Note: The Makery has a new embroidery machine, a Brother NQ1600e! Janome Embroidery Files (.jef) used on the Janome Memory Craft 500e are not compatible with the new machine.
An embroidery machine is a computerized sewing machine that embroiders fabric. The Brother Innov-is NQ 1600e makes it easy to personalize, embellish, and monogram home décor items, garments, and accessories. With built-in embroidery designs and fonts for monogramming, the possibilities are endless.
Embroidery is essentially the decoration of fabric and cloth using needle and thread. Decoration can be anything from simple patterns and stitches to logos and pictures containing multiple colors. Often done by hand, the Makery has a machine capable of creating embroidery patterns quickly and easily. The machine has preloaded designs, monograms, and fonts to choose from found in the Brother Embroidery Design Guide.
We provide hoops at the Library for use with our machine since they are machine specific. Please check with us if you are unsure about the size of your design fitting into one of our hoops.
Stabilizer is a very important part of the machine-embroidery process. The wrong stabilizer can cause issues with your design and the functionality of the machine. There are 4 main types of stabilizer: cut-away, tear-away, heat-away, and wash-away (water soluble). Some come in iron-on options for increased stability during the embroidery process. The one you should use for embroidery depends on the fabric you are using. Keep in mind that you might need up to 3 layers of stabilizer for your project. Stabilizer applied using adhesive cannot be used with the machine. Sulky and Floriani are recommended stabilizer brands.
|Used for:||Best used on:||Comes in:||Removal:|
|Cut-away stabilizers||Permanent support||Terry cloth towels, knits, loosely woven, or unstable fabrics||Light to heavy weights||Not removed, except for cutting away excess|
|Tear-away stabilizers||Temporary support||Firmly woven, natural-fiber, stable fabrics||Light to heavy weights; fusible and non-fusible||Torn away, but not always completely removable, depending on brand and stitch pattern|
|Heat-away stabilizers||Temporary support||Non-washable, for cutwork or lace embroidery||Woven sheets, plastic film||Completely removable with iron and caution|
|Wash-away stabilizers||Temporary support||Only as top layer for looped fabrics (such as towels) for clean embroidered look. Requires a bottom stabilizer of cut-away, tear-away, or heat-away.||Plastic film, paper sheets, brush-on or sprayable liquid||Completely removable with water|
Backing: heavyweight tear-away
|Canvas||Light||Backing: lightweight tear-away|
|Cotton Shirt||Light/Medium||Backing: lightweight tear-away|
|Cotton Shirt||Solid/Heavy||Backing: Medium Tear-Away, Medium cut-away|
|Knit Sweater||All||Backing: Tear-Away
|Linen||All||Backing: lightweight tear-away (might need 2 layers); medium cut-away|
|Terry cloth / Towels||Light/Medium||Backing: Cut-Away, Tear-Away
|Terry cloth / Towels||Solid/Heavy||Backing: Cut-Away|
||All||Backing: Medium Tear-Away, Heat -Away|
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.
If you prefer call (630) 279-8696 and ask to reserve the embroidery machine.
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