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Sew Dayton is a fun new sewing shop located in downtown Dayton, Ohio with a modern style and a pinch of vintage inspirations.

Sew Dayton FUN ~ TRENDY ~ pinch of VINTAGE

Sew Dayton is a fun new sewing shop located in downtown Dayton, Ohio with a modern style and a pinch of vintage inspirations. It's not your grandma's traditional sewing store but she would still love to shop here!

Our Dayton, Ohio community has an amazing group of emerging crafters and artists. Dayton is thriving with creativity and it’s exciting to see the arts develop in our community. With all this talent you might be surprised to know that Dayton, Ohio is missing a place for people to learn how to sew! Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced level sewer, there is a need for a space in Dayton that offers private lessons, group classes, high quality fabrics & notions, modern & vintage patterns and knowledgeable staff.

Sew Dayton is dedicated to helping clients solve problems and answer questions about sewing projects of all levels at any step in the process. Our goal is not only to be a great resource for all sewers but to offer sewing materials you can’t find anywhere else. Sew Dayton will stock both modern and vintage fabrics which is lacking in our area. If you’re looking for materials that are on target with current trends, then Sew Dayton is your store!

Core Values at Sew Dayton:

·       Customers and clients should be treated like family.

·       Every customer is welcomed with a smile (and a hug)!

·       We gladly help all clients no matter the size of the project or the experience of the sewer.

·       Your projects are important to us.

·       Customer service is a top priority. We will take time to listen and understand your needs.

Sew Dayton is passionate and energetic about the art of sewing. We are excited to share our knowledge with others and we are dedicated to our community and to the success of arts in Dayton.

One of the goals of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan is to help launch entrepreneurs down the path of owning their own business while revitalizing Dayton's downtown abandoned store fronts. Activated Spaces was developed as a partnership between the Downtown Dayton Partnership, UpDayton, and Generation Dayton to see this goal come to life. Sew Dayton has applied to be a part of this amazing project.

Working with Activated Spaces allows us to set up shop in an empty street level store front in Downtown Dayton. Sew Dayton will receive a reduced rate rent and a start up lease term that works for us.

Sadly, some storefronts in Dayton have been left vacant and neglected over the years. Activated Spaces requires that we give our space some TLC in order to get the doors open. With a donation from you, it will be possible for us to revitalize our storefront space and open the doors with Sew Dayton up and running within the 30 days. Sew Dayton needs your help!

In order for Sew Dayton to flourish we will need to set up an account with a modern and trendy fabric distributor, purchase additional fabrics, notions, patterns, sewing machines for classes, and make over our storefront. This is where the initial start up cost exceeds our current savings.

Donations will help us achieve our goal of opening a new shop in Dayton!

We want our dream to succeed and with your help it will blossom and become a reality. We want to keep our dollars local and help our community thrive while we fulfill our dream of opening Sew Dayton.

Thank You,

Tracy McElfresh and Jesy Anderson of Sew Dayton

 Here are the first two tiers of backer gifts (really 4) all handmade by Tracy and Jesy!

$10 backer prize! 1 reversible headband!
$10 backer prize! 1 reversible headband!

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$10 backer prize zipper pouch, this or a headband! Your choice :)
$10 backer prize zipper pouch, this or a headband! Your choice :)
$25.00 backer prize! Sewn fabric coasters! Pack of 4 GREAT for the Eco friendly donor!
$25.00 backer prize! Sewn fabric coasters! Pack of 4 GREAT for the Eco friendly donor!

FAQ

  • If Sew Dayton is able to exceed the goal of $5,000 we will use any extra funds towards more trendy fabric, notions and used sewing machines.

    We want to have a shop that is friendly for first time sewers. Come in, sit at a machine and try it, without the initial investment of purchasing a machine. We think everyone should have access to a machine!

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    You will receive a handmade reversible headband or zipper pouch made by Sew Dayton. Your choice from preselected fabrics.

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    A set of 4 fabric coasters made by Sew Dayton! From your choice of preselected fabrics.

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    Headband Kit – Kits comes with materials and instructions to make 3 simple reversible headbands. Or We can make them for you!

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    2 backers

    Fabric Coaster Kit – Kits comes with materials and instructions to make 8 Fabric Coasters. (2 types of fabric for 4 coasters of each.) Or we can make them for you!

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    Make a simple zipper pouch with Jesy Anderson or 1/2 hr private sewing lesson with Tracy or Jesy including 1/4 yard of fabric. Your name will be listed on a plaque inside the shop, listed as a "Dream Backer". You will also receive a 4x6 photo of the Sew Dayton Storefront and a handwritten Thank You from Tracy and Jesy!

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    6 backers

    Make a simple skirt with Tracy McElfresh or a 1 hour private sewing lesson with Tracy or Jesy including a 1/2 yard of fabric. Your name will be listed on a plaque inside the shop, listed as a "Dream Backer". You will also receive a 4x6 photo of the Sew Dayton Storefront and a handwritten Thank You from Tracy and Jesy!

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    2 hour private sewing lesson with Tracy McElfresh or Jesy Anderson and a yard of fabric. Your name will be listed on a plaque inside the shop, listed as a "Dream Supporter". You will also get a 8x10 photo of Jesy and Tracy outside the storefront and a handwritten Thank You from Tracy and Jesy. Plus you can select 1 reward from the first 3 rewards!!!

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    3 hour private sewing lesson with Tracy McElfresh or Jesy Anderson and a yard of fabric. Your name will be listed on a plaque inside the shop, listed as a "Dream Maker". You will also get a 8x10 photo of Jesy and Tracy outside the storefront on opening day with a handwritten card thanking you for your support signed by both Tracy and Jesy. Plus you can select 2 rewards from the first 3 rewards!!!

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