In the Splash dated March 1, 1997, an article announced that a new sewing club, Sun Lakes Sew-N-Sews, was formed and open for new members. Since that time, members have enjoyed getting together and sharing their love of fiber arts.
Sew-N-Sews is still going strong with talented, creative members who are passionate about their craft. Technology has changed since then, with advancements in sewing and embroidery machines that are mind boggling. Our Special Interest Groups explore the new technology in small groups and learn to use new methods and machines or share the “old ways” of knitting and other handwork.
Our general meetings are held from September through May each year on the second Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m., in the Navajo Room of Sun Lakes Country Club. Our monthly meetings consist of a short business meeting and a program. Each month our members bring items for our very popular Show & Tell. The creations are inspiring and often lead to a class for interested members. Prior to each meeting, we have a “stash table” where members bring sewing-related items that they no longer need and offer them to other members who want to give them a new home. Many of the Show & Tell items have been created from fabric or patterns found on the stash table.
We have Special Interest Groups, with members getting together in the Oakwood Sewing Room to knit or do handwork (Stitch and Chat), share their love of the Featherweight machines, and learn the Cricut machine or any brand of die-cutting machine. We also have a group called Sew What?, who work on projects chosen by the group, and an Embroidery group who share knowledge and troubleshooting.
Our charity groups have donated thousands of items to local people and pets in need. Children’s Charities make doll clothes and donate several outfits and blankets with the dolls. We also make totes with coloring books, crayons, and a reading book, as well as race track carriers for boys. Pads4Paws has donated thousands of pet beds to local shelters and the Veterans StandDowns statewide. Walker bags have been made and distributed to the local veterans hospital. Those groups always need help and donations of supplies.
The best part of Sew-N-Sews is getting to know others who have the same interest and having a good time sharing, learning, and doing good work. Join us at our next meeting as a guest and see what we are all about. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. We have members at the door by the membership table who are happy to show you around.
If you have any questions, please contact us via email at [email protected].