Sewing Machine Maintenance

We’ve heard the old saying cleanliness is next to godliness.  Whether you think that saying holds any truth, it definitely could be rewritten in our community as:

Sewing Machine cleanliness is next to impossible!

Maybe I exaggerate.  But it certainly is an endless task!  On a regular basis, we need to take a minute to clear out the lint in our sewing machines if we want them to function well.  They get all sorts of bits of thread and lint in the bobbin case and under the throat plate that really do get in the way of smooth sewing.  If we are in this sewing gig for the long haul and we want our sewing machine to be in it with us, we need to show it some love on a regular basis.  Plano member Marie B has an older mechanical sewing machine and says she opens it up to clean and oil it after each sewing project is completed which has help it keep sewing for over 35 years.  

But do we need to do more?
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Social Media and ASG

By Sheryl Belson

Social media…  to some it is a dirty word; to some it is their source of connection; and to some it is a word you don’t quite understand yet.  We get that!  And since a lot of chapter news published this year has been on social media, we wanted to provide a little bit of information to help you find it. 

To find us on Facebook, click here: https://www.facebook.com/PlanoASGsews/

To find us on Instagram, click here: https://www.instagram.com/planoasg/?hl=en

If you don’t have an account, it is easy to set one up.  Here are a few tips.

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Shark Teeth Embellishment Workshop


Have you ever wanted to add a special couture touch to your sewing projects? Well this workshop is for you!

Different arrangements of the embellishment

Jami Roux will be teaching this workshop about fabric Origami (also known as Shark’s Teeth). Participants who complete the class will learn how to create a fabric band embellished with folded and clipped tucks forming a variety of patterns.… Read the rest

Jami’s Trip to Houston’s International Quilt Show

Sensory overload is the best way to describe the Houston International Quilt Festival. There were dolls, fabulous quilts, vendors, classes, LOTS of people and even a saddle display.

This year was special to me for several reasons: I had two dolls on display, it was the first time I took a class and I reconnected with an old friend I hadn’t seen since high school.… Read the rest

Designing Divas visit Balenciaga in Black at the Kimbell Art Museum

Tuesday, November 27, Designing Divas had a wonderful tour of the Balenciaga in Black exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. They learned how this leader of fashion design used fabric and form to create beautiful artwork. The group will strive to recreate the lines in
some of the designs to create their own patterns.… Read the rest

Ready-to-Wear Fasters Meet and Greet

We are so excited to partner with Fabrique Fabrics one last time to generate a space for local RTW fasters to meet each other.

We will meet at Fabrique Fashion Fabrics on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. The address is 3801 W President George Bush Hwy, Plano, TX 75075.… Read the rest

How to Be Online Fabric Shopping Savvy

The Plano ASG Chapter met on Saturday, Oct 27. If you missed the annual luncheon, you missed a wonderful event! We were fortunate to have Rosalind Gaither of Sew Much Fabric (www.smfabric.com,) Katy, Texas, as our speaker. She has been in business since 1987.

Rosalind shared four important things to know when “Online Fabric Shopping.” Her goal was to ensure we knew what to look for when shopping online, as well as knowing how to know when your personal info is properly protected.… Read the rest

Did Someone Say Sewing Retreat?!?!

Post by Sharon Merlo, Plano ASG Retreat Coordinator

We are headed back to Sunset, Texas! Time to pack your sewing gear and spend the weekend with your sewing buddies’ sew-cializing for a few days! We always have a good mix of quilters, garment sewers, and machine embroidery enthusiasts attending and it is wonderful learning, sharing ideas and seeing what everyone else is working on.… Read the rest

2018 Annual Luncheon and Election of Officers

As we enter the fall season, we will be closing out this year in style with our 2018 Annual Luncheon and Election of Officers.
The event will be on Saturday October 27 from 11:30 am to 2 pm at the Sheraton Hotel McKinney located at 1900 Gateway Boulevard in McKinney, Texas.Read the rest