Do you like to sew, or want to learn? There's no better way than with a like-minded, friendly bunch of fellow stitchers! Read on for the PDX Sewing Circle FAQ!
How long has this group been around?
The PSC has been around since 2009. From late 2012, we’ve been on hiatus, but we’ve been back in action since July. We’ve been on Meetup and off it as well; for the foreseeable future, we will organize meetings through Meetup, which allows a lot of flexibility for members to organize meetings independently. (Please do try this – I’d love to see members being more proactive about creating activities!)
Who organizes this thing, and why?
I’m Davina, the “official” founder and organizer. I have sewn since my teens and been a serious hobbyist for years (I have sewn all my own clothes since 2007), but my day job has nothing to do with sewing. (In other words, I don’t make any money off teaching sewing, and I don’t plan to start any time soon.) I started the group because I wanted a chance to spend time with other people who sew, both experienced stitchers with wisdom to share and newbies with a million questions. I wanted to talk sewing with people who understood my language. And I wanted to be around people who I could trust to pin up my hems!
How often do you meet? And what do you do when you get together?
At our busiest, the Sewing Circle met three to five times a month, usually at sewing studios where we had space to lay out patterns and machines to sew on. We also have always met at public libraries to share patterns, do tutorials and create duct-tape dressforms. Unfortunately, that schedule isn’t really sustainable for me personally, so in the upcoming year you can expect about one “official” meeting per month. Meetings are a mix of sewing studio time and activities like fabric shopping, pattern tracing and (about once a year) dressform making and fabric swaps. I am usually working on my own projects, but always have time to help with anything – just ask!
What should members do to keep the group going?
First and most importantly – RSVP and attend some meetings! Even RSVPing “No” helps out. Second, please do attend when you’ve said you will. It’s hard to find meeting places that accommodate sewing, and I often pay for spaces ahead of time, so every no-show is a disappointment in more ways than one. (Folks who repeatedly no-show are also, sadly, dropped from the group eventually!) Spend time with us online; communicate with the group and with your fellow members, leave comments, and upload pictures; but I hope the focus of the Sewing Circle is real-life, face-to-face meetings with sewing friends. Finally, consider chipping in a few bucks to cover the monthly Meetup costs and miscellaneous expenses (the snacks, drinks, and materials available at meetings, for example). Your support is incredibly important to me, and to the whole group!
If you’ve read this far, I thank you for your time! Email me any time, or feel free to call or text me at 503.975.4511. I hope to see you next Saturday!
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