Safety Instructions IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS When using an electrical appliance, basic safety precautions should always be followed, including the following: Read all instructions before using this sewing machine. Keep the instruction at a suitable place close to the machine, and hand it over if you give the machine to a third party. DANGER To reduce the risk of electric shock: 1.
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Safety Instructions Attention: This sewing machine is intended for household use only. If used intensively or commercially, regular cleaning and especially attentive care is required. Signs of wear and tear owing to intensive or commercial use are not covered automatically, even if they occur within the warranty period.
Machine Setup Connecting the Machine Before connecting the power supply, make sure that the voltage and frequency shown on the rating plate is conforming with your mains power. Place the machine on a stable table. 1. Connect the power line cord to the machine by inserting the 2-hole plug into mains plug socket.
Machine Setup Sewing Table Keep the snap-in sewing table horizontal, and pull it in the direction of the arrow. The inside of the snap-in sewing table is used as an accessory box. To open, tilt the cover towards you.
Machine Setup Push-Push Top cover Press with your finger on the symbol " " and the top cover jumps up. Fold up the top cover. To close the top cover, fold down the top cover and press again on the symbol " ".
Machine Setup Winding the Bobbin 1. Place the thread and spool holder onto the spool pin. For smaller spools of thread, place spool holder with the small side next to the spool or use the small spool holder. Note: If using special thread which winds quickly off the spool attach a net to the spool before using and use the larger spool holder.
Machine Setup Note: When the bobbin winder spindle is pushed to the right, the machine will display the symbol " " 6. Hold the thread tail securely in one hand. 7. Press on the foot control or the Start/Stop button to start winding the bobbin.
Machine Setup Inserting the Bobbin Attention: - Turn power switch to "O" before threading or unthreading the machine. - The thread take-up lever must be in the highest position when threading. - A wrong threading in can cause damages to the machine! To open the bobbin cover, slide it against you.
Machine Setup Threading the Upper Thread Please Note: It is important to carry out the threading correctly as by not doing so several sewing problems could result. Start by raising the needle to its highest point, and also raise the presser foot to release the tension discs. 1.
Machine Setup 3. Pull the thread forward and down. This operation pulls the thread into the thread tension. 4. Then further down and around the bottom part of the take up lever cover. 5. At the top of this movement, pass the thread from right to the left through the slotted eye of the take-up lever and then downwards again.
Machine Setup Needle Threader Raise the needle to its highest position and lower the presser foot. Attention: Turn power switch to the off position ("O"). Lower the needle threader lever slowly and draw the thread through the thread guide as illustrated and then to the right.
Machine Setup Replacing the Needle Attention: Turn power switch to off ("O") when carrying out the below operation! Change the needle regularly, especially if it is showing signs of wear and causing problems. Insert the needle following the illustrated instructions. A.
Machine Setup Thread Tension - Basic thread tension setting: "4" - To increase the tension, turn the dial to the next number up. To Loose Tight reduce the tension, turn the dial to the next number down. - Proper setting of tension is important to good sewing. - For all decorative sewing you will always obtain a nicer stitch and less fabric puckering when the upper thread appears on the bottom side of your fabric.
Machine Setup Changing the Presser Foot Attention: Turn power switch to off ("O") when carrying out any of the below operations! Attaching the presser foot holder Raise the presser foot bar (a). Attach the presser foot holder (b) as illustrated. Attaching the presser foot Lower the presser foot holder (b) until the cut-out (c) is directly above the pin (d).
Machine Setup Two-Step Presser Foot The presser foot lever raises and lowers your presser foot. When sewing several layers of thick fabric, the presser foot can be raised to a second stage by pushing the presser foot lever further up. This allows for easy positioning of the work.
Important Sewing Information Needle, Fabric, Thread Selection Guide Important: The thread is chosen according to use. For a perfect sewing result, thread and fabric quality play an important role. It is recommended to use quality brands. Care must be taken when choosing needle and thread. The correct needle size depends on the selected thread and fabric.
Important Sewing Information Presser Foot Application Chart - model 20 Double needle is being suggested for certain stitches for more creativity PRESSER FOOT APPLICATION NEEDLE PRESSER FOOT APPLICATION NEEDLE General sewing, Blind hem stitching Patchwork stitches, Decorative stitching, Smocking, Fagoting, etc. All purpose foot (T) Blind hem foot (F) Inserting zippers...
Important Sewing Information Presser Foot Application Chart - model 25 Double needle is being suggested for certain stitches for more creativity PRESSER FOOT APPLICATION NEEDLE PRESSER FOOT APPLICATION NEEDLE General sewing, Blind hem stitching Patchwork stitches, Decorative stitching, Smocking, Fagoting, etc. All purpose foot (T) Blind hem foot (F) Inserting zippers...
Display Explanation & Operating Instructions Information on the LED Display Normal mode display - model 25 Auto-lock Reverse Pattern group Stitch number Stitch length Stitch width Needle stop down Auto-stop on pattern end Machine running Pattern Mirrored function Twin needle function 7 8 9 Alphabets group...
Display Explanation & Operating Instructions Memory mode display - model 25 1. Stitch number 2. Memory mode active 3. Stitch length 4. Stitch width 5. Memory position display 6. Memory position 7. Memory insert function 8. Memory delete/delete ALL function...
Display Explanation & Operating Instructions Normal mode display - model 20 2 3 4 Needle stop down Reverse 3. Auto-stop on pattern end Machine running Pattern group Stitch number Auto-lock Stitch length mode Stitch length Stitch width mode Stitch width 10 11 Note: - To display stitch length or stitch...
Display Explanation & Operating Instructions Function Buttons Start/stop button Press the start /stop button to start the machine. Press again to stop it. machine will rotate slowly at start of sewing. This way you may operate the machine without foot control. When the machine is sewing or winding the bobbin, the start /stop symbol will display.
Display Explanation & Operating Instructions Needle up/down button By pressing the needle up/down button the needle will make half a stitch. Depending on the actual needle position it will stop in the opposite position, either at the highest or the lowest position.
Display Explanation & Operating Instructions General Operating Principles Whatever value or setting is blinking can be adjusted by the Selector Wheel. - Select function by pressing a button once - Safe adjustments by pressing Set or the button near the flashing value. Alternatively in most functions pressing start/stop or the foot controller will save the changes as well - For special functions (Alphabet, switch from Memory Enter Mode to Memory Review/Edit Mode, Delete ALL) there are special keystroke combinations...
Display Explanation & Operating Instructions Setting a pattern 1. Press the pattern group selection button once to enter a stitch pattern selection. 2. Use selector wheel to select desired stitch. 3. Press set/disp button to memorize it. Note: Other parameters, i.e. stitch length and stitch width can be changed before or after memorizing the pattern by pressing the corresponding button and following point 2...
Stitches Overview Stitches Functions Width (mm) Length (mm) Presser Stitch Pattern Mirror/ Foot Twin needle Memory Presser foot Auto Manual Auto Manual Reverse Auto-lock (For model 25 (For model 25 (For model 25 0.0-7.0 0.0-4.5 Straight Stitch 0.0-7.0 0.0-4.5 0.0-7.0 1.0-3.0 Tripple Straight 0.0-7.0...
Stitches Overview Functions Width (mm) Length (mm) Presser Stitch Pattern Mirror/ Foot Twin needle Memory Presser foot Auto Manual Auto Manual Reverse Auto-lock (For model 25 (For model 25 (For model 25 2.5-7.0 0.3-1.0 Satin Stitch 2.5-7.0 0.3-1.0 2.5-7.0 0.3-1.0 4.0-7.0 0.3-1.0 Decorative...
Stitches Overview Alphabets - model 25 Please Note: - In normal mode all letters are sewn in the maximum height of 7mm. The user must line up the letters if a sequence of letters is sewn. - If a sequence of letters is stored in memory, the machine will sew capital letters with a reduced height of 5.5mm.
Basic Sewing Procedures Useful Skills Reverse Reverse stitching is used to secure the threads at the beginning and at the end of a seam. Press the reverse button and sew 4-5 stitches. The machine will sew forward when the button is released. Free arm Free-arm sewing is convenient for sewing tubular areas such as pant hems and cuffs.
Basic Sewing Procedures Sewing corners 1. Stop the sewing machine when you reach a corner. 2. Lower the needle into the fabric manually or by pressing the needle up/ down button once. 3. Raise the presser foot. 4. Use the needle as a pivot and turn the fabric.
Basic Sewing Procedures Straight Stitches and Needle Position Changing the needle position These setting apply only to pattern 01-03, 24. The pre-set position is "3.5", center position. Press the stitch width button to enter stitch width adjustment mode. When you turn the selector wheel counter clockwise, the needle position will move to the left.
Basic Sewing Procedures Stretch Stitch It assures you of a stitch that is strong and flexible and will give with the fabric without breaking. Good for easy to ravel and knit fabrics. It is good for joining durable fabric such as denims.
Basic Sewing Procedures Overcasting Stitches Using the overcasting foot 3.5~7.0 2.0~3.0 Change the presser foot to the overcasting foot (E). Sew the fabric with the fabric edge against the guide of the overcasting foot. Attention: The overcasting foot should be used to sew with patterns 06, 08,12 and 21 only and do...
Basic Sewing Procedures Blind Hem 2.5~4.0 1.0~2.0 07 Blind hem/lingerie for firm fabrics 16 Blind hem for stretch fabrics 16mm Fold the fabric as illustrated with the reverse side uppermost. First carry out an overcasting stitch as shown in left picture. Please Note: It takes practice to sew blind hem.
Basic Sewing Procedures Button Sewing 2.5~4.5 Change the presser foot to the button sewing foot. Move the drop feed control to " " to lower the feed dogs. Position the work under the foot. Place the button in the desired position, lower the foot. 2.5~4.5 Select zig zag pattern.
Basic Sewing Procedures Buttonhole Stitching 10: For thin or medium fabrics 52: For horizontal holes on blouses or shirts 2.5~7.0 0.3~1.0 made from thin or medium fabrics 53: For thin or medium fabrics 54: For horizontal holes on blouses or shirts made from thin or medium fabrics 3.0~7.0 0.3~1.0...
Basic Sewing Procedures Position the fabric under the presser foot so that the centerline's mark is aligning with the center of the buttonhole foot. Lower the buttonhole lever. While lightly holding the end of upper thread and start sewing. Please Note: Gently feed the fabric by hand.
Basic Sewing Procedures Raise the presser foot and cut thread. To sew over same buttonhole, raise the presser foot (will return to original position). After sewing the buttonhole stitch, raise the buttonhole lever until it stops. Cut the center of the buttonhole being careful not to cut any stitches on either side.
Basic Sewing Procedures Eyelet Stitch 5.0 6.0 7.0 Select pattern 60 to get the eyelet stitch. Attach satin stitch foot (A). Press the "-" or "+" stitch width adjustment to button select the eyelet size. Size of eyelet. A. Small: 5.0mm (3/16 inch). B.
Basic Sewing Procedures Darning Stitch 50: Simple darning stitch in thin and medium fabrics 3.5~7.0 1.0~2.0 51: Reinforced darning stitch in heavy fabrics Select stitch pattern 50 or 51 to get the darning stitch. Change the presser foot to the buttonhole foot. Baste the upper fabric and the under fabric together.
Basic Sewing Procedures Position the fabric so that the needle is 2mm (1/16 inch) in front of the area to be darned, and then lower the presser foot lever. Please Note: When lowering the presser foot, do not push in the front of the presser foot, otherwise the darning will not be sewn with the correct size.
Basic Sewing Procedures Zipper Insertion 1.5~3.0 Attention: Zipper foot should be used for sewing width center needle position straight stitch only. It is possible that needle could hit the presser foot and break when sewing other patterns. Inserting a centered zipper - Baste the zipper opening on the garment.
Basic Sewing Procedures Inserting a side zipper - Baste the zipper opening on the garment. - Fold back to the left seam allowance. Turn under the right seam allowance to form 3mm fold. - Attach the zipper foot. Attach the right side of the presser foot pin to the holder when sewing the left side of the zipper.
Basic Sewing Procedures Invisible zipper insertion * The invisible zipper foot accessory is optional. It is not included with this machine. 1.0~3.0 This foot is used to insert invisible zippers so 1/4" Surface that they are covered by the seam, and thus hidden.
Basic Sewing Procedures Narrow Hemming * The hemmer foot accessory is optional. It is not included with this machine. 1.5~3.0 Fold edge of fabric over about 3mm, then fold it over again 3mm for about 5cm along the edge of the fabric. Insert the needle into the fold by rotating the handwheel toward you, and lower the presser foot.
Basic Sewing Procedures Cording * The cording foot accessory is optional. It is not included with this machine. Sew over one strand of cording to create a pretty swirled design on a jacket or vest or sew over three strands of cording for border trims.
Basic Sewing Procedures Satin Stitch Sewing 3.5~7.0 0.3~1.0 Use the satin stitch foot for satin stitching and sewing decorative stitches. This foot has a full indentation on the underside to allowed easy sewing over the thickness of the stitches form by closely spaced zigzag stitches, and even feeding of the fabric.
Basic Sewing Procedures Quilting * The 1/4" quilting foot accessory is optional. It is not included with this machine. 1.0~3.0 Patchwork stitching Align the edges of the fabric with inside edge of guide on the side of the foot for accurate 1/4"...
Basic Sewing Procedures 1.0~3.0 Hand look quilting You can duplicate the look of a hand look quilt stitch by using monofilament thread in the needle, 30 or 40 weight cotton thread in the bobbin, and increasing the needle tension. The needle tension will need to be determined by the thickness of your batting.
Basic Sewing Procedures Fagoting - Separate the folded edges of the fabric pieces with a gap of 4mm (1/8 inch) and baste them onto a piece of thin paper or water-soluble stabilizer sheet. Thin paper Basting - Align the center of the presser foot with the center of the two pieces of fabric and begin sewing.
Basic Sewing Procedures Gathering * The gathering foot accessory is optional. It is not included with this machine. Gathered fabric Remove the presser foot holder and attach the gathering foot, lowering the tension setting to below 2. Place fabric to be gathered under presser foot to the right of the presser foot.
Basic Sewing Procedures Smocking Adjust the stitch length to 4.0mm and loosen the thread tension. Use the all purpose foot to sew straight lines 1cm (3/8 inch) apart, across the area to be smocked. Knot the threads along one edge. Pull the bobbin threads and distribute the gathers evenly.
Basic Sewing Procedures Free Motion Darning, Embroidery and Monogramming * The d arning/ Embroidery foot accessory is optional. (for model 20) 3.5~5.0 Move the drop feed control to " " to lower the feed dogs. Remove the presser foot holder, and attach the darning foot to the presser foot holder bar.
Basic Sewing Procedures Embroidery Select zigzag stitch pattern and adjust the stitch width as desired. Stitch along the outline of the design by moving the embroidery hoop. Make sure to maintain a constant speed. Fill in the design working from the outline towards the inside.
Basic Sewing Procedures Walking Foot * The walking foot accessory is optional. It is not included with this machine. Always try to sew first without the walking foot accessory which should be used only when necessary. It is easier to guide the fabric and you have a better view of the seam when using the standard, regular foot on your machine.
Special Functions Mirror Stitch Pattern - model 25 Please Note: All patterns that can be mirrored are shown in the picture on the left. Select the pattern. (e.g. Stitch 29) Press the function button to open the function program. Please Note: Initially both mirror and twin needle symbol are flashing at the same speed.
Special Functions Twin Needle Sewing - model 25 Please Note: Twin needles must be purchased separately. 2.0~5.0 They are not include with this machine. Insert the twin needle. Attention: When using twin needles, use the all purpose foot. Use only twin needle assemblies with max. 2mm needle distance (i.e.
Special Functions Use selector wheel to scroll to the twin needle function. Please Note: Initially both mirror and twin needle symbol are flashing at the same speed. When starting to scroll only the selected function will flash. Press Set/disp button toggle twin needle function and memorize it.
Special Functions Memory - model 25 Several stitch patterns may be combined to one sewing sequence using the memory function. These pattern sequences are stored for later use. Even when the sewing machine is switched off the memory contents are retained. Please Note: - The machine provides one memory with 30 positions.
Special Functions Overview Memory Enter Mode Mem Enter Mode Enter a sequence of Switch to Memory Switch to Normal Mode & stitch patterns Review/Edit Mode Sew memorized patterns See page 67. See page 69. See page 70. Overview Memory Review/Edit Mode Mem Review/Edit Mode Review stored stitches Editing functions...
Special Functions Enter a sequence of stitch patterns in Memory Enter Mode Precondition: Empty Memory (see page 77 to clear Memory) Press the memory button to enter Memory Enter Mode. 1st memory position The stitch number starts flashing. Memory Mode active is shown by " "...
Special Functions 2ed memory position Then stitch number continues to flash with the last programmed stitch and the memory is ready to accept the second stitch. Repeat above mentioned steps for more stitches to be stored in the memory. Please Note: - Patterns and Alphabets can be stored in combination - Double click pattern group selection button...
Special Functions Switch between Memory Enter Mode and Memory Review/Edit Mode memory enter mode After Memory Enter Mode is activated and at least one stitch is stored double click set/disp button to enter the Memory Review/Edit Mode. memory review/edit mode When Memory Review/Edit Mode is active double click set/disp button to enter the Memory Enter Mode.
Special Functions Switch from Memory Mode to the Normal Mode When Memory Mode is active press memory button to leave the Memory Mode and return to the Normal Mode. Sew memorized pattern Press the memory button to enter the Memory Mode, the display shows the stitch of the 1st memory position.
Special Functions Review stored stitches Precondition: with existing patterns in Memory Press the memory button to enter the Memory Review/Edit Mode, the screen shows the stitch of the 1st memory position. 1st memory position 2nd memory position by stitch Use selector wheel to navigate to different stitches and to review the parameters set.
Special Functions Memory Editing functions - Change a stored stitch or its parameters Precondition: with existing patterns in Memory Press the memory button to enter the Memory Review/Edit Mode, the screen shows the 1st memory position stitch of the 1st memory position. 2nd memory position Use selector wheel to select the stitch that should be replaced or its parameters changed.
Special Functions Memory Editing functions - Insert an additional stitch Precondition: with existing patterns in Memory Press the memory button to enter the Memory Review/Edit Mode, the screen 1st memory position shows the stitch of the 1st memory position. 3rd memory position Use selector wheel to select the stitch that you want to insert a new stitch before it.
Special Functions 3rd memory position Press set/disp button to insert an empty memory position. 3rd memory position Use selector wheel to select the desired stitch. (E.g. stitch 35) 3rd memory position Press set/disp button to store and return to Memory Review/Edit Mode. Please note: The parameters of the selected stitch, such as stitch length and stitch width, mirroring...
Special Functions Memory Editing functions - Delete a stored stitch Press the memory button to enter the Memory Review/Edit Mode, the screen shows the stitch of the 1st memory position. 1st memory position 2nd memory position Use selector wheel to select the stitch that you want to delete.
Special Functions 2nd memory position Press set/disp button to delete the pattern and return to the Memory Review/Edit Mode. Example: Stitches in Memory before deleting a stitch: stitch no. 25 26 35 27 01 30 48 mem pos. 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 Chose stitch no.
Special Functions Memory Editing functions - Delete ALL Press the memory button to enter the Memory Review/Edit Mode, the screen shows the stitch of the 1st memory position. 1st memory position 2nd memory position Press function button to open function program.
Special Functions Warning Functions Warning display The sewing machine is blocked The exclamation icon means that the thread is twisted or jammed or the fabric is too thick and the hand wheel cannot move. The motor control will disable the power to the motor and all LED's in the parameter section (right side of the machines) are switched off while all 5 LED's on the head of...
Maintenance Cleaning Caution: Turn main switch off ("O") Disconnect machine from electricity supply before inserting or removing any parts and before cleaning. Remove the stitch plate. Raise the needle to its highest position. Remove the presser foot. Open the bobbin cover plate, remove the two screws, then remove the stitch plate.
Trouble Shooting Trouble shooting guide Before calling for service, check the following items. If the problem still persists, contact the place of purchase or your nearest authorized dealer. Problem Cause Correction Reference 1. The machine is not threaded correctly. 1. Rethread the machine. 2.
Trouble Shooting Problem Cause Correction Reference 1. The needle thread tension is too tight. 1. Lossen the thread tension. 2. The needle thread is not threaded 2. Rethread the machine. correctly. 3. The needle is too heavy for the fabric 3.
Appendix Flowchart Memory Mod Memory Enter Mode Memory Review/Edit Mode Empty Memory? Review Review by stitch mem Pos by stitch Stitch Selection (see Normal Mode) Stitch Scroll to Selection Pos to (see Normal Start sew Mode) Test Sew double click Change Parameter Store pattern and...