Welcome to the Textiles Area. We have a pretty good selection of machines.
Our Consew 206RB-4 walking foot industrial sewing machine is good for sewing heavy materials such as leather and canvas. We swapped out the clutch motor for a servo, so the machine is now much easier to use. Most home machines come with servo motors—just much smaller than the one on the Consew.
There is a Bablylock Lauren 4-thread serger.
We have 6 regular sewing machines. Each machine is a little different, from a good solid old workhorse to a newer Baby Lock with some computerized stitches.
We do have an older Singer Futura embroidery machine, but we need to find someone with the right touch to get the importing of designs working. We have also recently acquired a professional grade Barudan embroidery machine on long-term loan.
Material and Thread
We've provided tub of fabric from Fabmo (Look under the tables in the clean room) and there are variety of thread about in labeled drawers.
To support your project we have basic sewing notions - measuring/cutting mats, work tables, and a variety of scissors, rotary cutters, etc.
A steam iron and ironing board are available for pressing and finishing your pieces.
There are bobbins available for the sewing machines, please insure you use the right one for the right machine. All MN bobbins stay at MN. If you want to use your own thread, then you'll probably want to invest in a few bobbins. They can be found very inexpensively.
There are some basic leather tools, anvils, rivets, snaps, and a great grommet setter.
There a couple of tubs of leather scraps, ask around if you can't find them.
For any sewing machine:
- Keep your eye on the needle while sewing.
- Keep your fingers away from all moving parts. Do not touch handwheel, thread takeup levers, needles etc.
- Do not let anything obstruct the moving parts: foot pedals, levers, needles, etc.
- Do not push or pull fabric when sewing, and follow careful instructions when freehand stitching so you do not deflect the needle and cause it to break. Broken needles will tend to head straight for your eye.
- Watch to make sure you keep good posture. Take breaks.
- Lift mobile machines carefully to avoid back injury.
- Remove pins before the machine sews over them. They blunt or dull the needle and can causing timing problems.
- Make sure the needle isn't moving, at it's highest point and take-up lever is up before you remove fabric to avoid needle deflection.
- Make sure you light your work are well or get a light to avoid eye strain.
- Avoid loose clothing or long sleeves that might get caught in the work.
- If a needle bends or breaks, report it.
- Remember to turn off the power switch and unplug the cord when:
- Operation is complete
- Replacing, removing the needle or other parts
- Power failure during use
- Servicing the machine
- Leaving the machine unattended