Embroidery machine

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Participants Narya
Skills Electronics, Coding
Status Planning
Niche Electronics
Purpose Use in other project

Embroidery machines are pretty expensive. The software too. In this project I want to convert a normal sewing machine into a CNC embroidery machine. For this a XY table is needed to move the embroidery hoop under the needle. The sewing machine needs a small modification to control the speed and to monitor the needle position. I would like to start from SVG images, and convert this to GCODE to send patterns to the machine.


Projects found on the interweb

Sewing machine embroidery by hand


Data sheets or related info


CNC stuff

List of stuff

XY frame

Sewing machine controller

Two ways of sewing machine operation:

    • continuous (quilting) This is probably the easiest way, because you only need to control the speed. Basically "on" with certain speed and "off"
    • end-point punching (more like embroidery) Needs either accurate needle position info or a motor to make exactly one punch. In the second case this would be the Z axis.

Build log

  • 11 June 2014: soldered pins on the Pololu drivers and soldered the CNC shield
  • 12 June 2014: connected the shield to an Arduino Nano (while waiting for an Uno). Connected a motor and tested the shield.
Uno to Nano
  • 13 June 2014: added connectors to both motors and ran a simple test
  • 15 June 2014: embroidered a lemming by hand