Hey Skilled Stitcher, We Need You!

By Geana Sieburger |

GDS Cloth Goods studio - hands holding a sewing patternThis position is unique in the sense that it does not offer regular weekly work. It is ideal for someone who has the skills required for the job who is looking for a fun and infrequent side gig. The Sample Stitcher works directly with the owner.

Why work at GDS?

GDS makes sustainable and reusable cloth goods designed for daily rituals with 100% transparent sourcing and ethical manufacturing. We are part of every step of manufacturing so our promise goes well beyond an organic fabric certification.

We’re big believers in community care that includes workers along entire supply chains. With social and environmental justice in mind, our dream is to be a positive force in the world. A big part of that is offering good jobs to people and groups who have historically been underserved. GDS is woman-, Latinx-, and immigrant-owned. In working with us, you become part of our vision of creating the future we want to see. 



What work needs to be done?

We're looking for a skilled stitcher who has worked in production environments and can help with sample sewing as needed. This might be a line of aprons in a new fabric one month, and totally different home goods a few months later. We typically work with mid-weight organic cotton fabrics.

Are you a good fit?

We're looking for a team member who:

  • Has a flexible schedule
  • Has experience working on industrial sewing machines
  • Has a strong work ethic
  • Is highly skilled
  • Has strong attention to detail
  • Is fed up with systems that exploit the environment and workers
  • Loves working in small teams

Job details & Compensation

GDS is located in West Oakland. This job offers super flexible hours with there being no work some weeks and up to 10 hours per week when we are working on something new. Wage ranges from $18-25 depending on skill level. 

Start date: as soon as possible!


How to Apply



"Working at GDS Cloth Goods was an extremely nurturing and transformative experience for me. At GDS I was given the chance to learn all aspects of the business from day to day activities to pattern construction to production to visiting customers. I always felt like I was valued and thought of. At my time at GDS I was also encouraged to pursue my own projects within the company and felt that my individual interests were greatly nurtured. I’m really grateful for the experience I had at GDS Cloth Goods and truly feel that it was one of the best work environments I’ve been in yet." - Grace Weir, Studio Intern 2019

GDS Cloth Goods - design process laying out cloth label

GDS Cloth Goods - Oakland, CA studio