So, you’ve bought a Brother Sewing Machine but you are not sure how to set it up?
Don’t worry, most of us had this problem. Here you’ll find tips and tricks for doing this professionally, fast and easy. Also, we’re going to deal with some of the most common problems you can bump into!
How to put together a Brother sewing machine?
Your new sewing machine comes with DVD or printed Manual meant to help you set up your Brother Sewing Machine.
Also, there is a whole bunch of accessories that come along. Sometimes it’s not as easy as it seems to set it up. That’s why I’ll lead you through the setup process, step by step.
The accessories we’ve mentioned are usually: a foot pedal, spare needles, spare bobbins, and a screwdriver. Then you have different feet such as: a buttonhole foot, zipper and zigzag foot.
Let’s go through the steps of setting up your brother sewing machine:
- Take it out from the package. Most machines come in a hard carrying bag.
- Check if you’ve got all the accessories you should (they should be named in every selling add). Don’t forget to check the warranty. If you don’t have everything you were told, contact the customer support and see what to do next!
- After you have checked everything (and everything seems ok) you can start setting up your sewing machine. Attach the power cord side of the machine and plug the power in.
- Place the foot pedal to get started.
- Pull up the thread holder and place the reel on top.
- Set the thread as the diagram on your machine shows.
- Take your empty bobbin and wrap the cotton around it a few times to stop it from coming up.
- Thread the loose end through the hole in the top of the bobbin.
- When you finish this you can place it onto the bobbin holder. Pushing this to one side disengages the needle and makes it safe. To line the bobbin once it’s loaded, switch on your machine slowly and put your foot down onto the pedal.
- Now, when the bobbin is full, snip the thread, release the bobbin from the bobbin holder and bring that back down to the needle!
- Before you load the bobbin, make sure that your sewing machine is switched off. You’ll also need to remove bobbin casing making sure that the thread is going in an anti-clockwise direction. Just drop it in. There is a small metal arm and what you want is the thread to just tuck under. Pull that to the side of your left hand; slide the case back on, in its place.
Now, let’s see how to thread the machine.
When you are doing this, you need to make sure that the lever arm is in its highest available position. There is a line on the handle-just turn it to the top.
Then, following the diagrams move the thread. It should go around the tension lever, up and across the arm and then down to the clip just above the needle. It holds the thread in place. The thread then goes through the needle and the hole in the bottom of the foot. After you’ve done all this, pull it to the back.
When you want to pick up the thread from the bobbin first make sure that the foot is raised. There is a lever that lowers and lifts up the foot.
To pick up the thread, turn the hand wheel full motion and pull the thread away from the needle. Take the scissors or a pen to help you move the thread to the back.
Every machine has a handle that shows you which stitches you have. You just need to follow the numbers on the handle and chose straight or zigzag stitches or any other available.
Common problems with sewing machines
Even when you buy a brand new machine there is a possibility that something might go wrong.
I’ve investigated what are the most common issues people face with and prepared solutions for them!
One tip: before you start doing anything with your sewing machine, read the manual thoroughly.
Most Brother Sewing Machines come with printed or DVD manual but even if there isn’t one, go to Brother’s webpage where you’ll find manuals for all types of their sewing machines!
· Your machine doesn’t want to sew
As advised, read the manual before you set up your machine. Follow the instructions to set it up in the right way.
If you did everything you should check for:
- Bobbin-It happens that the bobbin winder shaft is pushed to the right. Instead, it should be pushed to the left side.
- Thread-Your sewing machine won’t work if it’s not threaded well. Make sure that the threading line on the hand wheel is at its top position. This way your needle will also be in the right sewing position. Also, presser foot has to be lifted before you start threading!
- Bobbin-it has to be set correctly. Top loading bobbin-the thread needs to go around it in an anti-clockwise direction (we talked about this).
- Foot-on mechanical machines it needs to be lowered before sewing. Modern computerized machines cause fewer headaches since they remind you of this!
· Thread is bunching under the fabric
This is often a problem but luckily for us easy to solve!
Here’ what you can do:
- Check the position of the bobbin case following the manual.
- Check the tension. If it’s too low, reset it to number 4.
- If there is the take-up lever missing, this will cause the gathering of the thread under the fabric.
- Maybe you need to re-thread the top thread. First, ensure the threading line indicator on the handwheel is in its top position. The presser foot needs to be raised. Threading with the foot down the tension disc is closed and there isn’t tension you need.
· Bobbin problems
The first thing you need to know is that for Brother Sewing Machines you need to use original bobbins, not from some other manufacturer. Only this way you’ll get the best stitches. Every machine uses a bobbin of special size-newer use an 11.5mm bobbin and older a 9.2mm. The size is specified in the instructional manual.
Using bad bobbins can destroy your machine.
On Brother Sewing Machines that have a Quick Set bobbin system or Top loading bobbin system, you should never use metal bobbins!
The thread must be wounded around the bobbin equally. The thread needs to go right under the tension disc on the top of the sewing machine.
· Thread troubles
Again-take care of the quality first!
Use good quality threads. You don’t have to use the most expensive one, but you should avoid low-quality threads just because they’re cheap.
If you want your projects to be done quickly and quality, you should take care of what you’re buying!
Re-thread the top thread making sure the threading line indicator on the hand wheel is positioned to the top and that foot is raised.
· Your fabric isn’t feeding
Yup, this happens often, too. So, what to do then?
If your sewing machine has drop feed, it’s possible that the feed is lowered. Raise it and make sure the fabric moves forward.
On mechanical machines, the foot must be lowered before you start sewing. I know I’ve already repeated this but it’s really important. And, of course, machines with computer think for you and remind you to do this.
If the stitch length is low, it’s possible that your sewing machine isn’t fed careful enough!
· Needle issues
One of the most important (if not the most important) part of the sewing machine is the needle. To make sure your projects are done quickly, easily and with quality, you must have an adequate needle!
The working needle should not, by any circumstances be bent. This can be dangerous since the needle could break while you are sewing and hurt you!
Before you start sewing and using a needle, put it on some flat surface and make sure it’s not bent!
What to keep in mind when it comes to sewing needles?
As you increase the needle number you should use the thicker needle (small number-fine needle).
You will use fine needles on some lightweight fabrics and thicker one on heavyweight fabrics.
For stretch fabrics and decorative stitches use ball point needle (90/14-golden colored). This way you’ll avoid skipped stitches!
For embroidering use 75/11 needle. But, if you are embroidering on some heavyweight materials, use 90/14 needle instead of a 75/11 needle because it may break and hurt you!
As you see, there are some things you should pay attention to before you start sewing. It may seem complicated at first sight, but trust me-It’s not.
The most important thing is to set up your Brother Sewing Machine the right way, following the instructions.
If you do this carefully and with precision, you won’t have troubles.
And, if you bum into a problem that hasn’t been described, Brother Industries have customer support that will help you find a solution.
So that’s all for today folks! If you want to know if more, check out some of our amazing articles on sewing machines. You will find some pretty awesome stuff here. Have a nice one!