Sunday, October 10, 2010

ASG Industry Day Ryde

Yesterday Nicole and I traveled to Sydney for the Australian Sewing Guild Industry Day, Crowle Home at Ryde. Crowle Home is operated by Achieve Australia - a support organisation for disabled people - they do some fabulous work and they have a Vintage and Value Enterprise where they raise money by selling donated goods ...... here's where the sewing fits in ..... they have a "Fabric Cave" and a "Needlecraft Emporium" .... well, goodness me, I've never seen such an amazing collection of ... well, EVERYTHING!! Patterns, books, haberdashery - you name it - they'll have it - bargain prices - and it's all guilt free because the money goes to a worthy cause - thanks to the wonderful volunteers!  They are only open Monday and Friday and the 1st Sunday of every month - they also have an upcoming Fete - 6th November, 9am - 4pm. Their number is 02 8878 3353.  Here are some snaps of the goods on offer .....

Colour Coded Fabrics!!!
We also had a talk from Gaku and Tina Imada from Japan Made with their exquisite collection of Japanese Textiles.

Lastly we had Kate Marra from Babylock. She had some new machines to show us. I was particularly interested in the Coverstitch machine - she had tonnes of samples to show us - things not only utilising CoverStitch , but also the overlocker ....

This machine just does a Sashiko stitch - a hand look running stitch - it was impressive - so was the price tag $3895 AUD ... interesting!

As always it was an informative and very pleasant day.   Do I really need a Coverstitch machine .... I think I do!!!
And for the locals .... BROWN OWLS is on TUESDAY night 12th Oct at Nords Wharf!


  1. Sounds like you had a great day and sorry I couldn't make it, had to work :(

    I just love my coverstitch but only using it for hems at this stage.

  2. Your day trip sounds terrific. I mean to visit that Cave one day, but have not managed to time a visit to Sydney with the opening hours just yet.
    I have a love-despair relationship with my coverstitch - so far I am using it for hems, neck binding and swimsuits. I love it more as I get more practice.

  3. its nice to find your blog..i am visiting first time & its great..

  4. It was a great day out. Been meaning to go to Crowle Home for years to see the wares in the Fabric Cave. Did that, plus saw all the lovely stuff at the Industry Day. Thank you Aust Sewing Guild! The member next to me kept saying "must have that machine" for both the babylock and the shasiko machine. Will be interested to see if she does buy them. I want to see if I can sew on zips with my overlocker as we were shown on that day - very interesting..


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