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Computerized Embroidery and Sewing Machine

Operation Manual

Product Code 885-V95/V97

GETTING READY

SEWING BASICS

UTILITY STITCHES

EMBROIDERY

APPENDIX

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Introduction

Thank you for purchasing this embroidery and sewing machine. Before using this machine, carefully read the "IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS", 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.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

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

DANGER - To reduce the risk of electric shock

1 Always 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.

2 Always 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 immediately and unplug the power cord.

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

When lifting the sewing 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.

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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 sewing machine on an unstable surface, such as an unsteady or slanted table, otherwise the sewing 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 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 sewing 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 is damaged, it must be replaced by an 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 the 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 and updates, visit our web site at www.brother.com

SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS

This machine is intended for household use.

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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 themark, 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 220-240V

COUNTRIES 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

 

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

1

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

1

Machine Features ................................................................................................................

8

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

9

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

9

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

10

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

11

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

11

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

12

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

12

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

13

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

14

GETTING READY

15

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

16

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

16

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

17

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

17

LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Operation ............................................................................

18

Viewing the LCD .............................................................................................................................................

18

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

18

Checking machine operating procedures ........................................................................................................

21

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

22

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

22

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

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

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

31

About the spool of thread ................................................................................................................................

31

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

32

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

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

39

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

39

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

39

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

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

41

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

43

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

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

43

Removing and attaching the presser foot holder ..............................................................................................

45

Sewing Cylindrical Pieces and Large Pieces .......................................................................

46

Free-armsewing ..............................................................................................................................................

46

Using extension table ......................................................................................................................................

46

SEWING BASICS

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

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

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Stitch types ......................................................................................................................................................

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

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

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

55

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

57

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

59

Setting the Stitch ...............................................................................................................

61

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

61

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

62

Adjusting the thread tension ............................................................................................................................

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

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Automatic sewing reverse/reinforcement stitches ............................................................................................

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

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Mirroring stitches ............................................................................................................................................

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

67

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

68

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

68

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

68

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

68

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

68

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

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

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

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

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UTILITY STITCHES

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Stitch Setting Chart ...........................................................................................................

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

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

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

82

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

96

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

99

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

99

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

100

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

101

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

102

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

103

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

103

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

104

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

106

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

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

108

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

108

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

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

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Eyelet 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 ........................................................................................................................................

119

Sewing the Various Built-inDecorative Patterns .............................................................

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

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

122

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

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

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Changing the length for satin stitches ............................................................................................................

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Adjusting the character spacing .....................................................................................................................

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

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

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

129

Designing a Pattern (My Custom Stitch) ..........................................................................

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

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

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Editing the pattern data .................................................................................................................................

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

134

EMBROIDERY

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Embroidering Neatly .......................................................................................................

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What to prepare ............................................................................................................................................

136

Embroidery step by step ................................................................................................................................

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Attaching the Embroidery Foot .......................................................................................

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Attaching the embroidery foot ......................................................................................................................

138

Removing the embroidery foot .....................................................................................................................

140

Attaching the Embroidery Unit ........................................................................................

141

Embroidery unit precautions .........................................................................................................................

141

Attaching the embroidery unit .......................................................................................................................

141

Removing the embroidery unit ......................................................................................................................

143

Preparing the Fabric ........................................................................................................

144

Attaching a stabilizer material to the fabric ...................................................................................................

144

Setting the fabric in the embroidery frame .....................................................................................................

145

Attaching the Embroidery Frame .....................................................................................

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Attaching the embroidery frame ....................................................................................................................

148

Removing the embroidery frame ...................................................................................................................

149

Selecting Embroidery Patterns .........................................................................................

150

Copyright information ...................................................................................................................................

150

Embroidery pattern types ...............................................................................................................................

150

LCD (liquid crystal display) operation ...........................................................................................................

151

Selecting alphanumeric characters ................................................................................................................

154

Selecting an embroidery pattern ....................................................................................................................

155

Selecting a frame pattern ...............................................................................................................................

155

Using an embroidery card .............................................................................................................................

156

Embroidering ...................................................................................................................

157

Checking the pattern before embroidering ....................................................................................................

157

Embroidering a pattern ..................................................................................................................................

158

Appliquéing .................................................................................................................................................

160

Editing and Saving Patterns .............................................................................................

162

Adjusting the layout and the size ...................................................................................................................

162

Adjusting the thread tension ..........................................................................................................................

164

Connecting character patterns .......................................................................................................................

165

Resewing ......................................................................................................................................................

166

Thread runs out partway through a design .....................................................................................................

167

Stopping while embroidering ........................................................................................................................

167

Using the Memory Function ............................................................................................

169

Embroidery data precautions .........................................................................................................................

169

Transferring embroidery patterns from the computer to machine ...................................................................

171

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

174

APPENDIX

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

176

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

176

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

176

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

178

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

183

Adjusting the LCD .........................................................................................................................................

187

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

187

Upgrading Your Machine’s Software Using USB Media ..................................................

188

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

189

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Machine Features

aAutomatic thread cutting

The thread can be cut automatically after sewing (page 59, 65).

b Fast bobbin winding system

With the fast and simple bobbin winder, you can wind bobbins with one press of a button (page 22).

cBuilt-institches

You can select from the built-institches available, including utility stitches and decorative stitches (page 72).

dUSB port

Embroidery patterns saved in a USB flash drive (USB flash memory) can be imported to the machine by plugging the USB flash drive directly into the USB port (page 172).

eAccessory case

You can store the accessory case inside the arm of the machine as shown in the figure. Presser foot, bobbins, a seam ripper, etc. can be stored in this case.

fBobbin clip

You can use the bobbin clip to prevent the end of the thread wound onto the bobbin from loosening. Bobbin clips can be stored inside of the accessory case cover.

gBright light

The convenient LED lamp makes it easy to work on dark fabrics.

hSeven-pointfeed dogs

Ensure smooth, even feeding of multiple fabric layers and a variety of fabric weights (page 12).

iQuick-setbobbin

You can start sewing without pulling up the bobbin thread (page 27).

jEasy-to-useneedle threader

You can thread the needle easily by one press of a lever (page 32).

kLighting Start/Stop button

When the green light is on, the machine is ready to sew. A red or orange light indicates an error or that the machine is warming up (page 13).

lEmbroidery

You can embroider built-inembroidery patterns, alphanumeric characters, framed decorations, and designs from optional embroidery cards (page 135).

mExtension table (Cover of the embroidery unit)

You can use the cover of the embroidery unit as the extension table when you sew a large material (page 46).

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