The Story Behind the Notions Story- Summer 2015

by Ramona on August 7, 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:

The cover story for the Summer ’15 issue of Notions is designed to get you thinking about the value of repetition in the creative process of sewing. Sound like a contradiction of terms? Not when you read what Rae Cumbie, creative director at Fit for Art Patterns, has to say. She believes that creativity is the happy result of focused practice. The article is illustrated with photos of her personal projects . . . proof that she practices what she preaches. I hope that all of you find this article as inspiring as I did!

ASG’s mission is “advancing sewing as an art and a life skill.” Our membership is densely populated with the over-40 crowd. And many of our members are actively engaged in teaching youth and teens to sew. But what about reaching out to the time-challenged, career-building, family-raising 20- 40 year olds? The Plano, Texas Chapter embarked on a very successful program to reach this group, a demographic that is enthusiastically embracing the DIY movement. In this issue, Plano member Sheryl Belson shares information about her chapter’s Boot Camp—how they organize it, promote it, and measure its success. The six week program (one session per week) is hosted periodically for five or six students. This initiative has resulted in 20 new members for the Plano Chapter.  It’s a program worth emulating!

ASG member Margaret Jankowski is the founder and executive director of The Sewing Machine Project, a grassroots not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping women become self-sustaining through sewing. Through The Sewing Machine Project and its wonderful volunteers, both new and refurbished sewing machines have been shipped to hundreds of locations to over 100 destinations both here in the U.S. and around the world, to be used to change women’s lives. In “Empowering Lives and Livelihoods,” Margaret talks about some of the wonderful work her organization has done and her hopes that she can share her vision and her mission with ASG members and their chapters. Take a  minute to read “Empowering  Lives and Livelihoods” and visit

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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