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Please select the appropriate membership category to apply; optional membership to a chapter is available when applying for membership. Find out more about category types and the benefits of each below.

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ASDP has three 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 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 Formal membership category.


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

Chapter Membership

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. 

Check out more information about ASDP chapters!

Membership Benefits

Below is a list of just a few of the many benefits a membership provides:

  • 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 industry colleagues whenever you need help - to find a product, vendor, technique, machine recommendation, client solution, or other dilemmas faced by business professionals
  • Access to health insurance as an exclusive member benefit through a new partnership with AHP, a national health insurance program serving associations for over 30 years *
  • 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
  • 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

* Not available to Student Members

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