Textiles

Sewing and Textiles Open Lab

Tuesday, January 11 • 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM • $8

Join our social sewing event and make wonderful things out of fabric, leather, and fiber materials. Great for beginners or folks just looking to access wonderful tools. 

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Sewing and Textiles Open Lab

Tuesday, January 25 • 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM • $8

Join our social sewing event and make wonderful things out of fabric, leather, and fiber materials. Great for beginners or folks just looking to access wonderful tools. 

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Shotgun Silk Screening

Saturday, January 29 • 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM • $65

Go from sketch to shirt in this workshop! We will be making screens and using laser-cut mylar to create unique screenprints. Each person can choose 2 shirts from our eclectic stock of blanks. You can also bring your own garments to print.

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Textiles Program

Textiles Work Space
 

Make things that help your community

Mask making for with the Oakland Community PPE program or use textiles tools to prototype and design new gear. 

Excellent selection of machines

For sewing everything!
Industrial Sewing Machine

Solid Steel from the 1930's

This walking foot-machine is set up for leather sewing and upgraded with a servo motor for all the control
Textile Tool Storage with Irons, scissors, and books
 

Shotgun silkscreening 

Using lasers and spray glue you can silkscreen unique creations.

Coverstitching!

This specialty machine will change how you look at hemming forever.

Serger

This Juki overlock machine is perfect for all your stretchy and knit materials.

Supplies and machines

The textiles area has been relocated to suite 206 to increase the distance between workstations. It is a reconfigurable space with a variety of tables and chairs, including two large rolling cut tables and large rotary mats.  We have a large variety of fabrics and notions that are available for member use.

Training and certification

While the basic sewing machines don’t require certification, we highly recommend that you take a class or get help with the Pfaff walking foot machine if you have never used these types of machines before. The Juki Serger and the Janome Coverstitch machines both require certification or supervision.

Leatherworking

We have a basic complement of leather hand working tools to go along with our Pfaff walking foot heavy-duty leather sewing machine.

Silkscreening

All the basic tools for both traditional and non-traditional silkscreening are available. We often use laser-cut mylar stencils to create the resist for quick silkscreen runs.