Brother PT-1290 Label Maker User Manual

User’s Guide
Printed in China
With your PT-1290, you can create labels for any
application. Select from the many frames, character sizes,
widths and styles to design beautiful custom labels. In
addition, the variety of tape cartridges available allows you
to print labels with different widths and exciting colours.
Read this manual carefully before starting and keep the
manual in a handy place for future reference.
Safety Precautions
Follow these guidelines to avoid fire, burn, injury,
electric shock, rupture, heat, abnormal odour and
Always use the specified voltage and the suggested AC adapter
(AD-24ES) for this machine to prevent any damage or failure.
Unplug the adapter cord immediately and stop using the P-touch
during an electrical storm.
Do not use the machine/AC adapter in places of high humidity such
as bathrooms.
Do not overload the adapter cord.
Do not place heavy objects on, or damage the adapter cord or plug.
Do not forcibly bend or pull the adapter cord. When disconnecting
the adapter cord from the power outlet, always hold the plug.
Make sure that the plug is fully inserted in the power outlet. Do not
use an outlet that is loose.
Do not swallow the cutter stopper.
Do not get the machine/AC adapter/adapter plug wet, such as by
handling them with wet hands or spilling liquids on to them.
Do not disassemble or modify the P-touch/AC adapter/batteries.
Do not use metallic objects, such as tweezers or a metallic pen,
when changing the batteries.
Do not throw the batteries into fire or expose to heat.
Disconnect the AC adapter, remove batteries immediately and stop
using the machine if you notice abnormal odour, heat,
discolouration, deformation or anything unusual while using or
storing it.
Follow these guidelines to avoid personal injury,
battery leakage, burn and heat.
Do not touch the cutter blade or any metal parts near the print head.
Remove the batteries and disconnect the AC adapter if you do not
intend to use the P-touch for an extended period of time.
Do not use old and new batteries together or mix alkaline batteries
with other type batteries, or set the positive and negative end in the
wrong position.
Do not drop or hit the P-touch/AC adapter.
Do not press hard on the LCD display.
Make sure you do not trap your fingers when closing the cassette
General Precautions
Depending on the location, material, and environmental conditions,
the label may unpeel or become irremovable, the colour of the label
may change or be transferred to other objects. Before applying the
label, check the environmental condition and the material.
Do not use the P-touch in any way or for any purpose not described
in this guide. Doing so may result in accidents or damage to the
Use only Brother TZ tapes with this machine. Do not use tapes that
do not have the mark.
Only use a soft, dry cloth to clean the machine; never use alcohol
or other organic solvents.
Use a cotton swab to clean the print head; never touch the print
Do not put any foreign objects into the tape exit slot or AC adapter
connector, etc.
Do not place the P-touch/battery/adapter in direct sunlight or rain,
near heaters or other hot appliances, in any location exposed to
extremely high or low temperatures (e.g. on the dashboard or in the
back of your car), high humidity, or dusty locations.
Do not apply excessive pressure to the cutter lever.
Do not try to print if the cassette is empty; it will damage the print
Do not pull the tape while printing or feeding; it will damage the tape
and machine.
Any data stored in memory will be lost due to failure or repair of the
P-touch, or if the battery expires and no adapter is connected.
When power is disconnected for more than three minutes, all texts
settings and any text files stored in the memory will be cleared.
EC Declaration of Conformity
Brother Industries, Ltd.
15-1, Naeshiro-cho, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya 467-8561, Japan
Zhuhai Brother Industries Co., Ltd.
254 Gangchang Road, Gongbei, Zhuhai City S.E.Z. Guang Dong,
Herewith declare that:
Products description
Model number
: P-touch
: PT-1290
is in conformity with provisions of the Electromagnetic
Compatibility Directive (2004/108/EC) and we declare
compliance with the following standards :
Harmonized standards applied:
EMC EN55022: 2006 + A1: 2007 Class B
EN55024: 1998 + A1: 2001 + A2: 2003
EN61000-3-2: 2006
EN61000-3-3: 1995 + A1: 2001 + A2:
The optional AC adapter AD-24ES also conforms with EN60950-
1:2001+A11:2004 and follows the provisions of the Low Voltage
Directive 2006/95/EC.
Year in which CE marking was first affixed: 2009
Issued by : Brother Industries, Ltd.
Quality Management Dept.
Power Supply and Tape Cassette
Open the cassette cover by pressing the
indicated area at the back of the machine.
If a tape cassette is already installed, remove it by
pulling it straight up. Also, if batteries are already
installed, remove them.
Make sure that the power is turned off when
replacing batteries or tape cassettes.
Insert six new AAA alkaline batteries
(LR03), making sure that their poles
point in the correct directions. Always
replace all six batteries at the same time
using brand new ones of the same type.
Insert a tape cassette, making sure that
it snaps into place.
Make sure that the end of the tape feeds under
the tape guides.
If the ink ribbon is loose, use your finger to wind
the toothed wheel in the direction of the arrow
on the cassette.
Use only Brother TZ tapes with this machine.
Securely close the cassette cover, making
sure that it snaps into place.
After you have installed the tape, press +
to feed the tape once and then push in the tape cutter
lever to cut the tape.
When using optional AC adapter (AD-24ES)
1. Insert the small plug on the adapter cord into the AC
adapter socket on the top end of the machine.
2. Insert the power plug into the nearest standard electrical
For memory back up, we recommend using AAA alkaline
batteries (LR03) together when using the AC adapter.
Print head
Tape cutter lever
End of tape
Tape exit slot
Tape guide
AC adapter socket
LCD Display & Keyboard
The LCD shows one row of 15 characters; however, the
text that you enter can be up to 80 characters in length.
1. Size
2. Font
3. Cursor
4. Caps
5. Width
6. Style
7. Underline/Frame
8. Label Length
9. Escape key
10. Power key
11. Function key
12. Font keys
13. Character keys
14. Shift key
15. Caps key
16. Cursor key (Use with
Shift key to go to start/
end of the text.)
17. OK key
18. Print/Feed key
19. Preview key
20. DECO MODE key
21. Backspace key
22. Enter key
23. Accent key
24. Symbol key
25. Space key
Initial Settings
1 Start your machine.
Supply power by using six AAA alkaline batteries (LR03)
or the optional AC adapter, and then press .
2 Set the language.
The default setting is [English].
[ Language]
Deutsch] .
3 Set the unit of measurement.
The default setting is [mm].
[mm/inch] .
The machine automatically turns off if no keys are
pressed within five minutes.
To cancel operations, press .
X Error message X What to do when...
Message Cause/Remedy
Battery Weak!
The batteries are weak. Replace them with
new ones.
Check Battery!
The installed batteries are running low.
• There is no text above the cursor when you
selected [Numbering].
• Invalid character is selected for [Numbering].
• Invalid number is selected for [Tab Length]
or [Label Length].
No Text!
• You tried to print a text file when there is no
data stored in the memory.
is pressed when no text is entered.
• You tried to select [Copies], [Numbering],
[Mirror], or Text Preview when no text is
Line Limit!
• You tried to enter a 3rd line by pressing
• You tried to print a 2 line text with 3.5mm or
6mm tape installed.
No Cassette!
You tried to print a label with no cassette
Cutter Error!
The tape cutter lever was used while printing.
The maximum number of characters (80
characters, for DECO MODE 50 characters)
have already been entered.
Text Too Long!
The text length exceeds the selected label
length, Auto Format setting length and DECO
MODE setting length.
No Frame OK?
Printing on 3.5mm tape with invalid Frame
setting ON. (Select to print with no
Frame, to cancel.)
OK to Feed?
Feeding tape after printing when [Chain print]
is selected. Refer to “Setting Margin”.
If the print head becomes too hot, your
machine will stop printing and automatically
start to cool down. The cool down time will be
displayed. Once the print head is cool, printing
will automatically continue.
Do not touch the P-touch while cooling.
Insert 12mm!
12mm tape is required for DECO MODE.
Message Cause/Remedy
Problem Solution
The display stays
blank after turning
on the machine.
• Check that the batteries are correctly
• If the batteries are weak, replace them.
• Check that the optional AD-24ES adapter is
correctly connected.
When the label is
printed out, there is
too much margin
(space) on both
sides of the text.
• See “Setting Margin” and select [Half] or
[Narrow] to have smaller margins for your
The machine does
not print, or the
printed characters
are not formed
• Check that the tape cassette has been
inserted correctly.
• If the tape cassette is empty, replace it.
• Check the cassette cover is properly closed.
The settings and
texts have cleared
on their own.
• The batteries may be weak. Replace them.
• When power is disconnected for more than
three minutes, all texts, settings and any text
files stored in the memory will be cleared.
A blank horizontal
line appears
through the printed
• There maybe some dust on the print head.
Remove the tape cassette and use a dry
cotton swab to gently wipe the print head
with an up-and-down motion.
The machine has
“locked up” (i.e.,
nothing happens
when a key is
pressed, even
though the
machine is on.)
• Refer to “Resetting the P-touch”.
The power turns off
when you try to
• The batteries may be weak. Replace them.
• Check that the batteries are correctly
The tape does not
feed properly or the
tape gets stuck
inside the machine.
• Check that the end of the tape feeds under
the tape guides.
• The tape cutter lever was used while
printing. Do not touch the cutter lever during
How can I delete all
text and format
settings to create a
new label?
• Press + and select
How can I change
the language
• Refer to “Initial Settings”.
Problem Solution