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  • Page 4: Important Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS When using an electrical appliance, basic safety precautions should always be followed, including the following: This sewing machine is designed and manufactured for household use only. Read all instructions before using this sewing machine. DANGER — To reduce the risk of electric shock: 1.
  • Page 5: Getting Ready To Sew

    GETTING READY TO SEW Names of Parts Top cover Spool pin Spool holder (Large) Foot compartment Thread cutter Bobbin winder spindle Thread take-up lever Visual touch screen Knee lifter socket Feed balancing dial cap Extension table (accessory storage) Thread cutter/holder Face plate Retractable light Hook cover release button...
  • Page 6 Hand wheel Dual feed balancing dial USB ports Power switch Power inlet Foot control jack Carrying handle Presser foot lifter Dual feed drive Embroidery unit socket Embroidery unit Carriage arm Carriage arm release lever Cover Semi-hard fabric cover Embroidery unit case Extra wide table...
  • Page 7: Standard Accessories

    Standard Accessories Zigzag foot A (set on the machine) Overedge foot M Satin stitch foot F Blind hemming foot G Zipper foot E Concealed zipper foot Z Automatic buttonhole foot R Stabilizer plate Rolled hem foot D Open toe satin stitch foot F2 Darning foot PD-H Free motion quilting closed-toe foot QC Free motion quilting open-toe foot QO...
  • Page 8 Embroidery hoop SQ14 (with template) Embroidery hoop SQ23 (with template) Embroidery hoop GR (with template) Embroidery hoop FA10 (with template) Magnetic clamps Bobbin holder for embroidery Felts Stabilizers Bobbin thread for embroidery Optic magnifier Foot control Knee lifter Power cable USB cable Instruction book Key icon reference chart...
  • Page 9: Extension Table

    Extension Table The extension table provides an extended sewing area and can be removed for free arm sewing. To remove: Draw the table to the left. To attach: Slide the table on the base and push it to the right. Free arm sewing The free arm is used for stitching sleeves, waistbands, pant legs or any other tubular garments.
  • Page 10: Connecting The Power Supply

    If it still does not fit, Foot controller Model 21371 is for use with sewing ma- contact a qualified electrician to install the proper outlet. chine eXpressive 900. Do not modify the plug in any way.
  • Page 11: Controlling Sewing Speed

    Controlling Sewing Speed Speed control slider You can limit the maximum sewing speed in both the ordinary sewing mode and embroidery mode with the speed control slider according to your sewing needs. To increase the sewing speed, move the slider to the right. To decrease the sewing speed, move the slider to the left.
  • Page 12: Machine Operating Buttons

    Machine Operating Buttons q Start/stop button Press this button to start or stop the machine. This button can be used either in the ordinary sewing mode or embroidery mode. In the ordinary sewing mode, the machine starts running slowly for the first few stitches it then runs at the speed set by the speed control slider.
  • Page 13: Touch Panel Keys

    Touch Panel Keys CAUTION: Do not press the touch panel or visual touch screen with hard or sharp objects like pencils, screwdrivers or the like. Use the touch panel stylus included in the standard accessories. q Set mode key Press this key to enter the setting mode. You can customize the machine settings to your preference.
  • Page 14: Setting The Spool Of Thread

    Setting the Spool of Thread Open the top cover. Lift up the spool pin. Place the spool of thread on the spool pin. Attach the large spool holder, and press it firmly against the spool of thread. NOTE: Use the small spool holder to hold narrow or small spools of thread.
  • Page 15: Winding The Bobbin

    Winding the bobbin z Pull the thread from the spool. Hold the thread with both hands and pass the thread into the guide slot. q Guide slot x Draw the thread to the left and forward around the thread guide. Draw the thread to the rear and to the right around and under the guide plate.
  • Page 16: Inserting The Bobbin

    Inserting the bobbin z Press the lockout key. Place the bobbin in the bobbin holder with the thread running off counterclockwise. q Lockout key x Guide the thread into the front notch on the bobbin holder. w Front notch c Draw the thread to the left, sliding it between the tension spring blades.
  • Page 17: Threading The Machine

    Threading the Machine Press the needle up/down button to raise the take-up lever to the highest position. Press the lockout key to lockout the machine. The presser foot will go down and the upper thread tension disks will open. q Lockout key Pass the thread in the order from z to m.
  • Page 18: Needle Threader

    Needle threader NOTE: The needle threader can be used with a #11 to #16 needle. Thread size 50 to 90 is recommended. Make sure the machine is locked out. z Pull down the needle threader knob as far as it will go. The threader hook comes out through the needle eye from behind.
  • Page 19: Drawing Up The Bobbin Thread

    Drawing Up the Bobbin Thread Press the lockout key to unlock the machine. The presser foot will go up. z Hold the needle thread with your finger and press the needle up/down button twice to pick up the bobbin thread. q Needle up/down button x Draw up the needle thread to bring up a loop of the bobbin thread.
  • Page 20: Replacing Needles

    Replacing Needles CAUTION: Always make sure to press the lockout key to lockout the machine or turn the power switch off before replacing the needle. Raise the needle by pressing the needle up/down button. Press the lockout key. q Lockout key Loosen the needle clamp screw by turning it counter- clockwise.
  • Page 21: Needle Definitions

    Needle Definitions The illustration identifies the main parts of a sewing machine needle. q Body w Shaft e Long groove (round side of needle) r Short groove (flat side of needle) t Eye y Point Universal – an all-purpose needle that handles most woven and knit fabrics.
  • Page 22: Replacing The Presser Foot

    Replacing the Presser Foot CAUTION: Always make sure to press the lockout key to lockout the machine or turn the power switch off before replacing the presser foot. Raise the needle by pressing the needle up/down button. Press the lockout key. q Lockout key Raise the presser foot lifter.
  • Page 23: Replacing The Foot Holder

    Replacing the Foot Holder Replace the foot holder, if you use the dual feed feet, darning foot or embroidery foot. CAUTION: Press the lockout key to lockout the machine before replacing the foot holder. Removing the presser foot holder Raise the needle by pressing the needle up/down button. Press the lockout key and raise the presser foot with the presser foot lifter.
  • Page 24 Detaching and attaching the dual feed foot Pull the foot toward you to remove it. Insert the pins of the foot into the slits of the foot holder and gently push the foot until it snaps into place. q Pin w Slit Attaching the darning foot PD-H Attach the darning foot PD-H to the presser bar by putting...
  • Page 25: Replacing The Needle Plate

    Replacing the Needle Plate Use the straight stitch needle plate when sewing with the dual feed foot and also when embroidering. CAUTION: Press the lockout key to lockout the machine before re- placing the needle plate. Raise the needle and press the lockout key. Press the presser foot lifter button to raise the presser foot.
  • Page 26: Raising And Lowering The Presser Foot

    Raising and Lowering the Presser Foot The presser foot automatically goes down when you begin sewing. However, you can raise and lower the presser foot with the presser foot lifter button, the presser foot lifter or the knee lifter. q Presser foot lifter button w Presser foot lifter You can raise the presser foot about 6 mm (1/4˝) higher than the normal up position by exerting more pressure...
  • Page 27: Retractable Sewing Light

    Retractable Sewing Light In addition to the twin LED lights, the machine is equipped with a retractable light. Slide the arm toward you by pulling the small tab on the arm. The light will turn on automatically. Adjust the angle of the light to illuminate the working area. q Small tab Push back the arm to turn the light off and store it.
  • Page 28: Mode Selection

    Mode Selection When you turn the power switch on, the visual touch screen will show the ordinary sewing mode after a few seconds. The machine is set for straight stitch sewing. NOTE: After turning on the power, it takes several seconds to display the opening window.
  • Page 29: Ordinary Sewing Mode Ordinary Stitch Patterns

    ORDINARY SEWING MODE Ordinary Stitch Patterns In the ordinary sewing mode, there are 6 categories available. 1. Utility stitches (U) 2. Buttonhole and specialty stitches (B) 3. Decorative and quilting stitches 4. Monogramming 5. Open file 6. Sewing applications Press one of the icon keys to select the category. NOTE: In this manual, the pattern number refers to the initial for each group or category.
  • Page 30 r Monogramming You can program lettering as well as a combination of characters and symbol patterns. t Open file You can open the pattern combinations saved in the machine’s internal memory and USB flash drive. y Sewing applications You can select the appropriate stitch for a specific sewing project and fabric type from the designated applications in this category.
  • Page 31: Function Keys In Ordinary Sewing Mode

    Function Keys in Ordinary Sewing Mode q Adjust key Press this key to open the manual setting window. You can adjust the settings of the stitch width, stitch length, thread tension, cloth guide position, foot height for pivoting etc. (refer to pages 35-37). w Twin needle key Press this key to set the stitch width for twin needle sewing (refer to page 59).
  • Page 32 !1 Letter size key Press this key to select the letter size for monograms. !2 Letter case key Press this key to select upper case or lower case for monograms. !3 Cursor keys Press one of the cursor keys to move the cursor up or down.
  • Page 33: Utility Stitches

    Utility Stitches Straight stitches Patterns U1 to U5 are straight stitches for seaming. Press the pattern selection key for the desired stitch. Starting to sew Place the fabric next to a seam guide line on the needle plate. Lower the needle to the point where you want to start.
  • Page 34: Securing Seams

    Securing seams For fastening the ends of seams, press the reverse button and sew several reverse stitches. The machine sews in reverse as long as you press and hold the reverse button. q Reverse button Press the reverse button once when sewing the lock-a-matic stitch (pattern U2) or locking stitch (pattern U3) and the machine will lock the stitches off and stop automatically.
  • Page 35: Variety Of Straight Stitches

    Variety of straight stitches U1 Straight stitch in center needle position Use this stitch for seaming, rolled hemming etc. U2 Lock-a-matic stitch Use this stitch to secure the beginning and the end of a seam with backstitching. When you reach the end of the seam, press the reverse button once.
  • Page 36: Sewing With The Dual Feed Device

    Sewing with the dual feed device Patterns U1 to U4 and Q1 to Q7 can be sewn with the dual feed device. The dual feed device is extremely effective when sewing hard to feed materials such as PVC coated fabric or leather.
  • Page 37: U8 Basting

    U8 Basting See page 78 for sewing instructions. Zigzag stitches U9, U10 Zigzag stitches Zigzag stitches are used for various sewing needs including overcasting. These stitches can be used on most woven fabrics. A dense zigzag stitch can also be used for applique. U11, U12 Multiple zigzag stitches These stitches are used for mending tears.
  • Page 38: Variety Of Overcasting Stitches

    Variety of overcasting stitches U11, U12 Multiple zigzag stitch: Zigzag foot A This stitch is used to finish a raw edge of synthetics and other stretch fabrics that tend to pucker. Sew along the fabric edge leaving an adequate seam allowance.
  • Page 39: Manual Stitch Settings

    Manual Stitch Settings When you press the adjust key, the screen shows the manual setting window. q Adjust key You can alter the stitch width (or needle drop position of the straight stitches), stitch length and needle thread tension. Press the “+” or “–” key beside the setting you wish to change.
  • Page 40 Adjusting thread tension This machine is equipped with automatic thread tension control, which optimizes the tension balance for the selected stitch pattern. Balanced thread tension Straight stitch: Both needle and bobbin threads interlock between the layers. Zigzag stitch: The needle thread appears slightly on the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Page 41: Cloth Guide

    Cloth guide CAUTION: Always leave sufficient space to the left of the machine when using the cloth guide. Do not use the cloth guide when the buttonhole foot R is attached. The extension table cannot be opened when the cloth guide is in use.
  • Page 42: Other Utility Stitches

    Other utility stitches U18, U19 Blind hemming See page 70 for sewing instructions. U20 Shell tuck See page 71 for sewing instructions. U21 Visible hemming Select pattern U21. Fold and press a single hem. Place the fabric with the right side up. Sew along the fold at the desired depth.
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  • Page 44: Buttonholes And Specialty Stitches

    Buttonholes and Specialty Stitches Variety of buttonholes Sensor (Square) buttonhole This square buttonhole is widely used on medium to heavy weight fabrics. The buttonhole size is automatically determined by placing a button in the foot. Auto (Square) buttonhole This is also a square buttonhole similar to the sensor square buttonhole, but you can manually set the buttonhole size and the machine memorizes it to sew buttonholes of the same size.
  • Page 45: B1 Sensor (square) Buttonhole

    B1 Sensor (Square) buttonhole z Pull open the button holder of the automatic buttonhole foot R, and place the button in the button holder. Push it tightly against the button. q Button holder NOTE: Use the blue needle for sewing buttonholes on fine to medium fabrics.
  • Page 46 v Lower the buttonhole foot and pull down the buttonhole lever as far as it will go. Start sewing while pulling the needle thread lightly to the left. After sewing a few stitches, free the thread and continue sewing. t Buttonhole lever NOTE: A warning message will appear and the machine will stop automatically if you start the machine without pulling...
  • Page 47: Manual Settings

    Manual settings Press the adjust key and the manual setting window will open. q Altering buttonhole opening width Press the “+” key to make the buttonhole opening wider. Press the “–’’ key to make the buttonhole opening narrower. w Altering buttonhole width Press the “+”...
  • Page 48: Using The Stabilizer Plate

    Using the Stabilizer Plate The stabilizer plate holds and supports the fabric so it is helpful when sewing buttonholes over the hem of thick fabrics. z Insert the tab of the stabilizer plate q into the slot w of the buttonhole foot. q Stabilizer plate w Slot x Place the button on the button holder of the foot.
  • Page 49: B2 Automatic (square) Buttonhole

    B2 Automatic (square) buttonhole Pull the button holder all the way out. Mark the buttonhole position on the fabric. Place the fabric under the foot, and lower the needle at the starting point. Lower the foot and start sewing while pulling the needle thread lightly to the left.
  • Page 50 Step-3 Start sewing again, and the machine sews the front bartack and right side of the buttonhole. Stop the machine when you reach the ending point. Then press the reverse button. Step-4 Start sewing again, and machine sews the back bartack and locking stitches then stops automatically with the needle in the up position.
  • Page 51: Other Buttonholes

    Other buttonholes B3, B4 Round end and fine fabric buttonholes The sewing procedure is the same as that of B1 square (sensor) buttonhole (refer to page 41). NOTE: The opening width can be adjusted from 0.2 to 2.0. The buttonhole width can be adjusted from 2.5 to 5.5. The stitch density can be adjusted from 0.3 to 1.0.
  • Page 52: B13 Welted Buttonhole (bound Buttonhole)

    B13 Welted buttonhole (Bound buttonhole) A welted buttonhole is made by stitching a strip or patch of fabric to the buttonhole. Welted buttonholes are particularly suitable for tailored garments, but are not recommended for sheer or delicate fabrics where the patch might show through or add bulk.
  • Page 53 m Fold over the length of the garment fabric, sew back and forth beside the original seam to secure flaps of the patch. r Wrong side of garment fabric t Sew back and forth , Fold over the end of fabric and sew back and forth three times over the triangular end.
  • Page 54: Corded Buttonhole

    Corded buttonhole To sew a corded buttonhole, follow the same procedure as for B1 square (sensor) buttonhole. Select pattern B1. Place the button on the button holder on the buttonhole foot. Hook a filler cord on the spur on the front of the foot. Bring the ends of cord toward back and under the foot.
  • Page 55: B15 Darning

    B15 Darning z Attach the automatic buttonhole foot R and pull the button holder all the way out. x Start the machine and sew to the required length, then press the reverse button. This sets the darning length. Continue sewing until the machine stops automatically. q Required length c Sew another layer of darning over the first layer, at a right angle to it.
  • Page 56: Fly Stitches (b17 To B20)

    Fly stitches (B17 to B20) The fly stitch is a triangle tacking stitch for use on a zipper fly bottom and on the side pockets of men's pants. Attach the satin stitch foot F. To sew: Place the garment under the foot and lower the needle at the starting point.
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  • Page 58: Decorative Stitches

    Decorative Stitches The patterns in this section are classified into 10 groups. These patterns are programmable and you can make a pattern combination. Applique stitches (A): 2 pages Stitches in this group are for applique. (Refer to page 81.) Heirloom stitches (H): 3 pages This group provides heirloom stitches and cross stitches for craft sewing and home décor.
  • Page 59 Bridge stitches (BR): 1 page Bridge stitches are used for inserting straight stitches after a stitch pattern. The number beside the stitch image on the straight stitch key indicates the stitch count of a programmable unit. Patterns BR9, BR10 and BR12 will inherit the needle drop position and stitch length of the previous pattern in the programmed pattern combination.
  • Page 60: Quilting(q)

    Quilting(Q) Using the quilting guide bar The quilting guide bar is helpful when sewing parallel, evenly spaced rows of stitches. Insert the quilting guide bar into the hole in the back of the foot holder. Slide the quilting guide bar and set it to the desired spacing.
  • Page 61: S1-s29 Decorative Satin Stitches

    S1-S29 Decorative satin stitches Patterns S1 to S29 are decorative satin stitches for which the pattern length can be elongated without changing the stitch density. Press the adjust key to open the manual setting window. q Adjust key Press the “+” key to elongate the stitch pattern. w “+”...
  • Page 62: Created Stitches (cs)

    Created stitches (CS) Original stitch patterns created with Stitch Composer EX are saved in this group. Insert the USB flash drive containing the original stitch patterns and press the import key. q Import key Select “USB1” or “USB2” and the folder list will appear. Select the desired folder to open and the file list will appear.
  • Page 63: Twin Needle Sewing

    Twin Needle Sewing Some of the utility stitches and decorative stitches can be sewn with a twin needle. Replace the needle with the twin needle supplied with the standard accessories. CAUTION: Turn the power switch off or press the lockout key before changing the needle.
  • Page 64: Programming A Pattern Combination

    Programming a Pattern Combination The patterns in the decorative stitch category and monograms can be programmed to make a pattern combination. Press the program key and select as many patterns as you wish to program. You can program up to 100 patterns in each combination. The images of programmed patterns are shown on the left side of the LCD screen.
  • Page 65: Editing A Pattern Combination

    Editing a pattern combination Deleting the pattern The pattern before the cursor or shown in red is deleted by pressing the delete key. q Cursor w Delete key To delete a pattern in the middle of a combination, press the cursor key to select the pattern you wish to delete. The stitch image of the selected pattern turns red.
  • Page 66: Startover Key

    Startover key This is a 2-way function key to start sewing a pattern combination over from the beginning. When you stop sewing a pattern combination, the star- tover key is activated. The key shows a triangle and single bar that means the machine will start over from the current pattern.
  • Page 67: Monogramming

    Monogramming You can program letters and symbol designs for monogramming. Press the monogram key and the font selection window will open. q Monogram key You can select one of 3 fonts and symbol designs. Select the desired font or symbol by pressing the corresponding key.
  • Page 68: Programming A Monogram

    Programming a monogram Simply enter the characters by pressing the corresponding keys to program a monogram. Example 1: “Quilt” in Block font Select Block font. Enter “Q”. Press the letter case key to select lower case. q Letter case key Enter “u”, “i”, “l”...
  • Page 69: Saving A Pattern Combination

    Saving a Pattern Combination The pattern combination and monogram can be saved as a file in the machine’s internal memory or the USB flash drive. The machine has two USB ports for memory sticks. Press the save file key after programming a pattern combination, and the save file window will open.
  • Page 70: Opening A Pattern Combination

    Opening a Pattern Combination You can open the pattern combination and monogram saved in the machine’s internal memory or the USB flash drive. Press the open file key and the open file window will open. q Open file key Select the memory location, either the machine’s internal memory or a USB memory stick.
  • Page 71: Sewing Application

    Sewing Application Sewing application is a unique feature that provides you with 12 useful sewing applications. Press the sewing application key and the sewing application menu will open. Press the next page key to show the second page of the menu. The 12 sewing applications are as follows: q Seaming w Overedge...
  • Page 72: Seaming

    Seaming There are 4 types of stitches for seaming in this group. q Woven Straight stitches for seaming regular woven fabrics. w Stretch/Knit Narrow stretch stitches for seaming stretch or knit fabrics. e Curve Short straight stitches for seaming curved line. r Topstitching Long straight stitch for topstitching with thick threads.
  • Page 73: Overedge

    Overedge q Woven Overcasting stitch for regular woven fabrics. w Stretch/Knit Knit stitch for finishing raw edges of stretch or knit fabrics. e Woven Overlock stitch similar to a professional overlocker stitch. r Heavy Double overedge stitch for preventing raw edges of linens and gabardines from ravelling.
  • Page 74: Blind Hem

    Blind hem Select “Blind Hem”. The following 2 options are available. q Woven For blind hemming regular woven fabric w Stretch/Knit For blind hemming stretch or knit fabric. To sew: Attach the blind hem foot G. Fold the fabric to form a hem leaving a 0.5 cm (1/4˝) allowance as shown.
  • Page 75: Shell Tuck

    Altering blind hem stitch width Press the “+” key in the lower row to increase the stitch width. Press the “–” key in the lower row to decrease the stitch width. NOTE: You can move the left needle drop position with the “+” or “–”...
  • Page 76: Rolled Hem

    Rolled hem q Straight Stitch Rolled hemming with straight stitch w Zigzag Stitch Rolled hemming with narrow zigzag stitch e 4 mm & 6 mm Rolled hemming using optional rolled hemming feet D1 and D2 To sew: Attach the rolled hem foot D. 0.3 cm 5 cm Fold the fabric edge twice to form a hem, 0.3 cm (1/8˝)
  • Page 77: Zipper Sewing

    Zipper sewing q Lapped zipper Lapped zipper application with the zipper foot E w Concealed zipper Concealed zipper application Lapped zipper sewing Press the lapped zipper icon and the zipper sewing window will open. Press the sewing step icon so the machine setting will be automatically suited for each sewing step.
  • Page 78 Sew left side Attach the zipper foot E. Fold back the left seam allowance. Turn the right seam allowance under to form a 0.2 to 0.3 cm (1/8˝) fold. Place the zipper teeth next to the fold and pin in place. q 0.2-0.3 cm (1/8˝) w Zipper teeth e Fold...
  • Page 79 Basting Replace the foot with the zigzag foot A. Baste the opened fabric and zipper tape together. q Basting Sew right side Replace the foot with the zipper foot E. Backstitch across the end of opening to 1 cm (3/8˝). Stitch through the garment and zipper tape, guiding the zipper teeth along the bottom edge on the foot.
  • Page 80: Concealed Zipper Sewing

    Concealed zipper sewing Press the concealed zipper icon and the window will show the step-by-step icon keys. Prepare a concealed zipper 2 cm (3/4˝) longer than the opening size. Press the sewing step icon so the machine settings will be automatically suited for each sewing step.
  • Page 81 Stitching tape Raise the foot and close the zipper. Replace the foot with the zipper foot E. Turn and fold the bodice to the right. Seam along the edge of the left zipper tape and reverse the stitches 2 cm (3/4˝) before the zipper bottom.
  • Page 82: Gathering

    Gathering In addition to the regular gathering stitch, this section offers you a special stitch for easing sleeve tops. Easing a sleeve top Sew a pair of lines, 3 mm (1/8˝) apart, along the edge of the sleeve top. Pull the bobbin threads to contract the sleeve top carefully, matching it with the armhole size.
  • Page 83: Button Sewing

    Button sewing When attaching a button to thick fabric, you need to make a shank by using the button shank plate. The feed dog lowers automatically when selecting the button sewing section. Attaching the button sewing foot T Make sure to press the lockout key to lock the machine. Insert the rear pin of the foot into the rear groove of the foot holder.
  • Page 84: Tacking

    Tacking Tacking is used to reinforce pockets, crotches and belt carriers where extra strength is needed. There are 3 auto tacking sizes and manual tacking available. Attach the satin stitch foot F. Auto tacking Lower the needle at the starting point and start sewing. The machine will sew the tack of the selected size and stop automatically when it is finished.
  • Page 85: Applique

    Applique There are 6 types of applique stitches available in this section. You can select the needle stop position either up or down by pressing the needle stop position key. q Needle stop position key The letter above the stitch image denotes the baseline of the needle drop position.
  • Page 86: Patchwork

    Patchwork Patchwork piecing There are 3 stitches for seaming patchwork pieces in this section. The default stitch length is set at 1.8 mm, ideal for patchwork piecing, but you can fine tune the stitch length by pressing the “+” or “–” key. Attach 1/4”...
  • Page 87: Quilting

    Quilting In this section, 6 types of useful stitches for quilting are available. q Straight stitches (with dual feed) w Clasp stitches e Free motion quilting stitches r Sculpture stitches (with dual feed) t Hand-look quilt stitches y Variable zigzag stitches Straight stitches Straight stitches in this sectiozn are suitable for seaming quilt layers using the dual feed foot (refer to page 18 for...
  • Page 88 Free quilting For ordinary and bulky quilts, select the upper stitches and use the darning foot PD-H (refer to page 20 for how to attach the darning foot). Select the lower stitches for flatter quilts and use the free quilting foot QC, QO or QV. One stitch off The machine stops automatically after sewing one stitch...
  • Page 89 Sculpture stitches These stitches are used to accentuate design outlines and to create a mock hand-quilt. Use the dual feed foot AD. Refer to pages 19-20 for how to attach the dual feed foot. Hand-look quilt stitches Use a transparent nylon thread for the needle and ordinary sewing thread for the bobbin.
  • Page 90: Customizing Machine Settings

    CUSTOMIZING MACHINE SETTINGS Press the set mode key to enter the machine setting mode. You can select various options and customize the machine settings to suit your personal preference. t Set mode key Press one of the 4 keys to select the mode to customize. q Common Setting Mode In this mode, you can customize the machine settings and options for both ordinary sewing and embroidery.
  • Page 91: Sewing Light

    Common Setting Mode q Screen Contrast You can adjust the contrast of the LCD screen by pressing the “+” or “–” key. Sound Volume The buzzer sound can be adjusted by pressing the “+” or “–” key. Set the value to “0” to mute the buzzer. e Inch/mm Option You can set your machine’s dimensional unit to either inches or millimeters by pressing the “inch”...
  • Page 92 u Touch Screen Calibration You can calibrate the key positions of the touch screen if you feel the touch screen key is not responding properly. Press the YES key to open the calibration window. Press the “+” sign with the touch panel stylus as the sign appears.
  • Page 93 o Page Turning You can select the normal page turning or animated page turning by pressing the relevant icon key. !0 Formatting the memory If the internal memory of the machine or USB flash drive does not function due to damage to the memory bank, you need to re-enable it by formatting the memory.
  • Page 94: Background Color

    !1 Background Color You can select black or white for the background color of the visual touch screen by pressing the relevant icon key. Press the next page key to show the next menu. !2 Quiet Mode If you prefer the machine to run more quietly, turn on this option so the buzzer sound, start-up sewing speed and maximum embroidery speed will be set at the lowest levels.
  • Page 95: Ordinary Sewing Setting Mode

    Ordinary Sewing Setting Mode q Auto thread tension You can adjust the auto thread tension level by pressing the “+” or “–” key. Low bobbin thread warning You can adjust the low bobbin thread warning level by pressing the “+” or “–” key. To turn off the low bobbin thread warning, press the “–”...
  • Page 96 u Foot Height for Pivoting When the foot up option is turned on, the presser foot will automatically go up when the machine stops. The height of the foot in the up position can be adjusted by pressing the “+” key or “–” key in accordance with thickness of the fabrics.
  • Page 97 !0 Cloth Guide Calibration of the default position The default position of the cloth guide is 15 mm (5/8˝) from the center needle drop position. However, you can fine tune the default position of the cloth guide. Press the YES key and a warning message will appear. Press the OK key and the carriage will move to the standard position.
  • Page 98: Language Selection Mode

    !1 Favorite Stitch Adjustment If you wish to save the changes to manual stitch settings, turn on this option by pressing the ON/OFF key. NOTE: This option is available for utility stitches (U1-U27), buttonholes and specialty stitches (B1-B25) and sewing applications.
  • Page 99: Correcting Deformed Stitch Patterns

    Correcting Deformed Stitch Patterns The sewing results of the stretch stitch patterns may vary depending upon the sewing conditions, such as sewing speed, type of the fabric, number of layers etc. Always test sew on a scrap piece of the fabric that you wish to use.
  • Page 100: Embroidery Mode Embroidery Unit

    EMBROIDERY MODE 73 cm (28-3/4˝) Embroidery Unit NOTE: 33 cm Be sure to provide sufficient space around the machine to (13˝) allow the hoop to move freely. Do not place anything inside the area shown on the left. Attaching the embroidery unit Turn the power switch off.
  • Page 101: Extending The Carriage Arm

    Extending the carriage arm Press down the carriage arm release lever to extend the carriage arm. q Carriage arm release lever w Carriage arm Swing out the carriage arm until it locks in the fully ex- tended position. CAUTION: Do not push on the carriage arm when it is extended. Do not force to move the carriage or carriage arm by hand.
  • Page 102: Detaching The Embroidery Unit

    Detaching the embroidery unit NOTE: Be sure to remove the embroidery unit when carrying or storing the machine. Remove the hoop from the carriage and return the carriage to the home position (refer to page 113). NOTE: If the needle is in down position, make sure to raise the needle by pressing the needle up/down key.
  • Page 103: Attaching The Embroidery Foot

    Attaching the Embroidery Foot Use the embroidery foot P for embroidery. Turn the power switch on. Raise the needle by pressing the needle up/down button. Press the lockout key and raise the presser foot with the presser foot lifter. q Lockout key w Presser foot lifter Loosen the thumbscrew with the screwdriver and remove the foot holder.
  • Page 104: Attaching The Straight Stitch Needle Plate

    Attaching the Straight Stitch Needle Plate Use the straight stitch needle plate for embroidery. Turn the power switch on. Raise the needle by pressing the needle up/down button. Press the lockout key and raise the presser foot with the presser foot lifter button. q Presser foot lifter button Remove the extension table.
  • Page 105: Special Bobbin Holder For Embroidery

    Special Bobbin Holder for Embroidery Replace the standard bobbin holder with the special bobbin holder for embroidery when using bobbin threads other than Janome bobbin thread for embroidery. NOTE: The special bobbin holder is marked with a yellow dot for identification.
  • Page 106: Embroidery Hoops

    Embroidery Hoops There are 4 embroidery hoops included in the standard accessories. q Embroidery hoop SQ14 An oval embroidery hoop with a 14 cm (5.5˝) square embroidery area w Embroidery hoop SQ23 A square embroidery hoop with a 23 cm (9.1˝) square embroidery area e Embroidery hoop GR An extra large embroidery hoop with a...
  • Page 107: Stabilizers

    Stabilizers To create the best quality embroidery, it is important to use stabilizers. How to use: Attach the stabilizer to the wrong side of the fabric. You may need to use more than one layer. For firm fabrics, you may place a thin paper under the fabric.
  • Page 108: Setting The Fabric In An Embroidery Hoop

    Setting the Fabric in an Embroidery Hoop Prepare a fabric and attach a stabilizer to the wrong side of the fabric. The fabric and stabilizer should be larger than the hoop size. Draw the centerlines on the fabric with tailor’s chalk. q Fabric w Centerlines Lay the inner hoop and template on the fabric, matching...
  • Page 109: Attaching The Embroidery Hoop To The Machine

    Attaching the Embroidery Hoop to the Machine Turn the power switch on and open the carriage arm. Press the mode switch key and a warning message will appear. Press the OK key and the carriage will move to the starting position. The LCD screen will display the embroidery mode window.
  • Page 110: Selecting Built-in Embroidery Designs

    Selecting Built-in Embroidery Designs Press the built-in design key and the first page of the design list of favorite designs will open. q Built-in design key Press the design category key to browse the design list by design category, or press the hoop size key to browse the designs by hoop size.
  • Page 111: Monogramming

    Monogramming Press the monogram key and the monogram window for Gothic font will open. Press the font selection key to open the font selection window. q Monogram key w Font selection key You can select one of the 10 fonts for monogramming as well as 2-letter, 3-letter, border patterns and normal sew patterns.
  • Page 112: Function Keys

    Function keys q Font selection key Press this key to open the font selection window. w Lettering orientation key Press this key to select the horizontal or vertical orientation. e Letter size key You can select the following 3 letter sizes by pressing this key.
  • Page 113: Programming A Monogram

    Programming a monogram Example: Programming “R&B” in Gothic style font. Enter “R”, the cursor shifts to the right and “R” is automatically memorized. Press the letter size key and select small size. q Letter size key Enter “&”, the cursor shifts to the right and “&” is automatically memorized.
  • Page 114: 2-letter Monogram

    2- Letter monogram Example: 2-Letter in an octagon Press the font key. Select 2-letter. Select the octagon. Enter “A” and “B”. Press the OK key and the hoop confirmation window will appear. Press the OK key and a warning message will appear. Press the OK key and the carriage moves to the starting position The screen changes to the ready to sew window.
  • Page 115: Editing A Monogram

    Editing a monogram Deleting a character: Deleting “R” from “MART” Press the cursor key to move the cursor under “R” . Press the delete key and letter “R” is deleted. Inserting a character: Inserting “E” into “MAT” Press the cursor key to move the cursor under “A”. Enter “E”.
  • Page 116: Ready To Sew Window

    Ready to Sew Window The ready to sew window shows embroidery function keys and information on the selected pattern. Stitch back/forward keys Press the “–” key to move the hoop back to a previous sewing point. Press the “+” key to move the hoop ahead. The hoop will move one stitch each time the key is pressed.
  • Page 117 Pattern tracing You can check the size of the embroidery area by tracing the pattern outline without stitching or with basting stitches. Press the trace key and the trace option window will open. q Trace key The following 3 options are available: 1.
  • Page 118 Adjust key When pressing this key open the manual setting window. You can adjust the following settings in this window. q Adjust key Auto thread tension level Press the “+” or “–” key to adjust the thread tension to your preference. Tail length of jump thread cutting This option is valid when the “jump thread cutting length”...
  • Page 119: Starting To Sew Embroidery

    Starting to sew embroidery Select the desired pattern. Press the jog/stitch key to show the jog keys. q Jog/stitch key Adjust the hoop position with the jog keys so that the needle position comes right above the center of the centerlines on the fabric.
  • Page 120: Fringed Flower Designs

    Fringed flower designs Favorite designs FA10-14 and FA10-15 are special pat- terns for creating fringed flower designs. The embroidery design easily turns into an attractive fringed flower. Example: Favorite design FA10-14 Select favorite design FA10-14 and sew the pattern as you would sew a normal embroidery design.
  • Page 121: Lace Designs

    Lace designs You can make a free standing lace by sewing the lace designs on organdy. Attach a water soluble stabilizer to organdy, two or more layers may be required. Use the same thread for the bobbin as the needle thread. Use a fully wound bobbin.
  • Page 122: Editing Mode

    Editing Mode In the editing mode, you can edit and combine patterns to create original embroidery designs. Press the editing mode key and the editing window for the hoop SQ23 will open. q Editing mode key You can select other hoop sizes. Press the hoop selection key and the hoop selection window will open.
  • Page 123 Resizing a pattern Press the resize key to open the resize option window. q Resize key You can change the embroidery pattern size from 80% to 120% of the original size. Press the “+” key to enlarge the pattern size. Press the “–”...
  • Page 124 Combining the patterns (creating a square frame) Select pattern Border Design SQ14-29. Move the design down and to the right. Press the duplicate key. q Duplicate key Press the downward arrow key to show the next set of editing tools. w Downward arrow key Press the mirror image key.
  • Page 125 Grouping the patterns You can group patterns together. Press the group key and the grouping option window will open. q Group key Press the group all key and press the OK key to group all the patterns in the editing window. w Group all key If you wish to group the selected patterns only, press the group select key.
  • Page 126 Sewing order You can change the sewing order of a pattern combination. Press the sewing order key and press on the images of the pattern one by one. The patterns will be sewn in the order you press on the images.
  • Page 127 Zooming in the editing window Press the zoom key to view the enlarged image in the editing window. Pressing the zoom key again to return to the original view. q Zoom key To scroll the window, press the scroll key and drag the window in the desired direction.
  • Page 128 Monogramming in an arc In the editing mode, you can make a monogram in an up- per or lower arc. Enter the characters and press the OK key. The entered characters are displayed in the editing window. Press the arrow key to view the other editing tools. q Arrow key Press the arc key and the arc layout window will open.
  • Page 129: Free Arm Embroidery

    Free arm embroidery 20 cm The free arm hoop FA10 is specially designed for or less embroidering tubular garments such as sleeves, pant legs etc. Check the opening size of the tubular portion of the 20 cm garment. The opening width must be 20 cm (8˝) or wider. or wider The area to be embroidered should be within 20 cm (8˝) from the opening.
  • Page 130: Customizing Machine Settings Embroidery Mode Settings

    CUSTOMIZING MACHINE SETTINGS Embroidery mode settings Press the embroidery setting mode key (refer to page 86). q Auto thread tension The auto thread tension level can be adjusted with the “+” or “–” key. Increase the value when using the same threads on the bobbin and needle.
  • Page 131 i Maximum embroidery speed The maximum embroidery sewing speed can be set from 400 to 1000 spm in 100 spm intervals by pressing the “+” or “–” key. (Sewing speed can be varied with the speed control slider even while running the machine.) NOTE: Reduce the sewing speed when sewing patterns with narrow zigzag stitches that tend to warp at high speeds.
  • Page 132 !2 Grid line on/off Turn this option on to show grid in the editing window or turn it off to hide the grid. !3 Grid size You can change grid size by pressing the “+” or “–” key. !4 Hoop confirmation on/off The hoop confirmation message will appear every time before opening the ready to sew window.
  • Page 133: File Management

    FILE MANAGEMENT Ordinary sewing Embroidery Saving and Opening a File Saving a file You can save original embroidery designs created in embroidery mode or programmed pattern combination in ordinary sewing mode as files in the built-in memory and/ or USB memory stick. Press the save file key and the save file window will open.
  • Page 134: Creating A New Folder

    Creating a new folder Press the new folder key and the keyboard window will open. q New folder key Enter a folder name and press the OK key. A new folder is created under the assigned name. Deleting a file or folder Press the delete key and select the file or folder to delete.
  • Page 135: Changing A Name Of The File Or Folder

    Changing a name of the file or folder Press the rename key and select the file or folder which you wish to change its name. The keyboard window will open. Enter a new name and press the OK key. The name of the file or folder will change. q Rename key If you entered a name that already exists, a confirmation message will appear.
  • Page 136: Care And Maintenance Cleaning The Hook Area

    CARE AND MAINTENANCE Cleaning the Hook Area Clean the hook area at least once a month. Remove the needle plate (refer to page 20). Turn the power switch off and unplug the machine. Remove the needle and presser foot. NOTE: Do not dismantle the machine in any way other than as explained in this section.
  • Page 137: Cleaning The Inside Of The Thread Guide

    Cleaning the Inside of the Thread Guide Clean the inside of the thread guide plate under the top cover at least once a month. Remove the needle thread and remove the thread guide plate by pulling it up. q Thread guide plate Remove lint and dust from the brush on the underside of the thread guide plate using a lint brush.
  • Page 138: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Reference Problem Cause See page 132. The machine is noisy. 1. Thread is jammed in the hook area. See page 132. 2. The feed dog is packed with lint. See page 13. The needle thread breaks. 1. The needle thread is not threaded properly. See page 36.
  • Page 139 Problem Cause Reference Slipping layers 1. The dual feed foot is not being used for sewing hard to feed Use the dual feed material. foot. The cloth is not feeding 1. The feed dog is packed with lint. See page 132. smoothly.
  • Page 140: Stitch Chart

    STITCH CHART Ordinary Sewing Utility (U) Satin (S) Buttonhole (B) Bridge (BR Decorative Applique (A) Heirloom (H) Quilt (Q) Long (L) Pictograph Play (PL)
  • Page 141 STITCH CHART Satin (S) Ordinary Sewing Bridge (BR) Decorative (D) Long (L) Pictograph (P) Play (PL)
  • Page 142 STITCH CHART Ordinary Sewing...
  • Page 143: Design Chart

    DESIGN CHART Embroidery Favorite Designs Pattern images are not to scale. (SQ14) (SQ23) (GR) (FA10)
  • Page 144 DESIGN CHART Embroidery Pattern images are not to scale. Lace Designs (SQ14) (SQ23) (FA10) Border Designs (SQ14) (SQ23) (GR)
  • Page 145 DESIGN CHART Embroidery Pattern images are not to scale. Quilting Designs (SQ14) (SQ23) Cross Stitch Alphabet Designs (SQ14) Floral Alphabet Designs (SQ14)
  • Page 146 DESIGN CHART Y. GANAHA COLLECTIONS Embroidery Pattern images are not to scale. Flowers (SQ14) (FA10) Kitchen (SQ14) Sweets (SQ14) Kids (SQ14) (FA10) Sewing (SQ14) Others (SQ14) Interior (SQ14)
  • Page 147 DESIGN CHART Embroidery Y. GANAHA COLLECTIONS Pattern images are not to scale. Redwork (SQ14) (GR) (FA10) Calibration pattern...
  • Page 148 DESIGN CHART Embroidery Gothic Bauhaus Script Galant Cheltenham Typist...
  • Page 149 DESIGN CHART Embroidery Hollowblock Brush First Grade Jupiter 2-letters / 3-letters Border Normal Sew...
  • Page 150: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS Monogramming ............... 63 GETTING READY TO SEW Programming a monogram ..........64 Names of Parts ............... 1-2 Saving a Pattern Combination ..........65 Standard Accessories............. 3-4 Opening a Pattern Combination ..........66 Extension Table ................. 5 Sewing Application ..............67 Accessory Storage ..............
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  • Janet Mello Jan 25, 2019 01:03:
    My Elba 900 machine stops sewing when I do statin stitching. Can you tell me how I can fix the problem?