Sewing SIG

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The Sewing Special Interest group is for DMS members who are interested in sewing in a wide variety of projects. From apparel to quilting to leather, the Sewing group has a sewing machine that can work with almost any project. In addition to the equipment owned by DMS, members are encouraged to bring their own sewing machines/sergers to use in classes or at events to further sewing skills.

The Sewing SIG is currently housed under the Creative Arts committee, and the current SIG leader for this group is Judy Kriehn.

Sewing SIG Goals

  1. Development of a like minded group who can share resources and tips for sewing
  2. Learning new techniques
  3. Development of classes

How to Join

The Sewing SIG is open to all DMS members, from novice to expert. Please add your name in alphabetical order to this Wiki and include your TALK handle.

How to reach us

Dallas Makerspace discord Sewing SIG:


  1. SIG Leader
    Judy Kriehn
  2. Astrud Aguirre
  3. Beth Appleton
  4. Robyn Butler
  5. Cindy Dalton
  6. Caireen Day
  7. Serena Nguyen
  8. Laurie Ruggles
  9. Paul Wilson
  10. Linda Wynne
  11. Steve Wynne
  12. A. Young


All sewing machines require training before use both for your safety and to prevent damage to the machines.

  1. Babylock Zest (6)
    Sewing Machines
  2. Babylock Ellure ESL (1)
    Machine Embroidery & Sewing Machine (on loan from a member)
  3. Viking Designer SE (1)
    Machine Embroidery & Sewing Machine
  4. Pfaff 130 (1)
    Vintage sewing machine (used primarily for leather sewing)
  5. Brother Sergers: (1) working, (1) non-functional
  6. Thor GA 441
    heavy duty leather sewing machine
  7. Female Size 6 Full Body Dress Form
  8. Large Cutting Table (repurposed ping-pong table)
  9. Silver Storage cabinet


  • Machine Sewing Needles (universal, ballpoint, denim, leather, serger)
  • Threads
  • Muslin
  • Pattern Paper


"Training Required" Equipment:

  1. Basic Home Sewing Machines
    Babylock Zest
    (note: some project classes will include the intro skills to these machines or you can get one-on-one training to verify that you understand how to thread the machines, wind/properly insert a bobbin, and stitch a straight line.)
  2. "Heavy-duty" home sewing machine
    Pfaff 130
    (note: ask for one-on-one training to verify that you understand how to thread the machines, can wind & properly insert a bobbin, and stitch a straight line)
  3. Machine Embroidery Machines
    Babylock Ellure ESL and/or Viking Designer SE
  4. Industrial Sewing Machine
    THOR leather machine

Required Serger Class for Equipment Usage:

101 - Serger Basics
Brother 1034D 4-thread

Sewing Machine Project Classes

Classes offered in the past include tote bags, colorful and adjustable fabric dog collars, simple zipper bags.
Watch the DMS Calendar for new class offerings.

Serger Classes

102 - Hats
(learn how to stitch curves and corners)
103 - Hooded Infinity Scarf
(build on your curve-stitching skills)
200 - Tunic Pullover
(learn basic clothing construction with a serger)
201 - Strip-pieced fleece blanket
(learn to create a simple blanket that employs quilt-piecing techniques)
202 - Scarf
(learn to put a rolled-edge on your piece)

Combining Serger Skill with Sewing Machine Skill Classes

  1. Tote Bag
  2. Microwave Potato Bag
  3. Easy Pot Holders
  4. Recycled Monsters
  5. Bib-style Apron

"Serge for a Cause" Events

- Burp cloths
- Dog Beds
- Beanie-style Hats

Please note: If you own a sewing machine and/or serger and know how to use them (or want to build your knowledge) you are encouraged to bring them for project classes and events. Ask the class instructor in advance if you have a machine but are not absolutely comfortable with threading, stitch settings, bobbin setup, etc.


The Sewing Room library is located on the cubby-shelves in a corner of the room.

Sewing Tips

Book Title Author
Speed Sewing Janice S. Saunders


Book Title Author
Generation T: 108 ways to transform a T-shirt Megan Nicolay
The Sweater Chop Shop: Sewing One-of-a-Kind Creations from Recycled Sweaters Crispina Ffrench
Pattern Making for Fashion Design (6th Edition) Helen Joseph Armstrong
Drawing Fashions: figures, faces and techniques Don Bolognese & Elaine Raphael
T-shirt Style: Super-easy looks in no time Gabrielle Sterbenz

Sewing Project Ideas

Book Title Author
Sew What! Fleece: Get comfy with 35 Head-to-Toe, easy-to-sew projects Carol Jessop & Chaila Sekora
Plush-O-Rama: Curious Creatures for Immature Adults Linda Kopp
Stupid Sock Creatures: Making Quirky, Loveable Figures from Cast-off Socks John Murphy
We Love to Sew: 28 Pretty Things to Make: Jewelry, Headbands, Softies, T-shirts, Pillows, Bags & More Annabel Wrigley


Book Title Author
Maverick Quilts: Using Large-Scale Prints, Novelty Fabrics & Panels with Panache Alethea Ballard
101 Fabulous Rotary-Cut Quilts Judy Hopkins & Nancy J. Martin
Quilt As You Go (Second Edition) The easy foolproof way to quilt and assemble portable blocks and strips Sandra Millet
Fine Art Quilts: Work by Artists of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association
The Joy of Quilting John Hanson & Mary Hickey
Quilt Yourself Gorgeous: 24 Irresistible Fat Quarter Quilts and Homestyle Projects Mandy Shaw

Art Quilt/Fiber Projects

Book Title Author
Stitched Textile Collage: Innovative Designs for Textured Surfaces Lucille Toumi
Fabric Art Journals: Making, Sewing and Ebellishing Journals from Cloth and Fibers Pam Susan

Meeting Minutes




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