Most importantly, it is absolutely necessary that you use only SINGER® branded needles. Other brands can eventually damage the hook and the machine will require servicing. You can use a 2000 or 2020 for natural or woven fabrics and 2001 or 2045 for knits and other synthetics.
Yes, your SINGER® FUTURA™ sewing and embroidery machine uses a plastic class 15J bobbin. You can purchase this bobbin through your local SINGER® retailer. Never use pre-wound bobbins in your machine. When using the sewing side of the machine, you can use regular all-purpose thread in the bobbin, but when using the embroidery side, you will need to use what is called "bobbinfil". This is a finer weight thread that is ideal for embroidery. There are brands that are better than others; we recommend a spun poly bobbinfil sold under the Robison-Anton or Sulky brand name.
You can easily resume where you were stitching if you follow these steps. Before shutting down the machine, be sure to save the design that you were working on. This is important if you can change the size or the position of the design. Take note of which color block that you were working on. Now, you are ready to exit the navigator and shut down the program and the machine. You can remove the hoop from the embroidery unit if you need to, but DO NOT remove the fabric from the hoop. To resume embroidering, turn on the machine, open the program and reattach the hoop if you removed it. Send the design to the machine. Use the double arrow box to the right of the send block box to advance to the color that you were sewing out when you turned off the machine. If you had already started embroidering that color, use the needle up/down touch to move the needle to a few stitches ahead of the place where it last stitched. Thread the machine and start embroidering.
Embroidery Use- Hoop
SINGER® FUTURA™ machines report the hoop attached to the computer only one time, when the SINGER® Futura™ program is started. If there is no hoop attached the program will assume that the large hoop is mounted. So, if a user decides to use a different hoop than the one the machine has detected, it is necessary to change the program's setting before embroidering (see below procedure, Step 4). However, there is a correct procedure/sequence to set up the SINGER® Futura™ machines for embroidery. Preparing to embroider out of sequence will cause the computer to display an Error Message if the small hoop is used: The proper way to set up for embroidery on the SINGER® Futura™ machines is as follows:
Your SINGER FUTURA sewing and embroidery machine has excellent "how-to" tutorials built into the software. To access these tutorials, open the software, from the top tool bar, click on "Help" and then select "How-to Tutorial". These tutorials include step-by-step instructions on how to open a design, how to change stitch colors and many more topics.
You can view or print a copy of the instruction manual on how to use the software. To view the manual, open the software. From the top tool bar, click on "Help" and then select "Open the Manual". To print the manual, place the program CD into the tray of the CD drive of your computer. If the Install Wizard begins, CANCEL the installation. Double click on 'My Computer" and you should see a drive with the FUTURA program identified. Double left click on that drive and then double left click on the "Manual" file. From there, choose the language that you need. From the file menu, choose the "Print" option. (For older computers, it may be necessary for you to "explore" the drive in order to access the manual).
1. Open the design. Then on the top tool bar choose Design ->Change Size.
If you need to back up within a design, simply touch the backstitch icon on the front of your machine.