Never operate this machine if it has a damaged cord or plug, if it is not working properly, if it has been dropped or damaged, or water is spilled on the unit. Return the machine to the nearest authorized Brother dealer or service center for examination, repair, electrical or mechanical adjustment.
Always keep your work area clear: • Never operate the machine with any air openings blocked. Keep ventilation openings of the machine free from the build up of lint, dust, and loose cloth. • Do not use extension cords. Plug the machine directly into the electrical outlet. •...
• Do not try to disassemble, repair or alter this machine in any way, otherwise a fire, electric shock or injuries may result. • If the light unit is damaged, it must be replaced by an authorized Brother dealer. • In the event a malfunction occurs or adjustment is required, first follow the troubleshooting table in the back of the operation manual to inspect and adjust the machine yourself.
• The included interface cable should be used in order to ensure compliance with the limits for a Class B digital device. • Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Brother Industries, Ltd. could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
Warning Labels The following warning labels are on the machine. Be sure to observe the precautions described in the labels. Label locations Please put a drop of oil onto the hook once a day before use.
Machine Structure and Features ■ Three-dimensional materials can be ■ Insert line feeds in character embroidered patterns Since the embroidering surface is a cylindrical arm, While entering character embroidery patterns, touch three-dimensional or tubular materials such as bags the line feed key ( ) to arrange the following and T-shirts can easily be positioned in order to sew characters on the next line.
■ Embroidery positioning marker ■ Automatic threading mechanism The needle drop position can be easily found with Using the automatic threading mechanism, the the LED pointer. needle can easily be threaded. ■ Available embroidery area Designs with a maximum size of 200 mm (H) × 200 mm (W) (7-7/8 inches (H) ×...
Manual Structure This manual is constructed as described below. Read before use Searching for information ■ Searching the manual Chapter 1: Getting Ready The setup of the embroidery machine and the By title various preparations required before starting to Check the descriptions at the left for the contents of embroider are described in this chapter.
Chapter GETTING READY After unpacking the machine, first refer to “Accessories” on page 16, and check that all listed accessories are included. After checking that all accessories are included, the embroidery machine can be set up. The setup of the machine and the various preparations required before starting to embroider are described in this chapter.
Names of Machine Parts and Their Functions The names of the various parts of the machine and their functions are described below. Before using the machine, carefully read these descriptions to learn the names of the machine parts. Front view Thread Guide Assembly Left side 1 Bobbin pretension disc...
GETTING READY Right-side/rear view Operation panel 1 “Start/Stop” button Press the “Start/Stop” button to start or stop the machine. The lighting status and color of the button changes depending on the operation condition of the machine. Lit in red : When the machine cannot start embroidering Flashing in green : When the machine can start...
The accessories listed below are included with this machine. Make sure to use the accessories designed for this machine. Included accessories After opening the box, check that the following accessories are included. If any item is missing or damaged, contact your authorized Brother dealer. Part Name Part Code Part Name...
Note • Embroidery cards sold overseas are not compatible with this embroidery machine. • Visit your nearest authorized Brother dealer for a complete listing of optional accessories and embroidery cards available for your machine. Memo •...
Setting Up the Machine The procedures for setting up the machine are described below. If the machine is not set up correctly, it may shake or produce loud noises and the embroidery will not be sewn correctly. An optional embroidery stand is also available. Setup and transporting precautions CAUTION •...
GETTING READY Setup location Setup the machine in a location that meets the following requirements. • Position machine more than 50 mm (2 inches) from the wall • Allow sufficient space around the machine • Place no objects within the moving range of the embroidery frame •...
Use the included wrench to turn the Setting up the machine adjustable foot nut on the foot. Turning the nut in direction 1 lengthens the leg; When setting up the machine, adjust the legs so turning the nut in direction 2 shortens the leg. that the machine is steady.
GETTING READY Preparing the thread guide Attaching the embroidery frame assembly holder a Assemble the thread guide assembly. Locate the Attach the embroidery frame holder to the included Phillips screwdriver. carriage. Remove the two screws from the thread Use the embroidery frame holder guide assembly support.
Secure the embroidery frame holder with Insert the pins on the frame-mounting plate the two thumb screws removed in step of the carriage into the holes on both sides of the mounting plate of embroidery frame holder e. 1 Pins on the frame-mounting plate of the carriage 2 Holes in the mounting plate of embroidery frame holder e 1 Thumb screws...
Chapter EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL This chapter describes the basic embroidering operations in order—from turning on the machine and embroidering a pattern to finishing embroidering. Follow the steps of the tutorial to embroider a pattern and master the operation of this embroidery machine. Operating Precautions..........
If the power supply cord or its plug is damaged, stop using the machine, and then take the machine to your authorized Brother dealer for repairs before continuing use. • If the machine is not to be used for a long period of time, unplug the power supply cord, otherwise a fire may result.
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Needle precautions Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the correct choice of needle for your machine. CAUTION • Your machine is designed to use household embroidery needles. The factory recommended needle is “HAX 130 EBBR” (Organ). Schmetz needles 130/705 H-E may be used as a substitute. Use of any other needles may break the needle or thread or damage the needle-threading mechanism or result in injuries.
Bobbin precautions Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the bobbin. CAUTION • Only use prewound bobbin (COATS “L” type/TRU-SEW POLYESTER COATS “Filaments”) or bobbins designed specifically for this machine. Use of any other bobbin may result in injuries or damage to the machine. Polyester •...
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Basic Procedures Basic embroidering procedures are described below. Check the overall procedure below, before operating the embroidery machine. Operating Tutorial Procedure Step Operation Reference Reference Page Page Turn on the machine. p. 28 p. 24, 26 Install the bobbin. p.
1. Turning ON the Machine Connect the power supply cord, and then turn on the embroidery machine. For precautions concerning the power supply, refer to page 24. Plug the power supply cord into the Touch machine. → The pattern type selection screen appears, and the “Start/Stop”...
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Touch to start using your machine. Setting your machine for the first time Note • The time/date you set may be cleared, if When you first turn on the machine, set the you don't turn on the machine for an language and time/date to your language and local extended period of time.
Understanding the screens When the machine is turned on and is touched, the pattern type selection screen appears. The operations described below will be entered using the operation panel. For precautions concerning the use of the touch panel, refer to page 26. Reference Display Key Name...
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Screen overview The basic operation flow is shown below. In the pattern type selection screen, select a pattern type. (Refer to page 37, 61.) 1 Touch this key to return to the pattern type selection screen and add another pattern. 2 Touch this key to continue to the embroidering settings screen.
2. Installing the Bobbin When the machine is purchased, an empty bobbin case is installed in the hook. You will need to install a bobbin wound with bobbin thread for embroidering. For precautions concerning the bobbin, refer to page 26. Grab the bobbin case latch, and remove the Note bobbin case.
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Installing the bobbin Installing the bobbin case Insert the bobbin into the bobbin case. Insert the bobbin case into the hook. Insert the bobbin case while aligning the tab on the bobbin case with the notch in the hook, as shown in the illustration.
Place the thread spool on either the first or Winding the bobbin second spool pin on the left side. Push the spool cap onto the spool pin as far as possible to secure the thread spool. Note • Use the included metal bobbin when winding the bobbin with the machine.
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Pass the thread through thread guide hole Wind the thread clockwise around the from front side to back. bobbin 4 or 5 times, as shown in the illustration. Pass the end of the thread through the guide slit on the bobbin winder seat, and pull the thread.
Press Cut the thread with the cutter and remove the bobbin. → The bobbin starts winding. The bobbin stops rotating when bobbin winding is completed. The bobbin winding switch will automatically return to its original position. 1 Cutter Note Note •...
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL 3. Selecting an Embroidery Pattern As an example, we will select the pattern shown at the right. In the pattern type selection screen, select a In the pattern list screen, search for the desired pattern category (type). pattern, and then touch the key for the pattern. Pattern type selection screen (For details on the Pattern list screen (For details on the keys and keys and other information on the screen, refer to...
Touch the desired pattern. Selecting an embroidery pattern For this example, touch Touch to select the embroidery patterns. → The selected pattern appears in the pattern display area. → The pattern list screen appears. Touch (previous) or (next) until the desired page is displayed.
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL 4. Editing the Embroidery Pattern From this screen, the pattern can be edited. Pattern editing screen (For details on the keys and other information on the screen, refer to page 63.) Continuing to the embroidering screen Press 1 Shows the size of the embroidery pattern currently →...
5. Specifying Embroidering Setting From this screen, the entire pattern can be edited and embroidering settings can be specified. In addition, the embroidering position can be checked and a pattern can be saved for later use. Embroidering screen (For details on the keys and other information on the screen, refer to page 65.) Embroidery positioning marker The needle drop position is indicated with the LED pointer in the embroidering screen.
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL 6. Previewing the Image You can view an image of the completed pattern within the embroidery frame. Touch to select the type of Checking a preview image embroidery frame holder, and then select the embroidery frame you are going to use. Touch to display only the pattern Display the preview image to check that the...
7. Hooping the Fabric in the Embroidery Frame After selecting the pattern to be embroidered, check which embroidery frames can be used to sew the pattern. Select the appropriate frame, and hoop the fabric and stabilizer in the embroidery frame. (Refer to “Attaching Iron-On Stabilizer (Backing) to Fabric”...
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Securely tighten the screw, and then check that the fabric is taut. Note • The embroidery frame indicators show all • After securing the fabric, lightly tapping it should embroidery frame sizes in which the produce a drum-like sound. embroidery pattern can be sewn.
8. Attaching the Embroidery Frame to the Machine After hooping the fabric in the embroidery frame, attach the frame to the embroidery machine. CAUTION • If the embroidery frame is not correctly attached, it may hit the presser foot and damage the machine, or cause injury to the user.
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Move the left arm to align the screw on the Hold the embroidery frame level, and then right side with the mark for the embroidery simultaneously align both the left and right frame to be installed, and then tighten the mounts with the embroidery frame holder thumb screws.
9. Checking the Embroidery Area Check the embroidery area to make sure that the embroidery will be embroidered in the desired location and will not be misaligned and that the embroidery frame will not hit the presser foot. If the embroidery frame is not correctly positioned, it moves to the correct position, and then the embroidering position is indicated.
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL 10. Upper Threading In addition to checking the thread colors, information such as stitch count, stitching time and various other editing options can be performed in the embroidering screen. 1 Shows the number of stitches, the embroidering time, and the number of thread color changes. 2 Use these keys to specify various editing settings.
Upper threading Use embroidery thread to thread the needle bar. CAUTION • When threading the upper thread, carefully follow the instructions. If the upper threading is not performing correctly, the thread may break or become tangled, causing the needle to bend or break. Note •...
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Place the thread spool on any spool pin Pass the thread from the back to the front among the 4 positions. Push the spool cap through the hole in the thread guide just onto the spool pin as far as possible to above the spool.
Wind the thread clockwise once around the Pass the thread along the slot to pass it thread tension disc. through the thread take-up lever hole from the right side. 1 Thread tension disc • Make sure that the thread is securely caught in the thread tension disc.
• If the hook of the automatic threading mechanism is bent or damaged, contact your authorized Brother dealer. • While the hook of the automatic threading mechanism is passed through the eye of the...
Pull out about 150 mm (6 inches) of thread. Then, as shown in the illustration, pass the Note thread under the fork of the automatic • If the thread is not correctly passed through the groove in the thread cutter, the threading mechanism from the right, and message “Wiper error”...
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL ■ Using the spool net Tie the end of the thread on the new spool with the end of the thread remaining from When using metallic thread or any other strong the previous color. thread, place the included spool net over the spool before embroidering.
11. Starting Embroidering Now, the machine is ready to begin embroidering. When the machine starts embroidering, the presser foot is automatically lowered, and then at the end of stitching, the necessary thread trimming operations are performed. CAUTION • For safety reasons, the embroidery machine must not be left unattended while it is embroidering. •...
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL ■ Continuing embroidering ■ Resume embroidering after the machine was turned off To select a new pattern, touch Press the “Start/Stop” button. → The pattern type selection screen appears. → The embroidery machine stops and the “Start/Stop” Note button lights up in red.
Set the main power switch to “ ”. → The embroidery machine is turned off and the display and the “Start/Stop” button indicator go off. • Embroidering can resume after the embroidery machine is turned on again. Back up several stitches to overlap the stitching.
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL 12. Checking the Thread Tension Check the embroidery to see if it was embroidered with the correct thread tension. If the thread tension is not adjusted correctly, the stitching may be uneven or there may be puckering in the fabric. The upper thread tension can be adjusted using The tension of the upper thread is too loose, the thread tension knob or the upper thread guide...
13. Removing the Embroidery Frame and Fabric After embroidering is finished, remove the embroidery frame, and then remove the fabric from the frame. Removing the embroidery frame Removing the fabric Loosen the outer frame screw. CAUTION • When removing the embroidery frame, make sure that the “Start/Stop”...
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL 14. Turning OFF the Machine After all embroidery is finished, turn off the Memo machine. • If the machine is turned off while it is embroidering, embroidering can continue Set the main power switch to “ ”. when the machine is turned on again. (Refer to “Resume Embroidering After Turning Off the Machine”...
Screen Quick Reference Guide Descriptions of the keys and other information that appear in the screens are provided in the tables below. Key displays The appearances of the keys have the following meanings. (Normal color display) : This key is not selected, but can be selected. (Dark-colored display) : This key is selected.
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Understanding the pattern type selection screen In this screen, select a pattern category (type). Display Function Page Key Name Embroidery Recalls patterns stored in the p. 115 patterns machine’s memory. stored in the machine memory key Recall patterns from USB p.
Understanding the pattern list screen In this screen, select the pattern. Display Function Page Key Name Touch this key to display the p. 106 previous page. Previous page Touch this key to display the p. 106 next page. Next page key Flips the pattern p.
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Understanding the pattern editing screen In this screen, the pattern can be edited. Display Function Page Key Name Deletes the pattern. If touched, the pattern being p. 136 edited is deleted. Delete key Adds a pattern. If touched, the pattern group selection p.
Display Function Page Key Name Changes the spacing between the characters in p. 124 the alphabet pattern that is Spacing key being edited. Duplicates the pattern. p. 136 Duplicate key Display Function Page Key Name Changes the size of the p.
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL Understanding the embroidering screen From this screen, the total number of thread colors and the embroidering time can be checked, and the needle placement forward or backward can be done. Display Function Page Key Name Shows the order for the thread color changes.
Display Function Page Key Name Unlocks the machine so it can start embroidering within 10 seconds. p. 54 When this key is Unlock key touched, the “Start/Stop” button flashes in green. Touch this key to quit embroidering and return to the embroidering edit Return key screen.
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL When You Have a Question, This May Help You TECHNICAL TERMS: EMBROIDERING: ■ DST ■ Customize the embroidery colors This is the extension of Tajima data file (*.dst) that is - Use the thread color function by selecting either one of the data formats of embroidery patterns.
USB media may not be usable with this the USB media drive may be damaged. machine. Please visit our website ( http:// support.brother.com ) for more details. • Depending on the type of USB media being used, either directly plug the USB device into the machine’s USB port or plug the...
EMBROIDERING TUTORIAL ■ Connecting the machine to the computer Using the included USB cable, the embroidery machine can be connected to your computer. 1 USB port for computer 2 USB cable connector Note • The connectors on the USB cable can only be inserted into a port in one direction.
Chapter OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES This chapter provides explanations on operations other than those described in Chapter 2, such as, changing the needles and changing thread spools. Changing the Needle ..........72 Replacing the needle..............72 Correctly Using the Embroidery Frames....74 Embroidery frame types and applications .........74 Attaching Iron-On Stabilizer (Backing) to Fabric ..
Changing the Needle If the needle is bent or the tip of the needle is broken, replace the needle with a new one. Use the included Allen screw driver to replace the needle with one that is designed specifically for this machine and that passes the test described in “Checking the needle”...
• If the hook of the automatic threading mechanism is bent or damaged, contact your authorized Brother dealer.
Flat frame (optional) 200 mm (H) × 200 mm (W) Visit your nearest (7-7/8 inches (H) × 7-7/8 inches (W)) authorized Brother dealer. Use when embroidering jackets and other thick garments. Extra large embroidery frame 200 mm (H) × 200 mm (W) (Refer to “Hooping the...
60 mm (H) × 130 mm (W) Visit your nearest (2-3/8 inches (H) × 5-1/8 inches (W)) authorized Brother dealer. Use when embroidering caps. Baseball (golf) caps, tulip hats and bucket hats can be embroidered with these frames. These frames cannot be used with hats having a front area of 50 mm (2 inches) or less, such as sun visors and children’s hats.
Attaching Iron-On Stabilizer (Backing) to Fabric In order to prevent shrinkage of the stitching or misaligned patterns, we recommend that iron-on stabilizer (backing) be used for embroidering. CAUTION • When embroidering on thin or stretch fabrics, fabrics with a coarse weave or fabrics that easily allow the stitching to shrink, be sure to use iron-on stabilizer (backing) for embroidering.
OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES Hooping the Fabric While stretching the fabric even more, Hooping the fabric in the large securely tighten the screw so that the fabric is taut. embroidery frame Loosen the screw on the outer frame. • After stretching the fabric, lightly tapping it should produce a drum-like sound.
Securely tighten the screw, and then check Hooping the compact frame and that the fabric is taut. attaching to the machine • Using the included screwdriver (large), firmly tighten the screw. Attach the embroidery frame holder e before using the compact frame. Loosen the screw on the outer frame.
OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ■ Removing the compact frame Gently stretch the fabric, so that there are no folds or wrinkles. While grasping the compact frame with both hands, lift up both springs with your fingers, and then pull off the compact frame toward you. Press the inner frame into the outer frame.
■ Embroidering the corner of fabric Large/small pieces of fabric When embroidering the corner of a piece of fabric, use spray fabric adhesive to attach the corner of the This section provides information on embroidering fabric to stabilizer (backing), and then hoop the fabric that is either much larger or much smaller stabilizer (backing) in the embroidery frame.
OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES Embroidery Frame Position and Movement The following provides information concerning the embroidery frame when operating the embroidery machine. ■ Embroidery frames that cannot be ■ Moving to the correct position used for embroidering If the center of the embroidery frame is at the needle drop point in the embroidering area, the embroidery As explained on page 42, the embroidery frame frame is correctly positioned, in other words, at the...
• The embroidery frame is replaced while the pattern editing screen or the embroidering screen is displayed, and then the key for checking the embroidering area, for moving the embroidery frame, or for starting embroidering is touched. The embroidery frame will move. Since the embroidery frame is moved to the correct position and paused, touch the desired key again.
OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES Changing the Embroidering Position When the embroidery machine is purchased, it was adjusted so that the beginning of the stitching was from the center of the pattern. Therefore, move the frame and adjust the embroidering position so that the center of the pattern aligns with the needle drop point at the embroidering position.
1 Rotates 1 degree to the right Memo • With this operation, fine adjustments can be made to the angle; also, this operation is 2 Rotates 10 degrees to the right particularly useful when embroidering items, such as bags and tubular items, that have limitations to being hooped in the embroidery frame.
OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES If the Thread Breaks or the Bobbin Thread Runs Out While Embroidering If the thread breaks or the bobbin thread runs out while embroidering, the machine will automatically stop. Since some stitches may be embroidered with only one thread, go back through the stitching to a point where stitches have already been embroidered before continuing embroidering.
■ If the bobbin thread ran out, replace If the bobbin thread breaks or the bobbin at this point in the runs out procedure. Replace the bobbin with a bobbin wound Touch , and then press the with bobbin thread. (Refer to page 32.) thread trimming button.
OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES Embroidering From the Beginning or Middle of the Pattern If you wish to restart embroidering from the beginning, for example, if trial embroidery was sewn and an incorrect thread tension was used or if the wrong thread color was used, restart the embroidering using the forward/backward stitch key.
■ To select the stitch from where embroidering is to begin Touch to select a color in the thread color sequence, and then touch select the stitch. 1 Each touch of this key moves ten stitches back through the stitching. 2 Each touch of this key moves one stitch back through the stitching.
OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES Resume Embroidering After Turning Off the Machine In either of the following cases, the remaining stitches of the embroidery are stored in the machine’s memory. • If the machine’s power switch is pressed to turn off after stopping embroidering. Cut the thread before the machine’s main power switch is turned off, otherwise the thread may be pulled or may catch when the carriage returns to its initial position after the machine is turned on again.
Touch two or three times to go back two or three stitches. 1 Each touch of this key moves one stitch back through the stitching. • Check that the red pointer light indicates the needle drop point where stitches have already been done. Touch →...
OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES Adjusting the Thread Tension The following procedure describes how to adjust the thread tension if the correct thread tension as described on page 57 was not used. After adjusting the tension of the bobbin thread, adjust the tension of the upper thread.
■ Correct thread tension Adjusting the tension of the The pattern can be seen from the wrong side of the upper thread fabric. If the thread tension is not set correctly, the pattern will not finish well. The fabric may pucker or the thread may break.
OTHER BASIC PROCEDURES ■ Upper thread is too loose The tension of the upper thread is too loose, resulting in a loose upper thread, loose thread locks or loops appearing on the right side of the fabric. 1 Right side 2 Wrong side Turn the knob in the direction of the arrow to increase the tension of the bobbin thread.
Chapter EMBROIDERING SETTINGS This chapter contains descriptions on the various embroidering settings, which make operation easier. Basting Embroidery ..........96 Starting Position Settings ......... 97 Embroidering linked characters ..........97 Maximum Embroidering Speed Setting....99 Embroidery Color Management......100 Uninterrupted embroidering (monochrome - using a single color) ..............100 Thread color sorting..............100 Thread Trimming Adjustment........
Basting Embroidery Before embroidering, basting stitches can be sewn along the outline of the pattern. This is useful for embroidering fabric that cannot have stabilizer material affixed with an iron or adhesive. By stitching stabilizer material to the fabric, shrinkage of the stitching or misaligned pattern can be minimized. Touch to select the basting setting.
EMBROIDERING SETTINGS Starting Position Settings The machine can set the start point from the 9 points of the pattern. Those are upper-left corner, upper- center, upper-right corner, center-left, center-center, center-right, lower-left corner, lower-center and lower-right corner. These settings can be used to repeatedly embroider a pattern along a diagonal. The starting position settings are specified from the Embroidering linked characters embroidering settings screen.
Touch Note • To cancel the starting point setting and return the starting point to the center of the pattern, touch • Use to select a different starting point for embroidering. Touch to return to the embroidering screen. → The needle bar is positioned in the lower-left corner of the pattern.
EMBROIDERING SETTINGS Maximum Embroidering Speed Setting The maximum embroidering speed can be set to one of seven levels at every 100 spm between 400 and 1000 spm. If the cap frame or the cylinder frame are used, the maximum embroidering speed can be set to one of five levels at every 50 spm between 400 and 600 spm.
Embroidery Color Management Uninterrupted embroidering Thread color sorting (monochrome - using a single You can embroider while replacing the thread color) spool a minimal number of times. Before starting to embroider, touch A selected pattern can be stitched out in one color rearrange the embroidery order and sort it by instead of multicolor.
EMBROIDERING SETTINGS Thread Trimming Adjustment Using the automatic thread Using the thread trimming cutting function (End Color Trim) function (Jump Stitch Trim) The automatic thread cutting function will cut The thread trimming function will the thread at the end of embroidering each color. automatically trim any excess thread jumps within This function is initially turned on.
Touch to turn off the thread trimming function. → The key will display as → The machine will not trim the thread before moving to the next stitching. ■ Selecting the length of jump stitch not to trim When the thread trimming function is turned on, you can select the length of the jump stitch not to trim the thread.
Chapter SELECTING/EDITING/ SAVING PATTERNS This chapter provides details on selecting, editing and saving embroidery patterns. ■ Saving the Custom Thread Table to USB media ......133 Using the Memory Function ........104 ■ Recalling the Custom Thread Table data from USB media..134 Embroidery data precautions ..........104 Choosing a color from the custom thread table .....
• Some USB media may not be usable with this machine. Please visit our website ( http:// support.brother.com ) for more details. • The access lamp will begin blinking after inserting USB devices/media, and it will take about 5 to 6 seconds to recognize the devices/media.
SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ■ Precautions on using the computer to create and save data • If the name of the embroidery data file/folder cannot be identified, for example, because the name contains special characters, the file/folder is not displayed. If this occurs, change the name of the file/folder. We recommend using the 26 letters of the alphabet (uppercase and lowercase), the numbers 0 through 9,”-”, and “_”.
Selecting an Embroidery Pattern Various embroidery patterns are built into this machine. Other than the built-in patterns, various other patterns can be selected from embroidery cards (optional) and from the computer. Memo • Refer to page 112 about recalling the embroidery pattern from the embroidery cards (optional). General pattern selection The procedure for selecting a pattern differs depending on the type of pattern;...
SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Embroidery patterns/ Decorative alphabet patterns Select the pattern category you want to embroider. • If the wrong pattern was selected or you wish to select a different pattern, touch the desired pattern. Touch This confirms the pattern selection. →...
From the upper tabs of the screen, select Alphabet patterns the desired shape for the frame. Touch the desired frame shape. There are 20 built-in character fonts. Example: Entering “Lucky Color”. Touch → The available frame patterns appear in the lower half of the screen.
SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS If the key for the character that you wish to With the first character entered, touch select is not displayed, touch the tab for the to change the size of the character. desired set of characters. 1 Uppercase letters 2 Lowercase letters 3 Numbers/symbols 4 Accented characters...
If the text is small and difficult to read on Touch to enter a line feed. the screen, touch to check the text. Touch and enter “C”. After checking the text, touch return to the text input screen. After entering all of the text as desired, touch This confirms the pattern selection.
SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS ■ Changing the text arrangement When the key displayed as , text is aligned to the right. Touch to display the screen shown below. Touch the key for the desired text arrangement. After selecting the desired text arrangement, touch to return to the text input screen.
When connecting the USB card reader/writer to the Embroidery cards (optional) machine’s USB port, be sure to secure the cable with the two hooks on the back panel. If the cable is not secured, the embroidery frame may catch on the cable ■...
SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Touch the key of the USB port that the Touch when the pattern you want to embroidery card reader/USB card writer save is in the embroidering screen. module* is plugged into. Touch → The list of patterns on the embroidery card appears. Touch to return to the original screen without saving.
USB media may not be usable with pattern is saved, the display returns to the original this machine. Please visit our website screen automatically. ( http://support.brother.com ) for more details. Note • Depending on the type of USB media being •...
SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Plug the USB cable connector into the Touch corresponding USB ports for the computer and for the machine. Touch to return to the original screen without The USB cable can be plugged into the USB ports saving. on the computer and embroidery machine whether or not they are turned on.
Touch the key of the pattern you want to Touch retrieve. Touch Touch to delete the embroidery pattern. → Embroidery patterns and a folder in a top folder are displayed. Touch when there is a subfolder to sort two or more stitch patterns to USB media, the embroidery pattern in the subfolder is displayed.
SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Touch the key of the pattern you want to Move/copy the pattern data to “Removable retrieve. Disk”. Touch to return to the original screen. Touch Touch to delete the pattern from the USB media. → Pattern data in “Removable Disk” is written to the machine.
Touch the key of the pattern you want to recall. Touch Touch to delete the pattern from the computer. → The Embroidery Edit screen is displayed.
SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Editing the Embroidery Pattern (Pattern Editing Screen) The patterns can be edited from the pattern editing screen and the embroidering screen. Individual patterns can be edited with the pattern editing screen, and the entire pattern can be edited within the embroidering screen.
Selecting the pattern to be edited Displaying the enlarged pattern image If multiple patterns are selected, you can choose which pattern will be edited. When selecting the small pattern, display the enlarged pattern image to check in detail. Touch The pattern that will be edited is the pattern enclosed Touch by the red frame.
SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Moving a pattern Memo • The arrow keys in the embroidering screen are used to move the frame to select the Determine where in the embroidery frame the embroidering position. pattern will be embroidered. If multiple patterns are combined, move each pattern to lay out the pattern.
Touch the keys to adjust the pattern to the Changing the size of a pattern desired size. Each touch of a key slightly enlarges or reduces the pattern. Touch The size of the pattern is displayed after a key is touched to change it.
SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Touch the keys to adjust the pattern to the Rotating a pattern desired angle. Each touch of a key rotates the pattern. The pattern can be rotated between 1 and 359 degrees either clockwise or counterclockwise. Touch 1 Shows the angle of the pattern after a key is touched to change it.
If necessary, touch the arrow keys to adjust Changing the text arrangement of the position of the pattern. a character For more details, refer to “Moving a pattern” on page 121. Characters can be arranged on a horizontal line, After making the desired changes, touch on a slant or on an arc.
SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Touch the keys to adjust the characters to to select where the pattern is the desired spacing. to be separated, and then touch Each touch of a key slightly increases or decreases the separate it. For this example, the pattern character spacing.
After making the desired changes, touch Changing the thread density (only for some character and → The pattern editing screen appears again. frame patterns) Specifying multi-color text The thread density for some character and frame patterns can be changed. The alphabet pattern characters selected on page 108 are set to black.
SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Changing the colors of the pattern The colors of the pattern can be changed and previewed on the screen. By changing the colors of the pattern, the same pattern can be viewed in various ways. If your thread colors are registered in a color thread table and if you used the table for changing color, the thread spools can be assigned with the thread colors that you have.
Touch to select the new Designing repeated patterns color from the color palette. ■ Embroidering repeated patterns Using the border function, you can create repeated patterns. You can also adjust the spacing of the patterns within a repeated pattern stitch. Touch 1 Displays the name of the selected thread color 2 The color that appears enlarged is the color that is...
SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Select the direction in which the pattern Adjust the spacing of the repeated pattern. will be repeated. • To widen spacing, touch • To tighten spacing, touch 1 Touch to change a repeated pattern back to one single pattern. Memo •...
■ Repeating one element of a repeated Touch pattern By using the Cut function, you can select one element of a repeated pattern and repeat only that single element. This function allows you to design complex repeated patterns. Choose the direction in which the repeated pattern will be cut.
SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS After making the desired changes, touch Touch to select the thread mark to be sewn. The pattern editing screen appears again. Note • Once you have cut a repeated pattern into separate elements, you cannot return to the original repeated pattern.
• Some machines may already have an additional 300 Robison-Anton thread colors contained in the custom thread table. 300 Robison-Anton thread colors table data can be downloaded from our website “ http://support.brother.com ”. to enter Touch and then touch a color’s 4-digit number.
SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Repeat the previous steps until all desired thread colors are specified. Note • To delete a specified color from the palette, touch • If is not touched, the thread color number will not be changed. • To delete all the specified color from the palette, press Repeat the previous steps until all desired thread colors are specified.
Insert the USB media into the USB port on Insert the USB media containing the custom the machine. thread table data into the USB port. 1 USB port 1 USB port 2 USB media 2 USB media Press Press and then press →...
SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS → The custom thread (300 embroidery threads) table Choosing a color from the screen will appear. custom thread table Touch to choose a new color from the custom thread table. You can select a color from the up to 300 thread •...
Duplicating a pattern Deleting a pattern Touch Touch → The duplicate is positioned over the original pattern. → The screen shown below appears. Touch → The pattern is deleted. • To quit deleting the pattern, touch 1 Duplicated pattern Note •...
SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Editing the Embroidery Pattern (Embroidering Screen) In the embroidering screen, a single pattern can be edited if patterns were not combined or an entire combined pattern can be edited as a single pattern. In addition, the arrow keys can be used to move the pattern in the pattern editing screen or move the embroidery frame in the embroidering screen.
Editing a Combined Pattern In this section, we will combine text with floral alphabet pattern, which we will then edit. Example) Touch To select the pattern, touch → The pattern editing screen appears. Touch Touch → The pattern type selection screen appears again. Select →...
SELECTING/EDITING/SAVING PATTERNS Touch Type “Luck”. After touching “L”, touch the tab for lowercase letters to display the lowercase letters input screen, and then touch “u”, “c”, then “k”. Touch → The selected letters appear under the previously typed letterns. • To change the text alignment, touch After selecting the characters, touch →...
Touch , and then touch preview the pattern. • Touch to return to the previous screen. After finishing all editing, touch → The embroidering screen appears. • To return to the pattern editing screen and continue editing the pattern, touch...
Chapter BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE This chapter contains descriptions on the use of the settings keys and the machines operation guide keys, introduced on page 30. Details on changing the basic embroidery machine settings and viewing operations on the LCD will be provided. Using the Settings Key ...........
Using the Settings Key Touch (settings key) to change many of the basic embroidery machine settings. ■ Page 2 Understanding the settings screen There are four pages in the settings screen. Touch in the lower-center of the screen until the desired page is displayed. The appears on all pages.
Shows the version of the software installed on this embroidery machine. (Refer to page 184.) Note • Check with your local authorized Brother dealer or at “ http://support.brother.com ” for details on available updates. Details of each of the settings are described in the following sections.
Saving a settings screen image to Changing the display guides USB media The guides in the pattern display area can be set for the attached embroidery frame. An image of the settings screen can be saved as a The guide settings can be specified from page 1 of BMP file.
BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE ■ Sample displays Changing the thread color Thread color number (#123) information Embroidery Country (Polyester) (Cotton*) You can display the name of the thread colors, embroidery thread number or the embroidery time. When the embroidery machine is purchased, the thread color number (#123) is selected.
Changing the units of Changing the background colors measurements of the embroidery patterns or thumbnails The units of measurements can be set to millimeters or inches. The background colors of the pattern display area When the embroidery machine is purchased, and pattern thumbnails.
BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE Touch to select the desired Specifying the thumbnail size setting. You can set whether the thumbnails for selecting an embroidery pattern are displayed in normal size or large size. Large size is 1.5 times the normal size.
Selecting the “Eco Mode” or Setting the opening screen “Shutoff Support Mode” You can select the initial screen of the machine. If you set the “Opening Screen” to “ON”, the You can save the machine power by setting the opening movie screen starts when the machine is eco mode or the shutoff support mode.
BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE Turning “ON” or “OFF” the light Setting the LED pointer You can turn on or off the machine light. You can set the “LED pointer” to “ON” or “OFF”. The LED pointer shows the needle drop position in When the machine is purchased, “ON”...
Using the Machine Operations Guide Key This machine contains information based on the contents of the Operation Manual, such as basic machine operations. Touch (machine operations guide key), and then select from the four topics that appear to display the available information. ■...
BASIC SETTINGS AND HELP FEATURE Touch → The procedure for threading the upper thread appears. Read the instruction. Press to view the next page. Press to view the previous page. Touch to return to the original screen.
Chapter APPENDIX This chapter provides descriptions of techniques for sewing applications, pointers for creating beautiful embroidery, and details on maintenance procedures and corrective measures that should be taken when a problem occurs. Appliqué Sewing............ 154 Sewing appliqué patterns ............154 ■ Procedure for sewing appliqués ..........154 Using a frame pattern to create appliqués (1) ......155 Using a frame pattern to create appliqués (2) ......156 Embroidering Split Embroidery Patterns....
Appliqué Sewing This section describes the procedure for sewing appliqués. Remove the appliqué fabric from the Sewing appliqué patterns embroidery frame, and then carefully cut along the embroidered cutline. Some of the built-in embroidery patterns can be used for sewing appliqués. Follow the procedures described below to sew appliqués using the patterns with “APPLIQUE MATERIAL”, “APPLIQUE POSITION”...
APPENDIX After attaching the appliqué piece, Embroider the same pattern on the base embroider an “APPLIQUE” pattern. The fabric. appliqué is finished. • Depending on the pattern, an “APPLIQUE” pattern may not be available. In this case, embroider the Lightly apply fabric glue or spray adhesive appliqué...
• Be sure to stop the machine before the cross at the Using a frame pattern to create center is embroidered. appliqués (2) Remove the embroidery frame from the machine, and then cut off the excess appliqué fabric along the outside of the There is another way of embroidering appliqués.
APPENDIX Embroidering Split Embroidery Patterns Select section to be embroidered. Split embroidery patterns created with PE-DESIGN Ver.7 or later, or PE-DESIGN NEXT can be embroidered. With split embroidery patterns, Select the sections in alphabetical order. embroidery designs larger than the embroidery A maximum of 9 sections can be displayed in one hoop are divided into multiple sections, which page.
Memo • The pattern can be rotated 90° to either the left or right when is touched. Touch Touch to unlock the embroidery machine. Touch the “Start/Stop” button to embroider the pattern section. When embroidering is finished, the following screen appears. Touch →...
APPENDIX Helpful Tips for the Operation of the Machine This section provides descriptions to operations useful in the operation of this machine. Thread color display using a custom thread Color thread table Additional explanations of the machine’s built-in color thread table and the custom thread table are provided below.
Creating Beautiful Embroidery The various precautions concerning the thread, embroidery frames and stabilizers (backings) that must be observed in order to create beautiful embroidery are described below. Choice of thread is a major factor in improving Threads production time. The thread run ability, strength, consistency and weight all affect output.
APPENDIX embroidery is finished, the fabric can be removed, Stabilizers (backing) the excess backing can be disposed of and the process repeated. Backing and topping serve to stabilize and support the product being embroidered so the stitches can 4.Tear-away stabilizer can be used on be sewn with the least amount of interference or mediumweight woven fabrics and sturdy fabrics instability.
Hooping techniques “Use the right tool for the right job” is a statement many of us have heard throughout the years. This statement holds true even in the embroidery industry. The wrong size or type of embroidery frame may result in poor pattern alignment during sewing or damage the product altogether.
APPENDIX Fabric/stabilizer compatibility chart Fabric/ No. of Backing No. of Topping Comments Garment Pieces Pieces Increase density and/or satin stitch width. Fine details and small Terry cloth 1 tear-away 1 water-soluble lettering tend to get caught in the terry loops. Heavy lining: If garment slips in frame, causing alignment problems, wrap None...
CAUTION Cleaning the hook • If the hook is scratched or damaged, consult your authorized Brother dealer. Periodically remove lint and dust for better performance from hook race area. Use the included cleaning brush. After cleaning is finished, insert the bobbin case into the hook, and then close the hook Turn off the embroidery machine.
APPENDIX Remove the needle plate. Cleaning around the needle plate With an offset screwdriver, loosen the screws, and then remove the needle plate. If lint and dust collect around the moving knife, the fixed knife or the thread retaining plate, the thread may not be cut correctly and the error message may appear, or various parts of the machine may be damaged.
Use the included cleaning brush to remove Cleaning the bobbin case any lint and dust from inside the bobbin case. Thread wax and dust easily collect around the hole in the tension-adjusting spring on the bobbin case, resulting in an incorrect thread tension. Therefore, it should be cleaned each time when the bobbin is changed.
APPENDIX Reassembling the tension unit. Note • When reassembling the tension unit, be sure not to install the tension disc upside- down. There is a magnet on the bottom. Bottom 1 Thread guide plate ■ Disassembling and cleaning the tension unit To remove tension dial, turn dial counterclockwise as shown on illustration.
Rotate the handwheel to a position ( ) on Oiling the machine the machine. In order to extend the life of the embroidery machine’s parts and keep the machine operating correctly, be sure to oil the machine before the first time that it is used. If too little oil was applied to the race, an error message may appear.
Put one drop of oil on the lower needle bar felt washer. Once this message appears, it is recommended to take your machine to an authorized Brother dealer for a regular maintenance check. Although this message will disappear and the machine will...
Troubleshooting Troubleshooting If the machine does not operate correctly, check for the following points/issues before requesting service. If the suggested remedy does not correct the problem, contact your authorized Brother dealer. Symptom Probable Cause Remedy Reference Page The machine is not turned on.
The needle and the hook are not Hook timing may be OFF. Consult your correctly passing each other. nearest authorized Brother dealer. The thread density of the embroidery Using a data design system, correct the data is too fine.
Remedy Reference Page The area around the hole in the needle plate is damaged. Replace the needle plate or consult your nearest authorized Brother dealer. 1 Scratches/Burrs The needle is touching the needle plate. Consult your nearest authorized Brother dealer.
The automatic threading mechanism is Consult your nearest authorized broken. Brother dealer. The upper thread Adhesive is attached to the needle. Replace the needle. p. 72 breaks.
Check the thread path, and then thread p. 48 correctly. the upper thread again. The machine is noisy. Replace the hook. The hook is damaged. Consult your nearest authorized Brother dealer. Not enough oil was applied. Oil recommended parts. p. 168...
Consult your nearest disc, even though the thread is not authorized Brother dealer. broken, the machine detects that the thread is not being fed and stops. Replace the needle. Dull needles have The needle is dull.
Symptom Probable Cause Remedy Reference Page Nothing happens, Touch to unlock the even if the LCD The screen has been locked. p. 54 screen. display is pressed. The LCD screen is Condensation has formed on the LCD After a while, the cloudiness will fogged up.
To close the message, touch or perform the correct operation, then touch . If the message appears again, consult your nearest authorized Brother dealer. Some malfunction occurred. There are too many characters in the The pattern data that you tried to recall curved text arrangement for the selected is invalid.
The patterns you are editing take up too You can start embroidering only when The automatic threading mechanism did much memory, or you are editing too you go to the embroidering screen, and not operate correctly. many patterns for the memory. Remove the thread entangled in the then touch key.
APPENDIX The selected pattern is going to be The machine was turned off while was touched while thread colors sewing, then turned on again. deleted because was touched. were being changed. Touch to return the machine to the condition (pattern position and number of stitches) when it was turned off.
The motor has locked up due to tangled The USB media is write-protected. The USB media is write-protected. thread or for other reasons related to Cancel the write protection. Touch , and cancel the write thread delivery. protection. If the thread is entangled in the bobbin case, clean the race, and then oil it.
USB media. For a moving cutter. list of compatible USB media, visit Clean the moving cutter. (Refer to “ http://support.brother.com ”. page 165.) You tried to recall or save a pattern An error has occurred with the upper The machine needs maintenance.
Upgrading Your Machine’s Software You can use USB media or a computer to download upgrade software for your embroidering machine. When an upgrade program is available on “ http://support.brother.com ”, please download the files following the instructions on the website and steps below.
APPENDIX Copy the upgrade file to “Removable Disk”. Note • If an error occurs, a red text error message will appear. When the load is performed successfully, following message will appear. Touch Remove the USB media, and turn the machine off and on again. Upgrade procedure using computer For computers and operating systems, see...