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 TEXTILES (TXL)
 
   
TXL111: Industrial Sewing Machines (Walking Foot, Straight Stitch, Serger) - SBU

In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use the Juki straight (or single) stitch, walking foot, and serger industrial sewing machines. Practice methods of speed control and accuracy. Operate the presser foot with a knee lever and enjoy continuous bobbin winding. Then get to know the walking foot industrial sewing machine.

This powerful machine is perfect for working with heavyweight materials such as leather, canvas, or multiple layers of fabric. Experience the walking foot advantage as it moves both the top and bottom of the fabric to keep the fabric from shifting. Lastly, learn the Juki four-thread industrial serger sewing machine. Get hands-on serger experience using overlock stitching to create high quality soft-feeling seams and fine rolled hems.

Take advantage of this powerful machine to sew and hem heavy, layered materials like canvas and leather. Expect to increase productivity after learning these efficient machines and start sewing like a pro!

Project: Canvas work apron

Prerequisites: None

Equipment access: Industrial sewing machines: single stitch, walking foot, and serger

Minimum age: 12

Supervision requirements: All 12- to 15-year-olds must attend class with a parent or guardian and be supervised, while using the industrial sewing machines, by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

Safety: Closed-toe shoes are required.

Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

4 sessions currently scheduled:
    Industrial Sewing Machines (Walking Foot, Straight Stitch, Serger) - SBU Wednesday, 3/8/17 10:00 AM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    Industrial Sewing Machines (Walking Foot, Straight Stitch, Serger) - SBU Saturday, 3/18/17 4:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    Industrial Sewing Machines (Walking Foot, Straight Stitch, Serger) - SBU Wednesday, 3/29/17 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    Industrial Sewing Machines (Walking Foot, Straight Stitch, Serger) - SBU Friday, 3/31/17 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
TXL401: Basic Soft Circuits

Design and sew a dog collar, bike cuff or bracelet with multiple LEDs that blink, fade or flicker. Learn basic circuit design and sewing techniques as well as how a microcontroller creates more complex behaviors in e-textiles. (A microcontroller creates the light effect; conductive thread and a coin cell battery complete the circuit.) Begin to explore the possibilities of this burgeoning field.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Basic Soft Circuits
(Basic Soft Circuits)
Saturday, 3/18/17 12:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
    Basic Soft Circuits
(Basic Soft Circuits)
Wednesday, 3/29/17 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
TXL402: Customized Messenger Bag

Learn basic bag making techniques and sew a personalized canvas messenger bag using our domestic and industrial sewing machines. Gain experience working with a pattern, making or adding a strap, attaching pockets, inserting a lining, and adding closures. Natural canvas bag fabric and solid color cotton lining are provided. For optional customization, bring your own strap, pockets and closure (suggested materials include recyclable materials such as old belts, bicycle inner tubes, guitar or luggage straps, jeans and jackets).

This workshop is open to both members and non-members of TechShop.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Customized Messenger Bag Tuesday, 3/21/17 1:00 PM 4.0 Hours 3 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.