Textiles & Vinyl

Textiles at the Makerspace

Cricut Maker 3

Cricut Maker 3 has the power to cut 300+ materials – everything from the most delicate fabric and paper to heavy chipboard, tooled leather, balsa wood, and more. It can cut up to 12 ft (3.6 m) without a mat, and can engrave, deboss, score, and more.

Graphtec Vinyl Cutter

This Graphtec is great for wide format signage. A newly developed feeding system and cutting head has further improved cutting quality of thin and thick materials ranging from delicate to rigid.

PFAFF Creative 4.5 CNC Embroidery Machine

This CNC embroidery machine embroiders your vector file for you with a range of colors and applications.

Sewing Machines

We have an industrial sewing machine suited for dense heavy fabrics, 6 standard sewing machines, and a seger for finishing edges.

This is an accordion element with a series of buttons that open and close related content panels.

Permit Upgrades

CoE permit (Lab Orientation OR red/green permit is sufficient) and paid your materials fee for this semester are required. Our student staff are required to swipe your ID every time to verify.

Note: College of Engineering faculty and staff are not required to pay the materials fee, however, they must have completed their Lab Orientation

Or email maker-textiles@engr.wisc.edu 

Equipment Specs

wdt_ID Make Model Quantity Type Permit Required Manual Specs
1 Pfaff 1 Large Embroidery Unit Lab Orientation
2 Consew 1 Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine Lab Orientation
3 Singer 6 Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine Lab Orientation
4 Graphtec 1 Large Vinyl Cutter Lab Orientation
5 Cricut 1 CNC soft materials cutter Lab Orientation

Software

PREMIER+™ 2 ULTRA: A high-end textile software package that works with our Pfaff Creative 4.5. Because of it’s cost ($3k) it’s only installed on one of the Makerspace’s CAE computers – attend a Textile “Project Support Session” for more info.

Cutting Master 4: A software package compatible with the Graphtec Vinyl Cutter. It’s installed on one of the Makerspace’s CAE computers – attend a Textile “Project Support Session” for more info.

Materials

Sewing: We have a very limited selection of fabric available for sale at the Makerspace check-out window. Ask our student staff for more info.

Vinyl: We have large rolls of black, red, and white vinyl for sale at the Makerspace check-out window. We also have small sheets of colorful vinyl. Ask our student staff for more info.

Useful Links + Guides

Textiles & Vinyl Managers

Jackson Benda

Credentials: Technical Staff

Brian Putra

Credentials: Technical Staff

Emma Rachum

Emma Rachum

Credentials: Technical Staff

Arushi Renschler Pandey

Arushi Renschler Pandey

Credentials: Technical Staff

Yash Wani

Credentials: Assistant Shop Manager

Claire Winter

Credentials: Technical Staff

Do you have a question about textiles?

Check in during the hours below for questions pertaining to design consultation, materials, and best practices.

Support Staff Date Start Time End Time
Brian Putra 09/26/2022 09:00 AM 10:00 AM
Yash Wani 09/26/2022 01:00 PM 06:00 PM
Claire Winter 09/27/2022 10:25 AM 12:00 PM
Claire Winter 09/27/2022 09:00 AM 10:00 AM
Yash Wani 09/28/2022 12:00 PM 02:00 PM
Yash Wani 09/29/2022 12:30 PM 04:00 PM
Yash Wani 09/30/2022 02:00 PM 06:00 PM
Claire Winter 09/30/2022 04:25 PM 06:00 PM
Claire Winter 09/30/2022 10:25 AM 12:00 PM

E-mail maker-textiles@engr.wisc.edu with questions.