What is it?

Our Brother Sewing Machines are used for mending and production of textiles and can be used with most cotton, polyester, and acrylic fabrics. 


Our sewing machine is great for beginning sewers. We can ensure that the sewing machine is ready for you to use. You may bring your own thread if you have a colour preference. We may be able to provide scrap material for practicing as well as some small projects. Here is a quick checklist of the steps involved in using our sewing machine:

  • Wind the bobbin and thread the needle.

  • Insert the fabric beneath the presser foot, and press the lever to lower the foot onto the fabric.

  • Gently press down on the pedal. This will start the motor running and move the needle up and down at the same time as the machine feeds the fabric through the area beneath the needle.

There are stitching pattern settings on our machine which include options like zigzag stitches and buttonhole stitches. You can use the stitch setting controllers to tell your machine which stitches to use.

You can use the sewing machine to create face masks, clothing items, bags and much more. For inspiration check out sewing projects on Instructables.

There is no cost to use our sewing machine, but you will need to bring the material/items you wish to sew.

No need to book! Just come along to Auaha Makerspace at either Central Library or Te Kete Aronui and ask our friendly librarians for the sewing machine. You can also email us to get more information.