- Show & Tell Virtual Meetup + Special Guest Needles Studio!
What's on your sewing table? Share your finished sewing projects and your WIPs (works-in-progress) with other members! It's also a great time to meet other sewists virtually, get advice and tips from other members, and see if our collective minds can help you solve a particular problem or issue. We will also have a special guest - Needles Studio in Palo Alto will talk about the lovely fabrics, tools, and products they carry as well as upcoming classes. All attendess will get a special discount. Thank you Needles Studio! https://www.needlesstudio.com/ We'll be meeting via Zoom. The Zoom link will be shared with all members who RSVP. Please be sure to download the Zoom app before the meetup. We'll be breaking up into small groups so you'll have an opportunity to meetup other members. What to share: -Finished projects -WIPs -Sewing patterns and fabric you used in making your projects
- Share Your Favorite Sewing Patterns + Special Guest Jennifer Serr!
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). UPDATE: We'll also have a special guest - Jennifer Serr, owner of The Sewing Room in Alameda and designer of Bonjour Teaspoon sewing patterns. Bay Area Sewists members get 20% off her merchandise and 10% off classes at The Sewing Room. Thank you, Jennifer! http://www.thesewingroomalameda.com/ We will break into small group discussions during this virtual meetup. 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!
- Share Your WIPs! (Zoom Meetup)
What are you making now? Share your work-in-progress (WIP) - at any stage of your project. Maybe you've just picked a fabric for your pattern or you're in the midst of sewing a garment or you're nearly done and about to hem your garment. Share your WIPs with the group, ask other members for advice on constructions details, fabric choices, new patterns, TNT (tried-and-true) patterns, and more! This is a virtual meetup on Zoom. It's free to join Zoom. Please download the app before the meetup. All members who RSVP for the meetup will get the Zoom link. We will break out into smaller groups for part of this event. RSVPs close at 12 pm on Sat., July 25.
- Q&A with Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics! (Zoom Meetup)
Joins us for a conversation with Catherine Nolan, buyer and social media manager for Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics. Find out what's new in the store, what are the store's most popular patterns, favorite fabrics, and more! IMPORTANT: If you have questions for Stonemountain, please send them to Chuleenan - or put them in the comments - by WEDNESDAY, June 24. Then hopefully, we can get to all of your questions. This will be a conversation between Catherine and Chuleenan, Bay Area Sewists organizer. All questions must be submitted in advance. On Instagram, follow Stonemountain (@stonemountainfabric), Bay Area Sewists (@bayareasewists), Catherine (@threadships), Chuleenan (@csews). 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!
- Show & Tell Zoom Meetup
What have you been making since we've been sheltering in place? Share your finished sewing projects, your WIPs (works-in-progress) with other members! It's also a great time to meet other sewists virtually, get advice and tips from other members, and see if our collective minds can help you solve a particular problem or issue. We'll be meeting via Zoom. The Zoom link will be shared with all members who RSVP. Please be sure to download the Zoom app before the meetup. What to share: -Finished projects -WIPs -Sewing patterns and fabric you used in making your projects
- (Postponed) Learn to Rotate Darts!
This meetup will be rescheduled. Hello Stitch is closed during our mandated shelter-in-place situation. Darts don't have to go where they are on a sewing pattern. You can rotate the dart! Learn how to rotate darts from Beth Galvin, Bay Area Sewists member and Hello Stitch sewing instructor. She will share her tips and a few of the patterns where she has rotated the darts. Beth blogs about sewing at Sunnygal Studio, where she writes about the garments she makes and shares her tips and techniques. http://sunnygalstudio.blogspot.com/ She teaches garment sewing classes at Hello Stitch, including Intro to Tailoring, Sew a Capsule Wardrobe, and Make the Audrey Jean Jacket. Check out her classes here: https://www.hellostitchstudio.com/garment-sewing This meetup is limited to 18 people (not including Beth and Chuleenan). The nonrefundable fee for this meetup is $5. If it's sold out and you want to attend, please comment on this page that you want to be added to the waitlist and you will be contacted when a space opens up. People usually update their RSVP in the two weeks before a meetup. So please check your email for a message from Chuleenan, the organizer, and respond within 24 hours if you would like the open spot. IMPORTANT: If your Bay Area Sewists membership expires before the meetup occurs, Meetup will automatically remove you from the RSVP list. You are responsible for making sure your membership is current. Trial memberships are for 6 months. The annual membership fee is $15. On our Berkeley meetups days, Bay Area Sewists members get a 20 percent discount on regularly priced merchandise (fabric, notions, patterns!) at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics (http://www.stonemountainfabric.com/) so be sure to stop by the store before or after the meetup and take advantage of the discount! About Hello Stitch (https://www.hellostitchstudio.com/) Hello Stitch is a community-based textile studio that offers workshops, communal work space, a gallery space, and community events. It also also provides domestic and industrial sewing machine sales and quilt finishing services. Parking and public transportation There is street parking on University Ave. (free on Sunday!). You can also try side streets. The closet parking lots are around Shattuck and Center in downtown Berkeley. Hello Stitch is about an 11-minute walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Walk up Shattuck and make a left on University. It's about five blocks down University (about two blocks from Trader Joe's, which is at University and MLK).
- POSTPONED - Let’s Explore Lace at Britex!
THIS MEETUP IS POSTPONED - due to coronavirus. All members who RSVP'd will be contacted when it is rescheduled. ================================ Let’s meet at Britex Fabrics and learn about lace fabric and lace trims. You'll be able to see, touch, and feel a variety of laces from around the world. All attendees will get a 20% discount on regularly priced fabrics at Britex - good on the day of the meetup. Be sure to set aside time for browsing! This meetup is limited to 25 attendees. If you RSVP and your plans change, please change your RSVP to "No." When this meetup is full, please join the waitlist. There are always last-minute cancellations so it's very likely you will be able to attend. Note: If you are on the waitlist and you can no longer attend, please remove yourself from the waitlist so the next person on the waitlist can move up. What to bring: Notebook to take notes. Phone/camera to take photos. How to get there: If you are taking public transportation, get off at the Montgomery BART stop and walk a little over one block down Post St. to get to Britex, which is at 117 Post St. Many Muni lines run near Britex, which is less than 2 blocks from Market St. If you are driving, it is tough to find street parking. But there are parking garages in the Union Square area. The Sutter Stockton garage is likely your cheapest option - 444 Stockton (at Sutter). Union Square garage is also reasonable - 333 Post St. They are each 3 to 4 blocks from Britex.
- 2020 Frocktails in February!
IMPORTANT: Ticket sales have ended. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. The Bay Area Sewists annual Frocktails in February event will take place on Sat., Feb. 22, 4 pm to 6 pm. Wear a dress (frock) or ensemble you made and have a cocktail! Meet other Bay Area Sewists members and show off your ensemble! We'll have a private space upstairs at Tupper & Reed, a lovely bar located in a building designed in 1925. We'll be serving a variety of hors-d'oeuvres (crudités, hummus, vegan spring rolls, and sweet bites). We'll also have some fantastic raffle prizes to give away, starting at 5:15 pm: $50 gift certificate from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco https://www.britexfabrics.com/ $50 gift certificate from The Sewing Room in Alameda http://www.thesewingroomalameda.com/ $50 gift certifcate from Hello Stitch textile studio in Berkeley https://www.hellostitchstudio.com/ $50 gift certifcate from StitchBuzz Shop (sewing tools) in Plano, Texas https://shop.stitchbuzz.com/ $50 gift certificate + other goods for total value of $100+ from Maker's Fabric https://www.makersfabric.com/ $30 gift card from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley https://www.stonemountainfabric.com/ $30 gift certificate from Piedmont Fabrics in Oakland https://piedmontfabrics.com/ $30 gift certificate from Makermountain Fabrics in Ben Lemond (in Santa Cruz mountains) https://makermountainfabrics.com/ Two $25 gift certificates + other goods for total value of $50 each from Maker's Fabric https://www.makersfabric.com/ ***Tickets are nonrefundable. See FAQs for more info. The fee covers the cost of the bartender's time and the catering. There will be a no-host bar, which means you need to pay for your drinks. Note to our male members and those who don't typically wear dresses: A dress is not required; the idea is to wear something you made. All Bay Area Sewists members get 20 percent off on regularly priced goods (fabric, patterns, and notions) at Stonemountain & Daugher Fabrics on this Berkleey Meeutp day! When you check out, just tell them that you are a Bay Area Sewists member. See you there! FAQs Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? You must be 21 years of age or older because alcohol will be served. What should I wear? Wear something you made or something that makes you feel good. It's a cocktail affair. Can I bring a guest? You are welcome to purchase up to two additional tickets for guests. How do I buy my ticket? Members will be emailed the password to access the private Eventbrite link. Please be sure your membershipt is current so you will get the email. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? There is street parking and parking garages in the area. Allow plenty of time to find a spot. Or park in a garage: http://www.bestparking.com/berkeley-parking/. Tupper & Reed (http://www.tupperandreed.com/) is located a 5-minute walk (2.5 blocks south) from the Downtown Berkeley BART stop. What's the refund policy? Tickets are nonrefundable. Unfortunately, we can't offer refunds because we need to meet the costs of holding this event. Thank you for your understanding. If you can't make it, you can sell your ticket by posting to the Facebook or Meetup page. Eventbrite makes it easy to transfer tickets.
- Fabric Swap & Discussion!
Ready to do some destashing? It's time for a Fabric Swap! Go through your fabric and see what you'd like to give to another sewist. Bring your fabric (1/2 yard minimum) - maybe it's leftover yardage from a project or the wrong color/print/fiber content but could be great for someone else. Please label your fabric, note the yardage and whether it's cotton, wool, rayon, poly, a blend, etc. Sort your fabric by type: wovens, knits, silk, home dec, etc. so you can quickly put them on the appropriate tables. If you don't know the fiber content, don't worry. We'll have a "mystery fabric" table for unknown origin. (See below for details.) NOTE: There is a $5 nonrefundable fee to attend this event to cover the rental fee. Lacis is charging us a low rate per person to use the space. Refunds will only be issued if the event is canceled or rescheduled. The fabric swap has 4 selection rounds.* For each piece of fabric you get to participate in one selection round. For example, if you brought at least 3 pieces of fabric, you get to select one piece of fabric for the first three rounds. The last round is open to all! AGENDA Saturday, Jan. 25, Lacis in Berkeley [Space is NOT wheelchair accessible] 1:30 pm to 1:45 pm - Put fabric on tables/browse* 1:45 pm to 2:15 pm - Announcements and introductions 2:15 pm to 2:30 pm - Select fabric and/or patterns, followed by group photo 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm - Discussion of fabric NOTE: Lacis is giving all attendees a 10% discount on regularly priced items in their retail store. Thank you Lacis! Also, on our Berkeley meetup days, all Bay Area Sewists members get 20% off on regularly priced merchandise at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics (fabric, notions, patterns, etc.) - 2518 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. The discount is good all day (10 am-6 pm) for all Bay Area Sewists members. Thank you Stonemountain! http://www.stonemountainfabric.com/ Feel free to wear something you made to this meetup. :) Public Transportation: Lacis is less than a block from Ashby BART station. When you exit the station, look for the green sign that says Adeline West. Lacis is on Adeline, a half-block north of Ashby Ave. There is free street parking on ML King, Ashby Ave., side streets, metered parking on Adeline. There are two parking lots at Ashby BART. You can park for free on the Adeline St. side. The other lot won't be available because of the weekend flea market. Please allow for time to park. ~Chuleenan
- Pattern & Sewing Book Swap and Chat!
It's time for another pattern swap! We only do pattern swaps once or twice a year so it's a great opportunity to pass along patterns, find something new and meet other sewists. Plus we're adding sewing books to the mix! After the pattern swap is done, we'll do the book swap. Then we'll break up into two groups and discuss our favorite patterns and the patterns we got at the swap. Bring one (or more) of your favorite patterns to show the group - and maybe even wear the garment(s) you made from the pattern. If you bring at least three patterns, you can participate in the first three rounds of the swap. The fourth round is for everyone to take as much as you want. If you bring fewer than three patterns, then you can participate in the number of rounds equal to the number of patterns you brought. For example, if you brought two patterns, you can participate in the first two rounds of the swap. It's totally fine if you don't bring a pattern, you can just want until the first three rounds are done, and participate in the last round. Leftover patterns will be donated to the Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics free bin or East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse in Oakland. *It's fine if the pattern pieces are cut - just be sure no pattern pieces or instructions are missing. **IMPORTANT: Please sort your patterns into the following categories: accessories, dresses, skirts, pants, jackets/suits, coats, lingerie, sleepwear, menswear, children's, crafts, vintage, miscellaneous. When you arrive, just put your patterns on the tables, which are labeled with the various categories. UPDATE: We'll also have have a Pauline Alice pattern to give away - the Mila Jumpsuit & Dress - courtesy of Bay Area Sewists member Beth. https://www.paulinealicepatterns.com/en/dresses/107-mila-jumpsuit-dress.html While you're at Lacis, be sure to check out the retail store (http://www.lacis.com/retail.html) where you'll find all kinds of lace, ribbons, embroidery and tapestry supplies, dozens of hand sewing needles, thimbles, millinery supplies, corset-making supplies, vintage patterns, and much more. They are also a museum with exhibits on display: http://lacismuseum.org/ NOTE: There is a fee of $5 per person to reserve your space and to compensate Lacis for the use of their space. We need to collect this fee in advance. The fee is nonrefundable because we need to ensure that we cover our room rental fee. Parking: There is metered street parking but it is limited. On the weekend, there's a flea market happening all day on one side of the Ashby BART parking lot. You might be able to find parking on the Adeline side of Ashby BART. Lacis is less than a block from the Ashby stop. On our Berkeley meetup days, ALL Bay Area Sewist members get a 20% discount at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics (http://www.stonemountainfabric.com/)! So stop by their great store (2518 Shattuck Ave.) before or after the meetup and at check out, let the staff know you are a Bay Area Sewist member. AGENDA Saturday, Nov. 23, Lacis in Berkeley [Space is NOT wheelchair accessible. You need to go up a flight of stairs to access the classroom space.] 1:30 pm to 1:45 pm - Put patterns/books on tables/browse* 1:45 pm to 2:15 pm - Announcements and introductions 2:15 pm to 2:30 pm - Select patterns, followed by group photo 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm - Group discussion of patterns PARKING & PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION There is metered street parking but it is limited. On the weekend, there's a flea market happening all day on one side of the Ashby BART parking lot. Go to the other BART parking lot (entrance on Adeline) to find a spot. You might be able to find parking on a residential side street but be sure to check the parking signs for time limits. Lacis is very near the Ashby BART stop - less than one block.