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The Sidney Chapter of the American Sewing Guild Invites the Public to Join Them Sept. 15th


The 2015 Sip & Sew welcomed people of all ages and sewing levels. Pictures courtesy of Luanne Williams

September is National Sewing Month and the Sidney Chapter of the American Sewing Guild is inviting the public to join them as they celebrate their 20th anniversary, Thursday, Sep 15th in the Eastern Agricultural Research Center's (EARC) conference room, 1501 N Central Ave.

The event will be held from 5:00pm – 8:00pm and attendants will be making tote bags with optional embellishments such as free-motion quilting, decorative stitching, appliques, and coloring on fabric with fabric markers, crayons and colored pencils. There will also be a machine embroidery demonstration and displays of community service projects and projects guild members have completed in the past.

There is no cost and people of all ages and sewing levels are encouraged to attend.

The flowers on the light background are machine embroidery outline designs that have been colored in with fabric markers and colored pencils.  This just shows an example of what can be done with the colored designs. There will be stitched out designs for attendees to color and possibly use as a pocket on the tote bag they will be making.

Eunice Lathrop, who'd been involved in the Sewing Guild in Minnesota, initiated the Sidney Chapter of the American Sewing Guild. After establishing 25 members, the Sidney Chapter became official. Members meet the first and third Thursdays of each month at 6:00pm at the EARC. Annual membership fees are $50 and $25 for junior members, up to age 17. Members can also receive discounts from businesses such as Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores.

"The motto of the American Sewing Guild is 'Each one teach one' and so we are inviting people to come and learn something new," commented member Luanne Williams.

The Sidney Chapter currently has about 35 members, but are always ready to welcome newcomers, especially younger generations, in hopes that the art and skill of sewing will be carried on.

There are also volunteer opportunities with the Sidney Chapter, as the group sews lap quilts that are donated to the local Cancer Center for patients undergoing chemotherapy. Additionally they donate burp cloths, bibs, and blankets to the Sunrise Pregnancy Center, and pillowcases to the Matthew House.

For more information, ask to join their Facebook page, Sidney Chapter of the American Sewing Guild, or call Williams at 406-798-3814.


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