MAKE pal Andrew Lewis, who’s part of the Upcraft.it team, created this Arduino powered, servomotor actuated sewing machine:
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.
It’s still a work in progress and Andrew promises more updates as he develops the idea further.
Andrew posted this video on the YouTubes, showing the machine in action and the CNC add-ons.