spools of colourful sewing thread

Open sewing

This is an in-person event

July 11, 2024

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Urban homesteading, Lifelong learning, Collaboratory

Event overview

July 11, 2024

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Reserve a time to use the library’s sewing machines to work on your own projects. Bring your own materials. Equipment available for you to use at the booking includes:

  • Janome 2030 QDC-B sewing machines; 
  • Sewing and dressmaking shears; 
  • Rotary cutters and cutting mats;
  • Irons and ironing boards; 
  • Dressmaker’s chalk; 
  • Measuring tapes; 
  • Pins; 
  • Bobbins;
  • Denim needles and ball point/jersey needles.

Book a sewing machine

  1. Email us at info@nvcl.ca or call 604-998-3490 to book a machine. You will need your library card and be in good standing to book a machine. Your booking is not confirmed until you hear from us.
  2. Sewing machines are available for 1 – 3 hours during open sewing sessions.
  3. If you are more than 10 minutes late for your booking, your spot will be opened to another user.


  • Open sewing is not a class; we will not be working on projects together. A staff member will be present to assist with basic questions and setup, but no instruction will take place. 
  • Please bring your own projects and supplies. Scraps will be available for testing only.
  • If this is your first time using the library’s sewing machines, please read the Sewing Machine Guidelines and Disclaimer.
  • Open sewing and use of library sewing machines is only available to people 13 and older with a library card in good standing; kids 12 and younger must work with an adult caregiver. 

Open sewing at the library is a self-learning environment. Need help? Here are some learning resources to get you started: 

Library sewing machine resources:

Beginner projects on Creativebug*: 

*Creativebug is a Digital Library resource and can be accessed with your library card. 

Other Dates

Thursday, August 8, 2024 - 5:00 pm

Thursday, August 22, 2024 - 5:00 pm

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