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 topics.


  • Six monthly group meetings
  • Guest speakers – a variety of topics for all interests
  • Sew-and-Tell each meeting – share what you’ve created!
  • Meet new friends who love to sew
  • Raffle each meeting with lots of winners
  • Member access to active Facebook group
  • and much more!


Joining is easy! 

MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES six issues of our newsletter, membership to RISN Facebook page, plus discounts to meetings and other events as well as email news.

To Register: Print and complete the membership form below and mail check to our membership coordinator.

RISN Membership Form – click here


Annual Membership:  New members will be asked to pay an Annual $10 registration fee for the 2021-2022 season which includes the email notifications, newsletter, and access to the private Facebook group. For each in-person meeting, a $10 fee will be collected at the door from Annual Members. The nonmember fee for meetings is $10 per meeting. Non-members will not receive any of the additional benefits (newsletter, emails, Facebook, etc.).

Premier Membership:  The Premier membership fee is $40. With this Premiere Membership, the $10 annual registration fee is waived and there are no additional fees for attending meetings.  Premier Membership includes the email notifications, newsletter, and access to the private Facebook group.

RISN Membership Form – click here


Private Facebook Group: For members that want to participate with the Facebook page, they must request to be included.  A RISN membership does not automatically include one as a Facebook participant.  Send your request to the Facebook Administrator Mary Morse (memorse@yahoo.com) or Sueann Walter (Sueann301@yahoo.com).

Meeting Schedule

2021-2022 Calendar


October 5, 2021 Jill Marinelli Fashion Stylist
November 2, 2021 Adrian Burke Fabric Design & Printing
December 7, 2021 Jennifer Hunt & Joan Alger Castle Lane Renaissance Cloaks
March 1, 2022 Anna Mazur Threads Magazine
April 5, 2022 Anna Taylor & Ben Greslick Body Scanning Dress Forms
May 3, 2022 Beth Bentley Draping

Click here for more about the speakers

RISN Speakers from 2019:

October 1, 2019 

Barry Correia

Scissor Sharpening Demo and Talk

Email: chefsculinaryedge@gmail.com

What’s new in Cutting Notions — Raffle Items

November 5, 2019

Yemi Sekoni

Producer of Providence Fashion Week – Donahue Modeling – Business of Fashion – Member of CWE Center for Women & Enterprise

December 3, 2019

Anna Taylor

Body Scanning for Dressforms

Events and News

Master the Art of Sewing

Make a lovely Lace Skirt with Jane Headley and Friends. 


Thursday, 5 weeks: 1/06 – 2/03/22 – 1:00PM – 3:30

This is a Hybrid class – you can take it remotely from the comfort of your home, or in person at the Studio (27 Sims Ave, Providence) or both. 

  • Not crazy about driving in January? You don’t have to with hybrid classes
  • Not convinced that remote sewing instruction is for you? 

Here is what Ann from Maine said:

The hybrid format worked great for me.  I didn’t have to drive to Rhode Island and it saved me time and money.

The only drawback is I don’t get to see everyone in person, but I really do still feel part of the group even from a computer screen.

 Here is what Ginny from Boston said:

I was surprised and thrilled by Lynda’s ability to assess and rectify fitting issues. I also understood her directions because she demonstrated her adjustments on paper.

It feels like a one on one consultation.  No commute and all my sewing is right there.

And, just as a sample of what you have in order to do your work at home, here is a video clip from the Fall 2021 Classic Tailoring class – these are used on the big screen during in person and remote classes – then posted to our unlisted Youtube channel for participants’ review: 

Sleeve Vent Clip.mp4



Jill MartelliStylist



New York Garment District Information:

Garment District NYC home page

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology