There are plenty of ways that CAD/CAM can be included in textiles work. Laser cutting, laser engraving, LIT and applied vinyls are just a few, but embroidery has to be an obvious one.
Brother has a long-standing reputation for making high-quality sewing and embroidery machines for commercial and domestic markets, so you can be sure of reliability, long life and excellent back-up. Brother machines are built on a rigid metal chassis and feature computerised control systems so they are easy to use and have an up to the minute feel and look. The range includes computerised embroidery, sewing, or combined capability, so whatever resources you already have, there will be a Brother machine to take you on to the next level without making existing machines redundant. Above all, the Brother range offers exceptional functionality and quality at a very low price.
Do you need embroidery-only, sewing-only, or a combined capability? Hoop size is the next thing to look at and, for sewing machines, their capacity for managing larger size projects. The larger machines have additional features mainly to allow faster throughput of work and to allow thicker materials to be worked with ease. Stitch speed also increases as capacity increases. All machines come with a basic set of tools and accessories but some include a range of different feet for special applications such as quilting and appliqué. If high productivity is important and computer access is limited, then the machines with large design libraries and more comprehensive on-board editing features will certainly appeal.
Designs can be derived from memory cards or on-boards libraries, but 2D Design V2 will give students all the tools they need to create original designs from scratch. The simplest route from 2D Design to an embroidered image is through PE Design Lite. Simply import the file, click ‘Auto-Punch’ and it’s ready to sew. The design will be saved onto the machine’s memory for future use, so PE Design is ready for the next student’s work. For simple designs and for hoop sizes up to 180 x 130mm, PE Design Lite will probably give you everything you need. PE Design 8 outputs to the entire Brother range and accommodates hoop sizes up to 300 x 200mm. It can be used to simply ‘process’ a design, but it also has an extensive range of tools to configure the stitch pattern. More advanced students may well need this level of sophistication where the embroidered effect is created as much by stitch type and configuration, as it is by the initial design.
|TM-EMB-PEDESPLUS||PE-Design Plus (Single Licence)
(For hoops up to 200 x 300mm)
|TM-EMB-PEDESNEXT||PE Design Next (Single Licence)||*583.00|
|TM-EMB-CWKIT1||Cutwork Kit for PR-1000E / PR-650E (requires PE Design Next)||*334.00|