New Years schedule for Sewing with Style Meetups

From: Shauna S.
Sent on: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 2:14 PM
Dear Austin Sewing with Style Meetup Members,

First off: Welcome New Seamsters! My apologies for not welcoming each one of you personally, but I am excited about all the new members. It's nice to know there are so many sewing enthusiasts out there!

Before I move on to orders of business I just wanted you to know that I appreciate the show of interest and concern I have received from many of you regarding First Samples. I have been diligently working on finding the next location for First Samples for the past 6 months. I even put in an offer to buy recently, but it fell through for reasons on their end. It will take quite a large amount of money to re-open First Samples the way I would like it to become and I have burned through my monetary cushion. But I can?t just blame it on money. First Samples is a huge time, energy and mental commitment as well as a huge financial investment and my heart is not in the right place right now. I am still very excited about the concept and have some really great ideas for FS2 and there is no saying what will happen in the future, but for now, it is off the burner.

So?on to the FUN stuff.

I think it is just about high time for another meetup, don?t you? There is one slight hitch now though. Since First Samples has closed, we don?t have a free place to meet that isn?t someone?s home. With a meetup group that is this big (just under 200), it just isn?t safe or smart to try and schedule something at a house either. This means, we?ll have to rent a place or meet at a public place. Let?s start generating some ideas on places that we could meet, some topics and maybe a regularly scheduled date to make it easier to plan in.

Here are a few of my ideas:

Title: Leatherworking (hand sewing with machine demo)
Subject: working with leather or leather like fabrics
Location: Local bike repair shop
Reason: The guy who owns the bike shop wants to make a leather apron like his denim one and I spent the holidays brushing up on my leatherworking and would love to share what I learned. He'll probably share his place with us in exchange for a leather apron from me.
Project: leather/pleather work apron (you can make it out of recycled leather -aka an old leather skirt or jacket from a thrift store)

Title: Collared and Cuffed: a sweater swap and redo.
Subject: working with sweater knits and fur / faux fur (hand sewing with machine demo)
Location: Local eco-fashion and vintage clothing store
Reason: I?m bored with my sweaters in my sweater box. A friend of mine who owns the store mentioned she might be open to doing something like this at her place.
Project: We?ll put fur / faux fur collars and cuffs on cardigans and learn how to handle sweater knits when sewing them so they don?t unravel or warp.

Title: Sewing Machine Workshop
Subject: learn about all the jargon surrounding sewing machines so you know what you own or what you want to buy.
Location: Rented yoga studio or local coffee shop that hosts events.
Reason: Sewing machine jargon is confusing, like electronic, manual, computerized, quilting machine, jeans machine, etc. and which is better and what do you have? Is it a good idea to buy new or used and how do you know if you are getting a good deal or getting the shaft?
Project: Besides just a general How-To, we should group ourselves into knowledgeable seamsters and newbie seamsters and then pair up, so that the newbie can learn from the experiencedbie and the the experiencedbie can learn how fun it is to share your sewing knowledge and learn how much you can learn by teaching. Maybe even strike a deal and make some money off of your skills.

Submit your ideas this next week using a similar format as I just did. You can post it on the board or submit an email and I will post it on the board. Then early in February, I will set up a pole so we can vote on which meetup idea we would like to start with. There will be a pole on scheduling a time as well.

Please submit ideas for locations too. Because I live central, all my ideas will be central. But there is no reason we can?t have a meetup out in the boonies.

If you have an expertise you would like to share or have experience in any of the meetup idea areas, please let me know and I will make sure that you get appropriately involved.

Thanks so much for your time and patience and?

Keep on Sewing!
Shauna Smith

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