Basic procedure to sew stitches

  • While the machine is in operation, pay special attention to the needle location.
    In addition, keep your hands away from all moving parts such as the needle and handwheel, otherwise injuries may occur.

  • Do not pull or push the fabric too hard while sewing, otherwise injuries may occur or the needle may break.

  • Never use bent needles. Bent needles can easily break, possibly resulting in injuries.

  • Make sure that the needle does not strike basting pins, otherwise the needle may break or bend.

First, perform a trial sewing, using a piece of fabric and thread that are the same as those used for your project.


  1. Prepare the appropriate needle and thread for the type of fabric.
    For details, refer to "Combination of fabric, thread and needle".

    If necessary, replace the needle.
    For details, refer to "How do I change the needle?".

    For safety and best sewing results, use thread and needle appropriate for the fabric that you wish to sew.

    If the combination of the fabric, thread and needle is not correct, it may cause sewing problems or result in a poor finish to your sewing project.
  2. Wind thread onto a bobbin, and then install it into the machine.
    For details, refer to "How do I wind the bobbin?" , "How do I install the bobbin wound with thread?".

  3. Thread the upper thread.
    For details, refer to "How do I thread my machine?".

  4. Select a stitch pattern.
    If necessary, change the stitch width or stitch length.
  5. Press img02 (Needle position button) once or twice to raise the needle. 
  6. Raise the presser foot lever.
  7. Check the symbol for the presser foot shown in the LCD, and then attach the appropriate presser foot.
    Attach zigzag foot "J" in this procedure. (It is on the machine when purchased.)

    For details on changing the presser foot, refer to "How do I remove or attach the presser foot ?".

    Always use the appropriate presser foot. If the wrong presser foot is used, the needle may strike the presser foot and bend or break, possibly resulting in injury.
    Refer to "Stitch Chart" for presser foot recommendations.

  8. Set the fabric under the presser foot, and then hold the fabric and the end of the thread with your left hand.
  9. Rotate the handwheel counterclockwise or press img07 (Needle position button) to lower the needle to the starting point of the stitching.
  10. Lower the presser foot lever.
  11. Adjust the sewing speed with the sewing speed controller.
    img10 (1) Fast
    (2) Slow

    You can use this controller to adjust sewing speed during sewing.

  12. Press the Start/Stop button to start sewing.
    (When the foot controller is plugged in, slowly press down on the foot controller to start sewing.)
    Guide the fabric lightly by hand.

    When the foot controller is being used, you cannot start sewing by pressing the "Start/Stop" button.

  13. Press the "Start/Stop" button again to stop sewing.
    (When the foot controller is plugged in, remove your foot from the foot controller to stop sewing.)
  14. Press img13  (Needle position button) to raise the needle.
  15. Raise the presser foot lever, and then remove the fabric.
  16. Pull the fabric to the left side of the machine, and then cut the threads by using the thread cutter.
    (1) Thread cutter

  17. Check the sewing finish. If necessary, adjust the thread tension.
    For details, refer to "How to adjust the thread tension".

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