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Sewing & Textiles

Sewing Area

When using equipment, Makers certify that they are capable of using the equipment in a safe and proper manner. Makers must follow any safety guidelines listed on the equipment’s usage sheet.

Some equipment may require training before use.


  • Janome Mod 100 computerized machine with 100 stitches including 5 one-step buttonholes 
  • Sewing Accessories: pins, needles, thread, thimbles, clippers, measuring tape, and rulers
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Some patterns
  • Large, Adjustable tables for cutting fabric
  • Left and Right handed fabric scissor


All sewing equipment and supplies are in the locked cabinets. Please ask the Reference Librarian to unlock for access. Sewing machines must be checked out with a library card in good standing; regular card, a resource card, and Milwaukee County library card are accepted.

Patrons are welcome to use the supplies available.

Some patterns are available in the box marked patterns.

Donations of excess supplies or monetary donations are always appreciated.


Each sewing machine has a user guide.  In the back of the user guide is a troubleshooting or problem guide. 

Staff may not be available to assist.

Reserving Equipment

Make sure the stuff you want to use is available during your visit to The Forge. Several items in The Forge can be reserved.

Reserveable equipment requires the user to have a library card or resource card in good standing. Learn more about getting a Library Card.