GETTING READY

SEWING BASICS

UTILITY STITCHES

EMBROIDERY

APPENDIX

Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Operation Manual

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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.

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.

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. 1

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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 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 the manual. Use accessories recommended by the manufacturer as contained in this manual. Save these instructions. The contents of this manual and specifications of this product are subject to change without notice. For additional product information and updates, 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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.........................................................................45 Free-arm sewing................................................................................................................................................................................... 19 Checking machine operating procedures .................................................18 Viewing the LCD.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 39 Checking the needle .................................................................................................................................................................................................. 42 Replacing the presser foot ..................................................................................................................................................................... 17 LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Operation............................. 34 Pulling up the bobbin thread.............38 Needle precautions .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 44 Sewing Cylindrical Pieces.........................................................................................................................................16 Power supply precautions .................................................................................. 36 Replacing the Needle ....................................................................................................................... 49 Positioning the fabric .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 12 Right-side/rear view ........................... 21 Winding/Installing the Bobbin............................................................... 29 Threading the needle .................................................................................. 57 Adjusting the thread tension ............................................................................................................... 8 Optional accessories ........................................................ 56 Adjusting the stitch length ........................................................................... 40 Replacing the needle....................... 23 Winding the bobbin ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 33 Using the twin needle .................................................................................................................29 About the spool of thread ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 42 Removing and attaching the presser foot holder ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 32 Threading the needle manually (without using the needle threader) .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 27 Upper Threading ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................42 Presser foot precautions ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 53 Cutting the thread ......................................................................................................................................................7 Sewing Machine Features ..............................................................11 Front view .................................................................................................................8 Included accessories ................................................................................ 45 SEWING BASICS 47 Sewing................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 51 Securing the stitching ...............56 Adjusting the stitch width ................................................................................................................................................. 38 Needle types and their uses....................................................................................................................................... 17 Turning off the machine .. 16 Turning on the machine ............................................................................. 40 Replacing the Presser Foot .....................................................................................1 Introduction .......... 29 Threading the upper thread ..........................................———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Contents Important Safety Instructions ............................... 48 Selecting stitching ............................................................................................... 18 Changing the machine settings ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 14 GETTING READY 15 Turning the Machine On/Off..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................23 Bobbin precautions ......................................... 13 Operation panel .......................................................... 12 Operation buttons .. 54 Setting the Stitch ...................................................................................................... 11 Needle and presser foot section .......................................... 10 Names of Machine Parts and Their Functions ............................................... 50 Starting to sew.................................................................................................................................7 Accessories........... 23 Installing the bobbin ..............................48 General sewing procedure ....................... 57 3 ...................................................................................

................................................... 109 Reinforcement Stitching ................................................. 111 Bar tack stitching........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 88 Button sewing ............................................................................................................................................................................83 Basting .............................................. 77 Overcasting Stitches.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 96 Zipper/piping Insertion .................................................................... 119 Scallop stitching ..... 64 Hands-free raising and lifting of the presser foot ...............................................................79 Sewing overcasting stitches using overcasting foot “G” ............................. 62 Sewing curves ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Patchwork and Quilt Stitching .................................................................................... 60 Mirroring stitches .............................................................................................................101 Stretch stitching........................................................................................................................................ 75 Saving stitch settings .......................................................... 64 Sewing leathers or vinyl fabrics .................................................................................................................116 Decorative Stitching.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 120 Shell tuck stitching .......................................................................................................................... 64 Sewing an even seam allowance .................................................................................................. 120 Smocking .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 61 Useful Sewing Tips ..........................75 Stitch types........................................................... 101 Appliqué...................................................................................................................62 Trial sewing ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 107 Free-motion quilting.................... 65 UTILITY STITCHES 67 Stitch Setting Chart ..................................................................................................................................118 Fagoting .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................99 Inserting a centered zipper ..............................85 Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing.......................................................................................................... 105 Quilting ............................. 63 Sewing thin fabrics........................................................................... 99 Inserting a piping ................................................................................................................................................................................................ 104 Patchwork (crazy quilt) stitching ........................................................................................................... 94 Inserting a side zipper ................................................59 Automatically sewing reverse/reinforcement stitches .......................... 123 4 ......................................... 80 Sewing overcasting stitches using the side cutter ................................................. 79 Sewing overcasting stitches using zigzag foot “J”.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 62 Adjusting the presser foot pressure .............................................................................................................................................. 122 Heirloom stitching .................................................................................................................................................... 68 Utility stitches ............................................. 105 Piecing .......................................................................................................................................................................... 75 Selecting stitching ................................................................................................................ 100 Sewing Stretch Fabrics and Elastic Tape .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 72 Selecting Stitching ............................................................................................. 62 Sewing thick fabrics ................................................................................................................................................... 121 Joining ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 83 Blind Hem Stitching ........................................................................................................... 64 Sewing stretch fabrics............. 68 Other stitches................................................. 62 Changing the sewing direction ......................................... 83 Basic stitching ........................ 101 Elastic attaching ........................................................................................................103 Appliqué stitching ........................... 81 Basic Stitching ..................................................................................................................................................................................94 Inserting a centered zipper ............................................................................................——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Useful Functions........................................... 59 Automatically cutting the thread ................... 113 Eyelet Stitching................................................... 111 Darning..................... 108 Satin stitching using the sewing speed controller ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................111 Triple stretch stitching ........................................................................................................................ 92 Zipper Insertion................................................................................................115 Horizontal Stitching .........87 Buttonhole sewing ..........................................................................................................

...................... 171 Resewing ........................................................................................................................................................................ 137 Entering the pattern data ....................................... 158 Selecting characters .......................... 134 Designing a Pattern (My Custom Stitch).......... 172 Thread runs out partway through a design.................................................................................................................. 177 5 ............. 152 Attaching the Embroidery Frame ........ 138 Examples of designs ............................... 165 Appliquéing ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................126 Sewing beautiful patterns ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 164 Embroidering a pattern .......................... 161 Selecting a frame pattern ................................................................................................................................................................. 145 Removing the embroidery foot ........................................................ 128 Shifting patterns ....................................................................................................................................................... 175 Storing patterns .............................................................................................................................................. 172 Stopping while embroidering .................................... 133 Realigning the pattern ................................... 147 Attaching the Embroidery Unit...................... 148 Removing the embroidery unit ............................................................................................................................................................... 127 Changing the stitch density ............................................................................................................................................................. 156 Selecting Embroidery Patterns........................................ 126 Sewing patterns ...................................................................................169 Adjusting the layout .......... 162 Using an embroidery card (sold separately) ...................................................................................................................................151 Attaching a stabilizer material to the fabric .............................———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Sewing the Various Built-in Decorative Patterns ........................................................................................................................................ 151 Setting the fabric in the embroidery frame ................................................................................................................... 167 Editing Patterns .....137 Drawing a sketch of the pattern.......................................................................................................164 Sewing attractive finishes ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 157 Embroidery pattern types....................................................................................................................................................148 Embroidery unit precautions ................................................................................................................................. 148 Attaching the embroidery unit .................... 157 LCD (liquid crystal display) operation ............................................................................................................................... 173 Using the Memory Function ....................................................................................................................................................... 150 Preparing the Fabric .......... 169 Adjusting the thread tension .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 155 Removing the embroidery frame ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 144 Attaching the Embroidery Foot.................................... 129 Combining patterns ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 140 EMBROIDERY 141 Embroidering Neatly ................. 142 Embroidery step by step ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................157 Copyright information .....................................................175 Embroidery data precautions............................................................................................................................... 163 Embroidering........................................ 160 Selecting an embroidery pattern ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 176 Recalling embroidery patterns from the computer ...........................................................................................................................................142 What to prepare .... 127 Changing the length for satin stitches ...........................................................................145 Attaching the embroidery foot ................. 130 Storing patterns ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................155 Attaching the embroidery frame ............................................................................................................ 126 Changing the pattern size ...........................................................................................................................

.....................................................182 Error messages ...................................... 191 Upgrading Your Machine’s Software ................................................ 180 Troubleshooting ..........................................................................................................................192 Index .....................................................................................................................193 6 ..............................................................................................................180 Cleaning the machine surface ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 190 Canceling the operation beep ........................ 190 Operation beep .................................................................................................................................................. 180 Cleaning the race ...........................................................................................................——————————————————————————————————————————————————— APPENDIX 179 Care and Maintenance .............................................. 187 Adjusting the LCD .

Introduction / Sewing Machine Features 7 . d Automatic thread cutting The thread can be cut automatically after sewing (page 60). c Quick-set bobbin You can start sewing without pulling up the bobbin thread (page 27). e Embroidery You can embroider built-in embroidery patterns. carefully read the “Important Safety Instructions” (page 1).———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Introduction Thank you for purchasing this sewing machine. framed decorations. characters. and designs from optional embroidery cards (page 141). In addition. and then study this manual for the correct operation of the various functions. leaving both hands free to handle the fabric (page 65). Before using this sewing machine. store it where it can quickly be accessed for future reference. after you have finished reading this manual. including utility stitches and decorative stitches (page 68). f Knee lifter Use the knee lifter to raise and lower the presser foot with your knee. b Built-in stitches You can select from the built-in stitches available. 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).

Note (For U. 8. 17. 43. 38. *75/11 2 needles 90/14 2 needles 90/14 2 needles: Ball point needle (gold colored) 8 . 25. 10. 19. 28. If any item is missing or damaged. 16. 13. 33. The screw of the presser foot holder is available through your authorized dealer. through your authorized dealer. 34. 9. 26. 32. 30. 27. 42.——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Accessories Included accessories After opening the box. 39. 6. 14. 45. 18.S. 37. 24. 12. check that the following accessories are included. 23.* 20. 21. 35. 2. only) Foot controller: Model T This foot controller can be used on this machine model NV1200. 40. 3. 11. 44. 41. 31. 29. (Part code: XA4813-051) The organized accessory tray is available. 5. 4. 7. (Part code: XC4489-051) 1. 15. 22.A. contact your retailer. 36.

S. / Canada Others Buttonhole foot "A" XC2691-053 Overcasting foot "G" XC3098-051 Monogramming foot "N" X53840-351 Zipper foot "I" X59370-051 Zigzag foot "J" (on machine) XC3021-051 Blind stitch foot "R" X56409-051 Part Name Button fitting foot "M" Walking foot Quilting foot 130489-001 No.A. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Part Code U.A.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— No. / Canada Others X55468-051 130012-054 X55260-153 130013-154 XC4654-051 XA5523-050 XD0501-021(EU area) XD8816-021(other areas) XD1534-051 XD1237-051 XD0474-051 SA444/EF84 EF84: XD0600-002 EF85: XD0601-002 BM3: X81175-001 X81164-001 EBT-CEN 30 Foot controller 10 Stitch guide foot "P" 11 Adjustable zipper/piping foot 12 Non stick foot 13 Open toe foot 14 1/4 inch quilting foot 15 Side cutter "S" 16 Quilting guide 17 Seam ripper 18 Bobbin (4) 19 20 21 22 23 Needle set Twin needle Cleaning brush Eyelet punch Screwdriver (large) F033N: SA140 31 Operation manual XC2214-002 F005N: 32 Quick reference guide SA129 XC1948-002 F035N: SA160 33 Embroidery foot "Q" XC1969-002 Embroidery set (large) F036N: 34 H 18cm × W 13 cm SA161 XC1970-002 (H 7 inches × W 5 inches) Embroidery set (extra large F007N: 35 (multi-position)) SA114 XC1949-002 H 30 cm × W 13 cm (H 12 inches × W 5 inches) F027N: Stubilizer material for SA147 36 embroidery XC1964-002 F001N: Embroidery bobbin thread SA125 XC1944-002 37 (white) F054: 38 Alternate bobbin case SA177 XC3879-002 (pink marking) F016N: SA132 39 Knee lifter XC2215-002 X54243-051 40 USB cable SFB: 41 Grid sheet set SA156 XA5539-151 X58358-051 42 Scissors X59296-151 43 Hard case X59476-051 44 Accessory bag 135793-001 45 Disc-shaped screwdriver XC8349-051 SA445/EF85 SA519 SA-EBT XC8167-251 XA6941-052 SA527 XD0745-051 GS4: XC4549-050 XC1807-121 XC9701-052 XC4487-051 XC1074-051 Accessories 9 . 24 25 26 27 28 29 Part Name Screwdriver (small) Spool cap (large) Spool cap (medium) (2) Spool cap (small) Extra spool pin Spool net Part Code U.S.

5. 4. 3. 6. 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) Water solude stabilizer 1 2 3 4 Part Code U. 1.S. All specifications are correct at the time of printing. 2.——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Optional accessories The following are available as optional accessories. 10 .A. Visit your nearest authorized retailer for a complete listing of optional accessories available for your machine. No. / Canada Others X81164-001 SA-EBT EBT-CEN XC5520-001 SAEBT999 EBT-CEBN SA442/ EF82 SA443/ EF83 SA520 SA519 SA551 EF82: XD0598-002 EF83: XD0599-002 BM4: X81267-001 BM3: X81175-001 WT5: XC9567-152 5 6 Stubilizer material for embroidery Wide table Memo To obtain optional accessories or parts. contact your sales representative or the nearest authorized service center. The part codes are subject to change without notice.

d Bobbin winding thread guide Pass the thread around this thread guide when winding the bobbin thread. j Presser foot lever Raise and lower the presser foot lever to raise and lower the presser foot. b Thread guide cover Like with the thread guide plate. Before using the sewing machine. o Thread take-up lever check window Look through the window to check the position of the take-up lever. c Spool pin Place a spool of thread on the spool pin. 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. l Flat bed attachment Insert the accessories tray into the accessory compartment of the flat bed attachment. h Knee lifter mounting slot Plug the knee lifter into the knee lifter mounting slot. Remove the flat bed attachment when sewing cylindrical pieces such as sleeve cuffs. carefully read these descriptions to learn the names of the machine parts. g Operation panel From the operation panel. and operations for using the machine can be displayed (page 14).———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Names of Machine Parts and Their Functions The names of the various parts of the sewing machine and their functions are described below. i Embroidery unit connector slot Plug in the connector for the embroidery unit. Front view a Thread guide plate Pass the thread around the thread guide plate when threading the upper thread. stitch settings can be viewed and edited. Names of Machine Parts and Their Functions 11 . k Operation buttons Use these buttons to operate the machine. pass the thread around the thread guide cover when threading the upper thread. f Bobbin winder Use the bobbin winder when winding the bobbin. e Top cover Open the top cover to place the spool of thread on the spool pin.

Memo Refer to pages 11 through 14 while you are learning to use your machine. a Handle Carry the sewing machine by its handle when transporting the machine. j Presser foot pressure dial Use the presser foot pressure dial to adjust the amount of pressure that the presser foot applies. b Handwheel Turn the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) to raise and lower the needle to sew one stitch. i Feed dog position switch Use the feed dog position switch to lower the feed dogs. d Needle plate The needle plate is marked with guides for sewing straight seams. 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 supply cord into the power supply jack. f Bobbin cover/bobbin case Remove the bobbin cover. h Presser foot The presser foot applies pressure consistently on the fabric as the sewing takes place. b Thread guide disk Pass the thread through the thread guide disk when using the needle threader to thread the needle. Attach the appropriate presser foot for the selected stitching. 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. e Needle plate cover Remove the needle plate cover to clean the bobbin case and race. d USB port connector Plug the USB cable into the USB port connector. g Feed dogs The feed dogs feed the fabric in the sewing direction.——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Needle and presser foot section Right-side/rear view a Buttonhole lever Lower the buttonhole lever when sewing buttonholes and bar tacks. e Air vent The air vent allows the air surrounding the motor to be exchanged. c Embroidery card slot Insert the embroidery card. and then insert the bobbin into the bobbin case. c Needle bar thread guide Pass the upper thread through the needle bar thread guide. i Presser foot holder The presser foot is installed onto the presser foot holder. 12 .

b Reverse/reinforcement stitch button Press the reverse/reinforcement stitch button to sew reverse stitches or reinforcement stitches. otherwise damage to the machine may occur. Reverse stitches are sewn by keeping the button pressed down to sew in the opposite direction.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Operation buttons The operation buttons help you to easily perform various basic sewing machine operations. Reinforcement stitches are sewn by sewing 3 to 5 stitches on top of each other. or the bobbin winder shaft is moved to the right side. When cutting thread thicker than #30. the threads may become tangled or damage to the machine may occur. The machine sews at a slow speed at the beginning of sewing while the button is pressed. refer to “Starting to sew” (page 51). The button changes color according to the machine’s operation mode. the needle is lowered in the fabric. a Start/stop button Press the start/stop button to start or stop sewing. refer to “Securing the stitching” (page 53). For details. When sewing is stopped. otherwise the needle may break. Note Do not press the thread cutter button if there is no fabric under the presser foot or while the machine is sewing. For details. Pressing the button twice sews one stitch. Names of Machine Parts and Their Functions 13 . refer to “Cutting the thread” (page 54). c Needle position button Press the needle position button to raise or lower the needle. refer to “Using the thread cutter” (page 55). The machine can not sew. Green: Red: Orange: The machine is ready to sew or is sewing. For details. d Thread cutter button Press the thread cutter button after sewing is stopped to cut both the upper and the bobbin threads. use the thread cutter on the side of the machine. CAUTION ● Do not press the thread cutter button after the threads have already been cut. The machine is winding the bobbin thread. e Sewing speed controller Slide the sewing speed controller to adjust the sewing speed. For details. nylon thread or other special threads.

and more. 14 .——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Operation panel The front operation panel has an LCD (liquid crystal display) and operation keys. i Sewing machine help key Press to get help on using the sewing machine. h Settings key Press to set the needle stop position. 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. d Next page key Displays the next screen when there are items that are not displayed on the LCD. My Custom Stitch patterns. 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. Touch the keys displayed on the LCD to perform operations. e Memory key Press to enter character embroidery. g Embroidery key Press this key to sew embroidery. etc into the sewing machine memory. a c b f d e i g a LCD (liquid crystal display) (touch panel) Selected pattern settings and messages are displayed. c Previous page key Displays the previous screen when there are items that are not displayed on the LCD. refer to “LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Operation” (page 18). For details. b Back key Press to return to the previous screen. the buzzer sound. combined stitch patterns.

..........................................................36 Replacing the Needle ...............32 Threading the needle manually (without using the needle threader).......44 Sewing Cylindrical Pieces.................................................................................................16 Power supply precautions .......................................................................................................18 Changing the machine settings................................................................29 About the spool of thread ...............................................................................................................................16 Turning on the machine ................................................................................................................34 Pulling up the bobbin thread.................................19 Checking machine operating procedures ........................................................................33 Using the twin needle .............................................................................................................42 Presser foot precautions .................................................1 GETTING READY The various preparations required before starting to sew are described in this chapter..............................................................................................................38 Needle precautions .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Turning the Machine On/Off ..............................................................................................40 Replacing the Presser Foot ......................27 Upper Threading ....................................................23 Winding the bobbin ...42 Replacing the presser foot ..............................................................................................42 Removing and attaching the presser foot holder .....29 Threading the upper thread.................................................................................................................................................................................................................23 Installing the bobbin ..21 Winding/Installing the Bobbin.........................17 LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Operation............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................45 Free-arm sewing........17 Turning off the machine ..........................................................................39 Checking the needle...............................................23 Bobbin precautions .......38 Needle types and their uses...............................18 Viewing the LCD ..........................40 Replacing the needle .............................................29 Threading the needle..................................................................................................45 ........................

electric shock. Do not place heavy objects on the cord. damaged. Electric shock may result. modified. ● When unplugging the machine. pulled. take the machine to your authorized dealer for repairs before continuing use. ● 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 ● Do not use extension cords or multi-plug adapters with many other appliances plugged in to them. Pulling on the cord may damage the cord. Using other power sources may result in fire. or bundled. Fire or electric shock may result. forcefully bent. always turn off the main power first. Always grasp the plug to remove it from the outlet. ● Unplug the power cord if the machine is not to be used for a long period of time. ● Do not touch the plug with wet hands. 16 . Power supply precautions Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the power supply. If the cord or plug is damaged. These things may damage the cord and cause fire or electric shock. or damage to the machine.GETTING READY ———————————————————————————————————————————— Turning the Machine On/Off This section explains how to turn the sewing machine on and off. ● Do not allow the power cord to be cut. Do not subject the cord to heat. twisted. Otherwise a fire may result. or lead to fire or electric shock. WARNING ● Use only regular household electricity for the power source.

(For U. If the plug does not fit fully in the outlet. this plug is intended to fit in a polarized outlet only one way. turn off the sewing machine and unplug the power supply cord. only) This appliance has a polarized plug (one blade wider than the other). If it still does not fit. To reduce the risk of electrical shock. Turning the Machine On/Off 17 .A. Insert the plug of the power supply cord into a 1 Make sure that the machine is not sewing. be sure to turn it off. b the right side of the machine to turn the b household electrical 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”). Do not modify the plug in any way. turn it off. d supply jack. before transporting the sewing machine to another location. Unplug the power supply cord from the Grasp the plug when unplugging the power supply cord. When restarting the sewing machine. follow the necessary procedure to correctly operate the machine.S. and then plug the power supply cord into the power supply jack on the right side of the machine. c electrical outlet. a Make sure that the sewing machine is turned ”). The light.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Turning on the machine Prepare the included power cord. reverse the plug. a off (the main power switch is set to “ Turning off the machine When you are finished using the sewing machine. Unplug the power supply cord from the power Note If a power outage occurs while the sewing machine is being operated. Press the left side of the main power switch on machine off (set it to “ ”). contact a qualified electrician to install the proper outlet. 1 The sewing lamps go off when the machine is turned off. LCD and (Start/stop button) light up when the machine is turned on. In addition.

The screen is changed using the keys below the screen. When an animation is displayed. ■ Utility stitch selection screen m l a b c d e j h i g f k 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 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. 18 .GETTING READY ———————————————————————————————————————————— LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Operation Selected stitch. Memo A different screen is displayed when the embroidery unit is attached. and operations performed by directly touching the icons on the LCD screen. the LCD comes on. The details are explained in “Selecting stitching” (page 49). Refer to “Error messages” (page 187) for messages displayed on the LCD. and the following screen is displayed. an animation may be displayed when the power is turned on. Viewing the LCD When the power is turned on. Depending on the model of sewing machine. the screen above will be displayed if you touch the LCD with your finger. pattern settings and messages are displayed on the LCD (liquid crystal display) on the front of the sewing machine.

Specifies the maximum embroidering speed. Changes the thread color display on the embroidery screen. English/German/French/Italian/Dutch/ Spanish/Japanese/Danish/Norwegian/ Finnish/Swedish/Portuguese/Russian/ Korean/Thai/others Lighter Darker -9 to +9 Settings Down Up 1 -9 to +9 Thread color/Time to embroider/ Needle count/Thread number (#123) Embroidery/Country/Madeira poly/ Madeira rayon/Sulky/Robison anton mm/INCH -8 to +8 Thread color display Display unit Embroidery tension Max embroidery speed Buzzer Opening screen Initial needle position Language LCD brightness Adjusts the brightness of the LCD. The stitch or machine attributes that can be set are listed below.) NO. (Contact your authorized dealer for details. Adjusts the left and right position of the pattern (page 134). Stitch counter Product number Program version VERSION: Display the program version.” is the number for the sewing and embroidery machine. #123” is selected) Selects the measurement units that are displayed (only for embroidering). Attribute Needle position Stitch width control Vertical pattern adjustment Horizontal pattern adjustment Icon Details Specifies where the needle is positioned when the sewing machine is stopped. Display the service count and the total number of embroidery stitches.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Changing the machine settings Various sewing machine operations and sewing settings can be changed. The service count is a reminder to take your machine in for regular servicing. Sets whether or not to display the opening screen when the power is turned on. Adjusts the thread tension for embroidering (only for embroidering). Allows the language used in the screens to be changed. Allows the stitch width to be adjusted with the sewing speed controller. Specifies whether or not a beep is sounded with each operation (page 191).: The “NO. (When “Thread No. (There are models where this cannot be changed. LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Operation 19 .) Select the straight stitch that is automatically selected when the machine is turned on. Adjusts the up and down position of the pattern (page 134).

GETTING READY ———————————————————————————————————————————— a

Turn on the sewing machine.

The LCD comes on.
b panel.

Press

(Settings key) on the operation

The settings screen appears.
c Switch screens using

Press the item to be set. (Previous page key) and (Next page key).

• The items shown in reverse highlighting are the settings at the time of purchase. Example: Changing the needle stop position

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d (Back key).

When settings are complete, press

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.
a

1

Turn on the sewing machine.

The initial screen appears again.

Note
Settings that are changed are not lost when the power is turned off. The LCD comes on.
b operation panel.

Press

(Sewing machine help key) on the

The sewing machine help screen appears.
c

Press the item to be displayed.
1 2 3 4

5 6

8 7

a b c d e f g h

Upper threading Bobbin winding Bobbin installation Needle replacement Embroidery unit attachment Embroidery frame attachment Embroidery foot attachment Presser foot replacement

The first screen describing the procedure for the selected topic appears. • Pressing (Back key), returns you to the item selection screen.

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GETTING READY ———————————————————————————————————————————— d next page.

Press

(Next page key) to switch to the

If you press (Previous page key), you return to the previous page. Example: Upper threading

e key) two times.

After you finish looking, press

(Back

The initial stitch screen appears again.

Note
For details on each topic, refer to the corresponding page in this Operation Manual.

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● The included bobbin was designed specifically for this sewing machine. SFB: XA5539-151). Winding the bobbin Wind the thread around the bobbin to prepare the bobbin thread. the machine will not operate correctly. Winding/Installing the Bobbin 23 . Slide the bobbin winder in the direction of the • (Start/stop button) lights up in orange. Use of any other bobbin may result in injuries or damage to the machine. 1 2 a Notch b Bobbin winder shaft spring d arrow until it snaps into place.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Winding/Installing the Bobbin This section describes how to wind the thread onto the bobbin.5 mm (7/16 inch) This model Other model Turn on the sewing machine. Bobbin precautions Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the bobbin. a 1 CAUTION ● Only use the Bobbin (part code: SFB: XA5539-151) designed specifically for this sewing machine. Place the bobbin on the bobbin winder shaft so Press down on the bobbin until it snaps into place. b Open the top cover. If bobbins from other models are used. Actual size 11. Use only the included bobbin or bobbins of the same type (part code: SA156. and then insert the bobbin thread. c that the spring on the shaft fits into the notch in the bobbin.

the thread may become tangled around the spool pin. allowing you to choose a spool cap that best fits the size of spool being used. as shown. • If the spool is not positioned so that the thread unwinds correctly.GETTING READY ———————————————————————————————————————————— e spool pin. causing the needle to break. 1 2 a Spool pin b Spool cap CAUTION ● If the spool or the spool cap is not installed correctly. Slide the spool cap onto the spool pin. the thread may catch on the slit in the spool or the needle may break. 24 . Remove the spool cap that is inserted onto the g Slide the spool cap as far as possible to the right. ● Three spool cap sizes are available. 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 cap is too small for the spool being used. the thread may become tangled around the spool pin. with the rounded side on the left. ● Place the spool of thread for the bobbin onto f the spool pin.

fold it to fit the size of the spool. as shown. and then pass the thread behind the thread guide cover and to the front. Pass the thread under the thread guide plate. 1 a Thread guide cover Winding/Installing the Bobbin 25 . and then wind it counterclockwise Pass the thread under the hook on the thread under the pretension disk. If the spool net is too long. 1 c b a 1 a Spool cap (small) b Spool (cross-wound thread) c Space a Thread guide plate j guide. i and then pull it to the right. use the small spool cap. and leave a small space between the cap and the spool. such as transparent nylon thread or metallic thread. cross-wound thread. When using thread that winds off quickly. place the spool net over the spool before placing the spool of thread onto the spool pin. 1 1 2 1 3 4 a b c d Spool net Spool Spool cap Spool pin a Thread guide h your right hand. pull the thread with While holding the thread near the spool with Note Make sure that the thread passes under the pretension disk. your left hand.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Memo When sewing with fine.

this is not a malfunction. o wound around the bobbin. q the spool pin. Be sure to wind the thread clockwise around the bobbin. 1 a Speed controller 26 . otherwise the sewing machine may be damaged. Remove the spool for the bobbin thread from Memo When the sewing machine is started or the handwheel is turned after winding the bobbin. m p then remove the bobbin from the shaft. stop the machine. press machine. (Start/stop button) once to stop the CAUTION ● When the bobbin winding becomes slow. l slit in the bobbin winder seat. otherwise the thread will become wrapped around the bobbin winder shaft. Slide the bobbin winder shaft to the left.GETTING READY ———————————————————————————————————————————— k wind the thread that was pulled out clockwise While holding the thread with your left hand. and Slide the sewing speed controller to the right. and then close the top cover. Press (Start/stop button) once to start 1 a Start/stop button Note Make sure that the thread between the spool and the bobbin is pulled tight. Use scissors to cut the end of the thread 1 a Guide slit in bobbin winder seat (with built-in cutter) CAUTION ● Be sure to cut the thread as described. around the bobbin five or six times with your right hand. If the bobbin is wound without cutting the thread using the cutter built into the slit in the bobbin winder seat. • When the bobbin winding becomes slow. n winding the bobbin. the machine will make a clicking sound. the thread may become tangled in the bobbin or the needle may bend or break when the bobbin thread starts to run out. and then pull Pass the end of the thread through the guide the thread to the right to cut it.

the machine will not operate correctly. Insert the bobbin into the bobbin case so that Installing the bobbin Install the bobbin wound with thread. be sure to hold it down with your finger. CAUTION ● Use a bobbin that has been correctly wound with thread. otherwise the thread may break or the thread tension will be incorrect. ● The bobbin was designed specifically for this sewing machine. Be sure to thread the machine as indicated. the thread tension will be incorrect. Other model Slide the bobbin cover latch to the right. CAUTION ● When installing the bobbin.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— d the thread unrolls to the left. CAUTION ● Be sure to install the bobbin so that the thread unwinds in the correct direction. otherwise the needle may break or the thread tension will be incorrect. 1 2 e hand.5 mm (7/16 inch) This model a Memo The order that the bobbin thread should be passed through the bobbin case is indicated by marks around the bobbin case. SFB: XA5539-151). Winding/Installing the Bobbin 27 . b Remove the bobbin cover. Use only the included bobbin or bobbins of the same type (part code: SA156. 1 • Be sure to insert the bobbin correctly. Hold the bobbin with your right hand and hold c the end of the thread with your left. If the bobbin is not correctly installed. Actual size 11. • Be careful not to drop the bobbin. If bobbins from other models are used. and then guide the thread as shown with Lightly hold down the bobbin with your right your left hand. a Bobbin cover b Latch The bobbin cover opens.

If you wish to pull up the bobbin thread before starting to sew. 1 a Tension-adjusting spring 28 . 2 1 1 a Cutter The cutter cuts the thread.GETTING READY ———————————————————————————————————————————— f then pull the thread out toward the front. pull up the thread according to the procedure in “Pulling up the bobbin thread” (page 36). and g Insert the tab in the lower-left corner of the Reattach the bobbin cover. Next. Pass the thread through the slot as shown. and then lightly press down on the right side. Continue with the procedure in “Upper Threading” (page 29). reinsert the thread. Memo You can begin sewing without pulling up the bobbin thread. Note Make sure that the thread is correctly inserted through the tension-adjusting spring of the bobbin case. thread the upper thread. bobbin cover. The bobbin threading is finished. If it is not inserted correctly.

———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Upper Threading This section describes how to position the spool for the upper thread. and then thread the needle. b foot. Raise the presser foot lever to raise the presser a a Presser foot lever Note If the presser foot is not raised. CAUTION ● When threading the upper thread. If the spool cap is too small for the spool being used. the thread may become tangled or the needle may bend or break. Upper Threading 29 . the thread may catch on the slit in the spool or the needle may break. and then thread the machine. carefully follow the instructions. If the upper threading is not correct. allowing you to choose a spool cap that best fits the size of spool being used. Threading the upper thread Set the spool of thread on the spool pin. the sewing machine cannot be threaded. a CAUTION ● Three spool cap sizes are available. Turn on the sewing machine. 1 About the spool of thread Information about the spools of thread is described below.

with the rounded side on the left. as shown. Press (Needle position button) once or f Slide the spool onto the pin so that the spool is Place the spool of thread onto the spool pin. 1 1 2 a Spool pin b Spool cap a Thread guide cover 30 . press (Needle position button) until it is. CAUTION ● If the spool or the spool cap is not positioned correctly. horizontal and the thread unwinds to the front at the bottom. 1 a Needle position button The needle is correctly raised when the mark on the handwheel is at the top. the thread may become tangled around the spool pin or the needle may break. While holding the thread lightly with your Remove the spool cap that is inserted onto the e spool pin. and then pass the thread behind the thread guide cover and to the front. Check the handwheel and.GETTING READY ———————————————————————————————————————————— c twice to raise the needle. h right hand. if this mark is not at this position. pull the thread with your left hand. a Mark on handwheel d Open the top cover. g Slide the spool cap as far as possible to the 1 Slide the spool cap onto the spool pin. right. as shown below.

Upper Threading 31 . before removing the upper thread. as shown. Look through this window and check that the thread is correctly fed through the take-up lever. k guide. In addition. the machine cannot be threaded. 1 1 a Thread guide plate j thread passed under the thread guide plate. Pass the thread under the thread guide plate. be sure to raise the presser foot and open the shutter. Pass the thread behind the needle bar thread The thread can easily be passed behind the needle bar thread guide by holding the thread in your left hand. 1 While using your right hand to lightly hold the a Needle bar thread guide pass the thread through the guides in the order shown below. 1 a Shutter Note If the presser foot has been lowered and the shutter is closed. Be sure to raise the presser foot and open the shutter before threading the machine.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— i and then pull it up. then feeding the thread with your right hand. This machine is equipped with a window that allows you to check the position of the take-up lever.

Lower the presser foot lever to lower the 1 a Thread guide disk b of the machine. If the needle threader cannot be used. such as metallic thread. skip step c. a Presser foot lever d side of the machine until it clicks. Thread with a thickness of 130/20 or thicker cannot be used with the needle threader. 3 inches) of thread after passing it through the thread guide disks (marked “7”).GETTING READY ———————————————————————————————————————————— Threading the needle This section describes how to thread the needle. If this operation is performed. 1 a Cutter a Needle threader lever The thread is passed through the eye of the needle. and then Pull the end of the thread passed through the pass the thread through the thread guide disk from the front. a needle bar thread guide to the left. lower the presser foot so that the thread is held in place before cutting the thread. it may be difficult to thread the needle if the thread is cut. refer to “Threading the needle manually (without using the needle threader)” (page 33). instead of using the thread cutter. pull out about 80 mm (approx. Therefore. 1 1 a 80mm or more c presser foot. When using thread that quickly winds off the spool. 32 . The needle threader cannot be used with the wing needle or the twin needle. and then Cut the thread with the cutter on the left side Lower the needle threader lever on the left 1 slowly return the lever to its original position. Note If the thread is pulled through and cannot be cut correctly. Memo The needle threader can be used with sewing machine needles 75/11 through 100/16.

CAUTION ● When pulling out the thread. refer to “Upper Threading” (page 29). but a loop in the thread was formed in the eye of the needle. pass the end of the out about 5 cm of thread toward the rear of the machine. Be sure to press (Needle position button) to raise the needle before using the needle threader. Pass the thread through the eye of the needle 1 a 5 cm The upper threading is finished. d thread through the presser foot. a guide. the wing needle or the twin needle which cannot be used with the needle threader. thread the needle as described below. 1 Thread the machine to the needle bar thread • For details. Note If the needle is not raised. otherwise the needle may break or bend. carefully pull the loop through the eye of the needle to pull out the end of the thread. you are ready to begin sewing. b Lower the presser foot lever. and then pull Raise the presser foot lever. thread with a thickness of 130/20 or thicker. Upper Threading 33 . the needle threader cannot thread the needle. Now that the upper threading and the lower threading are finished.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Note If the needle was not completely threaded. Raise the presser foot lever. 1 a Pressor foot lever c from front to back. do not pull it with extreme force. and then pull out about 5 cm of thread toward the rear of the machine. pass the end of the e thread through the presser foot. Threading the needle manually (without using the needle threader) When using special thread.

Both upper threads should have the same thickness and quality. c thread. If the needle threader is used with the twin needle. Install the twin needle. you can sew two parallel lines of the same stitch with two different threads. Use of any other needle may bend the needle or damage the machine. The thread should unroll from the top front of the spool. refer to steps a through k of “Threading the upper thread” (page 29). ● Never use bent needles. a f the right side onto the extra spool pin. refer to “Stitch Setting Chart” (page 68). and Place the upper thread spool for the needle on then secure it with the spool cap. 1 2 Manually thread the left needle with the upper Pass the thread through the eye of the needle from the front. Bent needles can easily break. 34 . the extra spool pin and the spool cap. refer to “Replacing the needle” (page 40). 1 a Bobbin winder shaft e horizontal. • For details.GETTING READY ———————————————————————————————————————————— d winder shaft. • For details on installing a needle. possibly resulting in injuries. Insert the extra spool pin onto the bobbin Insert the extra spool pin so that it is perpendicular to the bobbin winder shaft. Swing down the spool pin so that it is CAUTION ● Only use the twin needle (part code: X59296-151). a Spool cap b Spool • The needle threader cannot be used with the twin needle. For details on the stitches that can be sewn with the twin needle. Be sure to use the twin needle. Using the twin needle With the twin needle. Thread the upper thread for the left needle b eye. the sewing machine may be damaged.

CAUTION ● When using the twin needle. • See “Stitch Setting Chart” (page 68) for stitches that use a twin needle. a Thread guide cover • For details. Without passing the thread through the needle h bar thread guide. • The needle threader cannot be used with the twin needle. If bunched stitches occur. Upper Threading 35 . k Press . select the stitch with the center needle position. Press . the sewing machine may be damaged. displays in reverse highlight. Thread the upper thread in the same way that j Turn on the sewing machine and select a stitch. . use presser foot “N” or attach stabilizer material. Pass the thread through the eye of the needle from the front. • If pressed again.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— g the upper thread for the left side was threaded. 1 1 Note When using the pintuck foot (sold separately) to sew straight pintucks with the twin needle. otherwise the needle may break or the machine may be damaged. CAUTION ● When using the twin needle. l The screen for setting the twin needle appears. If the needle threader is used with the twin needle. refer to steps h through j of “Threading the upper thread” (page 30). be sure to attach zigzag foot “J”. manually thread the right needle. i Attach zigzag foot “J”. be sure to select an appropriate stitch. refer to “Replacing the Presser Foot” (page 42). • For stitch selection see “Selecting stitching” (page 49). it returns to The twin needle can now be used. • For details on changing the presser foot.

CAUTION ● Do not try turning the fabric with the twin needle left down in the fabric. Pass the bobbin thread through the slot. n c your left hand. be sure to select the twin needle setting. b Do not cut the thread with the cutter. press (Needle position button) to raise the needle from the fabric. first pull up the bobbin thread as described below. and appears. 36 . a a Needle position button The bobbin thread is looped around the upper thread and can be pulled up. Two lines of stitching are sewn parallel to each other. d out the end of the bobbin thread. The initial screen appears again. a Insert the bobbin into the bobbin case. press Start sewing. otherwise the needle may break or the machine may be damaged. Carefully pull the upper thread upward to pull Note When changing the sewing direction. • Refer to steps a through e of “Installing the bobbin” (page 27).GETTING READY ———————————————————————————————————————————— m Press (Back key). • For details on starting to sew. otherwise the needle may break or the machine may be damaged. and then raise the presser foot lever and turn the fabric. While lightly holding the upper thread with (Needle position button) twice to raise the needle. CAUTION ● When using the twin needle. Pulling up the bobbin thread When making gathers or before free-motion quilting. refer to “Starting to sew” (page 51).

1 f Insert the tab in the lower-left corner of the Reattach the bobbin cover.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— e bobbin thread under the presser foot toward Pull out about 10-15 cm (4-5 inches) of the the rear of the machine. and then lightly press down on the right side. bobbin cover. 2 1 Upper Threading 37 .

Be sure to read and carefully follow the instructions below. possibly resulting in injuries.GETTING READY ———————————————————————————————————————————— Replacing the Needle This section describes how to replace the needle. Bent needles can easily break. Use of any other needle may bend the needle or damage the machine. ● Never use bent needles. 38 . CAUTION ● Only use home sewing machine needles. Failure to observe these precautions is extremely dangerous. Needle precautions Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the handling of the needle. for example. if the needle breaks and fragments are dispersed.

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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 Type Broadcloth Medium weight fabrics Taffeta Flannel, Gabardine Lawn Thin fabrics Georgette Challis, Satin Denim Thick fabrics Corduroy Tweed Jersey Stretch fabrics Tricot Cotton thread 50–80 Easily frayed fabrics Synthetic thread Silk thread Synthetic thread For top-stitching 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 90/14 or 100/16 home sewing machine needle. • A 75/11 needle is already installed when the sewing machine is purchased. 30 90/14–100/16 50 65/9–90/14 Thread for knits 50–60 Cotton thread 60–80 Synthetic thread Silk thread Cotton thread 60–80 Synthetic thread Silk thread Cotton thread Synthetic thread 50 Silk thread Ball point needle (gold colored) 75/11–90/14 50 30–50 90/14–100/16 65/9–75/11 50 75/11–90/14 Size Size of Needle

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CAUTION
● The appropriate fabric, thread and needle combinations are shown in the table above. If the combination of the fabric, thread and needle is not correct, particularly when sewing thick fabrics (such as denim) with thin needles (such as 65/9 to 75/11), the needle may bend or break. In addition, the stitching may be uneven or puckered or there may be skipped stitches.

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GETTING READY ————————————————————————————————————————————

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 a Flat side b Needle type marking b

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.
c

1

Lower the presser foot lever.

1
a Flat surface a Presser foot lever d cover the hole in the needle plate.

1

Place fabric or paper under the presser foot to

Note
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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e use a screwdriver to turn the needle clamp

Hold the needle with your left hand, and then screw toward you (counterclockwise) to remove the needle.

g use the screwdriver to tighten the needle clamp

While holding the needle with your left hand, screw.

1

1
Install the twin needle in the same way.

2
a Screwdriver b Needle clamp screw

• Do not apply a strong force when loosening or tightening the needle clamp screw, otherwise certain parts of the sewing machine may be damaged.

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.

f of the machine, insert the needle until it

With the flat side of the needle toward the rear touches the needle stopper.

1

a Needle stopper

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Use of any other presser foot may result in injuries or damage to the machine.GETTING READY ———————————————————————————————————————————— 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. 1 d presser foot holder. a twice to raise the needle. Press the black button at the back of the a Needle position button b a Turn off the sewing machine. Press (Needle position button) once or a a Presser foot lever The presser foot is raised. Replacing the presser foot Replace the presser foot as described below. 42 . otherwise injuries may occur if (Start/stop button) is accidentally pressed and the machine starts sewing. ● Only use presser feet designed specifically for this sewing machine. be sure to turn off the sewing machine. b CAUTION ● Before replacing the presser foot. causing the needle to bend or break. otherwise the needle may hit the presser foot. c Raise the presser foot lever. a Black button b Presser foot holder The presser foot holder releases the presser foot. CAUTION ● Use the presser foot appropriate for the type of stitch that you wish to sew.

N or R) is positioned to be read. Position the presser foot so the letter indicating the presser foot type (A. the icon for the presser foot that should be used appears in the screen. turn off the sewing machine. The presser foot is attached. attach the correct presser foot. refer to “Stitch Setting Chart” (page 68). G.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— e so that the presser foot pin is aligned with the Place a different presser foot below the holder notch in the holder. and then select the desired stitch again. 1 a Presser foot lever For details on the presser foot that should be used with the selected stitch. Note When a stitch is selected. g presser foot is securely attached. 1 a b c a Presser foot holder b Notch c Pin f presser foot pin snaps into the notch in the Buttonhole foot "A" Overcasting foot "G" Zigzag foot "J" Button fitting foot "M" Monogramming foot "N" Blind stitch foot "R" Side cutter "S" Slowly lower the presser foot lever so that the presser foot holder. If the wrong presser foot is installed. M. Check that the correct presser foot is attached before starting to sew. Raise the presser foot lever to check that the Replacing the Presser Foot 43 . I. J.

Removing and attaching the presser foot holder Remove the presser foot holder when cleaning the sewing machine or when installing a presser foot that does not use the presser foot holder. Align the presser foot holder with the lower- b left side of the presser bar. and then tighten the screw using Hold the presser foot holder in place with your the screwdriver in your left hand. Use the screwdriver to loosen the presser foot a Screwdriver 1 b holder screw. Use the screwdriver to remove the presser foot holder. a Remove the presser foot.GETTING READY ———————————————————————————————————————————— c right hand. Note If the presser foot holder is not correctly installed. • For details. such as the embroidery foot and quilting foot. 44 . the thread tension will be incorrect. 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. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42).

b arm. making it easier to sew cylindrical pieces such as sleeve cuffs and pant legs. Free-arm sewing Removing the flat bed attachment allows for free-arm sewing. Sewing Cylindrical Pieces 45 . and then sew from the top. a 1 Pull the flat bed attachment off to the left. original position. With the flat bed attachment removed.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Sewing Cylindrical Pieces Free-arm sewing makes sewing cylindrical pieces easy. Slide the part that you wish to sew onto the c install the flat bed attachment back in its When you are finished with free-arm sewing. freearm sewing is possible.

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....................................................................................... Sewing..........................................................................................................................................62 Adjusting the presser foot pressure .................................................................................................................49 Positioning the fabric ..............................56 Adjusting the stitch width ....64 Sewing an even seam allowance ...........................................................................53 Cutting the thread ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................2 SEWING BASICS The necessary preparations for sewing are described in this chapter..........................................50 Starting to sew .............................................56 Adjusting the stitch length........57 Useful Functions...............................................................................................................................63 Sewing thin fabrics .........................................................................................................................................................................................64 Hands-free raising and lifting of the presser foot ......................................64 Sewing leathers or vinyl fabrics................................................62 Sewing thick fabrics ......54 Setting the Stitch .......................................................................48 Selecting stitching .........................60 Mirroring stitches..............62 Trial sewing..........................................................48 General sewing procedure ...................62 Changing the sewing direction ..............................................................61 Useful Sewing Tips ............................................................................................................................64 Sewing stretch fabrics .....................................................................59 Automatically sewing reverse/reinforcement stitches .......................................................................................................................................59 Automatically cutting the thread.57 Adjusting the thread tension .......................................................65 .......................................................................................................................................................51 Securing the stitching.............................................................62 Sewing curves ............................................................................

For details on selecting a stitch. ● Make sure that the needle does not strike basting pins. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). otherwise the needle may break or bend. ● Do not pull or push the fabric too hard while sewing. For details on positioning the fabric. keep your hands away from all moving parts such as the needle and handwheel. General sewing procedure Follow the basic procedures below to sew. For details on turning on the machine. refer to “Turning on the machine” (page 17). For details on starting to sew. Attach the presser foot appropriate for the stitch. ↓ 2 Select the stitch. refer to “Cutting the thread” (page 54). possibly resulting in injuries. refer to “Starting to sew” (page 51). ↓ 6 Cut the thread. refer to “Positioning the fabric” (page 50).) For details on replacing the presser foot. Before operating the sewing machine.SEWING BASICS ———————————————————————————————————————————— Sewing Basic sewing operations are described below. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). ↓ 5 Start sewing. Select the stitch appropriate for the area to be sewn. CAUTION ● While the machine is in operation. otherwise injuries may occur or the needle may break. 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. 1 Turn on the machine. pay special attention to the needle location. 48 . In addition. Bent needles can easily break. read the following precautions. Cut the thread at the end of sewing. (Be sure to turn off the machine before replacing the presser foot. Place the area to be sewn under the presser foot. ↓ 4 Position the fabric. ● Never use bent needles. Turn on the sewing machine. Start sewing. For details on cutting the thread. ↓ 3 Attach the presser foot. otherwise injuries may occur.

If the wrong presser foot is installed. Check that the correct presser foot is attached before starting to sew. and then select the desired stitch again. specify the setting for automatic stitch length. Example: 11 is selected: 2 b The machine comes with zigzag foot “J” Attach the presser foot. and (Next page key) displays the next screen. For details on changing the setting. attach the correct presser foot. and the stitch number and settings are displayed. Note When a stitch is selected. Determine the stitch to be used. refer to page 19. the needle may hit the presser foot and break or bend. • For details. and get the • Refer to “Stitch Setting Chart” (page 68). refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). • When an animation is displayed on the screen. the straight stitch (left needle position) is selected. Turn on the sewing machine. a matching presser foot ready. Procedures for changing the stitch width and length are described in “Adjusting the stitch width” (page 56) and “Adjusting the stitch length” (page 57). e reverse/reinforcement stitching and adjust the If necessary. There are 71 utility stitches. Sewing 49 . attached. The straight stitch (left needle position) is shown selected in the LCD. (Previous page key) displays the previous screen. turn off the sewing machine. Automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching and other settings are explained in “Useful Functions” (page 59). c The stitch is selected. d Select a stitch. For details. The procedures for specifying the thread tension are described in “Adjusting the thread tension” (page 57). refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). etc. the icon for the presser foot that should be used appears on the screen. If the wrong presser foot is used. CAUTION ● Use the presser foot appropriate for the stitch. touch the screen with your finger.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Selecting stitching Stitches are selected using LCD operations. Memo Uses of stitches and other stitch selections are explained in “UTILITY STITCHES” (page 67). The machine can also be set to select the straight stitch (center needle position). Right after turning the power on.

b twice to raise the needle. a toward you (counterclockwise) with your right hand to lower the needle to the starting point of the stitching. 50 . Turn on the sewing machine. turn the handwheel While holding the end of the thread and the Positioning the fabric Be sure that the fabric pieces are sewn in the correct order and that the right and wrong sides of the fabric are aligned correctly. sewing in a straight line is easier and the extra fabric does not get in the way. Press (Needle position button) once or 1 a Needle position button c Place the fabric under the presser foot. 1 a Presser foot lever The fabric is now positioned to be sewn.SEWING BASICS ———————————————————————————————————————————— d fabric with your left hand. • If the seam allowance is positioned on the right side. e Lower the presser foot lever.

When the machine stops. The sewing speed can be adjusted using either the sewing speed controller or the foot controller. or slide the speed controller to the right to sew at a faster speed. (Start/stop button) cannot be used to start or stop sewing. ■ Using the operation button Sewing can be started and stopped using the operation button (Start/stop button). turn off the sewing machine in order to prevent the machine from accidentally being started. d (Needle position button). press (Start/stop button) once. be sure to Turn off the sewing machine. Slide the sewing speed controller to the left to sew at a slower speed. a Sewing speed controller b Press (Start/stop button) once. When you have finished sewing. The machine starts sewing. c Note When the foot controller is plugged in. press The needle is raised. The machine stops sewing with the needle down (in the fabric).———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Starting to sew Once you are ready to start sewing. replace the bobbin thread. Slide the sewing speed controller to the left or a right to select the desired sewing speed. e Cut the threads. you can start the sewing machine. the machine will sew at a slow speed. and then press (Start/stop button) to begin sewing again. 2 When the end of the stitching is reached. 1 Note This machine will automatically stop when the bobbin becomes almost empty. Sewing 51 . • For details. refer to “Cutting the thread” (page 54). 1 a Start/stop button a When connecting the foot controller. ■ Using the foot controller Sewing can be started and stopped using the foot controller. • If you continue to hold the (Start/stop button) pressed immediately after the sewing starts.

only) Foot controller: Model T This foot controller can be used on this machine model NV1200. otherwise a fire or an electric shock may occur. When the end of the stitching is reached. Note (For U. When you have finished sewing. ● If the machine is not to be used for a long period of time. • For details. Memo When the foot controller is plugged in. The machine can be set so that the needle will stay up when sewing is stopped. unplug the foot controller. Insert the foot controller plug into its jack on 1 Slower Faster • Slowly press down on the foot controller. otherwise damage to the machine or injuries may occur. Slide the sewing speed controller to the left to select a lower maximum sewing speed. 52 .S.A. (Start/stop button) cannot be used to start or stop sewing. f completely release the foot controller. refer to “Changing the machine settings” (page 19). d right to select the foot controller's maximum Slide the sewing speed controller to the left or sewing speed. h Cut the threads. Pressing it down hard starts sewing too quickly. a Foot controller jack The machine starts sewing. For details on setting the machine so that the needle stays up when sewing is stopped. 1 CAUTION a Sewing speed controller e press down on the foot controller. releasing the pressure on the foot controller decreases the sewing speed. otherwise a fire or an electric shock may occur.SEWING BASICS ———————————————————————————————————————————— b the right side of the sewing machine. When sewing is stopped. g (Needle position button). refer to “Cutting the thread” (page 54). or slide the speed controller to the right to select a higher maximum sewing speed. press The needle is raised. ● Do not place objects on the foot controller. the needle remains lowered (in the fabric). c Turn on the sewing machine. Once you are ready to start sewing. The machine stops sewing with the needle lowered (in the fabric). slowly Pressing down on the foot controller increases the sewing speed. ● Do not allow thread or dust to accumulate in the foot controller.

The machine stops sewing. press (Reverse/reinforcement stitch button). c (Reverse/reinforcement stitch button). reverse stitches are sewn. at the end of an opening or where seams do not overlap. After sewing 3 to 5 stitches. Keep (Reverse/reinforcement stitch button) held down until 3 to 5 reverse stitches are sewn. or press down Press (Start/stop button) or press down on b the foot controller. a beginning of the stitching. reverse stitches are sewn. press 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. 1 a Start/stop button f • For details. Press (Start/stop button). refer to “Starting to sew” (page 51). for example. When the end of the stitching is reached. The machine starts sewing. At this time. d stitching. a Reverse/reinforcement stitch button While (Reverse/reinforcement stitch button) is held down. Sewing 53 . e on the foot controller. the machine sews at a slow speed. release 2 After sewing back to the beginning of the (Reverse/reinforcement stitch button). and then lower the 1 Lower the needle into the fabric at the presser foot lever. if (Start/stop button) is held down. The machine starts sewing in the normal sewing direction.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Securing the stitching When sewing with the straight stitch. While (Reverse/reinforcement stitch button) is held down. use reverse stitching or reinforcement stitching to secure the end of the thread.

the Release controller. Reinforcement stitches are 3 to 5 stitches sewn on top of each other in one place. After sewing to the end of the stitching. refer to “Automatically sewing reverse/ reinforcement stitches” (page 59). (Start/stop button) or foot 1 1 3 1 2 a Thread cutter button The threads are cut and the needle is raised. otherwise damage to the machine may occur. The machine stops sewing. 3 and 7 a Presser foot lever CAUTION ● Do not press (Thread cutter button) after threads have already been cut. i sewing machine stops. or press down on h the foot controller. cut the threads. refer to “Automatically cutting the thread” (page 60). When (Reverse/reinforcement stitch button) is pressed with stitches other than these. ● Do not press (Thread cutter button) if there is no fabric under the presser foot or while the machine is sewing. press (Thread cutter button) once. Cutting the thread When you have finished sewing. The machine starts sewing in the normal sewing direction. At this time. the machine sews at a slow speed. The machine can be set so that the threads will be cut when sewing is finished. 54 . if (Start/stop button) is held down. b fabric. 1 a Reverse stitching b Reinforcement stitching 2 Memo Memo The sewing machine can be set to automatically sew reverse or reinforcement stitches at the beginning and end of the stitching. When you wish to finish the stitching. (Reverse/reinforcement stitch button).SEWING BASICS g release ———————————————————————————————————————————— After 3 to 5 reverse stitches have been sewn. otherwise the needle may break. reinforcement stitches are used. the threads may become tangled or damage to the machine may occur. For details. ■ Using the thread cutter button a Press (Start/stop button). For details on setting the machine so that the threads are cut automatically. Raise the presser foot lever. then remove the 5 4 2 a Beginning of stitching b End of stitching 6 a ■ Sewing stitches Reverse stitches are set for the 1 stitches.

a sewing machine is stopped. cutter to cut them. a a Presser foot lever c and then pass the threads through the thread Pull the fabric to the left side of the machine. use the thread cutter on the side of the machine to cut the threads.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Using the thread cutter When sewing with thread thicker than #30. 2 1 a Needle position button The needle is raised. nylon or metallic threads. 1 a Thread cutter Sewing 55 . or other special threads. press When you wish to finish the stitching and the (Needle position button) once to raise the needle. b Raise the presser foot lever.

then following the procedure described in this section. refer to “Troubleshooting” (page 184). For details. refer to “Stitch Setting Chart” (page 68). refer to “Satin stitching using the sewing speed controller” (page 109). Each press of makes the zigzag stitch narrower. Note If the thread tension cannot be adjusted as desired. means the setting cannot be adjusted.However. If the needle hits the presser foot. slowly turn the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) and check that the needle does not touch the presser foot. Stitch settings return to their defaults if they are changed. If the straight stitch (left needle position or triple stretch stitch) was selected. stitch length. reducing the width moves the needle to the left. you can change any of the settings by pressing in the screen. Settings for some stitches cannot be changed. CAUTION ● After adjusting the stitch width. Increasing the width moves the needle to the right. the needle may bend or break. and upper thread tension for each stitch. Adjusting the stitch width The stitch width (zigzag width) can be adjusted to make the stitch wider or narrower. when the machine is turned off or a different stitch is selected before the stitch setting is saved. changing the stitch width changes the needle position. Memo Press to return the setting to its default. For details. The sewing machine can be set so that the stitch width can easily be changed with the sewing speed controller. 56 .SEWING BASICS ———————————————————————————————————————————— Setting the Stitch This machine is preset with the default settings for the stitch width. Each press of makes the zigzag stitch wider.

1 2 Each press of makes the stitch coarser (longer). Only the upper thread should be visible from the right side of the fabric. ■ Correct thread tension The upper thread and the bobbin thread should cross near the center of the fabric. Continuing to sew with the stitches bunched together may result in the needle bending or breaking. depending on the fabric and thread being used. increase the stitch length. Adjusting the thread tension You may need to change the thread tension. 1 2 CAUTION ● If the stitches are bunched together. a b c d e 3 4 5 Wrong side of fabric Right side of fabric Upper thread Bobbin thread The bobbin thread is visible from the right side of the fabric. Memo Press to return the setting to its default. the upper thread is too tight. 2 Each press of makes the stitch finer (shorter). 3 a b c d Wrong side of fabric Right side of fabric Upper thread Bobbin thread 4 ■ Upper thread is too tight If the bobbin thread is visible from the right side of the fabric. and only the bobbin thread should be visible from the wrong side of the fabric. Setting the Stitch 57 .———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Adjusting the stitch length The stitch length can be adjusted to make the stitch coarser or finer. means the setting cannot be adjusted. Each press of makes the thread tension looser.

the upper thread is too loose. If the correct thread tension cannot be achieved.SEWING BASICS ———————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Upper thread is too loose If the upper thread is visible from the wrong side of the fabric. rethread the upper thread and insert the bobbin correctly. it may not be possible to set the correct thread tension. 58 . Each press of makes the thread tension tighter. Memo Press default. to return the setting to its Note If the upper thread is not threaded correctly or the bobbin is not installed correctly. 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.

d then press Automatically sewing reverse/ reinforcement stitches The sewing machine can be set to automatically sew reverse or reinforcement stitches at the beginning and end of the stitching. Memo Reverse/reinforcement stitches will not be sewn if (Start/stop button) is pressed at the end of the stitching. b 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. Be sure to press (Reverse/reinforcement stitch button) at the end of the stitching.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Useful Functions Functions useful in improving sewing efficiency are described below. and (Start/stop button) once. the automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching setting is cancelled. Useful Functions 59 . For details. Select a stitch. It turns to . Whether reverse stitches or reinforcement stitches are sewn depends on the stitch that is selected. the sewing machine stops. Position the fabric under the presser foot. and the sewing machine is set for automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching. • When the sewing machine is turned off. c 1 a Reverse/reinforcement stitch button After reverse/reinforcement stitches are sewn. press The LCD comes on. e (Reverse/reinforcement stitch button) once. 2 1 a Start/stop button a Turn on the sewing machine. the machine starts sewing. press . refer to “Stitch Setting Chart” (page 68). • For details on selecting a stitch. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). • To turn automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching off. Press on the LCD. After reverse/reinforcement stitches are sewn. After reaching the end of the stitching.

that includes reinforcement stitching has been selected. Set the fabric in place. Press (Reverse/ reinforcement stitch button) at the end of the stitching. Press on the screen. Programmed thread-cutting will not be performed if (Start/stop button) is pressed while sewing. The thread is cut here. If stitching. this operation is unnecessary. a Start/stop button 1 Stitching starts after reverse stitching or reinforcement stitching. and press (Start/ Automatically cutting the thread The sewing machine can be set to automatically cut the threads at the end of the stitching. • For details on selecting a stitch. such as buttonholes and bar tacking. press . press Select a stitch. and the thread is cut. Memo • To turn programmed thread cutting off. After the reverse stitching or reinforcement stitching has been done. automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching is also set. c You get . refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). programmed thread-cutting will be turned off. The LCD comes on. If the power is turned off. This is called “programmed thread-cutting”. a Turn on the sewing machine. Once you have reached the end of the (Reverse/reinforcement stitch button) once. and the sewing machine is set for programmed thread-cutting and automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching. If programmed threadcutting is set. the sewing machine stops.SEWING BASICS ———————————————————————————————————————————— d stop button) once. 60 . b e stitching.

Useful Functions 61 . the mirroring setting is cancelled. and the pattern displayed at the top of the screen is mirrored. When the sewing machine is turned off. Press on the screen. b Select a stitch. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). c It turns to . 2 The LCD comes on. Memo Mirroring is not possible for buttonholes and other stitches where shows. • For details on selecting a stitch. a Turn on the sewing machine.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Mirroring stitches You can sew the mirror image of a stitch horizontally (left and right). • To turn the mirrored stitching off. press .

However. press (Needle position button) to lower the needle. For details on sewing with an even seam allowance. Adjusting the presser foot pressure The presser foot pressure (the amount of pressure applied to the fabric by the presser foot) can be adjusted. Lower the presser foot lever to lower the Raise the presser foot lever. and then slightly change the sewing direction to sew around the curve. and then turn the b fabric. stop the Leave the needle lowered (in the fabric). and check the thread tension and stitch length and width. a trial piece of fabric should be sewn since. Since the results differ depending on the type of stitching and the number of layers of fabric sewn. 1 a Presser foot lever c sewing. If the needle remained up when the machine stopped sewing. perform the trial sewing under the same conditions that will be used with your project. a presser foot. When sewing along a curve while using a zigzag stitch. When the stitching reaches a corner. Refer to these tips when sewing your project. Turn the fabric using the needle as a pivot. Sewing curves Stop sewing. For the trial sewing. reduce the pressure when sewing stretch or thin fabrics. Changing the sewing direction a sewing machine. depending on the type of fabric and stitching being sewn. the machine automatically sets the thread tension and stitch length and width for the stitch that is selected. Trial sewing After you have set up the machine with the thread and needle appropriate for the type of fabric being sewn. use a piece of fabric and thread that are the same as those used for your project. the desired results may not be achieved. refer to “Sewing an even seam allowance” (page 64). and increase the pressure when sewing thick fabrics. select a shorter stitch length in order to obtain a finer stitch. For best results.SEWING BASICS ———————————————————————————————————————————— Useful Sewing Tips Various ways to achieve better results for your sewing projects are described below. Lower the presser foot lever and continue 62 .

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b of the machine to adjust the pressure of the

Turn the presser foot pressure dial at the back presser foot. The presser foot pressure can be set to one of four levels (between 1 and 4). The larger the setting, the stronger the pressure. Use setting 1 or 2 for thick fabrics, use setting 4 for thinner fabrics.

a to feed under the foot, raise the presser foot

When you encounter a seam that is too thick lever.

b pin) on the left side of zigzag foot “J”. Keep

Press the black button (presser foot holding

the button held in and lower the presser foot.

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When you are finished sewing, reset the dial to

Release the button. The foot will lock in place level with the seam, allowing the fabric to feed.

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. Once the trouble spot has been passed, the foot will return to its normal position.

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.

■ 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.

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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.

Sewing an even seam allowance
To sew an even seam, start sewing so that the seam allowance is to the right of the presser foot, and the edge of the fabric is aligned with either the right edge of the presser foot or a marking on the needle plate. ■ Aligning the fabric with the presser foot Sew while keeping the right edge of the presser foot a fixed distance from the edge of the fabric.

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Sewing stretch fabrics
First, baste the pieces of fabric together, and then sew without stretching the fabric.
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■ 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.

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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.

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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).

Hands-free raising and lifting of the presser foot
Using the knee lifter, you can raise and lower the presser foot with your knee, leaving both hands free to handle the fabric.

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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)

Insert the knee lifter into the mounting slot on 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.

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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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c Release the knee lifter. b right. The presser foot is lowered. CAUTION ● While sewing. • Do not use the knee lifter while the sewing machine is operating. keep your knee away from the knee lifter. the needle may break or the machine may be damaged. With your knee. press the knee lifter to the Keep the knee lifter pressed to the right. If the knee lifter is pressed while the sewing machine is operating. The presser foot is raised. 66 .SEWING BASICS ———————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Using the knee lifter a Stop the sewing machine.

...............................3 UTILITY STITCHES The various stitches and their applications are described in this chapter.. 79 Sewing overcasting stitches using zigzag foot “J” ...133 Realigning the pattern .111 Triple stretch stitching....................................................... 81 Basic Stitching .............................................. 100 Sewing Stretch Fabrics and Elastic Tape ................. 68 Utility stitches .118 Fagoting............................................................................ 101 Elastic attaching ........................134 Designing a Pattern (My Custom Stitch)..... 75 Stitch types.................................................................................... 77 Overcasting Stitches............................... 87 Buttonhole sewing........................................... 68 Other stitches.............127 Changing the length for satin stitches .................................................................................109 Reinforcement Stitching .......... 88 Button sewing ......104 Patchwork (crazy quilt) stitching......... Stitch Setting Chart ..........................................107 Free-motion quilting................................................... 83 Basting ......... 96 Zipper/piping Insertion ..108 Satin stitching using the sewing speed controller .......... 83 Basic stitching ..............111 Darning .................................................121 Joining ..........120 Shell tuck stitching ........... 99 Inserting a piping ........116 Decorative Stitching........ 101 Appliqué....................130 Storing patterns .............. 72 Selecting Stitching .......................................119 Scallop stitching .....................................................126 Sewing patterns .............................................................. 94 Inserting a side zipper .. 99 Inserting a centered zipper .......105 Quilting ...........................101 Stretch stitching .........................................115 Horizontal Stitching . 92 Zipper Insertion......... 75 Selecting stitching .....................................................122 Heirloom stitching.......129 Combining patterns ..................126 Sewing beautiful patterns ................................................................127 Changing the stitch density ..........................................................................................128 Shifting patterns ..........................113 Eyelet Stitching.................................... 85 Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing................ 83 Blind Hem Stitching .......126 Changing the pattern size......... 75 Saving stitch settings .......................................105 Piecing......... 80 Sewing overcasting stitches using the side cutter ..... Patchwork and Quilt Stitching ...111 Bar tack stitching................. 79 Sewing overcasting stitches using overcasting foot “G” .123 Sewing the Various Built-in Decorative Patterns.......................138 Examples of designs.......140 ............................ 94 Inserting a centered zipper .................137 Entering the pattern data.................... 103 Appliqué stitching ..........................................137 Drawing a sketch of the pattern ..............120 Smocking.......

0 No (3/32) (1/16–3/16) 2.0 (1/16–1/8) 0.5 0.0 2.0–7.0 Yes (3/32) (1/64–3/16) (J) 2.0–7.0 Yes (3/32–3/16) (1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J) 1.5–4.0 1.5 1.5–7.5–5.5 0.0 (0–1/4) 0.0 (0–3/16) Yes (J) Reverse No J 3 Reinforcement Yes Attaching zippers.4 0.0 2. Overcasting on thin or mediumweight fabrics Reverse No 4 Triple stretch stitch 5 Reinforcement No Stretch stitch 6 J Reinforcement No Basting stitch Center 7 J Reinforcement No J 8 Reverse No Right Zigzag stitch J 9 2.2–5. Basic stitching and sewing gathers or pintucks 0.0 2.5–4. Overcasting on mediumweight or stretch fabrics.0 No (3/16) (3/32–3/16) (3/32) (1/16–3/16) 5.0–4.0 Yes (3/32) (1/64–3/16) (J) 2.0 Yes (3/32) (1/64–3/16) (J) 2.0–7.0–3. etc. etc.5–4.0–7.5 (1/8) 0.5–7.5 (1/8) 3.0–7.0 (0–1/4) 0. sewing gathers or pintucks.0–7.4 (1/16) 5–30 No (3/16–1-3/16) 0.0 (3/16) 5.0 Yes (3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J) 2.0 Yes (3/32) (1/32–3/16) (J) 2.5 1. darning.0–7.5–5. attaching elastic.0 Yes (1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J) Reinforcement Yes 2-point zigzag stitch 3-point zigzag stitch J 10 Reinforcement Yes J 11 Reinforcement No G 12 2.0 Yes (3/16) (1/16–3/16) (J) Reinforcement No G Overcasting stitch 14 Overcasting on thick fabrics and decorative stitching Overcasting on stretch fabrics Overcasting on thick or stretch fabrics Overcasting on stretch fabrics and decorative stitching Reinforcement No J 15 Reinforcement No J 16 Reinforcement No J Reinforcement No 68 Walking Foot Twin Needle Presser Foot . J Attaching sleeves.0–4.0 1.5 0.2–4.0–4.0 (0–1/4) 2.0 (0) 3. sewing gathers or pintucks.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— Stitch Setting Chart Applications.0 (0) 0.0 (3/16) 3.0 0.5 0. etc.0–4.0 (3/16) 4.5 0.5 1.0 (3/16) 3. etc.0 (0–1/4) 0.0 (3/16) 5. basic J/I stitching.0 No (3/32–3/16) (1/16) (1/16–3/16) Reinforcement No G Overcasting on thick fabrics 13 5.5–5.3–4.5–5. darning.0 Yes (3/32) (1/32–3/16) (J) 4.0 Yes (1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J) 1.0 (1/16–1/4) 1.0 (0–1/4) 0.0–4.5 (1/8) 5.0 (0–1/4) Stitch Length [mm (inch)] Auto Manual Reverse/ Reinforcement Stitching 1 J Left Straight stitch Center 2 Basic stitching.0 (0–1/4) 0.5 1.0 (1/16–1/4) 1.0 (1/8–3/16) 0.0 (0–1/4) 0.0–4.0 (0–1/4) 1. sewing inseams.0 0.2–4.5 (1/8) 2.0 (3/16) 5.2–5. sewing stretch fabrics and decorative stitching Sewing stretch fabrics and decorative stitching Temporarily securing Overcasting and attaching appliqués Beginning sewing from the right needle position Overcasting on mediumweight or stretch fabrics. stitch lengths and widths and whether the twin needle can be used are listed for utility stitches in the following table. attaching elastic.0 (1/16) 0.0–7.0 1. Utility stitches Stitch Name Pattern Application Stitch Width [mm (inch)] Auto Manual 0.2–5.0–7.0 Yes (3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J) 20 (3/4) 1.0 (0) 1.0 (0) 3.

5 0.0 Yes (3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J) 2.5–7.8 1.6 1.0 (0–1/4) 1.0 (3/32–1/4) 0.0 Yes (1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J) 1.0 (3/16) 1.0 (0) 3.0–4.2–4.0 (1/16) 2.0–7.6–4.0 (1/16–1/4) 2.0 (1/16) Manual 1.5 1.0–7.5 mm (1/4 inch) from the right edge of the presser foot) Piecing straight stitching (with a seam allowance of 6. free-motion quilting.0 Yes (1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J) 2.5 (1/8) 0.0 Yes (1/16) (1/16–3/16) (J) 2.0 0. satin stitching Attaching appliqués and binding Quilting background stitching (stippling) Reinforcement 21 J Reinforcement Piecing straight stitch 22 3 Reinforcement Yes Reinforcement No J Straight stitch that looks hand-sewn (for quilting) Zigzag stitch (for quilting) Appliqué stitch (for quilting) Quilting stitch (for stippling) Satin scallop stitch 28 1.0–4.0 (0–1/4) 2.0–7.0 (3/16) 5.0–7.5 1.0 Yes (3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J) 1.0 (3/32–1/4) 0.0 (3/32–1/4) 0.5 (1/16) 0.0 (0–1/4) 2.0–7.0–3.0 (3/32–1/4) 0.0 Yes (1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J) Reinforcement No J 27 Reinforcement No N Scallop stitching Patchwork stitching and decorative stitching Patchwork stitching. such as with tricot Patchwork stitching and decorative stitching Smocking stitching and decorative stitching Fagoting and decorative stitching Fagoting and decorative stitching Attaching elastic to stretch fabrics Reinforcement No J Reinforcement No Joining stitch 29 J Reinforcement No 30 J 31 Reinforcement No Smocking stitch 32 J Reinforcement No J Fagoting stitch 33 Reinforcement No J Elastic-attaching stitch 34 Reinforcement No J Reinforcement No Stitch Setting Chart 69 .0–4.0 (1/4) 5.0 (0–1/4) 0.1–1.0 (3/16) 5.0–7.5 1.2–5.0–7.2 0.0–7.5 (1/8) 4.5 1.0 (0–1/4) 0.0–7. decorative stitching and sewing overcasting on both pieces of fabric.0 1.0–7.6 1.5 (1/16–1/8) Reverse/ Reinforcement Stitching 17 R Blind hem stitch 18 Blind hem stitching on mediumweight fabrics Blind hem stitching on stretch fabrics Appliqué stitching 00 Reinforcement R 19 00 3.0 Yes (1/32) (1/64–1/16) (J) 1.0 No (1/16) (1/16–3/16) 0.0 No (1/16) (1/64–3/16) Reinforcement Shell tuck stitch J Shell tuck stitching Piecing straight stitching (with a seam allowance of 6.2–4.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Walking Foot No No No No No Twin Needle No No Presser Foot Stitch Name Pattern Application Stitch Width [mm (inch)] Auto Manual 3← – →3 Stitch Length [mm (inch)] Auto 2.2–4.0–7.0 (3/16) 5.5–5.0–4.0 Yes (3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J) 2.0 No (1/16) (1/32–3/16) (1/16) (1/16–3/16) 7.2–5.0 (0–3/16) No 23 J 24 J 25 Reinforcement Yes J 26 1.0 (0–1/4) 0.0 (3/16) 4.0 No (1/16) (1/64–3/16) 2.0 (3/16) 5.0 (3/16) 4.0 (0–1/4) 2.5 0.5 (1/16–1/8) 1.0–4.4 (1/16) 0.0 0.5 1.2–4.2 0.0–3.5 (7/32) 3← – →3 2.0 (3/16) 5.0 Yes (3/32) (1/64–3/16) (J) 2.0–4.0 (3/16) 5.0 0.5–7.5 0.0–4.5–7.0 (0–1/4) Reinforcement Appliqué stitch 20 J 2.0 (0–1/4) 0.0 Yes (3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J) 1.0 No (3/32) (1/16–3/16) 1.5 mm (1/4 inch) from the left edge of the presser foot) Straight stitch quilting that looks hand-sewn Appliqué quilting.0 (0–1/4) 0.5–7.0–4.

0 (15/64) (1/16–1/4) 5.5–4.5 (7/32) 5.0 (3/16) 5.0 No (1/16) (1/16–3/16) 1.0 (1/16–1/4) 1.0 (3/16) 5.0 3.0 (0–1/4) 1.5–7. etc.0 (1/16–1/8) A Buttonholes for stretch fabrics 54 A Bound buttonholes 2.5–7. Decorative hemming on thin.0 1.0 No (3/32) (1/16–3/16) 3. heirloom stitching.0 (1/16–1/4) 1. Reinforcement 40 6.0 Yes (1/16–3/16) (J) Reinforcement 44 Reinforcement 45 Reinforcement 46 Decorative stitching.0 (1/8) 3.0 No (1/64) (1/64–1/16) Reinforcement 47 N 48 Reinforcement Automatic reinforcement Automatic reinforcement Automatic reinforcement Automatic reinforcement Automatic reinforcement Automatic reinforcement Automatic reinforcement A 49 A 50 A 51 Buttonhole stitch 52 A A 53 6.0–4.0 No (1/16) (1/64–3/16) 70 . N Reinforcement Reinforcement 43 2.4 0.0 (3/16) 5. heirloom stitching. smocking 6. heirloom stitching.5–2.5 1.2–1.0–4.2–1.0–4. Decorative hemming.0 Yes 1/16–3/16) (J) Reinforcement J 38 Decorative stitching Decorative stitching and elasticattaching Reinforcement N 39 Reinforcement Lace sewing.0–4.0 (1/8–3/16) 3.0 No (15/54) (1/8–15/64) (1/16) (1/32–1/16) 6.0 0.0 (1/16–1/4) 1. etc.6–4.2–4. etc. etc. N mediumweight and plain weave fabrics.5–7. (15/64) (1/16–1/4) Decorative stitching.0 (1/16–1/4) Stitch Length [mm (inch)] Auto 3.0 (3/16) 5. N mediumweight and plain weave fabrics.5–4.0 1.5–7.0 (1/8) Manual Reverse/ Reinforcement Stitching 35 J 36 Decorative stitching 4.0 (1/8–3/16) 3.0 (3/16) 0.4 0. N Decorative hemming. N mediumweight and plain weave fabrics. heirloom stitching.0 (1/16–1/4) Reinforcement 41 Decorative stitch 42 Decorative hemming on thin. etc. Decorative hemming on thin.0 (3/16) 5.5–7.0 (1/16–1/4) 1.0 No (1/64) (1/64–1/16) 0.6 1.0–4.5–4.0 No (1/16–3/16) Reinforcement J 37 Decorative stitching 2.5 (15/54) (1/8–15/64) (1/16) 5.5–4. heirloom stitching.6 1.5 1.4 0.0 (3/16) 1.0 No (1/16–3/16) 1.0 3. Decorative hemming on thin.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— Walking Foot No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No Twin Needle No Presser Foot Stitch Name Pattern Application Stitch Width [mm (inch)] Auto Manual 0.0–6.0–7.0 1.0 stitching.5 1. heirloom stitching. heirloom stitching.0 (1/8–3/16) 1.5–7.0 stitching.5–7.0–6. N mediumweight and plain weave fabrics.5–7.5–4.5–7.0 (3/16) 5. etc.5 (1/8) 2.0–5. smocking 5.0 (1/8) 1.0 1. etc.0 (0–1/4) 0.2–4.0–5. heirloom stitching.0 (3/16) 5.2–1.0–5.0 Yes (1/16) (1/16–3/16) (J) 1.0 (3/16) 3.0 Yes (1/16) (1/16–3/16) (J) 3.0 (3/16) 1.0 No (1/16–3/16) 1. decorative N hemming.0 Yes (3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J) 2.0 (3/16) 5.0 No (1/16) (1/16–3/16) 0. (3/16) Horizontal buttonholes on thin and mediumweight fabrics Horizontal buttonholes on areas that are subject to strain Horizontal buttonholes on thick fabrics Secured buttonholes for fabrics that have backings Buttonholes for stretch or knit fabrics 5.0 (0–15/64) 1.0 (1/8–3/16) 3.0 (3/16) 4.5 (1/8) 4.5–7.0 1.0 (3/16) 1. ribbon N threading.0–7.0–6.0 No (1/64) (1/64–1/16) 0.0–7.0 (0–1/4) 0. heirloom stitching.0–5.0 0. etc. etc.0 Yes (1/16) (1/64–3/16) (J) 2.6 1.0 No (1/64) (1/64–1/16) 0.4 0.0–3.0 (1/16–1/4) 1.2–1.5–4.0 0.0 (1/16–1/4) 3.0 Yes (3/32) (1/16–3/16) (J) 1.

0 1. 6.5 0.0–7.0–2.2–5.5 No (1/16) (1/64–3/32) 2.4 (1/16) 0. 5.0–7.3–1. 15/64.0 (0–3/16) No Reinforcement No S 65 Reinforcement No Side cutter 66 S 2.3–1. 3/16) 0.0 (1/4) 7.0 No (1/16) (1/16–3/16) 2.0 (1/8–3/16) – Stitch Length [mm (inch)] Auto Manual Reverse/ Reinforcement Stitching 55 A 56 Keyhole buttonholes for thick or furry fabrics Keyhole buttonholes for mediumweight and thick fabrics Horizontal buttonholes for thick or furry fabrics 7.0 (3/16) 5.0.0. 6.0 (1/4) 7.0 (0) 3.3–1.0 (1/16–1/8) 2.0–4.0–4.0 (1/8–3/16) 3.4–2.0–3.5–5.5–5.0 No (3/32) (1/16–3/16) – – No Reinforcement No S 67 Reinforcement No S 68 Reinforcement No N Horizontal straight stitch 69 Reinforcement No N 70 – – – – No Reinforcement No N Horizontal zigzag stitch 71 – – – – No Reinforcement No N – – – – No Reinforcement No Stitch Setting Chart 71 .0 No (1/64) (1/64–1/16) – – 7.0 (1/8–3/16) 3.4–2.0 (1/4) 2. 5.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Walking Foot No No No No No Twin Needle Presser Foot Stitch Name Pattern Application Stitch Width [mm (inch)] Auto Manual 3.5–5.5 0.0.3–1.0 (1/8–1/4) 3.0 No (1/32) (1/64–1/16) 0.5 (3/32–3/16) 7.0 (1/4) 7. for example.0–4.5 (1/8) 5.0 0.0 (1/16) 3.5 0.0 No (1/32) (1/64–1/16) 2. 3/16) No Automatic reinforcement Automatic reinforcement Automatic reinforcement Automatic reinforcement Automatic reinforcement Automatic reinforcement Reinforcement Buttonhole stitch 57 A A 58 A Darning mediumweight fabrics Darning stitch 59 A Darning thick fabrics 60 Bar tack stitch 61 Reinforcing openings and areas A where the seam easily comes loose M Button sewing No 3 Button-sewing stitch No Eyelet stitch 62 N Sewing eyelets.0 (1/8–1/4) 2. 15/64.0–4.0 (3/16) – 0.0 (1/4) 7.0 No (3/32) (1/64–3/16) 1.0 (1/4.5 No (1/16) (1/64–3/32) 0. on belts Sewing straight stitches while cutting the fabric Sewing zigzag stitches while cutting the fabric Overcasting on thin and mediumweight fabrics while cutting the fabric Overcasting on thick fabrics while cutting the fabric Overcasting on mediumweight and thick fabrics while cutting the fabric Attaching appliqués to sleeves (straight stitch sewn to the left) Attaching appliqués to sleeves (straight stitch sewn to the right) Attaching appliqués to sleeves (zigzag stitch sewn to the left) Attaching appliqués to sleeves (zigzag stitch sewn to the right) 7.0–7.5 1.5–5.5–7.0 0.5 (0–3/32) 3.0 (3/32–1/4) 2.5 (1/8) 7.5 1.0 (1/8–3/16) 3.0 (1/4) 0.5–4.0 (1/4) No Automatic reinforcement No 63 S 64 2.0 (1/4.0 (1/8–1/4) 3.5–7.4 0.0 No (1/32) (1/64–1/16) 0.0.5 0.0 No (3/32) (1/16–3/16) 2.5 (1/8) 3.0 (3/32–1/4) 1.

UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— Other stitches Stitch Type Pattern 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Decorative stitches 21 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 N No 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29* 30* Large: No Large. Yes Small Yes (length only) Yes ** Pattern for making adjustment 72 Left/Right Flipping Adjustable Pattern Length/width Adjustable Stitching Density Twin Needle Presser Foot Pattern Size . Small: No Small Yes (*Not possible) Yes 31** 1 Satin stitches 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 N Yes Yes Yes (*Not Large No (*Not (*Not possible) possible) possible) 11 12 13 14 15 16 17* 18* 1 Crossstitches 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 N No Large No Yes (*Not possible) Yes 11* 12* 13* 14* 15* Decorative 1 satin stitches 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 N No Large.

Small No No Yes Pattern Size 3 8 18 28 38 48 58 68 78 88 9 19 29 39 49 59 69 79 89 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 N No Large No No Yes Stitch Setting Chart 73 .———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Left/Right Flipping Adjustable Pattern Length/width Adjustable Stitching Density Twin Needle Presser Foot Stitch Type Pattern 1 11 21 31 41 Character stitches (Gothic font) 51 61 71 81 91 1 11 21 31 41 Character stitches (Script font) 51 61 71 81 91 2 12 22 32 42 52 62 72 82 92 2 12 22 32 42 52 62 72 82 92 3 13 23 33 43 53 63 73 83 93 3 13 23 33 43 53 63 73 83 93 4 14 24 34 44 54 64 74 84 94 4 14 24 34 44 54 64 74 84 94 5 15 25 35 45 55 65 75 85 95 5 15 25 35 45 55 65 75 85 95 6 16 26 36 46 56 66 76 86 96 6 16 26 36 46 56 66 76 86 96 7 17 27 37 47 57 67 77 87 97 7 17 27 37 47 57 67 77 87 97 8 18 28 38 48 58 68 78 88 9 19 29 39 49 59 69 79 89 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 N No Large.

UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— Left/Right Flipping Yes Adjustable Pattern Length/width No Adjustable Stitching Density No Twin Needle Presser Foot Stitch Type Pattern 1 11 21 31 Character stitches (Outline style) 41 51 61 71 81 91 2 12 22 32 42 52 62 72 82 92 3 13 23 33 43 53 63 73 83 93 4 14 24 34 44 54 64 74 84 94 5 15 25 35 45 55 65 75 85 95 6 16 26 36 46 56 66 76 86 96 7 17 27 37 47 57 67 77 87 97 8 18 28 38 48 58 68 78 88 9 19 29 39 49 59 69 79 89 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 N No Large. Small 74 Pattern Size .

including letters. flowers and hearts. the utility stitch selection appears right after the power is turned on. b My Custom Stitch You can design original stitches. You can sew combinations of multiple decorative stitches. j Cross stitches (Can be combined) You can select from 15 cross stitches. e Character stitches—Outline style (Can be combined) There are 97 characters. The straight stitch (left needle position) is shown selected on the screen. in the outline style. refer to “Designing a Pattern (My Custom Stitch)” (page 137). 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.) c Character stitches—Gothic font (Can be combined) There are 97 characters.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Selecting Stitching This section provides details on the various types of stitches available and the procedure for selecting a stitch. in the Gothic font. touch the screen with your finger. d Character stitches—Script font (Can be combined) There are 97 characters. button holes and basic decorative stitches. If this is selected. You can sew combinations of multiple decorative stitches. i Decorative satin stitches (Can be combined) There are 10 decorative satin stitches. a Turn on the sewing machine. b panel. including letters. (For details. a c f i j 3 Selecting stitching b d e gh k a Utility stitches You can select from 71 utility stitches. Press (Utility stitch key) on the operation The screen containing the various types of stitches appears. (For details. • When an animation is displayed on the screen. Selecting Stitching 75 . f Decorative stitches (Can be combined) You can select from 31 decorative stitches. including leaves. overcasting. k Patterns stored in the machine's memory You can recall a stored pattern. symbols and numbers. g Satin stitches (Can be combined) You can select from 18 satin stitches. refer to “Storing patterns” (page 133). For details on the various stitches. in the Script font. including straight line stitching. including letters. symbols and numbers. symbols and numbers. You can sew combinations of multiple decorative stitches. refer to “Stitch Setting Chart” (page 68).

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 i h g c Select the characters. attach the correct presser foot. k j b Select the character style. If the wrong presser foot is installed. the icon for the presser foot that should be used appears on the screen. (Previous page key) displays the previous screen. ■ Selecting characters Three styles of character stitches are available. Memo For details on adjusting the stitch width and length. and then select the desired stitch again. • Press to view a sample of the selected pattern. press (Back key). refer to the following pages. and then select the new character style. When a decorative stitch is selected If necessary. and then select the correct character.UTILITY STITCHES c ——————————————————————————————————————————— e reverse/reinforcement stitching and adjust the Select the stitch type. The procedure for selecting a character is the same with all styles. specify the setting for automatic stitch length. • To select a different stitch type. The screen containing the various stitches in the selected stitch type appears. press remove the selected pattern. Note When a stitch is selected. d Press the stitch selection. • To select a different stitch. and (Next page key) displays the next screen. • For details on sewing with each of the utility stitches. press to erase the character. turn off the sewing machine. etc. a b cd ef a b c d e f g h i j k Decorative stitch selection Set width. a (page 75) to display the screen where a stitch Follow steps a and b in “Selecting stitching” type can be selected. press . • To select a different character style. 76 . refer to “Adjusting the stitch width” (page 56) and “Adjusting the stitch length” (page 57). to • If a wrong character was selected. Check that the correct presser foot is attached before starting to sew.

and then press . • To reset the selected stitch pattern to its default settings.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Example: Bus Saving stitch settings This machine is preset with the default settings for the stitch width (zigzag width). However.5 mm. Press .0 mm for the straight stitch a b Select a straight stitch. c Set the stitch length to 2. stitch length. 3 Memo The default stitch length is 2. The confirmation message is displayed. This feature can be used only with utility stitches. and automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching for each stitch. programmed thread cutting.0 mm. Selecting Stitching 77 . press . press after changing the settings to save the new settings with the selected stitch. if you wish to save specific settings for a stitch so that they can be used later. thread tension. To use a stitch length of 2. d Press .

etc. or if is pressed to reset the setting to its default. Note The next time that the same straight stitch is selected.) are saved. programmed thread cutting. 78 . the stitch length is set to 2. not just the setting that was changed. the settings for programmed thread cutting and automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching cannot be reset. All stitch settings (stitch width (zigzag width).0 mm. and automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching. the last settings saved are displayed even if the machine was turned off. the new settings are not saved unless time. If the settings are changed again. When the same stitch pattern is selected. stitch length. thread tension. is pressed another Even if is pressed.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— e Press .

G c against the guide of the presser foot.5 (1/8) 5.0 (1/16) 2.0 (1/8–3/16) Presser Foot 3. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42).0 (1/16–3/16) 1.0 (3/32–3/16) 2.0 (1/16–3/16) 1.5–5. b a a Guide d presser foot guide. Select a stitch. The procedure for sewing overcasting stitch is explained according to the presser foot that is used.0 (3/16) 3 G Overcasting stitch 12 13 a Attach overcasting foot “G”. 15 stitches are available for overcasting. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49).0 (3/16) 5.0–4. and then Position the fabric with the edge of the fabric lower the presser foot lever.0–4. Sew with the edge of the fabric against the 1 • For details.0 (3/32–3/16) 3. • For details. a Needle drop point Overcasting Stitches 79 .5–5.0 (1/16–3/16) Manual 2.0–4.5 (3/32) 2. Stitch Width [mm (inch)] Auto 11 Stitch Name Pattern Application Preventing fraying in medium weight and thin fabrics Preventing fraying in thick fabrics and fabrics that fray easily Stitch Length [mm (inch)] Auto 2.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Overcasting Stitches Sew overcasting stitches along the edges of cut fabric to prevent them from fraying. Sewing overcasting stitches using overcasting foot “G” Three stitches can be used to sew overcasting with overcasting foot “G”.5–5.5 (3/32) Manual 1.

0 (0–1/4) 0.0 (3/32–3/16) 1.0 (3/16) 4.0 (3/16) 5.0 (1/16–1/4) 0. Stitch Width [mm (inch)] Auto Zigzag stitch (center needle position) Zigzag stitch (right needle position) 2-point zigzag stitch 3-point zigzag stitch 7 Stitch Name Pattern Application Stitch Length [mm (inch)] Auto 1. J c needle dropping off the edge at the right.0 (1/16–1/4) 1. b Select a stitch.5–7.5–4. Sew along the edge of the fabric with the a • For details.0–7. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42).5 (1/8) 3.0 (3/16) 8 9 10 Preventing fraying in thick fabrics and stretch fabrics J 14 Preventing fraying in stretch fabrics Preventing fraying in thick fabrics and stretch fabrics Preventing fraying in stretch fabrics Overcasting stitch 15 16 a Attach zigzag foot “J”.3–4.5 (3/32) 2.0 (0–1/4) Presser Foot Preventing fraying (center baseline/reverse stitching) Preventing fraying (right baseline/reinforcement stitching) 3.0 (3/16) 5.4 (1/16) 1.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— Sewing overcasting stitches using zigzag foot “J” Seven stitches can be used to sew overcasting stitches with zigzag foot “J”.0 (1/16–3/16) Manual 0.5–4.0 (1/16) 1.5 (1/8) 5.0 (1/32–3/16) 0.0 (1/32–3/16) 1.0 (1/64–3/16) 0.2–4.0 (3/16) Manual 0.4 (1/16) 1.0 (1/64–3/16) 0.0–7.0 (1/16) 2.2–4.5–7.0 (0–1/4) 0.0–7.0–7.0–4.0 (1/64–3/16) 0.5 (3/32) 4. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49).0 (3/16) 5.0–4. a Needle drop point 1 a Needle drop point • For details. 80 .5–5.0 (0–1/4) 2.0 (0–3/16) 0.

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Sewing overcasting stitches using the 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
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

Pattern
63

Application Sewing straight stitches while cutting the fabric Sewing zigzag stitches while cutting the fabric Preventing fraying in thin and mediumweight fabrics while cutting the fabric Preventing fraying in thick fabrics while cutting the fabric Preventing fraying in thick fabrics while cutting the fabric

Stitch Width [mm (inch)] Auto 0.0 (0) 3.5 (1/8) 3.5 (1/8) 5.0 (3/16) 5.0 (3/16) Manual 0.0–2.5 (0–3/32) 3.5–5.0 (1/8–3/16) 3.5–5.0 (1/8–3/16) 3.5–5.0 (1/8–3/16) 3.5–5.0 (1/8–3/16)

Stitch Length [mm (inch)] Auto 2.5 (3/32) 1.4 (1/16) Manual 0.2–5.0 (1/64–3/16) 0.0–4.0 (0–3/16)

Presser Foot

3
S

64

Side Cutter

65

2.0 1.0–4.0 (1/16) ( 1/16–3/16) 2.5 1.0–4.0 (3/32) ( 1/16–3/16) 2.5 1.0–4.0 (3/32) ( 1/16–3/16)

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67

c is aligned with the notch in the presser foot

Position the side cutter so that side cutter pin holder, and then slowly lower the presser foot lever.

a

Remove the presser foot. • For details, refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). Hook the connecting fork of the side cutter

b a

b onto the needle clamp screw.

a

a Notch in presser foot holder b Pin

The side cutter is attached.

b

a Connecting fork b Needle clamp screw

Overcasting Stitches 81

UTILITY STITCHES

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h The cut in the fabric should be positioned over

d side cutter is securely attached.

Raise the presser foot lever to check that the

Position the fabric in the side cutter. 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

Select a stitch.

i sewing.

Lower the presser foot lever, and then start

A seam allowance is cut while the stitching is sewn. • If the stitching is sewn in a straight line 63 the seam allowance will be about 5 mm (3/16 inch). ,

• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49).
g the fabric at the beginning of the stitching.

Make a cut of about 2 cm (3/4 inch) long in

1

1
a 5 mm (3/16 inch)

Memo
a 2 cm (3/4 inch)

The side cutter can cut as much as one layer of 13-oz. denim. After using the side cutter, clean it by removing any lint or dust. 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 Width [mm (inch)] Auto Basting stitch
6

Stitch Name

Pattern

Application

Stitch Length [mm (inch)] Auto Manual 20 5–30 (3/4) (3/16–1-3/16) 2.5 (3/32) 2.5 (3/32) 2.5 (3/32) 2.5 (3/32) 0.2–5.0 (1/64–3/16) 0.2–5.0 (1/64–3/16) 0.2–5.0 (1/64–3/16) 1.5–4.0 (1/16–3/16)

Manual 0.0–7.0 (0–1/4) 0.0–7.0 (0–1/4) 0.0–7.0 (0–1/4) 0.0–7.0 (0–1/4) 0.0–7.0 (0–1/4)

Presser Foot

Temporarily securing Basic stitching and sewing gathers or pintucks (left baseline/ reverse stitching) Basic stitching and sewing gathers or pintucks (left baseline/ reinforcement stitching) Basic stitching and sewing gathers or pintucks (center baseline/reverse stitching) Reinforcing seams and sewing stretch fabrics

0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 3.5 (1/8) 0.0 (0)

1

Straight stitch (left needle position) Straight stitch (center needle position) Triple stretch stitch

2

J

3

3

4

Basting
Sew basting with a stitch length between 5 mm (3/16 inch) and 30 mm (1-3/16 inches).
a

Basic stitching
a b

Baste or pin together the fabric pieces. Attach zigzag foot “J”.
J

Attach zigzag foot “J”.
J

• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42).
b

• For details, refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42).
c

Select stitch 6

.

Select a stitch.

• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49).
c

• For details, refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49).
d beginning of the stitching.

Lower the needle into the fabric at the

Start sewing. • For details, refer to “Starting to sew” (page 51).

Basic Stitching 83

cut the thread.0 mm (1/2 inch) d 10.0 mm). f When sewing is finished. refer to “Cutting the thread” (page 54).5 7. 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 3 4 2 5 6 a Stitch width setting b Distance from the needle position to the right side of the presser foot c 12. If the stitch width is changed (between 0 and 7. 84 .0 5.UTILITY STITCHES e sewing. 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.0 mm (1/4 inch)). 1 2 Lower the presser foot lever. and then start • For details. refer to “Securing the stitching” (page 53).5 mm (1/4 inch) f 5.0 mm (3/16 inch) • For details. 1 0. • For details on sewing reverse/reinforcement stitches. refer to “Starting to sew” (page 51). • For details. the distance from the needle position to the right side of the presser foot is 12 mm (1/2 inch).0 2. ——————————————————————————————————————————— ■ 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). the needle position will also change.0 mm (3/8 inch) e 6. refer to “Adjusting the stitch width” (page 56).

Stitch Width [mm (inch)] Auto 17 Stitch Name Pattern Application Blind hem stitching on mediumweight fabrics Blind hem stitching on stretch fabrics Stitch Length [mm (inch)] Auto 2. 4 c Attach blind hem foot “R”.0–3. a hem. and then baste it about 5 mm (3/16 inch) Fold the fabric along the desired edge of the from the edge of the fabric.5 (1/16–1/8) Manual 3← – →3 3← – →3 Presser Foot 00 00 Blind hem stitch 18 R 1. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). 3 2 1 3 d a b c d Wrong side of fabric Basting stitching Desired edge of hem 5 mm (3/16 inch) • For details. and Position the fabric with the edge of the folded then lower the presser foot lever. b then position the fabric with the wrong side Fold back the fabric along the basting.0–3.5 (1/16–1/8) Sew a blind hem according to the following procedure. e hem against the guide of the presser foot.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Blind Hem Stitching Secure the bottoms of skirts and pants with a blind hem. Select a stitch. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49).0 (1/16) Manual 1. and facing up. 1 a Wrong side of fabric b Basting 1 b a Wrong side of fabric b Fold of hem c Guide c Blind Hem Stitching 85 .0 (1/16) 2. 2 • For details. Two stitches are available for blind hem stitching.

raise the needle. h Sew with the fold of the hem against the Remove the basting stitching.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— ■ If the needle does not catch the hem fold The needle is too far to the right. Press to decrease the stitch width so that the needle slightly catches the fold of the hem. 1 1 2 a Wrong side of fabric b Right side of fabric • For details. g presser foot guide. Adjust the stitch width until the needle slightly 1 a Needle drop point When you change the needle drop point. refer to “Adjusting the stitch width” (page 56). a Stitch width ■ If the needle catches too much of the hem fold The needle is too far to the left. 1 2 a Wrong side of fabric b Right side of fabric 1 2 a Wrong side of fabric b Right side of fabric 86 . and then change the stitch width. Press to increase the stitch width so that the needle slightly catches the fold of the hem. f catches the fold of the hem.

0 (1/32–1/16) 1.5–2.0 (1/64–1/16) 0.0–6.0–6.0 1.3–1.0 (1/16) 0.0–7.0 (15/64) (1/8–15/64) (1/16) 6.2–1.0 (3/16) 5.0 (1/64–1/16) 0.0 (0–15/64) 3.4 (1/64) 0.0 3.4 (1/64) 0.0–5.0 (1/8–3/16) 3.5 (1/32) – 53 54 55 56 57 Buttonsewing stitch 61 M Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing 87 .0 (3/16) 7.4 (1/64) 0.0 (3/16) 49 50 51 3 A 52 Buttonhole stitch 6.0–5.0 3.5 (15/64) (1/8–15/64) (1/16) 5.5 (1/32) 0.5 (1/32) 0.5 (1/8) 0.0–5.0 (1/8–1/4) 2.0 (1/8–1/4) 3.0 (1/64–1/16) 0.0 (1/64–1/16) – Manual 3.0 (1/8–3/16) 3.0 (1/64–3/16) 0.0 (1/8–3/16) 3.0–5.2–1.3–1.0–6.0 (1/4) 7.0 (3/16) 5.2–1. 10 stitches are available for sewing one-step buttonholes.3–1.0 (1/8–3/16) Presser Foot 5.2–4.0 (1/4) 7.0 (1/16–1/8) 0.0 1.0 (1/4) 3.0 (3/16) 5.0 (1/64–1/16) 0.5 (3/32–3/16) 2.5–4. Stitch Width [mm (inch)] Auto 48 Stitch Name Pattern Application Horizontal buttonholes on thin and mediumweight fabrics Horizontal buttonholes on areas that are subject to strain Horizontal buttonholes on thick fabrics Buttonholes with bar tacks on both ends for stabilized fabrics Buttonholes for stretch or knit fabrics Buttonholes for stretch fabrics Bound buttonholes Keyhole buttonholes for thick or plush fabrics Keyhole buttonholes for mediumweight and thick fabrics Horizontal buttonhole for thick or plush fabrics Button sewing Stitch Length [mm (inch)] Auto 0.2–1.4 (1/64) Manual 0. one for sewing on buttons.0–3.0 (1/8–1/4) 3.0 (1/64–1/16) 0.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing Buttonholes can be sewn and buttons can be sewn on.0–7.0–7.0 (1/64–1/16) 0.

Use chalk to mark on the fabric the position 1 1 2 5 3 a Marks on fabric b foot “A”.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— Buttonhole sewing The maximum buttonhole length is about 28 mm (1-1/8 inches) (diameter + thickness of the button). which is used for sewing buttonholes. and then insert the button that will Pull out the button guide plate of buttonhole be put through the buttonhole. are indicated below. 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”. a and length of the buttonhole. 4 A a b c d e Button guide plate Presser foot scale Pin Marks on buttonhole foot 5 mm (3/16 inch) 88 .

and then lower the presser foot lever. a a Do not reduce the gap. do not push in the front of the presser foot. 1 The size of the buttonhole is set. the button guide plate should be set to 25 mm (1 inch) on the scale. e buttonhole mark aligned with the red marks on 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). refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42).) d Select a stitch. and then set the button guide plate to the calculated length. Pass the upper thread down through the hole in the presser foot. • When lowering the presser foot. c A 2 a Mark on fabric (front) b Red marks on buttonhole foot Attach buttonhole foot “A”. (The distance between the markings on the presser foot scale is 5 mm (3/16 inch).———————————————————————————————————————————————————— ■ If the button does not fit in the button guide plate Add together the diameter and thickness of the button. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing 89 . 1 2 3 3 • For details. 1 2 a 10 mm (3/8 inch) b 15 mm (9/16 inch) Position the fabric with the front end of the the sides of the buttonhole foot. • For details.

CAUTION ● When opening the buttonhole with the seam ripper. do not place your hands in the cutting direction. The buttonhole lever is positioned behind the bracket on the buttonhole foot. i position. For keyhole buttonholes. h and then cut the thread. a Eyelet punch Raise the buttonhole lever to its original • When using the eyelet punch. and then use the seam ripper to cut open the buttonhole. the machine automatically sews reinforcement stitches. ——————————————————————————————————————————— j the end of the buttonhole stitching to prevent Pull down the buttonhole lever as far as Insert a pin along the inside of one bar tack at the stitching from being cut. 90 . and then start sewing. use the eyelet punch to make a hole in the rounded end of the buttonhole. 1 Use the seam ripper to cut towards the pin and 2 a Buttonhole lever b Bracket 1 a Seam ripper Gently hold the end of the upper thread in g your left hand. otherwise injuries may result if the seam ripper slips. 1 Raise the presser foot lever. then stops. place thick paper or some other protective sheet under the fabric before punching the hole in the fabric.UTILITY STITCHES f possible. remove the fabric. 1 a a Buttonhole lever a Pin k open the buttonhole. Once sewing is completed.

3 • For details. Adjust the stitch width to the thickness of the f buttonhole lever. d e gimp thread. use a gimp thread. refer to “Adjusting the stitch width” (page 56). decrease the density of the stitching. gently pull the gimp h thread to the wrong side of the fabric. and then start sewing. and then loosely tie it. Lower the presser foot lever and the When sewing is finished. refer to “Adjusting the stitch length” (page 57). Select stitch 52 or 53 . Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing 91 . check the stitch length and width by sewing a trial buttonhole on a scrap piece of fabric. a buttonhole foot “A” shown in the illustration. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). g thread to remove any slack. and Use a handsewing needle to pull the gimp then tie it. ■ Sewing buttonholes on stretch fabrics When sewing buttonholes on stretch fabrics. • For details. b It fits into the grooves. Hook the gimp thread onto the part of • For details. ■ Changing the stitch width Adjust the stitch width. if it is too thick). c Attach buttonhole foot “A”.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Changing the density of the stitching Adjust the stitch length. • If the fabric does not feed (for example. Memo Before sewing buttonholes.

Button sewing Buttons can be sewn on with the sewing machine. c Attach button-sewing foot “M”. and then sew them in the same way. e the distance between the holes in the button.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— d Select stitch 61 . first sew the two holes closest to you. a button to be attached. Then. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). a Button a The button is held in place. f be sewn. 92 . b drop feed lever. • When attaching four-hole buttons. • For details. located at the rear of the Raise the presser foot lever. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). slide the button so that the needle goes into the two holes toward the rear of the sewing machine. Adjust the stitch width so that it is the same as Place the button in the position where it will a a Drop feed lever (as seen from the rear of the machine) The feed dogs are lowered. and lower the presser foot lever. Measure the distance between the holes in the • For details. to (to the left as seen from the rear of the machine). Buttons with two or with four holes can be attached. do not set the sewing machine for programmed-thread cutting. • Since the end of the thread will be tied off later. and then slide the machine on the base.

Memo The feed dog position switch is normally set to the right side. The sewing machine automatically stops after sewing reinforcement stitches. ■ Attaching a shank to a button To sew the button with a shank. i bobbin thread at the beginning of the stitching. that the speed will be slow).———————————————————————————————————————————————————— g (counterclockwise) to check that the needle Turn the handwheel toward you j slide the drop feed lever to correctly goes into the two holes of the button. 1 Start sewing. The feed dogs come up when you start sewing again. This attaches the button securely. • Do not press (Thread cutter button). and then tie it to the upper thread at the beginning of the stitching. be sure that the needle does not touch the button. Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing 93 . 3 CAUTION ● When sewing. If it seems as if the needle will hit the button. (to the right as seen from the rear of the machine) to raise the feed dogs. wind it around the After sewing is finished. attach the button with space between it and the fabric. h Set the sewing speed controller to the left (so a and then pull the shank lever toward you. and then wind the thread by hand. and then tie it with the bobbin thread. Place the button into button-sewing foot “M”. c Cut off any excess thread. cut the upper thread thread between the button and the fabric. Tie together the ends of the bobbin thread at the end and at the beginning of the stitching at the wrong side of the fabric. a Shank lever b with plenty of excess. Use scissors to cut the upper thread and the Pull the upper thread at the end of the stitching to the wrong side of the fabric. remeasure the distance between the holes in the button. otherwise the needle may bend or break. Adjust the stitch width to the distance between the button holes. When you are finished attaching the button.

5 (1/8) There are many methods for inserting zippers.0–7. Stitch Width [mm (inch)] Auto Straight stitch (center needle position) 3 Stitch Name Pattern Application Attaching zippers Sewing concealed seams and pintucks Stitch Length [mm (inch)] Auto 2. refer to “Basic stitching” (page 83). 1 Sew straight stitches up to the zipper opening. a Wrong side of fabric 94 .UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— Zipper Insertion A zipper can be sewn in place.0 (0–1/4) Presser Foot I 3. b With the right sides of the fabric facing each other. c edge of the fabric. • For details. continue sewing to the 1 3 2 2 1 a b c d Basting stitching Reverse stitches Wrong side of fabric End of zipper opening 4 3 a Right side of fabric b Stitching c End of zipper opening a d wrong side of the fabric. Using a basting stitch. Inserting a centered zipper Stitching is sewn on both pieces of fabric butted against each other.5 (3/32) Manual 0. Press open the seam allowance from the Attach zigzag foot “J”.0 (1/64–3/16) Manual 0.2–5. The procedures for inserting a centered zipper and a side zipper are described below. sew reverse stitches after reaching the zipper opening.

2 1 3 a Wrong side of fabric b Basting stiching c Zipper • For details. Align the seam with the center of the zipper. Attach the presser foot holder to the right pin 1 4 I 2 a Pin on the right side b Needle drop point • For details. be sure that the needle does not touch the zipper. and slowly turn the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) to check that the needle does not touch the presser foot. i Remove about 5 cm (2 inches) from the end of f the basting on the outside. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). the needle may bend or break. be sure to select the straight stitch (center needle position). CAUTION ● When using zipper foot “I”. h Select stitch 3 . j Remove the basting stitching.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— e and then baste the zipper in place. a b c d Wrong side of fabric Zipper basting Outside basting 5 cm (2 inches) 1 2 3 g of zipper foot “I”. 2 3 4 1 3 Topstitch around the zipper. a b c d Stitching Right side of fabric Basting stitching End of zipper opening CAUTION ● When sewing. otherwise the needle may bend or break. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). Zipper Insertion 95 . If a different stitch is selected or the needle hits the presser foot.

Sew straight stitches up to the zipper opening. Use this type of zipper application for side openings and back openings. 1 1 2 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). as shown in the illustration. 96 . a b c d Basting stitching Reverse stitches Wrong side of fabric End of zipper opening 1 I 2 a Pin on the right side b Needle drop point • For details. a Attach zigzag foot “J”. other. 2 a Wrong side of fabric b 3 mm (1/8 inch) f the fabric having the extra 3 mm (1/8 inch). attach the presser foot holder to the left pin of the zipper foot. Attach the presser foot holder to the right pin If the stitching will be sewn on the right side. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). 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. • For details. Using a basting stitch. refer to “Basic stitching” (page 83). sew reverse stitches after reaching the zipper opening. Press open the seam allowance from the Inserting a side zipper Stitching is visible on only one piece of fabric. b With the right sides of the fabric facing each Align the zipper teeth with the pressed edge of and then baste or pin the zipper in place. c edge of the fabric.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— d wrong side of the fabric. continue sewing to the 1 2 1 3 2 4 a Zipper teeth b Basting stitching g of zipper foot “I”.

otherwise the needle may bend or break. i extra 3 mm (1/8 inch). be sure that the needle does not touch the zipper. • For details. If a different stitch is selected or the needle hits the presser foot. raise the presser foot lever.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— h Select stitch 3 . CAUTION ● When using zipper foot “I”. k Open the zipper and continue sewing. Close the zipper. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). change it to the left pin. 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. starting from the base l baste the other side of the zipper to the fabric. 1 CAUTION ● When sewing. j end of the zipper. the needle may bend or break. 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. turn over the fabric. 2 I a Pin on the left side b Needle drop point Zipper Insertion 97 . stop the sewing machine When you are about 5 cm (2 inches) from the with the needle lowered (in the fabric). and then 3 Sew the zipper to the piece of fabric with the 1 of the zipper.

3 2 1 4 5 a b c d e Right side of fabric End of zipper opening Reverse stitches Beginning of stitching Basting stitching CAUTION ● When sewing. opening and align the zipper teeth with the side of the presser foot. Remove the basting stitching.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— n Sew reverse stitches at the end of the zipper Topstitch around the zipper. be sure that the needle does not touch the zipper. and then raise the presser foot lever. 98 . open the zipper. o end of the zipper. p and then continue sewing. stop the sewing machine When you are about 5 cm (2 inches) from the with the needle lowered (in the fabric). otherwise the needle may bend or break.

0 (1/64–3/16) Manual 0. Select stitch 1 c . If the screw is loose.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Zipper/piping Insertion A zipper and piping can be sewn in place.5 (3/32) Manual 0. the needle may break and cause injures.0 (0–1/4) Presser Foot 0. Loosen the positioning screw on the back of 3 Refer to step a–e of “Inserting a centered b holder (page 44) to attach the screw-on Remove the presser foot and presser foot adjustable zipper/piping foot.2–5.0 (0) There are many methods for inserting zippers and pipings. with the adjustable zipper/piping foot. refer to “Adjusting the stitch width” (page 56).0–7. The procedures for inserting a centered zipper and a piping are described below. Slide the presser foot over either the left or Note Use a screw driver to securely tighten the screw that holds the presser foot. Inserting a centered zipper a zipper” (page 94). 1 a Needle drop point Zipper/piping Insertion 99 . d the presser foot. Stitch Width [mm (inch)] Auto Straight stitch (left needle position) 1 Stitch Name Pattern Application Attaching zippers Sewing concealed seams and piping Stitch Length [mm (inch)] Auto 2. Left sewing position Right sewing position f does not touch the presser foot. 1 a Positioning screw e right feed dog. Change the needle position so that the needle For details.

i Remove the basting stitching. 1 2 3 d After sewing. slowly turn the balance wheel toward you and check the needle does not touch (counterclockwise) the presser foot. Topstitch around the zipper. turn them over. g screwdriver. as shown below. If the needle hits the presser foot. Securely tighten the positioning screw with a Refer to the steps of attaching the adjustable a Positioning screw h c Sew along the piping. Inserting a piping a out.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— CAUTION ● After adjusting the needle position. otherwise the needle may bend or break. 4 a b c d Stitching Right side of fabric Basting stitching End of zipper opening CAUTION ● When sewing. Place the piping between two fabrics inside 1 2 3 a Fabric b Piping c Fabric b zipper/piping foot on the previous page. be sure that the needle does not touch the zipper. 100 . the needle may bend or break.

it is necessary that a suitable length of the elastic tape be used. J • For details. b Select stitch 5 .2–4.0–3.0 (1/16–1/4) 0. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). Therefore. Sewing Stretch Fabrics and Elastic Tape 101 .0–7. • For details. c a Elastic tape b Pin b Sew the fabric without stretching it. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). the finished dimensions will be that of the stretched elastic tape.0 (1/16) 1.2–4.0 (1/64–3/16) 0. a fabric.2–4.5 (3/32) 1.0 (1/16) Manual 1. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42).0 (0–1/4) Presser Foot Stretch fabrics 1. J Pin the elastic tape to the wrong side of the Pin the elastic tape to the fabric at a few points to make sure that the tape is uniformly positioned on the fabric. Stretch stitching a Elastic attaching When elastic tape is attached to the cuff or waist of a piece of clothing.0 (1/16–1/4) 1.0–4.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Sewing Stretch Fabrics and Elastic Tape Stretch fabrics can be sewn and elastic tape can be attached.0 (3/16) Attaching elastic to stretch fabrics 4. Attach zigzag foot “J”.0 (1/16–1/8) 1. 1 2 • For details.0 (3/16) J 34 3 Observe the corresponding precautions when performing each of the following stitching operations. Attach zigzag foot “J”.0 (1/16) 5. Stitch Width [mm (inch)] Auto Stretch stitch 2-point zigzag stitch 3-point zigzag stitch Elasticattaching stitch 5 Stitch Name Pattern Application Stitch Length [mm (inch)] Auto 2.0 (3/16) 9 10 Attaching elastic 5.5–7.5–7.0 (1/16–3/16) 0.0 (1/16) 1.0 (1/64–3/16) 0.0 (1/64–3/16) Manual 1.

102 . be sure that the needle does not touch any pins. d stretching the tape so that it is the same length Sew the elastic tape to the fabric while as the fabric. Example: 2-point zigzag stitch Example: Elastic-attaching stitch • For details.UTILITY STITCHES c ——————————————————————————————————————————— Select a stitch. otherwise the needle may bend or break. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). CAUTION ● When sewing. 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.

6–4.0–7.5 mm (1/4 inch) from (7/32) the right edge of the presser foot) Piecing straight stitching (with a 1.5–7.0–7.0 (3/16) 5.5 (1/16) 19 Appliqué stitch 25 3 21 Piecing straight stitch Piecing straight stitching (with a seam 5.0 (1/16) 2.5 (1/8) 1.0 (0–3/16) 1.0 (3/32–1/4) 0.8 (1/16) 2.0 (1/64–3/16) 1.0 (1/16–1/4) Presser Foot Zigzag stitch 24 3.0 (1/32–3/16) 0.0 (0–3/16) 0.0 (0–1/4) 0.0–4.0 (1/16–3/16) 1. free-motion quilting.5 (3/32) 1.2–5.5 (3/32) 1. Patchwork and Quilt Stitching The stitches that can be used for sewing appliqués.0–7.0 (1/16–3/16) Manual 0.5 seam allowance of 6.2 (1/16) 2.2 (1/16) 2.5 (1/8) 3. satin stitching Attaching appliqués Attaching appliqués and binding Stitch Length [mm (inch)] Auto 1.4 (1/16) 2.0–4.5 (1/8) 3.2–4.0 (1/64–3/16) 1.0 (1/64–3/16) 0.0 (1/16–3/16) 0.0–7.0–7. patchwork and quilts are described below. Appliqué.5 (3/32) 1.0 (1/4) 22 J 28 Joining stitch 29 30 Mock hand 23 quilting stitch Quilting stippling 26 Memo Patterns showing a “Q” on the LCD are for quilting and those showing a “P” are for piecing.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Appliqué.0 (0–1/4) 2.5–5.0 (0) 7. Stitch Width [mm (inch)] Auto 7 Stitch Name Pattern Application Attaching appliqués (center baseline/reverse stitching) Appliqué quilting.0 (0–1/4) 0.0–7.0 (3/16) Patchwork stitching 5.5–7.0 (0–1/4) 0.4 (1/16) 1.0 (1/16–3/16) 0.2–5.0 (0–1/4) 0.5 mm (1/4 inch) (1/16) from the left edge of the presser foot) 4. Patchwork and Quilt Stitching 103 .0 (1/16–3/16) 1.0–4.0 (1/64–3/16) 0.0–4.2–4.0 (0–1/4) 2.0 (1/16) 1.0 (3/32–1/4) 0.5 allowance of 6.0–7.0 (3/16) Straight stitch quilting that looks hand quilting Stippling 0.0–7.0 (0–1/4) 1.6 (1/16) Manual 0.0–4.0–4.

leaving a seam 3/16 inch). stop the machine with the needle in the fabric just outside of the appliqué. and then • For details. 1 a Seam allowance b stabilizer on the back of the appliqué. 104 . • For details. and then turn the fabric as needed to change the sewing direction. and then begin sewing Place a pattern made of thick paper or Turn the handwheel toward you fold over the seam allowance using an iron. making sure that the needle drops just outside of the appliqué. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). f (counterclockwise). around the edge of the appliqué.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— e Select a stitch. a Basting stitching d Attach the open toe foot. c onto the fabric that it will be attached to. Turn the fabric over. and then baste or fuse it 1 When sewing around corners. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). raise the presser foot lever. Appliqué stitching a allowance of between 3 and 5 mm (1/8 and Cut out the appliqué.

———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Patchwork (crazy quilt) stitching a place it over the lower piece. c Select stitch 21 or 22 . and sew using stitch 21 . Sew a piecing straight stitch 7 mm (1/4 inch) from either the right side or the left side of the presser foot. Piecing Sewing together two pieces of fabric is called “piecing”. • For details. a fabric that you wish to piece together. b Fold the edge of the top piece of fabric and b pattern spans over both pieces. The fabric pieces should be cut with a 7 mm (1/4 inch) seam allowance. 1 a 7 mm (1/4 inch) Appliqué. Patchwork and Quilt Stitching 105 . refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). d with the edge of the fabric. Sew the two pieces of fabric together so the Baste or pin along the seam allowance of the Attach zigzag foot “J”. Sew with the side of the presser foot aligned ■ For a seam allowance on the right side Align the right side of the presser foot with the edge of the fabric. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). J 3 • For details. • The piecing straight stitch shows a “P” on the LCD.

UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— When sewing with a seam allowance. adjust the stitch width. 1 2 3 a 6. c Select stitch 3 . seams can be sewn with a seam allowance of 6. Align the right edge of the fabric with the right edge of the narrow part of the 1/4 inch quilting foot. f the sewing machine. • For details. align the left edge of the narrow part of the 1/4 inch quilting foot with the fabric edge. refer to “Adjusting the stitch width” (page 56). stop Sew until the mark at the lower edge of the 1/4 inch quilting foot aligns with the lower edge of the fabric. When the end of the stitching is reached. ■ Using the 1/4 inch quilting foot If the 1/4 inch quilting foot is used. Baste or pin along the seam allowance of the a fabric that you wish to piece together.2 mm (1/8 inch)) 1 Memo To change the width of the seam allowance (needle position). b e Start sewing. ■ For a seam allowance on the left side Align the left side of the presser foot with the edge of the fabric. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42).4mm (1/4 inch) b End of stitching c Mark on 1/4 inch quilting foot Attach the 1/4 inch quilting foot. For details. d inch quilting foot with the upper edge of the Align the mark at the upper edge of the 1/4 fabric. 1 2 a Mark on 1/4 inch quilting foot b Beginning of stitching 106 .4 mm (1/4 inch). 1 a 7 mm (1/4 inch) a Seam (3. and sew using stitch 22 .

use a 90/14 home sewing machine needle. slowly turn the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) and check that the needle does not touch the presser foot. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). Remove the presser foot and the presser foot • For details. Place one hand on each side of the presser sewing. Patchwork and Quilt Stitching 107 . If the needle hits the presser foot. ● Before starting to sew. c onto the needle clamp screw.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— e Select a stitch. and then evenly guide the fabric while Baste the fabric to be quilted. a a Presser foot holder screw The walking foot is attached. otherwise the needle may touch the presser foot. b holder. Appliqué. a f foot. the needle may bend or break. CAUTION ● Be sure to securely tighten the screws with the screwdriver. Quilting Sandwiching batting between the top and bottom layers of fabric is called “quilting”. and then tighten the screw Lower the presser foot lever. causing it to bend or break. • For details. b a Connecting fork b Needle clamp screw d foot holder screw. refer to “Removing and attaching the presser foot holder” (page 44). When quilting. insert the presser with the screwdriver. Quilts can easily be sewn using the walking foot and the quilting guide. sew at a speed between slow and medium. Hook the connecting fork of the walking foot 3 a Note When sewing with the walking foot.

lower the feed dogs (using the drop feed lever) so that the fabric can be moved freely in any direction. Secure the quilting foot with the presser foot The pin on the quilting foot should be positioned over the needle clamp screw. a hole at the rear of the walking foot or presser Insert the stem of the quilting guide into the foot holder.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Using the quilting guide Use the quilting guide to sew parallel stitches that are equally spaced. Remove the presser foot and the presser foot • Refer to “Removing and attaching the presser foot holder” (page 44). and then tighten the presser foot holder Hold the quilting foot in place with your right screw using the screwdriver in your left hand. 1 Adjust the stem of the quilting guide so that b the guide aligns with the seam that has already been sewn. use the following instructions with the quilting foot. Free-motion quilting With free-motion quilting. Presser foot holder b holder screw. 2 3 a Pin on quilting foot b Presser foot holder screw c Needle clamp screw c hand. 1 a Presser foot holder screw 108 . Walking foot a holder. When free-motion quilting.

the stitch width can quickly and easily be adjusted.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— CAUTION ● Be sure to securely tighten the screws with the screwdriver. The machine is now set so that the stitch width can be controlled with the sewing speed controller. • Normally. In this case. Use both hands to hold the fabric taut. J a a Feed dog position switch (as seen from the rear of the machine) b 3 The feed dogs are lowered. a Turn on the sewing machine. Connect the foot controller. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). d the machine on the base. Appliqué. If the sewing machine is set so that the stitch width can be adjusted using the sewing speed controller. slide the drop feed (to the right as seen from the rear of the machine) to raise the feed dogs. the drop feed lever is positioned at the right. and then select a • For details. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). otherwise the needle may touch the presser foot. the sewing speed is adjusted with the foot controller. d Press ON for stitch width control setting. • For details. and then press (Settings key) on the operation panel. causing it to bend or break. refer to “Starting to sew” (page 51). to Satin stitching using the sewing speed controller A decorative stitch can be sewn by changing the stitch width of a satin stitch. Patchwork and Quilt Stitching 109 . • For details. If the stitch width control setting is set to “ON”. for stitch width will change to sewing speed controller icon . located at the rear of (to the left as seen from the rear of the machine). The settings screen appears. a Slide the drop feed lever. Attach zigzag foot “J”. a Pattern g lever to After sewing is finished. e stitch. c f then move the fabric to follow the pattern. Turn on the sewing machine. and Reinforcement stitches are sewn at the beginning and end of sewing.

for best results. Slide the controller to the right to make the width wider. 110 . set the stitch Memo Although the stitching result differs depending on the type of fabric being sewn and the thickness of the thread being used. • For details. Narrower Wider • Adjust the sewing speed with the foot controller. adjust the stitch length to between 0. g controller to adjust the stitch width. Press The initial screen appears again. When you are finished sewing. While sewing.5 mm (1/64 and 1/32 inch). slide the sewing speed Slide the controller to the left to make the width narrower. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49).UTILITY STITCHES e ——————————————————————————————————————————— (Back key). h width control setting back to OFF.3 and 0. f Select stitch 24 .

5–7.) 1 • For details. Reinforcement Stitching 111 . Stitch Width [mm (inch)] Auto Triple stretch stitch Bar tack stitch 4 Stitch Name Pattern Application Reinforcing the seams of sleeves and inseams Stitch Length [mm (inch)] Auto 2.0 (1/16) Manual 1.0 (1/16–3/16) 0.0 (1/4) 7.4–2.5 (1/64–3/32) 0.3–1. c 2 3 Start sewing.4 (1/64) 2.0 (0–1/4) 1.0 (1/16) 2.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Reinforcement Stitching Reinforce points that will be subject to strain.4–2.0 openings. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). such as pocket corners and openings. b Select stitch 4 .0–3. such as the corners of (1/16) pockets Darning mediumweight fabrics Darning thick fabrics 7. (The distance between the markings on the presser foot scale is 5 mm (3/16 inch). As an example. such as sleeve holes. • For details. the procedure for sewing bar tacks at pocket corners is described below.0–7.0 (1/16–1/8) 2.0 (3/32–1/4) Presser Foot J 0. a Bar tack stitching Bar tacks are used to reinforce points subject to strain.5–4.0 (1/64–1/16) 0. Attach zigzag foot “J”.0 (0) 60 Reinforcing the ends of 2.5 (3/32) 0. J • For details.5–7. “A” to the desired length.5 (1/64–3/32) Manual 0. 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. refer to “Starting to sew” (page 51). refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49).0 (3/32–1/4) 2. a Set the button guide plate on buttonhole foot Determine the desired length of the bar tack.0 (1/4) 58 A Darning stitch 59 3 Triple stretch stitching Use triple stretch stitching to reinforce sleeve holes and inseams. inseams and pocket corners.

1 Position the fabric so that the opening of the presser foot lever so that the needle drops 2 mm (1/16 inch) in front of the pocket opening. increase the stitch length. d pocket faces toward you. Once sewing is completed. Raise the buttonhole lever to its original Memo a a Do not reduce the gap. then stops. Select stitch 60 . refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). • For details. refer to “Adjusting the stitch length” (page 57). otherwise the bar tack will not be sewn with the correct size. • When lowering the presser foot. because it is too thick. do not push in the front of the presser foot. the machine automatically sews reinforcement stitches. and then lower the The buttonhole lever is positioned behind the bracket on the buttonhole foot. For details. Raise the presser foot lever. If the fabric does not feed.UTILITY STITCHES b ——————————————————————————————————————————— e possible. for example. h position. remove the fabric. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). Attach buttonhole foot “A”. g and then cut the threads. 2 a Buttonhole lever b Bracket f your left hand. 112 . and then start sewing. Pull down the buttonhole lever as far as c a a Buttonhole lever • For details. Gently hold the end of the upper thread in 1 a 2 mm (1/16 inch) Pass the upper thread down through the hole in the presser foot.

Darning is sewn as shown below. (The distance between the markings on the presser foot scale is 5 mm (3/16 inch). refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). 2 3 • For details.) 1 c Select stitch 58 or 59 . b 2 a Tear b 2 mm (1/16 inch) Attach buttonhole foot “A”. “A” to the desired length. • For details. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). d (1/16 inch) in front of the area to be darned.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Darning Fabric that has been torn can be darned. 4 a b c d Presser foot scale Length of darning 5 mm (3/16 inch) 7 mm (1/4 inch) 1 • A bar tack with a maximum length of about 28 mm (1-1/8 inches) can be sewn. Position the fabric so that the needle is 2 mm and then lower the presser foot lever. Reinforcement Stitching 113 . 1 3 1 a Reinforcement stitching a Set the button guide plate on buttonhole foot Determine the desired length of the darning.

Raise the buttonhole lever to its original Memo If the fabric does not feed. Pass the upper thread down through the hole in the presser foot. for example. 114 . increase the stitch length. Pull down the buttonhole lever as far as a a Buttonhole lever The buttonhole lever is positioned behind the bracket on the buttonhole foot. do not push in the front of the presser foot. refer to “Adjusting the stitch length” (page 57). Raise the presser foot lever. then stops.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— g and then cut the threads. and then start sewing. the machine automatically sews reinforcement stitches. h position. e possible. For details. because it is too thick. remove the fabric. Gently hold the end of the upper thread in Once sewing is completed. a a Do not reduce the gap. otherwise the darning will not be sewn with the correct size. • When lowering the presser foot. 1 2 a Buttonhole lever b Bracket f your left hand.

0. 3 • For details.0 or 5. e Start sewing.0. can be sewn. 6 mm and 5 mm (1/4. c length to select the desired eyelet size. d beginning of the stitching. Three sizes of eyelets are possible: 7 mm. on belts 7. 15/64 or 3/16) Presser Foot Sewing eyelets. place thick paper or some other protective sheet under the fabric before punching the hole in the fabric.0 (1/4. b Select stitch 62 . refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). then stops. 15/64 or 3/16) Manual 7. Eyelet Stitching 115 . for example. 6. • When using the eyelet punch. If this occurs. 15/64 and 3/16 inch). Once sewing is completed. sew the eyelet twice before removing the fabric. the stitching may be too open. and then lower the Lower the needle into the fabric at the presser foot lever.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Eyelet Stitching Eyelets. refer to “Adjusting the stitch width” (page 56) and “Adjusting the stitch length” (page 57).0 or 5. Memo If thin thread is used. Stitch Width [mm (inch)] Auto Eyelet stitch 62 Stitch Name Pattern Application Stitch Length [mm (inch)] Auto 7. 6. the machine automatically sews reinforcement stitches. Adjust either the stitch width or the stitch 1 a 7mm b 6mm c 5mm 2 3 • For details. such as those on belts. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42).0 (1/4. Use the eyelet punch to cut a hole in the • For details.0 (1/4) N a Attach monogramming foot “N”. f center of the eyelet. one on top of the other.0 (1/4) Manual 7.

The fabric is fed to the right. and then start Lower the needle into the fabric at the sewing. Lower the needle at the upper-right corner. stop the . 4 3 2 a d beginning of the stitching. g sewing machine. and then select stitch 1 After you have sewn to the corner. Stitch Name Pattern 68 Application Attaching appliqués to sleeves (straight stitch sewn to the left) Attaching appliqués to sleeves (straight stitch sewn to the right) Attaching appliqués to sleeves (zigzag stitch sewn to the left) Attaching appliqués to sleeves (zigzag stitch sewn to the right) Stitch Width [mm (inch)] – – – – Stitch Length [mm (inch)] – – Presser Foot Horizontal straight stitch 69 N 70 – – Horizontal zigzag stitch 71 The illustration below shows the sewing order for the following explanation. Straight stitches and zigzag stitches that sew to either the left or right are available. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). 116 . • For details. Attach monogramming foot “N”. b The fabric is fed toward the back of the machine. e sewing machine. 1 Remove the flat bed attachment. • For details. Start sewing. such as cylindrical pieces. and then select stitch 68 f After you have sewn to the corner. refer to “Replacing the Presser Foot” (page 42). stop the .UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— Horizontal Stitching Horizontal stitching is used to attach appliqués to fabric that cannot be moved around. c Select stitch 1 . • For details. as usual. refer to “Free-arm sewing” (page 45).

After sewing 3 to 5 stitches at the beginning of Memo The feeding direction of the fabric differs depending on the stitch that is selected. The fabric is fed to the left. Horizontal Stitching 117 . stop the again. 3 Start sewing. The fabric is fed forward. stop the . stop the sewing machine. i sewing machine. l the stitching.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— h button). Be sure to guide the fabric while it is sewn. and then select stitch 69 j After you have sewn to the corner. and then select stitch 1 After you have sewn to the corner. Press (Reverse/reinforcement stitch Hold the reverse/reinforcement stitch button pressed until the stitching reaches the upper-left corner. k sewing machine.

decorative hemming.2–4. on thin.0 (1/16–1/4) 1.2 0.2–4.0 (3/32–1/4) 1.0 (3/16) 28 29 Joining stitch 30 Decorative bridging stitches 5.0–4.0 (3/32) (1/16–3/16) 1.5–7.5–4.0 (0–1/4) 0.0 (3/32–1/4) 2.5 (1/8) 6.5 0.5–7.5–7.5 (1/8) 1.5 1.6–4.0 (1/16) (1/16–3/16) 2.0 (1/16–3/16) Manual 0.0 (1/16–1/4) 1.0 (3/32) (1/16–3/16) 1.6 1.0 (3/16) 5.0 (3/16) 5.0 (0–1/4) 0.0–7.5–4.5–7.0 (3/32) (1/16–3/16) 3.5 1.0 (3/32) (1/16–3/16) 2.0 1.0 (3/16) 4.0–7.0–7.5 1.0 (1/32) (1/64–1/16) 2.0 (1/16–1/4) 1.0 (3/16) 5.0 (3/32) (1/16–3/16) 0.2–4. 5.0 (3/25–1/4) 0.5 0.2 0.0 (3/32) (1/16–3/16) 2.0–7.5–7.0 (1/16–1/4) 1.0 (1/16–3/16) N 44 45 Decorative hemming.0 (0–1/4) 0.0 (1/8) 3.0 (3/16) 118 . heirloom stitching.5–7. etc.0–4.0–4.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— Decorative Stitching The utility stitches contain the following decorative stitches.0 (0–1/4) 2.0 (3/16) 4.0 (3/32–1/4) 0.0 (1/8) 1.5–4.5 1.0–4.5 1.0 (3/16) 5.5 1.0 1.0 (1/16) (1/64–3/16) 2. etc.0–4. 41 Decorative stitch 42 43 Decorative hemming and heirloom stitching.5–4.1–1.0 (0–1/4) 2.0 (1/16–3/16) 1. heirloom stitching.5–4.0 (1/16–1/4) 1.0 (1/16–1/4) 1.5–7.0 (3/32) (1/16–3/16) 2.5–7.5 1.0 (1/16) (1/64–3/16) 2.0 (1/16) (1/16–3/16) 3.0 (3/16) (1/16–3/16) 2.5–4.0 (3/16) 33 27 Scallop stitch 39 Satin scallop stitching 5.5–7.0–4.0 (15/64) 5.0 (3/16) 3. mediumweight and plain weave fabrics 5.5–7. ribbon threading.0 (3/16) J Shell tuck stitch 20 Shell tuck stitching on collars and curves 4.0 (3/16) 40 Lace sewing.0 (1/16–1/4) Presser Foot Fagoting stitch 33 Sewing two pieces of fabric together across an open seam 5. etc.0–7.0 (3/16) 31 Smocking stitch 32 Smocking fabrics to add texture and elasticity 5.0 (3/32) (1/64–3/16) 1.5–7.0 (0–1/4) 2.0–7.0 (3/16) 5. Stitch Width [mm (inch)] Auto 32 Stitch Name Pattern Application Stitch Length [mm (inch)] Auto Manual 2.0 (3/16) 5.

2–4. 5. separated by b about 4 mm (3/16 inch).5–7.0 (0–1/4) 0.0 (3/32) (1/16–3/16) 1. If you draw a line down the middle of the thin paper or water-soluble stabilizer.0–4. refer to “Adjusting the stitch width” (page 56).0 (3/16) 5. 38 N 3 Select stitch 32 Fagoting Stitching across an open seam is called “fagoting”.0 (1/16) (1/16–3/16) Manual 1.0 mm (1/4 inch).5–7.5–7.0 (1/8) 2.0 (1/16) (1/64–3/16) or 33 .0 (1/16) (1/16–3/16) 3.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Stitch Width [mm (inch)] Auto 46 Stitch Name Pattern Application Stitch Length [mm (inch)] Auto Manual 1.0–7.0 (3/16) 4.5 1.0 (0–1/4) 0.0 (1/16–3/16) J 35 Decorative stitch 36 37 Decorative stitching 2.6 1.0 (1/16) (1/16–3/16) 1.0–4.0–4.6 1. e Baste the two pieces of fabric.0 (15/64) Heirloom stitching. g After sewing is finished. remove the paper.0 (1/16–1/4) 1. 1 2 a Thin paper or water soluble stabilizer b Basting stitching c 4 mm (3/16 inch) c Attach zigzag foot “J”. Sew with the center of the presser foot aligned 3 f along the center of the two pieces of fabric.0–7.5 (7/32) 5. sewing is easier. • For details. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). J • For details. Use an iron to fold the two pieces of fabric • For details.0 (0–1/4) 1. This stitch is more decorative when thicker thread is used.0–7.0–4.0 (1/16–1/4) 0.0–4.0 (3/16) d 47 N 1. Set the stitch width to 7. It is used on blouses and children's clothing. a along their seams.0 (1/16–1/4) Presser Foot 6.0 (3/16) 4. etc. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49).0 0.6 1. onto thin paper or a sheet of water-soluble stabilizer. Decorative Stitching 119 .

Pull the bobbin threads to create gathers. d a 1 cm (3/8 inch) • Do not use reverse/reinforcement stitching or thread cutting. J • For details. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). It is used on the collars of blouses and to decorate the edges of projects. d Smooth the gathers by ironing them. making sure c not to sew directly on the edge of the fabric. Trim along the stitches. 120 . Attach zigzag foot “J”. a Smocking The decorative stitch created by stitching or embroidering over gathers is called “smocking”. apply spray starch onto the fabric and press with a hot iron before it is sewn. • For details. the thread is pulled out about 5 cm (2 inches). refer to “Adjusting the stitch length” (page 57) and “Adjusting the thread tension” (page 57). For details. • Pull up the bobbin thread. refer to “Pulling up the bobbin thread” (page 36). • At the end of the stitching. Stitch along the edge of the fabric.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— Scallop stitching The wave-shaped repeating pattern that looks like shells is called “scalloping”. b stitch length to 4. b Select stitch 27 . refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42).0 mm (3/16 inch) and loosen Select the straight stitch. It is used to decorate the front of blouses or cuffs. • For details. a Attach monogramming foot “N”. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). and then adjust the the thread tension. c (3/8 inch). • Be careful not to cut the stitches. Sew parallel stitching at intervals of 1 cm 1 • For better results. • For details. The smocking stitch adds texture and elasticity to fabric.

f Stitch between the straight stitches. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). Shell tuck stitching The gathers that look like shells are called “shell tucks”. b Attach zigzag foot “J”. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). a Fold the fabric along the bias. J 3 g Pull out the threads for the straight stitches. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49) and “Adjusting the thread tension” (page 57). Select stitch 20 . c tension. 32 or 33 .———————————————————————————————————————————————————— e Select stitch 31 . • For details. They are used to decorate trims. Decorative Stitching 121 . and then increase the thread • For details. the front of blouses or cuffs made of thin fabrics. • For details.

2 Unfold the fabric. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). • For details. b of fabric. 29 or 30 . 1 3 1 a Wrong side of fabric b 7 mm (1/4 inch) seam allowance c Straight stitch c Select stitch 28 . 1 a a Needle drop point Attach zigzag foot “J”. Sew while making sure that the needle drops Joining Decorative bridging stitches can be sewn over the seam allowance of joined fabrics. and then open up the seam Sew together the right sides of the two pieces allowances. and then iron the tucks e down to one side. J • For details. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). This is used when making a crazy quilt.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— d slightly off the edge of the fabric. 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 122 . d up.

● After adjusting the stitch width. a . refer to “Replacing the needle” (page 40). slowly turn the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) and check that the needle does not touch the presser foot. This is used to decorate hems and tablecloths on thin or mediumweight fabrics in addition to plain weave fabrics. Heirloom stitching When sewing with the wing needle. If the needle hits the presser foot. • Use a 130/705H 100/16 wing needle. • The needle threader cannot be used with the wing needle. Attach monogramming foot “N”. 46 or 47 . otherwise the needle may bend or break. CAUTION ● When sewing with the wing needle. creating a lace-like decorative stitch.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— c The stitches that can be used are 39 41 Select a stitch. 45 . select a stitch width of 6. For details. select a stitch width of 6. d Start sewing. otherwise the sewing machine may be damaged. refer to “Threading the needle manually (without using the needle threader)” (page 33). 43 . Manually pass the thread through the eye of the needle from the front to the back. Decorative Stitching 123 . • For details on installing a needle. 40 . the needle holes are enlarged. 42 . 44 . • For details. . the needle may bend or break.0 mm (15/64 inch) or less. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). Install the wing needle. • When sewing with the wing needle.0 mm (15/64 inch) or less. b 3 • For details. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49).

This gives a beautiful result with fabrics that have a loose weave. d along the right edge of the frayed section. ■ Drawnwork (Example 1) Press on the LCD. N g image key back to OFF. • For details. and set the horizontal mirror Attach monogramming foot “N”. a Sew along the other edge of the frayed section Pull out several threads from the fabric. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). The pattern displayed at the top of the screen is mirrored.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— e Partially removing threads is called “drawnwork”. sew N 124 . refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). With the right side of the fabric facing up. c Select stitch 39 . • For details. b Press . f so that it looks like the previous stitching. Two ways to create drawnwork are described below.

d Sew along the center of the unfrayed section. 3 1 a 4 mm (3/16 inch) b Attach monogramming foot “N”. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). N Decorative Stitching 125 . c Select stitch 42 . • For details.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Drawnwork (Example 2) a the fabric. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 49). • For details. separated by an unfrayed section of Pull out several threads from two sections of about 4 mm (3/16 inch).

refer to “Automatically sewing reverse/reinforcement stitches” (page 59). When sewing thick fabrics. Sew reinforcement stitches. the desired result may not be achieved. d When sewing with a character stitch. #50 to #60 thread should be used. combined utility stitches and 3 types of character stitches. In addition. ■ Needles and threads When sewing thin. • For details. such as tracing paper. affix stabilizer material to the wrong side of the fabric or place a thin sheet of paper. 126 . Sewing beautiful patterns In order to sew the patterns correctly. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). Since material puckering or bunched stitches may occur when satin stitches are sewn. • When sewing a pattern with a stitch other than a character stitch. refer to “Adjusting the stitch width” (page 56) and “Adjusting the stitch length” (page 57). reinforcement stitches are automatically sewn after each character. it is useful to first set the automatic reverse/reinforcement stitching setting. mediumweight or stretch fabrics. while sewing. In addition. Sewing patterns a Attach monogramming foot “N”. cross stitches. • For details. be sure to guide the fabric with your hands in order to prevent the fabric from slipping. For details. decorative satin stitches.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— Sewing the Various Built-in Decorative Patterns You can sew decorative stitches. the following must be considered. Memo For details on adjusting the stitch width and length. ■ Trial sewing Depending on the type and thickness of the fabric being sewn and whether or not stabilizer material is used. be sure to affix stabilizer material to the fabric. Start sewing. use scissors to the stitching and between the patterns. c • The stitching is sewn in the direction indicated by the arrow. All are sewn with monogramming foot “N”. use the ball point needle. Be sure to sew a trial piece of fabric before sewing your project. ■ Fabric Before sewing stretch or thin fabrics or fabrics with a coarse weave. under the fabric. b Select a stitch. refer to steps a through e of “Selecting stitching” (page 75). satin stitches. e trim off any excess threads at the beginning of When you are finished sewing. use a 90/14 home sewing machine needle.

b 3 b Select a decorative satin stitch pattern. • For details on selecting a stitch. If multiple patterns have been combined. a Changing the stitch density If a decorative satin stitch has been selected. depending on the needle. decorative stitches. the size of each selected pattern can be specified. Press until the desired size is selected. or select for finer stitching. the stitch density can be changed. Sewing the Various Built-in Decorative Patterns 127 . and select Select a stitch. panel. small patterns can be combined and connected.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Changing the pattern size The size of character stitches in the Gothic font and outline style. the size of other patterns cannot be changed. Memo The large pattern size is the default. and decorative satin stitches can be switched between large and small. If the small pattern size is selected. causing the needle to break. Select for coarser stitching. a Press (Utility stitch key) on the operation (Decorative satin stitch). the stitches may be bunched together. CAUTION ● If the stitching density is too fine. However. Press until the desired stitch density is selected. c c Repeat steps a and b. refer to “Selecting stitching” (page 75).

and select (Satin stitch). You can select from .UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— c Press . b Select a satin stitch pattern. It turns to and the pattern is longer. 128 . Changing the length for satin stitches The length for one satin stitch can be changed in five gradations. a Press (Utility stitch key) on the operation panel. Each time you press it the number changes.

a Press (Utility stitch key) on the operation panel.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— c Press . d Select the same pattern. and select (Satin stitch). b Select a satin stitch pattern. 3 The next pattern selected is moved half a width to the right. the procedure for creating the following pattern is described below. This is called a “step pattern”. Sewing the Various Built-in Decorative Patterns 129 . Shifting patterns Satin stitches can be shifted to the left or right by half the width of the pattern. As an example. allowing you to create a step-shaped pattern.

The first pattern is selected and appears in on the screen. the selected pattern is sewn repeatedly until the sewing machine is stopped. ■ Examples of step patterns 130 . • For details. Touch (Utility stitch key) on the The next pattern selected is moved half a width to the left. satin stitches. decorative satin stitches and cross stitches. Specify that the patterns will be sewn • When the sewing is started. decorative stitches. f repeatedly. refer to “Repeating patterns” (page 131). combined utility stitches. and select the stitch type. a operation panel.UTILITY STITCHES e ——————————————————————————————————————————— Press . b Select the first pattern. Combining patterns You can sew with combinations of stitches from character stitches.

and after selecting the type. After all of the desired patterns are selected.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— c Select the next pattern. • To remove a selected pattern. To repeatedly sew the combined pattern. press (Back key). press . If multiple patterns have been combined. the sewing machine stops once all the selected patterns displayed in the LCD have been sewn. • To combine patterns from different types. select the next pattern. 1 2 3 The order that the patterns appear on the screen is the order that they will be sewn. a After the patterns have been combined. The combined pattern appears on the screen. For details. If the sewing machine is turned off. press on the screen. the pattern is repeatedly sewn until the sewing machine is stopped. Use the following operations to sew a combined pattern repeatedly. a Single b Repeated Note If repeated sewing is set. and you can now sew the specified pattern repeatedly. Memo Up to 70 patterns can be combined. Sewing the Various Built-in Decorative Patterns 131 . it turns to (single sewing). refer to “Storing patterns” (page 133). ■ Repeating patterns When multiple stitches are combined. turns to . the sewing machine stops when the pattern displayed on the screen has been completed. refer to “Repeating patterns”. The combined pattern can be stored for later use. d start sewing. If pressed again. The pattern that was selected last is removed. the repeated/single sewing setting returns to its default setting.

and confirm the pattern. The screen for checking the pattern is displayed. Memo The combined pattern can be stored for later use. refer to “Storing patterns”. a ■ Mirroring a pattern image a After a single pattern has been selected. Press . For details. b Press . press to mirror the pattern image horizontally. The initial screen appears again. c Press (Back key). 132 .UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Checking the pattern When the specified pattern is not displayed on the screen. check the pattern using the following steps.

Sewing the Various Built-in Decorative Patterns 133 . Up to 10 patterns can be stored. ■ Storing a pattern a store. and you can sew the pattern you have recalled.. Recall the stored pattern. c Press Check the contents. and the stored pattern is displayed. Create the combined pattern that you wish to • For details. and then press . After the pattern is stored. Since stored patterns are not lost after the sewing machine is turned off. refer to “Combining patterns” (page 130). a Press (Recall key). b you wish to recall is stored. The screen for selecting a pocket appears. the initial screen appears again. otherwise the pattern data may be lost. • Do not turn off the sewing machine while the pattern is being stored. The selected pocket is shown in reverse highlighting. The pattern selection screen appears. to check a pattern that is not displayed completely. The stored pattern is recalled. b panel. Press (Memory key) on the operation Select the pocket where the combined pattern indicates pockets where patterns are already stored.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Recalling a pattern Storing patterns Combined patterns can be stored for later use. they can be recalled at any time..” appears while the pattern is being stored. 3 “Saving.

and the stored pattern is displayed. then press . d Press . Select the pocket where the pattern you wish indicates pockets where patterns are already stored. 134 . The pattern alignment stitch is selected. adjust the pattern while sewing on a piece of scrap fabric that is the same as that used for your project. and select The selected pocket is shown in reverse highlighting. depending on the type of fabric being sewn or the sewing speed. The stored pattern and the pocket are deleted. b • For details. The confirmation message is displayed. refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). Press (Utility stitch key) on the operation (Decorative stitch). Press (Recall key). c Check the contents. Realigning the pattern The pattern may not be sewn correctly.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Deleting a stored pattern Stored pattern in the pockets can be deleted. c Select . b to delete is stored. a a Attach monogramming foot “N”. panel. If this occurs. The screen containing the various decorative stitches appears.

Sewing the Various Built-in Decorative Patterns 135 . g To adjust the vertical position. The pattern for making the adjustment is sewn. the stitching is misaligned in the horizontal direction. for Check the sewn pattern. Press to decrease the vertical space in the design. f Press (Settings key) on the operation panel. follow the steps below to adjust the sewing. vertical pattern adjustment. the pattern is correctly aligned. ■ Vertical pattern adjustment If the pattern appears as shown below.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— d Start sewing. e If the part of the pattern indicated in the The settings screen appears. To adjust the horizontal position. If the pattern appears as shown below. the stitching is misaligned in the vertical direction. If the pattern is not sewn correctly. Press to increase the vertical space in the design. Make the necessary adjustments according to how the pattern is sewn. 3 illustration is sewn uniformly. press for horizontal pattern adjustment. The sewing machine stops after it has finished sewing the pattern. press Press .

h Press (Back key).UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Horizontal pattern adjustment Press to increase the horizontal space in the design. Select once again. start the sewing Continue adjusting the pattern until it is sewn correctly. i machine and check the stitching. 136 . Press to decrease the horizontal space in the design. It returns to the screen for adjusting the pattern.

———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Designing a Pattern (My Custom Stitch) With the My Custom Stitch function. and Mark the points in the pattern that are Drawing a sketch of the pattern Prepare a grid sheet set. For a more attractive stitch. then link those points with a continuous straight line. If the pattern will be repeated. c positioned at intersections in the grid. b space between the repeating patterns. a set. close the pattern by intersecting the line. determine the Designing a Pattern (My Custom Stitch) 137 . Draw a sketch of the pattern on the grid sheet d 3 Determine the sewing order. 9 10 11 12 0 8 6 4 7 3 2 1 15 14 16 17 5 13 Draw the pattern as one continuous line and with the start point and the end point of the design at the same height. you can sew stitch patterns that you design yourself.

press . refer to “Replacing the presser foot” (page 42). and select . f point.UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— e and then press Entering the pattern data Follow the pattern drawn on the grid sheet and program the pattern into the sewing machine. and g After all points have been entered. . The sewing screen appears. press You can insert. Specify whether single stitching or triple is single stitching. press . and the previous point is erased. Attach monogramming foot “N”. d stitching will be sewn between the points. and triple stitching. Repeat steps d through e to specify each • For details. c coordinates of the first point. delete and move points. gives 138 . Check the grid sheet set. The screen for entering a pattern appears. and specify the Specify the coordinates using press . a Specify the coordinates of the second point. • To correct the content entered. . . b Press (Utility stitch key) on the operation panel. • If you make a mistake entering a point.

such as way as with other stitches. in the same Specify the various stitching settings. Memo The pattern you entered can be stored for later use. • To revise the pattern.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— h reverse/reinforcement stitching. For details. press . refer to “Storing patterns” (page 133). 3 Designing a Pattern (My Custom Stitch) 139 .

Point 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 0 12 18 22 23 21 17 14 12 9 6 3 1 3 6 12 41 43 40 41 0 0 3 6 10 13 14 13 11 13 14 13 10 6 3 0 0 4 7 11 Point 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 38 35 32 30 32 35 41 45 47 44 45 47 50 54 56 55 51 45 70 13 14 13 10 6 3 0 0 4 7 11 13 14 13 10 6 3 0 0 Point 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 0 3 5 8 12 17 20 24 27 29 31 32 30 27 24 21 18 16 15 15 0 5 8 11 13 14 14 13 12 11 9 6 3 1 0 0 1 3 5 8 Point 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 16 18 21 25 28 33 37 41 43 44 10 12 13 14 14 13 11 8 5 0 Point 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 0 30 32 32 32 33 35 35 37 35 32 30 30 29 26 24 18 13 12 13 0 0 1 7 10 12 11 8 12 14 14 11 5 3 8 10 13 14 14 12 Point 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 10 12 8 12 7 12 6 10 5 10 16 19 23 22 17 22 23 19 42 11 10 9 8 6 6 3 2 0 2 1 0 0 6 10 6 0 0 0 Point 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 0 5 4 5 8 7 8 11 11 11 16 11 7 4 0 4 7 11 16 21 7 7 3 7 7 0 7 7 3 7 7 3 0 3 7 11 14 11 7 7 Point 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 20 21 24 23 24 27 27 27 32 27 23 20 16 20 23 27 32 11 7 7 14 7 7 11 7 7 11 14 11 7 3 0 3 7 140 .UTILITY STITCHES ——————————————————————————————————————————— Examples of designs Enter each of the points indicated in the table to sew the sample stitch.

...................................160 Selecting an embroidery pattern ........175 Embroidery data precautions..... 145 Removing the embroidery foot...................... 142 Embroidery step by step .. 145 Attaching the embroidery foot ................ 142 What to prepare.............. 155 Removing the embroidery frame ......161 Selecting a frame pattern ......171 Resewing ..158 Selecting characters .... 147 Attaching the Embroidery Unit.164 Embroidering a pattern.............................................172 Thread runs out partway through a design...... 151 Attaching a stabilizer material to the fabric ..164 Sewing attractive finishes .........................157 Embroidery pattern types ....... 150 Preparing the Fabric .................169 Adjusting the layout ............................................ 148 Removing the embroidery unit...............162 Using an embroidery card (sold separately) ..... 152 Attaching the Embroidery Frame............................157 LCD (liquid crystal display) operation ........163 Embroidering..................172 Stopping while embroidering .........169 Adjusting the thread tension..............................................173 Using the Memory Function .................157 Copyright information.......................... 151 Setting the fabric in the embroidery frame ............................................. 156 Selecting Embroidery Patterns ... 148 Attaching the embroidery unit .. Embroidering Neatly .167 Editing Patterns . 144 Attaching the Embroidery Foot...........177 ...............................176 Recalling embroidery patterns from the computer .......................................175 Storing patterns ..................165 Appliquéing .....................................4 EMBROIDERY The steps for embroidering are described in this chapter... 155 Attaching the embroidery frame .................. 148 Embroidery unit precautions ........

do not embroider the fabric. If you continue embroidering when the bobbin thread is low. and use (Needle position button) to raise the needle. Use a water soluble sheet on thin materials like organdy and fabrics with a nap like towels. ■ Embroidery thread For the upper thread. To check the fabric thickness. use the embroidery bobbin thread. If there is space between the presser foot and the fabric. the embroidery unit movement may be impaired. be sure there is enough bobbin thread. this could cause the pattern to sew incorrectly. Otherwise. CAUTION ● Do not embroider fabrics that are too thick. attach the embroidery frame to the embroidery unit. ■ Fabric Prepare the fabric for embroidery. causing the needle to break. Before starting to sew. resulting in injury. Not using a stabilizer may result in poor quality embroidery designs. If there is not space. refer to “Optional accessories” (page 10). If embroidery is done with the fabric hanging off. refer to “Optional accessories” (page 10). especially when embroidering on lightweight or stretch fabrics. 142 .EMBROIDERY ————————————————————————————————————————————— Embroidering Neatly This section describes the preparations and basic procedures for embroidering. For the bobbin thread. the needle may break. Prepare a piece of fabric a little larger than the embroidery frame that matches the size of the pattern you want to sew. the fabric can be embroidered. the thread may become tangled. For details. What to prepare The following is necessary for embroidering. ■ Stabilizer material Attach a stabilizer material for embroidery to the fabric to prevent poor quality embroidery designs. For details. Note For good quality embroidery designs be sure to use embroidery thread designed for embroidery machines. When embroidering on large pieces of fabric. Note Always use stabilizer when sewing embroidery projects. We recommend stabilizer material for embroidery. use the embroidery thread or country thread. arrange the fabric so that it does not hang off the table where the sewing machine is placed. ● Be careful when sewing overlapping patterns. The needle may not easily pierce the fabric.

refer to “Optional accessories” (page 10). such as pattern stitching and stretch fabrics. When embroidering on thick fabrics such as denim. For details.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— ■ Needle Use a 75/11 home sewing machine needle. ■ Other Embroidery frames “small” and “medium” are optional. When replacing the needle. CAUTION ● Since ball point needles (gold colored) are needles for fabrics where stitches are easily skipped. refer to “Replacing the needle” (page 40). be absolutely sure not to use them for embroidery. The needle may break or bend. Memo A 75/11 needle is already installed when the sewing machine is purchased. use a 90/14 home sewing machine needle. 4 Embroidering Neatly 143 .

↓ 9 Checking the layout Check and adjust the size and position of the embroidery. ↓ 2 Checking the needle Use a needle matched to the fabric. For details on adjusting the layout. ↓ 3 Embroidery unit attachment Attach the embroidery unit. refer to “Cleaning the race” (page 180). refer to “Replacing the needle” (page 40). wind embroidery bobbin thread and set it in place. For details on attaching the embroidery foot. ↓ 10 Embroidery thread setup Set up embroidery thread according to the pattern. refer to “Selecting Embroidery Patterns” (page 157). For details on setting up the bobbin thread. ↓ 7 Embroidery frame attachment Attach the embroidery frame to the embroidery unit. refer to “Attaching the embroidery foot” (page 145). use the optional alternate bobbin case (pink marking).EMBROIDERY ————————————————————————————————————————————— Embroidery step by step The basic steps for embroidery are as follows. refer to “Upper Threading” (page 29). For details on preparing the fabric. ↓ 6 Fabric preparation Attach a stabilizer material to the fabric. 144 . For details on setting up the thread. ↓ 4 Replacing the bobbin case When using other kinds of embroidery bobbin thread. and hoop it in an embroidery frame. refer to “Winding/Installing the Bobbin” (page 23). 1 Presser foot attachment Attach the embroidery foot “Q”. For details on replacing the needle. ↓ 5 Bobbin thread setup For the bobbin thread. ↓ 8 Pattern selection Select an embroidery pattern. For details on attaching the embroidery frame. refer to “Attaching the embroidery unit” (page 148). refer to “Preparing the Fabric” (page 151). For details on selecting embroidery patterns. For details on attaching the embroidery unit. refer to “Attaching the Embroidery Frame” (page 155). For details on replacing the bobbin case. refer to “Adjusting the layout” (page 169).

a twice to raise the needle. the presser foot lever is up. a 1 b a Needle position button The needle goes up. d the presser foot holder to detach the presser Press (Needle position button) once or Press and hold the black button on the back of foot. c 1 2 a Embroidery foot bar b Caught by the presser foot holder screw Raise the presser foot lever. a Presser foot lever 4 The presser foot is raised. CAUTION ● Before replacing the presser foot. a Black button b Presser foot holder Attaching the Embroidery Foot 145 . Have the included embroidery foot “Q” and a screwdriver ready. • At the time of purchase. be sure to turn off the sewing machine. Attaching the embroidery foot Attach the embroidery foot when embroidering. b Turn off the sewing machine. the needle may hit the presser foot and break or bend. otherwise injuries may occur if (Start/stop button) is accidentally pressed and the machine starts sewing. a CAUTION ● Always use the embroidery foot “Q” when embroidering.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Attaching the Embroidery Foot This section describes how to attach the embroidery foot. If the wrong presser foot is used.

a CAUTION ● Do not hit the needle with your finger or the embroidery foot “Q” when attaching it. Loosen the presser foot holder screw and Turn the screwdriver toward the back. The needle may break or cause injury.EMBROIDERY ————————————————————————————————————————————— h foot holder screw. Hold the embroidery foot with your right Hold the embroidery foot with your index finger wrapped around the lever at the back of the foot. Secure the embroidery foot with the presser Set the embroidery foot perpendicular. Firmly tighten the presser foot holder screw. ● Before sewing. a Screwdriver b Presser foot holder c Presser foot holder screw f hand. 1 2 a Embroidery foot bar b Needle clamp screw 146 . the needle may hit the presser foot and break or bend. as shown. the needle may break or bend. ● Be sure to tighten the screw with the included screwdriver. fit screw to attach the embroidery foot to the presser foot bar. Otherwise. a Lever g the embroidery foot bar over the needle clamp While pressing in the lever with your finger. e remove the presser foot holder. a b c i Turn the screwdriver toward the front. always turn the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) slowly to make sure that the needle does not hit the presser foot. If the screw is loose.

refer to “Attaching the presser foot holder” (page 44). d embroidery foot with your finger. 4 a a Presser foot lever The presser foot is raised. and then remove embroidery foot “Q”. e Attach the presser foot holder. loosen the While pressing in the lever at the back of the presser foot holder screw. Turn the screwdriver toward the back.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Removing the embroidery foot a twice to raise the needle. Press (Needle position button) once or 1 a Needle position button b Turn off the sewing machine. Attaching the Embroidery Foot 147 . • For details. c Raise the presser foot lever.

a Turn off the sewing machine. and do not forcefully move it. Do not lift up on the embroidery carriage. The embroidery unit may be dropped and cause injury.EMBROIDERY ————————————————————————————————————————————— Attaching the Embroidery Unit This section describes how to attach the embroidery unit. The connector could be damaged. Embroidery unit precautions Cautions for the embroidery unit will be explained below. Note Do not touch the connector in the embroidery unit connector slot. ● Keep your hands and other objects away from the embroidery carriage and frame. 148 . It may cause malfunctions. Note Be sure to close the cover of the connection port when the embroidery unit is not being used. Otherwise injury may result. CAUTION ● Do not move the sewing machine with the embroidery unit in place. Attaching the embroidery unit Get the included embroidery unit ready. and it may cause malfunctions. c port in the direction of the arrow to open the Slide the tab on the cover of the connection cover. b Pull the flat bed attachment off to the left.

• When an animation is displayed on the screen. The screen for selecting the embroidery pattern type is displayed. Slide the embroidery unit onto the sewing Push it in until it clicks and stops. CAUTION ● Do not put your hands or other objects near the carriage. Note If the machine is initialized with hands or objects near the carriage. a a Carriage Attaching the Embroidery Unit 149 . The embroidery unit is attached. the screen may return to the initial display. refer to “Selecting Embroidery Patterns” (page 157). f embroidery unit and press • For details on the embroidery patterns. It may cause injury. After removing whatever is near the carriage. 4 The confirmation message is displayed. The carriage moves to its initial position. Be sure that no objects or hands are near the . e Turn on the sewing machine. the message above will be displayed if you touch the screen with your finger. turn the power on again. Memo Utility stitches cannot be selected when the embroidery unit is attached.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— d machine arm.

Turn off the sewing machine. refer to “Removing the embroidery frame” (page 156). Removing the embroidery unit Make sure that the sewing machine is completely stopped and follow the instructions below. It may cause malfunctions if removed when the machine is turned on. CAUTION ● Always turn off the sewing machine before removing the embroidery unit. c The embroidery unit separates from the sewing machine. 150 . a Remove the embroidery frame. CAUTION ● Do not carry the embroidery unit by holding the release button compartment. b a a Release button The embroidery carriage moves into a position where it can be stored.EMBROIDERY ————————————————————————————————————————————— d the embroidery unit. • For details on removing the embroidery frame. and slowly pull the Hold the release button on the bottom left of embroidery unit to the left. Press . and then press .

4 Note Always use stabilizer material for embroidery with stretch fabrics. fabrics with a loose weave and fabrics where stitches easily contract. a the embroidery frame being used.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Preparing the Fabric After attaching a stabilizer material to the embroidery fabric. place the stabilizer material under the fabric. Use a water soluble stabilizer on thin materials like organdy and fabrics with a nap like towels. Furthermore. which cannot be ironed or for embroidering in places where ironing is difficult. For fabrics. Preparing the Fabric 151 . a Fabric b Size of embroidery frame c Stabilizer material b the adhesive surface of the stabilizer material If you are using stabilizers with adhesive. and stretch the fabric in the embroidery frame without attaching the stabilizer. For details. it is stretched on an embroidery frame. and iron it with a steam iron. 1 2 3 a Stabilizer material b Fabric (wrong side) c Attached surface CAUTION ● Always use stabilizer material when sewing embroidery projects. place against the wrong side of the fabric. thin fabrics. When it cannot be ironed or placed in the hoop. The needle may break or bend if you embroider without using a stabilizer material for thin fabrics or stretch fabrics. 1 2 3 Memo We recommend the stabilizer material for embroidery. such as towels. the pattern may be sewn incorrectly. refer to “Optional accessories” (page 10). Prepare stabilizer material that is larger than Attaching a stabilizer material to the fabric Attach a stabilizer material for embroidery to the fabric to prevent poor quality embroidery designs.

on • There are patterns for which embroidery frame (small) cannot be used. ■ 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). If the fabric is loose. This is used for letters and other small embroidery. ■ 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. ■ 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. Separate the inner and outer frame by removing inner frame upward. Loosen the embroidery frame adjustment placing the outer frame on a flat surface. or large patterns. the embroidery frame may be hit by the presser foot and cause injury or needle breakage. Otherwise. This is used to embroider connected or combined characters or patterns. 152 . Place the fabric with the stabilizer material on Have the right side of the cloth up. This is used to embroider multiple patterns without changing the fabric position in the frame. 1 a Right side c fabric. Have a fabric with a stabilizer material attached and the embroidery frame (medium.EMBROIDERY ————————————————————————————————————————————— Setting the fabric in the embroidery frame The fabric is stretched in the embroidery frame. 1 2 3 a Inner frame b Outer frame c Adjustment screw b top of the outer frame. Press the inner frame in from the top of the Line up on the inner frame and outer frame. ■ 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). large or extra large (multi-position)) ready. small. Put the fabric in the frame without slack following the steps below. the quality of the embroidery pattern may be poor. a screw and remove the inner and outer frames. CAUTION ● Use the embroidery frame that matches the size of the pattern being embroidered.

———————————————————————————————————————————————————— d enough to secure the fabric. 4 Memo This precautionary step will help reduce pattern distortion while embroidering. Make a mark with a chalk pen at the center of 1 2 3 1 5 a b c d e Outer frame Inner frame Fabric (right side) Stabilizer material Ledge of outer frame 2 4 a Embroidery pattern b Mark • Press down firmly until the inner frame is securely pressed against the ledge of the outer frame. e without loosening the adjustment screw. lining up Press the inner frame in from the top of the on the inner frame and on outer frame. Gently remove the fabric from the frame ■ Using embroidery sheets If the embroidery sheet attached to the embroidery frame is used. The goal is to Tighten the adjustment screw while removing have a drum-like sound when the stretched fabric is struck lightly. Tighten the adjustment screw by hand just g any slack in the fabric by hand. the embroidery can be sewn in exactly the right position on the fabric. a the position for the pattern to be embroidered. f fabric again. Preparing the Fabric 153 .

1 3 a Stabilizer material b Tack or spray glue c Fabric After completing the embroidery. We recommend stabilizer material for all embroidery. 1 3 2 d outer frame and stretch the fabric. 154 . Place the embroidery sheet on the inner frame. use stabilizer material as a base to stretch on the frame. refer to page 152.EMBROIDERY b ————————————————————————————————————————————— ■ 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. 1 3 2 a Embroidery sheet b Inner frame c Embroidery sheet base lines 1 2 3 Line the mark on the fabric up with the base c line on the embroidery sheet. remove the stabilizer material carefully. e Remove the embroidery sheet. Place the inner frame with the fabric on the • For details.

refer to “Winding/Installing the Bobbin” (page 23). Otherwise. align the two pins on the Note Be sure to insert both pins. press the back mounting bracket into place. 1 Wind the embroidery bobbin thread onto the • For details. the presser foot may hit the embroidery frame. Attaching the Embroidery Frame 155 . 1 2 a a Presser foot lever c foot while raising the presser foot lever even 4 2 a Mounting brackets b Pins Pass the embroidery frame under the presser further. After pressing the front mounting bracket onto the pin so that it clicks into place. d holder to the left. CAUTION ● Correctly set the embroidery frame into the embroidery frame holder. While lightly holding the lever on the frame embroidery frame holder with the mounting brackets on the frame. 1 a Lever b Raise the presser foot lever. resulting in injury.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Attaching the Embroidery Frame This section describes how to attach the embroidery frame. Attaching the embroidery frame a bobbin and set it into the bobbin case. the pattern may not turn out correctly. If only the forward or the back pin is inserted. 3 CAUTION ● Do not hit the needle with your finger or the embroidery frame. and then press the frame into the embroidery frame holder until a click is heard. It may cause injury or needle breakage.

lift the embroidery frame up to remove it. Removing the embroidery frame Make sure that the sewing machine is completely stopped and follow the instructions below. a Raise the presser foot lever. Remove the back mounting bracket from the pin. and then remove the front mounting bracket from the pin.EMBROIDERY ————————————————————————————————————————————— c foot while raising the presser foot lever even Pass the embroidery frame under the presser further. a CAUTION a Presser foot lever While pushing the lever of the embroidery b frame holder to the left. 1 1 a Lever 1 2 2 a Mounting brackets b Pins 3 156 . ● Do not hit the needle with your finger or the embroidery frame. It may cause injury or needle breakage.

upper case/lower case/numbers/ symbols. ■ Embroidery patterns (Embroidery patterns/ Additional embroidery patterns) There are total 136 patterns. Any public or commercial use of copyrighted patterns is an infringement of copyright law and is strictly prohibited. Patterns consisting of up to 12 patterns or 512 KB can be stored. • For details. • For details. • For details. such as squares and circles. such as frequently used character combinations. ■ Alphabet patterns There are 6 types of characters (European characters).———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Selecting Embroidery Patterns This section provides details on the various types of embroidery patterns available and the procedure for selecting a pattern. The patterns are completed by changing the upper thread according to the instructions displayed on the screen. can be stored in the machine’s memory to be recalled later and embroidered. ■ Embroidery card (sold separately) Patterns from an embroidery card can be embroidered. refer to “Storing patterns” (page 176). Embroidery pattern types An embroidery pattern can be selected from the following types available. ■ Frame patterns 10 shapes. refer to “Selecting an embroidery pattern” (page 161). refer to “Selecting characters” (page 160). a b c d 4 e a b c d e f g f g Embroidery patterns Additional embroidery patterns Alphabet patterns Frame patterns Embroidery card Patterns stored in the machine's memory Patterns recalled from the computer ■ Patterns recalled from the computer Patterns recalled from a computer can be embroidered. refer to “Recalling embroidery patterns from the computer” (page 177). ■ Patterns stored in the machine's memory Patterns. • For details. refer to “Selecting a frame pattern” (page 162). can be combined with 12 stitch types. • For details. Copyright information The patterns stored in the sewing machine and embroidery cards are intended for private use only. • For details. refer to “Using an embroidery card (sold separately)” (page 163). Selecting Embroidery Patterns 157 .

the previous patterns/subsequent patterns are displayed. The use of the keys for embroidery will be explained below. [650SPM/350SPM] Returns to the previous screen. [-8 to +8] MAX EMBROIDERY SPEED (SPM) The maximum embroidering speed can be selected. When there are patterns that are not displayed on the screen (when or is displayed). ■ Operation keys DISPLAY UNIT The measurement units that are displayed can be selected. The selected pattern is cancelled. Press this key to adjust language or change the thread color display or other settings.EMBROIDERY ————————————————————————————————————————————— LCD (liquid crystal display) operation The LCD (liquid crystal display) is operated using the operation keys on the operation panel. [mm/inch] EMBROIDERY TENSION The thread tension for embroidering can be adjusted. Press (Settings key). Returns to the type selection screen. 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# 158 .

———————————————————————————————————————————————————— ■ LCD button When a specific pattern is selected. The needle progresses one color or one stitch (if pressed continuously. Press this key again to cancel multi-color. Since the sewing machine stops at the end of each character. The position of the pattern within the embroidery frame can be checked. 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 select or cancel programmed thread cutting. Memo Keys that appear surrounded with a dotted line cannot be used. 9 stitches to 20 stitches) at a time and changes the position for starting the embroidery. The sewing settings such as the specified alphabet character string and color are confirmed. Selecting Embroidery Patterns 159 . • For details. Press tension. press to switch the display. press this key and then. Back one color Back one stitch Forward one color Forward one stitch 4 • For details. Press this key when you want to change the color character by character in character embroidery. or to adjust the thread Press or to change the thread density (character patterns only). Press this key to adjust the pattern. and the size and angle can be changed. the upper thread is changed as you sew. refer to “Resewing” (page 172). refer to “Adjusting the layout” (page 169). Press this key to change the thread settings.

Switch between uppercase/lowercase Switch among large/medium/small sizes 160 . press Select the characters. Characters of different styles (sans serif. Example: Welcome .“ is displayed. b Select the character style. no more characters can be input. c If a wrong character was selected.EMBROIDERY ————————————————————————————————————————————— Selecting characters Specify the characters for embroidery.) cannot be combined. etc. a Select the character stitches. and outline. serif. Memo When “The pattern is too large for the embroidery frame.

Selecting an embroidery pattern There are total of 136 embroidery patterns. a Select the type of the embroidery pattern. 4 Memo Refer to “Embroidery Pattern Color Change Table“ in the Quick reference guide for samples of completed patterns and the thread used. For details. key) and (Previous page (Next page key). such as fruits and animals. stored in the machine's memory. it can be embroidered. the display of • When patterns moves backward/forward 10 patterns.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— b Switch the screen using Select the pattern. refer to “Storing patterns” (page 176). Memo The character pattern that you created can be stored for later use. The pattern selection screen is displayed. 70 Embroidery patterns 66 Embroidery patterns When a pattern is selected. / is pressed. Selecting Embroidery Patterns 161 .

(Previous page key) (Next page key). 162 . When a stitch is selected. (Previous page key) (Next page key). and select from the 12 stitches. The frame shape selection screen is displayed. can be combined with 12 stitch types. it can be embroidered. and select from the ten types. such as squares and circles. a Press the frame pattern. Memo Refer to “Frame patterns“ in the Quick reference guide for frame pattern shapes and stitches. b Switch the screen using Select the frame shape. The stitch selection screen is displayed.EMBROIDERY ————————————————————————————————————————————— c Switch the screen using Select the stitch. Selecting a frame pattern 10 shapes.

Large patterns supplied on embroidery cards may be difficult to view on the screen. Do not put anything other than an embroidery card in the embroidery card slot. Embroidery Patterns” (page 157). 4 d Press the embroidery card on the screen.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Using an embroidery card (sold separately) If an embroidery card is used. Selecting Embroidery Patterns 163 . and insert it in the direction of the arrow. keep them in their storage cases. e The operation is the same as in “Selecting Select a pattern. Insert the embroidery card into the embroidery card slot. Face the arrow on the embroidery card toward you. Note Always turn off the sewing machine to insert and remove embroidery cards. Use only embroidery cards manufactured for this machine. b card slot on the right side of the sewing Insert the embroidery card in the embroidery machine. c Turn on the sewing machine. When embroidery cards are not in use. Using unauthorized cards may cause your machine to operate incorrectly. Embroidery cards purchased in foreign countries may not work with your machine. facing it in the right direction. The selection screen for the patterns stored in the card is displayed. There are various cards with different themes. you can embroider patterns other than the patterns stored in the sewing machine. a Turn off the sewing machine.

a 1 Marking Green/Pink For details on how to remove the bobbin case. the embroidery unit cannot move freely. The bobbin case originally installed in the machine has a green screw. Do not leave objects in the range of motion of the embroidery frame. or country embroidery thread intended for use with this machine. do not let the fabric hang over the table. refer to “Cleaning the race” (page 180). See the explanation of threads below. If you continue sewing without enough thread in the bobbin. Use embroidery thread. This section describes the steps for embroidering and appliquéing. When embroidering on large garments (especially jackets or other heavy fabrics). Using the appropriate stabilizer (page 151) and hooping the fabric in the frame (page 152) are two important factors mentioned earlier. Use embroidery bobbin thread intended for use with this machine. Upper thread Thread Bobbin thread Memo If you use threads other than those listed above. Included with this machine are two bobbin cases. Another important point is the appropriateness of the needle and thread being used. Note Before embroidering. you can try embroidering. The frame may strike the object and cause a poor finish to the embroidery pattern. and the pattern may not turn out as planned. the thread may tangle. Bobbin case Standard bobbin case (green marking on the screw) is in the machine for sewing and embroidery.EMBROIDERY ————————————————————————————————————————————— Embroidering After the preparations are done. Other embroidery threads may not yield optimum results. the embroidery may not sew out correctly. Follow the explanation below. 164 . Otherwise. check that there is enough thread in the bobbin. 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. Sewing attractive finishes There are many factors that go into sewing beautiful embroidery.

Prepare embroidery thread of the color shown 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 b needle. CAUTION ● If the thread is pulled too tight. For details. Pass the thread through the embroidery foot Give the thread a little slack. The pattern may misalign. c hole.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Example: Embroidery thread number selected Embroidering a pattern Embroidery patterns are embroidered with a change of thread after each color. be sure to lower the presser foot. Set the embroidery thread. Embroidering 165 . and hold it lightly in your left hand. ● Do not let hands or objects hit the carriage while sewing. Note Before using the needle threader. and then change the setting in the settings screen. Press (Settings key). a on the screen. 4 • The thread color number set displayed for the thread colors can be changed. refer to “LCD (liquid crystal display) operation” (page 158). and thread the • Refer to “Threading the upper thread” (page 29) and “Threading the needle” (page 32). the needle may break or bend.

making it very difficult to deal with the thread after the pattern is finished. Press (Start/stop button) again.EMBROIDERY d ————————————————————————————————————————————— h Lower the presser foot lever. • If the thread is left at the beginning of the stitching. Trim the thread at the beginning. refer to “LCD (liquid crystal display) operation” (page 158). the thread is cut. For the automatic cutting setting. Stitching stops automatically with reinforcement after one color has been completed. Memo 1 a Start/stop button f stop button) to stop the machine. press Use scissors to cut the thread at the beginning Cut the thread at the edge of the stitching. When automatic thread cutting is set. g of the stitching. Press . and the display will return to the initial screen. 1 a Presser foot lever e i and repeat steps j Set up embroidery thread for the next color. “Finished sewing. it may be sewn over as you continue embroidering the pattern.” will appear on the display. The embroidery begins again. 166 . Cut the excess thread. (Start/ After progressing 5-6 stitches. Press (Start/stop button). a through h . When the last color is sewn.

4 1 c Lower the presser foot lever. and set the thread color display to NAME OF COLOR. and press The position for the appliqué is stitched. The cut-out for the appliqué piece is sewn. • If it is not cut right on the stitching. Embroidering 167 .———————————————————————————————————————————————————— d and cut it out along the cut-out line. e frame. a Appliqué position b Base fabric 2 “APPLIQUE“ will be displayed on the screen. Remove the fabric from the embroidery frame. a Select an appliqué pattern. Appliquéing Prepare the base fabric and the appliqué fabric (appliqué piece). Lower the presser foot lever. f Set up the thread for appliquéing. Cut carefully along the stitching and remove the thread. and “APPLIQUE POSITION“ will be displayed on the screen. Press (Settings key). so “APPLIQUE MATERIAL”. and the sewing machine stops. and stretch it on the embroidery frame. 1 2 a Cut-out line b Appliqué piece fabric h adhesive to the back of the appliqué piece. g (Start/stop button). Apply a thin layer of fabric glue or spray attach it in the appliqué position. apply iron-on stabilizer to the back When “APPLIQUE MATERIAL“ is displayed on of the appliqué piece fabric. “APPLIQUE POSITION” and “APPLIQUE” are displayed on the screen. Stretch the base fabric on the embroidery b the screen. and the sewing machine stops. and press (Start/stop button). it will not be finished neatly.

“APPLIQUE POSITION” and “APPLIQUE” are displayed. and 168 . Use a proper color thread to match the appliqué piece. Follow the instructions on the screen. Note When “APPLIQUE MATERIAL”. and press (Start/stop button). a specific color thread does not appear.EMBROIDERY i ————————————————————————————————————————————— Lower the presser foot lever. j change thread colors as you sew.

Editing Patterns 169 . g k j h i 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 Embroidery frame size These flash if the pattern was resized. a bc d e f Adjusting the layout The pattern is normally positioned in the center of the embroidery frame. pattern. left and right. and reposition patterns. a After selecting the embroidery pattern. to return to the 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. a b c d e f g h i j k 4 b Press . adjust. The embroidery screen is displayed. or the recommended embroidery frame size was changed. You can check the layout before starting embroidery and change the position and the size. Embroidery frame icons that appear in gray cannot be used. press . c Check and adjust the layout. the layout was adjusted. down. Press previous screen. Size key Increases/decreases the size of the Memo Keys that appear surrounded with a dotted line cannot be used.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Editing Patterns This section describes ways to edit.

● When you have revised the pattern. • Press to return to the previous screen. If you use an embroidery frame not displayed as available for use. check the display of available embroidery frames and use an appropriate frame. 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. Layout key Press this key to move to rotation screen. 170 .EMBROIDERY ————————————————————————————————————————————— Starting point key Moves the needle start position to align the needle with the pattern position. Memo If you make a note of the values in the lower part of screen when you change the size and position. Rotation key Rotates the pattern one degree. The needle may break or bend. the presser foot may strike the frame and possibly cause injury. • Press (Back key) to return to the previous screen. CAUTION ● Never lower the needle when the embroidery frame is moving. 10 degrees or 90 degrees at a time. 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. Moves the frame to check the pattern position. Moves the needle to the position of the selected needle start position.

it is difficult to undo the thread and the fabric may be damaged. to tighten the thread tension. Press Press to weaken the thread tension. use a scrap of the same fabric to check the adjustment of the thread tension. To adjust the thread tension. press key). etc. In this instance. You can also check the pattern size and distance from the center by pressing after beginning embroidering. 1 a Right side b Wrong side 2 ■ Upper thread is too loose The upper thread has slack.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— d Press (Back key) to return to the original screen. increase the upper thread tension. 1 a Right side b Wrong side 2 Editing Patterns 171 . Before embroidering. the layout returns to the original setting. (Settings Memo When the power is turned off. In this instance. Adjusting the thread tension If embroidery fails. ■ Correct thread tension The thread tension is correct when upper thread is just visible on back of the fabric. 4 1 a Right side b Wrong side 2 ■ Upper thread is too tight The lower thread will be visible on the front of the fabric. decrease the upper thread tension.

Move the needle back about 10 stitches and resume sewing. e Set up the correct color for the upper thread. Press (Back one stitch) to move the (Forward one stitch) increases the stitch number. a b Press (Start/stop button) to stop the Press . Press (Start/stop button) to continue the e f design.EMBROIDERY ————————————————————————————————————————————— Resewing When the wrong upper thread color has been sewn. it can be resewn with the correct color. Restart the embroidery. Press (Back one color) to return to the d needle back about 10 stitches. Press . a sewing machine. d beginning of the mistaken color. the sewing machine stops. 172 . Set up the upper or bobbin thread. c Press . c Press . b Thread runs out partway through a design When the upper thread or the bobbin thread runs out while sewing.

the embroidery size and layout return to the original setting. Editing Patterns 173 . Press (Start/stop button) to stop the b and make a note of it. press (Settings key).———————————————————————————————————————————————————— c Press (Embroidery key). Memo When the sewing machine is turned off. and then use to display the following screen. Press . Stopping while embroidering If the embroidery is stopped before it is complete. • Always detach the embroidery unit when you move the sewing machine. e 4 Turn off the sewing machine. a sewing machine. Press (Back key) to return to the embroidery screen. If the needle count is not displayed. f pattern. Check the current needle count on the screen The selected pattern is deleted. and the screen for selecting the embroidery pattern type is displayed. g Turn on the sewing machine and select the Press . d The confirmation message is displayed. check the current needle count before turning off the sewing machine.

it moves forward 1 — 9 — 30 stitches.EMBROIDERY h ————————————————————————————————————————————— . > > Move forward to about 10 stitches before the total number of stitches confirmed in b. j the needle count. 174 . Press i the beginning of the color you want to Press (Forward one color) to move to embroider. k Restart the embroidery. Press (Forward one stitch) to increase If is pressed continuously.

because the name contains special characters. • Do not create folders in “Removable Disk” on a computer. “-”. and “_”. Embroidery data larger than 30 cm (H) × 13 cm (W). ■ Types of Embroidery Data that can be Used • Only . ■ 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. use one of our original data design systems to edit the embroidery data. 4 Using the Memory Function 175 . a message appears asking if you wish to rotate the pattern 90 degrees. Use one of our original data design systems to edit the embroidery pattern so that it meets the specifications. the machine will manage embroidery data. • If . • Embroidery data stored in a folder created in USB media can be retrieved. the explanations for markings such as ® and ™ are not clearly described within the text. In that case.dst) Embroidery Data • . • Since Tajima (. Download the driver from our web site (www. We recommend using the 26 letters of the alphabet (uppercase and lowercase).) • . Check the preview and change the thread colors as desired. that embroidery data cannot be recalled by the machine. However. the number of colors and the number of combined patterns exceeding the specified limits cannot be displayed. ■ Tajima (. ■ Trademarks • IBM is a registered trademark or a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. change the name of the file.dst) data does not contain specific thread color information.pes embroidery data larger than 30 cm (H) × 13 cm (W) is selected.pes files saved with the number of stitches. All other brands and product names mentioned in this manual are registered trademarks of their respective companies.com).dst data is displayed in the pattern list screen by file name (the actual image cannot be displayed). even after being rotated 90 degrees. CAUTION ● When using embroidery data other than our original patterns. it is displayed with our default thread color sequence. If embroidery data is stored in a folder in “Removable Disk”.) ■ Precautions on Using the Computer to Create and Save Data • If the file name of embroidery data cannot be identified. • Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. the numbers 0 through 9. If this occurs. Each company whose software title is mentioned in this manual has a Software License Agreement specific to its proprietary programs. for example.brother.dst embroidery data files can be used with this machine. the file is not displayed. Using data other than that saved using our data design systems or sewing machines may cause the embroidery machine to malfunction. • Even if the embroidery unit is not attached. the thread or needle may break when sewing with a stitch density that is too fine or when sewing three or more overlapping stitches.pes and . cannot be used (All designs must be within the 30 cm (H) × 13 cm (W) design field size. Only the first eight characters of the file name can be displayed.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Using the Memory Function Embroidery data precautions Observe the following precautions when using embroidery data other than that created and saved in this machine.

You can store up to 12 patterns or 512 KB of data. Note 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. This is convenient for storing names and the like.EMBROIDERY ————————————————————————————————————————————— b Select the pattern you wish to recall. After the pattern is stored. c To delete the stored pattern. Switch screens using and (Next page key). Press (Recall key). Note Do not turn off the sewing machine while the pattern is being stored. b a c (Previous page key) Storing patterns The embroidery patterns and the alphabet characters you have customized can be stored in the sewing machine's memory. The embroidery screen appears. . a The stored pattern is recalled. you can always recall them for embroidery. the initial screen appears again. and you can embroider the recalled pattern. 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 The selected pattern is shown in reverse highlighting. ■ Recalling a pattern. press (Memory key). Since the stored patterns will not be erased when the power is turned off. The stored patterns are displayed. ■ Storing a pattern a After selecting the pattern to be stored. 176 . otherwise the pattern data may be lost. press Press .

a b Pattern data in “Removable Disk” is written to the machine. Plug the USB cable connectors into the computer and on the machine. pattern data within folders cannot be recalled. Using the Memory Function 177 . b Computer” on the computer. Note While data is being written. The “Removable Disk” icon appears in “My The stored patterns are displayed.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Recalling embroidery patterns from the computer a corresponding USB port connectors on the c Copy the pattern data to “Removable Disk”. Since folders are not displayed. Memo The USB cable can be plugged into the USB port connectors on the computer and machine whether or not they are turned on. 4 b a a USB port connector for computer b USB cable connector d Press . While the machine is sewing. do not write data to or delete data from “Removable Disk”. Do not create folders within “Removable Disk”. do not disconnect the USB cable.

Select the pattern you wish to recall. Only up to 12 patterns can be handled. save the data in the machine's memory before turning off the machine. Switch screens using and (Next page key). repeat the procedure starting to retrieve from step d and then press the pattern. and you can embroider the recalled pattern. f Press . delete patterns from “Removable Disk” so that it contains no more than 12 patterns. b a c (Previous page key) Adjust the pattern as desired. 178 . The embroidery screen appears. Then. In order to recall patterns directly from the machine the next time that they are needed. For details.EMBROIDERY e ————————————————————————————————————————————— g embroidering. and then begin Note If there are 13 or more patterns saved in “Removable Disk”. the patterns cannot be displayed. The stored pattern is recalled.” appears. refer to “Storing patterns” (page 176). 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 The selected pattern is shown in reverse highlighting. their data is lost when the machine is turned off. close the error message. When the message “Reduce the number of patterns. If patterns copied to “Removable Disk” are not saved in the machine's memory.

....................180 Troubleshooting ........................................................190 Canceling the operation beep ..........................................................................................................................191 Upgrading Your Machine’s Software............................................................................................................................................190 Operation beep .......................................................................................................192 Index ............................................180 Cleaning the machine surface ...........193 ....................................................................................5 APPENDIX The various maintenance and troubleshooting procedures are described in this chapter...................... Care and Maintenance ................................................................................187 Adjusting the LCD ..............................................................................180 Cleaning the race .............................................182 Error messages ...................................................................................................

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. Remove the bobbin case. b jack on the right side of the sewing machine. and then wipe the surface of the machine. After cleaning it once with a damp cloth. e Grasp the bobbin case. therefore. it should be cleaned periodically. a b a Cleaning brush b Race • Do not apply oil to the bobbin case. lightly soak a cloth in neutral detergent. Grasp both sides of the needle plate cover. otherwise injuries or an electric shock may occur.APPENDIX —————————————————————————————————————————————— Care and Maintenance Simple sewing machine maintenance operations are described below. Cleaning the race Sewing performance will suffer if dust collects in the bobbin case. Remove the flat bed attachment or the c embroidery unit if either is attached. 180 . and then pull it out. otherwise injuries or an electric shock may occur. Unplug the power cord from the power supply CAUTION ● Unplug the power supply cord before cleaning the machine. and Cleaning the machine surface If the surface of the machine is dirty. d then slide it toward you. a a Needle plate cover The needle plate cover is removed. a Turn off the sewing machine. squeeze it out firmly. wipe it again with a dry cloth. CAUTION ● Unplug the power supply cord before cleaning the machine.

otherwise the needle may break. the needle may break or sewing performance may suffer. Insert the bobbin case so that the projection h the needle plate. ● Be sure that the bobbin case is correctly installed.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— g on the bobbin case aligns with the spring. otherwise the upper thread may become tangled. a b a Needle plate cover a 2 1 CAUTION ● Never use a bobbin case that is scratched. contact your nearest authorized service center. For a new bobbin case (part code: XC3153-051 (green marking). and then slide the cover back Insert the tabs on the needle plate cover into on. a Projection b Spring 5 1 a Bobbin case Care and Maintenance 181 . XC8167-251(pink marking)).

The presser foot lever is raised. check the following possible problems before requesting service. The needle clamp screw is loose. The area around the hole in the needle plate is scratched. Replace the needle. Incorrect bobbins will not work properly. or has a burr on it. page 39 page 40 page 68 page 57 – page 29 – – – A bobbin designed specifically for this machine is not used. disconnect the foot controller. Use the screwdriver to firmly tighten the screw. Replace the presser foot. Loosen the upper thread tension. Correctly install the needle. Symptom Probable Cause The machine is not turned on. Press the start/stop button. The needle breaks. The fabric is pulled too much. The bobbin case is scratched. thread and needle is not correct. The needle is bent or blunt. The upper thread tension is too tight. Correctly install the spool. contact your retailer or the nearest authorized service center. Contact your retailer or the nearest authorized service center. Reference page 17 page 51 page 50 page 51 The needle is incorrectly installed. To use the start/stop button. Do not use the start/stop button when the foot controller is connected. page 23 182 . If the problem persists. The combination of fabric. The area around the hole in the presser foot is scratched. The spool is incorrectly installed. The start/stop button was pressed. Contact your retailer or the nearest authorized service center. The sewing machine does not operate. The start/stop button was not pressed. Only use a bobbin designed specifically for this machine. or has a burr on it. Replace the bobbin case. even though the foot controller is connected. Attach the presser foot that is appropriate for the type of stitch that you wish to sew. Contact your retailer or the nearest authorized service center. Lower the presser foot lever. Replace the needle plate. Remedy Turn on the machine. Lightly guide the fabric. or has a burr on it. The presser foot that is used is not appropriate for the type of stitch that you wish to sew. Select a thread and needle that are appropriate for the type of fabric being sewn.APPENDIX —————————————————————————————————————————————— Troubleshooting If the machine stops operating correctly.

or has a burr on it. Select a needle that is appropriate for the type of thread being used. Wind the thread that was pulled off around the bobbin five or six times clockwise. The thread is tangled. The area around the hole in the presser foot is scratched. – page 39 page 57 The upper thread breaks. Remove the tangled thread. page 23 Bobbin thread does not wind neatly on the bobbin. clean the race. The bobbin case is scratched. The area around the hole in the needle plate is scratched. – – 5 – A bobbin designed specifically for this machine is not used. page 29 Remove any knots or tangles. Replace the needle plate. or the thread has come out of the needle bar thread guide). page 25 page 26 Troubleshooting 183 . Contact your retailer or the nearest authorized service center. Only use a bobbin designed specifically for this machine. Contact your retailer or the nearest authorized service center. Replace the presser foot. Loosen the upper thread tension. The needle is bent or blunt. Contact your retailer or the nearest authorized service center. If the thread is tangled in the bobbin case. Replace the needle. Correctly install the needle. The selected needle is not appropriate for the thread being used. Bobbin spins slowly. the spool cap is too big for the spool being used. or has a burr on it. in the bobbin case. the spool is not installed correctly. for example. Incorrect bobbins will not work properly. The upper thread tension is too tight. There are knots or tangles in the thread.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Symptom Probable Cause The upper thread was not threaded correctly (for example. Remedy Reference Correct the upper threading. The thread that was pulled out was not wound onto the bobbin correctly. page 180 page 40 The needle is incorrectly installed. Move the sewing speed controller to the right (so that the speed will be fast). Replace the bobbin case. or has a burr on it.

Correctly install the spool. Only use a bobbin designed specifically for this machine. If thin fabrics are being sewn. The combination of fabric. The bobbin is scratched or does not rotate smoothly. The upper thread was not threaded correctly. Only use a bobbin designed specifically for this machine. Correctly install the presser foot holder. Select a thread and needle that are appropriate for the type of fabric being sewn. The upper thread was not threaded correctly. Reference page 27 Symptom Replace the bobbin. page 23 page 27. – The lower thread is tangled or breaks. thread and needle is not correct. the stitch is too coarse. Adjust the tension of the upper thread. The thread is tangled. thread and needle is not correct. page 64 page 57 The fabric is wrinkled. The thread tension is incorrect. page 180 A bobbin designed specifically for this machine is not used. Incorrect bobbins will not work properly. Shorten the stitch length or sew with stabilizer material under the fabric. The combination of fabric. The bobbin thread is incorrectly installed. Adjust the tension of the upper thread. The thread tension is incorrect. Remove the tangled thread and clean the race. The spool is incorrectly installed.APPENDIX —————————————————————————————————————————————— Probable Cause The bobbin thread is incorrectly installed. page 23 page 29 page 27 page 39 page 44 page 57 A bobbin designed specifically for this machine is not used. page 29 page 29 page 39 page 40 page 57. 184 . Select a thread and needle that are appropriate for the type of fabric being sewn. The needle is bent or blunt. Correctly install the bobbin thread. Correctly thread the upper thread and correctly install the bobbin thread. or has a burr on it. Correct the upper threading. Incorrect bobbins will not work properly. Replace the needle. The presser foot holder is incorrectly installed. The thread tension is incorrect. or the bobbin is incorrectly installed. Remedy Correctly install the bobbin thread.

Correctly install the needle. does not come on. Dust has accumulated under the Remove the needle plate cover and needle plate or in the bobbin case. in the bobbin case. clean the race. The feed dogs are lowered. Only use a bobbin designed specifically for this machine. A high-pitched noise is made while sewing. clean the race. Attach the presser foot that is appropriate for the type of stitch that you wish to sew. Select a thread and needle that are appropriate for the type of fabric being sewn.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Symptom Probable Cause The upper thread was not threaded correctly. Slide the drop feed lever to the right. Correctly install the needle. Reference page 29 page 39 page 40 page 40 page 180 page 180 page 29 Stitches are skipped. thread and needle is not correct. Remove the tangle thread. The combination of fabric. Replace the needle. The bobbin case is scratched. Contact your retailer or the nearest authorized service center. Attach the presser foot that is appropriate for the type of stitch that you wish to sew. The needle is bent or blunt. The upper thread was not threaded correctly. The stitch is too fine. The machine is not turned on. Replace the bobbin case. page 180 The sewing lamp The sewing lamp is damaged. Remove the tangled thread. The needle has not been raised to the correct position. The thread is tangled. If the thread is tangled in the bobbin case. Remedy Correct the upper threading. for example. clean the race. Turn on the machine. The stitch is not sewn correctly. Press the needle position button. The thread is tangled. page 23 page 32 page 40 page 68 5 The needle is incorrectly installed. The needle is incorrectly installed. If the thread is tangled in the bobbin case. Correct the upper threading. Clean the race. The presser foot that is used is not appropriate for the type of stitch that you wish to sew. Dust has accumulated in the feed dogs or in the bobbin case. The thread tension is incorrect. Lengthen the stitch length. page 57 page 180 page 108 page 57 page 68 The fabric does not feed. or has a burr on it. The thread does not pass through the eye of the needle. Adjust the tension of the upper thread. The presser foot that is used is not appropriate for the type of stitch that you wish to sew. Incorrect bobbins will not work properly. for example. – page 17 Troubleshooting 185 . in the bobbin case. Contact your retailer or the nearest authorized service center. – A bobbin designed specifically for this machine is not used.

If embroidery is done with the fabric hanging off the table. When the bobbin case is plugged up. If the carriage is moved during the process. The carriage was moved while the embroidery frame was being removed or attached during embroidery. Reference page 190 Symptom Nothing appears in the LCD. The fabric is catching. thin fabrics. Objects are placed near the carriage or embroidery frame. Adjust the tension of the upper thread. Stretch the fabric properly on the embroidery frame. fabrics with a loose weave and fabrics where stitches easily contract. Select a pattern. Stop the sewing machine and set the fabric up correctly. page 180 page 171 Embroidery not neatly done. rotate the pattern and embroider. If the embroidery unit carriage or embroidery frame bumps into objects. the embroidery unit movement will be impaired. Do not place objects within the range of embroidery frame motion. The thread tension is incorrect. Remedy Adjust the brightness of the LCD. clean the race. the pattern will be misaligned. Remove the tangled thread. – A heavy fabric is being embroidered. etc.. page 18 page 157 page 148 The embroidery unit is not set up correctly. Touch the LCD with your finger. Be careful when removing or attaching the embroidery frame. Support the fabric while embroidering. page 151 The thread is tangled and the bobbin case. Embroidery unit does not move. The fabric is loose.APPENDIX —————————————————————————————————————————————— Probable Cause The brightness of the LCD is either too light or too dark. page 152 No stabilizer material is attached. Machine does not operate when button is pressed. Always use stabilizer material for embroidery with stretch fabrics. and the animation will disappear. Stretch the fabric on the frame once again so that the material coming out of the embroidery frame does not cause problems. – – – 186 . The fabric is not fully stretched on the embroidery frame. It is pinched. the pattern may be misaligned. Set the embroidery unit up correctly. No pattern selected. is plugged up. and the fabric is hanging off the table. page 149 Material coming out of the embroidery frame is causing problems. An animation is displayed on the LCD.

Upper thread not set up correctly. Either the start/stop button or the reverse/reinforcement stitch button was pressed at a screen other than the sewing screen. You tried to use the foot controller for embroidery. Troubleshooting 187 . Upper thread has run out. The start/stop button was pressed before the editing was completed with the My custom stitch function. The machine is deleting a previously saved pattern while in embroidery edit mode. If you press the start/stop button without rethreading the machine. You have selected a pattern for which width control cannot be used. Error Message Probable Cause There is a possibility that the data for the selected pattern is corrupted. If you press or do the operation correctly while the error message is displayed. You tried to create a design with too many points with the My Custom Stitch function. CAUTION Be sure to rethread the machine. 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 while the foot controller was connected. Upper thread broken. The twin needle setting is selected while a pattern that cannot be sewn with the twin needle is selected.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Error messages When erroneous operations are performed messages and advice on operation will be displayed on the LCD. Follow what is displayed. 5 While embroidering. on the LCD was pressed when no card was inserted. The start/stop button was pressed without connecting the foot controller while the setting for adjusting the stitch width using the sewing speed controller is set to “ON”. the message disappears. the thread tension may be wrong or the needle may break and cause injury.

reverse/reinforcement stitch button or thread cutter button was pressed while the presser foot was raised. Bobbin thread has run out. When 13 or more patterns are in “Removable Disk”. needle position button or thread cutter button was pressed while the bobbin winder shaft is moved to the right. You tried to select an embroidery pattern or change the layout when the needle was down. You pressed the back key or the utility stitch key or the embroidery key while a pattern was selected. Little bobbin thread remains. a pattern was being retrieved. cross stitches or combined utility stitches. The memory is full and the stitch or pattern cannot be saved. Retrieving the pattern The reverse/reinforcement stitch button. satin stitches. You changed the stitch pattern settings. 188 . The start/stop button or reverse/reinforcement stitch button was pressed when no pattern is selected. bar tack or darning stitch was selected and the start/ stop button was pressed while the buttonhole lever is raised. and then tried to save them by pressing the manual memory key. You tried to combine more than 70 decorative stitches. The buttonhole. The start/stop button. This message is displayed when the embroidery unit is trying to initialize while the embroidery foot is lowered.APPENDIX —————————————————————————————————————————————— 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 machine is turned on while the needle is lowered and the embroidery unit is attached. A pattern is being stored.

The bobbin winder is winding the bobbin. You tried to set a number of characters that will not fit within the frame. The machine is in embroidery mode and the combined character pattern is too large for the embroidery frame. The upper thread has become tangled around the bobbin case. or the memory key is pressed in embroidery mode. and you tried to select a pattern from the card. An embroidery pattern incompatible with this machine was selected. Transmitting by USB The start/stop button. You tried a function that cannot be used when the embroidery unit is attached. the embroidery key. The utility stitch or character stitch key was pressed while the embroidery unit is attached.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Error Message Probable Cause When the embroidery unit is attached. and the needle is bent and hitting the needle plate. A card that cannot be used with this product has been inserted. 5 You try to retrieve a pattern downloaded as one for a different machine. etc. so the sewing machine stops (refer to page 182).. You can rotate the pattern 90 degrees and continue combining characters. but the embroidery unit is not attached. Troubleshooting 189 .

perform the following operation. Turn off the sewing machine. In such a case. and correct it before continuing to sew. Be sure to check for the cause of the error.APPENDIX —————————————————————————————————————————————— 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. b anywhere on the screen. then turn it on 190 . a Operation beep Each time a key is pressed you will hear one beep. because the thread is tangled The sewing machine beeps for four seconds and the machine automatically stops. Turn off the sewing machine. ■ If an incorrect operation is performed Two or four beeps sound. ■ If the machine locks up. d again. Turn on the sewing machine while pressing c Press or . for example. ■ If a key is pressed (correct operation) One beep sounds. If an incorrect operation is performed you will hear two or four beeps.

c d Press (Next page key) three times. it is set to beep each time an operation panel key is pressed. Troubleshooting 191 . The LCD comes on. Press (Settings key) on the operation 5 The settings screen appears. Canceling the operation beep When the sewing machine is purchased. The screen for changing the beep setting appears. This setting can be changed so that the machine does not beep. Press OFF for the buzzer. The initial screen appears again. a Turn on the sewing machine. b panel.———————————————————————————————————————————————————— e Press (Back key).

Disconnect the USB cable. Do not disconnect the USB cable. an error message appears. At this time. The “Removable Disk” icon appears in “My Computer” on the computer.” appears. then on again. and turn the The message “Connected to PC. and then start the procedure again from step a. When the following screen appears. The following screen appears. a turn on the machine. Memo While the software is being upgraded. b corresponding USB ports on the computer and Plug the USB cable connectors into the on the machine. 192 . While holding (Settings key) pressed. d When the screen shown in step a appears again. upgrading If there are two upgrade files. download the second file. press . the buzzer will not sound when a key is pressed. Do not turn main power to OFF.APPENDIX —————————————————————————————————————————————— Upgrading Your Machine’s Software You can use a computer to download software upgrades for your sewing machine. f machine off. Note If an error occurred. turn the machine off. The message “Saving the upgrade file. Repeat steps c through e. c Copy the upgrade file to “Removable Disk”.” appears. e is completed.

..........................140 extra spool pin ...... 142...............................................144 embroidery bobbin thread ................................................................... 75...................................190 E elastic tape .......................................................137 cutting thread ................................................. 34 eyelet punch ................. 126 decorative stitches & patterns .......................................190 blind hem stitch ... 9............19 automatic reverse/reinforcement stitches ...153 embroidery threads ....148 embroidery unit removal ..........130 concealed seams ...150 error messages ...151 embroidery foot installation ...................................................................83 beep .......................................................................................................................................160 embroidery data ...............................................................................101 embroidering .............................180 combining patterns ................ 165 embroidering pattern . 99 adjusting layout ................163 embroidery character selection ............11 embroidery unit installation ....152 embroidery frame installation ....................12 embroidery cards .....176 checking needle ..... 23 button guide plate ................................................................57 air vent ..........137 B back key .................88 buttonhole stitching ........................103 attaching presser foot holder ....................87 buzzer .................................................27 bobbin thread.................................................23 bobbin winding thread guide ............................140 designing stitch patterns .......................... 9.........................................................................................147 embroidery frame ................................................180 changing sewing direction .........................................................................................................................151 attributes ...........103 appliqué pattern selection ....9 Upgrading Your Machine’s Software / Index 193 ..............................................................................................................................................................................134 design examples .......................................................................................................27 bobbin winder ........................................................................ 9................................................................................. 75........................................175 embroidery fabric preparation ...................36 bobbin threading .......................................................................................85 bobbin .................113 darning stitch ......................................................................................................................... 126 deleting stored pattern ..............................12 appliqué ....................155 embroidery frame removal ...............................................169 adjusting stitch length ................................................................................................................................... 9........................................................................................................................................................83 basting stitch .................................................... 75..........................................56 adjusting thread tension .........................................................................................................64 examples of designs .........................................................165 embroidering steps ........................................................................................................................................111 decorative satin stitches .................................12 buttonhole sewing ...............145 embroidery foot removal .........................................60 D darning ........................................................———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Index Numerics 1/4 inch quilting foot ..157 embroidery sets .............................180 bobbin cover .................................................142 embroidery unit connector slot ............12 bobbin installation ...............59 automatic thread cutting ..............................14 bar tack stitch ...........................94 country thread .. 10 embroidery sheets ......................................................14 embroidery pattern selection ..............................................................................................................62 custom stitches .......................45 A accessories .......................................................................................................9 bobbin case ........................................................... recalling ......40 cleaning bobbin case .................................................. 10 adjustable zipper/piping foot ...................................................................................45 curve sewing ..........92 buttonhole lever ... 11.................................................................................................................................................180 cleaning brush ........ 126 cuffs ..............................................................................................................11 bobbin winding ....................167 appliqué stitch ........................111 basic sewing ......................9 eyelet stitching .........105 cross stitches .......176 characters................................44 attaching stabilizer material ..19 crazy quilt stitching .................. 75............... 126 character storage ................................................ 10 embroidery card slot ................................. 164 bobbin case removal ........................................ 9........................... 12.................54 cutting thread automatically ................................ 106 cleaning machine surface ........................... 8.....................................................................................................................................................................48 basic stitching ...........................................................62 character stitches ................................................ pulling up ................................................ 9..........89 button sewing .........................................60 cylindrical pieces ..................187 even seam allowance ...........................................157 embroidery pattern types ....................................................156 embroidery key ........................................................................................................................................115 5 C care .....57 adjusting stitch width .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

.................14 non stick foot ...........................................................................................50 power cord..................162 fraying................................ 65 L layout adjustment ................................ 51 foot controller jack ...................11 patchwork ..............................................................................42 previous page key ............ 14..180 main power switch .........................................................................................................159 LCD messages .............................. preventing ..................................9 heirloom stitching ............................................... 80 H handle ...............34 part names & functions ....182 operations ......................79 free-arm sewing ..........................................12 handwheel .............................................................................. 105 pattern combinations ........................................................84 needle replacement ......................................................... 64 F fabric positioning ........................133 pattern repetition .....................................................12 preparations for embroidering .... changing ................44 presser foot holder removal ............................12 presser foot holder installation ......................103 piping inserting ...........................133 pattern........................ 11...180 manual needle threading ........105 piecing straight stitch ................................. 14.............................................................................................190 operation buttons .....................................................................50 fagoting ....9 needle threader .... 14...............17 power supply jack ............................................................119 fagoting stitch ....40 needle set ...12 presser foot replacement ....................APPENDIX —————————————————————————————————————————————— N needle bar thread guide ......................100 plug .......................................................9 operation beep ................100 installing bobbin .. deleting ........................................................................................64 M machine surface cleaning ........................................................... 118 K knee lifter ......................... 21 horizontal stitching ..................................................................................13 needle position.........................................................................................123 help key ..................................................................134 pattern recalling ......................................27 P pant legs ..........................32 needle threader lever ....108 front view .....................................................61 My Custom Stitch ...................................................................................................................................................................................12 feed dogs ............................................................................... 158 operation panel ............. 9......................................................... sizes & uses ..........................................................................................118 feed dog position switch ....116 I Inserting a piping .........................33 memory key ......................................................................................................................................................................................................12 needle condition ..................................12 needle plate marking .................................187 LCD operation ...... switch & supply .................................................................... 65 knee lifter mounting slot ......................................... 79.................... 11....39 needles ............................................................................ 12....................................................................................................................................................17 positioning fabric ..................................................................................... 11...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................142 presser foot ................................................................................................................................................. 9.......12 presser foot holder ...................................14 pulling up bobbin thread .126 pattern size .130 pattern embroidery ................................................................................40 needle plate .........................................................................................134 piecing ............................................. 103............................................. 13............. 17 maintenance .......137 194 ......................21 optional accessories ..................................127 pattern storage ................................................................................................................................................32 needle types...................................................................122 joining stitch ........... 14 operation problems .............. jack......................12 flat bed attachment ........................................................................11 foot controller ......14 mirroring stitches ..... 51 operation keys ......................169 LCD ...............................12 needle plate cover ...38 next page key ..........65 needle position button ..........................12 hard case ..........45 parallel stitches .......................................................................... 9....131 pattern sewing ....................................................................................................................................................................................12 frame pattern selection ................44 presser foot lever ..48 grid sheet set ........................10 overcasting stitches .................................................................... 103..............................................................................................................................................................12 power switch ......... 18.............................................................36 J joining ....................11 G general sewing procedures ........................................................................................... 158 leather/vinyl fabrics ......................................45 free-motion quilting ..................................................................165 pattern realignment ................................................................................................................................................................ 158 LCD button ...........................................................................11 presser foot pressure dial ....................9 O open toe foot ..........................11 needle threading ...

....68....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................56 stopping embroidering .............................................................................................................................................34 S safety instructions ..................................................................................29 upper thread tension ........128 satin stitches ...................64 thread cutter ................................................................................................68 stitch type selection screen ........................................................................................ 57...............................56 zipper sewing ........................... 9..................... 75 settings key .....129 stippling ..................................................................................................... 111 troubleshooting ..........................................................................................................................23 wing needle ................................... 177 USB port connector ....................................................... 90 securing stitching ...........182 spool cap ...............................———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Q quick reference guide ..........................103 quilting stitch .................................................................... 105 stretch fabrics ............................................................ even ...............................................................................99 Index 195 ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 83..................................................................... 83..........................123 Z zigzag stitches ..................................................60 thread guide cover ............................................................94 zipper stitching ......... 110 shell tuck stitch . 68.......................................................................................14 sewing basics ..................................173 storing patterns ...29 spool pin .....................................................127 smocking ......... 121 side cutter ................................120 scissors .. 9........................................................................................................150 removing presser foot holder .......101 R race ........................................... 118...................................................................................................................................................................120 smocking stitch ....................................................182 turning machine on/off ........ 13....................................42 resewing ......107 quilting foot ................................... 11............ 108 quilting stippling ................................. 171 Threading ............................ 101 stretch stitch ........................................................................................................................................................40 replacing presser foot .......53 selecting embroidery patterns .................27 threading needle ............ 68...............................................53 reverse/reinforcement stitch button ...................... 64 stitch length adjustment ..............................................................................................................14 sewing speed controller ...........12 thread guide plate ................1 satin stitch length........................................................................................................14 trial sewing .. 94.............................................................103 stitch selection ..................................... 9.......................180 realigning pattern .................................................................................................................... 75 stitch settings ...134 recalling pattern .................172 reverse stitching ....................... 9......................... 75................................. 176 straight stitch .............................63 thin fabrics ....... 68.....................11 thread spools ...................................................................................9 quilt stitching .................... 34 twin needle sewing ........................................................109 scallop stitch ......... 103 zigzag width adjustment ...131 replacing needle .................................................................................................................................. 13......118 scallop stitching .....................9 screwdriver ....................... 54 thread cutting .. 9...............................................................................................................................................................33 tips ............................... 51........................................................................................ automatic ................. 64.........................133 reinforcement stitching ........................................103 stitch density ......................................... automatic ............................................32 threading needle manually ....62 top cover .........103 quilting ............................................................ 126 satin stitching ....................................127 stitch guide foot .......................................... 177 utility stitch key .....................75 stitch width adjustment .............................................................................................................................. 9.29 upper thread spool ........................ 80...................................14 utility stitch selection screen ............. 53.......64 seam ripper .......................17 twin needle ............9 quilting guide ...... changing ... 133............. 12..................9 stabilizer material .................................................................................................................... 13.......11 touch panel .....18 utility stitches .............. 13..118 solving operation problems ...............................................................................................................................................57 USB cable .........................................18 stitch types ............... 53 reverse/reinforcement stitches................................................62 triple stretch stitch .44 repeating patterns .......... 55 thread cutter button ...............9 spool net .................62 sewing machine help key ........................................................................................................................................................................54 thread cutting...........151 start/stop button ........................................................................... 49.... 75 W walking foot .............................................................................................................11 thread guide disk ..............................................................157 selecting stitches ......................................................59 T thick fabrics .............................. 101........ 49........29 threading bobbin ..81 size ..............................................................29 thread tension adjustment .............................................................9 winding bobbin ....192 upper thread .....48 sewing direction change .................................................................................... 111 release button ........................9 seam allowance....................... 51 step pattern .................................................... 25 spool of thread ...........................................................................57 5 U upgrading ..............................

English 882-U11 XD1534-051 Printed in Taiwan .

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