Fiber Lab

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Lab Host: Shirley, fiberlabhost at redmountainmakers dot org

Currently the fiber lab contains:

Sewing Machines
Emdeko Sewing Machine
Husqvarna Sewing Machine
Brother Heavy Duty Industrial Sewing Machine
See individual machine pages for specifications regarding needle types, bobbin type and consumables.
White Overlock Serger
See individual machine pages for specifications regarding needle types and consumables.:
<48" wide loom - details to come>
<22" wide loom - details to come>
A machine maintenance kit containing
Precision Oilers
Resupply of sewing machine oil
Sewing and textile reference books, owned by Shirley are stacked on the shelf under the work table.
Two cardboard self-supporting cutting surfaces
Self-healing cutting mats (owned by Shirley)
2 x ironing boards
Older style solid surface iron (gets really hot)
Pressing hams
Sleeve board
Workstation lamps and lighting
Fabric weights (for pattern layout and cutting)
Tailorform Hem Marker
A generous supply of scrap fabric (quilting cottons, velvets, fleece)
A small supply of interfacing and notions.

You will need to bring your scissors/cutting wheel, pins, notions, fabric and thread for individual projects.

Member and Maker equipment certifications can be arranged by appointment with member Shirley Hicks.

Fiber Lab wish list

Cordinator: Shirley, fiberlabhost at redmountainmakers dot org

High priority:

  • fabric bolt wall racks
  • Small, wall-mounted vending machine for needles and smalls
  • Old drapery weights, clean unrusted (small) chunks of metal & chain, (clean) bearings & metal shot, and large (clean, unrusted) washers to serve as cutting weights

Lower priority (for when we have more space):

  • Industrial steam iron and steam vacuum table
  • Large ironing surface (build)
  • small storage units
  • Storage, Tupperware-bins, boxes, perhaps roll around units
  • Resources - do you have any books on sewing and fiber you want to donate?
  • Dress Forms
  • Washing machine (not HE, older rotary tub) and dryer, for dying, felting, shrinking, etc.
  • Industrial rotary cutting equipment, presser.
  • Fiber community list/database so that creative community knows who is wher}e and what they do (co-project with Create Birmingham?)

Fiber Lab tasks

Task coordinator: Miriam, fiberlabhost at redmountainmakers dot org.

Lab safety

  1. Wear shoes. Sewing work areas frequently have pins and small sharps on the floor.
  2. Watch your finger position around machine needles and stitching equipment.
  3. When pressing with a hot iron, be careful to set the iron upright on a stable surface.
  4. Do not run with scissors.

General safety rules

As a reminder to all makers, utilization of personal appliances is permitted by Red Mountain Makers. However, these safety rules need to be followed.

  1. Don't leave it running unattended. This is especially important for anything designed to heat air or any other medium unless specifically labeled on the appliance by the manufacturer that it can be left alone.
  2. Don't use drop cords across hallways or through doorways. Without securing the cords to the floor and blocking the doors to ensure the cord is not crushed.
  3. Be careful not to overload electrical outlets. That is a quick way to cause a fire.
  4. Do not use the appliance or tool in damp locations unless rated to do so.
  5. Do not interfere with functions of Red Mountain Makers with your personal appliance. Be courteous of others. Here are examples but not limited to:
    1. Playing loud music when a class is being held
    2. Using a bright light in a dark room.
  6. Do not use the appliance if it poses a danger to yourself and others without first gaining consent from the makers to use it, and then making sure all appropriate safety precautions are followed to ensure safe operation.
  7. If someone asks you to postpone the use of an appliance until they leave, do so unless it is absolutely necessary to use the equipment. If it is necessary explain to the maker that it is necessary and why it is.
  8. If for any reason these rules must be violated permission must be obtained from the Chief Safety Officer before doing so.

Related Pages

Fiber Lab/Materials
Fiber Lab/Tutorials
Fiber Lab/Resources