Hi! Folks… thanks for taking the time to pop in today, as I continue exploring some of the basic-yet-not-so-basic camera features of the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1. “Basic-yet-not-so-basic” – sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? But think about it: all this camera stuff (on a sewing machine, no less!) is pretty darn revolutionary, don’t you think? A mere few years ago, that would have fallen into the category of “What will they think of next?” But really, looking at them, weren’t they so very easy to use?
Yesterday, I looked at the Luminaire’s scanner function, and the day before that, setting the design placement by snowman. Today, let’s look at how the built-in projector lets you preview the design right on the project!
Now, before I get started, I wanted to share with you a non-sewing-related project my family has recently been involved in…a few weeks back, we collected a ton of caterpillars (very hungry caterpillars!) and have observed the wondrous process of their metamorphosis into beautiful monarch butterflies. I still have a few chrysalises waiting to enclose (new word of the day?). We’ve been releasing them, of course, but one day I had 25 of them hanging out in my kitchen to dry their wings after emerging!
So, as you might have guessed, I have butterflies on the brain, and they have inspired today’s project. I found a sentiment online that was just perfect, and a butterfly design in the Luminaire to coordinate. I used the Brother ScanNCut CanvasWorkspace to create a cut file, which I then cut from heat transfer vinyl on my ScanNCut. I heat-pressed my quote onto a tote bag, and now I’m ready to set that off with some embroidery. I hooped stabilizer, and pinned the bag onto that to secure it while I move it around as I work.
As you can see, I already selected my design. I then set my color choices on screen, and moved right on to the Embroidery screen. There, I touched the Projector icon, and used the rotate and move tools in the Projector screen to place my design where I wanted it, all the while seeing an image of my design on my fabric. C’mon – you gotta admit that’s pretty awesome!
You can see the projection area on the screen in the pics below; because the projector is so close to my fabric, the area is a compact 3″ x 5″, but I can drag it around to follow my design.
Enough on the screen, I’m sure you’re dying to see just what shows up on the fabric. Take a look at this – I’ve rotated and moved my design, and yes, moved the projection so I can decide exactly where I think this design will look best:
To complete my project, I repeated those steps to add two more butterflies to my tote, returning to the Edit screen to play with size – after all, no two butterflies are alike, right? I messed around with their position until I was really happy with what I saw, and then stitched. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Easy-peasy!
All there is to do now is stitch up the side seams, and I’ll have a new accessory to show off:
So what do you think – will the projector become your new favorite feature? It’s a tough choice, with so many convenient innovations to choose from. But considering this one in particular, it’s easy to see why Brother named this machine the Luminaire, meaning light.
And of course, you know what’s coming… I have another oh-so-fantastic feature on my list to show you, but it’ll have to wait for tomorrow. I hope you’ll return then to see the Pattern Connection By Camera feature. It’s a mouthful to say, I know, but it’s practically easier to use than it is to say! And it’s just another example of how Brother (successfully) endeavors to simplify challenging embroidery tasks.