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Sewing Machine Model SW210

INSTRUCTION MANUAL & REFERENCE GUIDE

Simplicity Sewing Machine Consumer Helpline: 800-822-6691

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING MACHINE

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

the following:

DANGER - To reduce risk of electric shock:

1.The sewing machine should never be left unattended when plugged in.

2.Always unplug this sewing machine from the electrical outlet immediately after using and before cleaning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6.Do not use this machine outdoors.

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

8.To disconnect, turn the main switch to the off position then remove the plug from the outlet.

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

machine needle.

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

13. Do not pull or push the fabric while stitching. It may deflect the needle causing it to break. 14. Switch the sewing machine to the off position when making any adjustments in the needle area, such as threading the needle, changing the needle, threading the bobbin, or changing

the presser foot.

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

SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS

This sewing machine is intended for household use.

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FORWARD

WELCOME TO THE CREATIVE WORLD OF SEWING WITH SIMPLICITY!

Congratulations on being the owner of a new Simplicity sewing machine. Whether you’re new to sewing, a lifelong sewer, or returning to sewing, we at Simplicity Sewing Machines are dedicated to providing you with simply the BEST features, quality, and customer service to ensure you many pleasurable hours of sewing satisfaction and success.

Before starting a sewing project, here are a few recommendations to help you become acquainted with your new machine:

Read through the instruction book and become familiar with the sewing terms.

Review the machine, using the instruction book as a guide, to identify each part and function of the machine.

Practice sewing on a variety of fabric scraps using various stitches and stitch settings.

Make a stitch sampler of your favorite techniques in the instruction book, marking your machine setting preferences for future reference.

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Thank you for choosing a Simplicity sewing machine.

If you have any questions or comments, give us a call – we’ll be glad to help you!

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Simplicity Sewing Machine Consumer Helpline

800-822-6691

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

KNOW YOUR SIMPLICITY SEWING MACHINE

PRINCIPAL PARTS........................................................................

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

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SIMPLICITY SEWING MACHINE SET-UP

 

PREPARATION FOR SEWING .........................................................

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ACCESSORY STORAGE ...................................................................

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CHANGING PRESSER FEET.............................................................

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Snap-onfeet ...........................................................................

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Screw-onfeet..........................................................................

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FREE-ARMSEWING ........................................................................

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PRESSER FOOT PRESSURE REGULATOR ........................................

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DROP FEED ....................................................................................

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LEVELING BAR................................................................................

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STRETCH STITCH ADJUSTMENT. ...................................................

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CUSTOM STITCH SELECTION

 

STITCH SELECTION ........................................................................

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Stitch selector dial ..................................................................

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Stitch range dial......................................................................

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

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

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

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Needle plate seam guides.......................................................

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STITCH SELECTOR TABLE .............................................................

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TENSION ADJUSTMENTS .............................................................

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Upper thread tension ...........................................................

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Lower thread tension ............................................................

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WINDING THE BOBBIN

 

THREADING YOUR MACHINE

 

WINDING THE BOBBIN...............................................................

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LOWER THREADING....................................................................

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Removing the bobbin ...........................................................

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Inserting new bobbin ............................................................

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Placing bobbin case in shuttle ..............................................

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UPPER THREADING .....................................................................

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Raising the bobbin thread.....................................................

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SEWING

 

SEWING TIPS ................................................................................

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BEGINNING TO SEW....................................................................

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NEEDLE, THREAD & FABRIC GUIDE ............................................

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BUILT-INSTITCHES – “N” NORMAL RANGE

 

STITCH “A” STRAIGHT STITCH ....................................................

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Seaming................................................................................

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

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Topstitching and edgestitching ..............................................

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

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Zipper insertion ....................................................................

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Piping insertion.....................................................................

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Narrow hemming..................................................................

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STITCH “A” ZIGZAG .....................................................................

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Overedging light to medium fabrics......................................

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Bartacking.............................................................................

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Satin stitch appliqué .............................................................

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Attaching buttons..................................................................

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Seaming light to medium weight knits ..................................

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STITCH “B” KNIT BLINDHEM ......................................................

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STITCH “C” THREE-STEPZIGZAG ................................................

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Overcasting ..........................................................................

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Mending ...............................................................................

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Attaching flat elastic .............................................................

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STITCH “D” DOUBLE ACTION ....................................................

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Seaming nylon tricot.............................................................

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Encasing elastic ....................................................................

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STITCH “E” BLIND HEM...............................................................

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Blindhemming ......................................................................

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Folk art appliqué...................................................................

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Decorative braid application.................................................

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STITCH “F” FAGGOTING .............................................................

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STITCH “G” SATIN SCALLOP HEM...............................................

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STITCH “H” DECORATIVE TOPSTITCHING .................................

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STITCH “I” MULTI-CORDSEWING ..............................................

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STITCH “J, K, L” BUTTONHOLE STITCH ......................................

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Classic buttonhole ................................................................

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Corded buttonhole................................................................

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BUILT-INSTITCHES – “S” STRETCH STITCH RANGE

STITCH “A” TRIPLE STRETCH STITCH...........................................

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Seaming bias curves .............................................................

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Seaming double knits............................................................

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Triple topstitching .................................................................

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STITCH “A” RICK RACK ................................................................

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Overcasting heavy fabrics .....................................................

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Decorative rick rack..............................................................

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STITCH “B” ARROWHEAD ...........................................................

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Decorative flat fell seam .......................................................

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STITCH “C” HONEYCOMB ..........................................................

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Attaching ribbon ...................................................................

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Mock smocking ....................................................................

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STITCH “D” OVERCASTING .........................................................

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Attaching rib trim..................................................................

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STITCH “E” ELASTIC OVERLOCK .................................................

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Decorative ribbon casing ......................................................

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Picot hem .............................................................................

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STITCH “F” FEATHER STITCH.......................................................

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STITCH “G” DECORATIVE TRIM...................................................

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STITCH “H” DECORATIVE EDGING.............................................

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STITCH “I” CROSS STITCH...........................................................

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FREE-MOTIONSEWING

 

MONOGRAMMING .....................................................................

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OUTLINE QUILTING ....................................................................

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DARNING .....................................................................................

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CARE AND MAINTENANCE

 

NEEDLES .......................................................................................

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CLEANING FEED TEETH AND SHUTTLE AREA ............................

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CHANGING THE LIGHT BULB.....................................................

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OILING .........................................................................................

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

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KNOW YOUR SIMPLICITY SEWING MACHINE

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FRONT VIEW

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BACK VIEW

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KNOW YOUR SIMPLICITY SEWING MACHINE

FRONT VIEW

O1 FACE COVER

Opens to provide access to the light bulb and the presser foot pressure regulator.

O2 BOBBIN WINDING TENSION DISC

Used when threading machine for bobbin winding.

O3 THREAD TENSION DIAL

Controls the upper thread for proper stitch formation.

O4 STITCH WIDTH DIAL

Sets the width of a stitch.

O5 STITCH SELECTOR DIAL

Turn the dial in either direction to select a stitch.

O6 STITCH RANGE DIAL

Turn the dial to “N” (normal) to sew buttonholes and stitches color-codedblue. Turn the dial to “S” (stretch) to sew stitchescolor-codedred.

O7 BOBBIN WINDER SPINDLE

Winds thread on a bobbin for lower threading.

O8 HAND WHEEL

Turn the hand wheel toward you to raise the needle up and down.

O9 REVERSE LEVER

Press this lever down and hold in place to sew in reverse.

O10 STITCH LENGTH DIAL

Sets the length of the stitch.

O11 FREE-ARMCOVER

Provides a flat surface for most sewing. Remove it to convert to free-armsewing.

O12 FEED TEETH

The metal teeth under the needle plate that push or feed the fabric through the machine.

O13 PRESSER FOOT

Holds the fabric firmly against the feed teeth for proper stitch formation.

O14 PRESSER FOOT HOLDER

Holds the snap-onpresser foot in sewing position. The presser foot holder is removed when usingscrew-onfeet.

O15 NEEDLE PLATE

Supports the fabric while sewing. Has seam guide markings on right side.

O16 PRESSER FOOT THUMB SCREW

Secures the presser foot or presser foot holder to the presser foot bar.

O17 NEEDLE CLAMP SCREW

Loosen to remove a needle; tighten to secure a needle in position.

BACK VIEW

O18 CARRY HANDLE

Simply lift to carry the Simplicity sewing machine from one place to another.

O19 PRESSER FOOT LEVER

Lift to raise the presser foot and release the thread tension; lower to lower the presser foot and engage the thread tension.

O20 THREAD CUTTER ON NEEDLE BAR

Use to cut threads after completing a seam.

O21 POWER CORD RECEPTACLE

Connect the three-prongpower plug here.

O22 MAIN SWITCH

Turns the main power and built-insewing light on or off.

O23 STRETCH STITCH ADJUSTMENT SCREW

Adjust this screw if stitches sewn at the “S” setting are not forming properly.

O24 RETRACTABLE SPOOL PINS

Raise the spool pin to hold the spools of thread.

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KNOW YOUR SIMPLICITY SEWING MACHINE

ACCESSORIES

The SIMPLICITY sewing machine comes with the presser feet and accessories you will need, conveniently stored in the free arm cover. This low shank machine uses snap-onorscrew-onpresser feet.

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O1 ALL-PURPOSEPRESSER FOOT -snap-on

Use for most straight and zigzag seams. The needle opening is rectangular to accommodate the swing of the needle in a zigzag stitch. (The machine comes with this foot already attached.)

O2 BUTTONHOLE PRESSER FOOT -snap-on

Use for sewing made-to-measurebuttonholes.

O3 BUTTON ATTACHING PRESSER FOOT -snap-on

Holds flat buttons secure for machine stitching in place.

O4 ZIPPER PRESSER FOOT -screw-on

Adjusts to stitch close to either side of the zipper without catching the zipper coil.

O5 BLIND HEM FOOT -snap-on

Features an adjustable guide for positioning and evenly stitching blind hems, topstitching, or edgestitching.

O6 OPEN TOE SATIN STITCH FOOT -snap-on

Satin stitching glides comfortably under the sole of this foot and the open toe provides clear visibility of stitches.

O7 OVERCASTING FOOT -snap-on

A pin on the foot holds fabric flat when overcasting fabric edges. The guide ensures perfect sewing alignment.

O8 HEMMER FOOT -snap-on

Rolls fabric edge for narrow hemming.

O9 EMBROIDERY FOOT -screw-on

Prevents fabric from “flagging” or popping when sewing free-motiontechniques.

O10 CORDING FOOT -snap-on

Grooves on the foot guide lightweight cords under the stitches for decorative applications.

O11 BOBBINSHold lower thread. These are “Class 15” bobbins.

O12 SEAM RIPPER

Use to remove stitching and to open buttonholes.

O13 SCREWDRIVER

Use to loosen and tighten the presser foot thumb screw, needle clamp screw, and needleplate screw.

O14 FELT CUSHIONS

Fit on the spool pin beneath the thread spool, stabilizing the spool and preventing the thread from wrapping around the spool pin.

O15 NEEDLES

The most commonly used “universal” needles, size #11, #14, and #16, are included. This machine uses 15x1 household sewing machine needles.

O16 VIDEO – NOT PICTURED

Step-by-stepinstructions on basic operation of machine.

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SIMPLICITY SEWING MACHINE SET-UP

The Simplicity sewing machine has many conversion options for a multitude of sewing applications.

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PREPARATION FOR SEWING

The power cord and foot control are one unit.

Insert the three-prongplug into the machine [Fig. 1]. Insert the power supply plug into a wall outlet. Turn the power switch to “on” [Fig.1].

Raise the left retractable thread spool pin for most sewing [Fig. 2]. Raise both the left and right retractable thread spool pins for twin needle or dual thread sewing.

ACCESSORY STORAGE

Accessories and presser feet are conveniently stored in the free-armcover.

Grasp the free-armcover with your left hand and gently pull up and toward you to open the storage tray [Fig.3].

CHANGING PRESSER FEET

Your Simplicity sewing machine comes with both snapon and screw-onpresser feet. They're easy to change and each foot helps make a specific sewing task easier.

Removing and Attaching Snap-onPresser Feet

1.Turn the handwheel toward you [Fig. 4] to bring the needle to its highest position.

2.Raise the presser foot lever [Fig. 5].

3.Release the foot by pushing the presser foot release lever located behind the presser foot holder [Fig. 6].

4.Place the desired foot on the needle plate, aligning the metal bar on the presser foot with the groove of the presser foot holder [Fig. 7].

5.Lower the presser foot lever to snap the foot in place.

Removing and Attaching Screw-onPresser Feet

1.Loosen the thumb screw located on the left side of the presser foot on the presser foot bar [Fig. 8]. You may need to use the screwdriver. It is not necessary to remove the screw all the way.

3.Remove the presser foot holder and foot [Fig. 9].

4.Attach the desired screw-onpresser foot onto the presser bar.

5.Tighten the thumb screw with the screwdriver to hold the presser foot securely in place [Fig. 10].

Note: After attaching a presser foot, select the desired stitch and turn thehand-wheeltoward you several times to make sure the needle clears the opening in the foot. Some presser feet require a straight or narrow width stitch only.

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SIMPLICITY SEWING MACHINE SET-UPOPTIONS

CONVERTING TO FREE-ARMSEWING

Free arm sewing makes it easy to sew hard to reach areas such as sleeves, pant legs, and necklines.

To convert to free arm sewing, grasp the left end of the free-armcover and pull it out to the left to remove [Fig. 1]. Slip the sleeve or pant leg on the free arm as shown and sew [Fig. 2].

PRESSER FOOT PRESSURE REGULATOR

The pressure on the presser foot can be adjusted to accommodate sewing on various weights of fabric to ensure proper fabric feeding and to eliminate skipped stitches.

1.Open the face cover [Fig. 3].

2.Move the lever until the desired pressure number is displayed in the opening of the lever [Fig. 4]. Standard

setting is 2. To increase pressure move to a higher number. To decrease pressure move to a lower number.

Set lever at 1 for heavyweight fabrics Set lever at 2 for mediumweight fabrics Set lever at 3 for lightweight fabrics

Set the lever at 0 for darning and free-motionsewing.

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DROP FEED

The drop feed mechanism lowers the feed teeth below the needleplate. This eliminates the need to make stitch length adjustments. When the feed teeth are lowered, the fabric is guided by hand, allowing free movement of the fabric in any direction.

1.Turn the handwheel toward you to raise the needle to its highest position.

2.Open the face cover and set the presser foot pressure regulator to 0.

3.Remove the free arm cover and open the front bobbin cover [Fig. 5].

4.Push down on the drop feed lever and the feed teeth will drop below the needle plate [Fig. 6].

5.Push the lever up to return to normal sewing.

LEVELING BAR

If the machine is not sitting on a level surface turn the leveling screw to stabilize the machine.

1.Remove the free arm to access the screw under the leveling bar [Fig. 7].

2.Turn the screw to the right to lower the machine. Turn the screw to the left to elevate the machine.

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STRETCH STITCH ADJUSTMENT

When stitches sewn at the stretch “S” settings are not properly forming, turn the adjustment screw with a screwdriver as shown below.

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SIMPLICITY CUSTOM STITCH SELECTION

Each built-institch can be customized by making stitch length and stitch width adjustments. The stitches arecolor-codedto correspond with the stitch length and width settings. Select a stitch, then set the stitch length and width dials within the color range. These color ranges are guidelines and may vary for some sewing techniques.

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STITCH SELECTION

STITCH SELECTOR DIAL [Fig. 1]

To select a stitch, turn the stitch selector dial so the letter that corresponds with the letter above or below each stitch illustration is aligned with the indicator dot.

STITCH RANGE DIAL [Figs. 2 and 3]

There are two stitch range settings on this Simplicity sewing machine – “N” for normal stitches and “S” for stretch stitches. Align the “N” on the dial with the indicator dot on the machine when sewing the stitches color-codedblue and when sewing buttonholes [Fig. 2]. Align the “S” on the dial with the indicator dot when sewing the stitchescolor-codedred [Fig. 3].

STITCH WIDTH DIAL [Fig. 4]

The stitch width dial is numbered 0 - 5, representing the various stitch widths in millimeters. The higher the number, the wider the stitch. The yellow color-codingbetween 3 and 5 represent the width range for making buttonholes.

To select a stitch width turn the dial until the desired width setting is aligned with the indicator dot.

STITCH LENGTH DIAL [Fig. 5]

The stitch length dial is numbered 0 - 4 representing the various stitch lengths in millimeters. The higher the number, the longer the stitch.

To select a stitch length turn the dial until the desired length setting is aligned with the indicator dot. When set at 0 the fabric will not feed under the foot.

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REVERSE SEWING LEVER [Fig. 6]

Use the reverse sewing lever to secure the beginning and ends of seams.

With the foot control depressed, push and hold the reverse lever down to sew in reverse. Release the lever to return to forward sewing.

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NEEDLE PLATE SEAM GUIDES [Fig. 7]

 

 

 

 

The five seam guide markings on the right side of the

 

 

needle plate are set at 1/8” intervals. The first mark is

 

 

1/2" from the needle; the second, 5/8” and so on. Align

 

 

the fabric edge at a seam guide marking for a consistent

 

 

seam width. The standard seam allowance width is 5/8”.

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