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Operation Manual
Embroidery and Sewing Machine
Product Code: 882-C50
Be sure to read this document before using the machine.
We recommend that you keep this document nearby for future reference.

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  • Page 1 Operation Manual Embroidery and Sewing Machine Product Code: 882-C50 Be sure to read this document before using the machine. We recommend that you keep this document nearby for future reference.
  • Page 2 TRADEMARKS IMPORTANT: READ BEFORE DOWNLOADING, COPYING, INSTALLING OR USING. By downloading, copying, installing or using the software you agree to this license. If you do not agree to this license, do not download, install, copy or use the software. Intel License Agreement For Open Source Computer Vision Library Copyright ©...
  • Page 3: Introduction

    INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION Thank you for purchasing this 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 interface cable (USB cable) included with this machine. Use only the mouse designed specifically for 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...
  • Page 5 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS This machine is intended for household use. This appliance is not intended for use by persons (including children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge, unless they have been given supervision or instruction concerning use of the appliance by a person responsible for their safety.
  • Page 6 • 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 7: What You Can Do With This Machine

    WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THIS MACHINE WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THIS MACHINE Basic operations After purchasing your machine, be sure to read this section first. This section provides details on the initial setup procedures as well as descriptions of this machine’s more useful functions. Chapter 1 Getting Ready To learn the operation of the principal parts and the screens...
  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS CONTENTS Sewing TRADEMARKS INTRODUCTION ..........1 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ....1 WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THIS MACHINE ..5 Chapter1 Sewing Basics NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR SEWING............... 3 FUNCTIONS ............9 Sewing a Stitch ..............3 Machine .................
  • Page 9 Chapter2 Embroidery Edit Retrieving Stored Stitches ........... 111 EXPLANATION OF FUNCTIONS....... 57 Embroidering SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT ....... 58 Selecting Embroidery Patterns/Brother “Exclusives”/Floral Alphabet Patterns/Frame/Bobbin Work Patterns....59 Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns ........59 Chapter1 Embroidery EDITING PATTERNS .......... 61 SELECTING PATTERNS.........
  • Page 10 CONTENTS VARIOUS EMBROIDERING FUNCTIONS..84 Uninterrupted Embroidering (Monochrome - Using a Single Color)................... 84 Basting Embroidery .............. 84 USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION....85 Appendix Chapter1 How to Create Bobbin Work ABOUT BOBBIN WORK ........3 PREPARING FOR BOBBIN WORK ....... 3 Required Materials ..............
  • Page 11: 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 12: 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 13: Embroidery Unit

    NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Embroidery Unit Operation Buttons a “Start/Stop” button Press this button and the machine will sew a few stitches at a slow speed and then begin sewing at the speed set by the sewing speed controller. Press the button again to stop the machine.
  • Page 14: Using The Flat Bed Attachment

    NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Using the Flat Bed Attachment Pull the top of the flat bed attachment to open the accessory compartment. A presser foot storage tray is stored in the accessory compartment of the flat bed attachment. a Storage space of the flat bed attachment b Presser foot storage space of the flat bed attachment...
  • Page 15: Included Accessories

    NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Included Accessories 2.0/11 needle 75/11 2 needles: 75/11 2 needles Ball point needle 90/14 2 needles 90/14 2 needles: for embroidery Ball point needle (gold colored) HAX130EBBR B-13...
  • Page 16 Button fitting foot “M” 130489-001 This foot controller can be used on the Embroidery foot “W” XF4012-001 machine with product code 882-C50. The Free motion open toe quilting XF4873-001 foot “O” product code is mentioned on the machine rating plate.
  • Page 17: Accessories That Are Included In Some Countries Or Regions

    (H 4 inches × W 4 inches) Embroidery frame set (large) SA439 EF75: H 18 cm × W 13 cm XC8481-152 (H 7 inches × W 5 inches) Options The following are available as optional accessories to be purchased separately from your authorized Brother dealer. B-15...
  • Page 18 H 15 cm x W 15 cm (USA) XF4163-001 • Visit your dealer or nearest authorized (H 6 inches x W 6 inches) SA448C Brother dealer for a complete listing of (Canada) optional accessories and embroidery cards Dual feed foot SA196 DF1:...
  • Page 19: Basic Operations

    Basic operations This section provides details on the initial setup procedures as well as descriptions of this machine’s more useful functions. Page number starts with “B” in this section. Chapter1 Getting Ready ............B-18...
  • Page 20 BBasic operations Chapter Getting Ready TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF ......19 USING FUNCTIONS BY CONNECTING THE ACCESSORY TO THE MACHINE ......65 Setting Your Machine for the First Time ........20 Using USB Media or Embroidery Card Reader/ LCD SCREEN............22 USB Card Writer Module* ............
  • Page 21: 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 22: Setting Your Machine For The First Time

    TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF Insert the power supply cord into the power Turn the main power switch to “O” to turn cord receptacle, then insert the plug into a off the machine. wall outlet. Memo • If the machine is turned off in the middle of sewing in the “Sewing”...
  • Page 23 TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF Press to set time/date. a Press to display the time on the screen. b Set the year (YYYY), month (MM) and date (DD). c Select whether 24h or 12h setting to display. d Set the current time. Press to start using your machine.
  • Page 24: Lcd Screen

    LCD SCREEN LCD SCREEN CAUTION • Only touch the screen with your finger or the included touch pen. Do not use a sharp pencil, screwdriver, or other hard or sharp object. It is not necessary to press hard on the screen. Pressing too hard or using a sharp object may damage the screen.
  • Page 25: Utility Stitch Screen

    LCD SCREEN ■ Utility Stitch 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. When the key display is light gray, the function is not currently available. Display Key Name Explanation...
  • Page 26: 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 S-21 stitch, or other stitches commonly used in garment construction. “Character/ Press this key to select character or decorative stitch patterns. S-77 Decorative Stitch”...
  • Page 27 LCD SCREEN Display Key Name Explanation Page Mirror image key Press this key to create a mirror image of the selected stitch pattern. If the key S-21 display is light gray, a mirror image of the selected stitch pattern cannot be sewn.
  • Page 28: Using The Machine Setting Mode Key

    LCD SCREEN Using the Machine Setting Mode Key Press to change the default machine settings (needle stop position, embroidery speed, opening display, etc.). To display the different settings screens, press for “Sewing settings”, “General settings” or for “Embroidery settings”. Memo •...
  • Page 29 LCD SCREEN General settings a Select the needle stop position (the needle position when the machine is not operating) to be up or down. Select the down position when using the pivot key. (see page S-15) b Select the operation of the “Needle Position – Stitch Placement” button from the following two sequences (see page S-18).
  • Page 30 Display the program version. “Version 1” shows the program version of the LCD panel, “Version 2” shows the program version of the machine. 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 A-38...
  • Page 31 LCD SCREEN Embroidery settings a Select from among 16 embroidery frame displays (see page E-35). b Change the thread color display on the “Embroidery” screen; thread number, color name (see page E-34). c When the thread number “#123” is selected, select from six thread brands (see page E-34). d Adjust the maximum embroidery speed setting (see page E-33).
  • Page 32: Selecting The "eco Mode" Or "shutoff Support Mode

    LCD SCREEN ■ Selecting the “Eco Mode” or ■ Changing the Pointer Shape When a “Shutoff Support Mode” USB Mouse Is Used You can save the machine power by setting the eco In the settings screen, the shape can be selected for mode or the shutoff support mode.
  • Page 33: Choosing The Display Language

    LCD SCREEN ■ Changing the Background Colors of to select the setting for the initial screen display. the Embroidery Patterns In the settings screen, the background colors can be changed for the embroidery pattern and pattern thumbnails. Depending on the pattern color, select the desired background color from the 66 settings available.
  • Page 34: Specifying The Size Of Pattern Thumbnails

    LCD SCREEN ■ Specifying the Size of Pattern Select the background color from the 66 available settings. Thumbnails The thumbnails for selecting an embroidery pattern can be set to be displayed at the smaller size or a larger size. The larger size is 1.5 times the smaller size.
  • Page 35: Saving A Settings Screen Image To Usb Media

    LCD SCREEN ■ Saving a Settings Screen Image to Press to select the desired thumbnail size. USB Media An image of the settings screen can be saved as a BMP file. A maximum of 100 images can be saved on a single USB media at one time.
  • Page 36: 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 B-35).
  • Page 37: 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 38: 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. Press Use this function when you are not sure which stitch to use for your application, or to get advice about sewing particular stitches.
  • Page 39: Using The Pattern Explanation Function

    LCD SCREEN Read the explanations and select the Press appropriate stitch. → The screen displays directions for sewing the selected stitch. Follow the directions to sew the stitch. Press to view the next page. Press to view the previous page. Using the Pattern Explanation Function If you want to know more about the uses of a stitch...
  • Page 40: Lower Threading

    LOWER THREADING LOWER THREADING ■ Using the Supplemental Spool Pin Winding the Bobbin With this machine, you can wind the bobbin without unthreading the machine. While using the main spool pin to sew, you can conveniently wind → → → Press the bobbin using the supplemental spool pin.
  • Page 41 LOWER THREADING Set the supplemental spool pin in the “up” Memo position. • When sewing with fine, cross-wound thread, use the small spool cap, and leave a small space between the cap and the thread spool. a Spool cap (small) a Supplemental spool pin b Thread spool (cross-wound thread) Place the spool of thread on the...
  • Page 42 LOWER THREADING Pass the thread around the pre-tension disk Pass the end of the thread through the guide making sure that the thread is under the slit in the bobbin winder seat, and pull the pre-tension disk. thread to the right to cut the thread with the cutter.
  • Page 43: Setting The Bobbin

    LOWER THREADING Press Cut the thread with scissors and remove the bobbin. → Bobbin winding starts automatically. The bobbin stops rotating when bobbin winding is completed. The bobbin winding switch will automatically return to its original position. Note • changes to while the bobbin Memo is winding.
  • Page 44: Untangling Thread From Beneath The Bobbin Winder Seat

    LOWER THREADING Turn the main power to ON and open the Pass the thread through the thread guide. top cover. Align the groove in the bobbin with the spring on the bobbin winder shaft, and set the bobbin on the shaft. a Thread guide Pass the thread around the pre-tension disk making sure that the thread is under the...
  • Page 45: Setting The Bobbin

    LOWER THREADING If the thread becomes tangled under the Setting the Bobbin bobbin winder seat, press once to stop the bobbin winding. → → → Press → in this order to display a video example of the operation on the LCD (see page B-37).
  • Page 46 LOWER THREADING Slide the bobbin cover latch to the right. While lightly holding down bobbin with your right hand as shown, guide the thread through the slit (a and b). At this time, check that the bobbin easily rotates counterclockwise. Then, pull the thread toward you to cut it with the cutter (c).
  • Page 47: Pulling Up The Bobbin Thread

    LOWER THREADING Insert the tab in the lower-left corner of the Press the “Needle Position” button to raise bobbin cover (1), and then lightly press the needle. down on the right side to close the cover Press to lock all keys and buttons. (2).
  • Page 48: 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 B-37).
  • Page 49 UPPER THREADING Pivot the spool pin so that it angles upward. Set the thread spool on the spool pin so that Memo • When sewing with fine, cross-wound the thread unwinds from the front of the thread, use the small spool cap, and leave a spool.
  • Page 50 UPPER THREADING Guide the thread down, up, then down Pass the thread through the thread guide through the groove, as shown in the disks (marked “7”). Make sure that the illustration. thread passes through the groove in the thread guide. a Groove in thread guide Memo Pull the thread up through the thread cutter...
  • Page 51: Using The Twin Needle Mode

    UPPER THREADING Press the “Automatic Threading” button to have the machine automatically thread the Note • Some needles cannot be threaded with the needle. needle threader. In this case, instead of using the needle threader after passing the thread through the needle bar thread guide (marked “6”), manually pass the thread through the eye of the needle from the front to the back.
  • Page 52 UPPER THREADING Press to lock all keys and buttons Place the additional spool of thread on the and install the twin needle (“CHANGING supplemental spool pin, so that the thread THE NEEDLE” on page B-55). unwinds from the front. Push the spool cap onto the spool pin as far as possible to secure the thread spool.
  • Page 53: Using Threads That Unwind Quickly

    UPPER THREADING Continue threading however do not pass Start sewing. the thread in the needle bar thread guide Sample of Twin Needle Sewing “6” on the needle bar. Thread the needle on the right side. a Needle bar thread guide Memo Press to unlock all keys and...
  • Page 54: Using The Vertical Spool Pin

    UPPER THREADING ■ Using the Vertical Spool Pin Use the vertical spool pin when using an irregularly shaped thread spool, and when sewing or embroidering with metallic thread. Insert the vertical spool pin onto the bobbin winder shaft. a Bobbin winder shaft b Vertical spool pin c Spool felt d Thread spool...
  • Page 55: Changing The Presser Foot

    CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT CAUTION • Always press on the screen to lock all keys and buttons 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 56: Attaching The Walking Foot

    CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT ■ Attaching the Walking foot Turn a supplied small screw 2 or 3 times with your hand. The walking foot holds the fabric between the presser foot and the feed dogs to feed the fabric. This enables you to have better fabric control when sewing difficult fabrics (such as quilted fabrics or velvet) or fabrics that slip easily (such as vinyl,...
  • Page 57: Changing The Needle

    CHANGING THE NEEDLE CHANGING THE NEEDLE Use the screwdriver to turn the screw toward the front of the machine and loosen CAUTION the screw. Remove the needle. • Always press on the screen to lock all keys and buttons before changing the needle. is not pressed and the Start/Stop button or another operation button is pressed accidentally, the machine will start and injury...
  • Page 58: About The Needle And Fabric

    ABOUT THE NEEDLE AND FABRIC ABOUT THE NEEDLE AND FABRIC 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 59: Fabric/thread/needle Combinations

    ABOUT THE NEEDLE AND FABRIC Fabric/Thread/Needle Combinations The following table provides information concerning the appropriate thread and needle for various fabrics. Please refer to this table when selecting a thread and needle for the fabric you wish to use. Fabric type/Application Thread Size of needle Type...
  • Page 60: 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 5 Step 7 Step # Action Page Presser foot attachment Attach embroidery foot “W”...
  • Page 61: Attaching The Embroidery Foot "w

    BEFORE EMBROIDERING Push the black button on the presser foot Attaching the Embroidery Foot holder and remove the presser foot. “W” CAUTION • When attaching a presser foot, always press on the screen to lock all keys and buttons. You may accidentally press the “Start/Stop”...
  • Page 62: Using The Optional Embroidery Foot "w+" With Led Pointer

    BEFORE EMBROIDERING Hold the embroidery foot in place with Position the embroidery foot “W+” with your right hand, and then use the included LED pointer on the presser foot bar by screwdriver to securely tighten the presser aligning the notch of the presser foot to the foot holder screw.
  • Page 63: Checking The Needle Drop Point With The Embroidery Foot "w+" With Led Pointer

    BEFORE EMBROIDERING ■ Checking the Needle Drop Point ■ Adjusting the LED Pointer With the Embroidery Foot “W+” Adjust the LED pointer if it indicates a point different than the actual needle drop point. with LED Pointer Before adjusting the LED pointer, mark the actual Before beginning to embroider when using the needle drop point on the fabric to be embroidered, embroidery foot “W+”...
  • Page 64: Attaching The Embroidery Unit

    BEFORE EMBROIDERING Press Attaching the Embroidery Unit → The Embroidery Foot “W+” with LED Pointer Adjustment screen appears. ■ About the Embroidery Unit CAUTION • Do not move the machine with the embroidery unit attached. The embroidery unit could fall off and cause injury.
  • Page 65: Removing The Embroidery Unit

    BEFORE EMBROIDERING ■ Removing the Embroidery Unit Insert the embroidery unit connection into the machine connection port. The spring hinge on the connection port cover will Press either , then press allow easy access to the port. Push lightly on the connection port cover until the unit clicks into place.
  • Page 66 BEFORE EMBROIDERING Hold down the release button, and pull the embroidery unit away from the machine. a Release button CAUTION • Do not carry the embroidery unit by holding the release button compartment. B-64...
  • Page 67: Using Functions By Connecting The Accessory To The Machine

    USING FUNCTIONS BY CONNECTING THE ACCESSORY TO THE MACHINE USING FUNCTIONS BY CONNECTING THE ACCESSORY TO THE MACHINE Using USB Media or Embroidery Memo • USB media is widely used, however some Card Reader/USB Card Writer USB media may not be usable with this Module* machine.
  • Page 68: Using A Usb Mouse

    USING FUNCTIONS BY CONNECTING THE ACCESSORY TO THE MACHINE ■ Clicking a Key Using a USB Mouse When the mouse is connected, the pointer appears on the screen. Move the mouse to position the The USB mouse, connected to the sewing pointer over the desired key, and then click the left machine, can be used to perform a variety of mouse button.
  • Page 69: Using The Optional Dual Feed Foot

    USING FUNCTIONS BY CONNECTING THE ACCESSORY TO THE MACHINE Using the Optional Dual Feed CAUTION Foot • Use the included screwdriver to firmly tighten the screw. If the screw is loose, the needle may Dual feed foot enables you to have best fabric strike the presser foot and possibly cause control when sewing difficult fabrics that slip injury.
  • Page 70: Using The Dual Feed Position Lever

    USING FUNCTIONS BY CONNECTING THE ACCESSORY TO THE MACHINE ■ Adjusting the Amount of Fabric If you push down on the front part of the dual feed foot, the toe of the dual feed foot will snap off. Feeding of the Dual Feed Foot The dual feed mechanism pulls the top fabric according to the set stitch length.
  • Page 71 Sewing This section describes procedures for using the various utility stitches as well as other functions. It provides details on basic sewing in addition to the more expressive features of the machine, from sewing tubular pieces and buttonholes to sewing the character and decorative stitch patterns.
  • Page 72: S Sewing

    Sewing Chapter Sewing Basics SEWING..............3 Sewing a Stitch ................3 ■ Using the Foot Controller ............4 Sewing Reinforcement Stitches ..........5 Automatic Reinforcement Stitching ...........5 Sewing Curves ................7 Changing Sewing Direction ............7 ■ Sewing a Seam Allowance of 0.5 cm or Less ......7 Sewing Heavyweight Fabrics ............7 ■...
  • Page 73: 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 74: Using The Foot Controller

    SEWING Press the “Start/Stop” button to start Note sewing. • When cutting thread thicker than #30, nylon Guide the fabric lightly by hand. monofilament thread, or other decorative threads, use the thread cutter on the side of the machine. When the needle has stopped moving, raise Memo the presser foot and remove the fabric.
  • Page 75: Sewing Reinforcement Stitches

    SEWING Insert the foot controller plug into its jack If the automatic reinforcement stitch is selected on the screen, reverse stitches (or reinforcement on the machine. stitches) will be sewn automatically at the beginning of sewing when the “Start/Stop” button is pressed.
  • Page 76 SEWING Press the “Reverse Stitch” button or Press to set the automatic “Reinforcement Stitch” button. reinforcement stitching function. a Reverse stitches (or reinforcement stitches) → The machine will sew reverse stitches (or reinforcement stitches) and stop. Memo • To turn off the automatic reinforcement stitching function, press again, so it appears as...
  • Page 77: Sewing Curves

    SEWING ■ Sewing a Seam Allowance of 0.5 cm “Reverse Stitch” “Reinforcement or Less button Stitch” button Baste the corner before sewing, and then, after Machine starts Machine starts changing the sewing direction at the corner, pull the sewing and then sews sewing at the basting thread toward the back while sewing.
  • Page 78: Sewing Hook-and-loop Fastener

    SEWING ■ If the Fabric does not Fit under the Release the black button. Presser Foot If the presser foot is in the up position, and you are sewing heavyweight or multiple layers of fabric which do not fit easily under the presser foot, use the presser foot lever to raise the presser foot to its highest position.
  • Page 79: Sewing Lightweight Fabrics

    SEWING Sewing Lightweight Fabrics Place thin paper or tear away embroidery stabilizer under thin fabrics to make sewing easier. Gently tear off the paper or the stabilizer after sewing. a Thin paper Sewing Stretch Fabrics First, baste together the pieces of fabric, and then sew without stretching the fabric.
  • Page 80: Stitch Settings

    STITCH SETTINGS STITCH SETTINGS When you select a stitch, your machine automatically selects the appropriate stitch width, stitch length, “L/R SHIFT”, 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” on page S-67). •...
  • Page 81: Setting The "l/r Shift

    STITCH SETTINGS Example: Setting the “L/R SHIFT” Press to shorten the stitch length. Follow the steps below when you want to change the placement of the zigzag stitch pattern by moving it left and right. Example: Press to shift the pattern to the left. →...
  • Page 82: Setting The Thread Tension

    STITCH SETTINGS ■ Upper Thread is Too Tight Setting the Thread Tension If the bobbin thread is visible on the right side of the fabric, the upper thread is too tight. You may need to change the thread tension, depending on the fabric and thread being used. Note Follow the steps below to make any necessary •...
  • Page 83: Upper Thread Is Too Loose

    STITCH SETTINGS ■ Upper Thread is Too Loose If the upper thread is visible from the wrong side of the fabric, the upper thread is too loose. Note • If the upper thread was incorrectly threaded, the upper thread may appear to be too loose.
  • Page 84: Useful Functions

    USEFUL FUNCTIONS 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 Use your knee to move the knee lifter bar to Using the Knee Lifter the right in order to raise the presser foot. Release the knee lifter to lower the presser foot. 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 USEFUL FUNCTIONS Select a stitch. Memo • When the pivot setting is selected, the Press to select the pivot setting. height of the presser foot when sewing is stopped can be changed according to the type of fabric being sewn. Press display “Pivoting Height”...
  • Page 87: Automatic Fabric Sensor System (automatic Presser Foot Pressure)

    USEFUL FUNCTIONS Press the “Start/Stop” button to stop the Automatic Fabric Sensor System machine at the point where the sewing direction changes. (Automatic Presser Foot 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 smoothly.
  • 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 USEFUL FUNCTIONS Sewing S-19...
  • Page 90: Chapter2 Utility Stitches

    Sewing Chapter Utility Stitches SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES ....... 21 One-step Buttonholes .............. 55 ■ Sewing Stretch Fabrics .............57 Selecting a Stitch ..............21 ■ Odd Shaped Buttons/Buttons that do Not Fit into the Button ■ Using the Mirror Image Key ............ 21 Holder Plate ................58 ■...
  • Page 91: Selecting Utility Stitches

    SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES 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 There are 5 categories of Utility Stitches. the stitch.
  • Page 92: 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 93: Retrieving Saved Settings

    SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES ■ Retrieving Saved Settings Press Select a stitch. → The selected settings are retrieved. Press return to the original screen. Memo • When a stitch is selected, the last settings Memo retrieved are displayed. The last settings •...
  • Page 94: Sewing The Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES SEWING THE STITCHES Straight Stitches Memo • Refer to “Sewing Reinforcement Stitches” on page S-5 for the detailed See page S-67 for the detailed information of information of reverse stitches and stitches. reinforcement stitches. Stitch Stitch name Presser foot Select a stitch.
  • Page 95: Changing The Needle Position (left Or Middle Needle Position Stitches Only)

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Changing the Needle Position (Left Press the “Start/Stop” button to sew forward. or Middle Needle Position Stitches Only) When you select left or middle needle position stitches, you can use in the stitch width display to change the position of the needle. Match the distance from the right edge of the presser foot to the needle with the stitch width, then align the edge of the presser foot with the edge of the...
  • Page 96: Aligning The Fabric With A Mark On The Needle Plate Or Bobbin Cover (with Mark)

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Aligning the Fabric with a Mark on ■ Using the Straight Stitch Needle the Needle Plate or Bobbin Cover Plate and the Straight Stitch Foot (with Mark) The straight stitch needle plate and the straight stitch foot can only be used for straight stitches (middle While sewing, align the edge of the fabric with the needle position stitches).
  • Page 97 SEWING THE STITCHES Grasp the bobbin case, and then pull it out. Insert the bobbin case in its original position, and then attach the needle plate cover. After reinstalling the needle plate cover, select any of the straight stitches. Memo •...
  • Page 98: Dart Seam

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Basting Dart Seam Select and attach presser foot “J”. Select and attach presser foot “J”. Press the “Reverse Stitch” button to sew reinforcement stitches, then continue Sew a reverse stitch at the beginning of the sewing. dart and then sew from the wide end to the other end without stretching the fabric.
  • Page 99: Gathering

    SEWING THE STITCHES Iron the dart to one side so that it is flat. Sew two rows of straight stitches parallel to the seam line, then trim excess thread leaving 50 mm (approx. 2 inches). a Seam line Gathering b 10 mm to 15 mm (approx. 3/8 inch to 9/16 inch) c About 50 mm (approx.
  • Page 100: Pintuck

    SEWING THE STITCHES reinforcement stitch and trim the thread Finished flat fell seam automatically at the end of sewing. a Surface Pintuck a About 12 mm (approx. 1/2 inch) b Wrong side Mark along the folds on the wrong side of Spread the fabric out along the finish line.
  • Page 101: Zigzag Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES Sew a straight stitch along the fold. Select a stitch. When the automatic thread cutting and automatic reinforcement stitching are preset, reinforcement stitches will be sewn automatically at the beginning of sewing. Press the “Reverse Stitch” button to sew a reinforcement stitch and trim the thread automatically at the end of sewing.
  • Page 102: 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 103: Elastic Zigzag Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Overcasting Elastic Zigzag Stitches Use this stitch to sew overcasting on the edge of stretch fabrics. Sew the overcasting along the edge Use elastic zigzag stitches for tape attaching, of the fabric while positioning the right-hand side overcasting, darning, or a wide variety of other needle drop point just outside the edge of the fabric.
  • Page 104: Overcasting Using Presser Foot "j

    SEWING THE STITCHES Select a stitch and attach presser foot “G”. CAUTION • After the stitch width is adjusted, rotate the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise). Check that the needle does not touch the presser foot. If the needle hits the presser foot, the needle may break and cause injury.
  • Page 105: Quilting

    SEWING THE STITCHES Sew with the needle dropping slightly off Presser foot the edge of the fabric. Stitch Stitch name Stem stitch Quilting appliqué zigzag stitch Zigzag stitch (Right) a Needle drop position Zigzag stitch (Left) Note • Use the “L/R SHIFT” setting for fine tuning 2 steps elastic zigzag the placement of the stitch.
  • Page 106: Piecing

    SEWING THE STITCHES Presser foot Note Stitch Stitch name • The width range of stitch setting is only available in the Quilting stitch “Q” quilting category. Rick-rack stitch ■ Piecing Sewing two pieces of fabric together is called Decorative stitch piecing.
  • Page 107: Piecing Using The 1/4" Quilting Foot With Guide (optional With Some Models)

    SEWING THE STITCHES Creating an accurate seam allowance Use the mark on the foot to begin, end, or pivot 1/4 Memo inch from edge of fabric. • Using a straight stitch (middle needle position) makes it easier to sew smoothly (see page S-24).
  • Page 108: Appliqué

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Appliqué Use the quilting appliqué stitch to attach the appliqué. Sew around the edge while Trace the pattern onto the appliqué fabric dropping the needle as close to the edge as and then cut around it, leaving a 3 mm to possible.
  • Page 109: Quilting With Satin Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES Place one hand on each side of the presser Press to use the speed control slide foot to hold the fabric secure while sewing. to control the stitch width. Set the “Width Control” to “ON”. Memo • Sew at slow to medium speed. •...
  • Page 110: Free Motion Quilting

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Free Motion Quilting Memo With free motion quilting, the feed dogs can be • When starting to sew, the internal sensor detects the thickness of the fabric, and the lowered by pressing , so that the fabric can be quilting foot is raised to the height specified moved freely in any direction.
  • Page 111 SEWING THE STITCHES Attach free motion open toe quilting foot Press to cancel the free motion sewing “O” by positioning the pin of the quilting mode. foot above the needle clamp screw and → Rotate the handwheel toward you aligning the lower-left of the quilting foot (counterclockwise) to raise the feed dogs.
  • Page 112 SEWING THE STITCHES Attach the straight stitch needle plate (see → The key appears as , the quilting foot is raised to page S-26). the necessary height, and then the feed dogs are lowered for free motion sewing. a Round hole Memo •...
  • Page 113: Echo Quilting Using The Free Motion Echo Quilting Foot "e" (optional With Some Models)

    SEWING THE STITCHES Hold the quilting foot in place with your After sewing, make sure to remove the right hand, and tighten the presser foot straight stitch needle plate and presser foot holder screw using the screwdriver with “C”, and reinstall the regular needle plate your left hand.
  • Page 114 SEWING THE STITCHES → The key appears as , the quilting foot is raised to CAUTION the necessary height, then the feed dogs are lowered for free motion sewing. • With free motion quilting, control the feeding speed of the fabric to match the sewing speed. Attach the adapter (“CHANGING THE If the fabric is moved faster than the sewing PRESSER FOOT”...
  • Page 115: Blind Hem Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES Using the measurement on the quilting foot Blind Hem Stitches as a guide, sew around the motif. Secure the bottoms of skirts and pants with a blind hem. Two stitches are available for blind hem stitching. Stitch Stitch name Presser foot Blind hem stitch...
  • Page 116 SEWING THE STITCHES Use a chalk to mark on the fabric about 5 Select mm (3/16 inch) from the edge of the fabric, and then baste it. a Wrong side of fabric b Right side of fabric c Edge of fabric d Desired edge of hem e 5 mm (3/16 inch) f Basting...
  • Page 117: If The Needle Catches Too Much Of The Hem Fold

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ If the Needle Catches Too Much of Adjust the stitch width until the needle slightly catches the fold of the hem. the Hem Fold The needle is too far to the left. Press to decrease the stitch width so that the needle slightly catches the fold of the hem.
  • Page 118: Appliqué

    SEWING THE STITCHES <Normal fabric> Attach presser foot “J”. Check that the needle drops slightly off the edge of the appliqué, then start sewing. a Wrong side of fabric b Right side of fabric Sew with the fold of the hem against the presser foot guide.
  • Page 119: Shelltuck Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Appliqué Corners To make rows of shell tuck stitches, fold the fabric in half along the bias. Stop the machine with the needle in the right position of the outside (or inside) corner of the appliqué. Raise the presser foot and pivot the fabric to align the fabric edge.
  • Page 120: Scallop Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES Unfold the fabric, and iron the tucks to one Trim along the seam, making sure not to cut side. the stitches. Memo Memo • To make shell tucks at the edge of a collar • Use a seam sealant to secure the edges of or neckline, follow the pattern’s instructions the scallop stitches.
  • Page 121: Smocking Stitches

    SEWING THE STITCHES Select a stitch for top stitching. Pull the bobbin threads to obtain the desired amount of gather, and then smooth the gathers by ironing them. Place the fabric right side up in the machine, and center the presser foot over the seam when sewing.
  • Page 122: Fagoting

    SEWING THE STITCHES Fagoting Tape or Elastic Attaching When there is a space between two fabrics with Select a straight stitch and attach presser thread sewn over the space to join the fabrics foot “J”. together, it is called fagoting. Use this stitch when sewing blouses or children’s clothes.
  • Page 123: Heirloom

    SEWING THE STITCHES Select Heirloom ■ Hemstitching (1) Memo Use for sewing tablecloths, decorative hems, and • For details on each stitch, refer to the decorative stitching on shirt fronts. “STITCH SETTING CHART” on page S-67. Sew over the tape (or elastic). Memo •...
  • Page 124: Hemstitching (2) (drawn Work (1))

    SEWING THE STITCHES Start sewing. Press to create a mirror image of the stitch. Example: Illustration of finished product Match beginning needle drop points on the opposite edge of the open area to keep the stitching symmetrical. ■ Hemstitching (2) (Drawn Work (1)) Pull out several threads from one area on a piece of fabric to open the area.
  • Page 125: One-step Buttonholes

    SEWING THE STITCHES Sew the decorative stitch in the center of Stitch Stitch name Presser foot the five threads created above. Bound buttonhole Keyhole buttonhole Tapered keyhole buttonhole Keyhole buttonhole Memo One-step buttonholes are sewn from the front of • A wing needle can be used for Hemstitching the presser foot to the back, as shown below.
  • Page 126 SEWING THE STITCHES Select a buttonhole stitch, and attach buttonhole foot “A”. Note • Pass the thread underneath the presser Mark the position and length of the foot. buttonhole on the fabric. • Slide the outside frame of the buttonhole foot backward as far as possible as shown in the illustration, making sure that there is no gap behind the part of the foot marked...
  • Page 127: Sewing Stretch Fabrics

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Sewing Stretch Fabrics Memo • If automatic thread cutting is turned on When sewing on stretch fabric with before you start sewing, both threads are automatically cut after the reinforcement sew the buttonhole stitches over a gimp thread. stitches are sewn.
  • Page 128: Darning

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Odd Shaped Buttons/Buttons that do Darning Not Fit into the Button Holder Plate Use the markings on the presser foot scale to set the Use darning stitches for mending and other size of the buttonhole. One mark on the presser foot applications.
  • Page 129: Bar Tacks

    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 130 SEWING THE STITCHES Lower the buttonhole lever so that it is Memo positioned behind the metal bracket on the • Bar tacks can be between 5 mm (approx. buttonhole foot. 3/16 inch) and 28 mm (approx. 1-1/16 inches). Bar tacks are usually between 5 mm (approx.
  • Page 131: Button Sewing

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Bar Tacks on Thick Fabrics Attach button sewing foot “M”, slide the button along the metal plate and into the Place a piece of folded fabric or cardboard beside presser foot, and lower the presser foot. the fabric being sewn to level the buttonhole foot and allow for easier and even feeding.
  • Page 132: Eyelet

    SEWING THE STITCHES ■ Attaching 4 Hole Buttons Eyelet Sew the two holes closest to you. Then raise the presser foot and move the fabric so that the needle Use this stitch for making belt holes and other goes into the next two holes, and sew them in the similar applications.
  • Page 133: Multi-directional Sewing (straight Stitch And Zigzag Stitch)

    SEWING THE STITCHES Use the eyelet punch to make a hole in the center of the stitching. Memo • For details on each stitch, refer to the “STITCH SETTING CHART” on page S-67. Set the needle in the fabric at the sewing start point, and sew seam “1”...
  • Page 134: Zipper Insertion

    SEWING THE STITCHES Press the seam allowance open and attach Select and sew seam “4” as shown. the zipper with a basting stitch in the middle of each side of the zipper tape. → The seam will be connected to the starting point of a Basting stitches seam 1.
  • Page 135: Inserting A Side Zipper

    SEWING THE STITCHES Topstitch 7 mm to 10 mm (approx. 1/4 inch Press the seam allowance open and align to 3/8 inch) from the seamed edge of the the folded hem along the teeth of the fabric, then remove the basting. zipper, while maintaining 3 mm (approx.
  • Page 136 SEWING THE STITCHES Starting from the end of the zipper opening, Remove the presser foot, and reattach it so sew to a point about 50 mm (approx. that the left side of the pin is attached to the 2 inches) from the edge of the fabric, then presser foot holder.
  • Page 137: Stitch Setting Chart

    STITCH SETTING CHART STITCH SETTING CHART The following chart shows information for each utility stitch concerning applications, stitch lengths, stitch widths, and whether or not the twin needle mode can be used. Stitch width Stitch length Presser foot [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Twin Stitch...
  • Page 138 STITCH SETTING CHART Stitch width Stitch length Presser foot [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Twin Stitch Stitch name Applications needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Overcasting Reinforcing of heavyweight 2.5 - 5.0 0.4 - 5.0 stitch fabric (3/16) (3/32 - 3/16) (3/32) (1/64 - 3/16) Overcasting Reinforcing of medium,...
  • Page 139 STITCH SETTING CHART Stitch width Stitch length Presser foot [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Twin Stitch Stitch name Applications needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Quilting Quilting stitch for invisible 0.0 - 7.0 0.4 - 5.0 appliqué stitch appliqué or attaching binding (1/16) (0 - 1/4) (1/16)
  • Page 140 STITCH SETTING CHART Stitch width Stitch length Presser foot [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Twin Stitch Stitch name Applications needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Serpentine Decorative stitching and 0.0 - 7.0 0.2 - 5.0 stitch attaching elastic (3/16) (0 - 1/4) (1/16) (1/64 - 3/16) ( J )
  • Page 141 STITCH SETTING CHART Stitch width Stitch length Presser foot [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Twin Stitch Stitch name Applications needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Hemstitching Heirloom, decorative hems 0.0 - 7.0 0.4 - 5.0 (15/64) (0 - 1/4) (3/16) (1/64 - 3/16) ( J ) Hemstitching Heirloom, decorative hems...
  • Page 142 STITCH SETTING CHART Stitch width Stitch length Presser foot [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Twin Stitch Stitch name Applications needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Keyhole Buttonholes in heavyweight or 3.0 - 7.0 0.3 - 1.0 buttonhole thick fabrics for larger flat (1/4) (1/8 - 1/4) (1/32)
  • Page 143 STITCH SETTING CHART Stitch width Stitch length Presser foot [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Twin Stitch Stitch name Applications needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Forward For attaching appliqué on (Zigzag) tubular pieces of fabric and — — — — mitering corners Reverse For attaching appliqué...
  • Page 144 STITCH SETTING CHART Stitch width Stitch length Presser foot [mm (inch)] [mm (inch)] Twin Stitch Stitch name Applications needle Auto. Manual Auto. Manual Tape attaching Attaching tape to seam in 5.50 0.00 - 7.00 0.2 - 5.0 stretch fabric (7/32) (0 - 1/4) (1/16) (1/64 - 3/16)
  • Page 145 STITCH SETTING CHART Sewing S-75...
  • Page 146: Chapter3 Character/decorative Stitches

    Sewing Chapter Character/Decorative Stitches SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS ....... 77 Selecting Decorative Stitch Patterns/7mm Decorative Stitch Patterns/Satin Stitch Patterns/7mm Satin Stitch Patterns/Cross Stitch/Utility Decorative Stitch Patterns ...78 Characters ................78 ■ Deleting Characters ..............79 ■ Adjusting the Character Spacing ..........80 SEWING STITCH PATTERNS ........
  • Page 147: Selecting Stitch Patterns

    SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS Press to display the screen below. There are 7 categories of Character/Decorative stitch patterns. 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.
  • Page 148: 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 Characters Patterns/7mm Decorative Stitch Example: Entering “Blue Sky”. Patterns/Satin Stitch Patterns/7mm Satin Stitch Press Patterns/Cross Stitch/Utility Decorative Stitch Patterns Select the category of the pattern you want to sew. Press the key of the stitch pattern you want to sew.
  • Page 149: Deleting Characters

    SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS Press and then enter “B”. Press and then enter “ky”. If you want to continue entering characters in a Press and then enter “lue”. different font, press , and then repeat from step ■ Deleting Characters Press to delete the last character.
  • Page 150: Adjusting The Character Spacing

    SELECTING STITCH PATTERNS ■ Adjusting the Character Spacing Press to adjust character spacing. The space between the characters can be adjusted. Press Press to display on the screen. Press to increase the character spacing and press to decrease the character spacing. Example: →...
  • Page 151: 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/thread/needle 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 152: Making Adjustments

    SEWING STITCH PATTERNS Memo Note • If the fabric is pulled or pushed during • When sewing some patterns, the needle will sewing, the pattern may not turn out temporarily pause in the raised position correctly. Also, depending on the pattern, while the fabric is fed due to the operation there may be movement to the left and right of the needle bar separation mechanism...
  • Page 153 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 154: 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 155 EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Display Key Name Explanation Page Pivot key Press this key to select the pivot setting. When the pivot setting is S-15 selected, stopping the machine lowers the needle and slightly raises the presser foot automatically. In addition, when sewing is restarted, the presser foot is automatically lowered.
  • Page 156: Changing The Size

    EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Changing the Size Creating a Vertical Mirror Image To create a vertical mirror image, select a stitch Select a stitch pattern, then press to change pattern then press the size of the stitch pattern. The stitch pattern will be sewn in the size highlighted on the key.
  • Page 157: Changing Thread Density (for Satin Stitch Patterns Only)

    EDITING STITCH PATTERNS Memo Returning to the Beginning of the • To finish a complete motif while sewing the Pattern pattern continuously, you can press the key while sewing. The machine will When sewing character/decorative stitches, you automatically stop when the motif is can return to the beginning of the pattern after trial finished.
  • Page 158: Checking The Image

    EDITING STITCH PATTERNS to view any part of Checking the Image the image that extends out of the viewable display area. You can display an approximate size image of the selected stitch pattern. You can also check and change the colors of the image on the screen. Press →...
  • Page 159: 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 page S-102 for information about “MY CUSTOM STITCH”). You can also combine stitch patterns of different sizes, mirror image stitch patterns and others.
  • Page 160: Combining Large And Small Stitch Patterns

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS 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. Press to sew continuously. Memo •...
  • Page 161: Combining Horizontal Mirror Image Stitch Patterns

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Combining Horizontal Mirror Combining Stitch Patterns of Image Stitch Patterns Different Length Example: Example: Press , then press once. Press → The length of the image is set to Press again, then press Select again, then press 3 times.
  • Page 162: Making Step Stitch Patterns (for 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Only)

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Example: Press Press Press → The entered pattern is repeated. Making Step Stitch Patterns (for 7mm Satin Stitch Patterns Only) You can use the keys with 7mm satin → The next stitch pattern will move to the right. stitch patterns to create a step effect.
  • Page 163: More Examples

    COMBINING STITCH PATTERNS Press → → → Press → → → → → Press → The entered pattern is repeated. ■ More Examples → → → → → → → Press → → → → → Press → → → Sewing S-93...
  • Page 164: 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, “.pmv”, “.pmx” and “.pmu” stitch data files can be used with this machine.
  • Page 165: 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 166: 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 167: Saving Stitch Patterns In The Computer

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Insert the USB media into the USB port on Saving Stitch Patterns in the 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 168: Retrieving Stitch Patterns From The Machine's Memory

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press Retrieving Stitch Patterns from the Machine’s Memory Press → The pocket selection screen appears. Choose a stitch pattern to retrieve. Press If the entire saved stitch pattern is not displayed, press the thumbnail. Press to return to the original screen without Press to return to the original screen without saving.
  • Page 169: Recalling From Usb Media

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press when there is a subfolder to Recalling from USB Media sort two or more stitch patterns to USB media, the stitch pattern in the subfolder is You can recall a specific stitch pattern from either displayed.
  • Page 170: Recalling From The Computer

    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 USB media. → Stitch pattern data in “Removable Disk” is written to the machine. Note •...
  • Page 171 USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press Press to delete the stitch pattern. The pattern will be deleted from the “Removable Disk” folder in your computer. → The selected stitch pattern is recalled and the sewing screen will be displayed. Note • The pattern recalled from the computer is only temporarily written to the machine.
  • Page 172: Chapter4 My Custom Stitch

    Sewing Chapter MY CUSTOM STITCH DESIGNING A STITCH .......... 103 ENTERING STITCH DATA ........105 ■ Key Functions................. 105 ■ Moving a Point ..............107 ■ Moving Part or All of the Design ........... 108 ■ Inserting New Points ............. 109 USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES....
  • Page 173: Designing A Stitch

    DESIGNING A STITCH DESIGNING A STITCH Decide the spacing of the stitch. By using the “MY CUSTOM STITCH” function, you can register stitches you have created yourself. You can also sew designs combining “MY By adjusting the spacing of a stitch, you can create CUSTOM STITCH”...
  • Page 174 DESIGNING A STITCH Examples of Custom Stitches Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch Stitch S-104...
  • Page 175: Entering Stitch Data

    ENTERING STITCH DATA ENTERING STITCH DATA ■ Key Functions a This area displays the stitch being created. b Displays the number of the present set point over the total number of points in the stitch. c Displays the y-coordinate of over the x-coordinate of Display Key Name...
  • Page 176 ENTERING STITCH DATA Press to enlarge the image of the stitch being Press created. Press a Currently selected point/Total number of points b Coordinates of Press to add the point indicated by to move to the coordinates To insert coordinates with the touch pen, move the of the first point on the grid sheet.
  • Page 177: Moving A Point

    ENTERING STITCH DATA to move to the second point Memo • If you have entered points that are too close together, the fabric may not feed properly. and press Edit the stitch data to leave a larger space between points. •...
  • Page 178: Moving Part Or All Of The Design

    ENTERING STITCH DATA Press to move the point. → The selected point and all points that were entered You can also move by using the touch pen. after it are selected. ■ Moving Part or All of the Design Press to move the section.
  • Page 179: Inserting New Points

    ENTERING STITCH DATA Press Press → The section will be moved. → A new point is entered and moves to it. ■ Inserting New Points to move the point. Press to move to a place on the design where you want to add a new point.
  • Page 180: Using Stored Custom Stitches

    USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES ■ If the Memory is Full Storing Custom Stitches in Your If the following message appears after List pressed, the stitch pattern cannot be stored because either the machine’s memory is full or the stitch Stitch patterns created using the “MY CUSTOM pattern being stored is larger than the amount of STITCH”...
  • Page 181: Retrieving Stored Stitches

    USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES Press Retrieving Stored Stitches To delete the stored stitch pattern, press Press To edit the stored stitch pattern, press → A list of stored stitch patterns is displayed. Select the stitch pattern. Press to return to the previous screen without retrieving.
  • Page 182 USING STORED CUSTOM STITCHES S-112...
  • Page 183: Embroidering

    Embroidering This section provides instruction to embroider designs with this machine. Page number starts with “E” in this section. The screen display and machine illustration may vary slightly, depending on the countries or regions. Chapter1 Embroidery ............. E-2 Chapter2 Embroidery Edit ............ E-56...
  • Page 184: Selecting Patterns

    Adjusting the Embroidery Speed ..........33 Changing the Thread Color Display ......... 34 ■ Copyright Information .............. 3 Changing the “Embroidery Frame Display”......35 Selecting Embroidery Patterns/Brother “Exclusives”/Floral REVISING THE PATTERN ........36 Alphabet/Bobbin Work Patterns ..........4 Selecting Character Patterns ............5 Moving the Pattern..............
  • Page 185: Selecting Patterns

    , then to display the screen below. There are 6 categories of patterns in this machine. a Embroidery patterns Memo b Brother “Exclusives” • A key that appears stacked, such as c Floral alphabet patterns d Frame patterns , indicates that e Character patterns f Bobbin work patterns (see “Appendix”)
  • Page 186: Selecting Embroidery Patterns/brother "exclusives"/floral Alphabet/bobbin Work Patterns

    Press to create a mirror image of the Selecting Embroidery pattern as needed. Patterns/Brother If a mistake has been made when selecting the “Exclusives”/Floral pattern, press the key of the pattern you want to embroider and the new selection appears.
  • Page 187: Selecting Character Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS If you want to change the size of a character, select Selecting Character Patterns the character and then press to change the size. The size changes each time you press the key, Example: Entering “We Fly”. from large to medium to small. If you make a mistake, press to erase the Press...
  • Page 188 SELECTING PATTERNS Press again and enter “F”. Press → The embroidery screen is displayed. Press and then enter “ly”. Proceed to “VIEWING THE EMBROIDERING SCREEN” on page E-9 to embroider the pattern. To return to the previous screen to select another pattern, press...
  • Page 189: Selecting Frame Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS Proceed to “VIEWING THE Selecting Frame Patterns EMBROIDERING SCREEN” on page E-9 to embroider the pattern. To return to the previous screen to select another Press pattern, press Press the key of the frame shape you want to embroider in the top part of the screen. a Frame shapes b Frame patterns →...
  • Page 190: Selecting Patterns From Usb Media/computer

    SELECTING PATTERNS Plug the optional embroidery card Press the key of the USB port. Reader/USB card writer module into the USB port on the machine. → The patterns on the embroidery card are displayed on the selection screen. a USB port for mouse/media (USB 2.0) b Embroidery card Reader/USB card writer module Follow the steps on page E-4 to select a pattern.
  • Page 191: Viewing The Embroidering Screen

    VIEWING THE EMBROIDERING SCREEN VIEWING THE EMBROIDERING SCREEN a Shows the presser foot code. Attach embroidery foot “W+” or “W” for all embroidery projects. When the foot presser symbol is displayed on the screen, you are able to sew. b Shows the boundary for embroidering with the extra large frame (30 cm × 18 cm (approx. 12 inches × 7 inches)). c Shows a preview of the selected pattern.
  • Page 192: Key Functions

    VIEWING THE EMBROIDERING 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 available for certain patterns. If the key display is light gray, you cannot use that function or operation with the selected pattern.
  • Page 193: 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 194 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 stabilizer (sold separately) for best results.
  • Page 195: Hooping The Fabric In The Embroidery Frame

    PREPARING THE FABRIC Hooping the Fabric in the Embroidery Frame ■ Types of Embroidery Frames The types and numbers of supplied embroidery frame are differs depending on the countries and regions. Extra Large Large Medium Embroidery field Embroidery field Embroidery field 30 cm ×...
  • Page 196: Inserting The Fabric

    PREPARING THE FABRIC ■ Inserting the Fabric Slightly tighten the frame adjustment screw, and then remove the slack in the fabric by pulling on the edges and corners. Do not Note loosen the screw. • If the fabric is not securely held in the embroidery frame, the embroidery design will sew out poorly.
  • Page 197: 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 screwdriver when a Inner frame you loosen or tighten the frame adjustment b Guide line...
  • Page 198: 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 199: Attaching The Embroidery Frame

    ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME Note • Wind and insert the bobbin before attaching the embroidery frame. Press the “Presser Foot Lifter” button to Lower the frame-securing lever to be level raise the presser foot. with the frame to secure the embroidery frame in the embroidery frame holder.
  • Page 200 ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME Pull the embroidery frame toward you. E-18...
  • Page 201: 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. Checking the Pattern Position From , press the key for the position...
  • Page 202: Previewing The Completed Pattern

    CONFIRMING THE PATTERN POSITION ■ Frame sizes displayed on screen Previewing the Completed Pattern Icon Name Embroidering area Extra large embroidery frame Press H 30 cm × W 18 cm (H 11-3/4 inches × W 7-1/8 inches) Large embroidery frame (optional with some models) H 18 cm ×...
  • Page 203: Sewing An Embroidery Pattern

    SEWING AN EMBROIDERY PATTERN SEWING AN EMBROIDERY PATTERN Embroidery Attractive Finishes There are many factors that go into beautiful embroidery. Using the appropriate stabilizer (see page E-11) and hooping the fabric in the frame (see page E-13) are two important factors mentioned earlier. Another important point is the appropriateness of the needle and thread being used.
  • Page 204: 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 205: Sewing Embroidery Patterns Which Use Appliqué

    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 206 SEWING AN EMBROIDERY PATTERN Attach an iron-on stabilizer to the wrong Place the base material into the embroidery side of the appliqué material. frame. a Appliqué material (cotton, felt, etc.) b Iron-on stabilizer a Base material Place the appliqué material into the Press the “Start/Stop”...
  • Page 207 SEWING AN EMBROIDERY PATTERN Press the “Start/Stop” button. Memo • Some patterns may not show all three appliqué steps. Sometimes the “APPLIQUE” step will be shown as a color. → The appliqué will then be completed. Change the upper thread and then carry out the rest of the embroidering.
  • Page 208: 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 209: If The Thread Breaks During Sewing

    ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS Press , or to move If the Thread Breaks During the needle back the correct number of Sewing stitches before the spot where the thread broke. Press the “Start/Stop” button to stop the If you cannot move back to the spot where the machine.
  • Page 210: 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 211 ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE EMBROIDERY PROCESS Attach the embroidery frame and press → The previous embroidery screen displayed before the machine was turned off appears. Memo • If you want to start a new embroidery pattern, press so the pattern selection screen appears. Continue embroidering.
  • Page 212: 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 213: Adjusting The Bobbin Case (with No Color On The Screw)

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS To adjust the bobbin tension for embroidery Press to tighten the upper thread function, using the bobbin case (with no color on tension. (The tension number will increase.) the screw), turn the slotted-head screw (-) with a (small) screwdriver.
  • Page 214: Using The Automatic Thread Cutting Function (end Color Trim)

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS ■ Bobbin Thread is Too Tight Press Upper thread on the right side of fabric seems to be lifting/looping and bobbin thread is not seen on the wrong side of fabric. a Right side b Wrong side If this occurs, turn the slotted-head screw (-) counterclockwise, being careful not to over-loosen the screw, approximately 30-45 degrees to decrease...
  • Page 215: Adjusting The Embroidery Speed

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS ■ Selecting the Length of Jump Stitch Note Not to Trim • When this function is turned on, use the included ball point needle 75/11 for When the thread trimming function is turned embroidering patterns with short jump on, you can select the length of the jump stitch not stitches such as alphabet characters.
  • Page 216: Changing The Thread Color Display

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS When the thread number #123 Memo • “spm” is the number of stitches sewn in one displayed, use to select from six minute. embroidery thread brands pictured below. • Decrease the sewing speed when embroidering on thin, thick, or heavy fabrics.
  • Page 217: Changing The "embroidery Frame Display

    MAKING EMBROIDERY ADJUSTMENTS Changing the “Embroidery Frame Display” Press In the “Embroidery Frame Display”, use to change the embroidery frame display mode. There are 16 choices. For the optional embroidery frame. a Extra large frame embroidering area 30 cm × 18 cm (11-3/4 inches × 7-1/8 inches) b Center mark c Large frame embroidering area 18 cm ×...
  • Page 218: 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 219: 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 220: Rotating The Pattern

    REVISING THE PATTERN Rotating the Pattern Press a Size of the pattern Select the angle of rotation for the pattern. Press to rotate the pattern 90 degrees to the Memo left. • Some patterns or characters can be enlarged more than others. Press to rotate the pattern 90 degrees to the •...
  • Page 221: Creating A Horizontal Mirror Image

    REVISING THE PATTERN Creating a Horizontal Mirror 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° Memo • You can rotate the pattern by rotating the mouse wheel.
  • Page 222: Changing The Density (alphabet Character And Frame Patterns Only)

    REVISING THE PATTERN Changing the Density (Alphabet Character and Frame Patterns Only) The thread density for some alphabet character and frame patterns can be changed. A setting between 80% and 120% in 5% a Normal increments can be specified. b Fine (stitches closer together) c Coarse (stitches farther apart) Press →...
  • Page 223: Embroidering Linked Characters

    REVISING THE PATTERN After a character is sewn, change the thread Press color, and then sew the next character. Press Embroidering Linked Characters Follow the procedure described below to embroider linked characters in a single row when the entire pattern extends beyond the embroidery frame.
  • Page 224 REVISING THE PATTERN After the characters are embroidered, cut Press the threads to a generous length, remove the embroidery frame, and then attach the Press embroidery frame again so that the remaining characters (“DEF”) can be embroidered. a End of the embroidering As in step , select the character patterns for “DEF”.
  • Page 225: Uninterrupted Embroidering (monochrome - Using A Single Color)

    REVISING THE PATTERN to align the needle with the end of embroidering for the previous pattern. Press the “Start/Stop” button to begin embroidering the remaining character patterns. → The thread color displayed on the screen will be grayed out. Uninterrupted Embroidering (Monochrome - Using a Single Color) A selected pattern can be stitched out in one color...
  • Page 226: Using The Memory Function

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Embroidery Data Precautions Memo • To create file folders, use a computer. • Letters and numerals can be used in the file Observe the following precautions when using names. In addition, if the file name contains embroidery data other than that created and saved no more than eight characters, the entire file in this machine.
  • Page 227: Saving Embroidery Patterns In The Machine's Memory

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION • Do not create folders in “Removable Disk” on a Press computer. If embroidery data is stored in a folder in “Removable Disk”, that embroidery data cannot be retrieved by the machine. Press to return to the original screen without •...
  • Page 228: Saving Embroidery Patterns To Usb Media

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Select the pattern you want to delete. Saving Embroidery Patterns to USB Media When sending embroidery patterns from the machine to USB media, plug the USB media into the machine’s USB port. Memo • USB media is commercially available, but some USB media may not be usable with Press this machine.
  • Page 229: Saving Embroidery Patterns In The Computer

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Insert the USB media into the USB port on Saving Embroidery Patterns in the the machine. 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 230: 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 embroidery screen. Machine’s Memory Press → The machine displays the patterns currently in the memory. Press Press the key of the pattern you want to Press to return to the original screen without retrieve.
  • Page 231: Recalling From Usb Media

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Recalling from USB Media You can recall a specific embroidery pattern from either direct USB media or a folder in the USB media. If the pattern is in a folder, check each folder to find the embroidery pattern. Note •...
  • Page 232: Recalling From The Computer

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION Press Recalling from the Computer Plug the USB cable connector into the corresponding USB ports for the computer and for the machine (see page E-47). On the computer, open “Computer (My computer)” then go to “Removable Disk”. →...
  • Page 233: Embroidery Applications

    EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS Apply a thin layer of fabric glue or a Using a Frame Pattern to Make temporary spray adhesive to the rear of the appliqué created in step . Attach the an Appliqué (1) appliqué to the base fabric matching the shapes.
  • Page 234: Using A Frame Pattern To Make An Appliqué (2)

    EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS Remove the embroidery frame from the Using a Frame Pattern to Make embroidery unit, and cut around the outside of the stitches. an Appliqué (2) This is a second method to make appliqué using embroidery patterns. You do not have to change the fabric in the embroidery frame using this method.
  • Page 235: Sewing Split Embroidery Patterns

    EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS Reattach the embroidery frame to the Connect to the machine the media embroidery unit, and embroider the satin containing the created split embroidery stitch pattern to create an appliqué. pattern, and then select the split embroidery pattern to be embroidered. For details on recalling patterns, refer to “Selecting Patterns from Embroidery Cards”...
  • Page 236 EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS Press Press the “Start/Stop” button to embroider the pattern section. When embroidering is finished, the following screen appears. Press → A screen appears so that a section of the split embroidery pattern can be selected. Repeat steps through to embroider the remaining sections of the pattern.
  • Page 237 EMBROIDERY APPLICATIONS Embroidering E-55...
  • Page 238: Chapter2 Embroidery Edit

    EEmbroidering Chapter Embroidery Edit EXPLANATION OF FUNCTIONS......57 SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT ......58 Selecting Embroidery Patterns/Brother “Exclusives”/Floral Alphabet Patterns/Frame/Bobbin Work Patterns ......59 Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns........59 EDITING PATTERNS ..........61 ■ Key Functions................62 Moving the Pattern ..............63 Rotating the Pattern..............63 Changing the Size of the Pattern..........63...
  • Page 239: Explanation Of Functions

    EXPLANATION OF FUNCTIONS EXPLANATION OF FUNCTIONS With the “Embroidery Edit” functions, you can combine embroidery patterns and character patterns, change the size of patterns, rotate patterns, and perform many other editing functions. This machine can perform the 9 functions listed below. ■...
  • Page 240: Selecting Patterns To Edit

    Prepare the machine for embroidery according to the instructions on “BEFORE EMBROIDERING” of “Basic operations”, and press , then to display the screen below. a Embroidery patterns b Brother “Exclusives” c Floral alphabet patterns d Frame patterns e Character patterns f Bobbin work patterns (see “Appendix”) g Patterns saved in the machine’s memory (see page E-48)
  • Page 241: Selecting Embroidery Patterns/brother "exclusives"/floral Alphabet Patterns/frame/bobbin Work Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT Selecting Embroidery Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns/Brother Patterns “Exclusives”/Floral Alphabet When you select character patterns from the Patterns/Frame/Bobbin Work “Embroidery Edit” screen, you can edit the appearance of the pattern at the same time. Patterns Press Select the category of the pattern.
  • Page 242: Editing Patterns

    SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT After you finish your selections, press Press to change the layout of the pattern. If the characters are too small to see, press view a display of all entered characters. → The “Embroidery Edit” screen will appear. Proceed to “EDITING PATTERNS”...
  • Page 243: 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 244: Key Functions

    EDITING PATTERNS ■ Key Functions Display Key Name Explanation Page Magnify key Press this key to magnify the pattern by 200% in the screen. E-63 Thread palette key Press this key to change the colors of the displayed pattern. E-67 Rotate key Press this key to rotate the pattern.
  • Page 245: Moving The Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS Moving the Pattern Displaying Patterns in the Screen Magnified by 200% For details on moving the pattern, refer to “Moving the Pattern” on page E-36. Press Rotating the Pattern For details on rotating the pattern, refer to “Rotating the Pattern” on page E-38. Changing the Size of the Pattern For details on changing the size of the pattern, refer to “Changing the Size of the Pattern”...
  • Page 246: Changing The Configuration Of Character Patterns

    EDITING PATTERNS Changing the Configuration of Changing Character Spacing Character Patterns Press Press to change the spacing. Press the key of the layout you want to embroider. Press to increase the character spacing. See page E-60 for more information about layout types.
  • Page 247: Reducing Character Spacing

    EDITING PATTERNS Reducing Character Spacing Separating Combined Character Patterns The spacing between characters can be reduced to 50% of the narrowest character in the group. Combined character patterns can be separated to adjust the character spacing or to separately edit Note the patterns after all characters have been entered.
  • Page 248: Changing The Color Of Each Alphabet Character In A Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS to select where the pattern is Changing the Color of Each Alphabet Character in a Pattern to be separated, and then press separate it. For this example, the pattern will be separated between “T” and “a”. Press so you can assign a thread color to each character.
  • Page 249: 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 multiple colors have been changed, this command beyond the embroidery frame.
  • Page 250: 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 ”. In the pattern editing screen, press then press to enter a color’s 4-digit number.
  • Page 251: Adding A Color To The Custom Thread Table From The List

    EDITING PATTERNS Press Press to return to the original screen. ■ Adding a Color to the Custom a Thread brand b Entered thread color number Thread Table from the List → The selected thread color is set in the custom thread table.
  • Page 252: Saving The Custom Thread Table To Usb Media

    EDITING PATTERNS Repeat the previous steps until all desired Press thread colors are specified. To delete a specified color from the palette, select the color to be deleted, and then press To delete all the specified color from the palette, press Press to return to the original screen.
  • Page 253: Choosing A Color From The Custom Thread Table

    EDITING PATTERNS Press and then 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 Press → The thread color palette screen displays. Press to put the color you want to change at the top of the sewing order.
  • Page 254: Designing Repeated Patterns

    EDITING PATTERNS Press Designing Repeated Patterns ■ Sewing Repeated Patterns Using the border function, you can create stitches using repeated patterns. You can also adjust the spacing of the patterns within a repeated pattern stitch. Select a pattern, and then press Press a Custom thread change key →...
  • Page 255 EDITING PATTERNS Adjust the spacing of the repeated pattern. To widen spacing, press To tighten spacing, press a Vertical direction b Horizontal direction c Repeating and deleting vertical keys d Repeating and deleting horizontal keys e Spacing keys → The pattern direction indicator will change a Press to change a repeated pattern back to depending on the direction selected.
  • Page 256: Repeating One Element Of A Repeated Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS ■ Repeating One Element of a Press Repeated Pattern By using the Cut function, you can select one element of a repeated pattern and repeat only that single element. This function allows you to design complex repeated patterns. Choose the direction in which the repeated pattern will be cut.
  • Page 257: Color Sorting Repeated Patterns

    EDITING PATTERNS 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 258: Embroidering The Pattern Repeatedly

    EDITING PATTERNS Press Press Press Embroidering the Pattern Repeatedly Press to select the thread mark to be After creating the repeated pattern, rehoop the embroidery frame and keep sewing for the next sewn. pattern. Memo • The optional border frame allows you to easily rehoop the fabric without removing the embroidery frame from the machine.
  • Page 259 EDITING PATTERNS Create the repeated pattern with the thread Rehoop the fabric in the embroidery frame. mark at the center of the end of the pattern. Refer to “Assigning Thread Marks” on page E-75. Note • Adjust the position of the fabric so that the embroidering area for the next pattern is within the embroidering area of the embroidery sheet.
  • Page 260: Duplicating A Pattern

    EDITING PATTERNS Touch to set the starting point to the Duplicating a Pattern center top of the pattern. Press Touch → The duplicate is positioned over the original pattern. Press the positioning keys to move the embroidery frame until the starting point is aligned with the thread mark on the fabric.
  • Page 261: After Editing

    EDITING PATTERNS After Editing Press To combine the pattern with other patterns, select (see page E-80). See page E-21 for more information about sewing patterns. Memo • If you want to return to the edit screen after pressing , press Embroidering E-79...
  • Page 262: Combining Patterns

    COMBINING PATTERNS COMBINING PATTERNS Select Editing Combined Patterns Example: Combining alphabet characters with an embroidery pattern and editing Press to select an embroidery Press pattern. E-80...
  • Page 263 COMBINING PATTERNS Press Select and enter “Flower”. After selecting , press to change the character case, then enter the remaining characters. Press to enter the alphabet → The characters you enter will be displayed in the characters. center of the display. Press Press to return to the previous screen.
  • Page 264: Selecting Combined Embroidery Patterns

    COMBINING PATTERNS Press to change the color of the characters. Memo See page E-67 for more information about changing • Use to select patterns that are the color. overlapping and cannot be selected by clicking them or by touching the screen. When all editing is finished, press ■...
  • Page 265: Sewing Combined Patterns

    COMBINING PATTERNS Sewing Combined Patterns Embroider Combined patterns will be embroidered in the order they were entered. In this example, the embroidery order will be as follows: → Note • Follow the directions in “Sewing Embroidery Patterns” on page E-22. Embroider by following the color order on the right side of the display.
  • Page 266: Various Embroidering Functions

    VARIOUS EMBROIDERING FUNCTIONS VARIOUS EMBROIDERING FUNCTIONS Press Uninterrupted Embroidering (Monochrome - Using a Single In the “Embroidery Basting Distance” Color) display, use to specify the distance from the pattern to the basting A selected pattern can be stitched out in one color stitching.
  • Page 267: Using The Memory Function

    USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION When embroidering is finished, remove the Memo basting stitching. • To cancel the setting, press → Basting is added to the beginning of the sewing order. Press the “Start/Stop” button to begin embroidering. USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION In the same way as embroidery patterns in Chapter 1, you can save and retrieve edited embroidery patterns to and from the machine’s memory, a personal computer, or USB media.
  • Page 268 USING THE MEMORY FUNCTION E-86...
  • Page 269: Appendix

    Appendix This section provides important information for operating this machine. Please read this section to find troubleshooting tips and pointers as well as how to keep your machine in the best working order. Page number starts with “A” in this section. The screen display and machine illustration may vary slightly, depending on the countries or regions.
  • Page 270: About Bobbin Work

    Appendix Chapter How to Create Bobbin Work ABOUT BOBBIN WORK..........3 PREPARING FOR BOBBIN WORK......3 Required Materials..............3 ■ Bobbin case and bobbin cover ........... 3 ■ Lower thread................4 ■ Upper thread ................4 ■ Needle ..................4 ■ Presser foot ................4 ■...
  • Page 271: About Bobbin Work

    ABOUT BOBBIN WORK ABOUT BOBBIN WORK Beautiful embroidery work, with a three-dimensional appearance, can be created by winding the bobbin with medium to heavy weight thread or ribbon, which is too thick to be threaded through the machine’s needle. The decorative thread or ribbon will stitch out on the underneath side of fabric while sewing with the fabric wrong side facing up.
  • Page 272: Upper Threading

    PREPARING FOR BOBBIN WORK ■ Lower thread ■ Presser foot We recommend the following types of threads for Utility stitches or decorative stitches: bobbin work. Monogramming foot “N” No.5 or finer hand embroidery thread or decorative thread Free motion sewing: Free motion open toe quilting foot “O”...
  • Page 273: Preparing The Bobbin Thread

    PREPARING FOR BOBBIN WORK Wipe the bobbin case (gray) with a soft lint Preparing the Bobbin Thread free cloth to clean it. Insert the bobbin case so that the mark In order to create bobbin work, the bobbin case on the bobbin case aligns with the ● mark must be replaced with the one for bobbin work.
  • Page 274: When Tension Is Applied To The Bobbin Thread

    PREPARING FOR BOBBIN WORK Wind a decorative thread around the Install the bobbin wound with thread. bobbin by hand. After winding the bobbin Whether or not tension should be applied to the so it is filled as shown below (about 80%), bobbin thread depends on the type of thread being cut the thread.
  • Page 275: When Tension Is Not Applied To The Bobbin Thread

    PREPARING FOR BOBBIN WORK ■ When tension is not applied to the Gently pull the upper thread to bring the bobbin thread up through the needle plate. bobbin thread If the bobbin thread in the trial stitching is too tight and adjusting the bobbin case tension does not help, do not pass the thread through the tension spring.
  • Page 276 PREPARING FOR BOBBIN WORK Install the needle plate cover and bobbin cover with tabs. For details on installing the needle plate cover, refer to “Cleaning the Race” on page A-19. a Bobbin cover b Bobbin cover with tabs CAUTION • When creating bobbin work, use the bobbin cover with tabs, otherwise the thread may become tangled or the needle may break.
  • Page 277: Creating Bobbin Work (sewing)

    CREATING BOBBIN WORK (SEWING) CREATING BOBBIN WORK (SEWING) Increase the upper thread tension. Upper Positioning the Fabric and Sewing thread tension setting between 6 and 8 is recommended for bobbin work. For details on adjusting the upper thread tension, Note refer to “Setting the Thread Tension”...
  • Page 278 CREATING BOBBIN WORK (SEWING) Use the presser foot lever to raise the presser foot. Note • If the bobbin thread does not come up, hold With the wrong side facing up, place the the upper thread as shown below to pull up the bobbin thread.
  • Page 279: Bobbin Work Free Motion Sewing

    CREATING BOBBIN WORK (SEWING) When you have reached the end of the Working from the wrong side of the fabric, stitching area, stop the machine. tie the bobbin and upper threads together by hand. Cut away excess threads with scissors. Note •...
  • Page 280: Creating Bobbin Work (embroidery)

    CREATING BOBBIN WORK (EMBROIDERY) CREATING BOBBIN WORK (EMBROIDERY) To select a bobbin work embroidery Selecting the Pattern pattern, press (Embroidery). Note Note • Prepare the machine for bobbin work as • Embroidery patterns for bobbin work “B” described in “PREPARING FOR BOBBIN cannot be used in the “Embroidery Edit”...
  • Page 281 CREATING BOBBIN WORK (EMBROIDERY) Note CAUTION • Since bobbin work is sewn from the wrong side of the fabric, the pattern shown in the • When sewing bobbin work, be sure to select an screen appears as a mirror image of the embroidery pattern for bobbin work.
  • Page 282: Start Embroidering

    CREATING BOBBIN WORK (EMBROIDERY) As shown below, pull the upper thread to Start Embroidering pull the bobbin thread up through the fabric. Hoop the fabric so the right side of the fabric is facing down with the stabilizer lying on the top. Use an embroidery frame that fits the size of the pattern and then attach the frame to the machine.
  • Page 283: Adjusting The Thread Tension

    CREATING BOBBIN WORK (EMBROIDERY) Stop the machine, and then tie the upper Remove the fabric from the embroidery thread and the bobbin thread together to frame, and check the finished embroidery. secure the threads. a Right side of fabric b Wrong side of fabric Start sewing again to finish the pattern.
  • Page 284: Adjusting The Thread Tension

    ADJUSTING THE THREAD TENSION ADJUSTING THE THREAD TENSION After sewing trial stitches and checking the sewing results, adjust the thread tensions if necessary. After adjusting the tensions, be sure to sew trial stitches again in order to check the sewing results. ■...
  • Page 285: Troubleshooting

    TROUBLESHOOTING TROUBLESHOOTING Several solutions for minor problems are described below. If the problem persists, contact your dealer or nearest authorized Brother dealer. ■ The thread was accidentally cut Apply slight tension on bobbin thread by holding thread out to the left side of presser automatically and the bobbin thread foot.
  • Page 286: Chapter2 Maintenance And Troubleshooting

    Appendix Chapter Maintenance and Troubleshooting CARE AND MAINTENANCE ........19 Restrictions on oiling ..............19 Precautions on storing the machine ..........19 Cleaning the LCD Screen ............19 Cleaning the Machine Casing ...........19 Cleaning the Race ..............19 Cleaning the Cutter in the Bobbin Case Area......21 About the Maintenance Message ..........21 ADJUSTING THE SCREEN ........
  • Page 287: Care And Maintenance

    CARE AND MAINTENANCE CARE AND MAINTENANCE CAUTION • Be sure to unplug the machine before cleaning it. Otherwise, electric shock or injury may result. Restrictions on oiling Cleaning the Machine Casing In order to prevent damaging this machine, it must If the surface of the machine is dirty, lightly soak a not be oiled by the user.
  • Page 288 CARE AND MAINTENANCE Use the cleaning brush or a vacuum cleaner Make sure that the indicated points are aligned before installing the bobbin case. to remove any lint and dust from the race and bobbin thread sensor and the CAUTION surrounding area.
  • Page 289: Cleaning The Cutter In The Bobbin Case Area

    CARE AND MAINTENANCE Use the screwdriver included with the Cleaning the Cutter in the Bobbin machine to screw and attach the needle plate. Case Area The cutter below the needle plate should be cleaned. If dust or lint accumulate on the cutter, it will be difficult to cut the thread when the “Thread Cutter”...
  • Page 290: Adjusting The Screen

    ADJUSTING THE SCREEN ADJUSTING THE SCREEN Adjusting the Brightness of the Touch Panel is Malfunctioning Screen Display If the screen does not respond correctly when you touch a key (the machine does not perform the If the screen does not look very clear under certain operation or performs a different operation), follow situation, you can adjust the brightness of the the steps below to make the proper adjustments.
  • Page 291: Troubleshooting

    If the machine stops operating correctly, check the following possible problems before requesting service. You can solve most problems by yourself. If you need additional help, the Brother Solutions Center offers the latest FAQs and troubleshooting tips. Visit us at “ http://solutions.brother.com ”.
  • Page 292: Tangled Thread On Wrong Side Of Fabric

    TROUBLESHOOTING While holding the bobbin in place with Tangled thread on wrong side of your finger, pass the thread through the slit in the needle plate. fabric Hold down the bobbin with your right hand, and then pull the end of the thread around the tab with ■...
  • Page 293 TROUBLESHOOTING Raise the presser foot using the presser foot While holding the thread in your right lever. hand, pass the thread through the thread guide in the direction indicated. If the presser foot is not raised, the sewing machine cannot be threaded correctly. Guide the thread down, up, then down Raise the needle by turning the handwheel through the groove, as shown in the...
  • Page 294: Incorrect Thread Tension

    TROUBLESHOOTING Incorrect thread tension ■ Symptoms • Symptom 1: The lower thread is visible from the upper side of the fabric. • Symptom 2: The upper thread appears as a straight line on the upper side of the fabric. • Symptom 3: The upper thread is visible from the lower side of the fabric. •...
  • Page 295: Fabric Is Caught In The Machine And Cannot Be Removed

    TROUBLESHOOTING Remove the bobbin case. Fabric is caught in the machine If threads remain in the bobbin case, remove them. and cannot be removed If the fabric is caught in the sewing machine and cannot be removed, the thread may have become tangled under the needle plate.
  • Page 296 TROUBLESHOOTING Slightly lift up the needle plate, cut any Insert the bobbin case so that the mark on the bobbin case aligns with the ● mark tangled threads, and then remove the needle plate. on the machine. Remove the fabric and threads from the needle plate. If the fabric cannot be removed, even after completing these steps, contact your dealer or nearest authorized service center.
  • Page 297: Checking Machine Operations

    TROUBLESHOOTING Insert the tabs on the needle plate cover Slowly turn the handwheel toward you into the needle plate, and then slide the (counterclockwise), and look from all sides cover back on. to check that the needle falls at the center of the hole in the needle plate.
  • Page 298: List Of Symptoms

    TROUBLESHOOTING List of Symptoms Problem Cause Solution Page The thread is tangled Upper threading is incorrect. Check the steps for threading the machine B-46 on the wrong side of and rethread the machine. the fabric. Using improper needle or thread for the Check the “Fabric/Thread/Needle B-57 selected fabric.
  • Page 299 TROUBLESHOOTING Problem Cause Solution Page Skipped stitches Needle is turned, bent or the point is dull. Replace the needle. B-55 Using improper needle or thread for the Check the “Fabric/Thread/Needle B-57 selected fabric. Combination” chart. Machine is threaded incorrectly. Check the steps for threading the machine B-46 and rethread it correctly.
  • Page 300 TROUBLESHOOTING Problem Cause Solution Page High-pitched sound Dust or lint is caught in the feed dogs. Remove the dust or lint. A-19 while sewing Pieces of thread are caught in the race. Clean the race. A-19 Upper threading is incorrect. Check the steps for threading the machine B-46 and rethread the machine.
  • Page 301 TROUBLESHOOTING Problem Cause Solution Page Embroidery pattern Fabric is hanging off the table. If the fabric is hanging off the table during E-21 does not sew out embroidery, the embroidery unit will not correctly move freely. Place the fabric so that it does not hang off the table or hold the fabric to keep it from dragging.
  • Page 302: Error Messages

    ERROR MESSAGES ERROR MESSAGES If the machine is not properly set and the “Start/Stop” button or the “Reverse Stitch” button is pressed, or if the operation procedure is incorrect, the machine does not start. An alarm sounds and an error message is displayed on the LCD.
  • Page 303 ERROR MESSAGES Marks Error Messages Cause/Solution Preventive maintenance is recommended. This message is displayed when the machine needs to be maintained. (see page A-19) Raise the buttonhole lever. This message is displayed when the buttonhole lever is down, a stitch other than a buttonhole is selected, and the “Start/Stop”...
  • Page 304 This message is displayed when you try to use incompatible USB media. For a list of compatible USB media, visit “ http://solutions.brother.com ”. To thread the needle, please remove the fabric from under the This message is displayed if you press the “Automatic presser foot.
  • Page 305: Specifications

    SPECIFICATIONS SPECIFICATIONS Item Specification Sewing Machine and Accessories Dimensions of machine Approx. 57.1 cm (W) × 33.2 cm (H) × 28.4 cm (D) (approx. (Box 1 of 2) 22-1/2 inches (W) × 13-1/16 inches (H) × 11-3/16 inches (D)) Dimensions of box Approx.
  • Page 306: Upgrading Your Machine'ssoftware

    UPGRADING YOUR MACHINE’S SOFTWARE You can use USB media or a computer to upgrade software for your sewing machine. When an upgrade program is available on “ http://solutions.brother.com ”, please download the files following the instructions on the website and steps below.
  • Page 307: Upgrade Procedure Using Computer

    UPGRADING YOUR MACHINE’S SOFTWARE Upgrade Procedure Using Computer Note • Do not connect any additional USB media devices to your computer when using the USB cable. When the message disappears, press While pressing the “Automatic Threading” button, turn the main power to ON. →...
  • Page 308: Index

    INDEX INDEX LCD screen ................A-19 machine casing ..............A-19 Accessories race ..................A-19 included accessories ............B-12 Combining Patterns options ................. B-15 character/decorative stitches ..........S-89 Accessory compartment ............B-12 embroidery edit ..............E-80 Adapter ..................B-54 Cord guide bobbin cover ............S-32 Adjusting the LED pointer ............
  • Page 309 INDEX saving .............. E-45 E-46 E-47 Main power switch ............B-9 B-19 selecting ..............E-3 E-58 Mirror image key ..........S-21 S-86 E-39 sewing .................. E-21 Multi color key .............. E-40 E-66 using a frame pattern to make an appliqué ....E-51 E-52 Multi-directional sewing ............
  • Page 310 INDEX stitch settings ................. S-23 Thread marks ................E-75 USB media ..............S-99 E-49 Thread palette key ..........E-66 E-67 E-71 utility stitches ................ S-23 Top cover ................... B-9 Reverse Stitch button ............B-11 Top stitching ................S-50 Reverse/Reinforcement stitches ........... S-5 Touch pen ............
  • Page 312 Please visit us at where you can get product support and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs). English 882-C50 Printed in Taiwan XF6500-001...

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