Brother 885-403 User Manual

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

When using the sewing machine, basic safety precautions should always be followed, including the following:

“Read all instructions before using.” DANGER – To reduce the risk of electric shock:

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

2.Always unplug before changing the light bulb. Replace bulb with same type rated 15 watts.

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

1.Do not allow this machine to be used as a toy. Close attention is necessary when the sewing machine is used by or near children.

2.Use this sewing machine only for its intended use as described in this manual. Use only accessories recommended by the manufacturer as contained in this manual.

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

4.Never operate the sewing machine with any of the air openings blocked. Keep the ventilation openings of the sewing machine and foot controller free from the accumulation of lint, dust and loose cloth.

5.Never drop or insert any object into any openings.

6.Do not use this machine outdoors.

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

8.To disconnect, turn the main switch to the symbol “O” position which represents off, then remove plug from outlet.

9.Do not unplug by pulling on the cord. To unplug, grasp the plug and pull, not the cord. 10.Keep fingers away from all moving parts. Special care is required around the

sewing machine needle.

11.Always use the proper needle plate. The wrong plate can cause the needle to break. 12.Do not use a bent needle.

13.Do not pull or push the fabric while stitching. It may deflect the needle causing it to break.

14.Switch the sewing machine to the off, symbol “O” position when making any adjustments in the needle area, such as threading the needle, changing the needle, threading the bobbin, or changing the presser foot.

15.Always unplug the sewing machine from the electrical outlet when removing covers, lubricating, or when making any other user service adjustments mentioned in this instruction manual.

16.This sewing machine is not intended for use by young children or impaired persons without supervision.

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17.Young children should be supervised to ensure that they do not play with this sewing machine.

SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS

This sewing 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.

CONGRATULATIONS ON CHOOSING OUR MACHINE

To fully enjoy all the features, we suggest that you study the manual before using the machine.

PLEASE READ BEFORE USING THIS MACHINE

For safe operation

1.Be sure to keep your eye on the needle while sewing. Do not touch the handwheel, thread takeup lever, needle, or other moving parts.

2.Remember to turn off the power switch and unplug the cord when:

Operation is completed

Replacing or removing the needle or any other parts

A power failure occurs during use

Maintaining the machine

Leaving the machine unattended

3.Do not store anything on the foot controller.

4.Plug the machine directly into the wall. Do not use extension cords.

For a longer service life

1.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.

2.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.

3.Do not drop or hit the machine.

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

For repair or adjustment

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.

For additional product information and updates, visit our web site at www.brother.com

The contents of this manual and specifications of this product are subject to change without notice.

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

 

CONTENTS .........................................................................................................................

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1. KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE ..........................................................

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NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS ....................................................

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The main parts .................................................................................................................................................

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

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Flat bed attachment .........................................................................................................................................

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ACCESSORIES .....................................................................................................................

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OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES ..................................................................................................

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USING YOUR SEWING MACHINE .....................................................................................

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

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Power supply ....................................................................................................................................................

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Foot controller ..................................................................................................................................................

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Steadying the machine .....................................................................................................................................

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THREADING THE MACHINE ............................................................................................

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

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Lower threading .............................................................................................................................................

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Upper threading .............................................................................................................................................

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Drawing up the lower thread ..........................................................................................................................

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REPLACING THE NEEDLE .................................................................................................

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

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Selecting the needle depending on the thread and fabric types ....................................................................

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

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

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Sewing with a twin needle (Option) ................................................................................................................

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REPLACING THE PRESSER FOOT ......................................................................................

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

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

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2. SEWING BASICS ...........................................................................................

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SEWING ............................................................................................................................

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

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Stitch width knob ............................................................................................................................................

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Stitch length knob ...........................................................................................................................................

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Needle position selector .................................................................................................................................

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

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Sewing in reverse ...........................................................................................................................................

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Thread tension ...............................................................................................................................................

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USEFUL SEWING TIPS ......................................................................................................

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Using a free-armstyle ....................................................................................................................................

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3. UTILITY STITCHES ........................................................................................

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USEFUL STITCHES ............................................................................................................

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Zigzag stitches ...............................................................................................................................................

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

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Blind hem stitching .........................................................................................................................................

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

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Over edge stitch .............................................................................................................................................

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BUTTONHOLE SEWING/ BUTTON SEWING ...................................................................

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

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

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ZIPPER INSERTION ...........................................................................................................

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APPLIQUÉ, MONOGRAMMING AND EMBROIDERING .................................................

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Appliqués .......................................................................................................................................................

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Monogramming and embroidering .................................................................................................................

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DECORATIVE STITCHING ................................................................................................

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Gathering .......................................................................................................................................................

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Satin stitches ..................................................................................................................................................

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Attaching the lace ...........................................................................................................................................

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Cording ...........................................................................................................................................................

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4. APPENDIX .....................................................................................................

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MAINTENANCE ................................................................................................................

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Precautions on storing the machine ...............................................................................................................

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Oiling ..............................................................................................................................................................

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Changing the bulb ..........................................................................................................................................

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

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

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Cleaning the feed dogs ..................................................................................................................................

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Bobbin case tension adjustment ....................................................................................................................

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TROUBLESHOOTING .......................................................................................................

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When the thread is entangled ........................................................................................................................

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INDEX ...............................................................................................................................

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1 KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE

NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS

The main parts

aNeedle position selector (page 22)

Shift this lever to select needle position.

bStitch width knob (page 22)

Turn this knob to set the stitch width.

cThread take-uplever (page 13)

dFlat bed attachment with accessory storage (page 6 and 26)

eUpper tension control dial (page 24)

This controls the tension of the upper thread.

fStitch length knob (page 22)

Turn this knob to set the stitch length.

gReverse sewing lever (page 23)

Press and hold down the reverse sewing lever to sew in the opposite direction.

hBuilt-inhandle

iSpool pin (page 10 and 13)

The spool pin holds the spool of thread.

jBobbin winder (page 10)

The bobbin winder winds thread onto the bobbin for use as the lower thread.

kHandwheel

Use the handwheel to manually raise and lower the needle.

lMain power/sewing light switch (page 8)

Use this switch to turn on and off the main power and sewing light.

mFoot controller jack

Insert the foot controller plug into the foot controller jack, which also supplies power to this machine.

nThread cutter (page 23)

Pass the threads through the thread cutter to cut them.

oPresser foot lever (page 13)

Use the presser foot lever to raise and lower the presser foot.

pBobbin winding pre-tensiondisc/thread guide (page 10 and 13)

The thread guide/bobbin winding pre-tensiondisc is used when winding the thread onto the bobbin and threading the machine.

qFoot controller (page 9)

Use the foot controller to control the sewing speed and to start and stop sewing.

Foot Controller:

Model KD-1902for110-120Varea

KD-1902for110-127Varea (Brazil only) ModelKD-2902for220-240Varea

The foot controller part code differs depending on the country or region. Contact your dealer or the nearest authorized service center.

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Needle and presser foot section

aPresser foot holder assembly

The presser foot is installed onto the presser foot holder assembly.

bPresser foot screw

Use the presser foot screw to hold the presser foot holder assembly in place.

cPresser foot (Zigzag)

The presser foot applies pressure consistently on the fabric as the sewing takes place. Attach the appropriate presser foot for the selected stitching.

dFeed dogs

The feed dogs feed the fabric in the sewing direction.

eNeedle plate

The needle plate is marked with guides for sewing straight seams.

fShuttle hook

gShuttle cover

Open the shuttle cover to set the bobbin.

hBobbin case

iNeedle

jNeedle bar thread guide

kNeedle clamp screw

Use the needle clamp screw to hold the needle in place.

Flat bed attachment

The accessories are stored in a compartment inside the flat bed attachment.

aLift the bottom of the flat bed attachment1 toward you, and then pull the flat bed

attachment out to remove it.

aFlat bed attachment

bStorage compartment

Note

Put the accessories in the bag, and then store the bag inside the compartment. If the accessories are not in a bag, they may fall out, and be lost or damaged.

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ACCESSORIES

The following accessories are stored in the flat bed attachment. We have designed these accessories to help you be able to carry out most sewing tasks.

Note

(For U.S.A. only)

Foot controller: Model KD-1902,N

This foot controller can be used on the following machine models: LS-2000/LS2250PRW/LS2300PRW/LS2350.

The screw of the presser foot holder is available through your authorized dealer. (Part code: 132730-122)

A replacement for the factory-installedpresser foot is available through your authorized dealer. (Part number:138135-122)

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90/14 needle

No.

Part Name

 

Part Code

 

No.

Part Name

 

Part Code

 

 

 

 

Americas

Others

 

 

 

Americas

Others

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Zipper foot “I”

X59370-021(LS-2000/LS2250PRW)

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Bobbin

SA156 (Americas)

SFB:

XE9369-001(Others)

SABOBBIN (U.S.A. only)

XA5539-151

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darning plate

XA3442-121

 

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Needle set

XE7064-001

 

OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES

1.2.

No.

Part Name

 

Part Code

 

 

 

Americas

Others

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Extra spool pin

130920

-021

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Twin needle

131096-121

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USING YOUR SEWING MACHINE

Power supply precautions

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Be sure to observe the following precautions concerning the power supply.

WARNING

Use only regular household electricity for the power source. Using other power sources may result in fire, electric shock, or damage to the machine.

Turn off the main power and remove the plug in the following circumstances:

When you are away from the machine

After using the machine

When the power fails during use

When the machine does not operate correctly due to a bad connection or a disconnection

During electrical storms

CAUTION

Do not use extension cords or multi-plugadapters with many other appliances plugged in to them. Fire or electric shock may result.

Do not touch the plug with wet hands. Electric shock may result.

When unplugging the machine, always turn off the main power first. Always grasp the plug to remove it from the outlet. Pulling on the cord may damage the cord, or lead to fire or electric shock.

Do not allow the power cord to be cut, damaged, modified, forcefully bent, pulled, twisted, or bundled. Do not place heavy objects on the cord. Do not subject the cord to heat. These things may damage the cord and cause fire or electric shock. If the cord or plug is damaged, take the machine to your authorized dealer for repairs before continuing use.

Unplug the power cord if the machine is not to be used for a long period of time. Otherwise a fire may result.

Power supply

aInsert the foot controller plug, located between the foot controller and the power supply plug on the cord, into the jack on the machine. Then, insert the power supply plug into a wall outlet.

bSet the main power switch to “I”.

XThe sewing lamp comes on when the machine is turned on.

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a Foot controller plug

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cTo turn off the machine, set the main power switch to “{”.

XThe sewing lamp goes off when the machine is turned off.

Note

If a power outage occurs while the sewing machine is being operated, turn off the sewing machine and unplug the power

supply cord. When restarting the sewing machine, follow the necessary procedure to correctly operate the machine.

(For U.S.A. only)

This appliance has a 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 the plug does not fit fully in the outlet, reverse the plug.

If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician to install the proper outlet. Do not modify the plug in any way.

Foot controller

CAUTION

When connecting the foot controller, be sure to turn off the sewing machine in order to prevent the machine from accidentally being started.

When you press the foot controller down lightly, the machine will run at a low speed. When you press harder, the machine’s speed will increase. When you take your foot off the foot controller, the machine will stop.

Slower

Faster

You should make sure that nothing is placed on the foot controller when the machine is not in use.

CAUTION

Do not allow pieces of cloth and dust to build up on the foot controller. Doing so could cause a fire or an electric shock.

A new sewing machine or one that has not been in use for a long period of time should be oiled as described on page 38. After oiling, be sure to wipe off any excess oil.

Steadying the machine

If the sewing machine has been placed on an uneven surface, turn the rubber cushion in the right-frontcorner of the base plate to adjust its height until the sewing machine is stable.

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