CNC Embroidery: Custom Tags

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Introduction: CNC Embroidery: Custom Tags

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A CNC embroidery machine is a great option for making custom tags for fabric things you make yourself.
I decided to make tags with the logo of my family's business, Wildwood Adventure outfitters.

You need:
-ribbon (the width and twice the length of the tag you want)
-a CNC embroidery machine
-thread
-a vector image of your logo
-a bigger piece of stabilizing fabric

This tutorial is for the Singer Futura 250.

Step 1: Get Your Logo

For best results, you need a logo image that has large blocks of color. These will be easy for your machine to separate and sew.

Step 2: Import Into Futura

Use AutoPunch to make your image into a stitch pattern.

Step 3: Prepare Fabric

Stretch your ribbon across something stabilizing that you will be able to tear away after sewing. I used regular printer paper, and it worked okay.

Step 4: Sew and Enjoy!

My thread tensions were a bit off, but the idea stands. Best if your logo doesn't have too much detail.

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