Thread snips, buttons, thread, and a dressmaker's measuring tape are scattered on a wood table. Text reads: Clothing Swap + Mending Meetup @Helix Cafe. Sundays: Oct 30 + Nov 6, 12:30-3:00pm. Thuradays: Nov 3 + 10, 7:00-9:00pm. Pay what you can. 20% goes towards Helix Education.
Nandi sets up mending supplies on tables at Helix Cafe in Edgewater.
Mending kit: sashiko thread, embroidery floss, sewing needles, straight pins, needle threader, a few small fabric scraps for patching, and a larger piece of muslin cloth. Text matches items on screen with lines drawn to them. Also: not shown, but included: dull darning needle, Visible Mending booklet.
Thread snips in yellow, red, and lime green sit on a white background. Text: Optional thread snips. Super sharp, carbon steel. 10-year warranty. Trims light - heavyweight fabrics + thread. Only yellow is available.
Close up of sashiko patchwork and embroidery stitches on muslin fabric.
Clothing Swap + Mending Meetup Series @Helix Cafe
Clothing Swap + Mending Meetup Series @Helix Cafe
Clothing Swap + Mending Meetup Series @Helix Cafe

Clothing Swap + Mending Meetup Series @Helix Cafe


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Note: We've had to cancel the Sunday, Nov 6 event due to unforeseen circumstances. Hope to see you at the Thursday event!

Join us (Emma of Handmade Whatever and Nandi of BLISS JOY BULL) for a clothing swap and mending meetup at Helix Cafe. Come to one or all events.

Dates & Times: 

| Sundays: Oct 3 + Nov 6: 12:30 - 3:00pm

| Thursdays: Nov 3 + 10: 7:00 - 9:00pm

For the swap: Bring gently used, clean clothing. We recommend bringing 2-20 items to swap. You don’t have to bring clothes to participate in the swap. Any leftover items will be donated to the Brown Elephant. 

For the mending: Got clothing that's holey, ripped, or stained? Bring 1-3 items to repair. We'll have sewing supplies and a sewing machine set up and we'll help you with your mending needs. 

The event is free! Pay what you can at the door. 20% goes towards Helix Education.

Join Emma and Nandi (rhymes with blondie) at Helix Cafe to repair your holey, ripped, or stained clothes + a clothing swap! 

  • Bring 1-3 items to repair
  • Bring 2-20 items for the swap
  • Come for some or all of the time
  • Come to one or all the meetups as needed
  • Please get a ticket for each event you intend to attend so we know how many people to expect

Even if you've never sewn before our mending meetups are a welcoming space to pick up a needle and thread for the first time. 

 We will provide the following:

  • Clothing racks + hangers for easy browsing + swapping 
  • Fabric scraps for patching + repairing holes
  • Needles
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery thread for embellishment
  • Other mending tools
  • Tea + snacks + you can BYOB 
  • A sewing machine

(Optional) Mending Kit includes: 

  • Cotton muslin cloth for practicing stitches
  • Various fabric swatches for patching
  • Sharp darning needles in 5 sizes
  • 6 x straight pins
  • Needle threader
  • Sashiko thread (color may vary)
  • Embroidery thread (color may vary)
  • Dull darning needle for knit repairs (not shown)
  • Visible mending booklet with instructions (not shown)
  • Kits are available when you arrive to the meetup. Items won't be shipped.

(Optional) Thread Snips: 

  • Only yellow thread snips are available
  • Makes cutting thread and fabric for patches that much easier
  • Crafted from carbon steel for incredible sharpness and durability
  • Their concave blades are perfectly aligned and assembled with a long-lasting spring
  • They're fantastic for sewing, knitting, crochet, macramé, weaving, embroidery, quilting, and trimming light - to heavyweight fabrics
  • 10 year warranty from the manufacturer
  • Thread snips are available when you arrive to the meetup. Items won't be shipped.

Dates & Times: 

| Sundays: Oct 3 + Nov 6: 12:30 - 3:00pm

| Thursdays: Nov 3 + 10: 7:00 - 9:00pm

Location | Helix Cafe: 6237 N Clark St, Chicago 60660

| Helix Cafe is located in Edgewater near the Granville Red Line stop. There is free street parking.

    If you'd like to bring your own materials (Optional): see our recommended list

        Workshop Policies: Please review policies below before committing to a workshop

        • If BLISS JOY BULL needs to cancel the meetup, we will notify you 24 hours before the class and give you the option of refund or reschedule. 
        • If you're unable to attend the meetup, email us 48-hours before the event starts. 
        • Some materials will be provided, listed above, are included in the fee. 
        • You may add an optional Mending Kit to take home with you. 
        • Tickets are non-transferrable unless you contact us before the event.

        Mask Policy & Accessibility:

        • Masks are required to attend the meetup.
        • Helix Cafe is at ground level.

        Helix Cafe has opened their space to small businesses such as BLISS JOY BULL; however, their coffee shop shows as permanently closed on Google. The address is correct!

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