How to Embroider Letters on an Embroidery Sewing Machine

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I am making a new Christmas Stocking and I wanted to use the Janome 350E Embroidery machine at TechShop to machine embroider the name it.  This Instructable will describe how to set up the machine to embroider a word or words with a set of embroidery letters  purchased online.

You will need the following:
• Your fabric. In this case the piece for the top of the stocking.
• A piece of stabilizer. Stabilizer prevents the stitching from puckering the fabric.
• A sharp sewing machine needle
• Machine embroidery thread. Rayon is slightly shinier than Polyester but much more expensive.  I got mine at
• Design files on a flash drive
• A threaded bobbin
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Step 1: File Setup

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I choose to buy letters online as I wanted some fancy, fat letters. The standard options that came with the machine were too skinny. I bought mine at

Kayelee sent me a zipped file that contained a separate file for each letter and number.

Make a folder on your flash drive called EmbF5 . Place a folder inside that folder called MyDesign. (No Space) Copy the design files that you purchased inside that folder.

Step 2: Fabric Set-up

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Thread the machine and place the bobbin in the machine. Test the tension by sewing a few stiches. None of the bobbin thread should show through on the top of the fabric.

Determine how large your final words will be and then pick the appropriate size hoop for your project. My project was small, so I choose the A Hoop, the smallest one. My fabric fit in the hoop. Note that if your fabric is smaller than the hoop, you can pin it to a larger piece of stabilizer fabric. The hoop will hold the stabilizer and the pins will hold your fabric.  Place the fabric and the stabilizer in the hoop and tighten the screw.  Lock the hoop into the machine by matching the holes on the hoop and the machine and turn the knob.
tdc22022 years ago
Very nice Xmas stocking. Does it seem like the "N" might be upside down? Maybe that's just me. :)