Firstly, some housekeeping. We are down 3 needles and part of the inner pressure foot is broken (still usable, but not ideal). These are all due to improper use, but only one person has paid for a needle and they informed me of breaking it. The other two people have not. If you chip the point of the needle, bend it, or snap it, pay for a new one. The spare needles have been locked up, if a new one is needed, contact a CA instructor to get a new one. Treat a needle breaking like the sawstop firing - report on issues and request on talk and let us know. Not reporting it will ban you from the machine until you retake the class.
The fact they are broken is not the issue. It is that individuals are not reporting them broken. If someone broke the pressure foot and they had posted on talk or messaged me, there would be no problem and I would know the exact way in which they broke it, which would improve future classes so that it doesn’t happen again.
“Not noticing” you have broken a needle is not an excuse. We are working to RFID lock the machine so unauthorized users cannot use the machine. If you have taken a class on the Pfaff or the Rex portable industrial sewing machines, you are still not qualified to use the machine until you have taken sewing 201. An active AD will be posted on the wiki.
Below is a picture of the broken foot. If breakages continue unreported, I will lock down the machine until we get an RFID lock so we can track who uses it and breaks it. I do not want to do this in the slightest but I will if necessary.
In happier news, we have 38 people qualified on the machine as of tonight (including myself)! We have an additional instructor qualified to teach the training class, and more qualification classes will be added to the calendar soon.
I am also posting a project class for next week on the calendar - Coasters and keyfobs for gifts. We will be taking precut leather, cleaning it, tooling it (if desired), and sewing it together. I will also be posting the .DXF files so any maker can access the cut files for their own personal customization or to make more. I will continue to make more project classes as well leading up to the holidays. I hope to see everyone there!