Sewing Enthusiasts Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Leading Independent Online Sewing Community in 13 Cities Around the World

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Members from the leading online sewing community gather offline in cities around the world to celebrate's 10th anniversary and share their love of sewing with workshops, show and tells, fabric & pattern swaps and cake!

Members in 13 cities wanted to organize events on November 19th! We expect hundreds of members to meet, do show and tells, and have cake!”., the leading independent online social network for people who sew, marks its 10th anniversary on November 19th. Started in 2001, with a goal of bringing together sewists who could share their challenges and learning experiences from sewing projects with each other, the site now has a following of over 275,000 members. These members have formed deep friendships with other like-minded sewists, most of whom they have never met yet, but with whom they discuss everything from fashion sewing, TV shows like Project Runway, and life beyond their sewing rooms. While members embrace their online relationships, face-to-face get-togethers facilitate a sharing of energy, enthusiasm, and patterns/fabrics/buttons that is hard to do online. Therefore, the 10th anniversary is being celebrated both online and off!

“It’s been an amazing journey to see this community come together over the last 10 years! The amount of sharing, camaraderie, and help that I have seen members give each other over the years is unique and I am proud to be a part of the celebrations that are happening around the world,” said Deepika Prakash, founder of “True to the nature of the community, we asked for volunteers to run local meetups to celebrate’s 10th Anniversary, and members in 13 cities decided to organize events on November 19th! We expect hundreds of members to meet, do show-and-tells, and have cake!”

Leslie Lawson, a long-time member volunteered to run the Austin, TX get-together. She comments: “As I've told Deepika countless times, it is no exaggeration to say that changed my life. I discovered in my early thirties, not long after I began learning to sew. There, I found a community of sewists who could guide me when I needed help, share with me my successes, and commiserate with me when projects didn't turn out quite right--or disastrously, as the case may be. Ten years of life and sewing experience later, is still MY community. It's my go-to source for information about all things sewing, but also where I find a true sister- (and brother-) hood, including many of my dearest online and real-life friends!”

Celebrations are happening at a variety of cities including Denmark, Boston, Seattle & Austin.                
The Austin celebration runs through the weekend and includes activities such as pants-fitting workshops, a designer fabric trunk show, a visit to the Austin School of Fashion Design, a show-and-tell, a pattern swap--all interspersed with meals, cocktail parties, events, cake, and other fun! website.

In Seattle, local designers from SEWN Square One are doing a trunk show for members. Other activities include a fabric shop-hop, lunch with a local pattern designer, cake, and more! website.

Sewists can learn more about the various get-togethers and ways to get involved at

About is the leading independent social network for people who love to sew! With over 275,000 members spread around the world, encourages the pursuit of sewing and the sharing of experiences, knowledge, and learning. Over the past ten years, its members have shared and discussed more than 1.3 million experiences through reviews of sewing products, conversations, and online sewing classes. members from around the world meet regularly and the best tips from its members were recently published in the book 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips. All royalties from the sale of the book go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.


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