ASDP Membership Benefits

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Membership Benefits

    • Below is a listing of some of the benefits membership provides our members:
    •      -   Networking opportunities via Chapter and national events, and on-line via e-mail discussion forums
    •      -   Education and training at annual National Educational Conference
    •      -   Advice from over 400 colleagues whenever you need help - to find a product, vendor, technique, machine recommendation, client
               solution, or just about any dilemma facing business professionals
    •      -   Client referrals from national website
    •      -   Master Sewing and Design Professional (MSDP) Certification and Master Alterations Specialist (MAS) Certification at discounted rates
    •      -   Vendor discounts
    •      -   Online learning opportunities, such as discounted membership in the University of Fashion program
    •      -   Learn professional, best business practices for the sewing industry
    •      -   Camaraderie of others with sewing and design interests
    •      -   Monthly online newsletter --Read a sample newsletter issue
    •      -   Participate in annual Threads Challenge
    •      -   Participate in Members' Showcase/Runway Show at annual Conference
    •      -   Stay on top of industry issues and news
    •      -   Access sample contracts, business plans, creative links, and more in the "Members Only" content of website
    •      -   Raise your confidence and professional profile


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Membership Type Formal Edu. Institution Intern Retired Student Friend of ASDP
Annual Cost $150 $150 $100 $60 $30 $70
  Professional (in sewing-related business) Institution is member, One representative  New to business. Must show progress toward business (2-year limit) No longer in business Must prove registration in a recognized school Not in Business
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Vendor Discounts        
Jo-Ann Discount Card
Referral Service for Sewing Pros      
Threads Challenge Eligibility      
Organizational Information/Voting Privileges      
Business Opportunity    
CoPa (Commercial Pattern Archive)  
Perspectives Newsletter
Standards of Quality for Custom Clothing  
Website / “Members Only” section  
Discuss list (On-line information sharing)
Educational Opportunities
Discounted University of Fashion Membership **  
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** For a limited time, new members will receive a FREE University of Fashion membership, with access to their online videos thru March 18, 2015.


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 ASDP has five (5) different membership categories for you to choose from:

-  If you own or are employed in a sewing or design-related business, including: custom clothiers, dressmakers, tailors, sewing contractors, pattern makers, designers, bridal specialists, alteration specialists, authors, 
   artists in wearables, costumers, instructors and retailers
-  Individuals must own or have been employed in an established sewing or design-related business for a minimum of six months
-  While our primary focus is on sewing and design for garments, you may also join if you own or are employed as a home decorating specialist and/or wardrobe, color and image consultant
-  Proof of business ownership is required, in the form of a Federal Identification Number (FEIN), State Sales Tax License Number, or Business License Number, along with two business references

-  If you are in the developmental stages of a sewing or design-related business
-  You must re-qualify each year for this particular membership category (two-year maximum limit for internships)

-  If you are enrolled as a full or part-time student, in a recognized program of study related to sewing and design, and do not currently own a sewing or design-related business.
-  To qualify, programs of study must lead to a certificate, associate, bachelors or advanced degree
-  You must provide evidence of enrollment in a qualified program along with your application, and also each year you renew
-  When you complete or otherwise end your study program, you must apply for a different membership category

-  If you are a public, private or proprietary school, college, or university that offer comprehensive programs in a sewing and design related field that
    lead to certificate, associate, bachelor and/or master degrees
-  This membership entitles your school to designate one person to represent the institution

-  If you are a retired owner or employee of a business that meets the qualifications defined under Formal membership

  • -  For Friends of the Association who have an interest in sewing and design but who are not in business
  • -  May attend national conference at member rates, and join/participate in Chapters
  • -  May not vote in Association business



  • In addition to National membership, individuals may choose to also join one or more Association Chapters within their geographic area; national membership is required for Chapter membership.  Annual Chapter dues vary by chapter and membership category, but typically range from $15-50 per year Chapters hold periodic meetings which allow for local networking and coverage of a variety of business and technical topics, as well as
    fabric/material sourcing outings and attendance at exhibits of interest.  See Chapters for more information on Chapter activities and current locations.


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You can apply for membership online or by mail.  Please select the appropriate membership category to apply; application to chapters is included in each of these forms.

Online Membership Applications:

Formal Membership Application - Annual Fee $150

Educational Institution Membership Application - Annual Fee $150

Intern Membership Application - Annual Fee $100

Student Membership Application - Annual Fee $30

Retired Membership Application - Annual Fee $60

Friend of ASDP Membership Application - Annual Fee $70


Prefer to mail a check and paper application? Printable Application Form

Questions? Contact our Membership representative directly at, or call our toll-free number 877-755-0303.

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