Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can use the space?
    • Current NYU students enrolled in an ITP/IMA course and Staff
  • Is there an orientation?
    • Yes and it is mandatory to gain access to the shop. Sign up HERE
  • What happens during orientation?
    • The orientation consists of a tour of the space, safety procedures, and end with a short quiz to begin using the space!
  • What can I make?
    • The space can be used for class projects, personal practice, and anything in between. Use the Tools and Equipment link at the top of the page to find out more about what is available.
  • Is the staff friendly?
    • YES! Always feel free to ask our staff for help. Whether it is about which tool might be the best for a job, to check out equipment, or what our favorite movie is, we are happy to help when we can.

Embroidery Machine Controls

Navigating Machine while Stitching

On the front of the machine, just above the “Start” button (red/green light) is the “Return Arrow” button. In embroidery mode, this will back up stitches while depressed.

The “Needle Down” button (sewing mode) will forward a stitch at a time when depressed.

Additional Resources

Please refer to the following PDF for information on operating and tension controls.

Machine Controls.pdf

Computerized Machine Embroidery Resources and Supplies


Depending on your project’s needs, the supplies required will vary. Below is a list of resources that will be stable for most projects:





General Resources


Some embroidery machines will come with software to digitize images for stitching. The Singer Futura XL-400 does not currently have that capability.

Image Digitization

If you have an image that you would like to stitch, you will first need to digitize it prior to bringing it into the Singer Futura embroidery software. As the Singer XL-400 software does not digitize images, you will need to do so using InkStitch.


Coded (Generative) Embroidery

The following are just two examples of software that will allow you to generate images for embroidery using code.

Note: Singer Futura XL-400 reads XXX, PSW, HUS, DST, CHE, EXP, PCS, PEC, SHV, PES, VIP, SEW, and JEF. The first 4 formats listed are the preferred formats of Futura embroidery machines.

PEmbroidery – open library for computational embroidery with Processing

Turtlestitch – Coded Embroidery

Hello world: Machine Sewing

If you have never sewn using an electric sewing machine, we recommend that you take the time to review the following tutorials:

👉 Machine Sewing

Before designing your own images, we recommend that you first learn the setup by stitching one of the many designs that come pre-loaded with the Singer Futura Embroidery Machine.

👉 Getting Started: Design Library Embroidery

Once comfortable with both preparing the fabric for stitching and operating the machine, you can move on to designing and stitching your own images. Since ITP’s version of the Singer Futura software does NOT come equipped with the ability to digitize images for stitching, you will need to do so using Ink/Stitch. Please refer to the following tutorials to get started with Ink/Stitch.

👉 Ink/Stitch Beginner Tutorials

Once you have a design ready for stitching, please refer to the following video to learn how to access your file within the Singer Futura software:

Beyond ITP

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