Colorado Maker Hub Factory Tour: COSewn
As part of the Colorado Maker Hub factory tours, this past Sunday we went with the Denver Sewing Collective for a tour of the COSewn Factory in Golden Colorado. Jessica Montoya, owner of COSewn, demonstrated the equipment that COSewn uses to produce a variety of products for their customers by making tote bags out of t-shirts. Jessica first showed the group how to use the cutting tool that can cut about 5 t-shirts at one time. She also showed the group a variety of other tools and told us all about the process of cutting fabrics at CoSewn. Jessica then brought the group into the sewing room which held about 6 sewing machines of varying kinds and demonstrated how the different machines are used to create the bags and other products.
Towards the end of the tour one participant asked what kind of workers COSewn needed moving into the future. Jessica expressed a need for sewers with a background in manufacturing, since her employees up to that point had been home sewers whom she had to train on the industrial machines. One of the most startling things for the mostly home sewing crowd was the general lack of pin use. Jessica and her team are so good that they no longer require the use of pins.
The tour was quite extraordinary and a great glimpse into garment manufacturing in Colorado. It is the focus on bringing back the manufacturing sector to the United States that keeps CoSewn and other companies like it in business and keeps the maker movement in Colorado going. Thank you to Jessica for letting us into her workshop and if you have any garment manufacturing needs you can visit the CoSewn website: here. And join us for the next Colorado Maker Hub tour at ZomeTool at toy manufacturer, you can find more information here.