Category:Sewing Zone

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Zone Information
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Zone Name Sewing Zone
Status Active
Zone Slogan We're so punny, we'll have you in stitches
Zone Coordinator(s) Jan Henry
Zone Slack #sewing
Zone E-mail sewing@i3detroit.org
Zone Color PowderBlue
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Pay money to Sewing Zone


Table of Equipment

Equipment Authorization Owner(s) Status
Fabric cutting table/mat Yes i3Detroit Running
Mini vacuum with micro attachments No i3Detroit Running
Hot Steam gravity fed iron Yes i3Detroit Running
Embroidery Machine - Husqvarna Designer SE Yes i3Detroit Running
Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine Emerald 116 No i3Detroit Running
Juki DDL-5550N-7 sewing machine Yes David Henry Running
Rowenta Sewing Iron No i3Detroit Running
Singer "Ultralock" Serger 14U34 No TJ Cook Running
Singer 1507 No Unknown Running
Singer Industrial Sewing Machine Yes i3Detroit Running
TailorsClapper No i3Detroit Running
Babylock Evolve Serger Yes i3Detroit Down
Husqvarna Diamond Embroidery Sewing Machine Yes i3Detroit Down

About

A place for i3Detroit members, at all levels of sewing ability. Open to space members and the greater community. The zone will have scheduled events and classes, etc. The point is to share information, expertise and encourage project creation and completion by having a place to make it possible.

Training and Authorization programs

  • Embroidery
  • Serging
  • Sewing machine 101
  • Industrial sewing

Classes and Events

  • Fabric Scrap n Swap
  • Dyeing fabric
  • Tutu workshop
  • Once Upon A Tuffet workshop
  • Field trips to fabric store
  • Sari, Not Sari 5-way wrap skirt workshop
  • Globe Hugger globe pillow workshop for Earth day
  • Machine Shop day
  • Tour the costume depts of Greenfield Village, Detroit Opera House, The Parade Company
  • Those Darn Buttonholes
  • Repair Shop (bring all your mending!)
  • UFO day (bring an unfinished project)


Members

Primary Contact: User:Jan.m.henry.3


Sewing topics to explore

Costumes, naturally. Get help if you need it or contribute what you know to help others create fabulous costumes.

Make fabric! Er, make embellished fabric. Designer embellished fabrics can run in the hundreds or thousands of dollars per yard. (for real) We can take two plainer fabrics, laser cut a layer, and bond them together to make one embellished panel. This can be a possible class. Take it further by beading it. I (Jan Henry) am looking into beading tools (after watching videos of a costume department) and flocking tools.

Fabric design! You can create an account on Spoonflower and create your own fabric design. There are graphic design programs you can use, and a design meetup day can cover what to do and how to do it. As the creator of your design, you get a little discount on your fabric purchase. If you make your design public, others can buy it and you get points you can collect and redeem for your fabric purchases. See resource links below for the site link.

Make a body form! Dress form or also torso for men. Everyone is invited! The method most commonly used, per YouTube tutorials, is the duct tape form. A partner tapes your bodice/torso in circular and diagonal patterns until you have a shape, then you're cut out and you use one of several methods to fill it. However, these have a questionable lasting power so there are other, possibly better methods. In our workshop we may use casting to make a mold, then mix up a foam form using the mold. See resource links for the tutorial to read up on it!

Have a serger day. Demo of i3's sergers, and bring your own. They're great for knits, but there's so much more you can do with them. You can create a Katwise-inspired sweater coat, you can do decorative stitching, etc.

The Husqvarna Viking embroidery machines offer us the ability to customize apparel and other projects. A goal is to get more members comfortable with their use.

Sewing goes beyond daily apparel and costumes. You can make small furniture! Such as a tuffet.

Sewing 101 class: Instruction covered may include store visit to purchase appropriate fabric, pattern size choice, project items and return to the space to cut and sew, with helpful tips along the way.

Pattern library? Commonly used, easy fit patterns like cloaks. There is already one on the shelf in the craft room.

Is there interest in bringing outside, paid instructors to the space? We would be using the classroom. Per inquiry with one instructor already, 8ft table per student is the room requirement. This would be for specific, detailed topics and for instructors that need a place to teach.

Action Items

  • Sew machine covers for Evolve, Singer industrial, Juki, Singer domestic, Singer serger
  • Tuffet class. Jan Henry to make class description and whenisgood, and schedule.
  • Serger practice. The Henrys plan to figure out its use and schedule lessons and authorization.
  • Work with floor planning committee to set a plan for space
  • Acquire rack shelving for storage above work stations
  • Acquire acrylic and make machine table extension/surrounds for main machines at workstation
  • Acquire 5X10' cutting mat and build a table w/storage underneath and permanent bolt holder
  • Acquire/build desks and storage underneath for machine tools and accessories
  • Build walls, ceiling
  • Acquire AC unit, flooring tiles
  • Acquire double (French?) doors (refurb?)
  • Build ironing table
  • Acquire tri-fold mirror and corner curtain
  • Make blue/white awning for zone doorway

Shopping List

Vendors

  • [1] - really great fabric store with helpful staff, classes
  • [2] - many choices at various price points
  • [3] - SouthStar Supply, a source for professional-grade sewing and patternmaking equipment

Pattern Library

Books Available

  • Claire Schaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide

Online Resources

  • [4] - our Facebook group for the SIG
  • [5] - Spoonflower fabric design site
  • [6] - member-designed i3 fabric for purchase
  • [7] - body form tutorial using casting material and foam
  • [8] - Sewist, a free online pattern-drafting parametric CAD program