Fiber Arts Zone

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Fiber Arts Zone
Coordinator: Irene Purificato
Equipment List: Fiber Arts Equipment
Zone Assistants: Assistants Needed


This zone primarily provides equipment for textile and glass projects. All manner of crafting activities that don't fit in the other zones can be worked on here.

Link to Wiki

Zone Orientation: Rules and Safety

The intent of the zone orientation is to familiarize new members with the contents, capabilities, safety rules, and operational procedures of the Fiber Arts zone. It is not intended to provide detailed instruction on how to use the equipment. Those who are confident in their abilities to use the equipment may use it after completing the orientation. Those who are not should seek the assistance of the Zone Coordinator, other CoG members, or should enroll in an instructional class offered by the CoG.

General Safety

  1. Review of Lock Out/Tag Out Board and Process
    1. Apply outlet lock to main power cord. Only Zone Coordinators and Facilities Specialist have keys to remove and will do so when equipment is safe.
  2. Risk of fire.
    1. Do not leave irons or soldering irons plugged in when unattended. Do not leave irons face down.
    2. Do not place flammable materials inside of kilns.
    3. Ensure there are at least 12 inches of clearance around the kilns.
  3. Risk of cuts and eye injury when working with glass.
    1. Use caution when working with glass pieces.
    2. Wear eye protection when cutting or grinding glass.

General “Be Excellent to Each Other” Knowledge

  1. Communication is important to keeping this community space functioning. Report any problems, low supplies, or comments to,, or on the whiteboard.
  2. Place all tools and materials back in their storage location.
  3. Clean up more debris than you have made.
    1. Sweep up tables.
    2. Discard all fabric scraps.

Equipment Overview

  1. Irons
    1. For ironing fabric only.
    2. There is a temperature control on all irons. Ironing nylon on the cotton setting will melt the nylon. If you melt fabric with the iron clean the iron. Supplies for cleaning the iron are available.
    3. Metal surface of iron must be clean after use. Any residual glue/material/plastic will ruin other people's projects!
  2. Sewing Machines
    1. Singer 3214
      1. Users Manual
    2. Singer Stylist 457
      1. Released in 1969. General Information
      2. Threading diagram
    3. Kenmore
    4. Brother
  3. Consew 225 Industrial Walking Foot machine
    1. The Operating Manual
    2. This machine has an aftermarket variable speed motor, making it easier to use than the original 1-speed motor.
    3. Goes out of alignment much quicker than consumer machines. Notify Zone Coordinator or Facilities Specialist if alignment is needed. Instructions are available on the machine's wiki page if you would like to attempt yourself.
    4. The threading is a little different from standard household machines. Review a video before attempting. Ask for assistance if you're having trouble.
    5. Tangles in the bobbin area are annoying to undo (it usually requires some disassembly). If something isn't right, make sure all thread is routed properly before continuing.
    6. YouTube videos that help with how to thread the machine:
      2. This video is out of focus, but includes threading the bobbin
    7. This machine does not have reverse
  4. Babylock Protege Serger
    1. The Riccar RL739ED is the same: manual
  5. Tile Saw
  6. Grinder
  7. Small Kiln
  8. Large Kiln
  9. Vinyl Cutter - Silhouette
  10. Vinyl Cutter - Cricut
  11. Vinyl Cutter- Roland PNC1000
  12. Knitting Machine

Reference Information

Material Resources

  • Bullet

Projects for Inspiration

  • Bullet