Thursday, May 23, 2013

Let's Make Stuff - Part 2

This is part 2 of my impressions of the new makerspace in Lowell. The previous post focused on the New Vestures open house event. I also took a lot of photos of the space and wanted to devote a post to that as well.
The makerspace is well-equipped, spacious, and fun to look at (and touch). A room off of the main room has a big work table, a light table, and lots of shelf space.  There are racks for the clothing too. There's even a small library of craft and design books.

Chain Mail
Every tool you can think of related to making clothing or even arty robots or chain mail is here.

Fabric Samples on Cork Board with Mini-Jacket
It  feels good to be surrounded by fabric and tools and all kinds of things that just gives you the feeling you want to make stuff. There are plenty of sewing machines, including some vintage ones.

Sewing Machines in the Main Room
Vintage Sewing Machine
Stitch Samples
There are hat blocks and mannequins as well as plenty of space for materials like thread, fabric, buttons, and parts.

Hats on Hat Blocks
Bolts of Blue
Buttons and Thread

Jar Full of Parts
There's a scroll saw and machines for cutting fabric and computers for doing 3D modelling and robotics stuff and a display space too. Everything is here.

Well-documented Scroll Saw

Display Space
As a tech writer, I got a kick out of the scroll saw with a manual about how to use it sitting right on it. Online help? Embedded documentation? :-)


Computers and Robotics Books
In the immortal words of the theme to the Mary Tyler Moore show: If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

Fashion Models with Vintage Sewing Machine and Glowing Purple Lights

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to see it in person. I love sewing and am eager to pick up more skills.