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Operation Manual

Sewing Machine

Product Code: 885-X36/X38

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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:

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

and immediately unplug the power cord.

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

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

4 Always keep your work area clear:

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

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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.

8 For repair or adjustment:

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

In the event a malfunction occurs or adjustment is required, first follow the

troubleshooting table in the back of the operation manual to inspect and adjust the machine yourself. If the problem persists, please consult your local authorized Brother dealer.

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

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

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

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

SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS

This machine is intended for household use.

This appliance is not intended for use by persons (including children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge, unless they have been given supervision or instruction concerning use of the appliance by a person responsible for their safety.

Children should be supervised to ensure that they do not play with the appliance.

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

IMPORTANT

In the event of replacing the plug fuse, use a fuse

approved by ASTA to BS 1362, i.e. carrying the mark, rating as marked on plug.

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

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

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CONTENTS

 

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

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1. KNOWING YOUR SEWING

 

MACHINE ..................................

4

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

4

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

4

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

5

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

5

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

6

Connecting plugs ...............................................

6

Main power and sewing light switch ..................

7

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

7

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

7

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

7

Changing the presser foot ...................................

8

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

9

Pattern selection dial ..........................................

9

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

9

Patterns and stitch names .................................

10

Stitch length dial ..............................................

12

Stitch width dial ...............................................

12

Reverse sewing lever ........................................

13

Feed dog position switch ..................................

13

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

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

13

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

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

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

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FABRIC, THREAD, AND NEEDLE

 

COMBINATIONS .........................................

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

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Please read before sewing ................................

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Starting sewing .................................................

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Straight stitching ...............................................

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Zigzag stitching ................................................

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

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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 (1-stepautomatic

 

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

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

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

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

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Using the blind stitch foot .................................

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

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

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

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

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1 KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE

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ACCESSORIES

We have designed these accessories to help you easily perform most sewing tasks.

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15.

16.

No.

Part Name

Part Code

 

 

Americas

Others

1

Zigzag foot “J”

XC4901-021

(on machine)

 

 

 

2

Buttonhole foot “A”

XD1792-031

3

Zipper foot “I”

XE9369-001

4

Button sewing foot “M”

XE2137-001

5

Blind stitch foot

XF1639-001

6

Extra spool pin

XE2241-001

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Spool cap “A”

130012-024

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Spool cap “B”

130013-124

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Bobbin

SA156

SFB:

(One is on machine)

XA5539-151

 

 

No.

Part Name

Part Code

 

 

Americas

Others

10

Twin needle

X57521-021

(2.0/75 needle)

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Needle set

3-pieceset:XE5328-001

(90/14 needle)

2-pieceset:XE7064-001

12

Disc-shaped

XC1074-051

 

screwdriver

 

 

13

Seam ripper

XZ5082-001

14

Cleaning brush

X59476-021

15

Foot controller

See page 5

16

Hard case

XF1570-001

Soft cover

X53984-027

 

Note

● The included accessories vary depending on the machine model.

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

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Walking foot

SA140

F033N:

XC2214-052

 

 

 

2

Quilting foot

SA129

F005N:

XC1948-052

 

 

 

3

1/4-inchquilting foot

SA125

F001N:

XC1944-052

 

 

 

No.

Part Name

Part Code

 

 

Americas

Others

4

Narrow hemmer foot

SA126

F002N:

XC1946-052

 

 

 

5

Quilting guide

SA132

F016N:

XC2215-052

 

 

 

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THE MAIN PARTS

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1Bobbin winder (Page 13)

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

2Stitch length dial (Page 12)

Rotate the dial to control the stitch length.

3Stitch width dial (Page 12)

Rotate the dial to control the stitch width.

4Upper tension-controldial (Page 29)

This controls the tension of the upper thread.

5Bobbin-windingthread guide andpre-tensiondisc (Page 14, 18)

6 Threadtake-uplever (Page 20)

7Thread cutter (Page 26)

Pass the threads through the thread cutter to cut them.

8 Needle threader (Page 21)

9 Quick-setbobbin (Page 16, 22)

0 Flat bed attachment with accessory compartment (Page 5)A Presser foot (Page 8)

B Feed dog position switch (Page 13)

CReverse sewing lever (Page 13)

Push this lever to stitch in the reverse direction.

DPattern indication window (Page 9)

Shows the stitch number to be performed.

EPattern selection dial (Page 9)

Rotate the dial in either direction to choose the stitch you want.

FHandwheel

Used to manually raise and lower the needle.

G Buttonholefine-adjustmentscrew (Page 38)

HMain power and sewing light switch (Page 7)

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

IFoot controller jack / socket (Page 6)

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

JPresser foot lever (Page 18)

Used to raise and lower the presser foot.

KButtonhole lever (1-Stepautomatic buttonhole) (Page 36)

Lower the buttonhole lever when sewing buttonholes.

LHandle

Carry the sewing machine by its handle whentransporting the machine.

MThread guide (Page 15, 19)

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

NSpool pin and spool cap (Page 14, 19)

This holds the spool of thread.

OFoot controller (Page 7)

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

Foot Controller: Model KD-1902for 110/120V area ModelKD-2902for 220/240V area

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

Flat bed attachment

The accessories are stored in the storage space in the flat bed attachment.

1Swing the lid of the flat bed attachment toward you to open the storage space.

 

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Flat bed

a

 

attachment

2

Accessory

b

 

compartment

XThe bag of accessories is in the storage space.

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USING YOUR SEWING MACHINE

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WARNING

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

Make sure that the plugs on the power cord are firmly inserted into the electrical outlet and the power supply jack on the machine.

Do not insert the plug on the power cord into an electrical outlet that is in poor condition.

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

Use only the power cord included with this machine.

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

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Note

If a power outage occurs while the sewing machine is being operated, turn off the main power and unplug the power supply cord. When restarting the sewing machine, follow the necessary procedure to correctly operate the machine.

(For U.S.A. only)

This appliance has a polarized plug (one blade wider than the other). To reduce the risk of electric shock, this plug is intended to fit in a polarized outlet only one way. If the plug does not fit fully in the outlet, reverse the plug.

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

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Main power and sewing light switch

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

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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.

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2

1 Slower

2 Faster

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

CAUTION

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

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.

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2

1 Parallel space

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

Replacing the needle

CAUTION

Always turn off the machine before you change the needle. Otherwise, injuries may occur if the foot controller is accidentally pressed and the machine starts sewing.

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.

1Turn off the machine.

2Raise the needle by turning the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) so that the mark on the wheel points up.

3Lower the presser foot lever.

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1 Presser foot lever

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CAUTION

Before replacing the needle, place fabric or paper under the presser foot to prevent the needle from falling into the hole in the needle plate.

4Hold the needle with your left hand, and then use a disc-shapedscrewdriver to turn the needle clamp screw counterclockwise to remove the needle.

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1 Use a disc-shapedscrewdriver

2 Needle clamp screw

Do not use excessive force when loosening or tightening the needle clamp screw, otherwise certain parts of the sewing machine may be damaged.

5With the flat side of the needle toward the back of the machine, insert the needle until it touches the needle stopper. Next, tighten the needle clamp using a discshaped screwdriver.

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Use a disc-shaped

 

screwdriver

 

 

 

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Needle stopper

 

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Needle

Install the twin needle in the same way.

CAUTION

Make sure you insert the needle until it

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touches the stopper, and securely tighten

 

the needle clamp screw with a disc-

 

shaped screwdriver, otherwise the

 

needle may break or the machine may be

 

damaged.

 

Changing the presser foot

CAUTION

Always turn off the machine before you change the presser foot. If you leave the power on and step on the controller, the machine will start and you may be injured.

Always use the correct presser foot for the stitch pattern you have chosen. If you use the wrong presser foot, the needle may strike the presser foot and bend or break, and may cause injury.

Only use presser feet that have been designed to be used with this machine. Using any other presser foot may cause accident or injury.

You will have to change the presser foot depending on what you want to sew and how.

1Turn off the machine. Raise the presser foot lever.

2Raise the needle by turning the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) so that the mark on the wheel points up.

3Press the black button at the back of the presser foot holder to release the presser foot.

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2

3

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Black button

 

2

Presser foot holder

 

3

Presser foot

4Put a different presser foot on the needle plate so that the bar on the presser foot is in line with the slot on the shank.

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5Lower the presser foot lever and fix the presser foot onto the shank. If the presser foot is in the correct place, the bar should snap in.

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1 Shank

2 Bar

Presser foot installation orientation

CAUTION

If the presser foot is not installed with the correct orientation, the needle may strike the presser foot, which may bend or break the needle and cause injury.

THE CONTROLS

Pattern selection dial

CAUTION

When you use the pattern selection dial to choose a pattern, raise the needle by turning the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) so that the mark on the wheel points up. If the needle is in the down position when you turn the pattern selection dial, the needle, presser foot or fabric may be damaged.

To select a stitch, simply turn the pattern selection dial, located on the right side of the machine. The pattern selection dial may be turned in either direction. The next section shows recommended stitch lengths and widths.

 

The pattern number

 

 

display does not rotate

 

 

endlessly. If you set

 

 

the pattern selection

 

 

dial to the highest or

 

 

lowest pattern and

 

 

continue to turn it in

 

1

the same direction, the

2

dial will spin freely but

the pattern will not change.

1 Pattern selection dial

2 Chosen pattern number

Stretch stitching

Raise the needle by turning the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) so that the mark on the wheel points up.

Setting the stitch length dial to “” changes the selected pattern to a stretch stitch.

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