The Story Behind the Notions Story-Summer 2016

by Ramona on July 28, 2016

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

Ruffles are one of the easiest ways to add your own personal touch to a sewing project. They are a beautiful addition to both fashion and home décor items. And their flirty personality goes well with summer sewing. So here’s hoping that our cover story, “Ravishing Ruffles,” will give you the inspiration to have a bit of fun with your next project.

Speaking of fun, what could be more fun than working with kids who are eager to learn to sew? This issue’s Sew Young section includes several inspiring stories. There’s Deborah Barcello, owner of Cattell’s Sew & Vac/Sewing Academy in Medford, N.J. “Miss Deb” (as her students call her) has not only developed a thriving enterprise teaching young people to sew (85 students per week!) but has also created an innovative system whereby students can progress at their own pace; interested students have the opportunity to transition into an intern position as an unpaid helper in the classes. If this is successful, the student is put on a list of potential hires to be a teacher and to work in the shop when she is old enough. Then there is the story of members of the Greensboro, N.C. Chapter (specifically the Kernersville Neighborhood Group) who mentor a sewing club at the Noble Academy. ASG members managed to get the one machine that Noble Academy already owned back into working order and acquired three more machines for the school. The club meets weekly for two hours and always involves hands-on sewing. The Sarasota/Gulf Coast, Fla. Chapter participates yearly in the Manatee County Fair. They take a booth and develop easy-to-make sewing projects that are high in kid appeal. This ambitious undertaking is an 11-day commitment that gives so many young people the opportunity to sit down at a sewing machine, spend a little time, and leave with big smiles and a project they can be proud of. And then there is the Central Savannah River, S.C. Chapter who shared their sewing skills with members of a local church who “paid it forward” to young people who benefit from the Mission on the Move program in Tapachula, Mexico. These are only four stories. There are countless other ASG chapters, Neighborhood Groups, and individual members who are Teaching Another Generation. We are all so grateful for their efforts!

If you couldn’t make it to ASG Conference 2016 in Indianapolis, check out Exhibit Hall Review, which includes a sampling of the new fabrics, patterns, books, DVDs, and more that attendees saw in the exhibit hall. And watch for the fall issue of Notions, with lots of conference coverage.

If you have comments about what appears in Notions, topics you would like to see covered, were inspired on your sewing journey by something you read in our magazine, or have an idea for an article you might like to write, I’d love to hear from you. E-mail me at


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