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Dayton Sewing Collaborative

From August 2016 until August 2017 I was a contract project manager and manufacturing consultant for the Dayton Sewing Collaborative.

After transitioning out of that paid role, I accepted the volunteer position of board president and am focusing on helping the start-up non-profit build capacity and increase visibility within the Dayton community; and connect with aligned organizations.

The Dayton Sewing Collaborative functions as a hub for sewing activity.

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As a makerspace...

As a makerspace...

the Dayton Sewing Collaborative is 2,500+ sq ft of secured studio space with industrial machines, electric cutting equipment, and has the most spacious cutting/layout tables I have had the pleasure of using.

Since becoming a member of the DSC, I have been able to take on commissions that were beyond the capability of my own machines and equipment.

 My traveling toolkit often changes containers yet consists of mostly the same. Safety glasses are required for operating the industrial machines!

My traveling toolkit often changes containers yet consists of mostly the same. Safety glasses are required for operating the industrial machines!

As a training facility the DSC...

As a training facility the DSC...

provides instruction allowing students to gain a marketable skill by learning the basic techniques of industrial sewing, at no cost. The DSC is a bridge between interested students and employment with local manufacturers.

As a community sewing hub...

As a community sewing hub...

We have diverted hundreds of yards of fabric from the waste stream and reusing them for training materials; or to create new products and projects.

There’s a bit more than we know what to do with at any given time, yet we are honored to be the hub people turn to when they are clearing out a loved one’s stash or hoard.

 Volunteers come together 2x per month to Sew It Forward making sewn goods for other non-profits. Shown above are double-sided blankets sewn for a local shelter during the cold winter months.

Volunteers come together 2x per month to Sew It Forward making sewn goods for other non-profits. Shown above are double-sided blankets sewn for a local shelter during the cold winter months.

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Collaborative Swag

Collaborative Swag

The Dayton Sewing Collaborative created a line of vinyl goods that are sold by the Victoria Theatre Association.

Pictured is the knitter’s tote I designed to reuse vinyl banners that once hung to advertise a big traveling theater show at the local venue.