Talk:Basic Sewing Machine
Hello, This page might see better results if the name was changed to Machine embroidery, due to the nature of reprap with a moving platform/toolhead, and the fact that a basic sewing machine moves the fabric via a feed mechanism instead of moving the full material. I am interested in adding to this page as well, or helping with design ideas, since it is a topic that interests me, and having visted several business's that do embroidery.
I have started working on an initial design here: https://github.com/hexdoll/Embroidery-Machine
Proposed Items to add/changes to page: Page Name Change to Machine Embroidery or something of the like.
Design Consideration *Commercial Embroidery machines have a 2 directional moving platform(like a maker bot). *Needle moves at 1000+ reciprocations per a min range. *Needle and the Bobbin need to be exactly timed to eachother(ussally mechanically timed). *ANY misses might result in needle breakage. *Needle types and life expectancies. *Thread Tension. *Multiple colours means multiple/swapable toolheads. *Having a Pause feature is almost a must with embroidery. Same with Reverse a few stiches. *Thread Types/Weight and Fabric Type/Weight. *Backing Material. *Fabric *Stiche types to be made *Square areas are usally harder to embroider with
Ideas It may be easier to integrate a preassembled sewing machine into a reprap. Making a false table work with or a way to suspend the Embroidery Hoop above. So that both axis's may be effective on a standard reprap
The bobbin and needle motors could be linked in the same way that the dual Z-axis steppers on the Prusa are done, both wired to the same inputs. You use more motors but it gives you more flexibility since you don't have to work around a mechanical linkage.