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Makerspace: Sewing Machines

This guide is for the Pollak Library Makerspace, found on the second floor of Pollak Library North at Cal State Fullerton.

sewing machine iconHusqvarna Machines & Brother Serger

Our space has [2] Bernette 35 Swiss Deign Sewing Machine, [1]  Husqvarna Viking Emerald 116 Sewing Machine and [1] 1034D Brother Serger. Tools, thread, and a variety of fabric are available for use. Make clothes, quilts, costumes, tote bags, anything fiber project you can imagine!
The Pollak Library Makerspace has some material available for use (patterned cotton fabric, thread, muslin, etc.), but availability is on a first-come-first-served basis and while supplies last. We cannot guarantee we will have material available for every project. If you have a specific project in mind please bring your own material. 
To make a reservation click here.

Threading the Serger

Sewing Project Ideas

Thread the Bernette Sewing Machine


Still having trouble? If the machine is not sewing correctly or keeps jamming try the following: 

  • Take out the bobbin and remove any excess thread that might be in the area 
  • Make sure the presser foot is down when you are sewing, if it is up the fabric will not move properly, causing a jam. 
  • Check the stitch type, stitch length, and thread tension dials (red dial). Adjust as needed. 
    • For basic sewing select "A" or "B" on the stitch type dial for a standard straight stitch. The only difference is the position of the needle ("A" is centered or "B" is slightly to the left).
    • For basic sewing "2" is a good stitch length.
    •  A thread tension of "3" or "4" is good for most stitches and fabrics. Adjust this if you notice fabric puckering or loose stitches.