I joined a church sewing group. I think originally they formed to work on charity projects such as quilts and hats. Mostly there were more women interested who did not know how to quilt or even sew. I go there and some people are making quilts but other people are just sewing, knitting, crocheting or working on whatever they want. Hopefully I will be getting some help in measuring to make myself a sloper soon. I helped a woman learn to sew a baby bib last week. There is a Christian focus but I am already a Christian so it is not a concern to me. I spend the morning working on what I want then I help make sleeping mats from plastic milk bags in the afternoon.

It also solves the problem of having to form a Burda group for me. I found that most public buildings do not give meeting rooms for free – even to non-profit or charity groups. So anyone around who is looking for a sewing group might ask various religious organizations if they have any groups. There is a need for modest clothing so many religious women sew their own clothes (Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh etc) Often they are not advertised outside of their own communities. If you can sew you could also volunteer to help people learn because often people cannot afford lessons in a sewing studio.

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    May 1, 2012, 11.04 AMby sew4my3

    This is wonderful, Mickeygirl!

    One of the reasons for the Burdastyle sewing clubs is to help provide sewing enthusiast a group that they are comfortable with getting together or in addition to their other groups. Some groups are able to provide a place in their homes, sewing shops, etc… and this is not always convenient for everyone, therefor I say please join a group already established in your area. So many skills are lost or not shared when we don’t get together and it is important to pass these skills along to the next generation.

    Also, you could incorporate Burdastyle patterns into your group. Whatever or wherever you wish to get together, just make sure you enjoy it!

    Thank you, Mickeygirl, for bringing up these other options that I believe Burdastyle has forgot to give as other choices. These are awesome!

    Keep sewing with a smile!

    Sew4my3, your friendly Burdastyle Moderator

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    May 2, 2012, 08.21 PMby purplefan

    Another sewing option is via quilting guilds (say you are friends with a member of a guild and you hear of a need for placements (community meal program), comfort quilts or pillowcases—chance to use up your stash or even stitch up the donated blocks, etc to make the final items.) One other option is through service groups say one participating in making dresses for girls in developing countries—dresses that are from pillowcases (good ones that you can shape into the basic A-line with trim ties for shoulder straps. These groups usually have membership fees but through meeting people in your area and stores, you hear or read about these opportunities to help with sewing and get something done without having to attend those groups yourself unless as a guest of a member.

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    May 2, 2012, 08.24 PMby purplefan

    Great point, Mickeygirl, about how Burda sewers can find out about sewing groups in one’s city!

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    May 24, 2012, 04.54 PMby mickeygirl

    Many people are wary of inviting people into their homes. Even my building has a “hobbie” room. I was down there doing some sewing when someone told me about the woman who left her sewing machine to use the washroom. When she came back her sewing machine was gone.

    It would be great if communities would open their public spaces for people to do activities such as sewing and crafts for free. Not too many people can afford to pay memberships fees on top of supplies. It might be that a Burda group could use a public space for free if they are somewhat doing some charitable work as well as following their own interests. They just might have to leave the “Burda” out of the group name or so I am told.

    Well anyone in Toronto who is interested in charity sewing please give me a message.

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    Apr 1, 2013, 05.31 AMby pamela0025

    It seem that you are made a right choice for joining.Well now a days i’ve been thinking different kind of ideas and i am also thinking some stuff about hairstyle.The good thing is that i buy some stuff that really helpful in hair at http://rausch.fi/ which help many people to make their hair look nice and make all dresses fit with their hair.

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    Oct 27, 2013, 09.10 PMby purplefan

    Toronto area Burda Style fans-there’s an exhibit in a downtown Toronto church that concludes this Friday. It features items created for church/other faith groups’ use and the exhibit is called Sacred Stitches. http://www.stjamescathedral.on.ca/HistorybrArchitecture/SacredStitchesExhibit/tabid/603/Default.aspx

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    Apr 8, 2014, 06.50 AMby ginaminton

    What a wonderful idea mickygirl.

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