Kristin’s sewing circle was featured in her local paper last week: Sewing: The handmade movement brings sewing your own clothes back into fashion! You’ll wish you were a Yam when you read the article (they are The Yams!)… The group met through our Sewing Circle post about finding friends to sew with a couple of years ago and have since enjoyed many, many nights of laughter, wine, friendship and yes, even sewing.
From the Sewing Circle article in The Oregonian.
In response to our post about this on Facebook, a lot of people commented that they’d like a sewing circle too. We thought we’d revive the Sewing Circle section of the forum where you can find, form or broaden your own Sewing Circle.
Visit the forum where you can navigate by region, and post about your preferences for a group (look at the bottom of the main forum page).
We have some questions below to help you consider what your sewing circle will look like. Note: Once you post in the forum you can receive an email about replies if you request notifications. Go to the thread you’re interested in (Chicago, for example) and click “Notify of Replies” in the top right. We hope you find your sewing friends!
Sewing Circle Considerations
Type of Gathering
- Are you interested in a group for hand sewing only, or would you like to bring your sewing machine? Are you looking for a group where you can bring a variety of hand crafts (knitting, mending, etc.)?
- What is your ideal group size? Would you like one sewing buddy to work with, or a whole new circle of friends?
- Schedule: Will you meet once a month? Once a week? Every other week? The Yams meet every month, and then some people also gets together with one group friend for a shorter period of time.
- What times work best for you? Mornings? Evenings? One weekend day a month?
- Consider skill levels. Does everyone feel comfortable teaching new skills if necessary, or should people all bring something within their skill level?
- Would your group benefit from an “Organizer”? Do you want one person to coordinate the schedule/logistics/emails?
- Will the group meet in different homes? If you’re using sewing machines, which homes can accommodate all of the notions, machines, cutting tables and sewists?
- If you’re working on hand sewing and other hand crafts, are you open to meeting in a public space like a coffee shop?
- Consider childcare scenarios. Should kids stay home, or is the group open to sewing/play time for adults and children?
- Equipment: Irene here at Sew,Mama,Sew! writes, “It’s nice to have enough and not too much of things. For example, we always have just one serger, but two ironing stations. We also have one cutting table with two mats and one table without mats for pattern tracing. Each person knows what they need to bring and we’re not overloaded with equipment.”
- Consider the type of projects. Space is an important issue; quilts might be a challenge but smaller items like bags and clothing usually work well. If you have a short meeting Irene suggests cutting patterns as a good use of time!
- Organizing and scheduling for food is important if you will sew for an extended period of time. (Some sewing circles meet for an entire day which can make the setting up/hauling effort more worthwhile.)
Once you’ve considered what you want in a Sewing Circle, visit the forum where you can navigate by region and post about your preferences. Be sure to mention the type of gathering you’re looking for in your post. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR TOWN/AREA IN THE SUBJECT LINE.