Operation Manual Embroidery and Sewing Machine Product Code: 882-C40/C42 Be sure to read this document before using the machine. We recommend that you keep this document nearby for future reference.
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.
Use only the mouse designed specifically for this machine. Use only the sensor pen included with this machine. The contents of this manual and specifications of this product are subject to change without notice. For additional product information and updates, visit our website at www.brother.com...
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.
• 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.
1976. Compliance is mandatory for products marketed in the United States. The label shown on the back of the sewing machine indicates compliance with the FDA regulations and must be attached to laser products marketed in the United States. Brother Industries, Ltd. 15-1, Naeshiro-cho, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya 467-8561, JAPAN This product complies with FDA performance standards for laser products except for deviations pursuant to Laser Notice No.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Laser Notices (For countries except U.S.A.) IEC 60825-1 Specification This sewing machine is a Class 1 laser product as defined in IEC 60825-1:2007 specifications. The laser beam emitted by the laser unit installed in this machine is restricted to an output at a safe level. However, the machine contains 7-milliwat, 650-660nanometer wavelength, 6-12 degree at parallel divergence angle, 24-34 degree at perpendicular divergence angle, InGaAlP laser diodes.
OUTSTANDING FEATURES OUTSTANDING FEATURES Setting Laser Guideline Marker Sensor Function - Automatic as a Guide to Sew Pattern Placement The guideline marker shows the sewing position. You can adjust the sewing position by moving the guideline marker while checking the guideline marker on the fabric.
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 Chapter 2 Getting Ready...
CONTENTS CONTENTS TRADEMARKS Important Information about Sensor Pen....... 73 Calibrating the Sensor Pen............ 74 INTRODUCTION..........1 USING SENSOR FUNCTIONS WITH SEWING IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ....1 STITCH .............. 76 OUTSTANDING FEATURES ......... 7 Sensor Function Area ............76 WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THIS MACHINE ..8 Specifying the Guideline Marker Position NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR With the Sensor Pen .............
EXPLANATION OF FUNCTIONS....... 57 Storing Custom Stitches in Your List ........110 SELECTING PATTERNS TO EDIT ....... 58 Retrieving Stored Stitches ........... 111 Selecting Embroidery Patterns/Brother “Exclusives”/Floral Alphabet Patterns/Frame/Bobbin Work Patterns ....59 Embroidering Selecting Alphabet Character Patterns........59 EDITING PATTERNS .......... 61 Moving the Pattern ..............
CONTENTS Choosing a Color from the Custom Thread Table ....71 Designing Repeated Patterns ..........72 Embroidering the Pattern Repeatedly ........76 Duplicating a Pattern ............78 After Editing ................. 79 COMBINING PATTERNS ........80 Editing Combined Patterns ........... 80 Sewing Combined Patterns ..........
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 ■...
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.
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.
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...
NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS Included Accessories 75/11 2 needles 90/14 2 needles 2.0/11 needle 75/11 90/14 2 needles: Ball point needle (gold colored) 2 needles *Included accessories vary depending on the countries or regions. B-16...
• Foot controller: Model T 21 Cleaning brush X59476-051 This foot controller can be used on the 22 Eyelet punch XZ5051-001 machine with product code 882-C40/C42. 23 Screwdriver (small) X55468-051 The product code is mentioned on the 24 Screwdriver (large) XC4237-021 machine rating plate.
10 Embroidery card – 11 Stabilizer material SA519 BM3: • Visit your dealer or nearest authorized XE0806-001 Brother dealer for a complete listing of Water soluble stabilizer SA520 BM5: optional accessories and embroidery cards XE0615-001 available for your machine. 12 Seam guide...
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-20 Chapter2 Sensor Functions ...........B-70...
BBasic operations Chapter Getting Ready TURNING THE MACHINE ON/OFF ......21 Using USB Media or Embroidery Card Reader/USB Card Writer Module*................ 66 Setting Your Machine for the First Time ........22 Connecting the Machine to the Computer ....... 66 LCD SCREEN............24 Using a USB Mouse..............
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.
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”...
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.
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.
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...
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”...
LCD SCREEN Display Key Name Explanation Page Stitch width and Shows the zigzag width and stitch length settings of the currently selected S-10 stitch length key stitch pattern. You can use the plus and minus keys to adjust the zigzag width and stitch length settings.
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 •...
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).
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...
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).
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.
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.
LCD SCREEN ■ Specifying the Size of Pattern Select the background color from the 66 settings available. 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.
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.
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-39).
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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-39).
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).
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 Gently pull the upper thread. A loop of the (2).
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-39).
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.
UPPER THREADING While holding the thread in your right Press the “Presser Foot Lifter” button to hand, pass the thread through the thread lower presser foot. guide in the direction indicated. Pass the thread through the thread guide disks (marked “7”). Make sure that the thread passes through the groove in the thread guide.
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.
UPPER THREADING Press and install the twin needle Place the additional spool of thread on the (“CHANGING THE NEEDLE” on page B-57). supplemental spool pin, so that the thread unwinds from the front. Push the spool cap onto the spool pin as far as possible to secure the thread spool.
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 •...
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...
CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT CHANGING THE PRESSER FOOT CAUTION • Always press on the screen before changing the presser foot. If is not pressed and the “Start/Stop” button or another button is pressed, the machine will start and may cause injury. •...
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,...
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 before changing the needle. If is not pressed and the Start/Stop button or another operation button is pressed accidentally, the machine will start and injury may result.
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.
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...
BEFORE EMBROIDERING Push the black button on the presser foot Using the Embroidery Foot “W+” holder and remove the presser foot. with LED Pointer By plugging in the connector on the back of your machine, the embroidering needle drop point will be indicated on the fabric, allowing you to accurately position the pattern.
BEFORE EMBROIDERING ■ Checking the Needle Drop Point Hold the embroidery foot in place with your right hand, and then use the included With the Embroidery Foot “W+” screwdriver to securely tighten the presser with LED Pointer foot holder screw. Before beginning to embroider when using the embroidery foot “W+”...
BEFORE EMBROIDERING ■ Adjusting the LED Pointer Press → The Embroidery Foot “W+” with LED Pointer Adjust the LED pointer if it indicates a point different Adjustment screen appears. than the actual needle drop point. Before adjusting the LED pointer, mark the actual needle drop point on the fabric to be embroidered, and then hoop the fabric and attach the embroidery frame.
BEFORE EMBROIDERING Insert the embroidery unit connection into Attaching the Embroidery Unit the machine connection port. The spring hinge on the connection port cover will ■ About the Embroidery Unit allow easy access to the port. Push lightly on the connection port cover until the unit clicks into place.
BEFORE EMBROIDERING ■ Removing the Embroidery Unit Hold down the release button, and pull the embroidery unit away from the machine. Press either , then press → The carriage will move to the removal position. CAUTION • Always remove the embroidery frame before pressing .
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.
USING FUNCTIONS BY CONNECTING THE ACCESSORY TO THE MACHINE Using a USB Mouse The USB mouse, connected to the sewing machine, can be used to perform a variety of operations in the screens. Note • If a mouse other than the optional USB a Pointer mouse is used, it may not perform as ■...
USING FUNCTIONS BY CONNECTING THE ACCESSORY TO THE MACHINE ■ Attaching the Dual Feed Foot Press to unlock all keys and buttons. Follow the steps from of “Using → All keys and operation buttons are unlocked, and the Embroidery Foot “W+” with LED the previous screen is displayed.
USING FUNCTIONS BY CONNECTING THE ACCESSORY TO THE MACHINE When the feed position lever is down, the black to increase or decrease the roller belt on the dual feed is engaged. feeding of the top fabric. Select “00” for sewing in most cases. If the feed amount for the top fabric is too little, causing the fabric to be longer than the bottom fabric, press...
BBasic operations Chapter Sensor Functions CONVENIENT SEWING FEATURES BY USING THE SENSOR PEN............71 CONNECTING THE SENSOR PEN ......71 Using the Sensor Pen Holder ............72 USING THE SENSOR PEN........73 Using the Sensor Pen ..............73 Important Information about Sensor Pen........73 Calibrating the Sensor Pen............74 USING SENSOR FUNCTIONS WITH SEWING STITCH...........
CONVENIENT SEWING FEATURES BY USING THE SENSOR PEN CONVENIENT SEWING FEATURES BY USING THE SENSOR PEN By using the sensor pen, you have the option of four separate functions • Setting the guideline as a reference for your sewing position. •...
CONNECTING THE SENSOR PEN Set the sensor pen in the sensor pen holder Using the Sensor Pen Holder with the pen tip pointing downward, and then connect the sensor pen to the machine. When connecting the sensor pen to the machine, attach the sensor pen holder to keep the sensor pen with the machine.
USING THE SENSOR PEN USING THE SENSOR PEN Using the Sensor Pen Important Information about Sensor Pen Hold the sensor pen, and then touch the point to be specified. When the tip of the sensor pen is The sensor pen emits the signal to the machine, pushed in, the position information is sent to the and then the sensor pen receiver receives the machine.
USING THE SENSOR PEN Touch the first point of green dot marking Calibrating the Sensor Pen using the sensor pen. Before using the sensor pen for the first time, be sure to personalize it using “Sensor Function Calibration” in the settings screen. Doing so allows the machine to learn the position in which you usually hold the pen.
USING THE SENSOR PEN Touch the second point of center of cross-hair using the sensor pen. Touch on the point in the illustrations. a Flat bed attachment b Embroidery unit Press to finish the calibration. To repeat the calibration touch the first point again using the sensor pen, and continue with step Press...
USING SENSOR FUNCTIONS WITH SEWING STITCH USING SENSOR FUNCTIONS WITH SEWING STITCH Before using the sensor functions, carefully read “Utility Stitches” chapter to familiarize yourself with the machine operations. The sensor functions are performed using the sensor pen. Sensor Function Area Memo •...
USING SENSOR FUNCTIONS WITH SEWING STITCH Press Memo • The position can be precisely adjusted by touching the adjustment areas with the sensor pen. • When using the sensor pen to specify the guideline marker position, it may not be possible to exactly specify the desired location.
USING SENSOR FUNCTIONS WITH SEWING STITCH With the sensor pen, touch the location to Specifying the Needle Drop be specified as the needle drop position. Position With the Sensor Pen → The guideline marker moves to the touched position and flashes. →...
USING SENSOR FUNCTIONS WITH SEWING STITCH Press to apply the reference position Press setting. The setting can also be applied by long touching an adjustment area with the sensor pen. → The needle moves to the specified position to start sewing.
USING SENSOR FUNCTIONS WITH SEWING STITCH Press to apply the second point of the Note stitching width. • The following error message appears if the The setting can also be applied by long touching an area outside of the sensor pen touch range adjustment area with the sensor pen.
USING SENSOR FUNCTIONS WITH SEWING STITCH With the sensor pen, touch the location to Using the Sensor Pen to Specify be specified as the sewing end point. the Sewing End Point → The distance from the current needle position to the touched location appears.
USING SENSOR FUNCTIONS WITH SEWING STITCH Decorative Stitch End Setting Key Note The end of stitching is not adjusted. • The displayed distance is not the length of a When the end point is reached, sewing straight line connecting the current needle stops immediately, even if the stitch position and the location touched with the pattern is not complete.
USING SENSOR FUNCTIONS IN “EMBROIDERY”/“EMBROIDERY EDIT” MODE USING SENSOR FUNCTIONS IN “EMBROIDERY”/“EMBROIDERY EDIT” MODE Before using the sensor functions, carefully read the procedure in “Embroidery” and “Embroidery Edit” to familiarize yourself with the machine operations. Press Specifying the Embroidering Position With the Sensor Pen By using the sensor pen, the embroidering position can be adjusted to the desired location.
USING SENSOR FUNCTIONS IN “EMBROIDERY”/“EMBROIDERY EDIT” MODE Press With the sensor pen, touch the point on the fabric corresponding to corner a in the screen. → The embroidering position selection screen appears. Select the method for positioning the a Square of pattern edge embroidery pattern.
USING SENSOR FUNCTIONS IN “EMBROIDERY”/“EMBROIDERY EDIT” MODE ■ Selecting the Embroidering Position by the Pattern Center Press to move the LED pointer Press in the following screen. on the fabric for adjusting the first position. Press to apply the setting. With the sensor pen, touch 2 points on the fabric corresponding to the numbers in the center of the embroidery pattern.
USING SENSOR FUNCTIONS IN “EMBROIDERY”/“EMBROIDERY EDIT” MODE Press to move the LED pointer on the fabric for adjusting the first position. Press to apply the setting. Press to move the LED pointer on the fabric for adjusting the second position. Press to apply the setting.
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 number starts with “S”...
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. •...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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). •...
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. →...
STITCH SETTINGS Press , to loosen the upper thread. Setting the Thread Tension Memo You may need to change the thread tension, • When you finish sewing, remove the bobbin depending on the fabric and thread being used. cover and then make sure that the thread is Follow the steps below to make any necessary shown as below.
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.
USEFUL FUNCTIONS Press again to stop using the guideline Adjusting the Needle Drop marker. Position with the Guideline Marker (For models equipped ■ Adjusting the Guideline Marker with the guideline marker) Position If the guideline marker indicates the position The red guideline marker indicates the sewing incorrectly in the center needle position, adjust the position on the fabric.
USEFUL FUNCTIONS Use your knee to move the knee lifter bar to to adjust the brightness of the right in order to raise the presser foot. the guideline marker. Release the knee lifter to lower the presser → Set the brightness of the guideline marker from “1” foot.
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”...
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.
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...
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.
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.
SELECTING UTILITY STITCHES ■ Retrieving Saved Settings Select a stitch. Memo • When a stitch is selected, the last settings retrieved are displayed. The last settings retrieved are retained even if the machine was turned off or a different stitch was selected.
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.
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...
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).
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 •...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
SEWING THE STITCHES You can use the appliqué technique to attach Set the “Width Control” to “ON”. appliqué designs like the three pictured below. a Dresden plate b Stained glass Memo c Sunbonnet sue • You can use the speed control slide to ■...
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.
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.
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 •...
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.
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 (“Attaching the If the fabric is moved faster than the sewing Optional Presser Foot with the Included...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 •...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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: →...
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.
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...
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.”...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 →...
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.
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 •...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”...
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.
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.
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 •...
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.
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....
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”...
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...
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.
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. •...
ENTERING STITCH DATA Press to move the point. → The selected point and all points that were entered after it are selected. ■ Moving Part or All of the Design Press to move the section. Press to move to the first point of the section that you want to move.
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.
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”...
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.
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...
Changing the Thread Color Display ......... 34 Changing the “Embroidery Frame Display”......35 ■ Copyright Information .............. 3 REVISING THE PATTERN ........36 Selecting Embroidery Patterns/Brother “Exclusives”/Floral Alphabet/Bobbin Work Patterns ..........4 Moving the Pattern..............36 Selecting Character Patterns ............5 Aligning the Pattern and the Needle ........36 Selecting Frame Patterns.............7...
, 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”)
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.
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...
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...
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 →...
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 b Embroidery card Reader/USB card writer module Follow the steps on page E-4 to select a pattern.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 ×...
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.
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...
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.
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.
ATTACHING THE EMBROIDERY FRAME Pull the embroidery frame toward you. E-18...
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...
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 ×...
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.
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.
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.
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”...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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 ×...
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.
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.
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 •...
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.
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 →...
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.
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”.
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...
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.
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 •...
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.
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”...
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.
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 •...
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”. →...
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.
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.
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”...
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.
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...
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. ■...
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)
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.
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”...
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.
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.
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”...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EDITING PATTERNS Repeat the previous steps until all desired thread colors are specified. Note • Two USB media cannot be used with this To delete a specified color from the palette, select machine at the same time. If two USB the color to be deleted, and then press media are inserted, only the USB media inserted first is detected.
EDITING PATTERNS Insert the USB media containing the custom The recalled custom thread table is thread table data into the USB port. displayed on the screen. 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.
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 →...
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.
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.
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”...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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 ■...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”...
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.
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 •...
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”...
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.
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.
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.
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. ■...
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.
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 ........
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.
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.
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”...
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.
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 ”.
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 ■...
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...
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. •...