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Get Involved With Your Local Sewing Community

written by Sarah

 

If you are new to sewing (or not), you may be wondering where are all the Sewists hiding? I know I felt that way for a long time! If you are a lone sewer, you might be missing out on some awesome times with like minded and crafty people. Not to mention, a wealth of untapped knowledge! So where do you begin? With the sewing hobby gaining increasing popularity on the internet, there are bound to be some kind of group in your area just waiting for new members. Some groups you have to pay for, and others are just happy to have a fresh face walk in the door. Let’s take a look at some of the known sewing organizations:

American Sewing Guild

This is a big one and they are are everywhere. The ASG is a national organization with Chapters in each state. Beyond that, there are smaller community groups that meet up in various cities and towns across each state. You are allowed to checkout one or two of their meetings before becoming a member. There is an annual membership fee, but it include discounts at popular retailers and manufactors. You also receive newsletters and their magazine, as well as information about upcoming conferences, to which you recieve a discount as well.

To find your local ASG Chapter, visit: https://www.asg.org/files/locator/index.php

Meetup.com

This website was built to help all different kinds of people form groups and ‘get together’ for their particular interests. So, of course there is a sewing section! Simply create an account (which is free) and search for sewing groups in your area. You can change the distance to whatever you are comfortable with. Also, you can view the group and the members before committing to that particular group.

Local Fabric/Quilting Shop

Most cities have at least one large chain fabric store, but the smaller business are a fantastic way to meet fellow sewists. Often, these shops will host a quilting corner or a sewing class or two. Some even have an entire sewing program! For example, Fabric Bliss  is a fabric and yarn shop located in the Sante Fe Arts District of Denver, Colorado. They are also a sewing studio, teaching classes for all levels, and a knitting lounge! How awesome is that?!

Where to start? You find these shops a few different ways. I like to use Yahoo Local and type in Fabric shop in the search bar. You can also Google “Fabric Store sewing classes” plus your location in google to see what pops up.

Churches

If you don’t belong to a church or your church doesn’t have a sewing group, don’t be discouraged. Many churches host sewing or quilting bees for the community to use. Nowadays, many churches have their own website and descriptions of the varies events held there. For instance, a local church in my community lets a small group of sewists use their empty rec. room to sewing for a few hours every months. It is open to members and non members.

Non-Profit

Did you know you can sew for charity? Yup! And in your area, chances are there’s a group or two getting together doing charity work that involves sewing. Whether it’s the hospital asking for children’s quilts or the homeless shelter seeking hats and scarves, you’ll find fellow sewists using their skills to socialize and help the community.  Start by visiting the local hospital and YMCA websites for information on donations and volunteering. You can also check out the ASG website for community service work. Or, simply Google search  “community sewing charity” along with your location.

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6 comments

Martha Lopez May 17, 2018 at 6:21 pm

Hello and thank you for being here. I am new to sewing and would like to find a group near Alhambra, CA. Thank you

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CustomerService May 18, 2018 at 9:17 am

Hello! In doing a brief Google search for groups in your area, a few different ones came up. I recommend searching this way, so you can see the details of each option.

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Judy Sitron April 6, 2018 at 9:50 pm

Hi Sarah, I live in Lansdale pa. I have been sewing for years, many years. I make purses and accessories and would love to find a group nea me that I can join. Do you have any ideas where to start looking, besides google? Thank you, Judy Sitron

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CustomerService April 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Hello Judy! I did a brief search on your location and I am showing that there is a quilt shop in your town. It is called Made at Home Quilts… and then some! This would be the best place that I would suggest. I hope this helps!

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Joanna Lubash March 10, 2018 at 10:54 am

I am 78 and need to clean out my home. I wish to donate fabric, embroidery floss, lace, ribbons, etc to a group that does CHARITY work. Can you put me in touch with any in the NW suburbs such as Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Niles, Mt Prospect Elk Grove Village, Schaumberg or even on the NW side of Chicago. All in Illinois.

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Sarah March 13, 2018 at 9:11 am

Hi! There is an American Sewing Guild Chapter in Peoria. I’m sure they would greatly appreciate your donation. Here is their website: http://www.peoriaasg.org/

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