ASG National Conference 2016

Indianapolis was the birthplace of the American Sewing Guild and it was the site for its 2016 Annual Conference. Four Sew Chicago members were there to meet sewing enthusiasts from all over the country, expand our knowledge of sewing and design and add to our collections of fabric, patterns, books and tools. We arrived late […]

Delving Into the Tailor’s Craft

The words “hand-tailored jacket” can evoke images of understated luxury, or generations of dedicated craftsmen in the workrooms of Saville Row and the fashion capitals of Europe stitching and steaming fine wool until it is molded to perfection. Earlier generations of home sewers had ample opportunities to learn the fine points of hand tailoring in […]

What’s Couture Got to Do With Us Home Sewers?

I’ll admit it. When I first picked up a book on couture sewing techniques I oohed and aahed at the pictures of the gorgeous couture garments. Then when I turned to the pages that laid out the steps that go into achieving those looks and the seemingly endless  amount of hand sewing involved, I placed […]


Written by Liz C. On February 8 Bob Purcell, President of Superior Threads “and Self-Certified Threadologist,” taught Thread to a capacity audience assembled at the newly expanded and extremely sewer-friendly Fabrics Etc. 2 in Bensenville. Here are some of the tips he generously shared: Cotton thread that is glazed, waxed, or coated is not your […]

Serge Ahead

I’ve heard rave reviews of sewing teacher Mac Berg and the three-part class she teaches at Vogue Fabric Store in Evanston that she calls “As the Serger Turns”, so I decided to check it out for myself. I’m glad I did. I was away from sewing when sergers were introduced to the home sewing market. […]

Fall Fashion Trend: Buttoned-Up Collars

Autumn has arrived; can you feel it? Did you catch the super harvest moon last night? Even though it’s supposed to hit 91° in Chicago today, it won’t be long before the wind will be blowing with a coldness in the air and we’ll be turning up collars to keep the chill out. And, of […]

Postcards from Summer Camp – Part 3

It wouldn’t be camp without some awards to take home to show mom and dad. So, in no particular order, here are our Oh2Sew 2010 Summer Camp Champ trophy winners. (Winners: feel free to print out the badge on the left and display them proudly!) Most Popular Camper Award goes to Wendy’s new Omniglide Trolley. […]

Postcards from Sewing Camp – Part 2

Today was another fun day at Louise Cutting’s Oh2Sew Sewing Intensive Weekend workshop! Today, we played with paperdolls and fabric squares as we learned to fine-tune some of our techniques for turning facings and the correct places to make pattern adjustments. We “slashed and spread” quarter-sized pattern pieces to figure how to alter patterns to […]

Postcards from Sewing Camp – Part 1

Sew, here we are in Florida at Louise Cutting’s Oh2Sew Sewing Intensive Weekend workshop, which we refer to as Sewing Camp. Liz C., Nancy, Tina and Wendy spent today making a comprehensive measurement chart and creating a “working muslin” of One-Seam Pants. Louise calls it a “working muslin” because we are making the pants out […]

Embellish This

The cardigan you bought is functional, but blah. The dress you made is cute, but missing something. The jacket, the t-shirt, and the skirt in your closet are all in good condition, but need facelifts. What can you do? Embellish! Breakout the ribbons, buttons, trims, zippers, and more to give some of your tired favorites […]