Launching Summer 2019

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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. 

In partnership with our official non-profit and 501 c3 The Circle of Vision Keepers Re-entry and Recovery Program, the GCSC will offer workforce development for train to sew programs in under-served communities and the courts 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: 

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The Circle of Vision Keeper's Re-Entry and Recovery Program

The Circle of Vision Keeper's Re-Entry and Recovery Program


The CVK program goal is to empower the previously  incarcerated with their reentry experience, as empowering the individual  enhances a healthier family unit and promotes community well-being.

A helping hand and understanding heart can make all the difference  in the world for those trying their best to make this important  transition. The Circle of VisionKeepers helps generate the support,  working to gain the funds and other resources necessary, to help people  gain the education, job skills and other assistance that will help  ensure a future of better options and more productive choices.

CVK provides bi-weekly Recovery (addiction groups) and Reentry  Mentoring (Socialization & Reintegration groups) for the Returning  Citizens from prison, jail and treatment. CVK is a vital, bustling  organization. From educational opportunities; supportive meetings; job  skills assistance; cultural and educational events and so much more, CVK  is helping make the Miami Valley a healthier, more harmonious and   enlightened place in which to thrive.

Your generous donations keep CVK running- thank you! We appreciate donations of money, barely used clothing for the CVK Clothing Store and other items, and also appreciate volunteers who help make the Circle of VisionKeepers a community success story.

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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 collaboratives 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.

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Needed Donations

 Do  you have an unused or underused space that you would like to  collaborate and make productive and prosperous? Our sewist are currently  operating from in home studios, which has worked thus far, however,  with the upcoming roll-out of Dayton Threads later this year, a larger  and more collaborative space will be required. 

Whether you are cleaning out your sewing studio, craft stash,  fabric leftovers, art closet, estate collection, or unfinished project  we’d love to take the items that are no longer useful to you and give  them another life.

We are looking for a space to house this initiative and we’d love to work with you!! A few requirements for the space include:

  •  220v for industrial sewing machines
  •  110v for home sewing machines
  • Hook-up for commercial grade washer and dryer
  • Secure storage space for groups or individuals
  • Internet access
  • Land line
  • Electric outlets for small appliances

Additional Supplies and Equipment Needed:

  • Industrial sewing machines (10)
  • Home sewing machines (10)
  • Serger (10)
  • Washer and dryer (commercial grade) (4)
  • Cutting tables (4’ x 8’)  (10)
  • Chairs for classroom space (10)
  • Iron and ironing board (10)
  • Steamer (10)
  • Draft tables (10)
  • Carts for moving 
  • Dress forms (10)
  • Gift cards from local crafts / sewing stores, Amazon, Wawak or locally-owned Webb & Sons
  • Double-stitch industrial machine (10)
  • Shelf units (prefer units at least 24” to 30” deep for storage of fabric)
  • Ott Lite table lamps (10)
  • Magnifying light / lamp (10)
  • 72” Aluminum Straight Edge Rule (10)
  • Washer and Dryer – small apartment size (4)
  • Label maker
  • Handheld vacuum cleaner with utensils (for cleaning sewing machines)
  • Printer & Ink (6)
  • Laptop computer (10)
  • Step stool (2)
  • Thread – Industrial and Heavy Duty
  • Heavy-weight fabrics and leather
  • Fabric Press with steam (commercial grade) (5)
  • Flat fabric pieces 1/2 yd+
  • Sewing Notions: zippers, buttons, snaps, grommets, buckles, etc.
  • Thread: industrial or button threads, embroidery thread, polyester sew-all, top-stitching etc
  • Sewing needles: extra machine or hand needles
  • Sewing tools: scissors, rotary cutters, replacement blades, pins, chalk, seam rippers, tools, magnetic pincushions
  • Sewing Notions: Velcro, elastic, webbing, belting, boning, ribbon
  • Leather, Wool Scraps, Felt
  • Sewing Patterns
  • Sewing instruction books
  • Embroidery supplies
  • Fabric paint or dye
  • 45MM Rotary Cutter Blades - Olfa preferred
  • 60MM Rotary Cutter Blades - Olfa preferred
  • Wonder Tape
  • Zip Lock Bags - 2 gallon 
  • Quilt Batting

Arrange your donation today! Call the Circle of Vision Keepers Re-Entry and Recovery Program (937) 409-7887 or email  to arrange donation of your new and/or used sewing goods. The Circle of  Vision Keepers is located at 3401 Woodman Drive, Suite 12, Kettering,  OH 45459. 

Do You Teach Sewing or Other Textile Related Services?

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

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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

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

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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. 

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We  strive to stay in communication with our clients. Have a question about  our business, or want to see if we match your specific needs? Send us a  message at, or give us a call. We're always happy to connect with new customers!

The Gem City Sewing Company