The Melbourne School of Design co-branded with the University of Melbourne Logo

Sewing Machine

Yakumo DBU-70L
Workshop Studio (Room G23)
Level 03


A sewing machine is a machine used to stitch fabric and other materials together with thread. The fabrication workshop’s sewing machine is industrial and capable of sewing through thicker materials such as leather as well as fabric.

Health and Safety

  • Do not use this machine unless a Fabrication Workshop technician has instructed you in its safe use and operation and has given permission.
  • Familiarise yourself with the emergency stop buttons on the machine. Always turn the machine off when not in use.
  • Do not wear loose articles of clothing and or jewelry when operating the sewing machine as they may be gripped by the reciprocating motion of the needle.
  • Avoid placing your hands too close to the needle.
  • Please see workshop staff if there are any issues with the machines operation. Please do not attempt to make any adjustments without prior approval.

Operation Instructions

  • Prepare the workspace: Ensure the workplace is clear and that the sewing machine is in good working order. Adjust the sewing machines lamp to illuminate the work area.
  • Set up material and parameters: Place the material onto the sewing machine. Ensure the sewing path is clearly visible. Set up sewing machine with correct needle, thread and desired sewing pattern.
  • Machine material: turn the sewing machine on use the foot pedal to control speed of the needle. Sew the workpiece along desired path while keeping hands a safe distance away from the needle.
  • Shut down and Remove material: When finished, turn off sewing machine by pressing the red OFF switch. Remove the material and clean the workspace by placing any waste in the bin.

Workmanship Considerations

  • Before sewing always check the amount of thread on the bobbin. There’s nothing worse than being halfway through sewing only to run out of thread.
  • Control your speed. It is better to go slowly as you have more control over the motion. Don’t push your foot down on the petal.