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Date: 5/26/09 10:29 PM

Hi all -

A few weeks ago at the PatternReview.com HQ unveiling of the friendship quilt, it developed that many of us were looking for a meet-up group largely dedicated to apparel sewing & techniques.

I thought I'd get the ball rolling by posting here - and seeing if anyone's interested in getting together in the Metrowest area. I am in Stow (Middlesex County), and would be happy to host get-togethers after 5 weekdays or on the weekends.

Here are some of the ideas that were floated around at the quilt party:

* Fitting Issues (perhaps a part of every meeting?)
* Apparel technique presentations such as covered buttons and French seams (hands-on workshops?)
* Sewing sweatshops (bring your machine and latest project)
* Pattern/fabric swaps
* And more!

Really, this group can be anything we want it to be. If you'd like to host, you can pick the focus of the get-together. I just enjoy sewing with a buddy, so I'm always happy to host for that!

I look forward to hearing from fellow stitchers in the Boston area!

Emily (Eme)

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Date: 5/26/09 11:44 PM

This is just what I've been looking for but the problem I keep running into is that I live in Boston proper and can only go where public transportation goes. Is there anyone else interested who lives in Boston/Cambridge/JP?

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Date: 5/27/09 7:37 AM

You can get to some of the outside communities via commuter train. There's one that goes right to Acton (near me). I understand the need to find close by sewing buddies tho, if that's too much of a hike (with a sewing machine, etc). Good luck!

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Date: 5/27/09 8:46 PM

Thanks for letting me know. I was too tired last night to check. I could use the commuter rail to come out for a weekend meeting, but not weeknights. I just moved and my apartment is a maze of packing boxes and furniture. In the future, I would be able to host, depending on the size of the group.

I just received a book, today, that seems like it could be quite useful to a group effort, Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers, because, in addition to directions, it tells you how to critique your work at every step and figure out what went wrong.
Hopefully, more people will respond. More sewers, more to share.

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Date: 6/1/09 8:29 PM

Very cool - I hope we do get to form a Boston group - I love sewing with friends. :)

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Date: 6/2/09 8:26 AM

Unfortunately, I'm outside of your area. Hope some other people speak up, though. Nothing like working in person with people.

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Date: 6/2/09 9:10 AM

Eme, you know I am in.

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Date: 11/6/09 10:28 PM

I'm interested ... please keep me in mind. I'm in Lexington, and do more driving outward than to the city. The closest place to buy fabric for me is Joanns in Burlington, which is *not* a place for garment sewers.

I mainly revived this tread because I'm a sewing returnee, looking for local resources:

- is there anywhere in MetroWest where I can buy Ottobre woman or BWOF? How about patterns from non "big 4" companies?

- Are there *any* fabric shops that sell decent basic garment fabric? [High quality cotton knits, natural fiber bottom weights, wools, linen, etc.] Right now, I pick over the tables in the Burlington Joanns, spending far too long and finding far too little.

A few months ago, I had a dream where Macy's had a tiny fabric department, full of good stuff, and the clerks were trying to get customers to buy lots of fabric to convince the store manager to expand the department.

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Date: 11/15/09 10:59 AM

I am definately interested in the idea of a meetup! I run Create! Sewing Studio in Acton, MA and I love sewing and teaching people to sew! Most of my students want to learn garment sewing and the range of ability is from beginner to advanced. I would love to hear more about ideas of getting a group together in the Acton, Lexington, Stow area since I don't have time to easily travel into the city right now.
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Date: 12/6/09 7:41 PM

I live in Concord, and would love to get together. Sew-she, I live a five minute walk from the West Concord train station, so if you take the train out I could pick you up and drive you to wherever the meeting is. Or it could be at my house. Things are getting crazy now that the holidays are coming, but how about in Jan. or Feb. when the weather is so depressing and we need something to cheer us up?

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