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Virtual Open Hours - Live Now

Join us for Virtual Open Hours every Wednesday from 5 – 7 pm! Our Staff, Board Members, and Volunteers will be available to answer any membership questions and help you find tools or make a reservation. You do not need to be present for these sessions to reserve tools, however, we do recommend new members introduce themselves.

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Want to learn how to use a sewing machine? Want free access to sewing machines, fabric and accessories?

JUNE EVENTS ARE CANCELLED. Make-it Sew will return to its normal schedule in July for 7/9 and 7/23. Location will continue at Tacoma Public Library Swasey Branch through the end of summer 2024.

What is Make-it Sew?

Make-it Sew is a FREE sewing program to teach participants how to use a sewing machine. We then help guide participants in practicing their new sewing skills while providing easy to understand projects, along with all the materials.

New Temp Space

Make-it Sew will be held at Tacoma Public Library Swasey Branch at 7001 Sixth Avenue through the end of Summer 2024. When Tacoma Tool Library moves back to TPL Main Branch, Make-it Sew will be held at TPL Main Branch.

Make- it Sew will continue the same hours of 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Make-it Sew will continue every month for the foreseeable future although the location may change.

Important Information

  • Make-it Sew is self-directed, adding to your DIY journey. It is not a sewing class.
  • Registration is not required. Capacity is determined by number of sewing machines available. As well as the number of participants that are going to sit through Sewing Machine 101 instructions and the number of participants that will be working on self-directed projects.
  • Adolescents 14 years and older can attend with a parent if they are participating in sewing.

Here is a guide to help you learn how to use a sewing machine. We will use this guide for Sewing Machine 101 instructions during your first visit to Make-it Sew.

We have all the materials!

Sewing machines, fabric and sewing accessories will be provided for FREE. 

Sewing machines will be available to use during Make-it Sew and tool library members can check-out sewing machines to take home and borrow for two weeks at a time. 

Each sewer will receive an accessories kit to use during Make-it Sew, including scissors, tape measure, pins, hand needles, seam ripper, and black and white thread.

In addition, we have other various sewing accessories to be used to complete easy sewing projects. Materials such as, zippers, elastic, batting, buttons, bobbins, lots of different colored thread, fusing, ribbon, etc.

And we have all different kinds of fabric: cotton, polyester, knit, fleece, upholstery, etc.

You are welcome to bring your own sewing machine. We will be able to help you figure out how to use your machine and troubleshoot any problems.

Join us at Make-it Sew as a Helper