Open Meeting (non-members welcomed):  PRESSING TECHNIQUES FOR PROFESSIONAL RESULTS by “The Pressinatrix“, Ann Steeves of Gorgeous Fabrics   (See Member News below for Ann's latest THREADS article on pressing.)
     Saturday, April 22, 1:00-3:00 at Fabric Place Basement,  Cloverleaf Mall, Natick, MA
     Non-members:  $10 in advance, $15 at the door.  

     Advance payment (deadline April 14) may be sent to Cathie Ryan, Treasurer, 41 Birch Drive, Sterling, MA 01564    

             (Make checks payable to ASDP NE)

Board Meeting:   Agenda:  Review and revise Chapter’s Standing Rules.  Confirm future activities.  (The existing rules will be distributed well in advance of this meeting.) All members are invited.

​     Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 11:30 A.M.   Applebee's, 120 Charlton Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Annual Meeting and Elections   Members only.  Sunday, June 25, 2017, 12:00-3:00    The Duck, (Cygnet Room). 512 Main St., Sturbridge, MA   More on elections coming later.



Chapter Reunion and Holiday Gathering.   Our chapter is 25 years old! (And we still look fabulous!)   We celebrated with our current and many former members on Sunday January 8, 2017..  The whole effect was that of sisters reuniting.  


Better Pressing, by Ann Steeves.   This is the latest in multiple articles over the years by Ann in THREADS Magazine that focus on the importance of pressing as well as tools and techniques.

For this particular article, refer to page 64 in THREADS #183 (FEBRUARY/MARCH 2016).  For previous articles, do a search on "Steeves" at

Three Ways to Match Prints was a recent 2015 article in THREADS MAGAZINE co-authored by our Chapter member. Cathie Ryan, along with Louise Cutting and Susan Crane.   In that article, three experts' offers 3 reliable approaches to aligning fabric across seams.  That article can be printed from this page:  

http://ww​ .  Or, if you have a THREADS issues library, this article appears in October/November 2015 #181, p 38.

Pricing for Sewing and Design Business Professionals.  Janee Connor, owner and operator of Janee’s Originals—a custom sewing and alterations studio with sewing classes--has recently shared her practical as well as formal training experience in managing retail business services.  This presentation at the Rhode Island Sewing Network focused on how to earn a living working for one’s self.   The core of this how-to emphasized the financial side of building a retail service business.  This logical and practical presentation has been absorbed and enjoyed at our National Conference and at a session with our Chapter membership. 

Fun in the Kitchen, by Maureen Egan, appears in the current issue of DESIGNS IN MACHINE EMBROIDERY (Volume 103, March/April 2017). Matching embroidered aprons for adult, child, and 18" doll are featured in this how-to article. Maureen is a frequent contributor to Designs. This is her twenty-fourth article for the magazine. For information go to: