Welcome to the Rhode Island Sewing Network!


The RISN is a non-profit organization for sewing enthusiasts in Southern New England. Our membership consists of both professional and non-professional individuals looking to share ideas and discuss sewing-related issues.

  • Six monthly group meetings
  • Discounts from local vendors
  • Participation in group events
  • Visits to the New York City Fashion District
  • and much more!



Joining is easy!

RISN Membership Form 2018-2019

Mail your completed application with a check made out to RI Sewing Network or RISN to:

Ann Pericolo

10 Cherry Street

Wrentham, MA 02093

Membership cards for members who sign up prior to the meeting will be handed out at the October meeting.  Anyone not attending the October meeting will receive their membership card in the mail.

Membership includes six issues of our newsletter plus discounts to meetings and other events as well as email news.

  1. Annual Membership is $10.00 and each of the six scheduled meetings is $5.00 for each meeting attended. The nonmember fee for meetings is $7.00 per meeting.
  2. Premiere Membership is $30.00 equal to six scheduled meetings and the $10.00 membership fee is waived. In addition, one guest may attend one meeting for free.

Meeting Schedule


October 2, 2018

“Care and Maintenance of Your Sewing Machine”

Karen Roy from Blaine’s Sewing Center

November 6, 2018

“Creating Couture Embellishments”

Ellen Miller

December 4, 2018

Silhouette Cutting Machine and Heat Set Designs

Phyllis Lim-Bruck

March 5, 2019

Cassie Van Dine

“Selecting and use of sewing machine feet”

April 2, 2019

 “People & Places Quilted Fabric Pictures”

Ruth Gross

May 7, 2019

Sherit Levin

“Hand Painted Velvet Devore Scarves & Shawls”

Master Seamstress Program

Master Seamstress I and II Certificate Programs

September 2018 through May 2019

Master Seamstress I 

The Master Seamstress I Certificate Program is an 84-hour, yearlong non-credit educational program that begins in September and ends in May. The program includes instruction and ‘hands on’ experience in all aspects of apparel construction. Intermediate apparel construction skills are required. It is assumed you already know how to sew blouses, skirts, and dresses, etc., but need to understand and solve fitting and pattern design problems, learn couture tailoring techniques, and experiment with specialty fabrics. Many graduates of this program are employed in a home-based business or in the apparel industry. In order to receive a certificate, participants must complete the entire program and all required projects. The instructors are professionals with years of experience in the apparel industry. Learn more at:

Master Seamstress I Certificate Program

Master Seamstress I 2018-2019 Brochure & Registration Download

Master Seamstress II 2018-2019 Brochure and Registration Download