Northeastern students look to form sewing club on campus


Jessica Xing

After noticing that there were no sewing clubs yet at Northeastern, some students got together to form one. They are working to make the club official next semester.

Laura Emde, news correspondent

A new opportunity is on the horizon for Northeastern students who love clothing and want to learn more about the process of creating it, as a group of students are working toward creating Northeastern’s first official sewing club, another addition to the multitude of clothes-related clubs at Northeastern like NU Knits and the Fashion Society

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

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

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

“One of the big things that I especially thought of when I wanted to start a sewing club was 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 sewers are constantly learning, and I want other people to teach others about sewing.”

Other members of the e-board, like Ava Hutchinson, a second-year game art and animation major, said they already had experience leading clubs involving clothes in high school, so joining the e-board felt like a natural next step.

“I’ve done costumes and worked in costume shops a lot,” Hutchinson said. “I’ve already got this leadership experience under my belt, so I was kind of like why not help found it?”

The club has not been made official yet, as the group missed the deadline to register as an official club for the fall semester. However, they are looking ahead to becoming an official club for the spring semester.

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

The e-board members are also starting to plan out what club meetings might look like next semester.

“We would love to have this thing called ‘Sewing Sundays’ where we pretty much all come in, work on projects, maybe watch something, listen to music,” Hutchinson said. “As well we’d have official learning meetings where we have a topic a week and somebody teaches a certain skill.”

Leaders said they are planning to use the sewing skills of the club members to help people 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 creating an environment where sewers of all skills and abilities are able to come together and feel welcomed.

“It’ll be a friendly space for beginners, or advanced people can also learn to share their skills,” Pan said. “We can come together and people can learn.”