Learn To Sew
Dayton has always had the reputation for being a globally recognized hub for innovation! It is our goal to provide high-quality design, cut and sew training to build on local industry momentum connecting the existing collaborative community to workforce development, technology and manufacturing.
A subsidiary of the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC , the Gem City Sewing Company will offer free workforce development for train to sew programs in under-served communities and low-income households to pair skilled sewist with sewn goods employers including the Dayton Threads and the Dayton Garment & Textile District Resource Directory, as well as manufacturing small sewing projects for paid work, earning $12-17.50 an hour. Located at the Dayton Mall inside of the House of (DE-FI)ance: A Fashion & Design Coworking Experience, eligible participants must reside in the the following zip codes:
If your zip code is not listed above and your measure of income meets the federal poverty guidelines, you are also eligible to receive this training free of charge.
Our Workforce Development program will work with area manufacturers and community organizations to develop our Industrial Sewing Training programs that prepare individuals for employment in the sewing industry.
We are here to make a difference and We do this in several ways:
Training will consist of the following areas:
Training Programs will consist of 3-6 months of instruction with required homework. Mandatory testing will take place after each completed module.
We need you to connect with our students learning how to sew at the House of (DE-FI)ance: A Fashion & Design Coworking Experience. Help these students needing employment achieve the next step towards success.
Volunteers are an essential component to the success of our organization! We offer a vast array of ways to get involved. Let us know how you want to volunteer and we will get started. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for info on how you can help make a difference.
We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.
2700 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Dayton, OH 45459 Ste 368, Dayton, OH 45459
05:00 pm – 09:00 pm
05:00 pm – 09:00 pm
11:00 am – 07:00 pm
01:00 pm – 06:00 pm
The Dayton Garment & Textile District was formed in 2017 to improve the quality of services offered to independent designers not just in Dayton but around the Midwest. We work in partnership with designers, boutiques, as well as sewing and textile related talent and resources. Since its launch in 2013, (DE-FI) has helped area designers build their brand, establish their clientele, produce runway events, and create editorials. As designers have spread their wings and grown there has been one persistent struggle...manufacturing their lines! Designers are currently booked 8+ weeks out and need your help to ensure that they are equipped to meet the demands for their designs.
We offer micro-manufacturing services by our tested sewist as well as being an online Resource Directory of sewist, seamstresses, fabric makers, pattern makers, weavers, fabric dyers, beaders, embroiderers, unique fabric vendors and other textile related talent and businesses to build a community and networking registry of skilled sewn product talent...and yes, these are paid jobs! Sewing services for soft-goods designers begins at the rate of $12-17.50/hr… you design it, we will sew it!
This initiative also benefits area fashion designers that currently produce custom goods for their clients. This service will allow designers to increase production of their lines and grow their brands. We will also create an in-house line of products to sell at Dayton Threads. The DGTD will support Entrepreneurial Development. We will provide the equipment, tools, support infrastructure and studio space to support sewing and textile related businesses. We can help you start and grow your business!
Whether you are an employer looking for sewist, or a vendor looking to have something made, the Dayton Garment and Textile District, a subsidiary of (DE-FI) will help connect you to the skilled sewn artist that you need.
Why We're Needed
The Fashion Industry can be a lonely and elusive place to navigate on your own.
We provide a platform for you to:
1) Have your products micro-maufactured at an affordable rate
2) Grow your own sewn goods and/or textile related business via our Resource Directory
3) Provide opportunities for you to sell your products via our sister company Dayton Threads
Our directory is a carefully selected listing of top designers, stylist, sewing and textile related talent from around the Midwest. In keeping our commitment to quality vs. quantity, our handpicked community of talent is an eclectic showcase of the best in the business. Think of our directory as our little black book of fashion, sewing, and textile related talent!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 31st, 2021! The Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC will be celebrating our 8th Anniversary!! Are you ready to answer the call of 12 local grassroots organizations who are doing amazing work in our community?