Needle Calibration

Keep your finger on the screen.

Keep your finger on the screen.

So this was an adventure. One thing I learned is that the white stickers that come with the machine, do in fact have a function. If I would have realized they weren’t just random stickers when I purchased the machine, I would not have lost them. Good news though! Any large white sticker will work…in this case, I used Avery mailing labels which I had on hand as a handy substitute. On to the steps!

First, the machine has to be off. Press your finger to the LCD screen and keep the finger pressed to the machine while you turn it on and it boots up.

Keeping your finger on the LCD tells the machine that calibration is coming. Once the screen boots up, rather than the usual home screen, you will see a calibration screen which looks like this:

Calibration Screen

Calibration Screen

Press the automatic threading button, which tells the machine the needle is being calibrated. The calibration screen will change to onscreen directions for Camera Needle Position Setting Mode. Follow the directions and the needle will be calibrated.

Sticker is Dirty

Sticker is Dirty

First up, raise the needle bar to it’s highest position by using the hand crank on the right of the machine. Remove the presser foot and put a new needle in, sized either 75/11 or 90/14. Do NOT thread the needle. Place one of the white stickers (or a large white sticker label) under the needle and over the needle plate. Important note: The sticker does have to be stuck to the needle plate. If you just slide a piece of paper under the needle, calibration will fail.

Also note: You can’t fake the calibration. If you don’t put the sticker on the needle plate, you will get an error message.

Press the START key on the LCD/instruction screen. Not using the sticker will result in NG display on the LCD, and the manual says to remove the sticker, then follow on-screen instructions to repeat steps 3 and 4. If multiple attempts fail, then see your Baby Lock retailer. Happily, I didn’t try this (until I was trying to get a good picture of the successful calibration), and was rewarded with success!

Red circle around successful needle drop, OK says OK.

Red circle around successful needle drop, OK says OK.

The LCD shows where the needle dropped, as circled and squared in red, which is EXACTLY where the needle was supposed to drop. The LCD says OK, which means calibration was successfully completed Remove the sticker, turn off machine, and you’re ready to go…once you turn the machine back on of course!