The Story Behind the Notions Story- Spring 2015

by Ramona on May 1, 2015

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

Here’s hoping that our cover story, “Modern-day Heirlooms,” will inspire you to take a new look at a traditional sewing technique. Originally, heirloom sewing was done entirely by hand. But clever sewing enthusiasts developed less labor-intensive methods that can be done on the sewing machine, all without sacrificing the delicacy of the final project. You can be an heirloom purist, creating an entire garment exclusively with heirloom techniques, or dabble in the techniques, using them to apply a bit of trim or to add textural interest to your general sewing. I love trying out new sewing techniques . . . I hope my enthusiasm is contagious!

ASG’s TAG (Teach Another Generation) and Junior Member initiatives keep getting better and better. It is wonderful to see how many chapters are reaching out to teach young people to sew. This issue’s Sew Young section includes reports on the activities of two chapters. One, the Sarasota/Gulf Coast, Fla. Chapter, is a veteran at teaching kids to sew. In addition to the 4-H Sewing Camp which they have been running for the past six years, they also participate annually in their County Fair, introducing children and adults to the art and life skill of sewing. The second, the Kokomo, Ind. Chapter, developed their first TAG event last summer—a two-day program (repeated twice) aimed at second through fourth graders. It was such a success that they plan to do it again this year. Previous Notions’ stories inspired Kokomo. Perhaps their success will inspire your chapter.

Are there impediments that keep you from sewing as often as you would like? Is clutter a culprit? “Taming Your Creative Clutter” by ASG member Deborah Sumner is full of ideas for getting sewing room chaos under control. Are your challenges cognitive ones brought on by the natural progression of age? ASG member Beth Calvo, a retired certified rehabilitation counselor, offers a wealth of advice in “How to Keep Sewing at Any Age.”

If you have knowledge you’d love to share with your fellow ASG members or comments about what appears in Notions,  I’d love to hear from you. Email me at

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