Sewing, Knitting, and Embroidery

Everyone in the JMU community is welcome and encouraged to use our sewing, embroidery, and other textile arts tools and facilities. However, you must complete a brief training on how to use the machines and must sign a form stating that you’ll follow a few basic safety rules before you may do so. The easiest way to receive training is by making an appointment or attending one of our workshops!

Sewing & Knitting Supplies

The Makery has a collection of tools and supplies for sewing and knitting, including:

  • Modern Bernina 1008 sewing machines (view the instruction manual)
  • Bernina L460 Overlocker/Serger
  • Brother “Dream Machine 2” sewing and embroidery machine (documentation)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Tailor’s ham
  • Yarn swift and ball winder
  • Various measurement and marking tools (rulers, chalk, fabric pens, etc.)
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mats
  • A variety of shears, scissors, and snips
  • Thread
  • Fabric
  • Yarn
  • Snaps, buttons, zippers, etc.

While various fabrics, yarns and other materials are available in the space, you’re encouraged to bring your own materials if needed for a special project.  We also welcome recommendations on what else to keep in stock!

Sewing Resources


The Makery also has a Brother “Dream Machine 2” sewing and embroidery machine.

Safety Considerations

Safety is the number one priority while operating and maintaining the textile arts equipment. 

Some of the materials used in sewing, embroidery, or other textile arts are quite sharp. These include tools such as needles, rotary cutters, pinking shears, etc. Always use caution when handling these objects and keep the cutting edges away from your body and face. Stay alert and vigilant and use care while the machine is in operation to avoid getting any clothing, jewelry, hair, or body parts caught in between moving pieces. 

Use of cut-resistant gloves is required when using rotary cutters.