2020 is here and I’m restless to connect with my fellow sewists!

So New Year’s came and went and I found myself listening to a bunch of podcasts about setting goals for the new year. It got me to thinking about how isolated I’ve felt lately when it comes to my sewing projects. When I tell people I sew, everyone assumes that I’m a quilter. Although I do quilt it isn’t my passion and I don’t quilt often (I think I’ve only finished 3 quilts in the past 20 years). I’m sure there are others who enjoy sewing garments, costumes or accessories.

There are several quilting groups in the area but nothing for those of us who sew garments. So why not reach out and start something!? A group of like minded sewing enthusiasts to gather periodically to swap ideas, fabric and knowledge.

That being said, I thought I could start out with a quick survey to see just how many people would want to participate in such a group and what the group could look like. Please take a moment to fill out this short survey. I will be collecting responses throughout January and putting together a plan that I will share with everyone who submits this survey and on this blog in February. I had to remove the survey due to spam. Sorry! Please feel free to contact me via the contact form on this website.

A Little About Myself and Sewing

I think of myself as a fiber artist, but I mostly sew garments. Things to be worn; costumes, purses, aprons and such. This year I’ve decided to start sewing with intention and make things that fit into a wardrobe using mostly fabric in my stash. So just before black Friday I decided to go through my pattern collection and choose the patterns that I will attempt to make in 2020.

Pattern Purge

I’ve been sewing since I was very young. My mother taught me how to read a pattern and cut fabric. I struggled so much because she was left handed (I’m right) and nothing ever seemed to make sence. I managed to sew in a straight line most of the time, but my fabric choices were bad and I ended up throwing projects away because they were unwearable. I ruined my machine because I didn’t know how to use it and I dulled my 1st pair of Gingher’s by using them for paper. YES, I used by Gingher’s on paper!

Needless to say I quit sewing. At least until my x-husband bought me a nice computerized sewing machine for my birthday in 2000. I didn’t ask for it, but he assumed that since I was female, I would be able to use it and fix his shirts for him. Ha. But once I got over the indignation, I realized that this was an opportunity to really learn how to sew.

Flash forward to 2019, classes at the local community arts center, YouTube, Craftsy and other online tutorials, and I consider myself to be fairly accomplished. No longer do I use my precious Gingher’s for anything other than fabric!

Thanks!

5 Comments

  1. Diane Anderson on January 5, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    happy to join your new sewing circle

  2. Sue on January 5, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    …thank you so much for jumping into the new year and asking others to join in the fun of creating
    It seems everything is in Bend , so refreshing to join others close by.
    Thanks again!
    Sue Padden

  3. Cindy on January 6, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    I’m also excited to join a group closer to home. I’m not a strong night driver so the shorter commute home (along with hauling my stuff around) would be nice. I want to master sewing so one day I can make garments

  4. Marci Jones on January 7, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    New to the area . I haven’t sewed in years but this peaked my interest. Also it would be a way to make some new friends

  5. Marci Jones on January 7, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    I haven’t sewed in years. I am retired now and this sounds interesting

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