At The Workshop, our aim is to provide a peaceful and fun environment to focus on sewing projects, big and small, with other sewists and grow the local sewing community. We provide the space, equipment and knowledge to help you on your sewing journey. Our focus is primarily on garment sewing but all projects are welcome. Drop in and sew your personal projects or join us for a class. Gather a few friends and join them at The Workshop to enjoy some dedicated sewing time.
Where are you located?
We are located about 45 minutes south of Chicago in the suburbs of Joliet. 117 Republic Ave. Suite 125, Joliet, IL 60435. We are in an industrial type of building at the back. Turn in at the gravel parking lot and follow it to the back.
Can I bring my own machines?
Yes! You are welcome to bring your own machines.
Do you have machines I can rent?
Yes! We have several Babylock Brilliant sewing machines, Babylock Victory sergers and a Babylock Euphoria coverstitch machine available for your use. The sewing machines are available to rent for $x. The sergers and coverstitch machines are available to everyone at no additional charge.
Should I bring my own notions or do you provide them?
We have an assortment of notions available for your use at no charge as well as a small selection of notions to purchase. Community notions included rotary cutters, scissors, thread for rental machines in black, gray, eggshell and white, needles for rental machines, tape measures.
Are you selling fabric?
No, we do not have fabric to sell at this time.
Do you provide lunch/dinner?
Unless specified in the class description, meals are on your own. We do have a kitchen you are free to use and there are lots of restaurants within a mile you can visit.
Will you help me with my project during open sewing time?
We will be available for quick questions and encouragement but open sewing is meant to be a time where you can concentrate on your own projects without a lot of hand holding.
Do you have machines to purchase?
Yes! The classroom machines can be purchased. See Tami for more details.
Can you print my pattern(s)?
We do have a large format printer we can print your A0 pattern files with! Color copies are $2.50 per page.
What is the sewing space like?
Our open floor plan has space for up to 18 sewers at once. Each sewer has space at a table as well as access to our two HUGE cutting tables at counter top height with self healing mats, lots of bright lighting and clean and comfortable restrooms. We also have a lounge area where you are welcome to relax.
Can I rent the whole space for my event?
Yes! Shoot Tami an email to discuss the details
Our aim is to provide a peaceful and fun environment to focus on sewing projects, big and small, with other sewists and grow the local sewing community. We provide the space, equipment and knowledge to help you on your sewing journey