In this 30 minute interview, American Sewing Guild member, Debbie Baker, talks with Sheryl Belson about her journey into learning about her heritage with the Choctaw Nation and learning to make Choctaw apparel, including the meaning behind the designs. ~Sheryl Belson
Fringe, whether you choose to love it or leave it, has undoubtedly stood the test of time. Dating back to 3000 B.C. in Mesopotamia, fringe became popular as a fashion embellishment in the 1920’s, then resurfaced again in the 50’s, and came full circle in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Popular again today, it can […]
The projects we want to sew can range from quilts to embroidery, handbags to pillows, and everything in between. This article focuses on sewing terms that are most often associated with garment sewing, but may be used or called for in other projects as well. Note: This is Part 2 of our General Sewing Terms […]
Many sewing projects require straight, precise lines at a pre-defined width using thread that blends into smooth fabric. But when it comes to decoration, there are no rules, and fabric becomes an artist’s canvas for sewing crooked, intentional wrinkles, and wild and vibrant threads. In her book, Creating Texture with Textiles, Linda McGehee covers topics […]
Hemming knit garments can sometimes be a challenge, especially on lightweight fabrics that tend to ripple or stretch out, and who needs ripples around a hipline?
Happy holidays from the American Sewing Guild!
Whether it’s traveling in a foreign country or knowing the terminology for a project you are working on, being able to speak the language is important. Today’s article reviews some basic sewing language that will be helpful to new sewists while still being a great refresher and idea generator for those who are more experienced. […]
Sheryl Belson, from the American Sewing Guild, spoke with actress, singer, sewing blogger and all around merry-maker, Marcy Harriell (a.k.a Oonaballoona). We’re sure you’ll love our 40 minute chat with this delightfully funny and wonderfully talented lady! ~Sheryl Belson
Gorgeous! Amazing! Exquisite! So detailed! But how LONG did it take? Diana Latino of the Princeton Chapter is getting used to comments like these that come every time she shares one of her completed tile embroideries. And she has a number of them done already. What’s Tile Embroidery? Tile embroidery is a complex design done […]
When shopping for fabric, we’re accustomed to seeing rows of bolts with an allover print. But look a little deeper and you’ll find some with unique features—border prints! Border prints are fun to work with and allow you to showcase this print feature in creative ways. What is a border print? Instead of a fabric […]
If you’re looking for a fast and easy edge finish, there’s nothing easier than fringe! It works on single-layer placemats, scarves, patches and pockets, or with a little more effort, you can insert fringe into a seam or hem. The results of fringing are not always what you expect, as some fabrics are woven with […]
A new member talks about her experience in joining ASG and about how she loves the education, friendships and tips. Welcome, Ginger! ~Sheryl Belson
What is the one item that you absolutely must have for every sewing project you will ever do? It’s fabric, of course! Since the fabric you choose will have a significant impact on how your finished project turns out, it can help to have an understanding of how fabric is woven so that you can […]
November 16 is National Button Day! Buttons can be utilitarian, decorative, functional, collector’s item, or works of art and this special day is a celebration of buttons, whether they are in a tin in a drawer, attached to a garment, or displayed in a competition. National Button Day was founded in 1938 by the National […]
Charlotte Trayer from the Seattle Chapter of ASG created this roomy, fat quarter friendly tote bag. Q. Item Created A. Tote bag Q. Independent Pattern Designer A. Pink Sand Beach Designs Q. Name and Number of Pattern A. #124 Fiji Tote Q. Fabric Used: A. Cotton/linen for exterior, Japanese cotton print for lining, other cotton […]