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GETTING READY
SEWING BASICS
UTILITY STITCHES
EMBROIDERY
APPENDIX
CPS5XV[Y
Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine
Operation Manual
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Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Declaration of Conformity (For USA Only)
Responsible Party:
Brother International Corporation
100 Somerset Corporate Boulevard
Bridgewater, NJ 08807-0911 USA
TEL : (908) 704-1700
declares that the product
Product Name:
Model Number:
Brother Sewing Machine
NV1200
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur
in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try
to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
• The included interface cable should be used in order to ensure compliance with the limits for a
Class B digital device.
• Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Brother Industries, Ltd. could void the user's
authority to operate the equipment.
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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 dealer or service center for examination, repair, electrical or mechanical adjustment.
While the machine is stored or in use if you notice anything unusual, such as 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.
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.
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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 dealer.
• In the event a malfunction occurs or adjustment is required, first follow the troubleshooting table
in the back of the operation manual to inspect and adjust the machine yourself. If the problem
persists, please consult your local authorized Brother dealer.
Use this machine only for its intended use as described in this manual.
Use accessories recommended by the manufacturer as contained in this manual.
Use only the interface cable (USB cable) included with this machine.
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.brother.com
FOR USERS IN THE UK, EIRE, MALTA AND CYPRUS ONLY
IMPORTANT
• In the event of replacing the plug fuse, use a fuse approved by ASTA to BS 1362, i.e. carrying the
mark, rating as marked on plug.
• Always replace the fuse cover. Never use plugs with the fuse cover omitted.
• If the available electrical outlet is not suitable for the plug supplied with this equipment, you
should contact your authorized dealer to obtain the correct lead.
FOR USERS IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
This sewing machine is not intended to be used by young children, and assistance may be required if
used by a person with a disability.
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Contents
Important Safety Instructions .............................................................................................. 1
Introduction ........................................................................................................................ 7
Sewing Machine Features ....................................................................................................7
Accessories.......................................................................................................................... 8
Included accessories ......................................................................................................................................... 8
Optional accessories ....................................................................................................................................... 10
Names of Machine Parts and Their Functions ...................................................................11
Front view ....................................................................................................................................................... 11
Needle and presser foot section ...................................................................................................................... 12
Right-side/rear view ........................................................................................................................................ 12
Operation buttons ........................................................................................................................................... 13
Operation panel .............................................................................................................................................. 14
GETTING READY
15
Turning the Machine On/Off.............................................................................................16
Power supply precautions ............................................................................................................................... 16
Turning on the machine .................................................................................................................................. 17
Turning off the machine .................................................................................................................................. 17
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Operation............................................................................18
Viewing the LCD............................................................................................................................................. 18
Changing the machine settings........................................................................................................................ 19
Checking machine operating procedures ........................................................................................................ 21
Winding/Installing the Bobbin...........................................................................................23
Bobbin precautions ......................................................................................................................................... 23
Winding the bobbin ........................................................................................................................................ 23
Installing the bobbin ....................................................................................................................................... 27
Upper Threading ...............................................................................................................29
About the spool of thread................................................................................................................................ 29
Threading the upper thread ............................................................................................................................. 30
Threading the needle ...................................................................................................................................... 32
Threading the needle manually (without using the needle threader) ................................................................ 33
Using the twin needle ..................................................................................................................................... 34
Pulling up the bobbin thread........................................................................................................................... 37
Replacing the Needle ........................................................................................................38
Needle precautions ......................................................................................................................................... 38
Needle types and their uses............................................................................................................................. 39
Checking the needle ....................................................................................................................................... 40
Replacing the needle....................................................................................................................................... 40
Replacing the Presser Foot ................................................................................................42
Presser foot precautions .................................................................................................................................. 42
Replacing the presser foot ............................................................................................................................... 42
Removing and attaching the presser foot holder .............................................................................................. 44
Sewing Cylindrical Pieces..................................................................................................45
Free-arm sewing.............................................................................................................................................. 45
SEWING BASICS
47
Sewing...............................................................................................................................48
General sewing procedure .............................................................................................................................. 48
Selecting stitching ........................................................................................................................................... 49
Positioning the fabric ...................................................................................................................................... 50
Starting to sew................................................................................................................................................. 51
Securing the stitching ...................................................................................................................................... 53
Cutting the thread ........................................................................................................................................... 54
Setting the Stitch ...............................................................................................................56
Adjusting the stitch width................................................................................................................................ 56
Adjusting the stitch length ............................................................................................................................... 57
Adjusting the thread tension............................................................................................................................ 57
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Useful Functions................................................................................................................59
Automatically sewing reverse/reinforcement stitches ....................................................................................... 59
Automatically cutting the thread ..................................................................................................................... 60
Mirroring stitches ............................................................................................................................................ 61
Useful Sewing Tips ............................................................................................................62
Trial sewing .................................................................................................................................................... 62
Changing the sewing direction ........................................................................................................................ 62
Sewing curves ................................................................................................................................................. 62
Adjusting the presser foot pressure .................................................................................................................. 62
Sewing thick fabrics ........................................................................................................................................ 63
Sewing thin fabrics.......................................................................................................................................... 64
Sewing stretch fabrics...................................................................................................................................... 64
Sewing leathers or vinyl fabrics ....................................................................................................................... 64
Sewing an even seam allowance ..................................................................................................................... 64
Hands-free raising and lowering of the presser foot ......................................................................................... 65
UTILITY STITCHES
67
Stitch Setting Chart ........................................................................................................... 68
Utility stitches ................................................................................................................................................. 68
Other stitches.................................................................................................................................................. 72
Selecting Stitching .............................................................................................................75
Stitch types...................................................................................................................................................... 75
Selecting stitching ........................................................................................................................................... 75
Saving stitch settings ....................................................................................................................................... 77
Overcasting Stitches..........................................................................................................79
Sewing overcasting stitches using overcasting foot “G” ................................................................................... 79
Sewing overcasting stitches using zigzag foot “J”............................................................................................. 80
Sewing overcasting stitches using the optional side cutter ............................................................................... 81
Basic Stitching ...................................................................................................................83
Basting ............................................................................................................................................................ 83
Basic stitching ................................................................................................................................................. 83
Blind Hem Stitching ..........................................................................................................85
Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing..................................................................................87
Buttonhole sewing .......................................................................................................................................... 88
Button sewing ................................................................................................................................................. 92
Zipper Insertion.................................................................................................................94
Inserting a centered zipper .............................................................................................................................. 94
Inserting a side zipper ..................................................................................................................................... 96
Zipper/piping Insertion .....................................................................................................99
Inserting a centered zipper .............................................................................................................................. 99
Inserting a piping .......................................................................................................................................... 100
Sewing Stretch Fabrics and Elastic Tape ..........................................................................101
Stretch stitching............................................................................................................................................. 101
Elastic attaching ............................................................................................................................................ 101
Appliqué, Patchwork and Quilt Stitching ........................................................................103
Appliqué stitching ......................................................................................................................................... 104
Patchwork (crazy quilt) stitching ................................................................................................................... 105
Piecing .......................................................................................................................................................... 105
Quilting ........................................................................................................................................................ 107
Free-motion quilting...................................................................................................................................... 108
Satin stitching using the sewing speed controller ........................................................................................... 109
Reinforcement Stitching ..................................................................................................111
Triple stretch stitching ................................................................................................................................... 111
Bar tack stitching........................................................................................................................................... 111
Darning......................................................................................................................................................... 113
Eyelet Stitching................................................................................................................115
Horizontal Stitching ........................................................................................................116
Decorative Stitching........................................................................................................118
Fagoting ........................................................................................................................................................ 119
Scallop stitching ............................................................................................................................................ 120
Smocking ...................................................................................................................................................... 120
Shell tuck stitching ........................................................................................................................................ 121
Joining .......................................................................................................................................................... 122
Heirloom stitching ........................................................................................................................................ 123
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Sewing the Various Built-in Decorative Patterns .............................................................126
Sewing beautiful patterns .............................................................................................................................. 126
Sewing patterns............................................................................................................................................. 126
Changing the pattern size.............................................................................................................................. 127
Changing the stitch density ........................................................................................................................... 127
Changing the length for satin stitches ............................................................................................................ 128
Shifting patterns ............................................................................................................................................ 129
Combining patterns....................................................................................................................................... 130
Saving patterns.............................................................................................................................................. 133
Realigning the pattern ................................................................................................................................... 134
Designing a Pattern (My Custom Stitch)..........................................................................137
Drawing a sketch of the pattern..................................................................................................................... 137
Entering the pattern data ............................................................................................................................... 138
Examples of designs ...................................................................................................................................... 140
EMBROIDERY
141
Embroidering Neatly .......................................................................................................142
What to prepare ............................................................................................................................................ 142
Embroidery step by step ................................................................................................................................ 144
Attaching the Embroidery Foot........................................................................................145
Attaching the embroidery foot ....................................................................................................................... 145
Removing the embroidery foot ...................................................................................................................... 147
Attaching the Embroidery Unit........................................................................................148
Embroidery unit precautions ......................................................................................................................... 148
Attaching the embroidery unit ....................................................................................................................... 148
Removing the embroidery unit ...................................................................................................................... 150
Preparing the Fabric ........................................................................................................151
Attaching an optional stabilizer material to the fabric.................................................................................... 151
Setting the fabric in the embroidery frame ..................................................................................................... 152
Attaching the Embroidery Frame.....................................................................................155
Attaching the embroidery frame .................................................................................................................... 155
Removing the embroidery frame ................................................................................................................... 156
Selecting Embroidery Patterns.........................................................................................157
Copyright information .................................................................................................................................. 157
Embroidery pattern types............................................................................................................................... 157
LCD (liquid crystal display) operation ........................................................................................................... 158
Selecting characters ...................................................................................................................................... 160
Selecting an embroidery pattern.................................................................................................................... 161
Selecting a frame pattern ............................................................................................................................... 162
Using an embroidery card (sold separately) ................................................................................................... 163
Embroidering...................................................................................................................164
Sewing attractive finishes .............................................................................................................................. 164
Embroidering a pattern.................................................................................................................................. 165
Appliquéing ................................................................................................................................................. 167
Editing Patterns ...............................................................................................................169
Adjusting the layout ...................................................................................................................................... 169
Adjusting the thread tension.......................................................................................................................... 171
Resewing ...................................................................................................................................................... 172
Thread runs out partway through a design..................................................................................................... 172
Stopping while embroidering ........................................................................................................................ 173
Using the Memory Function ............................................................................................175
Embroidery data precautions......................................................................................................................... 175
Saving patterns.............................................................................................................................................. 176
Retrieving embroidery patterns from the computer ........................................................................................ 177
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APPENDIX
179
Care and Maintenance ....................................................................................................180
Cleaning the machine surface ....................................................................................................................... 180
Cleaning the race .......................................................................................................................................... 180
Troubleshooting ..............................................................................................................182
Error messages .............................................................................................................................................. 187
Adjusting the LCD......................................................................................................................................... 190
Operation beep............................................................................................................................................. 190
Canceling the operation beep ....................................................................................................................... 191
Upgrading Your Machine’s Software ...............................................................................192
Index ................................................................................................................................193
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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
1
2
4
3
6
5
a Simple bobbin-winding
The bobbin can quickly and easily be wound with thread (page 23).
b Built-in stitches
You can select from the built-in stitches available, including utility stitches and decorative stitches (page 68).
c Quick-set bobbin
You can start sewing without pulling up the bobbin thread (page 27).
d Automatic thread cutting
The thread can be cut automatically after sewing (page 60).
e Embroidery
You can embroider built-in embroidery patterns, characters, framed decorations, and designs from optional embroidery
cards (page 141).
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 65).
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Accessories
Included accessories
After opening the box, check that the following accessories are included. If any item is missing or damaged,
contact your dealer.
Note
(For U.S.A. only)
z Foot controller: Model T
This foot controller can be used on this
machine model NV1200.
z The screw for the presser foot holder is
available through your authorized dealer.
(Part code: XA4813-051)
z The organized accessory tray is available
through your authorized dealer.
(Part code: XC4489-051)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
11.
12.
13.
14.*
15.
16.
17.
18.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
25.
28.
29.
27.
33.
39.
*75/11 2 needles
90/14 2 needles
90/14 2 needles: Ball point needle
(gold colored)
8
34.
35.
10.
19.
26.
30.
32.
9.
36.
31.
37.
38.
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Part Code
U.S.A. / Canada
Others
1 Buttonhole foot “A”
XC2691-053
2 Overcasting foot “G”
XC3098-051
3 Monogramming foot “N”
X53840-351
4 Zipper foot “I”
X59370-051
XC3021-051
5 Zigzag foot “J” (on machine)
6 Blind stitch foot “R”
X56409-051
7 Button fitting foot “M”
130489-001
F035N:
8 Stitch guide foot “P”
SA160
XC1969-002
Adjustable zipper/piping
F036N:
9
SA161
XC1970-002
foot
F007N:
10 Non stick foot
SA114
XC1949-002
F027N:
11 Open toe foot
SA147
XC1964-002
12 Seam ripper
X54243-051
SFB:
13 Bobbin (4)
SA156
XA5539-151
14 Needle set
X58358-051
15 Twin needle
X59296-151
16 Cleaning brush
X59476-051
17 Eyelet punch
135793-001
18 Screwdriver (large)
XC8349-051
19 Screwdriver (small)
X55468-051
20 Spool cap (large)
130012-054
21 Spool cap (medium) (2)
X55260-153
22 Spool cap (small)
130013-154
No.
Part Name
No.
Part Name
23 Extra spool pin
24 Spool net
25 Foot controller
26 Operation manual
27 Quick reference guide
28 Embroidery foot “Q”
Embroidery set (large)
29 H 18 cm × W 13 cm
(H 7 inches × W 5 inches)
Embroidery set (extra large
30 (multi-position))
H 30 cm × W 13 cm
(H 12 inches × W 5 inches)
Embroidery bobbin thread
31 (white)
32 Alternate bobbin case
(pink marking)
33 Knee lifter
34 USB cable
35 Grid sheet set
36
37
38
39
Scissors
Hard case
Accessory bag
Disc-shaped screwdriver
Part Code
U.S.A. / Canada
Others
XC4654-051
XA5523-050
XD0501-021(EU area)
XC8816-021(other areas)
XE0535-001
XD1237-021
XD0474-051
SA444/EF84
EF84:
XD0600-002
SA445/EF85
EF85:
XD0601-002
SA-EBT
X81164-001
EBT-CEN
XC8167-251
XA6941-052
XD0745-051
GS4:
SA527
XC4549-050
XC1807-121
XC9701-052
XC4487-051
XC1074-051
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No.
Optional accessories
The following are available as optional accessories.
1.
2.
3.
1
2
3
4
4.
5.
6.
8.
11.
7.
9.
10.
Part Name
Embroidery bobbin
thread (white)
Embroidery bobbin
thread (black)
Embroidery card
Embroidery set (small)
H 2 cm × W 6 cm
(H 1 inch × W 2-1/2 inches)
Embroidery set (medium)
H 10 cm × W 10 cm
(H 4 inches × W 4 inches)
Part Code
U.S.A. / Canada
Others
EBT-CEN
SA-EBT
X81164-001
EBT-CEBN
SAEBT999
XC5520-001
SA442/
EF82
EF82:
XD0598-002
SA443/
EF83
EF83:
XD0599-002
Water solude stabilizer
SA520
Stubilizer material for
embroidery
SA519
6
Wide table
SA551
7
Walking foot
SA140
8
Quilting foot
SA129
9
1/4 inch quilting foot
SA125
5
10 Side cutter “S”
SA177
11 Quilting guide
SA132
12 1/4 inch quilting foot
with guide
SA185
BM4:
X81267-101
BM3:
X81175-101
WT5:
XC9567-152
F033N:
XC2214-002
F005N:
XC1948-002
F001N:
XC1944-052
F054:
XC3879-002
F016N:
XC2215-002
F057:
XC7416-252
12.
Memo
z To obtain optional accessories or parts,
contact your sales representative or the
nearest authorized service center.
z All specifications are correct at the time of
printing. The part codes are subject to
change without notice.
z Visit your nearest authorized 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
a Thread guide plate
Pass the thread under the thread guide plate.
i Embroidery unit connector slot
Plug in the connector for the embroidery unit.
b Thread guide cover
Pass the thread behind the thread guide cover when
threading the upper thread.
j Presser foot lever
Raise and lower the presser foot lever to raise and lower
the presser foot.
c Spool pin
Place a spool of thread on the spool pin.
k Operation buttons and sewing speed controller
Use these buttons and the slide to operate the sewing
machine (page 13).
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.
g Operation panel
From the operation panel, stitch settings can be viewed
and edited, and operations for using the machine can be
displayed (page 14).
h Knee lifter mounting slot
Insert the knee lifter into the knee lifter mounting slot.
l Flat bed attachment
Insert the accessories tray into the accessory
compartment of the flat bed attachment. Remove the
flat bed attachment when sewing cylindrical pieces
such as sleeve cuffs.
m Thread cutter
Pass the threads through the thread cutter to cut them.
n Needle threader lever
Use the needle threader lever to thread the needle.
o Thread take-up lever check window
Look through the window to check the position of the
take-up lever.
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Needle and presser foot section
Right-side/rear view
a Buttonhole lever
The buttonhole lever is used with the one-step
buttonhole foot to create buttonholes.
a Handle
Carry the sewing machine by its handle when
transporting the machine.
b Thread guide disk
Pass the thread through the thread guide disk when
using the needle threader to thread the needle.
b Handwheel
Turn the handwheel toward you to raise and lower the
needle. The handwheel should be turned towards you
(counterclockwise).
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.
g Feed dogs
The feed dogs feed the fabric in the sewing direction.
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.
i Presser foot holder
The presser foot is attached onto the presser foot holder.
c Embroidery card slot
Insert the embroidery card.
d USB port connector
Plug the USB cable into the USB port connector.
e 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.
f Main power switch
Use the main power switch to turn the sewing machine
ON and OFF.
g Foot controller jack
Insert the plug on the end of the foot controller cable
into the foot controller jack.
h Power supply jack
Insert the plug on the power cord into the power supply
jack.
i Feed dog position switch
Use the feed dog position switch to lower the feed dogs.
j Presser foot pressure dial
Use the presser foot pressure dial to adjust the amount
of pressure that the presser foot applies.
k Presser foot lever
Raise and lower the presser foot lever to raise and lower
the presser foot.
Memo
z Refer to pages 11 through 14 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
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 pressed. When sewing is
stopped, the needle is lowered in the fabric. For details,
refer to “Starting to sew” (page 51).
The button changes color according to the machine’s
operation mode.
Green:
The machine is ready to sew or is
sewing.
Red:
The machine can not sew.
Orange:
The machine is winding the bobbin
thread, or the bobbin winder shaft is
moved to the right side.
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 “Using the thread cutter”
(page 55).
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 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 sewing is stopped
to cut both the upper and the bobbin threads. For
details, refer to “Cutting the thread” (page 54).
e Sewing speed controller
Slide the sewing speed controller to adjust the sewing
speed.
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.
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Operation panel
The front operation panel has an LCD (liquid crystal display) and operation keys.
a
c
d
b
e
f
i
g
a LCD (liquid crystal display) (touch panel)
Selected pattern settings and messages are displayed.
Touch the keys displayed on the LCD to perform
operations.
For details, refer to “LCD (Liquid Crystal Display)
Operation” (page 18).
b Back key
Press to return to the previous screen.
c Previous page key
Displays the previous screen when there are items that
are not displayed on the LCD.
d Next page key
Displays the next screen when there are items that are
not displayed on the LCD.
e Memory key
Press to enter character embroidery, combined stitch
patterns, My Custom Stitch patterns, etc into the sewing
machine memory.
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h
f Utility stitch key
Press this key to select a utility stitch or decorative stitch
or to design a stitch pattern using the My Custom Stitch
function.
g Embroidery key
Press this key to sew embroidery.
h Settings key
Press to set the needle stop position, the buzzer sound,
and more.
i Sewing machine help key
Press to get help on using the sewing machine.
Displays simple explanations of setting upper thread /
bobbin winding / setting bobbin thread / needle
replacement / embroidery unit attachment / embroidery
frame attachment / embroidery foot attachment / presser
foot replacement.
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GETTING READY
The various preparations required before starting to sew are described in this chapter.
Turning the Machine On/Off ..................................................................................16
Power supply precautions ..................................................................................16
Turning on the machine .....................................................................................17
Turning off the machine .....................................................................................17
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Operation..................................................................18
Viewing the LCD ................................................................................................18
Changing the machine settings...........................................................................19
Checking machine operating procedures ...........................................................21
Winding/Installing the Bobbin.................................................................................23
Bobbin precautions ............................................................................................23
Winding the bobbin ...........................................................................................23
Installing the bobbin ..........................................................................................27
Upper Threading .....................................................................................................29
About the spool of thread ..................................................................................29
Threading the upper thread................................................................................30
Threading the needle..........................................................................................32
Threading the needle manually (without using the needle threader)..................33
Using the twin needle ........................................................................................34
Pulling up the bobbin thread..............................................................................37
Replacing the Needle ..............................................................................................38
Needle precautions ............................................................................................38
Needle types and their uses................................................................................39
Checking the needle...........................................................................................40
Replacing the needle ..........................................................................................40
Replacing the Presser Foot ......................................................................................42
Presser foot precautions .....................................................................................42
Replacing the presser foot ..................................................................................42
Removing and attaching the presser foot holder ................................................44
Sewing Cylindrical Pieces........................................................................................45
Free-arm sewing.................................................................................................45
GETTING READY ————————————————————————————————————————————
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 dealer 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.
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
Insert the plug of the power cord into a
b household electrical outlet.
b the right side of the machine to turn the
machine off (set it to “
”).
1
X The sewing lamps and the LCD go off when
the machine is turned off.
Unplug the power cord from the electrical
c outlet.
a Power supply jack
Press the right side of the main power switch
c on the right side of the machine to turn the
machine on (set it to “I”).
Grasp the plug when unplugging the power
cord.
Unplug the power cord from the power supply
d jack.
Note
X The light, LCD and
(“Start/Stop” button)
light up 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.
Turning the Machine On/Off 17
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GETTING READY ————————————————————————————————————————————
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Operation
Selected stitch, pattern settings and messages are displayed on the LCD (liquid crystal display) on the front
of the sewing machine.
Viewing the LCD
When the power is turned on, the LCD comes on, and the following screen is displayed.
The screen is changed using the keys below the screen, and operations performed by directly touching the icons
on the LCD screen.
■ Utility stitch selection screen
m l
k
a
b
c
d
e
a
b
c
d
e
f
g
h
Selected stitch
Presser foot to be used
Stitches
Stitch settings and twin needle sewing
Stitch width (mm)
Stitch length (mm)
Thread tension
Number of the selected stitch
j
h
i
g
f
i Number of stitches contained in the selected stitch
type
j Horizontal mirror image
k Automatic thread cutting
l Automatic reverse/reinforcement
m Single/twin needle sewing and needle stop position
■ Stitch type selection screen
Press
(Utility stitch key) to display the screen for selecting the stitch type. The details are explained in
“Selecting stitching” (page 49).
Memo
z A different screen is displayed when the embroidery unit is attached.
z Refer to “Error messages” (page 187) for messages displayed on the LCD.
z Depending on the model of sewing machine, an animation may be displayed when the power is turned
on. When an animation is displayed, the screen above will be displayed if you touch the LCD with
your finger.
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Changing the machine settings
Various sewing machine operations and sewing settings can be changed.
The stitch or machine attributes that can be set are listed below.
Attribute
Icon
Details
1
Settings
Needle
position
Specifies where the needle is positioned
when the sewing machine is stopped.
Stitch width
control
Allows the stitch width to be adjusted with
the sewing speed controller.
Vertical pattern
adjustment
Adjusts the up and down position of the
pattern (page 134).
-9 to +9
Horizontal
pattern
adjustment
Adjusts the left and right position of the
pattern (page 134).
-9 to +9
Changes the thread color display on the
embroidery screen.
Thread color/Time to embroider/
Needle count/Thread number (#123)
(When “Thread No. #123” is selected)
Embroidery/Country/Madeira poly/
Madeira rayon/Sulky/Robison anton
Thread color
display
Display unit
Selects the measurement units that are
displayed (only for embroidering).
Embroidery
tension
Adjusts the thread tension for embroidering
(only for embroidering).
Max embroidery
speed
Specifies the maximum embroidering
speed.
Buzzer
Specifies whether or not a beep is sounded
with each operation (page 191).
Opening
screen
Sets whether or not to display the opening
screen when the power is turned on.
(There are models where this cannot be changed.)
Initial needle
position
Select the straight stitch that is automatically
selected when the machine is turned on.
Language
Allows the language used in the screens to
be changed.
LCD brightness
Adjusts the brightness of the LCD.
Stitch counter
Display the service count and the total
number of embroidery stitches. The service
count is a reminder to take your machine in
for regular servicing. (Contact your
authorized dealer for details.)
Product
number
NO.:
Down
Up
mm/INCH
-8 to +8
English/German/French/Italian/Dutch/
Spanish/Japanese/Danish/Norwegian/
Finnish/Swedish/Portuguese/Russian/
Korean/Thai/others
Lighter
Darker
The “NO.” is the number for the sewing
and embroidery machine.
Program version VERSION: Display the program version.
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Operation 19
GETTING READY ————————————————————————————————————————————
a
Turn on the sewing machine.
X The LCD comes on.
b panel.
Press
(Settings key) on the operation
X The settings screen appears.
c
Press the item to be set.
Switch screens using
(Previous page key)
and
(Next page key).
• The items shown in reverse highlighting are
the settings at the time of purchase.
†
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Example: Changing the needle stop position
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When settings are complete, press
d (Back key).
Checking machine operating
procedures
Displays simple explanations of setting upper thread /
bobbin winding / setting bobbin thread / needle
replacement / embroidery unit attachment /
embroidery frame attachment / embroidery foot
attachment / presser foot replacement on the LCD.
X The initial screen appears again.
a
Turn on the sewing machine.
Note
z Settings that are changed are not lost when
the power is turned off.
X The LCD comes on.
Press
(Sewing machine help key) on the
b operation panel.
X The sewing machine help screen appears.
c
Press the item to be displayed.
1
a
b
c
d
e
f
g
h
2
3
4
5
8
6
7
Upper threading
Bobbin winding
Bobbin installation
Needle replacement
Embroidery unit attachment
Embroidery frame attachment
Embroidery foot attachment
Presser foot replacement
X The first screen describing the procedure for
the selected topic appears.
• Pressing
(Back key), returns you to the
item selection screen.
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Operation 21
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GETTING READY ————————————————————————————————————————————
Press
d next page.
(Next page key) to switch to the
If you press
(Previous page key), you
return to the previous page.
†
Example: Upper threading
After you finish looking, press
e key) two times.
(Back
X The initial stitch screen appears again.
Note
z For details on each topic, refer to the
corresponding page in this Operation
Manual.
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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.
1
Bobbin precautions
Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the bobbin.
CAUTION
● Only use the Bobbin (part code: SA156, SFB: XA5539-151) 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: SA156, SFB: XA5539-151).
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.
Winding/Installing the Bobbin 23
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a
Turn on the sewing machine.
b
Open the top cover.
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.
• 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.
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
2
a Notch
b Bobbin winder shaft spring
d arrow until it snaps into place.
Slide the bobbin winder in the direction of the
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.
Remove the spool cap that is inserted onto the
e spool pin.
1
2
a Spool pin
b Spool cap
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While holding the thread near the spool with
h your right hand, as shown, pull the thread with
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.
your left hand, and then pass the thread
behind the thread guide cover and to the front.
1
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.
z 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
57)".
1
2
a Thread guide cover
Pass the thread under the thread guide plate,
i and then pull it to the right.
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
3
4
a
b
c
d
Spool net
Spool
Spool cap
Spool pin
1
a Thread guide and pretension disk
Note
z Make sure that the thread passes under the
pretension disk.
Winding/Installing the Bobbin 25
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GETTING READY ————————————————————————————————————————————
While holding the thread with your left hand,
k wind the thread that was pulled out clockwise
Press
(“Start/Stop” button) once to start
n winding the bobbin.
around the bobbin five or six times with your
right hand.
1
a “Start/Stop” button
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.
Pass the end of the thread through the guide
l slit in the bobbin winder seat, and then pull
the thread to the right to cut it.
• When the bobbin winding becomes slow,
press
(“Start/Stop” button) once to stop
the machine.
CAUTION
● When the bobbin winding becomes slow,
stop the machine, otherwise the sewing
machine may be damaged.
o wound around the bobbin.
Use scissors to cut the end of the thread
1
a Guide slit in bobbin winder seat
(with built-in cutter)
X The thread is cut to a suitable length.
p then remove the bobbin from the shaft.
Slide the bobbin winder shaft to the left, and
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.
m to increase the bobbin winding speed and slide
Slide the sewing speed controller to the right
to left to decrease.
1
a Speed controller
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q the spool pin, and then close the top cover.
Remove the spool for the bobbin thread from
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.
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Insert the bobbin into the bobbin case so that
d the thread unrolls to the left.
Installing the bobbin
Install the bobbin wound with thread.
1
CAUTION
● Use a bobbin that has been correctly
wound with thread, otherwise the needle
may break or the thread tension will be
incorrect.
• Be sure to insert the bobbin correctly.
CAUTION
● 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: SA156, SFB: XA5539-151).
Actual size
11.5 mm
(7/16 inch)
This model
a
● 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.
Other model
Slide the bobbin cover latch to the right.
1
2
e hand, and then guide the thread as shown with
Lightly hold down the bobbin with your right
your left hand.
a Bobbin cover
b Latch
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.
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.
• Be careful not to drop the bobbin.
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Pass the thread through the slot as shown, and
f then pull the thread out toward the front.
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
g Insert the tab in the lower-left corner of the
Reattach the bobbin cover.
bobbin cover, and then lightly press down on
the right side.
2
1
X The bobbin threading is finished.
Next, thread the upper thread. Continue with
the procedure in “Upper Threading” (page 29).
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 37).
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Upper Threading
This section describes how to position the spool for the upper thread, and then thread the needle.
1
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.
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.
About the spool of thread
Information about the spools of thread is described
below.
CAUTION
● 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.
Upper Threading 29
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Threading the upper thread
d
Open the top cover.
Set the spool of thread on the spool pin, and then
thread the machine.
a
Turn on the sewing machine.
e spool pin.
Remove the spool cap that is inserted onto the
Raise the presser foot lever to raise the presser
b foot.
1
2
a
a Spool pin
b Spool cap
Place the spool of thread onto the spool pin.
f Slide the spool onto the pin so that the spool is
a Presser foot lever
horizontal and the thread unwinds to the front
at the bottom.
Note
z If the presser foot is not raised, the sewing
machine cannot be threaded.
c twice to raise the needle.
Press
(“Needle Position” button) once or
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.
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.
1
a Mark on handwheel
30
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.
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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.
1
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.
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.
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.
a Thread guide plate
While using your right hand to lightly hold the
j thread passed under the thread guide plate,
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.
pass the thread through the thread path in the
order shown below.
1
1
a Needle bar thread guide
Next, use the needle threader to thread the
needle. Continue with the procedure in
“Threading the needle” (page 32).
a Shutter
Upper Threading 31
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Threading the needle
This section describes how to thread the needle.
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 33).
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”).
Pull the end of the thread passed through the
a needle bar thread guide to the left, and then
1
pass the thread through the thread guide disk
from the front.
1
a 80 mm (3 inches) or more
Lower the presser foot lever to lower the
c presser foot.
1
a Presser foot lever
d side of the machine until it clicks, and then
Lower the needle threader lever on the left
a Thread guide disk
Cut the thread with the thread cutter on the
b left side of the machine.
slowly return the lever to its original position.
1
1
a Thread cutter
32
a Needle threader lever
X The thread is passed through the eye of the
needle.
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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.
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.
• For details, refer to “Upper Threading” (page
29).
b
Lower the presser foot lever.
CAUTION
● When pulling out the thread, do not pull
it with extreme force, otherwise the
needle may break or bend.
e thread through the presser foot, and then pull
Raise the presser foot lever, pass the end of the
out about 5 cm (2 inches) of thread toward the
rear of the machine.
1
a Pressor foot lever
Pass the thread through the eye of the needle
c from front to back.
1
a 5 cm (2 inches)
X The upper threading is finished.
Now that the upper threading and the lower
threading are finished, you are ready to
begin sewing.
Note
d thread through the presser foot, and then pull
Raise the presser foot lever, pass the end of the
out about 5 cm (2 inches) of thread toward the
rear of the machine.
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.
Upper Threading 33
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Insert the extra spool pin onto the bobbin
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 Setting Chart” (page 68).
d winder shaft.
Insert the extra spool pin so that it is
perpendicular to the bobbin winder shaft.
1
a Bobbin winder shaft
Swing down the spool pin so that it is
e horizontal.
CAUTION
● 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 40).
Thread the upper thread for the left needle
b eye.
f the right side onto the extra spool pin, and
Place the upper thread spool for the needle on
then secure it with the spool cap.
The thread should unroll from the top front of
the spool.
1
• For details, refer to steps a through k of
“Threading the upper thread” (page 30).
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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a Spool cap
b Spool
2
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Thread the upper thread for the right side in the
g same way that the upper thread for the left side
j
was threaded.
Turn on the sewing machine and select a stitch.
• For stitch selection see “Selecting stitching”
(page 49).
• See “Stitch Setting Chart” (page 68) for
stitches that use a twin needle.
1
Note
z When using the pintuck foot (sold
separately) to sew straight pintucks with the
twin needle, select the stitch with the center
needle position.
a Thread guide cover
• For details, refer to steps h through j of
“Threading the upper thread” (page 31).
Without passing the thread through the needle
h bar thread guide, manually thread the right
needle.
Pass the thread through the eye of the needle
from the front.
CAUTION
● When using the twin needle, be sure to
select an appropriate stitch, otherwise the
needle may break or the machine may be
damaged.
● 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.
k
Press
.
• 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.
i
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
• For details on changing the presser foot, refer
to “Replacing the Presser Foot” (page 42).
CAUTION
X The screen for setting the twin needle
appears.
● When using the twin needle, be sure to
attach zigzag foot “J”. If bunched stitches
occur, use presser foot “N” or attach
stabilizer material.
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l
Press
.
CAUTION
X
displays in reverse highlight.
• If pressed again, it returns to
.
The twin needle can now be used.
m
Press
(Back key).
X The initial screen appears again, and
appears.
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.
n
Start sewing.
• For details on starting to sew, refer to
“Starting to sew” (page 51).
X Two lines of stitching are sewn parallel to
each other.
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● 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.
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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
1
Insert the bobbin into the bobbin case.
• Refer to steps a through e of “Installing the
bobbin” (page 27).
Pass the bobbin thread through the slot.
b Do not cut the thread with the cutter.
f Insert the tab in the lower-left corner of the
Reattach the bobbin cover.
bobbin cover, and then lightly press down on
the right side.
2
While lightly holding the upper thread with
c your left hand with the needle in the up-
position, press
(“Needle Position” button)
twice to lower and raise the needle.
1
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 describes how to replace the needle.
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
65/9–75/11
90/14–100/16
50
Tweed
Silk thread
Jersey
Thread for knits
Stretch fabrics
50–60
Tricot
Ball point needle
(gold 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
■ Thread and needle number
The lower the thread number is, the larger the
thread, and the larger the needle number, the
larger the needle.
■ Ball point needle (gold colored)
To avoid skipped stitches use ball point needles
with stretch fabrics.
■ Transparent nylon thread
Use a 90/14 to 100/16 needle, regardless of the
fabric or thread.
■ Embroidery needles
Use a 75/11 home sewing machine needle. When
embroidering on thick fabrics such as denim, use
• A 75/11 needle is already installed when the
sewing machine is purchased.
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.
a 90/14 or 100/16 home sewing machine needle.
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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”.
a twice to raise the needle.
Press
(“Needle Position” button) once or
1
2
1
a “Needle Position” button
b
a Flat side
b Needle type marking
Turn off the sewing machine.
CAUTION
● 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
injuries may occur if
(“Start/Stop”
button) is accidentally pressed and the
machine starts sewing.
1
c
Lower the presser foot lever.
1
a Flat surface
1
a Presser foot lever
Place fabric or paper under the presser foot to
d cover the hole in the needle plate.
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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Hold the needle with your left hand, and then
e use a screwdriver to turn the needle clamp
screw toward you (counterclockwise) to
remove the needle.
While holding the needle with your left hand,
g use the screwdriver to tighten the needle clamp
screw.
1
1
2
Install the twin needle in the same way.
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.
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.
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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Replacing the Presser Foot
This section describes how to replace the presser foot.
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
c
Raise the presser foot lever.
Replace the presser foot as described below.
a twice to raise the needle.
Press
(“Needle Position” button) once or
a
a Presser foot lever
X The presser foot is raised.
1
a “Needle Position” button
b
d presser foot holder.
Press the black button at the back of the
a
Turn off the sewing machine.
b
CAUTION
● Before replacing the presser foot, be sure
to turn off the sewing machine, otherwise
injuries may occur if
(“Start/Stop”
button) is accidentally pressed and the
machine starts sewing.
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a Black button
b Presser foot holder
X The presser foot holder releases the presser
foot.
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Place a different presser foot below the holder
e so that the presser foot pin is aligned with the
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.
a
b
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.
c
a Presser foot holder
b Notch
c Pin
Buttonhole foot “A”
f presser foot pin snaps into the notch in the
Slowly lower the presser foot lever so that the
Overcasting foot “G”
presser foot holder.
Zigzag foot “J”
Button fitting foot “M”
Monogramming foot “N”
Blind stitch foot “R”
Side cutter “S”
1
a Presser foot lever
X The presser foot is attached.
z For details on the presser foot that should be
used with the selected stitch, refer to “Stitch
Setting Chart” (page 68).
g presser foot is securely attached.
Raise the presser foot lever to check that the
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Hold the presser foot holder in place with your
Removing and attaching the
presser foot holder
c right hand, and then tighten the screw using
the screwdriver in your left hand.
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
embroidery foot and optional quilting foot. Use the
screwdriver to remove the presser foot holder.
1
a Screwdriver
a
Remove the presser foot.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
b holder screw.
Use the screwdriver to loosen the presser foot
b
a c
a Screwdriver
b Presser foot holder
c Presser foot holder screw
■ Attaching the presser foot holder
a
Raise the presser foot lever.
Align the presser foot holder with the lower-
b left side of the presser bar.
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Note
z If the presser foot holder is not correctly
installed, the thread tension will be
incorrect.
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Sewing Cylindrical Pieces
Free-arm sewing makes sewing cylindrical pieces easy.
1
Free-arm sewing
Removing the flat bed attachment allows for free-arm
sewing, making it easier to sew cylindrical pieces
such as sleeve cuffs and pant legs.
a
Pull the flat bed attachment off to the left.
X With the flat bed attachment removed, freearm sewing is possible.
b arm, and then sew from the top.
Slide the part that you wish to sew onto the
When you are finished with free-arm sewing,
c install the flat bed attachment back in its
original position.
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2
SEWING BASICS
The necessary preparations for sewing are described in this chapter.
Sewing.....................................................................................................................48
General sewing procedure .................................................................................48
Selecting stitching ..............................................................................................49
Positioning the fabric .........................................................................................50
Starting to sew ...................................................................................................51
Securing the stitching.........................................................................................53
Cutting the thread ..............................................................................................54
Setting the Stitch .....................................................................................................56
Adjusting the stitch width ..................................................................................56
Adjusting the stitch length..................................................................................57
Adjusting the thread tension ..............................................................................57
Useful Functions......................................................................................................59
Automatically sewing reverse/reinforcement stitches ........................................59
Automatically cutting the thread........................................................................60
Mirroring stitches...............................................................................................61
Useful Sewing Tips ..................................................................................................62
Trial sewing........................................................................................................62
Changing the sewing direction ...........................................................................62
Sewing curves ....................................................................................................62
Adjusting the presser foot pressure ....................................................................62
Sewing thick fabrics ...........................................................................................63
Sewing thin fabrics .............................................................................................64
Sewing stretch fabrics ........................................................................................64
Sewing leathers or vinyl fabrics..........................................................................64
Sewing an even seam allowance ........................................................................64
Hands-free raising and lowering of the presser foot ...........................................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 17).
↓
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 49).
↓
3
Attach the presser foot.
Attach the presser foot appropriate for the stitch. (Be sure to turn off the
machine before replacing the presser foot.) For details on replacing the
presser foot, refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42).
↓
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 50).
↓
5
Start sewing.
Start sewing. For details on starting to sew, refer to “Starting to sew”
(page 51).
↓
6
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Cut the thread.
Cut the thread at the end of sewing. For details on cutting the thread,
refer to “Cutting the thread” (page 54).
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Selecting stitching
Stitches are selected using LCD operations. There are
71 utility stitches. 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 on
changing the setting, refer to page 19.
Determine the stitch to be used, and get the
a matching presser foot ready.
• Refer to “Stitch Setting Chart” (page 68).
2
†
Example: 11
is selected:
b The machine comes with zigzag foot “J”
Attach the presser foot.
attached.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
CAUTION
● Use the presser foot appropriate for the
stitch. If the wrong presser foot is used,
the needle may hit the presser foot and
break or bend.
c
If necessary, specify the setting for automatic
e reverse/reinforcement stitching and adjust the
stitch length, etc.
Turn on the sewing machine.
Memo
X The straight stitch (left needle position) is
shown selected in the LCD.
• When an animation is displayed on the
screen, touch the screen with your finger.
d
X The stitch is selected, and the stitch number
and settings are displayed.
Select a stitch.
(Previous page key) displays the previous
screen, and
(Next page key) displays the
next screen.
z Uses of stitches and other stitch selections are
explained in “UTILITY STITCHES” (page 67).
z Automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching
and other settings are explained in “Useful
Functions” (page 59).
z The procedures for specifying the thread
tension are described in “Adjusting the
thread tension” (page 57).
z Procedures for changing the stitch width and
length are described in “Adjusting the stitch
width” (page 56) and “Adjusting the stitch
length” (page 57).
Note
z When a stitch is selected, the icon for the
presser foot that should be used appears on
the screen. For details, refer to “Replacing
the presser foot” (page 42). 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.
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While holding the end of the thread and the
Positioning the fabric
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.
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.
b twice to raise the needle.
Press
(“Needle Position” button) once or
1
a “Needle Position” button
c
Place the fabric under the presser foot.
e
Lower the presser foot lever.
• 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.
1
a Presser foot lever
X The fabric is now positioned to be sewn.
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Starting to sew
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.
• If you continue to hold the
(“Start/Stop”
button) pressed immediately after the sewing
starts, the machine will sew at a slow speed.
Note
z When the foot controller is plugged in,
(“Start/Stop” button) cannot be used to start
or stop sewing.
c
■ Using the operation button
Sewing can be started and stopped using the
operation button
(“Start/Stop” button).
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
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 have finished sewing, press
d (“Needle Position” button).
X The needle is raised.
e
Cut the threads.
• For details, refer to “Cutting the thread” (page
54).
Note
a Sewing speed controller
b
Press
(“Start/Stop” button) once.
z This machine will automatically stop when
the bobbin becomes almost empty. When
the machine stops, replace the bobbin
thread, and then press
(“Start/Stop”
button) to begin sewing again.
■ Using the foot controller
Sewing can be started and stopped using the foot
controller.
1
a “Start/Stop” button
X The machine starts sewing.
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 right side of the sewing machine.
Slower
1
Faster
• Slowly press down on the foot controller.
Pressing it down hard starts sewing too
quickly.
X The machine starts sewing.
a Foot controller jack
When the end of the stitching is reached,
f completely release the foot controller.
Note
(For U.S.A. only)
z Foot controller: Model T
This foot controller can be used on this
machine model NV1200.
c
X The machine stops sewing with the needle
lowered (in the fabric).
When you have finished sewing, press
g (“Needle Position” button).
X The needle is raised.
Turn on the sewing machine.
h
Slide the sewing speed controller to the left or
d right to select the foot controller's maximum
sewing speed.
Slide the sewing speed controller to the left to
select a lower maximum sewing speed, or slide
the speed controller to the right to select a
higher maximum sewing speed.
1
Cut the threads.
• For details, refer to “Cutting the thread” (page
54).
Memo
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
machine settings” (page 19).
CAUTION
a Sewing speed controller
• The speed set using the sewing speed
controller will be the foot controller’s
maximum sewing speed.
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.
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● 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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Securing 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.
1
a beginning of the stitching, and then lower the
Lower the needle into the fabric at the
presser foot lever.
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.
e on the foot controller.
Press
X The machine starts sewing in the normal
sewing direction.
Press
(“Start/Stop” button) or press down
b on the foot controller.
At this time, if
(“Start/Stop” button) is held
down, the machine sews at a slow speed.
1
a “Start/Stop” button
• For details, refer to “Starting to sew” (page
51).
X The machine starts sewing.
After sewing 3 to 5 stitches, press
c (“Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button).
(“Start/Stop” button), or press down
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.
Keep
(“Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch”
button) held down until you reach the
beginning of the stitching.
• The machine sews at a slow speed when
(“Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button) is
held down.
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After 3 to 5 reverse stitches have been sewn,
(“Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch”
button).
g release
Cutting the thread
When you have finished sewing, cut the threads.
X The machine stops sewing.
Press
(“Start/Stop” button), or press down
h on the foot controller.
At this time, if
(“Start/Stop” button) is held
down, the machine sews at a slow speed.
■ Using
a
(“Thread Cutter” button)
When you wish to finish the stitching, press
(“Thread Cutter” button) once.
X The machine starts sewing in the normal
sewing direction.
After sewing to the end of the stitching, the
i sewing machine stops.
1
Press
(“Start/Stop” button) or release foot
controller.
1
a “Thread Cutter” button
1
3
X The threads are cut and the needle is raised.
2
Raise the presser foot lever, then remove the
b fabric.
5
4
6
2
a
a Beginning of stitching
b End of stitching
■ Sewing stitches
a Presser foot lever
Reverse stitches are set for the 1
3
and 7
stitches.
CAUTION
When
(“Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch”
button) is pressed with stitches other than these,
reinforcement stitches are used. Reinforcement
stitches are 3 to 5 stitches sewn on top of each
other in one place.
1
2
a Reverse stitching
b Reinforcement stitching
Memo
z The sewing machine can be set to automatically
sew reverse or reinforcement stitches at the
beginning and end of the stitching. For details,
refer to “Automatically sewing reverse/
reinforcement stitches” (page 59).
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● Do not press
(“Thread Cutter”
button) after threads have already been
cut, otherwise the needle may break, the
threads may become tangled or damage to
the machine may occur.
● 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.
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 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.
2
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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Setting the Stitch
This machine is preset with the default settings for the stitch width, stitch length, and upper thread tension
for each stitch.However, you can change any of the settings by pressing
in the screen, then
following the procedure described in this section.
Note
z If the thread tension cannot be adjusted as desired, refer to “Troubleshooting” (page 184).
z Settings for some stitches cannot be changed. For details, refer to “Stitch Setting Chart” (page 68).
z Stitch settings return to their defaults if they are changed, when the machine is turned off or a different
stitch is selected before the stitch setting is saved.
Adjusting the stitch width
The stitch width (zigzag width) can be adjusted to
make the stitch wider or narrower.
Each press of
makes the zigzag stitch narrower.
Memo
z Press
to return the setting to its default.
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 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 109).
z
means the setting cannot be adjusted.
CAUTION
Each press of
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makes the zigzag stitch wider.
● 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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Adjusting the stitch length
The stitch length can be adjusted to make the stitch
longer or shorter.
Adjusting the thread tension
You may need to change the thread tension,
depending on the fabric and thread being used.
2
Each press of
makes the stitch shorter.
■ 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.
1
2
Each press of
makes the stitch longer.
3
a
b
c
d
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.
Memo
1
z Press
to return the setting to its
default.
z
means the setting cannot be adjusted.
2
● 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.
5
3
CAUTION
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.
Each press of
makes the thread tension looser.
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■ 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
2
3
a
b
c
d
e
4
Wrong side of fabric
Right side of fabric
Upper thread
Bobbin thread
The upper thread is visible from the wrong side of
the fabric.
Each press of
makes the thread tension tighter.
Memo
z Press
default.
to return the setting to its
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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Useful Functions
Functions useful in improving sewing efficiency are described below.
Automatically sewing reverse/
reinforcement stitches
Position the fabric under the presser foot, and
(“Start/Stop” button) once.
d then press
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 Setting
Chart” (page 68).
2
1
a “Start/Stop” button
a
Turn on the sewing machine.
X After reverse/reinforcement stitches are
sewn, the machine starts sewing.
After reaching the end of the stitching, press
e (“Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button) once.
X The LCD comes on.
b
Select a stitch.
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 49).
Press
on the LCD.
c 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.
1
a “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button
X After reverse/reinforcement stitches are
sewn, the sewing machine stops.
, and the sewing machine is set
X It turns to
for automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching.
Memo
• To turn automatic reverse/reinforcement
stitching off, press
.
• When the sewing machine is turned off, the
automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching
setting is cancelled.
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.
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Set the fabric in place, and press
Automatically cutting the
thread
d Stop” button) once.
(“Start/
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.
a
1
Turn on the sewing machine.
a “Start/Stop” button
X Stitching starts after reverse stitching or
reinforcement stitching.
X The LCD comes on.
b
Select a stitch.
c
Press
• For details on selecting a stitch, refer to
“Selecting stitching” (page 49).
on the screen.
Once you have reached the end of the
(“Reverse/Reinforcement
Stitch” button) once.
If stitching, such as buttonholes and bar
tacking, that includes reinforcement stitching
has been selected, this operation is
unnecessary.
e stitching, press
X After the reverse stitching or reinforcement
stitching has been done, the sewing machine
stops, and the thread is cut.
X You get
, and the sewing machine is
set for programmed thread-cutting and
automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching.
The thread is cut here.
Memo
• To turn programmed thread cutting off, press
.
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z Reverse/reinforcement stitches WILL NOT
be sewing 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.
z If the power is turned off, programmed
thread-cutting will be turned off.
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Mirroring stitches
You can sew the mirror image of a stitch horizontally
(left and right).
a
Turn on the sewing machine.
2
X The LCD comes on.
b
Select a stitch.
c
Press
• For details on selecting a stitch, refer to
“Selecting stitching” (page 49).
on the screen.
X It turns to
, and the pattern displayed at
the top of the screen is mirrored.
• To turn the mirrored stitching off, press
.
Memo
z Mirroring is not possible for buttonholes and
other stitches where
shows.
z When the sewing machine is turned off, the
mirroring setting is cancelled.
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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.
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.
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 64).
When sewing along a curve while using a zigzag
stitch, select a shorter stitch length in order to obtain
a finer stitch.
Adjusting the presser foot pressure
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 presser foot.
Lower the presser foot lever to lower the
Turn the fabric using the needle as a pivot.
1
a Presser foot lever
Lower the presser foot lever and continue
c sewing.
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Turn the presser foot pressure dial at the back
b of the machine to adjust the pressure of the
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.
1
When you encounter a seam that is too thick
a to feed under the foot, raise the presser foot
lever.
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.
2
2
1
a Presser foot holding pin
a Strong
b Weak
When you are finished sewing, reset the dial to
c 3 (standard).
Sewing thick fabrics
■ 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.
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”.
Release the button. The foot will lock in place
c level with the seam, allowing the fabric to
feed.
X Once the trouble spot has been passed, the
foot will return to its normal position.
■ 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.
CAUTION
● 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.
a
a Sewing direction
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Sewing an even seam
allowance
Sewing thin fabrics
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.
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.
1
1
2
a Stabilizer material or paper
Sewing stretch fabrics
First, baste the pieces of fabric together, and then sew
without stretching the fabric.
1
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
a Basting
Besides, using the stretch stitching or the thread for
knits gives an attractive finishes.
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.
1
a Leather
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a Seam
b Stitch guide foot
c Markings
3
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■ 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).
5
1
Using the knee lifter, you can raise and lower the
presser foot with your knee, leaving both hands free
to handle the fabric.
2
■ Installing the knee lifter
4
2
Hands-free raising and
lowering of the presser foot
a
Turn off the sewing machine.
3
6
Insert the knee lifter into the mounting slot on
b the front of the sewing machine in the lowera
b
c
d
e
f
Seam
Presser foot
Centimeters
Inches
Needle plate
1.6 cm (5/8 inch)
right corner.
Align the tabs on the knee lifter with the
notches in the mounting slot, and then insert
the knee lifter as far as possible.
2
1
a Tabs
b Notches
Note
z If the knee lifter is not fully inserted into the
mounting slot, it may fall out while the
sewing machine is operating.
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■ Using the knee lifter
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.
X The presser foot is raised.
c
Release the knee lifter.
X The presser foot is lowered.
CAUTION
● 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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UTILITY STITCHES
The various stitches and their applications are described in this chapter.
Stitch Setting Chart .............................68
Utility stitches ................................ 68
Other stitches................................. 72
Selecting Stitching ...............................75
Stitch types.....................................75
Selecting stitching .......................... 75
Saving stitch settings ......................77
Overcasting Stitches............................ 79
Sewing overcasting stitches
using overcasting foot “G” ............. 79
Sewing overcasting stitches
using zigzag foot “J” ......................80
Sewing overcasting stitches
using the optional side cutter .........81
Basic Stitching .....................................83
Basting ...........................................83
Basic stitching ................................ 83
Blind Hem Stitching ............................ 85
Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing....87
Buttonhole sewing.......................... 88
Button sewing ................................ 92
Zipper Insertion...................................94
Inserting a centered zipper ............94
Inserting a side zipper .................... 96
Zipper/piping Insertion .......................99
Inserting a centered zipper ............99
Inserting a piping ......................... 100
Sewing Stretch Fabrics and
Elastic Tape ..........................................101
Stretch stitching ........................... 101
Elastic attaching ........................... 101
Appliqué, Patchwork and
Quilt Stitching .................................... 103
Appliqué stitching ........................104
Patchwork (crazy quilt) stitching..105
Piecing..........................................105
Quilting ........................................107
Free-motion quilting.....................108
Satin stitching using the sewing
speed controller ...........................109
Reinforcement Stitching ....................111
Triple stretch stitching..................111
Bar tack stitching..........................111
Darning .............................................113
Eyelet Stitching ..................................115
Horizontal Stitching ..........................116
Decorative Stitching ..........................118
Fagoting........................................119
Scallop stitching ...........................120
Smocking......................................120
Shell tuck stitching .......................121
Joining ..........................................122
Heirloom stitching........................123
Sewing the Various Built-in
Decorative Patterns ...........................126
Sewing beautiful patterns .............126
Sewing patterns ............................126
Changing the pattern size.............127
Changing the stitch density ..........127
Changing the length
for satin stitches ...........................128
Shifting patterns ...........................129
Combining patterns ......................130
Saving patterns .............................133
Realigning the pattern ..................134
Designing a Pattern
(My Custom Stitch)............................137
Drawing a sketch of the pattern ...137
Entering the pattern data..............138
Examples of designs......................140
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UTILITY STITCHES
Stitch Setting Chart
Applications, stitch lengths and widths and whether the twin needle can be used are listed for utility
stitches in the following table.
Left
1
Center
Straight
stitch
Center
Right
Zigzag
stitch
2-point
zigzag stitch
3-point
zigzag stitch
Manual
Auto
Manual
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
0.2–5.0
Yes
(3/32) (1/64–3/16) (J)
Reverse
No
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
(3/32) (1/64–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
Yes
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)
Reverse
No
0.0
(0)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
1.5–4.0
Yes
(3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
1.0
(1/16)
1.0–3.0
(1/16–1/8)
2.5
1.0–4.0
Yes
(3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
Reinforcement
No
Reverse
No
Attaching zippers, basic
J/I stitching, sewing gathers or
pintucks, etc.
J
Attaching sleeves, sewing
inseams, sewing stretch fabrics
and decorative stitching
J
Sewing stretch fabrics and
decorative stitching
J
Temporarily securing
0.0
(0)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
20
(3/4)
J
Overcasting and attaching
appliqués
3.5
(1/8)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.4
(1/16)
J
Beginning sewing from the right
needle position
3.5
(1/8)
2.5–5.0
1.4
0.3–4.0
Yes
(3/32–3/16) (1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
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
(1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
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
(1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
G
Overcasting on thin or medium
weight fabrics
3.5
(1/8)
2.5–5.0
2.0
1.0–4.0
No
(3/32–3/16) (1/16) (1/16–3/16)
Reinforcement
No
5.0
2.5–5.0
2.5
1.0–4.0
No
(3/16) (3/32–3/16) (3/32) (1/16–3/16)
Reinforcement
No
6
Basting stitch
Auto
Reverse/
Reinforcement
Stitching
0.0
(0)
5
Stretch stitch
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Basic stitching, sewing gathers
or pintucks, etc.
4
Triple stretch stitch
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
J
2
3
Application
Walking Foot
Pattern
Twin Needle
Stitch Name
Presser Foot
Utility stitches
7
8
9
10
11
12
G Overcasting on thick fabrics
13
5–30
No
(3/16–1-3/16)
0.0–4.0
(0–3/16)
Yes
(J)
G
Preventing fraying in thick fabrics
and fabrics that fray easily
5.0
(3/16)
3.5–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
2.5
1.0–4.0
No
(3/32) (1/16–3/16)
Reinforcement
No
J
Overcasting on stretch fabrics
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
0.5–4.0
Yes
(3/32) (1/32–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
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
(3/32) (1/32–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
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
(3/16) (1/16–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
Overcasting stitch
14
15
16
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Application
Twin Needle
Pattern
Presser Foot
Stitch Name
Walking Foot
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Reverse/
Reinforcement
Stitching
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
Reinforcement
No
R
Blind hem stitching on stretch
fabrics
00
(0)
3← – →3
2.0
(1/16)
1.0–3.5
(1/16–1/8)
No
Reinforcement
No
J
Appliqué stitching
3.5
(1/8)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
2.5
1.6–4.0
Yes
(3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
J
Shell tuck stitching
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
0.2–4.0
Yes
(3/32) (1/64–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
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
(1/16) (1/64–3/16)
Reinforcement
No
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
No
(1/16) (1/64–3/16)
Reinforcement
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
No
(3/32) (1/16–3/16)
Reinforcement
No
J
Appliqué quilting, free-motion
quilting, satin stitching
3.5
(1/8)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.4
(1/16)
No
Reinforcement
Yes
J
Attaching appliqués and binding
1.5
0.5–5.0
1.8
1.0–4.0
No
(1/16) (1/32–3/16) (1/16) (1/16–3/16)
Reinforcement
No
J
Quilting background stitching
(stippling)
7.0
(1/4)
1.0–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.6
1.0–4.0
No
(1/16) (1/16–3/16)
Reinforcement
No
5.0
(3/16)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
0.5
0.1–1.0
Yes
(1/32) (1/64–1/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
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Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
Auto
Manual
Blind hem stitch
18
19
Appliqué stitch
20
Shell tuck stitch
21
Piecing straight
stitch
22
Straight stitch that
looks hand-sewn
(for quilting)
23
Zigzag stitch
(for quilting)
24
Appliqué stitch
(for quilting)
25
Quilting stitch
(for stippling)
26
27
Satin scallop stitch
N Scallop stitching
28
Joining stitch
J
Patchwork stitching and
decorative stitching
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.2
0.2–4.0
Yes
(1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
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
(3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
J
Patchwork stitching and
decorative stitching
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.2
0.2–4.0
Yes
(1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
J
Smocking stitching and
decorative stitching
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.6
1.0–4.0
Yes
(1/16) (1/16–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
J
Fagoting and decorative
stitching
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
1.0–4.0
Yes
(3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
J
Fagoting and decorative
stitching
5.0
(3/16)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
2.5
1.0–4.0
Yes
(3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
J
Attaching elastic to stretch
fabrics
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.0
0.2–4.0
Yes
(1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
J
Decorative stitching
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
3.0
(1/8)
2.0–4.0
No
(1/16–3/16)
Reinforcement
No
J
Decorative stitching
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
1.0–4.0
Yes
(3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
29
30
31
Smocking stitch
32
Fagoting stitch
Elastic-attaching
stitch
33
34
35
Ladder stitch
36
Rick-rack stitch
0.0–4.0
(0–3/16)
3
Stitch Setting Chart 69
Application
37
Decorative stitch
39
43
Hemstitching
44
45
Manual
1.6
1.0–4.0
Yes
(1/16) (1/16–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
N
Decorative stitching and elasticattaching
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.0
0.2–4.0
Yes
(1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
3.5
(1/8)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
2.5
1.6–4.0
No
(3/32) (1/16–3/16)
Reinforcement
No
6.0
1.5–7.0
(15/64) (1/16–1/4)
3.0
(1/8)
1.5–4.0
No
(1/16–3/16)
Reinforcement
No
Decorative hemming on thin,
N 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
No
(1/16–3/16)
Reinforcement
No
Decorative hemming on thin,
N 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
Yes
1/16–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
Decorative hemming on thin,
N 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
Yes
(3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
Decorative hemming on thin,
N 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
Yes
(1/16) (1/16–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
Decorative hemming, ribbon
N threading, heirloom stitching,
etc.
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
3.0
(1/8)
1.5–4.0
Yes
(1/16–3/16) (J)
Reinforcement
No
Lace sewing, decorative
N hemming, heirloom stitching,
etc.
Decorative hemming, heirloom
stitching, etc.
N
Decorative stitching, smocking
6.0
1.5–7.0
stitching, heirloom stitching, etc. (15/64) (1/16–1/4)
1.6
1.0–4.0
No
(1/16) (1/16–3/16)
Reinforcement
No
N
Decorative stitching, smocking
5.0
stitching, heirloom stitching, etc. (3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.6
1.0–4.0
No
(1/16) (1/16–3/16)
Reinforcement
No
A
Horizontal buttonholes 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
No
A
Horizontal buttonholes 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
No
A
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
No
A
Secured buttonholes for 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
No
A
Buttonholes for stretch or knit
fabrics
6.0
3.0–6.0
1.0
0.5–2.0
No
(15/54) (1/8–15/64) (1/16) (1/32–1/16)
Automatic
reinforcement
No
A Buttonholes for stretch fabrics
6.0
3.0–6.0
1.5
(15/54) (1/8–15/64) (1/16)
No
Automatic
reinforcement
No
A Bound buttonholes
5.0
(3/16)
2.0
0.2–4.0
No
(1/16) (1/64–3/16)
Automatic
reinforcement
No
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
70
Auto
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
46
Buttonhole stitch
Manual
5.5
(7/32)
N
42
Auto
Reverse/
Reinforcement
Stitching
Decorative stitching
40
41
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
J
38
Serpentine stitch
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Walking Foot
Pattern
Twin Needle
Stitch Name
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Presser Foot
UTILITY STITCHES
0.0–6.0
(0–15/64)
1.0–3.0
(1/16–1/8)
Application
Twin Needle
Pattern
Presser Foot
Stitch Name
Reverse/
Reinforcement
Stitching
A
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
No
(1/32) (1/64–1/16)
Automatic
reinforcement
No
A
Keyhole buttonholes for
medium weight and thick fabrics
7.0
(1/4)
3.0–7.0
(1/8–1/4)
0.5
0.3–1.0
No
(1/32) (1/64–1/16)
Automatic
reinforcement
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
No
(1/32) (1/64–1/16)
Automatic
reinforcement
No
A Darning medium weight fabrics
7.0
(1/4)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
2.0
0.4–2.5
No
(1/16) (1/64–3/32)
Automatic
reinforcement
No
A Darning thick fabrics
7.0
(1/4)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
2.0
0.4–2.5
No
(1/16) (1/64–3/32)
Automatic
reinforcement
No
Reinforcing openings and areas
A where the seam easily comes
loose
2.0
(1/16)
1.0–3.0
(1/16–1/8)
0.4
0.3–1.0
No
(1/64) (1/64–1/16)
Automatic
reinforcement
No
M Button sewing
3.5
(1/8)
2.5–4.5
(3/32–3/16)
–
–
No
Automatic
reinforcement
No
7.0, 6.0,
5.0 (1/4,
15/64,
3/16)
55
56
Buttonhole stitch
Walking Foot
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57
58
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
Auto
Manual
Darning stitch
59
60
Bar tack stitch
Button-sewing stitch
Eyelet stitch
61
62
N
Sewing eyelets, for example, on
belts
7.0
(1/4)
7.0, 6.0,
5.0 (1/4,
15/64,
3/16)
7.0
(1/4)
No
Automatic
reinforcement
No
S
Sewing straight stitches while
cutting the fabric
0.0
(0)
0.0–2.5
(0–3/32)
2.5
0.2–5.0
No
(3/32) (1/64–3/16)
Reinforcement
No
S
Sewing zigzag stitches while
cutting the fabric
3.5
(1/8)
3.5–5.0
(1/8–3/16)
1.4
(1/16)
No
Reinforcement
No
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
No
(1/16) (1/16–3/16)
Reinforcement
No
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
(3/32) (1/16–3/16)
Reinforcement
No
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
No
(3/32) (1/16–3/16)
Reinforcement
No
N
Attaching appliqués to sleeves
(straight stitch sewn to the left)
–
–
–
–
No
Reinforcement
No
N
Attaching appliqués to sleeves
(straight stitch sewn to the right)
–
–
–
–
No
Reinforcement
No
N
Attaching appliqués to sleeves
(zigzag stitch sewn to the left)
–
–
–
–
No
Reinforcement
No
N
Attaching appliqués to sleeves
(zigzag stitch sewn to the right)
–
–
–
–
No
Reinforcement
No
63
64
65
Side cutter
66
67
68
Horizontal straight
stitch
69
70
Horizontal zigzag
stitch
71
0.0–4.0
(0–3/16)
Stitch Setting Chart 71
3
UTILITY STITCHES
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1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Decorative
stitches 21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29* 30*
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
N
No
Large:
No
Large,
Small:
No
Small
Yes
(*Not
possible)
Left/Right Flipping
Adjustable Pattern
Length/width
Adjustable
Stitching Density
Pattern Size
Pattern
Twin Needle
Stitch Type
Presser Foot
Other stitches
Yes
31**
1
Satin
stitches
Crossstitches
11
12
13
14
15
16
17* 18*
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
10
N
9
10
11* 12* 13* 14* 15*
3
4
Decorative 1
satin
stitches
2
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Combined
utility
stitches 21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
** Pattern for making adjustment
72
5
6
7
8
9
Yes
Yes
Yes
(*Not Large No
(*Not
(*Not
possible)
possible) possible)
N
No
Large No
Yes
(*Not
possible)
Yes
N
No
Large, Yes
Small
Yes
(length
only)
Yes
N
No
Large No
Yes
Yes
10
4
5
6
7
8
9
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
Character
stitches
(Gothic font) 51
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
97
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
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
Character
stitches
(Script font) 51
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
97
Left/Right Flipping
3
Adjustable Pattern
Length/width
2
Adjustable
Stitching Density
1
N
No Large,
Small
No
No
Yes
N
No Large
No
No
Yes
Pattern Size
Pattern
Twin Needle
Stitch Type
Presser Foot
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Stitch Setting Chart 73
3
74
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
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
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
97
N
No Large,
Small
Left/Right Flipping
2
Adjustable Pattern
Length/width
1
Adjustable
Stitching Density
Character
stitches
(Outline
style)
Pattern
Pattern Size
Stitch Type
Twin Needle
———————————————————————————————————————————
Presser Foot
UTILITY STITCHES
No
No
Yes
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Selecting Stitching
This section provides details on the various types of stitches available and the procedure for selecting a stitch.
h Combined utility stitches
(Can be combined)
You can sew with combinations from 39 utility
stitches.
Stitch types
A stitch can be selected from the following types
available.
For details on the various stitches, refer to “Stitch
Setting Chart” (page 68).
a
c
f
i
j
i Decorative satin stitches
(Can be combined)
There are 10 decorative satin stitches.
j Cross stitches
(Can be combined)
You can select from 15 cross stitches. You can sew
combinations of multiple decorative stitches.
k Patterns saved in the machine's memory
You can retrieve a saved pattern. (For details, refer
to “Saving patterns” (page 133).)
Selecting stitching
b
d
e
gh
k
a Utility stitches
You can select from 71 utility stitches, including
straight line stitching, overcasting, button holes and
basic decorative stitches. If this is selected, the
utility stitch selection appears right after the power
is turned on.
b My Custom Stitch
You can design original stitches. (For details, refer
to “Designing a Pattern (My Custom Stitch)” (page
137).)
c Character stitches—Gothic font
(Can be combined)
There are 97 characters, including letters, symbols
and numbers, in the Gothic font.
a
Turn on the sewing machine.
• When an animation is displayed on the
screen, touch the screen with your finger.
X The straight stitch (left needle position) is
shown selected on the screen.
Press
b panel.
(Utility stitch key) on the operation
d Character stitches—Script font
(Can be combined)
There are 97 characters, including letters, symbols
and numbers, in the Script font.
e Character stitches—Outline style
(Can be combined)
There are 97 characters, including letters, symbols
and numbers, in the outline style.
f Decorative stitches
(Can be combined)
You can select from 31 decorative stitches,
including leaves, flowers and hearts. You can sew
combinations of multiple decorative stitches.
X The screen containing the various types of
stitches appears.
g Satin stitches
(Can be combined)
You can select from 18 satin stitches. You can sew
combinations of multiple decorative stitches.
Selecting Stitching 75
3
UTILITY STITCHES
c
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Select the stitch type.
†
If necessary, specify the setting for automatic
e reverse/reinforcement stitching and adjust the
When a decorative stitch is selected
stitch length, etc.
• For details on sewing with each of the utility
stitches, begin on page 79.
Note
z When a stitch is selected, the icon for the
presser foot that should be used appears on
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.
X The screen containing the various stitches in
the selected stitch type appears.
• To select a different stitch type, press
(Back key).
d
Press the stitch selection.
(Previous page key) displays the previous
screen, and
(Next page key) displays the
next screen.
Memo
z For details on adjusting the stitch width and
length, refer to “Adjusting the stitch width”
(page 56) and “Adjusting the stitch length”
(page 57).
■ Selecting characters
Three styles of character stitches are available.
The procedure for selecting a character is the
same with all styles.
Follow steps a and b in “Selecting stitching”
a (page 75) to display the screen where a stitch
type can be selected.
k j
b
Select the character style.
c
Select the characters.
i
a
h
g
b
cd ef
a
b
c
d
e
f
g
h
i
j
k
Decorative stitch selection
Set width, length and tension
Large pattern size
Small pattern size
Single stitch sewing
Repeat sewing
Horizontal mirror image
Delete a selected pattern
Check combined pattern
Automatic thread cutting
Automatic reverse/reinforcement stitch
• To select a different stitch, press
remove the selected pattern.
to
• If a wrong character was selected, press
to erase the character, and then select the
correct character.
• To select a different character style, press
, and then select the new character style.
• Press
76
to view a sample of the selected pattern.
————————————————————————————————————————————————————
†
Example: Bus
Saving stitch settings
This machine is preset with the default settings for the
stitch width (zigzag width), stitch length, thread
tension, programmed thread cutting, and automatic
reverse/reinforcement stitching for each stitch.
However, if you wish to save specific settings for a
stitch so that they can be used later, press
after
changing the settings to save the new settings with
the selected stitch.
This feature can be used only with utility stitches.
†
To use a stitch length of 2.0 mm for the
straight stitch
a
Select a straight stitch.
b
Press
.
Memo
z The default stitch length is 2.5 mm.
c
Set the stitch length to 2.0 mm.
d
Press
.
• To reset the selected stitch pattern to its
default settings, press
, and then press
.
X The confirmation message is displayed.
Selecting Stitching 77
3
UTILITY STITCHES
e
Press
———————————————————————————————————————————
.
Note
z The next time that the same straight stitch is
selected, the stitch length is set to 2.0 mm.
z All stitch settings (stitch width (zigzag
width), stitch length, thread tension,
programmed thread cutting, and automatic
reverse/reinforcement stitching, etc.) are
saved, not just the setting that was changed.
When the same stitch pattern is selected, the
last settings saved are displayed even if the
machine was turned off. If the settings are
changed again, or if
is pressed to reset
the setting to its default, the new settings are
not saved unless
time.
is pressed another
Even if
is pressed, the settings for
programmed thread cutting and automatic
reverse/reinforcement stitching cannot be
reset.
78
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Overcasting Stitches
Sew overcasting stitches along the edges of cut fabric to prevent fabric from fraying. 15 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
11
Overcasting
stitch
Preventing fraying in medium
weight and thin fabrics
12
13
a
Application
Preventing fraying in thick
fabrics and fabrics that fray
easily
Attach overcasting foot “G”.
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)
Select a stitch.
3
G
Position the fabric with the edge of the fabric
c against the guide of the presser foot, and then
lower the presser foot lever.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
b
Presser
Foot
a
a Guide
Sew with the edge of the fabric against the
d presser foot guide.
1
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
a Needle drop point
Overcasting Stitches 79
UTILITY STITCHES
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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
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)
8
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)
9
3-point
zigzag stitch
10
a
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
7
2-point
zigzag stitch
Overcasting
stitch
Application
Preventing fraying in thick
fabrics and stretch fabrics
14
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)
15
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)
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)
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
J
Sew along the edge of the fabric with the
c needle dropping off the edge at the right.
a
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
b
Select a stitch.
a Needle drop point
1
a Needle drop point
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
80
Presser
Foot
J
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Sewing overcasting stitches using the optional side cutter
Using the 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.
Note
z Thread the needle manually when using the side cutter, or only attach the side cutter after threading the
needle using the needle threader.
Stitch Name
Side Cutter
Pattern
Application
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
Auto
Manual
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)
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)
63
64
65
Presser
Foot
3
S
Position the side cutter so that side cutter pin
c is aligned with the notch in the presser foot
holder, and then slowly lower the presser foot
lever.
a
b
Remove the presser foot.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
b onto the needle clamp screw.
a
Hook the connecting fork of the side cutter
a Notch in presser foot holder
b Pin
a
X The side cutter is attached.
b
a Connecting fork
b Needle clamp screw
Overcasting Stitches 81
UTILITY STITCHES
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Raise the presser foot lever to check that the
d side cutter is securely attached.
Position the fabric in the side cutter.
h The cut in the fabric should be positioned over
the guide plate of the side cutter.
Pass the upper thread under the side cutter,
e 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.
f
Lower the presser foot lever, and then start
i sewing.
Select a stitch.
X A seam allowance is cut while the stitching
is sewn.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
• If the stitching is sewn in a straight line 63
the seam allowance will be about 5 mm
(3/16 inch).
,
1
Make a cut of about 2 cm (3/4 inch) long in
g the fabric at the beginning of the stitching.
1
a 5 mm (3/16 inch)
Memo
a 2 cm (3/4 inch)
82
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.
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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
6
1
Straight stitch
(left needle
position)
Straight stitch
(center
needle
position)
Triple stretch
stitch
2
3
4
Application
Manual
Auto
Temporarily securing
0.0
(0)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
20
5–30
(3/4) (3/16–1-3/16)
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)
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
a
Baste or pin together the fabric pieces.
b
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
J
J
J
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
Select stitch 6
Manual
Presser
Foot
Basic stitching
Sew basting with a stitch length between 5 mm
(3/16 inch) and 30 mm (1-3/16 inches).
b
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Basting
a
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
c
Select a stitch.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
Lower the needle into the fabric at the
c
Start sewing.
d beginning of the stitching.
• For details, refer to “Starting to sew” (page
51).
Basic Stitching 83
3
UTILITY STITCHES
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Lower the presser foot lever, and then start
e sewing.
• For details, refer to “Starting to sew” (page
51).
• For details on sewing reverse/reinforcement
stitches, refer to “Securing the stitching”
(page 53).
f
■ 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
When sewing is finished, cut the thread.
• For details, refer to “Cutting the thread” (page
54).
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
3
4
5.5
5
7.0
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).
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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
Blind hem
stitch
Pattern
17
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.
Fold the fabric along the desired edge of the
a hem, and then baste it about 5 mm (3/16 inch)
c
3
Attach blind hem foot “R”.
from the edge of the fabric.
4
2
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
3
1
d
a
b
c
d
Select a stitch.
Wrong side of fabric
Basting stitching
Desired edge of hem
5 mm (3/16 inch)
Fold back the fabric along the basting, and
b then position the fabric with the wrong side
facing up.
2
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
Position the fabric with the edge of the folded
e hem against the guide of the presser foot, and
then lower the presser foot lever.
1
a Wrong side of fabric
b Basting
3
1
2
a Wrong side of fabric
b Fold of hem
c Guide
Blind Hem Stitching 85
UTILITY STITCHES
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■ If the needle does not catch the hem fold
The needle is too far to the right.
Press
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
1
When you change the needle drop point, raise
the needle, and then change the stitch width.
1
2
a Wrong side of fabric
b Right side of fabric
• For details, refer to “Adjusting the stitch
width” (page 56).
Sew with the fold of the hem against the
g presser foot guide.
h
a Stitch width
■ If the needle catches too much of the hem
fold
The needle is too far to the left.
Press
to decrease the stitch width so that
the needle slightly catches the fold of the
hem.
Remove the basting stitching.
1
a Wrong side of fabric
b Right side of fabric
1
a Wrong side of fabric
b Right side of fabric
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2
2
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Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing
Buttonholes can be sewn and buttons can be sewn on. 10 stitches are available for sewing one-step
buttonholes and one stitch for sewing on buttons.
Stitch Name
Buttonhole
stitch
Pattern
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)
49
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)
50
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)
51
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)
52
Buttonholes for stretch or knit
fabrics
6.0
3.0–6.0
1.0
(15/64) (1/8–15/64) (1/16)
0.5–2.0
(1/32–1/16)
Buttonholes for stretch fabrics
6.0
3.0–6.0
1.5
(15/64) (1/8–15/64) (1/16)
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)
55
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)
56
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)
57
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)
–
–
48
53
54
Buttonsewing stitch
Application
61
Presser
Foot
3
A
M
Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing 87
UTILITY STITCHES
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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
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
Pull out the button guide plate of buttonhole
4
b foot “A”, and then insert the button that will
be put through the buttonhole.
A
a
b
c
d
e
88
Button guide plate
Presser foot scale
Pin
Marks on buttonhole foot
5 mm (3/16 inch)
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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).)
d
Select a stitch.
1
2
3
3
a Presser foot scale
b Length of buttonhole (diameter + thickness of
button)
c 5 mm (3/16 inch)
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.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
e buttonhole mark aligned with the red marks on
Position the fabric with the front end of the
the sides of the buttonhole foot, and then
lower the presser foot lever.
1
1
2
a 10 mm (3/8 inch)
b 15 mm (9/16 inch)
X The size of the buttonhole is set.
c
A
2
Attach buttonhole foot “A”.
a Mark on fabric (front)
b Red marks on buttonhole foot
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
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.
a
a Do not reduce the gap.
Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing 89
UTILITY STITCHES
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Pull down the buttonhole lever as far as
f possible.
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
a
a Buttonhole lever
The buttonhole lever is positioned behind the
bracket on the buttonhole foot.
a Pin
Use the seam ripper to cut towards the pin and
k open the buttonhole.
1
2
1
a Buttonhole lever
b Bracket
Gently hold the end of the upper thread in
g your left hand, and then start sewing.
a Seam ripper
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.
X Once sewing is completed, the machine
automatically sews reinforcement stitches,
then stops.
h and then cut the thread.
Raise the presser foot lever, remove the fabric,
i position.
Raise the buttonhole lever to its original
1
a Eyelet punch
• 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.
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■ Changing the density of the stitching
Adjust the stitch length.
■ 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.
• For details, refer to “Adjusting the stitch
length” (page 57).
• If the fabric does not feed (for example, if it is
too thick), decrease the density of the
stitching.
■ Changing the stitch width
Adjust the stitch width.
b
It fits into the grooves, and then loosely tie it.
c
Attach buttonhole foot “A”.
d
Select stitch 52
• 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.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
or 53 .
Adjust the stitch width to the thickness of the
e gimp thread.
Lower the presser foot lever and the
f buttonhole lever, and then start sewing.
When sewing is finished, gently pull the gimp
g thread to remove any slack.
Use a handsewing needle to pull the gimp
h thread to the wrong side of the fabric, and
then tie it.
Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing 91
3
UTILITY STITCHES
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Button sewing
d
Select stitch 61
.
Buttons can be sewn on with the sewing machine.
Buttons with two or with four holes can be attached.
Measure the distance between the holes in the
a button to be attached.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
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).
• Since the end of the thread will be tied off
later, do not set the sewing machine for
programmed-thread cutting.
Adjust the stitch width so that it is the same as
e the distance between the holes in the button.
Place the button in the position where it will
f be sewn, and lower the presser foot lever.
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”.
a
a Button
X The button is held in place.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
92
• 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.
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Turn the handwheel toward you
g (counterclockwise) to check that the needle
When you are finished attaching the button,
(to the right
as seen from the rear of the machine) to raise
the feed dogs.
j slide the drop feed lever to
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.
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.
■ 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.
CAUTION
● When sewing, be sure that the needle
does not touch the button, otherwise the
needle may bend or break.
Place the button into button-sewing foot “M”,
a and then pull the shank lever toward you.
Start sewing.
h Set the sewing speed controller to the left (so
1
that the speed will be slow).
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.
X The sewing machine automatically stops
after sewing reinforcement stitches.
• Do not press
(“Thread Cutter” button).
• If additional strength is needed to secure the
button, perform the button-sewing operation
twice.
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.
c
Cut off any excess thread.
Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing 93
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UTILITY STITCHES
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Zipper Insertion
A zipper can be sewn in place.
Stitch Name
Straight stitch
(center
needle
position)
Pattern
3
Application
Attaching zippers
Sewing concealed seams and
pintucks
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.
c edge of the fabric.
Using a basting stitch, continue sewing to the
Inserting a centered zipper
Stitching is sewn on both pieces of fabric butted
against each other.
1
3
2
4
2
1
3
a Right side of fabric
b Stitching
c End of zipper opening
a
a
b
c
d
Basting stitching
Reverse stitches
Wrong side of fabric
End of zipper opening
Press open the seam allowance from the
d wrong side of the fabric.
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
1
Sew straight stitches up to the zipper opening.
b 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
83).
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a Wrong side of fabric
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Align the seam with the center of the zipper,
e and then baste the zipper in place.
h
Select stitch 3
.
2
1
3
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
a Wrong side of fabric
b Basting stiching
c Zipper
CAUTION
Remove about 5 cm (2 inches) from the end of
f the basting on the outside.
2
4
3
1
● 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.
i
a
b
c
d
Topstitch around the zipper.
Wrong side of fabric
Zipper basting
Outside basting
5 cm (2 inches)
1
Attach the presser foot holder to the right pin
g of zipper foot “I”.
3
2
1
4
I
2
a Pin on the right side
b Needle drop point
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
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.
j
Remove the basting stitching.
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3
UTILITY STITCHES
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Press open the seam allowance from the
Inserting a side zipper
d wrong side of the fabric.
Stitching is visible 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
e (the side that will not be stitched) has an extra
Press the seam allowance so that the right side
3 mm (1/8 inch).
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.
a
2
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
Sew straight stitches up to the zipper opening.
b With the right sides of the fabric facing each
other, sew reverse stitches after reaching the
zipper opening.
a Wrong side of fabric
b 3 mm (1/8 inch)
Align the zipper teeth with the pressed edge of
f 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
83).
2
Using a basting stitch, continue sewing to the
c edge of the fabric.
1
1
a Zipper teeth
b Basting stitching
3
Attach the presser foot holder to the right pin
g of zipper foot “I”.
2
4
a
b
c
d
Basting stitching
Reverse stitches
Wrong side of fabric
End of zipper opening
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 42).
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h
Select stitch 3
.
When you are about 5 cm (2 inches) from the
j end of the zipper, stop the sewing machine
with the needle lowered (in the fabric), raise
the presser foot lever.
k
Open the zipper and continue sewing.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
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.
Close the zipper, turn over the fabric, and then
l baste the other side of the zipper to the fabric.
Sew the zipper to the piece of fabric with the
i extra 3 mm (1/8 inch), starting from the base
1
of the zipper.
a Basting stitching
m 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 g, change it to the left pin.
1
I
CAUTION
● When sewing, be sure that the needle
does not touch the zipper, otherwise the
needle may bend or break.
2
a Pin on the left side
b Needle drop point
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UTILITY STITCHES
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Topstitch around the zipper.
n Sew reverse stitches at the end of the zipper
opening and align the zipper teeth with the side
of the presser foot.
3
2
1
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.
When you are about 5 cm (2 inches) from the
o 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.
p
98
Remove the basting stitching.
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Zipper/piping Insertion
A zipper and piping can be sewn in place.
Stitch Name
Straight stitch
(left needle
position)
Pattern
1
Application
Attaching zippers Sewing
concealed seams and piping
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.
Loosen the positioning screw on the back of
Inserting a centered zipper
d the presser foot.
3
Refer to step a–e of “Inserting a centered
a zipper” (page 94).
Remove the presser foot and presser foot
b holder (page 44) to attach the screw-on
adjustable zipper/piping foot.
1
a Positioning screw
e right feed dog.
Slide the presser foot over either the left or
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 1
.
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).
1
a Needle drop point
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UTILITY STITCHES
Inserting a piping
CAUTION
● After adjusting the needle position, slowly
turn the handwheel toward you and
check the needle does not touch
(counterclockwise) the presser foot. If the
needle hits the presser foot, the needle
may bend or break.
Place the piping between two fabric pieces
a turned inside out, as shown below.
1
2
g screwdriver.
Securely tighten the positioning screw with a
3
a Fabric
b Piping
c Fabric
1
Refer to the steps of attaching the adjustable
b zipper/piping foot on the previous page.
c
Sew along the piping.
d
After sewing, turn fabric pieces.
a Positioning screw
h
Topstitch around the zipper.
1
3
2
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
100
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
5
2-point
zigzag stitch
9
3-point
zigzag stitch
10
Elasticattaching
stitch
34
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
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 42).
b
Select stitch 5
Pin the elastic tape to the fabric at a few points
to make sure that the tape is uniformly
positioned on the fabric.
.
1
2
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
c
Sew the fabric without stretching it.
a Elastic tape
b Pin
b
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
J
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
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UTILITY STITCHES
c
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Select a stitch.
†
Example: 2-point zigzag stitch
†
Example: Elastic-attaching stitch
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
d stretching the tape so that it is the same length
Sew the elastic tape to the fabric while
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.
CAUTION
● When sewing, be sure that the needle
does not touch any pins, otherwise the
needle may bend or break.
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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
7
Zigzag stitch
24
19
Appliqué
stitch
25
21
Piecing
straight stitch
22
Application
29
Manual
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
5.5
allowance of 6.5 mm (1/4 inch) from
(7/32)
the right edge of the presser foot)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.0
(1/16)
0.2–5.0
(1/64–3/16)
Piecing straight stitching (with a
1.5
seam allowance of 6.5 mm (1/4 inch)
(1/16)
from the left 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)
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)
Patchwork stitching
30
Mock hand 23
quilting stitch
Quilting
stippling
26
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
28
Joining stitch
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Presser
Foot
3
J
Memo
z Patterns showing a “Q” on the LCD are for quilting and those showing a “P” are for piecing.
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e
Appliqué stitching
Select a stitch.
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
3/16 inch).
1
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
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.
Turn the handwheel toward you
f (counterclockwise), and then begin sewing
around the edge of the appliqué, making sure
that the needle drops just outside of the
appliqué.
Turn the fabric over, and then baste or fuse it
c onto the fabric that it will be attached to.
1
a Basting stitching
d
Attach the open toe foot.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
104
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.
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Patchwork (crazy quilt)
stitching
Fold the edge of the top piece of fabric and
a place it over the lower piece.
Sew the two pieces of fabric together so the
b pattern spans over both pieces.
Piecing
Sewing together two pieces of fabric is called
“piecing”. The fabric pieces should be cut with a
7 mm (1/4 inch) seam allowance.
Sew a piecing straight stitch 7 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
3
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
c
Select stitch 21
or 22
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
• The piecing straight stitch shows a “P” on the
LCD.
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 7 mm (1/4 inch)
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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 .
When sewing with a seam allowance, align the
left edge of the narrow part of the 1/4 inch
quilting foot with the fabric edge.
1
1
a 7 mm (1/4 inch)
a Seam (3.2 mm (1/8 inch))
Memo
z To change the width of the seam allowance
(needle position), adjust the stitch width. For
details, refer to “Adjusting the stitch width”
(page 56).
■ Using the optional 1/4 inch quilting foot
If the 1/4 inch quilting foot is used, seams can be
sewn with a seam allowance of 6.4 mm (1/4 inch).
Baste or pin along the seam allowance of the
a fabric that you wish to piece together.
b
Attach the 1/4 inch quilting foot.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
c
Select stitch 3
.
Align the mark at the upper edge of the 1/4
d inch quilting foot with the upper edge of the
fabric.
Align the right edge of the fabric with the right
edge of the narrow part of the 1/4 inch quilting
foot.
1
2
a Mark on 1/4 inch quilting foot
b Beginning of stitching
106
e
Start sewing.
When the end of the stitching is reached, stop
f the sewing machine.
Sew until the mark at the lower edge of the 1/4
inch quilting foot aligns with the lower edge of
the fabric.
1
2
3
a 6.4mm (1/4 inch)
b End of stitching
c Mark on 1/4 inch quilting foot
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Lower the presser foot lever, insert the presser
d foot holder screw, and then tighten the screw
Quilting
with the screwdriver.
Sandwiching batting between the top and bottom layers
of fabric is called “quilting”. Quilts can easily be sewn
using the optional walking foot and the optional
quilting guide.
a
a
Baste the fabric to be quilted.
Remove the presser foot and the presser foot
b holder.
a Presser foot holder screw
• For details, refer to “Removing and attaching
the presser foot holder” (page 44).
X The walking foot is attached.
Hook the connecting fork of the walking foot
c onto the needle clamp screw.
a
b
a Connecting fork
b Needle clamp 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.
● 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.
e
Select a stitch.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
Place one hand on each side of the presser
f foot, and hold fabric taut while sewing.
Note
z When sewing with the walking foot, sew at a
speed between slow and medium.
z When quilting, use a 90/14 home sewing
machine needle.
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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.
When free-motion quilting, use the following
instructions with the optional quilting foot.
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 and attaching the presser
foot holder” (page 44).
†
Presser foot holder
Secure the quilting foot with the presser foot
b holder screw.
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.
Note
z The optional quilting guide is available
through brother dealer.
1
a Presser foot holder screw
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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.
d the machine on the base, to
Slide the drop feed lever, located at the rear of
(to the left as
seen from the rear of the machine).
a
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”.
• For details, refer to “Starting to sew” (page
51).
J
a Feed dog position switch (as seen from the rear of
the machine)
X The feed dogs are lowered.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
Turn on the sewing machine, and then select a
e stitch.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
c
Turn on the sewing machine, and then press
(Settings key) on the operation panel.
f then move the fabric to follow the pattern.
Use both hands to hold the fabric taut, and
Reinforcement stitches are sewn at the
beginning and end of sewing.
1
X The settings screen appears.
d
Press ON for stitch width control setting.
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
• Normally, the drop feed lever is positioned at
the right.
X The machine is now set so that the stitch
width can be controlled with the sewing
speed controller.
If the stitch width control setting is set to
“ON”,
for stitch width will change
to sewing speed controller icon
.
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UTILITY STITCHES
e
Press
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(Back key).
X The initial screen appears again.
f
Select stitch 24
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
While sewing, slide the sewing speed
g 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.
When you are finished sewing, set the stitch
h width control setting back to OFF.
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).
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Reinforcement Stitching
Reinforce points that will be subject to strain, such as sleeve holes, inseams and pocket corners.
Stitch Name
Triple stretch
stitch
Bar tack
stitch
Pattern
60
59
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
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 of
2.0
openings, such as the corners of
(1/16)
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)]
Auto
Reinforcing the seams of sleeves
and inseams
4
58
Darning
stitch
Application
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 42).
b
Select stitch 4
Determine the desired length of the bar tack.
.
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
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
c
2
3
Start sewing.
• For details, refer to “Starting to sew” (page
51).
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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UTILITY STITCHES
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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 42).
e possible.
.
a
a Buttonhole lever
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
The buttonhole lever is positioned behind the
bracket on the buttonhole foot.
1
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.
2
a Buttonhole lever
b Bracket
Gently hold the end of the upper thread in
f your left hand, and then start sewing.
1
a 2 mm (1/16 inch)
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.
Raise the presser foot lever, remove the fabric,
g and then cut the threads.
Raise the buttonhole lever to its original
h position.
Memo
a
a Do not reduce the gap.
112
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
c
Select stitch 58
or 59
.
“A” to the desired length. (The distance
between the markings on the presser foot scale
is 5 mm (3/16 inch).)
1
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
2
3
4
a
b
c
d
b
Presser foot scale
Length of darning
5 mm (3/16 inch)
7 mm (1/4 inch)
Attach buttonhole foot “A”.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
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
2
a Tear
b 2 mm (1/16 inch)
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UTILITY STITCHES
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Pass the upper thread down through the hole in
the presser foot.
g and then cut the threads.
Raise the presser foot lever, remove the fabric,
• 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.
h position.
Raise the buttonhole lever to its original
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).
a
a Do not reduce the gap.
e possible.
Pull down the buttonhole lever as far as
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.
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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).
Stitch Name
Eyelet stitch
a
Pattern
62
Application
Sewing eyelets, for example, on
belts
Attach monogramming foot “N”.
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
7.0
(1/4)
7.0, 6.0 or
5.0
(1/4, 15/64
or 3/16)
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
7.0
(1/4)
7.0, 6.0 or
5.0
(1/4, 15/64
or 3/16)
Presser
Foot
N
Lower the needle into the fabric at the
d beginning of the stitching, and then lower the
presser foot lever.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
b
Select stitch 62
.
e
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 “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
f center of the eyelet.
Adjust either the stitch width or the stitch
c length to select the desired eyelet size.
1
2
3
a 7mm
b 6mm
c 5mm
• For details, refer to “Adjusting the stitch
width” (page 56) and “Adjusting the stitch
length” (page 57).
• 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
Horizontal Stitching
Horizontal stitching is used to attach appliqués to fabric that cannot be moved around, such as cylindrical
pieces. Straight stitches and zigzag stitches that sew to either the left or right are available.
Stitch Name
Horizontal
straight stitch
Pattern
Application
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
68
Attaching appliqués to sleeves
(straight stitch sewn to the left)
–
–
69
Attaching appliqués to sleeves
(straight stitch sewn to the right)
–
–
70
Attaching appliqués to sleeves
(zigzag stitch sewn to the left)
–
–
71
Attaching appliqués to sleeves
(zigzag stitch sewn to the right)
–
–
Presser
Foot
N
Horizontal
zigzag stitch
The illustration below shows the sewing order for
the following explanation.
Lower the needle into the fabric at the
d beginning of the stitching, and then start
sewing.
Lower the needle at the upper-right corner.
4
3
1
2
a
b
Remove the flat bed attachment.
• For details, refer to “Free-arm sewing” (page
45).
X The fabric is fed toward the back of the
machine, as usual.
Attach monogramming foot “N”.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the Presser
Foot” (page 42).
After you have sewn to the corner, stop the
e sewing machine, and then select stitch 68
f
c
Select stitch 1
Start sewing.
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
X The fabric is fed to the right.
After you have sewn to the corner, stop the
.
g sewing machine, and then select stitch 1
116
.
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Press
h button).
(“Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch”
Hold
(“Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch”
button) pressed until the stitching reaches the
upper-left corner.
X The fabric is fed forward.
i sewing machine, and then select stitch 69
After you have sewn to the corner, stop the
j
.
3
Start sewing.
X The fabric is fed to the left.
After you have sewn to the corner, stop the
k sewing machine, and then select stitch 1
again.
l the stitching, stop the sewing machine.
After sewing 3 to 5 stitches at the beginning of
Memo
z The feeding direction of the fabric differs
depending on the stitch that is selected. Be
sure to guide the fabric while it is sewn.
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UTILITY STITCHES
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Decorative Stitching
The utility stitches contain the following decorative stitches.
Stitch Name
Pattern
Application
Manual
Auto
Manual
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
1.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
2.5–7.0
(3/25–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
1.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
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)
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
0.2–4.0
(1/64–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.6
(1/16)
1.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
1.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
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)
2.5–7.0
(3/32–1/4)
0.5
(1/32)
0.1–1.0
(1/64–1/16)
3.5
(1/8)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
1.6–4.0
(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)
41
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
3.5
(1/8)
1.5–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
42
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
4.0
(3/16)
1.5–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
1.5–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
2.0
(1/16)
1.5–4.0
(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)
33
Sewing two pieces of fabric
together across an open seam
28
29
Joining stitch
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
27
Scallop stitch
Satin scallop stitching
39
40
Hemstitching
43
Lace sewing, decorative
hemming, heirloom stitching,
etc.
Decorative hemming and
heirloom stitching, etc. on thin,
medium weight and plain weave
fabrics
44
45
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Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
32
Fagoting
stitch
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Decorative hemming, ribbon
threading, heirloom stitching,
etc.
Presser
Foot
J
N
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Stitch Name
Pattern
Application
Stitch Width
[mm (inch)]
Stitch Length
[mm (inch)]
Auto
Manual
Auto
Manual
6.0
(15/64)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.6
(1/16)
1.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.6
(1/16)
1.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
35
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
3.0
(1/8)
2.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
Rick-rack
stitch
36
4.0
(3/16)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
2.5
(3/32)
1.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
Decorative
stitch
37
5.5
(7/32)
0.0–7.0
(0–1/4)
1.6
(1/16)
1.0–4.0
(1/16–3/16)
Serpentine
stitch
38
5.0
(3/16)
1.5–7.0
(1/16–1/4)
1.0
(1/16)
0.2–4.0
(1/64–3/16)
Select stitch 32
or 33
46
Hemstitching
Ladder stitch
47
Presser
Foot
Heirloom stitching, etc.
Decorative stitching
N
d
Fagoting
J
N
.
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.
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.
3
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
e
Set the stitch width to 7.0 mm (1/4 inch).
• For details, refer to “Adjusting the stitch
width” (page 56).
f along the center of the two pieces of fabric.
Sew with the center of the presser foot aligned
1
2
a Thin paper or water soluble stabilizer
b Basting stitching
c 4 mm (3/16 inch)
c
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
J
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
g
After sewing is finished, remove the paper.
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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 projects.
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 42).
b
Select stitch 27
.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
Select the straight stitch, and then adjust the
b stitch length to 4.0 mm (3/16 inch) and loosen
the thread tension.
• For details, refer to “Adjusting the stitch
length” (page 57) and “Adjusting the thread
tension” (page 57).
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
• Pull up the bobbin thread. For details, refer to
“Pulling up the bobbin thread” (page 37).
Sew parallel stitching at intervals of 1 cm
Stitch along the edge of the fabric, making sure
c not to sew directly on the edge of the fabric.
• For better results, apply spray starch the
fabric and press with a hot iron before it is
sewn.
d
Trim along the stitches.
c (3/8 inch).
1
a 1 cm (3/8 inch)
• Do not use reverse/reinforcement stitching or
thread cutting.
• At the end of the stitching, the thread is
pulled out about 5 cm (2 inches).
d Smooth the gathers by ironing them.
Pull the bobbin threads to create gathers.
• Be careful not to cut the stitches.
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e
Select stitch 31
, 32
or 33
.
Shell tuck stitching
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”.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
f
Stitch between the straight stitches.
J
g
Pull out the threads for the straight stitches.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
Select stitch 20
c tension.
, and then increase the thread
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49) and “Adjusting the thread tension” (page
57).
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Sew while making sure that the needle drops
d slightly off the edge of the fabric.
Joining
Decorative bridging stitches can be sewn over the
seam allowance of joined fabrics. This is used when
making a crazy quilt.
1
a
Attach zigzag foot “J”.
J
a Needle drop point
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
Sew together the right sides of the two pieces
b of fabric, and then open up the seam
allowances.
2
1
Unfold the fabric, and then iron the tucks
e down to one side.
1
3
a Wrong side of fabric
b 7 mm (1/4 inch) seam allowance
c Straight stitch
c
Select stitch 28
, 29
or 30
.
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
d up, and then sew over the seam with the
Turn the fabric over so that the right side faces
center of the presser foot aligned with the
seam.
a
a Right side of fabric
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Select a stitch.
Heirloom stitching
c The stitches that can be used are 39
41
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.
, 42 , 43 , 44 , 45 , 46
, 40 ,
or 47 .
Note
z If the thread becomes tangled, use stabilizer
material.
a
Install the wing needle.
3
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
• Use a 130/705H 100/16 wing needle.
• When sewing with the wing needle, select a
stitch width of 6.0 mm (15/64 inch) or less.
• For details on installing a needle, refer to
“Replacing the needle” (page 40).
• 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.
For details, refer to “Threading the needle
manually (without using the needle
threader)” (page 33).
b
Attach monogramming foot “N”.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
d
Start sewing.
CAUTION
● When sewing with the wing needle, 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.
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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.
e
Press
on the LCD.
X The pattern displayed at the top of the screen
is mirrored.
■ Drawnwork (Example 1)
Sew along the other edge of the frayed section
f so that it looks like the previous stitching.
a
Pull out several threads from the fabric.
N
Press
, and set the horizontal mirror
g image key back to OFF.
b
Attach monogramming foot “N”.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
c
Select stitch 39 .
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
With the right side of the fabric facing up, sew
d along the right edge of the frayed section.
N
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■ Drawnwork (Example 2)
Pull out several threads from two sections of
a the fabric, separated by an unfrayed section of
about 4 mm (3/16 inch).
3
1
a 4 mm (3/16 inch)
b
Attach monogramming foot “N”.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
c
Select stitch 42 .
• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page
49).
d
Sew along the center of the unfrayed section.
N
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Sewing the Various Built-in Decorative Patterns
You can sew decorative stitches, satin stitches, cross stitches, decorative satin stitches, combined utility
stitches and 3 types of character stitches. All are sewn with monogramming foot “N”.
Sewing beautiful patterns
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 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, #50 to #60 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”.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
b
Select a stitch.
c
Start sewing.
• For details, refer to steps a through e of
“Selecting stitching” (page 75).
• 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
59).
e trim off any excess threads at the beginning of
When you are finished sewing, use scissors to
the stitching and between the patterns.
Memo
z For details on adjusting the stitch width and
length, refer to “Adjusting the stitch width”
(page 56) and “Adjusting the stitch length”
(page 57).
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Changing the pattern size
Changing the stitch density
The size of character stitches in the Gothic font and
outline style, decorative stitches, and decorative satin
stitches can be switched between large and small.
However, the size of other patterns cannot be
changed.
a
Select a stitch.
b
Press
If a decorative satin stitch has been selected, the
stitch density can be changed.
a
Press
(Utility stitch key) on the operation
panel, and select
(Decorative satin stitch).
• For details on selecting a stitch, refer to
“Selecting stitching” (page 75).
until the desired size is selected.
3
c
Repeat steps a and b.
b
Select a decorative satin stitch pattern.
c
Press
until the desired stitch density is
selected.
Select
for sparse stitching, or select
for compact stitching.
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.
CAUTION
● If the stitching density is too compacted,
depending on the needle, the stitches may
be bunched together, causing the needle
to break.
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Changing the length for satin
stitches
c
Press
.
The length for one satin stitch can be changed in five
gradations.
a
Press
(Utility stitch key) on the operation
panel, and select
(Satin stitch).
X It turns to
b
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and the pattern is longer.
Select a satin stitch pattern.
Each time you press it the number changes.
You can select from
.
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Shifting patterns
c
Press
.
Satin stitches can be shifted to the left or right by half
the width of the pattern, allowing you to create a stepshaped pattern. This is called a “step pattern”. Select
once to move the stitch pattern to the left by half
the width of the stitch pattern. Select
once to move
the stitch pattern to the right by half the width of the
stitch pattern. As an example, the procedure for
creating the following pattern is described below.
a
3
Press
(Utility stitch key) on the operation
panel, and select
(Satin stitch).
X The next pattern selected is moved half a
width to the right.
b
Select a satin stitch pattern.
d
Select the same pattern.
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UTILITY STITCHES
e
Press
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.
Combining patterns
You can sew with combinations of stitches from
character stitches, decorative stitches, satin stitches,
combined utility stitches, decorative satin stitches
and cross stitches.
a operation panel, and select the stitch type.
Touch
X The next pattern selected is moved half a
width to the left.
b
(Utility stitch key) on the
Select the first pattern.
X The first pattern is selected and appears in
on the screen.
Specify that the patterns will be sewn
f repeatedly.
• When the sewing is started, the selected
pattern is sewn repeatedly until the sewing
machine is stopped.
• For details, refer to “Repeating patterns”
(page 131).
■ Examples of step patterns
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c
Select the next pattern.
X The combined pattern appears on the screen.
■ Repeating patterns
When multiple stitches are combined, the sewing
machine stops when the pattern displayed on the
screen has been completed. Use the following
operations to sew a combined pattern repeatedly.
a
After the patterns have been combined, press
.
If pressed again, it turns to
(single sewing).
• To remove a selected pattern, press
on
the screen. The pattern that was selected last
is removed.
• To combine patterns from different types,
press
(Back key), and after selecting the
type, select the next pattern.
After all of the desired patterns are selected,
d start sewing.
3
X
turns to
, and you can now sew
the specified pattern repeatedly.
1
2
X The order that the patterns appear on the
screen is the order that they will be sewn.
a Single
b Repeated
Note
Memo
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 “Repeating patterns”.
z The combined pattern can be saved for later
use. For details, refer to “Saving patterns”
(page 133).
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.
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■ Mirroring a pattern image
a
After a single pattern has been selected, press
to mirror the pattern image horizontally.
■ Checking the pattern
When the specified pattern is not displayed on the
screen, check the pattern using the following steps.
a
Press
.
X The screen for checking the pattern is
displayed.
b
Press
c
Press
, and confirm the pattern.
(Back key).
X The initial screen appears again.
Memo
z The combined pattern can be saved for later
use. For details, refer to “Saving patterns”
(page 133).
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■ Retrieving a pattern
Saving patterns
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. Up to 10
patterns can be saved.
a
Press
.
Retrieve the saved pattern.
■ Saving a pattern
Create the combined pattern that you wish to
a save.
• For details, refer to “Combining patterns”
(page 130).
Press
b panel.
X The screen for selecting a pocket appears.
Select the pocket where the combined pattern
b you wish to retrieve is stored.
(Memory key) on the operation
indicates pockets where patterns are
already saved.
X “Saving...” appears while the pattern is being
saved. After the pattern is saved, the initial
screen appears again.
• Do not turn off the sewing machine while the
pattern is being saved, otherwise the pattern
data may be lost.
X The selected pocket is shown in reverse
highlighting, and the saved pattern is
displayed.
Check the contents, and then press
.
to check a pattern that is not
displayed completely.
c Press
X The saved pattern is retrieved.
X The pattern selection screen appears, and
you can sew the pattern you have retrieved.
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■ Deleting a saved pattern
Saved pattern in the pockets can be deleted.
a
Press
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
Attach monogramming foot “N”.
Select the pocket where the pattern you wish
b to delete is stored.
indicates pockets where patterns are
already saved.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
b
Press
(Utility stitch key) on the operation
panel, and select
(Decorative stitch).
X The selected pocket is shown in reverse
highlighting, and the saved pattern is
displayed.
c
Check the contents, then press
.
X The screen containing the various decorative
stitches appears.
c
Select
.
X The confirmation message is displayed.
d
Press
.
X The saved pattern and the pocket are deleted.
X The pattern alignment stitch is selected.
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d
Start sewing.
f
Press
(Settings key) on the operation panel.
X The settings screen appears.
X The pattern for making the adjustment is
sewn.
g To adjust the vertical position, press
Press
X The sewing machine stops after it has
finished sewing the pattern.
.
for
vertical pattern adjustment.
To adjust the horizontal position, press
for horizontal pattern adjustment.
Check the sewn pattern.
e If the part of the pattern indicated in the
illustration is sewn uniformly, the pattern is
correctly aligned.
If the pattern appears as shown below, the
stitching is misaligned in the vertical direction.
X Make the necessary adjustments according
to how the pattern is sewn.
■ Vertical pattern adjustment
If the pattern appears as shown below, the
stitching is misaligned in the horizontal
direction.
If the pattern is not sewn correctly, follow the
steps below to adjust the sewing.
Press
to increase the vertical space in the
design.
Press
to decrease the vertical space in the
design.
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■ Horizontal pattern adjustment
Press
to increase the horizontal space in
the design.
Press
to decrease the horizontal space in
the design.
h
Press
(Back key).
X It returns to the screen for adjusting the
pattern.
i machine and check the stitching.
Select
once again, start the sewing
Continue adjusting the pattern until it is sewn
correctly.
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Designing a Pattern (My Custom Stitch)
With the My Custom Stitch function, you can sew stitch patterns that you design yourself.
Mark the points in the pattern that are
Drawing a sketch of the
pattern
c positioned at intersections in the grid, and
then link those points with a continuous
straight line.
Prepare a grid sheet set.
Draw a sketch of the pattern on the grid sheet
a set.
3
d
Determine the sewing order.
9
8
11
12
13
Draw the pattern as one continuous line and
with the start point and the end point of the
design at the same height.
6
5
4
10
7
3
2
0
1 15
14
16 17
For a more attractive stitch, close the pattern by
intersecting the line.
If the pattern will be repeated, determine the
b space between the repeating patterns.
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Specify the coordinates of the second point,
.
e and then press
Entering the pattern data
Follow the pattern drawn on the grid sheet and
program the pattern into the sewing machine.
a
Attach monogramming foot “N”.
Repeat steps d through e to specify each
f point.
• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser
foot” (page 42).
b
Press
(Utility stitch key) on the operation
panel, and select
.
• If you make a mistake entering a point, press
, and the previous point is erased.
• To correct the content entered, press
You can insert, delete and move points.
.
After all points have been entered, press
.
X The screen for entering a pattern appears.
Check the grid sheet set, and specify the
c coordinates of the first point.
Specify the coordinates using
press
.
, and
g
Specify whether single stitching or triple
d stitching will be sewn between the points.
is single stitching, and
triple stitching.
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gives
X The sewing screen appears.
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Specify the various stitching settings, such as
h reverse/reinforcement stitching, in the same
way as with other stitches.
• To revise the pattern, press
.
Memo
z The pattern you entered can be saved for
later use. For details, refer to “Saving
patterns” (page 133).
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Examples of designs
Enter each of the points indicated in the table to sew the sample stitch.
Point
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EMBROIDERY
The steps for embroidering are described in this chapter.
Embroidering Neatly ......................... 142
Selecting Embroidery Patterns ...........157
What to prepare........................... 142
Embroidery step by step ............... 144
Copyright information..................157
Embroidery pattern types .............157
LCD (liquid crystal display)
operation ..........................................158
Selecting characters .....................160
Selecting an embroidery pattern ..161
Selecting a frame pattern .............162
Using an embroidery card
(sold separately) ...........................163
Embroidering.....................................164
Attaching the Embroidery Foot.......... 145
Attaching the embroidery foot ..... 145
Removing the embroidery foot..... 147
Attaching the Embroidery Unit.......... 148
Embroidery unit precautions ........ 148
Attaching the embroidery unit ..... 148
Removing the embroidery unit..... 150
Preparing the Fabric .......................... 151
Attaching an optional stabilizer
material to the fabric ................... 151
Setting the fabric
in the embroidery frame .............. 152
Attaching the Embroidery Frame....... 155
Attaching the embroidery frame .. 155
Removing the embroidery frame .. 156
Sewing attractive finishes .............164
Embroidering a pattern.................165
Appliquéing ..................................167
Editing Patterns .................................169
Adjusting the layout .....................169
Adjusting the thread tension.........171
Resewing ......................................172
Thread runs out partway
through a design...........................172
Stopping while embroidering .......173
Using the Memory Function ..............175
Embroidery data precautions........175
Saving patterns .............................176
Retrieving embroidery patterns
from the computer .......................177
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Embroidering Neatly
This section describes the preparations and basic procedures for embroidering.
What to prepare
■ Stabilizer material
Attach a stabilizer material for embroidery to the
fabric to prevent poor quality embroidery designs.
The following is necessary for embroidering.
■ Fabric
Prepare the fabric for embroidery. Prepare a piece
of fabric a little larger than the embroidery frame
that matches the size of the pattern you want to
sew.
Note
z Always use stabilizer when sewing
embroidery projects, especially when
embroidering on lightweight or stretch
fabrics. Not using a stabilizer may result in
poor quality embroidery designs.
z When embroidering on large pieces of
fabric, arrange the fabric so that it does not
hang off the table where the sewing machine
is placed. If embroidery is done with the
fabric hanging off, the embroidery unit
movement may be impaired, this could
cause the pattern to sew incorrectly.
CAUTION
● Do not embroider fabrics that are too
thick. To check the fabric thickness,
attach the embroidery frame to the
embroidery unit, and use
(“Needle
Position” button) to raise the needle. If
there is space between the presser foot
and the fabric, the fabric can be
embroidered. If there is not space, do not
embroider the fabric. Otherwise, the
needle may break, resulting in injury.
● Be careful when sewing overlapping
patterns. The needle may not easily pierce
the fabric, causing the needle to break.
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We recommend stabilizer material for
embroidery. Use a water soluble sheet on thin
materials like organdy and fabrics with a nap like
towels. For details, refer to “Optional accessories”
(page 10).
■ Embroidery thread
For the upper thread, use the embroidery thread
or country thread.
For the bobbin thread, use the embroidery bobbin
thread. For details, refer to “Optional accessories”
(page 10).
Note
z For good quality embroidery designs be sure
to use embroidery thread designed for
embroidery machines.
z Before starting to sew, be sure there is
enough bobbin thread. If you continue
embroidering when the bobbin thread is
low, the thread may become tangled.
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■ Needle
Use a 75/11 home sewing machine needle. When
embroidering on thick fabrics such as denim, use
a 90/14 home sewing machine needle.
Memo
z A 75/11 needle is already installed when the
sewing machine is purchased.
z When replacing the needle, refer to
“Replacing the needle” (page 40).
CAUTION
● Since ball point needles (gold colored) are
needles for fabrics where stitches are
easily skipped, such as pattern stitching
and stretch fabrics, be absolutely sure not
to use them for embroidery. The needle
may break or bend.
4
■ Other
Embroidery frames “small” and “medium” are
optional. For details, refer to “Optional
accessories” (page 10).
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Embroidery step by step
The basic steps for embroidery are as follows.
1
Presser foot attachment
Attach the embroidery foot “Q”.
For details on attaching the embroidery foot, refer to “Attaching the
embroidery foot” (page 145).
↓
2
Checking the needle
Use a needle matched to the fabric.
For details on replacing the needle, refer to “Replacing the needle” (page
40).
↓
3
Embroidery unit
attachment
Attach the embroidery unit.
For details on attaching the embroidery unit, refer to “Attaching the
embroidery unit” (page 148).
↓
4
Replacing the bobbin case
When using other kinds of embroidery bobbin thread, use the optional
alternate bobbin case (pink marking).
For details on replacing the bobbin case, refer to “Cleaning the race”
(page 180).
↓
5
Bobbin thread setup
For the bobbin thread, wind embroidery bobbin thread and set it in
place.
For details on setting up the bobbin thread, refer to “Winding/Installing
the Bobbin” (page 23).
↓
6
Fabric preparation
Attach a stabilizer material to the fabric, and hoop it in an embroidery
frame.
For details on preparing the fabric, refer to “Preparing the Fabric” (page
151).
↓
7
Embroidery frame
attachment
Attach the embroidery frame to the embroidery unit.
For details on attaching the embroidery frame, refer to “Attaching the
Embroidery Frame” (page 155).
↓
8
Pattern selection
Select an embroidery pattern.
For details on selecting embroidery patterns, refer to “Selecting
Embroidery Patterns” (page 157).
↓
9
Checking the layout
Check and adjust the size and position of the embroidery.
For details on adjusting the layout, refer to “Adjusting the layout” (page
169).
↓
10
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Embroidery thread setup
Set up embroidery thread according to the pattern.
For details on setting up the thread, refer to “Upper Threading” (page
29).
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Attaching the Embroidery Foot
This section describes how to attach the embroidery foot.
Attaching the embroidery foot
Attach the embroidery foot when embroidering. Have
the included embroidery foot “Q” and a screwdriver
ready.
1
CAUTION
● Before replacing the presser foot, be sure
to turn off the sewing machine, otherwise
injuries may occur if
(“Start/Stop”
button) is accidentally pressed and the
machine starts sewing.
c
Raise the presser foot lever.
2
a Embroidery foot bar
b Caught by the presser foot holder screw
a
CAUTION
● Always use the embroidery foot “Q”
when embroidering. If the wrong presser
foot is used, the needle may hit the
presser foot and break or bend.
Press
(“Needle Position” button) once or
a twice to raise the needle.
a Presser foot lever
X The presser foot is raised.
• At the time of purchase, the presser foot lever
is up.
Press and hold the black button on the back of
d the presser foot holder to detach the presser
foot.
a
1
b
a “Needle Position” button
X The needle goes up.
b
Turn off the sewing machine.
a Black button
b Presser foot holder
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Loosen the presser foot holder screw and
e remove the presser foot holder.
Turn the screwdriver toward the back.
Secure the embroidery foot with the presser
h foot holder screw.
Set the embroidery foot perpendicular.
b
a c
a Screwdriver
b Presser foot holder
c Presser foot holder screw
f hand, as shown.
Hold the embroidery foot with your right
Firmly tighten the presser foot holder screw.
i Turn the screwdriver toward the front.
Hold the embroidery foot with your index
finger wrapped around the lever at the back of
the foot.
a
CAUTION
a Lever
g the embroidery foot bar over the needle clamp
While pressing in the lever with your finger, fit
screw to attach the embroidery foot to the
presser foot bar.
1
2
a Embroidery foot bar
b Needle clamp screw
146
● Do not hit the needle with your finger or
the embroidery foot “Q” when attaching
it. The needle may break or cause injury.
● Be sure to tighten the screw with the
included screwdriver. If the screw is
loose, the needle may hit the presser foot
and break or bend.
● Before sewing, always turn the handwheel
toward you (counterclockwise) slowly to
make sure that the needle does not hit the
presser foot. Otherwise, the needle may
break or bend.
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Removing the embroidery foot
Press
(“Needle Position” button) once or
a twice to raise the needle.
1
a “Needle Position” button
b
Turn off the sewing machine.
c
Raise the presser foot lever.
4
a
a Presser foot lever
X The presser foot is raised.
d embroidery foot with your finger, loosen the
While pressing in the lever at the back of the
presser foot holder screw, and then remove
embroidery foot “Q”.
Turn the screwdriver toward the back.
e
Attach the presser foot holder.
• For details, refer to “Attaching the presser
foot holder” (page 44).
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Attaching the Embroidery Unit
This section describes how to attach the embroidery unit.
Embroidery unit precautions
Cautions for the embroidery unit will be explained
below.
Attaching the embroidery unit
Get the included embroidery unit ready.
CAUTION
● Do not move the sewing machine with the
embroidery unit in place. The embroidery
unit may be dropped and cause injury.
● Keep your hands and other objects away
from the embroidery carriage and frame.
Otherwise injury may result.
a
Turn off the sewing machine.
b
Pull the flat bed attachment off to the left.
Note
z Do not touch the connector in the
embroidery unit connector slot. The
connector could be damaged, and it may
cause malfunctions.
z Do not lift up on the embroidery carriage,
and do not forcefully move it. It may cause
malfunctions.
Slide the tab on the cover of the connection
c port in the direction of the arrow to open the
cover.
Note
z Be sure to close the cover of the connection
port when the embroidery unit is not being
used.
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Slide the embroidery unit onto the sewing
d machine arm.
Push it in until it clicks and stops.
CAUTION
● Do not put your hands or other objects
near the carriage. It may cause injury.
Note
z If the machine is initialized with hands or
objects near the carriage, the screen may
return to the initial display. After removing
whatever is near the carriage, turn the power
on again.
X The embroidery unit is attached.
e
X The screen for selecting the embroidery
pattern type is displayed.
Turn on the sewing machine.
4
X The confirmation message is displayed.
Be sure that no objects or hands are near the
.
f embroidery unit and press
• For details on the embroidery patterns, refer to
“Selecting Embroidery Patterns” (page 157).
Memo
z Utility stitches cannot be selected when the
embroidery unit is attached.
• When an animation is displayed on the
screen, the message above will be displayed
if you touch the screen with your finger.
X The carriage moves to its initial position.
a
a Carriage
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Hold the release button on the bottom left of
Removing the embroidery unit
d the embroidery unit, and slowly pull the
embroidery unit to the left.
Make sure that the sewing machine is completely
stopped and follow the instructions below.
a
Remove the embroidery frame.
b
Press
• For details on removing the embroidery
frame, refer to “Removing the embroidery
frame” (page 156).
, and then press
.
a
a Release button
X The embroidery carriage moves into a
position where it can be stored.
c
X The embroidery unit separates from the
sewing machine.
Turn off the sewing machine.
CAUTION
● Do not carry the embroidery unit by
holding the release button compartment.
CAUTION
● Always turn off the sewing machine
before removing the embroidery unit.
It may cause malfunctions if removed
when the machine is turned on.
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Preparing the Fabric
After attaching a stabilizer material to the embroidery fabric, it is stretched on an embroidery frame.
Prepare stabilizer material that is larger than
Attaching an optional stabilizer
material to the fabric
a the embroidery frame being used.
Attach a stabilizer material for embroidery to the
fabric to prevent poor quality embroidery designs.
3
1
2
a Fabric
b Size of embroidery frame
c Stabilizer material
Memo
z We recommend the stabilizer material for
embroidery. Use a water soluble stabilizer
on thin materials like organdy and fabrics
with a nap like towels. For details, refer to
“Optional accessories” (page 10).
b the adhesive surface of the stabilizer material
If you are using stabilizers with adhesive, place
against the wrong side of the fabric, and iron it
with a steam iron.
Note
z Always use stabilizer material for
embroidery with stretch fabrics, thin fabrics,
fabrics with a loose weave and fabrics where
stitches easily contract.
1
2
3
a Stabilizer material
b Fabric (wrong side)
c Attached surface
CAUTION
● Always use stabilizer material when
sewing embroidery projects. The needle
may break or bend if you embroider
without using a stabilizer material for thin
fabrics or stretch fabrics. Furthermore,
the pattern may be sewn incorrectly.
†
When it cannot be ironed or placed in the
hoop.
For fabrics, such as towels, which cannot be
ironed or for embroidering in places where
ironing is difficult, place the stabilizer
material under the fabric, and stretch the
fabric in the embroidery frame without
attaching the stabilizer.
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Setting the fabric in the
embroidery frame
The fabric is stretched in the embroidery frame. If the
fabric is loose, the quality of the embroidery pattern
may be poor. Put the fabric in the frame without slack
following the steps below. Have a fabric with a
stabilizer material attached and the embroidery frame
(medium, small, large or extra large (multi-position))
ready.
■ Embroidery frame (large)
Embroidery can be done in an area with a height of
up to 18 cm (7 inches) and a width of up to 13 cm
(5 inches). This is used to embroider multiple
patterns without changing the fabric position in the
frame.
CAUTION
● Use the embroidery frame that matches
the size of the pattern being embroidered.
Otherwise, the embroidery frame may be
hit by the presser foot and cause injury or
needle breakage.
a screw and remove the inner and outer frames,
Loosen the embroidery frame adjustment
placing the outer frame on a flat surface.
Separate the inner and outer frame by removing
inner frame upward.
1
2
3
■ Embroidery frame (medium)[option]
Patterns with a height of up to 10 cm (4 inches)
and a width of up to 10 cm (4 inches) can be sewn.
a Inner frame
b Outer frame
c Adjustment screw
Place the fabric with the stabilizer material on
b top of the outer frame.
Have the right side of the cloth up.
■ Embroidery frame (small)[option]
Patterns with a height of up to 2 cm (1 inch) and a
width of up to 6 cm (2-1/2 inches) can be sewn.
This is used for letters and other small embroidery.
1
a Right side
Press the inner frame in from the top of the
c fabric.
• There are patterns for which embroidery
frame (small) cannot be used.
■
Embroidery frame (extra large (multi-position))
Embroidery can be done in an area with a height of
up to 30 cm (12 inches) and a width of up to 13 cm
(5 inches). This is used to embroider connected or
combined characters or patterns, or large patterns.
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Line up
on the inner frame and
outer frame.
on
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Tighten the adjustment screw by hand just
d enough to secure the fabric.
Tighten the adjustment screw while removing
g any slack in the fabric by hand. The goal is to
have a drum-like sound when the stretched
fabric is struck lightly.
Gently remove the fabric from the frame
e without loosening the adjustment screw.
■ Using embroidery sheets
If the embroidery sheet attached to the
embroidery frame is used, the embroidery can be
sewn in exactly the right position on the fabric.
4
Memo
z This precautionary step will help reduce
pattern distortion while embroidering.
f fabric again, lining up
Press the inner frame in from the top of the
on the inner frame
and
on outer frame.
Make a mark with a chalk pen at the center of
a the position for the pattern to be embroidered.
1
2
3
1
2
5
a
b
c
d
e
a Embroidery pattern
b Mark
4
Outer frame
Inner frame
Fabric (right side)
Stabilizer material
Ledge of outer frame
• Press down firmly until the inner frame is
securely pressed against the ledge of the
outer frame.
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b
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Place the embroidery sheet on the inner frame.
1
3
■ Embroidery on fabrics that cannot be stretched
on an embroidery frame
When small pieces of fabric that cannot be
stretched on an embroidery frame or thin pieces
like ribbon are being embroidered, use stabilizer
material as a base to stretch on the frame.
We recommend stabilizer material for all
embroidery.
2
a Embroidery sheet
b Inner frame
c Embroidery sheet base lines
1
2
Line the mark on the fabric up with the base
c line on the embroidery sheet.
3
1
3
2
Place the inner frame with the fabric on the
d outer frame and stretch the fabric.
• For details, refer to page 152.
e
Remove the embroidery sheet.
1
3
a Stabilizer material
b Tack or spray glue
c Fabric
After completing the embroidery, remove the
stabilizer material carefully.
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Attaching the Embroidery Frame
This section describes how to attach the embroidery frame.
Attaching the embroidery
frame
1
Wind the embroidery bobbin thread onto the
a bobbin and set it into the bobbin case.
• For details, refer to “Winding/Installing the
Bobbin” (page 23).
b
1
a Lever
Raise the presser foot lever.
1
2
a
4
a Presser foot lever
2
Pass the embroidery frame under the presser
c foot while raising the presser foot lever even
further.
a Mounting brackets
b Pins
3
CAUTION
● Do not hit the needle with your finger or
the embroidery frame. It may cause injury
or needle breakage.
Note
z Be sure to insert both pins. If only the
forward or the back pin is inserted, the
pattern may not turn out correctly.
While lightly holding the lever on the frame
d holder to the left, align the two pins on the
embroidery frame holder with the mounting
brackets on the frame, and then press the
frame into the embroidery frame holder until a
click is heard.
After pressing the front mounting bracket onto
the pin so that it clicks into place, press the
back mounting bracket into place.
CAUTION
● Correctly set the embroidery frame into
the embroidery frame holder. Otherwise,
the presser foot may hit the embroidery
frame, resulting in injury.
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Pass the embroidery frame under the presser
c foot while raising the presser foot lever even
Removing the embroidery
frame
further.
Make sure that the sewing machine is completely
stopped and follow the instructions below.
a
Raise the presser foot lever.
a
CAUTION
a Presser foot lever
While pushing the lever of the embroidery
b frame holder to the left, lift the embroidery
frame up to remove it.
Remove the back mounting bracket from the
pin, and then remove the front mounting
bracket from the pin.
1
1
a Lever
1
2
2
a Mounting brackets
b Pins
3
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● Do not hit the needle with your finger or
the embroidery frame. It may cause injury
or needle breakage.
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Selecting Embroidery Patterns
This section provides details on the various types of embroidery patterns available and the procedure for
selecting a pattern.
■ Frame patterns
10 shapes, such as squares and circles, can be
combined with 12 stitch types.
Copyright information
The patterns saved in the sewing machine and
embroidery cards are intended for private use only.
Any public or commercial use of copyrighted
patterns is an infringement of copyright law and is
strictly prohibited.
Embroidery pattern types
An embroidery pattern can be selected from the
following types available.
a
b
c
d
• For details, refer to “Selecting a frame
pattern” (page 162).
■ Embroidery card (sold separately)
Patterns from an embroidery card can be
embroidered.
• For details, refer to “Using an embroidery
card (sold separately)” (page 163).
■ Patterns saved in the machine's memory
Patterns, such as frequently used character
combinations, can be saved in the machine’s
memory to be retrieved later and embroidered.
Patterns consisting of up to 12 patterns or 512 KB
can be saved.
• For details, refer to “Saving patterns” (page
176).
e
a
b
c
d
e
f
g
f
g
Embroidery patterns
Additional embroidery patterns
Alphabet patterns
Frame patterns
Embroidery card
Patterns saved in the machine's memory
Patterns retrieved from the computer
■ Patterns retrieved from the computer
Patterns retrieved from a computer can be
embroidered.
• For details, refer to “Retrieving embroidery
patterns from the computer” (page 177).
■ Embroidery patterns (Embroidery patterns/
Additional embroidery patterns)
There are total 136 patterns. The patterns are
completed by changing the upper thread
according to the instructions displayed on the
screen.
• For details, refer to “Selecting an embroidery
pattern” (page 161).
■ Alphabet patterns
There are 6 types of characters (European
characters); upper case/lower case/numbers/
symbols.
• For details, refer to “Selecting characters”
(page 160).
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LCD (liquid crystal display)
operation
The LCD (liquid crystal display) is operated using the
operation keys on the operation panel. The use of the
keys for embroidery will be explained below.
■ Operation keys
DISPLAY UNIT
The measurement units that are displayed can be
selected. [mm/inch]
EMBROIDERY TENSION
The thread tension for embroidering can be
adjusted. [-8 to +8]
Returns to the previous screen.
When there are patterns that are not
displayed on the screen (when
or
is displayed), the previous
patterns/subsequent patterns are
displayed.
Returns to the type selection screen.
The selected pattern is cancelled.
Press this key to adjust language or
change the thread color display or
other settings.
Press
(Settings key).
NAME OF COLOR: Typical color name
TIME: Time required for embroidering
NEEDLE COUNT: Needle progress number
#123: Select from the following thread color
number sets
• EMBROIDERY (POLYESTER) THREAD#
• COUNTRY (COTTON) THREAD#
• MADEIRA POLY THREAD#
• MADEIRA RAYON THREAD#
• SULKY POLY THREAD#
• ROBISON-ANTON POLY THREAD#
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MAX EMBROIDERY SPEED (SPM)
The maximum embroidering speed can be
selected. [650SPM/350SPM]
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■ LCD button
When a specific pattern is selected,
press this key and then, press
to switch the display. The
sewing settings such as the specified
alphabet character string and color
are confirmed.
The needle progresses one color or
one stitch (if pressed continuously, 9
stitches to 20 stitches) at a time and
changes the position for starting the
embroidery. This is used when a
specific color is not sewn or when
restarting the sewing machine after
power has been turned off in the
middle of the operation.
Press this key to change the thread
settings.
Back one
color
Back one
stitch
Forward
one color
Forward
one stitch
• For details, refer to “Resewing” (page 172).
Press this key to select or cancel
programmed thread cutting.
Press
tension.
or
The position of the pattern within the
embroidery frame can be checked,
and the size and angle can be
changed.
to adjust the thread
Press
or
to change the
thread density (character patterns
only).
Press this key to adjust the pattern.
• For details, refer to “Adjusting the layout”
(page 169).
Memo
z Keys that appear surrounded with a dotted
line cannot be used.
Press this key when you want to
change the color character by
character in character embroidery.
Since the sewing machine stops at
the end of each character, the upper
thread is changed as you sew.
Press this key again to cancel multi-color.
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Selecting characters
Specify the characters for embroidery.
Memo
z When “The pattern is too large for the
embroidery frame.“ is displayed, no more
characters can be input.
z Characters of different styles (sans serif, serif,
and outline, etc.) cannot be combined.
a
Select the character stitches.
b
Select the character style.
c If a wrong character was selected, press
Select the characters.
†
.
Example: Welcome
Switch between uppercase/lowercase
Switch among large/medium/small sizes
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Select the pattern.
b Switch the screen using
key) and
(Previous page
(Next page key).
Memo
z The character pattern that you created can
be saved for later use. For details, refer to
“Saving patterns” (page 176).
/
is pressed, the display of
• When
patterns moves backward/forward 10 patterns.
Selecting an embroidery pattern
There are total of 136 embroidery patterns, such as
fruits and animals, saved in the machine's memory.
4
70 Embroidery patterns
66 Embroidery patterns
X When a pattern is selected, it can be
embroidered.
Memo
z Refer to “Embroidery Pattern Color Change
Table“ in the Quick reference guide for
samples of completed patterns and the
thread used.
a
Select the type of the embroidery pattern.
X The pattern selection screen is displayed.
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Select the stitch.
Selecting a frame pattern
10 shapes, such as squares and circles, can be
combined with 12 stitch types.
c Switch the screen using
(Previous page
key)
(Next page key), and select from the
12 stitches.
Memo
z Refer to “Frame patterns“ in the Quick
reference guide for frame pattern shapes and
stitches.
a
Press the frame pattern.
X The frame shape selection screen is
displayed.
b Switch the screen using
Select the frame shape.
(Previous page
key)
(Next page key), and select from the
ten types.
X The stitch selection screen is displayed.
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X When a stitch is selected, it can be
embroidered.
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Insert the embroidery card in the embroidery
Using an embroidery card
(sold separately)
b card slot on the right side of the sewing
machine.
Face the arrow on the embroidery card toward
you, and insert it in the direction of the arrow.
If an embroidery card is used, you can embroider
patterns other than the patterns saved in the sewing
machine. There are various cards with different
themes.
Note
z Always turn off the sewing machine to insert
and remove embroidery cards.
z Insert the embroidery card into the
embroidery card slot, facing it in the right
direction.
z Do not put anything other than an
embroidery card in the embroidery card slot.
z When embroidery cards are not in use, keep
them in their storage cases.
z Use only embroidery cards manufactured for
this machine. Using unauthorized cards may
cause your machine to operate incorrectly.
z Embroidery cards purchased in foreign
countries may not work with your machine.
z Large patterns supplied on embroidery cards
may be difficult to view on the screen.
a
Turn off the sewing machine.
c
Turn on the sewing machine.
4
d
Press the embroidery card on the screen.
X The selection screen for the patterns saved in
the card is displayed.
e The operation is the same as in “Selecting
Select a pattern.
Embroidery Patterns” (page 157).
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Embroidering
After the preparations are done, you can try embroidering. This section describes the steps for
embroidering and appliquéing.
Sewing attractive finishes
There are many factors that go into sewing beautiful embroidery. Using the appropriate stabilizer (page 151) and
hooping the fabric in the frame (page 152) are two important factors mentioned earlier. Another important point
is the appropriateness of the needle and thread being used. See the explanation of threads below. Included with
this machine are two bobbin cases. Follow the explanation below.
Upper thread
Use embroidery thread, or country embroidery thread intended for use with
this machine.
Other embroidery threads may not yield optimum results.
Bobbin thread
Use embroidery bobbin thread intended for use with this machine.
Thread
Memo
z If you use threads other than those listed above, the embroidery may not sew out correctly.
Bobbin case
a
1 Marking Green/Pink
Standard bobbin case (green marking on the screw) is in the machine for
sewing and embroidery. The bobbin case originally installed in the machine
has a green screw.
Alternate bobbin case (pink marking on the screw) is set with tighter tension
for embroidery with different weights of bobbin threads and a variety of
embroidery techniques.
For details on how to remove the bobbin case, refer to “Cleaning the race” (page 180).
Note
z Before embroidering, check that there is enough thread in the bobbin. If you continue sewing without
enough thread in the bobbin, the thread may tangle.
z Do not leave objects in the range of motion of the embroidery frame. The frame may strike the object
and cause a poor finish to the embroidery pattern.
z When embroidering on large garments (especially jackets or other heavy fabrics), do not let the fabric
hang over the table. Otherwise, the embroidery unit cannot move freely, and the pattern may not turn
out as planned.
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†
Example: Embroidery thread number selected
Embroidering a pattern
Embroidery patterns are embroidered with a change
of thread after each color.
Prepare embroidery thread of the color shown
a on the screen.
c
a
b
d
e
a Embroidery frames that can be used for
embroidering
b Current color step/Number of colors in design
c Current name of color
d Current color part
e Next color part
Set the embroidery thread, and thread the
b needle.
• The thread color number set displayed for the
• Refer to “Threading the upper thread” (page
30) and “Threading the needle” (page 32).
thread colors can be changed. Press
(Settings key), and then change the setting in
the settings screen. For details, refer to “LCD
(liquid crystal display) operation” (page 158).
z Before using the needle threader, be sure to
lower the presser foot.
Note
c hole, and hold it lightly in your left hand.
Pass the thread through the embroidery foot
Give the thread a little slack.
CAUTION
● If the thread is pulled too tight, the needle
may break or bend.
● Do not let hands or objects hit the
carriage while sewing. The pattern may
misalign.
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Lower the presser foot lever.
h
Press
(“Start/Stop” button) again.
X The embroidery begins again.
X Stitching stops automatically with
reinforcement after one color has been
completed. When automatic thread cutting
is set, the thread is cut.
1
Set up embroidery thread for the next color,
a through h .
i and repeat steps
a Presser foot lever
e
Press
(“Start/Stop” button).
j
Cut the excess thread.
X When the last color is sewn, “Finished
sewing.” will appear on the display. Press
, and the display will return to the
initial screen.
Memo
1
a “Start/Stop” button
f (“Start/Stop” button) to stop the machine.
After progressing 5-6 stitches, press
g of the stitching.
Use scissors to cut the thread at the beginning
Cut the thread at the edge of the stitching.
• If the thread is left at the beginning of the
stitching, it may be sewn over as you
continue embroidering the pattern, making it
very difficult to deal with the thread after the
pattern is finished. Trim the thread at the
beginning.
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z For the automatic cutting setting, refer to
“LCD (liquid crystal display) operation”
(page 158).
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Remove the fabric from the embroidery frame,
d and cut it out along the cut-out line.
Appliquéing
Cut carefully along the stitching and remove
the thread.
Prepare the base fabric and the appliqué fabric
(appliqué piece). Press
(Settings key), and set
the thread color display to NAME OF COLOR, so
“APPLIQUE MATERIAL”, “APPLIQUE POSITION”
and “APPLIQUE” are displayed on the screen.
a
Select an appliqué pattern.
• If it is not cut right on the stitching, it will not
be finished neatly.
Stretch the base fabric on the embroidery
e frame.
When “APPLIQUE MATERIAL“ is displayed on
b the screen, apply iron-on stabilizer to the back
of the appliqué piece fabric, and stretch it on
the embroidery frame.
f
Set up the thread for appliquéing.
Lower the presser foot lever, and press
g (“Start/Stop” button).
X The position for the appliqué is stitched, and
the sewing machine stops.
1
c
Lower the presser foot lever, and press
(“Start/Stop” button).
2
X The cut-out for the appliqué piece is sewn,
and the sewing machine stops.
a Appliqué position
b Base fabric
X “APPLIQUE“ will be displayed on the
screen.
1
2
a Cut-out line
b Appliqué piece fabric
X “APPLIQUE POSITION“ will be displayed
on the screen.
h adhesive to the back of the appliqué piece, and
Apply a thin layer of fabric glue or spray
attach it in the appliqué position.
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Lower the presser foot lever, and press
(“Start/Stop” button).
Note
z When “APPLIQUE MATERIAL”, “APPLIQUE
POSITION” and “APPLIQUE” are displayed,
a specific color thread does not appear. Use
a proper color thread to match the appliqué
piece.
j change thread colors as you sew.
Follow the instructions on the screen, and
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Editing Patterns
This section describes ways to edit, adjust, and reposition patterns.
Adjusting the layout
The pattern is normally positioned in the center of the
embroidery frame.
You can check the layout before starting embroidery
and change the position and the size.
Memo
z Keys that appear surrounded with a dotted
line cannot be used.
a
After selecting the embroidery pattern, press
.
X The embroidery screen is displayed.
c
Check and adjust the layout.
a
bc d e f
g
k
h
j
i
a
b
c
d
e
f
g
h
i
j
k
Layout within the frame
Available embroidery frames
Display unit (cm/INCH)
Change position keys
Size key
Layout key
Rotation key
Horizontal mirror image key
Distance from the center
Embroidery size
Starting point key
4
Embroidery frame size
These flash if the pattern was resized,
the layout was adjusted, or the
recommended embroidery frame size
was changed. Embroidery frame icons
that appear in gray cannot be used.
Size key
Increases/decreases the size of the
b
Press
.
pattern. Press
previous screen.
to return to the
X The layout screen is displayed.
Decreases size
Returns to original size
Returns to center position (when the
pattern was moved with the change
position key)
Increases size
Change position keys
Moves the embroidery position up,
down, left and right.
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Starting point key
Moves the needle start position to align
the needle with the pattern position.
Memo
z If you make a note of the values in the lower
part of screen when you change the size and
position, you can sew with the same size
and layout even if you have to turn the
power back on in the middle of your work.
• Press
to return to the previous screen.
Layout key
Press this key to move to rotation
screen.
Moves the needle to the position of
the selected needle start position.
Moves the frame to check the pattern
position.
Rotation key
Rotates the pattern one degree, 10
degrees or 90 degrees at a time.
• Press
(Back key) to return to the
previous screen.
CAUTION
Rotates the pattern 90 degrees to the
left
Rotates the pattern 90 degrees to the
right
Rotates the pattern 10 degrees to the
left
Rotates the pattern 10 degrees to the
right
Rotates the pattern 1 degree to the
left
Rotates the pattern 1 degree to the
right
Returns the pattern to its original
position
Horizontal mirror image key
Mirrors the pattern left and right.
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● Never lower the needle when the
embroidery frame is moving. The needle
may break or bend.
● When you have revised the pattern, check
the display of available embroidery
frames and use an appropriate frame. If
you use an embroidery frame not
displayed as available for use, the presser
foot may strike the frame and possibly
cause injury.
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d
Press
(Back key) to return to the
original screen.
Adjusting the thread tension
If embroidery fails, it is difficult to undo the thread
and the fabric may be damaged. Before
embroidering, use a scrap of the same fabric to check
the adjustment of the thread tension, etc.
To adjust the thread tension, press
key).
(Settings
Memo
z When the power is turned off, the layout
returns to the original setting.
z You can also check the pattern size and
distance from the center by pressing
after beginning embroidering.
Press
to weaken the thread tension.
Press
to tighten the thread tension.
■ Correct thread tension
The thread tension is correct when upper thread
is just visible on back of the fabric.
1
2
a Right side
b Wrong side
■ Upper thread is too tight
The lower thread will be visible on the front of the
fabric. In this instance, decrease the upper thread
tension.
1
2
a Right side
b Wrong side
■ Upper thread is too loose
The upper thread has slack. In this instance,
increase the upper thread tension.
1
2
a Right side
b Wrong side
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Thread runs out partway
through a design
Resewing
When the wrong upper thread color has been sewn,
it can be resewn with the correct color.
Press
(“Start/Stop” button) to stop the
a sewing machine.
b
Press
c
Press
.
When the upper thread or the bobbin thread runs out
while sewing, the sewing machine stops. Move the
needle back about 10 stitches and resume sewing.
a
Set up the upper or bobbin thread.
b
Press
.
c
Press
.
.
Press
(Back one color) to return to the
d beginning of the mistaken color.
Press
(Back one stitch) to move the
d needle back about 10 stitches.
(Forward one stitch) increases the stitch
number.
e
Set up the correct color for the upper thread.
Press
(“Start/Stop” button) to continue
f the design.
e
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Restart the embroidery.
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Stopping while embroidering
c
Press
(Embroidery key).
If the embroidery is stopped before it is complete,
check the current needle count before turning off the
sewing machine.
Memo
z When the sewing machine is turned off, the
embroidery size and layout return to the
original setting.
Press
(“Start/Stop” button) to stop the
a sewing machine.
X The confirmation message is displayed.
d
.
Press
Check the current needle count on the screen
b and make a note of it.
X The selected pattern is deleted, and the
screen for selecting the embroidery pattern
type is displayed.
e
Turn off the sewing machine.
If the needle count is not displayed, press
(Settings key), and then use
to display
the following screen.
• Always detach the embroidery unit when you
move the sewing machine.
Turn on the sewing machine and select the
f pattern.
g
Press
.
Press
(Back key) to return to the
embroidery screen.
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h
Press
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.
i the beginning of the color you want to
Press
(Forward one color) to move to
embroider.
Press
(Forward one stitch) to increase
j the needle count.
If
is pressed continuously, it moves
forward 1 —> 9 —> 30 stitches.
Move forward to about 10 stitches before the
total number of stitches confirmed in b.
k
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Restart the embroidery.
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Using the Memory Function
Embroidery data precautions
Observe the following precautions when using embroidery data other than that created and saved in this machine.
CAUTION
● When using embroidery data other than our original patterns, the thread or needle may break
when sewing with a stitch density that is too fine or when sewing three or more overlapping
stitches. In that case, use one of our original data design systems to edit the embroidery data.
■ Types of Embroidery Data that can be Used
• Only .pes and .dst embroidery data files can be used with this machine. Using data other than that saved
using our data design systems or sewing machines may cause the embroidery machine to malfunction.
■ Computers and Operating Systems with the Following Specifications can be Used
• Compatible models:
IBM PC with a USB port as standard equipment
IBM PC-compatible computer equipped with a USB port as standard equipment
• Compatible operating systems:
Microsoft Windows Me/2000/XP
(Windows 98SE requires a driver. Download the driver from our web site (www.brother.com).)
■ Precautions on Using the Computer to Create and Save Data
• If the file name of embroidery data cannot be identified, for example, because the name contains special
characters, the file is not displayed. If this occurs, change the name of the file. We recommend using the
26 letters of the alphabet (uppercase and lowercase), the numbers 0 through 9, “-”, and “_”.
• If .pes embroidery data larger than 30 cm (H) × 13 cm (W) is selected, a message appears asking if you
wish to rotate the pattern 90 degrees.
Embroidery data larger than 30 cm (H) × 13 cm (W), even after being rotated 90 degrees, cannot be used
(All designs must be within the 30 cm (H) × 13 cm (W) design field size.)
• .pes files saved with the number of stitches, the number of colors and the number of combined patterns
exceeding the specified limits cannot be displayed. Use one of our original data design systems to edit the
embroidery pattern so that it meets the specifications.
• Embroidery data stored in a folder created in USB media can be retrieved.
• Do not create folders in “Removable Disk” on a computer. If embroidery data is stored in a folder in
“Removable Disk”, that embroidery data cannot be retrieved by the machine.
• Even if the embroidery unit is not attached, the machine will manage embroidery data.
■ Tajima (.dst) Embroidery Data
• .dst data is displayed in the pattern list screen by file name (the actual image cannot be displayed). Only
the first eight characters of the file name can be displayed.
• Since Tajima (.dst) data does not contain specific thread color information, it is displayed with our default
thread color sequence. Check the preview and change the thread colors as desired.
■ Trademarks
• IBM is a registered trademark or a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
• Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
Each company whose software title is mentioned in this manual has a Software License Agreement specific
to its proprietary programs.
All other brands and product names mentioned in this manual are registered trademarks of their respective
companies. However, the explanations for markings such as ® and ™ are not clearly described within the text.
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Saving patterns
The embroidery patterns and the alphabet characters
you have customized can be saved in the sewing
machine's memory.
Since the saved patterns will not be erased when the
power is turned off, you can always retrieve them for
embroidery. This is convenient for saving names and
the like. You can save up to 12 patterns or 512 KB of
data.
b
Select the pattern you wish to retrieve.
Switch screens using
and
(Previous page key)
(Next page key).
b
a
c
■ Saving a pattern
a
After selecting the pattern to be saved, press
(Memory key).
a Total amount of memory used
b Total amount of memory space
c Number of the currently displayed page from the
total number of pages
X The selected pattern is shown in reverse
highlighting.
Press
.
c To delete the saved pattern, press
.
X After the pattern is saved, the initial screen
appears again.
X The saved pattern is retrieved.
Note
z Do not turn off the sewing machine while
the pattern is being saved, otherwise the
pattern data may be lost.
X The embroidery screen appears, and you
can embroider the retrieved pattern.
■ Retrieving a pattern.
a
Press
.
Note
X The saved patterns are displayed.
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z Characters saved from an embroidery card
must have the embroidery card inserted in
the machine in order to retrieve the memory
saved from the embroidery card.
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c
Retrieving embroidery
patterns from the computer
Copy the pattern data to “Removable Disk”.
Plug the USB cable connectors into the
a corresponding USB port connectors on the
computer and on the machine.
a
b
X Pattern data in “Removable Disk” is written
to the machine.
Note
z While data is being written, do not
disconnect the USB cable.
z Do not create folders within “Removable
Disk”. Since folders are not displayed, pattern
data within folders cannot be retrieved.
z While the machine is sewing, do not write
data to or delete data from “Removable Disk”.
b
a
a USB port connector for computer
b USB cable connector
d
Press
.
Memo
z The USB cable can be plugged into the USB
port connectors on the computer and
machine whether or not they are turned on.
The “Removable Disk” icon appears in “My
b Computer” on the computer.
X The saved patterns are displayed.
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Select the pattern you wish to retrieve.
Switch screens using
and
(Previous page key)
Adjust the pattern as desired, and then begin
g embroidering.
(Next page key).
b
a
c
Note
a Total amount of memory used
b Total amount of memory space
c Number of the currently displayed page from the
total number of pages
X The selected pattern is shown in reverse
highlighting.
f
Press
.
X The saved pattern is retrieved.
X The embroidery screen appears, and you
can embroider the retrieved pattern.
178
z If there are 13 or more patterns saved in
“Removable Disk”, the patterns cannot be
displayed. When the message “Reduce the
number of patterns. Only up to 12 patterns
can be handled.” appears, delete patterns
from “Removable Disk” so that it contains
no more than 12 patterns. Then, close the
error message, repeat the procedure starting
to retrieve
from step d and then press
the pattern.
z If patterns copied to “Removable Disk” are
not saved in the machine's memory, their
data is lost when the machine is turned off.
In order to retrieving patterns directly from
the machine the next time that they are
needed, save the data in the machine's
memory before turning off the machine. For
details, refer to “Saving patterns” (page 176).
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The various maintenance and troubleshooting procedures are described in this chapter.
Care and Maintenance ..........................................................................................180
Cleaning the machine surface ..........................................................................180
Cleaning the race .............................................................................................180
Troubleshooting ....................................................................................................182
Error messages .................................................................................................187
Adjusting the LCD ............................................................................................190
Operation beep ................................................................................................190
Canceling the operation beep ..........................................................................191
Upgrading Your Machine’s Software.....................................................................192
Index .....................................................................................................................193
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Care and Maintenance
Simple sewing machine maintenance operations are described below.
Grasp both sides of the needle plate cover, and
Cleaning the machine surface
d then slide it toward you.
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 damp cloth, wipe it again with a dry
cloth.
CAUTION
● Unplug the power cord before cleaning
the machine, otherwise injuries or an
electric shock may occur.
a
a Needle plate cover
X The needle plate cover is removed.
e Grasp the bobbin case, and then pull it out.
Remove the bobbin case.
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.
1
a Bobbin case
f remove any lint and dust from the race and its
Use the cleaning brush or a vacuum cleaner to
surrounding area.
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.
a
b
a Cleaning brush
b Race
• Do not apply oil to the bobbin case.
Remove the flat bed attachment or the
c embroidery unit if either is attached.
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Insert the bobbin case so that the projection
g on the bobbin case aligns with the spring.
Insert the tabs on the needle plate cover into
h the needle plate, and then slide the cover back
on.
a
a
b
a Needle plate cover
2
1
a Projection
b Spring
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
(green marking), XC8167-251(pink
marking)), contact your nearest
authorized service center.
● Be sure that the bobbin case is correctly
installed, otherwise the needle may break.
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a Bobbin case
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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
Reference
The machine is not turned on.
Turn on the machine.
page 17
The “Start/Stop” button was not
pressed.
Press the “Start/Stop” button.
page 51
The presser foot lever is raised.
Lower the presser foot lever.
page 50
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.
page 51
The needle is incorrectly installed. Correctly install the needle.
The needle breaks.
182
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 39
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 68
The upper thread tension is too
tight.
Loosen the upper thread tension.
page 57
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 40
–
page 29
page 23
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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 29
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 39
The upper thread tension is too
tight.
Loosen the upper thread tension.
page 57
The thread is tangled, for example,
in the bobbin case.
Remove the tangled thread. If the
thread is tangled in the bobbin case,
clean the race.
page 180
The needle is bent or blunt.
Replace the needle.
page 40
The needle is incorrectly installed. Correctly install the needle.
Bobbin thread
does not wind
neatly on the
bobbin.
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 23
The thread that was pulled out
was not wound onto the bobbin
correctly.
Wind the thread that was pulled off
around the bobbin five or six times
clockwise.
page 25
Bobbin spins slowly.
Move the sewing speed controller to
the right (so that the speed will be
fast).
page 26
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Symptom
The lower thread
is tangled or
breaks.
The thread tension
is incorrect.
The fabric is
wrinkled.
184
Probable Cause
Remedy
Reference
The bobbin thread is incorrectly
installed.
Correctly install the bobbin thread.
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 180
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 23
The upper thread was not
threaded correctly.
Correct the upper threading.
page 29
The bobbin thread is incorrectly
installed.
Correctly install the bobbin thread.
page 27
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 39
The presser foot holder is
incorrectly installed.
Correctly install the presser foot
holder.
page 44
The thread tension is incorrect.
Adjust the tension of the upper
thread.
page 57
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 23
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 27,
page 29
The spool is incorrectly installed.
Correctly install the spool.
page 29
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 39
The needle is bent or blunt.
Replace the needle.
page 40
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,
page 64
The thread tension is incorrect.
Adjust the tension of the upper
thread.
page 57
page 27
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Symptom
Stitches are
skipped.
A high-pitched
noise is made
while sewing.
The thread does
not pass through
the eye of the
needle.
The stitch is not
sewn correctly.
The fabric does
not feed.
Probable Cause
Remedy
Reference
The upper thread was not
threaded correctly.
Correct the upper threading.
page 29
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 39
The needle is bent or blunt.
Replace the needle.
page 40
The needle is incorrectly installed. Correctly install the needle.
page 40
Dust has accumulated under the
Remove the needle plate cover and
needle plate or in the bobbin case. clean the race.
page 180
Dust has accumulated in the feed
dogs or in the bobbin case.
Clean the race.
page 180
The upper thread was not
threaded correctly.
Correct the upper threading.
page 29
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 23
The needle has not been raised to
the correct position.
Press the “Needle Position” button.
page 32
–
The needle is incorrectly installed. Correctly install the needle.
page 40
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 68
The thread tension is incorrect.
Adjust the tension of the upper
thread.
page 57
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 180
The feed dogs are lowered.
Slide the drop feed lever to the right
(as seen from the rear of machine).
page 108
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 68
The thread is tangled, for example,
in the bobbin case.
Remove the tangled thread. If the
thread is tangled in the bobbin case,
clean the race.
page 180
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Symptom
Probable Cause
Remedy
Reference
The sewing lamp is damaged.
Contact your retailer or the nearest
authorized service center.
The machine is not turned on.
Turn on the machine.
page 17
Nothing appears
in the LCD.
The brightness of the LCD is either
too light or too dark.
Adjust the brightness of the LCD.
page 190
Machine does not
operate when
button is pressed.
An animation is displayed on the
LCD.
Touch the LCD with your finger, and
the animation will disappear.
page 18
No pattern selected.
Select a pattern.
page 157
The embroidery unit is not set up
correctly.
Set the embroidery unit up correctly.
page 148
The fabric is not fully stretched on
the embroidery frame. The fabric
is loose.
Stretch the fabric properly on the
embroidery frame.
page 152
No stabilizer material is attached.
Always use stabilizer material for
embroidery with stretch fabrics, thin
fabrics, fabrics with a loose weave
and fabrics where stitches easily
contract.
page 151
The thread is tangled and the
bobbin case, etc., is plugged up.
Remove the tangled thread. When
the bobbin case is plugged up, clean
the race.
page 180
The thread tension is incorrect.
Adjust the tension of the upper
thread.
page 171
Objects are placed near the
carriage or embroidery frame.
If the embroidery unit carriage or
embroidery frame bumps into objects,
the pattern will be misaligned. Do not
place objects within the range of
embroidery frame motion.
page 149
Material coming out of the
embroidery frame is causing
problems.
Stretch the fabric on the frame once
again so that the material coming out
of the embroidery frame does not
cause problems, rotate the pattern
and embroider.
–
A heavy fabric is being
embroidered, and the fabric is
hanging off the table.
If embroidery is done with the fabric
hanging off the table, the embroidery
unit movement will be impaired.
Support the fabric while embroidering.
–
The fabric is catching. It is
pinched.
Stop the sewing machine and set the
fabric up correctly.
–
The carriage was moved while the
embroidery frame was being
removed or attached during
embroidery.
If the carriage is moved during the
process, the pattern may be misaligned.
Be careful when removing or
attaching the embroidery frame.
–
The sewing lamp
does not come on.
Embroidery unit
does not move.
Embroidery not
neatly done.
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Error messages
When erroneous operations are performed messages and advice on operation will be displayed on the LCD.
Follow what is displayed. The message may disappear if the operation is performed correctly. The message will
disappear if
is pressed while the message is displayed.
Error Message
Probable Cause
There is a possibility that the data for the selected pattern is corrupted.
Either the “Start/Stop” button or the “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch”
button was pressed at a screen other than the sewing screen.
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”. You have selected a pattern for
which width control cannot be used.
The twin needle setting is selected while a pattern that cannot be sewn
with the twin needle is selected.
Upper thread broken.
Upper thread not set up correctly.
Upper thread has run out.
CAUTION
Be sure to rethread the machine. If you press the “Start/Stop” button
without rethreading the machine, the thread tension may be wrong or
the needle may break and cause injury.
You tried to create a design with too many points with the My Custom
Stitch function.
The machine is deleting a previously saved pattern while in embroidery
edit mode.
The “Start/Stop” button was pressed while the foot controller was
connected. You tried to use the foot controller for embroidery.
While embroidering, data is written to the “Removable Disk” in the
connected computer or data is deleted from the “Removable Disk”.
The “Start/Stop” button was pressed before the editing was completed
with the My custom stitch function.
on the LCD was pressed when no card was inserted.
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Error Message
Probable Cause
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, satin stitches,
cross stitches or combined utility stitches.
The memory is full and the stitch or pattern cannot be saved.
You pressed the back key or the utility stitch key or the embroidery key
while a pattern was selected.
You changed the stitch pattern settings, and then tried to save them by
pressing the manual memory key.
You tried to select an embroidery pattern or change the layout when
the needle was down.
The machine is turned on while the needle is lowered and the
embroidery unit is attached.
This message is displayed when the embroidery unit is trying to
initialize while the embroidery foot is lowered.
When 13 or more patterns are in “Removable Disk”, a pattern was
being retrieved.
Retrieving the pattern
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.
The “Start/Stop” button or “Reverse/Reinforcement Stitch” button was
pressed when no pattern is selected.
Bobbin thread has run out.
Little bobbin thread remains.
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Error Message
Probable Cause
When the embroidery unit is attached.
You tried to set a number of characters that will not fit within the frame.
The upper thread has become tangled around the bobbin case, and the
needle is bent and hitting the needle plate, etc., so the sewing machine
stops (refer to page 182).
You tried a function that cannot be used when the embroidery unit is
attached.
A card that cannot be used with this product has been inserted, and you
tried to select a pattern from the card.
An embroidery pattern incompatible with this machine was selected.
The utility stitch or character stitch key was pressed while the
embroidery unit is attached.
You try to retrieve a pattern downloaded as one for a different machine.
The machine is in embroidery mode and the combined character
pattern is too large for the embroidery frame. You can rotate the pattern
90 degrees and continue combining characters.
Transmitting by USB
The “Start/Stop” button, the embroidery key, or the memory key is
pressed in embroidery mode, but the embroidery unit is not attached.
The bobbin winder is winding the bobbin.
Troubleshooting 189
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Adjusting the LCD
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. In such a case, perform
the following operation.
a
Turn off the sewing machine.
Turn on the sewing machine while pressing
Press
or
.
Turn off the sewing machine, then turn it on
d again.
190
Each time a key is pressed you will hear one beep. If
an incorrect operation is performed you will hear two
or four beeps.
■ If a key is pressed (correct operation)
One beep sounds.
■ If an incorrect operation is performed
Two or four beeps sound.
b anywhere on the screen.
c
Operation beep
■ If the machine locks up, for example, because
the thread is tangled
The sewing machine beeps for four seconds and
the machine automatically stops.
Be sure to check for the cause of the error, and
correct it before continuing to sew.
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Canceling the operation beep
e
Press
(Back key).
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 on the sewing machine.
X The initial screen appears again.
X The LCD comes on.
Press
b panel.
(Settings key) on the operation
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X The settings screen appears.
c
Press
d
Press OFF for the buzzer.
(Next page key) three times.
X The screen for changing the beep setting
appears.
Troubleshooting 191
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Upgrading Your Machine’s Software
You can use a computer to download software upgrades for your sewing machine.
Visit our website at www.brother.com for notification of available updates.
Note
z There are two upgrade files. Be sure to download both files successively.
Memo
z When the machine's software is upgraded, saved combinations of character and decorative stitches are
erased. However, saved embroidery patterns are not erased.
z While the software is being upgraded, the buzzer will not sound when a key is pressed.
a turn on the machine.
While holding
(Settings key) pressed,
e upgrade file is downloaded.
When the following screen appears, the first
X The following screen appears.
Plug the USB cable connectors into the
b corresponding USB ports on the computer and
on the machine.
X The “Removable Disk” icon appears in “My
Computer” on the computer.
Copy the first upgrade file to “Removable
c Disk”.
f Disk”.
Copy the second upgrade file to “Removable
g
When the screen shown in step e appears
again, press
.
X The message “Saving the upgrade file. Do
not turn main power to OFF.” appears.
When the following screen appears, upgrading
h is completed.
Note
X The message “Connected to PC. Do not
disconnect the USB cable.” appears.
When the screen shown in step a appears
d
again, press
.
X The message “Saving the upgrade file. Do
not turn main power to OFF.” appears.
192
z If an error occurred, an error message
appears. At this time, turn the machine off,
and then start the procedure again from step
a.
Disconnect the USB cable, and turn the
i machine off, then on again.
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Index
Numerics
1/4 inch quilting foot ........................................... 10, 106
1/4 inch quilting foot with guide ...................................10
A
accessories ............................................................... 8, 10
adjustable zipper/piping foot .................................... 9, 99
adjusting layout .......................................................... 169
adjusting stitch length ................................................... 57
adjusting stitch width ....................................................56
adjusting thread tension ................................................57
air vent .........................................................................12
appliqué .....................................................................103
appliqué pattern selection ........................................... 167
appliqué stitch ............................................................ 103
attaching presser foot holder ......................................... 44
attaching stabilizer material ........................................151
attributes .......................................................................19
automatic reverse/reinforcement stitches .......................59
automatic thread cutting ............................................... 60
cleaning brush ................................................................9
cleaning machine surface ...........................................180
combining patterns .....................................................130
concealed seams ...........................................................94
country thread ..............................................................19
crazy quilt stitching .....................................................105
cross stitches ........................................................ 75, 126
cuffs ..............................................................................45
curve sewing .................................................................62
custom stitches ...........................................................137
cutting thread ................................................................54
cutting thread automatically ..........................................60
cylindrical pieces ..........................................................45
D
darning .......................................................................113
darning stitch ..............................................................111
decorative satin stitches ....................................... 75, 126
decorative stitches & patterns ............................... 75, 126
deleting saved pattern .................................................134
design examples .........................................................140
designing stitch patterns ..............................................137
B
back key .......................................................................14
bar tack stitch .............................................................111
basic sewing .................................................................48
basic stitching ...............................................................83
basting stitch .................................................................83
beep ...........................................................................190
blind hem stitch ............................................................ 85
bobbin ............................................................................ 9
bobbin case ........................................................... 9, 164
bobbin case removal ................................................... 180
bobbin cover ................................................................ 12
bobbin installation ........................................................27
bobbin thread, pulling up ............................................. 37
bobbin threading .......................................................... 27
bobbin winder .............................................................. 11
bobbin winding ............................................................ 23
bobbin winding thread guide and pretension disk .. 11, 25
button guide plate .........................................................89
button sewing ...............................................................92
buttonhole lever ............................................................ 12
buttonhole sewing ........................................................88
buttonhole stitching ......................................................87
buzzer ........................................................................ 190
C
care ............................................................................180
changing sewing direction ............................................62
character stitches ................................................. 75, 126
character storage .........................................................176
characters, retrieving ................................................... 176
checking needle ............................................................ 40
cleaning bobbin case ..................................................180
E
elastic tape ..................................................................101
embroidering ..................................................... 142, 165
embroidering pattern ..................................................165
embroidering steps ......................................................144
embroidery bobbin thread ....................................... 9, 10
embroidery card slot .....................................................12
embroidery cards ........................................................163
embroidery character selection ...................................160
embroidery data ..........................................................175
embroidery fabric preparation .....................................151
embroidery foot installation ........................................145
embroidery foot removal .............................................147
embroidery frame .......................................................152
embroidery frame installation .....................................155
embroidery frame removal ..........................................156
embroidery key .............................................................14
embroidery pattern selection .......................................157
embroidery pattern types ............................................157
embroidery sets ........................................................ 9, 10
embroidery sheets .......................................................153
embroidery threads .....................................................142
embroidery unit connector slot .....................................11
embroidery unit installation ........................................148
embroidery unit removal .............................................150
error messages ............................................................187
even seam allowance ....................................................64
examples of designs ....................................................140
extra spool pin ......................................................... 9, 34
eyelet punch ...................................................................9
eyelet stitching ............................................................115
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F
N
fabric positioning .......................................................... 50
fagoting .......................................................................119
fagoting stitch .............................................................118
feed dog position switch ............................................... 12
feed dogs ...................................................................... 12
flat bed attachment .......................................................11
foot controller .......................................................... 9, 51
foot controller jack ........................................................12
frame pattern selection ................................................162
fraying, preventing ........................................................79
free-arm sewing ............................................................ 45
free-motion quilting ....................................................108
front view .....................................................................11
needle bar thread guide ................................................12
needle condition ...........................................................40
needle plate ..................................................................12
needle plate cover ........................................................12
needle plate marking ....................................................65
needle position button ..................................................13
needle position, changing .............................................84
needle replacement ......................................................40
needle set .......................................................................9
needle threader .............................................................32
needle threader lever ....................................................11
needle threading ...........................................................32
needle types, sizes & uses .............................................39
needles .........................................................................38
next page key ................................................................14
non stick foot ........................................................... 9, 64
G
general sewing procedures ............................................48
grid sheet set ...................................................................9
H
handle .......................................................................... 12
handwheel .................................................................... 12
hard case ........................................................................ 9
heirloom stitching .......................................................123
help key ................................................................. 14, 21
horizontal stitching .....................................................116
O
open toe foot ..................................................................9
operation beep ............................................................190
operation buttons ............................................ 11, 13, 51
operation keys ..................................................... 14, 158
operation panel ...................................................... 11, 14
operation problems .....................................................182
operations .....................................................................21
optional accessories ......................................................10
overcasting stitches ................................................ 79, 80
I
inserting a piping ........................................................ 100
installing bobbin ...........................................................27
J
joining ........................................................................ 122
joining stitch ...................................................... 103, 118
K
knee lifter ................................................................. 9, 65
knee lifter mounting slot ........................................ 11, 65
L
layout adjustment .......................................................169
LCD ..................................................................... 14, 158
LCD button .................................................................159
LCD messages .............................................................187
LCD operation ..................................................... 18, 158
leather/vinyl fabrics .......................................................64
M
machine surface cleaning ........................................... 180
main power switch ................................................ 12, 17
maintenance ...............................................................180
manual needle threading ..............................................33
memory key .................................................................. 14
mirroring stitches .......................................................... 61
My Custom Stitch ........................................................ 137
194
P
pant legs .......................................................................45
parallel stitches .............................................................34
part names & functions .................................................11
patchwork .......................................................... 103, 105
pattern combinations ..................................................130
pattern embroidery .....................................................165
pattern realignment .....................................................134
pattern repetition ........................................................131
pattern retrieving .........................................................133
pattern sewing ............................................................126
pattern size .................................................................127
pattern storage ............................................................133
pattern, deleting ..........................................................134
piecing ........................................................................105
piecing straight stitch ..................................................103
piping inserting ...........................................................100
plug ..............................................................................17
positioning fabric ..........................................................50
power cord, jack, switch & supply ................................17
power supply jack .........................................................12
power switch ................................................................12
preparations for embroidering .....................................142
presser foot ...................................................................12
presser foot holder ........................................................12
presser foot holder installation ......................................44
presser foot holder removal ...........................................44
presser foot lever .................................................... 11, 12
presser foot pressure dial ...............................................12
presser foot replacement ...............................................42
previous page key .........................................................14
pulling up bobbin thread ..............................................37
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Q
quick reference guide ..................................................... 9
quilt stitching .............................................................. 103
quilting .......................................................................107
quilting foot .................................................................. 10
quilting guide ....................................................... 10, 108
quilting stippling .........................................................103
quilting stitch .............................................................. 103
stitch length adjustment ................................................57
stitch selection ................................................ 49, 68, 75
stitch settings ................................................................68
stitch type selection screen ...........................................18
stitch types ....................................................................75
stitch width adjustment .................................................56
stopping embroidering ................................................173
straight stitch ...........................................68, 83, 94, 105
stretch fabrics ....................................................... 64, 101
stretch stitch ................................................................101
R
race ............................................................................180
realigning pattern ........................................................ 134
reinforcement stitching ........................................ 53, 111
release button .............................................................150
removing presser foot holder ......................................... 44
repeating patterns .......................................................131
replacing needle ...........................................................40
replacing presser foot ....................................................42
resewing .....................................................................172
retrieving pattern .........................................................133
reverse stitching ............................................................ 53
reverse/reinforcement stitch button ........................ 13, 53
reverse/reinforcement stitches, automatic ...................... 59
S
safety instructions ...........................................................1
satin stitch length, changing ........................................128
satin stitches ........................................................ 75, 126
satin stitching .............................................................. 109
saving patterns ................................................... 133, 176
scallop stitch ...............................................................118
scallop stitching .......................................................... 120
scissors ...........................................................................9
screwdriver .....................................................................9
seam allowance, even ................................................... 64
seam ripper .............................................................. 9, 90
securing stitching .......................................................... 53
selecting embroidery patterns ..................................... 157
selecting stitches ............................................. 49, 68, 75
settings key ...................................................................14
sewing basics ................................................................ 48
sewing direction change ............................................... 62
sewing machine help key ..............................................14
sewing speed controller ..........................11, 13, 51, 110
shell tuck stitch .................................................. 118, 121
side cutter .....................................................................81
size ............................................................................. 127
smocking .................................................................... 120
smocking stitch ...........................................................118
solving operation problems ......................................... 182
spool cap ........................................................................ 9
spool net .................................................................. 9, 25
spool of thread .............................................................. 29
spool pin .........................................................................9
stabilizer material .......................................................151
start/stop button ..................................................... 13, 51
step pattern .................................................................129
stippling ...................................................................... 103
stitch density ...............................................................127
stitch guide foot ....................................................... 9, 64
T
thick fabrics ..................................................................63
thin fabrics ....................................................................64
thread cutter .......................................................... 11, 55
thread cutter button ............................................... 13, 54
thread cutting ................................................................54
thread cutting, automatic ..............................................60
thread guide cover ........................................................11
thread guide disk ..........................................................12
thread guide plate .........................................................11
thread spools ................................................................29
thread tension adjustment .................................... 57, 171
Threading .....................................................................30
threading bobbin ..........................................................27
threading needle ...........................................................32
threading needle manually ............................................33
tips ................................................................................62
top cover ......................................................................11
touch panel ...................................................................14
trial sewing ...................................................................62
triple stretch stitch ................................................ 83, 111
troubleshooting ...........................................................182
turning machine on/off ..................................................17
twin needle .............................................................. 9, 34
twin needle sewing .......................................................34
U
upgrading ...................................................................192
upper thread .................................................................29
upper thread spool ........................................................29
upper thread tension .....................................................57
USB cable .............................................................. 9, 177
USB port connector ............................................. 12, 177
utility stitch key .............................................................14
utility stitch selection screen .........................................18
utility stitches ......................................................... 68, 75
W
walking foot ..................................................................10
winding bobbin ............................................................23
wing needle ................................................................123
Z
zigzag stitches ............................................. 80, 101, 103
zigzag width adjustment ...............................................56
zipper sewing ...............................................................94
zipper stitching .............................................................99
Index 195
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English
885-U11
XE0535-001
Printed in China
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