Specialty Group MeetingsGroup Descriptions - Dates - Times - Locations
In addition to classes, you may want to visit one (or more) of the specialty groups that this club has to offer!
Check the Calendar!
Check the calendar for times and possible changes of date/location for all of these meetings.
Machine Embroidery Group
Machine Embroidery Group Meetings are normally in the Lecture Hall on the third Wednesday of the month.
The Machine Embroidery Group (MEG) is comprised of members of Rip ‘N’ Sew who enjoy doing machine embroidery. The room has 2 machines available for use by members following lessons on these machines. Members owning other models of machines share their expertise also. The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month with a sharing of ideas and techniques as well as “show & tell” of members’ projects. Dot Welnick and Jacque Curtis lead the group as well as provide technical help for using the software program Embird.
MEG (Machine Embroidery Group) meetings are open to all interested Rip ‘N’ Sew members.
Quilts for the Needy
Quilts for the Needy is held in the Club Room on the second and last Tuesdays of the month from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Quilts for the Needy is held in the Club Room on the second and last Tuesdays of the month from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We invite all members of Rip N Sew to join us. Even if you don’t know how to quilt, or are just beginning to dabble, we have plenty of things involved in the process that you can help with – pinning, ironing, cutting fabric. We’ll show you how easy it is to help with this great cause. We’re always happy to accept donations of cotton fabrics for our projects.
More about our group ~ twice a month a group of approximately 25 women meet at Rip N Sew to dispense love. Known as “Quilts for the Needy” they create works of art in the form of quilts. Each year these quilts send some 600 to 800 messages of love in to the community. We distribute quilts to Banner Health Nesting Place for babies and also Hospice. More go to the veterans via hospice organizations and M.A.N.A. house, to firemen we give blankets and quilts for children and families in need, the Sheriff’s Department and Brookdale Memory Care. Our quilts really do reach out into the community and are greatly appreciated.
The quilts are done in a model of production when teams of these talented sewers lay out fabric and batting, then cut, stitch, tie and quilt before finally finishing each quilt with a label that says: “Made with love by Rip N Sew, Sun City West, AZ”.
Sunset Sewers occurs Wednesday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Sewing for Kids
Sewing for Kids happens in the Club Room Thursday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday afternoons from 12:30 to 4 p.m.
Sewing for Kids happens in the Club Room Thursday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday afternoons from 12:30 to 4 p.m. This group makes clothes for 5 local schools, in sizes 4 to 14, tops and pants in summer and winter fabrics. We deliver 3 sizes of each article to each school.
How can you help with this great group cause you ask?
- Help with cutting the fabric with use of a pattern.
- Knows how to top stitch.
- Hemming of pants and tops.
- Serging the pieces and sewing them together.
Basic skills needed would be knowledge of sewing machine and/or serger. We’re happy to coach anyone wanting to join us! If you are not currently a member of our club, membership is only $25 per year. Instructions are provided for the sewing machines and sergers, which can be scheduled by one of our awesome monitors. A familiarity of sewing on knits would also be helpful, but not necessary. Come and join us and see what we’re all about!
*We are always thrilled to get donations of knit and twill (pant weight) fabrics for girls or boys! Just bring any donations into the Club room during our open hours.
Sew-Ins happen periodically as space in the club is available and items related to the sew in like Premies or Chemo Caps are needed. Watch your email for notices.
Sew-Ins are announced now and then for members to gather in the club room for sewing with a common goal. Items produced at previous Sew-Ins include Comfort Caps, Dog Beds, and Fleece Blankets for children in need,