Manchester, MO

West County

Do you have a question about quilting or garment sewing?  Do you need help learning machine embroidery or using a ScanNCut? Or maybe you need advice on making a tote bag? If so, come visit the West County Neighborhood Group!  Our membership talent is extremely diverse and you are very welcome to join us.

West County is a fun and friendly group that loves getting together and discussing all things sewing.  Our meetings include demos of sewing techniques, working on projects for charity, and an occasional field trip.  We would love for you to attend.

Unless noted, we meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM at Manchester United Methodist Church (129 Woods Mill Road, room 220).

In February, Shelia demonstrated the Kenneth King invisible zipper technique. She had handouts with step by step directions. She also had samples made for each step so we could handle the fabric and see up close how the zipper was put in. The finished zipper looked great.

Zipper Technique

In November we combined our usual Sew and Tell with sharing the sewn Christmas gifts and projects we have underway. 

Sewing Gifts

May's Sew and Tell gave us an opportunity to get a (partial) group picture around Deb's quilt.

Say Cheese

In January, Ivy showed us how to make a chenille scarf using five layers of shirting flannel. She brought some uncut flannel and a some scarves in progress so we could see how to do each step She also handed out some detailed instructions with pictures to help us remember what she said when we get home.

Chenille Scarf

For our program, Shelia told us about a You Tube tutorial by Lorrie Nunemaker on using placemats to make a variety of pouches, totes, bags and baskets. Shelia made samples of several of the items. It was nice to have the real thing to hold in your hands instead of just a picture.

Placemat Plans

At our April meeting, Sarah taught us how to do screen printing.  She showed us how to use a fine mesh fabric and use an embroidery hoop to use as a frame.  Next we took a vinyl stencil and using a sticky tape transferred it to the mesh fabric, then taped around the edges so no paint would leak under.  We arranged the stencil and frame on top of our good fabric.  Sarah then gave us a line of paint at one edge of the stencil and using a plastic card as a scraper we spread the paint directly across the stencil.  Then we removed the frame, and like magic there was a painted image on the fabric!

Screen Printing

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