Great meeting last night, thanks to all that attended!
Matt Hawes (I didn’t see him sign in though)
A few others popped in and out as well, including @dryad2b and @malcolmputer and @Hardsuit and Astrud (Paul and Astrud shared a lot of helpful info on running classes and the open sewing day, among other things)
Here’s a link to the slides - https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vqZSUctieeazTftk6oU61OCSxwI5ZiXBJ706jK_F0GM/edit?usp=sharing
The main purpose of this meeting was to get everyone together and discuss ideas and makes plans for building more of a sewing community in DMS.
To start, we unanimously voted to propose at the CA meeting tonight that CA purchase a Thor GA441 cylinder arm leather sewing machine. If approved, I will put up a train the trainer class ASAP and we will discuss on talk the rules for use with the machine, as well as curriculum for the instructor class.
We talked about future machine purchases and where we want to go as a SIG and eventually as a committee
Shay and others spoke on quilting (They may have been speaking in tongues, I dunno) but we eventually voted that quilting would remain part of the sewing SIG for the time being, but as we gain more capabilities and built a community, we will want to split it off into its own SIG
Lots of project classes were discussed, aside from what I mentioned in my slide deck, some of the ideas were
Christmas/holiday ornaments, stockings, etc.
Sashes (I don’t know how this one is spelled @Hardsuit)
Tailoring pants, jackets, shirts, etc.
Pet placement mats
Basic clothing modification
Making custom pressing jig things @sinless can speak more on this
A how to press class
I will also have put up a calendar class/how to develop curriculum and lead a class workshop for CA/sewing so we can get a lot of ideas together and start developing new classes
Sew serious (working title) is the open sewing day we will be hosting, the first one is happening on Sunday, November 18th at 1 PM until 5 PM, come and go as you please.
We also decided to institute a multi layer system to stop people from using fabric scissors. As we will be getting the best fabric scissors (KAI) we will have to guard them from abuse. Firstly, a rule change where using the fabric scissors for non-fabric things means you buy us a new set. These scissors will be very clearly marked (with a hanging luggage tag essentially) that identifies them as such, they will be “somewhere” in the sewing room. We will leave some scissors by the door for people to grab that do not incur this penalty. And the warning will be written all over the place.
We also discussed some basic things we want to buy for the sewing SIG, but most of the things we really want to have will have to wait until after we can put it behind the great quilt wall of the sewing room to prevent supplies from… going on a walkabout.
I’d like to hear everyone’s recommendation for feet that we can add to the existing machines with links (please!), as we discussed what we wanted to get.
We’ll hopefully see everyone at the sew serious meetup!