If you are unable to bring your own sewing machine for Costume College, but you need one for a class, or you have last minute touches to finish on your gala or tea costume; we will have sewing machines available to rent at the Information Desk.
This year we have Brother XM2701 models with 1-step buttonhole, darning plate, free arm (rather large), blind hem stitching, zig-zag, triple stitch for reinforced seams; 27 built-in stitches in all. The machines come with 3 bobbins and a couple needles. BE SURE TO BRING YOUR OWN NEEDLES, as you may need different sizes, and to replace broken ones. Also BRING YOUR OWN BOBBINS, as the 3 that come with the machine must stay with the machine.
Please reserve in advance, so that we may coordinate schedules, and figure out how many machines will be needed. Email to Heidi Pritchett Molley, Information Department Assistant Chairperson: firstname.lastname@example.org letting her know what time(s) you would like to rent a machine, any workshop you will be bringing it to (or none), and your cell phone number, so that we can contact you during Costume College, if necessary.
You may want a little extra time before (or after) class to unpack the machine, try few sample stitches, glance at the instruction manual, etc. You may want to consider picking up 30 minutes earlier than your class, and you may need some time after class to get everything in order. Pickup and drop off will be at the Information Desk.
We accept cash or checks and checks can be made out to: Costumer’s Guild West. This year we hope to have a “square” to be able to take credit card payments.
The rental machines will be sold at the end of Costume College, Sunday afternoon/evening. Stop by the Information Desk anytime to let us know if you want to be on the list to buy one of the gently-used machines.