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== What is embroidery ==
Embroidery is the process of adding thread to a cloth to add a pattern or image .Using an embroidery machine you can write text with thread on cloth surfaces or draw images to make logos or patches! You can also embroider different colours by layering.
It can embroider (print) only one colour at a time. Will have to replace the spool of thread each time you want a new colour.
== Creating an embroider design ==
We use a program called PE-DESIGN NEXT 9 to make embroidery designs.The program is found on the computer attached to the sewing machine.
# Begin by creating a new file[[File:Next9createfile.png|center|thumb|361x361px]]# You can insert shapes into the work area (the big white box in the center) by selecting a shape and then holding and dragging to draw the shape you want. If you do not see the shapes button, switch over to the Home tab. # Change the colours. Click on the shape then in the '''Attributes''' tab, then click on the spool and select the colour you want it to be in the side panel. You can do this too to change the colour of the outline. '''Note:''' Make sure all your colours are consistent throughout. (Don’t have 3 different shades of blue if you want the same blue throughout the print) The more colours you add, the longer it will take to embroider and more spool changes you will need to do.# Changing Stitch Pattern. You can also change the stitch pattern in the attributes tab to get different effects to your design. # Optimizing for Sewing Order. Since the embroidery machine can do only one colour at a time, it is important to optimize the file to do all the same colours at once. We can do this by grouping the same coloured layers together in the sewing order panel on the left. # Finishing up. Save your work.Go to the '''Home''' tab. Plug in your machine to the computer. Send your deisng to the machine.
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== Using the Embroidery Machine: Brother HE240 ==
The embroidery machine is very finicky and needs everything to be right to operate properly.
'''Precautions before use:'''
* Make sure you are using a 75/11 needle* Make sure the embroidery attachment is installed* Make sure the bobbin has a thread in it* Make sure there’s nothing obstructing the way of the loop’s path* Do not sew when there is no thread* Do not sew when there is no fabric to sew on* Be patient but have fun!
'''Operations checklist'''
Before operating the machine, you need to set it up to get it working. Make sure that:
* The machine is threaded properly and the thread is through the needle* The bobbin is not empty* The foot is down
'''Turning on the machine'''
If the machine is not already threaded or is threaded with the wrong colour, follow the steps for threading the machine.
== Threading the Machine ==
There are two pre-steps that come before those numbered on the machine.
# Insert the spool of thread into the long pin. # Before threading, make sure the needle is in its highest position. If not you will have to adjust the height with the knob show on the right side of the machine. Note: It is advised that you use thread meant for embroidery. It would say embroidery on the spool, this yields higher quality results. '''Now we are using the steps that are on the machine.'''## Bring the string through the metal hook.## Continue bringing it underneath the plastic piece. You can also see the visual guide on how to do this that is on the machine.## Pull the thread down the side of the machine into the slot. Now take the thread and wrap it around the thin plastic U shaped part, pulling it all the way up. ## Keep pulling the thread up and then pull it toward the machine.## Then pull the thread down, you will notice that it will latch onto the metal piece on the inside.'''Note:''' If the thread does not latch onto the metal piece, try again until it does.## Make sure the needle is in the highest position, then pull down the thread and latch it to the hook above the need labelled ## Finally pull the string from the needle and cut off the excess length. (Leave about 10cm) That’s it for threading the machine!
'''Note:''' Do not pull the string out of the needle, only the excess part to cut it off
== Rewinding the bobbin ==
A sewing machine needs a feed of thread from the bottom too. Otherwise the thread wouldn’t stay onto what you’re sewing on. You can see in the demonstration on the side how the bobbin role is important when it comes to sewing.
If the bobbin is empty, you must follow the steps on rewinding the thread onto the bobbin.
# Take the lid off the bobbin as the diagram shows, then take out the spool of thread and remove any remaining thread from it. # Turn on the machine and place the spool on the top of the machine as shown. # Pass the thread under the hook then around the metal cylindrical part as shown.# Then wrap the thread around the spool several times so it doesn’t come off or get loose. Make sure it is in this direction. # The start button (The one with the arrow) should now be yellow, press it and it will start winding the thread around the spool. Once it’s nearly full, press the yellow button again to stop it.# Push the bobbin the other way as show and take it off the winder. Your bobbin is now refilled! # Take the lid off the bobbin as you did before. Take the end of the thread# Take the end of the thread and place it under the plastic tab. # Then take the thread and loop it in around the plastic grove as shown. # Once done, put the cover back on and push it in.
== Setting up the Print Bed ==
Take the plastic hoop off the embroidery machine:
# Pull the metal tab# Pull upwards on the plastic hoop to remove it# Once it is off, push the tab up to bring up the foot.# Slide the hoop off from under the foot
'''Do not move the arm, this can ruin the machine.'''
Put the hoop in the arm. Push it in until it clicks into place. That’s it! Now the bed is ready
== Loading a design onto the machine ==
Plug in the USB cable in into the back of the machine and connect the other end to your computer.
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== Preparing your design ==
Click on the computer icon to access the designs you loaded from the computer.
When you see this screen, it is ready to embroider.
== Making Adjustments to Size and Position ==
Press the '''Adjust''' button.
Then press the '''Layout''' button
=== Changing the position ===
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=== Changing the size ===
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'''Do not touch the machine while it’s operating.'''
* Very sharp needle moving up and down* Mechanical parts are moving all over the machine, touching them will cause the embroider to fail.
== Multi-Coloured Embroiders ==
* If your design has different colours, you will need to rethread the upper thread with the next colour and hit the Go button again after lowering the foot.* The machine will tell you which colour to embroider in what order on the screen:
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== Finishing up ==
# When your design is finished embroidering the machine will tell you. Press okay then press then scissors button.\# Raise the foot.# Remove the hoop from the machine# Loosen the screw on the hoop and take your embroidered design!
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== Troubleshooting ==
Here are some common errors that might appear and how to fix them:
* Machine displays: '''“⚠ The bobbin thread is running out.”'''** If the bobbin is empty: Refill the bobbin** If the bobbin is full see: Thread the Bobbin* Machine displays: '''“⚠ Check and rethread the upper thread.”'''<br />** If the thread spool is empty: Thread the machine** If the thread spool isn’t empty: Thread the machine* The needle Breaks: Replace the needle
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== Replacing the Needle ==
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# Bring up the foot by pushing up on the lever. (Very important)# Use the screwdriver found in the machine’s part bin to loosen the black screw that’s show. Do not fully unscrew the screw and beware of sharp points from the needle.# Hold the needle with one hand and keep loosening the screw until you can pull the needle out. Make sure the needle does not fall into the machine. # Now that the needle is out, you need to put in a new 75/11 embroidery needle. The flat end of the needle needs to be facing away from you when sliding it back up into the machine. (Same orientation as show in the image) # Now that the needle is out, you need to put in a new 75/11 embroidery needle. The flat end of the needle needs to be facing away from you when sliding it back up into the machine. (Same orientation as show in the image) # Make sure the needle cannot go up any further then tighten the screw.
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