CNC Sewing Machine
We’re all working on some pretty cool projects over here at the moment, but this Arduino powered sewing machine is my personal favourite. I took an old zigzag sewing machine and kitted it out with servos to control the needle position and fabric feed.
The servos are attached to an Arduino that is programmed to operate in one of three modes:
1) Basic Zigzag – This duplicates the functionality of the original zigzag machine.
2) Pattern Mode – Choose from one of 10 preset patterns stored in the Arduino’s memory.
3) Full CNC – Connects directly to a computer via USB, and accepts custom pattern instructions from the machine. In this mode the machine can control fabric and needle direction, so with some clever thinking I should be able to program it to do letters and numbers.
This is an ongoing project. Although the mechanics and electronics are now complete, I still have some polishing and painting to do. I will update this project as time goes on, so keep checking back on the site to monitor progress.