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GETTING READY
SEWING BASICS
UTILITY STITCHES
APPENDIX
Operation Manual
Computerized Sewing Machine
Product Code: 885-V15
Be sure to read this document before using the machine.
We recommend that you keep this document nearby for future reference.

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  • Page 1 GETTING READY SEWING BASICS UTILITY STITCHES APPENDIX Operation Manual Computerized Sewing Machine Product Code: 885-V15 Be sure to read this document before using the machine. We recommend that you keep this document nearby for future reference.
  • Page 3: Important Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Please read these safety instructions before attempting to use the machine. DANGER - To reduce the risk of electric shock: Always unplug the machine from the electrical outlet immediately after using, when cleaning, when making any user servicing adjustments mentioned in this manual, or if you are leaving the machine unattended.
  • Page 4 Always keep your work area clear: • Never operate the machine with any air openings blocked. Keep ventilation openings of the sewing machine and foot control free from the build up of lint, dust, and loose cloth. • Do not store objects on the foot controller. •...
  • Page 5 Use accessories recommended by the manufacturer as contained in this manual. The contents of this manual and specifications of this product are subject to change without notice. For additional product information, visit our web site at www.brother.com SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
  • Page 6 FOR USERS IN THE UK, EIRE, MALTA AND CYPRUS ONLY IMPORTANT • In the event of replacing the plug fuse, use a fuse approved by ASTA to BS 1362, i.e. carrying the mark, rating as marked on plug. • Always replace the fuse cover. Never use plugs with the fuse cover omitted. •...
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Contents IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ................1 Introduction ........................8 Names of Machine Parts and Their Functions ..............8 Machine ................................8 Needle and presser foot section ........................9 Operation buttons ............................. 9 Operation panel .............................. 10 Flat bed attachment ............................10 Accessories ........................
  • Page 8 Sewing curves ..............................48 Sewing thick fabrics ............................48 Sewing thin fabrics ............................49 Sewing stretch fabrics ............................ 49 Sewing hook-and-loop fastener ........................50 Pulling up the bobbin thread .......................... 51 3. UTILITY STITCHES ..................52 Overcasting ........................52 Sewing overcasting stitches using zigzag foot “J” ..................53 Sewing overcasting stitches using overcasting foot “G”...
  • Page 9 Troubleshooting ........................ 93 Frequent troubleshooting topics ........................93 Upper thread tightened up ..........................93 Tangled thread on wrong side of fabric ......................94 Incorrect thread tension ..........................96 Fabric is caught in the machine and cannot be removed ................97 When the thread became tangled under the bobbin winder seat ..............
  • Page 10: Introduction

    Introduction Thank you for choosing this product. Before using this sewing machine, carefully read “Important Safety Instructions”, and then study this manual for the correct operation of the various functions. In addition, after you have finished reading this manual, store it where it can quickly be accessed for future reference.
  • Page 11: Needle And Presser Foot Section

    Needle and presser foot section c Presser foot holder The presser foot is attached to the presser foot holder. d Presser foot holder screw Use the presser foot holder screw to hold the presser foot holder in place. e Presser foot The presser foot applies pressure to the fabric during sewing.
  • Page 12: Operation Panel

    Operation panel Flat bed attachment The operation panel, located on the front of the The accessories are stored in the storage space in the sewing machine, allows you to select a stitch and flat bed attachment. specify how the stitch will be sewn. Swing the lid of the flat bed attachment toward you to open the storage space.
  • Page 13: Accessories

    Accessories After opening the box, check that the following accessories are included. If any item is missing or damaged, contact your dealer. Included accessories The following items should also be included in the box. Note (For U.S.A. only) ● Foot controller: Model T This foot controller can be used on this machine model NS40e.
  • Page 14: Optional Accessories

    ● To obtain optional accessories or parts, contact the nearest authorized dealership. ● All specifications are correct at the time of printing. The part codes are subject to change without notice. ● Visit your Brother dealer for a complete listing of optional accessories available for your machine.
  • Page 15: Getting Ready

    GETTING READY Turning the Machine On/Off This section explains how to turn the sewing machine on and off. Power supply precautions Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the power supply. WARNING ● Use only regular household electricity for the power source. Using other power sources may result in fire, electric shock, or damage to the machine.
  • Page 16: Turning On The Machine

    GETTING READY — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Turning on the machine Turning off the machine Prepare the included power cord.
  • Page 17: Preparing For Upper And Lower Threading

    Preparing for Upper and Lower Threading Winding the bobbin Wind the thread onto the bobbin. a Hook of the bobbin-winding thread guide b Pretension disk c Bobbin winder shaft d Bobbin CAUTION ● Only use the bobbin (part code: SA156, SFB(XA5539-151)) designed specifically for this sewing machine.
  • Page 18: Spool Pin

    GETTING READY — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — CAUTION ●...
  • Page 19 Pull the thread to the right, pass it under the Slide the sewing speed controller to the right hook of the bobbin-winding thread guide, and to increase the bobbin winding speed and then wind the thread counterclockwise slide to left to decrease. between the discs, pulling it in as far as possible.
  • Page 20: Installing The Bobbin

    GETTING READY — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Press (needle position button) once or Memo...
  • Page 21 CAUTION Memo ● The direction for feeding the bobbin thread is indicated by marks around the needle plate ● Be sure to hold down the bobbin with your cover. Be sure to thread the machine as finger and install the bobbin so that the thread indicated.
  • Page 22: Threading The Upper Thread

    GETTING READY — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Threading the upper thread In this section, the procedures for installing the spool for the upper thread and threading the needle are described.
  • Page 23 Slide the spool cap onto the spool pin. Memo ● When sewing with fine, cross-wound a Mark on handwheel thread, use the small spool cap, and leave a small space between the cap and the spool. Turn off the sewing machine. Swing up the spool pin, and then remove the spool cap.
  • Page 24: Thread Guide

    GETTING READY — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — While holding the spool with your right hand, Slide the thread into the thread take-up lever and then pass the thread under the thread...
  • Page 25 While lowering the needle threader lever, Raise the presser foot lever, pass the end of hook the thread onto the guide. the thread through the presser foot, and then pull out about 5 cm (2 inches) of thread toward the rear of the machine. a 5 cm (2 inches) The upper threading is finished.
  • Page 26: Using The Twin Needle

    GETTING READY — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Raise the presser foot lever.
  • Page 27 Thread the upper thread for the right side in Select a stitch. the same way that the upper thread for the • For details on selecting a stitch, refer to left side was threaded. “Selecting a stitch” (page 40). • For details on the stitches that can be sewn with the twin needle, refer to “Stitch settings”...
  • Page 28 GETTING READY — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Start sewing.
  • Page 29: Replacing The Needle

    Replacing the Needle This section provides information on sewing machine needles. Needle precautions Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the handling of the needle. Failure to observe these precautions is extremely dangerous, for example, if the needle breaks and fragments are dispersed. Be sure to read and carefully follow the instructions below.
  • Page 30: Needle Types And Their Uses

    GETTING READY — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Needle types and their uses The sewing machine needle that should be used depends on the fabric and thread thickness.
  • Page 31: Checking The Needle

    Checking the needle Replacing the needle Sewing with a bent needle is extremely dangerous Replace the needle as described below. Use the since the needle may break while the machine is screwdriver and a correct needle, as described in being operated. “Checking the needle”.
  • Page 32: Needle Clamp Screw

    GETTING READY — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Loosen the needle clamp screw and remove While holding the needle with your left hand, the needle.
  • Page 33: Replacing The Presser Foot

    Replacing the Presser Foot Presser foot precautions Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the presser feet. CAUTION ● Use the presser foot appropriate for the type of stitch that you wish to sew, otherwise the needle may hit the presser foot, causing the needle to bend or break.
  • Page 34: Removing The Presser Foot Holder

    GETTING READY — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Place the presser foot to be installed below the Raise the presser foot lever to check that the holder so that the presser foot pin is aligned...
  • Page 35: Using The Optional Walking Foot

    ■ Attaching the presser foot holder Using the optional walking Align the presser foot holder with the presser foot bar. With the optional walking foot, both pieces of fabric are fed evenly by the feed dogs and the teeth on the presser foot.
  • Page 36: Needle Position Button

    For details on the twice to raise the needle. stitches, refer to “Stitch settings” (page 86). ● The optional walking foot is available through your Brother dealer. a Needle position button The needle is raised. Turn off the sewing machine.
  • Page 37: Useful Functions

    Useful Functions ■ When the needle stops in the raised position Functions useful in improving sewing efficiency are described below. The needle stops in the raised position when sewing ends. Changing the needle stop position Normally, the sewing machine is set to leave the needle in the fabric when sewing is stopped.
  • Page 38: Changing The Initial Needle Position

    GETTING READY — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Changing the initial needle position Normally, the straight stitch (left needle position) is...
  • Page 39: Sewing Cylindrical Or Large Pieces

    Sewing Cylindrical or Large Pieces When sewing cylindrical or large pieces of fabric, remove the flat bed attachment. Stitching cylindrical pieces Sewing large pieces of fabric Removing the flat bed attachment makes it easier to The optional wide table makes sewing large pieces sew cylindrical pieces such as cuffs and pant legs.
  • Page 40 Sewing machine bed Note ● The optional wide table is available through your Brother dealer. Turn the screw at the bottom of each leg to adjust their height so the wide table will be level with the sewing machine bed.
  • Page 41: Sewing Basics

    SEWING BASICS Starting to Sew Basic sewing operations are described below. Before operating the sewing machine, read the following precautions. CAUTION ● While the machine is in operation, pay special attention to the needle. In addition, keep your hands away from all moving parts such as the needle, handwheel, and thread take-up lever, otherwise injuries may occur.
  • Page 42: Selecting A Stitch

    SEWING BASICS — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Selecting a stitch Adjusting the stitch length and width...
  • Page 43: Positioning The Fabric

    Press “+” or “–” side of (stitch width Positioning the fabric key) to adjust the stitch width. – Be sure that the fabric pieces are sewn in the correct order and that the right and wrong sides of the fabric are aligned correctly.
  • Page 44: Starting To Sew

    SEWING BASICS — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — While holding the end of the thread and the Starting to sew fabric with your left hand, turn the handwheel...
  • Page 45 Press (start/stop button) once. Insert the foot controller plug into its jack on the side of the sewing machine. a Start/stop button The machine starts sewing. a Foot controller jack Turn on the sewing machine. • If you continue pressing the (start/stop button) immediately after the sewing starts, the machine will sew at a slow speed.
  • Page 46: Securing The Stitching

    SEWING BASICS — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Once you are ready to start sewing, slowly Securing the stitching press down on the foot controller.
  • Page 47 After sewing 3 to 5 stitches, press After 3 to 5 reverse stitches have been sewn, (reverse/reinforcement stitch button). release (reverse/reinforcement stitch button). Keep (reverse/reinforcement stitch button) The machine stops sewing. held down until you reach the beginning of the stitching.
  • Page 48: Cutting The Thread

    SEWING BASICS — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Cutting the thread Automatically sewing reverse/ reinforcement stitches...
  • Page 49: Adjusting The Thread Tension

    ■ Correct thread tension After reaching the end of the stitching, press the reverse/reinforcement stitch button once. The upper thread and the bobbin thread should cross near the center of the fabric. Only the upper thread should be visible from the right side of the fabric, and only the bobbin thread should be visible from the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Page 50: Useful Sewing Tips

    SEWING BASICS — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Useful Sewing Tips Various ways to achieve better sewing results are described below.
  • Page 51: Sewing Thin Fabrics

    ■ If thick seams are being sewn and the fabric CAUTION does not feed at the beginning of stitching The fabric may not feed when thick seams are being sewn and the presser foot is not level, as ● The thickness of fabric differs depending on the shown below.
  • Page 52: Sewing Hook-And-Loop Fastener

    SEWING BASICS — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Sewing hook-and-loop fastener CAUTION...
  • Page 53: Pulling Up The Bobbin Thread

    Pulling up the bobbin thread When making gathers or before free-motion quilting, first pull up the bobbin thread as described below. Insert the bobbin into the bobbin case. Carefully pull the upper thread upward to pull • Refer to steps through of “Installing the out the end of the bobbin thread.
  • Page 54: Utility Stitches

    UTILITY STITCHES — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — UTILITY STITCHES Overcasting Sew overcasting along the edges of cut fabric to prevent them from fraying.
  • Page 55: Sewing Overcasting Stitches Using Zigzag Foot "J

    Sewing overcasting Sewing overcasting stitches using zigzag foot stitches using overcasting “J” foot “G” Turn on the machine. Turn on the machine. With the pattern selection dial, With the pattern selection dial, select select Attach overcasting foot “G”. Attach zigzag foot “J”. •...
  • Page 56: Basic Stitching

    UTILITY STITCHES — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Basic Stitching Straight stitches are used for sewing plain seams.
  • Page 57: Blind Hem Stitching

    Blind Hem Stitching The bottoms of skirts and pants are hemmed. Two stitches are available for blind hem stitching. Stitch Width Stitch Length [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Walk- Reverse/ Stitch Name Application Reinforcement Foot Stitching Auto Manual Auto Manual Blind hem stitching 1.0–3.5 on medium weight –3 –...
  • Page 58 UTILITY STITCHES — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Position the fabric with the edge of the folded Memo hem against the guide of the presser foot, and...
  • Page 59: Buttonhole Stitching

    Buttonhole Stitching Buttonholes can be sewn. Five stitches are available for sewing buttonholes. Stitch Width Stitch Length [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Walk- Reverse/ Stitch Name Application Reinforcement Foot Stitching Auto Manual Auto Manual Horizontal button- holes on thin and 3.0-5.0 0.2-1.0 Automatic No No...
  • Page 60: Reinforcement Stitching

    UTILITY STITCHES — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Buttonholes with a maximum length of 30 mm (1-3/16 inches) (diameter + thickness of the button) can be sewn.
  • Page 61 Use chalk to mark on the fabric the position and length of the buttonhole. a 10 mm (3/8 inch) b 15 mm (9/16 inch) The size of the buttonhole is set. Turn on the machine. With the pattern selection dial, select a stitch. Attach buttonhole foot “A”.
  • Page 62: Changing The Stitch Length

    UTILITY STITCHES — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Pull down the buttonhole lever as far as Use the enclosed seam ripper to cut towards possible.
  • Page 63 ■ Changing the stitch width Attach buttonhole foot “A”. Press the “+” or “–” side of the stitch width key to • For details, refer to “Replacing the presser adjust the stitch width. foot” (page 31). – Adjust the stitch width to the thickness of the gimp thread.
  • Page 64: Button Sewing

    UTILITY STITCHES — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Place the button into button fitting foot “M”.
  • Page 65 ■ Attaching a shank to a button Start sewing. Set the sewing speed controller to the left (so To sew the button with a shank, attach the button that the speed will be slow). with space between it and the fabric, and then wind the thread by hand.
  • Page 66: Zipper Insertion

    UTILITY STITCHES — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Zipper Insertion A zipper can be sewn in place.
  • Page 67: Inserting A Side Zipper

    Align the seam with the center of the zipper, Topstitch around the zipper. and then baste the zipper in place. a Wrong side of fabric b Basting stitching c Zipper With the pattern selection dial, a Stitching select stitch b Right side of fabric c Basting stitching d End of zipper opening Attach the presser foot holder to the right side...
  • Page 68 UTILITY STITCHES — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Turn on the machine.
  • Page 69 Sew the zipper to the piece of fabric with the Attach the presser foot holder to the other side extra 3 mm (1/8 inch), starting from the base of the pin of zipper foot “I”. of the zipper. If the presser foot holder was attached to the right side of the pin in step , change it to the left side of the pin.
  • Page 70: Sewing Stretch Fabrics And Elastic Tape

    UTILITY STITCHES — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Sewing Stretch Fabrics and Elastic Tape Stretch fabrics can be sewn and elastic tape can be attached.
  • Page 71 With the pattern selection dial, select stitch Attach zigzag foot “J”. • For details, refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 31). Sew the elastic tape to the fabric while stretching the tape so that it is the same length as the fabric.
  • Page 72: Appliqué, Patchwork And Quilt Stitching

    UTILITY STITCHES — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Appliqué, Patchwork and Quilt Stitching Eight stitches are available for sewing appliqués and patchwork quilts.
  • Page 73: Appliqué Stitching

    Turn the handwheel toward you, and then Appliqué stitching begin sewing around the edge of the appliqué, making sure that the needle drops just outside of the appliqué. Cut out the appliqué, leaving a seam allowance of between 3 and 5 mm (1/8 and 3/ 16 inch).
  • Page 74: Piecing

    UTILITY STITCHES — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Piecing Quilting Sewing together two pieces of fabric is called...
  • Page 75: Free-Motion Quilting

    Insert the stem of the quilting guide into the Free-motion quilting hole at the rear of the walking foot or presser foot holder. With free-motion quilting, lower the feed dogs (using Walking foot the feed dog position switch) so that the fabric is not fed.
  • Page 76 UTILITY STITCHES — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Hold the quilting foot in place with your right Use both hands to stretch the fabric taut, and hand, and then tighten the presser foot holder...
  • Page 77: Reinforcement Stitching

    Reinforcement Stitching Reinforce points that will be subject to strain, such as sleeve holes, inseams and pocket corners. Stitch Width Stitch Length [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Walk- Reverse/ Stitch Name Application Reinforcement Foot Stitching Auto Manual Auto Manual Attaching sleeves, sewing inseams, 0.0–7.0 1.5–4.0...
  • Page 78: Bar Tack Stitching

    UTILITY STITCHES — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — With the pattern selection dial, Bar tack stitching select stitch...
  • Page 79 Pull down the buttonhole lever as far as possible. a Buttonhole lever The buttonhole lever should be positioned behind the metal bracket on the buttonhole foot. a Buttonhole lever b Bracket Gently hold the end of the upper thread in your left hand, and then start sewing.
  • Page 80: Decorative Stitching

    UTILITY STITCHES — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Decorative stitching Various decorative stitches can be sewn with this sewing machine.
  • Page 81: Fagoting

    Stitch Width Stitch Length [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Walk- Reverse/ Stitch Name Application Reinforcement Foot Stitching Auto Manual Auto Manual Decorative hemming on thin, medium weight 1.5-7.0 1.5-4.0 No No Reinforcement Hemstitching and plain weave (3/16) (1/16-1/4) (1/16) (1/64-3/16) fabrics, heirloom stitching, etc.
  • Page 82: Smocking

    UTILITY STITCHES — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Attach monogramming foot “N”.
  • Page 83: Shell Tuck Stitching

    Unfold the fabric, and then iron the tucks Shell tuck stitching down to one side. The gathers that look like shells are called “shell tucks”. They are used to decorate trims, the front of blouses or cuffs made of thin fabrics. Fold the fabric along the bias.
  • Page 84: Heirloom Stitching

    UTILITY STITCHES — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Start sewing.
  • Page 85 With the right side of the fabric facing up, sew Select stitch along the right edge of the frayed section. • For details, refer to “Selecting a stitch” (page 40). Sew along the center of the unfrayed section. Turn the fabric around to sew the opposite side.
  • Page 86: Using The Side Cutter (Optional)

    UTILITY STITCHES — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Using the side cutter (optional) By using the optional side cutter, overcasting stitching can be sewn while the edge of the fabric is cut off.
  • Page 87 Position the side cutter so that the side cutter Position the fabric. pin is aligned with the notch in the presser foot holder, and then slowly lower the presser Position the fabric so that the right side of the cut is foot lever.
  • Page 88: Appendix

    APPENDIX — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — APPENDIX Stitch settings Applications, stitch lengths and widths and whether the twin needle can be used are listed for utility stitches in...
  • Page 89 Stitch Width Stitch Length [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Reverse/ Stitch Name Application Reinforcement Stitching Auto Manual Auto Manual Preventing fraying in 3.5–5.0 1.0–4.0 thick fabrics and fab- No No Reinforcement (3/16) (1/8–3/16) (3/32) (1/16–3/16) rics that fray easily Overcasting stitch Overcasting on stretch 0.0–7.0 0.5–4.0...
  • Page 90 APPENDIX — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Stitch Width Stitch Length [mm (inch)]...
  • Page 91 Stitch Width Stitch Length [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Reverse/ Stitch Name Application Reinforcement Stitching Auto Manual Auto Manual Keyhole buttonholes 3.0–7.0 0.3–1.0 Automatic Buttonhole No No stitch for thick or furry fabrics (1/4) (1/8-1/4) (1/32) (1/64-1/16) Reinforcement Reinforcing openings and areas where the 1.0–3.0 0.3–1.0 Automatic...
  • Page 92: Maintenance

    APPENDIX — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Maintenance Simple sewing machine maintenance operations are described below.
  • Page 93: Removing The Needle Plate

    Use the enclosed cleaning brush or a vacuum CAUTION cleaner to remove any lint and dust from the race and its surrounding area. ● Never use a bobbin case that is scratched, otherwise the upper thread may become tangled, the needle may break, or sewing performance may suffer.
  • Page 94 APPENDIX — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Return the needle plate to its original position, and then tighten the screws with the disc- shaped screwdriver.
  • Page 95: Troubleshooting

    If the machine stops operating correctly, check the following possible problems before requesting service. You can solve most problems by yourself. If you need additional help, the Brother Solutions Center offers the latest FAQs and troubleshooting tips. Visit us at “ http://solutions.brother.com ” .
  • Page 96: Tangled Thread On Wrong Side Of Fabric

    APPENDIX — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Tangled thread on wrong While holding the bobbin in place with your side of fabric...
  • Page 97 Raise the presser foot using the presser foot Pass the thread under the thread guide cover lever. from the back to the front. Hold the thread with your right hand so that there is no slack in the thread that is pulled out, and then pass the thread under the thread guide cover with your left hand.
  • Page 98: Incorrect Thread Tension

    APPENDIX — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Incorrect thread tension ■...
  • Page 99: Fabric Is Caught In The Machine And Cannot Be Removed

    Cut out the tangled threads, and then remove Fabric is caught in the the bobbin. machine and cannot be removed If the fabric is caught in the sewing machine and cannot be removed, the thread may have become tangled under the needle plate. Follow the procedure described below to remove the fabric from the machine.
  • Page 100: Bobbin Case

    APPENDIX — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Use the enclosed disc-shaped screwdriver to Turn the handwheel to check that the feed dogs move smoothly and do not contact the...
  • Page 101 ■ Checking machine operations CAUTION If the needle plate has been removed, check machine operations to confirm that installation has been completed correctly. ● Never use a bobbin case that is scratched, otherwise the upper thread may become Turn on the machine. tangled, the needle may break or sewing performance may suffer.
  • Page 102: When The Thread Became Tangled Under The Bobbin Winder Seat

    APPENDIX — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Correctly thread the machine.
  • Page 103 Slide the bobbin winder shaft to the left, and then remove the bobbin from the shaft. Hold the thread end with your left hand, and wind off the thread clockwise near the bobbin with your right hand as shown below. Wind the bobbin again.
  • Page 104: List Of Symptoms

    APPENDIX — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — List of symptoms Symptom Probable Cause...
  • Page 105 Symptom Probable Cause Remedy Reference The upper thread was incorrectly threaded (for example, the spool is incorrectly installed or the thread has Correct the upper threading. page 20 come out of the needle bar thread guide). There are knots or tangles in the Remove any knots or tangles.
  • Page 106 APPENDIX — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Symptom Probable Cause Remedy...
  • Page 107 Symptom Probable Cause Remedy Reference The thread does Press (needle position button) The needle was not raised. page 20 not pass through once or twice to raise the needle. the eye of the The needle is incorrectly installed. Correctly install the needle. page 29 needle.
  • Page 108: Error Messages

    APPENDIX — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Error messages If the sewing machine is incorrectly operated or if the sewing machine malfunctions, an error message appears in the LCD.
  • Page 109: Operation Beep

    Operation beep Each time a key is pressed or an incorrect operation is performed, a beep is sounded. ■ For a correct operation One beep is sounded. ■ If an incorrect operation is performed Two or four beeps are sounded. ■...
  • Page 110: Index

    Index Numerics 1/4 inch quilting foot............12 main power switch............14 1/4 inch quilting foot with guide ........12 maintenance ..............90 monogramming foot............11 accessory bag..............11 adjustable zipper/piping foot ..........12 needle ................27 appliques ...............71 needle plate cover............90 attaching elastic tape............68 needle position...............
  • Page 111 smocking................80 spool cap ...............11 spool net ................11 spool pin ................20 stitch guide foot..............12 stitch length..............40 stitch settings..............86 stitch width ..............40 straight stitch ..............54 stretch stitching ..............68 thread guide ..............20 thread tension ..............47 thread tension dial............47 triple stretch stitching .............75 twin needle .............11 upper thread..............20 walking foot .............
  • Page 112 English 885-V15 Printed in China XF6232-001...