Brother® Releases Two New Embroidery Machines Plus

FALL 2007
Cover Story
(continued) PAGE 2
Notes from the
Design Doctor
Customer of the
Software Training
Brother® Releases Two New Embroidery
Machines Plus Announces the Launch of a New
e-Commerce Website!
New Single-Head Embroidery Machines Ship!
We recently began shipping our new single head 9- and 12-needle embroidery machines,
the BE-0901EAC-PC and the BE-1201BAC-PC. These new models boast many great
innovative features exclusive to Brother:
• Operators can now connect direct to a computer and can either be connected with other
Brother machines or can operate independently.
• The new Control Software provides real time data regarding production rates, speed,
stitch count, time for sew out, production statistics and much more.
• The same control software is used as with the Brother multi-head machines, so there is
no additional training required.
• The operator can view design, hoop size, set colors and control needle speed on the PC as
the design is sewing.
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• Store and report production data up to 3 years by hour, day, month and year. Can be output
to excel file and data can also be viewed graphically. Provides real time updates in status
• Able to network single or multi-head machine configurations through the control software.
Brother Offices &
Sales Reps PAGE 6
Tech Talk
• Multimedia capable with your computer using CF, USB, CD/DVD and disk drives.
"We are very excited to start shipments of our new generation of single head embroidery
machines," said Peter Holland, Senior Director and General Manager, Brother International
Corporation. "Since we introduced these machines in January at the ISS, Long Beach, CA
show, we have seen a huge interest, particularly from embroiderers looking to network
with their existing Brother embroidery equipment."
If you would like additional information on these new generation embroidery machines,
please call your Brother Sales Rep (see page 6) or call 1-800-432-3532.
New single head control panel
New single head embroidery machine
Continued on page 2.
Cover Story . . . (continued)
New Portable Single Head Embroidery Machine, the PR-620, is Released!
We've made some exciting enhancements to our portable single head embroidery machine that gives operators
more sewing options and flexibility. The PR-620 comes standard with three new frames designed to allow
greater flexibility:
• New cylinder frame, which was not available with either the PR-600C or the PR-600C II.
(Sew area: 90 mm x 80 mm).
• Cap frame with an extra large sew area. The sewing area has been extended an extra 10 mm!
(Sew area: 130 mm x 60 mm).
• Flat frame that accommodates thick fabrics such as denim jackets. (Sew area: 300 mm x 200 mm).
The new PR-620 is packed with user-friendly features, such as an easy to read LCD display, a 2-way USB port,
built-in touch screen lettering, automatic 6-needle threader, the ability to customize designs on-screen, and
more! Already own a PR-600C or PR-600C II? Great news, upgrade packages are available. Contact your
Brother Sales Rep (see page 6) or call 1-800-432-3532 for details.
PR-620 side view
Brother's PAS Store Launches New e-Commerce
We recently launched a new website for our PAS Store where visitors
can easily shop for sewing, embroidery, and inkjet garment
decorating parts, accessories and supplies at
This new website is a secure e-commerce site which offers hundreds
of sewing and embroidery parts, accessories and supplies from
dozens of manufacturers, including Gunold, Madiera, HoopMaster,
Organ Needles, Jiffy Steamer, Brother genuine parts, and many
"The launch of this site is part of our global corporate strategy
to make the products we sell readily available to our customers.
The major upgrade to the website offers many
advantages for our customers. It allows us to offer more products,
offer specials and discounts, makes it easier for customers to place
orders, and provides better communication with our customers,"
stated Peter Holland, Senior Director and General Manager,
Brother International Corporation.
PR-620 frames & attachments
Design Dr.
Notes from the Editor
Dear Doctor,
Dear Readers:
Fall is finally here and now is a great time for those of
you selling to schools. Schools are a great market for
embroiderers and garment decorators because there are
so many potential sub-markets. Many people want to
show their support and affiliation with a particular
school, and within that school, a particular group.
Groups include sports teams, clubs, cheerleading,
band, teachers/grades, and special events. If you
haven’t tapped into this potentially lucrative market,
perhaps you should start by looking into the schools in
your area to identify opportunities. But remember,
schools are very cost conscious, so price carefully.
If you’ve read our cover story, then you know
we’ve been busy developing new technology and
equipment to improve the embroidery process and
sewing quality. Our new e-commerce website is a great
way to get all the parts, accessories and supplies you
need to keep your business going. Best of all, is open 24/7. Please let us
know if you have any comments or questions about
our new embroidery machines or new e-commerce
Have you attended our Garment Decorating Road
Shows yet? They’re a great way to learn about our garment decorating equipment and what to expect when
you start a garment decorating business. Industry
experts are on-hand to answer any questions you may
have. Check our website for shows and events in your
Lisa Pross
Marketing and Operations Manager
Industrial Products Division
Sometimes when I am sewing a fill area I get a line
of stitches missing in the middle of my fill. Is there
something I can do to keep this from happening?
Fillin' Lousy
Dear Lousy,
If you create a fill area that sews part of the way in
one direction, then walks to the other end of the fill
and sews back in the other direction, it will often leave
a gap in the middle of the fill. The cause of this is
material bunching. As the fill is sewing it creates a
slight build-up of material ahead of the stitching.
When it walks away and starts sewing back to the
middle, it does the same thing, and where the two fill
areas meet there is a build-up of material and it looks
like it is missing a few rows of stitching.
There are a couple of things that you can do to keep
this from happening. In general you usually want your
fill to sew all in one direction. After creating your fill
area and right clicking to close your shape, the Ethos
software allows you to select where you want to put
your exit point with a left click. If you are stitching
horizontally you would want to set your exit point at
the top or the bottom. If you were stitching vertically
you would want your exit point on the left or the right
side. It doesn't usually matter which direction you sew
as long as it is sewing in one direction. Another way
to keep this from happening is proper use of underlay.
Most of the time I use a "netting" underlay for my
simple fill areas. This is one of the available choices
when selecting your underlay settings. This is a crosshatch underlay that provides great stability for the top
stitching. It's my favorite underlay for fill areas. If the
fill area is a very complex shape, or if it has lots of
void areas, sometimes the netting underlay is too haphazard for a good underlay. If this is the case, then I
will usually choose the "packing" or "full packing"
underlay setting. Both of these settings create an
underlay that is perpendicular to the top stitching and
the full packing does an edge walk also. Using proper
underlay and sewing your fills in one direction will
alleviate your challenge with this issue!
Happy Stitching!
Design Doctor
Customer of the Quarter
Big Fish Ink Creates Lasting
Memories on Apparel
ustin Henderson had a successful sales career in
the insurance industry, but he was growing tired
of the traveling and stress and wanted to simplify
his life. So last year he decided to trade in his suit and
tie for a house and business on the beach in beautiful
coastal Yachats, Oregon. He and his wife Lisa had spent
lot of time there, and it was a place he always wanted to
live. Lisa had previously owned her own screen printing
and promotional products business, but decided to close
that business and join her husband in their new venture.
After much research, Dustin and Lisa bought a Brother
GT-541 inkjet garment printer and started Big Fish Ink,
a mobile garment decorating business specializing in
"creating lasting memories on apparel".
Customer of the Quarter...continued
experiment printing on different substrates. For example,
they collect sand dollars and print scenes on them. They
haven't perfected the technique yet, but the effect is
beautiful and unique.
"We wouldn't be in business if it weren't for the
Brother GT-541. It always works flawlessly, regardless
of how many miles we travel, the weather, or how many
hours it continuously runs. It's obvious that Brother really cares about their customers and their products. The
quality is just amazing. Brother has set the standard they own this industry!" said Dustin.
For more information, contact Dustin and Lisa at
Dustin & Lisa
model for t-shirt
GT-541 printed
sand dollar
2007 Software
Training Schedule
Please call 1-877-4BROTHER (877-427-6843) or
(901) 379 1085 to sign up for ApS-Ethos
Software training.
Dustin and Lisa wanted their business to be unique, so
they decided to make theirs a mobile photography/garment decorating business. They pack up the GT-541 and
travel to various events around Oregon, including youth
sporting events, special occasions such as reunions, fishing tournaments and dog shows. Dustin and Lisa investigated the available inkjet garment decorating machines
on the market and found the Brother machine to be the
best choice. Wanting to provide the highest quality
products to their customers, Dustin says "I was really
concerned that the quality would fade and deteriorate
with each washing, so I printed samples on several manufacturers' printers and washed, rewashed, and washed
them again. The Brother product stood out in the crowd.
The graphics were just as vibrant as they were before
the first washing. All the competitors' shirts faded to
some degree and basically looked old. Right there we
made up our minds to buy the Brother GT-541."
Big Fish Ink travels to about sixteen shows per year,
but they may add more in the future as they are always
looking for new opportunities. So far they've been really
successful. Customers like to watch the shirts print out,
but they love having their child or pet's picture commemorating a special event captured on the shirt to preserve that memory forever. Dustin and Lisa continue to
For the 2007 schedule, visit (click Go
to U.S.A; click Industrial Sewing & Embroidery; click
Brother University & Seminars; and click Software
Seminars). Class sizes are limited, so early enrollment is
Top Ten reasons to upgrade from
BE100 to ApS-Ethos
10. Yearly Updates - ApS-Ethos will come out with a
new software version every year.
9. ApS-Ethos works with Windows XP Pro, XP Home
and Windows Vista.
8. When you upgrade to ApS-Ethos you get a new USB
Security device.
7. ApS-Ethos will read your old BE100E .bdf files.
6. ApS-Ethos works with vector art.
5. ApS-Ethos gives you the flexibility of using many
different text features.
ApS-Ethos has an automatic drop-shadow feature.
True type fonts for running and fill stitch.
Free software training on all upgrades.
Fonts, Fonts, Fonts......Almost 200 satin fonts.
The PAS Store
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Printwear, Charlotte, NC
May 8-10
Printwear, Fort Worth, TX
June 19-21
Printwear, Baltimore, MD
July 17-19
Printwear, Long Beach, CA
July 18-20
ISS, Providence, RI
Aug. 7-9
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Sep. 4-6
Printwear, Indianapolis, IN
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ISS, Atlanta, GA
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Embroidery Tech Talk
Oiling the Rotary Hook
BAS-416, 416A, 1210
BE-901, 916, 1201, 1216
The Hook Assembly should be oiled
every four hours of use. To do so:
Pull the Jump Solenoid Cam Lever down.
This will stop the needle bar from moving.
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Turn the handwheel backwards, from 100
degrees to 50 degree.
Open the white cover over the hook, and
place two drops of oil on the left side of the
hook, as shown by the arrow. Return the
handwheel to 100 degrees. Press the thread
trimming key once, and then a second time
after the cycle is completed. Raise the Jump
Solenoid Cam Lever after the second trim
cycle. The machine is ready for use.
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Software News
Toby’s Techniques
Ethos FAQs
Split Centre Out Text
Automatic Applique Advanced Settings
1) Generate some text in the normal way. Now select the point at
which you wish the text to split
(highlight a character).
2) Now go to the Text menu and
select Centre Out Stitching. This
will mark the text as centre-out
and record the character you have
selected as the split point.
The Automatic Applique feature
has now been enhanced to allow
further control of corner generation. This is necessary since on
some occasions the user may
require different handling of corner situations depending on the
type style of applique and border
offset (above 70% say).
A new Advanced settings button
has been added to the applique
feature which will allow access to
the corner handling settings.
Advanced corner
settings button
When this button is pressed
another dialog is shown which
shows the settings available :3) When the text is stitched it will
stitch as follows :
To re-assign a split point you must
first of all switch the centre out
mode off, then select the new split
character, then switch the mode
back on. Also, you will need to
reset the split point if you edit the
text and add one or more characters before the it (it will have
Force Corner Factor : This setting
represents how important corner
stitching is. The higher the value
the harder the system will try to
stitch in mitred corners. On some
occasions where accurate corners
cannot be constructed the system
will not produce mitred stitching.
If this value is increased (for
example to 2000) the system will
endeavor to produce mitred stitching, sacrificing accuracy where
Handy Hints
Normal, Flat Cap, Short Sharp:
These are the 3 types of corner
handling. Normal will not do anything special. Flat Cap will square
off any large corners. Short Sharp
will reduce the corner where necessary.
Flat Cap
will be converted to
Short Sharp
will be converted to
The other 2 settings on the dialog
indicate when and how these conversions should take place. Width
Threshold indicates how big a corner needs to get before it is too
big. Final Width indicates to what
size the corner should be reduced.
In the form shown above any corners which become bigger than
2.5 times the requested width (for
example 3mm) will be deemed to
be too big. The corner will then be
reduced to 1.2 times the requested
Example (Width Threshold is 2.5,
Final Width is 1.2). If the user
requests an applique border to be
generated at a width of 3mm and
the system generates a sharp corner of 9mm then this is greater
than 7.5mm (2.5 x 3mm). So the
corner will be reduced to a flat
cap or sharp corner of width
3.6mm (1.2 x 3mm).
Questions? Comments? Email Toby
Industrial Products Division
P.O. Box 6911
Bridgewater, NJ 08807-0911
Brother International Corporation
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