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« on: November 02, 2006 09:58:09 PM »

Hey its been quite some time since I've been on this board but I thought this would be the best place to meet like-minded individuals. I'm going to be moving to Chicago in the new year for about 6 months for a stay with my long-distance love. Since I'm from Canada, there is a chance I wont be able to bring my machines or other sewing equipment across the border. I was curious if there are any craft community groups that rent the use of their machines or even someone who has a space that I could do my sewing in. I would even love to meet some new friends to share tea/coffee/fabric shopping ect. with. Any suggestions would be fantastic!!
thanks a bunch, Erin

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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2006 06:54:32 AM »

Erin-

Be sure to check out craigslist: http://chicago.craigslist.org- under the "for sale" items, there is usually always fabric or sewing machines available on the cheap, as well as furniture, bicycles, and other miscellaneous things.
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2007 07:42:36 PM »

Erin,

There are two groups of the American Sewing Guild, http://www.asg.org, that meet. I haven't been to any, but a woman I met at a volunteer sewing event is a member of ASG and highly recommends it to get together with other sewers. Considering I just sent in my membership to ASG, I guess it will be my time to check out a meeting.

Also, if you're into quilting, there's Quiltology, http://www.quiltology.com, that has some sort of group quilting sessions...I hesitate to call it a quilting bee. I haven't been there, nor am I a quilter-- I'm just a voyuer quilter.  Smiley

If you want to PM me, we could meet for tea one day.

Cheers!
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2007 11:26:58 PM »

Brown Elephant is a thrift store that has really good priced vintage sewing machines. You can't really test them, but they are normally under $40 each. I've purchased a 100 year old Singer from them and it works like a charm as well as a Janome memory craft for $20 that just needed a little maintanace. Good luck and welcome to Chicago!
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