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Fixit Clinic

Fixit Clinics are fun community-based workshops where neighbors, friends, and families work collectively to learn how to repair broken items. We’ll provide a workspace, specialty tools, and volunteer Fixit Coaches to help you troubleshoot and provide routine maintenance to your household items and appliances!

Date: March 27, 2024
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Redwood City Public Library, Downtown
Register here.

Date: April 06, 2024
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: San Mateo Public Library, 55 W 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402
Register here.

Date: April 20, 2024
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: South San Francisco Public Library, 901 Civic Campus Wy, South San Francisco, CA 94080
Register here.

Date: May 22, 2024
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Redwood City Public Library, Downtown
Register here.

Date: December 07, 2024
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: San Mateo Public Library, 55 W 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402
Register here.

FIXIT COACHES PROVIDE PARTICIPANTS WITH:

  • Guidance on tools
  • Encouragement owner to investigate their broken item.
  • Let the participant talk about how they used it and how it broke. That often provides valuable hints as to what’s wrong.
  • See how much you can do without actually handling the item. Empower the item’s owner to do the troubleshooting and disassembly.
  • Register to be a coach here.

Join your neighbors in sewing, and gain and share skills while mending and socializing. Many libraries have sewing machines and offer regular programs in mending, fabric, and textile repair. They might also be able to help with keeping your own sewing machine in working order.

Note that library programs are open to everyone; you don’t have to be a resident of that city to participate. Attend any or all.

For more information on the event, please click on the event link. 

Library Event Name & Link Day/Time Additional Information
Redwood City Open Sewing Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Embroidery machine is available
South San Francisco Mending Hour Thursdays, 1-2 p.m.
San Mateo Afternoon Sewing 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 2-5 p.m. Industrial sewing machine is available
Half Moon Bay Open Sewing Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Foster City Open Sewing Lab Regular basis
Millbrae Open Sewing Fridays, 10-11 a.m.

Fixit Clinic is experimenting with “virtual” clinics using teleconferencing software. If you want to try fixing something from home and think remote advice and coaching would be helpful answer these questions:

  • Do you have a computer and internet connection that will support video teleconferencing?
  • Can you show and describe the problem in under five minutes?
  • Can you have some rudimentary disassembly tools at the ready?
  • Can you fill out the broken item report afterward?

If yes, register here (select the “Virtual Fixit Clinic”).

Contact Shova Ale Magar salemagar@smcgov.org for questions. See our video about the Fixit Clinic and see how amazing they are!