Sewing & Quilting Machines

Three Brother XR9550 sewing/quilting machines against a green background

Scarsdale residents can now make use of the makerspace’s three Brother XR9550 sewing and quilting machines. Patrons can book up to 4 hours per week to work on personal projects in the makerspace. The makerspace will provide patrons with pins, measuring tape, needles, tailor chalk, scissors, and a limited variety of thread. Patrons will be expected to bring in any other tools or materials they may need for their projects.  Makerspace staff will only be available to help you get started and to answer basic questions. 

How to Sign Up

  • View and book available time slots at this link.
  • Time slots are available two weeks into the future. Patrons can book up to four hours per week.
  • Patrons will need to fill out a Makerspace User Agreement agreeing to the Makerspace Terms of Use upon entering the makerspace. This form only needs to be filled out once and will be kept on file. 

Thread Colors

The makerspace has the following thread colors available while supplies last. Patrons are welcome to bring their own thread as well.

A photo of the thread SPL offers arranged by color




New to sewing machines? Makerspace staff will always be available to help you get started while using equipment in the makerspace, but here are some basic tutorials for setting up a Brother XR9550 sewing machine for independent learning or as a refresher.  


(0:42) Turning on the power

(1:11) Winding and setting the lower thread

(5:36) Upper threading

(7:58) To start sewing

(10:27) Reverse sewing

(11:32) Mirror image stitches

(13:16) Adjusting the stitch length/width

(14:57) Overcasting (foot G)

(16:02) Blind hem (foot R)

(17:39) Buttonhole (foot A)

(19:38) Character stitches (foot N)

(23:07) Cleaning & needle replacement

Any questions or concerns? Feel free to reach out and ask at