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
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.
Step 2: Starting the Print for Letters Onto a Stretchy Fabric With Canvas Backing
When using stretchy fabric if you do not have a strong backing the material is likely to bunch and not work out.
FYI: The lit green button is your start button on this machine.
Step 3: Cleaning Up the Thread Between Letters
The extra threads once cut away will leave you with a great looking and solid final print of your embroidered letters. Note that a solid canvas backing allowed this project to print properly spaced and good looking letters onto a stretchy material.
Step 4: After Printing and Still in the Work Holding Device (The Hoop)
TIP: Make sure the edges of your backing extends past the hoop edges by at least 3/4" of an inch on both sides to account for the fabric pulling from the machine embroidering the letters.
Step 5: Lettering on Stretchy Blue Fabric
TIP: Most of the time the backing material will have several threads that come off from the main fabric over time and these can be cut away or on some fabrics simply pulled away by hand.
Good luck with your machine only lettering project on a CNC embroidery machine.