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Makerspace Pages: Sewing


The library makerspace has four sewing machines (Baby Lock Zeal), one embroidery machine (Brother NS2750D), and one serger (Brother 1034D).

Read more below to get information on how you can get started.

Getting Started

The Makerspace has one sewing machine and an embroidery machine out in the space. If you would like to sew at another table or if the other sewing machine is in use feel free to take one from shelf or ask makerspace staff. You are free to set up at any of the tables but equipment must stay in the Makerspace.

Makerspace staff can guide you through winding a bobbin and threading the machine, setting the tension and basic general use of the machine. Staff is not able to teach you how to sew. We will from time to time have workshops and classes that will teach some basic beginner skills. 

If you would like more info on basics and how to sew check to the resources below. Also be sure to check out personal enrichment classes from Central Piedmont.


Sewing Machine Basics: Baby Lock Zeal

  • Learn how to use the Baby Lock Zeal sewing machine. Includes setting up the machine, thread the machine, select and adjust stitches, changing presser feet, and more.

Learn How To Sew, Easy Sewing Class For Beginners

  • This Good Housekeeping video offers and overview of a sewing machine, threading a machine, and a practice project.


  • Put Your Hair Up
    • If you have longer hair it can be easy to get caught when threading the machine or sewing.
  • Check the needle before Sewing
    • It is always good practice to check the needed before sewing. The makerspace has additional needles on hand should one need to be changed.
  • Remove pins before sewing
  • Be aware of where your hand are at all times



The Makerspace only has a limited amount of scrap fabric. If you are working on a project or have a project in mind you will need to bring your own fabric. See below for the sewing supplies provided in the Makerspace.

  • Thread
  • Interfacing
  • Sewing clips
  • Pins
  • Thimbles
  • Needles

While this is not an exhaustive list you are also welcome to bring your own sewing supplies.