In this instructable I am using the CNC Embroidery machine at the Techshop in SF which is a medium end machine made for beginners and intermediate users. It has a great range of settings and even includes the ability to print text directly from the menu without using the proprietary software. 

In this instructable you will need

strong thread to use for the bobbin and the embroidery thread
CNC embroidery machine
material backing (canvas was used in this demo)
material to embroider onto

TIP: I purchased some CNC machine embroidery thread for this project and it broke multiple times while other thread did not break even once. 

In this instructable I review 2 projects made with the CNC emroidery machine. Project one is a stylized version of the letters SF and proejct 2 is SFlettering in a standard font.

I made it at Techshop

Step 1: Creating the Letters on the Menu

The menu is quite simple to use and easy to understand. To make your letters simply go into the lettering menu area and choose your letters for use on your final project. Note that when choosing letters you may need to rotate the design to fit onto your project.

If you are using medium or large letters you may only be able to fit 3-5 letters onto a single embroidery area. The hoop dimensions will limit how large you can make your letters.

In the menu you will see the letters SF chosen - when choosing letters you can select from 

3 sizes (small, medium, large)
3 fonts (normal, stylized, calligraphy style)

TIP: The hoop and the work holding requirements also will mean that you either have to cut apart your clothing to embroider or embroider your design near an edge as the CNC embroidery machine work holding requirement must align the hoop with an edge of the fabric.

About This Instructable




Bio: Based in San Francisco I strive to incorporate custom lettering in the art that I design, print, and make.
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