Hello Triangle-ans (Triangle-ites),
There's a cool place opening in Durham (off Miami Blvd exit from 40) called TechShop. They have a sewing room with 2 "regular" sewing machines, an embroidery machine, a serger, and an industrial sewing machine. The place also has MIG, TIG, and Oxy-acetylene welding, a woodworking shop, machine shop, area to work on your cars, electronics shop, and a bunch of other stuff. They offer classes for all the machines and you can buy memberships so you have access to use everything (I think you need to take safety classes for the machines first).
The big opening is Saturday March 21st and they will have food and demos. All the info is on their page. I'm super excited about having access to a serger without the investment!
I hope to meet some fellow Craftsters there www.TechShopDurham. com