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Embroidery and Sewing Machine
Product Code: 882-W04/W05
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  • Page 1 Operation Manual Embroidery and Sewing Machine Product Code: 882-W04/W05 http://solutions.brother.com Please visit us at where you can get product support and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).
  • Page 2 Trademarks ® FlashFX is a registered trademark of Datalight, Inc. ® FlashFX Copyright 1998-2007 Datalight, Inc. U.S.Patent Office 5,860,082/6,260,156 ® FlashFX Pro™ is a trademark of Datalight, Inc. ® Datalight is a registered trademark of Datalight, Inc. Copyright 1989-2007 Datalight, Inc., All Rights Reserved Video powered by Mobiclip™...
  • Page 3: Introduction

    INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION Thank you for purchasing this embroidery and sewing machine. Before using this machine, carefully read the “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 4 Use only the pen tablet included with this machine. The contents of this manual and specifications of this product are subject to change without notice. For additional product information and updates, visit our website at www.brother.com SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS This machine is intended for household use.
  • Page 5 • The included interface cable should be used in order to ensure compliance with the limits for a Class B digital device. • Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Brother Industries, Ltd. could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
  • Page 6 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS WARNING LABEL The following warning label is on the included side cutter. Be sure to observe the precaution. CAUTION • When using the side cutter, sew between low and mid-speed and do not touch the knives or operation lever of the side cutter while sewing to avoid equipment damage or injury.
  • Page 7 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS...
  • Page 8: Outstanding Features

    OUTSTANDING FEATURES Display the Fabric While Expand Your Creativity With Aligning the Embroidering Bobbin Work Position Example with decorative stitches The fabric hooped in the embroidery frame can be displayed on the LCD so that the embroidery position can be easily aligned. This feature allows you to easily combine patterns while checking the final image.
  • Page 9 Find New Color Schemes With Create Patterns With My Custom the Color Shuffling Function Design With the color shuffling function, the machine Any image that you draw in the LCD screen area suggests new color schemes for the embroidery of your machine can immediately become an pattern that you have selected.
  • Page 10: What You Can Do With This Machine

    WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THIS MACHINE Getting Ready Sewing Basics To learn the operation of the principal parts and the To learn how to prepare for sewing and basic sewing screens operations Chapter Chapter Page 25 Page 71 Utility Stitches Character/Decorative Pre-programmed with more than 100 frequently used Stitches...
  • Page 11: 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 12: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ..........1 Automatic Fabric Sensor System (Automatic Presser Foot Pressure) ................85 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ....1 Needle Position – Stitch Placement........86 OUTSTANDING FEATURES ........6 Locking the Screen ............... 86 WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THIS MACHINE ..8 Checking the Needle Location in the Screen......
  • Page 13 Using a Frame Pattern to Make an Appliqué (2)....259 Attaching the Embroidery Unit ..........188 Sewing Split Embroidery Patterns ........261 SELECTING PATTERNS........190 Selecting Embroidery Patterns/Brother “Exclusives”/Greek Chapter 6 Embroidery Edit Alphabet Patterns/Floral Alphabet Patterns/Utility Embroidery Patterns ................193 EXPLANATION OF FUNCTIONS...... 264 Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns .........
  • Page 14 CONTENTS Chapter 8 MY CUSTOM STITCH DESIGNING A STITCH........326 ENTERING STITCH DATA .........328 USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES ....334 Storing Custom Stitches in Your List ........334 Retrieving Stored Stitches ............335 Chapter 9 Appendix CARE AND MAINTENANCE......338 Restrictions on oiling ............338 Precautions on storing the machine ........338 Cleaning the LCD Screen ............338 Cleaning the Machine Casing..........338 Cleaning the Race ...............338...
  • Page 15: 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 ■...
  • Page 16: Needle And Presser Foot Section

    NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Needle and Presser Foot Section Measurements on the needle plate, bobbin cover (with mark) and needle plate cover The measurements on the bobbin cover are references for patterns with a middle (center) needle position. The measurements on the needle plate and the needle plate cover are references for stitches with a left needle position.
  • Page 17: Embroidery Unit

    NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Embroidery Unit Operation Buttons a Carriage The carriage moves the embroidery frame automatically when embroidering. (page 188) a “Start/Stop” button b Release button (located under the embroidery unit) Press the release button to remove the embroidery unit. (page Press this button and the machine will sew a few stitches at a 189) slow speed and then begin sewing at the speed set by the...
  • Page 18: Using The Flat Bed Attachment

    NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Place the lid on top of the case so that the Using the Flat Bed Attachment notches in the lid align with the tabs on the case, and then slide the bar on each side back to the center of the accessory case.
  • Page 19: Storing Bobbin Clips

    NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Using the Embroidery Unit Carrying Case Included accessories 44-47 are contained in the embroidery unit carrying case. To open the embroidery unit carrying case, raise each lock and move the latches out of position. To re-hook the latches and securely close the case, position the latch on the catch of the unit lid and lower the lock till it snaps.
  • Page 20 NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS 75/11 2 needles 90/14 2 needles 75/11 2.0/11 needle 90/14 2 needles: Ball point needle (gold colored) 2 needles *Included Accessories 44-47 are contained in the embroidery unit carrying case.
  • Page 21 26 Disc-shaped screwdriver XC1074-051 56 LCD cleaning cloth XE4913-001 27 Spool cap (small) 130013-154 57 Soft cover XE5111-001 (882-W04) 28 Spool cap (medium) × 2 X55260-153 (One is on machine.) XE5163-001 (882-W05) 58 Embroidery unit carrying XE3791-001 29 Spool cap (large)
  • Page 22: Options

    NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Memo • Foot controller: Model S This foot controller can be used on the machine with product code 882-W04/W05. The product code is mentioned on the machine rating plate. Memo • Always use accessories recommended for this machine.
  • Page 23: Using The Spool Stand

    • Visit your nearest authorized Brother dealer for a complete listing of optional accessories and embroidery cards available for your machine.
  • Page 24 NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS ■ How to remove Firmly insert the two spool pins into the two holes in the spool support. From the back of the machine, press in the spool stand latches (one on each side), and then pull the spool stand up to remove it from the machine.
  • Page 25: Using The Pen Tablet

    NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Unscrew the upper barrel of the tablet pen. Using the Pen Tablet Memo • See page 34 about connecting the pen tab- let with the sewing machine. Note • Unscrew the upper barrel slowly, so that the tablet pen will not be damaged.
  • Page 26 NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Gently pull the pen tip straight out. Activate My Custom Design, then trace the picture with the tablet pen. Push in the new pen tip until it is flush with the tablet pen. For detailed instructions about operating My Custom Design, refer to the Operation Manual (PDF format) stored on the My Custom Design CD.
  • Page 27: Chapter 1 Getting Ready

    Chapter Getting Ready TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF....26 LCD SCREEN...........28 ■ Home Page Screen ..............28 ■ Utility Stitch LCD Screen ............29 ■ Key Functions ................30 USB Connectivity.............. 32 ■ Using USB Media or Embroidery Card Reader/ USB Card Writer Module*............32 ■...
  • Page 28: Turning The Machine On/off

    TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF 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. • 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 29 TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF Insert the power supply cord into the power cord receptacle, then insert the plug into a wall outlet. a Main power switch b Power supply cord Turn the main power switch to “I” to turn on the machine. a OFF b ON Memo...
  • Page 30: Lcd Screen

    LCD SCREEN LCD SCREEN When the machine is turned on, the opening movie is played. Touch anywhere on the screen for the home page screen to be displayed. Touch the LCD screen or a key with your finger or the included touch pen to select a machine function.
  • Page 31: Utility Stitch Lcd Screen

    LCD SCREEN ■ Utility Stitch LCD Screen 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. a Shows single or twin needle mode setting, and the needle stop position. Single needle/down position Single needle/up position Twin needle/down position...
  • Page 32: Key Functions

    LCD SCREEN ■ 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 Screen lock key Press this key to lock the screen.When the screen is locked, the various...
  • Page 33 LCD SCREEN Display Key Name Explanation Page Presser foot/Needle Press this key before changing the needle, the presser foot, etc. This key locks 65-68 exchange key all key and button functions to prevent operation of the machine. Sewing machine help Press this key to see explanations on how to use the machine.
  • Page 34: Usb Connectivity

    LCD SCREEN USB Connectivity You can perform many functions using the USB ports on the machine. Connect the appropriate devices according to the feature of each ports. a Primary (top) USB port b Embroidery card Reader/USB card writer module* a Primary (top) USB port for media or card Reader/ Note USB card writer module* (USB2.0) •...
  • Page 35: Connecting The Machine To The Computer

    LCD SCREEN ■ Connecting the Machine to the Note Computer • Do not perform operations with the mouse at Using the included USB cable, the sewing machine the same time that you are touching the can be connected to your computer. screen with your finger or the included touch pen.
  • Page 36: Using The Pen Tablet

    LCD SCREEN ■ Using the Pen Tablet Memo The included pen tablet, connected to the sewing • Working area of the pen tablet differs machine, can be used when creating your original depending on performing functions of the embroidery pattern with My Custom Design. Also, sewing machine.
  • Page 37: 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.). To display the different settings screens, press for “Sewing settings”, “General settings” or for “Embroidery settings”. Memo •...
  • Page 38 LCD SCREEN General settings CAUTION • If “Upper and Bobbin Thread Sensor” is set to “OFF”, remove the upper thread. If the machine is used with the upper thread threaded, the machine will not be able to detect if the thread has become tangled. Continuing to use the machine with tangled thread may cause damage.
  • Page 39 Press to save a settings screen image to USB media (see page 39). Memo • The latest version of software is installed in your machine. Check with your local authorized Brother dealer or at “ http://solutions.brother.com ” for available updates (see page 357). Embroidery settings a Select from among 14 embroidery frame displays (see page 238).
  • Page 40 LCD SCREEN g Change the display units (mm/inch). h Change the initial mode of the display (embroidery/embroidery edit). i Change the color of the background for the embroidery display area (see page 42). j Change the color of the background for the thumbnail area (see page 42). k Adjust the distance between the pattern and the basting stitching (see page 299).
  • Page 41: Saving A Settings Screen Image To Usb Media

    LCD SCREEN ■ Saving a Settings Screen Image to ■ Changing the Pointer Shape When a USB Media USB Mouse Is Used An image of the settings screen can be saved as a In the settings screen, the shape can be selected for BMP file.
  • Page 42: Changing The Screen Saver Image

    LCD SCREEN ■ Changing the Screen Saver Image Connect the USB media or the computer (using a USB cable) that contains your Instead of the default image, you can select your personal image to the USB port of the own personal images for the screen saver of your machine.
  • Page 43: Selecting The Initial Screen Display

    LCD SCREEN to select the setting for the Press to delete the selected image. initial screen display. Press to view the previous page. Press a file name to select image and then press Opening Screen: When the machine is turned on, the home page screen appears after the opening movie screen is touched.
  • Page 44: Changing The Background Colors Of The Embroidery Patterns

    LCD SCREEN Select the background color from the 66 Press to return to the original screen. settings available. ■ Changing the Background Colors of the Embroidery Patterns In the settings screen, the background colors can be changed for the embroidery pattern and pattern thumbnails.
  • Page 45: Specifying The Size Of Pattern Thumbnails

    LCD SCREEN ■ Specifying the Size of Pattern Press to select the desired Thumbnails thumbnail size. The thumbnails for selecting an embroidery pattern can be set to be displayed at the normal size or a larger size. The larger size is 1.5 times the normal size.
  • Page 46: Using The Sewing Machine Help Key

    LCD SCREEN Using the Sewing Machine Help Key Press to open the sewing machine help screen. Three functions are available from the screen shown below. a Press this key to see explanation for upper threading, winding the bobbin, changing the presser foot, preparing to embroider a pattern, and how to use the machine (see page 47).
  • Page 47: Using The Operation Guide Function

    LCD SCREEN Using the Operation Guide Function 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 48: Using The Sewing Guide Function

    LCD SCREEN Example: Displaying information about Using the Sewing Guide Function upper threading Press The sewing guide function can be used to select patterns from the Utility Stitch screen. Use this function when you are not sure which Press stitch to use for your application, or to get advice about sewing particular stitches.
  • Page 49: Using The Pattern Explanation Function

    LCD SCREEN Press the key of the category whose sewing Press instructions you wish to view. Press Press to return to the original screen. Press Read the explanations and select the appropriate stitch. → The screen displays directions for sewing the selected stitch.
  • Page 50: Lower Threading

    LOWER THREADING LOWER THREADING ■ Using the Supplemental Spool Pin Winding the Bobbin With this machine, you can wind the bobbin during sewing. While using the main spool pin to sew embroidery, you can conveniently wind the bobbin → → →...
  • Page 51 LOWER THREADING Set the supplemental spool pin in the “up” With your right hand, hold the thread near position. the thread spool. With your left hand, hold the end of the thread, and use both hands to pass the thread through the thread guide. a Supplemental spool pin Place the spool of thread on the supplemental spool pin, so that thread...
  • Page 52 LOWER THREADING Wind the thread clockwise around the Press bobbin 5-6 times. → Bobbin winding starts automatically. The bobbin stops rotating when bobbin winding is completed. The bobbin winding switch will automatically return to its original position. Pass the end of the thread through the guide Note slit in the bobbin winder seat, and pull the •...
  • Page 53: Using The Spool Pin

    LOWER THREADING Cut the thread with cutter and remove the Turn the main power to ON and open the bobbin. top cover. Align the groove in the bobbin with the spring on the bobbin winder shaft, and set the bobbin on the shaft. Memo •...
  • Page 54: Using The Spool Stand

    LOWER THREADING ■ Using the Spool Stand Pass the thread through the thread guide. To wind thread on the bobbin while the spool stand is installed, pass the thread from the spool through the thread guide on the telescopic thread guide, and then wind the bobbin according to steps through of “Using the Supplemental Spool Pin”on...
  • Page 55: Untangling Thread From Beneath The Bobbin Winder Seat

    LOWER THREADING ■ Untangling Thread from Beneath the Cut the thread near the bobbin and hold the thread end with your left hand. Unwind the Bobbin Winder Seat thread clockwise near the bobbin winder If the bobbin winding starts when the thread is not seat with your right hand as shown below.
  • Page 56: Setting The Bobbin

    LOWER THREADING Press Setting the Bobbin Slide the bobbin cover latch to the right. → → → Press → in this order to display a video example of the operation on the LCD (see page 46). Follow the steps explained below to complete the operation.
  • Page 57: Pulling Up The Bobbin Thread

    LOWER THREADING Pass the thread through the guide, and then Pulling Up the Bobbin Thread pull the thread out toward the front. There may be some sewing applications where you want to pull up the bobbin thread; for example, when making gathers, darts, or doing free motion quilting or embroidery.
  • Page 58 LOWER THREADING Pull up the bobbin thread, pass it under the presser foot and pull it about 100 mm (approx. 3-4 inches) toward the back of the machine, making it even with the upper thread. a Upper thread b Bobbin thread Replace the bobbin cover.
  • Page 59: Upper Threading

    UPPER THREADING UPPER THREADING Turn the main power to ON. Upper Threading Press the “Presser Foot Lifter” button to → → → Press raise the presser foot. → in this order to display a video example of the operation on the LCD (see page 46).
  • Page 60 UPPER THREADING Pivot the spool pin so that it angles upward. While holding the thread with both hands, Set the thread spool on the spool pin so that pull the thread up from under the thread the thread unwinds from the front of the guide plate.
  • Page 61 UPPER THREADING Pass the thread through the needle bar Pull the thread up through the thread cutter thread guide (marked “6”) by holding the to cut the thread, as shown in the thread with both hands and guiding it as illustration.
  • Page 62: Using The Twin Needle Mode

    UPPER THREADING Carefully pull the end of the thread that was passed through the eye of the needle. Note • Some needles cannot be threaded with the If a loop was formed in the thread passed through needle threader. In this case, instead of the eye of the needle, carefully pull on the loop of using the needle threader after passing the thread through to the back of the needle.
  • Page 63 UPPER THREADING Place the additional spool of thread on the Press and install the twin needle supplemental spool pin, so that the thread (“CHANGING THE NEEDLE” on page 67). unwinds from the front. Push the spool cap onto the spool pin as far as possible to secure the thread spool.
  • Page 64 UPPER THREADING Continue threading however do not pass the thread in the needle bar thread guide CAUTION “6” on the needle bar. Thread the needle on the right side. • Be sure to set the twin needle mode when using the twin needle. Using the twin needle while the machine is in single needle mode could cause the needle to break, resulting in damage.
  • Page 65: Using The Spool Stand

    UPPER THREADING • Depending on the size of spool or the amount of Using the Spool Stand thread remaining, choose the appropriate sized spool cap (large or medium). Spool cap (small) cannot be used with the spool cap base. The included spool stand is useful when using thread on spools with a large diameter (cross- wound thread).
  • Page 66: Using Threads That Unwind Quickly

    UPPER THREADING Using Threads that Unwind Note • When using 2 spools of thread, make sure Quickly that both spools are feeding in the same direction. • Make sure that the spools do not touch each ■ Using the Spool Net other, otherwise the thread will not feed off smoothly, the needle may break, or the If using transparent nylon monofilament thread,...
  • Page 67: 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 68: Attaching The Walking Foot

    CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT Set the operation lever of the walking foot Press to unlock all keys and so that the needle clamp screw is set buttons. between the fork. Position the shank of the walking foot on the presser foot bar. Raise the presser foot lever.
  • Page 69: 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 70 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 71: About The Needle

    CHANGING THE NEEDLE About the Needle The sewing machine needle is probably the most important part of the sewing machine. Choosing the proper needle for your sewing project will result in a beautiful finish and fewer problems. Below are some things to keep in mind about needles.
  • Page 72 CHANGING THE NEEDLE...
  • Page 73: Chapter 2 Sewing Basics

    Chapter Sewing Basics SEWING ....................72 Sewing a Stitch......................72 ■ Using the Foot Controller....................73 Sewing Reinforcement Stitches ................74 Sewing Curves ......................74 Changing Sewing Direction ..................75 ■ Sewing a Seam Allowance of 0.5 cm or Less ..............75 Sewing Heavyweight Fabrics...................75 ■ If the Fabric does not Fit under the Presser Foot .............75 ■...
  • Page 74: 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 75: Using The Foot Controller

    SEWING Adjust the sewing speed with the speed control slide. CAUTION You can use this slide to adjust sewing speed during • Do not press the “Thread Cutter” button after sewing. the threads have been cut. Doing so could tangle the thread or break the needle and damage the machine.
  • Page 76: Sewing Reinforcement Stitches

    SEWING Pull the retractable cord out from the foot Sewing Reinforcement Stitches controller to the desired length, and then insert the foot controller plug into its jack on the machine. Reverse/reinforcement stitches are generally necessary at the beginning and end of sewing. You can use the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch”...
  • Page 77: Changing Sewing Direction

    SEWING Changing Sewing Direction Sewing Heavyweight Fabrics Stop the machine. Leave the needle in the fabric, The sewing machine can sew fabrics up to 6 mm and press the “Presser Foot Lifter” button to raise (approx. 1/4 inch) thick. If the thickness of a seam the presser foot.
  • Page 78: Sewing Hook-and-loop Fastener

    SEWING ■ If the Fabric does not Feed Sewing Hook-and-Loop Fastener If the fabric does not feed when starting to sew or when sewing thick seams, press the black button on the left side of presser foot “J”. CAUTION Raise the presser foot. •...
  • Page 79: Sewing Stretch Fabrics

    SEWING Sewing Stretch Fabrics First, baste together the pieces of fabric, and then sew without stretching the fabric. In addition, a better result can be achieved by using thread for knits or a stretch stitch. Memo • For best results when sewing stretch fabrics, decrease the pressure of the presser foot (“Using the Machine Setting Mode Key”...
  • Page 80: 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 81: Setting The Stitch Length

    STITCH SETTINGS Setting the Stitch Length Setting the Thread Tension Follow the steps below when you want to change You may need to change the thread tension, the stitch pattern length. depending on the fabric and thread being used. Follow the steps below to make any necessary changes.
  • Page 82: Upper Thread Is Too Tight

    STITCH SETTINGS ■ Upper Thread is Too Tight ■ Upper Thread is Too Loose If the bobbin thread is visible from the right side of If the upper thread is visible from the wrong side of the fabric, the upper thread is too tight. the fabric, the upper thread is too loose.
  • Page 83: 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 84: 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 85: Using The Knee Lifter

    USEFUL FUNCTIONS Align the tabs on the knee lifter with the Using the Knee Lifter notches in the knee lifter slot on the front of the machine. Insert the knee lifter bar as far as possible. Using the knee lifter, you can raise and lower the presser foot with your knee, leaving both hands free to handle the fabric.
  • Page 86: Pivoting

    USEFUL FUNCTIONS Note Pivoting • The “Needle Position – UP/DOWN” (3/8 of the settings screen) must be set in the down If the pivot setting is selected, the machine stops position for the pivot function to be with the needle lowered (in the fabric) and the presser foot is automatically raised to an used.
  • Page 87: Automatic Fabric Sensor System (automatic Presser Foot Pressure)

    USEFUL FUNCTIONS Place the fabric under the presser foot with Automatic Fabric Sensor System the needle at the starting point of the stitching, and then press the “Start/Stop” (Automatic Presser Foot button. The machine will begin sewing. Pressure) The thickness of the fabric is automatically detected and the presser foot pressure is automatically adjusted with an internal sensor while sewing, to insure that your fabric is fed...
  • Page 88: Needle Position - Stitch Placement

    USEFUL FUNCTIONS Needle Position – Stitch Locking the Screen Placement If the screen is locked before starting to sew, the various settings such as the stitch width and stitch When the “Needle Position – Stitch Placement” is length are locked and cannot be changed. This on, the needle will be partially lowered for precise prevents screen settings from accidentally being stitch placement and then press the “Needle...
  • Page 89: Checking The Needle Location In The Screen

    USEFUL FUNCTIONS GRID VIEW Checking the Needle Location in Press this key to display a grid. the Screen Press to use the built-in camera to view the sewing area in the LCD screen. View the location of the needle from 2 different angles and the needle drop position, even if the needle has not actually been lowered.
  • Page 90 USEFUL FUNCTIONS...
  • Page 91: Chapter 3 Utility Stitches

    Chapter Utility Stitches SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES ......90 Heirloom .................130 ■ Hemstitching (1) (Daisy Stitch) ..........130 ■ Stitch Selection Screens............90 ■ Hemstitching (2) (Drawn Work (1))........130 Selecting a Stitch .............. 91 ■ Hemstitching (3) (Drawn Work (2))........131 ■ Using the Mirror Image Key ............. 91 One-step Buttonholes ............132 ■...
  • Page 92: Selecting Utility Stitches

    SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES ■ Stitch Selection Screens There are 6 categories of Utility Stitches. If a page number such as appears, there is more than one stitch selection screen for that category. Straight/Overcasting Decorative Stitches Heirloom Stitches Buttonholes/Bar tacks Multi-directional Sewing Quilting Stitches...
  • Page 93: Selecting A Stitch

    SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES ■ 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 and press is lit when you select a stitch, it will be to display the utility stitches.
  • Page 94: Saving Your Stitch Settings

    SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES ■ Using the Image Key Saving Your Stitch Settings You can display an image of the selected stitch. You can check and change the colors of the image of the The settings for the zigzag stitch width, stitch screen.
  • Page 95: Retrieving Saved Settings

    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 Press already 5 sets of settings saved for a stitch, the message “The pockets are full.
  • Page 96: 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 97 SEWING THE STITCHES Select a stitch. Press the “Start/Stop” button to sew forward. a Reverse stitches → The machine will begin sewing slowly. CAUTION • Be sure the needle does not strike a basting pin, or any other objects, during sewing. The Attach presser foot “J”.
  • Page 98: Changing The Needle Position (left Or Middle Needle Position Stitches Only)

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Changing the Needle Position (Left ■ Aligning the Fabric with a Mark on or Middle Needle Position Stitches the Needle Plate or Bobbin Cover Only) (with Mark) When you select left or middle needle position While sewing, align the edge of the fabric with the 16 mm (approx.
  • Page 99: Aligning The Fabric With The Vertical Stitch Alignment "v" Foot

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Aligning the Fabric with the Vertical Grasp both sides of the needle plate cover, and then slide it toward you. Stitch Alignment “V” Foot Sew while keeping the right edge of the fabric aligned with a desired position of markings on the vertical stitch alignment “V”...
  • Page 100: Basting

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Basting Insert the bobbin case in its original position, and then attach the needle plate Select and attach presser foot “J”. cover. After reinstalling the needle plate cover, Press the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” select any of the straight stitches. button to sew reinforcement stitches, then continue sewing.
  • Page 101: Dart Seam

    SEWING THE STITCHES Iron the dart to one side so that it is flat. Dart Seam Select and attach presser foot “J”. Sew a reverse stitch at the beginning of the dart and then sew from the wide end to the other end without stretching the fabric.
  • Page 102: Flat Fell Seam

    SEWING THE STITCHES Pull the bobbin and upper threads out by Flat Fell Seam 50 mm (approx. 1-15/16 inches) (see page 55). 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 103: Pintuck

    SEWING THE STITCHES Fold the longer seam allowance around the Sew a straight stitch along the fold. shorter one, and sew the edge of the fold. When the automatic thread cutting and automatic reinforcement stitching are preset, reinforcement stitches will be sewn automatically at the beginning of sewing.
  • Page 104: 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 105: Patchwork (for Crazy Quilt)

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ 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 106: 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 Manual 2 steps elastic...
  • Page 107: Overcasting

    SEWING THE STITCHES Overcasting Use for the edge of seams in skirts or trousers, and the edge 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 108: Overcasting Using Presser Foot "j

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ 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 109: Overcasting Using The Side Cutter

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Overcasting Using the Side Cutter By using the side cutter, you can do overcasting while cutting the fabric. CAUTION • Recommended stitches are noted “S” in the lower right corner, therefore sure to only select one of these stitches listed below.
  • Page 110 SEWING THE STITCHES Position the side cutter so that the side Position the fabric so that the right side of cutter pin is aligned with the notch in the the cut is on top of the guide plate and the presser foot holder, and then lower the left side of the cut is underneath the presser presser foot.
  • Page 111: When Sewing Straight Stitches While Using The Side Cutter

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ When Sewing Straight Stitches Lower the presser foot and start. While Using the Side Cutter The seam margin should be approximately 5 mm (approx. 3/16 inch). → A seam allowance is cut while the stitching is sewn. CAUTION a Seam margin •...
  • Page 112: 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 (“Using the Foot Controller”...
  • Page 113 SEWING THE STITCHES Stitch width Stitch length Presser foot [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Twin Stitch Stitch name Applications needle Auto Manual Auto Manual Quilting stippling Background quilting 7.00 1.00 - 7.0 1.0 - 4.0 (1/4) (1/16 - 1/4) (1/16) (1/16 - 3/16) Overcasting stitch Stretch knit seam 5.00...
  • Page 114 SEWING THE STITCHES Stitch width Stitch length Presser foot [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Twin Stitch Stitch name Applications needle Auto Manual Auto Manual Piecing stitch (Left) Piecework/patchwork 6.5 0.0 - 7.0 0.2 - 5.0 mm (approx. 1/4 inch) left (1/16) (0 - 1/4) (1/16) (1/64 - 3/16)
  • Page 115: Piecing

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Piecing ■ Quilting Sewing two pieces of fabric together is called Sewing the quilt top, batting, and backing together 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 116: Appliqué

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ 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 117: Quilting With Satin Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES You can use the appliqué technique to attach Press to use the speed control slide appliqué designs like the three pictured below. to control the stitch width. Set the width control to “ON”. a Dresden plate b Stained glass c Sunbonnet sue ■...
  • Page 118: Free Motion Quilting

    SEWING THE STITCHES Example: Changing the width Memo • When starting to sew, the internal sensor detects the thickness of the fabric, and the quilting foot is raised to the height specified in the machine settings screen. Press to display “Free Motion Foot Height”...
  • Page 119 SEWING THE STITCHES Remove the presser foot holder (see page Press to set the machine to free motion 66). 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 120 SEWING THE STITCHES Using free motion Open Toe Quilting Foot “O” Press to cancel the free motion sewing The free motion open toe quilting foot “O” is used mode. for free motion quilting with zigzag or decorative stitches or for free motion quilting of straight lines on →...
  • Page 121: Echo Quilting Using The Free Motion Echo Quilting Foot "e

    SEWING THE STITCHES Select a stitch. Use both hands to stretch the fabric taut, and then move the fabric at a consistent pace in order to sew uniform stitches Memo roughly 2.0-2.5 mm (approx. 1/16 - 3/32 • When stitch Q-01 or 1-31 is selected, free inch) in length.
  • Page 122 SEWING THE STITCHES Follow the steps on page 65 “Removing the Presser Foot” to remove the presser foot. CAUTION • With free motion quilting, control the feeding Remove the presser foot holder (see page speed of the fabric to match the sewing speed. 66) and the screw.
  • Page 123 SEWING THE STITCHES Using the measurement on the quilting foot as a guide, sew around the motif. a 6.4 mm (approx. 1/4 inch) Finished project Press to cancel the free motion sewing mode. → Rotate the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) to raise the feed dogs.
  • Page 124: Blind Hem Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES Blind Hem Stitches Secure the bottoms of skirts and pants with a blind hem. Two stitches are available for blind hem stitching. Stitch width Stitch length Presser Twin [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Stitch Stitch name Applications foot needle Auto Manual...
  • Page 125 SEWING THE STITCHES Unfold the edge of fabric, and position the Position the fabric with the edge of the fabric with the wrong side facing up. folded hem against the guide of the presser foot, and then lower the presser foot lever. a Wrong side of fabric b Right side of fabric c Edge of fabric...
  • Page 126: If The Needle Catches Too Much Of The Hem Fold

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ If the Needle Catches Too Much of ■ If the Needle does not Catch the the Hem Fold Hem Fold The needle is too far to the left. The needle is too far to the right. Press to decrease the stitch width so that the Press...
  • Page 127: Appliqué

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Appliqué Sharp Curves Appliqué 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 Use a temporary spray adhesive, fabric glue attractive finish to the seam.
  • Page 128: Shelltuck Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES Attach presser foot “J”. Set the needle drop Shelltuck Stitches point slightly off the edge of the fabric, and start sewing. Shelltuck stitches give an attractive appearance of shells along the curve of a collar. This stitch pattern can be used for edging the neckline or sleeves of dresses and blouses.
  • Page 129: Scallop Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES Scallop Stitches Crazy Quilting 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 130: 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 “Setting the Stitch Length”...
  • Page 131: Tape Or Elastic Attaching

    SEWING THE STITCHES Attach presser foot “J”. Align the center of Memo the presser foot with the middle of the • Before sewing the straight stitch, rotate the space between the fabrics and begin handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) sewing. and pull up the bobbin thread. Holding the top and bobbin thread, pull a length of thread out from the rear of the machine.
  • Page 132: Heirloom

    SEWING THE STITCHES Pull out the straight stitch threads. Select a stitch and attach presser foot “N”. Select any stitch between 3-01 and 3-25. Heirloom ■ Hemstitching (1) (Daisy Stitch) Use for sewing tablecloths, decorative hems, and decorative stitching on shirt fronts. Memo •...
  • Page 133: Hemstitching (3) (drawn Work (2))

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Hemstitching (3) (Drawn Work (2)) Select Pull out several threads from both sides of the 4 mm (approx. 3/16 inch) area which Memo are not yet open. • For details on each stitch, refer to the Pull out four threads, leave five threads, and then “STITCH SETTING CHART”...
  • Page 134: 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 135 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 136 SEWING THE STITCHES Note Memo • Pass the thread underneath the presser • If automatic thread cutting is turned on foot. before you start sewing, both threads are automatically cut after the reinforcement • Slide the outside frame of the buttonhole stitches are sewn.
  • Page 137: Sewing Stretch Fabrics

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Sewing Stretch Fabrics ■ Odd Shaped Buttons/Buttons that do Not Fit into the Button Holder Plate When sewing on stretch fabric with Use the markings on the presser foot scale to set the size of the buttonhole. One mark on the presser foot sew the buttonhole stitches over a gimp thread.
  • Page 138: 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 •...
  • Page 139 SEWING THE STITCHES Attach monogramming foot “N”, and select Select stitch to sew the right side of stitch to sew the left side of the the buttonhole, and press the “Start/Stop” button to begin sewing. buttonhole. Sew the right side of the buttonhole and press the “Start/Stop”...
  • Page 140: Darning

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ 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 medium weight fabric 2.5 - 7.0 0.4 - 2.5 (1/4) (3/32 - 1/4)
  • Page 141 SEWING THE STITCHES Check that the needle drops at the desired Gently hold the end of the upper thread, position and lower the presser foot, making and then press the “Start/Stop” button to sure the upper thread passes underneath start the machine. the buttonhole foot.
  • Page 142: 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 143: Bar Tacks On Thick Fabrics

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ 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 and even feeding.
  • Page 144: Button Sewing

    SEWING THE STITCHES Button Sewing Buttons with 2 or 4 holes can be attached, using the machine. Stitch width Stitch length Presser Twin [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Stitch Stitch name Applications foot needle Auto Manual Auto Manual Button sewing Attaching buttons 2.5 - 4.5 —...
  • Page 145: Attaching 4 Hole Buttons

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Attaching 4 Hole Buttons Sew the two holes closest to you. Then raise the presser foot and move the fabric so that the needle goes into the next two holes, and sew them in the same way. ■...
  • Page 146: 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 147: 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 use the free-arm.
  • Page 148: Zipper Insertion

    SEWING THE STITCHES Remove presser foot “J”. Align the right Zipper Insertion side of the pin in zipper foot “I” with the presser foot holder, and attach the zipper ■ Centered Zipper foot. Use for bags and other such applications. Select Memo •...
  • Page 149: Inserting A Side Zipper

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Inserting a Side Zipper Align the right side of the pin in zipper foot “I” with the presser foot holder, and attach Use for side zippers in skirts or dresses. the presser foot. Select Note • Make sure you sew using the middle needle position.
  • Page 150: Edge Sewing

    SEWING THE STITCHES Close the zipper, turn the fabric over, and Open the zipper and sew the rest of the sew a basting stitch. seam. a Front of the skirt (wrong side of fabric) b Basting stitches c Front of the skirt (right side of fabric) a Basting stitches d Back of the skirt (right side of fabric) b 7 to 10 mm (approx.
  • Page 151 SEWING THE STITCHES Attach the vertical stitch alignment foot Note “V”. • Clean stitching cannot be sewn if this function is used when the edge of the fabric has corners as shown below. CAUTION • When edge sewing with the built-in camera, be sure to use the vertical stitch alignment foot “V”.
  • Page 152 SEWING THE STITCHES Place the edge sewing sheet on top of the Press needle plate cover. Align the guides on the edge sewing sheet with the sides of the needle plate cover, and then adjust the position of the edge sewing sheet so that its cutout aligns with the edges of the opening for the feed dogs.
  • Page 153 SEWING THE STITCHES Check that the built-in camera is correctly Note detecting the fabric. • Before pressing , install the vertical Press to change the colors of the fabric edge stitch alignment foot “V” and position the indicator line and starting point according to the edge sewing sheet;...
  • Page 154 SEWING THE STITCHES When the Built-In Camera Can Detect the Edge of When the Fabric Edge Indicator Line Is Not the Fabric Aligned With the Edge of the Fabric The fabric edge indicator line appears correctly The fabric edge indicator line that appears is not following the edge of the fabric.
  • Page 155 SEWING THE STITCHES While checking the screen for the distance from the fabric edge to the edge sewing Note • Distances between 1.5 mm (about 1/16 position, move the fabric to the desired inch) and 38.5 mm (about 1-1/2 inches) can position.
  • Page 156 SEWING THE STITCHES Press the “Start/Stop” button to start edge When sewing is between 1 and 2 cm (about sewing. 3/8 and 3/4 inch) from the edge of the → Sewing starts with the set distance to the edge of the fabric, sewing stops automatically and the fabric maintained.
  • Page 157: Chapter 4 Character/decorative Stitches

    Chapter Character/Decorative Stitches SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS....................156 ■ Stitch Selection Screens............................157 Selecting Decorative Stitch Patterns/7mm Decorative Stitch Patterns/Satin Stitch Patterns/7mm Satin Stitch Patterns/ Cross Stitch/Utility Decorative Stitch Patterns ......................158 Alphabet Characters ..............................158 ■ Deleting Characters............................. 159 ■ Adjusting the Character Spacing.......................... 160 SEWING STITCH PATTERNS ....................161 Sewing Attractive Finishes .............................
  • Page 158: Selecting Stitch Patterns

    SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS Press , then 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 159: Stitch Selection Screens

    SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS ■ Stitch Selection Screens There are 10 categories of Character/Decorative stitch patterns. If a page number such as appears, 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...
  • Page 160: 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 Example: Entering “Blue Sky”. Patterns/Satin Stitch Patterns/ 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns/ Press Cross Stitch/Utility Decorative select a font. Stitch Patterns Select the category of the pattern you want to sew. Press the key of the stitch pattern you want to sew.
  • Page 161: Deleting Characters

    SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS Press and then enter “lue”. Press and then enter “ky”. If you want to continue entering characters in a Press to enter a space. different font, press , and then repeat from step ■ Deleting Characters Press to delete the last character.
  • Page 162: Adjusting The Character Spacing

    SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS Select the correct character. Press to adjust character spacing. ■ Adjusting the Character Spacing The space between the characters can be adjusted. Press Press to increase the character spacing and press to decrease the character spacing. Example: Each setting equals a specific distance between characters.
  • Page 163: 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 164: Making Adjustments

    SEWING STITCH PATTERNS Memo Note • If the fabric is pulled or pushed during sew- • When sewing some patterns, the needle will ing, the pattern may not turn out correctly. temporarily pause in the raised position Also, depending on the pattern, there may while the fabric is fed due to the operation of be movement to the left and right as well as the needle bar separation mechanism which...
  • Page 165 SEWING STITCH PATTERNS Attach monogramming foot “N” and sew If the pattern is bunched: the pattern. Press in the “Fine Adjust Verti.” display. → The displayed value increases each time the button is pressed and the pattern will lengthen. If the pattern has gaps: Press in the “Fine Adjust Verti.”...
  • Page 166: Editing Stitch Patterns

    EDITING STITCH PATTERNS EDITING STITCH PATTERNS ■ 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 167 EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Display Key Name Explanation Page Pattern display size Show the approximate size of the pattern selected. : Nearly the same size as the sewn pattern : 1/2 the size of the sewn pattern : 1/4 the size of the sewn pattern The actual size of the sewn pattern may differ depending on the type of fabric and thread that is used.
  • Page 168: Changing The Size

    EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Changing the Size Select a stitch pattern, then press to change the size of the stitch pattern. The stitch pattern will be sewn in the size highlighted on the key. Memo • If you continue entering stitch patterns after changing the size, those patterns will also be sewn in that size.
  • Page 169: Creating A Horizontal Mirror Image

    EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Creating a Horizontal Mirror Changing Thread Density Image (for Satin Stitch Patterns Only) To create a horizontal mirror image, select a stitch After selecting a satin stitch pattern, press pattern then press select your preferred thread density. Sewing a Pattern Continuously Press to select continuous sewing or single...
  • Page 170: Returning To The Beginning Of The Pattern

    EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Returning to the Beginning of the Checking the Image Pattern You can display an approximate size image of the selected stitch pattern. You can also check and When sewing character/decorative stitches, you change the colors of the image on the screen. can return to the beginning of the pattern after trial sewing or when the stitching is sewn incorrectly.
  • Page 171 EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Press to return to the original screen. Press to display the enlarged image. Memo • You can also sew from this screen when the presser foot symbol is displayed. • Image of some patterns will display in default size only.
  • Page 172: 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 8 for information about MY CUSTOM STITCH). You can also combine stitch patterns of different sizes, mirror image stitch patterns, and others.
  • Page 173: Combining Large And Small Stitch Patterns

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Press Combining Large and Small Stitch Patterns Example: Select Press → The large size stitch will be selected. Press again, then press to select the small size. Press to sew the pattern continuously. Press → The pattern is displayed in a smaller size. Memo •...
  • Page 174: Combining Horizontal Mirror Image Stitch Patterns

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Press to sew continuously. Press again, then press → The entered pattern is repeated. → The pattern is flipped along a vertical axis. Combining Horizontal Mirror Press Image Stitch Patterns Example: → The entered pattern is repeated. Press...
  • Page 175: Combining Stitch Patterns Of Different Length

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Press Combining Stitch Patterns of Different Length Example: Press , then press once. → The entered pattern is repeated. → The length of the image is set to Select again, then press 3 times. → The length of the image is set to...
  • Page 176: Making Step Stitch Patterns (for 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Only)

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Press Making Step Stitch Patterns (for 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Only) Press You can use the keys with 7mm satin stitch patterns to create a step effect. Stitch patterns sewn so that they create a step effect are called step stitch patterns. Press to move the stitch pattern a distance equal to half of the stitch pattern’s size to the left.
  • Page 177: More Examples

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS → → → Press Press → → → → → Press → → → → The entered pattern is repeated. ■ More Examples → → → → Press → → → → → Press → → →...
  • Page 178: Using The Memory Function

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Stitch Data Precautions Observe the following precautions when using stitch data other than that created and saved in this machine. ■ Types of Stitch Data that can be Used • In the Character/Decorative Stitch memory, “.pmx” and “.pmu” stitch data files can be used with this machine.
  • Page 179: Saving Stitch Patterns In The Machine's Memory

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION ■ If the Memory is Full Saving Stitch Patterns in the If the following screen appears while you are trying Machine’s Memory to save a pattern on the machine’s memory, the memory is too full to hold the currently selected stitch pattern.
  • Page 180: Saving Stitch Patterns To Usb Media

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press Saving Stitch Patterns to USB Media When sending stitch patterns from the machine to USB media, plug the USB media into the machine’s top USB port. Memo • USB media is commercially available, but some USB media may not be usable with this machine.
  • Page 181: Saving Stitch Patterns In The Computer

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Insert the USB media into the primary (top) Saving Stitch Patterns in the USB port on the machine. Computer Using the included USB cable, the machine can be connected to your computer, and the stitch patterns can be temporarily retrieved from and saved in the “Removable Disk”...
  • Page 182: Retrieving Stitch Patterns From The Machine's Memory

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Select the stitch pattern’s .pmx file and Press copy the file to the computer. Note • Do not turn off the machine while the “Sav- ing” screen is showing. You may lose the data. Retrieving Stitch Patterns from the Machine’s Memory Press Press...
  • Page 183: Recalling From Usb Media

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Choose a stitch pattern to retrieve. Recalling from USB Media If the entire saved stitch pattern is not displayed, press the thumbnail. You can recall a specific stitch pattern from either Press to return to the original screen without direct USB media or a folder in the USB media.
  • Page 184: Recalling From The Computer

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press Press when there is a subfolder to sort two or more stitch patterns to USB Press to delete the stitch pattern. The pattern media, the stitch pattern in the subfolder is will be deleted from the USB media. displayed.
  • Page 185 USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Move/copy the pattern data to “Removable Press Disk”. Press to delete the stitch pattern. The pattern will be deleted from the “Removable Disk” folder in your computer. → Stitch pattern data in “Removable Disk” is written to the machine.
  • Page 186 USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION...
  • Page 187: Chapter 5 Embroidery

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS ....233 ■ Copyright Information..............190 ■ Pattern Selection Screens ..............191 Adjusting Thread Tension ............233 Selecting Embroidery Patterns/Brother “Exclusives”/Greek ■ Correct Thread Tension..............233 ■ Upper Thread is Too Tight ...............233 Alphabet Patterns/Floral Alphabet Patterns/Utility Embroidery ■ Upper Thread is Too Loose ..............234 Patterns...................193...
  • Page 188: 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 189: Attaching Embroidery Foot "w

    BEFORE EMBROIDERING Push the black button on the presser foot Attaching Embroidery Foot “W” holder and remove the presser foot. → → → Press → in this order to display a video example of attaching embroidery foot “W” (see page 46). Follow the steps explained below to complete the operation.
  • Page 190: 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. Touch foot holder screw. .
  • Page 191: Removing The Embroidery Unit

    BEFORE EMBROIDERING Turn the main power to ON. Hold down the release button, and pull the embroidery unit away from the machine. → The following message will appear. Press → The carriage will move to the initialization position. a Release button CAUTION ■...
  • Page 192: Selecting Patterns

    If another screen is displayed, press , then to display the screen below. a Embroidery patterns b Brother “Exclusives” Memo • A key that appears stacked, such as c Greek alphabet patterns d Floral alphabet patterns...
  • Page 193: Pattern Selection Screens

    SELECTING PATTERNS ■ Pattern Selection Screens There are 7 categories of patterns in this machine. If a page number such as appears, there is more than one pattern selection screen for that category. Embroidery patterns Greek alphabet patterns Floral alphabet patterns Utility embroidery patterns Frame patterns Alphabet characters...
  • Page 194 SELECTING PATTERNS Brother “Exclusives” Vintage designs Monogram designs New European designs Japanese designs Quilt designs...
  • Page 195: Selecting Embroidery Patterns/brother "exclusives"/greek Alphabet Patterns/floral Alphabet Patterns/utility Embroidery Patterns

    Press to create a mirror image of the Selecting Embroidery Patterns/ pattern as needed. Brother “Exclusives”/Greek If a mistake has been made when selecting the Alphabet Patterns/Floral pattern, press the key of the pattern you want to embroider and the new selection appears.
  • Page 196: Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS Press and then enter “B”. Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns Example: Entering “Blue Sky”. Press Press the key of the font you want to embroider. If you want to change the size of a character, select the character and then press to change the size.
  • Page 197 SELECTING PATTERNS Press to enter a space. Press and then enter “ky”. Press again and enter “S”. Press → The sewing screen is displayed.
  • Page 198: Selecting Frame Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS → The selected pattern is displayed on the screen. Proceed to “VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN” on page 198 to embroider the pattern. Press To return to the previous screen to select another pattern, press → The sewing screen is displayed. Proceed to “VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN”...
  • Page 199: Selecting Patterns From Embroidery Cards

    SELECTING PATTERNS Insert the card completely into the card Selecting Patterns from Reader/USB card writer module*. Embroidery Cards Insert the embroidery card so that the end with a printed arrow is facing up. ■ About Embroidery Card Reader (Sold Separately) and USB Card Writer Module* •...
  • Page 200: 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 × 20 cm (approx. 12 inches × 8 inches)). c Shows a preview of the selected pattern.
  • Page 201: Key Functions

    VIEWING THE SEWING SCREEN ■ Key Functions Using these keys, you can change the size of the pattern, rotate the pattern, etc. Note • Some operations or functions are not avail- able for certain patterns. If the key display is light gray, you cannot use that function or operation with the selected pattern.
  • Page 202: 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 203 PREPARING THE FABRIC Iron the iron-on stabilizer material to the wrong side of the fabric. a Fusible side of stabilizer b Fabric (wrong side) Memo • When embroidering on thin fabrics such as organdy or lawn, or on napped fabrics such as towel or corduroy, use water soluble sta- bilizer (sold separately) for best results.
  • Page 204: Hooping The Fabric In The Embroidery Frame

    PREPARING THE FABRIC Hooping the Fabric in the Embroidery Frame ■ Types of Embroidery Frames Extra Large Quilt Medium Small Embroidery field Embroidery field Embroidery field Embroidery field 30 cm × 20 cm 20 cm × 20 cm 10 cm × 10 cm 2 cm ×...
  • Page 205: Inserting The Fabric

    PREPARING THE FABRIC ■ Inserting the Fabric Slightly tighten the frame adjustment screw, and then remove the slack in the fabric by → → → Press pulling on the edges and corners. Do not loosen the screw. → in this order to display a video example of hoping the fabric in the embroidery frame (see page 46).
  • Page 206: Using The Embroidery Sheet

    PREPARING THE FABRIC Return the frame adjustment screw to its Place the embroidery sheet on the inner initial position. frame. Align the guide lines on the embroidery sheet with the mark you made on the fabric. Memo • You can use the included screw driver when a Inner frame you loosen or tighten the frame adjustment b Guide line...
  • Page 207: Embroidering Small Fabrics Or Fabric Edges

    PREPARING THE FABRIC ■ Embroidering Ribbons or Tape Embroidering Small Fabrics or Secure with double-sided tape or a temporary spray Fabric Edges adhesive. Use an embroidery stabilizer to provide extra support. After embroidering, remove the stabilizer carefully. Attach the stabilizer as shown in the following examples.
  • Page 208: Attaching The Embroidery Frame

    ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME → → → → Press in this order to display a video example of attaching the embroidery frame (see page 46). Follow the steps explained below to complete the operation. Note • Wind and insert the bobbin before attaching the embroidery frame. Press the “Presser Foot Lifter”...
  • Page 209: Removing The Embroidery Frame

    ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME ■ Removing the Embroidery Frame Raise the frame-securing lever. Pull the embroidery frame toward you.
  • Page 210: Confirming The Pattern Position

    CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION The pattern is normally positioned in the center of the embroidery frame. If the pattern needs to be repositioned for better placement on the garment, you can check the layout before starting embroidery. Hoop the fabric.
  • Page 211 CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION Select the pattern on your sewing machine. Press Press in the sewing screen. Press the “Presser Foot Lifter” button to lower the presser foot. Press Press the positioning keys to move the embroidery frame until the cross-shaped chalk mark drawn on the fabric is displayed in the camera view window.
  • Page 212 CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION Press to display the grid lines. Adjust the orientation of the pattern by pressing the orientation keys until the grid lines are parallel with the chalk mark drawn on the fabric. (Refer to “Rotating the Pattern” on page 242.) a Grid lines b Chalk mark on the fabric Memo...
  • Page 213: Display The Fabric While Aligning The Embroidering Position

    CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION Press Display the Fabric While Aligning the Embroidering Position The fabric hooped in the embroidery frame can be displayed on the LCD so that the embroidery position can be easily aligned. Example: Note • When embroidery frame (small: H 2 cm × W 6 cm (H 1 inch ×...
  • Page 214 CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION When the fabric appears as a background for Press the “Start/Stop” button to start the pattern, the pattern can be moved if it is embroidering. necessary. See “Sewing Embroidery Patterns” on page 219. → When embroidery is finished, the fabric displayed in the background disappears.
  • Page 215: Using The Built-in Camera To Align The Embroidering Position

    CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION ■ Positioning the Pattern on Thick When the following message appears, remove the embroidery positioning sticker, and then Fabric press When positioning the pattern on thick fabric such as quilting, the fabric may not be detected correctly. In order for the fabric to be correctly detected, its thickness must first be measured.
  • Page 216 CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION From the areas shown in the window, select Note the area containing the embroidery • When inserting the fabric in the embroidery positioning sticker. frame, check that the embroidery pattern fits If an area is not selected, scanning will start from the within the embroidery field for the frame that center.
  • Page 217 CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION A reminder message appears. Remove the Press embroidery positioning sticker from the fabric, and press To remove the embroidery positioning sticker more easily, press so that the embroidery frame moves slightly forward and away from under the needle.
  • Page 218: Checking The Pattern Position

    CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION Checking the Pattern Position From , press the key for the position that you want to check. The embroidery frame moves and shows the pattern position. Watch the frame closely to make sure the pattern will be sewn in the right place. Press a Selected position →...
  • Page 219: Previewing The Completed Pattern

    CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION Previewing the Completed 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 enlarge the image of the pattern. The pattern can be sewn as it appears in the following display.
  • Page 220: 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 200) and hooping the fabric in the frame (see page 202) are two important factors mentioned earlier. Another important point is the appropriateness of the needle and thread being used.
  • Page 221: Sewing Embroidery Patterns

    SEWING AN EMBROIDERY PATTERN ■ Embroidery Needle Plate Cover Sewing Embroidery Patterns Under some conditions, based on the type of fabric, stabilizer, or thread being used, there may be some looping in the upper thread. In this case, attach the included embroidery needle plate cover to the needle plate.
  • Page 222 SEWING AN EMBROIDERY PATTERN Lower the presser foot, then press the Repeat the same steps for embroidering the “Start/Stop” button to start embroidering. remaining colors. After 5-6 stitches, press the “Start/Stop” button again to stop the machine. Trim the excess thread at the end of the seam.
  • Page 223: 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 224 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 225: Print And Stitch (combining Embroidery Patterns And Printed Designs)

    PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) Completed embroidery patterns combined with printed designs are built into this machine. Beautiful three-dimensional embroidered designs can be created by ironing a background onto fabric or printing it onto printable fabric, then sewing complementary embroidery on top of the background.
  • Page 226: Selecting A Pattern

    PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) ■ Checking Only the Embroidery Selecting a Pattern Pattern Press Patterns combining embroidery and printed designs can be selected from the pages that contain . Select the desired pattern. Memo • Refer to the Quick Reference Guide for the detail of patterns which enable this function.
  • Page 227: Outputting The Background Image And Positioning Image

    PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) ■ Using USB Media Outputting the Background Insert the USB media into the primary (top) Image and Positioning Image USB port on the machine. Use USB media or the computer to output the Select the pattern, and then press following three images from the machine.
  • Page 228: Printing The Background And Embroidery Position Sheet

    PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) ■ Using a USB Cable Memo Plug the USB cable connectors into the • Do not disconnect the USB cable from the machine until data output is finished. corresponding USB ports on the computer and on the machine.
  • Page 229: Sewing Embroidery Patterns

    PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) Sewing Embroidery Patterns Note • Before printing onto iron-on paper or printable fabric, we recommend performing Hoop in the embroidery frame the fabric a test print to check the print settings. with the background image ironed on.
  • Page 230 PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED DESIGNS) After checking that a pattern is selected, press → The sewing screen appears. Note • Before embroidering, check that the embroidery position sheet is perfectly aligned with the background. Align the embroidering position according to steps through of “Using the Built-...
  • Page 231: 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 232: 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 233: 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 the machine is turned on, you have the option to continue or delete the pattern.
  • Page 234 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 embroidery pat- tern, press so the pattern selection screen appears.
  • Page 235: 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. ■ Correct Thread Tension The pattern can be seen from the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Page 236: Adjusting The Alternate Bobbin Case (with No Color On The Screw)

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS ■ Upper Thread is Too Loose Adjusting the Alternate Bobbin The tension of the upper thread is too loose, Case (with No Color on the resulting in a loose upper thread, loose thread locks, or loops appearing on the right side of the fabric. Screw) Note When using the embroidery bobbin thread...
  • Page 237: Using The Automatic Thread Cutting Function (end Color Trim)

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS ■ Bobbin Thread is Too Loose Using the Automatic Thread Bobbin thread appears slightly on the right side of Cutting Function fabric. (END COLOR TRIM) The automatic thread cutting function will a Right side cut the thread at the end of sewing each color. This function is initially turned on.
  • Page 238: Using The Thread Trimming Function (jump Stitch Trim)

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS Press to turn off the thread trimming Using the Thread Trimming function. Function (JUMP STITCH TRIM) The thread trimming function will automatically trim any excess thread jumps within the color. This function is initially turned on. To turn this function off, press key and then →...
  • Page 239: Adjusting The Embroidery Speed

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS Adjusting the Embroidery Speed Changing the Thread Color Display Press You can display the name of the thread colors or embroidery thread number. In the “Max Embroidery Speed” display, use Memo • Colors on the screen may vary slightly from to change the maximum actual spool colors.
  • Page 240: Changing The Embroidery Frame Display

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS When the thread number #123 Changing the Embroidery Frame displayed, use to select from six Display embroidery thread brands pictured below. Press Press In the “Embroidery Frame Display”, use to change the embroidery frame display mode. There are 14 choices. EMBROIDERY / POLYESTER THREAD# COUNTRY/COTTON THREAD#*...
  • Page 241 MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS For the optional embroidery frame. a Extra large frame embroidering area 30 cm × 20 cm (12 inches × 8 inches) b Center mark c Quilt frame embroidering area 20 cm × 20 cm (8 inches × 8 inches) d Embroidery area for optional large embroidery frame 18 cm ×...
  • Page 242: 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 243: Changing The Size Of The Pattern

    REVISING THE PATTERN Mark the embroidery start position on the Press fabric, as shown. to align the needle and the mark on the fabric, and begin embroidering the pattern. Press Changing the Size of the Pattern Press Press Select the direction in which to change the size.
  • Page 244: Rotating The Pattern

    REVISING THE PATTERN Press to stretch the pattern vertically. Rotating the Pattern Press to compact the pattern vertically. Press to return the pattern to its original Press appearance. a Size of the pattern Select the angle of rotation for the pattern. Press to rotate the pattern 90 degrees to the left.
  • Page 245: Creating A Horizontal Mirror Image

    REVISING THE PATTERN Press to return the pattern to its original Creating a Horizontal Mirror position. Image Press so it appears as to create a horizontal mirror image of the selected pattern. Press again to return the pattern to normal. a Degree of rotation 0°...
  • Page 246: Changing The Density (alphabet Character And Frame Patterns Only)

    REVISING THE PATTERN Change the density. Changing the Density (Alphabet Character and Frame Press to make the pattern less dense. Patterns Only) Press to make the pattern more dense. The thread density for some alphabet character and frame patterns can be changed. A setting between 80% and 120% in 5% increments can be specified.
  • Page 247: Changing The Colors Of Alphabet Character Patterns

    REVISING THE PATTERN After a character is sewn, change the thread Changing the Colors of Alphabet color, and then sew the next character. Character Patterns Combined alphabet character patterns can be sewn with each letter in a different color. If “MULTI COLOR”...
  • Page 248 REVISING THE PATTERN Press Note • To cancel the starting point setting and return the starting point to the center of the pattern, press • Use to select a different starting point for embroidering. Press Press Press → The needle is positioned in the lower-left corner of the pattern.
  • Page 249 REVISING THE PATTERN As in step , select the character patterns Press to turn off the thread cutting for “DEF”. function and then press Press Press Press the “Start/Stop” button. After the characters are embroidered, cut → The needle is positioned in the lower-left corner of the threads to a generous length, remove the pattern.
  • Page 250: Uninterrupted Embroidering (using A Single Color)

    REVISING THE PATTERN Press the “Start/Stop” button to begin embroidering the remaining character patterns. Uninterrupted Embroidering (Using a Single Color) A selected pattern can be stitched out in one color instead of multicolor. The machine will hesitate but not stop between color steps, and then continue till the pattern is completed.
  • Page 251: 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 252: Computers And Operating Systems With The Following Specifications Can Be Used

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION ■ Computers and Operating Systems with the Following Specifications can be Used • Compatible models: IBM PC with a USB port as standard equipment IBM PC-compatible computer equipped with a USB port as standard equipment • Compatible operating systems: Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 ■...
  • Page 253: 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 254: Saving Embroidery Patterns To Usb Media

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Select the pattern you want to delete. Memo • If there is enough memory available after deleting the pattern, the pattern you want to save will be saved automatically. If there is not enough memory available after deleting the pattern, repeat the steps above to delete another pattern from the machine’s memory.
  • Page 255: Saving Embroidery Patterns In The Computer

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Insert the USB media into the primary (top) Saving Embroidery Patterns in USB port on the machine. the Computer 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 the “Removable Disk”...
  • Page 256: Retrieving Patterns From The Machine's Memory

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press when the pattern you want to Retrieving Patterns from the save is in the sewing screen. Machine’s Memory Press → The machine displays the patterns currently in the memory. Press the key of the pattern you want to retrieve.
  • Page 257: Recalling From Usb Media

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press Press → Embroidery patterns and a folder in a top folder are displayed. Press when there is a subfolder to sort two or more stitch patterns to USB media, the embroidery pattern in the subfolder is displayed. →...
  • Page 258: Recalling From The Computer

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press the key of the pattern you want to Move/copy the pattern data to “Removable retrieve. Disk”. Press to return to the original screen. Press Press to delete the pattern. The pattern will be deleted from the USB media. →...
  • Page 259 USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press the key of the pattern you want to recall. Press to return to the original screen. Press → The sewing screen is displayed.
  • Page 260: Embroidery Applications

    EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS Embroider the same pattern from step Using a Frame Pattern to Make onto the base fabric. an Appliqué (1) You can use framed patterns of the same size and shape to create an appliqué. Embroider one pattern with a straight stitch and one pattern with a satin stitch.
  • Page 261: Using A Frame Pattern To Make An Appliqué (2)

    EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS Select the satin stitch frame pattern of the Using a Frame Pattern to Make same shape as the appliqué. Embroider over the appliqué and base fabric from step an Appliqué (2) create the appliqué. This is a second method to make appliqué using embroidery patterns.
  • Page 262 EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS Embroider the same pattern on the appliqué Select the satin stitch frame pattern of the fabric. same shape as the appliqué. Remove the embroidery frame from the embroidery unit, and cut around the outside of the stitches. Note •...
  • Page 263: Sewing Split Embroidery Patterns

    EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS Select section to be embroidered. Sewing Split Embroidery Patterns Select the sections in alphabetical order. Split embroidery patterns created with PE-DESIGN A maximum of 12 sections can be displayed in one page. If there are 13 or more sections in the pattern, Ver.7 or later can be sewn.
  • Page 264 EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS If necessary, edit the pattern. For details, refer to “REVISING THE PATTERN” on page 240. Memo • The pattern can be rotated 90° to either the left or right when is pressed. Press the “Start/Stop” button to embroider the pattern section.
  • Page 265: Chapter 6 Embroidery Edit

    EXPLANATION OF FUNCTIONS....264 ■ Using a Frame Pattern for the Outline ........304 USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION ..... 306 SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT ....265 Selecting Embroidery Patterns/Brother “Exclusives”/Greek PRINT AND STITCH (COMBINING Alphabet Patterns/Floral Alphabet Patterns/Utility Embroidery EMBROIDERY PATTERNS AND PRINTED Patterns/Frame Patterns..........
  • Page 266: 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 11 functions listed below. ■...
  • Page 267: Selecting Patterns To Edit

    Prepare the machine for embroidery according to the instructions on page 186, and press , then to display the screen below. a Embroidery patterns b Brother “Exclusives” c Greek alphabet patterns d Floral alphabet patterns e Utility embroidery patterns f Frame patterns g Alphabet characters h Patterns saved in the machine’s memory (see page 254)
  • Page 268: Selecting Embroidery Patterns/brother "exclusives"/greek Alphabet Patterns/floral Alphabet Patterns/utility Embroidery Patterns/frame Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT Selecting Embroidery Patterns/ Selecting Alphabet Character Brother “Exclusives”/Greek Patterns Alphabet Patterns/Floral When you select character patterns from the Alphabet Patterns/Utility embroidery edit screen, you can edit the appearance of the pattern at the same time. Embroidery Patterns/Frame...
  • Page 269 SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT After you finish your selections, press Select the layout. (Example: → The embroidery edit screen will appear. When selecting an arc, use Proceed to “EDITING PATTERNS” on change the degree of the arc. page 268 to edit the pattern. Press to make the arc flatter.
  • Page 270: 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 color sequence and times of each step of the pattern currently selected. e Shows the degree of rotation for the pattern.
  • Page 271: Key Functions

    EDITING PATTERNS ■ Key Functions Display Key Name Explanation Page Thread palette key Press this key to change the colors of the displayed pattern. Rotate key Press this key to rotate the pattern. You can rotate a pattern one degree, ten degrees or ninety degrees at a time.
  • Page 272: Moving The Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS Select the pattern to be resized, and then Moving the Pattern press For details on moving the pattern, refer to “Moving Note the Pattern” on page 240. • This function cannot be used with alphabet character patterns, frame patterns or border Rotating the Pattern patterns.
  • Page 273 EDITING PATTERNS When the following message appears, press Memo • With the density scale bar, the thread den- sity can be changed. A setting between 80% and 120% in 5% increments can be specified. → The pattern will be returned to its original size, angle, and position as it was before it was edited.
  • Page 274: Deleting The Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS Check the displayed pattern. Deleting the Pattern Press to delete the pattern from the screen. → Use to scroll through the display in any direction. To display the pattern back to the normal Displaying Patterns in the Screen size (100%), press Magnified by 200% Press...
  • Page 275: Changing The Configuration Of Alphabet Character Patterns

    EDITING PATTERNS Changing the Configuration of Changing Alphabet Character Alphabet Character Patterns Spacing Press Press Press the key of the layout you want to embroider. See page 267 for more information about layout types. → The display will show the selected layout. Press...
  • Page 276: Reducing Character Spacing

    EDITING PATTERNS to change the spacing. Press to increase the character spacing. Press to decrease the character spacing. Press to return the pattern to its original appearance. Press to return to the original screen. Reducing Character Spacing The spacing between characters can be reduced to 50% of the narrowest character in the group.
  • Page 277: Separating Combined Character Patterns

    EDITING PATTERNS to select where the pattern is Separating Combined Character Patterns to be separated, and then press separate it. For this example, the pattern will be separated between “T” and “a”. Combined character patterns can be separated to adjust the character spacing or to separately edit the patterns after all characters have been entered.
  • Page 278: Changing The Color Of Each Alphabet Character In A Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS to select a pattern, and Changing the Color of Each Alphabet Character in a Pattern then use to adjust the character spacing. Press so you can assign a thread color to each character. Press Change the thread to sew each character in a different color.
  • Page 279: Embroidering Linked Characters

    EDITING PATTERNS Press to choose a new Embroidering Linked Characters color from the color palette. You can embroider linked characters exampled To return to the original color, press . If below, in a single row when the pattern extends beyond the embroidery frame. multiple colors have been changed, this command will return all colors to their original colors.
  • Page 280: Creating A Custom Thread Table

    300 Robison-Anton thread colors contained in the custom thread table. 300 Robison-Anton thread colors table data can be downloaded from our website “ http:// solutions.brother.com ”. a Custom thread table b Press to recall the custom thread table data (See page 281)
  • Page 281 EDITING PATTERNS Press to select one of the thread brands in the machine. a Thread brand b Entered thread color number → The selected thread color is set in the custom thread table. to enter a color’s 4-digit number. Note •...
  • Page 282: Adding A Color To The Custom Thread Table From The List

    EDITING PATTERNS Press to return to the original screen. Press Repeat the previous steps until all desired thread colors are specified. To delete a specified color from the palette, press To delete all the specified color from the palette, press Press to return to the original screen.
  • Page 283: Recalling The Custom Thread Table Data From Usb Media

    EDITING PATTERNS ■ Recalling the Custom Thread Table Insert the USB media into the primary (top) USB port on the machine. data from USB media You can recall a custom thread table data from USB media. Note • Do not store two or more “.pcp” data file in USB media.
  • Page 284: Choosing A Color From The Custom Thread Table

    EDITING PATTERNS Press Choosing a Color from the Custom Thread Table You can select a color from the up to 300 thread colors you have set in the custom thread table. Press → The “Saving” screen is displayed. When the data is loaded to the machine, the display returns to the original screen automatically.
  • Page 285: Find New Color Schemes With The Color Shuffling Function

    EDITING PATTERNS Press Press Find New Color Schemes With the Color Shuffling Function With the color shuffling function, the machine suggests new color schemes for the embroidery pattern that you have selected. After you select the desired effect from the four available (“RANDOM”, “VIVID”, “GRADIENT”...
  • Page 286 EDITING PATTERNS Select the number of colors you want to use Press the desired color scheme from and then select the desired effect. samples. Press to display the new schemes. a Number of colors to be used in the pattern b Effects for schemes a Press to review the previous schemes.
  • Page 287: Designing Repeated Patterns

    EDITING PATTERNS Press to select the displayed color Designing Repeated Patterns scheme. ■ Sewing Repeated Patterns Press to return to the previous screen. You can continue selecting color schemes from the Using the border function, you can create stitches using repeated patterns. You can also adjust the selected page prior to pressing spacing of the patterns within a repeated pattern Press...
  • Page 288 EDITING PATTERNS Select the direction in which the pattern to repeat the pattern on top and will be repeated. to repeat the pattern at the bottom. To delete the top pattern, press To delete the bottom pattern, press Adjust the spacing of the repeated pattern. To widen spacing, press To tighten spacing, press a Vertical direction...
  • Page 289: Repeating One Element Of A Repeated Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS ■ Repeating One Element of a Press to finish repeating. Repeated Pattern Memo By using the Cut function, you can select one • When there are two or more patterns, all element of a repeated pattern and repeat only that patterns will be grouped together as one single element.
  • Page 290 EDITING PATTERNS to select the cut line. Press to select the element to repeat. → The cut line will move. Press → The repeated pattern will be divided into separate elements.
  • Page 291: Color Sorting Repeated Patterns

    EDITING PATTERNS Repeat the selected element. Press to finish repeating. Note • Once you have cut a repeated pattern into separate elements, you cannot return to the original repeated pattern. • Each element can be edited separately in the edit screen. See “Selecting combined embroidery patterns”...
  • Page 292: Assigning Thread Marks

    EDITING PATTERNS ■ Assigning Thread Marks Press to select the thread mark to be By sewing thread marks, you can easily align patterns when sewing a series. When sewing is sewn. finished on a pattern, a thread mark in the shape of an arrow will be sewn using the final thread.
  • Page 293: Embroidering The Pattern Repeatedly

    EDITING PATTERNS Press the “Start/Stop” button to begin Embroidering the Pattern embroidering. Repeatedly → When embroidering is finished, the thread mark is sewn with the last thread color. After creating the repeated pattern, rehoop the embroidery frame and keep sewing for the next pattern.
  • Page 294 EDITING PATTERNS Attach the embroidery frame to the Press machine, and then touch Press Touch to set the starting point to the left side of the pattern. Press the positioning keys to move the embroidery frame until the thread mark on the fabric is aligned on the starting point in the camera view window.
  • Page 295: Duplicating A Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS Memo • Press to enlarge the camera view. By enlarging the camera view, you can make a close adjustment for the needle drop position moving the embroidery frame little by little. If the pattern position cannot be aligned using the positioning keys, rehoop the fabric, and then try again to align the position with the positioning keys.
  • Page 296: After Editing

    EDITING PATTERNS After Editing Press To combine the pattern with other patterns, select (see page 295). See page 218 for more information about sewing patterns. Memo • If you want to return to the edit screen after pressing , press...
  • Page 297: Combining Patterns