Brother Innovis F480 Sewing & Embroidery Machine
Why choose the Brother Innov-is F480?
The Brother Innov-is F480 joins a great family of combined embroidery & sewing machines. The machine has a large sewing and embroidery area and is compatible with PES file format embroidery designs. With advanced features, like USB memory stick connection, colour touch screen option to dress make or embroider make this machine great value. Master the art of fashion, home making craft, accessories and embroidery in an instant.
As well as being a solid embroidery tool, it's also a brilliant sewing machine too! Superb stitch quality help by having a strong aliminum chassis. This machine will appeal to machine embroidery enthusiasts, quilters, dressmakers and general sewers due to its features and functions. Theres even a basting setting, stitch number 8.
Stitch #32 is the first of the quilting stitches and it's a one I love to use, the "Hand-look quilting stitch" using transparent nylon thread fot the upper thread and the colour matching the quilt on the bobbin, this super stitch will really give you that; hand sewn finish. It even has a stippling stitch. Use the included side cutter (an attachment that trims the fraded edge of the fabric while the machine is stitching) with one of the many overlock stretch stitches available.
Having USB capability, the transfer of your existing designs or machine embroidery designs downloaded from the Internet, can be sent from your computer to the machine instantly using any memory stick. Sewing speed is up to 850 stitches per minute (straight stitch) with embroidery speed up to 650 stitches per minute, large single embroidery area 13cm by 18cm and a total of 138 built in embroidery patterns. You have the option of 11 fonts to choose from, including 3 styles of Japanese text, each font has 3 sizes. Its simple to edit your design on screen or add text to a logo. A memory to save your customised designs or save lettering to use at a later date.
What else has this fantastic Innov-IS F480 got that's impressive..
Automatic thread tensioning
Whether you're working with heavy denim, thin georgette, stretchy knits or bulky fleece, the Innov-is F480 computer automatically adjusts the thread tension to create beautiful even stitches on any fabric.
Advanced needle threader
Easy to use needle threading system means less time threading, more time sewing
A fantastic full colour touch screen
No more trying to guess what colour is going to be sewn next like the old monochrome screens, this vibrant colour screen captures every detail. The coloured icons seem to make navigation through the stitch options is a breeze compared to none colour screens.
Built in thread cutter - Trimmer Button
Used to automatically trim the top and bottom threads. A real time saver.
Needle Up/Down Button
A popular feature and used to position the needle when you stop sewing. this can be either at the top of the stroke, so you can remove your work easily OR have the needle down for easy pivoting.
Another popular feature that automatically sews 4 reinforcement stitches in straight or zig zag stitches. Start/Stop Button Gives the option to use the regular foot control OR use this button to start and stop the machine and the on board speed control to regulate the speed.
Regular Sewing Machine Features
400+ built in stitches including letters, utility, heirloom, crossstitch, quilting, decorative stitches
5 regular 7 mm alphabet stitches
Custom stitch designer
Pivot function for quilters
Rotary top loading bobbin
Start/Stop button - can be used with or without foot control
Rotary top loading bobbin
10 types of button holes
Sewing speed 850 stitches per minute
Electronic speed limiter
Compatible with Brother PE Design software
138 Built-in embroidery designs
140 frame designs
11 Built-in fonts in 3 sizes
2 Hoops are included
Edit embroidery designs
Embroidery area of 7" x 5" but using the included multi-position hoop designs can be 12" x 5"
Thread chart colours pre loaded
Easy to use with on screen instructions your personal preferences
Embroidery speed 650 stitches per minute
Cuts thread ends automatically
USP memory stick connection
Comploment your new machine with the optional digitizing software PE Design Plus, designed for beginners. This easy to use software allows you to convert existing PC images to stitch data automatically and personalise your embroideries by adding lettering in many different styles.
Blind stitch foot
Button fitting foot
Side cutter foot
Free-motion quilting foot
Bobbin x 4
Spool cap (small)
Spool cap (medium) x 2
Spool cap (large)
Vertical spool pin
Embroidery hoop (large) 18cm x 13cm - (7" x 5")
Embroidery multi-positioning hoop (extra large) 30cm x 13cm - (12" x 5")
Embroidery needle plate cover
Grid sheet set
Touch pen (stylus)
Alternate bobbin case (pink marking)
Embroidery bobbin thread
Quick reference guide
Hard protective case
|Model Number||Innov-is F480|
|Type||Sewing & Embroidery|
|Warranty||3 Years Full Manufacturers Warranty|
|Size (Height, Width, Depth)||W44 cm x H29 cm|
|Variable Electronic Speed Control||Yes|
|Bobbin Access||Top Loading|
|Transparent bobbin cover Bobbin Cover||Yes|
|Hard Carrying or Storage Cover||Yes|
|Automatically Tensions Thread||Yes|
|Integrated Needle Threader||Yes|
|Thread End Cutting||Automatic|
|Number of Stitch Selections||138 designs. 182 stitches|
|Popular Stitch Functions||Straight, Zig-Zag, Multi Zigzag, Blind Hem, Stretch Blind Hem, Rolled Hem, Straight Stretch, Overlock Stretch, Scallop, Ric Rac, Honeycomb, Herringbone, Gathering, Applique, Sew-On Buttons, Quilting Stitches, Plus decorative patterns|
|Formation of Buttonholes||1-Step Fully Automatic|
|Variety of Buttonholes||10|
|Maximum Speed Limit Adjustment||Yes|
|Needle Up/Down Function||Yes|
|Integrated Dual Feed System||No|
|Integrated Fabric Feed Lowering||Yes|
|Hook Movement||Smooth Rotary Action|
|Needle Positions||Left / Right / Centre|
|Tutorial CD / DVD||No|
I'm new to sewing and embriodery, but the setting up and getting started with the machine that I chose has been so easy!
Fantastic machine I love it I'm a beginner but this machine is so easy to use Definitely recommend
After using a manual sewing machine for years, moving to a computerised machine is like learning to sew again. I love the embroidery function, and for a newbie, I managed to get going from the word go. Threading is very easy and every foot, bar roll foot, is included. I'm very happy that it also has every function I am ever likely to need
I just and cant get enough off this fantastic extraordinary sewing/embroidery machine. I absolutely love it !!! its easy and the stitches are beautiful and the embroidery designs are lovely !! I have it only for one day but really its just fantastic to work with ...easy instruction to follow even for my girls.
What a fab machine this is... I love the fact that you can do basic sewing, embroidery and quilting on this machine. It's great that there are lots of different embroidery designs and stitches built into this machine and you can also design your own or get new ones by downloading from the net. Another big plus for me is the ease of threading the machine and even threading the needle as it is done for you and if you are unsure at the touch of a button a guided step by step guide comes up on the digital panel. This machine has so many features I am thrilled with it...
Love this machine and it does everything it says and more, I have never embroidered before and I'm amazed at how easy this machine has made it with excellent results. The instructions are so easy to follow. I would highly recommend this company and product the service has been great.
This machine was a present for my sister so she is writing the review as I would not know one end of a machine from the other!
This machine is excellent, I have not had much time to play but I think I have tried each and every feature out once that it has. The embroidery is exceptional although the built in library is a little small and hard to determine whether it is in cross stitch or satin stitch, quality of either is fab. No foot operation is immediately responsive and brilliant not a feature I have used before. The manual is a god send of a bible and covers every aspect you could possibly want it to. My only point of confusion has been as to the different bobbin cases and when to use them but I have been assured Gutermann thread will only need the standard bobbin case. All in all a fab machine and worth the departure from my 30 year old Bernina and quality of stitch is equal if not better than the Bernina. The huge plus point for me also is that although the machine is robust and stable it is considerably lighter than my Bernina was.
I love the ease of threading. The many features of this machine are wonderful. Being able to create my own stitches with the My Custom Stitch feature as well as being able to combine the different classes of stitches to expand the stitch capabilities is a super plus while heirloom sewing and quilting.
The pattern stitches come out wonderful. You do need to read the manual and follow the instructions for perfect pattern sewing by using a stabilizer geared to the type of fabric being used. I have found most imperfections or problems encountered are due to user error or lack of reading the manual and following recommendations.
The embroidery is also wonderful. I advise any new person starting out embroidering to learn as much as possible before judging your machine. There is a lot involved in embroidering properly but once learned it is very addicting indeed.
I love the fact that this machine has many many built-in designs as well as the usb to download them straight off the internet and into my machine.
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