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Date: 1/9/12 9:12 AM

This past Saturday, eight sewists from the Philly area gathered around my kitchen table. It was informative and great fun and we got to know about each other's sewing lives.

If you would like a day of sewing fellowship, I'd highly recommend a day such as this.

To give you a little more information, here's a link on how to plan a sewing day. How to hold a sew-in

If you've participated in a similar event, I'd love to hear how you planned and held the event.

Annette
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Date: 1/9/12 10:22 AM

Annette - we did this over the holidays and had a great time. Your how to list is very good, and as you note, we barely stopped to eat, either. We chose to rent a hall, which a resourceful member found for $50 for the whole day. They had lots of banquet tables set up for us, so there was a lot of space for machines and cutting.

Ours started from a local facebook group, which made it easy to keep track of who was coming etc. without a million emails going around.

HERE is what I made that day. Others made dressy slacks from a Ron Collins workshop pattern, quick and easy muslins, lovely knit tops and Barbie clothes. Lots of variety!
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Date: 1/9/12 12:27 PM

We are a smaller group here but met through PR.

goal 100 (Brenda) and I have been getting together on a pretty much weekly basis since September of 2010 to sew, fit, shop, dream and laugh a lot. We travelled to PR Weekend together (road trip with fabric stops along the way) and also travelled along with QValleyMary to the sewing expo in Minneapolis this past November.

In November Brenda and I added another to our little sewing group -- barebear joined us for PR Day and since then we have gotten together for a sewing machine play date once. Hoping to make this a more regular thing in 2012 as time and schedules permit.

Sewing with friends is fantastic -- I know it focuses me and having someone to share with and to help with fitting and fabric decisions is the icing on the cake.

We use my sewing studio as a meeting place as I have a large cutting table and enough room for everyone's machines. If our group grows, we may have to look for alternative locations.

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Date: 2/3/12 2:42 PM

Not sure if this will count as a "sew-in" but next Saturday I am getting together with a group of women from my church to work on costumes for the Easter play.

I was initially asked to "help" make costumes but I've come to find out that the woman who asked me doesn't know how to read patterns or even read the envelope to determine how much fabric to purchase soo..........looks like I'm going to have to take on more of an organizing role. I've been racking my brain trying to think of the best way to go about things and what to bring and/or ask others to bring.

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Date: 2/3/12 3:01 PM

Another sewing day scheduled for Sunday -- already have my projects lined up to work on.

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Date: 2/3/12 3:04 PM

Some of us understand about these requests to 'help'. I organized volunteers for school and church. I never asked anyone to do a task that I wasn't willing to do myself and I stuck with them through the process. I, conversely, learned that if someone asked me to 'help' that I needed to keep them involved in the entire process, even if it meant turning around and delegating to them. I never minded someone being forthright and asking me to take on a task. I did not like being asked to help and have something haphazardly dumped in my lap.

This sounds like a fun project. Hope you will be able to quickly distinguish between sewers and non sewers and divide tasks accordingly to build a little Easter assembly line. No reason why non sewers can't cut, press, clean up, and/or watch children for others in the group.

Best wishes.

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Date: 2/3/12 3:49 PM

I don't mind "helping" but I don't want to end up being responsible for this entire project. I initially told her "I need to think about it"but then I told her I will help if she will recruit other people to help. So I think that was a good compromise from her initial request for me to make "at least 10" costumes. I did help measure all the kids & adults so we could determine what size costume & how much fabric we'll need. And I found Nativity costumes when Joann had Simplicity for $.99. The patterns we're using are very simple. Most of them are only 1 or 2 pieces (except the angel costume which has sleeves). I'm hoping we can get quite a bit accomplished next weekend - at the very minimum get them all cut out. I have a sewing machine & a serger and I've asked to borrow my daughter's machine. The good thing is that we're starting early so we won't have to go crazy at the 11th hour. I think we'll need to do around 20 costumes.

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Date: 2/3/12 7:15 PM

If you want to participate in such events, join your local ASG. The Los Angeles chapter has a sew in every quarter.

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Date: 2/4/12 11:17 AM

Yes, I agree with Sherrill, join ASG (there are chapters all over the US . . . Canada ? I don't know). I do host one of the Neighborhood Groups for ASG - LA and we do have a lot of fun getting together and sewing (and chatting . . . always, lots of chatting!). It was difficult (on my part) to get the group going since I have never done anything like this before, but I was very fortunate that I have two great sewists who have supported the Neighborhood Group from the beginning and now more and more sewers are joining us. PR is great for dropping in and reading up on the sewing world across the globe, but meeting up with like minded sewers once a month (like we do) is also great and encourages us all to sew more.

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