What we're about

Bay Area Sewists is a modern-day sewing circle, where we can meet in person, share inspiration and techniques, sew together, swap patterns and fabric, and much more.

Sewing can be a solitary activity. Though many of us connect via blogs and social media, getting together in person still has a special place.

The group was founded by Meghan Hunt of Made by Meg (http://www.madebymeg.us/) in 2012 who was the organizer until the end of 2013. In January 2014, Chuleenan Svetvilas of C Sews (http://csews.com) became the group's organizer and coordinated more than 30 meeutups since then.

It's now free to join Bay Area Sewists and remain a member. There will be a fee for occasional meetups, particularly if they are in-person events. (See FAQs below.) For more info, contact Chuleenan via the Meetup page.

Member benefits include:

• 20% off at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics on our Berkeley meetup days

• 20% off at Piedmont Fabrics (must show your active membership via the app or website)

• 20% off store products and 10% off classes at The Sewing Room in Alameda

• 20% off regularly priced fabrics for Britex Fabrics meetup attendees

• 10% off at Lacis when we have a meetup at Lacis

• Discounted memberships at Hello Stitch and Sips N Sews.

You can also follow Bay Area Sewists on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bay-Area-Sewists/1463421677206468?ref=hl) and Instagram (@bayareasewists (http://instagram.com/bayareasewists)) for meeting updates and news. Bay Area Sewists members can also join the private Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BayAreaSewists/).

Learn more about who we are and what we'd like to do here (https://a248.e.akamai.net/secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/4/a/b/2/highres_87139122.jpeg).

Happy Sewing!

Bay Area Sewists


Can anyone join Bay Area Sewists?
Sure! If you have an interest in sewing - whether you are just learning to sew or you are an expert costumer - you are welcome to join the group. Our members range from people who have been sewing for less than a year to people who teach sewing professionally.

Do I need to live in the Bay Area to join?
In-person meetups are mainly for people in the Bay Area because those events will be taking place there. BUT during the pandemic, when we have virtual meetups, anyone can participate. You just need to be a member of the group.

Can I submit an idea for a meetup?
Yes, we welcome suggestions for activities and venues! Just message Chuleenan.

Upcoming events (1)

Share Your Favorite Sewing Patterns! (Zoom Meetup)

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Do you have a favorite sewing pattern or favorite pattern company? Let other Bay Area Sewists members know what the pattern(s) or company is - whether they are indie, Big Four, vintage, or from a sewing book or magazine! If you have a favorite pattern - one you plan on making again or that you've made multiple times - share the pattern(s) with the Bay Area Sewists members! Share what fabric you used, why you want to make it again or why you made more than one version, and share the finished version(s). NOTE: This meetup had originally been scheduled for June 28. This is a virtual meetup that will take place on Zoom. You will see the link when you RSVP. Please download the Zoom app before the meetup. It's free to have an account. See you there! We will break up into smaller groups for part of the discussion. RSVPs close at 12 pm, Sat., August 22.

Past events (136)

Share Your WIPs! (Zoom Meetup)

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