How do I hoop the fabric in the embroidery frame?

  • Use fabrics with a thickness of less than 2 mm (1/16 inch). Using fabrics thicker than 2 mm (1/16 inch) may cause the needle to break.
  • Always use a stabilizer material for embroidery when embroidering stretch fabrics, lightweight fabrics, fabrics with a coarse weave, or fabrics which cause pattern shrinkage. Otherwise, the needle may break and cause injury.





Attaching iron-on stabilizers (backing) to the fabric

For best results in your embroidery projects, always use stabilizer material for embroidery.


  1. Press the iron-on stabilizer material to the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Use a piece of stabilizer which is larger than the embroidery frame being used.
img01 (1) Fusible side of stabilizer
(2) Fabric (wrong side)
(3) Size of the embroidery frame
  • When embroidering small pieces of fabric that cannot be hooped on an embroidery frame, use stabilizer material as a base. After lightly ironing the fabric to the stabilizer material, hoop it in the embroidery frame. If stabilizer material cannot be ironed onto the fabric, attach it with a basting stitch. After completing the embroidery, remove the stabilizer material carefully.
    img02 (1) Fabric
    (2) Stabilizer
    (3) Basting
  • When embroidering on thin fabrics such as organdy or lawn, or on napped fabrics such as terry cloth or corduroy, use water soluble stabilizer (sold separately) for best results. The water soluble stabilizer material will dissolve completely in water, giving the project a more attractive finish.
  • In the case of thick terry cloth towels we recommend that you place a piece of water soluble stabilizer on the top surface of the towel. This will help to reduce the nap of the toweling and result in more attractive embroidery.
  • When using fabrics that cannot be ironed (such as terry cloth or fabrics that have loops which expand when ironed) or in places where ironing is difficult, position the stabilizer material under the fabric without fusing it, then position the fabric and stabilizer in the embroidery frame, or check with your authorized Brother dealer for the correct stabilizer to use.



Types of embroidery frames

The types and numbers of supplied embroidery frames will differ depending on the machine model.



  • Embroidery field 18 cm × 13 cm (7 inches × 5 inches)
    Use when embroidering patterns between 10 cm × 10 cm (4 inches × 4 inches) and 18 cm × 13 cm (7 inches × 5 inches).


Medium (sold separately with some models)

  • Embroidery field 10 cm × 10 cm (4 inches × 4 inches)
    Use when embroidering patterns under 10 cm × 10 cm (4 inches × 4 inches).


Small (sold separately with some models)

  • Embroidering field 2 cm × 6 cm (1 inch × 2 - 1/2 inches)
    Use when embroidering small sized patterns, such as name tags.




Using the appropriate frame for the pattern size

Select a frame that is slightly larger than the pattern size.
Available frame options are displayed on the screen.

img06 : Shows whether or not the large/extra large (multiposition) frame can be used.
img07 : Shows whether or not the medium frame can be used.
img08 : Shows whether or not the small frame can be used.
img09 (1) White: Can be used
(2) Gray: Cannot be used
  • If you use a frame that is too small, the presser foot may strike the frame during embroidering and cause injury or may damage your machine.


Inserting the fabric

  • If the fabric is not securely held in the embroidery frame, the embroidery pattern will stitch poorly.
    Insert the fabric on a level surface, and gently pull the fabric taut in the frame, being careful not to distort hooped fabric.
  1. Loosen the embroidery frame adjustment screw and remove the inner and outer frames, placing the outer frame on a flat surface.
    Separate the inner and outer frame by removing inner frame upward.
    img10 (1) Inner frame
    (2) Outer frame
    (3) Adjustment screw

  2. Place the fabric with the stabilizer material on top of the outer frame.
    Have the right side of the fabric facing up.
    img11 (1) Right side

  3. Press the inner frame in from the top of the fabric.
    Line up img12 on the inner frame and img13 on outer frame.


  4. Tighten the adjustment screw by hand just enough to secure the fabric.


  5. Gently remove the fabric from the frame without loosening the adjustment screw.

    • This precautionary step will help reduce pattern distortion while embroidering.


  6. Press the inner frame in from the top of the fabric again, lining up img17 on the inner frame and img18 on outer frame.

    img20 (1) Outer frame
    (2) Inner frame
    (3) Fabric (right side)
    (4) Stabilizer material
    • Press the inner frame into the outer frame.


  7. Tighten the adjustment screw while removing any slack in the fabric by hand. The goal is to have a drum-like sound when the fabric is struck lightly.
    • You can use the included screwdriver when you loosen or tighten the frame adjustment screw.



Using the embroidery sheet

When you want to embroider the pattern in a particular place, use the embroidery sheet with the frame.



  1. With a chalk pencil, mark the area of the fabric you want to embroider.
    img23 (1) Embroidery pattern
    (2) Mark

  2. Place the embroidery sheet on the inner frame.
    img24 (1) Embroidery sheet
    (2) Inner frame
    (3) Embroidery sheet base lines

  3. Line the mark on the fabric up with the base line on the embroidery sheet.


  4. Place the inner frame with the fabric on the outer frame and adjust the fabric if needed to align marks on fabric with the embroidery sheet.

  5. Remove the embroidery sheet.


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