2020 Election Results
Election of officers for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter of the American Sewing Guild Chapter Advisory Board took place on November 14, 2020 at the Annual Meeting held via Zoom online meeting format. Elected officers for 2021 are:
President - Lolita Cox
First Vice President - Donella Petro
Second Vice President - Shelly Hildreth
Secretary - Darlene Hueser
Treasurer - Julie Wright
Members-Join our chapter Facebook group!
Due to the current Stay at Home efforts, we can't get together to share our love of sewing in person. Look for a new way to connect with your sewing friends coming soon! Contact our President, Lolita Cox for Zoom credentials to set up your Neighborhood Group Meeting.
Our Sewing Machines are our Weapons!
We are not powerless. We have the ability to make a difference in this battle with the Coronavirus. Every person that can be kept OUT of the hospital helps keep our healthcare system viable. We have been requested to sew face masks for nursing homes, mental health residences and medical facilities.
We have the skills and the time. Let's start sewing. If you find a pattern that works well for you, make it up in quantity. If you need supplies, let us know, but NOW is the time to use up fabrics from our stash and small pieces that we have been hanging onto. More info coming soon. Please feel free to Google "free face mask patterns". Rosemary is our Community Service sewing coordinator. If you have questions or masks ready for distribution, contact her. Feel free to call your local nursing homes, senior residences and other facilities you think may need these masks. Get their contact information and let Rosemary know. You can reach her at:
Blue Cross Face Mask Pattern
Allina & Blue Cross patterns are virtually identical
3D Face Mask-stays away from the mouth and nose Pattern link is beneath the youtube video. Sizes run small-I wear an XL
Minnesota Homemade Mask Drive
These mask drives are ongoing. Look for details as they become available.
Guidelines on creating face masks include:
- Build a mask that tightly encloses the area around the nose and mouth, from the bridge of the nose down to the chin, and extending onto the cheek beyond the corners of the mouth, so no gaps occur when talking or moving.
- Use mask material that is tightly woven but breathable. Double-layer the fabric if possible.The mask should be tolerant of expected amounts of moisture from breathing.
- Masks must be made from washable material such as fabric. Choose a fabric that can handle high temperatures and bleach without shrinking or otherwise deforming.
- Suggested materials:
- Outer layer tea cloth
- Inner layer of a microfleece to wick away moisture
- Use an accordion fold to mimic a hospital mask as much as possible
- Use a fat woven shoelace type material to bind the sides (such as quilt binding)
- For straps, use elastic straps, shoelaces, or strips of fabric to loop behind the ears.
There is no standard design for a homemade facemask. Below are example design guides and patterns:
- North Memorial: How to make a healthcare face mask
- Allina Health: How to make a facemask
- CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
- Video: DIY: How to sew Face Mask
- New York Times: How to Sew a Fabric Face Mask
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings to protect others from COVID-19. Cloth face masks can help prevent the wearer’s germs from infecting others – especially in situations where they may spread the virus without symptoms. Cloth face masks are not a proven way to prevent COVID-19 from infecting the wearer.
Thank you for all the work that our members and friends of ASG have done already to help with this effort. You are appreciated! Please contribute to this new initiative as your time, energy and resources allow.
ASG-MSP Chapter featured on News
Our Chapter was featured in a story aired on KSTP Channel 5 news. We had a hard time practicing social distancing in my sewing room, but we did the best we could. Give it a look. Keep on sewing those masks!
The American Sewing Guild (ASG) is a national membership organization that welcomes sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels and from many different walks of life. Chapters are located in cities all across the country and members of all ages meet monthly to learn new sewing skills, network with others who share an interest in sewing and participate in community service sewing projects. Membership in the Guild gives you an opportunity to experience your love of any type of home sewing with others who share your interest. Join us!
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