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American Sewing Guild Conference
A successful show and a tribute to
by Margo Martin (September 15, 2008)
ASG's 2008 annual conference was a great success with
record-breaking attendance. We had a sold-out vendor hall and
feedback was very positive. Steve Jeffrey, President of Baby Lock
USA, addressed the attendees at our 30th anniversary gala dinner,
sharing industry news and compliments for the success ASG is
experiencing, both in growth and its impact on communities through
our numerous community service projects and TAG (Teach Another
Generation) programs. The 30th anniversary theme was incorporated in
the members' fashion show, "Pearls of Passion," emceed by
Jean Haas of Classact Designs. Pati Palmer of Palmer/Pletch gave the
keynote address and was inducted into the Sewing Hall of Fame (see
The inaugural DIY event was held in conjunction with the ASG
conference. Allyce King and Melissa Watson, daughters of Cindy
Cummins (Creative Chicks, LTD) and Pati Palmer, introduced their new
patterns for McCall Pattern Company to twenty-something participants
at sewing stations which had names such as "Panty Raid"
and "T-Shirt Surgery."
The ASG conference incorporates sewing educator training and
certificate credits for the Sewing Educator Alliance, along with an
impressive lineup of seminars and workshops for all kinds of sewing
and all levels of sewing experience. During the Saturday luncheon,
winners of the ASG/Simplicity Creativity Contest modeled their
Pre-conference Leadership Day is the corporate annual meeting and
includes training programs for chapter presidents. Additional
"bonus sessions" offer training in successfully managing
an ASG chapter. Chapter Presidents enjoyed an evening with Gioia
Delberto, author of The Collection, a novel that has become a
favorite with sewing enthusiasts because it tells the story of a
seamstress who worked for Coco Channel. Gioia shared her personal
journey of researching the book and many delightful slides.
Pati Palmer: Newest Inductee to the Sewing Hall of Fame
On Saturday, July 12, 2008, Pati Palmer became the 8th Inductee
into the Sewing Hall of Fame during the American Sewing Guild's 30th
Anniversary Gala dinner, held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, the 2008
site of the annual ASG Conference.
Pati Palmer, president of Palmer/Pletsch Publishing, has been a
part of the sewing industry for almost 40 years. She has made
several contributions to the sewing industry as an educator, author,
publisher, pattern designer, and creator of sewing products.
The Sewing Hall of Fame was instituted in 2000 to recognize those
who have made unique contributions to the sewing industry through
innovative educational programs and products. In 2001 the American
Sewing Guild assumed guardianship of the award and offered a
permanent home (at its national headquarters) to create a gallery of
Sewing Hall of Fame Inductees.
Pati Palmer joins Nancy Zieman, Sandra Betzina, Ann Person,
Martha Pullen, Sue Haussman, Kerstin Martennson, and Fred and Joyce
Drexler in the Sewing Hall of Fame.
(Note: The 2009 Conference will be in Albuquerque July
15-19, with special tours of the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas
offered following conference. Brochures will be available April 1.
The national community service project will be creating colorful
print pillowcases for the Ronald McDonald House in Albuquerque, as
well in local communities.)