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eXpressive 860
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  • Page 3: 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 4: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS Zipper sewing ............. 65-67 GETTING READY TO SEW Gathering ................. 68 Names of Parts ..............1-2 Basting ................68 Extension Table ..............2 Button sewing ..............69 Accessory Storage ............... 3 Tacking ................70 Standard Accessories............4-5 Applique ................
  • Page 5: Getting Ready To Sew

    GETTING READY TO SEW Names of Parts Top cover Spool pin Spool holder (Large) Touch panel stylus holder Bobbin thread cutter B Presser foot pressure dial Bobbin winder spindle Bobbin thread cutter A Thread take-up lever Foot storage compartment Visual touch screen Knee lifter socket Feed balancing dial cap Extension table...
  • Page 6: Extension Table

    Handwheel Connector for external thread cutter switch USB port Drop feed dog lever Machine socket Foot control jack Power switch Carrying handle Presser foot lifter Cover Embroidery unit socket Embroidery unit Carriage arm Carriage arm release lever Extension Table The extension table provides an extended sewing area and can be removed for free arm sewing.
  • Page 7: Accessory Storage

    Accessories Storage The accessories can be conveniently stored in the foot storage compartment and in the extension table. In front compartment: Open the cover to the front. Each pockets can be tilted forward for easy access. q Cover w Pocket e Circular pivot pin r Zigzag foot A t Overedge foot M y Rolled hem foot D...
  • Page 8: 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 Automatic buttonhole foot R Rolled hem foot D Darning foot PD-H Button sewing foot T 1/4˝ seam foot O Embroidery foot P Circular pivot pin (set on the machine) Straight stitch needle plate...
  • Page 9: Embroidery Unit Case

    Embroidery hoop SQ14a (with template) Embroidery hoop RE20a (with template) Magnetic clamps (X4) Bobbin holder for embroidery Power supply cable Knee lifter Foot control Instruction book Key icon reference chart Instructional DVD Template CD Stitch composer EX (with instruction) Embroidery unit case To use: Open the flaps.
  • Page 10: Connecting The Power Supply

    Connecting the Power Supply z First make sure the power switch q is off. x Insert the machine plug w of the power supply cable into the machine socket e. c Insert the power supply plug r into the wall outlet t, and turn the power switch q on.
  • Page 11: Controlling Sewing Speed

    Controlling Sewing Speed Speed control slider You can limit the maximum sewing speed in both the ordi- nary 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. The machine starts running slowly for the first few stitches, it then runs at the speed set by the speed control slider. The machine runs slowly as long as this button is pressed.
  • 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 Home key Press this key to return to the initial page of the ordinary sewing mode or embroidery mode.
  • 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. q Guide slot x Draw the thread to the left and forward around the thread guide w. Draw the thread to the rear and to the right around and under the guide plate e.
  • Page 16: Inserting The Bobbin

    Inserting the bobbin z Press the lockout key. Place a bobbin in the bobbin holder with the thread running off counterclockwise as shown on the hook cover plate. q End of thread w Bobbin holder e Hook cover plate x Hold the bobbin with fingertip so it does not rotate. Guide the thread into the front notch of the bobbin holder.
  • 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. Raise the presser foot. q Lockout key Pass the thread in order from z to m. z Hold the thread with both hands and pass the thread into the guide slot.
  • 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. Lower the presser foot. 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 After using auto thread cutting or threading the bobbin holder, you can start sewing without drawing up the bobbin thread. However, you need to draw up the bobbin thread when sewing gathering stitches etc. z Remove the bobbin. Insert the bobbin into the bobbin holder again and rethread the bobbin holder according to the instructions on page 12, but leave a 10 cm (4˝) tail of bobbin thread as shown.
  • 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 darning foot or embroidery foot. CAUTION: Press the lockout key to lockout the machine or turn the power switch off before replacing the foot holder. Removing the presser foot holder Raise the needle by pressing the needle up/down button.
  • Page 24: Replacing The Needle Plate

    Replacing the Needle Plate Use the straight stitch needle plate when sewing fine fabrics and also when embroidering. CAUTION: Always make sure to press the lockout key to lockout the machine before replacing the needle plate. Raise the needle and press the lockout key. Raise the presser foot lifter to raise the presser foot.
  • Page 25: Raising And Lowering The Presser Foot

    Raising and Lowering the Presser Foot The presser foot lifter raises and lowers the presser foot. q Presser foot lifter You can raise the presser foot higher than the normal up position. This allows for changing the needle plate, and also helps you to place thick layers of fabrics under the foot.
  • Page 26: Adjusting The Foot Pressure

    Adjusting the Foot Pressure The foot pressure can be adjusted with the foot pressure dial located under the top cover. The dial has 7 setting positions from 1 to 7. For ordinary sewing, set 5 at the setting mark. q Foot pressure dial w Setting mark e Recommended setting Reduce the pressure when sewing fine synthetics and...
  • Page 27: 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 28: Ordinary Sewing Mode Ordinary Stitch Patterns

    ORDINARY SEWING MODE Ordinary Stitch Patterns In the ordinary sewing mode, there are 4 categories available. 1. Utility stitches and Buttonholes 2. Decorative and quilting stitches 3. Monogramming 4. 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.
  • Page 29: Sewing Applications

    r Sewing applications You can select the appropriate stitch for a specific sewing project and fabric type from the designated applications in this category.
  • Page 30: 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, and cloth guide position (refer to pages 34-36). w Twin needle key Press this key to set the stitch width for twin needle sewing (refer to page 52).
  • Page 31 i Letter size key Press this key to select the letter size for monograms. o Letter case key Press this key to select upper case or lower case for monograms. !0 Cursor keys Press one of the cursor keys to move the cursor up or down.
  • Page 32: Utility Stitches

    Utility Stitches Straight stitches Patterns U1 to U5 are straight stitches for seaming. Press the pattern selection key for the desired stitch. NOTE: When sewing fine fabrics with straight stitch, select patterns U1, U2 or U3, and use straight stitch needle plate for better sewing result (refer to page 20).
  • Page 33: 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 34: 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 35: Zigzag Stitches

    U8 Basting See page 68 for sewing instructions. Zigzag stitches U9, U10 Zigzag stitches Zigzag stitches are used for various sewing needs includ- ing overcasting. These stitches can be used on most woven fabrics. A dense zigzag stitch can also be used for applique. U11 Multiple zigzag stitch This stitch is used for mending tears.
  • Page 36: Variety Of Overcasting Stitches

    Variety of overcasting stitches U11 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. After sewing, trim off the seam allowance closer to the stitches.
  • Page 37 Apply ribbing to knits and garment retains its shape. Elna invented this stitch in 1982. Place the fabric edges together under the presser foot next to the right side edge of the presser foot.
  • Page 38: 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 39 Adjusting thread tension This machine is equipped with automatic thread tension control, which optimizes the tension balance for the selected stitch pattern. “Auto” will be indicated in the thread tension window when automatic thread tension control is applied to the selected stitch pattern.
  • Page 40: 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 41: 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 42: 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 43 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. e Buttonhole lever NOTE: A warning message will appear and the machine will stop automatically if you start the machine without...
  • Page 44: 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 45: 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 46 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 the machine sews the back bartack and locking stitches then stops automatically with the needle in the up position.
  • Page 47: Other Buttonholes

    Other buttonholes B3 Round end and B4 fine fabric buttonholes The sewing procedure is the same as that of B1 sensor (square) buttonhole (refer to page 38-39). NOTE: The opening width can be adjusted from 0.2 to 2.0. The buttonhole width can be adjusted from 2.6 to 5.4. The stitch density can be adjusted from 0.30 to 1.00.
  • Page 48: Corded Buttonhole

    Corded buttonhole To sew a corded buttonhole, follow the same procedure as for B6 stretch buttonhole. Select pattern B6. 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 49: B7 Darning

    B7 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 50: B9 Eyelet

    B9 Eyelet The eyelet is used for belt holes, etc. Attach the satin stitch foot F. Place the garment under the foot and lower the needle to the starting point. Sew until the machine stops automatically. q Starting point Open the eyelet with an awl, puncher or pointed scissors. To correct the shape of an eyelet: If the eyelet is open, press the “–”...
  • Page 51: Decorative Stitches

    Decorative Stitches The patterns in this section are classified into 9 groups. These patterns are programmable and you can make a pattern combination. Applique stitches (A): 1 page Stitches in this group are for applique. (Refer to page 71.) Heirloom stitches (H): 2 pages This group provides heirloom stitches and cross stitches for craft sewing and home décor.
  • Page 52: Circular Sewing

    Decorative stitches (D): 4 pages More than 50 attractive patterns are available in this group. Long stitches (L): 1 page Patterns in this group are ideal for decorating garments and for adding border trims. Pictograph stitches (P): 1page There are cute and fancy designs available in this group. Created stitches (CS)1-3 pages In this section, you can select original stitch patterns created with Stitch Composer.
  • Page 53: 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 54: S1-s12 Decorative Satin Stitches

    S1-S12 Decorative satin stitches Patterns S1 to S12 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 55: Created Stitches(cs)

    Created stitches (CS) Original stitch patterns selected with Stitch Composer EX are saved in this group. Insert the USB flash drive containing the original stitch patterns and press the open file key. q Open file key Select USB flash drive and the folder list will appear. Select the desired folder to open and the file list will appear.
  • Page 56: 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 57: Programming A Pattern Combination

    Programming a Pattern Combination q w e 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. The images of programmed patterns are shown on the left side of the visual touch screen.
  • Page 58: 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 59: 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 startover key is activated. The key shows a triangle and single bar that means the machine will start over from the current pattern.
  • Page 60: Monogramming

    Monogramming You can program letters for monogramming. Press the monogram key and the font selection window will open. q Monogram key You can select one of 3 fonts. Select the desired font by pressing the corresponding key. w Block font key e Script font key r Block font key (9 mm) The monogram mode window will open.
  • Page 61: Manual Thread Tension

    Manual thread tension This machine is equipped with automatic thread tension control. However, you may need to manually adjust the tension balance depending on the sewing conditions. To adjust the thread tension, press the adjust key to open the manual setting window. Individual thread tension adjustment To apply the thread tension adjustment to each letter individually, select the letter by moving the cursor.
  • Page 62: 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 63: 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 64: 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 lines. r Topstitching Long straight stitch for topstitching with thick threads.
  • Page 65: 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 66: 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 67: 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 68: 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 (optional) Rolled hemming using optional rolled hemming feet D1 and D2 To sew: Attach the rolled hem foot D. Fold the fabric edge twice to form a hem, 0.3 cm (1/8˝) wide and 5 cm (2˝) long then press as shown.
  • Page 69: Zipper Sewing

    Zipper sewing q Lapped zipper Lapped zipper application with zipper foot E w Concealed zipper (optional) Concealed zipper application using optional concealed zipper foot Z. 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 70 Sew left side Attach 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 71 Basting Replace the foot with zigzag foot A. Baste the opened fabric and zipper tape together. q Basting Sew right side Replace the foot with zipper foot E. Backstitch across the end of opening to 1 cm (3/8˝). 1 cm Stitch through the garment and zipper tape, guiding the zipper teeth along the bottom edge on the foot.
  • Page 72: Gathering

    Gathering In addition to the regular gathering stitch, this section offers you a special stitch for easing sleeve tops. Easing a sleeve top Draw the bobbin thread up (refer to page 15). Sew a pair of lines, 3 mm (1/8˝) apart, along the edge of the sleeve top.
  • Page 73: Button Sewing

    Button sewing When attaching a button to thick fabric, you need to make a shank by using the button shank plate. Select “Shank”. Lower the feed dog. Attaching 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 74: 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 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 75: 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 76: 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 77: Quilting

    Quilting In this section, 5 types of useful stitches for quilting are available. q Straight stitches w Clasp stitches e Free motion quilting stitches r Sculpture stitches t Hand-look quilt stitches Straight stitches Straight stitches in this section are suitable for seaming quilt layers.
  • Page 78 Free quilting For free quilting, use the darning foot PD-H (refer to page 19 for how to attach the darning foot). Lower the feed dog before start sewing. One stitch off The machine stops automatically after sewing one stitch so that you can bring the bobbin thread up to prevent it from bunching up on the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Page 79 Sculpture stitches These stitches are used to accentuate design outlines and to create a mock hand-quilt. Hand-look quilt stitches Use a transparent nylon thread for the needle and ordinary sewing thread for the bobbin. The bobbin thread is pulled up on the right side of the fabric and the stitches will look as if sewn by hand.
  • Page 80: 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. q Set mode key Press one of the 4 keys to select the mode to customize. w Common Setting Mode In this mode, you can customize the machine settings and options for both ordinary sewing and embroidery.
  • Page 81 Common Setting Mode q Screen Contrast You can adjust the contrast of the visual touch 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 measurement unit to either inches or millimeters by pressing the “inch”...
  • Page 82: Formatting The Memory

    y Formatting the memory If the internal memory of the machine or USB flash drive stick does not function due to damage to the memory bank, you need to re-enable it by formatting the memory. To format the machine’s internal memory, press the machine icon key and a confirmation message will appear.
  • Page 83: Background Color

    o Background Color You can select navy blue, blue or pale blue for the background color of the visual touch screen by pressing the relevant icon key. !0 Reset All to Defaults Press the YES key to reset all the parameters to the original values (factory settings).
  • Page 84 Ordinary Sewing Setting Mode q Auto thread tension The machine automatically adjust the thread tension for the selected pattern. You can adjust the automatic thread tension level by pressing the “+” or “–” key. w Low bobbin thread warning The machine has a function to display warning message before the bobbin thread is running out.
  • Page 85 t Cloth Guide t-1 Calibration of the default position Attach the embroidery unit. 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.
  • Page 86: Favorite Stitch Adjustment

    y Thread Cut after Auto-Lock The machine automatically trims the threads after sewing locking stitches when this option is turned on. The LED signal o is turned on when “Thread Cut after Auto-Lock” is on. u Favorite Stitch Adjustment If you wish to save the changes to manual stitch settings, turn on this option by pressing the ON/OFF key.
  • Page 87: 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 88: Embroidery Mode Embroidery Unit

    EMBROIDERY MODE 57.5 cm (22-5/8˝) Embroidery Unit NOTE: 25 cm Be sure to provide sufficient space around the machine to (10˝) 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 89: 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 90: 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 press the mode switch key to return the carriage to the home position. NOTES: If the needle is in down position, make sure to raise the needle by pressing the needle up/down button.
  • Page 91: Attaching The Embroidery Foot

    Attaching the Embroidery Foot Use the embroidery foot P for embroidery. Raise the needle and presser foot. Turn the power switch off or press the lockout key. q Lockout key Loosen the setscrew with the screwdriver and remove the foot holder. w Setscrew e Foot holder Attach the embroidery foot P to the presser bar from...
  • Page 92: Attaching The Straight Stitch Needle Plate

    Attaching the Straight Stitch Needle Plate Use the straight stitch needle plate for embroidery. Raise the needle and presser foot. Press the lockout key. q Lockout key Remove the extension table. Push down the needle plate release lever and the needle plate will snap off.
  • Page 93: 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 94: Embroidery Hoops

    Embroidery Hoops There are 2 embroidery hoops included in the standard accessories. q Embroidery hoop SQ14a An square embroidery hoop with a 14 cm (5.5˝) square embroidery area w Embroidery hoop RE20a A square embroidery hoop with a 20 cm (7.9˝) by 17 cm (6.7˝) embroidery area...
  • Page 95: 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 thin paper under the fabric.
  • Page 96: Setting The Fabric In An Embroidery Hoop

    Setting the Fabric in an Embroidery Hoop Prepare a piece of 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 97: 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 feed dog is lowered automatically. The visual touch screen will display the embroidery mode window.
  • Page 98: 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 selection key to browse the designs by hoop size.
  • Page 99: 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 3 fonts for monogramming as well as 2 Letters, 3 Letters, border patterns and normal sew patterns.
  • Page 100: 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 101: 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 102: 2- Letter Monogram

    2- Letter monogram Example: 2-Letter in an octagon Press the font selection key. Select 2-letter. Select the octagon. Enter “A” and “B”. Press the OK key and a warning message will appear. Press the OK key and the carriage moves to starting position.
  • Page 103: Editing A Monogram

    Editing a monogram Deleting a character: Deleting “R” from “MART” Press the cursor key to move the cursor under “R” . q Cursor key Press the delete key and letter “R” is deleted. w Delete key Inserting a character: Inserting “E” into “MAT” Press the cursor key to move the cursor under “A”.
  • Page 104: 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 105 • Color section key Press this key to show the complete image of the selected design or partial image of each color section only. To view the next color section, press the next page key. You can sew only the specific color section by pressing the next page key until the desired section is displayed.
  • Page 106 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 107 Pattern information The visual touch screen displays the following details: q Hoop size w Presser foot pressure e Tension setting r Dimension of the design t Required sewing time y Maximum sewing speed u Number of thread colors (layers) i Stitch count o Thread color...
  • Page 108: 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 109: Fringe Design

    Fringe design Fringe design is special patterns for creating fringed embroidery designs. You can make attractive fringed designs easily. Example: Favorite design SQ14a-40 Select favorite design SQ14a-40 and sew the pattern as you would sew a normal embroidery design. Remove the fabric from the hoop. Cut the needle threads along the broken line at the outer edge of the pattern as shown.
  • Page 110: Applique Designs

    Applique designs Patterns RE20a-2 and -3 are special designs for machine embroidery applique. You can attach applique piece to background fabric and embroider applique design at the same time. Example: Applique design RE20a-2 Prepare background fabric and applique fabric. Select applique design RE20a-2 and set the background fabric to the hoop.
  • Page 111 Alternative method Prepare applique fabric larger than hoop size. Set the applique fabric to the hoop. Sew the first section (color) only. Remove the hoop and unhoop the applique fabric. Cut the applique fabric along the stitching line to make an applique piece.
  • Page 112: 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 RE20a 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 113 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 114 Zooming in the editing window Press the zoom key to view the enlarged image in the editing window. Press 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 115 Saving a file You can save original embroidery designs created in embroidery mode or programmed pattern combinations in ordinary sewing mode as files in the built-in memory and/ or USB flash drive (refer to page 118). q Save file key Customizing the display colors You can simulate the colors of the actual fabric and threads on the screen by customizing the colors of the...
  • Page 116 Color grouping When combining duplicated patterns, you can reduce the number of color sections with color grouping. For example, this combined design pattern has 12 color sections. Press the color group key and the color grouping window will open. Press the OK key to unite all color sections of the same color and the ready to sew window opens.
  • Page 117 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 118: Free Arm Hoop (optional Item)

    Free Arm Hoop (optional item) 20 cm The optional free arm hoop FA10a is specially designed or less for embroidering tubular garments such as sleeves, pant legs etc. 20 cm Check the opening size of the tubular portion of the or wider garment.
  • Page 119: Customizing Machine Settings Embroidery Mode Settings

    CUSTOMIZING MACHINE SETTINGS Embroidery mode settings Press the embroidery setting mode key (refer to page 76). 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 120 i Auto thread cutting (basic) The machine automatically trims the threads when it stops to change the thread to the next color when this option is turned on. Press the ON/OFF key to turn this function on or off. i-1 ON/OFF key o Auto thread cutting (advanced) Press the customize key to open the advanced setting window.
  • Page 121 !1 Grid line on/off Turn this option on to show grid in the editing window or turn it off to hide the grid. !2 Grid size You can change grid size by pressing the “+” or “–” key. !3 Resume mode When Resume Mode is turned on, the last stitch sewn before turning the power off will resume when you turn the power on again.
  • Page 122: File Management

    FILE MANAGEMENT Ordinary sewing Embroidery Saving and Opening a File Saving a file You can save programmed pattern combinations in ordinary sewing mode or original embroidery designs created in embroidery mode as files in the built-in memory and/or USB flash drive. Press the save file key and the save file window will open.
  • Page 123: Creating A New Folder

    Creating a new folder Embroidery Ordinary sewing 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 124: Opening The File

    Opening the file Ordinary sewing Embroidery To open the saved files, press the open file key to open the open file window. q Open file key Select the folder location, either the built-in memory or USB flash drive. Open the folder that contains the desired file by pressing the folder icon.
  • Page 125: Changing A Name Of The File Or Folder

    Changing a name of the file or folder Embroidery Ordinary sewing Press the save file key and select the file you wish to change its name. Press the rename key. The name of the file or folder will change. q Rename key The keyboard window will open.
  • Page 126: 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 127: 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 128: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Reference Problem Cause See page 122. The machine is noisy. 1. Thread is jammed in the hook area. See page 122. 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 35.
  • Page 129 Problem Cause Reference The cloth is not feeding 1. The feed dog is packed with lint. See page 122. smoothly. 2. The stitches are too fine. Make stitches longer. 3. The feed dog is lowered. See page 22. The machine does not run. 1.
  • Page 130: Stitch Chart

    STITCH CHART Ordinary Sewing Utility (U) Satin (S) Bridge (BR) Buttonhole (B) Decorative Applique (A) Heirloom (H) Long (L) Quilt (Q) Pictograph...
  • Page 131 STITCH CHART Ordinary Sewing Satin (S) Bridge (BR) Decorative (D) ve (D) Long (L) Pictograph (P) ph (P)
  • Page 132 STITCH CHART Ordinary Sewing Block Script Block (9 mm)
  • Page 133: Design Chart

    DESIGN CHART Embroidery Favorite Designs (SQ14a) Cross Stitch Designs (SQ14a) One Spot Designs (SQ14a) (*FA10a) Tulle Lace Designs (SQ14a) (SQ14a) Quilting Designs (SQ14a) Pattern images are not to scale. *Embroidery hoop FA10a is an optional.
  • Page 134 DESIGN CHART Embroidery Cross Stitch Alphabet Designs (SQ14a) (*FA10a) Calibration Pattern GANAHA Collections: Flowers (SQ14a) GANAHA Collections: Kitchen (SQ14a) GANAHA Collections: Sweets (SQ14a) GANAHA Collections: Kids (SQ14a)
  • Page 135 DESIGN CHART Embroidery GANAHA Collections: Sewing (SQ14a) Others (SQ14a) Interior (SQ14a) Redwork (SQ14a) Large Designs (RE20a)
  • Page 136 DESIGN CHART Embroidery Script Gothic Script Script Gothic Gothic Cheltenham Cheltenham Cheltenham 2 Letters / 3 Letters 2 Letters / 3 Letters 2 Letters / 3 Letters Border Border Border Normal Sew Normal Sew Normal Sew...
  • Page 138 861-800-403 (EN)

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