Makerspace

Transform ideas into reality at our Eastside Branch's Makerspace — equipped with cutting-edge tools and resources for hands-on creation and exploration.

UPDATE: Please note that we are making changes to our Makerspace and the equipment available. As of Friday, June 14 the serger, sewing machine and embroidery machine will no longer be available for use at the Eastside Branch on a temporary basis. At that time, we will be improving our services and technology offerings to better serve your needs. Please watch for updates as we introduce new equipment and ways that you can use and borrow technology at WPL.

The machines are still available for use up until Friday, June 14.

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Makerspace FAQs

Makerspace FAQs

How long can I book a machine at one time?
Makerspace machines can be booked for a 3-hour time slot once per day.
Can I book multiple Makerspace machines in one day?
Yes, but not concurrently. Machines must be used one at a time.

Machines will be available on the following days and times:
  • Tuesdays 1pm to 5pm
  • Thursdays 1pm to 8pm
Where do I use the machines after booking my timeslot?
Makerspace machines must be used at the Eastside Branch. You will have use of the Program Room for the duration of your time. A table, as well as accessories for the machine, will be made available for your use.
Can I bring my own supplies to use?
Yes! We provide basic materials for the operation of the machines, but you will need to bring your own fabrics and projects. You are also welcome to bring your own thread and other supplies.

Using the Sewing Machine

Exclusive to our Eastside Branch, complete those sewing projects with our Singer 4452 Heavy Duty sewing machine. The sewing machine is available to reserve for a 3-hour time slot Tuesdays from 1pm to 5pm and Thursdays from 1pm to 8pm.

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Sewing Machine

What accessories are provided to use with the sewing machine?

When you arrive for your scheduled timeslot to use the sewing machine, you will be provided with the following accessories:

  • Fabric scissors
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Seam ripper
  • Pins 
  • Sewing needles (hand)
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Foot pedal
  • Spare needles (for sewing machine)
  • Extra bobbins 
  • White thread

What if I need help using the sewing machine?

If you have questions or need assistance using the sewing machine, please reference the online user manual and tutorial provided below.

Watch a Tutorial

Read the User Manual

Visit the Manufacturer Website

Using the Serger

Exclusive to our Eastside Branch, get serging with our Janome 8002D serger. The serger is available to reserve for a 3-hour time slot on Tuesdays from 1pm to 5pm and Thursdays from 1pm to 8pm.

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Serger

What is a serger and how is it used?

A serger is a specialized sewing machine that trims, edges, and sews fabric simultaneously, often used for tasks like edging, hemming, or seaming. Unlike a regular sewing machine, a serger employs loopers fed by multiple thread cones instead of a bobbin, creating secure seams with thread loops. While advantageous for specific projects, the cost and limited need for serged seams often make owning one impractical.

What accessories are provided to use with the serger?
When you arrive for your scheduled timeslot to use the serger, you will be provided with the following accessories:
  • Fabric scissors
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Seam ripper
  • Pins 
  • Sewing needles (hand)
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Foot pedal
  • Spare needles
  • Tweezers
  • Two screwdrivers
  • 4 spools white thread
What if I need help using the serger?

If you have questions or need assistance using the serger, please reference the online user manual and tutorial provided below.

Watch a Tutorial 

Read the User Manual 

Using the Embroidery Machine

Exclusive to our Eastside Branch, dive into your creative project with the Brother LB6810 embroidery machine. The embroidery machine is available to reserve for a 3-hour time slot on Tuesdays from 1pm to 5pm and Thursdays from 1pm to 8pm.

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Embroidery Machine

What is an embroidery machine?

 

An embroidery machine is a sophisticated device designed to embellish fabrics with intricate designs and patterns through automated stitching. These machines use digital files to guide the needle, allowing for precise and detailed embroidery work. Whether adding a personalized touch to garments, creating decorative home items, or designing unique gifts, an embroidery machine opens up a world of creative possibilities. Users can upload custom designs or choose from a vast selection of pre-programmed patterns, making it a versatile tool for both seasoned crafters and those exploring the art of embroidery for the first time.

What accessories are provided to use with the embroidery machine?
When you arrive for your scheduled timeslot to use the embrodiery machine, you will be provided with the following accessories:
  • Fabric scissors
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Seam ripper
  • Pins 
  • Sewing needles (hand)
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Foot pedal
  • Power cord
  • Mounting frame
  • Plastic template
  • Usb cable
  • Quick reference
  • Spare needles
  • Spare bobbins
What if I need help using the embroidery machine?

If you have questions or need assistance using the embroidery machine, please reference the online user manual and tutorial provided below.

Watch a Tutorial

Read the User Manual

Visit the Manufacturer Website

Do I need to bring anything with me?
Customer will be required to provide their own material or fabric as well as all of the thread required for your project. Embrodiery machines require multiple colours and thread, so please make sure to plan out what colours you will require before you arrive.