TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.GETTING TO KNOW YOUR MACHINE
Machine identification ----------------------------------------------------2
Accessories ----------------------------------------------------------------3
Setting up your machine ------------------------------------------------4
Spool pins -------------------------------------------------------------------4
Winding bobbin ------------------------------------------------------------5
Threading the bobbin thread -------------------------------------------6
Threading the top thread ------------------------------------------------7
Using automatic needle threader -------------------------------- 8 - 9
Needle, thread and fabric chart ------------------------------------- 10
Adjusting top thread tension ----------------------------------------- 11
Changing presser foot ------------------------------------------------- 11
Control panel function ------------------------------------------- 12 - 13
Functions of operation switch panel - ------------------------------ 14
2. STARTING TO SEW
Quick reference table of stitch length and width ---------- 15 - 16
Straight stitching -------------------------------------------------- 17 - 18
Keeping seams straight, Inserting zippers and piping
Hand-look quilt stitch --------------------------------------------------- 18
Zigzag stitching ---------------------------------------------------------- 19
Adjusting stitch width and length, Satin stitch
Placement of patterns
Blind stitch ---------------------------------------------------------------- 20
Multi-stitch zigzag ------------------------------------------------------- 21
Stretch stitches ---------------------------------------------------- 22 - 25
Straight stretch stitch, Ric-rac stitch,
Honeycomb stitch, Overedge stitch, Feather stitch,
Pin stitch, Ladder stitch, blanket stitch (1), (2),
Slant pin stitch, Slant overedge stitch,
Greek key stitch, Entredeux stitch, Criss-cross stitch,
Crossed stitch
Decorative Stitching ---------------------------------------------------- 25
Continuous patterns ---------------------------------------------------- 26
Sewing on a button ----------------------------------------------------- 26
Buttonholes --------------------------------------------------------- 27 - 29
Using buttonhole foot, Procedure, Corded buttonholes
Buttonholing with hard-to-sew fabrics
3. PREPARATION FOR EMBROIDERY SEWING
Before attaching embroidery unit ----------------------------- 30 - 31
Attaching embroidery foot, Inserting the bobbin,
Threading the top thread, Extension table,
Attaching embroidery unit - ------------------------------------------- 32
Removing embroidery unit - ------------------------------------------ 32
Securing fabric in embroidery hoop -------------------------------- 33
Using fabric and stabilizer -------------------------------------- 34 - 35
Preparing the machine before installing the hoop -------------- 36
Attaching and removing embroidery hoop ------------------------ 36
Installation of software ------------------------------------------- 37 - 38
Operation switches when embroidery unit is attached ----------- 39
Operation switches, Thread tension control
Troubleshooting --------------------------------------------------- 40 - 43
Helpful information for embroidering with Futura
Multi hoop ----------------------------------------------------------- 44 - 47
Helpful messages when embroidering ---------------------------- 48
4. OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Presser foot lifter -------------------------------------------------------- 49
Feed dog control -------------------------------------------------------- 49
Converting to free-arm sewing -------------------------------------- 49
Performance checklist ------------------------------------------------- 50
Cleaning hook area and feed dogs --------------------------------- 51
Oiling inside the face cover - ----------------------------------------- 52
Special accessories ---------------------------------------------------- 53
Helpful messages ------------------------------------------------- 54 - 55
For European version
Sewing machine
Dimensions: 567 mm × 240 mm × 317 mm
Mass of the equipment: 10.8 kg
Embroidery unit
Dimensions: 504 mm × 411 mm × 141 mm
Mass of the equipment: 3.0 kg
Rated Voltage: 230 V ~
Rated Frequency: 50 Hz
Rated input: 64 W
Using ambient temperature: Normal temperature
Acoustic noise level: less than 70 db(A)
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1.GETTING TO KNOW YOUR MACHINE
MACHINE IDENTIFICATION
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Pre-tension guide
Bobbin winding tension disk
Thread tension control
Threading lever
Face cover
Thread cutter/holder
Extension table (Accessory box)
Bobbin winder spindle
Bobbin winder latch
Operation buttons
Horizontal spool pin
Handle
Hand wheel
Power/light switch
Cord socket
Buttonhole lever
Feed dog control
Presser foot lifter
Identification plate
Thread guide
Twin thread guide
Presser foot screw
Needle
Bobbin cover plate
Needle bar
Alternate thread cutter
Foot release button
Needle clamp screw
General purpose foot
Feed dogs
Needle plate
Bobbin cover release button
Embroidery unit
Hoop release lever
Carriage
Handle
Accessory drawer
Hoop bracket
Release lever
Connector
Large hoop
Inner frame
Outer frame
Hoop adjusting screw
Hoop mounting plate
Small hoop
Power line cord
Foot control
USB cable
Instruction manual
NOTE: B
e sure the USB cable is
attached to your machine when
doing embroidery.
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ACCESSORIES
FOR SEWING MACHINE
1. Needles
2. Bobbins
3. Auxiliary spool pin
4. Spool pin felt discs
5. Spool pin cap (mini)
6. Spool pin cap (small)
7. Spool pin cap (large)
8. Buttonhole opener/Brush
9. Screwdriver for needle plate
10. Screwdriver (large)
11. Screwdriver (small)
12. Zipper foot
13. Blind hem foot
14. Satin foot
15. Button sewing foot
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16. Buttonhole foot and underplate
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17. Thread spool net (long)
18. Thread spool net (short)
The Foot that comes on your
Sewing machine is called the
General Purpose Foot and will
be used for the majority of your
sewing.
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The Satin Foot (14) is another
very useful foot and should be
used for most decorative sewing.
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When purchasing additional
bobbins, be sure they are Class
I5 J.
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FOR EMBROIDERY
19. Vinyl bag
20. Bobbins
21. Scissors
22. Embroidery presser foot
23. Embroidery software CD
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FUTURA embroidery is “system” of the machine
and the software providing powerful option and
capabilities.
To install the FUTURA software, refer to the CD insert
for more information.
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SETTING UP YOUR MACHINE
Be sure to wipe off any surplus oil from needle plate area
before using your machine the first time.
Power line cord/FOOT CONTROL
Connect the plug of the power line cord into the cord
socket (1) and your wall outlet (2) as illustrated.
Set power/light switch at “OFF”
machine socket
Connect the foot control plug into the machine socket (3),
when using sewing machine only.
NOTE: In sewing mode, the machine can be operated
either with or without the foot control (see page
14).
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Always disconnect the machine from power
supply by removing the plug from the walloutlet.
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3
Pin
Power line cord
POWER/LIGHT SWITCH
Your machine will not operate until the power/light switch
is turned on. The same switch controls both the power and
the light.
When servicing the machine, or when changing needles
or lights, etc., the machine must be disconnected from the
power supply.
Foot control
XL-550-P04-1.eps
Power/light switch “OFF”
Power/light switch “ON”
SPOOL PINS
HORIZONTAL SPOOL PIN for normal
thread spool
Spool
Place thread spool on the pin and secure with a spool cap
to ensure smooth flow of thread.
Felt disc
VERTICAL SPOOL PIN for large thread
spool
Vertical spool pin
Attach the spool pin. Place felt disc over it. Place a thread
spool on the spool pin.
Thread retaining slit
Spool pin cap
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Spool
Spool pin
WINDING BOBBIN
Be sure to use Class 15 J bobbins.
1. Place a spool of thread on the spool pin, and secure it with
the spool pin cap. Pull the thread out from the spool and
place it through thread guides as shown in illustration.
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2. Put end of thread through the hole in bobbin as shown.
Place bobbin onto the bobbin winder spindle as far as it
can go.
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3. Holding onto the end of the thread, push the bobbin winder
latch against the bobbin until it clicks and bobbin starts to
rotate.
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4. Bobbin will disengage automatically and the winding
mechanism will stop when the bobbin is full. Remove the
wound bobbin and cut the thread tail.
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THREADING THE BOBBIN THREAD
1. Raise the needle to its highest position by rotating the hand
wheel counter clockwise (toward you).
2. Remove the bobbin cover plate by pushing the release
button to the right. Bobbin cover will pop up sufficiently to
allow you to remove the cover.
3. Insert the bobbin making sure the bobbin rotates counterclockwise when you pull the thread.
NOTE: This is a very important step. The bobbin
must rotate counterclockwise when thread is pulled.
4. Pull thread through the slot (A) and then to the left.
A
5. With a finger held gently on top of the bobbin, pull the
thread until it stops in the slot (B). Then pull the thread
along the groove on the needle plate until it is snipped with
cutter on the top left.
Cutter
NOTE: Sewing can be started without having to pull
up the bobbin thread.
Groove
6. Replace the clear bobbin cover plate onto the needle plate.
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B
A
THREADING THE TOP THREAD
A. Raise the presser foot lifter. Always be sure to raise the
presser foot lifter before threading the top thread. (If the
presser foot lifter is not raised, correct thread tension
cannot be obtained.)
B. Turn the hand wheel counter clockwise (toward you) until
the needle is in its highest position.
C. Thread the machine with your left hand while firmly gripping
the thread with your right hand in the following order as
illustrated.
* Guide the thread through thread guides (1 & 2), and then
pull it down along the groove (3).
* Guide the thread into the thread guide (4).
* Pass the thread through the eye of the needle (5) from
front to back. (See following page for instructions on
operation of the Automatic Needle Threader.)
IMPORTANT:
To verify that the machine is threaded properly in the
tension discs, do this simple check:
1.)With the presser foot raised, pull the thread towards
the back of the machine. You should detect only
a slight resistance and little or no deflection of the
needle.
2.)Now lower the presser foot and again pull the thread
towards the the back of the machine. This time you
should detect a considerable amount of resistance
and much more deflection of the needle. If you do
not detect the resistance you have mis-threaded the
machine and need to re-thread it.
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USING AUTOMATIC NEEDLE THREADER
 Be sure to raise the presser foot lifter and raise the needle
to its highest position before threading.
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Thread guide
Threading hook
1. Thread the machine with your left hand while gripping the
thread with your right hand. Hook thread to the thread
guide on the needle bar and pull it toward you leaving
about 4” (10 cm) clear.
2. Hook thread into the twin thread guides (A and B).
3. Pull thread gently into the thread cutter/holder to cut and
hold it in place.
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Twin thread guide
Don’t pull thread with strong force or thread may
be pulled off from needle hole after threading.
4. Pull down the threading lever to its lowest position until the
twin thread guide rotates and stops.
Make sure that the guide doesn’t touch fabric, etc.
5. Release the threading lever and needle will be threaded
automatically. If it should not return to the original position,
raise it gently by hand.
6. Pull thread loop away from you.
If the needle has not been threaded correctly, rethread from STEP 1.
NOTE:
 F or smooth threading, it is recommended that
the machine be set for straight stitch (in center
needle position) when using the automatic needle
threader.
B
A
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 H eavy thread cannot be threaded through fine
needle.
 Don’t lower the threading lever while the machine is
in operation or the threading hook may be broken.
IMPORTANT: If the needle cannot be threaded with the
Automatic Needle Threader due to particular qualities
of the thread, or if the thread is too thick for the
needle being used, then manually thread the needle
after hooking the thread through the thread guide on
the needle bar.
Thread cutter/holder
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Threading lever
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HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS:
 Put a drop of sewing machine oil onto the felt disc,
if the machine is used after a long interval.
Felt disc
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 If the threading hook is deviated from needle hole,
adjust the position of the hook using a small screw
driver.
 If the threading hook cannot catch thread, adjust
the vertical position by bending the twin thread
guide.
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NEEDLE, THREAD AND FABRIC CHART
Your fabric will determine the choice of a needle and thread.
The following table is a practical guide to needle and thread
selection. Always refer to it before a new sewing project.
Generally, the same size and type of thread is used in the
bobbin as in the upper thread.
FABRICS
THREAD
NEEDLES
The fabrics below can be of any
fiber: cotton, linen, silk, wool,
synthetic, rayon, blends. They
are listed as examples of weight.
TYPE
Cotton-wrapped 2000 or 2020
LightBatiste
Polyester
red
Weight
Chiffon
100% Polyester
shank
Crepe
* Mercerized Size 60
Cotton-wrapped 2000 or 2020
Medium- Corduroy
Polyester
red
Weight
Flannel
100% Polyester
shank
Gabardine
* Mercerized Size 50
Gingham
Nylon
Linen
Muslin
Wool Crepe
Cotton-wrapped 2000 or 2020
Medium- Bonded Wovens
red
Polyester
Heavy
Canvas
shank
100% Polyester
Coating
* Mercerized Size 40
Denim
* "Heavy Duty"
Duck
Sailcloth
Knits
Bonded Knits
Double Knit
Jersey
Tricot
Cotton-wrapped
Polyester
Polyester
Nylon
2001 or 2045
yellow
shank
SIZE
11/80
orange
band
14/90
blue
band
16/100
purple
band
18/110
yellow
band
11/80
orange
band
14/90
blue
band
16/100
purple
band
* For best sewing results, always use a Singer Branded Needle.
Always disconnect the machine from power
supply by removing the plug from the wall-outlet.
Changing the needle
1. Raise the needle bar to its highest position by turning the
hand wheel counter clockwise (toward you).
Flat side
2. Loosen the needle clamp screw by turning it toward you.
Needle
3. Remove the needle by pulling it downward.
4. Insert the new needle into the needle clamp with the flat
side toward the back.
5. Push the needle up as far as it can go.
Pin
6. Tighten the needle clamp screw firmly with the screw
driver.
Flat
side
toward
the
back
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ADJUSTING TOP THREAD TENSION
Under side
90% of your sewing will be accomplished with the word “S”
exposed on the tension control dial on top of the machine.
Helpful Hint: A slight adjustment to a higher number or a
lower number may improve sewing appearance.
Well balanced
Top side
STRAIGHT STITCHING
The correct appearance of your stitching is largely determined
by the balanced tension of both top and bobbin threads. The
tension is well balanced when these two threads ‘lock’ in the
middle of layers of the fabric you are sewing.
If, when you start to sew, you find that the stitching is irregular,
you will need to adjust the tension control. Do this, however,
only after you have determined that the machine is correctly
threaded (see page 16 - 17).
Make all adjustments with presser foot ‘down’.
Top stitch too tight
Top stitch too loose
A balanced tension (identical stitches both top and bottom) is
usually only desirable for straight stitch sewing.
ZIG ZAG and DECORATIVE SEWING
For zigzag sewing and decorative stitch functions, thread
tension should be less than that for straight stitch sewing.
You will always obtain a nicer stitch and less puckering when
the upper thread appears slightly on the bottom side of your
fabric.
BOBBIN TENSION
Decrease tension
Increase tension
The bobbin tension has been correctly set at the factory,
so you do not need to adjust it.
CHANGING PRESSER FOOT
Be sure the needle is in the highest position. Raise presser
foot lifter.
Presser foot lifter
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1. Push presser foot release button to remove the foot.
2. Place the desired foot on the needle plate aligning the
presser foot pin with the foot holder.
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3. Lower the presser foot lifter so that the foot holder snaps
on the foot.
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Foot release button
Foot holder
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LED indicator
Pattern selection buttons
LED indicator
Twin needle mode button
Stitch length control
Stitch width/needle position control
*NOTE: The provided scales and numbers on the length and width controls are for reference only
and do not represent actual sewing parameters of length and width.
CONTROL PANEL FUNCTIONS
Pattern selection buttons
Turn on the power switch and the LED indicator above the straight
stitch pattern will be lit. At this point you may sew Straight Stitch.
To select other patterns, push the pattern selection button to
the right of the row that contains your desired pattern. Stop
when the LED indicator above your pattern is lit.
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Stitch length and width/needle position controls
*Auto/Default settings
Your sewing machine will produce most of your stitching
requirements at an Auto/Default Stitch Length and Width. When
a pattern is selected, it will automatically sew at default settings of
stitch length, width and needle position for straight stitch.
Auto (preprogrammed) default settings are easily determined
by moving the Stitch Length and Width / Needle Position
Control Knob. The LED Indicator next to the Control will light
in orange without blinking and a beep will sound indicating you
are at the Auto / Default Position.
*Manual settings
Once you have determined the Auto / Default position you can
manually change the length, width or straight stitch needle
postition according to your preference. Starting at the Auto
position, slide the control knob left or right to locate each of
the potential adjustments. At each manual adjustment point,
the LED will blink 3 times in green and a beep will sound.
The LED will light in red beyond the potential adjustment range.
NOTES: 1. Some patterns offer more opportunities for
manual adjustments than others.
2.A n a l t e r n a t e m e t h o d o f d e t e r m i n i n g
available adjustments is to move the
control knobs while sewing slowly.
Twin needle mode button
The width setting for twin needle sewing can be activated if it is
available for the selected pattern. The LED turns on when twin
needle sewing is activated.
Width setting for twin needle sewing can be activated, if it
is available for a selected pattern. LED turns on when twin
needle sewing is activated.
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FUNCTIONS OF OPERATION SWITCH
PANEL
1. TACKING STITCH MODE BUTTON
Push this button and tacking stitch can be done with LED lit.
The sewing machine makes 4 tiny tacking stitches to tie off
the sewing on all patterns. The position of the tacking stitches
will be at the exact spot in the pattern where the tacking stitch
button is pushed.
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2
2. NEEDLE STOP POSITION SELECTOR BUTTON
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When the machine is turned on, needle is set at its up-stop
position with upper LED lamp lit. When the button is pushed,
needle is set at its down-stop position with lower LED lamp
lit. Push it again and it will return to its up-stop position with
upper LED lamp lit.
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3. REVERSE STITCH BUTTON
Reverse sewing is carried out while the Reverse stitch button
is pushed. The machine will continue to sew in reverse as long
as the Reverse stitch button is pressed.
4. START/STOP BUTTON
When the Start/Stop button is pushed, the machine starts
slowly, and when the button is pushed once more, the
machine stops.
Reverse stitch function
for straight and zigzag
stitches
However, when foot control is plugged, the Start/Stop button
will be inactive.
5. LED INDICATOR
 Green light indicates machine is ready to start.
 Red light indicates machine is operating.
Tacking stitch function
for tie-off of other
stitches
 Flashing red light indicates a problem or an error.
* Flashing for 2 - 3 seconds shows that an incorrect
operation was made.
* C o n t i n u o u s f l a s h i n g i n d i c a t e s t h a t t h e m a c h i n e
malfunctions.
6. SPEED CONTROL LEVER
Sliding the lever sets desired sewing speed. When foot control
is used, the lever serves as a top speed limiter.
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2.STARTING TO SEW
QUICK REFERENCE TABLE OF STITCH LENGTH AND WIDTH
LENGTH
STITCH
NEEDLE POSITION
SYMBOL
AUTO
MANUAL
AUTO
MANUAL
STRAIGHT
2.5
0.5 ~ 4.8
CENTER
LEFT - RIGHT
STRAIGHT STRETCH
2.5
1.5 ~ 3.0
HAND-LOOK QUILT
2.5
2.0 ~ 4.0
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LENGTH
STITCH
WIDTH
SYMBOL
AUTO
MANUAL
AUTO
MANUAL
REGULAR BLINDHEM
2.0
1.0 ~ 3.0
3.0
1.0 ~ 6.0
STRETCH BLINDHEM
2.0
1.0 ~ 3.0
3.0
2.0 ~ 7.0
CRESCENT
0.5
0.5 ~ 1.5
7.0
3.5 ~ 7.0
ZIGZAG
2.0
0.5 ~ 3.0
5.0
0 ~ 6.0
RIC-RAC
2.5
1.5 ~ 3.0
5.0
2.0 ~ 6.0
MULTI-STITCH ZIGZAG
1.5
0.3 ~ 2.5
6.0
2.5 ~ 6.0
HONEYCOMB
2.0
1.5 ~ 3.0
6.0
3.0 ~ 6.0
Adjusting needle position for straight stitch
13 needle positions are available for quilting, topstitching, etc.
Toward left
Toward right
Toward left
Toward right
Width control
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LENGTH
STITCH
WIDTH
SYMBOL
AUTO
MANUAL
AUTO
MANUAL
OVEREDGE
2.5
1.5 - 3.0
3.5
3.5 - 7.0
PYRAMID
0.5
0.5 - 1.5
7.0
3.5 - 7.0
FEATHER
2.0
1.0 - 3.0
6.0
3.0 - 6.0
PIN
2.5
1.5 - 3.0
3.0
1.0 - 7.0
LADDER
2.5
1.5 - 3.0
3.5
1.0 - 7.0
STAR
3.0
-
5.0
5.0, 6.0
VINE
2.0
1.5 - 2.5
7.0
3.5, 7.0
SERPENTINE
1.8
0.8 - 2.5
7.0
3.5, 7.0
BLANKET (1)
2.5
1.5 - 3.0
3.5
1.0 - 7.0
SLANT PIN
2.0
0.8 - 2.5
3.5
1.0 - 6.0
SLANT OVEREDGE
2.0
1.0 - 3.0
5.0
1.0 - 7.0
GREEK KEY
2.5
1.3 - 2.5
5.0
3.5 - 7.0
ENTREDEUX
2.5
1.5 - 3.0
3.0
2.0 - 7.0
ARROWHEAD
0.5
0.5 - 1.5
7.0
3.5 - 7.0
BLANKET (2)
2.5
1.5 - 3.0
3.5
1.0 - 7.0
CRISS-CROSS
2.0
1.5 - 3.0
6.0
3.0 - 6.0
CROSSED
2.5
1.0 - 3.0
4.0
2.0 - 6.0
0
-
3.0
2.0 - 4.5
WIDE BARTACK BUTTONHOLE
0.5
0.5, 0.8
5.5
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NARROW BARTACK BUTTONHOLE
0.5
0.5, 0.8
3.5
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BUTTON SEWING
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STRAIGHT STITCHING
Straight stitch is most frequently used for all types of sewing.
Let’s begin by following the steps below.
1. SETTINGS
Presser foot - General Purpose Foot
Thread tension control - S
NOTE: Based upon the weight of the fabric, slight
“fine tuning” of the tension may be desired.
A. Thread tension control
B. Tacking stitch mode button
C. Needle up/down position selector button
D. Reverse stitch button
E. Start/stop button
F. Feed dog control (at rear side)
G.Presser foot lifter
H. Stitch length control
I. Stitch width control
J. Power/light switch
A
B
C
D
E
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F
I
G
J
2
NOTE: Since a straight stitch has no width, the
stitch width control is used to change the needle
position.
2. Pull both threads under the presser foot toward the back of
the machine, leaving about 6” (15 cm) clear.
3. Place the fabric under the presser foot and lower the
presser foot lifter.
H
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3
5
4. Turn the hand wheel counter clockwise (towards you) until
the needle enters the fabric.
5. Start the machine. Guide the fabric gently with your hands.
When reaching the edge of the fabric, stop the sewing
machine.
NOTE: The Needle Plate has both Metric and Inch
Markings as an aid for guiding your fabric when
sewing a seam.
6. First turn the handwheel counter clockwise (toward you)
until the needle is in its highest position, then raise the
presser foot. Draw the fabric to the rear and cut off excess
thread with the thread cutter located on the bottom of the
face cover, as shown.
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KEEPING SEAMS STRAIGHT
To keep the seam straight, use one of the numbered guide
lines on the needle plate. The numbers indicate distance from
the needle at its center position.
The guide line on the bobbin cover plate is a ¼” (6mm) seam
guide line, used for piecing quilt blocks or for sewing narrow
seams.
3/4" (19 mm)
5/8" (16 mm)
1/2" (13 mm)
3/8" ( 9 mm)
1/4" ( 6 mm)
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INSERTING ZIPPERS AND PIPING
Use the zipper foot to sew to the right or left of the zipper or to
sew close to a cord.
Needle to left of foot
INSERTING ZIPPERS
To sew down the right side, attach left side of zipper foot to
presser foot holder so that the needle passes through the
opening on the left side of the foot.
To sew down the left side, attach right side of foot to foot
holder.
PIPING
Create a piping by covering a filler cord with a bias strip of fabric.
Attach the right side of the zipper foot to the foot holder so that
the needle passes through the right side of the zipper foot.
Baste the seam allowances together, enclosing the filler cord,
forming seam tape for the piping.
Helpful Hint: Slight adjusting of the needle position to
sew closer to the piping may be accomplished with
the Stitch Width Control.
HAND-LOOK QUILT STITCH
This stitch is designed to look like hand sewing for topstitching
and quilting.
1. Thread bobbin with desired top stitching color.
2. Thread the needle with either invisible thread or with thread
that is a color which blends in with the fabric color, so it
doesn’t show.
3. Increase thread tension toward 6 or higher until you
achieve the desired appearance.
4. Set the stitich length at 4 (maximum).
5. Start to sew.
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Needle to right of foot
ZIGZAG STITCHING
SETTINGS :Presser foot - General Purpose Foot
:Thread tension control - S
Under side
The top thread may appear on the bottom depending on the
thread, fabric, type of stitch and sewing speed, but the bobbin
thread must never appear on the top of the fabric.
Top side
STITCH WIDTH
mm
ADJUSTING STITCH WIDTH AND LENGTH
0
is values set automatically when pattern (No. 03) is set.
The stitch length is 2 mm and the stitch width is about 5 mm.
0.25
0.5
STITCH LENGTH
is the selection range when setting the value manually.
0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0
0.75
1.0
1.25
1.5
1.75
2.0
2.5
3.0
SATIN STITCH
This is a closely spaced stitch used for appliqué, bar-tacking,
etc. Slightly loosen the top thread tension for satin stitching.
Set the stitch length between 0.5 and 2.0, depending on the
weight of thread being used.
Use a backing of stabilizer to help avoid stitches puckering the
fabric.
PLACEMENT OF PATTERNS
Center position
Stitch width of pattern increases from center needle position
as illustrated.
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BLIND STITCH
SETTINGS :Presser foot - Blind Hem Foot
:Thread tension control - S
2
1
Medium to heavyweight fabric
- Regular blind stitch for normal fabrics
- Elastic blind stitch for soft, stretchable fabrics
1. First finish the raw edge. Do this by turning it under on fine
fabrics or overcasting it on medium to heavyweight fabrics.
Then turn the hem up the required depth, press and pin in
place.
1
2
Fine fabric
2. Now fold the fabric as illustrated.
Under side
Under side
B
3. Place the fabric under the foot. Turn the handwheel counter
clockwise (toward you) by hand until the needle swings fully
to the left. It should just pierce the fold of the fabric. If it does
not, adjust the guide (B) on the Blind hem Foot (A) so that
the needle just pierces the fabric fold and the guide just rests
against the fold.
3
A
NOTE: For a narrower or wider blind hem, first
manually adjust the length and width controls to
your desired length and width. Then adjust the
guide on the foot.
Sew slowly, guiding the fabric carefully along the edge of
the guide.
4. When completed, the stitching is almost invisible on the
right side of the fabric.
NOTE: It takes practice to sew blind hem. Always
make a sewing test first.
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4
Top side
MULTI-STITCH ZIGZAG
SETTINGS :Presser foot - General Purpose Foot
:Thread tension control - S
This is a strong stitch because as its name implies, it makes
three short stitches where the normal zig-zag makes only one.
For this reason, it is recommended for overcasting most types
of fabrics.
It is also ideal for mending tears, applying patches and
inserting elastic.
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STRETCH STITCHES
SETTINGS :Presser foot - General Purpose Foot
:Thread tension control - S
Stretch stitches are mainly for use on knit or stretchable
fabrics, but can also be used on woven fabrics.
STRAIGHT STRETCH STITCH
Straight stretch stitch is far stronger than an ordinary straight
stitch because it locks three times - forwards, backwards and
forwards.
It is particularly suitable for reinforcing the seams of
sportswear in stretch and non-stretch fabrics, and for curved
seams which take a lot of strain.
Use this stitch also to top-stitch lapels, collars and cuffs to give
a professional finish to your garments.
RIC-RAC STITCH
The ric-rac stitch is provides a bold topstitch for decorative
borders. It is ideal for edging neck-bands, armholes, sleeves
and hems.
HONEYCOMB STITCH
1. Make several rows of gathers across the fabric that you
wish to smock.
2. With a narrow strip of fabric directly under the line of
gathering, stitch over the gathers. The design will be a
series of small diamonds.
OVEREDGE STITCH
This stitch is especially used for making sportswear. It sews
and finishes the seam in one operation. It is very effective for
repairing raw or worn edges as well.
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FEATHER STITCH
This stitch can be used for topstitching and for attaching lace
and trims.
It is also ideal for quilting applications and for edge-joining.
PIN STITCH
The Pin stitch is a traditional stitch pattern used for picot like
edges and for applique work.
LADDER STITCH
The Ladder stitch is primarily used for drawn thread
hemstitching. It can also be used for sewing over thin tape in
an opposite or same color. Place the stitch in the center and a
special effect will be obtained for decoration.
Another use for the ladder stitch is couching over narrow
ribbon, yarn or elastic.
For drawn thread work, choose a medium to heavy weight
linen-type fabric. After sewing, draw the thread out from within
the ladder for an open, airy appearance.
NOTE: Be sure to sew accurately along the grain line, if you
wish to draw out threads.
BLANKET STITCH
The decorative appearance combined with practical use of this
stitch enables it to be used for hemstitching and to applique a
quilt.
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SLANT PIN STITCH
Excellent for hemstitching table and bed covers with an
elegant touch. Sew along the raw edge of fabric and trim close
to the outside of the stitching.
SLANT OVEREDGE STITCH
Seams and overcasts in one operation to produce a narrow,
supple seam, particularly suited to swimwear, sportswear,
T-shirts, babywear in stretch nylon, stretch towelling, jersey
and cotton jersey.
GREEK KEY STITCH
A traditional pattern suited for decorative borders, hems and
edge finishings.
ENTREDEUX STITCH
Useful for decorative stitching on borders and for use in
heirloom sewing. The Entredeux stitch is most often sewn with
a Wing Needle (SINGER Style 2040) to create holes in the
stitch pattern.
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CRISS-CROSS STITCH
Used to sew and finish stretch fabrics or for decoration
especially of borders.
CROSSED STITCH
Use to sew and finish elastic fabrics or for decoration of borders.
DECORATIVE STITCHING
SETTINGS :Presser foot - Satin foot
:Thread tension control - S
* You should carry out a test sewing on a scrap piece of the
fabric being sewn, to check the stitch pattern to be used.
* Before starting to sew, check that there is enough thread
wound onto the bobbin to make sure that the thread will not
run out during sewing.
EXAMPLES OF DECORATIVE STITCHING
Crescent pattern on collar
This is an ideal decorative stitch for finishing the edges of
fabrics, such as those used for table linens or children’s
clothing. When sewing this stitch on a fabric edge, first sew
the stitch with a stabilizer underneath the fabric. Trim the edge
of the fabric along the edge of the stitch, being careful not to
cut into the stitching.
Pyramid on bias tape
This stitch can be used for embellishing bias binding or
creating decorative borders on garments and home dec
projects.
Arrowhead on lapel
In addition to using this pattern as a decorative stitch, it can
also be used as a triangular backtack stitch for reinforcing
places which can easily unravel. This is particularly useful
when securing both edges of pockets.
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CONTINUOUS DECORATIVE PATTERNS
SETTINGS :Presser foot - Satin foot
:Thread tension control - S - E
The stitches illustrated to the right are examples of continuous
patterns.
SEWING ON A BUTTON
SETTINGS :Presser foot - Button sewing foot
:Feed dog control Position your fabric and button under the presser foot. Lower
presser foot. Turn the hand wheel counter clockwise (toward
you) to make sure the needle clears both the left and right
openings of the button. Adjust width if required. Sew 10
stitches across.
If a shank is required, place a darning needle on top of the
button and sew over top of it.
Helpful Hint: To secure thread, pull both threads to
the backside of the fabric and tie together.
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BUTTONHOLES
USING BUTTONHOLE FOOT
tab B
tab A
1. Insert a button in between tab A and tab B.
2. Buttonholes can be sewn to match the size of the button.
It is helpful to remove the extension table when sewing a
buttonhole, to keep the foot from vibrating when moving
across the table.
PROCEDURE
* Use an interfacing in the area of the garment where
buttonholes are placed. Stabilizer or regular interfacing can
be used.
* Make a practice buttonhole on a scrap of the fabric with the
selected button.
1. Select one buttonhole patterns.
2. Replace the presser foot with the buttonhole foot. (Refer to
“Changing presser foot” on page 11.)
3. Insert the button into the buttonhole foot. (Refer to “Using
buttonhole foot” above.)
(C)
4. Set the buttonhole lever (C) so that it drops down vertically
between the stoppers (A) and (B).
(A)
(B)
Buttonhole foot
(C)
(C)
(C)
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5. Carefully mark the position of buttonhole on your garment.
6. Place the fabric under the foot. Pull out the bobbin thread
underneath the fabric to a length of about 4 inches to the rear.
7. Align the buttonhole mark on the fabric with the mark on
the buttonhole foot, and then lower the buttonhole foot.
Fabric marking
mark
8. While holding the top thread, start the machine.
* Sewing will be completed automatically in the following order.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Buttonhole foot alignment position
Fabric marking
9. When sewing is finished, use a buttonhole opener to open
up the fabric in the center of the buttonhole.
Be careful not to cut any of the bartack threads.
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CORDED BUTTONHOLES
Hook filler cord (crochet thread or buttonhole twist) over the
spur and pull both ends of the cord forward under the foot and
tie off the cord as shown in the illustration.
Spur
Sew buttonhole so that zigzag stitches cover the cord.
When completed, release the cord from foot and snip off extra
length.
BUTTONHOLING WITH HARD-TO-SEW
FABRICS
When buttonholing with hard-to-sew fabrics or along the edge
of multi-layered garments, attach the under-plate (A) onto the
buttonhole foot as illustrated to make perfect buttonholes.
Place the fabric between the under-plate and buttonhole foot.
(A)
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3.PREPARATION FOR EMBROIDERY SEWING
BEFORE ATTACHING EMBROIDERY UNIT
ATTACHING EMBROIDERY FOOT
Foot holder
Always be sure to turn off power to machine
CAUTION before changing presser foot.
Screw
* Raise presser foot lifter.
* Turn the hand wheel counter clockwise (toward you) until
the needle is in its highest position.
Presser foot
1. Remove presser foot screw, presser foot and foot holder.
2. Attach the embroidery presser foot behind presser bar so
that the drive lever is above the needle clamp. Secure it by
tightening presser foot screw.
Drive lever
3. Turn hand wheel toward you to move needle up and down,
and check that the embroidery presser foot moves up and
down together with the needle.
Presser bar
Needle clamp
CAUTION
Be careful not to touch the needle when
replacing presser foot.
Embroidery presser foot
INSERTING THE BOBBIN
Refer to page 14 - 15.
* A large amount of thread is required for embroidering, so
be sure to use full bobbin.
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THREADING THE TOP THREAD
Refer to page 16 - 19.
NOTE: It is recommended to thread the upper thread before
transmitting a design to the machine for embroidery.
EXTENSION TABLE
1. Turn off power to machine.
2. Slide the extension table to left to remove it from machine.
(Refer to page 49.)
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ATTACHING EMBROIDERY UNIT
CAUTION
Always be sure to turn off power to machine
before installing embroidery unit.
1
Connector cap
1. Turn off the machine.
Turn connector cap to the right to open.
Connector
2. Slide the embroidery unit onto machine fitting connectors
on the machine and embroidery unit. Slide the embroidery
unit as far as it will go until it clicks into place.
2
Carriage
3. To make sure that the embroidery unit is fully engaged,
hold the handle of the embroidery unit and pull it towards
the left direction, checking that the embroidery unit does
not detach.
Note:
If embroidery unit is not securely installed, the finished
embroidery may be distorted. Make sure that the
embroidery unit is pushed in as far as it will go.
3
Don’t push the carriage or put strong pressure
on the embroidery unit while attaching or during
the embroidering process. Doing so may cause
CAUTION damage to the embroidery unit.
REMOVING EMBROIDERY UNIT
* Turn off the machine.
* Remove embroidery hoop from machine.
(Refer to pages 37.)
Handle
1
Release lever
1. Holding handle of embroidery unit, carefully slide toward
the left while pressing release lever.
Note:
Do not pull carriage when removing embroidery unit.
2
Handle
2. Turn the connector cap to the left to close for general
sewing.
Release lever
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SECURING FABRIC IN EMBROIDERY
HOOP
NOTE: For information about using appropriate stabilizer, see
page 34.
1
1. Loosen hoop adjusting screw and place fabric between
inner and outer frame. Pull fabric edges to remove slack.
NOTE: Apply stabilizer when appropriate, see page 34.
2. Slightly tighten the hoop adjusting screw and pull fabric
edges to remove slack.
Fit the two frames together by pressing down on the inner
frame.
2
a.Tighten hoop adjusting screw.
Hoop adjusting screw
b.Once fabric is properly positioned in embroidery frame
with no slack, securely tighten the screw.
c. Tighten the fabric in the frames so that it makes a sound
like a drum when the tightened surface is tapped with a
finger.
Once fabric is properly positioned in embroidery frame
with no slack, securely tighten the screw.
d.This mark ▼ on inner hoop will come to front side (Large
hoop only).
e.Check inner and outer hoop mark ▼▲ to match.
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USING FABRIC AND STABILIZER
FABRIC
Use stabilizer to produce best results when embroidering on
the following fabrics.
 Fabrics which lack firmness or stability such as lightweight
cotton.
 Lightweight fabrics such as this, may lack firmness or
stability and when embroidered may pull in, which may
result in problems such as shrinkage and puckering of the
fabric around the embroidery area.
 Stretchy fabrics
The fabric may stretch when tightening the hoop, the result
may be uneven embroidery. Furthermore, when the fabric
is removed from the hoop after embroidery is complete, the
fabric may shrink and cause the embroidered pattern to
become distorted.
Embroidery can be applied to many types of fabrics, but it may
be necessary to prepare these fabrics in a special manner.
* Fabrics with a loopy or napped surface such as towels, use
a water soluble stabilizer both on the underside and on the
topside of the fabric.
* Denim and linen are considered unstable because of the
loose weave, use a medium weight cut-away stabilizer on the
backside.
* T-shirt type fabric usually requires at least one, sometimes
two layers of soft mesh-type cut-away stabilizer on the
backside.
* For medium to heavyweight stable woven fabric, use a
medium to heavy weight tear-away type stabilizer.
* For soft or sheer fabrics, use a rinse-away type stabilizer.
Stabilizer (Adhesive surface facing down)
Hoop position
STABILIZER
Stabilizer is a non-woven substance. There are a variety of
stabilizers available: tear-away, cut-away, wash-away and
those that are removed by applying heat. Which stabilizer
you choose will depend on the nature of the fabric on which
you are embroidering. Always follow the manufacturer’s
instructions on how to use and apply the stabilizer correctly.
Generally, the stabilizer should be larger in size than the hoop
with which it is being used. When embroidery is completed,
use a fine point scissor to carefully remove any excess
stabilizer from the embroidery area.
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Fabric (Under side)
Embroidering surface (Top side)
When embroidering onto fabric which is smaller than
the hoop size, or when embroidering close to the
edge of the fabric, attach the stabilizer as illustrated.
Embroidery surface at fabric edge
WHEN EMBROIDERING ALONG THE EDGE OF
FABRIC SUCH AS A HANDKERCHIEF
Stabilizer
(Adhesive surface facing)
Hoop inner frame
Stabilizer
WHEN EMBROIDERING A NARROW PIECE OF
FABRIC SUCH AS RIBBON TAPE
Ribbon tape
Stabilizer
 Always use a layer of stabilizer which is bigger than the
hoop being used. (The stabilizer will not work properly
unless it is clamped in the hoop along with the fabric being
embroidered.)
Hoop inner frame
 Stabilizer can usually be obtained from a fabric store.
Stabilizer is available in several different types, from thin
to thick. Purchase whichever type suits your embroidering
needs. It is generally recommended that the weight of the
stabilizer be similar to that of the fabric.
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PREPARING THE MACHINE BEFORE
INSTALLING THE HOOP
1
1. Turn hand wheel counter clockwise (toward you) until the
needle comes to its highest position.
ATTACHING AND REMOVING
EMBROIDERY HOOP
1
(A)
1. Raise presser foot and needle, and push up lever (A) of
embroidery foot with your finger and pass embroidery hoop
under it.
 To remove, pull the hoop forward to slide it out from
underneath the embroidery foot.
2. Slide the hoop onto the embroidery unit from front to back
until it clicks into place.
2
Carriage
 To remove, press the release lever and slide the hoop
towards you.
NOTE: Before attaching small hoop, turn on power switch to
move the carriage to embroidering standby position.
Hoop mounting plate
Hoop release lever
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INSTALLATION OF SOFTWARE
In order to start using the software on your PC you would
have to first install the contents of the CD to your PC.
This procedure is refered to as “installation procedure”.
Please follow the below listed instructions in order to
successfully install FUTURA on your personal computer.
The FUTURA software comes on a CD-ROM disc.
In most personal computers the default drive setting for a
CD-ROM drive is “D:”
Please insert the FUTURA CD-ROM into the CD-ROM disc
receiver in your PC.
CD-ROM
After some seconds, the Installation procedure of the software
will start automatically.
If after a short while, the software doesn’t automatically
start the installation process, you may start the installation
procedure manually by going to the “Start” option of Windows,
select “Run”, type “D:\FuturaStart.exe” and click on OK.
After some seconds the step-by-step installation of the
software begins with the Welcome window.
Click on “Next” to move on to the next screen.
After reading and agreeing with terms given in the
License Agreement, please click on “Yes”, and again click
on Next, and then select the directory where the software
should be installed. It is highly recommended to use the
selected default directory.
Simply click on “Next” to continue.
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Now you are prompted to select the Program Folder where
the shortcut for the software will be stored.
Simply click on “Next” to continue.
Finally you are requested to confirm all the selections made
during the installation set-up.
Pressing the “Next” button will finally start the copy and
installation of the FUTURA software files to the given
directory on the hard disk.
A progress bar will indicate the stage at which the installation
procedure is. It will finish when it has reached to 100%.
The installation procedure is finalizing all required actions and
will automatically close after finish. Please wait for a short
while until this happens.
If the installation utility identifies a lack of available space
on your hard disk, an error message will prompt you to free
some hard disk space before proceeding with the installation.
You can always abort the installation procedure by clicking on
“Cancel”.
CORRECT START-UP PROCEDURE
WHEN EMBROIDERING
The following steps must be followed for proper start-up
protocol. If these steps are not followed precisely, you will
get a “Transmission Pending” error message.
Boot up your computer, but do not open the Futura
software. Next attach the embroidery unit to your sewing
machine and connect the USB cable between your
computer and sewing machine.
1. Turn on your sewing machine. Make sure the needle has
been moved to the highest position by turning the Hand
wheel towards you.
2. Attach the hoop that you plan to work with to your
embroidery unit.
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3. Double click on the Futura Icon on your desktop to
open up the Futura Software.
4. You are now ready to select and transmit a design to
your machine.
IMPORTANT: If you have embroidered using the small
hoop, and you are now ready to use your large hoop.
Turn off your machine, close the Futura software and then
turn OFF your computer. Wait for a moment, turn on your
computer and then follow steps 1 through 4 above.
OPERATION SWITCHES WHEN
EMBROIDERY UNIT IS ATTACHED
Forward stitch button
OPERATION SWITCHES
START/STOP BUTTON
When start/stop button is pushed, machines starts slowly. To
stop the machine, push the button again and the machine will
stop sewing and the needle stops at its highest position.
Reverse stitch button
FORWARD STITCH BUTTON
After the embroidery design has been transferred to the
machine, the embroidery can be advanced one stitch at a
time. Note: The embroidery hoop will move as it is advancing
through the design.
To advance continuously, press and hold this button.
LED indicator
Start/stop button
(For embroidery only)
REVERSE STITCH BUTTON
To back up through a design that is already in progress,
press the Reverse Stitch button. Pressing the button once will
reverse one stitch at a time. To reverse continuously, press
and hold this button. Design may be reversed all the way back
to the first stitch of the design.
LED INDICATOR
 Green light indicates machine is ready to start.
 Red light indicates machine is operating.
 Flashing red light indicates a problem or an error.
* Flashing for 2 - 3 seconds shows that an incorrect
operation was made.
* C o n t i n u o u s f l a s h i n g i n d i c a t e s t h a t t h e m a c h i n e
malfunctions.
THREAD TENSION CONTROL
Set it at “E” for embroidery to loosen thread tension.
You may wish to re-adjust thread tension according to the type
of fabric and thread being used.
NOTE: When sewing designs created by the software for
Photo Stitch (optional) it is recommended to decrease
the thread tension toward “0” and activate the “Speed
limiter”, by checking the box in Machine navigator, before
sending the design to the machine. This ensures the best
performance of the machine.

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TROUBLESHOOTING
SKIPPED STITCHES AND THREAD
BREAKAGES OCCUR
Needle tip is broken.
Replace needle.
Needle is bent.
Thread path is
incorrect.
EMBROIDERY PATTERN IS MIS-ALIGNED
MACHINE SIDE
Embroidering is
continuing when
thread is tangled.
HOOP SIDE
No stabilizer attached
when using light or
stretch fabric.
Refer to pages 7 - 9.
Thread is tangled
around spool holder.
If the thread remains
tangled, the fabric
may pucker and
ruin the finished
embroidery. Stop
embroidering, remove
the hoop and untangle
the thread.
Replace needle.
Attach stabilizer to
the fabric.
Refer to pages 34 35.
Fabric is not tight
enough in the hoop.
Refer to pages 4.
Upper thread tension
is too tight.
Needle is not installed
correctly.
Install the needle correctly.
Refer to pages 10.
Thread or fabric bits
have collected under
the needle plate.
Remove the thread
or fabric bits. Refer to
pages 53.
Upper thread tension is
too tight.
Adjust the thread tension.
Refer to pages 11.
A thin needle is being
used for heavy fabric.
Replace with a thicker
needle. Generally, at
least a #14 needle
should be used.
To check the elasticity
of the thread, hold a
length of thread of about
6 inches at both ends
and pull it, check the
length at which it breaks.
If using a highly-elastic
thread, reduce the upper
thread tension.
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This can cause fabric
to pucker and result
in uneven feeding,
reduce the thread
tension.
Refer to pages 11.
Needle tip is broken
or needle is too thick.
Select a correct
needle.
Refer to pages 10.
Thread is tangled
somewhere along the
thread path.
If the thread is tangled
on the spool pin or
somewhere along the
thread path, this will cause
the thread to hang up and
not advance through the
machine. This will increase
the upper thread tension
and cause the fabric to
pucker. Check the thread.
Refer to pages 7 - 9.
Tighten the fabric in
the frames so that
when the fabric is
tapped with a finger,
it makes a sound like
a drum.
Refer to pages 33.
Embroidery hoop
is not correctly
attached.
Attach the hoop
securely to the hoop
bracket with the hoop
mounting screws.
Refer to pages 36.
Hoop is obstructed
against free motion.
Check around the
hoop and remove
things which cause
obstruction.
HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR
EMBROIDERING WITH FUTURA
1.If stitches are missing
If the embroidery machine detects that the thread has
broken, it may continue to embroider up to about eight
stitches without any thread (blank stitches) before it
automatically stops.
In such cases, use the following procedure to step back
through the embroidering data to the point for continuing.
1. Press the reverse switch (stitch return) to step back
through the embroidery data. The hoop will move
back one stitch at a time. Step back through the data
until the blank area has been completely passed
over.
Embroidered section
Embroidering direction
2
1
3
5
4
6
8
7
automatically stop
Blank stitches resulting from thread breakage
2. Restart the embroidery machine and continue
embroidering.
Reverse stitch button
2.Computer screen says thread is broken,
machine lights are flashing lights and
making a beeping sound, but thread is
not broken.
Upper thread is not in the thread tension. Rethread upper
thread, (see page 7 “Setting the Top Thread”.) Placing
the small net that is supplied with the accessories over the
spool of thread may ensure that the thread is unwinding
properly.
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3. A fter resizing a design, the density of
the stitching is either too tight or not tight
enough.
The Futura software will recalculate the stitch of an
imported design when sizing, but only when using the
DESIGN>CHANGE SIZE option. It does have a limitation
of re-sizing up to 149% and down sizing to 51% and
while still being able to re-calculate the stitches correctly.
4. AutoPunchTM and graphic files - Vector
Art vs. Bitmapped Art
There are many different types of images or formats of
graphic files. AutoPunchTM gives the best results when
using vector type images, such as .wmf. The software
must be able to recognize a color (block) of information.
A “. bmp” can be made of millions of colors making it
impractical for use.
Clipart falls into two basic categories, Vector Art and
Bitmapped Art.
The software is capable of vectorizing the “.bmp” image,
but it may lose detail, depending on the image. It is
essential to understand about the type of artwork or
image used with AutoPunch.
Vector Art is a clean “graphic” blocks of color – by simple
definition. Some common formats - .wmf and .emf are
two formats that the Auto Punch software can read.
Bitmapped Art is the type of “format” that is typically
saved when scanning. The computer sees millions of
colors to create the “realistic” type of image. Even a
3-color design that we see as simple has billions of
pixels. Common formats recognized by the software:
.bmp, .jpg, .tif, .pcx, .pcd, .tga, and .psd.
Tips for AutoPunchTM
¡ Scan art with a “high resolution” (200-300 DPI).
¡ Scan at 3-6 times larger than the intended output.
Lines that are too narrow to properly sew out are
eliminated by the software when it cleans up the artwork.
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Vector Art
Bitmapped Art
5. Will the density of a design be adjusted
when resizing design ?
When sizing designs in the Futura software you can
resize designs from the Library in the hoop on screen
and keep the design integrity. All other formats should be
changed in the DESIGN/CHANGE SIZE menu in order to
change the stitch count.
6. Resizing individual letters
You can resize individual letters after you have brought
them into the hoop and exited the text window. Left
click, drag a box around the desired letter, and size
accordingly. Because the letters are built-in, the letter will
keep the appropriate density.
7.Deleting part of a design
Left click and drag a box around the desired area. To
select additional areas, hold down the CONTROL key
and left click on next area. Once selected, touch the
DELETE key on your keyboard.
8. Is there a way to increase the density of
the lettering?
The density is set to a standard value of 4/10th of mm,
which is usually the standard density used for Lettering.
The value is not editable.
9. Why does a design sometimes split up
into very small segments? One color
block can end up ‘divided’ into several
blocks.
The machine has a certain limit of stitches that it can
accept. So what most probably happens is that these are
big blocks that are cut after exceeding the limit, leaving a
certain number of stitches (could possibly be only a few)
as a separate block.
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Multi-Hoop
Multi-Hooping is a special feature in the Futura Quartet TM
software that will allow embroidery data which is larger than a
single embroidery hoop to be sent to the machine to stitch out,
while making it easy to re-hoop the fabric so that each part of the
design lines up exactly. This embroidery data may be a single
design that is too large for the hoop or a combination of smaller
embroidery elements and/or lettering, that when combined
together make a much larger finished design. See Fig. 1.
Fig. 1
The Multi-Hoop feature splits the design elements in up to four
different parts; and then sews them precisely, matching one
section to the other. When re-hooping the fabric, the Multihoop feature will compensate for misalignment if the fabric
has been placed slightly askew in the hoop.
When stitching an embroidery design that is too large for the
hoop, it can be difficult to re-hoop the fabric with exact alignment.
Multi-Hoop utilizes a system where three alignment points (A, B,
and C) are input on cross lines that have been marked onto the
fabric. When these points are input, they inform the machine
exactly as to how the fabric is positioned into the hoop and will
therefore sew the design to the alignment of the cross lines. If
the fabric is slightly askew, this system will compensate for it and
sew accordingly. Please note: the Multi-Hoop feature will only
compensate for a slight misalignment in the vertical cross line.
Please try to hoop the fabric as accurately as possible.
Preparing the Fabric
P
lease note: The fabric must be large enough to
accommodate the amount of hoops that will be required to
stitch out the design.
Fig. 2
Fabric
Cross line
1. Using a very fine-lined water soluble marker, mark a line
vertically down the center of the fabric.
2. Mark a line horizontally across the center of the fabric.
The vertical and horizontal lines must be at precise right
angles to each other. These lines will now be referred to
as the”cross lines”. These cross lines will be used to set
the fabric into the hoop according to the divided design
layout.
Intersection of cross
lines must be at perfect
90 degree angles.
Cross line
Please Note: a thin line is very
important to the accuracy of the final
outcome of the embroidery.
In the Software
1. Select Tools from the horizontal tool bar, select Hoop
and then select Multiple.
2. A single hoop appears on the screen marked with #1 in
the upper left corner.
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Please note: Up to
three additional hoops
will appear as the
design data requires.
3. Select a large design or individual design elements
and arrange them in the hoop area on the screen. The
example shown uses lettering and designs from the
Design Library that is built into the software. (Additional
numbered hoops will appear as the design parts flow out
of the first hoop section).
4. The design data is sent to the machine for sewing one
section at a time. Click on the “Transmit to Machine” tool
on the tool bar.
5. The grey area (#1 Hoop) is the first of the embroidery
data that is sent to the machine for sewing.
Set fabric and stabilizer into the hoop, aligning cross lines
of data 1 within the guide line markings of the hoop. (See
figures 2 and 3).
There are two sets of markings on the inner hoop.
On each side of the hoop there is a Center Hoop line
which indicates the exact center of the hoop.
Guide line
Fig. 3
In each corner of the hoop there are markings which
together define the maximum sewing area for Multiple
Hooping. These marks are referred to as Guide lines.
Guide lines are to be set on the horizontal and vertical
cross lines on the fabric as shown.
Center point line
Guide line
Fig. 4
Guide line
Data 1
A
Data 2
C
B
Data 4
Guide line
Data 3
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In the case of a 2 hoop design, where one hoop is stacked
on top of the other, position the Guide Lines on the
horizontal cross line and the Center Hoop Marking on the
vertical cross line. See Fig. 4.
Center Hoop
Marking
Fig. 5
Guide Line
Guide Line
Center Hoop
Marking
6. The next screen prompts you to input the first of three
alignment points, A, B, and C. These alignment points
will inform the machine exactly where the crosslines
are positioned in the hoop. It is extremely important that
the points are accurately input on the cross lines. The
machine is awaiting the input of point A. See figure 3.
Use the shift buttons on the machine to move the hoop,
until the needle comes to point A on the cross line, and
push the OK button.
Upward
Downward
Leftward
Shift switch
Rightward
OK switch
MULTIPLE HOOP SHIFT BUTTONS AND “CROSS
LINE” INDICATOR LIGHTS FOR INPUTTING POINTS A,
B, AND C
Please Note: The buttons on the machine are lit
to indicate the “cross line” positions of the fabric
in the hoop. The blinking button is indicating the
point to be input.
If a mistake is made when entering the points,
press the clear button, (twin needle/clear button)
to clear the point(s). and then re-enter point(s).
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Clear switch


A
B
C
7. Once point A is entered, the screen will prompt you to
enter in points B and C. Follow the same procedures for
inputting points B and C.
In a case where the three points were input wrong,
and they do not form an exact right angle, the software
will show the following error message and give you an
opportunity to enter the alignment points again.
8. When all three points have been entered, the Machine
Navigator Box will appear. Click on Send design in the
Machine Navigator Box to send design portion of data 1
to the machine. Embroider the design.
Send design
9. After all colors of the design from hoop 1 have been
embroidered, click on Exit in the Machine Navigator box
and the screen will prompt you to enter the information
from the data 2 area. Use the same procedure to rehoop the fabric, send the data 2 design to the machine
and input the A, B and C points. The buttons on the
machine will once again be lit to indicate the “cross line”
positions in the hoop: and the button that is blinking is
indicating the point to be input. Embroider the data 2
design.
10.Follow this procedure for the data 3 and data 4.
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HELPFUL MESSAGES WHEN EMBROIDERING
Display on control panel
Situation
Embroidery unit is mounted, but USB cable is not connected.
LED lamps are lit as ”P”and ”C” alternately.
USB cable is connected, but embroidery data is not transferred yet.
All LED lamps are turned off.
Embroidery data is being transferred.
All LEDlamps are turned off.
Just after the embroidery data was completely transferred (before starting to sew
the first block).
LED lamps turn on according to transferred block numbers. (16 blocks in this
example).
Embroidery in progress
Completed and transferred block numbers are shown. This sample means 16
blocks are transferred and 3 blocks are completed. (Now block 4 is in progress.)
When last block or one unit of endless hoop is completed.
All LED lamps are turned off.
USB cable is disconnected while being suspended (Embroidery is still available)
LED lamps are lit as ”P”and ”C” alternately for about 2 seconds, and back to normal
display.
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4.OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
PRESSER FOOT LIFTER
There are three positions for your presser foot.
1. Lower the presser foot to sew.
2. Raise the lifter to the middle position to insert or remove fabric.
3. Lift it to its highest position to change the presser foot or to
remove thick fabric.
FEED DOG CONTROL
The feed dogs control the movement of the fabric that is
being sewn. They should be raised for all general sewing
purposes and lowered for darning, freehand embroidery and
monogramming so that you, not the feed dogs, are moving the
fabric.
Down
Feed dog control
CONVERTING TO FREE-ARM SEWING
Your machine can be used either as a flat- bed or as a freearm model.
With the extension table in position, it provides a large working
surface as a standard flat-bed model.
To remove the extension table, hold it firmly with both hands
and pull it off to the left as shown. To replace, slide the
extension table back into place until it clicks.
With the extension table removed the machine converts into a
slim free-arm model for children’s clothes, cuffs, trouser legs,
and other hard-to-reach places.
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PERFORMANCE CHECKLIST
GENERAL PROBLEMS
Machine does not sew.
*Power switch is turned off.- Turn on the switch. (see page 4).
*Buttonhole lever is not raised when sewing stitch patterns.
– Raise buttonhole lever. (see page 27 - 28).
*Buttonhole lever is not lowered when sewing buttonhole.
– Lower buttonhole lever. (see page 27 - 28).
Machine jams/knocks.
*Thread is caught in hook. - Clean hook. (see page 51).
*Needle is damaged. - Replace needle. (see page 10).
Fabric does not move.
*Presser foot is not lowered - Lower presser foot. (see page 49).
*Stitch length is too short - Lengthen stitch length. (see page
12 - 13).
*Feed dogs are lowered - Raise feed dogs. (see page 49).
STITCHING PROBLEMS
Machine skips stitches.
*Needle is not all the way up into needle clamp. (see page 10).
*Needle is bent or blunt. - Replace needle. (see page 10).
*Machine is not threaded correctly. (see page 7 - 9).
*Thread is caught in hook. - Clean hook. (see page 51).
Stitches are irregular.
*Needle size is not correct for thread and fabric. (see page 10).
*Machine is not threaded correctly. - (see page 7 - 9).
*Top thread tension is too loose. (see page 11).
*Fabric is being pulled or pushed against machine feeding
action. - Guide it gently.
*Bobbin has not been wound evenly. - Rewind bobbin. (see
page 5).
Needle breaks.
*Fabric is being pulled or pushed against machine feeding
action. - Guide it gently.
*Needle size is not correct for thread and fabric. (see page 10).
*Needle is not all the way up into the needle clamp.(see page 10).
THREAD PROBLEMS
Needle thread breaks.
*Machine is not threaded correctly. (see page 7 - 9).
*Top thread tension is too tight. (see page 11).
*Needle is bent. - Replace needle. (see page 10).
*Needle size is not correct for thread and fabric. (see page 10).
Bobbin thread breaks.
*Bobbin case is not threaded correctly. (see page 6).
*Lint accumulates in bobbin case or hook. - Remove lint
(see page 51).
Fabric puckers.
*Top thread tension is too tight. - Adjust thread tension.
(see page 11).
*Stitch length is too long for sheer or soft fabric. - Shorten
stitch length. (see page 12 - 13).
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CLEANING HOOK AREA AND FEED
DOGS
CAUTION
Always disconnect the machine from power
supply by removing the plug from the wall-outlet.
1
To ensure the best possible operation of your machine, it
is necessary to keep the essential parts clean at all times.
1. Raise the needle to its highest position.
(1)
2
2. Remove two screws on the needle plate (1) and slide the
needle plate toward you as illustrated for removal.
3. Remove the bobbin case (2).
3
(2)
4. Clean the feed dogs and hook area with the lint brush.
4
Put one drop of sewing machine oil on the hook race as
indicated by the arrows. (A, B)
NOTE: Singer Brand Sewing Machine Oil is suggested.
DO NOT use “all purpose” oil as it is not suited for
sewing machine lubrication.
5. Replace the bobbin case with the projection (3) positioned
against the spring (4).
(A)
5
(3)
6. Make sure that the needle is at its highest position and put
and slide the needle plate into position as illustrated.
(B)
(4)
6
Cleaning the sewing machine and footcontroller
After using, keep sewing machine and footcontroller clean.
Use dry rags to remove dust from the sewing machine and
footcontroller.
NOTE: U
se dry rags to avoid electrical shock.
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OILING INSIDE THE FACE COVER
1. Remove two screws and face cover.
1
Face cover
2. Put one drop of sewing machine oil to the points indicated
by arrows.
Helpful Hints :
For the machine used frequently : It should be oiled
periodically.
For the machine used after a long interval : It should be
oiled before it is used.
Screw
CAUTION:
Always remove the dust and lint before oiling.
F
or best results always use SINGER Brand Sewing
Machine Oil. Use of oil other than Sewing Machine Oil
will cause damage to your machine.
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Screw
2
SPECIAL ACCESSORIES
SATIN STITCH FOOT
The Satin stitch foot is grooved on the bottom to permit dense
stitching to pass under it easily. It is most useful for sewing
satin stitches. It can also be used as an alternative to the
General Purpose Foot when sewing stretch stitches.
Closely spaced zig-zag stitches are called satin stitches. This
is an attractive stitch used primarily for appliqueing and bar
tacking. Slightly loosen top thread tension for satin stitching.
Use a backing of stabilizer or interfacing to avoid puckering.
NOTE on starting to sew with satin stitch foot:
Pull both threads to the left of the foot before starting to sew
in order to hold threads with the foot or top thread may be
entangled on the underside of fabric.
TWIN NEEDLE
A twin-needle produces two rows of parallel stitches for pin
tucks, double top stitching and decorative sewing.
When using twin-needles, the stitch width should never
be set above twin needle mark, regardless of the stitch you
have selected. Doing so will result in broken needles and
possible damage to your machine.
Use of a Singer Brand twin needle (Style 2025) is strongly
recommended.
The twin needle is an optional purchase.
THREADING THE TWIN NEEDLE
1. Place a spool on each spool pin. Thread the two threads
as one. Draw one thread through each needle from front to
back.
2. Pick up bobbin thread as for single needle sewing. Pull the
three threads together under the presser foot to the back of
the machine, leaving about 6” (15 cm) clear.
NOTE: Needle threader cannot be used to thread the
twin needle.
Helpful Hints:
1. Always select the Twin Needle Mode prior to
selecting a pattern. This will preclude any
possibility of the twin needle breaking.
2. To disengage Twin Needle Sewing mode and return
the machine to normal sewing mode, either press
the Twin Needle Button again or shut the machine
off. Twin Needle is only active when the Twin
Needle Switch is lit red.
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HELPFUL MESSAGES
Messages are displayed with LED lamps above stitch
pattern numbers on control panel and/or PC screen. When
a message is displayed, fix the problem following the
instruction in the message. The message will disappear,
once the problem has been fixed.
On control
panell
01
02
03
04
On PC screen
Problem  Correction
Sewing
Machine is locked up due to thread entangled with bobbin case or rotation
interrupted forcibly.
 Turn off power switch and eliminate the problem that caused the
machine to stop.
○ ○
Bobbin winder is locked up due to thread entangled around spindle or
rotation interrupted forcibly.
 Turn off power switch and eliminate the problem that caused the
bobbin winder to stop.
○ ○
Buttonhole is selected on selection button, but buttonhole lever is raised.
 Lower buttonhole lever and begin sewing buttonhole.
○
Buttonhole lever is not raised.
 Raise buttonhole lever when sewing stitch patterns or embroidery.
○ ○
Foot control is connected while operating with start/stop button or start/
stop button is pushed while foot control is connected.
 Disconnect foot control or restart sewing by depressing foot control.
05
06
08
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Embroidery
Foreign particle like tip of needle, screw driver etc. is detected on machine
socket for foot control.
 Remove foreign particle.
Breakage of top thread is detected.
 Supply top thread and restart.
Unable to start with needle lowered.
 Raise needle and restart.
○
○ ○
○
On control
panell
09
10
12
15
On PC screen
Problem  Correction
Sewing
Unable to start with presser foot lifted.
 Lower presser foot and restart.
Embroidery
○ ○
Hoop size is too small to move hoop to original position.
 Turn off power switch and attach larger hoop.
○
Hoop size is smaller than embroidery data.
 Attach appropriate hoop and restart.
○
Defect in sewing data.
 Transmit correct data.
○
System error occurs.
 Turn off and on power switch to eliminate the problem that caused
the system error to occur. If the error number should not disappear,
consult an authorized technician.
○ ○
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“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.”
“DANGER--To reduce the risk of electric shock:”
1. “This sewing machine should never be left unattended when plugged in. Always unplug this sewing machine from the electric
outlet immediately after using and before cleaning.”
“WARNING-To reduce the risk of burns, fire, electric shock, or injury to persons: ”
1. “Do not allow to be used as a toy. Close attention is necessary when this sewing machine is used by or near children.”
2. “This appliance is not intended for use by persons (including children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities,
or lack of experience and knowledge, unless they have been given supervision or instruction concerning use of the appliance
by a person responsible for their safety. Children should be supervised to ensure that they do not play with the appliance.”
3. “Use this sewing machine only for its intended use as described in this manual. Use only attachments recommended by the
manufacturer as contained in this manual.”
4. “Never operate this sewing machine if it has a damaged cord or plug, if it is not working properly, if it has been dropped
or damaged, or dropped into water. Return the sewing machine to the nearest authorized dealer or service center for
examination, repair, electrical or mechanical adjustment.”
5. “If the supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced by the manufacturer, its service agent or similarly qualified persons in
order to avoid a hazard.”
6. “Never operate the sewing machine with any air openings blocked. Keep ventilation openings of the sewing machine and foot
control free from the accumulation of lint, dust, and loose cloth.”
7. “Never drop or insert any object into any opening.”
8. “Indoors use only.”
9. “Do not operate where aerosol (spray) products are being used or where oxygen is being administered.”
10. “To disconnect, turn switch to the off („0“) position, then remove plug from outlet.”
11. “Switch off or unplug the appliance when leaving it unattended, unplug the appliance before carrying out maintenance or
replacing lamps.”
12. “Do not unplug by pulling on cord. To unplug, grasp the plug, not the cord.”
13. “Keep fingers away from all moving parts. Special care is required around the sewing machine needle.”
14. “Never sew with a damaged needle plate as this can cause needle to break.”
15. “Do not use bent needles.”
16. “Do not pull or push fabric while stitching. It may deflect the needle causing it to break.”
17. “Switch the sewing machine off (“0”) when making any adjustments in the needle area, such as threading needle, changing
needle, threading bobbin, or changing presser foot, etc.”
18. “Always unplug sewing machine from the electrical outlet when removing covers, lubricating, or when making any other user
servicing adjustments mentioned in the instruction manual.”
19. “To avoid electrical shock never put the machine nor the mains cable or mains plug into water or other liquids.”
20. “The LED lamp maximum power is 0.3w, maximum voltage is DC 5v, if the LED lamp is damaged, you should not use the
product and send it to the manufacture or service agent to repair or replace at once.”
21. “Attention the following to avoid injury:
- Unplug the foot controller of the appliance when leaving it unattended:
- Unplug the foot controller of the appliance before carrying out any maintenance.”
parts-To reduce risk of injury, switch off before servicing. Close cover before operating
“CAUTION-- Moving
machine.”
“SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS”
“This product is for household use, or equivalent.”
FOOT CONTROL (USA & Canada only)
Use Model YC-485 EC or Model JF-1000 with this sewing machine.
POLARIZED PLUGS CAUTION (USA & Canada only)
This appliance has a polarized plug (one blade wider than the other). To reduce the risk of electric shock, this plug is intended
to fit in a polarized outlet only one way. If the plug does not fit fully in the outlet, reverse the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a
qualified electrician to install the proper outlet. Do not modify the plug in any way.
This appliance complies with EEC Directive 2004/108/EC covering the electromagnetic compatibility.
Please note that on disposal, this product must be safely recycled in accordance with relevant National legislation
relating to electrical/ electronic products. If in doubt please contact your retailer for guidance.
SINGER is a registered trademark of The Singer Company Limited or its affiliates.
©2010 The Singer Company Limited or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
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