Fabrication Studio

Part of Toronto Public Library, the Fabrication Studio is a creation and learning space that offers free access to equipment to create your own projects. A staff member can help you get started.

Use of a Sewing Machine and the Vinyl Printer is now available.

Customers can book one 2-hour session per day to use a sewing machine or the vinyl printer. Please book directly through staff in person or by calling the Fabrication Studio at 416-395-5654. Sewing kits including basic tools such as scissors, presser feet, and bobbins are available for borrowing. Heat transfer service, vinyl kits, and other materials and tools are unavailable at this time. Staff assistance will be available, although it will be limited until branches fully reopen. For the health and safety of our staff and our customers, staff and customers are required to practice physical distancing at all times.

Location

Inside North York Central Library (5120 Yonge Street) on the 2nd floor.

Hours

Open during North York Central Library's open hours:

Monday
9:00 am to 8:30 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am to 8:30 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am to 8:30 pm
Thursday
9:00 am to 8:30 pm
Friday
9:00 am to 8:30 pm
Saturday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday
1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Check Holiday Hours for information about closures on or near public holidays.

Equipment

Available to Book

Not Available to Book

Cost of supplies

Materials are available for purchase at the Fabrication Studio. A core list of consumables is listed below (taxes included in fees):

Material Price
Machine embroidery backing sheet $0.75
Embroidery thread (per 10,000 stitches) $2.50 ($2.50 minimum)
Single colour vinyl for cutting (various widths) $2.50 per foot
Printable vinyl for printing and cutting (various widths) $3.00 per foot + $0.50 per 1 ml of ink
Heat transfer vinyl for printing and cutting (various widths) $7.00 per foot + $0.50 per 1 ml of ink
Lock pin buttons (1") $0.50 per button
Sewing machine needles No charge

Note:
Only materials purchased at the library can be used with the vinyl cutter/printer. You can bring your own fabric and thread to use with the sewing machines, serger and embroidery machine.

You can only use sewing machine needles provided by the library. The Fabrication Studio provides a variety of needles for the sewing machines that will accommodate many types of fabric. Please consult with staff about available needles. Denim and leather are not allowed on the machines.

The maximum project size for the Vinyl printer is 19 inches x 36 inches.

How to book equipment

To book equipment at the Fabrication Studio, visit in person or call 416-395-5654. Drop-ins welcome if equipment is available.

Guidelines for using the Fabrication Studio

The purpose of this space is to provide access to fabrication tools and training.

Programs & Classes

All programs and classes are free, but registration is required.

Fabrication studio programs and classes