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Maker Lab


Sewing and Embroidery Machines

Basic Tools Slide Show Image 10 Sewing Machine 

The sewing and embroidery machines are for working with fabric. In the Maker Lab we have a Janome HD-1000 sewing machine and a Brother SE-400 embroidery machine.

Quick Reference

Training Required: Basic Training

Workspace: 4"x4" embroidery hoop for embroidery designs

Materials: Various fabrics

File Types: .pes for embroidery machine or built-in designs

Material Fees: We don't provide any fabric. You can bring in your own materials.

Common Terminology: Backstitch - reversing the stitch at the beginning and end to secure the stitches so they don't come out; Bobbin- spool or reel of thread. The stitch is formed by looping the needle thread and bobbin thread.

PDF Links

Janome HD-1000 Manual

Brother SE-400 Manual

Brother SE-400 Quick Reference Guide

Video Links

Janome YouTube Channel

Brother YouTube Channel


Software for creating embroidery machine file:

My Editor software to edit embroidery files (free registration required to download)

SophieSew free embroidery and design software

The embroidery machine also has built-in designs and fonts included.

Manufacture Information

Janome Website

Janome HD-1000 Product Page

Brother Sewing Website

Brother SE-400 Product Page

Sample Projects


Used the sewing machine to make a purse. Sections of the fabric were put in the laser cutter to raster accent detail.

Monogrammed Pocket Squares

Used the embroidery machine and preset alphabet to monogram pocket squares.

Monogrammed pocket squares 

Other Resources for ideas include--

Janome Project Ideas

Brother Project Ideas