Closeup of a monogram "A" embroidered on a terrycloth towel.

Embroidery machine – Brother SE600

Embellish fabric and cloth items with the Brother SE600 sewing and embroidery machine. Add monograms, designs, and appliques to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

Interested in learning more? Email [email protected] with your questions.

Brother SE600

How does it work?

The Brother SE600 combines a sewing machine with a computer-controlled, motorized platform to embroider images and text based on a digital design. Fabric is secured within a hoop, which the machine moves back-and-forth and side-to-side under a sewing needle in order to stitch the desired design.

You can use one of 80 preloaded designs or 103 stitches already programmed into the machine, or bring your own design to embroider (must be in .pes format).


Access to the Makery is available to SWAN library cardholders in good standing. To make an appointment to use the embroidery machine or learn more, email [email protected].

Patrons must sign the Vinyl Cutter & Sewing Machine User Agreement prior to making their first project with the machine.

Spools of colorful, shiny embroidery thread. Photo by Matt Benson.

What do I need?

To get started creating with the embroidery machine, you will need:

  • Fabric or a premade textile
  • Embroidery thread and bobbin thread
    • Bobbin thread is provided.
    • You can purchase embroidery thread (40 wt) in a variety of colors from the Library ($0.05 per 1000 stitches) or bring your own embroidery thread (30-90 wt).
  • Stabilizer — Stabilizer gives structure to the fabric and keeps it securely positioned within the hoop while the machine embroiders your design. The amount and type of stabilizer is chosen based on your project or personal preference. You can bring your own stabilizer (cut-away, tear-away, wash-away, or heat-away) or purchase sheets from the Library. We offer:
    • Tear away — $0.50 per 10″ × 10″ sheet
    • Wash-away: Dissolves in water, so it is ideal for sheer fabric; also useful as a topper for towels or terrycloth — $0.50 per 10″ × 10″ sheet
  • A design to embroider — Use a preloaded design or bring your own. Maximum size: 4″ × 4″.
    • Preloaded: 80 designs already programmed on the machine
    • Bring your own:
      • Loaded onto the machine via USB flash drive
      • .pes files only
      • Maximum size: 4″ × 4″
Closeup of a machine embroidered tree design

Resources & instructions

Get started and find inspiration

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