to embroider (see page 176). c When the thread number #123 is selected, select among six thread brands (see page 176). d Adjust the maximum embroidery speed setting (see page 176).
  • Page 31: I Adjusting Screen Brightness

    LCD SCREEN I Adjusting Screen Brightness On the BRIGHTNESS OF LCD display, use Note to adjust the screen • All or part of the screen may sometimes become darker or lighter because of brightness. changes in the air temperature or other changes in the environment around the Press to make the screen darker.
  • Page 32: I Choosing The Display Language

    LCD SCREEN I Choosing the Display Language Press → The Sewing settings screen appears. Press → The General settings screen appears. to choose the display language. Choose from the following languages: [ENGLISH], [GERMAN], [FRENCH], [ITALIAN], [DUTCH], [SPANISH], [DANISH], [FINNISH], [SWEDISH], [PORTUGEUSE], [RUSSIAN], [NORWEGIAN] or [JAPANESE].
  • Page 33: Using The Machine Operation Mode Key

    LCD SCREEN Using the Machine Operation Mode Key Press to open the screen shown below. Six categories are displayed at the top of the screen. Press a key to see more information about that category. displays information about displays information about displays information about the main parts of the machine and their the operation buttons.
  • Page 34: Using The Pattern Explanation Key

    LCD SCREEN Example: Displaying information about Press to return to the original upper threading screen. Press Using the Pattern Explanation Press → The lower half of the screen will change. If you want to know more about the uses of a stitch pattern, select the pattern and press to see an explanation of the stitch selection.
  • Page 35: Lower Threading

    LOWER THREADING LOWER THREADING Turn the main power to ON and open the Winding the Bobbin top cover. Align the groove in the bobbin with the spring on the bobbin winder shaft, and set → → → Press the bobbin on the shaft. in that order to display a video example of bobbin winding on the LCD (see page 22).
  • Page 36 LOWER THREADING Pass the thread under the pin, and pass the thread around the pretension disk making CAUTION sure that the thread is under the pretension disk. • If the thread spool and/or spool cap are set incorrectly, the thread may tangle on the spool pin and cause the needle to break.
  • Page 37: I Using The Spool Pin

    LOWER THREADING I Using the Spool Pin Set the bobbin holder to the left, until it clicks into place. You can use the main spool pin to wind the bobbin before sewing. You cannot use this spool pin to wind the bobbin while sewing. a Bobbin holder (switch) Memo When the bobbin holder is set to the left, it...
  • Page 38: Setting The Bobbin

    LOWER THREADING Push the spool cap onto the spool pin as far Setting the Bobbin as possible, then return the spool pin to its original position. Holding the thread with your hands, slide → → → Press the thread into the grooves on the thread guide plate.
  • Page 39 LOWER THREADING Slide the bobbin cover latch to the right. Pass the thread through the guide, and then pull the thread out towards the front. a Bobbin cover b Latch → The bobbin cover opens. a Cutter Remove the bobbin cover. →...
  • Page 40: Pulling Up The Bobbin Thread

    LOWER THREADING Pull up the bobbin thread, then pass it Pulling Up the Bobbin Thread under the presser foot and pull it about 100 mm (approx. 3-4 inches) toward the back of the machine, making it even with There may be some sewing applications where you want to pull up the bobbin thread;...
  • Page 41: Upper Threading

    UPPER THREADING UPPER THREADING Turn the main power to ON. Threading Using the “Automatic Press the “Needle Position” button to raise Threading” Button the needle. → → → Press in that order to display a video example of the operation on the LCD (see page 22). Follow the steps explained below to complete the operation.
  • Page 42 UPPER THREADING Press the “Automatic Threading” button to Memo have the machine automatically thread the When sewing with fine, cross-wound thread, needle. use the small spool cap, and leave a small space between the cap and the thread spool. a Spool cap (small) b Thread spool (cross-wound thread) c Space Holding the thread with your hands, slide...
  • Page 43: Threading Manually

    UPPER THREADING Note When the “Automatic Threading” button is pressed, the presser foot will be automatically lowered. If you are using an incorrect needle and thread combination, the hook may sometimes get caught in the needle. If this happens, remove the hook from the needle as described below.
  • Page 44 UPPER THREADING Raise the presser foot lever. Holding the thread with both hands, slide the thread into the grooves on the thread guide plate. CAUTION a Thread guide plate • If the presser foot is not raised, the sewing machine cannot be threaded correctly. While holding the thread in your right hand, use your left hand to pull the thread Pivot the spool pin so that it angles upward.
  • Page 45 UPPER THREADING Pull the thread up along the left side of the Holding the thread with both hands, pass thread path guide to the top left corner of the thread through both the upper and the threading path cover. lower needle bar thread guides. a Top left corner a Needle bar thread guide (upper) b Threading path cover...
  • Page 46: Using The Twin Needle Mode

    UPPER THREADING Manually thread the machine. Using the Twin Needle Mode Follow the steps for threading a single needle for the first threading (see “Threading Manually” on page The twin needle can only be used for patterns that 31). show after being selected.
  • Page 47 UPPER THREADING Place the additional spool of thread on the Pass the thread through the thread guide supplemental spool pin, so that the thread plate, following the sequence as described unwinds from the front. Then push the below (or refer to “Threading Manually” on spool cap onto the spool pin as far as page 31).
  • Page 48: Using Threads That Unwind Quickly

    UPPER THREADING Select a stitch pattern. (Example: Using Threads that Unwind Quickly Refer to the “STITCH SETTING CHART” at the end of this manual for proper stitch to use with presser foot “J”. I Using the Spool Net → The Selected stitch is displayed. If using transparent nylon thread, metallic thread, or Note other strong thread, place the included spool net...
  • Page 49: Changing The Presser Foot

    CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT CAUTION • Always press on the screen 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. •...
  • Page 50: Attaching The Walking Foot

    CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT Lower the presser foot lever. Insert the Attaching the Walking Foot screw, and tighten the screw securely with the screwdriver. The walking foot holds the fabric between the presser foot and the feed dogs to feed the fabric. This enables you to have better fabric control when sewing difficult fabrics (such as quilting or velvet) or fabrics that slip easily (such as vinyl...
  • Page 51: Changing The Needle

    CHANGING THE NEEDLE CHANGING THE NEEDLE CAUTION • Always press on the screen 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.
  • Page 52 CHANGING THE NEEDLE With the flat side of the needle facing the back, insert the new needle all the way to the top of the needle stopper (viewing window) in the needle clamp. Use a screwdriver to securely tighten the needle clamp screw.
  • Page 53: I About The Needle

    CHANGING THE NEEDLE I About the Needle The sewing machine needle is probably the most important part of the sewing machine. Choosing the proper needle for your sewing project will result in a beautiful finish and fewer problems. Below are some things to keep in mind about needles.
  • Page 54 CHANGING THE NEEDLE...
  • Page 55: Chapter 2 Sewing Basics

    Chapter Sewing Basics SEWING ....................44 Sewing a Stitch......................44 I Using the Foot Controller....................45 Sewing Reinforcement Stitches ................46 Sewing Curves......................46 Changing Sewing Direction..................46 I Sewing a Seam Allowance of 0.5 cm or Less ..............46 Sewing Heavyweight Fabrics...................47 I If the Fabric does not Fit under the Presser Foot .............47 I If the Fabric does not Feed ....................47 Sewing Lightweight Fabrics ..................48 Sewing Stretch Fabrics ....................48...
  • Page 56: Sewing

    SEWING SEWING CAUTION • To avoid injury, pay special attention to the needle while the machine is in operation. Keep your hands away from moving parts while the machine is in operation. • Do not stretch or pull the fabric during sewing. Doing so may lead to injury. •...
  • Page 57: I Using The Foot Controller

    SEWING Press the “Start/Stop” button to start Note sewing. • When cutting thread thicker than #30, nylon Guide the fabric lightly by hand. thread, or other decorative threads, use the thread cutter on the side of the machine. When the needle has stopped moving, raise the presser foot and remove the fabric.
  • Page 58: Sewing Reinforcement Stitches

    Using the needle as a pivot, turn This foot controller can be used with model the fabric so that you can sew in the new NV4500D direction. Press the “Presser Foot Lifter” button to lower the presser foot and start sewing.
  • Page 59: Sewing Heavyweight Fabrics

    SEWING I If the Fabric does not Feed Sewing Heavyweight Fabrics If the fabric does not feed when starting to sew or when sewing thick seams, press the black button on The sewing machine can sew fabrics up to 6 mm the left side of presser foot “J”.
  • Page 60: Sewing Lightweight Fabrics

    SEWING Sewing Lightweight Fabrics Place thin paper or tear away embroidery stabilizer under thin fabrics to make sewing easier. Gently tear off the paper or the stabilizer after sewing. a Thin paper Sewing Stretch Fabrics First, baste together the pieces of fabric, and then sew without stretching the fabric.
  • Page 61: Stitch Settings

    STITCH SETTINGS STITCH SETTINGS When you select a stitch, your machine automatically selects the appropriate stitch width, stitch length, and upper thread tension. However, if needed, you can change any of the individual settings. Note • Settings for some stitches cannot be changed (refer to the “STITCH SETTING CHART” at the end of this manual).
  • Page 62: Setting The Thread Tension

    STITCH SETTINGS I Proper Thread Tension Example: The upper and lower threads should cross near the Press to shorten the stitch length. center of the fabric. If the thread tension is not properly set, the seam may have a poor finish or the fabric may pucker.
  • Page 63: Useful Functions

    USEFUL FUNCTIONS USEFUL FUNCTIONS Set the fabric in the start position and start Automatic Reinforcement sewing. Stitching After selecting a stitch pattern, turn on the automatic reinforcement stitching function before sewing, and the machine will automatically sew reinforcement stitches (or reverse stitches, depending on the stitch pattern) at the beginning and end of sewing.
  • Page 64: Automatic Thread Cutting

    USEFUL FUNCTIONS Set the fabric in the start position and start Automatic Thread Cutting sewing. After selecting a stitch pattern, turn on the automatic thread cutting function before sewing, and the machine will automatically sew reinforcement stitches (or reverse stitches, depending on the stitch pattern) at the beginning and end of sewing, and trim the threads at the end of sewing.
  • Page 65: Pivoting

    USEFUL FUNCTIONS I Using the Knee Lifter Pivoting Using the knee lifter, you can raise and lower the presser foot with your knee, leaving both hands free If the pivot setting is selected, the machine stops to handle the fabric. with the needle lowered (in the fabric) and the Align the tabs on the knee lifter with the presser foot is automatically raised to an...
  • Page 66 USEFUL FUNCTIONS Place the fabric under the presser foot with Note the needle at the starting point of the • The “NEEDLE POSITION” (P. 2 of the set- stitching, and then press the “Start/Stop” tings screen) must be set in the down posi- button.
  • Page 67: Automatic Fabric Sensor System (automatic Presser Foot Pressure)

    USEFUL FUNCTIONS Automatic Fabric Sensor System Locking the Screen (Automatic Presser Foot If the screen is locked before starting to sew, the Pressure) various settings such as the stitch width and stitch length are locked and cannot be changed. This prevents screen settings from accidentally being The thickness of the fabric is automatically changed or the machine from being stopped while...
  • Page 68 USEFUL FUNCTIONS...
  • Page 69: Chapter 3 Utility Stitches

    Chapter Utility Stitches SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES ......58 One-step Buttonholes ............97 I Sewing Stretch Fabrics ............100 I Stitch Selection Screens............58 I Odd Shaped Buttons/Buttons that do not Fit into the Button Selecting a Stitch .............. 59 Holder Plate................100 I Using the Mirror Image Key ............. 59 Four-step Buttonholes............101 I Using the Image Key..............
  • Page 70: Selecting Utility Stitches

    SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES I Stitch Selection Screens There are 5 categories of Utility Stitches. indicates that there is more than one stitch selection screen for that category. Straight/Overcasting/Quilting Stitches Decorative Stitches Heirloom Stitches Buttonholes/Bar tacks Multi-directional Sewing...
  • Page 71: Selecting A Stitch

    SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES I Using the Mirror Image Key Selecting a Stitch Depending on the type of utility stitch you select, you may be able to sew a horizontal mirror image of the stitch. Turn the main power to ON. is lit when you select a stitch, it will be →...
  • Page 72: Saving Your Stitch Settings

    SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES Press to change the thread color of Saving Your Stitch Settings the stitch on the screen. The settings for the zigzag stitch width, stitch Press to display an enlarged image of the length, thread tension, automatic thread cutting, automatic reinforcement stitching, etc., are preset stitch.
  • Page 73: Using The Sewing Type Selection Key

    SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES Press the numbered key of the settings to be Press retrieved. Press to return to the original screen without retrieving settings. → The settings are saved and the original screen automatically appears. Memo a Numbered keys If you try to save settings when there are already 5 sets of settings saved for a stitch, the Press message “The pockets are full.
  • Page 74 SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES Example: Displaying information about Read the explanations and select the overcasting appropriate stitch. Press to scroll the page. Press → The screen displays directions for sewing the → The advice screen is displayed. selected stitch. Follow the directions to sew the stitch. Press Press to view the next page.
  • Page 75: Sewing The Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES SEWING THE STITCHES Straight Stitches Stitch width Stitch length Presser Twin [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Stitch name Applications foot needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Straight stitch (Left) General sewing, gather, pintuck, etc. Reverse stitch is sewn while 0.0 - 7.0 0.2 - 5.0 pressing “Reverse/...
  • Page 76 SEWING THE STITCHES Select a stitch. CAUTION Be sure the needle does not strike a basting pin, or any other objects, during sewing. The thread could tangle or the needle could break, causing injury. When sewing is completed, hold the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch”...
  • Page 77: I Changing The Needle Position (left Or Middle Needle Position Stitches Only)

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Changing the Needle Position (Left I Needle Plate and Needle Plate Cover or Middle Needle Position Stitches Marks Only) For a standard 16 mm (approx. 5/8 inch) seam allowance, set the width to 0.0 mm on the screen. When you select left or middle needle position While sewing, align the edge of the fabric with the stitches, you can use...
  • Page 78 SEWING THE STITCHES Press the “Presser Foot Lifter” button to Insert the bobbin case in its original raise the presser foot and turn the main position, and then attach the needle plate power to OFF. cover. Remove the flat bed attachment or the After reinstalling the needle plate cover, embroidery unit if either are attached.
  • Page 79: Dart Seam

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Basting Dart Seam Select and attach presser foot “J”. Select and attach presser foot “J”. Press the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button to sew reinforcement stitches, then Sew a reverse stitch at the beginning of the continue sewing. dart and then sew from the wide end to the other end without stretching the fabric.
  • Page 80: Gathering

    SEWING THE STITCHES Iron the dart to one side so that it is flat. Sew two rows of straight stitches parallel to the seam line, then trim excess thread leaving 50 mm (approx. 1-15/16 inches). Gathering a Seam line b 10 to 15 mm (approx. 3/8 inch to 9/16 inch) Use on waists of skirts, sleeves of shirts, etc.
  • Page 81: Flat Fell Seam

    SEWING THE STITCHES Fold the longer seam allowance around the Flat Fell Seam shorter one, and sew the edge of the fold. Use for reinforcing seams and finishing edges neatly. Select and attach presser foot “J”. Sew the finish line, then cut half of the seam allowance from the side on which the flat fell seam will lie.
  • Page 82 SEWING THE STITCHES Select and attach presser foot “I”. Sew a straight stitch along the fold. When the automatic thread cutting and automatic reinforcement stitching are preset, reinforcement stitches will be sewn automatically at the beginning of sewing. Press the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button to sew a reinforcement stitch and trim the thread automatically at the end of sewing.
  • Page 83: Zigzag Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES Zigzag Stitches Zigzag stitches are useful for overcasting, appliqué, patchwork, and many other applications. Select a stitch, and attach presser foot “J”. If the stitch which you select has a double mark “ ” at the top of the key display, you can sew reverse stitches by holding the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch”...
  • Page 84: I Patchwork (for Crazy Quilt)

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Patchwork (for Crazy Quilt) Snap the cord guide bobbin cover into place, making sure that the gimp thread can Turn back the desired width of fabric and position it be fed freely. over the lower fabric, then sew so that the stitch bridges both pieces of fabric.
  • Page 85: Elastic Zigzag Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES Elastic Zigzag Stitches Use elastic zigzag stitches for tape attaching, overcasting, darning, or a wide variety of other uses. Stitch width Stitch length Presser Twin [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Stitch name Applications foot needle Auto. Manual Auto.
  • Page 86: Overcasting

    SEWING THE STITCHES Overcasting Use for the beginning and end of seams in skirts or trousers, and the beginning and end of all cuttings. Use presser foot “G”, presser foot “J”, or the side cutter attachment depending on the kind of overcasting stitch you select.
  • Page 87: I Overcasting Using Presser Foot "j

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Overcasting Using Presser Foot “J” Stitch width Stitch length Presser Twin [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Stitch name Applications foot needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Overcasting stitch Reinforced seaming of stretch 0.0 - 7.0 0.5 - 4.0 fabric (3/16) (0 - 9/32)
  • Page 88: I Overcasting Using The Side Cutter

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Overcasting Using the Side Cutter By using the side cutter, you can do overcasting while cutting the fabric. CAUTION • Make sure to only select one of the stitches listed below. Using another stitch may cause the needle to hit the presser foot and break, possibly causing injury.
  • Page 89 SEWING THE STITCHES Position the side cutter so that the side Thread the needle manually and pull out a cutter pin is aligned with the notch in the long section of the upper thread. Pass it presser foot holder, and then lower the below the presser foot and pull it out in the presser foot.
  • Page 90: I When Sewing Straight Stitches While Using The Side Cutter

    SEWING THE STITCHES I When Sewing Straight Stitches While Using the Side Cutter The seam margin should be approximately 5 mm (approx. 3/16 inch). a Seam margin Memo • The fabric will not be cut if the whole fabric is simply spread out underneath the presser foot guide plate.
  • Page 91: Quilting

    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”...
  • Page 92: I Piecing

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Piecing I Quilting Sewing two pieces of fabric together is called Sewing together the quilt top, batting, and backing is piecing. When cutting pieces for quilt blocks, make called quilting. You can sew the quilt with the sure the seam allowance is 6.5 mm (approx.
  • Page 93: I Appliqué

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Appliqué Select and attach presser foot “J”. Trace the pattern onto the appliqué fabric and then cut around it, leaving a 3 to 5 mm Use the quilting appliqué stitch to attach (approx. 1/8 to 3/16 inch) seam allowance. the appliqué.
  • Page 94: I Quilting With Satin Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Quilting with Satin Stitches Set the width control to “ON”. Use the foot controller to sew with satin stitches. If you set the speed control slide to control the stitch width, you can make subtle changes in the stitch width during sewing.
  • Page 95: I Free-motion Quilting

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Free-motion Quilting Memo With free-motion quilting, the feed dogs can be • When starting to sew, the internal sensor lowered (using the feed dog position switch) so that detects the thickness of the fabric, and the the fabric can be moved freely in any direction.
  • Page 96 SEWING THE STITCHES Remove the presser foot holder (see page Press to set the machine to free- 38). motion sewing mode. Attach free-motion quilting foot “C” at the front with the presser foot holder screw aligned with the notch in the quilting foot. a Presser foot holder screw b Notch Note...
  • Page 97 SEWING THE STITCHES Using Free-motion Open Toe Quilting Foot “O” Lower the feed dog position switch, located The free-motion open toe quilting foot “O” is used at the rear of the base of the machine, to for free-motion quilting with zigzag or decorative stitches or for free-motion quilting of straight lines on fabric with an uneven thickness.
  • Page 98: I Echo Quilting Using The Free-motion Echo Quilting Foot "e

    SEWING THE STITCHES Hold the quilting foot in place with your Press to set the machine to free- right hand, and tighten the presser foot holder screw using the screwdriver with motion sewing mode. your left hand. a Presser foot holder screw CAUTION •...
  • Page 99 SEWING THE STITCHES Free-motion echo quilting foot “E” measurement Press to set the machine to free- motion sewing mode. a 6.4 mm (approx. 1/4 inch) b 9.5 mm (approx. 3/8 inch) CAUTION • With free-motion quilting, control the feeding speed of the fabric to match the sewing speed. If the fabric is moved faster than the sewing speed, the needle may break or other damage may result.
  • Page 100 SEWING THE STITCHES Tighten the screw with the included Finished project screwdriver. Press to cancel the free-motion sewing mode. CAUTION • Be sure to securely tighten the screws with the included screwdriver. Otherwise, the needle may touch the quilting foot, causing it to bend or break.
  • Page 101: Blind Hem Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES Blind Hem Stitches Select from these stitches to sew the hems or cuffs of dresses, blouses, pants, or skirts. Stitch width Stitch length Presser Twin [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Stitch name Applications foot needle Auto. Manual Auto.
  • Page 102: Appliqué

    SEWING THE STITCHES Remove the basting stitches and turn the Appliqué fabric over. Use a temporary spray adhesive, fabric glue or a basting stitch to attach the appliqué to the fabric. This will keep the fabric from moving during sewing. a Wrong side of fabric b Right side of fabric Memo...
  • Page 103: Shelltuck Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Sewing Sharp Curves To make rows of shell tuck stitches, fold the fabric in half along the bias. Stop the machine with the needle in the fabric outside the appliqué. Raise the presser foot and turn the fabric a little bit at a time while sewing for an attractive finish to the seam.
  • Page 104: Scallop Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES Scallop Stitches Top Stitching This wave-shaped satin stitch is called the scallop For a decorative look called “Crazy Quilting”, the stitch. Use this stitch to decorate the edges of following stitches can be sewn on top of a pressed blouse collars and handkerchiefs or use it as a hem seam allowance.
  • Page 105: Smocking Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES Sew the spaces between the straight seams. Smocking Stitches Use smocking stitches for decorative sewing on clothes, etc. Select a straight stitch and attach presser foot “J”. Set the stitch length to 4.0 mm (approx. 3/16 inch) and loosen the upper thread tension to approximately 2.0 (See pages 49 Pull out the straight stitch threads.
  • Page 106: Tape Or Elastic Attaching

    SEWING THE STITCHES Attach presser foot “J”. Align the center of Place the tape over the gather, and hold it the presser foot with the middle of the in place with basting pins. space between the fabrics and begin sewing. a Tape Select a Basting stitches...
  • Page 107: Heirloom

    SEWING THE STITCHES Start sewing. Heirloom Example: Illustration of finished product I Hemstitching (1) (Daisy Stitch) Use for sewing tablecloths, decorative hems, and decorative stitching on shirt fronts. Memo Use a light to medium weight homespun fabric with a little stiffness. Insert a type 130/705H, size 100/16 Wing needle.
  • Page 108: I Hemstitching (3) (drawn Work (2))

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Hemstitching (3) (Drawn Work (2)) Press to create a mirror image of the Pull out several threads from both sides of stitch. the 4 mm (approx. 3/16 inch) area which Sew the opposite side to keep the stitch are not yet open.
  • Page 109: One-step Buttonholes

    SEWING THE STITCHES One-step Buttonholes With one-step buttonholes, you can make buttonholes appropriate to the size of your button. Stitch width Stitch length Presser Twin [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Stitch name Applications foot needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Narrow rounded Buttonhole on light to medium 3.0 - 5.0 0.2 - 1.0...
  • Page 110 SEWING THE STITCHES One-step buttonholes are sewn from the front of the presser foot to the back, as shown below. a Reinforcement stitching Select a buttonhole stitch, and attach Pull out the button holder plate on the buttonhole foot “A”. presser foot, and insert the button that will be put through the buttonhole.
  • Page 111 SEWING THE STITCHES Align the presser foot with the mark on the Gently hold the end of the upper thread, fabric, and lower the presser foot. and then start sewing. Feed the fabric carefully by hand while the buttonhole is sewn. a Mark on the fabric b Marks on the presser foot →...
  • Page 112: I Sewing Stretch Fabrics

    SEWING THE STITCHES Once sewing is completed, gently pull the Memo gimp thread to remove any slack, and trim For keyhole buttonholes, use the eyelet punch off any excess. to make a hole in the rounded end of the but- tonhole.
  • Page 113: Four-step Buttonholes

    SEWING THE STITCHES Four-step Buttonholes You can sew 4-step buttonholes using the following 4 stitches together. You can sew any desired length for the buttonhole when using 4-step buttonholes. 4-step buttonholes are a good option when attaching oversize buttons. Note When changing the stitch settings for the left side of the buttonhole, make sure that all setting should be changed to match.
  • Page 114 SEWING THE STITCHES Press the “Start/Stop” button to start sewing. Sew the desired length for the buttonhole and press the “Start/Stop” button again. Select stitch to sew the bar tack and press the “Start/Stop” button. → The machine will automatically stop after sewing the bar tack.
  • Page 115: I Darning

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Darning Use darning stitches for mending and other applications. Stitch width Stitch length Presser Twin [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch 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)
  • Page 116 SEWING THE STITCHES Lower the buttonhole lever so that it is positioned behind the metal bracket on the buttonhole foot. a Buttonhole lever a Metal bracket Gently hold the end of the upper thread, and then press the “Start/Stop” button to start the machine.
  • Page 117: Bar Tacks

    SEWING THE STITCHES Bar Tacks Use bar tacks to reinforce areas that will be subject to strain, such as pocket corners. Stitch width Stitch length Presser Twin [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Stitch name Applications foot needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Bar tack Reinforcement at opening of...
  • Page 118: I Bar Tacks On Thick Fabrics

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Bar Tacks on Thick Fabrics Lower the buttonhole lever so that it is positioned behind the metal bracket on the Place a piece of folded fabric or cardboard beside buttonhole foot. the fabric being sewn to level the buttonhole foot and allow for easier feeding.
  • Page 119: Button Sewing

    SEWING THE STITCHES Button Sewing Buttons can be sewn on using the machine. Buttons with 2 or 4 holes can be attached. Stitch width Stitch length Presser Twin [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Stitch name Applications foot needle Auto. Manual Auto.
  • Page 120: I Attaching 4 Hole Buttons

    SEWING THE STITCHES I Attaching 4 Hole Buttons Tie the ends of the bobbin thread from the beginning and end of sewing together on Sew the two holes closest to you. Then raise the the wrong side of the fabric. presser foot and move the fabric so that the needle goes into the next two holes, and sew them in the Note...
  • Page 121: Eyelet

    SEWING THE STITCHES Eyelet Use this stitch for making belt holes and other similar applications. Stitch width Stitch length Presser Twin [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Stitch name Applications foot needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Eyelet For making eyelets, holes on 7.0 6.0 5.0 7.0 6.0 5.0 belts, etc.
  • Page 122: Multi-directional Sewing (straight Stitch And Zigzag Stitch)

    SEWING THE STITCHES Set the needle in the fabric at the sewing Multi-directional Sewing start point, and sew seam “1” as shown. (Straight Stitch and Zigzag Stitch) Use these stitch patterns to attach patches or emblems to pant legs, shirt sleeves, etc. Remove the flat bed attachment to create the free arm function.
  • Page 123: Zipper Insertion

    SEWING THE STITCHES Press the seam allowance open and attach Zipper Insertion the zipper with a basting stitch in the middle of each side of the zipper tape. I Centered Zipper Use for bags and other such applications. Select a Basting stitches b Zipper c Wrong side Remove presser foot “J”.
  • Page 124: I Inserting A Side Zipper

    SEWING THE STITCHES Press the seam allowance open and align the folded hem along the teeth of the CAUTION zipper, while maintaining 3 mm (approx. 1/8 inch) of sewing space. Make sure the needle does not strike the zipper during sewing. If the needle strikes the zipper, the needle may break, leading to injury.
  • Page 125 SEWING THE STITCHES Set the presser foot in the 3 mm (approx. Remove the presser foot, and reattach it so 1/8 inch) margin. that the left side of the pin is attached to the presser foot holder. Starting from the end of the zipper opening, When sewing the left side of the zipper, the needle sew to a point about 50 mm (approx.
  • Page 126 SEWING THE STITCHES...
  • Page 127: Chapter 4 Character/decorative Stitches

    Chapter Character/ Decorative Stitches SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS....................116 I Stitch Selection Screens............................117 Selecting Decorative Stitch Patterns/7mm Decorative Stitch Patterns/Satin Stitch Patterns/7mm Satin Stitch Patterns/ Cross Stitch/Utility Decorative Stitch Patterns ......................118 Alphabet Characters ..............................118 I Deleting Characters............................. 119 SEWING STITCH PATTERNS ....................120 Sewing Attractive Finishes .............................
  • Page 128: Selecting Stitch Patterns

    SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS Press to display the screen below. a Decorative stitch patterns b 7mm decorative stitch patterns. You can set stitch length and width. c Satin stitch patterns d 7mm satin stitch patterns. You can set stitch length and width. e Cross stitch f Utility decorative stitch patterns g Alphabet characters (gothic font)
  • Page 129: I Stitch Selection Screens

    SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS I Stitch Selection Screens There are 9 categories of Character/Decorative stitch patterns. indicates that there is more than one stitch selection screen for that category. Decorative Stitch Patterns 7mm Decorative Stitch Patterns Satin Stitch Patterns 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Cross Stitch Utility Decorative Stitch Patterns Alphabet Characters...
  • Page 130: Selecting Decorative Stitch Patterns/7mm Decorative Stitch Patterns/satin Stitch Patterns/7mm Satin Stitch Patterns/cross Stitch/utility Decorative Stitch Patterns

    SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS Selecting Decorative Stitch Alphabet Characters Patterns/7mm Decorative Stitch Patterns/Satin Stitch Patterns/ Press to select a 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns/ font. Cross Stitch/Utility Decorative Stitch Patterns Select the category of the pattern you want to sew. Press the key of the stitch pattern you want to sew.
  • Page 131: I Deleting Characters

    SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS I Deleting Characters Press to delete the last character. Memo Characters are deleted individually starting with the last character entered. Select the correct character.
  • Page 132: Sewing Stitch Patterns

    SEWING STITCH PATTERNS SEWING STITCH PATTERNS Sewing Attractive Finishes To achieve attractive results when sewing character/decorative stitches, check the table below for the proper fabric/needle/thread combinations. Note • Other factors, such as fabric thickness, stabilizer material, etc., also have an effect on the stitch, so you should always sew a few trial stitches before beginning your project.
  • Page 133: Making Adjustments

    SEWING STITCH PATTERNS Memo Making Adjustments If the fabric is pulled or pushed during sewing, the pattern may not turn out correctly. Also, Your stitch pattern may sometimes turn out poorly, depending on the pattern, there may be move- depending on the type or thickness of fabric, the ment to the left and right as well as front and stabilizer material used, sewing speed, etc.
  • Page 134 SEWING STITCH PATTERNS Sew the stitch pattern again. Press , and then adjust the pattern If the stitch pattern still comes out poorly, make with the FINE ADJUST VERTI. or HORIZ. adjustments again. Adjust until the stitch pattern comes out correctly. displays.
  • Page 135: Editing Stitch Patterns

    EDITING STITCH PATTERNS EDITING STITCH PATTERNS I Key Functions You can create just the finish you want using the editing functions. Make patterns larger or smaller, make mirror images, etc. Note • Some editing functions cannot be used with certain stitch patterns. Only the functions for the displayed keys are available when a pattern is selected.
  • Page 136: Changing The Size

    EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Display Key Name Explanation Page Single/Repeat sewing Press this key to choose single stitches or continuous stitches. Elongation key When 7mm satin stitch patterns are selected, press this key to choose from 5 automatic length settings, without changing the stitch zigzag width or stitch length settings.
  • Page 137: Changing The Length (for 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Only)

    EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Changing the Length (for 7mm Creating a Horizontal Mirror Satin Stitch Patterns Only) Image To create a horizontal mirror image, select a stitch When stitch patterns are selected, press pattern then press choose from 5 automatic length settings, without changing the stitch zigzag width or stitch length settings.
  • Page 138: Changing Thread Density (for Satin Stitch Patterns Only)

    EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Changing Thread Density Returning to the Beginning of the (for Satin Stitch Patterns Only) Pattern When sewing character/decorative stitches, you After selecting the pattern, press to select can return to the beginning of the pattern after trial your preferred thread density.
  • Page 139: Checking The Image

    EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Press the “Start/Stop” button to continue Press to display the enlarged image. sewing. Checking the Image You can display an approximate size image of the selected stitch pattern. You can also check and change the colors of the image on the screen. Press to view any part of the image that extends out of the viewable...
  • Page 140: Combining Stitch Patterns

    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.
  • Page 141 COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Press Select → The display returns to the stitch selection screen. Press Press to sew the pattern continuously. Press to view the completed pattern (see page 127). Press Memo Patterns are deleted individually starting with the last pattern entered by pressing...
  • Page 142: Combining Large And Small Stitch Patterns

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Press to sew continuously. Combining Large and Small Stitch Patterns Example: → The entered pattern is repeated. Combining Horizontal Mirror Press Image Stitch Patterns → The large size stitch will be selected. Example: Press again, then press to select the small size.
  • Page 143: Combining Stitch Patterns Of Different Length

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Combining Stitch Patterns of Press Different Length Example: Press again, then press Press , then press once. → The pattern is flipped along a vertical axis. → The length of the image is set to Press Select again, then press 3 times.
  • Page 144: Making Step Stitch Patterns (for 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Only)

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Example: Press Press Press → The entered pattern is repeated. Making Step Stitch Patterns (for 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Only) You can use the keys with 7mm satin stitch patterns to create a step effect. → The next stitch pattern will move to the right. Stitch patterns sewn so that they create a step effect are called step stitch patterns.
  • Page 145: I More Examples

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS I More Examples Press → → → → Press → The next stitch pattern will move to the left. Press → → → → → Press → → → → → → Press → The entered pattern is repeated. →...
  • Page 146: Using The Memory Function

    • Compatible operating systems: Microsoft Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP (Windows 98SE requires a driver. Download the driver from our Web site (www.brother.com). In addition, only Windows 98 Second Edition can use the driver.) I Precautions on Using the Computer to Create and Save Data •...
  • Page 147: I Trademarks

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION I Trademarks • Secure Digital (SD) Card is a registered trademark or a trademark of SD Card Association. • CompactFlash is a registered trademark or a trademark of Sandisk Corporation. • Memory Stick is a registered trademark or a trademark of Sony Corporation. •...
  • Page 148: Saving Stitch Patterns In The Machine's Memory

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press Saving Stitch Patterns in the Machine’s Memory Press to return to the original screen without saving. You can save often-used stitch patterns in the machine’s memory. The machine’s memory can hold up to 20 stitch patterns. Note •...
  • Page 149 USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Choose a stitch pattern to delete. Press Press so the pattern saved in that pocket If you decide not to delete the stitch pattern, press appears. Press if you decide not to delete the stitch pattern. →...
  • Page 150: Saving Stitch Patterns To Usb Media (commercially Available)

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Insert the USB media into the USB port Saving Stitch Patterns to USB connector on the machine. Media (Commercially Available) When sending stitch patterns from the machine to USB media, plug the USB media into the machine’s USB port.
  • Page 151: Saving Stitch Patterns In The Computer

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press Saving Stitch Patterns in the Computer Using the included USB cable, the sewing machine can be connected to your computer, and the stitch patterns can be temporarily retrieved from and saved on your computer. Note •...
  • Page 152: Retrieving Stitch Patterns From The Machine's Memory

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Select the stitch pattern’s .pmu file and Choose a stitch pattern to retrieve. copy the file to the computer. Press so the pattern saved in that pocket appears. If the entire saved stitch pattern is not displayed, press to view the entire stitch pattern.
  • Page 153: Recalling From Usb Media

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press the key of the stitch pattern you want Recalling from USB Media to recall. You can recall a specific stitch pattern from either direct USB media or a folder in the USB media. If the stitch pattern is in a folder, check each folder to find the stitch pattern.
  • Page 154: Recalling From The Computer

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press Recalling from the Computer Plug the USB cable connector into the corresponding USB connectors for the computer and for the machine (see page 139). On the computer, open “My Computer” then go to “Removable Disk”. →...
  • Page 155: Chapter 5 Embroidery

    Chapter Embroidery BEFORE EMBROIDERING ......144 MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS ..174 Embroidery Step by Step..........144 Adjusting Thread Tension ..........174 I Correct Thread Tension ............174 Attaching Embroidery Foot “W”........145 I Upper Thread is Too Tight ............174 Attaching the Embroidery Unit ........146 I Upper Thread is Too Loose .............174 I About the Embroidery Unit ............
  • Page 156: Before Embroidering

    BEFORE EMBROIDERING BEFORE EMBROIDERING Embroidery Step by Step Follow the steps below to prepare the machine for embroidery. Step 9 Step 6, 8 Step 3 Step 4 Step 1, 2 Step 7 Step 5 Step # Action Page Presser foot attachment Attach embroidery foot “W”.
  • Page 157: Attaching Embroidery Foot "w

    BEFORE EMBROIDERING Push the black button on the presser foot Attaching Embroidery Foot “W” holder and remove the presser foot. CAUTION • When attaching a presser foot, always press on the screen. You may accidentally press the “Start/Stop” button and possibly cause injury.
  • Page 158: Attaching The Embroidery Unit

    BEFORE EMBROIDERING Hold the embroidery foot in place with Note your right hand, and then use the included • You can also sew utility/decorative stitches screwdriver to securely tighten the presser with the embroidery unit attached. Set the foot holder screw. feed dog position switch on the embroidery unit to the appropriate setting.
  • Page 159: I Removing The Embroidery Unit

    BEFORE EMBROIDERING Insert the embroidery unit connection into the machine connection port. Push lightly Note until the unit clicks into place. • A confirmation message to lower the frame- securing lever after the carriage moves to its initial position. a Embroidery unit connection •...
  • Page 160 BEFORE EMBROIDERING Hold down the release button, and pull the embroidery unit away from the machine. a Release button CAUTION • Do not carry the embroidery unit by holding the release button compartment. • Be sure to close the cover of the connection port when the embroidery unit is not being used.
  • Page 161: Selecting Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS SELECTING PATTERNS I Copyright Information The patterns stored in the sewing machine and embroidery cards are intended for private use only. Any public or commercial use of copyrighted patterns is an infringement of copyright law and is strictly prohibited. There are many character and decorative embroidery patterns stored in the machine’s memory (see the “QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE”...
  • Page 162: I Pattern Selection Screens

    SELECTING PATTERNS I Pattern Selection Screens There are 7 categories of patterns in this machine. indicates that there is more than one pattern selection screen for that category. Embroidery patterns Heirloom patterns Border patterns Cross stitch patterns Floral alphabet patterns Alphabet characters Frame patterns...
  • Page 163: Selecting Embroidery Patterns/heirloom Patterns/border Patterns/cross Stitch Patterns/floral Alphabet Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS Press to create a mirror image of the Selecting Embroidery Patterns/ Heirloom Patterns/Border pattern as needed. Patterns/Cross stitch Patterns/ If you make a mistake selecting the pattern, press the key of the pattern you want to embroider. Floral alphabet Patterns Select the category of the pattern you want to embroider.
  • Page 164: Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS Press to change the Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns selection screen, and then enter the characters that you want to embroider. To enter a space, press Press If you want to change the size of a character, select Press the key of the font you want to the character and then press to change the embroider.
  • Page 165: Selecting Frame Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS Press Selecting Frame Patterns Press Press the key of the frame shape you want to embroider in the top part of the screen. → The sewing screen is displayed. Proceed to see “VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN” on page 155 to embroider the pattern.
  • Page 166: Selecting Patterns From Embroidery Cards

    SELECTING PATTERNS Proceed to see “VIEWING THE SEWING Insert the card completely into the slot on SCREEN” on page 155 to embroider the the right side of the machine. pattern. Insert the embroidery card so that the end with a printed arrow is facing the front.
  • Page 167: Viewing The Sewing Screen

    VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN a Shows the presser foot code. Attach embroidery foot “W” for all embroidery projects. When the foot presser symbol is displayed on the screen, you are able to sew. b Shows the boundary for embroidering with the extra large frame (30 cm × 18 cm (approx. 12 inches × 7 inches)). c Shows a preview of the selected pattern.
  • Page 168: I Key Functions

    VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN ■ Key Functions Using these keys, you can change the size of the pattern, rotate the pattern, etc. Display Key Name Explanation Page Image key Press this key for a preview of the sewn image. Arrow keys Press an arrow key to move the pattern in the direction shown by the arrow.
  • Page 169: Preparing The Fabric

    PREPARING THE FABRIC PREPARING THE FABRIC CAUTION • Use fabrics with a thickness of less than 3 mm (approx. 1/8 inch). Using fabrics thicker than 3 mm (approx. 1/8 inch) may cause the needle to break. • When using layers with thicker batting etc., you can sew more attractive embroidery by adjusting the embroidery presser foot height in the embroidery settings screen (see below).
  • Page 170: Hooping The Fabric In The Embroidery Frame

    PREPARING THE FABRIC Hooping the Fabric in the Embroidery Frame I Types of Embroidery Frames Extra Large Large Medium Small Can embroider an area Can embroider an area Can embroider an area Can embroider an area 30 cm × 18 cm 18 cm ×...
  • Page 171: I Inserting The Fabric

    PREPARING THE FABRIC I Inserting the Fabric Slightly tighten the frame adjustment screw, and then remove the slack in the fabric by Note pulling on the edges and corners. Do not • If the fabric is placed loose in the embroidery loosen the screw.
  • Page 172: Embroidering Small Fabrics Or Fabric Edges

    PREPARING THE FABRIC Return the frame adjustment screw to its Remove the embroidery sheet. initial position. I Using the Embroidery Sheet When you want to embroider the pattern in a Embroidering Small Fabrics or particular place, use the embroidery sheet with the frame.
  • Page 173: I Embroidering Ribbons Or Tape

    PREPARING THE FABRIC I Embroidering Ribbons or Tape Secure with double-sided tape or a temporary spray adhesive. a Ribbon or tape b Stabilizer...
  • Page 174: Attaching The Embroidery Frame

    ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME Note Wind and insert the bobbin before attaching the embroidery frame. Press the “Presser Foot Lifter” button to Lower the frame-securing lever to be level raise the presser foot. with the frame to secure the embroidery frame in the embroidery frame holder.
  • Page 175: Confirming The Pattern Position

    CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION The pattern is normally positioned in the center of the embroidery frame. You can check the layout before starting embroidery and change the position. Checking the Pattern Position From , press the key for the position The embroidery frame moves and shows the that you want to check.
  • Page 176: Previewing The Completed Pattern

    CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION Press to return to the original Previewing the Completed screen. Pattern Press → An image of the pattern as it will be embroidered appears. Press to select the frame used in the preview. Frames displayed in light gray cannot be selected. Press to see a full screen preview.
  • Page 177: Sewing An Embroidery Pattern

    SEWING AN EMBROIDERY PATTERN SEWING AN EMBROIDERY PATTERN Sewing Attractive Finishes There are many factors that go into sewing beautiful embroidery. Using the appropriate stabilizer (see page 157) and hooping the fabric in the frame (see page 158) are two important factors mentioned earlier. Another important point is the appropriateness of the needle and thread being used.
  • Page 178: Sewing Embroidery Patterns

    SEWING AN EMBROIDERY PATTERN Lower the presser foot, then press the Sewing Embroidery Patterns “Start/Stop” button to start embroidering. After 5-6 stitches, press the “Start/Stop” button again to stop the machine. Trim the excess thread at the end of the Example: seam.
  • Page 179: I When Threading Manually

    SEWING AN EMBROIDERY PATTERN I When Threading Manually Repeat the same steps for embroidering the remaining colors. Thread the machine manually with the first color (see “Threading Manually” on page 31). Lower the presser foot, then press the “Start/Stop” button to start embroidering. After 5-6 stitches, press the “Start/Stop”...
  • Page 180: Sewing Embroidery Patterns Which Use Appliqué

    SEWING AN EMBROIDERY PATTERN Remove the appliqué material from the Sewing Embroidery Patterns embroidery frame, and then cut carefully along the stitching. After cutting, remove all Which Use Appliqué of the stitching thread carefully. Carefully cut out the pattern on the outline you just There are some patterns which call for an appliqué...
  • Page 181 SEWING AN EMBROIDERY PATTERN Apply a thin layer of adhesive or spray adhesive to the back of the appliqué piece and attach it to the appliqué position so that it follows the seam of the outline. Memo If the appliqué material is a lightweight fabric, you may want to use a fusible web on the back to stabilize the fabric and for appliqué...
  • Page 182: Adjustments During The Embroidery Process

    ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS Note • Be careful not to bump the embroidery unit carriage or the presser foot when removing or attaching the embroidery frame. Otherwise, the pattern will not embroider correctly. Unlock the frame-securing lever and If the Bobbin Runs Out of Thread remove the embroidery frame.
  • Page 183: If The Thread Breaks During Sewing

    ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS Press , or to move the If the Thread Breaks During needle back the correct number of stitches Sewing before the spot where the thread broke. If you cannot move back to the spot where the Press the “Start/Stop”...
  • Page 184: Restarting From The Beginning

    ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS Restarting from the Beginning Resuming Embroidery After Turning Off the Power Press The current color and stitch number are saved when embroidery is stopped. The next time that the machine is turned on, you can choose whether or not to continue the stopped sewing operation.
  • Page 185 ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS Attach the embroidery frame and press → The previous sewing screen displayed before the machine was turned off appears. Memo If you want to start a new operation, press so the pattern selection screen appears. Continue embroidering.
  • Page 186: Making Embroidery Adjustments

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS Press Adjusting Thread Tension When embroidering, the thread tension should be set so that the upper thread can slightly be seen on the wrong side of the fabric. I Correct Thread Tension The pattern can be seen from the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Page 187: Using The Automatic Thread Cutting Function (end Color Trim)

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS Using the Automatic Thread Using the Thread Trimming Cutting Function Function (JUMP STITCH TRIM) (END COLOR TRIM) The thread trimming function will automatically trim any excess thread jumps within The automatic thread cutting function will the color. This function is initially turned on. To cut the thread at the end of sewing each color.
  • Page 188: Adjusting The Embroidery Speed

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS Press to turn off JUMP STITCH Adjusting the Embroidery Speed TRIM. Press and Embroidery. In the MAX EMBROIDERY SPEED display, to change the maximum embroidery speed. → The key will display as You can choose from 3 different speed levels. The machine will not trim the thread before moving to the next stitching.
  • Page 189: Changing The Thread Color Display

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS When the thread number #123 Changing the Thread Color Display displayed, use to select from six embroidery thread brands pictured below. You can display the name of the thread colors, the time or embroidery thread number. Memo Colors on the screen may vary slightly from actual spool colors.
  • Page 190: Changing The Embroidery Frame Display

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS Changing the Embroidery Frame Display Press Press In the FRAME DISPLAY, use change the embroidery frame display mode. There are 10 choices. a Extra large frame embroidering area b Center line c Large frame embroidering area d Medium frame embroidering area e Small frame embroidering area f Grid lines Press...
  • Page 191: Revising The Pattern

    REVISING THE PATTERN REVISING THE PATTERN CAUTION • When you have revised the pattern, check the display of available embroidery frames and use an appropriate frame. If you use an embroidery frame not displayed as available for use, the presser foot may strike the frame and possibly cause injury.
  • Page 192: Aligning The Pattern And The Needle

    REVISING THE PATTERN Aligning the Pattern and the Needle Example: Aligning the lower left side of a pattern and the needle Mark the embroidery start position on the fabric, as shown. Press...
  • Page 193: Changing The Size

    REVISING THE PATTERN Select the direction in which to change the Press size. Press to enlarge the pattern proportionately. Press to shrink the pattern proportionately. Press to stretch the pattern horizontally. Press to compact the pattern horizontally. Press to stretch the pattern vertically. Press to compact the pattern vertically.
  • Page 194: Rotating The Pattern

    REVISING THE PATTERN Select the angle of rotation for the pattern. Rotating the Pattern Press to rotate the pattern 90 degrees to the left. Press Press to rotate the pattern 90 degrees to the right. Press to rotate the pattern 10 degrees to the left.
  • Page 195: Creating A Horizontal Mirror Image

    REVISING THE PATTERN Creating a Horizontal Mirror Changing the Density Image (Alphabet Character and Frame Patterns Only) Press so it appears as to create a The thread density for some alphabet character horizontal mirror image of the selected pattern. and frame patterns can be changed. Press again to return the pattern to normal.
  • Page 196: Changing The Colors Of Alphabet Character Patterns

    REVISING THE PATTERN Change the density. Changing the Colors of Alphabet Press to make the pattern less dense. Character Patterns Press to make the pattern more dense. Combined alphabet character patterns can be sewn with each letter in a different color. If “MULTI COLOR”...
  • Page 197: Using The Memory Function

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Embroidery Data Precautions Observe the following precautions when using embroidery data other than that created and saved in this machine. CAUTION • When using embroidery data other than our original patterns, the thread or needle may break when sewing with a stitch density that is too fine or when sewing three or more overlapping stitches.
  • Page 198: I Computers And Operating Systems With The Following Specifications Can Be Used

    • Compatible operating systems: Microsoft Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP (Windows 98SE requires a driver. Download the driver from our Web site (www.brother.com). In addition, only Windows 98 Second Edition can use the driver.) I Precautions on Using the Computer to Create and Save Data •...
  • Page 199: Saving Embroidery Patterns In The Machine's Memory

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press Saving Embroidery Patterns in the Machine’s Memory Press to return to the original screen without saving. You can save embroidery patterns that you have customized and will use often; for example, your name, patterns that have been rotated or had the size changed, patterns that have had the sewing position changed, etc.
  • Page 200 USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Select the pattern you want to delete. Press If you decide not to delete the pattern, press Press → The “Saving” screen displays. When the pattern is saved, the display returns to the original screen automatically. Note •...
  • Page 201: Saving Embroidery Patterns To Usb Media (commercially Available)

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Insert the USB media into the USB port Saving Embroidery Patterns to connector on the machine. USB Media (Commercially Available) When sending embroidery patterns from the machine to USB media, plug the USB media into the machine’s USB port. Depending on the type of USB media being used, either directly plug the USB device into the machine’s USB port or plug the USB Card Writer/Reader into the machine’s...
  • Page 202: Saving Embroidery Patterns In The Computer

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press when the pattern you want to Saving Embroidery Patterns in the Computer save is in the sewing screen. Using the included USB cable, the machine can be connected to your computer, and the embroidery patterns can be temporarily retrieved from and saved in your computer.
  • Page 203: Retrieving Patterns From The Machine's Memory

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press Retrieving Patterns from the Machine’s Memory Press → The sewing screen is displayed. Recalling from USB Media You can recall a specific embroidery pattern from → The machine displays the patterns currently in the either direct USB media or a folder in the USB memory.
  • Page 204: Recalling From The Computer

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press when there is a subfolder to Press sort two or more stitch patterns to USB media, the embroidery pattern in the subfolder is displayed. Press to return to the original screen without recalling. → The sewing screen is displayed. Recalling from the Computer Plug the USB cable connector into the corresponding USB port connectors for the...
  • Page 205 USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Move/copy the pattern data to “Removable Press the key of the pattern you want to Disk”. recall. Press to return to the original screen. → Pattern data in “Removable Disk” is written to the machine. Note •...
  • Page 206: Embroidery Applications

    EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS Apply a thin layer of fabric glue or a Using a Frame Pattern to Make temporary spray adhesive to the rear of the appliqué created in step . Attach the an Appliqué (1) appliqué to the base fabric matching the shapes.
  • Page 207: Using A Frame Pattern To Make An Appliqué (2)

    EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS Remove the embroidery frame from the Using a Frame Pattern to Make embroidery unit, and cut around the outside of the stitches. an Appliqué (2) This is a second method to make appliqué using embroidery patterns. You do not have to change the fabric in the embroidery frame using this method.
  • Page 208 EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS...
  • Page 209: Chapter 6 Embroidery Edit

    Chapter Embroidery Edit EXPLANATION OF FUNCTIONS............198 SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT ............199 Selecting Embroidery Patterns/Heirloom Patterns/Border Patterns/Cross stitch Patterns/Floral Alphabet Patterns/Frame Patterns..........200 Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns ..............200 EDITING PATTERNS................203 I Key Functions ........................204 Moving the Pattern....................205 Rotating the Pattern ....................205 Changing the Size of the Pattern ................206 Deleting the Pattern ....................207 Changing the Configuration of Alphabet Character Patterns.........207 Changing Alphabet Character Spacing ..............207...
  • Page 210: Explanation Of Functions

    EXPLANATION OF FUNCTIONS EXPLANATION OF FUNCTIONS With the Embroidery Edit functions, you can combine embroidery patterns and character patterns, change the size of patterns, rotate patterns, and perform many other editing functions. This machine can perform the 9 functions listed below. I Combine Patterns You can easily create combinations of embroidery patterns, frame patterns, character patterns, patterns from the machine’s memory, patterns from separately sold embroidery cards, and many other patterns.
  • Page 211: Selecting Patterns To Edit

    SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT Prepare the machine for embroidery according to the instructions on page 144, and press display the screen below. a Embroidery patterns b Heirloom patterns c Border patterns d Cross stitch patterns e Floral alphabet patterns f Alphabet character patterns g Frame patterns h Patterns from an embroidery card (sold separately)
  • Page 212: Selecting Embroidery Patterns/heirloom Patterns/border Patterns/cross Stitch Patterns/floral Alphabet Patterns/frame Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT Proceed to see “EDITING PATTERNS” on Selecting Embroidery Patterns/ page 203 to edit the pattern. Heirloom Patterns/Border Patterns/Cross stitch Patterns/ Floral Alphabet Patterns/Frame Patterns Select the category of the pattern. Press the key of the pattern you want to edit.
  • Page 213 SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT Select the font, then enter the characters. Select the layout. (Example: (Example: A B C D) When selecting an arc, use See page 152 for more information about selecting characters. to change the degree of the arc. Press to make the arc flatter.
  • Page 214 SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT Press to return to the original screen. After you finish your selections, press → The embroidery edit screen will appear. Proceed to see “EDITING PATTERNS” on page 203 to edit the pattern.
  • Page 215: Editing Patterns

    EDITING PATTERNS EDITING PATTERNS a Shows the size of the entire combined pattern. b Shows the size of the pattern currently selected. c Shows the distance from the center of the frame. d Shows the number of colors in the pattern currently selected. e Shows the degree of rotation for the pattern.
  • Page 216: I Key Functions

    EDITING PATTERNS I Key Functions Display Key Name Explanation Page Arrow keys Press these keys to move the pattern in the direction indicated by the arrow on Center key) the key. (Press to return the pattern to its original position.) Border key Press this key to make a repeating pattern.
  • Page 217: Moving The Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS Select the angle by which the pattern is Moving the Pattern rotated. Press to rotate the pattern 90 degrees to the Press to move the pattern in the direction left. Press to rotate the pattern 90 degrees to the shown on the key.
  • Page 218: Changing The Size Of The Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS Select the direction in which to change the Press to return to the original size. screen. Press to enlarge the pattern proportionately. Press to shrink the pattern proportionately. Press to stretch the pattern horizontally. Press to compact the pattern horizontally. Press to stretch the pattern vertically.
  • Page 219: Deleting The Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS Press the key of the layout you want to Deleting the Pattern embroider. See page 201 for more information about layout types. Press to delete the pattern from the screen. → The display will show the selected layout. Changing the Configuration of Press Alphabet Character Patterns...
  • Page 220: Reducing Character Spacing

    EDITING PATTERNS to change the spacing. Reducing Character Spacing Press to widen the character spacing. The spacing between characters can be reduced to 50% of the narrowest character in the group. Press to tighten the character spacing. Press to return the pattern to its original Note appearance.
  • Page 221: Changing The Color Of Each Alphabet Character In A Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS Changing the Color of Each Changing the Thread Color Alphabet Character in a Pattern You can change the thread color by moving the color to be changed to the top of the sewing order and selecting a new color from the thread colors in Press so you can assign a thread the machine.
  • Page 222: Creating A Custom Thread Table

    EDITING PATTERNS Press to choose a new Creating a Custom Thread Table color from the color palette. You can create a custom thread table containing To return to the original color, press . If the thread colors that you most often use. You can select thread colors from the machine’s extensive multiple colors have been changed, this command list of thread colors from nine different thread...
  • Page 223: I Adding A Color To The Custom Thread Table From The List

    EDITING PATTERNS Repeat the previous steps until all desired to select one of the thread thread colors are specified. brands in the machine. To delete a specified color from the palette, press Press to return to the original to enter a color’s 4-digit number. screen.
  • Page 224: Choosing A Color From The Custom Thread Table

    EDITING PATTERNS Press Press to put the color you want to change at the top of the sewing order. Repeat the previous steps until all desired thread colors are specified. To delete a specified color from the palette, press Press to return to the original screen.
  • Page 225: Designing Repeated Patterns

    EDITING PATTERNS Press to choose a new Designing Repeated Patterns color from the custom thread table. I Sewing Repeated Patterns to scroll through the custom Using the border function, you can create stitches thread table. using repeated patterns. You can also adjust the spacing of the patterns within a repeated pattern Press to return to the original color.
  • Page 226 EDITING PATTERNS Select the direction in which the pattern Adjust the spacing of the repeated pattern. will be repeated. To widen spacing, press To tighten spacing, press a Vertical direction b Horizontal direction c Repeating and deleting keys Memo d Spacing keys You can only adjust the spacing of patterns →...
  • Page 227: I Repeating One Element Of A Repeated Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS I Repeating One Element of a Press Repeated Pattern By using the Cut function, you can select one element of a repeated pattern and repeat only that single element. This function allows you to design complex repeated patterns. Choose the direction in which the repeated pattern will be cut.
  • Page 228: I Assigning Thread Marks

    EDITING PATTERNS I Assigning Thread Marks Repeat the selected element. By sewing thread marks, you can easily align Press to finish repeating. patterns when sewing a series. When sewing is finished on a pattern, a thread mark in the shape of an arrow will be sewn using the final thread.
  • Page 229: After Editing

    EDITING PATTERNS After Editing Press to select the thread mark to Press be sewn. Memo • When there are two or more elements, use If you want to sew the pattern immediately, to select a press to call up the sewing screen. pattern that you want to assign a thread mark(s) to.
  • Page 230: I Color Sorting Repeated Patterns

    EDITING PATTERNS I Color Sorting Repeated Patterns Press to automatically change the sewing order of colors in combined border embroidery patterns so that the same color can be continuously sewn. This allows you to continue sewing without repeatedly changing the upper thread or changing the sewing order manually.
  • Page 231: Combining Patterns

    COMBINING PATTERNS COMBINING PATTERNS Editing Combined Patterns to view P.4, then select Example: Combining alphabet characters with an embroidery pattern and editing Press to select an embroidery pattern. Press...
  • Page 232 COMBINING PATTERNS Press Select and enter “Sewing”. After selecting , press to change the character size to M, then enter the remaining characters. Press to enter the alphabet characters. → The characters you enter will be displayed in the center of the display. Press to move the characters.
  • Page 233: I Selecting Combined Embroidery Patterns

    COMBINING PATTERNS I Selecting combined embroidery Press to change the layout of the patterns characters. Press If multiple patterns have been combined, use See page 207 for more information about changing to select the pattern to be edited. If a the layout.
  • Page 234: Sewing Combined Patterns

    COMBINING PATTERNS Sewing Combined Patterns Combined patterns will be embroidered in the order they were entered. In this example, the embroidery order will be as follows: → Note Follow the directions in “Sewing Embroidery Patterns” on page 166. Embroider by following the color order on the right side of the display.
  • Page 235: Using The Memory Function

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION In the same way as embroidery patterns in Chapter 5, you can save and retrieve edited embroidery patterns to and from the machine’s memory, a personal computer, or USB media. Refer to the relevant sections in Chapter 5 on saving and retrieving embroidery patterns and follow the same procedures in order to save and retrieve edited embroidery patterns.
  • Page 236 USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION...
  • Page 237: Chapter 7 My Custom Stitch

    Chapter MY CUSTOM STITCH DESIGNING A STITCH..............226 ENTERING STITCH DATA ..............228 I Key Functions ........................228 I Moving a Point ......................230 I Moving Part or All of the Design ...................231 I Inserting New Points .....................232 USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES ..........233 Storing Custom Stitches in Your List ..............233 I If the Memory is Full .....................233 Retrieving Stored Stitches ..................234...
  • Page 238: Designing A Stitch

    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 You can also sew designs combining MY various patterns with one stitch.
  • Page 239 DESIGNING A STITCH Examples of Custom Stitches Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch...
  • Page 240: Entering Stitch Data

    ENTERING STITCH DATA ENTERING STITCH DATA I Key Functions a This area displays the stitch being created. b Displays the number of the present set point over the total number of points in the stitch. c Displays the y-coordinate of over the x-coordinate of Display Key Name...
  • Page 241 ENTERING STITCH DATA Press to add the point indicated by Press Press To insert coordinates with the touch pen, move the tip of the pen to a desired point. Once you release the pen from the screen a point will be entered into the graph at those coordinates.
  • Page 242: I Moving A Point

    ENTERING STITCH DATA I Moving a Point Repeat the steps above for each point that you have drawn on the grid sheet until the stitch design is drawn on the screen as a Press to move to the continuous line. point that you want to move.
  • Page 243: I Moving Part Or All Of The Design

    ENTERING STITCH DATA I 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.
  • Page 244: I Inserting New Points

    ENTERING STITCH DATA I Inserting New Points to move the point. Press to move to a place on the design where you want to add a new point. To move to the first point, press To move to the last point, press You can also move by using the touch pen.
  • Page 245: Using Stored Custom Stitches

    USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES I If the Memory is Full Storing Custom Stitches in Your If the following message appears after List pressed, the stitch pattern cannot be stored because either the machine’s memory is full or the stitch Stitch patterns created using the MY CUSTOM pattern being stored is larger than the amount of ™...
  • Page 246: Retrieving Stored Stitches

    USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES Press Retrieving Stored Stitches To delete the stored stitch pattern, press Press To edit the stored stitch pattern, press → A list of stored stitch patterns is displayed. Select the stitch pattern. Press to return to the previous screen without retrieving.
  • Page 247: Chapter 8 Appendix

    Chapter Appendix CARE AND MAINTENANCE ..............236 Cleaning the LCD Screen ..................236 Cleaning the Machine Casing ................236 Cleaning the Race ....................236 ADJUSTING THE SCREEN ..............238 Screen Visibility is Low ..................238 Touch Panel is Malfunctioning ................238 TROUBLESHOOTING ...............240 ERROR MESSAGES................243 I Alarm Sounds ........................248 SPECIFICATIONS................249 UPGRADING YOUR MACHINE’S SOFTWARE .........250 Upgrade Procedure Using USB Media ..............250...
  • Page 248: Care And Maintenance

    CARE AND MAINTENANCE CARE AND MAINTENANCE CAUTION • Be sure to unplug the machine before cleaning it. Otherwise, electric shock or injury may result. Grasp the bobbin case, and then pull it out. Cleaning the LCD Screen If the screen is dirty, gently wipe it with a soft, dry cloth.
  • Page 249 CARE AND MAINTENANCE Insert the bobbin case so that the projection on the bobbin case aligns with the spring. a Projection b Spring Insert the tabs on the needle plate cover into the needle plate, and then slide the cover back on. Note •...
  • Page 250: Adjusting The Screen

    ADJUSTING THE SCREEN ADJUSTING THE SCREEN Screen Visibility is Low Touch Panel is Malfunctioning If the screen is difficult to see when you turn on If the screen does not respond correctly when you the power, follow the steps below. touch a key (the machine does not perform the operation or performs a different operation), follow Press your finger anywhere on the screen.
  • Page 251 ADJUSTING THE SCREEN Using the included touch pen, lightly touch the center of each +, in order from 1 to 5. If the buzzer sounds one time after you press number 5, the operation is finished. If the buzzer sounds twice, there was an error. In this case, repeat the steps above.
  • Page 252: Troubleshooting

    TROUBLESHOOTING TROUBLESHOOTING If you have a minor problem with your sewing machine, check the following solutions. If the solutions suggested do not correct the problem, contact your authorized dealer. You can also press then for advice about minor sewing problems during sewing. Press at any time to return to the original screen.
  • Page 253 TROUBLESHOOTING Problem Cause Solution Page Cannot lower the Presser foot was raised using the “Presser Foot Press the “Presser Foot Lifter” button to lower presser foot with the Lifter” button. the presser foot. presser foot lever Thread tension is Upper threading is incorrect. Check the steps for threading the machine incorrect and rethread the machine.
  • Page 254 TROUBLESHOOTING Problem Cause Solution Page Needle breaks Needle is installed incorrectly. Reinstall the needle correctly. Needle clamp screw is not tightened. Tighten the needle clamp screw. Needle is turned or bent. Replace the needle. Using improper needle or thread for the Check the “Fabric/Thread/Needle selected fabric.
  • Page 255: Error Messages

    ERROR MESSAGES ERROR MESSAGES If the machine is not properly set and the “Start/Stop” button or the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button is pressed, or if the operation procedure is incorrect, the machine does not start. An alarm sounds and an error message is displayed on the LCD. If an error message displays, follow the instructions in the message.
  • Page 256 ERROR MESSAGES This message is displayed when This message is displayed when the patterns you are editing take the embroidery unit is attached up too much memory, or if you and the power is turned on with are editing too many patterns for the needle in the down position.
  • Page 257 ERROR MESSAGES This message is displayed when This message is displayed when the machine is in embroidery the bobbin is being wound, and mode and the small frame is the motor locks because the attached, and the selected thread is tangled, etc. pattern does not fit in the small frame.
  • Page 258 ERROR MESSAGES This message is displayed when, This message is displayed when after selecting a pattern, the foot controller is pressed while the embroidery unit is attached and machine is set up for embroidering. is pressed and the pattern is about to be deleted. This message is displayed when This message is displayed when the speed control lever is set to...
  • Page 259 ERROR MESSAGES This message is displayed when This message is displayed while the “Start/Stop” button is pushed the USB media is transmitting. and the machine is in embroidery mode, but the embroidery unit is not attached. This message is displayed when This message is displayed when you try to recall or save a pattern the memory is full and a pattern...
  • Page 260: I Alarm Sounds

    ERROR MESSAGES This message is displayed when This message is displayed when the automatic needle threading replacing the embroidering button is pushed while twin bobbin thread. needle sewing is set. This confirmation message This message is displayed when appears after the machine is rotating a saved combined turned on and the carriage of the pattern in the Embroidery...
  • Page 261: Specifications

    SPECIFICATIONS SPECIFICATIONS Item Specification 55.6 cm (W) × 30.5 cm (H) × 25.8 cm (D) (approx. Sewing Machine Dimensions 21-7/8 inches (W) × 12 inches (H) × 10-1/8 inches (D)) 58.2 cm (W) × 31.9 cm (H) × 28.4 cm (D) (approx. Case Dimensions 22-7/8 inches (W) ×...
  • Page 262: Upgrading Your Machine's Software

    UPGRADING YOUR MACHINE’S SOFTWARE You can use USB media or a computer to download software upgrades for your sewing machine. When an upgrade program is available on www.brother.com, please download the files following the instructions on the web site and steps below.
  • Page 263: Upgrade Procedure Using Computer

    UPGRADING YOUR MACHINE’S SOFTWARE When the message disappears, press Upgrade Procedure Using Computer While pressing the “Automatic Threading” button, turn the main power to ON. → The following screen will appear on the LCD. Press → The upgrade file is downloaded. Note If an error occurs, a red text error message will appear.
  • Page 264 UPGRADING YOUR MACHINE’S SOFTWARE...
  • Page 265: Stitch Setting Chart

    STITCH SETTING CHART STITCH SETTING CHART The following chart shows information for each utility stitch concerning applications, stitch lengths, stitch widths, and whether or not the twin needle mode can be used. Stitch width Stitch length Presser foot Twin [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Stitch Stitch name...
  • Page 266 STITCH SETTING CHART Stitch width Stitch length Presser foot [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Twin Stitch Stitch name Applications needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Overcasting Reinforcing of heavyweight 2.5 - 5.0 1.0 - 4.0 stitch fabric (3/16) (3/32 - 3/16) (3/32) (1/16 - 3/16) Overcasting Reinforcing of medium,...
  • Page 267 STITCH SETTING CHART Stitch width Stitch length Presser foot [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Twin Stitch Stitch name Applications needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Blind hem stitch Hemming woven fabrics +3.0 - -3.0 1.0 - 3.5 (+1/8 - -1/8) (1/16) (1/16 - 1/8) Blind hem stitch Hemming stretch fabric +3.0 - -3.0...
  • Page 268 STITCH SETTING CHART Stitch width Stitch length Presser foot [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Twin Stitch Stitch name Applications needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Hemstitching Decorative hems, triple straight 1.0 - 7.0 1.5 - 4.0 at left (1/16) (1/16 - 1/4) (3/32) (1/16 - 3/16) ( J )
  • Page 269 STITCH SETTING CHART Stitch width Stitch length Presser foot [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Twin Stitch Stitch name Applications needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Hemstitching Decorative hems, smocking 1.5 - 7.0 1.0 - 4.0 (15/ (1/16 - 1/4) (1/16) (1/16 - 3/16) Hemstitching Decorative hems, smocking 1.5 - 7.0...
  • Page 270 STITCH SETTING CHART Stitch width Stitch length Presser foot [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Twin Stitch Stitch name Applications needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual 4 step Left side of 4 step buttonhole 1.5 - 7.0 0.2 - 1.0 buttonhole 1 (7/32) (1/16 - 1/4) (1/64) (1/64 - 1/16)
  • Page 271 STITCH SETTING CHART Stitch width Stitch length Presser foot [mm (inch.)] [mm (inch.)] Twin Stitch Stitch name Applications needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Forward For attaching appliqué on tubular (Zigzag) pieces of fabric and mitering — — — — corners Reverse For attaching appliqué...
  • Page 272: Index

    Index Index race ..................236 Combining Patterns Accessories character/decorative stitches ...........128 included accessories ..............4 embroidery edit ...............219 options ..................7 Cord guide bobbin cover ..............72 Accessory compartment ..............4 Crazy quilt ..................72 Adjustments Custom Thread Table ............210 screen ..................238 Cut/Tension key ................174 screen brightness .............
  • Page 273 Index carriage ..................3 designing ................226 carrying case ................4 entering data ................228 Enlarger key ................229 key functions ................228 Error messages ................243 retrieving ................234 Eyelet ..................109 saving ..................233 storing in your list ..............233 Fabrics fabric/thread/needle combinations ..........41 Needle sewing heavyweight fabrics ............47 changing the needle ..............
  • Page 274 Index Saving character/decorative stitches ........... 136 Upgrading ...................250 computer ............... 139 Upper threading embroidery patterns ..............187 threading manually ..............31 machine’s memory ............136 twin needle mode ..............34 MY CUSTOM STITCH designs ..........233 using the “Automatic Threading” button ........29 stitch settings ................
  • Page 276 English 882-S94 XE2537-101 2 Printed in Taiwan...

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