Thursday, July 21, 2016

Fixit Clinic CLXXI (171) Albany Community Center

A mid-summer Tuesday evening takes a turn towards repair as Fixit Clinic takes up residence at the quarterly Albany Clothing Swap and adds a repair component. Among the highlights:



This kid's really getting into fixing this typewriter.



Fixit Coach extraordinaire CC gets lots of illumination help with her lubrication of this frozen serger.



Power to the people for this successful sewing machine repair!

See more photos from Fixit Clinic CLXXI (171) here: https://goo.gl/photos/Az9W87JdkMDSwg4s9

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fixit Clinic CLXVI (166) Castro Valley Library

We've always wanted to be able to repair anything at Fixit Clinic, and now we're well on our way to fully incorporating fabric and textile repair into every event. Yesterday's Fixit Clinic at the Castro Valley Library was a big step in that direction as we had a full complement of sewers and sewing machines on hand, including a bunch of new coaches who are local to Castro Valley AND guest Fixit Coach Christopher Fernandez from iFixit!

Christopher helped to replace the screen of this Google / Asus Nexus 7: he even brought the part from iFixit:





CC and the sewers were in full swing:





More photos from Fixit Clinic are on Google Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/mYDsBE1hGzHgx5oz5

We've got another Fixit Clinic scheduled at the Castro Valley Library on August 6: see you there!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fixit Clinic CLVI (156) Gilroy Library

A beautiful Saturday morning drive down US 101 south of San Jose leads to the majestic Gilroy Library and our latest Fixit Clinic triumph. We're quickly adding a fabric and textile repair to our repertoire, we had an even complement of both electronics coaches and fabric coaches today.

This girl sewed her own skirt:

In addition to the full complement of electronics repairs there were lots of other fabric repairs such as this:
And this:

See all the photos from Fixit Clinic CLVI (156) at Gilroy Library on Google+ here: https://goo.gl/photos/2Pd776mnbV7YiFdb6

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Fixit Clinic CLI (151) Albany Swap & Sew

The quarterly Albany Clothing Swap looks like it's becoming a regular venue for us. We worked with Pam Tellew, founder the quarterly Albany Clothing Swap to re-brand it as a "Swap & Sew" where people could come to repair items as well. (See the listing at http://www.albanyca.org/index.aspx?page=14&recordid=12412)

This woman learned how to hem her dress:


These Singer Featherweights are in big demand these days, we tuned hers up after years of non-use:

The handle of her luggage broke on her last trip and would no longer extend, she fixed that.
See more photos of Fixit Clinic CLI (151) on Google photos here: https://goo.gl/photos/DgrnSK7ovRXNP5D87

As always, everyone had a great time!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Orange County Fixit Clinics Flyer

The Department of Public Works in Huntington Beach, CA is sending out this flyer in the water bills to all 48,000 rate payers. Holy Cow: they're going to be busy at these three events!


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Fixit Clinic CXLVI (146) - San Francisco

Back to the City by the Bay, our beloved San Francisco for our third Fixit Clinic at the Richmond District Neighborhood Center, and our second event here with the Bay Area Bike Mobile providing bicycle repair services.

Roy quickly noticed that the wifi switch on this laptop was iffy and fixed it in a jiffy:


Kelvin's heater had the classic issue we see over and over again: a blown in-line thermal fuse.

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 Luckily it was easy to get to and replace.


CC's tune up of a old Singer "Featherweight" sewing machine drew a crowd

See all the photos from Fixit Clinic CXLVI (146) - San Francisco here: https://picasaweb.google.com/111525193946026734520/20160410FixitClinicCXLVI146SanFrancisco?authuser=0&feat=directlink

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Fixit Clinic CXXXIX (139) Oakland Public Library

One of our favorite venues, the Temescal Branch of the Oakland Public Library is also the Oakland Tool Lending Library.


It was a productive afternoon of fixing with all sorts of household items seen and fixed.

We're working on a long-term project to hold Fixit Clinics at numerous branches of the Oakland Public Library, with Oakland-based Fixit Coaches serving as the core organizers. Several Branch Managers from different branches attended to observe the festivities.


More photos from Fixit Clinic CXXXIX (139) Oakland Public Library can be seen here: https://picasaweb.google.com/111525193946026734520/20160206FixitClinicCXXXIX139OaklandPublicLibrary?authuser=0&feat=directlink