Textiles Area

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General Information

MakeICT' s Textiles area is in Room 8 of the makerspace across from the Ceramics Studios. It has 8-10 domestic sewing machines, several sergers, irons, cover stitch, Sailrite, Adler, Techsew saddle sewing machine, Gammill Premium Plus Longarm Quilting machine, padded work table for ironing and pinning, mannequins, a full-length 3-way mirror, needle arts items (knit crochet, embroidery, etc.) and various other textile related items

Please contact the Area Lead, textiles@makeict.org to make arrangements for donations. DO NOT LEAVE ITEMS FOR DONATION IN THE TEXTILE STUDIO.

A needle chart about Machine needle sizes for different fabrics can be found here. [1]

June Huie is the Textile Area Lead

Rayna Fisher is Co-Lead

Area Expert Resource- Garment Design and Construction: Malissa Long

Access Policy

  • Those who wish to access the textile room must read and follow the Textile Room Guidelines posted on the Wiki. (The guidelines will likely be updated and evolve over time. Users are expected to review and comply with the current guidelines.)
  • Use of the equipment requires authorization by one of the approved authorizers listed on the wiki.

Approved by the board on December 4, 2016

Textile Room Guidelines

Guidelines will be updated periodically at the discretion of the Textiles Area Lead.

The Room

  • The Textile Room is a CLEAN SPACE. Please be thoughtful of food and drink inside the area, preferably drinks with lids and food without lots of liquid. In particular, do not place anything besides the clothes iron, clean laundered fabric, pins and notions on the padded work table. If something has been on the floor or anywhere dirty, it should not be on the work surface.
  • Put things back where you got them (or put them in their proper place if someone else happened to leave them out).
  • Clean up after yourself. (Lint roll the table, sweep, etc)
  • Children under 6 are not permitted to use the equipment and must be supervised.


  • The padded table is for cutting, ironing, and pinning projects together
  • Always use the distilled water provided in the Textile Room to fill the irons and spray bottles.


  • Use only scissors, shears or fabric rotary cutters on the cutting mat, it is not made for leather. Use a light touch when using a rotary cutter. Do not use a box/utility knife on the cutting mat.
  • Textile scissors and shears have been labeled as “Fabric Only” or "leather scissors" and are only to be used to cut the following Acceptable Fabrics. Do not cut material from the Unacceptable Fabrics list below. If the material you would like to cut is not on either list, ask the Area Lead if it is safe.
Acceptable Fabrics: are woven or felted up to ⅛” thick. Some examples are cotton, linen, wool, cashmere, polyester, rayon/viscose, nylon, spandex, silk, leather...

Unacceptable Fabrics: Some examples are heavy metallic, kevlar, fur, faux fur, or anything above 15 oz per square yard… (Fur and faux fur are cut from the back side with a straight edge knife or ripped on grain.)...

Gammill Longarm Quilter: Authorized users only. Contact [Huie|June Huie] or [Fisher|Rayna Fisher] to schedule Authorization.

Sergers: Authorized Users only can change the thread. Contact [[2]] to schedule Authorization.

  • We currently have 2 sergers one set in black and one set in white thread. Anyone can use the sergers.
  • If the thread breaks please let the areal lead or an assistant know.
  • You may use the sergers, authorization is only for changing the thread or repair and upkeep.
  • Home sergers only have size 11 and 14 needles please stick to fabrics in those ranges that ravel on the edge. [3]
  • You can get authorization to change the thread by demonstrating the ability to change it or taking the Know Your Serger Class

Techsew and Sailrite: Authorized users only. Contact Textiles@makeict.org to schedule Authorization.

  • Have notebooks and videos. If you're still uncomfortable after authorization with the machines I can give you more lessons, please contact me.


  • We have a variety of sewing machines available. The current machines used for outside classes are Brother cs-6000i and you can find a link to a video in the equipment list. There is alway one of these machines let up and ready to use. Others are "older heavy duty standard" type machines.
  • If a machine is broken, place a sticky note on the machine and email [[4]] asap so we can work to get it up and running again.
  • Machine needles are available on the honor system. If you take or break one, please deposit $1.00 in the Donations box.
  • Long pile furs such as rabbit require a furrier machine which we do not possess at this time.
  • If using a fusible web such as Heat and Bond please use silicone on the machine needle to prevent build up while sewing and a Teflon sheet when ironing.

Equipment List

Picture What Manufacturer Model Status Authorizers Video link
Gammill Quilting Machine.jpeg
Long Arm Quilting Gammill Premier Plus Working June Huie

Rayna Fisher

See Authorization Page
5100se.jpg Industrial Sewing Machine TechSew 5100 Working watch
Sailrite-Ultrafeed-LSZ-1-PLUS-Walking-Foot-Sewing-Machine 1.jpg Portable Walking Foot Sailrite LSZ-1 Working watch
Cs-6000i.jpg (4)Sewing machines Brother cs-6000i Working NA - Read Guidelines watch
Cs-6000i.jpg Sewing & Embroidery Machine Brother se-350 Working NA - Read Guidelines watch
Elna704DEX.jpg serger Elna 704 DEX Working NA - Read Guidelines watch
BabyLockImagineSerger.jpg BabyLock Serger BabyLock Imagine Working NA - Read Guidelines watch
Cuttingtable.jpg Padded Work Table Geoff & Jess 001 Good Condition NA - Read Guidelines
BnDiron.jpg Iron Black&Decker IR1350S Working NA - Read Guidelines
RowentaIron.jpg Iron Rowenta DW2090 Working NA - Read Guidelines

Authorized Users

Machine Authorized User Date Authorizer
TechSew 5100 Malissa Long 2016-12-28 Jess Bechtelheimer
TechSew 5100 Geoff Kisch 2016-12-28 Jess Bechtelheimer
TechSew 5100 LaLana Webster 2017-07-09 Malissa Long
TechSew 5100 Brian Norton 2017-08-20 Malissa Long
Sailrite Malissa Long 2018-1-14 Malissa Long
TechSew 5100 Mike Buffington 2018-01-26 Malissa Long
Sailrite Mike Buffington 2018-01-26 Malissa Long
TechSew 5100 LaDeana Dockery 2018-01-26 Malissa Long
Sailrite LaDeana Dockery 2018-01-26 Malissa Long
Sailrite Del DeVore 2021 Malissa Long
Sailrite Mike Bennett 2021 Malissa Long
Sailrite Angie Elliot 2021 Malissa Long
Sailrite Marty Johnson 2021 Malissa Long
Sailrite Nick Clupny 2021 Malissa long

Longarm Quilter Authorized user Date Authorizer
June Huie 2021 Self
Paula Pankratz 2021 June Huie
Steve Owens 2021 June Huie
Brian Pressnall 2021-06-15 June Huie
Tom McPhetres 2022 June Huie
Juli Mitchell 2022
Malissa Long 2022
Nicole Reid 2022
Paula Pankratz 2022
Rhonda Dieker 2022
Cindy Seiwert 2022-04-30 Brian Pressnall
Terry Vandenberg 2022-04-30 Brian Pressnall
Annell Ackley 2022-10-07 Brian Pressnall
Ben Rogers 2022-12-19 Brian Pressnall
Scott Sullivan 2023-01-12 June Huie
Emilie Petersen 2023-01-29 Brian Pressnall
Bonnie Cowles 2023
Rayna Fisher 2023-02-17 Brian Pressnall
Shirley Helm 2023-03-13 June Huie
Daniel Johnson 2023-03-13 June Huie
Jillian Ohmart 2023-04-12 June Huie
Melissa 2023-04-12 June Huie
Glenna Lowe 2023-04-19 June Huie
Gabriel Czepiel 2023-04-26 June Huie
Dee Dunla 2023-05-17 June Huie
Sara Foster 2023-08-11 Rayna Fisher
Michelle Dolan 2023-11-01 June Huie
Megan Moates 2023-11-28 June Huie
Carrie Lower 2024-02-19 June Huie
Briana Coursey 2024-03-05 June Huie
Adria McKay 2024-06-06 June Huie


Textiles Wish List

A list of equipment or tools that the Textile area would like to obtain. If you would like to donate one of these tools please contact the Textile Lead before dropping the tools or equipment off or having it shipped.

  1. Textile Tribe Wishlist
  2. Fabric Zoom Printer
  3. Roll-Up III, 36" x 48", .010" Accuracy