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ASG Guild members 'sew from the heart'

Members of the guild put together 500 pillowcases for donation to children at Camp COCO and the Ronald McDonald House. Jason Johnson/The State Journal-Register By ANN GORMAN THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER Posted Jun 12, 2009 @ 12:00 AM As sewing machines whir around her, 86-year-old Helen Landreth of Springfield carefully feeds brightly colored fabric under the presser foot of her “old Singer Featherweight,” creating a multi-patterned pillowcase. “It’s my traveling one. It has its own case and works so nicely. I was offered $10 for it on a trade-in one time, but I said no,” Landreth said of the black, portable machine she’s used since the late 1930s or early 1940s. She also owns two other sewing machines and a serger. Landreth — the oldest member of the Springfield Lincoln Land chapter of the American Sewing Guild, recently joined other members at the University of Illinois Extension Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds to sew hundreds of cheery pillowcases for children who are i