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Area 49

This guide provides information on how to use technology within Area 49, as well as guides for digital technologies and physical projects. Area 49 is available for use by all current students, faculty, and staff.

Sewing Machines Info

Location: Makerspace

Use options:

  • No training needed


  • No cost.
  • Bring your own fabric, though some scraps are available.


Our sewing machines may be used by any user at any time. If you do not know how to use the machine, please ask a Makerspace Monitor for a quick tutorial, check out the machine's User Manual, or watch the following instructional video from Singer. Timestamps for helpful sections are listed below the video.

Video Timestamps

0:00 - General machine tour: Covers location of machine controls and uses for accessories 

4:35 - Threading the Machine: Describes how to load and thread the bobbin, as well as how to thread the upper thread

9:35 - Select a Stitch and Start Sewing: Information on navigating the machine’s front panel and ow to change stitch 

20:25 - Stitch Elongation and Mirroring: Explains how stitch length and stitch elongated differ. Also explains how to program elongated stitches and stitch mirroring. 

26:15 - Buttonholes: How to select and stitch buttonholes.

29:10 - Changing Needles: Explains needle types and how to change them.


Fabric Not Feeding Through

If the sewing machine is not pulling the fabric through the machine, the Feed Dogs are probably lowered. To raise the Feed Dogs:

  1. Slide off the accessory box.
  2. Locate the lever on the front of the machine and slide it to the right.
  3. Replace the accessory box.
  4. Feed dogs will raise once you being sewing.


Sewing Tutorials

Check out the following creators and resources for tutorials that range from beginner to advanced projects and techniques.