Virtual Fashion Lab Tour

While it’s nice to be able to get out of the house once in a while, especially now, sometimes you’ve just gotta take a tour from the safety of your own pajamas. So we’re bringing the new Fashion Lab to your very own laptop…

Body Forms

The AIBI Fashion Lab currently hosts six body forms that can be used for draping and fitting.

Heavy Duty Leather Stitching Machines

Two Leather Machines (with walking foot). Built for very heavy leather work (car seats, etc) these single needle industrial machines could also stitch multiple heavy layers of heavy canvas.

Welcome to the new Fashion Lab!

While it hasn’t been a secret that AIBI has moved from our Pilsen location, the pandemic this Spring did add a bit of a wrench when it comes to sharing our new space with you. There’s been a few pictures here and there, but we had hoped to show things off in person. We’ve been able to get a few people in to use the space in July, and we’re so very happy to announce that the new, improved, AIBI Fashion Lab is open! Since we’re not able to hold an in person party, take a look at the new AIBI Fashion Lab page for more details on available resources, including make and model of the industrial sewing machines available. Not only that, but we’ve upgraded the website as well. New members* can sign

# 14- Juki LBH-782 Button Hole:

The Juki LBH-782 button hole is sewn with two parallel rows of machine sewing in a narrow zig-zag stitch. A short bar tack is then stitched at each end, and a blade cuts the buttonhole open automatically. This machine, once set for the size of the opening, is an automated process. We only keep black and white thread on hand, so you will want to bring your own matching thread cone(s).

# 13 - Juki MB-375 Shank Button Sew

The Juki MB-375 is a shank button sew machine that allows you to insert a button and sew a shank onto your garment. Once set, it is an automated process. We only keep black and white thread on hand, so you will want to bring your own matching thread cone(s).

# 12- Juki Mo-3714 4-Thread Overlock:

The Juki Mo 3714 is a four count thread overlock serger that stitches one to two pieces of fabric for edging, hemming, or seaming. The machine has a small blade that cuts the edging before the machine loops are fed by multiple threads of cones. This is set for “faux” safety stitch, with two needles. We only keep black and white thread on hand, so you will want to bring your own matching thread cone(s).

# 11- Kansai Special W-8003 EMK 2/3/4- Needle Cover-stitch:

The Kansai Special W-8003 EMK 2/3/4 needle cover-stitch is primarily used to create professional looking hems for knit garments. It covers the raw edges of a fabric with a double line of stitches on the top, and loops underneath. This type of stitch stretches with the material. This stitch is most often seen in the hems of t-shirts and knit pants. We only keep black and white thread on hand, so you will want to bring your own matching thread cone(s).

#10 -Juki MF-3620 4 Needle Flatseamer:

The Juki MF- 3620 is a four needle flatseamer that places one edge inside a folded edge of the fabric, then stitching the fabric down. This re-enforces the raw edges from fraying. The four needle flatseamer is the type of seam used for yoga pants and for other knitwear products. We only keep black and white thread on hand, so you will want to bring your own matching thread cone(s).

# 9 -Juki Mo-6804S 3 Thread Overlock:

The Juki MO-6804S is a three count thread overlock serger that serges over the edge of one to two pieces of cloth for edging, hemming, or seaming. The machine has a small blade that cuts the edging before the machine loops are fed by three thread cones. This Juki is set for a very narrow and close stitching. This mimics a “baby marrow” machine. We only keep black and white thread on hand, so you will want to bring your own matching thread cone(s).

# 7- US-Stitch Line SL 718-2 Single Needle Blind Stitch

The US-Stitch Line SL 718-2 has a small lever at the side of the machine that holds the fabric in place by pushing the cloth forward while sewing. The needle then sweeps from side to side and the fabric is only caught a small amount, creating a small stitch on one side and a "blind stitch" on the other side. The US-Stitch Line SL 718-2 is used for hems, especially on woven skirts, dresses, and slacks. We only keep black and white thread on hand, so you will want to bring your own matching thread cone(s).

# 2 - Brother EF4-N21 Twin Needle Overlock:

The Brother EF4-N21 twin needle overlock is used to serge over the edge of one to two pieces of cloth for edging, hemming, or seaming. The machine has a small blade that cuts the edging before the machine loops are fed by multiple thread cones rather than a bobbin. The Brother EF4-N21 is set for woven fabrics. We only keep black and white thread on hand, so you will want to bring your own matching thread cone(s).

# 5 - Juki 555 Single Needle Straight Stitch:

The Juki 555 is a single needle lock-stitch that can handle many types of straight stitching for light to medium weight fabrics. The throat plates have marked grooves that indicate different seam widths for easy reference. The Juki 555 has a built in bobbin winder located on the right hand side of the machine for easy access. The Juki 555 is set for working with knit fabrics. We only keep black and white thread on hand, so you will want to bring your own matching thread cone(s). You will want to buy your own bobbins for your matching thread as well. If you need one, you can purchase it from the AIBI shop. If you need more than three, talk to the monitor about placing an order.

#1, #3, #6 - Juki 8700 Single Needle Straight Stitch

The Juki 8700 is a single needle lock-stitch machine. It can handle many types of straight stitching for light to medium weight fabrics (and some minimal layers of heavy weight fabric). The throat plates have marked groves that indicate different seam widths for easy reference. The Juki 8700 also has a built in bobbin winder, located on the right hand side of the machine for easy access. In our Fashion Lab, we have two Juki 8700’s set for woven and one for knit fabrics. We only keep black and white thread on hand, so you will want to bring your own matching thread cone(s). You will want to buy your own bobbins for your matching thread as well. If you need one, you can purchase it from the A

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