Introduction
With your PT-1290, you can create labels for any
application. Select from the many frames, character sizes,
widths and styles to design beautiful custom labels. In
addition, the variety of tape cartridges available allows you
to print labels with different widths and exciting colours.
Read this manual carefully before starting and keep the
manual in a handy place for future reference.
Warning
User’s Guide
English
Products description
Model number
: P-touch
: PT-1290
is in conformity with provisions of the Electromagnetic
Compatibility Directive (2004/108/EC) and we declare
compliance with the following standards :
Harmonized standards applied:
/ Český
EMC
EN55022: 2006 + A1: 2007 Class B
EN55024: 1998 + A1: 2001 + A2: 2003
EN61000-3-2: 2006
EN61000-3-3: 1995 + A1: 2001 + A2:
2005
Issued by
• Depending on the location, material, and environmental conditions,
the label may unpeel or become irremovable, the colour of the label
may change or be transferred to other objects. Before applying the
label, check the environmental condition and the material.
• Do not use the P-touch in any way or for any purpose not described
in this guide. Doing so may result in accidents or damage to the
machine.
• Use only Brother TZ tapes with this machine. Do not use tapes that
do not have the
mark.
• Only use a soft, dry cloth to clean the machine; never use alcohol
or other organic solvents.
• Use a cotton swab to clean the print head; never touch the print
head.
• Do not put any foreign objects into the tape exit slot or AC adapter
connector, etc.
• Do not place the P-touch/battery/adapter in direct sunlight or rain,
near heaters or other hot appliances, in any location exposed to
extremely high or low temperatures (e.g. on the dashboard or in the
back of your car), high humidity, or dusty locations.
• Do not apply excessive pressure to the cutter lever.
• Do not try to print if the cassette is empty; it will damage the print
head.
• Do not pull the tape while printing or feeding; it will damage the tape
and machine.
• Any data stored in memory will be lost due to failure or repair of the
P-touch, or if the battery expires and no adapter is connected.
• When power is disconnected for more than three minutes, all texts
settings and any text files stored in the memory will be cleared.
Caution
Follow these guidelines to avoid personal injury,
battery leakage, burn and heat.
The optional AC adapter AD-24ES also conforms with EN609501:2001+A11:2004 and follows the provisions of the Low Voltage
Directive 2006/95/EC.
Year in which CE marking was first affixed: 2009
Printed in China
LW3895001
General Precautions
• Always use the specified voltage and the suggested AC adapter
(AD-24ES) for this machine to prevent any damage or failure.
• Unplug the adapter cord immediately and stop using the P-touch
during an electrical storm.
• Do not use the machine/AC adapter in places of high humidity such
as bathrooms.
• Do not overload the adapter cord.
• Do not place heavy objects on, or damage the adapter cord or plug.
Do not forcibly bend or pull the adapter cord. When disconnecting
the adapter cord from the power outlet, always hold the plug.
• Make sure that the plug is fully inserted in the power outlet. Do not
use an outlet that is loose.
• Do not swallow the cutter stopper.
• Do not get the machine/AC adapter/adapter plug wet, such as by
handling them with wet hands or spilling liquids on to them.
• Do not disassemble or modify the P-touch/AC adapter/batteries.
• Do not use metallic objects, such as tweezers or a metallic pen,
when changing the batteries.
• Do not throw the batteries into fire or expose to heat.
• Disconnect the AC adapter, remove batteries immediately and stop
using the machine if you notice abnormal odour, heat,
discolouration, deformation or anything unusual while using or
storing it.
Manufacturer
Brother Industries, Ltd.
15-1, Naeshiro-cho, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya 467-8561, Japan
Plant
Zhuhai Brother Industries Co., Ltd.
254 Gangchang Road, Gongbei, Zhuhai City S.E.Z. Guang Dong,
CHINA
Herewith declare that:
• Do not touch the cutter blade or any metal parts near the print head.
• Remove the batteries and disconnect the AC adapter if you do not
intend to use the P-touch for an extended period of time.
• Do not use old and new batteries together or mix alkaline batteries
with other type batteries, or set the positive and negative end in the
wrong position.
: Brother Industries, Ltd.
Quality Management Dept.
Entering Text
Printing Labels
X Setting Font
Follow these guidelines to avoid fire, burn, injury,
electric shock, rupture, heat, abnormal odour and
smoking.
EC Declaration of Conformity
1290
• Do not drop or hit the P-touch/AC adapter.
• Do not press hard on the LCD display.
• Make sure you do not trap your fingers when closing the cassette
cover.
Safety Precautions
(Helsinki) or
Label image (Helsinki)
• Refer to the table of symbols (A) on the enclosed insertion
sheet for a list of available symbols.
• To go to the next group, press
.
(Bohemia)
• To cancel operations, press
Label image (Bohemia)
Upper case (
ON)
Lower case (
You can preview the text before printing.
Example: Design 10
-
/
• Refer to the table of accented characters (B) on the
enclosed insertion sheet for a list of available accented
characters.
OFF)
• To cancel operations, press
• The LCD shows the whole text and the label length (mm/
inch), then returns to the original text.
• Only the text can be previewed, not the font, style, size,
underline/frame or any additional features.
By pressing
X Setting Margin (
+
Bill Anderson
)
, the letters will be deleted one by one.
NOTE
[Full/Half/Narrow/Chain Print]
Display
Label image
[Full]/[Half]/[Narrow]
For leaving equal margins on both sides of the text.
To delete all text and settings :
+
[Text&Format]
ABC
To delete text only :
X Entering Symbols
25mm
+
Choose a symbol with
:
25mm
Narrow
ABC
12mm
: ABC
4mm
12mm
4mm
[Chain Print]
For creating a label containing text in various styles.
1. Enter text.
[Text Only]
and
.
press
Half
Full
2. Press
Power Supply and Tape Cassette
, then [OK to Feed?] appears.
3. Press
to enter more text. Press
to feed and
print.
1
2
3
Print head
End of tape
Tape cutter lever
Cassette
cover
4
If a tape cassette is already installed, remove it by
pulling it straight up. Also, if batteries are already
installed, remove them.
• Make sure that the power is turned off when
replacing batteries or tape cassettes.
Insert six new AAA alkaline batteries
(LR03), making sure that their poles
point in the correct directions. Always
replace all six batteries at the same time
using brand new ones of the same type.
to select a function under column [A], and then press
AC adapter socket
Cutter
Stopper
Tape exit slot
2 Use
Design
Insert a tape cassette, making sure that
it snaps into place.
Securely close the cassette cover, making
sure that it snaps into place.
• Make sure that the end of the tape feeds under
the tape guides.
• If the ink ribbon is loose, use your finger to wind
the toothed wheel in the direction of the arrow
on the cassette.
• Use only Brother TZ tapes with this machine.
After you have installed the tape, press
+
to feed the tape once and then push in the tape cutter
lever to cut the tape.
to select a setting listed under column [B], and then press
[A]
[B]
+
Medium
• When [Half] or [Narrow] is set, feed the tape before using
the cutter otherwise a part of the text may be cut off. Also,
cut along the printed dots (:) with scissors so the text is
centered in the label.
• To print more than 1 copy of a label with minimum margin,
set the margin to [Narrow] and select [Copies] in the [Print
Options] menu.
• Do not try to pull the tape since this may damage the tape
cassette.
X Printing
Small
• To prevent damage to the tape, do not touch the cutter
lever while the message “Print” or “Feed” is displayed.
• To cut off the label, push in the tape cutter lever on the
upper-right corner of the machine.
• Peel the printed label from backing and apply the label.
Normal*1
NOTE
When using optional AC adapter (AD-24ES)
1. Insert the small plug on the adapter cord into the AC
adapter socket on the top end of the machine.
2. Insert the power plug into the nearest standard electrical
outlet.
For memory back up, we recommend using AAA alkaline
batteries (LR03) together when using the AC adapter.
))
[C]
Label image
Large*
Size
• Press
NOTE
.
1
Size
ABC
DEF
. (The function
to
Width
Width
x2
X Using Print Options (
x 1/2
Normal*
1
5
6
2
3
4
7
8
16
17
9
10
18
19
11
12
20
21
13
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
Size
Font
Cursor
Caps
Width
Style
Underline/Frame
Label Length
Escape key
Power key
Function key
Font keys
Character keys
Shift key
15. Caps key
16. Cursor key (Use with
Shift key to go to start/
end of the text.)
17. OK key
18. Print/Feed key
19. Preview key
20. DECO MODE key
21. Backspace key
22. Enter key
23. Accent key
24. Symbol key
25. Space key
1
Start your machine.
Supply power by using six AAA alkaline batteries (LR03)
or the optional AC adapter, and then press
2
3
The default setting is [mm].
.
[mm/inch]
The default setting is [English].
Magyar/Nederlands/Norsk/Polski/
Português/Română/Slovenski/Slovenský/
NOTE
.
Deutsch]
• The machine automatically turns off if no keys are
pressed within five minutes.
• To cancel operations, press
.
.
You can print many copies of the same text while increasing
a selected number by 1 after each label is printed.
Example: To print copies of a label containing a serial
number (0123, 0124 and 0125)
Off*1
[Print Options]
Underline
[Numbering]
Round
[Mirror]
Underline/Frame*2 Underline/Frame Tile
[Print Options]
Star
[Mirror]
Troubleshooting
Message
Battery Weak!
The batteries are weak. Replace them with
new ones.
Check Battery!
The installed batteries are running low.
Invalid!
• There is no text above the cursor when you
selected [Numbering].
• Invalid character is selected for [Numbering].
• Invalid number is selected for [Tab Length]
or [Label Length].
Full!
Text Too Long!
•
is pressed when no text is entered.
• You tried to select [Copies], [Numbering],
[Mirror], or Text Preview when no text is
entered.
No Frame OK?
.
• You tried to print a 2 line text with 3.5mm or
6mm tape installed.
No Cassette!
You tried to print a label with no cassette
installed.
Cutter Error!
The tape cutter lever was used while printing.
The text length exceeds the selected label
length, Auto Format setting length and DECO
MODE setting length.
setting ON. (Select
Frame,
to print with no
to cancel.)
OK to Feed?
Feeding tape after printing when [Chain print]
is selected. Refer to “Setting Margin”.
Cooling
If the print head becomes too hot, your
machine will stop printing and automatically
start to cool down. The cool down time will be
displayed. Once the print head is cool, printing
will automatically continue.
Do not touch the P-touch while cooling.
• You tried to enter a 3rd line by pressing
Line Limit!
The maximum number of characters (80
characters, for DECO MODE 50 characters)
have already been entered.
Printing on 3.5mm tape with invalid Frame
• You tried to print a text file when there is no
data stored in the memory.
No Text!
Cause/Remedy
Insert 12mm!
12mm tape is required for DECO MODE.
X What to do when...
Problem
The display stays
blank after turning
on the machine.
Problem
Solution
• Check that the batteries are correctly
inserted.
• If the batteries are weak, replace them.
• Check that the optional AD-24ES adapter is
correctly connected.
When the label is
printed out, there is • See “Setting Margin” and select [Half] or
[Narrow] to have smaller margins for your
too much margin
label.
(space) on both
sides of the text.
The machine does
• Check that the tape cassette has been
not print, or the
inserted correctly.
printed characters • If the tape cassette is empty, replace it.
are not formed
• Check the cassette cover is properly closed.
properly.
• The batteries may be weak. Replace them.
The settings and
texts have cleared • When power is disconnected for more than
three minutes, all texts, settings and any text
on their own.
files stored in the memory will be cleared.
A blank horizontal • There maybe some dust on the print head.
line appears
Remove the tape cassette and use a dry
through the printed cotton swab to gently wipe the print head
with an up-and-down motion.
label.
The machine has
“locked up” (i.e.,
nothing happens
when a key is
pressed, even
though the
machine is on.)
Solution
• Use clear tape with [Mirror], so the labels can be read
correctly from the opposite side when attached on glass,
windows or other transparent surfaces.
Clip
Tab
Tab
Tab length
Tab Length
Label length
Label Length
• The cursor should be positioned where you set a tab.
Resetting the P-touch
• Refer to “Resetting the P-touch”.
The power turns off • The batteries may be weak. Replace them.
when you try to
• Check that the batteries are correctly
inserted.
print.
The tape does not • Check that the end of the tape feeds under
the tape guides.
feed properly or the
• The tape cutter lever was used while
tape gets stuck
printing. Do not touch the cutter lever during
inside the machine. printing.
How can I delete all
text and format
• Press
+
settings to create a [Text&Format].
new label?
How can I change
the language
setting?
X Memory (
+
)
You can save your original labels on to your machine. Up to
nine labels can be saved and recalled for printing at a later
date. You can also edit and overwrite the stored label.
[File]
To Save:
[Save]
To Print:
[Print]
To Open:
[Open]
If you try to store a label when there is already a label
stored to that number, the message “Overwrite?” will
appear. Press
to save your new label. Press
to
cancel.
and select
• Refer to “Initial Settings”.
Auto*1/ 0-100mm*3
Auto*1/ 30-300mm*3
Off*1
Auto format
Auto Format
Dimensions:
(W x D x H)
159 × 157 × 61.7mm
Weight:
485 g
(without batteries and tape cassette)
Power supply:
Six AAA alkaline batteries (LR03)
Optional AC adapter (AD-24ES)
Tape cassette:
Brother TZ tape (width)
3.5mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm
Accessories
Square
Cause/Remedy
Saving Label Files
[Mirror Print?]
Heart
Message
to return to the [Auto] setting for “Label
Specifications
• Select the highest number you wish to be printed when
setting the number.
Leaf
23
24
14
25
X Error message
• Press
Length” mode.
Vertical
NOTE
22
14
15
to return to the previous step.
• To exit DECO MODE, press
until the display shows
the text entry screen.
• DECO MODE feature is only available when using 12mm
wide tape cassettes.
• The maximum label length is 200mm for DECO MODE.
• When [Auto] is selected for “Label Length”, the label will
automatically adjust to the correct size for printing the text
one time.
NOTE
[Numbering]
Italic Shadow
Suomi/Svenska/Türkçe/Český/Dansk/
The LCD shows one row of 15 characters; however, the
text that you enter can be up to 80 characters in length.
to cancel.
• You can also select the number of copies by entering it
with the Number keys.
Italic Outl (Italic Outline)
Language]
[English/Español/Français/Hrvatski/Italiano/
Italic
Italic Bold
[Unit]
to clear. Press
[Copies]
Set the unit of measurement.
Set the language.
[
Style
, then “Clear?”
)
[Print Options]
Shadow
Style
+
You can print up to 9 copies of each label.
• To print more than 1 copy of a label with minimum margin,
set the margin to [Narrow] and select [Copies] for [Print
Options] function.
Outline
Initial Settings
and
[Copies]
1
Bold
LCD Display & Keyboard
• To clear all text, press
• When you access DECO MODE, your most recently
printed DECO MODE text and label length will be
recalled.
(feed & cut)
, use
can also be selected with the shortcut keys listed under column [C]. (
Tape guide
Open the cassette cover by pressing the
indicated area at the back of the machine.
1 Press
Cutter
blade
Toothed
Wheel
ABC
• The formats marked in column [C] of the insertion sheet's
DECO format table can require cooling. If the print head
becomes too hot, your machine will automatically stop
printing and begin to cool down. Once the print head has
cooled, printing will automatically continue.
Do not touch the P-touch while cooling.
• If you select a format that is one line (Design 1 - Design
9), only enter the text once.
• Printing and formatting of entered text may depend on the
template style you have selected.
• The format of DECO MODE templates cannot be
changed.
• The highlighted symbols in the table of symbols (A) on the
enclosed insertion sheet are available in DECO MODE.
appears. Press
Chain Print
Designing Labels
[Print OK?]
ABC Company, Inc.
[Margin]
.
Use either 9mm or 12mm wide tape for two line text.
[Auto/30-200mm]
+
X To Clear
Move the cursor to where the second line starts and press
[Design 10]
X Feeding (Tape Feed)
.
• The order of accented characters differs by the selected
LCD language.
X Entering Two Lines of Text
This function allows you to create unique labels by using
some built-in templates. Refer to the DECO MODE format
table (C) on the enclosed insertion sheet.
X Text Preview
.
X Entering Accented Characters
X Switching Upper Case/Lower Case
DECO MODE
You can reset the P-touch when you want to initialize the
settings, or in the event the P-touch is not working properly.
The tab is set with the specified length.
The label is printed with the specified length.
1
—
VHS Spine
140mm
MiniDV Spine
42mm
Audio Tape
89mm
CD Case Spine
113mm
File Tab
82mm
Divider Tab
42mm
*1 These are the default settings. To return to the default setting, press
.
*2 Frames can not be printed on 3.5mm tapes.
*3 You can also select the length by entering the length with the number keys. To turn to [Auto], press
2
Turn off the P-touch and then while holding
down
and
, press
to turn the Ptouch back on.
Release
and
.
The P-touch turns on with the internal memory reset.
NOTE
All text, settings and stored files are cleared.
.
Tape Cassettes:
See the included “Tape Catalog”.
AC Adapter:
AD-24ES
Cutter Unit:
TC-5 (replacement)
If the cutter blade becomes blunt after repetitive use and the
tape cannot be cut cleanly, replace with a new cutter unit
(stock no. TC-5) from an authorized Brother reseller.
CAUTION
• Do not touch the cutter blade directly with your fingers.
• Do not swallow the cutter stopper.
Contact Information
Contact may differ by country.
See the Web http://www.brother.eu/
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