Brother 285C User Manual

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Operation Manual

Computerized Sewing Machine

Product Code: 885-U22

GETTING READY

Read before use.

Read when additional information is required.

SEWING BASICS

UTILITY STITCHES

APPENDIX

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

Please read these safety instructions before attempting to use the machine.

DANGER - To reduce the risk of electric shock:

1Always unplug the machine from the electrical outlet immediately after using, when cleaning, when making any user servicing adjustments mentioned in this manual, or if you are leaving the machine unattended.

WARNING - To reduce the risk of burns, fire, electric shock, or injury to persons.

2Always unplug the machine from the electrical outlet when making any adjustments mentioned in the instruction manual:

To unplug the machine, switch the machine to the symbol “O” position to turn it off, then grasp the plug and pull it out of the electrical outlet. Do not pull on the cord.

Plug the machine directly into the electrical outlet. Do not use an extension cord.

Always unplug your machine if the power is cut.

3 Never operate this machine if it has a damaged cord or plug, if it is not working properly, if it has been dropped or damaged, or water is spilled on the unit. Return the machine to the nearest authorized dealer or service center for examination, repair, electrical or mechanical adjustment.

While the machine is stored or in use if you notice anything unusual, such an odor, heat, discoloration or deformation, stop using the machine and immediately unplug the power cord.

When transporting the machine, be sure to carry it by its handle. Lifting the machine by any other part may damage the machine or result in the machine falling, which could cause injuries.

When lifting the machine, be careful not to make any sudden or careless movements, otherwise you may injure your back or knees.

4 Always keep your work area clear:

Never operate the machine with any air openings blocked. Keep ventilation openings of the sewing machine and foot control free from the build up of lint, dust, and loose cloth.

Do not store objects on the foot controller.

Do not use extension cords. Plug the machine directly into the electrical outlet.

Never drop or insertany object intoany opening.

Do not operate where aerosol (spray) products are being used or where oxygen is being administered.

Do not use the machine near a heat source, such as a stove or iron; otherwise, the machine, power cord or garment being sewn may ignite, resulting in fire or an electric shock.

Do not place this machine on an unstable surface, such as an unsteady or slanted table, otherwise the machine may fall, resulting in injuries.

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5 Special care is required when sewing:

Always pay close attention to the needle. Do not use bent or damaged needles.

Keep fingers away from all moving parts. Special care is required around the machine needle.

Switch the sewing machine to the symbol “O” position to turn it off when making any adjustments in the needle area.

Do not use a damaged or incorrect needle plate, as it could cause the needle to break.

Do not push or pull the fabric when sewing, and follow careful instruction when freehand stitching so that you do not deflect the needle and cause it to break.

6 This machine isnot a toy:

Your close attention is necessary when the machine is used by or near children.

The plastic bag that this machine was supplied in should be kept out of the reach of children or disposed of. Never allow children to play with the bag due to the danger of suffocation.

Do not use outdoors.

7 For a longer service life:

When storing this machine, avoid direct sunlight and high humidity locations. Do not use or store the machine near a space heater, iron, halogen lamp, or other hot objects.

Use only neutral soaps or detergents to clean the case. Benzene, thinner, and scouring powders can damage the case and machine, and should never be used.

Always consult the operation manual when replacing or installing any assemblies, the presser feet, needle, or other parts to assure correct installation.

8 For repair or adjustment:

If the Light unit (light-emittingdiode) is damaged, it must be replaced by authorized dealer.

In the event a malfunction occurs or adjustment is required, first follow the troubleshooting table in the back of the operation manual to inspect and adjust the machine yourself. If the problem persists, please consult your local authorized Brother dealer.

Use this machine only for its intended use as described in this manual.

Use accessories recommended by the manufacturer as contained in this manual.

The contents of this manual and specifications of this product are subject to change without notice. For additional product information, visit our web site at www.brother.com

SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS

This machine is intended for household use.

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.

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FOR USERS IN THE UK, EIRE, MALTA AND CYPRUS ONLY

IMPORTANT

In the event of replacing the plug fuse, use a fuse approved by ASTA to BS 1362, i.e. carrying the

mark, rating as marked on plug.

Always replace the fuse cover. Never use plugs with the fuse cover omitted.

If the available electrical outlet is not suitable for the plug supplied with this equipment, you should contact your authorized dealer to obtain the correct lead.

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Contents

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ...............................................................................

1

Introduction ........................................................................................................................

7

Sewing Machine Features ....................................................................................................

7

Accessories..........................................................................................................................

8

Included accessories .........................................................................................................................................

8

Optional accessories .........................................................................................................................................

9

Names of Machine Parts and Their Functions ...................................................................

10

Front view .......................................................................................................................................................

10

Needle and presser foot section ......................................................................................................................

11

Right-side/rearview ........................................................................................................................................

11

Operation buttons ...........................................................................................................................................

12

Operation panel..............................................................................................................................................

13

GETTING READY

15

Turning the Machine On/Off.............................................................................................

16

Power supply precautions ...............................................................................................................................

16

Turning on the machine ..................................................................................................................................

17

Turning off the machine ..................................................................................................................................

17

Understanding the LCD Screens........................................................................................

18

Changing the Machine Settings .........................................................................................

19

Changing the settings ......................................................................................................................................

19

Adjusting the brightness of the LCD ................................................................................................................

21

Changing the screen language..................................................................................................................................

21

Winding/Installing the Bobbin...........................................................................................

22

Bobbin precautions .........................................................................................................................................

22

Winding the bobbin ........................................................................................................................................

22

Installing the bobbin .......................................................................................................................................

26

Upper Threading ...............................................................................................................

28

Threading the upper thread .............................................................................................................................

28

Threading the needle ......................................................................................................................................

31

Threading the needle manually (without using the needle threader) ................................................................

33

Using the twin needle .....................................................................................................................................

33

Pulling up the bobbin thread...........................................................................................................................

36

Replacing the Needle ........................................................................................................

37

Needle precautions .........................................................................................................................................

37

Needle types and their uses.............................................................................................................................

38

Checking the needle .......................................................................................................................................

39

Replacing the needle.......................................................................................................................................

39

Replacing the Presser Foot ................................................................................................

41

Presser foot precautions ..................................................................................................................................

41

Replacing the presser foot ...............................................................................................................................

41

Adjusting the pressure of the presser foot ........................................................................................................

43

Removing the presser foot holder ....................................................................................................................

43

Using the walking foot ....................................................................................................................................

44

Sewing Cylindrical or Large Pieces....................................................................................

46

Stitching cylindrical pieces..............................................................................................................................

46

Sewing large pieces of fabric ...........................................................................................................................

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SEWING BASICS

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Sewing...............................................................................................................................

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General sewing procedure ..............................................................................................................................

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Positioning the fabric ......................................................................................................................................

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Starting to sew.................................................................................................................................................

52

Securing the stitching ......................................................................................................................................

54

Cutting the thread ...........................................................................................................................................

55

Adjusting the Thread Tension ............................................................................................

57

Changing the tension of the upper thread ........................................................................................................

57

Adjusting the Stitch Width and Length ..............................................................................

58

Adjusting the stitch width ................................................................................................................................

58

Adjusting the stitch length ...............................................................................................................................

59

Useful Functions................................................................................................................

60

Changing the needle stop position ..................................................................................................................

60

Automatically sewing reverse/reinforcement stitches................................................................................................

60

Automatically cutting the thread .....................................................................................................................

62

Saving stitch settings .......................................................................................................................................

63

Hands-freeraising and lowering of the presser foot .........................................................................................

64

Useful Sewing Tips ............................................................................................................

65

Trial sewing ....................................................................................................................................................

65

Changing the sewing direction .................................................................................................................................

65

Sewing curves .................................................................................................................................................

65

Sewing thick fabrics ........................................................................................................................................

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Sewing thin fabrics..........................................................................................................................................

66

Sewing stretch fabrics......................................................................................................................................

66

Sewing leathers or vinyl fabrics .......................................................................................................................

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Sewing an even seam allowance .....................................................................................................................

67

Sewing hook-and-loopfastener .......................................................................................................................

68

UTILITY STITCHES

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Selecting Stitching .............................................................................................................

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Selecting stitch types and patterns ...................................................................................................................

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Selecting stitching ...........................................................................................................................................

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Overcasting Stitches..........................................................................................................

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Sewing overcasting stitches using overcasting foot “G” ...................................................................................

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Sewing overcasting stitches using zigzag foot “J”.............................................................................................

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Sewing overcasting stitches using the optional side cutter ...............................................................................

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Basic Stitching ...................................................................................................................

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Basting ............................................................................................................................................................

80

Basic stitching .................................................................................................................................................

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Blind Hem Stitching ..........................................................................................................

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Buttonhole Stitching/Button Sewing..................................................................................

84

Buttonhole sewing ..........................................................................................................................................

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Button sewing .................................................................................................................................................

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Zipper Insertion.................................................................................................................

91

Inserting a centered zipper ..............................................................................................................................

91

Inserting a side zipper .....................................................................................................................................

93

Zipper/piping Insertion .....................................................................................................

96

Inserting a centered zipper ..............................................................................................................................

96

Inserting a piping ............................................................................................................................................

97

Sewing Stretch Fabrics and Elastic Tape ............................................................................

98

Stretch stitching...............................................................................................................................................

98

Elastic attaching ..............................................................................................................................................

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Appliqué, Patchwork and Quilt Stitching ........................................................................

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Appliqué stitching .........................................................................................................................................

101

Patchwork (crazy quilt) stitching ...................................................................................................................

102

Piecing ..........................................................................................................................................................

102

Quilting ........................................................................................................................................................

103

Free-motionquilting......................................................................................................................................

104

Satin stitching using the sewing speed controller ...........................................................................................

105

Reinforcement Stitching ..................................................................................................

107

Triple stretch stitching ...................................................................................................................................

107

Bar tack stitching...........................................................................................................................................

107

Darning.........................................................................................................................................................

109

Eyelet Stitching................................................................................................................

111

Decorative Stitching........................................................................................................

112

Fagoting ........................................................................................................................................................

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Scallop stitching ............................................................................................................................................

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Smocking ......................................................................................................................................................

114

Shell tuck stitching ........................................................................................................................................

115

Joining ..........................................................................................................................................................

116

Heirloom stitching ........................................................................................................................................

116

Sewing the Various Built-InDecorative Patterns.............................................................

119

Sewing beautiful patterns ..............................................................................................................................

119

Sewing patterns .............................................................................................................................................

119

Combining patterns .......................................................................................................................................

120

Repeat sewing patterns..................................................................................................................................

121

Checking the selected pattern .......................................................................................................................

121

Changing the pattern size ..............................................................................................................................

122

Changing the stitch density ...........................................................................................................................

123

Changing the pattern length ..........................................................................................................................

124

Mirror imaging the pattern ............................................................................................................................

125

Saving patterns..............................................................................................................................................

126

Retrieving a pattern .......................................................................................................................................

126

Realigning the pattern ...................................................................................................................................

127

Designing a Pattern .........................................................................................................

129

Drawing a sketch of the pattern.....................................................................................................................

129

Entering the pattern data ...............................................................................................................................

130

Examples of designs ......................................................................................................................................

132

APPENDIX

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Stitch Settings..................................................................................................................

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Utility stitches ...............................................................................................................................................

134

Other stitches................................................................................................................................................

138

Care and Maintenance ....................................................................................................

142

Restrictions on oiling..............................................................................................................................................

142

Cleaning the machine surface ................................................................................................................................

142

Cleaning the race ..........................................................................................................................................

142

Troubleshooting ..............................................................................................................

144

Frequent troubleshooting topics ....................................................................................................................

144

Upper thread tightened up .....................................................................................................................................

144

Tangled thread on wrong side of fabric .........................................................................................................

145

Incorrect thread tension ................................................................................................................................

147

Fabric is caught in the machine and cannot be removed ...............................................................................

148

When the thread became tangled under the bobbin winder seat ...................................................................

151

List of symptoms ...........................................................................................................................................

153

Error messages ..............................................................................................................................................

158

Nothing appears in the LCD ..........................................................................................................................

159

Operation beep .............................................................................................................................................

159

Cancelling the operation beep ...............................................................................................................................

159

Index ................................................................................................................................

161

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Introduction

Thank you for purchasing this sewing machine. Before using this sewing machine, carefully read the “IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS” (page 1), and then study this manual for the correct operation of the various functions. In addition, after you have finished reading this manual, store it where it can quickly be accessed for future reference.

Sewing Machine Features

aEasy upper threading

Since the spool can be installed at the front of the sewing machine, the upper thread can easily be threaded. In addition, the needle can be threaded with a simple operation (page 28).

bAutomatic thread-cutting

The sewing machine can be set to automatically cut the thread at the end of the stitching (page 62).

cOne-touchlower threading

You can start sewing without pulling up the bobbin thread (page 26).

dSimple bobbin-winding

The bobbin can quickly and easily be wound with thread (page 22).

eBuilt-institches

You can select from the built-institches available, including utility stitches, character stitches and decorative stitches.

fKnee lifter

Use the knee lifter to raise and lower the presser foot with your knee, leaving both hands free to handle the fabric (page 64).

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Accessories

After opening the box, check that the following accessories are included. If any item is missing or damaged, contact your dealer.

Included accessories

The following items should also be included in the box.

Note

(For U.S.A. only)

z Foot controller: Model N5V

This foot controller can be used on this machine model NX-450/NX570Q.

z The screw for the presser foot holder is available through your authorized dealer.

(Part code: 132730-122)

zThe organized accessory tray is available through your authorized dealer.

(Part code: XC4489-051)

Attaching the stitch pattern plate

The stitch pattern plate shows the stitch numbers and the patterns available with each stitch mode. Attach the stitch pattern plate to the handle as shown in the illustration below.

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