Brother 885-S25-S27 User Manual

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1 KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE

2 STRAIGHT AND ZIGZAG STITCHING

3 BUILT-INSTITCHES

4 SEWING BUTTONHOLES AND BUTTONS

5 USING ATTACHMENTS AND APPLICATIONS

6 APPENDIX

Operation Manual

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

When using this machine, basic safety precautions should always be taken, including the following: Read all instructions before using.

DANGER - To reduce the risk of electric shock:

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

2.Always unplug the machine before you change the light bulb. Replace the 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 machine is used by or near children.

2.Use this 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 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 machine to the nearest authorized dealer or service center for examination, repair, electrical or mechanical adjustment.

4.Never operate the machine with any air openings blocked. Keep ventilation openings of the machine and foot control free from the 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 the machine switch to the symbol “{” position which represents off, 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 machine needle.

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 the machine to the symbol “{” position to turn it off when making any adjustments in the needle area, such as threading needle, changing needle, threading bobbin, or changing presser foot, and the like.

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

16.This sewing machine is not intended for use by young children or infirm persons without supervision. (For Australia and New Zealand only)

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

SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS

This machine is intended for household use.

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

If this machine is fitted with a three-pinnon-rewireableBS plug then please read the following.

IMPORTANT

If the available socket outlet is not suitable for the plug supplied with this equipment, it should be cut off and an appropriate three pin plug fitted. With alternative plugs an approved fuse must be fitted in the plug.

NOTE: The plug severed from the main leads must be destroyed as a plug with bared flexible cords is hazardous if engaged in a live socket outlet. In the event of replacing the plug fuse, use a fuse approved by ASTA to BS 1362, i.e. carrying themark, rating as marked on plug.

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

WARNING: DO NOT CONNECT EITHER WIRE TO THE EARTH TERMINAL WHICH IS MARKED WITH THE LETTER ‘E’, BY THE EARTH SYMBOL OR COLOURED GREEN OR GREEN AND YELLOW.

The wires in this main lead are coloured in accordance with the following code:

Blue Neutral

Brown Live

As the colours of the wiring in the main lead of this appliance may not correspond with the coloured markings identifying the terminals in your plug, proceed as follows:

The wire which is coloured blue must be connected to the terminal which is marked with the letter ‘N’ or coloured black or blue.

The wire which is coloured brown must be connected to the terminal which is marked with the letter ‘L’ or coloured red or brown.

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UNPACKING/REPACKING INSTRUCTIONS

Keep the carton and packing materials. You may have to take or send the machine to be repaired. If you do not pack it properly, or do not use the right packing material, the machine could be damaged.

Please follow the diagram below to unpack and repack the machine.

IMPORTANT

This packing material is designed to prevent damage. Save this packing material if you need to take or send this machine to be repaired.

PLEASE READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOU USE THE MACHINE.

To use the machine safely

1.Make sure you watch the needle carefully while you are sewing. Do not touch the handwheel, thread take-uplever, needle, or other moving parts.

2.Turn off the main power and unplug the cord in the following circumstances:

When you have stopped using the machine

When you are replacing or removing the needle or any other part

If there is a power failure while you are using the machine

If you are checking or cleaning 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.

To give your machine a longer life

1.Do not store this machine in direct sunlight or in high humidity conditions. Do not use or store the machine near a heater, iron, halogen lamp or other hot objects.

2.Use only mild 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 this manual before you replace or fit presser feet, the needle, or any other parts to make sure you fit them correctly.

To repair or adjust the machine

If the machine breaks down or needs adjustment, first follow the troubleshooting table in the Appendix to inspect and adjust the machine yourself. If the problem is still there, consult your local authorized 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.

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CONTENTS

 

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

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THE MAIN PARTS ...............................................................................................................

5

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

6

Optional Accessories ........................................................................................................................................

6

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

7

Connecting Plugs ..............................................................................................................................................

7

Main Power and Sewing Light Switch ...............................................................................................................

8

Foot Controller ..................................................................................................................................................

8

Checking the Needle .........................................................................................................................................

8

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

8

Changing the Presser Foot .................................................................................................................................

9

Flat Bed Attachment ........................................................................................................................................

10

Using a Free-armStyle ....................................................................................................................................

10

THE CONTROLS ...............................................................................................................

11

Pattern Selection Dial ......................................................................................................................................

11

Patterns and Stitch Names ...............................................................................................................................

12

Stitch Length Dial ............................................................................................................................................

14

Stretch Stitching ..............................................................................................................................................

15

Stitch Width Dial ............................................................................................................................................

15

Reverse Sewing Lever ......................................................................................................................................

15

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

16

Winding the Bobbin ........................................................................................................................................

16

Lower Threading .............................................................................................................................................

18

Lower Threading (for models equipped with a quick-setbobbin) ....................................................................

19

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

21

Using the Needle Threader (for models equipped with a needle threader) .......................................................

22

Drawing up the Lower Thread .........................................................................................................................

24

Sewing with a Twin Needle ............................................................................................................................

24

Thread Tension ...............................................................................................................................................

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FABRIC, THREAD, AND NEEDLE COMBINATIONS .........................................................

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2. STRAIGHT AND ZIGZAG STITCHING .........................................................

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Please Read Before Sewing .............................................................................................................................

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Straight Stitching .............................................................................................................................................

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Zigzag Stitching ..............................................................................................................................................

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3. BUILT-INSTITCHES ......................................................................................

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

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Shell Tuck Stitching .........................................................................................................................................

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Elastic Stitching ...............................................................................................................................................

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Double Action Stitching ..................................................................................................................................

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Patchworking ..................................................................................................................................................

31

Overedge Stitching ..........................................................................................................................................

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Feather Stitching .............................................................................................................................................

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Triple Zigzag Stretch Stitching .........................................................................................................................

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

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4. SEWING BUTTONHOLES AND BUTTONS ..................................................

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Making a Buttonhole .......................................................................................................................................

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Adjusting Buttonholes .....................................................................................................................................

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Sewing Buttons ...............................................................................................................................................

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5. USING ATTACHMENTS AND APPLICATIONS .............................................

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

37

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

38

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

38

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

39

Monogramming and Embroidering .................................................................................................................

39

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

41

Using the Walking Foot ...................................................................................................................................

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Using the Quilting Foot ...................................................................................................................................

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Using the 1/4-inchQuilting Foot .....................................................................................................................

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6. APPENDIX .....................................................................................................

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

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Changing the Light Bulb ..................................................................................................................................

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Cleaning .........................................................................................................................................................

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

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

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1 KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE

THE MAIN PARTS

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C

AB

1 Bobbin winder (Page 16)

This winds the thread onto the bobbin for use as the lower thread.

2 Spool pin (Page 16, 21)

This holds the spool of thread.

3Thread guide (Page 16, 21)

This is used when winding the thread onto the bobbin and then threading the machine.

4 Threadtake-uplever (Page 21)

5Hole for extra spool pin (Page 25)

This holds a second spool of thread for sewing with the twin needle.

6Stitch width dial (Page 15)

This controls the stitch width.

7Upper tension-controldial (Page 25)

This controls the tension of the upper thread.

8Thread cutter (Page 28)

Pass the threads through the thread cutter to cut them.

9Needle threader (Page 22)

(This is only available on certain models.)

0Quick-setbobbin (Page 19)

(This is only available on certain models.)

AFlat bed attachment with accessory compartment (Page 10)

B Presser foot (Page 9)

CReverse sewing lever (Page 15)

You can push this to stitch in the reverse direction.

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F

E

D

H

J

 

 

I

K

DPattern selection dial (Page 11)

You can turn this in either direction to choose the stitch you want.

EStitch length dial (Page 14)

This controls the stitch length.

F Buttonholefine-adjustmentscrew (Page 35)

GHandwheel

Used to manually raise and lower the needle.

HMain power and sewing light switch (Page 8)

You can turn the main power and sewing light switch on and off.

IFoot controller jack / socket (Page 7)

Plug in the foot controller plug and connect the machine to the power supply.

JPresser foot lever (Page 21)

Used to raise and lower the presser foot.

KFoot controller (Page 8)

You can use this to control the sewing speed, and to start and stop sewing.

Parts Code for Zigzag Presser Foot: XC4901-051

Foot Controller: Model KD-1902

Parts Code: XC7359-021(110/120V Area)

XC7438-221(220/240V Area)

XC7456-221(U.K.)

XC7455-021(Australia, New Zealand)

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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.

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

No.

Part Name

Part Code

No.

Part Name

 

Part Code

USA

Others

USA

 

Others

 

 

 

 

 

1

Zipper foot (1 pc.)

X59370-021

5

Buttonhole Foot (1 pc.)

X59369-321

2

Bobbin (3 pcs.)

SA156

SFB:

6

Button Sewing Foot (1 pc.)

X59375-121

7

Extra Spool Pin (1 pc.)

130920-021

 

 

 

XA5539-151

3

Needle Pack (Regular Single

129583-021

8

Screwdriver (1 pc.)

X55467-021

Needle HAX130 (3 pcs.))

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

Twin Needle (1 pc.)

X57521-021

9

Darning Plate (1pc.)

XC6063-021

Note

● The included accessories vary depending on the machine model.

Optional Accessories

1.

2.

3.

No.

Part Name

Part Code

U.S.A.

Others

 

 

1

Walking Foot

SA107

F034N:

XC2165-002

2

Quilting Foot

SA129

F005N:

XC1948-002

3

1/4-inchQuilting Foot

SA125

F001N:

 

 

 

XC1944-002

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USING YOUR SEWING MACHINE

WARNING

1

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.

Connecting Plugs

1Connect the foot controller plug to the machine.

2Connectoutlet. the power supply plug to a wall

Note

When leaving the machine unattended, the main switch of the machine should be switched off or the plug must be removed from the wall outlet.

When servicing the machine, or when removing covers or changing bulbs, the

machine must be unplugged. (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.

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Main Power and Sewing

Light Switch

This switch turns the main power and sewing light on or off.

1

2

1 Turn on (toward the ‘I’ mark)

2 Turn off (toward the ‘O’ mark)

Foot Controller

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

1

1 Foot controller

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.

Note

(For U.S.A. only)

Foot Controller: Model KD-1902

This foot controller can be used for Model XL-3500,XL-2600,XL-3510,XL-2610,XL-3520,XL-2620.

Checking the Needle

The sewing needle must always be straight and sharp for smooth sewing.

Checking the Needle Correctly

Put the flat side of the needle on a flat surface. Check the needle from the top and the sides. Dispose of any bent needles safely.

1 2

1 Parallel space

2 Level surface (bobbin cover, glass, etc.)

Replacing the Needle

CAUTION

Turn the main power switch off before you change the needle. If you leave the main power on and step on the foot controller, the machine will start and you may be injured.

Only use sewing machine needles for home use. Other needles may bend or break and cause injury.

Never sew with a bent needle. A bent needle will easily break and cause injury.

1Remove the power supply plug from the outlet.

2Raise the needle to its highest position by turning the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) so that the mark on the handwheel points directly up.

3Lower the presser foot lever.

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1 Presser foot lever

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