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Area 49

This guide provides information on how to use technology within Area 49, as well as guides for digital technologies and physical projects. Area 49 is available for use by all current students, faculty, and staff.

Embroidery Machine Info

Location: Makerspace

Use options:

  • No training needed
  • Maximum embroidery size 7.9” x 11”
  • Embroidered jewelry, appliques, monograms, etc.
  • 160 built-in embroidery designs
  • 6 monogramming fonts
  • Up to 860 stitches per minute for fast embroidery
  • On-screen editing functions and help instruction button


  • No cost.
  • Bring your own fabric, though some scraps are available.


  • Always tap the Lockout Key (key symbol on touchscreen) when changing thread, winding bobbins, changing accessories, etc.. A lock logo will appear on screen. This deactivates all the buttons and keys. To unlock the machine, tap the Lockout Key again.

  • Always dispose of broken needles in the sharps container.

  • Never use a broken or cracked bobbin the machine as this could damage the machine or cause injury. If a new bobbin is needed, please check the drawer in the Sewing Machine table or ask a Makerspace Monitor for assistance. 


Our embroidery machines may be used without training. If you do not know how to use the machine, please ask a Makerspace Monitor for a quick tutorial, review the User Manual, or watch the instructional video below.


Preparing the Hoop

  1. Attach stabilizer to the wrong side of your fabric
  2. Draw center lines on fabric (optional)
  3. Lay the inner hoop and template on fabric and align center
  4. Loosen hoop tightening screws on outer hoop
  5. Place inner hoop and fabric on outer hoop
  6. Push inner hoop and fabric into outer hoop
  7. Tighten screw on outer hoop 
  8. Remove template
  9. Attach clamps depending on the hoops
  10. Make sure fabric is stretched twilight in hoop
  11. Place hoop on the machine and engage notches with the pins on carriage while pulling lever towards you
  12. Push hoop against pins and release lever to lock in place

Fabric and Needle Chart

Fabric Thread


Fine Embroidery Thread

Size 12/80
or Blue tip needle

Medium Embroidery Thread

Size 14/90
or Universal needle #14

Heavy weight Embroidery Thread

Size 14/90
or Universal needle #14


Help Icon on Touchscreen

Click the help icon (blue question mark) in the upper right hand corner of the taskbar to open the on-screen instruction manual for more details.

Embroidery Editor Program

Embroidery Editor allows you to combine and edit embroidery designs, plan a project, and print templates with the ease of the computer. This program has already been installed on the Makerspace computer and a USB Flash drive is provided to move your design from the computer to the embroidery machine.

Import Embroidery Designs to Edit

  1. On the Home tab, in the Place group, click "Design".

  2. Locate the place where the file(s) is saved. There are two ways to import designs

    • From files saved on Makerspace PC: 

      • All designs that are built into the embroidery machine are also available for use and located in the ‘Design Folder’ for your ease.

    • From files saved on the USB flash drive

      • The Makerspace USB flash drive is already formatted. We recommend using it and not your personal flash drive.

      • Additional designs can be found on the USB flash drive located in the EMB folder.

      • All designs should be saved to the EMB → Embf folder.

  3. Click the design file you would like to use.

    • The files are categorized by the design hoop size. This can always be changed later.

Creating a Monogram

  1. On the Home tab, in the Place group, click "Monogram".

  2. On the Style tab, in the Font group, select the font style you want to use.

  3. In the Font group, click the arrow under "Size", and select the font size (S, M or L).

  4. Click the Monogram box and type letters for Monogramming from the keyboard.

  5. Press Enter key. The letters will be imported to the editing window.

Two and Three Letter Monogram

  1. On the Home tab, in the Place group, click "Two Letters" or "Three Letters".

  2. Click the desired letters, and the letters will be displayed in the edit box.

  3. To add a frame, click the desired frame in the Frame group.

  4. Click "OK" to place the monogram design in the editing mode.

Editing Embroidery Patterns

Once your file is imported or monogram created you can now edit the design

  • Select a hoop - On the Home tab, under Select Hoop, pick  the hoop you want to use. (The hoops size is based on the size you would like your design to be. Your design should fit in the hoop.)

  • Move the Design - Left-click and drag the design to the desired location

  • Rotate the Design - Right-click and drag the design to the desired rotation.

  • Duplicate the Design - In the Edit tab, click “Copy & Paste” to make a duplicate of the same design.

  • Select Multiple Designs at Once - Hold down the Ctrl key and click more than one design to select multiple designs. Hold down the Ctrl key and click the selected design to deselect the design.

  • Delete a Design - On the Edit tab, in the Edit group, click the arrow under "Delete" and select "Delete" to delete the selected pattern. Select "Delete All" to delete all the patterns on the Editing window.

  • Flip a Design - Select the pattern to flip. On the Edit tab, in the Edit group, click "Vertical Mirror" or "Horizontal Mirror" to flip the selected pattern.

  • Resize a Design - Select the pattern to change its size. On the Edit tab, in the Edit group, click the upper or lower arrow of "Resize". To increase the size of the selected pattern, press the upper arrow. To decrease the size of the pattern, press the lower arrow.

  • Change Thread Color 

    1. Click the Embroidery pattern of which you want to change the color of the thread.

    2. On the Edit tab, in the Edit group, click “Colors”.

    3. Select the brand of thread from the Thread Chart menu. Thread chart of the selected brand will be displayed below the menu.

    4. Click the color you wish to use from the list to change the color.

    5. The entire image of the design will be displayed in the editing window.

    6. Click "OK". The color is applied to the layer.

    7. Click "Cancel" to cancel the change.

  • Arc a Monogram - Select the monogram pattern to make it in arc. On the Edit tab, in the Arrange text group, click "Upper" to make a monogram in an upper arc. Click "Lower" to make a monogram in a lower arc. Click "Tight" to decrease the spacing between monogram letters. Click "Loose" to increase the spacing.

  • Change Sewing Order

  1. In Embroidery Edit mode, drag and drop the embroidery patterns up or down on the design list to change the sewing order.


  1. On the Edit tab, in the Arrange group, click "Sewing Order".

  2. Sewing Order mode is ON. The embroidery designs cannot be edited in Sewing Order mode.

  3. Order the layers by dragging the items in the Design List.

  4. Click "Sewing Order" again after changing the sewing order. Now Sewing Order mode is OFF, and embroidery designs can be edited.

Print a Template of the Design

Once your design is done being edited and you are ready to embroider, first print a full size template and embroidery information of the design to ensure accuracy. Lay the print out on the fabric and hoop to determine if the size and shape is correct.

  1. Do this by clicking the Menu icon button in the top left-hand corner. Click the right arrow of "Print", and select "Print Setup".

  2. Enter a comment for the template if necessary. Select either "Outline" or "Color" and click "OK".

  3. Click the Menu icon and select "Print".

Save an Edited Design to USB Flash Drive

  1. Save the design by clicking the Menu Icon in the top left-hand corner, and then “Save as”. 

  2. Select the USB Flash Drive, EMB Folder, and then “Edited Designs Folder” as the file location.

  3. Change the name of the file to something other than the current name. 

Creating a Custom Embroidery Design

Ink Stitch LogoFree Software: Ink/Stitch

Ink/Stitch is an extension of Inkscape, an open-source digital design software. It allows for saving files as Janome embroidery files (.jef) and .dst files that work with the Embroidery Machine. To use Ink/Stitch:

  1. Download and install Inkscape.
  2. Install the Ink/Stitch extensions.

Creating Your Design

  1. Import the image or document into Ink/Stitch (File -> Import)

  2. Files that can be imported into Ink/Stitch

    • Vector files (.svg)

    • Embroidery files (.jef, .dst, and more)

    • 2D CAD files (.dxf)

    • Adobe Illustrator files (.ai)

    • Image/document files (.jpg, .jpeg, .png, .pdf)

  3. Convert the image to a path (Path -> Trace Bitmap)

    • This allows the program to create a path for the embroidery machine to read

      1. Path > Trace Bitmap

        • Multicolor

          • Colors (images with color)

          • Grays (black and white images)

      2. Click image > Apply

  4. If there are disconnected parts on the image where the embroidery machine would have to raise the foot and travel to a different location, split the image path into individual pieces

    1. Draw a path along the gaps in the image and press enter when the path is complete

    2. Select the image, hold shift, and select the newly drawn path

    3. Divide the image along the drawn path (Path -> Division)

    4. Continue the process for all necessary path divisions

  5. The file can then be saved as an embroidery file (.dst or .jef)

    • Open Embroidery Editor to check if colors and layers are correct. (Different colors should be separate layers.)


For troubleshooting help, go to: Extensions -> Ink/Stitch -> Troubleshoot -> Troubleshoot Objects

Ink/Stitch sometimes has a difficult time understanding how to digitize some imported images. Check their tutorials for different embroidery techniques and possible solutions.