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 are 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.

Before the pandemic, we met in person, sewing and shopping together and swapping patterns and fabric.

Member benefits include:

• 20% off at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics on some of our 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

• 10% off regularly priced fabrics for Britex Fabrics meetup attendees

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/).

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 (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 has organized more than 80 meeutups since then.

Upcoming events (2)

Fitting Q&A with Christine of ZigZag Designs!

Online event

Everyone's body is different. When you sew a pattern, you typically need some adjustments so the garment can fit your body well. Sometimes it can be challenging to figure out why wrinkles are appearing where they shouldn't be. Join us for our next virtual meetup to learn more about fitting with Christine Groom, owner and designer of indie pattern company ZigZag Designs by Christine. She is passionate about fitting and pattern making. You can follow her on Instagram (@zigzagdesignsbychristine) and see her patterns here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ZigZagPatterns.

She will be sharing her fitting techniques and how ZigZag Deisgn patterns are created with fitting issues in mind. This is a great time to get your fitting questions answered! Please submit your questions by Friday, Oct. 8 so Christine can answer as many of them as possible.

We will also be giving away one of her paper patterns - the Tammy Top - pictured in the photo for this meetup. (U.S. members only.)

NOTE: This event is online. You may need to install Zoom: https://zoom.us/download

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.

Q&A with Beth of Sew DIY Patterns + Show & Tell!

Online event

Join us for a conversation with Beth Wood, the designer behind Sew DIY Patterns as well as a sewing blogger and vlogger. Beth says her goal is "to make sewing an easier and more joyful experience for everyone." Learn about her sewing experiences, how her blog got started, and her PDF pattern line, which launched in 2015 with the Lou Box Top. Since then, Beth has added patterns for skirts, a jumpsuit, a tank top, and more. Three of her patterns - the Ali Sweatshirt, the Tasi Robe and Jacket and the Quilted Slippers - have gender-neutral views. https://www.sewdiy.com/

Her site also features sewalongs for her patterns, plenty of learn-to-sew posts, and e-courses. Plus you can find her sewing tips and tutorials for her patterns on her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/sewdiy

As a tall sewist (she's 5'11"), Beth is very familiar with adjusting patterns for height. Her designs are drafted for a height of 5'10" and her patterns now go from size 0 to 32 (hip 32"/81 cm to 58"/147 cm). She's open to answering member questions at this meetup, so if you have a question for Beth, please put it in the comments or message Chuleenan, the organizer for Bay Area Sewists.

After the convo with Beth, we'll break into small groups so members can meet each other and share what you've been working on or have finished over the past few months!

NOTE: This event is online. You may need to install Zoom: https://zoom.us/download

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.

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