North East students seek to start an on-campus sewing club


A new opportunity looms on the horizon for Northeast students who love clothes and want to learn more about the design process, as a group of students work to create the first official Northeast product. East. sewing clubanother addition to the multitude of clothing-related clubs in the northeast like NU knitwear and the fashion company.

Many of the group’s board members who spoke with The News said they wanted to continue their hobby at Northeastern and were inspired to start a club when they realized there was no space dedicated to sewing at the university.

“My mom taught me to sew, and so when I came here, I was looking for similar clubs,” said Catherine Saha, a third-year combined computer science and game development major and member of the Northeastern Sewing Club e- plank. “There weren’t any real sewing clubs, so I thought it would be interesting to join in and help start it.”

Continuing to learn new sewing techniques and helping others start learning sewing is important for e-boarders like Jamie Pan, a second-year computer science and economics major.

“One of the big things that I particularly thought about when I wanted to start a sewing club was that I wanted a community to teach each other how to do things,” Pan said. “I’m still learning, and I feel like a lot of seamstresses are constantly learning, and I want other people to teach others how to sew.”

Other members of the e-board, like Ava Hutchinson, a sophomore in game art and animation, said they already had experience running clubs involving clothing in high school, so joining e-boarding seemed like a natural next step.

“I’ve made costumes and done a lot of costume shop work,” Hutchinson said. “I already have that leadership experience under my belt, so I was kind of like why not help find it?”

The club has not yet been formalized, as the group missed the deadline to register as an official club for the fall semester. However, they plan to become an official club for the spring semester.

“We are working to become an official club so that we can access funding and be able to reserve spaces for events,” Saha said.

E-board members are also beginning to plan what club meetings might look like next semester.

“We would like to have this thing called ‘Sewing Sundays’ where almost all of us come, work on projects, maybe watch something, listen to music,” Hutchinson said. “Plus, we would have formal learning meetings where we have one topic per week and someone teaches a certain skill.”

Leaders said they plan to use the sewing skills of club members to help those in need in the greater Boston area.

“Working with local communities is also something we have planned, like maybe making blankets for nonprofits,” Pan said.

The most important thing for the club is to create an environment where seamstresses of all skills and abilities can congregate and feel welcome.

“It will be a beginner-friendly space, where advanced people can also learn to share their skills,” Pan said. “We can come together and people can learn.”


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