Brother Innov-is 1250D Sewing and Embroidery Machine

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Owner/Loaner: Hive13
Hive13 Asset Tag: HV0256
Make/Model: Brother Innov-is 1250D (google)
Arrival Date: August 2021
Does it work?: Yes
Certification Needed?: no
Contact: Lisa C.
Floorplan: Sewing Area


The Innov-is 1250D is a combination sewing and embroidery machine. See this page for more information.


Please contact User:Llcrump to get a better idea of the certification process for this machine. Certification requirements are at the discretion of the Craft & Sewing Warden.

Note: The embroidery machine specifically uses embroidery thread and it uses prewound bobbins. Do not wind your own bobbin. Especially DO NOT wind a bobbin from embroidery thread. 'Cheap' embroidery thread is still 3-4 times as expensive as regular thread. If the thread tension is properly set for the bobbin & upper thread the bobbin thread should not be visible on the right side of the fabric.

Embroidering Custom Design

This Reddit post has a lot of information that I found useful:

Step by Step Custom Lettering

Here's how to do custom lettering:

  1. With Inkscape, add the Ink/Stitch extension to Inkscape.
  2. In a new Inkscape window, go to 'Extensions --> Ink/Stitch --> Lettering, and a window will pop up.
  3. Add your text, select your font, size your text box, and then save the file as a .dst file to a USB thumb drive.
    • Note: USB Drive must be FAT32 formatted.
  4. Then, follow the instructions in the manual to embroider from a USB file.
    • Note: The proper steps to set up the machine will need to be followed before starting the job.

What do I do if I screw something up?

First, don't worry. Failing, learning, and trying again is a critical part to the creative process.

Second, contact User:Llcrump and discuss what the next steps should be.