Guest Post: The Story Behind the Notions Story

by Ramona on October 14, 2013


The Story Behind the Notions Story

Guest post by Anne Marie Soto, editor of Notions, the ASG publication available with membership in the American Sewing Guild:

Fusible interfacings, fabulous sewing machines and sergers, new developments in fabrics and all sorts of other innovations, along with the general trend towards a more relaxed wardrobe, mean that once-daunting projects, like sewing a coat, are within almost any sewer’s grasp. And, although many ASG members live in temperate climates where  a heavy coat is a distant memory, travel agendas may require a top layer that offers at least a bit of warmth. So no matter where your geographic base, I hope that “Coat Tales,” the cover story for the winter 2013 issue of Notions, will inspire you to create some exciting outerwear.

ASG Conference is always an inspiring and educational time. This issue contains a two-page photo spread of some of the highlights. If you were with us in Arlington, Va., check out the photos—maybe you’ll find your smiling face! If you weren’t there, these pages will give you a glimpse into what you missed. Hopefully, they will inspire you to join us for ASG Conference 2014, July 24-28, 2014 in St. Louis, Mo. 

Is a new (or re-purposed) sewing room on your agenda? Los Angeles, Calif. Chapter member Deborah Sumner takes us along on her journey, sharing the plans and challenges that make up her quest to create the perfect sewing room. Her most important discovery? It’s an evolving process . . . and even though the furniture is in and she’s happily sewing, there are lots of modifications still to come.

For the past five years, Sarasota/Gulf Coast, Fla. Chapter member Helaine Ball Eckstein has been the driving force behind her chapter’s Sew for Fun Day Camp. Since its inception, she has chronicled their sewing camp adventures several times in the Sew Young section of Notions. This year, the camp had 20 eager young sewers—girls and boys—nine new ones and 11 returnees. It’s an inspiring story . . . one that your chapter may want to emulate.

If you have comments about what appears in Notions, topics you would like to see covered, or even an article you might like to write, I’d love to hear from you. You can either leave a comment on this blog or e-mail me at

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