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Hey Brooklynites! Since no one else has started an LTrain Burdastyle Club, I figured I ought to.

Being that we all live in Brooklyn and probably live in apartments smaller than the average person’s garage, I think we should all chip in and rent ourselves a bona fide sewing studio. We could have sewing machines and a cutting table. We could hold classes and workshops. Heck, we could start our own dressmaking-cooperative business. A true communist endeavor!

Ive just started researching work spaces, and it looks like $350-500/mo is typical. If we had, say, ten members, that’s not too bad. I volunteer my services as a sewing instructor, which could lower the monthly cost considerably for all members.

So give me feedback. Is this a crazy idea? Is anyone interested? This is a more the merrier proposition, so get the words out to your friends.


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    Aug 14, 2009, 12.31 PMby mynameisdavid

    Hi There!

    The Brooklyn Sewing Club on the L Train is a great idea!

    Did you know there was a Brooklyn Sewing Club already running? Perhaps you could meet and collaborate, or share club tips! Contact members Brooklynstitch and flowerhead.

    If you have any other questions, please let me know. I’ll be in touch.

    - DavidBSC Coordinator

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    Aug 14, 2009, 06.59 PMby wzrdreams

    I think that’s a great idea, although I don’t know if I would be able to commit finanically to a space (even though that is a great price).

    David – where is the current BSC meeting?

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    • David_headshot_large

      Aug 17, 2009, 06.34 PMby mynameisdavid

      Hi wzrdreams!

      The current Brooklyn BSC is meeting at various members’ homes. Their next meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 24th!

      If you are interested in attending, please contact member Brooklynstitch

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    Aug 19, 2009, 08.00 PMby motozulli

    Update on the L Train Club status: I’m renting a huuuuuge space for my freelance work and am super excited because it will allow us to have sewing bees, if we wish. I’ll be holding a first meeting at a Morgan stop coffee shop in early September.

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    Aug 19, 2009, 08.01 PMby motozulli

    Oh, and yes I was aware of the other Brooklyn group. I’ll be in touch with those leaders!

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    Aug 21, 2009, 04.32 PMby mynameisdavid

    Hi Motozulli!

    The space sounds fantastic!

    I would love to attend your first meeting. Send me the details at team[at]burdastye[dot]com.


    - David BSC Coordinator

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    Aug 24, 2009, 09.27 PMby katbgamboa

    Does any body know of a Burda sewing club in the UWS?

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    • David_headshot_large

      Aug 25, 2009, 07.55 PMby mynameisdavid

      Hi Katbgamboa,

      Can you tell me what UWS means?


      - David

  • Butterfly1_large

    Aug 25, 2009, 08.29 PMby katbgamboa

    Sorry Upper West Side. Thanks

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    • David_headshot_large

      Sep 1, 2009, 08.52 PMby mynameisdavid

      Hi Kat,

      I do not think a UWS club has been formed yet. Would you like to start one? Send me an e-mail at team[at]burdastyle[dot]com and I will get you started.

      - David

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    Sep 2, 2009, 06.48 PMby chakraverte

    I am totally interested in joining a L train BSC! Again, the financial committment is a little scary…but I do have some living room space. Please keep me updated!

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    Sep 2, 2009, 06.54 PMby chakraverte

    Doh…just read through the whole post. I’m right off of Myrtle-Wyckoff. I teach high school, so any meeting after three I’m game for. Seems like chipping in wouldn’t be so bad — especially if I could leave stuff there. Right now, I’m just beginning to stretch my sewing muscles… and just found out that I’m pregnant! (Scary, exciting, holy crap unexpected) so…I think repurposing/sewing is going to be one way for me to deal. Thanks for taking the initiative! you can email me at luniquorn {at} {gmail}

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    Sep 12, 2009, 08.02 PMby arsonista


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    Sep 13, 2009, 06.39 PMby motozulli

    Hi everyone,

    If you’d like to receive the group invitation, please sign up for the L Train group at this website:http://burdastyleclubs.ning.com/group/ltrainbrooklyngroup?joinGroupTarget=http%3A%2F%2Fburdastyleclubs.ning.com%2Fgroup%2Fltrainbrooklyngroup%2Fuser%2FeditInvitationRequests

    If you’ve expressed interest and have left your e-mail in your comment, I will send you an invitation.

    I would like to have our first meeting on Wednesday, September 3, at 7 pm. I’m planning to have it at a coffee shop at the Morgan stop, but I first want to stop in there to make sure it’s ok. So, I’ll send out an official invitation via the club mails once I do that.

    Hope to see you there! Alaina

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    Sep 13, 2009, 06.43 PMby motozulli

    oops, I meant September 23!

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    Sep 13, 2009, 06.52 PMby motozulli

    Update on what I’m thinking for the group:

    I’m over the studio idea- too expensive ( I mean, I don’t think the value is good enough for what one can get) sooo I’m thinking about having regular sewing-machine-less meetings at a neutral public location (e.g. coffee shop or 303 Grand, a storefront that has offered their space to us) and perhaps occasional meetings at member’s homes for machine sewing demos and workshops.

    I, for one, don’t really feel comfortable taking my sewing machine on the subway because It tends to mess up the timing, but we can address that issue at our first meeting. I own two machines and a room that could accomodate 4 or 5 people (If I clean :-) )

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    Sep 13, 2009, 07.32 PMby motozulli

    Update 2: Ok, location confirmed. We’re going to meet at The Archive Cafe at the Morgan L stop (Bogart st. exit) http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-archive-cafe-brooklyn

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      Sep 22, 2010, 08.12 PMby Delphine C.

      I love the idea (I live close to the Morgan stop) at what time tomorrow ?

      Also, my loft is not small and I have 2 machines (an industrial straight stitcher and a home machine).

      But I also like the idea of a lounge, have you thought of partnership with 3rd Ward or House of Yes ?

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