Question about Brother Sewing Machines
All of a sudden my machine began doing a burst of reverse stitches and then flashed e6/f5 error message. the e6 reads in my manual to be a thread tangled up so I thoroughly cleaned the machine and tried again. same thing happened. so obviously the f5 is the more important issue but my manual does not say what this means.
I know this probably won't do you much good as it is now nearly 3 years after you posted your problem. However, I just had the same problem after using my machine for 4 years and couldn't find any solutions or answers anywhere, even from Brother, so I figured I'd post an answer in the event someone else has this problem. My local repair center wanted to charge $100 to even look at it since it is a computerized machine and Brother said the F5 code was not a good thing and I really needed to have it checked by an authorized dealer. You can get this machine brand new for $150 so I didn't see the point in spending the money to fix it.
I finally decided to open the hard case and see if anything was up. Yes, this voids the warranty but what good was the warranty going to do me anyway when I could replace it for less than any repairs would cost. When i opened the hard case, I discovered over 40 glass head straight pins scattered everywhere. I have a 3 y/o son who apparently thought dropping the pins through the holes on the top great fun, lol. I removed all the pins and used canned air to clean out all the dust bunnies, put it back together and was back in business in about an hour. The machine sounds great and doesn't skip a stitch!
Posted on Aug 26, 2011
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