We finally got our new sewing group under way with our first meeting being held on September 10. It went smoothly. Both the president of the South Jersey American Sewing Guild chapter (ASG-SJ) and the rep from Cares Alternatives (CA) did great presentations. We sat informerly in sort of a round robbin and just chatted away. The two hours just seemed to fly by. Loads of questions and answers. More and different sewing projects were discussed other than just making up the drawstring bags for the service persons and the memory bears for the Hospice patients families. Actually, we didn't even take time out to have refreshments because the round robbin was going so well. At this meeting, we started off with six of us being present which included Sibyl Walczak, Ruth Barry, Betty Chosak, Edna Smith, Connie Martucci and myself, Peggy Cox.
When doing this write-up and submitting it to the newspapers, we still have two more weeks to our next meeting, the second one for the group, which will be our first work session which is scheduled for September 24, same time and same location. Because we are a brand new and informal sewing group, we are more or less presently playing it by ear you might say. What we expect to be doing at this workshop is making up simple patterns on a roll of brown paper, similar what they use in the butcher shop, or the like for some upcoming sewing projects. I'm afraid that we are still nameless. Hopefully, we will be coming up with a name for the group at this meeting too. We are the eleventh and newest sub chapter of the South Jersey American Sewing Guild, which are called Neighborhood Groups (ASG-NG). Each one of these groups has its own unique name to tell them apart from each other.
With winging it monthly at our informal meetings on the second Fridays of the month, we will mainly be discussing what we will be doing during our workshop meetings on the fourth Fridays of the month. Our October meetings will be held on the 8 and the 22 from 10 am to noon at the Whiting Town Community Center, which is located in the Foodtown Shopping Center at 108 Lacey Road (Route 530) in the Whiting Section of Manchester Township, which was formerly known as Sandy's Ice Cream Shop, which is next to Spirits Unlimited and a few doors away from the Silver Threads Fashion Center. We will be mainly receiving sewing projects from both Rose, the ASG-SJ president and Dori, the CA volunteer supervisor. For more information, please e-mail Peggy at Oceanpeg1@msn.com . On the Internet, be sure to check our our Whiting/Manchester Township areas South Jersey's ASG-NG updates at this website
This sewing group is one of those area and intervillage sewing groups that sewing enthusiastics are welcome to join and to become a member of, no matter what their sewing skills may be, from novice to experienced. Some of ASG members are and have been sewing instructors on different levels. ASG members are Sew Happy Sewers and Sew Happy to Sew for themselves and for others, mainly like what we will be doing with various community sewing projects with the use of our own sewing machines.