San Diego

Sewing Machines

Two sewing machines were originally funded by a mini grant from MIT Club of San Diego to support STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Education. The machines will be used to teach wearable electronics and soft circuit workshops. They will also be available for public us in our lab.
Now the Maker Lab has 8 sewing machines and a serger!

Using the Sewing Machines

  • Patrons must be trained to operate the machine prior to using the machine
  • Patrons are responsible for providing their own materials/consumables

Sewing Machines

Brother LB6800PRW
Project Runway™ Limited Edition Combination Machine
  • Import Designs Directly from your Computer
  • 70 built-in embroidery designs, 5 embroidery fonts and 120 frame pattern combinations
  • 67 built-in sewing stitches with 98 stitch functions
  • Easy-to-view back-lit, touch screen LCD display
  • On-screen reference guide in 16 languages
  • Quick-Set™ drop-in bobbin and advanced needle-threader
  • Built-in push button thread cutter
  • Large 4” x 4” embroidery area
  • For specifications and additional information about this sewing machine, please see here.
Brother HC1850
130-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with Built-in Sewing Font & Wide Table
  • 130 built-in stitches, including 8 one-step auto-size buttonhole styles
  • 1 built-in monogramming sewing font, perfect for basic monogramming
  • 170 stitch functions for garment construction, quilting, decorative and heirloom sewing
  • Convenient flip chart attached to front of machine shows all built-in stitches
  • Detachable wide table for larger projects
  • Large Backlit LCD display with intuitive push-button stitch selector
  • Exceptional feed system – sew on a wide range of fabrics
  • Adjustable sewing speed
  • For specifications and additional information about this sewing machine, please see here.
Brother CS6000i
60-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with Wide Table
  • LCD display with easy-to-use stitch selector
  • 60 built-in stitches including and 7 styles of 1-step auto-size buttonholes
  • Automatic needle threader
  • Super easy bobbin winding system
  • Electronic variable speed control
  • Included oversized wide table for larger projects
  • Brightly Lit LED Work Area
  • Built-in free arm for sewing cuffs and sleeves
  • For specifications and additional information about this sewing machine, please see here.


Brother Homelock 1034D
3/4 Thread Serger with Differential Feed
  • Two needles and 3-4 thread
  • Versatile stitch options allow you to choose from 4 thread overlock, 3 thread overlock, narrow hem, rolled hem, and ribbon lock stitches.
  • Differential fabric feed for better stitch quality
  • Easy color-coded threading
  • Fast, up to 1300 stitches per minute
  • The stitch width can be easily adjusted between 3.00mm to 7.00mm, helping to provide the perfect stitch width for your project
  • Presser foot pressure adjustment dial
  • 2-point thread tension control device allows for smoother delivery of thread, and the tension for each needle can also be individually adjusted, for even more precise control for each type of thread.
  • Free Arm for Sewing Cuffs and Sleeves.
  • Retractable knife blade helps prevent against accidentally cutting your fabric when you're working close to the edges of rolled hems.
  • Brightly Lit Work Area
  • Safety feature prevents operation when the front cover is open
  • Uses standard sewing machine needles
  • Built-in storage allows you to keep accessory tools on the front panel flip-down door, and use the removable trim trap to store the foot controller, and to collect trim while serging.
  • Bilingual operation manual and instructional CD
  • For specifications and additional information about this sewing machine, please see here.

Resources & Support

Patrons are expected to operate the Silhouette Cameos on their own since most projects do not take that much time to complete and cutting materials can vary. However, our volunteers in the lab can assist with setting up the machines as needed. We also offer classes on how to operate the machines through the year. 

Classes & Workshops:

Coming soon! Please check our events calendar at sdplcalendar.org for more information.