a project in partnership with Creative Reuse Toronto, Greenest City Environmental Organization, and the City of Toronto
The Parkdale Sewing Repair Hub is a joint project of Creative Reuse Toronto, Greenest City Environmental Organization and the City of Toronto, and is funded by the City in order to help meet the goals of the City's Long Term Waste Strategy.
This program provides workshop spaces to encourage repair and reuse of clothing and other textiles to help reduce the amount of textiles discarded each year. Program activities include regular instruction on the basics of alterations and repairs and opportunities to make and design clothes from repurposed textiles. The City is partnering with Progress Place, Greenest City, Creative Reuse Toronto and Scadding Court Community Centre to deliver the Sewing Repair Hubs program. #TOsews
How to find us:
Temporarily, we are located at 1229 Queen Street West near Dufferin and Queen. Eventually we will be located at 245 Dunn Avenue when the space is ready.
What we offer:
Beginner Sewing Classes (pre-registration required, classes currently full). We are taking names for our wait list for the next set of classes.
Drop-in Sessions for learning to mend and repair clothing and household textiles
Special Open Classes in textile topics as scheduled. These are drop in classes as well.
Special Mending events in other locations in Parkdale as scheduled
Mending and repair services for simple rips, patches, seams, etc. No coat zippers unless you bring in the zipper you would like to have replace a broken one. All work will be done by students who are learning, therefore if you need professional alterations and mending, please take those items to a professional service. All clothing brought in for mending and repairs must be freshly laundered or we cannot accept it.
There are opportunities for volunteering that include 1 hour of time on our machines for every hour you volunteer. There are many roles for volunteers, especially mending. Please ask us.
We can provide scrap, reclaimed, rescued and deadstock materials for you to use.
All our sewing machines are older, vintage, mechanical machines.
All services at the Sewing Hub are FREE
A new service:
Many small charities are given clothing that needs a bit of mending, and they do not have the capacity to do this. As a consequence, these garments are often turned down or end up in landfill simply because they are missing a button or have a hole in the knee or a small rip in a seam.
In order to fill this gap in the capacity of small charities and agencies, we will now take specific types of freshly-laundered (using a hot dryer) men's and women's clothing that needs mending. We will make sure it is mended and then pass it along to small agencies such as homeless shelters for distribution to those who are homeless or underhoused. Clothing must be casual and suitable for wearing in layers in the cold weather. Be aware that we may turn down your clothing donation if it is not suitable, if it is not clean, or if we receive too much. NOTE: Please donate clothing that does not need mending directly to one of the charities or agencies. We do not have the ability to store or distribute these items. What we will take: We can mend and pass along seasonally appropriate and practical clothing such as
hats and scarves
mitts and gloves
coats, jackets and sweaters
sweatsuits,sweat shirts and pants
jeans and casual pants
(NOTE: We do not accept underwear or socks, business or dresswear and we do not have the budget to replace coat zippers that are broken.
We would encourage you to come in and learn to mend yourself so that you can fix your own things - but also mend what is to be given to others. Be a friend of the environment and of those who struggle to live.