Embroidery machine

by james_III Nov 14, 2018
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Thanks for posting this! I'm looking forward to getting started making it.

Is there any reason you chose 8mm GT2 belts? I'm having trouble sourcing them quickly and the 6mm belts seem to be much more common so I'm considering just using them.

Also, how far can your X/Y axes move? Trying to decide if 400mm linear rods are too big/small for my machine

6mm belt should be fine. IF I remember correctly, with 400mm rods total movement should be around 300mm, this means 150mm length. Not sure is this correct, but should be close.

I almost got all my parts, any chance to make a part for motor transmission?

Not really, every sewing machine model is so different. Anything can be used, chain, timing belt or even direct drive. Old sewing machines are troublesome with round shapes.

very nice project.
Can you possibly make a plan how to connect something?

have all the parts (motors and print parts) but no idea how to connect

Greetings from Germany

Check on thing details More details and build instructions, there is link (inkstitch) for more info and 4 build videos. Just ask if some specific data is missing. Video 4 is connecting GRBL and everything reads on shield top layer, should be straight forward.

Seems like I can't post link directly here

All info should be here https://inkstitch.org/tutorials/embroidery-machine/ There are 4 videos to help to connect things, scroll down to see quick picture on locations. Video 4 is for GRBL important stuff, but everything reads on shield it self.

Good Job :)
i Really Loved Your Project :)

This is awesome. Do you have the dxfs or inkscape files of the control boxes? What is the height the sewing machine needs to be?

DXF and SVG files uploaded, electric tikka files. Sewing machine table needs to be under 102mm, I assume there is no standard on this, so plan is to shim sewing machine up as necessarily, mostly anything should work.

Nice build. When I did my build, I used the existing belt with the drive stepper (no need for sprocket and chain. I used a microswitch to detect the foot up to keep everything in sync. I didn't find a good software tool path but I did get it to work with some manual edits of the g-code. I will take a look at inkstitch.

After futzing around with an old Singer for a while, I purchased a factory refurb Brother PE-770. Main advantage is the auto-threading. It also has some easy features for backing up and moving around in thread colors. (features not available in printer software).

For embroidery designs, try the Wilcom Hatch embroidery full featured demo. I can't justify the $ but it's by far the best embroidery software I have used.

You may have inspired me to get the Singer going again (for heavy materials) I wish I could figure out an auto threader for it.

Will inkstitch convert existing PES to g-code?

Yes there are many good programs but amount of $$$ is just insane, program cost more than factory build hobby embroidery machine. Can't be exact what version PES it should be, but I just imported some random PES file without any issues and export to many others will work. Newer actually tested this before. Now it seems like I need some pes files :)

Micro switch sync was something I did think, but lazy route was faster to make.

Basically your saying it could work with any old run under the mill machine ? If so That is one cool little design!

Yes, foot power or electric will do.

This is probably one of the coolest things I have seen so far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am a newbie but this is going on my list to conquer later!!!