Committee Leaders

Community Liaison

Neighborhood Group Coordinator


Happy Fall Everyone!
This year’s annual sewing retreat was held at the Chiara Center in Springfield August 27-29. A total of nine very creative and talented women enjoyed 3 days of uninterrupted sewing and gabbing. With sewing machines and sergers humming we made blankets, bags, clothing and many other items.


​​We are excited to announce a collaborative effort between United Presbyterian Church, our Central Illinois Chapter of the American Sewing Guild and Bradley University’s Drama Costume and Fashion Departments.
Our goals are to share our love of sewing with young sewists and attract new members to the American Sewing Guild.


Participants must bring a sewing machine in good working order.  They must also be able to thread the machine and sew in forward and reverse.

For beginners, there will be three suggested costume starting points:  an easy Dracula/Super Hero cape, an advanced beginner sleeper pattern and a simple cap pattern with seams for ears/horns/antennas, etc.

We are looking for three volunteers who might be willing to do hands-on demonstrations and/or answer questions and provide support.

Participants will be charged a small amount to reserve a table, pay for some supplies and snacks.  We are considering offering pre-cut sleeper kits at an additional charge.

We are excited for this opportunity to reach out to the community AND have some fun.

Can you join us? Do you have questions? Please contact Charlotte Cronin at [email protected] 

Charlotte Cronin, Neighborhood Group Coordinator
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The retreat offers everyone attending help when they’re stuck on a project, need help fitting or just gathering ideas for future projects. Our time was not completely spent on sewing. We also played sewing bingo and other games for awesome prizes! Hope to see even more creative women at next year’s retreat. 

Our next charity sewing day is Friday, September 7, at the North Branch Library from 10am to 3pm. We will be working on bibs for the Crittenton Center. Bring your sewing machine and basic sewing notions and help us fill a need for this local organization.

​Kim Caywood, Community Liaison