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Operation Manual

Sewing Machine

KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE

Product Code: 885-V64/V65/V66/V67

SEWING BASICS

UTILITY STITCHES

APPENDIX

Please visit us at http://solutions.brother.com where you can get product

support and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).

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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 as 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.

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4 Always keep your work area clear:

Never operate the machine with any air openings blocked. Keep ventilation openings of the 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.

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 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.

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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.

FOR USERS IN THE UK, EIRE, MALTA AND

CYPRUS ONLY

IMPORTANT

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

mark, rating as marked on plug.

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

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

FOR USERS IN AC INPUT 220-240VCOUNTRIES AND MEXICO

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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CONTENTS

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Accessory compartment ...................................................................................................................................

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

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

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Spool pin ........................................................................................................................................................

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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 ................................................................................................................................................

13

Sewing speed controller (for models equipped with the start/stop button) .....................................................

13

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

13

Changing the initial needle position ...............................................................................................................

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

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

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

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

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Sewing with the twin needle ...........................................................................................................................

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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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Selecting a stitch ............................................................................................................................................

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Adjusting the stitch length and width ..............................................................................................................

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OVERCASTING STITCHES ................................................................................................

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Using zigzag foot ............................................................................................................................................

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Using overcasting foot ....................................................................................................................................

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BASIC STITCHING ............................................................................................................

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

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BLIND HEM STITCHING ..................................................................................................

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BUTTONHOLE SEWING ...................................................................................................

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

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

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SEWING STRETCH FABRICS AND ELASTIC TAPE ............................................................

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

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

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APPLIQUÉ, PATCHWORK AND QUILT STITCHING ........................................................

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

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

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

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

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

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REINFORCEMENT STITCHING .........................................................................................

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SEWING CHARACTERS (for models equipped with character stitches) ............................

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Selecting characters .......................................................................................................................................

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Checking characters ......................................................................................................................................

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Deleting characters ........................................................................................................................................

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Sewing the character stitches ........................................................................................................................

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ADJUSTING STITCHES (for models equipped with character stitches) .............................

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

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STITCH SETTINGS .............................................................................................................

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

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Character stitches (for models equipped with character stitches) ..................................................................

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ERROR MESSAGES ..........................................................................................................

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

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

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ACCESSORIES

Included accessories

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

Note

(For U.S.A. only)

Foot controller: Model T

This foot controller can be used on the machine with product code 885-V67.The product code is mentioned on the machine rating plate.

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

The included accessories vary depending on the machine model.

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14.

15.

75/11 1 needle 90/14 1 needle 100/16 1 needle

90/14 1 needle

16. 17. 18. 19.

No.

Part Name

Part Code

Americas

Others

 

 

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Zigzag foot “J” (on machine)

XC3021-031

2

Buttonhole foot “A”

XC2691-033

3

Overcasting foot “G”

XE6305-101

4

Monogramming foot “N”

XD0810-031

5

Zipper foot “I”

X59370-021

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Blind stitch foot “R”

XC4051-031

7

Button fitting foot “M”

XE2137-001

8

Seam ripper

XZ5082-001

9

Bobbin (4)

SA156

SFB:

(One is on machine.)

XA5539-151

10

Needle set

XC8834-021

No.

Part Name

Part Code

Americas

Others

 

 

11

Twin needle

131096-121

12

Ball point needle

XD0360-021

(gold colored)

13

Cleaning brush

X59476-021

14

Disc-shapedscrewdriver

XC1074-051

15

Spool cap (large)

130012-024

16

Spool cap (medium)

XE1372-001

 

(on machine)

 

 

17

Spool cap (small)

130013-124

18

Extra spool pin

XE2241-001

19

Foot controller

XD0501-021(EU area)

XC8816-021(Other areas)

 

 

Memo

● About zigzag foot “J”;

Press the black button on the left side of the foot when it is difficult for thick seams to be fed, for example, at the beginning of sewing thick fabrics. (page 43)

aBlack button

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Optional accessories

The following are available as optional accessories to be purchased separately. Depending on the model you purchased, the following accessory may be included with your machine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No.

Part Name

Part Code

Americas

Others

 

 

1

Walking Foot

SA140

F033N:

XC2214-002

 

 

 

2

Quilting Foot

SA129

F005N:

XC1948-002

 

 

 

3

1/4-InchQuilting Foot

SA125

F001N:

XC1944-052

 

 

 

No.

Part Name

Part Code

Americas

Others

 

 

4

Quilting guide

SA132

F016N:

XC2215-002

 

 

 

5

Eyelet punch

XZ5051-001

Accessory compartment

The accessories are stored in a compartment inside the flat bed attachment. Slide the flat bed attachment to the left to open it.

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.

aFlat bed attachment

bStorage compartment

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NAMES OF MACHINE PARTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS

The illustrations in this operation manual may differ from the actual machine.

The main parts

aBobbin winder (page 15)

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

bUpper tension-controldial (page 41)

This controls the tension of the upper thread.

cBobbin-windingthread guide and pretension disc (page 15)

Pass the thread under this thread guide and around the pretension disc when winding the bobbin thread.

dThread take-uplever (page 25)

eThread cutter (page 40)

Pass the threads through the thread cutter to cut them.

fFlat bed attachment with accessory compartment (page 7 and 44)

gOperation buttons (page 9)

The operation buttons differ depending on the sewing machine model.

hOperation panel (page 10)

This is used to select the stitch and specify the various settings. Design and position of the operation panel differs depending on the sewing machine model.

iSpool pin (page 10, 15 and 23)

This holds the spool of thread.

jHandwheel

This is used to manually raise and lower the needle.

kAir vent

This vent allows the air surrounding the motor to circulate. Do not cover the air vent while the sewing machine is being used.

lMain power and sewing light switch (page 12)

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

mJack/socket connector (page 12)

Insert the plug on the power supply cord into the jack/ socket connector.

nFoot controller (page 13)

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

oFoot controller jack/socket (page 13)

Plug in the foot controller plug.

pFeed dog position lever (page 55 and 65)

Use the feed dog position lever to lower the feed dogs.

qPresser foot lever (page 23)

This is used to raise and lower the presser foot.

rThread guide (page 16 and 25)

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

sThread guide cover (page 17 and 23)

Pass the thread under this thread guide when winding the bobbin thread and threading the machine.

tHandle

Carry the sewing machine by its handle when transporting the machine.

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