The Home Sewing Association (HSA) will cease operation on December 31st! After 80 years of serving the home sewing industry, they’ve decided to dissolve due to an unfavorable judgment against them. What a shame! I cannot tell you how many sewing tutorials I’ve linked from their website.
Many of us in the sewing industry received this sad letter the other day:
We regret to advise you that after 80+ years of service to the sewing industry, the Home Sewing Association will officially close its doors at the end of the year.
As your elected representatives, we have endeavored to keep the Association operating to fulfill its mission to “Get People Sewing!” Recent marketing programs – including Sew Trendy, Trained Sewing Educator and the Girl Scout kit promotion have shown great promise. In addition, members and sewers alike have benefited from our informative newsletters and website, together with our range of industry and consumer services.
However, we have not been able to absorb the costs – and potential liabilities – of a wrongful termination lawsuit which was filed against the Home Sewing Association in 1996. The lawsuit was tried before a jury in the state of New York in October 2006 and an unfavorable verdict was rendered against HSA.
The Board has engaged in a year-long assessment of the options available to deal with this unfavorable judgment and the additional cost of an award for plaintiff’s attorney’s fees in the case. It is our determination that the Association can no longer provide a viable level of industry service given this enormous financial burden.
Therefore, the Board of Directors of the Home Sewing Association has made the difficult decision to cease operations as of December 31, 2007. The dissolution of the Association and its remaining assets, such as the National Sewing Show, will be managed under the guidance of a chapter 7 bankruptcy of the Court of New York. Updates will be provided when information becomes available from the Trustee on the disposition of assets. We will be filing a bankruptcy petition for HSA in that court shortly.
We wish to thank you for your membership support and wish you continued success in your sewing industry endeavors in the years ahead.
The Board of Directors
According to the Home Sewing Association, as quoted by SVP, there are about 35 million sewing hobbyists in the U.S., up from about 30 million in 2000. The resurgence of sewing is fueled by the ongoing popularity of personalized quilting, crafting, fashion sewing and home decor projects, and to embellish ready-made items.
That means millions of sewers will no longer benefit from the wealth of information and projects!!! Some of the wonderful things HRA have contributed to the sewing world:
HRA’s Sew Trendy website which inspired many Teens with their cool, hip sewing projects.
Their Girl Scouts’ Program gave out 1,500 sewing machines, 7,875 pattern books, 15,000 purse kits and 5,000 Raggedy Reverse Appliqué Pillow Kits!!! That’s a lot of stuff!
I’m pretty sure HSA is credited for making September National Sewing Month in an effort to get everyone sewing. I sure hope the sewing community continues this.
Make sure you print out HSA’s Sewing Guidelines. The Guidelines are one- and two-page educational articles in pdf format. They cover all aspects of sewing, from beginner level information to advanced sewing techniques. Also be sure to check out their Learn to Sew Articles on their website.
I’ve always loved checking out their Sewing Rooms pictures where they feature a different person’s sewing room each month. This has me so bummed as it was one of my favorite sections of their website.
National Sewing Show! What shall we do?
To think ONE PERSON (the Plaintiff of the wrongful termination) brought down an 80-year-old association just burns me. I so hope this person gets their finger jammed under their sewing machine needle and their dog eats their prized quilt. I could think of other punishments, but then you’d surely think I was quite evil…LOL!