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 (1)

Fabric Swap + Sewcialize!

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Ready to do some destashing? It's time for a Fabric Swap! Yay!

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. It's also a great time to get free fabric to make your mock-ups!

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 in the appropriate area. We will have tables/blankets that will be labeled. If you don't know the fiber content, don't worry. We'll have a "mystery fabric" area for unknown origin. (See below for details.)

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!

If you have a portable table, blankets or tarps you can bring, please note it on this spreadsheet. And if you are bringing tables, blankets, etc., it would be great if you could arrive 15 minutes early. Then people will have a place to put down their fabric. Thank you!

If you would like a seat, please bring your own portable chair or a blanket to sit on. There are no benches near the trees where we will be.

IMPORTANT: If your fabric is not taken by anyone, you may need to take it back. The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse may not necessarily take fabric donations as their needs vary from week to week. I will check with them on Friday, August 26 to find out if they will take our fabric donation.

1:30 pm to 2 pm - Put fabric on tables/blankets, browse & sewcialize!
2 pm to 2:15 pm - Announcements and introductions
2:15 pm to 3 pm - Select fabric, group photo & sewcialize!

Feel free to wear something you made to this meetup. :)

To get emails about special discounts for Bay Area Sewists Meetup members, be sure your Meetup settings for “announcements to members” is turned on.

*** Please note the Covid safety measures below for this meetup.

There is street parking and you can park for free in the BART parking lot. This is very near the North Berkeley BART stop. See "How to find us." section.

Past events (160)

Meetup at Britex Fabrics - Personal Tour + Shopping!

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