It’s almost Conference Time!

July 10, 2015

Wow! The American Sewing Guild’s Annual Conference is already upon us…it’s next week! It is a bit earlier this year and all staff employees are feeling this extra crunch. But no worries, all is under control. I think we all secretly like the extra anxiety of this crunch because it means that the time is […]

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Darts are “Control Freaks”!

June 26, 2015

As I finish up the next series for ASG, it comes to mind all that I have learned over the years regarding sewing. I’ll never, ever, forget the day the light bulb went off in my brain. In that instant it seemed everything came together all at once. It was in a college class on […]

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I’m T-R-Y-I-N-G!

June 18, 2015

As the first half of this “new year” is coming to a close, I was going back through some of the blogs for this year. At the beginning of the year, I vowed (like many of you I’m sure), to get organized, stay organized, and finish up some of those unfinished projects sitting in bins. […]

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Check the Tools!

June 9, 2015

As I work on the next series for the ASG website, it reminded me of something I wanted to pass along to you. When working with patterns, whether drafting from measurements or altering a commercial pattern, many measurement tools are used: French curve, tape measure, 36” ruler, L square, cutting board, etc. Because these tools […]

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The Story Behind the Notions Story- Spring 2015

May 1, 2015

  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 […]

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Upcycle Denim

April 24, 2015

  Good Morning! I’ve been pondering all week what I should write for this week’s blog. Then a friend emailed me wondering what to do with her old jeans; she doesn’t want to give them away because she doesn’t feel they are good enough, but she said she’d rather re-purpose them and get in some […]

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Thoughts on Books for Pattern Alteration and Fitting

April 17, 2015

I definitely hit a chord with readers of this blog last week and our ASG Facebook page this week. It seems pattern alteration is a skill continually and eagerly sought yet it can be all but blood curdling. Which end of the spectrum are you on? As I continue to work on this Understanding Pattern […]

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Personal thoughts on Pattern Fitting

April 10, 2015

I’m working on a new series for ASG: Understanding Pattern Alteration. There is such a huge body of knowledge that goes into this subject. I posted thoughts earlier this week on our ASG Facebook page: “My mind has been active thinking about different pattern alteration concepts–why are there so many, do they all have very […]

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Sewing and making a Kransekake

April 2, 2015

Earlier this week I posted on the ASG Facebook page about what I had accomplished last weekend: ”…and the rings baked for the Kransekake. This has prompted thoughts for this week’s blog. I know you must be wondering how making a Kransekake relates to sewing–but trust me, it does!” It turns out making a Kransekake is […]

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Accolades to a good machine Dealership!

March 27, 2015

What is it about the anticipation of a “new toy”? You know what I mean: new machine on order! I was gifted some money specifically to purchase an electronic cutting machine. What JOY! A new machine!!! Just like shopping for a sewing machine, I look at what features are on the machine and I look […]

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