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Sewing and Textile Open Lab: Sewing by hand

Hand stitched leather, hand stitched details, hand stitched buttons...this week the focus on hand sewing techniques... not to worry the machines are there but sometimes there is no substitute for doing it by hand.

Every open lab has a general focus but is not limited an could include any of the following:

Open to the public, come work on sewing, drafting patterns, repair and the textile based projects.

Crafty Rachel (, will be on hand to help you get started, provide basic tools and machines for sewing (including a serger), give advice on your current project, or give ideas. Also a good place for beginners to get an overview and practice or for more experienced folks to get help.

Some things that will be going on include:

* Experimenting with laser cutting fabric
* Creating open source patterns
* Basic repair and clothing reconstruction
* Installing zipper and other hardware into projects

This open lab is has a causual format that is lead by the interest of the group present.


*Laser time fees will apply. Please visit for more information



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  • Kristin

    Hey Rachel, can I come by late- after 8pm? How late does the lab run?


    July 14, 2013

    • Rachel M.

      Hi Kristin - Officially the lab goes till 8:30 though we are often having so much fun we go much later 9:30 or 10. Feel free to ping my cell to verify we are still in action. I will PM you the number.

      July 15, 2013

  • Moe J.

    Thanks for clarifying the age group. Will try to come again alone.

    July 15, 2013

  • Moe J.

    We are an 8 year old and her mom. & what is meant by 'Needs a location'? Thanks

    June 24, 2013

    • Rachel M.

      While Textiles Open Lab is older kid friendly the material presented is geared for adults as is the social environment.

      July 14, 2013

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