• What is The CoSew?

    WE ARE A SPECIALTY CO-WORKING STUDIO SUPPORTING ARTISANS AND ENTREPRENEURS WHO OPERATE SEWING-BASED SMALL BUSINESSES.

    Membership includes access to:

    -1800 square foot studio with industrial sewing, cutting and pressing equipment

    -20+ running feet of configurable cutting tables

    -Specialty tools for upholstery and crafts

    -Conference room

    -Fitting Room

    -Wholesale buying service

    -Customer referral service

    -Dynamic community of professionals

     

    Storage lockers & mailboxes available for an additional monthly fee.

    HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BE A MEMBER?

    THAT VARIES...

    Our lowest tier membership is $250 per month for 10 hours of access, with a minimum commitment of three months across all tiers. Our premium membership of 70 hours per month is $1120, with plenty of options between the two.

     

    In honor of our opening, we are offering a limited number of promotional packages at 3 months for the price of two (limit one package per lifetime of the member business).

     

    A security deposit and business insurance are required. Storage lockers and mailboxes will be available for an additional monthly fee.

    WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU HAVE?

    THERE'S A GOOD BIT OF IT...

    • Industrial straight stitch machines, walking foot, blind hem
    • Bernina home machines (2 multi-function machines with many feet, a multi-function serger, a coverstitch) and additional home sewing and serging machines
    • Wheeled Cutting Tables: 10'-, 4'-, and 5' x 5' wide, 40" x 72" wheeled folding table.
    • Measuring tools, weights
    • Hand sewing and cutting tools
    • Gravity feed and boiler irons, Jiffy steamer, pressing tools
    • Upholstery Tools
    • Many craft tools and handheld power tools

    TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE COMMUNITY!

    WE LOVE OUR MEMBERS...

    As we grow, we hope to attract a diverse group of sewing and textile arts professionals, who share their knowledge and life/business wisdom with each other. We anticipate having member businesses in the fields of fashion, prototyping, crafts/etsy, costumes, custom dressmaking, upholstery, curtain making, education, and ??? (What do you make?)

     

    Yes! You can teach or take a sewing class here (additional fees may apply).

     

    Yes! You can learn more about operating your small business, marketing, bookkeeping and other topics in our soon-to-be-launched business seminars!

     

    Yes! You can benefit from being a part of our Referral Network! We centralize inquiries and distribute the contact information to members in the appropriate fields.

  • Sewing Classes at The CoSew

    Past Classes

    $125 + your fabric and thread, limit 6 students

    Jeanne from Joona Design Playground will teach the craft of slipcovering dining room chairs in this one-day workshop. Class will cover fitting, cutting and sewing a plain slipcover without piping, plus skirt options and embellishment techniques.

     

    Reserve your seat now!

    $145 + your top fabric, limit 6 students $130 Earlybird Tickets!

    Ever wanted to make your own corset, but didn't know where to start? Do you have a creative idea for a corset, but don't have the skills to make it work? This workshop will teach you the following techniques:

    -How to measure and size a corset for your body (or someone else's!)
    -Cutting and marking.
    -Choosing a good underlining for corsetry, and how to flatline it to the outside fabric.
    -Putting in a busk (for intermediate stitchers).
    -Different ways to put in boning channels, depending on your experience level.
    -How to set grommets.
    -Using piping and binding to finish an edge.
    -How to properly lace and tighten a corset.

    At the end of the workshop everyone should have a finished piece! Students are encouraged to bring a sewing machine that they know how to use, and their personal sewing kit if they have one. The basic materials cost will include all the bones, a fabric lining, grommets, and a grommeting kit to take home. You can upgrade that at the workshop if you want to put in a busk front, or wish to use a premium corset fabric.

    The class will move fairly quickly, so all students should know how to thread a sewing machine, and how to sew a straight line. We well have a refresher on how to back stitch, and how to change a needle. This class is inclusive of all body types and genders.

    Cost of the workshop is $105.00, plus a $40.00 materials fee. There is discount for those that sign up before June 24th. In order to reserve your spot, register with Brown paper Tickets.

     

    Space is extremely limited.

    Instructor Sasha Vermel has been making corsets for 16 years. She was taught corsetry techniques by both theatrical costume, and retail fashion professionals. When she isn't teaching, Sasha now designs custom bridal wear, large scale art installation pieces, and sews product design samples.

    $125 + materials, limit 6 students

    Are you tired of boring off-the-rack curtains? After this fun class with Jeanne of Joona Design Playground, you will have the skills and confidence to measure your windows accurately, select hardware, and fabricate three styles of modern, unlined curtains.

     

    Reserve your seat now!

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  • About our Founder

    Jeanne Henzel has been a self-employed textile artist and entrepreneur since 1999. Her exquisite art upholstery and costume creations have appeared at major museums and theaters around the world.

     

    She was motivated to open The CoSew by both the high overhead in the SF Bay Area and her longing for a community that shared sewing, life, and business wisdom.

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    By appointment only - for now! We are located at 1830 Embarcadero, Suite 104, Oakland Ca 94606 

    PLEASE - use 1822 Embarcadero for mapping purposes.