What we're about

Bay Area Sewists is a sewing community with members from all over the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond — now that we have been meeting virtually. We are mostly focused on garment sewing. (See the FAQs below for more info.)
Members share inspiration and techniques, and see what each other is making at our Show & Tell meetups. Our virtual meetups often have guest speakers to talk about fabric, sewing patterns and tools, and techniques. Past guest speakers have included Britex Fabrics, Hello Stitch, Needles Studio, The Sewing Room, Stitch Buzz, and Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics. 
We began meeting virtually in May 2020 and then had our first in-person meetup in June 2022. We will likely be having a mix of virtual and in-person meetups going forward. 
Member benefits include:
• 20% off at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics on some of our meetup days 
• 10% 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
You can also follow Bay Area Sewists on Facebook and Instagram (@bayareasewists) for meeting updates and news. Bay Area Sewists members can also join the private Facebook group
Happy Sewing!
Chuleenan, Bay Area Sewists Organizer

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?
No, all are welcome. In-person meetups are mainly for people in the Bay Area because those events will be taking place there. BUT during the pandemic, we are meeting virtually so 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, the organizer, via the Meetup page.
You used to charge dues. Will you charge dues again?
It is free to be a member of Bay Area Sewists. Dues had been charged in the past to cover the fees Meetup charges to use this platform. Members are welcome to contribute via Chuleenan's PayPal (@chuleenan) or Venmo (@chuleenan-svetvilas) accounts. Once we start meeting in person, a fee may be charged for a specific meetup to cover the cost of a venue.
Is this a group for quilters?
We are focused on garment sewing but some quilters are also members of this group. If you are looking for a group focused on quilting, you may want to check out other meetups.
When did the Bay Area Sewists get started?
The group was founded by Meghan Hunt of Made by Meg in 2012 who was the organizer until the end of 2013. In January 2014, Chuleenan Svetvilas of C Sews became the group's organizer and has organized more than 80 meeutups since then.

Upcoming events (2)

Meetup on Wool Fabrics at Britex, Sewcialize + Shopping!

Britex Fabrics

Britex Fabrics will opening its doors early just for us on Saturday, Dec. 3! This San Francisco institution has been a sewing destination since 1952. You'll find fabrics from all over the world. We'll be focusing on wool fabrics at this meetup. You'll find shelves of floor-to-ceiling wool fabrics on the first floor — solids on one wall and plenty of plaid and other wools on the opposite wall.

This is also a a great time to meet other sewists in person and do some sewcializing. All attendees will get 20 percent off (discount applies to most fabrics, but not specialty fabrics, Liberty, lace, or notions)! You are welcome to bring your patterns or WIPs so you can find the perfect fabrics for your projects. This meetup starts at 10 am and ends at 11:30 am.

NOTE: This event is limited to 40 Bay Area Sewists Meetup members. Masks are required. You must be on the list to attend. Names will be checked at the door. Once the meetup is full, join the waitlist. There are always cancellations and the majority of people on the waitlist will be able to attend. If you can no longer attend, regardless of which list you are on, please update your RSVP to No.

Getting to Britex:
Public transportation: The store is less than two blocks from the Montgomery St. BART stop.
Parking: There is metered street parking on Post. The store is two blocks from the following parking garages: Union Square Garage on Geary at Stockton, The White House Garage on Kearny at Sutter, Sutter/Stockton Garage at Sutter at Stockton.

Q&A with Ruth, Creator of the Top Down Center Out Method!

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Ruth (@ithacamaven on Instagram) and creator of the Top Down Center Out pants fitting method, will discuss fitting trousers with us at this online meetup! Earlier this year, Ruth's article on her practical pants fitting method was published in Threads magazine, where she says "This method is incredibly simple and realistic to execute solo. It makes pants fitting accessible for novice sewers and streamlines the process for established sewers. It makes it possible to fit any body shape in any pattern."

During this Q&A, she will talk about how she developed this fitting method and her sewing experience.

This is also a great time to get your pants fitting questions answered!! However, you must submit by your questions by Friday, December 16 so Ruth can attempt to answer all of them during this meetup. You can put your questions in the comments or message Chuleenan, Bay Area Sewists organizer, via our Meetup page or our IG account @bayareasewists. Ruth is also willing to look at photos of your pants fitting issues and give her assessment. You can send your photos via a dm to @bayareasewists IG account or upload them to this folder.

IMPORTANT: This virtual meetup will NOT be recorded and no transcript will be saved. Fitting can be a sensitive topic and we want to have a supportive and open discussion.

This is a virtual meetup on Zoom. It is limited to 100 attendees. NOTE: You need to install Zoom if you haven't already done so.

NOTE: Please log in to your own Zoom account BEFORE you click on the Zoom link for this meetup. You must have your own Zoom account to join the Zoom. It's free to join Zoom.

Past events (164)

Q&A with Ella of Handmade Millennial + Show & Tell!

Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles


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