How To Set Up Sewing Machine Brother

Preliminary Check

Before getting started, make sure all the parts of your Brother sewing machine are included firmly. Check that the power cord has been properly connected and that the foot pedal is connected and working properly. The bobbin and needle thread should be treaded accurately. Additionally, ensure that the cleaning brush is free from dust and dirt.

Next, familiarise yourself with the parts of the machine. Most Brother machines have similar parts; from the tension disks to the foot pedal, take time to get acquainted with their functions. It may be beneficial to read the user manual for thorough understanding.

Once you are relatively familiar with the parts, plug the machine into a wall outlet and turn the power switch on. Press the foot pedal to make sure the machine is running.

Test out the accessories of the sewing machine. A good way to do this would be to make a test piece first. This allows you to test the machine’s tension and speed. Try changing the stitch length and width, as well as the tension. Observe how they affect the stitches

Once the sewing machine is tested and running correctly, you are ready to start sewing. Check the correct needle and thread for the project and make sure they are loaded correctly in the machine.

Sewing Techniques

Depending on the fabric and the project, the approach and techniques to sewing may vary. For light-weight fabrics like muslin, chiffon and lace, a presser foot, thread and a light stitch length should be used. For thick fabrics such as denim, extra firm pressure is required to ensure smooth seam lines.

It is important to take time when picking up patterns. Ensure that you have accurate measurements of the pieces you are cutting, as this will save time and effort later in the finishing process. Consider what kind of seams will be used to achieve a desired look.

Sew slowly and carefully at the start of a seam line. Making sure the fabric is secure in the needle plate. This starts the seam with precision and keeps your work neat.

Advanced Sewing Techniques

The Brother sewing machine is capable of carrying out more complicated techniques such as freehand embroidery, pintucking, catch stitches and choosing the desired stitch length. A basic knowledge of maintaining a consistent stitch length and tension allows for a fluid embroidery.

Carry out intricate embroidery work such as corded applique or machine embroidery. Stitches such as corded applique and catch stitches give fabric an interesting texture and can help to outline patterns or motifs.

Choose from one of the twenty to thirty stitches offered in most Brother sewing machines to add dimension and texture to your work.

Final Considerations

Once you have added a few final touches, check your work for any potential issues that may arise when it is worn or used. Undoing and redoing seams can be tedious, so this is best avoided by making sure everything is perfect before the project is finished.

Take time to adjust the needle and thread as needed. Needles should always be threaded correctly, while the tension should be consistently adjusted with note of how it changes the fabric.

Make sure the needle is correctly placed at the right height and that the foot pedal is aligned with the needle accordingly.

Finally, safety is of the utmost priority when it comes to sewing. Read the safety instruction provided with the sewing machine to make sure all safety measures are followed. It is also important to take frequent breaks during the sewing process.


The Brother sewing machine should be maintained regularly to ensure its longevity. After each use, make sure to clean and oil the machine as this will remove any dust and dirt, as well as lubricate the moving parts.

Make sure all the components are in good working order and nothing has been disconnected. Additionally, use an anti-static cloth to clean the screen of the machine. This will make sure all the settings are clearly visible.

It is also recommended to change the needle regularly. Needles are prone to wear and tear and may break after some heavy duty usage. This can cause damage to the machine and your fabric, so regular needle changes are necessary.

Finally, it is important to store the machine in a clean and dry environment when it is not being used. Keep the machine away from direct sunlight and dust, as this can cause damage in the long run.

Materials and Supplies

When purchasing the Brother sewing machine, make sure the box contains all the necessary items for the machine to work properly. This should include the bobbin and bobbin winding spool, foot presser and the wheel for selecting stitches.

Additionally, make sure that you buy the right type of needles and threads for the machine. Check the thread count and size of the needles to ensure they are compatible with the machine.

It may be beneficial to keep a good selection of basic supplies such as measuring devices and cutting tools, as well as buttons and other embellishments. These supplies will come in handy when working on a sewing project.

Finally, it is worthwhile investing in a good quality ironing board with a steam press. This will help to ensure the fabric is pressed correctly and that any fabric design has been properly implemented.


The Brother sewing machine also comes with software that can be used to edit patterns and designs. This software allows users to create, resize, rotate and distort patterns to achieve the desired effect.

The software comes with a range of tools and activity that can be used to make more complicated designs. These tools include a colour wheel, which can be used to change the colour of the fabric, as well as a feature for sizing and scaling the pattern.

Additionally, the software features an auto-cut feature and a lining tool, which can be used to produce accurate seams.

The Brother sewing machine also comes with a library of standard patterns. These patterns can be changed and customised, allowing you to make unique designs.

The library also comes with onboard video tutorials which provide instruction in how to use the software, as well as tips and advice for creating different types of designs.

Geoffrey Kirby is an experienced author and sewist who has been creating sewn projects for over 20 years. He has a passion for teaching beginners and inspiring more advanced sewists both online and through his writings. Outside of writing about sewing, Geoffrey loves to explore new techniques and styles of sewing that incorporate upcycling fabric remnants into sweet items with personality.

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