Fanning,a former teacher, started a publishing company called Open Chain Publishing, which specialized in sewing books. She published a quarterly newsletter called The Creative Machine, on the subject of sewing.
Archival materials on the subject of sewing and sewing machines, including correspondence, Fanning's subject files, photographs, newsletters, product manuals, catalogs, trade literature, articles, reprints, sewing periodicals, and VHS videos.
Robbie Fanning Sewing Arts Collection, 1985-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Clothing and dress
2011.3021 (NMAH Acc.)
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves