Posts Tagged ‘Brother Quattro’

Brother Pattern Alignment with the Snowman™, Innov-Eye™, and the Continuous Border Hoop

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

A new Brother software upgrade will provide precise alignment tools through use of the Snowman™ and the Innov-eye™ Camera System on some models of Brother machines. When the software upgrade is added to the machine, the included Camera Pattern Alignment program will add new capabilities to make design alignment even easier.

The secret to having continuous designs line up accurately has always been in getting the fabric hooped correctly. The new camera pattern alignment program lets the camera work with 2 snowmen and the software does the work of making each design match up properly. Designs can match at 9 connection points and the points can be adjusted by sliding for a completely new look.

How does this magic work?

  1. Select this icon on the screen of the machine:
    camera alignment
  2. A new screen will open. Select the point on the grid where the next design needs to attach:Next design goes here!
  3. Stitch the first design.
  4. When finished, the machine screen will guide you through placing the 2 snowman markers where they need to be. It will scan the snowman locations. Remove the fabric from the hoop (DO NOT REMOVE the SNOWMEN) and rehoop the fabric for the next design segment.
  5. Select the point on the grid where the next design will attach to the previous design. The machine will scan the snowmen.
    This is where the next design will attach to the previous design.
  6. Choose the new design (it doesn’t have to be the same as the one used first). The software will align the new design to the previous one.
  7. Stitch the design (if you are planning to add additional designs, select the icon again prior to completing the stitching of this design. Select where the next design will line up to the design you’re about to stitch. This will let the software know you are planning to add to the design).

The Continuous Border Hoop is not just for borders! If you like easy hooping then this is the hoop for you.

If you have ever struggled getting the hoop together nice and tight; or if you enjoy working with specialty fabrics such as leather, velvet, some silks etc; then you owe it to yourself to swing by your nearest Quality Sewing Store and take a close look at the amazing Continuous Border Hoop from Brother.

The hoop is a clamp hoop. Lay the fabric in place on the soft non-marking base, and press one side latch. Then it is an easy task to make certain the fabric is lined up as desired, just check the alignment lines on each side of the hoop and press the other side latch to secure the fabric. The top side of the hoop has a rubber grip that will hold the fabric securely and will not leave any marks or “hoop burn.”

Brother Quattro Software Upgrade Premium Pack III

Brother Quattro Software Upgrade Premium Pack III including the Continuous Border Hoop

Happy Stitching!
Carol


Live from Brother Convention in Nashville!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Nashville is really hot, and it is not just the weather. The new Brother 2012 products are amazing, and I wanted to share some of them with everyone as soon as possible! Here are the highlights:

New Brother Quattro 2

New Top of the Line Quattro 2, NV6700D:

  • Quattro 2 has all of the features of the Quattro 1 including the original Upgrade 1 that features scanning and built-in resizing, plus all the new features from the Upgrade 2! (See below for Upgrade 2 details).
  • A new, improved Advanced Super View (ASV) HD LCD touch screen. It is actually brighter and clearer then the current one (I couldn’t believe it either).

Already have a Quattro? Both of the new Upgrades work on your machine too! Are you ready to take your Quattro to the next level of sewing and embroidery fun?

Color Shuffling

Quattro® Software Upgrade Premium Pack II:

  • My Custom Design™ feature allows you draw and auto-digitize on the sewing machine screen without needing a computer – AMAZING!
  • Includes a 10″ Pen Tablet that connects directly to the Quattro and makes sketching designs, editing and signing your creations easier than ever before – SO COOL!
  • Exclusive Color Shuffling™ Function allows you to pick a color and shuffle between possible choices to match the color. Used when you have the perfect design, but the wrong colors for your fabric or style. Just tell it what color you want to match and then choose from a random selection, gradient, vivid, or soft color palette. Use with the onscreen scanning to match designs to fabric perfectly. Check out the video here.
  • 10 new embroidery designs
  • 2 new embroidery fonts

Quattro® Software Upgrade Premium Pack III:

  • PATTERN CONNECTION FEATURE! Wow, where do I begin? How would you like to place any embroidery design or border seamlessly without having to use templates or thread marks? How would you like to do it with the exclusive InnovEye® camera? Now you can!! Using two Snowman markers you can align designs by corners or center points on each end in any direction. Everyone who owns a Quattro will want this. Works with any hoops and works with any pattern shapes. This is not just for borders – it is for connecting any design, and makes your hoop size endless!
  • Includes 4″ x 12″ Continuous Border Hoop
  • 10 border embroidery designs

New PR1000 Upgrade

New Upgrade for the Brother PR1000:

  • Auto Density Resizing on screen 60% to 200%
  • New Scanning feature: View the Video Here
  • Exclusive Color Shuffling™ Function allows you to pick a color and shuffle between possible choices to match the color. Used when you have the perfect design, but the wrong colors for your fabric or style. Just tell it what color you want to match and then choose from a random selection, gradient, vivid, or soft color palette. Use with the onscreen scanning to match designs to fabric perfectly.
  • 10 new embroidery designs
  • 2 new embroidery fonts

I am so excited about all of these great new products. I am off to class to learn about more of the new products and will be sure to report back soon. These new upgrades will be available in the stores later this month. You can be one of the first people in the nation to get to have these awesome new features! Call a store to reserve yours today.

Jim Lumbard
Quality Sewing District Manager


The Perfect Seam Allowance

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Quilters often struggle with keeping an accurate ¼” seam. Garment sewers have always known that being just a tiny bit off the seam line can really impact the way a garment fits. That must be the reason that last pair of slacks were a little too tight!

Fortunately for all sewers there is a perfect answer to accurate seam widths. Edge sewing is a precise method of sewing that is available on the Brother Quattro. Any seam allowance from 1/16” to 1½” can be achieved accurately by the InnovEye™ edge sewing feature. Sure the seaming is convenient, but wait until you see the precision in topstitching.  Just in case you like to stitch along a curved edge, it can do that too.

Your browser may not support display of this image. Edge sewing is very simple to set up. Select the icon Your browser may not support display of this image. on the Quattro’s screen and directions will instantly appear.


The special V foot and the edge sewing sheet are both included with the machine. There are even extra copies of the special sheet just in case one gets misplaced.

After the items are in place press OK and the machine will ready itself for perfect seaming. Slide the fabric under the foot and watch the screen, when the screen displays the desired seam width put the presser foot down.  Start sewing. It is not necessary to guide the fabric. The InnovEye system will keep the fabric at a precise seam width for the length of the fabric. Perfect strip piecing is a snap with this feature.

Did I mention there are a variety of stitches that will work with the Edge sewing feature? You really have to see this feature in action to believe how exciting it is. Come by any one of the Quality Sewing Stores and let them demonstrate this amazing feature for you.

Happy Sewing

Carol


Foolproof Embroidery Design Positioning

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

“It is important to have the right tool for the job.” That was some great advice I received from my father.  A new essential tool in the embroidery industry is the snowman marker.

What is it that makes this little marker the right tool for the job?  The snowman marker works with the Brother Quattro Sewing/Embroidery machine.  It is a special marker because it works with the Innoveye™ camera to precisely, correctly position the chosen embroidery design in exactly the place it needs to be stitched.  WOW!  That means no more designs that are just a little crooked, or just a hair off center.

It is a simple matter to place the snowman marker exactly in the desired position on a garment, quilt block, or home dec item.  Then hoop the fabric in the embroidery hoop.  Install the hoop onto the machine.  Select the icon on the screen that exactly matches the snowman marker, then press “scan” on the machine screen.  The Innoveye™ camera will be activated and the camera will search for the snowman.  The design will be automatically aligned to match the position of the marker.  The design may be moved up or down, off center, rotated (even upside down) to make it exactly match the placement of the marker.

This incredible tool assures precisely accurate placement of every design and enables even a beginner will have perfectly placed embroidery.  It also makes it possible to use the unbelievable print and stitch technology that is built into the machine.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the magic of the snowman, take a minute and visit one of the Quality Sewing Center locations and ask for a demonstration of this amazing tool.   It is the right tool for the job when it comes to perfect placement of embroidery designs.

Carol