Open Studio

Work at your own pace and on your own projects in our downtown Victoria sewing studio. Make use of our Janome sewing machines, sergers, large cutting tables and irons to complete your projects. Perfect for those without proper space or equipment at home, people who are traveling and those who are looking to work in an inspiring space with lots of natural light. You might also enjoy socializing with other sewing, textile & fashion enthusiasts.

Holiday Open Studio - Extended Hours

Hours: 

Tuesday/Wednesday 10am-3:30pm (by appointment)
Thursday/Friday 10am – 5pm (by appointment and depending on workshops)
Saturdays – 10am – 5pm (by appointment and depending on workshops)
Sundays – 12pm – 4pm (by appointment and depending on workshops)

You must have experience using a sewing machine to sew by the hour. We are always happy to offer advice, but if you need coaching or a lesson, please check our workshop schedule or book a 1-1!

You are welcome to use our scissors and tools while you are here, but you will need to bring along or purchase thread for the sewing machines. Sergers are usually set up with either black, white or grey but do feel free to bring along any specific colour you are working with. We cannot guarantee that we have the colour that you are looking for.

Sew by the hour is available whenever there is not a class scheduled to use the sewing machines. We recommend contacting us prior to the time you’d like to sew, to confirm that the space and equipment you require is available.

The cost for open studio time is $10/hour or you can purchase a punchcard of 10 hours for $80. (We operate on a sign in/out sheet so you can arrive and leave anytime!)

Our sewing studio features 5 Janome 3120QCD machines which feature 60 stitches including 6 one-step buttonholes. Janome’s Exclusive Superior Plus Feed System ensures even, stable feeding with any fabric. And the time saving features including memorized needle up/down, one hand needle threader, and lock stitch button make sewing easy.  One of the most amazing features of this sewing machine is the pedal free sewing option. This machine has a start/stop button, which will make sewing much easier for both children and people with disabilities.

We have a collection of dressmaking & separates patterns as well as lingerie, childrenswear and loads of accessories projects which you can use during your time at The Makehouse.