Guest post by Mary Oppy
The Macon Area Chapter of the American Sewing Guild was recognized at the American Sewing Guild National Sewing Conference for achieving the largest percentage gain in membership in 2017. The Chapter Membership Growth Award was given at the ASG National Sewing Conference held in Orlando. Florida from July 27-30.
The American Sewing Guild ( ASG) was founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization to preserve and promote the sewing arts through education and activities for sewing enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. Our mission is advancing sewing as an Art and Life Skill. Pictured with the certificate is the Macon Area Chapter Advisory Board: Shelli O’Steen, treasurer; Wanda Hamrick, president; Mary Oppy , newsletter editor: and Carol Stalvey, secretary.
The Macon Area Chapter met for the first time in March 1989. Many of the original members still bring items to meetings for “Show&Tell”. Recent growth has been from Junior Members, students age 8-22. Everyone interested in sewing is welcome to attend 2 regular meetings for free. We meet on the second Saturday of each month, usually from 1-3p.m. at 2720 Riverside Drive, Macon.
Each meeting begins with “Show & Tell” and ends with a short educational program. During “Show&Tell,” members bring a current sewing projects which they are working on, and they have the opportunity to share that project with the group. It allows participants an opportunity to show off their skills, receive feedback, and share ideas or techniques.
During the educational program, a different activity or skill is presented to the group, and members have an opportunity to demonstrate that skill. Sometimes, items for donation to the community are created. September was National Sewing Month, and for their educational program, the members sewed items for local elderly veterans.
For more information on the Macon Area Chapter of the American Sewing Guild, please call Mary at 478-952-6791.