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 Janome Memory Craft MC15000 Manual

Important Safety Instructions 

When using an electrical appliance, basic safety precautions should always be followed, including the following:

This sewing machine is designed and manufactured for household use only.

Read all instructions before using this sewing machine.

 

DANGER – To reduce the risk of electric shock:

  1. An appliance should never be left unattended when plugged in. Always unplug this sewing machine from the electric outlet immediately after using and before cleaning.

 

WARNING – To reduce the risk of burns, fire, electric shock, or injury to persons:

  1. Do not allow to used as a toy. Close attention is necessary when this sewing machine is used by or near children.
  2. Use this appliance only for its intended use as described in this owner’s manual.
  3. Never operate this sewing machine if it has a damaged cord or plug, if it is not working properly, if has been dropped or damaged, or dropped into water.
    Return this sewing machine to the nearest authorized dealer or service centre for examination, repair, electrical or mechanical adjustment.
  4. Never operate the appliance with any air opening blocked. Keep ventilation openings of this sewing machine and foot controller free from accumulation of lint, dust and loose cloth.
  5. Never drop or insert any object into any opening.
  6. Do not use outdoors.
  7. Do not operate where aerosol (spray) products are being used or where oxygen is being administered.
  8. To disconnect, turn all controls to the off (“O”) position, then remove plug from outlet.
  9. Do not unplug by pulling on cord. To unplug, grasp the plug, not the cord.
  10. Keep fingers away from all moving parts. Special care is required around the sewing machine needle and/ or cutting blade.
  11. Always use the proper needle plate. The wrong plate can cause the needle to break.
  12. Do not use bent needles.
  13. Do not pull or push fabric while stitching. It may deflect the needle causing it to break.
  14. Switch this sewing machine off (“O”) when making any adjustment in the needle area, such as threading the needle, changing the needle, threading the bobbin or changing the presser foot, and the like.
  15. Always unplug this sewing machine from the electrical outlet when removing covers, lubricating, or when making any other adjustments mentioned in this owner’s manual.

 

SAVE THE INSTRUCTIONS

For Europe only:

This appliance can be used by children aged from 8 years and above and persons with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities or lack of experience and knowledge if they have been given supervision or instruction concerning use of the appliance in a safe way and understand the hazards involved. Children shall not play with the appliance. Cleaning and user maintenance shall not be made by children without supervision.

For outside Europe (except U.S.A and Canada):

This appliance is not intended for use by persons (including children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge, unless they have been given supervision or instruction concerning use of the appliance by a person responsible for their safety. Children should be supervised to ensure that they do not play with the appliance.

Please note that on disposal, this product must be safely recycled in accordance with relevant National legislation relating to electrical/ electronic products. If in doubt please your retailer for guidance. (European Union only)

FCC Caution

Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.

NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

  • Increase the separation between the equipment and received.

  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/ TV technician to help.

This transmitter must not be co-located or operated in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.

IC (Industry Canada) Notice

This device complies with Industry Canada license-exempt RSS stands(s).

Operation is subject to the the following two conditions:

  1. this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.

Directive 1999/5/EC

Hereby, Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd., declares that this MC15000 is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

GETTING READY TO SEW

Names of Parts………………………………………….1-2

Standard Accessories…………………………………3-4

Thread Cutter Switch………………………………..5-6

Placing the thread cutter switch to the left…….5

Adjusting the lateral position………………………5

Adjusting the longitudinal position………………5

Foot control preparation……………………………….6

Extension Table…………………………………………..7

Free arm sewing………………………………………..7

Accessory Storage……………………………………….7

Accessory Case……………………………………………7

Connecting the power supply…………………………8

Controlling sewing speed………………………………9

Speed control slider…………………………………….9

Foot Control………………………………………………..9

Extra Wide Table………………………………………….9

Machine Operating Buttons…………………………10

Common Keys……………………………………………11

Setting the Spool of Thread………………………….12

Additional spool pin………………………………….12

Winding the Bobbin……………………………….12-14

Removing the bobbin………………………………..12

Winding the bobbin…………………………………..13

Inserting the bobbin………………………………….14

Threading the Machine……………………………….15

Automatic Needle Threader…………………………16

Drawing up the Bobbin Thread……………………17

Replacing Needles……………………………………..18

Fabric, Thread, and Needle Chart………………..18

Replacing the Presser Foot………………………….19

Replacing the Foot Holder……………………..20-21

Removing the presser foot holder………………20

Attaching the dual feed holder…………………..20

Detaching and attaching the dual feed foot…21

Attaching the darning foot PD-H……………….21

Attaching the embroidery foot P…………………21

Replacing the Needle Plate…………………………22

Raising and Lowering the Presser Foot………..23

Knee Lifter……………………………………………….23

Retractable Sewing Light……………………………24

Optic Magnifier…………………………………………24

Mode Selection………………………………………….25

On-screen Help………………………………………….25

ORDINARY SEWING MODE

Ordinary Stitch Patterns…………………………26-27

Function Keys in Ordinary Sewing Mode…28-29

Utility Stitches………………………………………30-42

Straight Stitches……………………………………….30

Starting to sew…………………………………………30

Sewing from the edge of thick fabric………….30

Changing sewing direction………………………..30

Turning a square corner…………………………….30

Securing seams………………………………………..31

Cutting threads…………………………………………31

Using the seam guide lines………………………..31

Angle scale on the needle plate…………………..31

Variety of Straight Stitches……………………..32-34

Sewing the Dual Feed Device………………………33

Dual feed balancing dial……………………………33

Zigzag Stitches…………………………………………..34

Variety of Overcasting Stitches…………………….35

Manual Stitch Settings…………………………..36-37

Altering needle drop position (strt stitches)…36

Altering stitch width…………………………………36

Altering stitch length………………………………..36

Adjusting thread tension……………………………37

Adjusting foot pressure control………………….37

Foot up for pivoting………………………………….37

Favorite Stitch Adjusting………………………38-39

Cloth Guide…………………………………………………..40

Other Utility Stitches…………………………………41-42

Buttonholes and Speciality Stitches……………..43-55

Variety of Buttonholes……………………………………43

B1 Sensor (Square) Buttonhole…………………..44-47

Manual settings…………………………………………..46

Using the stabilizer plate………………………………47

B2 Automatic (square) buttonhole……………….48-49

Other Buttonholes………………………………………….50

B13 Welted Buttonhole (Bound Buttonhole)…51-52

Corded Buttonhole…………………………………………53

Speciality Stitches…………………………………….53-55

B14 Button Sewing……………………………………….53

B15 Darning…………………………………………………54

Fly Stitches (B17 to B20)……………………………….55

Eyelets (B21 to B25)………………………………………55

Decorative Stitches…………………………………..56-59

Quilting (Q)………………………………………………….60

Using the quilting guide bar………………………….60

Q1-Q3 Patchwork piecing…………………………….60

Q80-Q85 Hand-look quilt stitches…………………60

S1-S31 Decorative satin stitches……………………..61

Elongation ratio…………………………………………..61

Created Stitches (CS)……………………………………..62

Twin Needle Sewing ……………………………………..63

Programming a Pattern Combination………………..64

Mirror image of patterns……………………………….64

Bridge stitches……………………………………………..64

Editing a Pattern Combination…………………………65

Deleting a pattern…………………………………………65

Inserting a pattern…………………………………………65

Startover Key…………………………………………………66

Current pattern startover………………………………..66

First pattern startover……………………………………66

Checking Pattern Combination Length…………….67

Monogramming………………………………………..68-70

Function keys……………………………………………..68

Manual Thread tension…………………………………69

Individual thread tension adjustment……………..69

Unified thread tension adjustment………………….69

Spacing……………………………………………………….69

Reduce the size of letters………………………………69

Programming a monogram……………………………70

Saving a Pattern Combination…………………………71

Creating a new folder……………………………………71

Changing the folder name or file name……………72

Opening a Pattern Combination……………………….72

Sewing Application………………………………………..73

Seaming…………………………………………………….74

Overedge…………………………………………………..75

Blind Hem…………………………………………….76-77

Shell Tuck…………………………………………………77

Rolled Hem……………………………………………….78

Zipper Sewing……………………………………….79-83

Lapped Zipper Sewing………………………….79-81

Concealed Zipper Sewing………………………82-83

Gathering…………………………………………………..84

Basting………………………………………………………84

Button Sewing…………………………………………….85

Tacking………………………………………………………86

Applique……………………………………………………87

Patchwork…………………………………………………..88

Quilting………………………………………………….89-91

Straight Stitches (w/ dual feed)…………………….89

Quilting guide bar for dual feed foot…………….89

Clasp stitches……………………………………………89

Free quilting………………………………………………90

One stitch of……………………………………………..90

Foot height for free motion quilting……………..90

Sculpture stitches……………………………………….91

Hand-look quilt stitches………………………………91

Variable zigzag…………………………………………..91

CUSTOMIZING MACHINE SETTINGS

Machine Setting Mode……………………………….92

Registering the custom settings…………………..92

Common Setting Mode……………………………93-96

Ordinary Sewing Setting Mode…………………97-99

Wireless LAN Setting Mode………………….100-102

Connecting a Wireless Network…………………100

Network Settings……………………………….101-102

Language Selection Mode…………………………..103

Correcting Deformed Stitch Patterns…………….103

EMBROIDERY MODE

Embroidery Unit……………………………………104-106

Attaching the embroidery unit……………………..104

Extending the carriage arm………………………….105

Detaching the embroidery unit……………………..106

Attaching the Embroidery Foot………………………107

Attaching the Straight Stitch Needle Plate……….108

Special Bobbin Holder for Embroidery……………109

Bobbin Winding While Working on an Embroidery Project…………………………………………………………109

Embroidery Hoops………………………………………..110

Stabilizers…………………………………………………….111

Setting the Fabric in an Embroidery Hoop……….112

Attaching the Embroidery Hoop to -
the Machine………………………………………………..113

Thread Holder………………………………………………113

Selecting Built-in Embroidery Designs…………..114

Monogramming…………………………………….115-119

Function Keys…………………………………………..116

Programming a monogram………………………….117

Monogram placement…………………………………117

2 Letter monogram…………………………………….118

Editing a monogram…………………………………..119

Ready to Sew Window…………………………..120-123

Function Keys…………………………………………..120

Pattern Information……………………………………120

Stitch back/ forward keys……………………………121

Cross key…………………………………………………..121

Color section key………………………………………..121

Jog keys…………………………………………………….121

Trace key…………………………………………………..122

Hoop back key…………………………………………..122

Adjust key…………………………………………………123

  • Auto thread tension level…………………123

  • Cutting the tails of jump threads……….123

  • Embroidery foot height……………………123

Embroidery mode key………………………………..123

Starting to Sew Embroidery …………………………124

Fringe Designs……………………………………..125-126

Applique Designs………………………………….127-128

Frame Designs…………………………………………….129

Lace Designs……………………………………………….130

Quilting Designs………………………………………….130

Editing Mode………………………………………..131-140

Selecting a hoop size…………………………………..131

Opening the embroidery designs…………………..131

Editing tool bar information…………………………132

Selecting a pattern ……………………………………..132

Moving a pattern…………………………………………132

Selecting a pattern with pattern selection keys..133

Resizing a pattern………………………………………..133

Duplicating a pattern……………………………………133

Deleting a pattern………………………………………..134

Rotating a pattern………………………………………..134

Flipping a pattern………………………………………..135

Creating a square frame……………………………….136

Grouping patterns………………………………………..137

Sewing order……………………………………………….138

Colour grouping………………………………………..138

Zooming in the editing window……………………139

Customizing the display colours…………………..139

Monogramming in an arc…………………………….140

Free Arm Embroidery……………………………………141

Border Designs……………………………………….142-143

Connecting the patterns in the editing window…143

AcuFil Quilting with Hoop ASQ22…………..144-151

AcuFil hoop ASQ22……………………………………144

AcuFil template………………………………………….144

Preparing quilt layers…………………………………..144

Printing the template sheet……………………………145

Marking the centerlines………………………………..145

Setting quilt layers in hoop ASQ22………………..146

Sewing AcuFil design pattern………………………..146

Adjusting the size of the last pattern……………….147

Creating original AcuFil designs……………………148

Editing designs……………………………………..149-150

Sewing the border design………………………………151

Eliminating blank margin………………………………151

CUSTOMIZING EMBROIDERY MODE SETTINGS

Embroidery Mode Settings……………………….152-154

Saving and Opening a File………………………..155-157

Saving a file…………………………………………………155

Creating a new folder…………………………………….156

Deleting a file or folder………………………………….156

Opening a file……………………………………………….156

Changing a name of the file or folder………………157

Direct PC-Link……………………………………………….157

CARE AND MAINTENANCE

Cleaning the hook area…………………………………….158

Cleaning the inside of the thread guide………………159

Troubleshooting………………………………………160-162

Troubleshooting (automatic needle threader)……162

STITCH CHART

Ordinary Sewing………………………………………163-165

Embroidery……………………………………………..166-175

INDEX…………………………………………………..176-178

GETTING READY TO SEW – Page 5

Names of Parts

  1. Top cover

  2. Thread take-up lever

  3. Spool pin

  4. Spool holder (large)

  5. Foot compartment

  6. Hold for additional spool pin

  7. Bobbin thread cutter A

  8. Bobbin winder stopper

  9. Foot compartment (for P foot)

  10. Bobbin thread cutter B

  11. Bobbin winder spindle

  12. Retractable light

  13. Face plate

  14. Thread cutter/ holder

  15. Extension table

  16. Centimetre/ inch measurements

  17. Feed balancing dial cap

  18. Knee lifter socket

  19. Visual touch screen

  20. Buttonhole lever

  21. Automatic needle threader

  22. Lever

  23. Thumbscrew

  24. Presser foot holder

  25. Presser foot

  26. Needle plate

  27. Hook cover plate

  28. Lower thread guide

  29. Needle clamp screw

  30. Needle

  31. Hook cover release button

  32. Needle threader button

  33. Thread cutter button

  34. Presser foot lifter button

  35. Needle up/down button

  36. Auto-lock button

  37. Reverse button

  38. Start/ stop button

  39. Speed control slider

  40. Bobbin winding button

Names of parts – Page 6

  1. Hand wheel

  2. Touch panel stylus holder

  3. Dual feed balancing dial

  4. USB ports

  5. Power swithc

  6. Power inlet

  7. Foot control jack

  8. Cover

  9. Dual feed drive

  10. Presser foot lifter

  11. Carrying handle

  12. Embroidery unit socket

  13. Embroidery unit

  14. Carriage arm

  15. Carriage arm release lever

  16. Semi-hard fabric cover

  17. Embroidery unit case

  18. Accessory case

  19. Extra wide table

Standard Accessories – Page 7

  1. Zigzag foot A (set on the machine)

  2. Overedge foot M

  3. Sating stitch foot F

  4. Blind Hemmering foot G

  5. Zipper foot E

  6. Concealed zipper foot Z

  7. Automatic buttonhole foot R

  8. Stabilizer plate

  9. Rolled hem foot D

  10. Open toe satin stitch foot F2

  11. Darning foot PD-h

  12. Free motion quilting closed-toe foot QC

  13. Free motion quilting open-toe foot QO

  14. Free motion quilting zigzag foot QV

  15. Button sewing foot T

  16. 1/4” seam foot O

  17. Dual feed holder (twin)

  18. Dual feed holder (single)

  19. Dual feed foot AD (twin)

  20. Dual feed food VD (single)

  21. Dual feed quilt piecing foot OD (twin)

  22. Dual feed zipper foot ED (single)

  23. AcuFeed open toe foot UD (twin)

  24. Embroidery foot P

  25. Straight stitch needle plate

  26. Bobbin x5 (1 set on the machine)

  27. Needle set

  28. Additional spool pin

  29. Felt

  30. Screwdriver

  31. Lint brush

  32. Seam ripper (buttonhole opener)

  33. Quilting guide bar

  34. Spool holder (large) (set on the machine)

  35. Spool holder (small)

  36. Net

  37. Spool stand

  38. Button shank plate

  39. Scissors

  40. Touch panel stylus

  41. Cloth guide

  42. Bobbin holder cleaner

PARTS – Page 8

  1. Embroidery hoop SQ14 (with template)

  2. Embroidery hoop SQ23 (with template)

  3. Embroidery hoop QR (with template)

  4. Embroidery hoop ASQ22 (with template)

  5. Embroidery hoop FA10 (with template)

  6. Magnetic clamps (for SQ23 and GR)

  7. Magnetic clamps (for ASQ22)

  8. Bobbin holder for embroidery

  9. Felt

  10. Stabilizers

  11. Bobbin thread for embroidery

  12. Foot control (with thread cutter switch)

  13. Knee lifter

  14. Optic magnified (20/40/60)

  15. Power cable

  16. USB cable

  17. Instruction book

  18. Key icon reference chart

  19. Instructional video DVD

  20. Horizon Link Suite CD-ROM (with installation guide)

Thread Cutter Switch – Page 9

After sewing, depress the thread cuter switch (1) on the right side of the foot control to trim both the needle and bobbin threads.

Do not depress the thread cutter switch until the start/stop button turns green (2).

  1. Thread cutter switch

NOTE:

  • Threads are trimmed when the thread cutter switch is depressed for than 0.5 seconds.

  • The thread cutter switch does not work without the foot control being depressed first.

Placing the thread cutter switch to the left

The thread cutter switch position can be adjusted for your convenience.

If you wish to attached the thread cutter switch to the left side of the foot control, follow the procedure below.

NOTE:

Philips head screwdriver is not included with this machine.

  1. Remove the setscrews A (3), B (4) and washers (5) with a Philips head screwdriver.
    (3) Setscrew A
    (4) Setscrew B
    (5) Washer

  2. Turn the base plate 180 degrees.

  3. Attach the foot control and thread cutter switch with the setscrews and the washers (5). Tighten the setscrews A(3) and B(4). Be sure that the cable is not caught between the foot control and the base plate.

Adjusting the lateral position - Page 10

  1. Loosen the setscrews (2) under the switch.

  2. Slide the switch to left or right, and fix it at the desired position by tightening the setscrews using a Philips head screwdriver.

Adjusting the longitudinal position

  1. Remove the setscrews (2) and washers (1).

  2. Attach the switch to the desired position and fix it with the setscrews and washers.
    Tighten the setscrews securely using a Philips head screwdriver.

Foot Control Preparation

  1. Remove the cable (1) tie from the cable.

  2. If you wish to use the thread cutter switch, you need to connect it with the foot control.
    Insert the pin connector (2) into the jack (3) on the foot control.

  3. Turn the foot control upside down.
    Open the cover of the foot control.

  4. Draw out the cable from the foot control.

Extension Table – Page 11

The extension table provides an extended sewing area and can be removed for free arm sewing.

To remove:

Draw the table to the left.

To attach:
Slide the table on the base and push it to the right.

Free arm sewing

The free arm is used for stitching sleeves, waistbands, pant legs or any other tubular garments.

If is also useful for darning socks or elbows.

Accessory Storage

The accessories can be conveniently stored in the accessory case, the compartment in the extension table and the compartment under the top cover.

To store the accessories in the compartment of the extension table, push up the lid towards you to open the accessory storage.

  1. Foot compartment

  2. Foot compartment for P foot

  3. Lid

  4. Straight stitch needle plate (Place it upside down as shown.)

  5. Automatic buttonhole foot and stabilizer plate

  6. Dual feed holder (twin)

Accessory Case

To store the other accessories, open the accessory case and store in the appropriate places. Optional accessories can also be stored in this case.

Connecting the Power Supply – Page 12

  1. First make sure the power switch (1) is off.

  2. Insert the machine plug (2) of the power supply cord into the power inlet (3).

  3. Insert the power supply plug (4) into the wall outlet (5), and turn the power switch (1) on.
    (1) Power Switch
    (2) Machine plug
    (3) Power inlet
    (4) Power supply plug
    (5) Wall outlet

NOTE:
Make sure to use the power cable that came with the machine.
If you turn off the power switch, wait for 5 seconds before turning it on again.

WARNING:

While in operation, always keep your eyes on the sewing area, and do not touch any moving parts such as the thread take-up lever, handwheel or needle. Always turn off the power switch and unplug the machine from the power supply:

  • when leaving the machine unattended

  • when attaching or removing parts

  • when cleaning the machine

Do not place anything on the foot control.

If you wish to use the foot control, pull out the cord from the foot control and insert the pin connector into the jack on the machine.

  1. First make sure the power switch (1) is off.

  2. Insert the machine plug (2) of the power supply cord into the power inlet (3).

  3. Draw out the cord from the foot control and insert the pin connector (6) into the jack (7) on the machine.

  4. Insert the power supply plug (4) into the wall outlet (5), and turn the power switch on.
    (1) Power Switch
    (2) Machine plus
    (3) Power inlet
    (4) Power supply plug
    (5) Wall outlet
    (6) Pin connector
    (7) Jack

NOTE:

  • The start/stop button does not work when the foot control is connected.

  • The foot control cannot be used in the embroidery mode.

  • Do not depress the thread cutter switch when inserting the pin connector (6) into the jack (7).

Operating Instructions:

The symbol “O” on a switch indicates the “off” position off the switch.
Foot controller Model 21390 is for use with sewing machine MC15000.

For the U.S.A. And Canada only

Polarized plug (one blade wider than the other):
To reduce the risk of electric shock, this plug is intended to fit in a polarized outlet only one way. If it does not fit fully in the outlet, reverse the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician to install the proper outlet. Do not modify the plug in any way. 

Controlling Sewing Speed – Page 13

Speed control slider

You can limit the maximum sewing speed in both the ordinary sewing mode and embroidery mode with the speed control slider according to your sewing needs. To increase the sewing speed, move the slider to the right. To decrease the sewing speed, move the slide to the left. The sewing speed can be changed while stitching.

Foot Control

Pressing on the foot control can vary sewing speed. The harder you depress the foot control, the faster the machine runs.

NOTE:
The machine runs at the maximum speed set by the speed control slider when the foot control is fully depressed.

NOTE:
This machine is equipped with an automatic shutdown safety feature to prevent overheating whenever the machine is running overloaded. Follow the safety instructions that appear on the visual touch screen.

Extra Wide Table

Peel off the backing paper from the rubber soles and attached them to the bottom of the legs

  1. Rubber Sold

  2. Leg

Attach the 4 legs to the table top with the setscrew. Attach the table support to the underside of the table by inserting the hooks into the slots.

    1. Setscrew

    2. Table Support

Remove the extension table. Place the assembled table on the machine. Adjust the table height by turning the adjusting screws.

(5)Adjusting screw

Machine Operating Buttons - Page 14

(1) Start/ stop button

Press this button to start or stop the machine. This button can be used either in the ordinary sewing mode or embroidery mode.
In the ordinary sewing mode, the machine starts running slowly for the first few stitches. It then runs at the speed set by the speed control slider.
The machine runs slowly as long as this button is being pressed.
The button turns red when the machine is running, and green when it stops.

NOTE:
The start/stop button cannot be used in the ordinary sewing mode when the foot control is connected.

 (2) Reverse button

When sewing stitch pattern U1, U4, U9-12, Q1-3 or BR1-10, the machine will sew in reverse as long as the reverse button is pressed.

If stitch pattern U1, U4, U9-12, Q1-3 or BR1-10 has been selected and the foot control is not connected, the machine will start sewing in reverse as long as the reverse button is pressed.

If you press the reverse button when sewing any other patterns, the machine will immediately sew locking stitches and automatically stop.

(3) Auto-lock button

When sewing stitch pattern U1, U4, U9-12, Q1-3 or BR1-10, the machine will immediately sew locking stitches and automatically stop when the auto-lock button is pressed.
When sewing all other patterns, the machine will sew to the end of the current pattern, sew locking stitches and stop automatically.

The machine will trim the threads automatically after locking the stitch when the thread cut after auto-lock option is turned on.

(4) Needle up/ down button

The machine will always stop with the needle down except when buttonholes, darning, tacking, eyelets or monograms are selected.

Press this button to bring the needle bar up or down.

(5) Presser foot lifter button

The presser foot will go up or go down by pressing this button.

You can also use the presser foot lifter and knee lifter to raise and lower the presser foot.

(6) Thread cutter button

Press this button when you finish sewing to trim the threads. The needle bar and presser foot automatically rise after trimming the threads.

NOTE:
The thread cutter button does not function:

  • directly after turning on the power

  • when the presser foot is raised with the foot lifter

  • after being pressed 3 times in a row

 

(7) Needle threader button

Press this button to thread the needle thread through the needle eye.

(8) Bobbin winding button

Press this button to wind the bobbin

Common Keys – Page 15

CAUTION:

Do not press the visual touch screen with hard or sharp objects like pencils, screwdrivers or the like. Use the touch panel stylus included in the standard accessories.

(1) Home key
Press this key to enter the category selection of the ordinary sewing mode or embroidery mode.

(2) Mode switch key
Press this key to enter into embroidery mode or to return to ordinary sewing mode.

(3) Open file key
Press this key and the open file window will open. You can open pattern combinations, monograms and embroidery designs saved in the machine’s internal memory or on a USB flash drive.

(4) Set mode key
Press this key to enter the setting mode. You can customize the machine settings to your preference. The machine settings for common settings, ordinary sewing, embroidery, wireless LAN and language selection are available in this mode.

(5) Help movie key
Press this key to view the on screen movie about the essential operations.

(6) Lockout key
Press this key to lockout the machine when threading the machine, replacing the accessories etc. To reduce the risk of injury, all the buttons and keys except for the presser foot lifter and needle thread button are deactivated. To unlock the machine, press the unlock key (7) on the window.

Setting the Spool of Thread – Page 16

Open the top cover. Lift up the spool pin. Place the spool of thread on the spool pin. Attach the large spool holder, and press it firmly against the spool of thread.

NOTE:
Use the small spool holder to hold narrow or small spools of thread.

If you use a slippery thread such as monofilament transparent thread, put the net on the spool of thread to prevent the thread from slipping off the spool and jamming around the spool pin.

Additional spool pin

Use the additional spool pin when you need to wind a bobbin without unthreading the machine while working on a sewing project. Set the spool stand (1) under the additional spool pin (2). Insert the additional spool pin (2) into the hole (3). Place the felt (4) and a spool on the pin.

  1. Spool stand

  2. Additional spool pin

  3. Hole for additional spool pin

  4. Felt

NOTE:
The additional spool pin is also used for twin needle sewing.

Winding the Bobbin

Removing the bobbin

CAUTION:

Press the lockout key or turn the power switch off.

  1. Slide the hook cover release button (1) to the right, and remove the hook cover plate (2).
    (1) Hook cover release button
    (2) Hook cover plate

  2. Remove the bobbin from the bobbin holder.

NOTE:
Use the plastic bobbins for horizontal hook marked with a “J”. Using other bobbins, such as pre-wound paper bobbins, may cause stitching problems and/ or damage to the bobbin winder.

Winding the bobbin – Page 17

  1. Pull the thread from the spool.
    Hold the thread with both hands and pass the thread into the guide slot (1).
    (1) Guide slot

  2. Draw the thread to the left and forward around the thread guide (2).
    Draw the thread to the rear and to the right around and under the guide plate (3)
    Firmly pull the thread to the right while holding it with both hands.
    (2) Thread guide
    (3) Guide plate

    NOTE:
    You can adjust the bobbin winding speed in the setting mode.

  3. Put the bobbin on the bobbin winder spindle.
    (4) Bobbin
    (5) Bobbin winder spindle

  4. Pass the thread to the bobbin.
    Hold the thread with both hands and wind it around the bobbin clockwise several times.

  5. Insert the thread into one of the slits (7) of the flange plate (6) and pull the thread to cut.
    (6) Flange plate
    (7) Slit

  6. Push the bobbin stopper (8) to the left.
    (8) Bobbin stopper

  7. Press the bobbin winding button (9). The visual touch screen will show the bobbin winding sign.
    (9) Bobbin winding button
    When the bobbin is fully wound, it will stop spinning and the bobbin stopper returns to its original position automatically.

  8. Remove the bobbin. Cut the thread with bobbin thread cutter B (10).
    (10) bobbin thread cutter B


    NOTE:
    For safety purposes, the machine will automatically stop 1.5 minutes after starting bobbin winding.

Inserting the bobbin – Page 18

  1. Press the lockout key. Place a bobbin in the bobbin holder with the thread running off counterclockwise as shown on the hook cover plate.
    (1) Lockout key
    (2) End of thread
    (3) Bobbin holder
    (4) Hook cover plate

  2. Hold the bobbin with your fingertip so it does not rotate. Guide the thread into the front notch of the bobbin holder. Pull the thread to the left to pass it under the guide.
    (5) Front notch
    (6) Guide

  3. Draw the thread to the left to pass it into the guide path marked “1”. Make sure that the thread comes out from the side notch of the bobbin holder.
    (7) Guide path 1
    (8) Side notch

    NOTE:
    If the thread does not come out from the side notch, rethread from step 1.

  4. Continue to draw the thread along the guide path marked “2” and pull the thread to the right through the slit. The thread will be cut to a proper length and held in place.
    (9) Guide path 2
    (10) Slit (Thread cutter)

  5. Set the left edge of the hook cover plate into opening. Push down the hook cover plate to fit in place.

    NOTE:
    Unless otherwise noted, you ca start sewing without drawing up the bobbin thread.

Threading the Machine – Page 19

Press the needle up/down button to raise the take-up lever to the highest position. Press the lockout key to lockout the machine, The presser foot will go down and the upper thread tension disks will open.

  1. Lockout key

Pass the thread in order from (1) to (7).

  1. Hold the thread with both hands and pass the thread into the guide slot.
    (2) Guide slot

  2. Hold the thread with both hands and draw the thread around the corner of the guide. Firmly pull the thread toward you along the right channel until the thread snaps.
    (3) Corner of the guide
    (4) Right channel

  3. Draw the thread down along the right channel and around the bottom of the thread guide plate. Pull the thread up along the left channel.
    (4) Right channel
    (5) Thread guide plate
    (6) Left channel

  4. While holding the thread at the spool, firmly draw the thread up and to the back of the take-up lever. Draw the thread forward to draw it into the eye of the take-up lever.
    (7) Eye of the take-up lever

  5. Then pull the thread down along the left channel and through the the lower thread guide.
    (8) Lower thread guide

  6. Slide the thread from the right of the needle bar thread guide to the left.
    (9) Needle bar thread guide

  7. Thread the needle with the needle threader (refer below).

Automatic Needle Threader – Page 20

NOTE:
The needle threader can be used with a #11 to #16 needle. Thread size 50 to 90 is recommended. Do not use thread size 30 or thicker.

Make sure the machine is locked out.

  1. Draw the thread through the slit (1) of the needle threader. The thread should pass under the hook (2).
    (1) Slit
    (2) Hook

  2. Pull the thread up and slip it between the thread cutter and face plate from behind. Pull the thread toward you to cut.

  3. Press the needle threader button (3). The needle thread will be automatically threaded to the needle eye.
    (3) Needle threader button

  4. Pull the thread loop (4) to take the thread end out through the needle eye to the rear.
    (4) Thread loop

NOTE:

  • The automatic needle threader cannot be used with the twin needle.

  • If the thread is caught in the hook and the thread loop is not formed, remove the thread from the hook and pull it to take the thread end out through the needle eye.

Drawing up the Bobbin Thread – page 21

After using auto thread cutting or threading the bobbin holder, you can start sewing without drawing up the bobbin thread. However, you need to draw up the bobbin thread when sewing gathering stitches etc.

  1. Remove the bobbin thread. Insert the bobbin into the bobbin holder again and rethread the bobbin holder according to the instructions on page 14, but leave a 10 cm (4”) tail of bobbin thread as shown.
    (1) Bobbin thread

    NOTE:
    Do not cut the bobbin thread with the thread cutter.
    (2) Thread cutter

  2. Raise the presser foot. Hold the needle thread lightly with your left hand.
    (3) Needle thread

  3. Press the needle up/down button twice to lower and raise the needle and pick up the bobbin thread.
    (4) Needle up/down button

  4. Pull both thread 10 cm (4”) under and behind the presser foot. 

Replacing Needle – page 22

CAUTUION:
Always make sure to press the lockout key to lockout the machine or turn the power switch off before replacing the needle.

Raise the needle by pressing the needle up/down button. Press the lockout key.
(1) Lockout key

Loosen the needle clamp screw by turning it counterclockwise. Remove the needle from the clamp.
(2) Needle clamp screw

Insert a new needle into the needle clamp with the flat side of the needle to the rear.

  1. Flat side

When inserting the needle into the needle clamp, push it up against the stopper pin and tighten the needle clamp screw firmly with a screwdriver.

To check needle straightness, place the flat side of the needle onto something flat (a needle plate, glass etc.). The gap between the needle and the flat surface should be consistent.

  1. Gap

Never use a blunt needle.

Fabric, Thread and Needle Chart

  • For general sewing, use red needle.

  • Fine threads and needle should be used for sewing fine fabrics.

  • In general, use the same thread for both needle and bobbin.

  • Use a blue needle for sewing fine fabrics, stretch, fabrics, tricot and buttonholes to prevent skipped stitches.

  • Use a purple needle for sewing knits, free quilting and across the hem to prevent skipped stitches.

  • Use a stabilizer or interface to stretch or fine fabrics to prevent seam puckering.

  • Always test the thread and needle size on a small piece of the same fabric you will use for actual sewing.

Fabric

Thread

Needle

Fine

Lawn

Georgette

Tricot

Silk #80-100

Cotton #80-100

Synthetic #80-100

Blue needle

Universal needle

#9/65-11/75

Medium

Sheeting

Jersey

Wool

Knit

Silk#50

Cotton #50-80

Synthetic #50-80

Red needle

Purple needle

Universal needle

#11/75 – 14/90

Heavy weight

Denim

Tweed

Coating

Quilting

Silk #30-50

Cotton #40-50

Synthetic #40-50

Red needle

Purple needle

Universal needle

#14/90 – 16/100

NOTE:

  • 1 x twin needle, 2 x blue needle (#11/75), 1 x red needle (#14/90) and 1 x purple needle (#14/90) are included in the needle case.

  • The automatic needle threader cannot be used for threading a thread size #30 and thicker.

For embroidery:

  • In general, use a blue needle.

  • Use a red needle or purple needle for thicker fabrics.

  • Use a purple needle for dense stitch embroidery and Quilting designs.

  • Janome bobbin thread for embroidery is recommended for bobbin.

Replacing the Presser Foot – Page 24

CAUTION:
Always make sure to press the lockout key to lockout the machine.

Raise the needle by pressing the needle up/down button. Press the lockout key.

(1) Lockout key

Raise the presser foot lifter.

(2) Presser foot lifter

Press the black lever on the backside of the foot holder. The presser foot will snap off.

(3) Lever

CAUTION:
To avoid damaging the lever, do not push it down.

Place the desired foot under the foot holder so that the pin of the foot lies just under the groove of the foot holder. Lower in the presser foot lifter to lock the foot in place.

(4) Pin
(5) Groove

Each foot is marked with an identification letter.
(6) Identification letter

Replacing the Foot Holder
Replace the foot holder, if you use the dual feed feet, darning foot or embroidery foot.


CAUTION:
Press the lockout key to lockout the machine before replacing the foot holder.

Removing the presser foot holder
Raise the needle by pressing the needle up/down button. Press the lockout key and raise the presser foot with the presser foot lifter.
(1) Lockout key
(2) Presser foot lifter

Loosen the thumbscrew and remove the presser foot holder.
(3) Thumbscrew

NOTE:
Use the foot holders included in the standard accessories only.

Attaching the dual feed holder

Attach the dual feed holder to the presser bar.

(1) Dual feed holder


Tighten the thumbscrew with your fingers. Push the dual feed link to engage it with upper feed drive.

(2) Dual feed link
(3) Upper feed drive

Lower the presser foot lifter. Lower the needle to the lowest position by turning the hand wheel.

Tighten the thumbscrew securely with the screwdriver.

Detaching and attaching the dual feed foot – Page 26

Pull the foot toward you to remove it. Insert the pins of the foot into the slits of the foot holder and gently push the foot until it snaps into place.

(1) Pin
(2) Slit

Attaching the darning foot PD-H
Attach the darning foot PD-H to the presser bar by putting the pin on the needle clamp screw.
(1) Pin
(2) Needle clamp screw

Tighten the thumbscrew firmly with screwdriver.

Attaching the embroidery foot P
Attach the embroidery foot P to the presser bar from behind.

Replacing the Needle Plate – Page 27
Use the straight stitch needle plate when sewing with the dual feed foot and also when embroidering.

CAUTION:

Always make sure to press the lockout key to lockout the machine before replacing the needle plate.

Raise the needle and press the lockout key. Press the presser foot lifter button ro raise the presser foot.

(1) Lockout key
(2) Unlock key
(3) Presser foot lifter button

Slide the extension table to the left to remove it. Push down the needle plate release lever and the needle plate will snap off.
(4) Needle plate release lever
A message will appear warning that the needle plate is not secured. Remove the needle plate to the right.

Place the straight stitch needle plate on the machine. Set the left edge of the needle plate into the opening.

Push down on the mark of the needle plate until it locks in place.

Make sure the warning message disappears and the straight stitch is automatically selected.

Turn the hand wheel slowly and make sure that the needle does not hit the needle plate.

Press the unlock key to unlock.

CAUTION:
Never press the needle plate release lever while running the machine.

Raising and Lowering the Presser Foot – Page 28
You can raise and lower the presser foot with the presser foot lifter button, the presser foot lifter or the knee lifter.
(1) Presser foot lifter button
(2) Presser foot lifter
You can raise the presser foot about 6 mm (1/4”) higher than the normal up position by exerting more pressure when lifting the presser foot lifter or knee lifter. This helps you to place layers of thick fabrics or embroidery hoops under the foot.

NOTE:
The presser foot cannot be lowered with the presser foot lifter if the foot was raise with the presser foot lifter button. The knee lifter cannot be used in the embroidery mode.

Knee Lifter

The knee lifter is extremely helpful w hen sewing patchwork, quilting etc., since it allows you to handle the fabric while your knee controls the presser foot.

Attaching the knee lifter

Match the ribs on the knee lifter with the notches in the knee lifter socket and insert the knee lifter.
(1) Knee lifter
(2) Knee lifter socket

Adjusting the knee lifter
The angle of knee lifter can be adjusted to fit your knee. Loosen the setscrew and slide the angle bar in or out to adjust the angle of the knee lifter. Tighten the setscrew to secure the angle bar.
(3) Setscrew
(4) Angle bar

Using the knee lifter

Push the knee lifter with your knee to move the presser foot up and down. The knee lifter controls zigzag width of the variable zigzag.

 NOTE:
Do not touch the knee lifter while stitching, otherwise the fabric will not be fed smoothly.

Mode Selection – Page 29

When you turn the power switch on, the visual touch screen will show the ordinary sewing mode after a few seconds. The machine is set for for straight stitch sewing.

NOTE:
After turning on the power, it takes several seconds to display the opening window.
(This is the required boot up procedure.)

To switch to the embroidery mode, first turn the power switch off then attach the embroidery unit (refer to page 104-105).

Turn the power switch on and press the mode switch key.

`(1) Mode switch key

A confirmation message (2) will appear. Do not press the OK key or X key. Open the carriage arm and a warning message (3) will appear. Press the OK key to switch to the embroidery mode and the carriage will move to the the starting position.

To switch back to the ordinary sewing mode, press the mode switch key and follow the instructions in the confirmation message.

On-screen Help

Press the help key to open the help menu. You can view movies on 7 topics of essential operations of the machine, total power-on time of the machine or total operating time of the machine.

Select the help topic by pressing the movie key and the movie will will open.

  1. Help key

  2. Movie key

  3. Software version

  4. Total power-on time

  5. Total operating time

Press the play key to start the movie and press the pause key to stop playing.

You can search through the movie in forward or reverse direction by pressing the fast forward key or rewind key.

  1. Play key

  2. Pause key

  3. Fast forward key

  4. Rewind key

Press the return key to return to the beginning of the movie.

  1. Return key

Press the X key to close the current window.

Ordinary Sewing Mode  Page 30

Ordinary Stitch Patterns

In the ordinary sewing mode, there are 5 categories available. Press the home key (1) to enter the category selection.

  1. Home key

  2. Utility stitches (U)

  3. Buttonhole and specialty stitches (B)

  4. Decorative and quilting stitches

  5. Monogramming

  6. Sewing applications

Press one of the icon keys to select the category.

NOTE:
In this manual, the pattern number refers to the initial for each group or category.

For example pattern #15 in the buttonholes and specialty stitches is referred to as pattern B15.

(2) Utility stitches (U)
You can select utility stitches for seaming, overcasting, blind hemming, basting and shell tucking.

(3) Buttonholes and specialty stitches (B)
There are various styles of buttonholes, button sewing stitches, darning, tacking, fly stitches and eyelets available in this category.


(4) Decorative and quilting stitches – Page 31
This category consists of the following 10 groups:

Applique stitches (A)
Heirloom stitches (H)
Quilting stitches (Q)
Satin stitches (S)
Bridge stitches (BR)
Decorative stitches (D)
Long stitches (L)
Pictograph stitches (P)
Play stitches (PL)
Created stitches (CS)

(5) Monogramming
You can program lettering as well as a combination of characters and symbol patterns.

(6) Sewing applications

You can select the appropriate stitch for a specific sewing project an fabric type from teh designated applications in this category.

Function Keys in Ordinary Sewing Mode – Page 32

  1. Drop feed key
    This key is available only with the utility stitch group. Press this key to drop or raise the feed dog.

  2. Cloth guide key
    Press this key for cloth guide sewing (refer to page 40)

  3. Foot-up Key
    If this option is turned on, the needle stops at the down position and the presser foot will automatically go up when the machine stops.
    Press the key to turn this option on or off (refer to page 37).

  4. Twin needle key
    Press this key to set the stitch width for twin needle sewing (refer to page 63).

  5. Dual feed key
    Press this key for dual feed sewing (refer to page 33).

  6. Page Keys
    Press the page key to display the next page or previous page. Press and hold teh page key to turn the pages continuously.

  7. Touch bar
    Press on the touch bar to display the next page or previous page.

  8. Startover key
    If you stop sewing in the middle of a stitch pattern and wish to sew the pattern again from the beginning, press this key before you start sewing.
    Press this key once to startover from the beginning of the current pattern, or press this key twice to startover from the beginning of the first pattern of the combination (refer to page 66).

  9. Program key
    Press this key to program a pattern combination. When this key is pressed, the delete key, memory check key, save file key and cursor keys will appear.

  10. Delete key
    Press this key to view the stitch image of the entire pattern combination.

  11. Memory check key
    Press this key to view the stitch image of the entire pattern combination.

  12. Save file key
    Press this key to save the pattern combination as a file.

  13. Cursor keys
    Press one of the cursor keys to move the cursor up or down.

     

  14. Front selection key – Page 33
    You can select one of the 5 fonts. Select the desired font by pressing the corresponding keys.

  15. Letter case key
    Press this key to select upper case or lower case for monograms.

  16. Letter size key
    Press this key to select the full size (L) or small size (S).

Utility stitches –Page 34

Straight stitches

Patterns U1 to U5 are straight stitches for seaming. Press the pattern selection key for the desired stitch.

Starting to sew

Place the fabric next to the seam guide line on the needle plate. Lower the needle to the point where you want to start.

Pull the needle thread towards the rear and lower the foot.

Press the start/stop button or foot control to start sewing. Gently guide the fabric along the seam guide line letting the fabric go naturally.

  1. Start/stop button

Sewing from the edge of thick fabric

The black button on the zigzag foot locks the foot in the horizontal position.

This is helpful when you start sewing at the extreme edge of thick fabrics or for sewing across a hem.

Lower the needle into the fabric at the point where you wish to start sewing.

Lower the foot while pushing in the black button. The foot is locked in the horizontal position to avoid slipping.

After a few stitches, the black button is released automatically.

    1. Black button

Changing sewing direction

Stop the machine and press the presser foot lifter button to raise the presser foot lifter button to raise the presser foot.

Pivot the fabric around the needle to change the sewing direction as desired.

Start sewing in a new direction.

NOTE:
If you turn on the foot up option, the presser foot will automatically go up when the machine stops. (refer to page 37).

Turning a square corner

To maintain a 5/8” seam allowance after turning a square corner, use the cornering guide on the needle plate. Stop sewing when the front edge of fabric reaches the corner guide lines.

Press the foot lifter button and turn the fabric 90 degrees. Start sewing in the new direction.

  1. Cornering guide

Securing seams – Page 35

For fastening the ends of seams, press the reverse button and sew several reverse stitches.

The machine sews in reverse as long as you can press and hold the reverse button.

  1. Reverse button

Press the reverse button once when sewing the lock-a-matic stitch (pattern U2) or locking the stitch (pattern U3) and the machine will lock the stitches off and stop automatically.

Cutting threads

To cut the threads after finishing sewing, press the thread cutter button. The needle bar and presser foot will automatically go up after trimming the threads.

  1. Thread cutter button

NOTE:
The thread cutter button does not function when the presser foot is up.

Use the thread cutter on the face plate to cut specialized or thick threads if the auto thread cutter does not work well.

To use the thread cutter on the face plate, remove the fabric and draw it to the back.

Pull the threads up and slip them between the thread cutter and face plate from behind.

Pull the threads toward you to cut.

  1. Thread cutter

Using the seam guide lines

The seam guides on the needle plate and hook cover help you measure seam allowance.

NOTE:
The numbers on the needle plate indicate the distance from the center needle position in millimeters and inches.

Angle scale on the needle plate

The angle scales are marked at 45, 60, 90 and 120 degrees.

Use the broken lines when piecing the patchwork pieces and the 1/4” seam foot O.

Variety of Straight Stitches – Page 36

U1 Straight stitch in center needle position

Use this stitch for seaming, rolled hemming etc.

U2 Lock-a-matic stitch

Use this stitch to secure the beginning and the end of a seam with backstitching.

When you reach the end of the seam, press the reverse button once.

The machine will sew four reverse stitches, four forward stitches, and then stop sewing automatically.

U3 Locking stitch

This unique stitch is used where an invisible locking stitch is needed.

The machine will sew several locking stitches at the beginning and continue sewing forward.

When you press the reverse button at the end of the seam, the machine will sew several locking stitches in place, then stop sewing automatically.

U4 Straight stitch in left needle position

Use this stitch to seam fabrics close to the edge.

U5 Triple stretch stitch

This strong, durable stitch is recommended for areas where both elasticity and strength are needed to ensure comfort and durability.

Use it to reinforce areas such as crotch and armhole seams.

Also use it when constructing items such as backpacks for extra strength.

U6, U7 Stretch stitches

These are narrow stretch stitches designed to eliminate puckering on knit fabrics and bias seams, while permitting the seam to be pressed completely open flat.

Use U7 for seaming fine fabrics or stretch fabrics.

Sewing with the Dual Feed Device – Page 37

Patterns U1 to U4 and Q1 to Q7 can b sewn with the dual feed device.

The dual feed device is extremely effective when sewing hard to feed materials such as PVC coated fabric or leather.

It also eliminates layer slippage.

The following 5 types of dual feed feet are available in the standard accessories.

  1. Dual feed foot AD (twin):
    For regular sewing with dual feed

  2. Dual feed foot VD (single):
    For sewing narrow areas with dual feed

  3. Dual feed quilt piecing foot OD (twin):
    For 1/4” seam piecing with dual feed

  4. Dual feed zipper foot ED (single):
    For zipper application with dual feed

  5. Dual feed AcuFeed open toe UD (twin):
    For pen toe better view sewing with dual feed

Attach the desired dual feed foot to the respective dual feed holder and attach to the machine (refer too page 20). Press the dual feed key (6) and select the desired pattern

NOTE:
The patterns not suitable for dual feed sewing are grayed out.

The dual feed key will gray out or not be indicated if you selected a pattern not suitable for dual feed sewing.

Place the fabric under the foot and lower the needle at the point where you wish to start.

Start sewing at the medium speed.

When seaming plaid fabrics, match the plaids of the upper and lower layers and pin them together.

Remove the pins as you sew.

Dual feed balancing dial

The dual feed balancing dial should be set at “0”, however you may need to adjust the dual feed balance depending on the type of fabric.

Check the feed balance by test sewing on a scrap piece of the fabric you intend to use.

(A): If the lower layer puckers, turn the dual feed balancing dial toward “+”.

(B): If the upper layer puckers, turn the dual feed balancing dial toward “-”.

  1. Upper layer

  2. Lower layer

  3. Dual feed balancing dial

U8 Basting – Page 38

See page 84 for sewing instructions.

ZigZag Stitches

U9, U10 Zigzag stitches

Zigzag stitches are used for various sewing needs including overcasting. These stitches can be used on most woven fabrics.

A dense zigzag stitch can also be used for applique.

U11, U12 Mutlitple zigzag stitches

These stitches are used for mending tears.

Variety of Overcasting Stitches –Page 39

U11, U12 Multiple zigzag stitch: Zigzag foot A

This stitch is used to finish a raw edge of synthetics and other stretch fabrics that tend to pucker.

Sew along the fabric edge leaving an adequate seam allowance. After sewing, trim off the seam allowance closer to the stitches.

U13 Overcasting stitch: Overedge foot M

This stitch can be used to simultaneously seam and overcast edges of fabrics.

Use this stitch when you do not need to open seams flat.

Place the fabric edge next to the guide of the foot and sew.

U14 Knit stitch: Overedge foot M

This stitch is recommended for sewing such fabrics as synthetic knits and stretch velour as it provides the greatest amount of elasticity and strength.

Place the fabric edge next to the guide of the foot and sew.

For better results, use the zigzag foot A and sew leaving an adequate seam allowance.

After sewing, trim the seam allowance close to the stitches.

U15 Double overedge stitch: Overedge foot M

This stitch is excellent for fabrics that tend to fray extensively such as linens and gabardines.

Place the fabric edge next to the guide of the foot and sew.

Two rows of zigzag stitches are simultaneously sewn over the edge to insure that the fabric will not ravel.

U16 Overlock stitch: Overedge foot M

This stitch finishes the edges of fabric in a way similar to a commercial overlocing machine for a professional look.

Place the fabric edge next to the guide of the foot and sew.

U17 Overlock stithc: Overedge foot M

This stitch is used for overcasting knits and stretch fabrics. Place the fabric edge next to the guide of the foot and sew.

Manual Stitch Settings – Page 40

You can alter the stitch width (or needle drop position of the straight stitches) and stitch length.

Press the “+” or “-” key beside the setting you wish to change. Press default key (3) to recover the original stitch setting.

When you press the setting bar, the manual setting window expands to show more options.

You can alter other settings such as needle thread tension and presser foot pressure value, depending on the selected stitch pattern.

Press the setting bar again to shrink the manual setting window.

  1. Setting bar

  2. Manual setting window

  3. Default key

Altering needle drop position (straight stitches)

Press the “+” key to move the needle drop position to the right.
Press the “-” key to move the needle drop position to the left.

Altering stitch width

Press the “+” key to increase the stitch width.
Press the “-” key to decrease the stitch width.

NOTE:

The adjustable range of patterns U6, U7, U9-U12 and U27 is 0.0 to 7.0

Altering stitch length

Press the “+” to increase the stitch length.
Press the “-” to decrease the stitch length.

NOTE:
The adjustable range of patterns U6 is 0.0 to 2.50, u7 is 1.0 to 2.50, U9-U12 and U27 is 0.0 to 5.0.

Adjusting thread tension – Page 41

This machine is equipped with automatic thread tension control, which optimizes the tension balance for the selected stitch pattern.

Balanced thread tension

Straight stitch: Both needle and bobbin threads interlock between the layers.

Zigzag stitch: The needle thread appears slightly on the wrong side of the fabric.

However you may need to manually adjust the tension balance depending on the sewing conditions, or you can fine-tune the thread tension to suit your presence.
Press the “+” key if the tension is too loose.
Press the “-” key if the tension is too tight.

Adjusting foot pressure control

The presser foot pressure is automatically optimized for each stitch pattern.

However, you can adjust the foot pressure manually by pressing the “+” key or “-” key to suit your specific sewing needs.

Foot up for pivoting

If this option is turned on, the presser foot will automatically go up when the machine stops.

This feature is very useful when turning corners.

Press the foot-up key to turn this option on or off.

  1. Foot-up key

NOTE:
Height of the foot can be altered in the ordinary sewing setting mode 9refer to page 97).

Favorite Stitch Adjustment  Page 42

You can save customized stitch settings (stitch length, stitch width, thread tension and presser foot pressure, depending on the selected stitch patterns) as Favorite Stitch Adjustment. When the favorite stitch adjustment option is turned ON (refer to page 99), the last-used customized stitch settings are automatically assigned when the stitch pattern is selected.

NOTE:
Favorite stitch option cannot be assigned for created stitch (CS).
Favorite stitch option cannot be used in monogram mode.

Example: To change the preset value of the needle drop position form “4.5” to “5.0”.

Turn the Favorite Stitch Adjustment option ON (refer to page 99).

Select stitch pattern U1.

Press the setting bar. The manual setting window expands to show more options.

The favorite stitch setting option (1) appears on the manual setting window.

Change the needle drop position from “4.5” to “5.0” by pressing “+” key.

Press the save favorite key (2).

Save fav. Setting dialog box will open.

You can store 2 sets of favorite stitch settings (FS1 and FS2). Press FS1 (3) or FS2 (4) to register the favorite stitch settings.

The cream colored box (5) indicates that the customized preset stitch value is applied to the setting.

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To select the favorite stitch settings, press the open favorite key (1).

This selected set of favorite stitch settings is indicated in red (2).

Select the desired set of customized stitch settings by pressing FS1 (2) or FS2 (3).

To delete favorite stitch settings, press the delete key (4). Select the desired set of favorite stitch settings by pressing FS1 (2) or FS2 (3).

Cloth Guide – Page 44

CAUTION:

  • Always leave sufficient space to the left of the machine when using the cloth guide.

  • Do not use the cloth guide when the buttonhole foot R is attached.

  • The extension table cannot be opened when the cloth guide is in use.

Attaching the cloth guide

Attach the embroidery unit (see page 104).

Insert the pin on the cloth guide into the carriage hole. Turn the attaching knob clockwise to secure the cloth guide.

  1. Pin

  2. Cloth guide

  3. Carriage hole

  4. Attaching know

Setting the cloth guide tension

Press the cloth guide key

    1. Cloth guide key

The visual touch screen will show a warning message. Press the OK key.

The cloth guide adjustment window will open. Press the key to move the cloth guide to the desired position.

The cloth guide will move the distance indicated on the key.

The cloth guide position is indicated on the scale bar and the distance from the center needle drop position is indicated in millimeters or inches.

Press the OK key to register the setting and close the cloth guide adjustment window.

NOTE:
The machine will not run if the cloth guide adjustment window is open.

Press the default key to return the cloth guide to the default position (15 mm or 5/8”).

    1. Default key

Make sure to return the carriage to the stored position by pressing the cloth guide storage key and remove the cloth guide after you finish sewing.

    1. Cloth guide storage key

Other Utility Stitches – Page 45

U18, U19 Blind Hemming

Refer to page 76 for sewing instructions.

U20 Shell tuck

Refer to page 77 for sewing instructions.

U21 Visible hemming

Select pattern U21.

Fold and press a single hem. Place the fabric with the right side up.

Sew along the fold at the desired depth.

Trim the excess on the wrong side.

U22 Attaching elastic

Select pattern U22.

Mark the elastic into quarters. Match those to the center front, center back and side seams, and pin the elastic to the fabric.

Place the elastic under the foot and stitch into place while stretching the elastic evenly.

U23, 24 Fagotting – Page 46

Use these stitches to join two pieces of fabric to create an open work appearance and add stitch interest.

U25 Hemstitch

Use this stitch for fagoting or decorative stitch.

U26, U27 Backward stitches

U26 and U27 are backward stitches.

Use these stitches if it is hard to guide the fabric while pressing the reverse button.

The machine sews in reverse without pressing the reverse button so that you can guide the fabric with both hands.

Buttonholes and Specialty Stitches  Page 47

Variety of Buttonholes

B1 Sensor (Square) buttonhole

This square buttonhole is widely used on medium to heavy weight fabrics. The buttonhole size is automatically determined by placing a button in the foot.

B2 Auto (Square) buttonhole

This is also a square buttonhole similar to the sensor square buttonhole, but you can manually set the buttonhole size and the machine memorizes it to sew buttonholes of the same size.

B3 Round end buttonhole

This buttonhole is used on fine to medium weight fabrics especially for blouses and children’s clothes.

B4 Fine fabric buttonhole

This buttonhole is rounded at both ends and is used on fine, delicate fabrics such as fine silk.

B5 Keyhole buttonhole

The keyhole buttonhole is widely use don medium to heavy weight fabrics. It is also suitable for larger and thicker buttons.

B6 Rounded keyhole buttonhole

This durable buttonhole is used for thicker buttons on medium weight fabrics.

B7 Tailored buttonhole

This durable buttonhole is used with thick buttons and heavy fabrics.

B8 Keyhole buttonhole (tapered reinforced end)

This buttonhole is used for tailored clothing, woven cloth etc.

B9 Keyhole buttonhole (heavy reinforced end)

This buttonhole is used for tailoring clothing, jackets, particularly men’s wear, woven cloth etc.

B10 Stretch buttonhole

This buttonhole is suitable for stretch fabrics. It can also be used as a decorative buttonhole.

B11 Knit buttonhole

This buttonhole is suitable for knit fabrics. It can also be used as a decorative buttonhole.

B12 Antique buttonhole

This buttonhole looks like the heirloom stitch. It has an attractive handmade appearance and makes a ncie decorative buttonhole.

B13 Welted buttonhole

This is a template pattern for the hand sewn welted (bound) buttonhole.

NOTE:
B3-B13 are sensor buttonholes and the sewing procedure is the same as for B1.

B1 Sensor (Square) Buttonhole – Page 48

  1. Pull open the button holder of the automatic buttonhole foot R, and place the button in the button holder. Push it tightly again the button.
    (1) Button holder

    NOTE:
    Use the blue needle for sewing buttonholes on fine to medium fabrics.

  2. Attach the button foot. Raise the Presser foot.

    NOTE:
    The buttonhole size is automatically set by placing a button into the button holder on the foot.
    The button holder of the foot takes button sizes up to 2.5 cm (1”) is diameter.
    Make a test buttonhole on an extra piece of the fabric. Check the length of the test buttonhole, and adjust the buttonhole length if necessary by turning the adjusting screw on the buttonhole foot.
    To increase the buttonhole length, turn the adjusting screw to move the marker toward “L”.
    To decrease the buttonhole length, turn the adjusting screw to move the marker toward “S”.
    (2) Adjusting screw
    (3) Marker

  3. Draw the needle thread to the left through the hole of the foot.
    Mark the buttonhole position on the fabric and place it under the buttonhole foot. Lower the needle at the starting point by turning the hand wheel.
    (4) Starting Point

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  1. Lower the buttonhole foot and pull down the buttonhole lever as far as it will go.
    Start sewing while pulling the needle thread lightly to the left. After sewing a few stitches, free the thread and continue sewing.
    (5) Buttonhole lever

    NOTE:
    A warning message will appear and the machine will stop automatically if you start the machine without pulling down the buttonhole lever. Press the X key, pull down the buttonhole lever and start again. Make sure there is no gap between the slider and front stopper, otherwise the buttonhole will be out of position or the left and right lengths will be different.
    (6) No gap

    NOTE:
    Use the stabilizer plate when sewing thick fabrics or sewing across hems (refer to page 47).

  2. The buttonhole is sewn automatically in the sequence shown. When the buttonhole is finished, the machine will stop automatically with the needle in the position,
    Press the thread cutter button and remove the fabric.

  3. Place a pin just below the bartack at each end to prevent accidentally cutting the threads. Cut the opening with the seam ripper. Use an eyelet puncher to open a keyhole buttonhole.

  4. After you finish buttonhole sewing, push the buttonhole lever up as far as it will go.

Patterns B3 to B13 are sensor buttonholes and the sewing procedure is the same as for buttonhole B1.

However, the sewing sequence varies depending on the type of the buttonhole.

Double layer buttonhole

To make a sturdy buttonhole, sew another layer of buttonhole stitches over the previous stitches. After the buttonhole is finished, simply start the machine again.

Do not raise the foot or buttonhole lever.

NOTE:
This function is disable if Thread Cut after Auto-Lock option is turned on in the ordinary sewing setting mode (refer to page 99).

Manual settings – Page 50

When you press the setting bar, the manual setting window expands to show more options.
(1) Setting bar

(2) Altering buttonhole opening width

Press the “+” key to make the buttonhole opening wider.
Press the “-” key to make the buttonhole opening narrower.

(3) Altering buttonhole width
Press the “+” key to increase the buttonhole width.
Press the “-” key to decrease the buttonhole width.

(4) Altering buttonhole stitch density
Press the “+” key to make the buttonhole stitches less dense.
Press the “-” key to make the buttonhole stitches denser.

NOTE:
The opening width can be adjusted from 0.2 to 2.0.
The buttonhole width can be adjusted from 2.6 to 9.0.
The stitch density can be adjusted from 0.3 to 1.0.

Using the stabilizer plate – Page 51

The stabilizer plate holds and supports the fabric so it is helpful when sewing buttonholes over the hem of thick fabrics.

  1. Insert the tab of the stabilizer plate (1) into the slot (2) of the buttonhole foot.
    (1) Stabilizer plate
    (2) Slot
  2. Place the button on the button holder of the foot. Attach the buttonhole foot to the machine. Insert the fabric between buttonhole foot and stabilizer plate. Draw the needle thread to the left between the foot and stabilizer plate.
  3. Plate the fabric between the buttonhole foot and stabilizer plate. Lower the needle into the starting point by turning the hand wheel. Lower the foot and buttonhole lever. Start the machine while pulling the needle thread lightly to the left. After sewing a few stitches, free the thread and continue sewing.

NOTE:
The sewing procedure is exactly the same as that for B1 sensor (square) buttonholes.

B2 Automatic (square) buttonhole – Page 52

Pull the button holder all the way out. Mark the buttonhole position on the fabric. Place the fabric under the foot, and lower the needle at the starting point.

Lower the foot and start sewing while pulling the needle thread lightly to the left. After sewing a few stitches, free the thread and continue sewing.

NOTE:
You do not need to pull down the buttonhole lever.
If you wish to sew a buttonhole longer than the size
permitted by the automatic buttonhole foot R, use
satin stitch foot F.

NOTE:
The opening width can be adjusted from 0.2 to 2.0.
The buttonhole width can be adjusted from 2.6 to 9.0.
The stitch density can be adjusted from 0.3 to 1.0.

Step- 1
Sew the left side up to the required buttonhole length and stop the machine. Then press the reverse button (1).

Step -2
Start sewing again, and the machine sews back with a straight stitch.
Stop the machine when you reach the starting point.
Then press the reverse button (1).

Step – 3 – Page 53

Start sewing again, and the machine sews the front bartack and right side of the buttonhole.
Stop the machine when you reach the ending point.
Then press the reverse button (1).

Step – 4
Start sewing again, and machine sews the bartack and locking stitches then stops automatically with the needle in the up position.
When the buttonhole is finished, a message will appear.
To make the next buttonhole, position the fabric and start sewing again. The message disappears and the machine sews another buttonhole identical to the first one then stops automatically. To sew another buttonhole in a different size press the X key.

NOTE:
To cut the buttonhole opening, refer to the instructions on page 45.
The memorized length will be cancelled in the presser foot is raised
or the startover key is pressed before buttonhole is completed.

Other Buttonholes – Page 54
B3, B4 Round end and fine fabric buttonholes
The sewing procedure is the same as that of B1 square (sensor) buttonhole (refer to page 44).

NOTE:
The opening width can be adjusted from 0.2 to 2.0.
The buttonhole width can be adjusted from 2.6 to 9.0.
The stitch density can be adjusted from 0.3 to 1.0.

B5-B9 Keyhole buttonholes
The sewing procedure is the same as B1 square (sensor) buttonhole (refer to page 44).
Use an eyelet punch to open the keyhole buttonhole.

NOTE:
The opening width can be adjusted from 0.2 to 2.0.
The buttonhole width can be adjusted from 5.6 to 9.0.
The stitch density can be adjusted from 0.3 to 1.0.

B10, B12 Stretch and Antique buttonholes

The sewing procedure is the same as B1 square (sensor) buttonhole (refer to page 44).
The sewing steps are as shown.

NOTE:
The opening width can be adjusted from 0.2 to 2.0.
The buttonhole width can be adjusted from 2.6 to 9.0.
The stitch density can be adjusted from 0.5 to 1.0 (B10), from 0.5 to 2.5 (B12).

B11 Knit buttonhole

The sewing procedure is the same as B1 square (sensor) buttonhole (refer to page 44).

NOTE:
The opening width can be adjusted from 0.2 to 2.0.
The buttonhole width can be adjusted from 2.6 to 9.0.
The stitch density can be adjusted from 0.7 to 1.2.

B13 Welted Buttonhole (Bound buttonhole) – Page 55

A welted buttonhole is made by stitching a strip or patch of fabric to the buttonhole.
Welted buttonholes are particularly suitable for tailored garments, but are not recommended for sheer or delicate fabrics where the patch might show through or add bulk.

  1. Baste a patch to the garment fabric with the right sides together.
    (1) Wrong side of patch
    (2) Right side of garment fabric
  2. Select pattern B13.
    Sew the welted buttonhole on both fabrics together.
    Cut the buttonhole opening as illustrated then pull the patch out through the slit to the other side.
    (1) Wrong side of patch
    (2) Right side of garment fabric
    (3) Right side of patch
  3. Pull out the patch until the right side of the patch is showing. Use an iron to press both corner ends until they are squared off.
    (3) Right side of patch
    (4) Wrong side of garment fabric
  4. Fold back each side of the patch to form buttonhole lips.
    (1) Wrong side of patch
    (2) Right side of patch
  5. Press both folds with an iron.
    (3) Right side of patch
    (4) Wrong side of garment fabric
  6. Baste both edges of the seam with a needle and thread by hand.
    (2) Right side of garment fabric 
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  7. Fold over the length of the garment fabric, sew back and forth beside the original seam to secure flaps of the patch.
    (4) Wrong side of garment fabric
    (5) Sew back and forth
  8. Fold over the end of fabric and sew back and forth three times over the triangular end.
    (1) Wrong side of patch
    (2) Right side of garment fabric
    (4) Wrong side of garment fabric
  9. The patch should be cut 1 to 1.5 cm (7/16” – 5/8”) away from the hole. The corners should be cut rounded off as shown.
    (3) Right side of patch
    (4) Wrong side of garment fabric
  10. Place the facing on the wrong side of the garment fabric. Mark the 4 corners with pins as shown.
    (5) Facing
    (6) Garment fabric
  11. Turn all the layers over and cut the buttonhole opening on the facing in the same way as step (2). Four marker pins show you the corner points on the facing. Fold back each flap between the facing and patch.
    (5) Facing
    (6) Garment fabric
  12. Stitch around the opening with a needle and a thread as shown.
    (5) Facing
    (6) Garment fabric
  13. The welted buttonhole is complete.
    (6) Garment fabric

Corded Buttonhole – Page 57

To sew a corded buttonhole, follow the same procedure as for B1 square (sensor)n buttonhole.

Select pattern B1.

Place the button on the button holder on the buttonhole foot. Hook a filter cord on the front of the foot. Bring the ends of cord toward the back and under the foot. Bring up the ends of the cord and insert both ends between the ribs and metal plate.

(1) Spur
(2) Metal plate

Set the stabilizer plate as necessary and attach the buttonhole foot.

Lower the needle into the fabric where the buttonhole will start. Lower the foot and buttonhole lever. Pull the needle thread light to the left. Start the machine to sew the buttonhole over the cord. The machine stops automatically when finished. 

Remove the fabric from the machine and cut the sewing threads only.

Cut the filter cord at both ends as close to the buttonhole as possible. 


NOTE:
Do not adjust the opening width wider than 0.8.
Set the stitch width in accordance with the thickness of the cord used.
To cut the buttonhole opening, refer to the instructions on page 45.

Speciality Stitches

B14 Button Sewing
See page 85 for sewing instructions.

B15 Darning – Page 58

  1. Attach the automatic buttonhole foot R and pull the button holder all the way out.
  2. Start the machine and sew to the required length, then press the reverse button. This sets the darning length. Continue sewing until the machine stops automatically.
    (1) Required length
  3. Sew another layer of darning over the first layer, at a right angle to it.NOTE:
    The maximum darning length is 2 cm (3/4”) and the maximum width is 0.9 cm (3.8”).

To sew the same size darning

When finished sewing, a confirmation message will appear.

Simply start the machine to sew another layer of darning stitches in the same size.

To sew the next layer of darning stitches in a different size, press the X key. 

To sew a shorter layer of darning stitches

Sew the first line to the desired length and stop the machine.

Press the reverse button (2) and start the machine again.

The machine will sew the rest of the darning and stop automatically.

To adjustthe evenness of darning stitches:

You can correct unevenness of darning stitches by pressing the “-” or “+” key in the adjusting window.
If the left corner is lower than the right side, press the “-” key to correct it, and vice versa.

Fly Stitches (B17 to B20) – Page 59

The fly stitch s a triangle tacking stitch for use on a zipper fly bottom and on the side pockets of men’s pants.

Attach the satin stitch foot F.

To sew:

Place the garment under the foot and lower the needle at the starting point.
Sew the stitch until the machine stops automatically.

  1. Starting point

Eyelets (B21 to B25)

The eyelet is used for belt holes, etc.

Attach the satin stitch foot F.

To sew:

Place the garment under the foot and lower the needle to the starting point.

Sew until the machine stops automatically.

  1. Starting point

Open the eyelet with a awl, puncher or pointed scissors.

To correct the shape of an eyelet:

If the eyelet is open, press the “-” key.

If the eyelet overlaps, press the “+” key.

Decorative Stitches – Page 60

The patterns in this section are classified into 10 groups.

These patterns are programmable and you can make a pattern combination.

Applique stitches (A): 2 pages

Stitches in this group are for applique.

(Refer to page 87).

Heirloom stitches (H): 4 pages

This group provides heirloom stitches and cross stitches for craft sewing and home decor.

Quilting stitches (Q): 6 pages – Page 61

Stitches in this group are for patchwork and quilting.

(Refer to pages 89-91.)

Satin stitches (S): 2 pages

The stitches in this group can be elongated up to 5 times their original length while the stitch density remains the same.

(Refer to page 61.)

Bridge stitches (BR): 1 page

Bridge stitches are used for inserting straight stitches after a stitch pattern. The number beside the stitch image on the straight stitch key indicates the stitch count of a programmable unit. Patterns BR9, BR10, and BR12 will inherit the needle drop position and stitch length of the previous pattern in the programmed pattern combination.

(Refer to page 64.)

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140 attractive patterns are available in this group.

Long stitches (L): 2 Pages

Patterns in this group are ideal for decorative garments and for adding border trims.

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Pictograph stitches (P): 4 pages —–Page 1

Play stitches (PL): 2 page

There are many cute designs, fancy motifs and calligraphy available in these groups.

Created stitches (CS)

In this section, you can select original stitch patterns created with Stitch Composer. Refer to page 62 for how to transfer created stitch patterns from the PC to the machine.

 

Quilting (Q)——– Page 2

Using the quilting guide bar

The quilting guide bar is helpful when sewing parallel, evenly spaced rows of stitches.

Insert the quilting guide bar into the hole in the back of the foot holder. Slide the quilting guide bar and set it to the desired spacing.

1) Quilting guide bar

2) Hole

Sew rows of stitches while tracing the previous row of stitches with the quilting guide bar.

 

Q1-Q3 Patchwork piecing

Patterns 01 to 03 are special stitches for seaming patchwork pieces.

Patterns 02 and 03 are for patchwork piecing with 1/4″ and 7 mm seam allowances respectively.

Use the 1/4″ seam foot 0 or dual feed quilt piecing foot OD

Place the patchwork pieces right sides together. Sew while guiding the edge of fabric along the guide.

1) Guide

 

QB0-085 Hand-look quilt stitches

Patterns Q80 to Q85 are special stitches for quilting which look like hand sewn stitches.

Use a transparent nylon thread for the needle and The bobbin thread is pulled up on the right side of the fabric and the stitches look as if they were sewn by hand.

Sl-S31 Decorative satin Stitches —– Page 3

Elongation ratio

Patterns S1 to S31 are decorative satin stitches for which the pattern length can be elongated without changing the stitch density.

Press the setting bar (1) to expand the manual setting window.

(1) Setting bar

Press the”+” key to elongate the stitch pattern.

(2) “+”key (elongation)

To reduce the elongation ratio, press the “- ” key.

(3) “-”key (elongation)

The pattern can be elongated up to 5 times the original length.

The elongation ratio is indicated in the box.

(4) Elongation ratio

You can also alter stitch density and stitch width.

 

Original stitch patterns created with Stitch Composer are saved in this group.—– Page 4

Insert the USB flash drive containing the original stitch patterns and press the import key, or import them from

Stitch Composer using a USB cable.

(1) Import key

 

Select “USB1″ or “USB2″ and the folder list will appear.

Select the desired folder to open and the file list will appear.

Select the desired file and the original stitch pattern is saved and the pattern selection key is created.

You can select, program and sew these patterns the same way as with the built-in stitch patterns.

 

To delete the pattern, press the delete key and select the pattern to delete.

A confirmation message will appear. Press the OK key to delete the pattern.

(2) Delete key

NOTE:

 Up to 30 patterns can be saved in this group.

 Twin needle sewing is not available for the created stitches.

Twin Needle Sewing —— Page 5

Some of the utility stitches and decorative stitches can be sewn with a twin needle.

Replace the needle with the twin needle supplied with the standard accessories.

CAUTION:

Turn the power switch off or press the lockout key before changing the needle.

Do not use twin needles other than the one included in the standard accessories, otherwise the needle may hit the needle plate, foot or hook and break.

(1) Lockout key

Insert the additional spool pin into the hole under the top cover.

Place a spool of thread and the felt on the additional spool pin and the spool stand (refer to page 12).

(2)Additional spool pin

Draw both threads from the spools and pass them through the threading points from (1) to (4) .

Slip the thread A through the needle bar thread guide (5), then pass through points (6) and (7) as illustrated.

Thread the thread B through the front hole of needle bar thread guide (5) then pass it through the needle hole (8).

Make sure that the two strands of thread from the spools do not get tangled.

NOTE:

 Threading from points (1) to (4) is the same as for a single needle (refer to page 15).

 The needle threader cannot be used with the twin needle.

Press the twin needle key and select the desired pattern. Patterns not suitable for twin needle sewing cannot be selected (pattern selection keys are grayed out).

Buttonholes, specialty stitches and monogram cannot be selected.

(3) Twin needle key

NOTE:

 When you sew patterns with the twin needle, test the stitches first before you sew on the garment.

 Use the zigzag foot A or satin stitch foot F for twin needle sewing.

 Use the threads #60 or finer.

 When changing the sewing direction, raise the needle and presser foot then turn the fabric (foot up for pivoting option is not available when the twin needle is selected).

 Use the thread cutter on the face plate when cutting threads.

After twin needle sewing is finished, press the twin needle key and the warning message will appear.

Press the OK key and replace the twin needle with a single needle.

Programming a Pattern Combination —– Page 6

The patterns in the decorative stitch category and monograms can be programmed to make a pattern combination.

Press the program key and select as many patterns as you wish to program.

You can program up to 100 patterns in each combination.

The images of programmed patterns are shown on the left side of the visual touch screen.

(1) Program key

Mirror image of patterns

To sew or program the pattern as a mirror image, press the vertical mirror key or horizontal mirror key.

Mirror image icon appears on the screen and mirror image function is enabled

Select the desired patterns to create the mirror image.

Press the vertical or horizontal mirror key again to cancel the mirror image function.

(2) Vertical mirror key

(3) Horizontal mirror key

(4) Vertical mirror icon

(5) Horizontal mirror icon

(6)Vertical and horizontal mirror icon

NOTE:
Horizontal mirror image is available only for the specific patterns. For pattern identification, these patterns are shaded in light grey on the reference chart inside the top cover.

Mirror image function will be canceled and mirror image icon will disappear if the selected pattern is not suitable for the mirror image.

To view the entire pattern combination, press the cursor key to scroll over the pattern combination or press the memory check key to show the entire pattern combination at a glance.

(7) Cursor keys

(8) Memory check key

NOTE:
Presser foot pressure cannot be adjusted to the stitch patterns of a pattern combination individually.

If you attempt to do so, only the last pattern’s presser foot pressure settings are applied to all the programmed patterns.

Bridge stitches

Bridge stitches are used for inserting straight stitches after a stitch pattern.

If you want more space between French knots (06), for example, insert pattern BR10 after pattern 06.

Four counts of straight stitches are added to pattern 06.

NOTE:
Patterns BR9, BR10 and BR12 will inherit the stitch length and needle drop position of the previous pattern in the pattern combination.

Editing a Pattern Combination —–Page 7

Deleting a pattern

The pattern before the cursor or shown in red is deleted by pressing the delete key.

(1) Cursor

(2) Delete key

 

To delete a pattern in the middle of a combination, press the cursor key to select the pattern you wish to delete.

The stitch image of the selected pattern turns red. Press the delete key to delete the selected pattern.

(3) Cursor key

(4) Selected pattern

Inserting a pattern

Press the cursor key to select the pattern next to where you wish to insert a pattern. Enter the desired pattern to insert it before the selected pattern.

(5) Inserted pattern

Startover Key —–Page 8

This is a 2-way function key to start sewing a pattern combination over from the beginning.

When you stop sewing a pattern combination, the startover key is activated.

The key shows a triangle and single bar that means the machine will start over from the current pattern.

When you press the startover key, the key will change and show a triangle and double bar that means the machine will start over from the first pattern of the combination.

Current pattern startover

If you wish to start sewing from the beginning of the current pattern, press the startover key once and start the machine.

(1) Startover key (current pattern)

(2) Current pattern

First pattern startover

If you wish to start sewing from the beginning of the first pattern of the combination, press the startover key twice and start the machine.

(3) Startover key (first pattern)

(4) First pattern

NOTE:
If auto thread cutting is done, the machines will startover from the first pattern.

Checking Pattern Combination Length —–Page 9

You can check the total length of the pattern combination by pressing on the stitch image indicated in the left window.

The readout of the total length is a theoretical value and the actual length may vary depending on sewing conditions.

For example, select the pattern P6 three times, and sew a pattern combination.

 

If the actual length differs considerably from the readout, measure the actual length and enter the nearest value by pressing the “+” or “-” key.

In this case, the theoretical value is 51 mm. However, if the actual length (1) is 45 mm, enter 45 mm by pressing “- ” key. Press the OK to register it.

(1) Actual length

The readout is adjusted automatically when calculating the length of other pattern combinations.

The message “Please enter the actual length of the pattern combination” disappears to indicate that the displayed value is adjusted already.

For example select patterns P19, P27 and P6.

The theoretical value is 53 mm. However, the read out is calculated according to the measured actual length. In this case, the adjusted value is 47 mm.

Press the default key to cancel the readout adjustment.

(2) Default key

Monogramming —–Page 10

You can program letters and symbol designs for monogramming.

Press the home key to enter the category selection.

Press the monogramming icon to enter the monogramming mode (refer to page 26).

Press the font selection key and the font selection window will open.

(1) Font selection key

You can select one of 5 fonts.

Select the desired font by pressing the corresponding key.

(2) Block font key

(3) Script font key

(4) Broadway font key

(5) Symbol key

(6) Block font (9 mm) key

The monogram mode window will open.

NOTE:

 The height of Block font (9 mm) is approximately 9 mm.

 If you select Russian language for the visual touch screen, you can select Cyrillic alphabets in Gothic font as well.

Function keys

(7) Cursor key

Press the cursor key to move the cursor up or down.

(8) Letter size key

Press this key to select the full size (L) or small size (S).

(9) Letter case key

Press this key to select the upper case or lower case.

(10) Delete key

Press this key to delete the selected character or symbol (refer to page 65).

(11) Memory check key

Press this key to view the entire monogram (refer to page 64).

(12) File save key

Press this key to save the monogram as a data file (refer to page 71).

NOTE:
Numbers, symbols and European letters are available on pages 2/5 through 5/5.

Manual thread tension—–Page 11

This machine is equipped with automatic thread tension control. However, you may need to manually adjust the tension balance depending on the sewing conditions.

To adjust the thread tension, press the setting bar to show the option.

Individual thread tension adjustment

To apply the thread tension adjustment to each letter individually, select the letter by moving the cursor.

The selected character will be displayed at the upper left corner (1) when the setting bar is pressed.

Press “+” or “-” to adjust the thread tension of the selected letter. The adjusted thread tension is applied to the selected letter.

Unified thread tension adjustment

To apply the thread tension adjustment to all letters together, you do not need to select the letters.

Press the unified thread tension key (2).

Press “+” or “-” to adjust the thread tension.

The adjusted thread tension is applied to all entered letters.

When unified thread tension control is applied, the unified thread tension key turns to black.

Press the unified thread tension key again to deactivate the unified thread tension adjustment.

NOTE:
Unified thread tension adjustment can be applied to the monogram patterns such as Block, Script, Broadway and Block (9 mm) only.

Spacing

To enter a space in monogramming, press one of the three space keys on the lower right corner of the monogram selection.

(1) Space keys

(2) Small-size space

(3) Medium-size space

(4) Large-size space

Reducing the size of letters

To reduce the height of a character to approximately 2/3 of its original size, select the character and press the letter case key “S” (1)

Programming a monogram—–Page 12

Simply enter the characters by pressing the corresponding keys to program a monogram.

Example 1: “Quilt” in Block font

Select Block font. Enter “Q”.

Press the letter case key (1) to select lower case.

(1) Letter case key

Enter “u”, “i”, “I” and “t”.

 

Example 2: ” Cafe” in Broadway font

Press the monogram key (2) and select symbol.

Enter a hollow heart.

Press the monogram key and select Broadway font.

Enter “C”.

(2) Monogram key

Press the letter case key and select lower case letters.

Enter “a” and “f”.

Press the next page key to go to page 4 of 5.

Enter “e”.

NOTE:
Use a blue tip needle for sewing a monogram.

Apply a sheet of stabilizer to fine fabrics or stretch fabrics.

Test sews to check the sewing results.

Saving a pattern combination—–Page 13

The pattern combination and monogram can be saved as a file in the machine’s internal memory or a USB flash drive.

The machine has two USB ports for USB flash drives.

Press the save file key after programming a pattern combination, and the save file window will open.

(1) Save file key

Select the location to where you wish to save the pattern combination.

The “Ordf” folder is shown.

Select the “Ordf” folder and the file name is assigned automatically starting from M_001 …. .in order. Press the OK key to save the file under the assigned name.

(2) File name

If you wish to assign a unique name to the file, press the rename key and the keyboard window will open.

(3) Rename key

Enter a new name and press the OK key to change the file name.

Press the OK key and the file is saved under the new name.

NOTE:
The files and folders are displayed on different pages.

Creating a new folder

Select a location for a new folder and press the new folder key. The keyboard window will open.

Enter a folder name and press the OK key.

The new folder is created under the assigned name.

(4) New folder key

Changing the folder name or file name

Press the rename key and select the folder or file of which you wish to change its name. The keyboard window will open.

Enter the new name and press the OK key.

The name of the folder or file will change.

(5) Rename key

Opening a Pattern combination—–Page 14

You can open the pattern combination and monogram saved in the machine’s internal memory or a USB flash drive.

Press the open file key and the open file window will open.

(1) Open file key

Select the memory location; either the machine’s internal memory or a USB flash drive.

The “Ordf” folder will appear.

NOTE:

 If you created any folders before, those folders will also appear.

 If you cannot find the desired folder or the file in the page, press the next or previous page key (2) to display the other pages.

Select the desired folder and the file list will appear.

Select the desired file.

The screen will return to the ordinary sewing window showing the saved pattern combination or monogram.

Sewing Application —–Page 15

Sewing application is a unique feature that provides you with 12 useful sewing applications.

Press the sewing application key and the sewing application menu will open.

The 12 sewing applications are as follows:

(1) Seaming

(2) Overedge

(3) Blind Hem & Shell Tuck

(4) Rolled Hem

(5) Zipper Sewing

(6) Gathering

(7) Basting

(8) Button Sewing

(9) Tacking

(10) Applique

(11) Patchwork

(12) Quilting

The sewing applications using optional presser feet can be selected by pressing optional foot key (13).

Please refer to optional feet instructions for usage details.

(13) Optional foot key

Seaming—–Page 16

There are 4 types of stitches for seaming in this group.

(1) Woven (Seaming 1)

Straight stitches for seaming regular woven fabrics.

(2) Stretch/Knit (Seaming 2)

Narrow stretch stitches for seaming stretch or knit fabrics.

(3) Curve (Seaming 3)

Short straight stitches for seaming curved line.

(4) Topstitching (Seaming 4)

Long straight stitch for topstitching with thick threads.

Overedge—–Page 17


(1) Woven

Overcastting stitch for regular woven fabrics.

(2) Stretch/Knit

Knit stitch for finishing raw edges of stretch or knit fabrics.

For better results, use the zigzag foot A and sew leaving an adequate seam allowance.

After sewing, trim the seam allowance close to the stitches (refer to page 35).

(3) Woven

Overlock stitch similar to a professional overlocker stitch.

(4) Heavy

Double overedge stitch for preventing raw edges of linens and gabardines from ravelling.

Blind Hem—–Page 18

Select “Blind Hem”.

The following 2 options are available.

(1)Woven

For blind hemming regular woven fabric

(2) Stretch/Knit

For blind hemming stretch or knit fabric.

To sew:

Attach the blind hem foot G.

Fold the fabric to form a hem leaving a 0.5 cm (1 /4″) allowance as shown.

(3) 0.5 cm (1 /4″)

(A) Medium to heavy fabrics: The raw edge should be overcasted.

(B)Fine fabrics: Fold the raw edge 1 cm (1 /2″).

(4) 1 cm (1 /2″)

Position the fabric so that the told comes to the left side of the guide on the toot. Lower the presser toot.

The needle should just pierce the folded edge when it comes over to the left side.

Adjust the position of the needle drop it necessary.

Sew guiding the fold along the guide.

(5) Fold

(6) Guide

After sewing is finished, open the fabric flat.

The seam on the right side of the fabric is almost invisible.

Adjusting the needle drop position

Press the setting bar to expand the manual setting window.

Press the”+” key (7) in the upper row to move the needle drop positions to the left.

Press the “-” key (8) in the upper row to move the needle drop positions to the right.

The needle drop position will change, while the stitch width (2.8 mm) remains consistent.

The distance between the left needle drop position and guide of the foot is indicated in millimeters.

NOTE:
You can alter the stitch width by changing the right needle drop position.

Altering blind hem stitch width—–Page 19

Press the”+” key in the row (2) to increase the stitch width (3)

Press the “-” key in the row (2) to decrease the stitch width (3) .

NOTE:
You can move the left needle drop position (4) with the “+” or “-” key in the row (1)

 Shell Tuck

Select “Shell Tuck”.

The following 3 options are available

(1) Small

Narrow shell tuck stitch

(2) Medium

Medium width shell tuck stitch

(3) Large

Regular shell tuck stitch

To sew:

Use a light weight fabric (Tricot, for example).

Fold the fabric in bias as shown and stitch on the fold.

Allow the needle to barely clear the folded edge to create a shelled edge.

If you sew shell tucks, space the rows at least 1.5 cm (5/8″) apart.

Rolled Hem—–Page 20

 (1) Straight Stitch

Rolled hemming with straight stitch

(2) Zigzag Stitch

Rolled hemming with narrow zigzag stitch

(3) 4 mm & 6 mm

Rolled hemming using optional rolled hemming feet D1 and D2

To sew:

Attach the rolled hem foot D.

Fold the fabric edge twice to form a hem, 0.3 cm (1 /8″) wide and 5 cm (2″) long then press.

Place the fabric aligning the hem edge with the guide of the toot: Turn the hand wheel to lower the needle to the starting point.

Lower the foot and sew several stitches slowly while pulling on the threads to assist feeding the fabric.

Stop the machine and lower the needle into the fabric. Raise the foot and insert the folded portion of the fabric into the curl of the foot.

Lower the foot and sew while lifting the edge of the fabric to keep it feeding into the curl smoothly and evenly.

NOTE:
Trim the corners 0.6 cm (1 /4″) to reduce bulk.

Zipper Sewing—–Page 21

(1) Lapped zipper

Lapped zipper application with the zipper foot E

(2) Concealed zipper

Concealed zipper application with the concealed zipper foot Z

Lapped zipper sewing

Press the lapped zipper icon and the zipper sewing window will open.

Press the sewing step icon and the machine setting will automatically adjust to suit each sewing step.

Fabric preparation

Add 1 cm (3/8″) to the zipper size. This is the overall opening size.

Mark the end of opening.

(1) Zipper size

(2) Opening size

(3) 1 cm (3/8″)

(4) End of opening

Attach the zigzag foot A.

Lock-a-Matic

Place the right sides of the fabric together and sew to the end of the opening leaving a 2 em (3/4″) allowance.

(5) 2 cm (3/4″)

Basting

Baste the zipper opening.

Sew left side—–Page 22

Attach the zipper foot E.

Fold back the left seam allowance. Turn the right seam allowance under to form a 0.2 to 0.3 em (1 /8″} fold.

Place the zipper teeth next to the fold and pin in place.

(1) 0.2-0.3 em (1/8″)

(2) Zipper teeth

(3) Fold

Lower the foot onto the topside at the bottom of the zipper so that the needle pierces the fabric next to the fold and the zipper tape.

Sew along the zipper guiding the zipper teeth along the bottom edge of the foot.

Sew through all layers next to the fold.

Stop 5 cm (2″) before zipper foot E reaches the slider on the zipper tape.

(4) 5 cm (2″)

Raise the foot and open the zipper. Lower the foot and stitch the remainder of the seam.

Close the zipper and spread the fabric open flat with the right side of the fabric facing up.

Basting—–Page 23

Replace the foot with the zigzag foot A.

Baste the opened fabric and zipper tape together.

(1)Basting

Sew right side

Replace the foot with the zipper foot E.

Backstitch across the end of opening to 1 cm (3/8″).

Stitch through the garment and zipper tape, guiding the zipper teeth along the bottom edge on the foot.

Stop about 5 cm (2″) from the top of the zipper.

Lower the needle into the fabric, raise the foot and remove the basting stitches.

(2) Basting stitches

Open the zipper and move the slider to the rear of the foot.

Lower the foot and stitch the remainder of the seam making sure the fold is even.

Remove the basting stitches.

Concealed zipper sewing—–Page 24

Press the concealed zipper icon and the window will show the step-by-step icon keys.

Prepare a concealed zipper 2 cm (3/4″) longer than the opening size.

Press the sewing step icon and machine settings will automatically adjust to suit each sewing step.

Lock-a-Matic

Attach the zigzag foot A. Place the right sides of the fabric together and sew to the end of the opening with a 2 cm (3/4″) seam allowance. Press the reverse button to lock the seams.

(1)End of opening

(2)2 cm (3/4)

(3)Zipper size

(4)Opening size

Basting

Baste the opening 0.3 cm (1 /8″) inside of the seam line.

(5) 0.3 cm (1/8″)

Place the right zipper teeth next to the fold and pin it in place.

Fold up the left seam allowance to the bodice. Open the zipper and put it on the right seam allowance with the back side up.

(6) Zipper teeth

(7) Fold

(8) Left seam allowance

Right of teeth

Attach the concealed zipper foot Z.

Raise the zipper teeth on the right and lower the foot so the left groove of the foot catches the zipper teeth.

Stitch through the zipper tape and fabric up to the end of the opening.

Reverse the stitches to secure the seam.

(9)Left groove

(10)Zipper tape

Stitching tape—–Page 25

Raise the foot and close the zipper.

Replace the foot with the zipper foot E.

Turn and fold the bodice to the right. Seam along the edge of the left zipper tape and reverse the stitches 2 cm (3/4″) before the zipper bottom.

Stitching tape

Turn and fold the bodice to the left. Seam along the edge of the right zipper tape and reverse the stitches 2 cm (3/4″) before the zipper bottom.

Left of teeth

Raise the foot and replace it with the concealed zipper foot Z.

Remove the basting stitches.

Open zipper and insert the pull tab between fabric and zipper tape to allow the slider to reach the stopper.

(1) Pull tab

Raise the zipper teeth on the left and lower the foot so the right groove of the foot catches the zipper teeth.

Stitch through the zipper tape and fabric up to the end of the opening. Reverse the stitches to secure the seam.

(2) Zipper teeth

(3) Groove

Slide up the stopper to 0.3 cm (1 /8″) below the end of the opening and fasten the stopper with pliers.

(4) Stopper

Gathering—–Page 26

In addition to the regular gathering stitch, this section offers you a special stitch for easing sleeve tops.

Easing a sleeve top

Pull both of the threads about 10 cm (4″) .

Sew a pair of lines, 3 mm (1 /8″) apart, along the edge of the sleeve top.

Pull the bobbin threads to contract the sleeve top carefully, matching it with the armhole size.

Make sure not to make gathers in the sleeve top.

Basting

There are 2 basting stitches available in this section.

Basting (Auto)

This stitch is used for basting zipper tape or fitting of garments.

Sew in the same way as that for straight stitch sewing.

Basting (Manual/Quilting)

Attach the darning toot PO-H.

When basting is selected, the teed dog lowers automatically.

NOTE:
Refer to page 21 for how to attach the darning toot PO-H.

To sew

Hold the fabric taut and depress the foot control.

The machine will make one stitch and stop automatically.

Slide the fabric to the rear for the next stitch

Button Sewing—–Page 27

When attaching a button to thick fabric, you need to make a shank by using the button shank plate.

The teed dog lowers automatically when selecting the button sewing section.

Attaching the button sewing foot T

Make sure to press the lockout key to lock the machine.

Insert the rear pin of the foot into the rear groove of the foot holder.

(1)Rear pin

(2) Rear groove

Gently lower the presser foot lifter while holding the foot with your finger to fit the foot. Press the unlock key to unlock the machine.

Place a button on the fabric and lower the needle into the left hole of the button by turning the handwheel with your hand.

Insert the button shank plate under the button.

Lower the toot to hold the button in place, aligning the direction of the button.

(3)Button shank plate

Raise the needle by turning the handwheel until the needle bar swings to the right.

Press the + or -” key so the needle enters into the right hole of the button. The maximum stitch width is 0.7 cm (1 /4 ).

Start sewing and continue until the machine stops automatically.

Remove the fabric from the machine.

Cut the all threads leaving at least 10 cm (4″) tails.

Trim the threads at the end close to the fabric.

Pass the needle thread at the beginning of stitching through the left hole in the button, between the button and fabric.

Pull the needle thread to bring the bobbin thread up to the right side of the fabric.

(4) Needle thread at the beginning

(5)Bobbin thread

Wind the threads to form a shank and knot them together.

NOTE:
The button shank plate cannot be used if the button is too thick.

 Tacking—–Page 28

Tacking is used to reinforce pockets, crotches and belt carriers where extra strength is needed.

There are 3 auto tacking sizes and manual tacking available.

Attach the satin stitch toot F.

Auto tacking

Lower the needle at the starting point and start sewing.

The machine will sew the tack of the selected size and stop automatically when it is finished.

(1) Starting point

Manual tacking

Start the machine and sew to the required length (3), then press the reverse button (2) . This sets the tack length (4).

Continue sewing until the machine stops automatically.

(3) Required length

NOTE:
The maximum length of tacking is 1.5 cm (5/8″).

To sew the same size tack

To sew another tack in the same size, simply start the machine and sew until the machine stops automatically.

To sew the next tack in a different size, press the X key.

There are 6 types of applique stitches available in this section. —–Page 29

You can select the needle stop position either up or down by pressing the needle stop position key.

(1) Needle stop position key

The letter above the stitch image denotes the baseline of the needle drop position.

M: Middle (center)

R: Right

The baseline can be adjusted without changing the stitch width by pressing the “+” or “-” key on the bottomrow.

Pivoting at applique corners

When sewing an applique with sharp corners, you may turn on the “Foot up for pivoting” option so that the presser foot automatically goes up when the machine stops.

Press the foot-up key to turn on this option

(2)Foot-up key

NOTE:
Make sure to stop the machine with the needle dropped at the outer edge of the applique.

Starting over from the corner

Press the startover key before sewing in the new direction to sew from the beginning of the pattern.

(3) Startover key

Two options of startover are available for applique stitches. Press the cornering key to select normal startover or cornering startover.

The key icon will change to show which option is being selected when pressing the key.

(4)Cornering key

Normal startover:

Sew a locking stitch then start sewing from the beginning of the pattern.

Cornering startover:

Start sewing from the beginning of the pattern without a locking stitch.

Patchwork—–Page 30

Patchwork piecing

There are 3 stitches for seaming patchwork pieces in this section.

The default stitch length is set at 1.8 mm, ideal for patchwork piecing, but you can fine tune the stitch length by pressing the +” or -  key.

Attach 1/4″ seam foot 0 , which helps you to keep a constant 1/4″ (6 mm) seam allowance.

Put 2 pieces of fabric with right sides together.

Place the patchwork pieces under the foot so that the edge of the fabric matches the guide on the presser foot.

(1) Edges of fabric

(2) Guide on the 1/4″ seam foot 0

When you stop the machine, a message will appear.

Press the OK key and the machine memorizes the seam length to sew another piece of the same length.

Press the X key to sew in a different size.

After sewing the memorized length, a message will appear.

To sew the same length, start the machine and it will stop automatically after sewing the memorized length.

Quilting—–Page 31

In this section, 6 types of useful stitches for quilting are available.

(1) Straight stitches (with dual feed)

(2) Clasp stitches

(3) Free motion quilting stitches

(4) Sculpture stitches (with dual feed)

(5) Hand-look quilt stitches

(6) Variable zigzag stitches

Straight stitches (with dual feed)

Straight stitches in this section are suitable for seaming quilt layers using the dual feed foot (refer to page 20 for how to attach it).

Quilting guide bar for dual feed foot

The quilting guide bar is helpful when sewing parallel, evenly spaced rows of stitching.

Insert the quilting guide bar into the hole in the rear of the foot holder.

Shift the quilting guide bar to the desired spacing.

(1) Quilting guide bar

(2) Hole

Sew rows of stitching while tracing the previous row of stitches with the quilting guide bar.

Clasp stitches

You can close quilt layers and batting using the clasp stitch.

Use the satin stitch foot F.

The machine sews one unit of the pattern and automatically stops with the needle in up position when completed.

Free Quilting—–Page 32

For ordinary and bulky quilts, select the upper stitches and use the darning foot PD-H (refer to page 21 for how to attach the darning foot).

Select the lower stitches for flatter quilts and use the free quilting foot QC, QO or QV.

One stitch off

The machine stops automatically after sewing one stitch so that you can bring the bobbin thread up to prevent it from bunching up on the wrong side of the fabric.

Hold the needle thread and sew one stitch and the machine stops automatically.

Pull the needle thread up to bring the bobbin thread up.

Hold both the needle and bobbin threads and sew several stitches to secure the threads.

You can trim the thread tails with scissors.

The machine will stitch continuously when you resume sewing.

If you wish to start sewing without “one stitch off”, press the one stitch off key to cancel this function.

The key icon changes to [] .

When “one stitch off” is active, the key icon shows [].

(1) One stitch off key

To sew

Sew at medium speed while guiding the fabric with your hands.

Move the quilt 3 mm or less per stitch.

Foot height for free motion quilting

When straight stitch 2 or zigzag stitch 2 is selected, the height of down position of the free motion quilting feet (QC, QO, QV) is optimized automatically.

However, you can fine tune the foot height according to the quilt thickness.

Place the fabric under the foot and lower the foot.

Press the foot height key and the adjusting window opens. Adjust the foot height by pressing the “+” key or “-” key and press the OK key to register the setting.

(2) Foot height key

Reduce the height if the fabrics bounce when sewing. Increase the height if the foot gets trapped in the fabrics when sewing.

NOTE:

 Purple tip needle is recommended for free motion quilting to prevent skipped stitch.

 Do not move the quilt layers toward you when the open-toe foot is attached.

Sculpture stitches—–Page 33

These stitches are used to accentuate design outlines and to create a mock hand-quilt.

Use the dual feed foot AD.

Refer to page 20 for how to attach the dual feed foot.

Hand-look quilt stitches

Use a transparent nylon thread for the needle and ordinary sewing thread for the bobbin.

The bobbin thread is pulled up on the right side of the fabric and the stitches will look as if sewn by hand.

NOTE:
Use the net to prevent the thread from slipping off and jamming. Refer to page 12.

Variable zigzag

This unique feature allows you to control zigzag width with the knee lifter.

Select (1)-M or (1)-L, using the darning foot PD-H for sewing quilt layers. The feed dog drops automatically.

Guide the fabric with your hands while sewing.

Select (2) -M or (2) -L, using the clear view free quilt foot QV for sewing flat and firm fabrics. The feed dog drops automatically. Guide the fabric with your hands while sewing.

Select (3)-M or (3)-L, using the satin stitch foot for sewing variable zigzag stitches.

The fabric is fed by the feed dog and the stitch width can be varied with the knee lifter.

Attach a stabilizer to the wrong side of the fabric if needed.

Sew at slow to medium speed while guiding the fabric with your hands and controlling the stitch width with your knee.

NOTE:
When the machine stops, you can raise and lower the presser foot with the knee lifter.

Purple tip needle is recommended for free motion quilting to prevent skipped stitch.

CUSTOMIZING MACHINE SETTINGS—–Page 34

Machine Setting Mode

Press the set mode key to enter the machine setting mode.

You can select various options and customize the machine settings to suit your personal preference.

(1)Set mode key

Press one of the 5 keys to select the mode to customize.

(2) Common Setting Mode

In this mode, you can customize the machine settings and options for both ordinary sewing and embroidery.

(3) Ordinary Sewing Setting Mode

In this mode, you can customize the machine settings and options for ordinary sewing (refer to pages 97-99 for the operation).

(4) Embroidery Setting Mode

In this mode, you can customize the machine settings and options for embroidery (refer to pages 152-154 for the operation).

(5) Wireless LAN Setting Mode

In this mode, you can set up the wireless LAN connection for both ordinary sewing and embroidery (refer to pages 100-102).

(6) Language Selection Mode

In this mode, you can select the desired language for the screen messages.

To browse pages in each mode, press the next page keyor previous page key

(7) Next page key

(8) Previous page key

(9) Lockout key

Refer to page 11 for the operation.

Registering the custom settings

After customizing the settings, press the OK key to enable the new settings.

To cancel the changes to the settings, press the X key and the setting mode window will close.

Common Setting Mode—–Page 35

(1) Screen Contrast

You can adjust the contrast of the visual touch screen by pressing the “+” or”-” key.

(2) Sound Volume

The signal sound can be adjusted by pressing the “+” or”-” key.

Set the value to “OFF” by pressing the “-” key several times to mute the signal sounds.

(3) lnch/mm Option

You can set your machine’s dimensional unit to either inches or millimeters by pressing the “inch” or “mm” icon key.

The default unit is millimeters.

(4) Upper Thread Sensor

If you need to run the machine without threads, turn off the upper thread sensor.

Press the next page key to show the next menu.

(5) Sewing Light

The sewing lights can be turned on or off individually, however the retractable sewing light will always turn on when extended.

Press the corresponding light keys to turn on or off the sewing lights.

(6) Standby Timer

The sewing lights will turn off and the machine will enter standby mode if you do not use the machine within the time period set by this timer. Doing any operation will turn the lights and screen on again.

The standby timer can be set from 1 to 30 minutes.

If you wish to turn off the timer, press and hold the “+” key until “OFF” shows in the timer window.

(7) Screen Saver

Press the ON/OFF key to turn on the screen saver, and the visual touch screen will show the screen saver when the machine is in standby status.

Press the import key to import an original screen saver from a USB flash drive.

You can create an original screen saver with Screen Saver Tool included in the Horizon Link Suite CD-ROM.

The imported original screen saver data will be deleted if the internal memory is formatted (refer to page 96).

(8) Import key

Press the next page key to show the next menu.

(9) Quiet Mode —–Page 36

If you prefer the machine to run more quietly, turn on this option so the signal sound, start-up sewing speed and maximum embroidery speed will be set at the lowest levels.

The quiet mode setting overrules any previous settings for these parameters.

NOTE:
Custom settings for sound volume, start-up speed and maximum embroidery speed are disabled, and the quiet sign (11) will appear on the right upper corner of the screen when the quiet mode is on.

(10) Touch Screen Calibration

You can calibrate the key positions of the touch screen if you feel the touch screen key is not responding properly.

Press the Yes key to open the calibration window.

Press the “+” sign with the touch panel stylus as the sign appears.

When you press the last sign, the screen shows “END” and the calibration window will close.

Press the next page key to show the next menu.

(12) Background Color—–Page 37

You can select from the colorful wallpapers for the background of the visual touch screen by pressing the relevant icon.

(13) Colored Light Settings

If you wish to change the color of the glow light, press the Yes key and open the color selection window.

You can change the color of the glow light by pressing the desired color key.

You can adjust the brightness of the light by pressing the “+” or “-” key.

NOTE:
This option will be off when turning the color light off (refer to page 93).

Press the next page key to show the next menu.

(14) Bobbin winding speed—–Page 38

If you wish to wind the bobbin thread more quickly or slowly, you can adjust the maximum bobbin winding speed by pressing the corresponding key.

(15) Formatting the memory

If the internal memory of the machine or USB flash drive does not function due to damage to the memory bank, you need to re-enable it by formatting the memory.

To format the machine’s internal memory, press the machine icon key and a confirmation message will appear. Press the OK key to format.

To format a USB flash drive, press one of the USB icon and the confirmation window will open. Press the OK key to format.

CAUTION:
Do not turn off the power or disconnect the USB flash drive while a warning message is displayed otherwise it may damage the memory bank.

 (16) Reset All to Defaults

Press the Yes key to reset all the parameters except wireless LAN settings to the original values (factory settings).

Press the OK key to register the new menu.

Ordinary Sewing Setting Mode—–Page 39

(1) Auto thread tension

You can adjust the auto thread tension level by pressing the “+” or “- ” key.

(2) Low bobbin thread warning

You can adjust the low bobbin thread warning level by pressing the “+” or “- ” key.

To turn off the low bobbin thread warning, press the “- ” key until “OFF” shows in the window.

(3) Needle stop position

The machine always stops with the needle in the down position except when sewing buttonholes,specialty stitches, monograms, etc. However you can change the needle stop position to up by pressing the needle up key.

NOTE:
The machine stops with the needle in the down position if Foot-up key option is turned on, even if the needle stop position is set to up position.

(4) Drop feed option

Turn this option on if you wish to sew decorative stitches and sewing applications with the feed dog down.

Press the drop feed key to turn on this option.

Press the next page key to show the next menu.

(5) Foot height for pivoting

When the foot up option is turned on, the presser foot will automatically go up when the machine stops.

The height of the foot in the up position can be adjusted by pressing the + key or -  key in accordance with thickness of the fabrics.

(6) Foot pressure

The foot pressure is automatically optimized but you can adjust the foot pressure manually by pressing the “+” key or “- ” key.

(7) Variable zigzag sensitivity

You can adjust the amount of needle swing against the knee lifter movement for variable zigzag in sewing applications.

Press the “- ” key so the needle swings a small amount when moving the knee lifter.

Press the “+” key so the needle swings a large amount when moving the knee lifter.

Press the next page key to show the next menu.

(8) Adjustable Start-Up Speed—–Page 40

The machine will start running slowly and the sewing speed will gradually increase to maximum. You can select the desired start-up speed from slow, normal or high by pressing the corresponding key, and set the speed for the start/stop button or foot control individually.

(9) Cloth Guide

Calibration of the default position

The default position of the cloth guide is 15 mm (5/8″) from the center needle drop position. However, you can fine tune the default position of the cloth guide. Press the Yes key and a warning message will appear.

Press the OK key and the carriage will move to the standard position.

NOTE:
The embroidery unit must be attached when calibrating.

Press the key to adjust key to adjust the position of the cloth guide.

Press the OK key. The message is displayed and the carriage will return to the home position.

Saving favorite positions

If you have set the cloth guide to your favorite position, 6.4 mm (1 /4″) in the manual setting window for example (refer to page 40), you can save this position for future use.

To save favorite positions, press the ON/OFF key to turn ON the save position option.

Press the next page key to show the next menu.

(10) Thread Cut after Auto-Lock—–Page 41

The machine automatically trims the threads after sewing locking stitches when this option is turned on.

(11) Favorite Stitch Adjustment

If you wish to save the changes to manual stitch settings, turn on this option by pressing the ON/OFF key.

If this option if turned off, the manual stitch setting will be cleared when turn the power switch off.

Press the delete icon (13)to clear the manual stitch setting.

NOTE:
This option is available for all stitches in ordinary sewing mode except monogram.

(12) Resume Mode

Turn on this option when you wish to resume the last pattern sewn before turning the power switch off.

When the power is turned on again, the confirmation message will appear. Press the OK key to resume the last pattern.

NOTE:
Resume data will be cleared under the following conditions:

 Created stitch is imported with the import key.

 Created stitch is deleted with the delete key.

 Created stitch is deleted, imported or renamed with Horizon Link Suite.

 The internal memory is formatted.

After customizing the settings, press the OK key to enable the new settings.

Wireless LAN Setting Mode—–Page 42

Connecting a Wireless Network

A wireless router device that complies with the IEEE802.11b/g/n wireless standard is required for connecting your machine with a wireless network.

Starting wireless LAN connection

To start the wireless LAN settings, press “ON” (1).The network setting button (6)is enabled.

Press the network setting button (6)to enter the network settings.

Choose one of the 4 methods to connect with the wireless LAN connection (see page 101).

(1) Wireless LAN connection

The default setting of the wireless LAN connection is “OFF”.

Press “ON” to enable the wireless LAN connection.

The wireless LAN connection and the network setting button (6) are enabled.

Press “OFF” to disconnect the wireless LAN connection.

(2) Network Name

The name of the wireless network (SSID) connected with your MC15000 is displayed.

The lock icon (9) appears if the connected access point is secured with an encryption key.

(3) IPAddress

The IP address of your machine is displayed.

“(DHCP)” .is displayed in front of the IP address when the DHCP option is turned on.

The IP address can be changed in the network settings.

(4) MAC Address

The MAC address of the MC15000 is displayed.

(5) Sewing Machine Name

The sewing machine name for network identification is displayed.

The sewing machine name can be changed in the network settings.

(6) Network setting button

Press this button to open the Network Settings window.

(7) OK key

Press this key to confirm the Wireless LAN connection setting.

(8) Cancel key

Press this key to cancel the Wireless LAN connection setting.

NOTE:
If you select WEP for the security setting of your wireless LAN router, check the followings:

 Select “ASCII” for the encryption type.

 Select the initial number for the key index number

(The initial number can be “0″ or “1 “, depending on the wireless LAN router.).

For setting up, refer to your wireless router’s instructions.

NOTE:
The use of home appliances such as a microwave oven, bluetooth devices or cordless phones can reduce the range of the wireless LAN connection (if your wireless router’s network standard is using IEEE802.11b or IEEE802.11g).

You may need to reduce the distance between MC15000 and the wireless access point, or install the wireless LAN access point at an appropriate location.

Network Settings—–Page 43

NOTE:
Please refer to your wireless router’s instructions when the using the push-button or PIN method to connect with the wireless LAN connection.

(1) Push-button method

Press “Push button” (1).

The Push-Button Sys. dialog box appears on the screen.

Press the push-button on the wireless LAN router.

The dialog box appears and the wireless LAN router will automatically connect with your MC15000.

To use the Push-button method, the wireless router must support this method. Please also refer to the wireless router’s instructions about this method.

NOTE:
The machine displays “Connection to the network failed” if it cannot receive the signal from the wireless LAN access point within 2 minutes.

(2) PIN method

If the wireless router supports the PIN method, you can connect the machine using the PIN method.

Press “PIN code” (2) . The PIN Code System dialog box appears.

Register the PIN code to the router before the PIN Code System dialog box is closed to establish the network.

To enter the PIN code to your wireless router, please refer to the instructions of your wireless router’s PIN method setup. .

NOTE:
The machine displays Connection to the network failed if the wireless LAN connection is not established within 2 minutes.

(3) Search for access point

Press “Search” (3).

The machine will search for any wireless LAN access point within the range, and the names of network will be listed.

The lock icon (5) appears on the right side of the list if the connection requires an encryption key to get connected.

The signal strength icon (6) shows the strength of the connection signal. The number of waves above the dot indicates the signal strength of the wireless connection.

Press the wireless network name you would like to connect with.

NOTE:
If you cannot find the wireless connection you are looking for, press the refresh key (7) to search for the wireless access point again.

If the selected wireless network requires an encryption key for connection, the Encryption Key Entry dialog box appears. Be careful to enter uppercase or lowercase letters required.

Enter the encryption key and press the OK key to establish the network.

Press show/hide key (8) to show or hide the entry.

(4) Manual method

Press “Manual” (4) Enter the network name you would like to connect with. Press the OK key.

If the selected wireless network requires an encryption key for connection, the Encryption Key Entry dialog box appears.

Enter the encryption key and press the OK key to establish the network.

(1) IP Address Settings (network settings) —–Page 44

Turn the DHCP option ON to use DHCP to assign an IP address.

If you want to configure the network settings manually, press the DHCP option OFF (2), and press the Yes key (3) for the Manual option.

The network settings window appears.

Press the arrow (4) of the item you would like to set, choosing formiP Address, Subnet Mask or Default Gateway.

Enter the setting by pressing the numeric keys that appear under the settings.

Press the arrow again to assign the settings.

Press the OK key (5) to confirm the network settings.

Press X key (6) to cancel the settings.

NOTE:

 You do not need to turn off the DHCP option and configure the network settings manually unless you know the appropriate IP address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway for this machine.

 When DHCP option of MC15000 is turned ON, turn on the DHCP option of your wireless router as well.

(7) Sewing Machine Name Settings

Press Yes key (8) to open the sewing machine name setting screen.

Enter the sewing machine name for the network identification.

Press the OK key to change the name.

Press X to cancel the settings.

(9) Default key

Press Default key (9) to reset the wireless LAN settings (factory settings).

Language Selection Mode—–Page 45

Select the desired language and press the OK key.

The visual touch screen shows messages in the selected language.

Correcting Deformed Stitch Patterns

The sewing results of the stretch stitch patterns may vary depending upon the sewing conditions, such as sewing speed, type of the fabric, number of layers etc.

Always test sew on a scrap piece of the fabric that you wish to use.

If decorative stitch patterns, letters, numbers or the manual buttonhole stitch are deformed, correct them with the feed balancing dial.

Remove the cap with your finger.

(1) Cap

NOTE:
In normal sewing, set the feed balancing dial to the neutral position, i.e. the groove on the dial is centered with the standard setting mark.

Decorative stretch stitch patterns

If the pattern is compressed, turn the dial in the direction of”+”.

If the pattern is drawn out, turn the dial in the direction of “_”

Letters and numbers

If the pattern is compressed, turn the dial in the direction of”+”.

If the pattern is drawn out, turn the dial in the direction of” –“

Stitch balance of the stretch buttonhole (B10)

The stitch balance of the right and left rows of the stretch buttonhole may vary depending on sewing conditions.

If the stitches are not balanced, correct the unevenness with the feed balancing dial.

If the right row is denser, turn the dial in the direction of”+”.

If the left row is denser, turn the dial in the direction of”-”.

NOTE:
Return the feed balancing dial to the neutral position and attach the cap when sewing is finished.

EMBROIDERY MODE—–Page 46

Embroidery Unit

NOTE:
Be sure to provide sufficient space around the machine to allow the hoop to move freely.

Do not place anything inside the area shown on the left.

Attaching the embroidery unit

[1]Turn the power switch off.

Remove the cover from the machine.

(1) Power switch

(2)Cover

NOTE:
Always attach the extension table except when using the free-arm hoop.

 [2] Place the embroidery unit on the back side of the machine base, matching the small dots as shown.

(3) Embroidery unit

(4) Small dots

[3] Slide the embroidery unit along the machine to the right and push the embroidery unit firmly until it fits securely.

Extending the carriage arm—–Page 47

[1] Press down the carriage arm release lever to extend the carriage arm.

(1)Carriage arm release lever

(2)Carriage arm

[2] Swing out the carriage arm until it locks in the fully extended position.

CAUTION:

Do not push on the carriage arm when it is extended.

Do not forcefully move the carriage or carriage arm by hand.

Do not hold the carriage or carriage arm while it is moving.

Failure to follow these instructions may result in damage to the carriage mechanism.

NOTE: —–Page 48

 Be sure to remove the embroidery unit when carrying or storing the machine.

 If the needle is in down position, make sure to raise the needle by pressing the needle up/down key.

[1] Remove the hoop from the carriage and return the carriage to the home position (refer to page 122).

(1) Carriage arm release lever

(2) Carriage arm

WARNING:

Be careful not to get your finger caught between the embroidery unit and machine bed with the extension table removed when the carriage returns to home position.

[2] Push down the carriage arm release lever to retract the carriage arm.

[3] Turn the power switch off.

Push the embroidery unit release button.

Slide the embroidery unit to the left and remove it.

(3) Power switch

(4) Embroidery unit release button.

[4]Attach the cover to the machine.

(5)Cover.

Attaching the Embroidery Foot—–Page 49

Use the embroidery foot P for embroidery.

[1] Turn the power switch on.

Raise the needle by pressing the needle up/down button.

Press the lockout key and raise the presser foot with the presser foot lifter.

(1) Lockout key

(2) Presser foot lifter

[2] Loosen the thumbscrew with the screwdriver and remove the foot holder.

(3) Thumbscrew

(4) Foot holder

[3]Attach the embroidery foot P to the presser bar from behind. Tighten the thumbscrew partially by hand.

(5) Embroidery foot P

[4]Lower the foot with the presser foot lifter.

Tighten the thumbscrew securely with the screwdriver.

Attaching the straight stitch needle plate—–Page 50

Use the straight stitch needle plate for embroidery.

CAUTION:
Always make sure to press the lockout key to lockout the machine before replacing the needle plate.

[1] Raise the needle and press the lockout key.

Press the presser foot lifter button to raise the presser foot.

Slide the extension table to the left to remove it.

Push down the needle plate release lever and the needle plate will snap off.

A message will appear warning that the needle place is not secured.

Remove the needle plate to the right.

(1) Lockout key

(2) Unlock key

(3) Presser foot lifter button

(4) Needle plate release lever

[2] Place the straight stitch needle plate on the machine.

Set the left edge of the needle plate into the opening.

[3] Push down on the mark of the needle plate until it locks in place.

Make sure the warning message disappears and the straight stitch is automatically selected.

Turn the hand wheel slowly and make sure that the needle does not hit the needle plate.

Press the unlock key to unlock.

CAUTION:

Never press the needle plate release lever while running the machine.

Special Bobbin Holder for Embroidery—–Page 51

Replace the standard bobbin holder with the special bobbin holder for embroidery when using bobbin threads other than Janome bobbin thread for embroidery.

NOTE:
The special bobbin holder is marked with a yellow dot for identification.

(1) Yellow dot

[1] Remove the needle plate (refer to the previous page).

Take out the standard bobbin holder.

(2) Standard bobbin holder

[2]Insert the special bobbin holder into the hook race.

Make sure to match the knob of the bobbin holder with the stopper on the machine.

Attach the needle plate.

(2)Knob

(3)Stopper

(4)Special bobbin holder for embroidery.

NOTE:

Use the standard bobbin holder when sewing lace designs and quilting designs that use the same thread for the bobbin as the needle thread.

Bobbin Winding While Working on an

Embroidery Project

You can wind a bobbin while running the machine_

To set the additional spool pin, please refer to page 12.

Draw the thread to the left and forward around the thread guide (3).

Draw the thread to the rear and to the right around and under the guide plate (4).

Firmly pull the thread to the right.

Follow the procedure from [3]to [8]of page 13 to windthe bobbin.

(1)Spool stand

(2)Spool

(3)Thread guide

(4)Guide plate

Embroidery Hoops—–Page 52

There are 5 embroidery hoops included in the standard accessories.

(1) Embroidery hoop SQ14

An oval embroidery hoop with a 14 cm (5.5”) square embroidery area.

(2) Embroidery hoop SQ23

A square embroidery hoop with a 23 cm (9.1 “) square embroidery area.

(3) Embroidery hoop GR

An extra large embroidery hoop with a 23 cm by 30 cm (9.1″ by 11.8″) embroidery area.

(4) Embroidery hoop ASQ22

A square embroidery hoop with a 22 cm (8.7″) .square embroidery area .

Hoop ASQ22 is very useful for filling a large size quilt with AcuFil design patterns created with AcuFil Tool (refer to pate 144).

(5) Embroidery hoop FA 1 0

A free arm embroidery hoop with a 10 cm by 4 cm (3 .9″ by 1.6″) embroidery area.

(6)Blocking plate

(7) Magnetic clamp (SQ23 and GR)

A short magnetic clamp for holding the fabric to the embroidery hoops SQ23 and GR.

(8)Magnetic clamp (ASQ22)

A long magnetic clamp for holding the fabric to the embroidery hoop ASQ22.

Stabilizers—–Page 53

To create the best quality embroidery, it is important to use stabilizers.

How to use:

Attach the stabilizer to the wrong side of the fabric.

You may need to use more than one layer.

For firm fabrics, you may place a thin sheet of paper under the fabric.

The non-adhesive type should be used when embroidering fabric which cannot be ironed or for sections which are difficult to iron.

Cut the stabilizer larger than the embroidery hoop and set it on the hoop so that the entire piece is fastened to the hoop to prevent any looseness in the fabric.

Attaching the stabilizer

Place the wrong side of fabric and the glossy side of the stabilizer together. Fold up a corner of the stabilizer and fuse it with an iron.

NOTE:
Fold up a corner of the stabilizer, to make it easier to peel off the excess stabilizer after stitching.

Ironing temperatures vary depending on the kind of adhesive stabilizer you are using.

Type

Usage

Property

Tear-away Stable woven fabrics Made from a fiber that will tear easily.
Iron-on Knits and all kinds of unstable fabrics Adhesive type fusible with an iron.
Cut-away Knits and all kinds of unstable fabrics Non-woven fabric that does not tear.
Water soluble Cutwork or lace embroidery

Right side of looped fabrics such as towels to avoid loops coming through the embroideryA thin film that will dissolve in water.

Heat-away

Cutwork or lace embroideryA thin film that will melt away with heat.

NOTE:
Sticky type stabilizers can be used only for securing a small piece of fabric or work that cannot be secured in the hoop, or for securing velvet and other napped fabric that would be permanently marked by the hoop.

Clean the bobbin holder after stitching as glue can get stuck on it.

Setting the Fabric in Embroidery Hoop—–Page 54

[1] Prepare a fabric and attach a stabilizer to the wrong side of the fabric.

The fabric and stabilizer should be larger than the hoop size.

Draw the centerlines on the fabric with tailor’s chalk.

(1) Fabric

(2)Centerlines

[2]Lay the innerhoop and template on the fabric, matching the centerlines of the fabric with the template.

(3)Inner hoop

(4)Template

[3] Loosen the hoop tightening screw on the outer hoop.

Place the inner hoop and fabric on the outer hoop.

(5) Hoop tightening screw

(6) Outer hoop

[4] Push the inner hoop and fabric into the outer hoop.

Tighten the screw on the outer hoop to stretch the fabric. Make sure that the fabric is stretched tightly in the hoop.

Remove the template.

NOTE:
Make sure to match the alignment marks of the outer and inner hoops when stretching the fabric.

(7) Alignment marks

[5] Clamp the fabric to the hoop with the short magnetic clamps when using hoop SQ23 or hoop GR.

Use the long magnetic clamps when using hoop ASQ22.

(8)Magnetic clamp (short)

NOTE:
Thick layers of fabric and stabilizer may cause skipped stitches, or broken threads and needles.

Avoid sewing on the layers thicker than 3 mm (1 /8″).

Attaching the Embroidery Hoop to the Machine—–Page 55

[1] Turn the power switch on and open the carriage arm.

Press the mode switch key and a warning message will appear.

Press the OK key and the carriage will move to the starting position.

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