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How Do I Adjust the X and Y Belt on My EM/TC/MT Embroidery Machine?


Adjusting the X and Y belts on a Ricoma embroidery machine involves ensuring that the belts are properly tensioned and aligned for smooth and accurate movement. If you're having registration issues, your X belt may be loose. Here's a general guide, but keep in mind that specific instructions may vary based on your model:

Adjusting X and Y Belts:

  1. Turn Off the Machine:

    • Before making any adjustments, ensure that the embroidery machine is powered off to prevent accidents.
  2. Locate the Belts:

    • Identify the X and Y belts. These belts are responsible for the movement of the embroidery carriage in the horizontal (X) and vertical (Y) directions.
  3. Check Tension:

    • Make sure the belts have proper tension. They should not be too loose or too tight. Check the manufacturer's guidelines for recommended tension levels.
  4. Loosen Belt Tension:

    • If the belts are too tight, locate the tension adjustment mechanisms. This may involve loosening screws or adjusting tensioning bolts. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for your specific model.
  5. Align Belts:

    • Ensure that the belts are properly aligned along the pulleys and tracks. Misalignment can cause stitching errors and affect the overall performance of the machine.
  6. Tighten Belt Tension:

    • Once the belts are properly aligned, tighten the tension to the recommended levels. Again, refer to the manufacturer's guidelines for the specific tension requirements.
  7. Check Movement:

    • Manually move the embroidery carriage in both the X and Y directions to ensure smooth and precise movement. Listen for any unusual sounds or resistance.
  8. Repeat if Necessary:

    • If adjustments are not satisfactory, repeat the process until the belts are properly tensioned and aligned.
  9. Power On and Test:

    • After making adjustments, power on the machine and test it with a simple design to ensure that the X and Y movements are accurate and smooth.

Always consult the user manual provided by Ricoma for your specific embroidery machine model. The manual will offer detailed and model-specific instructions for belt adjustments, ensuring that you follow the correct procedures for your particular machine. If you're unsure or uncomfortable with making adjustments, it's recommended to contact Ricoma's customer support or a qualified technician for assistance.


You can view these videos on how to adjust X & Y belt for your machine model:

X & Y Belt Adjustment EM

X & Y Belt Adjustment TC

X & Y Belt Adjustment MT

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Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for further assistance via email at service@ricoma.com or by visiting our support page at www.ricoma.com/US/support.