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Nurture your love of sewing

Looking for a supportive and inspiring community of sewing enthusiasts in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area?

We can’t wait to ooh and aah over your latest make, help you with a fitting issue, or show you a neat trick to deal with that mind-boggling detail.

Sewists of all skill levels are welcome.

Four women using sewing machines in a sewing class.

Our stats

Best guesses, without exaggeration

yards of fabric

Stashed, sewn, petted and admired… all fabric counts.

spools of thread

Neutrals, colors, matte or shiny… thread is essential.

cups of coffee

Black, latte, fancy or plain, caffeine keeps us going.

Let’s get together

Join us for our next meeting. It’s easy. Here’s how:


Second Saturday of each month at 9:30am. Doors open at 9am. Be there or be square 😄


At the Community of Christ Church, 1500 Blairs Ferry Rd, Hiawatha, IA 52233

More info

Got questions? Please email our Membership Coordinator Vicki at

Upcoming meetings
June 8, 2024 Schmetz Needles with Rhonda Pierce
July 13, 2024 – Weave makes the fabric, part 2 – with Laura Azelborn
August 10, 2024 – TBA
September 14, 2024 – Interfacings in garment sewing with Carmela Lovelace
October 12, 2024 – Pattern adjustments with Alex Pemberton
November 9, 2024 – Annual meeting with elections
December 14, 2024 – Holiday gift ideas

Upcoming sewing retreats
Summer June 20 – 22, 2024
Fall October 3 – 5, 2024

National conference
June 27 – July 1, 2024 in San Francisco, CA

Our chapter in action

This section contains links to articles about all the fun stuff we’ve done, and gets updated as we go.

Color analysis with Judy Ramsey.

March 2024 – Color Analysis

Judy Ramsey of House of Colour came to talk to us about colors. She showed us why wearing the right colors is important and explained how color analysis works. Among other interesting tidbits, she shared her motto: Lipstick matters. We agree. Show & Tell With the winter over, we’re back to our regular in-person meetings….
Carolyn manipulating fabric on a dress form, and a dress she made using this technique.

January 2024 – Subtraction cutting

Carolyn Chen introduced us to Subtraction Cutting, a method of cutting and removing fabric to create unusual shapes that lead to creative and wearable art.

Sewing friends make a difference

With ASG at your side, you’re never alone. We’ll help you get inspired, nurture your sewing mojo, teach you a new thing or two, and ask you to share your favorite tips and tricks too.

A few super important bits

With all that life brings us, sewing may not be all day, every day. But some things are simply essential. In no particular order, these are ours.

Can you relate? Come join us!

Feeding the fabric stash

Sewing up a storm

Sew & tell

Coming up…

Info about upcoming events, including special events and activities open to public.

Two dresses made with the Subtraction Cutting method, and Carolyn demonstrating how to drape on a mini dress form.
January 2024

Subtraction cutting with Carolyn Chen

Subtraction Cutting is a method of cutting and removing fabric to create unusual shapes that lead to creative and wearable art from flat fabric. 

By draping and folding the fabric, unique pieces of wearable art are formed. 

Learn the basics of forming and cutting your own garment.

June 2024

Schmetz needles with Rhonda Pierce

Confused about what needle to use or the numbers on the needle package? Is changing the needle really important before it breaks?

Get the low-down on how this little piece of steel can solve some very BIG problems including broken threads, skipped stitches and puckered fabrics.

Your sewing machine is an investment, and protection begins by using the very best needle. 

Closeup of a sewing machine needle in action.

Not yet a member?

This section is just for you. Seriously, if you sew and you live in Eastern Iowa, come talk sewing with us. And, not that your stash needs enhancement, but did you know we have a freebie table?

ASG membership benefits

Beyond regular local meetings, you’ll have access to a large library of online sewing classes, discounts on sewing products, presentations by well-known sewing instructors, and much more.