Baby Lock Decorator's Choice BLDC2 Specifications

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OUR MACHINE
Your machine is the most advanced computerized household sewing machine.
To fully enjoy all the features incorporated, we suggest that you study the manual.
PLEASE READ BEFORE USING THIS MACHINE
For safe operation
1. Be sure to keep your eye on the needle while sewing. Do not touch the handwheel, thread takeup lever, needle, or other moving parts.
2. Remember to turn off the power switch and unplug the cord when:
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Operation is completed
Replacing or removing the needle or any other parts
A power failure occurs during use
Maintaining the machine
Leaving the machine unattended.
3. Do not store anything on the foot controller.
4. Plug the machine directly into the wall. Do not use extension cords.
For a longer service life
1. When storing this machine, avoid direct sunlight and high humidity locations. Do not use or store
the machine near a space heater, iron, halogen lamp, or other hot objects.
2. Use only neutral soaps or detergents to clean the case. Benzene, thinner, and scouring powders
can damage the case and machine, and should never be used.
3. Do not drop or hit the machine.
4. Always consult the operation manual when replacing or installing any assemblies, the presser
feet, needle, or other parts to assure correct installation.
For repair or adjustment
In the event a malfunction occurs or adjustment is required, first follow the troubleshooting table in
the back of the operation manual to inspect and adjust the machine yourself. If the problem persists,
please consult your local authorized Baby Lock retailer.
The contents of this manual and specifications of this product are subject to change without notice.
For additional product information and updates, visit our web site at www.babylock.com
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Important Safety Instructions
Please read these safety instructions before attempting to use the machine.
This machine is intended for household use.
DANGER
- To reduce the risk of electric shock:
1 Always unplug the machine from the electrical outlet immediately after using, when cleaning,
when making any user servicing adjustments mentioned in this manual, or if you are leaving the
machine unattended.
WARNING
- To reduce the risk of burns, fire, electric shock, or injury to persons.
2 Always unplug the machine from the electrical outlet when removing covers, lubricating, or
when making any adjustments mentioned in the instruction manual:
• To unplug the machine, switch the machine to the symbol “O” position to turn it off, then grasp
the plug and pull it out of the electrical outlet. Do not pull on the cord.
• Plug the machine directly into the electrical outlet. Do not use an extension cord.
• Always unplug your machine if the power is cut.
3 Never operate this machine if it has a damaged cord or plug, if it is not working properly, if it has
been dropped or damaged, or water is spilled on the unit. Return the machine to the nearest
authorized retailer or service center for examination, repair, electrical or mechanical adjustment.
While the machine is stored or in use if you notice anything unusual, such an odor, heat,
discoloration or deformation, stop using the machine and immediately unplug the power cord.
4 Always keep your work area clear:
• Never operate the machine with any air openings blocked. Keep ventilation openings of the
sewing machine and foot control free from the build up of lint, dust, and loose cloth.
• Do not store objects on the foot controller.
• Do not use extension cords. Plug the machine directly into the electrical outlet.
• Never drop or insert any object into any opening.
• Do not operate where aerosol (spray) products are being used or where oxygen is being
administered.
• Do not use the machine near a heat source, such as a stove or iron; otherwise, the machine,
power cord or garment being sewn may ignite, resulting in fire or an electric shock.
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5 Special care is required when sewing:
• Always pay close attention to the needle. Do not use bent or damaged needles.
• Keep fingers away from all moving parts. Special care is required around the machine needle.
• Switch the sewing machine to the symbol “O” position to turn it off when making any adjustments
in the needle area.
• Do not use a damaged or incorrect needle plate, as it could cause the needle to break.
• Do not push or pull the fabric when sewing, and follow careful instruction when freehand stitching
so that you do not deflect the needle and cause it to break.
6 This machine is not a toy:
• Your close attention is necessary when the machine is used by or near children.
• Do not use outdoors.
7 For a longer service life:
• When storing this machine, avoid direct sunlight and high humidity locations. Do not use or store
the machine near a space heater, iron, halogen lamp, or other hot objects.
• Use only neutral soaps or detergents to clean the case. Benzene, thinner, and scouring powders
can damage the case and machine, and should never be used.
• Always consult the operation manual when replacing or installing any assemblies, the presser feet,
needle, or other parts to assure correct installation.
8 For repair or adjustment:
• If the Light unit (light-emitting diode) is damaged, it must be replaced by authorized retailer.
• In the event a malfunction occurs or adjustment is required, first follow the troubleshooting table
in the back of the operation manual to inspect and adjust the machine yourself. If the problem
persists, please consult your local authorized Baby Lock retailer.
Use this machine only for its intended use as described in this manual.
Use accessories recommended by the manufacturer as contained in this manual.
Save these instructions.
The contents of this manual and specifications of this product are subject to change without notice.
For additional product information, visit our web site at www.babylock.com
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Contents
Important Safety Instructions ..............................................................................................1
Introduction ........................................................................................................................6
Sewing Machine Features ....................................................................................................6
Accessories..........................................................................................................................7
Included accessories ......................................................................................................................................... 7
Optional accessories ......................................................................................................................................... 8
Names of Machine Parts and Their Functions .....................................................................9
Front view ......................................................................................................................................................... 9
Needle and presser foot section ..................................................................................................................... 10
Right-side/rear view ........................................................................................................................................ 10
Operation buttons ........................................................................................................................................... 11
Operation panel .............................................................................................................................................. 12
GETTING READY
13
Turning the Machine On/Off.............................................................................................14
Power supply precautions ............................................................................................................................... 14
Turning on the machine .................................................................................................................................. 15
Turning off the machine .................................................................................................................................. 15
Understanding the LCD Screens........................................................................................16
Changing the Machine Settings .........................................................................................17
Changing the settings ...................................................................................................................................... 17
Adjusting the brightness of the LCD ............................................................................................................... 19
Changing the screen language......................................................................................................................... 19
Winding/Installing the Bobbin...........................................................................................20
Bobbin precautions ......................................................................................................................................... 20
Winding the bobbin ........................................................................................................................................ 20
Installing the bobbin ....................................................................................................................................... 24
Upper Threading ...............................................................................................................26
Threading the upper thread ............................................................................................................................. 26
Threading the needle ...................................................................................................................................... 29
Threading the needle manually (without using the needle threader) ............................................................... 31
Using the twin needle ..................................................................................................................................... 31
Pulling up the bobbin thread........................................................................................................................... 34
Replacing the Needle ........................................................................................................35
Needle precautions ......................................................................................................................................... 35
Needle types and their uses............................................................................................................................. 36
Checking the needle ....................................................................................................................................... 37
Replacing the needle....................................................................................................................................... 37
Replacing the Presser Foot ................................................................................................39
Presser foot precautions .................................................................................................................................. 39
Replacing the presser foot ............................................................................................................................... 39
Adjusting the pressure of the presser foot ....................................................................................................... 41
Removing the presser foot holder ................................................................................................................... 41
Using the walking foot .................................................................................................................................... 42
Sewing Cylindrical or Large Pieces....................................................................................44
Stitching cylindrical pieces.............................................................................................................................. 44
Sewing large pieces of fabric ........................................................................................................................... 44
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SEWING BASICS
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Sewing...............................................................................................................................48
General sewing procedure .............................................................................................................................. 48
Positioning the fabric ...................................................................................................................................... 49
Starting to sew................................................................................................................................................. 50
Securing the stitching ...................................................................................................................................... 52
Cutting the thread ........................................................................................................................................... 53
Adjusting the Thread Tension ............................................................................................55
Changing the tension of the upper thread ....................................................................................................... 55
Adjusting the Stitch Width and Length ..............................................................................56
Adjusting the stitch width ................................................................................................................................ 56
Adjusting the stitch length ............................................................................................................................... 57
Useful Functions................................................................................................................58
Changing the needle stop position ................................................................................................................. 58
Automatically sewing reverse/reinforcement stitches ...................................................................................... 58
Automatically cutting the thread .................................................................................................................... 60
Saving stitch settings ....................................................................................................................................... 61
Hands-free raising and lowering of the presser foot ........................................................................................ 62
Useful Sewing Tips ............................................................................................................63
Trial sewing .................................................................................................................................................... 63
Changing the sewing direction ........................................................................................................................ 63
Sewing curves ................................................................................................................................................. 63
Sewing thick fabrics ........................................................................................................................................ 64
Sewing thin fabrics.......................................................................................................................................... 64
Sewing stretch fabrics...................................................................................................................................... 64
Sewing leathers or vinyl fabrics ...................................................................................................................... 65
Sewing an even seam allowance .................................................................................................................... 65
UTILITY STITCHES
67
Selecting Stitching .............................................................................................................68
Selecting stitch types and patterns .................................................................................................................. 68
Selecting stitching ........................................................................................................................................... 70
Overcasting Stitches..........................................................................................................74
Sewing overcasting stitches using overcasting foot “G” ................................................................................... 74
Sewing overcasting stitches using zigzag foot “J”............................................................................................. 75
Sewing overcasting stitches using the optional side cutter ............................................................................... 76
Basic Stitching ...................................................................................................................78
Basting ............................................................................................................................................................ 78
Basic stitching ................................................................................................................................................. 79
Blind Hem Stitching ..........................................................................................................80
Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing..................................................................................82
Buttonhole sewing .......................................................................................................................................... 83
Button sewing ................................................................................................................................................. 87
Zipper Insertion.................................................................................................................89
Inserting a centered zipper .............................................................................................................................. 89
Inserting a side zipper ..................................................................................................................................... 91
Zipper/piping Insertion .....................................................................................................94
Inserting a centered zipper .............................................................................................................................. 94
Inserting a piping ............................................................................................................................................ 95
Sewing Stretch Fabrics and Elastic Tape ............................................................................96
Stretch stitching............................................................................................................................................... 96
Elastic attaching .............................................................................................................................................. 96
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Appliqué, Patchwork and Quilt Stitching ..........................................................................98
Appliqué stitching ........................................................................................................................................... 99
Patchwork (crazy quilt) stitching .................................................................................................................. 100
Piecing .......................................................................................................................................................... 100
Quilting ........................................................................................................................................................ 101
Free-motion quilting...................................................................................................................................... 102
Satin stitching using the sewing speed controller .......................................................................................... 103
Reinforcement Stitching ..................................................................................................105
Triple stretch stitching ................................................................................................................................... 105
Bar tack stitching........................................................................................................................................... 105
Darning......................................................................................................................................................... 107
Eyelet Stitching................................................................................................................109
Decorative Stitching........................................................................................................110
Fagoting ........................................................................................................................................................ 111
Scallop stitching ............................................................................................................................................ 112
Smocking ...................................................................................................................................................... 112
Shell tuck stitching ........................................................................................................................................ 113
Joining .......................................................................................................................................................... 114
Heirloom stitching ........................................................................................................................................ 114
Sewing the Various Built-In Decorative Patterns.............................................................117
Sewing beautiful patterns .............................................................................................................................. 117
Sewing patterns ............................................................................................................................................. 117
Combining patterns ....................................................................................................................................... 118
Repeat sewing patterns.................................................................................................................................. 119
Checking the selected pattern ....................................................................................................................... 119
Changing the pattern size .............................................................................................................................. 120
Changing the stitch density ........................................................................................................................... 121
Changing the pattern length .......................................................................................................................... 122
Mirror imaging the pattern ............................................................................................................................ 123
Saving patterns.............................................................................................................................................. 124
Retrieving a pattern ....................................................................................................................................... 124
Realigning the pattern ................................................................................................................................... 125
APPENDIX
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Stitch Settings..................................................................................................................128
Utility stitches ............................................................................................................................................... 128
Other stitches................................................................................................................................................ 134
Care and Maintenance ....................................................................................................138
Cleaning the machine surface ....................................................................................................................... 138
Cleaning the race .......................................................................................................................................... 138
Troubleshooting ..............................................................................................................140
Error messages .............................................................................................................................................. 144
Nothing appears in the LCD .......................................................................................................................... 145
Operation beep ............................................................................................................................................. 145
Cancelling the operation beep ...................................................................................................................... 145
Index ................................................................................................................................147
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Introduction
Thank you for purchasing this sewing machine. Before using this sewing machine, carefully read the
“Important Safety Instructions” (page 1), and then study this manual for the correct operation of the
various functions. In addition, after you have finished reading this manual, store it where it can quickly be
accessed for future reference.
Sewing Machine Features
a Easy upper threading
Since the spool can be installed at the front of the sewing machine, the upper thread can easily be threaded. In addition,
the needle can be threaded with a simple operation (page 26).
b Automatic thread-cutting
The sewing machine can be set to automatically cut the thread at the end of the stitching (page 60).
c One-touch lower threading
You can start sewing without pulling up the bobbin thread (page 24).
d Simple bobbin-winding
The bobbin can quickly and easily be wound with thread (page 20).
e Built-in stitches
You can select from the built-in stitches available, including utility stitches, character stitches and decorative stitches
(page 70).
f Knee lifter
Use the knee lifter to raise and lower the presser foot with your knee, leaving both hands free to handle the fabric (page
62).
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Accessories
After opening the box, check that the following accessories are included. If any item is missing or
damaged, contact your retailer.
Included accessories
The following items should also be included in the box.
Note
(For U.S.A. only)
z Foot controller: Model N5V
This foot controller can be used on this machine model
BLDC2.
z The screw for the presser foot holder is available
through your authorized retailer.
(Part code: XA4813-051)
z The organized accessory tray is available through your
authorized retailer.
(Part code: XC4489-051)
■ Attaching the stitch pattern plate
The stitch pattern plate shows the stitch numbers and the patterns available with each stitch mode. Attach
the stitch pattern plate to the handle as shown in the illustration below.
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1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
19.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.*
17.
18.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
25.
26.
27.
28.
30.
31.
32.
33.
34.
29.
*75/11 2 needles
90/14 2 needles
90/14 2 needles: Ball point needle (gold colored)
No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
Part Name
Buttonhole foot “A”
Overcasting foot “G”
Monogramming foot “N”
Zipper foot “I”
Zigzag foot “J” (on machine)
Blind stitch foot “R”
Button fitting foot “M”
Walking foot
Quilting foot
Stitch guide foot “P”
Adjustable zipper/piping foot
Non stick foot
Open toe foot
Seam ripper
Bobbin (4)
Needle set
Twin needle
Part Code
XC2691-053
XC3098-051
X53840-351
X59370-051
XC3021-051
X56409-051
130489-001
BLG-WI
FA2
FA6
FA9
FA8
FA7
X54243-051
X52800-150
X58358-051
X59296-151
No.
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
Part Name
Cleaning brush
Eyelet punch
Screwdriver (large)
Screwdriver (small)
Spool cap (large)
Spool cap (medium)(2)
Spool cap (small)
Extra spool pin
Spool net
Foot controller
Knee lifter
Operation manual
Quick reference guide
Hard case
Accessory bag
Disc-shaped screwdriver
Stitch pattern plate
Part Code
X59476-051
135793-001
XC8349-051
X55468-051
130012-054
X55260-153
130013-154
XC4654-051
XA5523-050
XC6651-151
XA6941-052
XE0415-001
XE0416-001
XC9701-053
XC4487-051
XC1074-051
XE0545-001
Optional accessories
The following are available as optional accessories.
1.
2.
1. Side cutter
Part code: FA10
2. Quilting guide
Part code: FA11
3.
4.
5.
4. 1/4 inch quilting foot
Part code: FA1
5. 1/4 inch quilting foot with guide
Part code: ESG-QGF
3. Extension table
Part code: BLR-ET
Memo
z Visit your Baby Lock retailer for a complete listing of optional accessories available for your machine.
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Names of Machine Parts and Their Functions
The names of the various parts of the sewing machine and their functions are described below. Before
using the sewing machine, carefully read these descriptions to learn the names of the machine parts.
Front view
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4
D
5
C
6
B
A
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a Thread guide plate
Pass the thread under the thread guide plate.
b Thread guide cover
Pass the thread behind the thread guide cover when
threading the upper thread.
c Spool pin
Place a spool of thread on the spool pin.
d Bobbin winding thread guide and pretension disk
Pass the thread under this thread guide and around the
pretension disk when winding the bobbin thread.
e Top cover
Open the top cover to place the spool of thread on the
spool pin.
f Bobbin winder
Use the bobbin winder when winding the bobbin.
j Flat bed attachment with accessory compartment
Store presser feet and bobbins in the accessory
compartment of the flat bed attachment. When sewing
cylindrical pieces, remove the flat bed attachment.
k Thread cutter
Pass the threads through the thread cutter to cut them.
l Needle threader lever
Use the needle threader to thread the needle.
m Thread take-up lever check window
Look through the window to check the position of the
take-up lever.
n Thread tension dial
Use the thread tension dial to adjust the tension of the
upper thread.
g Operation panel
Use for stitch selection and various stitch functions.
(page 12)
h Knee lifter mounting slot
Insert the knee lifter into the knee lifter mounting slot.
i Operation buttons and sewing speed controller
Use these buttons and the slide to operate the sewing
machine. (page 11)
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Needle and presser foot
section
a Buttonhole lever
The buttonhole lever is used with the one-step
buttonhole foot to create buttonholes.
b Thread guide disk
Pass the thread through the thread guide disk when
using the needle threader to thread the needle.
c Needle bar thread guide
Pass the upper thread through the needle bar thread
guide.
d Needle plate
The needle plate is marked with guides to help sew
straight seams.
e Needle plate cover
Remove the needle plate cover to clean the bobbin case
and race.
f Bobbin cover
Open the bobbin cover to set the bobbin.
Right-side/rear view
a Presser foot dial
Use the presser foot dial to adjust the amount of
pressure that the presser foot applies to the fabric.
b Handle
Carry the sewing machine by its handle when
transporting the machine.
c Handwheel
Turn the handwheel toward you to raise and lower the
needle. The handwheel should be turned towards you
(counterclockwise).
d Air vent
The air vent allows the air surrounding the motor to
circulate. Do not cover the air vent while the sewing
machine is being used.
e Main power switch
Use the main power switch to turn the sewing machine
ON and OFF.
g Feed dogs
The feed dogs feed the fabric in the sewing direction.
f Foot controller jack
Insert the plug on the end of the foot controller cable
into the foot controller jack.
h Presser foot
The presser foot applies pressure consistently on the
fabric as sewing takes place. Attach the appropriate
presser foot for the selected stitch.
g Power supply jack
Insert the plug on the power cord into the power supply
jack.
i Presser foot holder
The presser foot is attached onto the presser foot holder.
h Feed dog position switch
Use the feed dog position switch to lower the feed dogs.
i Presser foot lever
Raise and lower the presser foot lever to raise and lower
the presser foot.
Memo
z Refer to pages 9 through 12 while you are
learning to use your machine.
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Operation buttons
The operation buttons help you to easily perform various basic sewing machine operations.
a “Start/Stop” button
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Press the “Start/Stop” button to start or stop sewing. The
machine sews at a slow speed at the beginning of
sewing while the button is depressed. When sewing is
stopped, the needle is lowered in the fabric. For details,
refer to “Starting to sew” (page 50).
The button lights up in green, red or orange, depending
on how the sewing machine is being operated.
Green:
When the machine is ready to start
sewing or while it is sewing
Red:
When the machine is not ready to
start sewing
Orange:
When the bobbin winder shaft is
moved to the right for winding the
bobbin thread onto the bobbin
b “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button
Press the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button to sew
reverse stitches or reinforcement stitches. Reverse
stitches are sewn by keeping the button pressed down to
sew in the opposite direction. Reinforcement stitches
are sewn by sewing 3 to 5 stitches on top of each other.
For details, refer to “Securing the stitching” (page 52).
CAUTION
● Do not press
(“Thread Cutter”
button) after the threads have already
been cut, otherwise the needle may
break, the threads may become tangled
or damage to the machine may occur.
Note
z Do not press
(“Thread Cutter” button) if
there is no fabric under the presser foot or
while the machine is sewing, otherwise
damage to the machine may occur.
z When cutting thread thicker than #30, nylon
thread or other special threads, use the
thread cutter on the side of the machine. For
details, refer to “Cutting the thread” (page
53).
c “Needle Position” button
Press the “Needle Position” button to raise or lower the
needle. Pressing the button twice sews one stitch.
d “Thread Cutter” button
Press the “Thread Cutter” button after stopping sewing
to cut both the upper and the bobbin threads. For
details, refer to “Cutting the thread” (page 53).
e Sewing speed controller
Slide the sewing speed controller to adjust the sewing
speed.
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Operation panel
The operation panel, located on the front at the right of the sewing machine, consists of the LCD (liquid crystal
display) and keys for specifying various sewing settings.
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2
3
4
5
6
9
7
C
0
D
8
A
E
F
H
B
G
a LCD (liquid crystal display)
Settings for the selected stitch and error messages for
incorrect operations appear in the LCD. Use keys b
and g through r, described below, to display various
items and select the settings. For details, refer to
“Understanding the LCD Screens” (page 16).
b Settings key
Press this key to select sewing settings, such as for left/
right mirror imaging, or other settings such as the
operation beep.
c Needle stop position key
Press this key to select where the needle is positioned
when the sewing machine is stopped.
d Automatic thread cutting key
Press this key to select the automatic thread cutting
setting. Press this key again to cancel the setting.
e Automatic reverse/reinforcement stitch key
Press this key to select the automatic reverse/
reinforcement stitching setting. Press this key again to
cancel the setting.
f Needle mode selection key (single/twin)
Press this key to select the twin needle sewing setting.
Each time this key is pressed, the setting switches
between that for single needle sewing and for twin
needle sewing.
g Stitch width keys
Press
or
to adjust the stitch width setting.
h Stitch length keys
Press
or
to adjust the stitch length setting.
■ Stitch mode keys (i-l)
i Preset utility stitch/saved pattern key
Press this key to select the utility stitch assigned to a numeric
key or to retrieve a pattern that has been saved.
Each time this key is pressed, the machine switches between
the preset utility stitch mode and the saved pattern mode.
j Utility stitch key
Press this key to select a straight stitch, zigzag stitch,
buttonhole, blind hem stitch, or other stitches
commonly used in garment sewing. Use the numeric
keys to type in the number of the desired stitch.
k Decorative stitch key
Press this key to select a decorative stitch, satin stitch, crossstitch or decorative satin stitch. Each time this key is pressed,
the stitch group switches between
and
.
l Character stitch key
Press this key to select a character stitch. Each time this key
is pressed, the font switches to one of the three available.
m Manual memory key
Press this key to save the adjusted stitch width and
length settings.
n Reset key
Press this key to reset the selected stitch to its original settings.
o Memory key
Press this key to save stitch patterns, such as combined
patterns, in the sewing machine's memory.
p OK key
Press this key to apply the selection or perform the operation.
q Cancel/clear key
Press this key to cancel the operation and return to the
previous screen.
In addition, pressing this key removes the last pattern
added when combining characters or decorative stitches.
r Numeric keys
Use these keys to quickly select one of the ten most
often used stitches. When selecting other stitches, use
these keys to type in the number of the desired stitch.
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GETTING READY
The various preparations required before starting to sew are described in this chapter.
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Turning the Machine On/Off ..................................................................................14
Power supply precautions ..................................................................................14
Turning on the machine .....................................................................................15
Turning off the machine .....................................................................................15
Understanding the LCD Screens..............................................................................16
Changing the Machine Settings ...............................................................................17
Changing the settings .........................................................................................17
Adjusting the brightness of the LCD ...................................................................19
Changing the screen language ..............................................................................19
Winding/Installing the Bobbin.................................................................................20
Bobbin precautions ............................................................................................20
Winding the bobbin ...........................................................................................20
Installing the bobbin ..........................................................................................24
Upper Threading .....................................................................................................26
Threading the upper thread................................................................................26
Threading the needle..........................................................................................29
Threading the needle manually (without using the needle threader)..................31
Using the twin needle ........................................................................................31
Pulling up the bobbin thread..............................................................................34
Replacing the Needle ..............................................................................................35
Needle precautions ............................................................................................35
Needle types and their uses................................................................................36
Checking the needle...........................................................................................37
Replacing the needle ..........................................................................................37
Replacing the Presser Foot ......................................................................................39
Presser foot precautions .....................................................................................39
Replacing the presser foot ..................................................................................39
Adjusting the pressure of the presser foot ..........................................................41
Removing the presser foot holder ......................................................................41
Using the walking foot .......................................................................................42
Sewing Cylindrical or Large Pieces..........................................................................44
Stitching cylindrical pieces.................................................................................44
Sewing large pieces of fabric..............................................................................44
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Turning the Machine On/Off
This section explains how to turn the sewing machine on and off.
Power supply precautions
Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the power supply.
WARNING
● Use only regular household electricity for the power source. Using other power sources may
result in fire, electric shock, or damage to the machine.
• Make sure that the plugs on the power cord are firmly inserted into the electrical outlet
and the power supply jack on the machine.
• Do not insert the plug on the power cord into an electrical outlet that is in poor condition.
● Turn off the main power and remove the plug in the following circumstances:
• When you are away from the machine
• After using the machine
• When the power fails during use
• When the machine does not operate correctly due to a bad connection or a disconnection
• During electrical storms
CAUTION
● Use only the power cord included with this machine.
● Do not use extension cords or multi-plug adapters with many other appliances plugged in to
them. Fire or electric shock may result.
● Do not touch the plug with wet hands. Electric shock may result.
● When unplugging the machine, always turn off the main power first. Always grasp the plug to
remove it from the outlet. Pulling on the cord may damage the cord, or lead to fire or electric
shock.
● Do not allow the power cord to be cut, damaged, modified, forcefully bent, pulled, twisted,
or bundled. Do not place heavy objects on the cord. Do not subject the cord to heat. These
things may damage the cord and cause fire or electric shock. If the cord or plug is damaged,
take the machine to your authorized retailer for repairs before continuing use.
● Unplug the power cord if the machine is not to be used for a long period of time. Otherwise a
fire may result.
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Turning on the machine
Prepare the included power cord.
a off (the main power switch is set to “
Make sure that the sewing machine is turned
”), and
then plug the power cord into the power
supply jack on the right side of the machine.
Insert the plug of the power cord into a
b household electrical outlet.
Turning off the machine
When you are finished using the sewing machine,
turn it off. In addition, before transporting the sewing
machine to another location, be sure to turn it off.
a
Make sure that the machine is not sewing.
Press the left side of the main power switch on
”).
b the right side of the machine (set it to “
1
X The sewing lamp and the LCD go off when
the machine is turned off.
Unplug the power cord from the electrical
c outlet.
Grasp the plug when unplugging the power
cord.
a Power supply jack
d jack.
Unplug the power cord from the power supply
Press the right side of the main power switch
c on the right side of the machine (set it to “|”).
Note
X The sewing lamp and the LCD come on
when the machine is turned on.
z If a power outage occurs while the sewing
machine is being operated, turn off the
sewing machine and unplug the power
cord. When restarting the sewing machine,
follow the necessary procedure to correctly
operate the machine.
(For U.S.A. only)
z This appliance has a polarized plug (one
blade wider than the other). To reduce the
risk of electrical 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.
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Understanding the LCD Screens
The LCD screen, located on the front at the right of the sewing machine, displays the settings for the
selected stitch and error messages if operations are performed incorrectly.When the sewing machine is
turned on, the LCD comes on and the following screen appears.
1
2
a
b
c
d
e
3
4
5
Presser foot that should be used
Stitch mode
Selected stitch
Stitch length (mm)
Stitch width (mm)
Memo
z For details on the error messages that appear when an operation is performed incorrectly, refer to “Error
messages” (page 144).
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Changing the Machine Settings
Various sewing machine operations and sewing settings can be changed.
Changing the settings
The general procedure for changing machine settings
is described below.
a
c
Press
or
(Stitch length keys) until the
stitch or machine attribute that you wish to set
is displayed.
Turn on the sewing machine.
1
a Stitch length keys
X The LCD comes on.
Press
b panel.
(Settings key) in the operation
X The settings screen appears.
Press
or
(Stitch width keys) until the
d desired setting is selected.
X The setting is changed.
e key).
Press
(OK key) or
(Cancel/clear
X The initial stitch screen appears again.
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■ List of stitch or machine attributes
The stitch or machine attributes that can be set are listed below. For details on each attribute, refer to the
corresponding reference page.
Attribute
Icon
Details
Check pattern
Allows combined patterns to be checked.
page 119
Mirror imaging
Mirror images patterns along a vertical axis.
page 123
Pattern length
Adjusts the length of satin stitches.
page 122
Pattern size
Sets the size of patterns to be large or small.
page 120
Repeated/
single sewing
Specifies whether the pattern will be sewn once or
repeatedly.
page 119
Stitching
density
Specifies the sewing density of the stitching.
page 121
Initial needle
position
Select the straight stitch that is automatically selected
when the machine is turned on.
-
Stitch width
control
Allows the stitch width to be adjusted with the sewing
speed controller.
page 103
Language
Allows the language used in the screens to be
changed.
page 19
Buzzer
Specifies whether or not a beep is sounded with each
operation.
page 145
LCD brightness
Adjusts the brightness of the LCD.
page 19
Vertical pattern
adjustment
Adjusts the up and down position of the pattern.
page 125
Memo
z The icon shown highlighted above is the default setting.
z The default display language is English.
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Adjusting the brightness of
the LCD
The brightness of the LCD can be adjusted.
a
Press
(Settings key) in the operation
panel, and then press
keys) until
or
Changing the screen language
The language used in the screens that are displayed
can be changed to one of the many available.
a
(Stitch length
(Settings key) in the operation
panel, and then press
or
(Stitch length
keys) until the language is displayed.
is displayed.
X The screen for changing the language of the
screens appears.
X The screen for changing the brightness of the
LCD appears.
To make the LCD brighter, press
(Stitch
b width key). To make the LCD darker, press
(Stitch width key).
Press
Press
or
(Stitch width keys) until the
b desired language is selected.
The language can be changed to one of the
available: English, French, German, Dutch,
Spanish, Italian, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish,
Swedish, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese,
Korean or others.
X The brightness of the LCD is changed.
X The language of the screens is changed.
c
Press
(OK key) or
(Cancel/clear
key).
X The initial stitch screen appears again.
c
Press
(OK key) or
(Cancel/clear
key).
X The initial stitch screen appears again.
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Winding/Installing the Bobbin
This section describes how to wind the thread onto the bobbin, and then insert the bobbin thread.
Bobbin precautions
Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the bobbin.
CAUTION
● Only use the bobbin (part code: X52800-150) designed specifically for this sewing machine.
Use of any other bobbin may result in injuries or damage to the machine.
● The included bobbin was designed specifically for this sewing machine. If bobbins from other
models are used, the machine will not operate correctly. Use only the included bobbin or
bobbins of the same type (part code: X52800-150 ).
Actual size
11.5 mm
(7/16 inch)
This model
Other model
Winding the bobbin
Wind the thread around the bobbin to prepare the bobbin thread.
1
a Bobbin winder
Memo
z The order that the machine should be threaded for winding the bobbin is indicated by a broken line on
the sewing machine. Be sure to thread the machine as indicated.
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a
Turn on the sewing machine.
Place the spool of thread for the bobbin onto
f the spool pin.
Slide the spool onto the pin so that the spool is
horizontal and the thread unwinds to the front
at the bottom.
b
Open the top cover.
• If the spool is not positioned so that the
thread unwinds correctly, the thread may
become tangled around the spool pin.
Place the bobbin on the bobbin winder shaft so
c that the spring on the shaft fits into the notch
in the bobbin.
Press down on the bobbin until it snaps into
place.
g Slide the spool cap as far as possible to the
Slide the spool cap onto the spool pin.
right, as shown, with the rounded side on the
left.
1
2
a Notch
b Bobbin winder shaft spring
Slide the bobbin winder in the direction of the
d arrow until it snaps into place.
•
/
CAUTION
● If the spool or the spool cap is not
positioned correctly, the thread may
become tangled around the spool pin and
the needle may break.
● Three spool cap sizes are available (large,
medium and small), allowing you to
choose a spool cap that best fits the size
of spool being used. If the spool cap is too
small for the spool being used, the thread
may catch on the slit in the spool and the
needle may break.
(“Start/Stop” button) lights up in
orange.
e spool pin.
Remove the spool cap that is inserted onto the
1
2
a Spool pin
b Spool cap
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Pass the thread under the thread guide plate,
i and then pull it to the right.
Memo
z When sewing with fine, cross-wound thread,
use the small spool cap, and leave a small
space between the cap and the spool.
b
c
a
a Spool cap (small)
b Spool (cross-wound thread)
c Space
z When using thread that winds off quickly,
such as transparent nylon thread or metallic
thread, place the spool net over the spool
before placing the spool of thread onto the
spool pin.
If the spool net is too long, fold it to fit the
size of the spool.
When the spool net is used, the tension of
the upper thread will slightly increase. Be
sure to check the thread tension. For details,
refer to “Adjusting the Thread Tension”
(page 55).
1
1
a Thread guide plate
Pass the thread under the hook on the thread
j guide, and then wind it counterclockwise
under the pretension disk.
1
2
1
3
4
a
b
c
d
a Thread guide and pretension disk
Spool net
Spool
Spool cap
Spool pin
Note
While holding the thread near the spool with
h your right hand, as shown, pull the thread with
your left hand, and then pass the thread
behind the thread guide cover and to the front.
1
a Thread guide cover
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z Make sure that the thread passes under the
pretension disk.
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While holding the thread with your left hand,
k wind the thread that was pulled out clockwise
Slide the sewing speed controller to the right
m to increase the bobbin winding speed and slide
around the bobbin five or six times with your
right hand.
to left to decrease.
1
1
a Sewing speed controller
Note
z Make sure that the thread between the spool
and the bobbin is pulled tight.
z Be sure to wind the thread clockwise around
the bobbin, otherwise the thread will
become wrapped around the bobbin winder
shaft.
n
Press
/
(“Start/Stop” button) once.
1
Pass the end of the thread through the guide
l slit in the bobbin winder seat, and then pull
a “Start/Stop” button
the thread to the right to cut it.
• When the bobbin winding becomes slow,
press
/
(“Start/Stop” button) once
to stop the machine.
CAUTION
1
a Guide slit in bobbin winder seat
(with built-in cutter)
● When the bobbin winding becomes slow,
stop the machine, otherwise the sewing
machine may be damaged.
X The thread is cut to a suitable length.
o wound around the bobbin.
Use scissors to cut the end of the thread
CAUTION
● Be sure to cut the thread as described. If
the bobbin is wound without cutting the
thread using the cutter built into the slit in
the bobbin winder seat, the thread may
become tangled in the bobbin and the
needle may bend or break when the
bobbin thread starts to run out.
p
Slide the bobbin winder shaft to the left.
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q
Remove the bobbin from the shaft.
a
Slide the bobbin cover latch to the right.
1
2
a Bobbin cover
b Latch
Memo
z When the sewing machine is started or the
handwheel is turned after winding the
bobbin, the machine will make a clicking
sound; this is not a malfunction.
X The bobbin cover opens.
b
Remove the bobbin cover.
Hold the bobbin with your right hand and hold
c the end of the thread with your left.
Installing the bobbin
Install the bobbin wound with thread.
CAUTION
● Use a bobbin that has been correctly
wound with thread, otherwise the needle
may break or the thread tension will be
incorrect.
● The bobbin was designed specifically for
this sewing machine. If bobbins from other
models are used, the machine will not
operate correctly. Use only the included
bobbin or bobbins of the same type (part
code: X52800-150).
Actual size
11.5 mm
(7/16 inch)
This model
Other model
Memo
z The order that the bobbin thread should be
passed through the bobbin case is indicated
by marks around the bobbin case. Be sure to
thread the machine as indicated.
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• Be careful not to drop the bobbin.
Insert the bobbin into the bobbin case so that
d the thread unrolls to the left.
• Be sure to insert the bobbin correctly.
CAUTION
● Be sure to install the bobbin so that the
thread unwinds in the correct direction,
otherwise the thread may break or the
thread tension will be incorrect.
Memo
z The order that the bobbin thread should be
passed through the bobbin case is indicated
by marks around the bobbin case. Be sure to
thread the machine as indicated.
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Lightly hold down the bobbin with your right
e hand, and then guide the thread as shown with
your left hand.
Reattach the bobbin cover.
g Insert the tab in the lower-left corner of the
bobbin cover, and then lightly press down on
the right side.
2
1
X The lower threading is finished.
CAUTION
● When installing the bobbin, be sure to
hold it down with your finger. If the
bobbin is not correctly installed, the
thread tension will be incorrect.
Pass the thread through the slot as shown, and
f then pull the thread out toward the front.
Next, thread the upper thread. Continue with
the procedure in “Upper Threading” (page 26).
Memo
z You can begin sewing without pulling up the
bobbin thread. If you wish to pull up the
bobbin thread before starting to sew, pull up
the thread according to the procedure in
“Pulling up the bobbin thread” (page 34).
1
a Cutter
X The cutter cuts the thread.
Note
z Make sure that the thread is correctly
inserted through the tension-adjusting spring
of the bobbin case. If it is not inserted
correctly, reinsert the thread.
1
a Tension-adjusting spring
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Upper Threading
In this section, the procedures for positioning the spool for the upper thread and threading the needle are
described.
CAUTION
● When threading the upper thread,
carefully follow the instructions. If the
upper threading is not correct, the thread
may become tangled and the needle may
bend or break.
Threading the upper thread
Set the spool of thread on the spool pin, and then
thread the machine.
a
Turn on the sewing machine.
Memo
z The order that the machine should be
threaded is indicated by a solid line on the
sewing machine. Be sure to thread the
machine as indicated.
Raise the presser foot lever to raise the presser
b foot.
a
a Presser foot lever
Note
z If the presser foot is not raised, the sewing
machine cannot be threaded.
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Press
(“Needle Position” button) once or
c twice to raise the needle.
Place the spool of thread onto the spool pin.
f Slide the spool onto the pin so that the spool is
horizontal and the thread unwinds to the front
at the bottom.
1
1
a “Needle Position” button
X The needle is correctly raised when the mark
on the handwheel is at the top, as shown
below. Check the handwheel and, if this
mark is not at this position, press
(“Needle Position” button) until it is.
Slide the spool cap onto the spool pin.
g Slide the spool cap as far as possible to the
right, as shown, with the rounded side on the
left.
1
CAUTION
a Mark on handwheel
d
Open the top cover.
Remove the spool cap that is inserted onto the
e spool pin.
● If the spool or the spool cap is not
positioned correctly, the thread may
become tangled around the spool pin and
the needle may break.
● Three spool cap sizes are available (large,
medium and small), allowing you to
choose a spool cap that best fits the size
of spool being used. If the spool cap is too
small for the spool being used, the thread
may catch on the slit in the spool and the
needle may break.
1
2
a Spool pin
b Spool cap
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While holding the thread lightly with your
h right hand, pull the thread with your left hand,
and then pass the thread behind the thread
guide cover and to the front.
z This machine is equipped with a window
that allows you to check the position of the
take-up lever. Look through this window and
check that the thread is correctly fed through
the take-up lever.
1
a Thread guide cover
Pass the thread under the thread guide plate,
i and then pull it up.
1
Pass the thread behind the needle bar thread
k guide.
The thread can easily be passed behind the
needle bar thread guide by holding the thread
in your left hand, then feeding the thread with
your right hand, as shown.
1
a Thread guide plate
j thread passed under the thread guide plate,
While using your right hand to lightly hold the
a Needle bar thread guide
pass the thread through the thread path in the
order shown below.
Next, use the needle threader to thread the
needle. Continue with the procedure in
“Threading the needle” (page 29).
1
a Shutter
Note
z If the presser foot has been lowered and the
shutter is closed, the machine cannot be
threaded. Be sure to raise the presser foot
and open the shutter before threading the
machine. In addition, before removing the
upper thread, be sure to raise the presser foot
and open the shutter.
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Cut the thread with the thread cutter on the
Threading the needle
This section describes how to thread the needle.
b left side of the machine.
1
1
Memo
z The needle threader can be used with
sewing machine needles 75/11 through
100/16.
z Thread with a thickness of 130/20 or thicker
cannot be used with the needle threader.
z The needle threader cannot be used with the
wing needle or the twin needle.
z If the needle threader cannot be used, refer
to “Threading the needle manually (without
using the needle threader)” (page 31).
Pull the end of the thread passed through the
a needle bar thread guide to the left, and then
pass the thread through the thread guide disk
from the front.
1
a Thread cutter
Note
z If the thread is pulled through and cannot be
cut correctly, lower the presser foot so that
the thread is held in place before cutting the
thread. If this operation is performed, skip
step c.
z When using thread that quickly winds off the
spool, such as metallic thread, it may be
difficult to thread the needle if the thread is
cut.
Therefore, instead of using the thread cutter,
pull out about 80 mm (approx. 3 inches) of
thread after passing it through the thread
guide disks (marked “7”).
1
a 80 mm (3 inches) or more
Lower the presser foot lever to lower the
c presser foot.
a Thread guide disk
1
a Presser foot lever
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Lower the needle threader lever on the left
d side of the machine until it clicks, and then
slowly return the lever to its original position.
Raise the presser foot lever, pass the end of the
e thread through the presser foot, and then pull
out about 5 cm (2 inches) of thread toward the
rear of the machine.
1
1
a 5 cm (2 inches)
a Needle threader lever
X The thread is passed through the eye of the
needle.
Note
z If the needle was not completely threaded,
but a loop in the thread was formed in the
eye of the needle, carefully pull the loop
through the eye of the needle to pull out the
end of the thread.
CAUTION
● When pulling out the thread, do not pull
it with extreme force, otherwise the
needle may break or bend.
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X The upper threading is finished.
Now that the upper threading and the lower
threading are finished, you are ready to
begin sewing.
Note
z If the needle is not raised, the needle
threader cannot thread the needle. Be sure
to press
(“Needle Position” button) to
raise the needle before using the needle
threader.
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Threading the needle manually
(without using the needle threader)
When using special thread, thread with a thickness of
130/20 or thicker, the wing needle or the twin needle
which cannot be used with the needle threader,
thread the needle as described below.
Thread the machine to the needle bar thread
a guide.
Using the twin needle
With the twin needle, you can sew two parallel lines
of the same stitch with two different threads. Both
upper threads should have the same thickness and
quality. Be sure to use the twin needle, the extra
spool pin and the spool cap.
For details on the stitches that can be sewn with the
twin needle, refer to “Stitch Settings” (page 128).
• For details, refer to “Upper Threading” (page
26).
b
Lower the presser foot lever.
CAUTION
1
a Pressor foot lever
Pass the thread through the eye of the needle
c from front to back.
● Only use the twin needle (part code:
X59296-151). Use of any other needle
may bend the needle or damage the
machine.
● Never use bent needles. Bent needles can
easily break, possibly resulting in injuries.
a
Install the twin needle.
• For details on installing a needle, refer to
“Replacing the needle” (page 37).
b eye.
Thread the upper thread for the left needle
• For details, refer to steps a through k of
“Threading the upper thread” (page 26).
Raise the presser foot lever, pass the end of the
d thread through the presser foot, and then pull
out about 5 cm (2 inches) of thread toward the
rear of the machine.
Manually thread the left needle with the upper
c thread.
Pass the thread through the eye of the needle
from the front.
• The needle threader cannot be used with the
twin needle. If the needle threader is used
with the twin needle, the sewing machine
may be damaged.
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Insert the extra spool pin onto the bobbin
d winder shaft.
Thread the upper thread for the right side in
g the same way that the upper thread for the left
Insert the extra spool pin so that it is
perpendicular to the bobbin winder shaft.
side was threaded.
1
1
a Bobbin winder shaft
a Thread guide cover
Swing down the spool pin so that it is
• For details, refer to step h through j of
“Threading the upper thread” (page 26).
e horizontal.
h bar thread guide, manually thread the right
Without passing the thread through the needle
needle.
Pass the thread through the eye of the needle
from the front.
Place the upper thread spool for the needle on
f the right side onto the extra spool pin, and
then secure it with the spool cap.
The thread should unroll from the top front of
the spool.
1
• The needle threader cannot be used with the
twin needle. If the needle threader is used
with the twin needle, the sewing machine
may be damaged.
2
i
a Spool cap
b Spool
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
• For details on changing the presser foot, refer
to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 39).
CAUTION
● When using the twin needle, be sure to
attach zigzag foot “J”, otherwise the
needle may break or the machine may be
damaged.
j
Turn on the sewing machine.
X The LCD comes on.
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k
Select a stitch.
• For details on selecting a stitch, refer to
“Selecting stitching” (page 70).
• For details on the stitches that can be sewn
with the twin needle, refer to “Stitch Settings”
(page 128).
m
Start sewing.
• For details on starting to sew, refer to
“Starting to sew” (page 50).
X Two lines of stitching are sewn parallel to
each other.
CAUTION
● After adjusting the stitch width, slowly
turn the handwheel toward you
(counterclockwise) and check that the
needle does not touch the presser foot. If
the needle hits the presser foot, the
needle may bend or break.
l
Press
X
(Needle mode selection key).
(Needle mode selection key) lights up,
and the twin needle can now be used.
CAUTION
● When changing the sewing direction,
press
(“Needle Position” button) to
raise the needle from the fabric, and then
raise the presser foot lever and turn the
fabric. Otherwise the needle may break
or the machine may be damaged.
● Do not try turning the fabric with the
twin needle left down in the fabric,
otherwise the needle may break or the
machine may be damaged.
• To return to single needle sewing, press
(Needle mode selection key) until the key is
no longer lit.
• Even after the sewing machine is turned off,
the twin needle setting is not cancelled.
CAUTION
● When using the twin needle, be sure to
select the twin needle setting, otherwise
the needle may break or the machine may
be damaged.
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Pull out about 10-15 cm (4-5 inches) of the
Pulling up the bobbin thread
e bobbin thread under the presser foot toward
the rear of the machine.
When making gathers or before free-motion quilting,
first pull up the bobbin thread as described below.
a
Insert the bobbin into the bobbin case.
• Refer to steps a through e of “Installing the
bobbin” (page 24).
Pass the bobbin thread through the slot.
b Do not cut the thread with the cutter.
Reattach the bobbin cover.
f Insert the tab in the lower-left corner of the
bobbin cover, and then lightly press down on
the right side.
While lightly holding the upper thread with
c your left hand with the needle in the upposition, press
(“Needle Position” button)
twice to lower and raise the needle.
1
a “Needle Position” button
X The bobbin thread is looped around the
upper thread and can be pulled up.
Carefully pull the upper thread upward to pull
d out the end of the bobbin thread.
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Replacing the Needle
This section provides information on sewing machine needles.
1
Needle precautions
Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the handling of the needle. Failure to observe these
precautions is extremely dangerous, for example, if the needle breaks and fragments are dispersed. Be sure to
read and carefully follow the instructions below.
CAUTION
● Only use home sewing machine needles. Use of any other needle may bend the needle or
damage the machine.
● Never use bent needles. Bent needles can easily break, possibly resulting in injuries.
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Needle types and their uses
The sewing machine needle that should be used depends on the fabric and thread thickness. Refer to the
following table when choosing the thread and needle appropriate for the fabric that you wish to sew.
Thread
Fabric Type/Application
Size of Needle
Type
Medium
weight
fabrics
Weight
Broadcloth
Cotton thread
Taffeta
Synthetic thread
Flannel,
Gabardine
Silk thread
Lawn
Cotton thread
Georgette
Synthetic thread
Challis, Satin
Silk thread
50
Denim
Cotton thread
30–50
Corduroy
Synthetic thread
60–80
75/11–90/14
50
60–80
Thin fabrics
Thick
fabrics
90/14–100/16
50
Tweed
Stretch
fabrics
65/9–75/11
Silk thread
Jersey
Thread for knits
50–60
Tricot
Ball point needle
(golden colored)
75/11–90/14
Cotton thread
50–80
Easily frayed fabrics
Synthetic thread
Silk thread
65/9–90/14
50
Synthetic thread
For top-stitching
30
90/14–100/16
Silk thread
Memo
z The smaller the thread number, the thicker
the thread, and the larger the needle
number, the thicker the needle.
z Use the ball point needle when sewing on
stretch fabrics or fabrics where skipped
stitches easily occur.
z Use a 90/14 to 100/16 needle with
transparent nylon threads, regardless of the
fabric being sewn.
z A 75/11 needle is already installed when the
sewing machine is purchased.
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CAUTION
● The appropriate fabric, thread and needle
combinations are shown in the table
above. If the combination of the fabric,
thread and needle is not correct,
particularly when sewing thick fabrics
(such as denim) with thin needles (such as
65/9 to 75/11), the needle may bend or
break. In addition, the stitching may be
uneven or puckered or there may be
skipped stitches.
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Checking the needle
Sewing with a bent needle is extremely dangerous
since the needle may break while the machine is
being operated.
Before using the needle, place the flat side of the
needle on a flat surface and check that the distance
between the needle and the flat surface is even.
Replacing the needle
Replace the needle as described below. Use the
screwdriver and a needle that has been determined to
be straight according to the instructions in “Checking
the needle”.
Press
(“Needle Position” button) once or
a twice to raise the needle.
1
2
1
a “Needle Position” button
a Flat side
b Needle type marking
b
Turn off the sewing machine.
■ Correct needle
1
a Flat surface
■ Incorrect needle
If the distance between the needle and the flat
surface is not even, the needle is bent. Do not use
a bent needle.
CAUTION
● Before replacing the needle, be sure to
turn off the sewing machine, otherwise
/
(“Start/
injuries may occur if
Stop” button) is accidentally pressed and
the machine starts sewing.
Place fabric or paper under the presser foot to
c cover the hole in the needle plate.
1
a Flat surface
Note
z Before replacing the needle, cover the hole
in the needle plate with fabric or paper to
prevent the needle from falling into the
machine.
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d
Lower the presser foot lever.
While holding the needle with your left hand,
g use the screwdriver to tighten the needle
clamp screw.
Install the twin needle in the same way.
1
a Presser foot lever
e use a screwdriver to turn the needle clamp
Hold the needle with your left hand, and then
screw toward you (counterclockwise) to
remove the needle.
1
2
a Screwdriver
b Needle clamp screw
• Do not apply a strong force when loosening
or tightening the needle clamp screw,
otherwise certain parts of the sewing
machine may be damaged.
With the flat side of the needle toward the rear
f of the machine, insert the needle until it
touches the needle stopper.
1
a Needle stopper
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CAUTION
● Be sure to insert the needle until it
touches the needle stopper and securely
tighten the needle clamp screw with the
screwdriver, otherwise the needle may
break or damage may result.
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Replacing the Presser Foot
The presser foot presses down on the fabric.
Presser foot precautions
Be sure to observe the following precautions
concerning the presser feet.
CAUTION
● Use the presser foot appropriate for the
type of stitch that you wish to sew,
otherwise the needle may hit the presser
foot, causing the needle to bend or break.
● Only use presser feet designed specifically
for this sewing machine. Use of any other
presser foot may result in injuries or
damage to the machine.
Replacing the presser foot
Replace the presser foot as described below.
For details on using the side cutter “S”, refer to
“Sewing overcasting stitches using the optional side
cutter” (page 76).
a twice to raise the needle.
Press
(“Needle Position” button) once or
1
a “Needle Position” button
X The needle is raised.
b
Turn off the sewing machine.
CAUTION
● Before replacing the presser foot, be sure
to turn off the sewing machine, otherwise
/
(“Start/
injuries may occur if
Stop” button) is accidentally pressed and
the machine starts sewing.
c
Raise the presser foot lever.
a
a Presser foot lever
X The presser foot is raised.
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Press the black button at the back of the
d presser foot holder.
Raise the presser foot lever to check that the
g presser foot is securely attached.
a
b
Note
a Black button
b Presser foot holder
X The presser foot holder releases the presser
foot.
e so that the presser foot pin is aligned with the
Place a different presser foot below the holder
notch in the holder.
Position the presser foot so the letter indicating
the presser foot type (A, G, I, J, M, N or R) is
positioned to be read.
z When a stitch is selected, the icon for the
presser foot that should be used appears in
the screen. Check that the correct presser
foot is attached before starting to sew. If the
wrong presser foot is installed, turn off the
sewing machine, attach the correct presser
foot, and then select the desired stitch again.
Buttonhole foot “A”
Overcasting foot “G”
Zigzag foot “J”
a
Button fitting foot “M”
Monogramming foot “N”
b
c
Blind stitch foot “R”
Side cutter “S”
a Presser foot holder
b Notch
c Pin
f presser foot pin snaps into the notch in the
Slowly lower the presser foot lever so that the
presser foot holder.
1
a Presser foot lever
X The presser foot is attached.
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z For details on the presser foot that should be
used with the selected stitch, refer to “Stitch
Settings” (page 128).
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Adjusting the pressure of the
presser foot
The presser foot pressure (the amount of pressure
applied to the fabric by the presser foot) can be
adjusted. For best results, increase the pressure when
sewing thin fabrics, and decrease the pressure when
sewing thick fabrics.
a
Lower the presser foot lever.
Removing the presser foot
holder
Remove the presser foot holder when cleaning the
sewing machine or when installing a presser foot that
does not use the presser foot holder, such as the
quilting foot. Use the screwdriver to remove the
presser foot holder.
■ Removing the presser foot holder
a
Remove the presser foot.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
Use the screwdriver to loosen the presser foot
b holder screw.
1
a Presser foot lever
b of the machine to adjust the pressure of the
Turn the presser foot pressure dial at the back
presser foot.
The presser foot pressure can be set to one of
four levels (between 1 and 4). The larger the
setting, the stronger the pressure. Use setting 1
or 2 for thick fabrics, use setting 3 or 4 for
thinner fabrics.
a
b
a c
a Screwdriver
b Presser foot holder
c Presser foot holder screw
■ Attaching the presser foot holder
Align the presser foot holder with the lower-
a left side of the presser bar.
b
Hold the presser foot holder in place with your
b right hand, and then tighten the screw using
the screwdriver in your left hand.
a Strong
b Weak
When you are finished sewing, reset the dial to
c 3 (standard).
1
a Screwdriver
Note
z If the presser foot holder is not correctly
installed, the thread tension will be
incorrect.
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Using the walking foot
CAUTION
With the walking foot, both pieces of fabric are fed
evenly by the feed dogs and the teeth on the presser
foot. This is useful when sewing fabrics that are hard
to feed such as vinyl and leather and when sewing
fabrics that easily slip such as velvets or when
quilting.
Use the screwdriver to attach the walking foot.
● Be sure to securely tighten the screw with
the screwdriver, otherwise the needle
may touch the presser foot, causing it to
bend or break.
● Before starting to sew, slowly turn the
handwheel toward you (counterclockwise)
and check that the needle does not touch
the presser foot. If the needle hits the
presser foot, the needle may bend or break.
Note
■ Attaching the walking foot
a
z When sewing with the walking foot, sew at a
speed between slow and medium.
Remove the presser foot holder.
• For details, refer to “Removing the presser
foot holder” (page 41).
Hook the connecting fork of the walking foot
b onto the needle clamp screw.
■ Removing the walking foot
Press
(“Needle Position” button) once or
a twice to raise the needle.
a
b
1
a “Needle Position” button
a Connecting fork
b Needle clamp screw
X The needle is raised.
Lower the presser foot lever, insert the presser
c foot holder screw, and then tighten the screw
b
Turn off the sewing machine.
c
Raise the presser foot lever.
with the screwdriver.
a
a Presser foot holder screw
a
a Presser foot lever
X The presser foot is raised.
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With a screwdriver, loosen the presser foot
d holder screw, and then remove the walking
foot.
1
a
a Presser foot holder screw
e
Attach the presser foot holder.
• For details, refer to “Removing the presser
foot holder” (page 41).
Memo
z Only the straight stitch (with reinforcement
stitching) and the zigzag stitch can be used
with the walking foot. For details on the
stitches, refer to “Stitch Settings” (page 128).
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Sewing Cylindrical or Large Pieces
When sewing cylindrical or large pieces of fabric, remove the flat bed attachment.
Stitching cylindrical pieces
Removing the flat bed attachment makes it easier to
sew cylindrical pieces such as cuffs and pant legs.
a
Sewing large pieces of fabric
The optional extension table makes sewing large
pieces of fabric easier.
Pull the flat bed attachment off to the left.
Open up the legs at the bottom of the
a extension table.
Pull out the four legs until they snap into place.
X With the flat bed attachment removed, freearm sewing is possible.
Slide the part that you wish to sew onto the
b arm, and then sew from the top.
b
c install the flat bed attachment back in its
Pull the flat bed attachment off to the left.
When you are finished with free-arm sewing,
original position.
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X With the flat bed attachment removed, freearm sewing is possible.
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Install the extension table.
c Keeping the extension table level, fully slide it
into place. The lower right corner section of the
extension table extends over the front section of
the sewing machine bed.
Install the flat bed attachment back in its
f original position.
Memo
z With the legs folded up, the extension table
can be stored attached to the hard case.
b
a
a Lower right corner
b Sewing machine bed
Note
z The optional extension table is available
through your Baby Lock retailer.
z The knee lifter can be stored attached to the
bottom of the extension table.
Turn the screw at the bottom of each leg to
d adjust their height so the extension table will
be level with the sewing machine bed.
CAUTION
● Do not move the sewing machine while
the extension table is attached, otherwise
damage or injuries may occur.
When you are finished using the extension
e table, remove it.
While slightly lifting up the extension table,
pull it off to the left.
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SEWING BASICS
The necessary preparations for sewing are described in this chapter.
Sewing.....................................................................................................................48
General sewing procedure .................................................................................48
Positioning the fabric .........................................................................................49
Starting to sew ...................................................................................................50
Securing the stitching.........................................................................................52
Cutting the thread ..............................................................................................53
Adjusting the Thread Tension ..................................................................................55
Changing the tension of the upper thread ..........................................................55
Adjusting the Stitch Width and Length ....................................................................56
Adjusting the stitch width ..................................................................................56
Adjusting the stitch length..................................................................................57
Useful Functions......................................................................................................58
Changing the needle stop position .....................................................................58
Automatically sewing reverse/reinforcement stitches ..........................................58
Automatically cutting the thread........................................................................60
Saving stitch settings ..........................................................................................61
Hands-free raising and lowering of the presser foot ...........................................62
Useful Sewing Tips ..................................................................................................63
Trial sewing........................................................................................................63
Changing the sewing direction .............................................................................63
Sewing curves ....................................................................................................63
Sewing thick fabrics ...........................................................................................64
Sewing thin fabrics .............................................................................................64
Sewing stretch fabrics ........................................................................................64
Sewing leathers or vinyl fabrics..........................................................................65
Sewing an even seam allowance ........................................................................65
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Sewing
Basic sewing operations are described below.
Before operating the sewing machine, read the following precautions.
CAUTION
● While the machine is in operation, pay special attention to the needle location. In addition,
keep your hands away from all moving parts such as the needle and handwheel, otherwise
injuries may occur.
● Do not pull or push the fabric too hard while sewing, otherwise injuries may occur or the
needle may break.
● Never use bent needles. Bent needles can easily break, possibly resulting in injuries.
● Make sure that the needle does not strike basting pins, otherwise the needle may break or
bend.
General sewing procedure
Follow the basic procedures below to sew.
1
Turn on the machine.
Turn on the sewing machine.For details on turning on the machine, refer
to “Turning on the machine” (page 15).
↓
2
Select the stitch.
Select the stitch appropriate for the area to be sewn.For details on
selecting a stitch, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 70).
↓
3
Attach the presser foot.
Attach the presser foot appropriate for the stitch.For details on replacing
the presser foot, refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 39).
↓
4
Position the fabric.
Place the area to be sewn under the presser foot. Be sure that the fabric
pieces are sewn in the correct order and that the right and wrong sides of
the fabric are aligned correctly.For details on positioning the fabric, refer
to “Positioning the fabric” (page 49).
Start sewing.
Start sewing.For details on starting to sew, refer to “Starting to sew” (page
50).
Cut the thread.
Cut the thread at the end of sewing. The thread may also be cut
automatically.For details on cutting the thread, refer to “Cutting the
thread” (page 53).
↓
5
↓
6
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Positioning the fabric
Be sure that the fabric pieces are sewn in the correct
order and that the right and wrong sides of the fabric
are aligned correctly.
a
Turn on the sewing machine.
2
The straight stitch (left needle position) is
automatically selected.
Press
e
Lower the presser foot lever.
(“Needle Position” button) once or
b twice to raise the needle.
1
a Presser foot lever
1
X The fabric is now positioned to be sewn.
a “Needle Position” button
c
Place the fabric under the presser foot.
• If the seam allowance is positioned on the
right side, sewing in a straight line is easier
and the extra fabric does not get in the way.
While holding the end of the thread and the
d fabric with your left hand, turn the handwheel
toward you (counterclockwise) with your right
hand to lower the needle to the starting point
of the stitching.
Memo
z To adjust the pressure that the presser foot
applies to the fabric, refer to “Adjusting the
pressure of the presser foot” (page 41).
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b
Starting to sew
Press
/
(“Start/Stop” button) once.
Once you are ready to start sewing, you can start the
sewing machine. The sewing speed can be adjusted
using either the sewing speed controller or the foot
controller.
1
a “Start/Stop” button
Note
X The machine starts sewing.
Important:
z When the foot controller is plugged in,
/
(“Start/Stop” button) cannot be used to
start or stop sewing.
■ Using the operation buttons
Sewing can be started and stopped using the
operation button
/
(“Start/Stop” button).
• If you continue to hold
/
(“Start/
Stop” button) after the sewing starts, the
machine will sew at a slow speed.
Slide the sewing speed controller to the left or
a right to select the desired sewing speed.
Slide the sewing speed controller to the left to
sew at a slower speed, or slide the speed
controller to the right to sew at a faster speed.
1
c
When the end of the stitching is reached, press
/
(“Start/Stop” button) once.
X The machine stops sewing with the needle
down (in the fabric).
When you are finished sewing, raise the
d needle, and then cut the threads.
X For details, refer to “Cutting the thread”
(page 53).
a Sewing speed controller
■ Using the foot controller
Sewing can be started and stopped using the foot
controller.
Turn off the sewing machine.
a When connecting the foot controller, be sure to
turn off the sewing machine in order to prevent
the machine from accidentally being started.
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Insert the foot controller plug into its jack on
b the side of the sewing machine.
Once you are ready to start sewing, slowly
e press down on the foot controller.
Pressing down on the foot controller increases
the sewing speed; releasing the pressure on the
foot controller decreases the sewing speed.
1
Slower
Faster
• Slowly press down on the foot controller.
Pressing it down hard starts sewing too
quickly.
a Foot controller jack
Note
(For U.S.A. only)
z Foot controller: Model N5V
This foot controller can be used on this
machine model BLDC2.
c
Turn on the sewing machine.
X The machine starts sewing.
When the end of the stitching is reached,
f completely release the foot controller.
X The machine stops sewing with the needle
lowered (in the fabric).
When you are finished sewing, raise the
g needle, and then cut the threads.
• For details, refer to “Cutting the thread” (page
53).
Memo
Slide the sewing speed controller to the left or
d right to select the desired sewing speed.
Slide the sewing speed controller to the left to
sew at a slower speed, or slide the speed
controller to the right to sew at a faster speed.
1
z When the foot controller is plugged in,
/
(“Start/Stop” button) cannot be used to
start or stop sewing.
z When sewing is stopped, the needle remains
lowered (in the fabric). The machine can be
set so that the needle will stay up when
sewing is stopped. For details on setting the
machine so that the needle stays up when
sewing is stopped, refer to “Changing the
needle stop position” (page 58).
CAUTION
a Sewing speed controller
• The speed set using the sewing speed
controller will be the foot controller’s
maximum sewing speed.
● Do not allow thread or dust to
accumulate in the foot controller,
otherwise a fire or an electric shock may
occur.
● Do not place objects on the foot
controller, otherwise damage to the
machine or injuries may occur.
● If the machine is not to be used for a long
period of time, unplug the foot controller,
otherwise a fire or an electric shock may
occur.
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After sewing 3 to 5 stitches, press
Securing the stitching
c (“Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button).
Keep
(“Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch”
button) held down until you reach the
beginning of the stitching.
When sewing with the straight stitch, for example, at
the end of an opening or where seams do not
overlap, use reverse stitching or reinforcement
stitching to secure the end of the thread.
a beginning of the stitching, and then lower the
Lower the needle into the fabric at the
presser foot lever.
1
a “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button
X While
(“Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch”
button) is held down, reverse stitches are
sewn.
After sewing back to the beginning of the
(“Reverse/
Reinforcement Stitch” button).
d stitching, release
X The machine stops sewing.
b
Press
/
(“Start/Stop” button) or press
e
Press
/
(“Start/Stop” button), or press
down on the foot controller.
down on the foot controller.
At this time, if
/
(“Start/Stop” button) is
held down, the machine sews at a low speed.
X The machine starts sewing in the normal
sewing direction
1
a “Start/Stop” button
• For details, refer to “Starting to sew” (page
50).
X The machine starts sewing.
f
When the end of the stitching is reached, press
(“Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button).
Keep
(“Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch”
button) held down until 3 to 5 reverse stitches
are sewn.
X While
(“Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch”
button) is held down, reverse stitches are
sewn.
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After 3 to 5 reverse stitches have been sewn,
(“Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch”
button).
g release
X The machine stops sewing.
h
Press
/
(“Start/Stop” button), or press
down on the foot controller.
At this time, if
/
(“Start/Stop” button) is
held down, the machine sews at a slow speed.
Cutting the thread
When you have finished sewing, cut the threads. The
threads can be cut in either of two ways.
■ Using
a
(“Thread Cutter” button)
When you wish to finish the stitching, press
(“Thread Cutter” button) once.
2
X The machine starts sewing in the normal
sewing direction.
After sewing to the end of the stitching, the
i sewing machine stops.
1
(“Start/Stop” button) or release
Press
/
foot controller.
a “Thread Cutter” button
1
3
X The threads are cut and the needle is raised.
/
/
1
b
Raise the presser foot lever.
2
4
/
5
/
6
a
a Presser foot lever
2
CAUTION
a Beginning of stitching
b End of stitching
■ Sewing reinforcement stitches
When sewing stitches other than straight or
zigzag stitches that are secured with reverse
stitching, pressing
(“Reverse/Reinforcement
Stitch” button) sews reinforcement stitches, 3 to 5
stitches on top of each other.
● Do not press
(“Thread Cutter”
button) after the threads have already
been cut, otherwise the needle may
break, the threads may become tangled or
damage to the machine may occur.
Note
z Do not press
(“Thread Cutter” button) if
there is no fabric under the presser foot or
while the machine is sewing, otherwise
damage to the machine may occur.
1
2
a Reverse stitching
b Reinforcement stitching
Memo
z Whether reverse stitches or reinforcement
stitches are sewn depends on the stitch that
is selected. For details, refer to “Stitch
Settings” (page 128).
Memo
z The machine can be set so that the threads
will be cut when sewing is finished. For
details on setting the machine so that the
threads are cut automatically, refer to
“Automatically cutting the thread” (page 60).
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■ Using the manual thread cutter
When sewing with thread thicker than #30, nylon
or metallic threads, or other special threads, use
the thread cutter on the side of the machine to cut
the threads.
When you wish to finish the stitching and the
a sewing machine is stopped, press
(“Needle Position” button) once to raise the
needle.
1
a “Needle Position” button
X The needle is raised.
b
Raise the presser foot lever.
a
a Presser foot lever
Pull the fabric to the left side of the machine,
c and then pass the threads through the thread
cutter to cut them.
1
a Thread cutter
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Adjusting the Thread Tension
The tensions of the upper thread and of the bobbin thread (thread tension) should be adjusted so that they
are equal.
Changing the tension of the
upper thread
Turn the thread tension dial to the left to loosen
the upper thread.
You may need to change the thread tension,
depending on the fabric and thread being used.
■ Correct thread tension
The upper thread and the bobbin thread should
cross near the center of the fabric. Only the upper
thread should be visible from the right side of the
fabric, and only the bobbin thread should be
visible from the wrong side of the fabric.
2
■ Upper thread is too loose
If the upper thread is visible from the wrong side
of the fabric, the upper thread is too loose.
5
1
1
2
2
3
a
b
c
d
3
4
4
Wrong side of fabric
Right side of fabric
Upper thread
Bobbin thread
■ Upper thread is too tight
If the bobbin thread is visible from the right side
of the fabric, the upper thread is too tight.
a
b
c
d
e
Wrong side of fabric
Right side of fabric
Upper thread
Bobbin thread
The upper thread is visible from the wrong side of
the fabric.
Turn the thread tension dial to the right to tighten
the upper thread.
1
2
5
3
4
a
b
c
d
e
Wrong side of fabric
Right side of fabric
Upper thread
Bobbin thread
The bobbin thread is visible from the right side of
the fabric.
Note
z If the upper thread is not threaded correctly
or the bobbin is not installed correctly, it
may not be possible to set the correct thread
tension. If the correct thread tension cannot
be achieved, rethread the upper thread and
insert the bobbin correctly.
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Adjusting the Stitch Width and Length
The zigzag width (pattern width) and stitch length of utility stitches can be adjusted. Normally, when a
stitch is selected, the appropriate width and length are automatically selected. For details on the range of
values within which the width and length can be set, refer to “Stitch Settings” (page 128).
Adjusting the stitch width
The stitch width (zigzag width) can be adjusted to
make the stitch wider or narrower.
a
–
Turn on the sewing machine.
+
• If the setting is changed, the highlighted
value is erased.
X The LCD comes on.
b
Select a stitch.
X A screen containing settings for the selected
stitch appears.
• For details on selecting a stitch, refer to
“Selecting stitching” (page 70).
• Immediately after the stitch is selected, the
standard settings (highlighted) appear.
c
To make the stitch width narrower, press
(Stitch width key). To make the stitch width
wider, press
(Stitch width key).
Memo
z To reset the stitch width to its standard
setting, select the same stitch again or
change the setting to the highlighted value.
z Press
(Reset key) to return the stitch
width, stitch length to their default settings.
z If the straight stitch (left needle position or
triple stretch stitch) was selected, changing
the stitch width changes the needle position.
Increasing the width moves the needle to the
right; reducing the width moves the needle
to the left.
z The settings can be saved so that they will
always be specified each time the utility
stitch is selected. For details, refer to “Saving
stitch settings” (page 61).
z The sewing machine can be set so that the
stitch width can easily be changed with the
sewing speed controller. For details, refer to
“Satin stitching using the sewing speed
controller” (page 103).
z
indicates that the setting cannot be
adjusted.
CAUTION
X The stitch width is changed.
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● After adjusting the stitch width, slowly
turn the handwheel toward you and
check that the needle does not touch the
presser foot. If the needle hits the presser
foot, the needle may bend or break.
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Adjusting the stitch length
The stitch length can be adjusted to make the stitch
longer or shorter.
a
c
To make the stitch length shorter, press
(Stitch length key). To make the stitch length
longer, press
(Stitch length key).
Turn on the sewing machine.
X The stitch length is changed.
X The LCD comes on.
b
Select a stitch.
X A screen containing settings for the selected
stitch appears.
–
• For details on selecting a stitch, refer to
“Selecting stitching” (page 70).
• Immediately after the stitch is selected, the
standard settings (highlighted) appear.
+
• If the setting is changed, the highlighted
value is erased.
Memo
z To reset the stitch length to its standard
setting, select the same stitch again or
change the setting to the highlighted value.
z Press
(Reset key) to return the stitch
width, stitch length to their default settings.
z The settings can be saved so that they will
always be specified each time the utility
stitch is selected. For details, refer to “Saving
stitch settings” (page 61).
z
indicates that the setting cannot be
adjusted.
CAUTION
● If the stitches are bunched together,
increase the stitch length. Continuing to
sew with the stitches bunched together
may result in the needle bending or
breaking.
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Useful Functions
Functions useful in improving sewing efficiency are described below.
Changing the needle stop
position
When the sewing machine is purchased, it is set to
leave the needle lowered in the fabric when sewing is
stopped. However, the machine can be set to instead
leave the needle raised when sewing is stopped.
a
Turn on the sewing machine.
Automatically sewing reverse/
reinforcement stitches
The sewing machine can be set to automatically sew
reverse or reinforcement stitches at the beginning and
end of the stitching.Whether reverse stitches or
reinforcement stitches are sewn depends on the stitch
that is selected. For details, refer to “Stitch Settings”
(page 128).
a
Turn on the sewing machine.
X The LCD comes on.
b
Press
X
X The LCD comes on.
(Needle stop position key).
(Needle stop position key) lights up,
and the machine is now set to stop with the
needle in the raised position.
b
Select a stitch.
• For details on selecting a stitch, refer to
“Selecting stitching” (page 70).
• To return the machine to the setting where
the needle is stopped in the lowered position,
press
(Needle stop position key) until the
key is no longer lit.
• Even after the sewing machine is turned off,
the needle stop position setting is not
cancelled.
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c
Press
(Automatic reverse/reinforcement
stitch key).
This step is not necessary if a stitch such as
those for sewing buttonholes and bar tacks is
selected where reinforcement stitches are
automatically sewn.
e
After reaching the end of the stitching, press
(“Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button)
once.
This step is not necessary if a stitch such as
those for sewing buttonholes and bar tacks is
selected where reinforcement stitches are
automatically sewn.
2
1
X
(Automatic reverse/reinforcement
stitch key) lights up, and the sewing machine
is set for automatic reverse/reinforcement
stitching.
a “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button
X After reverse/reinforcement stitches are
sewn, the sewing machine stops.
• To turn automatic reverse/reinforcement
stitching off, press
/
(Automatic reverse/
reinforcement stitch key) until the key is no
longer lit.
• When the sewing machine is turned off, the
automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching
setting is cancelled.
d
Position the fabric under the presser foot, and
then press
/
(“Start/Stop” button)
once.
Memo
z Reverse/reinforcement stitches WILL NOT
be sewn until
(“Reverse/Reinforcement
Stitch” button) is pressed.
/
(“Start/
Stop” button) may be pressed to stop
stitching when needed such as for pivoting
corners.
1
a “Start/Stop” button
X After reverse/reinforcement stitches are
sewn, the machine starts sewing.
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Automatically cutting the
thread
Position the fabric under the presser foot, and
/
(“Start/Stop” button)
once.
d then press
The sewing machine can be set to automatically cut
the threads at the end of the stitching. This is called
“programmed thread-cutting”. If programmed threadcutting is set, automatic reverse/reinforcement
stitching is also set. This setting is convenient if a
stitch for sewing buttonholes or bar tacks is selected.
a
1
a “Start/Stop” button
Turn on the sewing machine.
X After reverse/reinforcement stitches are
sewn, the machine starts sewing.
e
X The LCD comes on.
b
Select a stitch.
After reaching the end of the stitching, press
(“Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button)
once.
This step is not necessary if a stitch such as
those for sewing buttonholes and bar tacks is
selected where reinforcement stitches are
automatically sewn.
• For details on selecting a stitch, refer to
“Selecting stitching” (page 70).
c
Press
(Automatic thread cutting key).
1
a “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button
X After reverse/reinforcement stitches are
sewn, the sewing machine stops and cuts the
thread.
/
X
(Automatic thread cutting key) and
(Automatic reverse/reinforcement stitch
key) light up, and the sewing machine is set
The thread is cut here.
for programmed thread-cutting and
automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching.
• To turn off programmed thread-cutting, press
(Automatic thread cutting key) until the
key is no longer lit.
• When the sewing machine is turned off, the
programmed thread-cutting setting is
cancelled.
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Memo
z Reverse/reinforcement stitches WILL NOT
be sewn and the thread will not
automatically be cut until
(“Reverse/
Reinforcement Stitch” button) is pressed.
/
(“Start/Stop” button) may be
pressed to stop stitching when needed such
as for pivoting corners.
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b
Saving stitch settings
Adjusted stitch width and length settings can be
saved so that they will be specified each time the
stitch is selected. The various settings can be saved
for each utility stitch.
a
Press
(Manual memory key).
X “Saving...” appears while the settings for the
stitch width and stitch length are being
saved.
X After the settings for the stitch width and
stitch length are saved, the initial stitch
screen appears again.
Select the stitch, and then adjust the stitch
width and length.
To adjust the stitch width, press
or
• The next time that the stitch is selected, the
saved settings are the first ones that are
displayed.
(Stitch width keys). To adjust the stitch length,
• To clear the saved settings and return the
stitch width and length to their default
settings, press
(Reset key).
To use the default settings the next time that
the stitch is selected, press
(Manual
memory key) to save the settings.
press
or
(Stitch length keys).
2
1
a Stitch width keys
b Stitch length keys
1
2
a Stitch width (mm)
b Stitch length (mm)
• For details on selecting a stitch, refer to
“Selecting stitching” (page 70).
X The stitch width and length are changed.
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■ Using the knee lifter
Hands-free raising and
lowering of the presser foot
Using the knee lifter, you can raise and lower the
presser foot with your knee, leaving both hands free
to handle the fabric.
a
Stop the sewing machine.
• Do not use the knee lifter while the sewing
machine is operating.
With your knee, press the knee lifter to the
b right.
Keep the knee lifter pressed to the right.
■ Installing the knee lifter
a
Turn off the sewing machine.
Insert the knee lifter into its jack on the front
b of the sewing machine in the lower-right
corner.
Align the tabs on the knee lifter with the
notches in the jack, and then insert the knee
lifter as far as possible.
X The presser foot is raised.
c
Release the knee lifter.
X The presser foot is lowered.
CAUTION
2
1
a Tabs
b Notches
Note
z If the knee lifter is not fully inserted into its
jack, it may fall out while the sewing
machine is operating.
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● While sewing, keep your knee away from
the knee lifter. If the knee lifter is pressed
while the sewing machine is operating,
the needle may break or the machine may
be damaged.
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Useful Sewing Tips
Various ways to achieve better results for your sewing projects are described below. Refer to these tips
when sewing your project.
Trial sewing
After you have set up the machine with the thread
and needle appropriate for the type of fabric being
sewn, the machine automatically sets the thread
tension and stitch length and width for the stitch that
is selected. However, a trial piece of fabric should be
sewn since, depending on the type of fabric and
stitching being sewn, the desired results may not be
achieved.
For the trial sewing, use a piece of fabric and thread
that are the same as those used for your project, and
check the thread tension and stitch length and width.
Since the results differ depending on the type of
stitching and the number of layers of fabric sewn,
perform the trial sewing under the same conditions
that will be used with your project.
Sewing curves
Stop sewing, and then slightly change the sewing
direction to sew around the curve. For details on
sewing with an even seam allowance, refer to
“Sewing an even seam allowance” (page 65).
When sewing along a curve while using a zigzag
stitch, select a shorter stitch length in order to obtain
a finer stitch.
Changing the sewing direction
a sewing machine.
When the stitching reaches a corner, stop the
Leave the needle lowered (in the fabric). If the
needle remained up when the machine stopped
sewing, press
(“Needle Position” button) to
lower the needle.
Raise the presser foot lever, and then turn the
b fabric.
Turn the fabric using the needle as a pivot.
Lower the presser foot lever and continue
c sewing.
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Release the button. The foot will lock in place
c level with the seam, allowing the fabric to
Sewing thick fabrics
feed.
■ If the fabric does not fit under the presser foot
If the fabric does not fit easily under the presser
foot, raise the presser foot lever even higher to
bring the presser foot to its highest position.
X Once the trouble spot has been passed, the
foot will return to its normal position.
CAUTION
■ If thick seams are being sewn and the fabric does
not feed at the beginning of stitching
Zigzag foot “J” is equipped with a feature that
keeps the presser foot level.
● If fabric more than 6 mm (15/64 inch)
thick is sewn or if the fabric is pushed
with too much force, the needle may
bend or break.
Sewing thin fabrics
a
When sewing thin fabrics, the stitching may become
misaligned or the fabric may not feed correctly. If this
occurs, place thin paper or stabilizer material under
the fabric and sew it together with the fabric. When
you have finished sewing, tear off any excess paper.
a Sewing direction
When you encounter a seam that is too thick
a to feed under the foot, raise the presser foot
lever.
1
Press the black button (presser foot holding
b pin) on the left side of zigzag foot “J”. Keep
the button held in and lower the presser foot.
a Stabilizer material or paper
Sewing stretch fabrics
1
First, baste the pieces of fabric together, and then sew
without stretching the fabric.
a Presser foot holding pin
1
Note
z The presser foot needs to be in a level
position before pressing the black button
(presser foot holding pin) on the left side of
zigzag foot “J”.
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a Basting
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Sewing leathers or vinyl
fabrics
When sewing the fabrics that may stick to the presser
foot such as leathers or coated fabrics, change the
presser foot to the non stick foot.
■ Aligning the fabric with a needle plate marking
The markings on the needle plate show the
distance from the needle position of a seam sewn
with the straight stitch (left needle position). Sew
while keeping the edge of the fabric aligned with
a marking in the needle plate. The distance
between the markings in the upper scale is 1/8
inch (3 mm) and the distance between the
markings in the grid is 5 mm (3/16 inch).
2
5
1
4
1
2
3
a Leather
6
Sewing an even seam
allowance
To sew an even seam, start sewing so that the seam
allowance is to the right of the presser foot, and the
edge of the fabric is aligned with either the right edge
of the presser foot or a marking on the needle plate.
■ Aligning the fabric with the presser foot
Sew while keeping the right edge of the presser
foot a fixed distance from the edge of the fabric.
a
b
c
d
e
f
Seam
Presser foot
Centimeters
Inches
Needle plate
16 mm (5/8 inch)
1
2
a Seam
b Presser foot
■ Aligning the fabric with the stitch guide foot
Sew while keeping the right edge of the fabric
aligned with a desired position of markings on the
stitch guide foot.
1
2
3
a Seam
b Stitch guide foot
c Markings
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UTILITY STITCHES
The various stitches and their applications are described in this chapter.
Selecting Stitching ............................... 68
Selecting stitch types and patterns .... 68
Selecting stitching .......................... 70
Overcasting Stitches............................ 74
Sewing overcasting stitches
using overcasting foot “G” ............. 74
Sewing overcasting stitches
using zigzag foot “J” ...................... 75
Sewing overcasting stitches
using the optional side cutter .........76
Basic Stitching ..................................... 78
Basting ........................................... 78
Basic stitching ................................ 79
Blind Hem Stitching ............................ 80
Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing.... 82
Buttonhole sewing.......................... 83
Button sewing ................................ 87
Zipper Insertion................................... 89
Inserting a centered zipper ............ 89
Inserting a side zipper .................... 91
Zipper/piping Insertion ....................... 94
Inserting a centered zipper ............ 94
Inserting a piping ........................... 95
Sewing Stretch Fabrics
and Elastic Tape................................... 96
Stretch stitching ............................. 96
Elastic attaching ............................. 96
Appliqué, Patchwork
and Quilt Stitching .............................. 98
Appliqué stitching .......................... 99
Patchwork (crazy quilt) stitching .... 100
Piecing ......................................... 100
Quilting........................................ 101
Free-motion quilting..................... 102
Satin stitching using the sewing
speed controller ........................... 103
Reinforcement Stitching ....................105
Triple stretch stitching..................105
Bar tack stitching..........................105
Darning ........................................107
Eyelet Stitching..................................109
Decorative Stitching..........................110
Fagoting........................................111
Scallop stitching ...........................112
Smocking......................................112
Shell tuck stitching .......................113
Joining ..........................................114
Heirloom stitching........................114
Sewing the Various Built-In
Decorative Patterns...........................117
Sewing beautiful patterns .............117
Sewing patterns ............................117
Combining patterns ......................118
Repeat sewing patterns.................119
Checking the selected pattern ......119
Changing the pattern size.............120
Changing the stitch density ..........121
Changing the pattern length .........122
Mirror imaging the pattern...........123
Saving patterns .............................124
Retrieving a pattern......................124
Realigning the pattern ..................125
UTILITY STITCHES
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Selecting Stitching
You can select any of the various types of stitching available.
†
Preset utillity stitch
Selecting stitch types and
patterns
A stitch can be selected from the following types
available.
Stitch patterns can be selected through either direct
select (by pressing the key for a specific stitch) or
number selection (by entering the number for the
stitch pattern).
For details on the types of stitches available, refer to
“Stitch Settings” (page 128).
The most frequently used utility stitches
have been assigned to the numeric keys.
These stitches can be selected simply by
pressing the key.
†
Saved patterns
Frequently used patterns and combined
patterns can be saved on the machine's
memory and easily retrieved using
(Preset utility stitch/saved pattern key) and
the numeric keys. For details, refer to
“Saving patterns” (page 124).
■ Direct selection
After pressing
(Preset utility stitch/saved
pattern key) to select the stitch mode, press the
numeric key assigned with the desired stitch.
With direct selection, there are two stitch modes:
preset utility stitch mode
mode
and saved pattern
■ Number selection
After pressing
(Utility stitch key),
(Decorative stitch key) or
(Character stitch
key) to select the stitch mode, use the numeric
keys to type in the number for the desired stitch.
. When the machine is turned on or
when the
(Preset utility stitch/saved pattern
key) is pressed, the machine enters preset utility
stitch mode, indicated by
1
in the lower-left
corner of the screen. To enter saved pattern
mode, indicated by
the screen, press the
(Preset
utility stitch/saved pattern key) switches the mode
between the preset utility stitch mode
/
.
1
2
a Preset utility stitch/saved pattern key
b Numeric keys
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a
b
c
d
(Preset utility stitch/
saved pattern key). Each press of
saved pattern mode
/
in the lower-left corner of
and
†
/
2
/
3
4
Utility stitch key
Decorative stitch key
Character stitch key
Numeric keys
Utility stitches (No.01-67)
There are 67 utility stitches, including
straight stitches, overcasting stitches and
buttonhole stitches.
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†
†
Decorative stitches
Character stitches
There are two decorative stitch modes: decorative
There are three character stitch modes: Gothic
stitch 1 mode
font mode
and decorative stitch 2 mode
.
If
, Script font mode
outline style mode
(Decorative stitch key) is pressed once,
decorative stitch 1 mode
is selected. If
If
and
.
(Character stitch key) is pressed once,
Gothic font mode
is selected. If
(Decorative stitch key) is pressed twice,
(Character stitch key) is pressed twice, Script font
decorative stitch 2 mode
mode
press of
is selected. Each
(Decorative stitch key) switches the
mode between decorative stitch 1 mode
decorative stitch 2 mode
and
.
is selected. If
key) is pressed three times, outline style mode
is selected. Each press of
font mode
There are 40 decorative stitches, including
hearts, leaves and flowers.
outline style mode
There are 16 satin stitches.
Cross-stitches (No.57-61)
(Character
stitch key) switches the mode between the Gothic
Decorative stitches (No.01-40)
Satin stitches (No.41-56)
(Character stitch
, Script font mode
and
.
Gothic font (No.01-55)
There are 55 characters, including letters,
symbols and numbers, in the Gothic font.
There are 5 types of cross-stitches.
Script font (No.01-55)
Decorative satin stitches (No.62-72)
There are 55 characters, including letters,
symbols and numbers, in the Script font.
There are 11 decorative satin stitches.
Outline style (No.01-55)
Utility decorative stitches (No.01–39)
Some utility stitches can be used as
decorative stitches. There are 39 of these
stitches.
There are 55 characters, including letters,
symbols and numbers, in the outline style.
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After selecting the stitch mode, select the
Selecting stitching
Using the operation panel keys, select the desired
stitch. Ten of the most often used utility stitches can
quickly be selected with the numeric keys.
Right after turning the power on, the straight stitch
(left needle position) is selected.
The machine can also be set to select the straight
stitch (center needle position). For details, refer to
“Changing the settings” (page 17).
a
e stitch pattern.
■ With direct selection
With direct selection, there are two stitch modes:
preset utility stitch mode
and saved pattern
mode
.
a
Press
(Preset utility stitch/saved pattern
key) to select the stitch mode.
: Preset utility stitch
The 10 stitch patterns printed on the
Determine the stitch that you wish to use.
• For the numbers of the various stitches, refer
to the stitch pattern plate and “Stitch Settings”
(page 128).
numeric keys can be selected directly.
When
appears in the lower-left corner
of the screen when the machine is turned
on or when the
1
(Preset utility stitch/
saved pattern key) is pressed.
: Saved patterns
The 10 stitch patterns saved with the
numeric keys can be selected directly.
When
appears in the lower-left corner
of the screen when
stitch/saved pattern key) is pressed.
a Stitch pattern plate
X When a direct selection mode is selected,
Determine which presser foot should be used
b with the selected stitch.
The presser feet are stored in the accessory
compartment.
(Preset utility stitch/saved pattern key)
lights up.
X After the icon for the selected stitch mode
• For details on the stitches that can be sewn
with the twin needle, refer to “Stitch Settings”
(page 128).
c
d
appears in the center of the screen, a screen
for selecting the stitch appears with the icon
for the stitch mode in the lower-left corner.
Attach the presser foot.
However, when the machine is turned on,
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
appears only in the lower-left corner of
the screen and does not appear in the center
Turn on the sewing machine.
of the screen.
†
X The straight stitch (left needle position) is
shown selected in the LCD.
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(Preset utility
Example: preset utility stitch
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Press the key assigned with the stitch to select
Character stitches
b the stitch.
: Gothic font
• Continue with step f (on page 72).
55 letter, symbol and numbers are
available.
■ With number selection
When
There are three modes of stitches that can be
selected by number: utility stitch mode
decorative stitch mode
mode
,
: Script font
and character stitch
55 letter, symbol and numbers are
.
available.
In addition, there are two decorative stitch modes
: decorative stitch 1 mode
decorative stitch 2 mode
When
and
: Outline style
55 letter, symbol and numbers are
: Gothic font mode
, Script font mode
(Character stitch key) is
pressed twice.
. There are three
character stitch modes
mode
(Character stitch key) is
pressed once.
available.
and outline style
When
.
(Character stitch key) is
pressed three times.
X A pressed key lights up.
Press the stitch mode key for the stitch that
a you wish to use.
X After the icon for the selected stitch mode
appears in the center of the screen, a screen
for selecting the stitch appears with the icon
for the stitch mode in the lower-left corner.
Utility stitches
: 67 utility stitches are available.
†
Decorative stitches
Example: decorative stitches
: 72 stitches, including decorative
stitches, satin stitches, step patterns,
cross stitch and decorative satin
stitches, are available.
When
(Decorative stitch key) is
pressed once.
: 39 utility decorative stitches are
available.
When
(Decorative stitch key) is
pressed twice.
Memo
z When pressing a stitch mode key multiple
times, continue pressing the key after the
icon for the stitch mode appears in the
lower-left corner of the screen.
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Use the numeric keys to type in the two-digit
b number for the desired stitch.
For stitches 01 through 09, the stitch can also
■ To select a different stitch
Check the icon in the lower-left corner of the
screen for the current mode.
be selected by using the numeric keys to type in
a one-digit number, then pressing
(OK
key).
X After the entered number appears in the
center of the screen, the stitch is selected.
The current mode is indicated.
† Example
†
To select a stitch in the same mode as the
current one
• In the utility stitch mode, simply type in the
number for the desired stitch.
• In the decorative stitch mode and character
stitch mode, press
(Cancel/clear key) to
cancel the stitch, and then type in the
• For the numbers of the various stitches, refer
number for the desired stitch.
to the stitch pattern plate and “Stitch Settings”
(page 128).
• However, if the currently selected stitch was
sewn at least one time, typing in a stitch
• If the first number (tens when entering two-
number switches to the new stitch, even if
digit numbers, ones when entering one-digit
the previous stitch was not canceled.
numbers) was incorrectly entered, press
(Cancel/clear key) to erase the entered
number.
Memo
z Patterns can be combined by selecting a
different decorative stitch while a stitch is
selected. For details, refer to “Saving
patterns” (page 124).
• If an incorrect two-digit number was entered,
an error beep is sounded, and the entered
number is cleared.
If necessary, specify the setting for automatic
f reverse/reinforcement stitching and adjust the
stitch length, etc.
• For details on sewing with each of the utility
stitches, begin on page 74.
†
To select a stitch in a different mode as the
current one
• After selecting a different mode, type in the
number for the desired stitch. (Refer to steps
e on pages 70 through 72.)
Note
z When a stitch is selected, the icon for the
presser foot that should be used appears in
the screen. Check that the correct presser
foot is attached before starting to sew. If the
wrong presser foot is installed, turn off the
sewing machine, attach the correct presser
foot, and then select the desired stitch again.
Memo
z For details on adjusting the stitch width and
length, refer to “Adjusting the Stitch Width
and Length” (page 56).
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When switching from the utility stitch mode to
the decorative stitch or character stitch mode or
the other way around, all stitches that have been
selected are erased so that a new stitch can be
selected. In order to prevent stitches from
incorrectly being erased, the following
confirmation message appears.
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• To erase the stitch and select a different one,
press
(OK key), and then change the
stitch mode.
• To stop the current stitch from being erased,
press
(Cancel/clear key) to return to the
previous screen.
Memo
z After changing stitch settings such as the
stitch length and width or after combining
patterns, the stitch pattern can be saved with
its current settings. For details, refer to
“Saving patterns” (page 124).
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Overcasting Stitches
Sew overcasting stitches along the edges of cut fabric to prevent fabric from fraying. Fifteen stitches are
available for overcasting. The procedure for sewing overcasting stitch is explained according to the
presser foot that is used.
Sewing overcasting stitches using overcasting foot “G”
Three stitches can be used to sew overcasting with overcasting foot “G”.
Stitch Name
Pattern Numeric
Key
Preventing fraying in
medium weight and
thin fabrics
11
Overcasting
stitch
12
13
a
Application
Preventing fraying in
thick fabrics and
fabrics that fray easily
–
Attach overcasting foot “G”.
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
Auto
Manual
3.5
(1/8)
2.5–5.0
(3/32–3/16)
2.0
(1/16)
1.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
2.5–5.0
(3/32–3/16)
2.5
(3/32)
1.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
3.5–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
2.5
(3/32)
1.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
Presser
Foot
G
Sew with the edge of the fabric against the
d presser foot guide.
G
1
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
b
Select a stitch.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
Position the fabric with the edge of the fabric
c against the guide of the presser foot, and then
lower the presser foot lever.
a
a Guide
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a Needle drop point
CAUTION
● After adjusting the stitch width, slowly
turn the handwheel toward you
(counterclockwise) and check that the
needle does not touch the presser foot. If
the needle hits the presser foot, the
needle may bend or break.
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Sewing overcasting stitches using zigzag foot “J”
Seven stitches can be used to sew overcasting stitches with zigzag foot “J”.
Stitch Name
Zigzag stitch
(center
needle
position)
Zigzag stitch
(right needle
position)
Pattern Numeric
Key
07
08
2-point
zigzag stitch
09
3-point
zigzag stitch
10
–
–
14
Overcasting
stitch
15
16
a
Application
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
Auto
Manual
Preventing fraying
(center baseline/
reverse stitching)
3.5
(1/8)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.4
(1/16)
0.0–4.0
(0–3/16)
Preventing fraying
(right baseline/
reinforcement
stitching)
3.5
(1/8)
2.5–5.0
(3/32–3/16)
1.4
(1/16)
0.3–4.0
(1/64–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.0
(1/16)
0.2–4.0
(1/64–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.0
(1/16)
0.2–4.0
(1/64–3/16)
Preventing fraying in
thick fabrics and
stretch fabrics
–
Preventing fraying in
stretch fabrics
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
0.5–4.0
(1/32–3/16)
–
Preventing fraying in
thick fabrics and
stretch fabrics
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
0.5–4.0
(1/32–3/16)
–
Preventing fraying in
stretch fabrics
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
4.0
(3/16)
1.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
Presser
Foot
3
J
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
1
J
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
b
Select a stitch.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
c needle dropping off the edge at the right.
Sew along the edge of the fabric with the
a
a Needle drop point
Memo
z For best results when sewing stretch fabrics,
decrease the pressure of the presser foot. For
details, refer to “Adjusting the pressure of the
presser foot” (page 41).
a Needle drop point
Overcasting Stitches 75
UTILITY STITCHES
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Sewing overcasting stitches using the optional side cutter
Using the optional side cutter, seam allowances can be finished while the edge of the fabric is cut off. Five
stitches can be used to sew overcasting stitches with the side cutter.
Pattern
Stitch Name
Overcasting
stitch
Application
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
Auto
Manual
63
Sewing straight stitches while
cutting the fabric
0.0
(0)
0.0–2.5
(0–3/32)
2.5
(3/32)
0.2–5.0
(1/64–3/16)
64
Sewing zigzag stitches while
cutting the fabric
3.5
(1/8)
3.5–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
1.4
(1/16)
0.0–4.0
(0–3/16)
Preventing fraying in thin and
medium weight fabrics while
cutting the fabric
3.5
(1/8)
3.5–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
2.0
1.0–4.0
(1/16) ( 1/16–3/16)
66
Preventing fraying in thick
fabrics while cutting the fabric
5.0
(3/16)
3.5–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
2.5
1.0–4.0
(3/32) ( 1/16–3/16)
67
Preventing fraying in thick
fabrics while cutting the fabric
5.0
(3/16)
3.5–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
2.5
1.0–4.0
(3/32) ( 1/16–3/16)
65
Presser
Foot
S
d onto the needle clamp screw.
Hook the connecting fork of the side cutter
a
a
Remove the presser foot.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
Lower the presser foot lever, and then
b manually thread the needle.
• The needle threader cannot be used. If the
needle threader is used with the side cutter,
the sewing machine may be damaged.
c
b
a Connecting fork
b Needle clamp screw
Position the side cutter so that side cutter pin
e is aligned with the notch in the presser foot
holder, and then slowly lower the presser foot
lever.
Raise the presser foot lever.
b
a
a Notch in presser foot holder
b Pin
X The side cutter is attached.
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Raise the presser foot lever to check that the
f side cutter is securely attached.
Position the fabric in the side cutter.
j The cut in the fabric should be positioned over
the guide plate of the side cutter.
Pass the upper thread under the side cutter,
g and then pull it out toward the rear of the
sewing machine.
a
a Guide plate
• If the fabric is not positioned correctly, the
fabric will not be cut.
h
Lower the presser foot lever, and then start
Select a stitch.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
k sewing.
CAUTION
● After adjusting the stitch width, slowly
turn the handwheel toward you
(counterclockwise) and check that the
needle does not touch the presser foot. If
the needle hits the presser foot, the
needle may bend or break.
Make a cut of about 2 cm (3/4 inch) long in
i the fabric at the beginning of the stitching.
1
a 2 cm (3/4 inch)
X A seam allowance is cut while the stitching
is sewn.
• If the stitching is sewn in a straight line, the
seam allowance will be about 5 mm
(3/16 inch).
1
a 5 mm (3/16 inch)
Memo
z The side cutter can cut as much as one layer
of 13-oz. denim.
z After using the side cutter, clean it by
removing any lint or dust.
z If the side cutter can no longer cut fabric,
use a rag to apply a small amount of oil to
the cutting edge of the cutter.
z The optional side cutter is available through
your Baby Lock retailer.
Overcasting Stitches 77
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UTILITY STITCHES
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Basic Stitching
Straight stitches are used for sewing plain seams. Five stitches are available for basic stitching.
Stitch Name
Basting stitch
Pattern Numeric
Key
06
–
01
Straight stitch
(left needle
position)
Straight stitch
(center
needle
position)
Triple stretch
stitch
02
–
03
04
Application
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
Auto
Manual
Temporarily securing
0.0
(0)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
–
–
Basic stitching and
sewing gathers or
pintucks (left baseline/
reverse stitching)
0.0
(0)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
0.2-5.0
(1/64–3/16)
Basic stitching and
sewing gathers or
pintucks (left baseline/
reinforcement
stitching)
0.0
(0)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
0.2-5.0
(1/64–3/16)
Basic stitching and
sewing gathers or
pintucks (center
baseline/reverse
stitching)
3.5
(1/8)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
0.2-5.0
(1/64–3/16)
Reinforcing seams
and sewing stretch
fabrics
0.0
(0)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
1.5–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
c
Basting
Sew basting with a stitch length between 5 mm
(3/16 inch).
a
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
• For details, refer to “Starting to sew” (page
50).
1
J
a 5 mm (3/16 inch)
b
Select stitch 06
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
78
J
Start sewing.
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
Presser
Foot
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Basic stitching
a
Baste or pin together the fabric pieces.
b
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
■ Changing the needle position
The needle position used as the baseline is
different for the straight stitch (left needle
position) and the straight stitch (center needle
position).
1
2
J
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
c
Select a stitch.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
Lower the needle into the fabric at the
d beginning of the stitching.
e
Start sewing.
• For details, refer to “Starting to sew” (page
50).
• For details on sewing reverse/reinforcement
stitches, refer to “Securing the stitching”
(page 52).
f
a Straight stitch (left needle position)
b Straight stitch (center needle position)
When the stitch width of the straight stitch (left
needle position) is set to its standard setting
(0.0 mm), the distance from the needle position to
the right side of the presser foot is 12 mm
(1/2 inch). If the stitch width is changed (between
0 and 7.0 mm (1/4 inch)), the needle position will
also change. By changing the stitch width and
sewing with the right side of the presser foot
aligned with the edge of the fabric, a seam
allowance can be sewn with a fixed width.
1
0.0
2.0
5.5
7.0
When sewing is finished, cut the thread.
• For details, refer to “Cutting the thread” (page
53).
3
4
5
6
2
a Stitch width setting
b Distance from the needle position to the right
side of the presser foot
c 12.0 mm (1/2 inch)
d 10.0 mm (3/8 inch)
e 6.5 mm (1/4 inch)
f 5.0 mm (3/16 inch)
• For details, refer to “Adjusting the stitch width”
(page 56).
Basic Stitching 79
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UTILITY STITCHES
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Blind Hem Stitching
Secure the bottoms of skirts and pants with a blind hem. Two stitches are available for blind hem stitching.
Stitch Name
Pattern Numeric
Key
17
Blind hem
stitch
18
–
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Application
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
Auto
Manual
Blind hem stitching on
medium weight
fabrics
00
(0)
3← – 3→
2.0
(1/16)
1.0–3.5
(1/16–1/8)
Blind hem stitching on
stretch fabrics
00
(0)
3← – 3→
2.0
(1/16)
1.0–3.5
(1/16–1/8)
Presser
Foot
R
Sew a blind hem according to the following procedure.
a hem, and then baste it about 5 mm (3/16 inch)
Fold the fabric along the desired edge of the
c
Attach blind hem foot “R”.
from the edge of the fabric.
R
4
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
2
3
1
d
a
b
c
d
Wrong side of fabric
Basting stitching
Desired edge of hem
5 mm (3/16 inch)
Select a stitch.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
Position the fabric with the edge of the folded
e hem against the guide of the presser foot, and
Fold back the fabric along the basting, and
b then position the fabric with the wrong side
facing up.
then lower the presser foot lever.
2
3
1
2
1
a Wrong side of fabric
b Basting
80
a Wrong side of fabric
b Fold of hem
c Guide
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■ If the needle does not catch the hem fold
The needle is too far to the right.
Press
(of the Stitch width keys) to
increase the stitch width so that the needle
slightly catches the fold of the hem.
Adjust the stitch width until the needle slightly
f catches the fold of the hem.
1
a Needle drop point
3
1
1
–
2
+
a Wrong side of fabric
b Right side of fabric
• For details on changing the stitch width, refer
to “Adjusting the Stitch Width and Length”
(page 56).
g presser foot guide.
Sew with the fold of the hem against the
a Stitch width
■ If the needle catches too much of the hem
fold
The needle is too far to the left.
Press
(of the Stitch width keys) to
decrease the stitch width so that the needle
slightly catches the fold of the hem.
h
Remove the basting stitching.
1
2
a Wrong side of fabric
b Right side of fabric
Memo
1
2
z For best results when sewing stretch fabrics,
decrease the pressure of the presser foot. For
details, refer to “Adjusting the pressure of the
presser foot” (page 41).
a Wrong side of fabric
b Right side of fabric
Blind Hem Stitching 81
UTILITY STITCHES
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Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing
Buttonholes can be sewn and buttons can be sewn on. Eleven stitches are available for sewing one-step
buttonholes and one stitch for sewing on buttons.
Stitch Name
Pattern Numeric
Key
48
49
50
52
53
54
55
56
57
Buttonsewing stitch
82
61
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
Auto
Manual
–
Horizontal
buttonholes on thin
and medium weight
fabrics
5.0
(3/16)
3.0–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
0.4
(1/64)
0.2–1.0
(1/64–1/16)
–
Horizontal
buttonholes on areas
that are subject to
strain
5.0
(3/16)
3.0–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
0.4
(1/64)
0.2–1.0
(1/64–1/16)
–
Horizontal
buttonholes on thick
fabrics
5.0
(3/16)
3.0–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
0.4
(1/64)
0.2–1.0
(1/64–1/16)
Buttonholes with bar
tacks on both ends for
stabilized fabrics
5.0
(3/16)
3.0–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
0.4
(1/64)
0.2–1.0
(1/64–1/16)
–
Buttonholes for stretch
6.0
3.0–6.0
1.0
(15/64) (1/8–15/64) (1/16)
or knit fabrics
0.5–2.0
(1/32–1/16)
–
Buttonholes for stretch
6.0
3.0–6.0
1.5
(15/64) (1/8–15/64) (1/16)
fabrics
1.0–3.0
(1/16–1/8)
–
Bound buttonholes
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–6.0
(0–15/64)
2.0
(1/16)
0.2–4.0
(1/64–3/16)
–
Keyhole buttonholes
for thick or plush
fabrics
7.0
(1/4)
3.0–7.0
(1/8–1/4)
0.5
(1/32)
0.3–1.0
(1/64–1/16)
–
Keyhole buttonholes
for medium weight
and thick fabrics
7.0
(1/4)
3.0–7.0
(1/8–1/4)
0.5
(1/32)
0.3–1.0
(1/64–1/16)
–
Horizontal buttonhole
for thick or plush
fabrics
7.0
(1/4)
3.0–7.0
(1/8–1/4)
0.5
(1/32)
0.3–1.0
(1/64–1/16)
–
Button sewing
3.5
(1/8)
2.5–4.5
(3/32–3/16)
–
–
51
Buttonhole
stitch
Application
Presser
Foot
A
M
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Buttonhole sewing
The maximum buttonhole length is about 28 mm (1-1/8 inches) (diameter + thickness of the button).
Buttonholes are sewn from the front of the presser foot to the back, as shown below.
1
1
3
1
1
a Reinforcement stitching
The names of parts of buttonhole foot “A”, which is
used for sewing buttonholes, are indicated below.
Use chalk to mark on the fabric the position
a and length of the buttonhole.
1
1
2
5
3
a Marks on fabric
b foot “A”, and then insert the button that will
Pull out the button guide plate of buttonhole
4
be put through the buttonhole.
A
a
b
c
d
e
Button guide plate
Presser foot scale
Pin
Marks on buttonhole foot
5 mm (3/16 inch)
Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing 83
UTILITY STITCHES
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■ If the button does not fit in the button guide
plate
Add together the diameter and thickness of
the button, and then set the button guide
plate to the calculated length. (The distance
between the markings on the presser foot
scale is 5 mm (3/16 inch).)
Position the fabric with the front end of the
e buttonhole mark aligned with the red marks on
the sides of the buttonhole foot, and then
lower the presser foot lever.
1
A
1
2
a Mark on fabric
b Red marks on buttonhole foot
Pass the upper thread down through the hole in
the presser foot.
2
3
a Presser foot scale
b Length of buttonhole (Diameter + thickness of
button)
c 5 mm (3/16 inch)
• When lowering the presser foot, do not push
in the front of the presser foot, otherwise the
buttonhole will not be sewn with the correct
size.
Example: For a button with a diameter of
15 mm (9/16 inch) and a thickness of 10 mm
(3/8 inch), the button guide plate should be set
to 25 mm (1 inch) on the scale.
1
2
a 10 mm (3/8 inch)
b 15 mm (9/16 inch)
X The size of the buttonhole is set.
c
Attach buttonhole foot “A”.
d
Select a stitch.
a
a Do not reduce the gap.
f possible.
Pull down the buttonhole lever as far as
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
a
a Buttonhole lever
The buttonhole lever is positioned behind the
bracket on the buttonhole foot.
1
2
a Buttonhole lever
b Bracket
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Gently hold the end of the upper thread in
g your left hand, and then start sewing.
1
a Eyelet punch
X Once sewing is completed, the machine
automatically sews reinforcement stitches,
then stops.
Cut the threads, raise the presser foot lever,
h and then remove the fabric.
Raise the buttonhole lever to its original
i position.
Insert a pin along the inside of one bar tack at
j the end of the buttonhole stitching to prevent
the stitching from being cut.
1
• When using the eyelet punch, place thick
paper or some other protective sheet under
the fabric before punching the hole in the
fabric.
CAUTION
● When opening the buttonhole with the
seam ripper, do not place your hands in
the cutting direction, otherwise injuries
may result if the seam ripper slips.
■ Changing the density of the stitching
Adjust the stitch length.
–
+
a Pin
Use the seam ripper to cut towards the pin and
k open the buttonhole.
• For details, refer to “Adjusting the stitch
length” (page 57).
1
a Seam ripper
• If the fabric does not feed (for example, if it is
too thick), decrease the density of the
stitching.
For keyhole buttonholes, use the eyelet punch
to make a hole in the rounded end of the
buttonhole, and then use the seam ripper to cut
open the buttonhole.
Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing 85
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UTILITY STITCHES
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■ Changing the stitch width
Adjust the stitch width.
–
b
Attach buttonhole foot “A”.
c
Select stitch 52
+
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
or 53
.
Adjust the stitch width to the thickness of the
d gimp thread.
Lower the presser foot lever and the
e buttonhole lever, and then start sewing.
When sewing is finished, gently pull the gimp
f thread to remove any slack.
• For details, refer to “Adjusting the stitch
width” (page 56).
Memo
z Before sewing buttonholes, check the stitch
length and width by sewing a trial
buttonhole on a scrap piece of fabric.
Use a handsewing needle to pull the gimp
g thread to the wrong side of the fabric, and
then tie it.
■ Sewing buttonholes on stretch fabrics
When sewing buttonholes on stretch fabrics, use
a gimp thread.
Hook the gimp thread onto the part of
a buttonhole foot “A” shown in the illustration
so that it fits into the grooves, and then loosely
tie it.
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With a seam ripper, cut the middle part of the
h gimp thread remaining at the top end of the
buttonhole.
Trim off any excess of the gimp thread.
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Adjust the stitch width so that it is the same as
e the distance between the holes in the button.
Button sewing
Buttons can be sewn on with the sewing machine.
Buttons with 2 or with 4 holes can be attached.
f
Place the button into button-sewing foot “M”.
Measure the distance between the holes in the
a button to be attached.
a
Raise the presser foot lever, and then slide the
b drop feed lever, located at the rear of the
machine on the base, to
(to the left as
seen from the rear of the machine).
a Button
X The button is held in place.
• When attaching four-hole buttons, first sew
the two holes closest to you. Then, slide the
button so that the needle goes into the two
holes toward the rear of the sewing machine,
and then sew them in the same way.
a
a Drop feed lever (as seen from the rear of the
machine)
X The feed dogs are lowered.
c
Attach button-sewing foot “M”.
g (counterclockwise) to check that the needle
Turn the handwheel toward you
correctly goes into the two holes of the button.
If it seems as if the needle will hit the button,
remeasure the distance between the holes in
the button. Adjust the stitch width to the
distance between the button holes.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
d
Select stitch 61
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
• Since the end of the thread will be tied off
later, do not set the sewing machine for
programmed-thread cutting.
CAUTION
● When sewing, be sure that the needle
does not touch the button, otherwise the
needle may bend or break.
Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing 87
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UTILITY STITCHES
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Start sewing.
h Set the sewing speed controller to the left (so
that the speed will be slow).
■ Attaching a shank to a button
To sew the button with a shank, attach the button
with space between it and the fabric, and then
wind the thread by hand. This attaches the button
securely.
Place the button into button-sewing foot “M”,
a and then pull the shank lever toward you.
1
X The sewing machine automatically stops
after sewing reinforcement stitches.
• If additional strength is needed to secure the
button, perform the button-sewing operation
twice.
• Do not press
(“Thread Cutter” button).
a Shank lever
After sewing is finished, cut the upper thread
b with plenty of excess, wind it around the
thread between the button and the fabric, and
then tie it to the upper thread at the beginning
of the stitching.
Tie together the ends of the bobbin thread at
the end and at the beginning of the stitching on
the wrong side of the fabric.
Use scissors to cut the upper thread and the
i bobbin thread at the beginning of the stitching.
Pull the upper thread at the end of the stitching
to the wrong side of the fabric, and then tie it
with the bobbin thread.
When you are finished attaching the button,
j slide the drop feed lever to
(to the right
as seen from the rear of the machine) to raise
the feed dogs.
a
a Drop feed lever (as seen from the rear of the
machine)
Memo
z The feed dog position switch is normally set
to the right side (as seen from the rear of
machine).
z The feed dogs come up when you start
sewing again.
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c
Cut off any excess thread.
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Zipper Insertion
A zipper can be sewn in place.
Stitch Name
Straight stitch
(center
needle
position)
Pattern Numeric
Key
Application
Attaching zippers
Sewing concealed
seams and pintucks
03
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
Auto
Manual
3.5
(1/8)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
0.2–5.0
(1/64–3/16)
Presser
Foot
I
There are many methods for inserting zippers. The procedures for inserting a centered zipper and a side
zipper are described below.
Press open the seam allowance from the
Inserting a centered zipper
c wrong side of the fabric.
Stitching is sewn on both pieces of fabric butted
against each other.
1
2
1
a Wrong side of fabric
Align the seam with the center of the zipper,
3
d and then baste the zipper in place.
a Right side of fabric
b Stitching
c End of zipper opening
2
a up to the zipper opening.
Attach zigzag foot “J” and sew straight stitches
1
With the right sides of the fabric facing each
other, sew reverse stitches after reaching the
zipper opening.
• For details, refer to “Basic stitching” (page
79).
3
a Wrong side of fabric
b Basting stitching
c Zipper
Using a basting stitch, continue sewing to the
b edge of the fabric.
1
3
2
4
a
b
c
d
Basting stitching
Reverse stitches
Wrong side of fabric
End of zipper opening
Zipper Insertion 89
3
UTILITY STITCHES
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Attach the presser foot holder to the right pin
e of zipper foot “I”.
g
Topstitch around the zipper.
1
1
I
3
2
2
4
a Pin on the right side
b Needle drop point
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
f
Select stitch 03
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
a
b
c
d
CAUTION
● When using zipper foot “I”, be sure to
select the straight stitch (center needle
position), and slowly turn the handwheel
toward you (counterclockwise) to check
that the needle does not touch the presser
foot. If a different stitch is selected or the
needle hits the presser foot, the needle
may bend or break.
90
Stitching
Right side of fabric
Basting stitching
End of zipper opening
CAUTION
● When sewing, be sure that the needle
does not touch the zipper, otherwise the
needle may bend or break.
h
Remove the basting stitching.
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Press open the seam allowance from the
Inserting a side zipper
c wrong side of the fabric.
Stitching is sewn on only one piece of fabric. Use this
type of zipper application for side openings and back
openings.
1
2
1
a Wrong side of fabric
Press the seam allowance so that the right side
d (the side that will not be stitched) has an extra
3 mm (1/8 inch).
3
3
a Stitching
b Right side of fabric
c End of zipper opening
1
The following procedure will describe how to stitch
on the left side, as shown in the illustration.
Attach zigzag foot “J” and sew straight stitches
a up to the zipper opening.
With the right sides of the fabric facing each
other, sew reverse stitches after reaching the
zipper opening.
2
a Wrong side of fabric
b 3 mm (1/8 inch)
Align the zipper teeth with the pressed edge of
e the fabric having the extra 3 mm (1/8 inch),
and then baste or pin the zipper in place.
• For details, refer to “Basic stitching” (page
79).
Using a basting stitch, continue sewing to the
b edge of the fabric.
1
1
3
2
4
a
b
c
d
Basting stitching
Reverse stitches
Wrong side of fabric
End of zipper opening
2
a Zipper teeth
b Basting stitching
Attach the presser foot holder to the right pin
f of zipper foot “I”.
If the stitching will be sewn on the right side,
attach the presser foot holder to the left pin of
the zipper foot.
1
I
2
a Pin on the right side
b Needle drop point
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
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UTILITY STITCHES
g
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Select stitch 03
.
Close the zipper, turn over the fabric, and then
j baste the other side of the zipper to the fabric.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
CAUTION
● When using zipper foot “I”, be sure to
select the straight stitch (center needle
position), and slowly turn the handwheel
toward you (counterclockwise) to check
that the needle does not touch the presser
foot. If a different stitch is selected or the
needle hits the presser foot, the needle
may bend or break.
Sew the zipper to the piece of fabric with the
h extra 3 mm (1/8 inch), starting from the base
of the zipper.
1
a Basting stitching
k of zipper foot “I”.
Attach the presser foot holder to the other pin
If the presser foot holder was attached to the
right pin in step f, change it to the left pin.
1
I
2
a Pin on the left side
b Needle drop point
Topstitch around the zipper.
l Sew reverse stitches at the end of the zipper
opening and align the zipper teeth with the side
of the presser foot.
CAUTION
3
● When sewing, be sure that the needle
does not touch the zipper, otherwise the
needle may bend or break.
2
1
When you are about 5 cm (2 inches) from the
i end of the zipper, stop the sewing machine
with the needle lowered (in the fabric), raise
the presser foot lever, and then open the
zipper and continue sewing.
a
b
c
d
e
4
5
Right side of fabric
End of zipper opening
Reverse stitches
Beginning of stitching
Basting stitching
CAUTION
● When sewing, be sure that the needle
does not touch the zipper, otherwise the
needle may bend or break.
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When you are about 5 cm (2 inches) from the
m end of the zipper, stop the sewing machine
with the needle lowered (in the fabric), raise
the presser foot lever, and then open the
zipper and continue sewing.
n
Remove the basting stitching.
3
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Zipper/piping Insertion
A zipper and piping can be sewn in place.
Stitch Name
Straight stitch
(left needle
position)
Pattern Numeric
Key
Application
Attaching zippers
Sewing concealed
seams and piping
01
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
Auto
Manual
0.0
(0)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
0.2–5.0
(1/64–3/16)
Presser
Foot
There are many methods for inserting zippers and pipings. The procedures for inserting a centered zipper
and a piping are described below, with the adjustable zipper/piping foot.
Slide the presser foot over either the left or
Inserting a centered zipper
e right feed dog.
Refer to step a–d of “Inserting a centered
a zipper” (page 89).
Remove the presser foot and presser foot
b holder (page 41) to attach the screw-on
adjustable zipper/piping foot.
Left sewing position
Right sewing position
f does not touch the presser foot.
Change the needle position so that the needle
For details, refer to “Adjusting the stitch width”
(page 56).
Note
z Use a screw driver to securely tighten the
screw that holds the presser foot. If the screw
is loose, the needle may break and cause
injures.
c
Select stitch 01
.
Loosen the positioning screw on the back of
1
94
a Needle drop point
CAUTION
d the presser foot.
a Positioning screw
1
● After adjusting the needle position, slowly
turn the handwheel toward you and
check the needle does not touch the
presser foot. If the needle hits the presser
foot, the needle may bend or break.
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Securely tighten the positioning screw with a
g screwdriver.
Inserting a piping
Place the piping between two fabric pieces
a turned inside out, as shown below.
1
1
2
3
a Positioning screw
h
a Fabric
b Piping
c Fabric
Topstitch around the zipper.
Refer to the steps of attaching the adjustable
1
b zipper/piping foot (page 94).
3
2
c
Sew along the piping.
d
After sewing, turn fabric pieces.
4
a
b
c
d
Stitching
Right side of fabric
Basting stitching
End of zipper opening
CAUTION
● When sewing, be sure that the needle
does not touch the zipper, otherwise the
needle may bend or break.
i
Remove the basting stitching.
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Sewing Stretch Fabrics and Elastic Tape
Stretch fabrics can be sewn and elastic tape can be attached.
Stitch Name
Stretch stitch
Pattern Numeric
Key
05
2-point
zigzag stitch
09
3-point
zigzag stitch
10
Elasticattaching
stitch
Application
Stretch fabrics
–
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
Auto
Manual
1.0
(1/16)
1.0–3.0
(1/16–1/8)
2.5
(3/32)
1.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.0
(1/16)
0.2–4.0
(1/64–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.0
(1/16)
0.2–4.0
(1/64–3/16)
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.0
(1/16)
0.2–4.0
(1/64–3/16)
Presser
Foot
Attaching elastic
34
–
Attaching elastic to
stretch fabrics
J
Observe the corresponding precautions when performing each of the following stitching operations.
Stretch stitching
a
Elastic attaching
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
J
When elastic tape is attached to the cuff or waist of a
piece of clothing, the finished dimensions will be that
of the stretched elastic tape. therefore, it is necessary
that a suitable length of the elastic tape be used.
a fabric.
Pin the elastic tape to the wrong side of the
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
b
Select stitch 05
Pin the elastic tape to the fabric at a few points
to make sure that the tape is uniformly
positioned on the fabric.
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
c
1
Sew the fabric without stretching it.
2
a Elastic tape
b Pin
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b
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
J
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
c
Select a stitch.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
Sew the elastic tape to the fabric while
d stretching the tape so that it is the same length
as the fabric.
While pulling the fabric behind the presser foot
with your left hand, pull the fabric at the pin
nearest the front of the presser foot with your
right hand.
3
CAUTION
● When sewing, be sure that the needle
does not touch any pins, otherwise the
needle may bend or break.
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UTILITY STITCHES
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Appliqué, Patchwork and Quilt Stitching
The stitches that can be used for sewing appliqués, patchwork and quilts are described below.
Stitch Name
Pattern Numeric
Key
Appliqué
stitch
25
21
Auto
Manual
Attaching appliqués
(center baseline/
reverse stitching)
3.5
(1/8)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.4
(1/16)
0.0–4.0
(0–3/16)
–
Appliqué quilting,
free-motion quilting,
satin stitching
3.5
(1/8)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.4
(1/16)
0.0–4.0
(0–3/16)
–
Attaching appliqués
3.5
(1/8)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
1.6–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
–
Attaching appliqués
and binding
1.5
(1/16)
0.5–5.0
(1/32–3/16)
1.8
(1/16)
1.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
–
Piecing straight
stitching (with a seam
allowance of 6.5 mm
(1/4 inch) from the
right edge of the
presser foot)
5.5
(7/32)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.0
(1/16)
0.2–5.0
(1/64–3/16)
–
Piecing straight
stitching (with a seam
allowance of 6.5 mm
1.5
(1/4 inch) from the left (1/16)
edge of the presser
foot)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.0
(1/16)
0.2–5.0
(1/64–3/16)
–
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.2
(1/16)
0.2–4.0
(1/64–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
1.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.2
(1/16)
0.2–4.0
(1/64–3/16)
Piecing
straight stitch
22
28
Joining stitch
29
30
23
Mock hand
quilting stitch
Quilting
stippling
98
26
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Manual
Zigzag stitch
19
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Auto
07
24
Application
–
Patchwork stitching
–
Presser
Foot
J
–
Straight stitch quilting
that looks hand
quilting
0.0
(0)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
1.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
–
Stippling
7.0
(1/4)
1.0–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.6
(1/16)
1.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
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d
Appliqué stitching
Attach the open toe foot.
For best results, use the included open toe foot.
a allowance of between 3 and 5 mm (1/8 and
Cut out the appliqué, leaving a seam
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
3/16 inch).
1
e
Select a stitch.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
f (counterclockwise), and then begin sewing
Turn the handwheel toward you
a Seam allowance
Place a pattern made of thick paper or
b stabilizer on the back of the appliqué, and then
fold over the seam allowance using an iron.
around the edge of the appliqué, making sure
that the needle drops just outside of the
appliqué.
• Remove the thick paper after pressing the
seam allowance.
Turn the fabric over, and then baste or pin it
c onto the fabric that it will be attached to.
When sewing around corners, stop the
machine with the needle in the fabric just
outside of the appliqué, raise the presser foot
lever, and then turn the fabric as needed to
change the sewing direction.
1
a Basting stitching
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UTILITY STITCHES
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Patchwork (crazy quilt)
stitching
a place it over the lower piece.
Fold the edge of the top piece of fabric and
b pattern spans over both pieces.
Sew the two pieces of fabric together so the
Piecing
Sewing together two pieces of fabric is called
“piecing”. The fabric pieces should be cut with a
6.5 mm (1/4 inch) seam allowance.
Sew a piecing straight stitch 6.5 mm (1/4 inch) from
either the right side or the left side of the presser foot.
Baste or pin along the seam allowance of the
a fabric that you wish to piece together.
b
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
J
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
c
Select stitch 21
or 22
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
Sew with the side of the presser foot aligned
d with the edge of the fabric.
■ For a seam allowance on the right side
Align the right side of the presser foot with
the edge of the fabric, and sew using stitch
21
.
1
a 6.5 mm (1/4 inch)
100
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■ For a seam allowance on the left side
Align the left side of the presser foot with the
edge of the fabric, and sew using stitch
22
.
1
a 6.5 mm (1/4 inch)
Memo
z To change the width of the seam allowance
(the needle position), adjust the stitch width.
Quilting
Sandwiching batting between the top and bottom
layers of fabric is called “quilting”. Quilts can easily
be sewn using the walking foot and the optional
quilting guide.
a
Baste the fabric to be quilted.
b
Attach the walking foot.
c
Select a stitch.
• For details, refer to “Using the walking foot”
(page 42).
• For details, refer to “Selecting Stitching”
(page 68).
Place one hand on each side of the presser
d foot, and hold fabric taut while sewing.
Note
z When sewing with the walking foot, sew at a
speed between slow and medium.
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UTILITY STITCHES
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■ Using the optional quilting guide
Use the quilting guide to sew parallel stitches that
are equally spaced.
Free-motion quilting
With free-motion quilting, lower the feed dogs (using
the drop feed lever) so that the fabric can be moved
freely in any direction.
The quilting foot is needed for free-motion quilting.
Insert the stem of the quilting guide into the
a hole at the rear of the walking foot or presser
foot holder.
† Walking foot
a holder.
Remove the presser foot and the presser foot
• Refer to “Removing the presser foot holder”
(page 41).
Secure the quilting foot with the presser foot
b holder screw.
† Presser foot holder
The pin on the quilting foot should be
positioned over the needle clamp screw.
1
3
2
Adjust the stem of the quilting guide so that
b the guide aligns with the seam that has already
been sewn.
a Pin on quilting foot
b Presser foot holder screw
c Needle clamp screw
Hold the quilting foot in place with your right
c hand, and then tighten the presser foot holder
screw using the screwdriver in your left hand.
1
Note
z The optional quilting guide is available
through your Baby Lock retailer.
a Presser foot holder screw
CAUTION
● Be sure to securely tighten the screws
with the screwdriver, otherwise the
needle may touch the presser foot,
causing it to bend or break.
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Slide the drop feed lever, located at the rear of
(to the left as
seen from the rear of the machine).
d the machine on the base, to
a
a Feed dog position switch (as seen from the rear of
the machine)
X The feed dogs are lowered.
Satin stitching using the
sewing speed controller
A decorative stitch can be sewn by changing the
stitch width of a satin stitch. If the sewing machine is
set so that the stitch width can be adjusted using the
sewing speed controller, the stitch width can quickly
and easily be adjusted. In this case, the sewing speed
is adjusted with the foot controller.
a
Connect the foot controller.
b
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
Turn on the sewing machine, and then select a
e stitch.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
• For details, refer to “Starting to sew” (page
50).
J
Use both hands to hold the fabric taut, and
f then move the fabric to follow the pattern.
Reinforcement stitches are sewn at the
beginning and end of sewing.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
1
c
Turn on the sewing machine, and then press
(Settings key) in the operation panel.
X The settings screen appears.
a Pattern
After sewing is finished, slide the drop feed
(to the right as seen from the rear
of the machine) to raise the feed dogs.
g lever to
d
Press
or
(Stitch length keys) until
is displayed.
a
a Drop feed lever (as seen from the rear of the
machine)
• Normally, the drop feed lever is positioned at
the right.
X The screen for specifying that the stitch
width can be controlled with the sewing
speed controller appears.
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UTILITY STITCHES
e
Press
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or
(Stitch width keys) to select
.
To return to
width keys).
, press
or
When you are finished sewing, set the stitch
i width control setting back to OFF.
(Stitch
Memo
z Although the stitching result differs
depending on the type of fabric being sewn
and the thickness of the thread being used,
for best results, adjust the stitch length to
between 0.3 and 0.5 mm (1/64 and 1/32
inch).
X The machine is now set so that the stitch
width can be controlled with the sewing
speed controller.
Press
f key).
(OK key) or
(Cancel/clear
X The initial stitch screen appears again.
g
Select stitch 24
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
While sewing, slide the sewing speed
h controller to adjust the stitch width.
Slide the controller to the left to make the width
narrower. Slide the controller to the right to
make the width wider.
Narrower
Wider
• Adjust the sewing speed with the foot
controller.
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Reinforcement Stitching
Reinforce points that will be subject to strain, such as sleeve holes, inseams and pocket corners.
Stitch Name
Pattern Numeric
Key
Triple stretch
stitch
04
Bar tack
stitch
60
Reinforcing the seams
of sleeves and
inseams
58
Darning
stitch
Application
59
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
Auto
Manual
0.0
(0)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
1.5–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
–
Reinforcing the ends
2.0
of openings, such as
(1/16)
the corners of pockets
1.0–3.0
(1/16–1/8)
0.4
(1/64)
0.3–1.0
(1/64–1/16)
–
Darning medium
weight fabrics
7.0
(1/4)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
2.0
(1/16)
0.4–2.5
(1/64–3/32)
Darning thick fabrics
7.0
(1/4)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
2.0
(1/16)
0.4–2.5
(1/64–3/32)
–
Triple stretch stitching
Use triple stretch stitching to reinforce sleeve holes
and inseams.
a
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
Presser
Foot
J
A
Bar tack stitching
Bar tacks are used to reinforce points subject to
strain, such as pocket corners and openings.
As an example, the procedure for sewing bar tacks at
pocket corners is described below.
J
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
b
Select stitch 04
Determine the desired length of the bar tack.
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
c
a Set the button guide plate on buttonhole foot
“A” to the desired length. (The distance
between the markings on the presser foot scale
is 5 mm (3/16 inch).)
1
Start sewing.
• For details, refer to “Starting to sew” (page
50).
2
3
a Presser foot scale
b Length of bar tack
c 5 mm (3/16 inch)
• A bar tack with a maximum length of about
28 mm (1–1/8 inches) can be sewn.
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b
Attach buttonhole foot “A”.
c
Select stitch 60
Pull down the buttonhole lever as far as
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
e possible.
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
Position the fabric so that the opening of the
d pocket faces toward you, and then lower the
presser foot lever so that the needle drops
2 mm (1/16 inch) in front of the pocket
opening.
a
a Buttonhole lever
The buttonhole lever is positioned behind the
bracket on the buttonhole foot.
1
2
1
a 2 mm (1/16 inch)
a Buttonhole lever
b Bracket
f your left hand, and then start sewing.
Gently hold the end of the upper thread in
Pass the upper thread down through the hole in
the presser foot.
• When lowering the presser foot, do not push
in the front of the presser foot, otherwise the
bar tack will not be sewn with the correct
size.
X Once sewing is completed, the machine
automatically sews reinforcement stitches,
then stops.
g and then remove the fabric.
Cut the threads, raise the presser foot lever,
h position.
Raise the buttonhole lever to its original
a
a Do not reduce the gap.
Memo
z If the fabric does not feed, for example,
because it is too thick, increase the stitch
length. For details, refer to “Adjusting the
stitch length” (page 57).
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Darning
Fabric that has been torn can be darned.
Darning is sewn as shown below.
1
3
1
a Reinforcement stitching
Determine the desired length of the darning.
a Set the button guide plate on buttonhole foot
“A” to the desired length. (The distance
between the markings on the presser foot scale
is 5 mm (3/16 inch).)
Position the fabric so that the needle is 2 mm
d (1/16 inch) in front of the area to be darned,
and then lower the presser foot lever.
1
1
2
2
3
Pass the upper thread down through the hole in
the presser foot.
4
a
b
c
d
a Tear
b 2 mm (1/16 inch)
• When lowering the presser foot, do not push
in the front of the presser foot, otherwise the
darning will not be sewn with the correct
size.
Presser foot scale
Length of darning
5 mm (3/16 inch)
7 mm (1/4 inch)
b
Attach buttonhole foot “A”.
c
Select stitch 58
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
or 59
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
a
a Do not reduce the gap.
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Pull down the buttonhole lever as far as
e possible.
a
a Buttonhole lever
The buttonhole lever is positioned behind the
bracket on the buttonhole foot.
1
2
a Buttonhole lever
b Bracket
Gently hold the end of the upper thread in
f your left hand, and then start sewing.
X Once sewing is completed, the machine
automatically sews reinforcement stitches,
then stops.
Cut the threads, raise the presser foot lever,
g and then remove the fabric.
Raise the buttonhole lever to its original
h position.
Memo
z If the fabric does not feed, for example,
because it is too thick, increase the stitch
length. For details, refer to “Adjusting the
stitch length” (page 57).
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Eyelet Stitching
Eyelets, such as those on belts, can be sewn. Three sizes of eyelets are possible: 7 mm, 6 mm and 5 mm
(1/4, 15/64 and 3/16 inch).
Pattern
Stitch Name
Eyelet stitch
a
Application
62
Sewing eyelets, for example, on
belts
Attach monogramming foot “N”.
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
Auto
Manual
7.0
(1/4)
7.0, 6.0 or
5.0
(1/4, 15/64
or 3/16)
–
–
e
Presser
Foot
N
Start sewing.
X Once sewing is completed, the machine
automatically sews reinforcement stitches,
then stops.
Use the eyelet punch to cut a hole in the
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
b
Select stitch 62
f center of the eyelet.
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
Adjust either the stitch width or the stitch
c length to select the desired eyelet size.
6 mm
7 mm
5 mm
(1/4 inch) (15/64 inch) (3/16 inch)
• For details, refer to “Adjusting the stitch
width” (page 56).
Lower the needle into the fabric at the
d beginning of the stitching, and then lower the
presser foot lever.
• When using the eyelet punch, place thick
paper or some other protective sheet under
the fabric before punching the hole in the
fabric.
Memo
z If light weight thread is used, the stitching
may be sparse. If this occurs, sew the eyelet
twice before removing the fabric, one on top
of the other.
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UTILITY STITCHES
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Decorative Stitching
Various decorative stitches can be sewn with this sewing machine.
Pattern
Stitch Name
Application
32
Fagoting
stitch
33
Sewing two pieces of fabric
together across an open seam
28
Joining stitch
29
Decorative bridging stitches
30
Shell tuck
stitch
20
Shell tuck stitching on collars
and curves
31
Smocking
stitch
32
Smocking fabrics to add texture
and elasticity
33
Scallop stitch
27
Satin scallop stitching
39
40
Lace sewing, decorative
hemming, heirloom stitching,
etc.
41
42
Hemstitching
43
Decorative hemming and
heirloom stitching, etc. on thin,
medium weight and plain weave
fabrics
44
45
110
Decorative hemming, ribbon
threading, heirloom stitching,
etc.
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
Auto
Manual
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
1.0–4.0
(3/32) (1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
2.5–7.0
(3/25–1/4)
2.5
1.0–4.0
(3/32) (1/16–3/16)
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.2
0.2–4.0
(1/16) (1/64–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
2.5
1.0–4.0
(3/32) (1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.2
0.2–4.0
(1/16) (1/64–3/16)
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
0.2–4.0
(3/32) (1/64–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.6
1.0–4.0
(1/16) (1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
1.0–4.0
(3/32) (1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
2.5
1.0–4.0
(3/32) (1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
0.5
0.1–1.0
(1/32) (1/64–1/16)
3.5
(1/8)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
2.5
1.6–4.0
(3/32) (1/16–3/16)
6.0
(15/64)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
3.0
(1/8)
1.5–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
3.5
(1/8)
1.5–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
4.0
1.5–4.0
(3/16) (1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
2.5
1.5–4.0
(3/32) (1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
2.0
1.5–4.0
(1/16) (1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
3.0
(1/8)
1.5–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
Presser
Foot
J
N
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Pattern
Stitch Name
Application
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
6.0
(15/64)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.6
1.0–4.0
(1/16) (1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.6
1.0–4.0
(1/16) (1/16–3/16)
35
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
3.0
(1/8)
Rick-rack
stitch
36
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
1.0–4.0
(3/32) (1/16–3/16)
Decorative
stitch
37
5.5
(7/32)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.6
1.0–4.0
(1/16) (1/16–3/16)
Serpentine
stitch
38
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.0
0.2–4.0
(1/16) (1/64–3/16)
46
Hemstitching
Ladder stitch
47
Auto
Manual
Presser
Foot
Heirloom stitching, etc.
N
2.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
J
Decorative stitching
d
Fagoting
Stitching across an open seam is called “fagoting”. It
is used on blouses and children's clothing. This stitch
is more decorative when thicker thread is used.
or 33
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
e
Use an iron to fold the two pieces of fabric
a along their seams.
Baste the two pieces of fabric, separated by
b about 4 mm (3/16 inch), onto thin paper or a
sheet of water-soluble stabilizer.
If you draw a line down the middle of the thin
paper or water-soluble stabilizer, sewing is
easier.
Select stitch 32
N
Set the stitch width to 7.0 mm (1/4 inch).
• For details, refer to “Adjusting the stitch
width” (page 56).
Sew with the center of the presser foot aligned
f along the center of the two pieces of fabric.
3
1
2
a Thin paper or water soluble stabilizer
b Basting stitching
c 4 mm (3/16 inch)
c
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
g
After sewing is finished, remove the paper.
J
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
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Scallop stitching
The wave-shaped repeating pattern that looks like
shells is called “scalloping”. It is used on the collars of
blouses and to decorate the edges of handkerchiefs.
a
Attach monogramming foot “N”.
Smocking
The decorative stitch created by stitching or
embroidering over gathers is called “smocking”. It is
used to decorate the front of blouses or cuffs.
The smocking stitch adds texture and elasticity to
fabric.
a
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
J
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
b
Select stitch 27
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
Select the straight stitch, and then adjust the
b stitch length to 4.0 mm (3/16 inch) and loosen
the thread tension.
Stitch along the edge of the fabric, making sure
c not to sew directly on the edge of the fabric.
• For details, refer to “Adjusting the stitch
length” (page 57) and “Changing the tension
of the upper thread” (page 55).
Sew parallel stitching at intervals of 1 cm
c (3/8 inch).
1
• For better results, apply spray starch to the
fabric and press with a hot iron before it is
sewn.
d
Trim along the stitches.
a 1 cm (3/8 inch)
• It is not necessary to sew reverse/
reinforcement stitches or cut the thread.
• At the end of the stitching, the thread is
pulled out about 5 cm (2 inches).
Pull the bobbin threads to create gathers.
d Smooth the gathers by ironing them.
• Be careful not to cut the stitches.
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e
Select stitch 31
, 32
or 33
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
f
Stitch between the straight stitches.
c
Select stitch 20
, and then increase the
thread tension.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
d slightly off the edge of the fabric.
Sew while making sure that the needle drops
1
g
3
Pull out the threads for the straight stitches.
a Needle drop point
Shell tuck stitching
Unfold the fabric, and then iron the tucks
e down to one side.
The gathers that look like shells are called “shell
tucks”. They are used to decorate trims, the front of
blouses or cuffs made of thin fabrics.
a
Fold the fabric along the bias.
b
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
J
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
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Joining
Heirloom stitching
Decorative bridging stitches can be sewn over the
seam allowance of joined fabrics. This is used when
making a crazy quilt.
a
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
When sewing with the wing needle, the needle holes
are enlarged, creating a lace-like decorative stitch.
This is used to decorate hems and tablecloths on thin
or medium weight fabrics in addition to plain weave
fabrics.
J
Note
z If the thread becomes tangled, use stabilizer
material.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
a
Install the wing needle.
Sew together the right sides of the two pieces
b of fabric, and then open up the seam
allowances.
2
• Use a 130/705H 100/16 wing needle.
1
• For details on installing a needle, refer to
“Replacing the needle” (page 37).
1
• The needle threader cannot be used with the
wing needle, otherwise the sewing machine
may be damaged. Manually pass the thread
through the eye of the needle from the front
to the back.
3
a Wrong side of fabric
b 6.5 mm (1/4 inch) seam allowance
c Straight stitch
c
Select stitch 28
, 29
or 30
.
b
Attach monogramming foot “N”.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
Turn the fabric over so that the right side faces
d up, and then sew over the seam with the
center of the presser foot aligned with the
seam.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
c
Select a stitch.
The stitches that can be used are 39
, 40
,
a
41
, 42
, 43
, 44
, 45
, 46
or 47
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
a Right side of fabric
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• Select a stitch width of 6.0 mm (15/64 inch)
or less.
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d
Start sewing.
c
Select stitch 39
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
CAUTION
● Select a stitch width of 6.0 mm (15/64
inch) or less, otherwise the needle may
bend or break.
● After adjusting the stitch width, slowly
turn the handwheel toward you
(counterclockwise) and check that the
needle does not touch the presser foot. If
the needle hits the presser foot, the
needle may bend or break.
Partially removing threads is called “drawnwork”.
This gives a beautiful result with fabrics that have a
loose weave.
Two ways to create drawnwork are described below.
With the right side of the fabric facing up, sew
d along the right edge of the frayed section.
N
e
Press
(Settings key) in the operation
panel.
X The settings screen appears.
■ Drawnwork (Example 1)
f
a
Press
or
(Stitch length keys) until
is displayed.
Pull out several threads from the fabric.
X The screen for mirror imaging the pattern
appears.
9
b
Attach monogramming foot “N”.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
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UTILITY STITCHES
g
Press
or
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(Stitch width keys) to select
■ Drawnwork (Example 2)
.
To return to
width keys).
, press
or
(Stitch
Pull out several threads from two sections of
a the fabric, separated by an unfrayed section of
about 4 mm (3/16 inch).
X The pattern is flipped.
Press
h key).
(OK key) or
(Cancel/clear
1
X The initial stitch screen appears again.
a 4 mm (3/16 inch)
b
Attach monogramming foot “N”.
Sew along the other edge of the frayed section
i so that it looks like the previous stitching.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
N
c
Select stitch 42
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
70).
j
Set the mirror image pattern setting back to
.
d
Sew along the center of the unfrayed section.
N
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Sewing the Various Built-In Decorative Patterns
Satin stitches, cross-stitches and decorative satin stitches can be sewn. All are sewn with monogramming
foot “N”.
c
Sewing beautiful patterns
Start sewing.
In order to sew the patterns correctly, the following
must be considered.
■ Fabric
Before sewing stretch or thin fabrics or fabrics
with a coarse weave, affix the optional stabilizer
material to the wrong side of the fabric or place a
thin sheet of paper, such as tracing paper, under
the fabric. Since material puckering or bunched
stitches may occur when satin stitches are sewn,
be sure to affix stabilizer material to the fabric.
■ Needles and threads
When sewing thin, medium weight or stretch
fabrics, use the ball point needle. When sewing
thick fabrics, use a 90/14 home sewing machine
needle. In addition, 75/11 to 90/14 thread should
be used.
■ Trial sewing
Depending on the type and thickness of the fabric
being sewn and whether or not stabilizer material
is used, the desired result may not be achieved.
Be sure to sew a trial piece of fabric before
sewing your project. In addition, while sewing, be
sure to guide the fabric with your hands in order
to prevent the fabric from slipping.
Sewing patterns
a
Attach monogramming foot “N”.
3
• The stitching is sewn in the direction
indicated by the arrow.
Sew reinforcement stitches.
d When sewing with a character stitch,
reinforcement stitches are automatically sewn
after each character.
• When sewing a pattern with a stitch other
than a character stitch, it is useful to first set
the automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching
setting. For details, refer to “Automatically
sewing reverse/reinforcement stitches” (page
58).
e trim off any excess threads at the beginning of
When you are finished sewing, use scissors to
the stitching and between the patterns.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
b
Select a stitch.
• For details, refer to steps d through f of
“Selecting stitching” (page 70).
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c
Combining patterns
Repeat steps b .
Multiple patterns can be combined and sewn
together.
Decorative stitches and character stitches (stitches
selected with
and
) can be combined.
d start sewing.
After all of the desired patterns are selected,
However, utility stitches (stitches selected with
and
a
1
) cannot be combined.
Select the first pattern.
X The first pattern is selected and appears in
the LCD.
a Sewing direction
X The order that the patterns appear in the
LCD is the order that they will be sewn.
• When the sewing is started, the selected
pattern is sewn repeatedly until the sewing
machine is stopped.
b
Select the next pattern.
Use the numeric keys to type in the number for
the desired stitch.
Note
To change the stitch type, press
(Decorative stitch key) or
(Character
stitch key). After the icon for the desired stitch
mode appears in the lower-left corner of the
screen, type in the number for the desired
stitch.
z When the combined pattern is sewn at least
one time, sewing of the combined pattern is
temporarily stopped. Typing in the number
of a stitch after sewing clears the combined
pattern and selects the new stitch, instead of
adding the new stitch to the combined
pattern.
z If you do not wish to clear the pattern, save it
before typing in the number of the new
stitch. For details on saving patterns, refer to
“Saving patterns” (page 124).
Memo
X The combined patterns appear in the LCD.
• To remove a selected pattern, press
(Cancel/clear key) in the operation panel.
The pattern that was selected last is removed.
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z Up to 70 patterns can be combined.
z If multiple patterns have been combined, the
sewing machine stops once all the selected
patterns displayed in the LCD have been
sewn. To repeatedly sew the combined
pattern, refer to “Repeat sewing patterns”.
z The combined pattern can be saved for later
use. For details, refer to “Saving patterns”
(page 124).
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Press
To repeatedly sew the combined pattern, follow the
procedure described below.
a
(OK key) or
e key).
Repeat sewing patterns
(Cancel/clear
X The initial stitch screen appears again, and
the machine is set to repeatedly sew the
selected pattern.
Select the pattern.
1
2
• For details, refer to “Combining patterns”
(page 118).
Press
b panel.
(Settings key) in the operation
X The settings screen appears.
3
c
Press
or
(Stitch length keys) until
is displayed.
a Single
b Repeated
Note
X The screen for specifying repeat sewing
appears.
z If repeated sewing is set, the pattern is
repeatedly sewn until the sewing machine is
stopped.
z If the sewing machine is turned off, the
repeated/single sewing setting returns to its
default setting.
Checking the selected pattern
d
Press
or
(Stitch width keys) to select
(repeat sewing).
To return to
(single sewing), press
(Stitch width keys).
or
Up to 70 patterns can be combined. If all of the
selected patterns cannot be displayed in the LCD at
the same time, the pattern can be checked according
to the following procedure.
a panel.
Press
(Settings key) in the operation
X The settings screen appears.
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b
Press
or
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(Stitch length keys) until
Changing the pattern size
is displayed.
The size of character stitches in the Gothic font (
selected with
with
) and outline style (
selected
) can be switched between large and small.
However, the size of other patterns cannot be
changed. For details on the stitch patterns whose size
X The screen for checking the pattern appears.
can be changed, refer to “Other stitches” (page 134).
Select a stitch.
a Select a pattern whose size can be changed.
Press
Press
or
(Stitch width keys) to scroll
c through the pattern and check it.
b panel.
(Settings key) in the operation
X The settings screen appears.
c
Press
or
(Stitch length keys) until
is displayed.
• Press
to scroll through the pattern to the left. If
the key is pressed while the leftmost (first) pattern is
displayed, a beep sounds.
• Press
to scroll through the pattern to the right.
If the key is pressed while only the rightmost (last)
pattern is displayed, a beep sounds.
d key).
Press
(OK key) or
(Cancel/clear
X The initial stitch screen appears again.
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X The screen for changing the pattern size
appears.
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d
Press
or
(Stitch width keys) until the
Changing the stitch density
desired size is selected.
Select
for the small size or select
for the
large size.
If a decorative satin stitch has been selected, the
stitch density can be changed.
a
Select a decorative satin stitch (No. 62–72 of
, selected with
b panel.
Press
).
(Settings key) in the operation
3
X The settings screen appears.
X The pattern size is changed.
e key).
Press
(OK key) or
(Cancel/clear
X The initial stitch screen appears again.
f
c
Repeat steps a through e.
Press
or
(Stitch length keys) until
is displayed.
X The screen for specifying the stitching
density of the decorative satin stitch appears.
d
Memo
z The large pattern size is the default. If the
small pattern size is selected, small patterns
can be combined and connected.
z If multiple patterns have been combined, the
size of each selected pattern can be
specified.
Press
or
(Stitch width keys) until the
desired density is selected.
Select
for sparse stitching or select
for
compact stitching.
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Press
e key).
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(OK key) or
(Cancel/clear
X The initial stitch screen appears again, and
the stitching density is changed.
Press
or
(Stitch width keys) until the
d desired ratio is selected.
The length can be set within the range of
and
.
CAUTION
● If the stitching density is too compacted,
depending on the needle, the stitches may
be bunched together, causing the needle
to break.
• Press
to reduce the length. If the key is
pressed while the smallest setting (×1) is
displayed, a beep sounds.
Changing the pattern length
The length of one part of a satin stitch can be set to
one of five sizes.
a
Select a satin stitch (No. 41–56 of
selected with
• Press
to increase the length. If the key is
pressed while the largest setting (×5) is
displayed, a beep sounds.
,
).
X The satin stitch length is changed.
Press
e key).
(OK key) or
(Cancel/clear
X The initial stitch screen appears again.
b
Press
(Settings key) in the operation
panel.
X The settings screen appears.
c
Press
or
(Stitch length keys) until
is displayed.
X The screen for changing the length of a satin
stitch appears.
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Press
e key).
Mirror imaging the pattern
Select a stitch.
b
Press
(Cancel/clear
X The initial stitch screen appears again.
The pattern can be mirror imaged along a vertical
axis.
a
(OK key) or
1
2
(Settings key) in the operation
panel.
X The settings screen appears.
a Normal
b Mirror-imaged
Press
z Some of the utility stitches, most of the
decorative stitches, and all of the character
stitches can be mirror imaged.
z Mirror imaged patterns can also be
combined with other patterns.
Memo
c
or
(Stitch length keys) until
is
displayed.
X The screen for mirror imaging the pattern
appears.
d
Press
or
(Stitch width keys) to select
.
To return to
, press
or
(Stitch
width keys).
X The pattern is mirror imaged.
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Check the contents, and then press
Saving patterns
d key).
(OK
The contents saved in the selected pocket are
overwritten.
Combined patterns can be saved for later use. Since
saved patterns are not lost after the sewing machine is
turned off, they can be retrieved at any time. This is
convenient for patterns, such as names, that will be
used often. Utility stitches can also be saved. Up to
ten patterns can be saved.
X “Saving...” appears while the pattern is being
saved in the pocket.
X After the pattern is saved, a beep is sounded,
and the initial stitch screen appears again.
Create the combined pattern that you wish to
a save. Otherwise, display the pattern to be
Note
z Do not turn off the sewing machine while a
pattern is being saved, otherwise the pattern
data may be lost.
saved.
• For details, refer to “Combining patterns”
(page 118).
Memo
z The pattern saved in the pocket can be
erased by performing the save operation
Press
b panel.
with no pattern selected.
(Memory key) in the operation
X The machine enters pattern memory mode,
and
appears in the upper-left corner of
Retrieving a pattern
the screen.
a
Press
(Preset utility stitch/saved pattern
key) in the operation panel.
X After
appears in the center of the screen,
the machine enters retrieve pattern mode,
Press the numeric key (0 through 9) for the
c pocket where the pattern is to be saved.
and
appears in the lower-left corner of
the screen.
X The saved contents of the pocket for the
selected number are displayed.
• If nothing has been saved, nothing appears in
the bottom of the screen.
• If the pocket contains a pattern, the pattern is
displayed. To leave this pattern in the pocket,
select a different pocket.
Memo
z Each time
(Preset utility stitch/saved
pattern key) is pressed, the machine switches
between the preset utility stitch mode and
the saved pattern mode. (For details on the
preset utility stitch mode, refer to “Selecting
stitch types and patterns” (page 68).
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Press the numeric key (0 through 9) for the
b pocket where the pattern is saved.
c
Start sewing.
X The saved contents of the pocket for the
selected number are retrieved.
X The pattern for making the adjustment is
sewn.
• If nothing was saved in the selected pocket, a
beep is sounded, and the screen displayed
before the numeric key was pressed appears
again.
X The sewing machine stops after it has
finished sewing the pattern.
d If the part of the pattern indicated in the
Check the sewn pattern.
illustration is sewn uniformly, the pattern is
correctly aligned.
• To select a different pocket, use the numeric
keys to type in the number of a different
pocket.
3
Memo
z After a decorative stitch or character stitch
pattern is retrieved, press
(Decorative
stitch key) or
(Character stitch key) to
combine additional patterns with it or edit it.
If the pattern is not sewn correctly, follow the
steps below to adjust the sewing.
e
(Settings key) in the operation
panel.
X The settings screen appears.
Realigning the pattern
The pattern may not be sewn correctly, depending on
the type of fabric being sewn or the sewing speed. If
this occurs, adjust the pattern while sewing on a
piece of scrap fabric that is the same as that used for
your project.
a
Press
Attach monogramming foot “N”.
f
Press
or
(Stitch length keys) until
is
displayed.
To adjust the vertical position, select
.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 39).
b
Select
(No. 31 of
, selected with
X The screen for adjusting the pattern appears.
).
Press
(Decorative stitch key), and then use
the numeric keys to type in “31”.
X The pattern alignment stitch is selected.
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UTILITY STITCHES
g
Press
or
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(Stitch width keys).
X Make the necessary adjustments according
to how the pattern is sewn.
Press
(Stitch width key) to increase the
adjustment setting.
Press
(Stitch width key) to decrease the
adjustment setting.
Start sewing again, and then check the pattern.
h Continue adjusting the pattern until it is sewn
correctly.
i
When the pattern is sewn correctly, press
(OK key) or
(Cancel/clear key).
X The initial stitch screen appears again.
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APPENDIX
The various maintenance and troubleshooting procedures are described in this chapter.
Stitch Settings........................................................................................................128
Utility stitches ..................................................................................................128
Other stitches...................................................................................................134
Care and Maintenance ..........................................................................................138
Cleaning the machine surface.............................................................................138
Cleaning the race .............................................................................................138
Troubleshooting ....................................................................................................140
Error messages .................................................................................................144
Nothing appears in the LCD.............................................................................145
Operation beep ................................................................................................145
Cancelling the operation beep............................................................................145
Index .....................................................................................................................147
APPENDIX
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Stitch Settings
Applications, stitch lengths and widths and whether the twin needle can be used are listed for utility
stitches in the following table.
Left
Center
Triple
stretch
stitch
Stretch
stitch
Right
Zigzag
stitch
Center
Basting
stitch
2-point
zigzag stitch
3-point
zigzag stitch
128
Programmed
Thread-Cutting
Walking Foot
Reverse
Reverse +
thread-cutting
No
J
Basic stitching, sewing
gathers or pintucks, etc.
0.0
(0)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
0.2–5.0
Yes
(3/32) (1/64–3/16) (J)
J
Basic stitching and
sewing gathers or
pintucks
0.0
(0)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
0.2–5.0
Yes
Reinforcement +
(3/32) (1/64–3/16) (J) Reinforcement thread-cutting Yes
Attaching zippers, basic
J/I stitching, sewing gathers
or pintucks, etc.
3.5
(1/8)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
0.2–5.0
Yes
(3/32) (1/64–3/16) (J)
J
Attaching sleeves,
sewing inseams, sewing
stretch fabrics and
decorative stitching
0.0
(0)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
1.5–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement +
No
(3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J) Reinforcement thread-cutting
J
Sewing stretch fabrics
and decorative stitching
1.0
(1/16)
1.0–3.0
(1/16–1/8)
2.5
1.0–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement + No
(3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J) Reinforcement thread-cutting
J
Temporarily securing
0.0
(0)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
–
–
J
Overcasting and
attaching appliqués
3.5
(1/8)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.4
(1/16)
0.0–4.0
(0–3/16)
J
Beginning sewing from
the right needle position
3.5
(1/8)
2.5–5.0
1.4
0.3–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement +
(3/32–3/16) (1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J) Reinforcement thread-cutting Yes
J
Overcasting on medium
weight or stretch fabrics,
attaching elastic,
darning, etc.
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.0
0.2–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement +
(1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J) Reinforcement thread-cutting Yes
J
Overcasting on medium
weight or stretch fabrics,
attaching elastic,
darning, etc.
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.0
0.2–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement + No
(1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J) Reinforcement thread-cutting
02
03
Reverse/
Reinforcement
Stitching
Application
01
Straight
stitch
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Twin Needle
Stitch Name
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Presser Foot
Pattern
Utility stitches
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
Auto
Manual
Auto
Manual
Reverse
Reverse +
thread-cutting
No
+ No
No Reinforcement Reinforcement
thread-cutting
Yes
(J)
Reverse
Reverse +
thread-cutting
No
11
Overcasting
stitch
Straight
stitch that
looks
hand-sewn
(for quilting)
Preventing fraying in
G thick fabrics and fabrics
that fray easily
Quilting
stitch
(for
stippling)
Satin scallop
stitch
Walking Foot
3.5–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
2.5
1.0–4.0
Reinforcement +
No Reinforcement
No
(3/32) (1/16–3/16)
thread-cutting
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
0.5–4.0
Yes Reinforcement Reinforcement + No
(3/32) (1/32–3/16) (J)
thread-cutting
J
Overcasting on thick or
stretch fabrics
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
0.5–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement +
Reinforcement
No
(3/32) (1/32–3/16) (J)
thread-cutting
J
Overcasting on stretch
fabrics and decorative
stitching
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
4.0
1.0–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement + No
(3/16) (1/16–3/16) (J) Reinforcement thread-cutting
R
Blind hem stitching on
medium weight fabrics
00
(0)
3← – 3→
2.0
(1/16)
1.0–3.5
(1/16–1/8)
+ No
No Reinforcement Reinforcement
thread-cutting
R
Blind hem stitching on
stretch fabrics
00
(0)
3← – 3→
2.0
(1/16)
1.0–3.5
(1/16–1/8)
+ No
No Reinforcement Reinforcement
thread-cutting
J
Appliqué stitching
3.5
(1/8)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
2.5
1.6–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement + No
(3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J) Reinforcement thread-cutting
J
Shell tuck stitching
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
0.2–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement + No
(3/32) (1/64–3/16) (J) Reinforcement thread-cutting
J
Piecing straight stitching
(with a seam allowance
of 6.5 mm(1/4 inch) from
the right edge of the
presser foot)
5.5
(7/32)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.0
0.2–5.0
No Reinforcement Reinforcement + No
(1/16) (1/64–3/16)
thread-cutting
J
Piecing straight stitching
(with a seam allowance
of 6.5 mm(1/4 inch) from
the left edge of the
presser foot)
1.5
(1/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.0
0.2–5.0
Reinforcement +
(1/16) (1/64–3/16) No Reinforcement thread-cutting Yes
J
Straight stitch quilting
that looks hand-sewn
0.0
(0)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
1.0–4.0
Reinforcement + No
(3/32) (1/16–3/16) No Reinforcement thread-cutting
J
Appliqué quilting, freemotion quilting, satin
stitching
3.5
(1/8)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.4
(1/16)
J
Attaching appliqués and
binding
1.5
0.5–5.0
1.8
1.0–4.0
Reinforcement + No
(1/16) (1/32–3/16) (1/16) (1/16–3/16) No Reinforcement thread-cutting
J
Quilting background
stitching (stippling)
7.0
(1/4)
1.0–-7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.6
1.0–4.0
Reinforcement + No
(1/16) (1/16–3/16) No Reinforcement thread-cutting
5.0
(3/16)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
0.5
0.1–1.0
Yes Reinforcement Reinforcement + No
(1/32) (1/64–1/16) (J)
thread-cutting
20
22
23
25
5.0
(3/16)
Overcasting on stretch
fabrics
19
Appliqué
stitch
(for quilting)
Reinforcement +
2.5–5.0
2.0
1.0–4.0
No Reinforcement
No
(3/32–3/16) (1/16) (1/16–3/16)
thread-cutting
J
18
24
Manual
Reinforcement +
5.0
2.5–5.0
2.5
1.0–4.0
No Reinforcement
No
(3/16) (3/32–3/16) (3/32) (1/16–3/16)
thread-cutting
14
Zigzag
stitch
(for quilting)
Auto
Overcasting on thick
fabrics
21
Piecing
straight
stitch
Manual
Programmed
Thread-Cutting
G
17
Shell tuck
stitch
Auto
Reverse/
Reinforcement
Stitching
3.5
(1/8)
16
Appliqué
stitch
Application
Overcasting on thin or
medium weight fabrics
15
Blind hem
stitch
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
G
12
13
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Twin Needle
Stitch Name
Presser Foot
Pattern
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26
27
N Scallop stitching
0.0–4.0
(0–3/16)
+
No Reinforcement Reinforcement
thread-cutting Yes
Stitch Settings 129
4
J
Patchwork stitching and
decorative stitching
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
Reinforcement +
1.2
0.2–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement
No
(1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J)
thread-cutting
J
Patchwork stitching,
decorative stitching and
sewing overcasting on
both pieces of fabric,
such as with tricot
5.0
(3/16)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
2.5
1.0–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement +
Reinforcement
No
(3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J)
thread-cutting
J
Patchwork stitching and
decorative stitching
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.2
0.2–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement +
Reinforcement
No
(1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J)
thread-cutting
J
Smocking stitching and
decorative stitching
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.6
1.0–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement +
Reinforcement
No
(1/16) (1/16–3/16) (J)
thread-cutting
J
Fagoting and decorative
stitching
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
1.0–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement + No
(3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J) Reinforcement thread-cutting
J
Fagoting and decorative
stitching
5.0
(3/16)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
2.5
1.0–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement + No
(3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J) Reinforcement thread-cutting
J
Attaching elastic to
stretch fabrics
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.0
0.2–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement + No
(1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J) Reinforcement thread-cutting
J
Decorative stitching
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
3.0
(1/8)
J
Decorative stitching
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
1.0–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement + No
(3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J) Reinforcement thread-cutting
J
Decorative stitching
5.5
(7/32)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.6
1.0–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement + No
(1/16) (1/16–3/16) (J) Reinforcement thread-cutting
N
Decorative stitching and
elastic-attaching
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.0
0.2–4.0
Yes
Reinforcement + No
(1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J) Reinforcement thread-cutting
29
30
Smocking
stitch
31
32
Fagoting
stitch
Elasticattaching
stitch
Ladder
stitch
Rick-rack
stitch
Decorative
stitch
Serpentine
stitch
130
Walking Foot
Application
28
Joining
stitch
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Presser Foot
Stitch Name
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Twin Needle
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Pattern
APPENDIX
33
34
35
36
37
38
Auto
Manual
Auto
Manual
Reverse/
Reinforcement
Stitching
Programmed
Thread-Cutting
2.0–4.0
Reinforcement + No
(1/16–3/16) No Reinforcement thread-cutting
39
Auto
Manual
3.5
(1/8)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
Auto
Manual
Reverse/
Reinforcement
Stitching
Programmed
Thread-Cutting
Walking Foot
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Application
Lace sewing, decorative
N hemming, heirloom
stitching, etc.
40
2.5
1.6–4.0
Reinforcement +
No Reinforcement
No
(3/32) (1/16–3/16)
thread-cutting
N
Decorative hemming,
heirloom stitching, etc.
6.0
1.5–7.0
(15/64) (1/16–1/4)
3.0
(1/8)
Reinforcement +
1.5–4.0
No Reinforcement
No
(1/16–3/16)
thread-cutting
N
Decorative hemming on
thin, medium weight and
plain weave fabrics,
heirloom stitching, etc.
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
3.5
(1/8)
1.5–4.0
Reinforcement +
No Reinforcement
No
(1/16–3/16)
thread-cutting
N
Decorative hemming on
thin, medium weight and
plain weave fabrics,
heirloom stitching, etc.
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
4.0
(3/16)
1.5–4.0
Reinforcement +
No Reinforcement
No
1/16–3/16)
thread-cutting
N
Decorative hemming on
thin, medium weight and
plain weave fabrics,
heirloom stitching, etc.
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
2.5
1.5–4.0
No Reinforcement Reinforcement + No
(3/32) (1/16–3/16)
thread-cutting
N
Decorative hemming on
thin, medium weight and
plain weave fabrics,
heirloom stitching, etc.
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
2.0
1.5–4.0
Reinforcement + No
(1/16) (1/16–3/16) No Reinforcement thread-cutting
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
3.0
(1/8)
41
42
Hemstitching
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Twin Needle
Stitch Name
Presser Foot
Pattern
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43
44
45
Decorative hemming,
N ribbon threading,
heirloom stitching, etc.
5.0
(3/16)
46
Decorative stitching,
N smocking stitching,
heirloom stitching, etc.
6.0
1.5–7.0
(15/64) (1/16–1/4)
1.6
1.0–4.0
No Reinforcement Reinforcement + No
(1/16) (1/16–3/16)
thread-cutting
47
Decorative stitching,
N smocking stitching,
heirloom stitching, etc.
5.0
(3/16)
1.6
1.0–4.0
No Reinforcement Reinforcement + No
(1/16) (1/16–3/16)
thread-cutting
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.5–4.0
No Reinforcement Reinforcement + No
(1/16–3/16)
thread-cutting
Stitch Settings 131
4
49
Auto
Manual
Horizontal buttonholes
A on thin and medium
weight fabrics
5.0
(3/16)
3.0–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
0.4
0.2–1.0
No
(1/64) (1/64–1/16)
Automatic
reinforcement
Thread-cutting
No
Horizontal buttonholes
A on areas that are subject
to strain
5.0
(3/16)
3.0–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
0.4
0.2–1.0
No
(1/64) (1/64–1/16)
Automatic
reinforcement
Thread-cutting
No
Horizontal buttonholes
on thick fabrics
5.0
(3/16)
3.0–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
0.4
0.2–1.0
No
(1/64) (1/64–1/16)
Automatic
reinforcement
Thread-cutting
No
Secured buttonholes for
A fabrics that have
backings
5.0
(3/16)
3.0–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
0.4
0.2–1.0
No
(1/64) (1/64–1/16)
Automatic
reinforcement
Thread-cutting
No
A
Buttonholes for stretch or
6.0
(15/54)
knit fabrics
3.0–6.0
(1/8– 15/
64)
1.0
0.5–2.0
No
(1/16) (1/32–1/16)
Automatic
reinforcement
Thread-cutting
No
A
Buttonholes for stretch
fabrics
6.0
(15/54)
3.0–6.0
(1/8– 15/
64)
1.5
(1/16)
No
Automatic
reinforcement
Thread-cutting
No
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–6.0
(0–15/64)
2.0
0.2–4.0
(1/16) (1/64–3/16) No
Automatic
reinforcement
Thread-cutting
No
Keyhole buttonholes for
thick or furry fabrics
7.0
(1/4)
3.0–7.0
(1/8–1/4)
0.5
0.3–1.0
(1/32) (1/64–1/16) No
Automatic
reinforcement
Thread-cutting
No
Keyhole buttonholes for
A medium weight and
thick fabrics
7.0
(1/4)
3.0–7.0
(1/8–1/4)
0.5
0.3–1.0
(1/32) (1/64–1/16) No
Automatic
reinforcement
Thread-cutting
No
A
Horizontal buttonholes
for thick or furry fabrics
7.0
(1/4)
3.0–7.0
(1/8–1/4)
0.5
0.3–1.0
(1/32) (1/64–1/16) No
Automatic
reinforcement
Thread-cutting
No
A
Darning medium weight
fabrics
7.0
(1/4)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
2.0
0.4–2.5
(1/16) (1/64–3/32) No
Automatic
reinforcement
Thread-cutting
No
A Darning thick fabrics
7.0
(1/4)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
2.0
0.4–2.5
(1/16) (1/64–3/32) No
Automatic
reinforcement
Thread-cutting
No
Reinforcing openings
A and areas where the
seam easily comes loose
2.0
(1/16)
1.0–3.0
(1/16–1/8)
0.4
0.3–1.0
(1/64) (1/64–1/16) No
Automatic
reinforcement
Thread-cutting
No
M Button sewing
3.5
(1/8)
2.5–4.5
(3/32–3/16)
–
–
No
Automatic
reinforcement
7.0
(1/4)
7.0, 6.0,
5.0 (1/4,
15/64,
3/16)
7.0
(1/4)
7.0, 6.0,
5.0 (1/4,
15/64,
3/16)
No
Automatic
reinforcement
50
A
51
52
Buttonhole
stitch
53
Application
54
A Bound buttonholes
55
A
56
57
58
Darning
stitch
Bar tack
stitch
Buttonsewing
stitch
59
60
61
62
Eyelet stitch
132
Programmed
Thread-Cutting
Twin Needle
48
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Reverse/
Reinforcement
Stitching
Presser Foot
Stitch Name
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Walking Foot
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Pattern
APPENDIX
N
Sewing eyelets, for
example, on belts
Auto
Manual
1.0–3.0
(1/16–1/8)
Reinforcement + No
thread-cutting
Thread-cutting
No
63
Application
Manual
Reverse/
Reinforcement
Stitching
Programmed
Thread-Cutting
Walking Foot
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
Auto
Reinforcement +
2.5
0.2–5.0
No Reinforcement
No
(3/32) (1/64–3/16)
thread-cutting
S
Sewing straight stitches
while cutting the fabric
0.0
(0)
0.0–2.5
(0–3/32)
S
Sewing zigzag stitches
while cutting the fabric
3.5
(1/8)
3.5–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
1.4
(1/16)
S
Overcasting on thin and
medium weight fabrics
while cutting the fabric
3.5
(1/8)
3.5–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
2.0
1.0–4.0
Reinforcement +
No Reinforcement
No
(1/16) (1/16–3/16)
thread-cutting
S
Overcasting on thick
fabrics while cutting the
fabric
5.0
(3/16)
3.5–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
2.5
1.0–4.0
No Reinforcement Reinforcement + No
(3/32) (1/16–3/16)
thread-cutting
S
Overcasting on medium
weight and thick fabrics
while cutting the fabric
5.0
(3/16)
3.5–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
2.5
1.0–4.0
Reinforcement +
No Reinforcement
No
(3/32) (1/16–3/16)
thread-cutting
64
65
Side cutter
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Twin Needle
Stitch Name
Presser Foot
Pattern
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66
67
0.0–4.0
(0–3/16)
No Reinforcement
Reinforcement +
No
thread-cutting
4
Stitch Settings 133
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Other stitches
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Decorative
stitches 21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31* 32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
Satin
stitches
Crossstitches
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
* Pattern for making adjustment
Memo
134
, press
N
No
Large
No
Yes
Yes
N
Yes
(J)
Large
No
Yes
Yes
N
No
Large
No
Yes
Yes
N
No
Large Yes
Yes
Yes
71
Decorative
satin
stitches 72
z To select
Left/Right Flipping
03
Adjustable Pattern
Length/width
02
Adjustable
Stitching Density
01
Pattern Size
Stitch Type
Twin Needle
Pattern
Presser Foot
-
(Decorative stitch key) once.
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
11
12
13
16
17
18* 20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27* 28
08
Utility
decorative
stitches
09
14
15
Yes
(*Not
J** possible)
(J)
Left/Right Flipping
Adjustable Pattern
Length/width
Adjustable
Stitching Density
Stitch Type
Pattern Size
Pattern
Twin Needle
Presser Foot
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Yes
29
10
19* 30* 31
32
33
34
35
36
37
No
No
Yes
G**
No
No
R**
No
No
N
No
(*Not
impossible)
Yes
38
39
** Use monogramming foot “N” when combined with other patterns.
Memo
z To select
, press
(Decorative stitch key) twice.
Stitch Settings 135
4
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
Character
stitches
(Gothic font) 31
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
N
Large,
No Small
Left/Right Flipping
05
No
No
Yes
Left/Right Flipping
04
Adjustable Pattern
Length/width
03
Adjustable Pattern
Length/width
02
Adjustable
Stitching Density
01
Adjustable
Stitching Density
Stitch Type
Pattern Size
Pattern
Twin Needle
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Presser Foot
APPENDIX
No
No
Yes
Memo
(Character stitch key) once.
Stitch Type
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
Character
stitches
(Script font) 31
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
N
No Large
Memo
z To select
136
(Script font), press
(Character stitch key) twice.
Pattern Size
Pattern
Twin Needle
(Gothic font), press
Presser Foot
z To select
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
N
No Large,
Small
Left/Right Flipping
03
Adjustable Pattern
Length/width
02
Adjustable
Stitching Density
Character
stitches
(Outline
style)
01
Pattern Size
Stitch Type
Twin Needle
Pattern
Presser Foot
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No
No
Yes
4
Memo
z To select
(Outline style), press
(Character stitch key) three times.
Stitch Settings 137
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Care and Maintenance
Simple sewing machine maintenance operations are described below.
Cleaning the machine surface
If the surface of the machine is dirty, lightly soak a
cloth in neutral detergent, squeeze it out firmly, and
then wipe the surface of the machine. After cleaning
it once with a wet cloth, wipe it again with a dry
cloth.
Cleaning the race
Sewing performance will suffer if dust collects in the
bobbin case; therefore, it should be cleaned
periodically.
a
Turn off the sewing machine.
CAUTION
● Unplug the power cord before cleaning
the machine, otherwise injuries or an
electric shock may occur.
Unplug the power cord from the power supply
b jack on the right side of the sewing machine.
CAUTION
● Unplug the power cord before cleaning
the machine, otherwise injuries or an
electric shock may occur.
c
Remove the flat bed attachment.
Grasp both sides of the needle plate cover, and
d then slide it toward you.
a
a Needle plate cover
X The needle plate cover is removed.
138
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Remove the bobbin case.
e Grasp the bobbin case, and then pull it out.
1
a Bobbin case
1
a Bobbin case
Insert the tabs on the needle plate cover into
f remove any lint and dust from the race and its
Use the cleaning brush or a vacuum cleaner to
h the needle plate, and then slide the cover back
on.
surrounding area.
a
b
a
a Needle plate cover
a Cleaning brush
b Race
Install the flat bed attachment in its original
• Do not apply oil to the bobbin case.
Insert the bobbin case so that the projection
g on the bobbin case aligns with the spring.
a
b
i position.
CAUTION
● Never use a bobbin case that is scratched,
otherwise the upper thread may become
tangled, the needle may break or sewing
performance may suffer. For a new
bobbin case (part code: XC3153-151),
contact your nearest authorized service
center.
● Be sure that the bobbin case is correctly
installed, otherwise the needle may break.
2
1
a Projection
b Spring
Care and Maintenance 139
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Troubleshooting
If the machine stops operating correctly, check the following possible problems before requesting service.
If the problem persists, contact your retailer or the nearest authorized service center.
Symptom
The sewing
machine does not
operate.
Probable Cause
Remedy
The machine is not turned on.
Turn on the machine.
page 15
The “Start/Stop” button was not
pressed.
Press the “Start/Stop” button.
page 50
The presser foot lever is raised.
Lower the presser foot lever.
–
The “Start/Stop” button was pressed,
even though the foot controller is
connected.
Do not use the “Start/Stop” button
when the foot controller is
connected. To use the “Start/
Stop” button, disconnect the foot
controller.
The needle is incorrectly installed.
Correctly install the needle.
The needle clamp screw is loose.
Use the screwdriver to firmly
tighten the screw.
The needle is bent or blunt.
Replace the needle.
The combination of fabric, thread
and needle is not correct.
Select a thread and needle that
are appropriate for the type of
fabric being sewn.
page 36
The presser foot that is used is not
appropriate for the type of stitch that
you wish to sew.
Attach the presser foot that is
appropriate for the type of stitch
that you wish to sew.
page 128
The upper thread tension is too tight. Loosen the upper thread tension.
The needle breaks.
140
Reference
page 50
page 37
page 55
The fabric is pulled too much.
Lightly guide the fabric.
–
The spool is incorrectly installed.
Correctly install the spool.
The area around the hole in the
needle plate is scratched, or has a
burr on it.
Replace the needle plate. Contact
your retailer or the nearest
authorized service center.
–
The area around the hole in the
presser foot is scratched, or has a
burr on it.
Replace the presser foot. Contact
your retailer or the nearest
authorized service center.
–
The bobbin case is scratched, or has
a burr on it.
Replace the bobbin case. Contact
your retailer or the nearest
authorized service center.
–
A bobbin designed specifically for
this machine is not used.
Incorrect bobbins will not work
properly. Only use a bobbin
designed specifically for this
machine.
page 26
page 20
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Symptom
The upper thread
breaks.
Probable Cause
Remedy
Reference
The upper thread was not threaded
correctly (for example, the spool is
not installed correctly, the spool cap
is too big for the spool being used, or
the thread has come out of the
needle bar thread guide).
Correct the upper threading.
page 26
There are knots or tangles in the
thread.
Remove any knots or tangles.
–
The selected needle is not
appropriate for the thread being
used.
Select a needle that is appropriate
for the type of thread being used.
page 36
The upper thread tension is too tight. Loosen the upper thread tension.
page 55
The thread is tangled, for example, in
the bobbin case.
Remove the tangle thread. If the
thread is tangled in the bobbin
case, clean the race.
The needle is bent or blunt.
Replace the needle.
The needle is incorrectly installed.
Correctly install the needle.
The area around the hole in the
needle plate is scratched, or has a
burr on it.
Replace the needle plate. Contact
your retailer or the nearest
authorized service center.
–
The area around the hole in the
presser foot is scratched, or has a
burr on it.
Replace the presser foot. Contact
your retailer or the nearest
authorized service center.
–
The bobbin case is scratched, or has
a burr on it.
Replace the bobbin case. Contact
your retailer or the nearest
authorized service center.
–
A bobbin designed specifically for
this machine is not used.
Incorrect bobbins will not work
properly. Only use a bobbin
designed specifically for this
machine.
page 20
The bobbin thread is incorrectly
installed.
Correctly install the bobbin
thread.
page 24
The bobbin is scratched or does not
rotate smoothly, or has a burr on it.
Replace the bobbin.
The thread is tangled.
Remove the tangled thread and
clean the race.
page 138
A bobbin designed specifically for
this machine is not used.
Incorrect bobbins will not work
properly. Only use a bobbin
designed specifically for this
machine.
page 20
page 138
page 37
The lower thread is
tangled or breaks.
4
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Symptom
The thread tension
is incorrect.
The fabric is
wrinkled.
Stitches are
skipped.
142
Probable Cause
Remedy
Reference
The upper thread was not threaded
correctly.
Correct the upper threading.
page 26
The bobbin thread is incorrectly
installed.
Correctly install the bobbin
thread.
page 24
The combination of fabric, thread
and needle is not correct.
Select a thread and needle that
are appropriate for the type of
fabric being sewn.
page 36
The presser foot holder is incorrectly
installed.
Correctly install the presser foot
holder.
page 41
The thread tension is incorrect.
Adjust the tension of the upper
thread.
page 55
A bobbin designed specifically for
this machine is not used.
Incorrect bobbins will not work
properly. Only use a bobbin
designed specifically for this
machine.
page 20
The upper thread was not threaded
correctly, or the bobbin is incorrectly
installed.
Correctly thread the upper thread
and correctly install the bobbin
thread.
page 24,
page 26
The spool is incorrectly installed.
Correctly install the spool.
page 26
The combination of fabric, thread
and needle is not correct.
Select a thread and needle that
are appropriate for the type of
fabric being sewn.
page 36
The needle is bent or blunt.
Replace the needle.
page 37
If thin fabrics are being sewn, the
stitch is too long.
Shorten the stitch length or sew
with stabilizer material under the
fabric.
page 57
The thread tension is incorrect.
Adjust the tension of the upper
thread.
page 55
The upper thread was not threaded
correctly.
Correct the upper threading.
page 26
The combination of fabric, thread
and needle is not correct.
Select a thread and needle that
are appropriate for the type of
fabric being sewn.
page 36
The needle is bent or blunt.
Replace the needle.
page 37
The needle is incorrectly installed.
Correctly install the needle.
page 37
Dust has accumulated under the
needle plate or in the bobbin case.
Remove the needle plate cover
and clean the race.
page 138
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Symptom
Probable Cause
Remedy
Reference
Dust has accumulated in the feed
dogs or in the bobbin case.
Clean the race.
page 138
The upper thread was not threaded
correctly.
Correct the upper threading.
page 26
The bobbin case is scratched, or has
a burr on it.
Replace the bobbin case. Contact
your retailer or the nearest
authorized service center.
A bobbin designed specifically for
this machine is not used.
Incorrect bobbins will not work
properly. Only use a bobbin
designed specifically for this
machine.
page 20
The needle has not been raised to the
correct position.
Press the “Needle Position”
button.
page 29
The needle is incorrectly installed.
Correctly install the needle.
page 37
The presser foot that is used is not
appropriate for the type of stitch that
you wish to sew.
Attach the presser foot that is
appropriate for the type of stitch
that you wish to sew.
page 128
The thread tension is incorrect.
Adjust the tension of the upper
thread.
page 55
The thread is tangled, for example, in
the bobbin case.
Remove the tangle thread. If the
thread is tangled in the bobbin
case, clean the race.
page 138
The feed dogs are lowered.
Slide the drop feed lever to the
right (as seen from the rear of the
machine).
page 102
The stitch is too short.
Lengthen the stitch length.
page 57
The presser foot that is used is not
appropriate for the type of stitch that
you wish to sew.
Attach the presser foot that is
appropriate for the type of stitch
that you wish to sew.
page 128
The pressure of the presser foot is
weak.
Turn the presser foot pressure dial
to the left to increase the pressure
of the presser foot.
page 41
The thread is tangled, for example, in
the bobbin case.
Remove the tangle thread. If the
thread is tangled in the bobbin
case, clean the race.
page 138
The sewing lamp
does not come on.
The sewing lamp is damaged.
Contact your retailer or the
nearest authorized service center.
–
Nothing appears in
the LCD.
The brightness of the LCD is either
too light or too dark.
Adjust the brightness of the LCD.
page 145
A high-pitched
noise is made while
sewing.
The needle threader
cannot be used.
The stitch is not
sewn correctly.
The fabric does not
feed.
–
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Error messages
If
/
“Start/Stop” button is pressed before the sewing machine is correctly set up or if an operation is
performed incorrectly, an error message appears in the LCD. Follow the instructions that appear. The message
may disappear if the operation is performed correctly. The message will disappear if
(OK key) or
(Cancel/clear key) is pressed while the message is displayed.
Error Message
Probable Cause
The selected setting cannot be changed with the selected pattern.
The “Start/Stop” button was pressed without connecting the foot
controller while the setting for adjusting the stitch width using the
sewing speed controller is set to [ON].
The stitch mode was changed.
This message appears when the current pattern is to be deleted.
The “Start/Stop” button was pressed while the foot controller was
connected.
A stitch other than the buttonhole, bar tack or darning stitch was
selected and the “Start/Stop” button was pressed while the buttonhole
lever is lowered.
The buttonhole, bar tack or darning stitch was selected and the “Start/
Stop” button was pressed while the buttonhole lever is raised.
The “Start/Stop” button, “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button or
“Thread Cutter” button was pressed while the presser foot was raised.
You tried to combine more than 70 decorative stitches, stain stitches,
cross stitches or combined utility stitches.
The twin needle setting is selected while a pattern that cannot be sewn
with the twin needle is selected.
The “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button, “Needle Position” button
or “Thread Cutter” button was pressed while the bobbin winder shaft is
moved to the right.
A pattern is being saved. Otherwise, the stitch settings are being saved.
The “Start/Stop” button or “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button was
pressed after a stitch has been deleted.
The motor locked up because the thread is tangled.
The bobbin winder is winding the bobbin.
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Nothing appears in the LCD
Cancelling the operation beep
If nothing appears in the LCD when the sewing
machine is turned on, the brightness of the LCD is
either too light or too dark. If this is the case, perform
the following operation.
When the sewing machine is purchased, it is set to
beep each time an operation panel key is pressed.
This setting can be changed so that the machine does
not beep.
a
Turn off the sewing machine.
a
b
While pressing
X The LCD comes on.
(Cancel/clear key) in the
operation panel, turn on the sewing machine.
Turn on the sewing machine.
b
Press
or
(Stitch width keys).
c Adjust the brightness of the LCD so that the
screens can be seen.
Press
(Settings key) in the operation
panel.
4
X The settings screen appears.
c
Press
or
(Stitch length keys) until
is
displayed.
Turn off the sewing machine, then turn it on
d again.
Operation beep
Each time a key is pressed or an incorrect operation is
performed, a beep is sounded.
■ For a correct operation
One beep is sounded.
X The screen for changing the beep setting
appears.
■ If an incorrect operation is performed
Two or four beeps are sounded.
■ If the machine locks up, for example, because
the thread is tangled
The sewing machine continues to beep for four
seconds. The machine automatically stops.
Be sure to check for the cause of the error, and
correct it before continuing to sew.
Troubleshooting 145
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d
Press
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or
(Stitch width keys) to select
.
To return to
keys).
, press
or
(Stitch width
X The machine is now set so that it will not
beep.
Press
e key).
(Cancel/clear key) or
(OK
X The initial stitch screen appears again.
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Index
Numerics
1/4 inch quilting foot ......................................................8
1/4 inch quilting foot with guide .....................................8
2-point zigzag stitch ......................................................75
3-point zigzag stitch ......................................................75
A
accessories ......................................................................7
accessory bag .................................................................8
adjustable zipper/piping foot .................................... 8, 94
air vent .........................................................................10
appliqué .......................................................................99
automatic reinforcement stitching .................................58
automatic reverse stitching ............................................58
automatic reverse/reinforcement stitch key ...................12
automatic thread cutting key .........................................12
automatic thread-cutting .......................................... 6, 60
B
bar tack .......................................................................105
baseline ........................................................................79
basic stitching ...............................................................79
basting ..........................................................................78
blind hem stitch ............................................................80
blind stitch foot ...............................................................8
bobbin ..................................................................... 8, 24
bobbin case ......................................................... 24, 138
bobbin cover ......................................................... 10, 25
bobbin thread ...............................................................24
pulling up ...............................................................34
bobbin winder ................................................................9
bobbin winder shaft spring ............................................21
bobbin winding thread guide and pretension disk .... 9, 22
bobbin-winding ....................................................... 6, 20
brightness .....................................................................19
built-in stitches ...............................................................6
button fitting foot ............................................................8
button sewing ........................................................ 82, 87
buttonhole foot ........................................................ 8, 86
buttonhole lever ....................................10, 84, 106, 108
buttonhole stitching ......................................................82
C
cancel/clear key ............................................................12
care ............................................................................138
changing machine settings ............................................17
changing sewing direction ............................................63
changing the settings .....................................................17
character stitch key .......................................................12
character stitches ........................................ 69, 117, 136
checking patterns ........................................................119
cleaning ......................................................................138
cleaning brush ....................................................... 8, 139
combining patterns .....................................................118
crazy quilt stitching .....................................................100
cross-stitch ..................................................................117
cross-stitches ............................................... 69, 117, 134
curves ...........................................................................63
cylindrical pieces ..........................................................44
D
darning .......................................................................107
decorative satin stitches .............................. 69, 117, 134
decorative stitch key .....................................................12
decorative stitches ...................................... 69, 117, 134
decorative stitching .....................................................110
direct selection .............................................................68
disc-shaped screwdriver ..................................................8
E
elastic tape ....................................................................96
electrical outlet .............................................................15
error messages ............................................................144
even seam allowance ....................................................65
extension table ......................................................... 8, 44
extra spool pin ......................................................... 8, 32
eyelet ..........................................................................109
eyelet punch ................................................... 8, 85, 109
F
fagoting .......................................................................111
features ...........................................................................6
feed dog position switch ...................................... 10, 103
feed dogs ............................................................. 10, 102
flat bed attachment .........................................................9
flipping .......................................................................123
foot controller .......................................................... 8, 50
foot controller jack ........................................................10
free-arm sewing ............................................................44
free-motion quilting ....................................................102
H
handle ..........................................................................10
handwheel ............................................................. 10, 49
hard case ........................................................................8
heirloom stitching .......................................................114
I
included accessories .......................................................7
Inserting a piping ..........................................................95
J
joining ........................................................................114
joining stitch .................................................................98
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K
knee lifter ............................................................ 6, 8, 62
knee lifter mounting slot .................................................9
L
language .......................................................................19
LCD ........................................................12, 16, 19, 145
brightness ...................................................... 19, 145
leather/vinyl fabrics .......................................................65
lower threading ........................................................ 6, 24
M
machine settings ...........................................................17
main power switch ................................................ 10, 15
maintenance ...............................................................138
manual memory key .....................................................12
memory key ..................................................................12
mirror image ...............................................................123
monogramming foot .......................................................8
N
needle ...........................................................................35
needle bar thread guide ................................................10
needle clamp screw ......................................................38
needle mode selection key ............................................12
needle plate ........................................................... 10, 65
needle plate cover ............................................... 10, 138
needle position ...................................................... 56, 79
needle position button ..................................................11
needle set .......................................................................8
needle stop position ......................................................58
needle stop position key ...............................................12
needle threader lever ......................................................9
needle threading ...........................................................29
non stick foot ........................................................... 8, 65
number selection ..........................................................68
numeric keys ................................................................12
O
OK key .........................................................................12
open toe foot ..................................................................8
openings .....................................................................105
operation beep ............................................................145
operation buttons ..................................................... 9, 11
operation manual ............................................................8
operation panel ........................................................ 9, 12
optional accessories ........................................................8
overcasting foot ..............................................................8
overcasting stitches .......................................................74
P
patchwork stitching .....................................................100
pattern length ..............................................................122
pattern size .................................................................120
patterns .......................................................................117
piecing ........................................................................100
piping inserting .............................................................95
148
pocket corners ............................................................105
positioning fabric ..........................................................49
power supply ................................................................14
power supply jack .................................................. 10, 15
preset utility stitch/saved pattern key .............................12
presser foot ............................................................ 10, 39
presser foot dial ..................................................... 10, 41
presser foot holder ................................................. 10, 41
presser foot lever ...........................................................10
presser foot pressure .....................................................41
programmed thread-cutting ...........................................60
Q
quick reference guide .....................................................8
quilting .......................................................................101
quilting foot ........................................................... 8, 102
quilting guide ......................................................... 8, 101
R
race ............................................................................138
realigning ....................................................................125
realigning patterns ......................................................125
reinforcement stitching ................................. 52, 58, 105
repeat sewing ..............................................................119
replacing the needle .............................................. 35, 37
reset key .......................................................................12
retrieving a pattern ......................................................124
reverse/reinforcement stitch button ...............................11
S
safety instructions ...........................................................1
satin stitches ............................................... 69, 117, 134
satin stitching ..............................................................103
saving patterns ............................................................124
saving stitch settings ......................................................61
scallop stitching ..........................................................112
screwdriver .............................................................. 8, 38
seam ripper .............................................................. 8, 85
selecting stitching .........................................................70
settings key ............................................................ 12, 17
sewing machine needles ...............................................35
sewing speed ................................................................50
sewing speed controller ....................................... 11, 103
shell tuck stitch ...........................................................113
side cutter ................................................................ 8, 76
size .............................................................................120
sleeves ........................................................................105
smocking ....................................................................112
spool cap .......................................................... 8, 21, 27
spool net .........................................................................8
spool pin ........................................................... 9, 21, 27
start/stop button ..................................................... 11, 50
starting to sew ...............................................................50
stitch density ...............................................................121
stitch guide foot ....................................................... 8, 65
stitch length ..................................................................57
stitch length keys ..........................................................12
stitch mode ...................................................................68
stitch pattern plate ..........................................................8
stitch settings ..............................................................128
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stitch width ...................................................................56
controlling ............................................................103
stitch width keys ...........................................................12
straight stitch ...............................................................128
stretch fabrics ......................................................... 64, 96
T
thick fabrics ..................................................................64
thin fabrics ....................................................................64
thread cutter ............................................................ 9, 54
thread cutter button ............................................... 11, 53
thread guide cover ..........................................................9
thread guide disk ..........................................................10
thread guide plate ...........................................................9
thread take-up lever check window ................................9
thread tension ...............................................................55
thread tension ajustment ...............................................55
thread tension dial ................................................... 9, 55
top cover ........................................................................9
trial sewing ...................................................................63
triple stretch stitch .......................................................105
troubleshooting ...........................................................140
twin needle ....................................................... 8, 31, 38
4
U
upper thread .................................................................26
upper thread tension .....................................................55
upper threading ....................................................... 6, 26
utility decorative stitches ............................. 69, 117, 135
utility stitch key .............................................................12
utility stitches ....................................................... 68, 128
W
walking foot .................................................... 8, 42, 101
wing needle ................................................................114
Z
zigzag foot ......................................................................8
zipper foot ......................................................................8
zipper stitching ...................................................... 89, 94
Index 149
English
885-U23
XE0415-001
Printed in China