Launching March 2020


Coming Soon

A Subsidiary of the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC

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. 

The GCSC will offer workforce development for train to sew programs in under-served communities 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.

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:

  • Teach job skills for sewing type occupations for employment or entrepreneurship, focusing on our local core
  • Foster social capital across cultural relationships in ways to lift everyone up
  • Develop & sustain community interest & involvement in social justice through our activities
  • Provide learning opportunities that will create a legacy for new generations to the creative life
  • Collabrate & cooperate with other non-profits with similar objectives

Training will consist of the following areas:

  1. Module 1 Basic Skills
  2. Module 2 Garment Introductions
  3. Module 3 Commercial Track
  4. Module 4 Quilting

Training Programs will consist of 3-6 months of instruction with required homework. Mandatory testing will take place after each completed module.

Additional Donations Needed

We are currently accepting donations for the following items: 


The Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC is a volunteer community Think Tank providing access for emerging designers, aspiring models, sewist, and textile makers into the fashion industry. 

From 2014-2017 (DE-FI) played an integral role and was fundamentally involved in the development, growth,  structural support, anchor, and launch of other community based sewing collaborative in the Dayton area.  However, as the needs of our designers expanded and those needs went unmet by those initiatives, a decision was made by (DE-FI) to expand their services to meet the demands of the designers. This decision gave designers more creative control, a clear timeline of production, cost effectiveness and most important consistency.


As our micro-manufacturing sector has grown over the past year, we are in need of equipment, tools, support infrastructure and studio space to support our rapidly growing sewing and textile businesses. 

The Gem City Sewing Company and Dayton Garment & Textile District offers sewing services for soft-goods designers. If you design it, we will sew it, on budget and on time!  We also design and produce custom goods for clients as well as an in-house line of products to sell. All proceeds  are used to expand and fund our educational services and create a scholarship for fashion and design students.

Learn More

Visit our parent company (DE-FI)


Do You Teach Sewing or Other Textile Related Services?

We are in need of instructors. There are also paid work opportunities as well.

Get Involved



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, please complete the form below and we  will find a way for you to help make a difference.  

We need your help teaching, helping, organizing donations, working behind the scenes!  Other needs include but are not limited to:


Classroom Activities

Office / Computer Work

Sewing Machine Repairs


Special Functions


Share our story with others to continue to drive our movement to secure the next generation of sewers 


Business Partnerships

 Do you have sewing in your business?  We need you to connect with our students needing employment to take them to the next step. 

Volunteer Sign Up

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The Gem City Sewing Company