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How can I change the needle position
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Date: 5/10/12 9:10 PM

I am trying out a PC420. I put the narrow hem foot on and the center needle position misses the fold. I should be able to move the needle over to the right some more, but dang if I can figure out how to do it. I have a Brother Innovis 900 that has a touch screen and I can change the stitch width even on the straight stitch mode and it will move the needle. The pc420 does not let me move the needle when I hit the stitch width button in straight stitch mode. It just beeps at me. What am I doing wrong?
Thanks for your help

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Date: 5/10/12 9:29 PM

I figured it out - not by reading the manual which was no help - bu tby pushing buttons. I was trying to move the stitch width with the needle in the middle position. Won't work. The needle has to be in the left position. You think it would have said that somewhere. Thanks to those who were going to respond. I am trying to decide if I should keep this machine.

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Date: 5/10/12 10:36 PM

On p.55 of your manual you find directions for changing needle position. It does say that your straight stitch should be selected, and that is a default left as i understand it. One thing about Brother is that they have the very best manuals, and that is the truth - better than Janome, Elna and Bernina. Really - much much more info, and like all manuals on everything, sometimes they take some interpretation, but yes, they do not spell out that you must have it far left to choose needle position. I think you will get used to the machine, and upon re-reading the manual you might find a lot of good things you can do with your machine! :)

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Date: 5/11/12 0:39 AM

Thanks, Muffet. I see that it is the "Memo" section of page 55. The table of contents told me to go to Page 75 and I could not make out what they were talking about. I really do love Brother and you are right about their manuals. I was venting because I couldn't make it work. I am trying this machine because it has a larger bed than my other Brother and a larger throat. I can fit my arm and a quilt through it. Brother packs a lot of features for the price in their machines. I want a larger sturdier machine and this may fit the bill.

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Date: 5/11/12 10:08 PM

I had this machine for several months. It is a great machine. I traded it in for a Janome (mostly because of the lighting). The manual is pretty informative. Since I no longer have the manual, I don't what page it was on but the manual gave a needle position to get a perfect 1/4 stitch with the regular foot. I tested it and it was perfect. I don't know if you are a quilter or not but that was a nice tidbit of information. The 420 is an impressive machine and I hope I don't regret getting rid of it! It sewed 16 layers of twill for me; it has some power and some metal in there!

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Date: 5/11/12 11:30 PM

I have a silly hobby of collecting sewing machine manuals in their digital form - so I have many whose machine I have never seen up close. Sometimes that comes in handy.SO many are out there for download, and if you even consider a machine it is handy to read the manual. You learn a lot about the culture of a company from how they do the manuals as well. It oozes out between the lines.Very few companies are willing to document their machines use like Brother does.

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Date: 5/11/12 11:54 PM

Well, I know Pfaff doesn't have the best manuals, judging from the ones for my 7510 and Select. And one can tell from the Bernina manuals that they are translated. I only have one rather basic Brother machine, and the manual is good, sufficient by itself to completely master the machine.
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Date: 5/12/12 1:49 PM

There is a sad ending to this story. The Brother seized up last night and won't sew. The "thread is tangled" message appears. I removed all thread, needle and bobbin case and it still won't work. Pretty amazing all the great reviews and I get a lemon. It's going back in the box and being returned. Now I have to decide if I want another one.

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Date: 5/12/12 4:23 PM

This is why, beginner to expert, you should never dive into using a new-to-you machine without going through the manual from bobbin winding through maintenance and testing each step of every feature of the machine.

Sit down in front of the machine, open the manual and as you read, apply. This does not take very much time and will save the user a lot of frustration and down time during their project.

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Date: 5/12/12 7:45 PM

I totally agree with PattiAnnJ. So many of the negative reviews you see on Amazon are from people who opened the box and started trying to hem jeans or start a large project without reading the manual. Most of it is from threading errors or not realizing they may need to adjust the bobbin. Tension problems are not always on the topside.

I hope you get to know your machine better. It really is a nice model!
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