The Plano TX Chapter of the American Sewing Guild is dedicated to Teaching Another Generation (T.A.G.).
We offer a special interest group for children who like to sew or want to learn how to sew. We meet the 2nd Saturday of each month. The program includes a small sewing project that can be completed in 1-1.5 hours and the cost to attend is a $5-10 fee for the kits that we supply for each project.
Our minimum age for our Saturday T.A.G. sessions is 8 years old. Boys and girls are welcome to attend. (For youth ages 6-8, we offer Tiny T.A.G.).
Students are encouraged to bring to bring their own machines so they will learn more about operating them. For beginner students, we offer a limited number of sewing machines to borrow for the first few classes they attend to see if they enjoy sewing. Adults are available to assist the young sewists with their projects and learning how to use their machines.
Parents and caregivers are welcome to stay for the sewing program, or you may drop off/pick up. There are chairs around the perimeter of the sewing area where you can wait. If you do not sew, but have an interest in learning, or if you’re a seasoned sewist, we encourage you to join the ASG with your child and participate together! We offer adult beginner sewing boot camps and many special interest groups where you can enhance your sewing skills or learn new ones. Junior ASG members are welcome at many of these activities as well. Ask us more about this if you are interested.
Do you sew? We are always looking for volunteers to help with the T.A.G. program. No long-term commitment is required and you can volunteer at the morning session (advanced), afternoon session (beginners), or both sessions. You need not be an expert sewist, but basic machine skills are needed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the volunteer email list.
ASG Junior Membership
The American Sewing Guild offers a Junior Membership for youth members age 17 and under. Youth membership is extended for ages 17 – 22 if they are a registered high school or college student. Junior membership is only $25 per year. ASG guidelines require that you join the American Sewing Guild after attending two meetings. When you fill out the ASG registration PLEASE put the junior member’s name on the application (not the name of the parent or guardian). It is fine if you would like the emails to come to the parent, but we need to know the junior member name. In the comments field, please also put your child’s age.
There are many ASG membership benefits, which are listed on the ASG website.
Scout Troops, Home School Groups, Youth Ages 6-8
Contact President@planoasgsews.org if you have a scout troop, home school group or if your interested youth falls outside our age limit. For youth ages 6 – 8, consider the Tiny T.A.G. program. Register for Tiny T.A.G. here
The group meets the 2nd Saturday of each month.
Time: AM (Advanced T.A.G.) 10 AM – 12 Noon PM (Beginner) session 1 – 2:30 PM
Location: Plano Sewing Center, Corner of Spring Creek and Custer
The Advanced T.A.G. group meets in the morning session. You must meet prerequisites to register for the ADV JR T.A.G. session.
- To qualify for the Advanced JR T.A.G. you must be an American Sewing Guild JR member.
- You must also have shown the instructors that you know how to thread your machine and have knowledge of the basic machine operation for your sewing machine.
New registrants must sign up for the afternoon session. Please note: starting in 2017, we will be limiting the afternoon session to two brand new sewers (students who have no previous sewing machine experience). This will allow us to provide these students with more personal attention for their first visit.
If you have not yet completed a permission/release form, it is available here. We will not publish a child’s name without your explicit permission, but we do like to post pictures of the group.
We need to know how many kids will be attending so that we have enough kits and machines available. Space is limited for classes depending on the type of project and number of volunteer instructors who can attend. The deadline for signing up is the Saturday before the class whether or not the session is full. If a session reaches capacity, we will start a waiting list. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions or need to cancel your child’s registration.
What to Bring to TAG
- Sewing machine in good working order
- Plastic shoe box or sewing case containing the following:
- Sewing machine needles
- Hand sewing needles
- Sharp scissors – do not use for paper cutting!
- Seam ripper
- Pins/cushion – glass headed pins are recommended
- Tape measure
- Sewing gauge – metal preferred
- Scotch Magic Transparent Tape or Blue Painters Tape
- Fabric marking pen or pencil
- Extra bobbin
- Sewing machine instruction manual
- All machine parts – power cord, pedal, tools
If you would like to be notified by email of upcoming T.A.G. classes, please subscribe here by checking the box for “Tag ages 8 – 17 Plano” under Neighborhood Group Email Updates (you can uncheck the general email updates if you would like). We will send an email shortly after posting the next session details and occasionally for special announcements (1-2 emails per month).
Please note: We confirm registrations by email approximately one week before the session date and will alert wait-listed students that week if any spots become available. All details will be included in the session email confirmation, but please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
We are excited to be able to offer this group. Please join us and make sure that the young people in our community can continue to keep the interest in home sewing alive.
We would like to thank the following companies for their generous donations to our TAG students:
- A thank you to Rhonda Pierce with Schmetz Needles for donating an assortment pack and ballpoint needles for sewing on jersey knits and information booklet and needle chart to our February 2017 TAG students. Please note: If your child attended the AM TAG February session and did not receive needles, we will get them to her at a future TAG class.
- Loralie Designs donated sewing-themed fabric for our January 2017 apron project.
- Sulky donated thread sampler packs for our January 2017 session attendees.
- Havel’s Sewing donated Dura Snips for our August 2016 session attendees.
April 8, 2017 Session
The Beginner (PM) Session project will be a cord wrap like this:
The Advanced (AM) Session project will be a cord tamer. The students will learn to sew buttonholes and install KAM snaps using a hand tool that the instructor will bring.
AM/Advanced Students PLEASE NOTE: Some pre-work required for the cord tamer project.
1. Students: locate your machine’s instruction book and see if it has a section on buttonholes. Bring your machine, your instruction manual, and any feet or attachments so that you can sew both straight sewing and buttonholes.
2. Please send an email to email@example.com that includes your child’s sewing machine brand and model, or include the information in the “Message” field when you complete the registration form. This will allow us to do some research on sewing buttonholes using specific machines before class.