Ruth Dohack

Sewist Spotlight: Meet Ruth

How long have you been sewing?


Since I was about 12 years old.


How did you learn to sew?


In 8th grade, I took sewing. The project was an apron, which I made. I think there was appliqué involved and my mother did most of it, showing me how to do it in case my teacher Mrs. Boyer asked, which she did. I think I was more interested in other things at the time (cooking, piano, ballet, and movies).


What was the first thing you remember sewing?


Next was a red cotton dress with cap sleeves and a fitted waist, covered belt and full skirt. It looked cute on.


What do you like to sew?


Mainly basic clothes.


What is your least favorite thing to do involving sewing?


Difficult alterations on anything.


Any particular type of fabric you like to use.


Knits, cottons, rayons, flannels, fleece, whatever.


What kind of sewing machine do you have?  Any other machines like serger, etc.


I sew on a Pfaff 7530, also love my Viking (900 series). I have a Baby Lock Ovation which I like – wish it were a little smaller when I used to take it someplace.


What do you make that you are most proud of?


Dresses for my mother many years ago; nightgowns and p.j.'s for all the grandkids, a music quilt for my son, and much more.


How long have you been a Guild member? Why did you join the Guild?


About 11 years.   At a Round Robin show I was offered a free ASG bag if I joined.  What a bargain - for me!


Biggest change in sewing over the years?


Improved sewing machines; invention of sergers.


Best sewing tip for us?


Probably a pants hemming tip. Easy if you have a hemmer with a chalk dispenser. I can demonstrate.


What sewing groups do you belong to; neighborhood or online?

Central Daytime, Fenton, South County, and City Sew-er’s


Is there anything about you that you would like us to know?

I have learned so much about sewing from ASG, admire all the members' talents and value their friendship.

Ruth Dohack