The Makery

First Timer’s Guide: Embroidery Machine

What is it?

Janome Memory Craft 500E: The official information

It’s easy to personalize, embellish, and monogram home décor items, garments and accessories. With 160 built-in embroidery designs and six fonts for monogramming, the possibilities are endless. The MC500E has a maximum embroidery size of 7.9”x11” and it comes with 4 embroidery hoops, and an extra wide table for expansive workroom.

Designs are easily imported through a USB and edited through the machine’s advanced on-screen editing functions. Navigation through all of these features is easy with the MC500E’s LCD color touchscreen.

What can I do?

Embroidery is essentially the decoration of fabric and cloth using needle and thread. Decoration can be anything from simple patterns and stiches to logos and pictures containing multiple colors. Often done by hand, at the Makery, we have a machine capable of creating embroidery patterns quickly and easily.

Check out some example projects here

What do I need?

  • A Hoop

We provide hoops at the Library for use with our machine since they are machine specific. Most embroidery designs will fit within the sizes that we have. Please check with us if you are unsure about the size of your design fitting into one of our hoops. See all sizes we have in the next section below.

  • Embroidery Thread(s)
  • Fabric on which to embroider
  • Stabilizer
  • Some design to create
    • You need a .jef file for our machine.
  • About 1-3 hours

What materials can I use?

Hoop Information

  • Hoop sizes we have at the library include:
    • RE10b : 100x40mm (3.9×1.6in)
    • SQ14b : 140x140mm (5.5×5.5in) Commonly used
    • RE20b : 140x200mm (5.5×7.9in) Commonly used
    • SQ20b : 200x200mm (7.9×7.9in)
    • RE28b : 200x280mm (7.9×11.0in)
    • ASQ18b : 184x184mm (7.2×7.2in) Used for quilt embroidery

Thread Information

Embroidery thread usually has a nice sheen, giving pop to your designs. We recommend a polyester thread. Janome machines are good with any brand thread. In general, Rayon threads are harder to work with than polyester threads. You might see a lot more breakage with rayon. Brand doesn’t matter.

Design Information

Embroidery designs are unique. Each one is specifically designed for the purpose of embroidery.

Stabilizer Information

Stabilizer is a very important part of the machine-embroidery process. There are 4 main types of stabilizer: cut-away, tear-away, heat-away, and wash-away (water soluble). The one you should use for embroidery depends on the fabric you are using.

Used for: Best used on: Comes in: Removal:
Cut-away stabilizers Permanent support Knits, loosely wovens Light to heavy weights Not removed, except for cutting away excess
Tear-away stabilizers Temporary support Firmly woven, natural-fiber fabrics Light to heavy weights; fusible and nonfusible Torn away, but not always completely removable, depending on brand and stitch pattern
Heat-away stabilizers Temporary support Nonwashable, delicate fabrics and for off-the-edge stitching techniques Woven sheets, plastic film Completely removable with iron and caution
Wash-away stabilizers Temporary support Delicate, mesh-like, and difficult-to-mark fabrics; also for cutwork and embroidered appliqués Plastic film, paper sheets, brush-on or sprayable liquid Completely removable with water

Where can I buy materials?

Elmhurst Public Library does not endorse nor profit from these links. These are suggestions of where you can purchase items to use in the Makery but are by no means an exhaustive list.