Quilting, Costumes, Fashion Sewing and ‘Sew’ Much More at American Sewing Expo Opening Friday, Sept. 25

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Discover the latest looks and trends for sewing, fashion and quilting from apparel and costume designers, art quilt makers and teaching professionals featured at the fashion-style shows, classes and exhibits. Mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, beginners and experts will experience ‘sew’ much creativity at the hands-on projects, demonstrations and crafter do-it-yourself programs.

Quilt artist Luke Haynes at American Sewing Expo

The expo is a perfect weekend getaway to learn to quilt or sew, test-drive sewing machines and be inspired by ‘sew’ many possibilities

Quilting, costume making, fashion sewing, fiber arts, live sewing challenges, crafts and ‘sew’ much more at the 22nd annual American Sewing Expo opening Friday, Sept. 25 and running through Sunday, Sept 27 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

“Children, beginners, advanced and expert sewers will find classes, demonstrations, hands-on projects, fashion shows, contests and exhibits,” said Janet Pray, show producer of the largest independent consumer sewing show in the country. “Experts and teachers from apparel and costume designers to art quilt makers will share the latest looks and trends for all things sewing.”

“Bridal Fashion Fusion” showing alternative bridal wear suited for destination or beach weddings, “Doll-ectable Divas” flaunting one-of-a-kind Barbie dolls, “Costumes with Character” providing a view into the local world of cosplay from stage to convention wear and “Quilted Portraits by LUKE” reveals quilt artist Luke Haynes' approach to quilting are part of the special exhibits at the expo.

Featured celebrities and show instructors include art quilter and designer Luke Haynes, optical illusion quilt designer, Kathleen Andrews, cosplay designer Kristie Good, Simplicity Patterns costume pattern designer Andrea Schewe, fashion sewing expert from “It’s Sew Easy TV” Angela Wolf, Baby Lock’s Love of Fashion national spokes-designer Joi Mahon and Janome educator and modern quilter Latifah Saafir.

The show features sewing machines, sergers, machine embroidery, fabrics and supplies, embellishments, drafting, fitting, accessories, notions, threads, patterns, yarn, technology, kits, gadgets, embroidery designs, tools and other products and accessories for fashion sewing, quilting, costuming, needle arts, home decorating and wearable and fiber arts. Showgoers will see exhibits, fashion-style shows and live sewing challenge competitions or can attend seminars, classes and workshops.

Reality sewing television competitions are the inspiration for the “Passion for Fashion Sewing Challenge,” sponsored by Baby Lock, that has 12 finalists designing and sewing garments on Friday and Saturday, judged during a fashion show on Saturday and displayed on Sunday (similar to Lifetime’s Project Runway).

Attendees can learn tips and techniques at make-n-take projects in vendor displays and as they sew their own project to take home at the Sew Party Café, sponsored by Country Stitches and the Serger Studio sponsored by Janome.

The “Innovation Generation Fashion Show Competition,” sponsored by Baby Lock and Coats & Clark, will be held on Saturday for 8- to 18-year-olds who know the sewing process and have made their own garments. Entries are prejudged and then worn by the contestants on the Expo Fashion Stage. Attendees can participate in the Costume Contest Fashion Show on Sunday. A Dream Sewing Room, sponsored by Janome and Gall Sewing and Vacuum Centers of Michigan, will be given away on Sunday.

Special displays and events will include Fashion Design in 1/2 Scale “50 Shades of Red” Challenge sponsored by Baby Lock, Designer Joi and Islander Sewing Systems; American & Efird “Push the Envelope-Tassels, Textures and Trims” contest; “Chic Batik – The Challenge” sponsored by Island Batik and Superior Threads; “Quilted in Michigan;” fashion sewing; wearable art; ask the designer, prizes and costume making tips in the Social Media Lounge; and gifts for the first 100 show attendees each day.

“The expo is a perfect weekend getaway for mothers, daughters, sisters or friends to learn to quilt or sew, test-drive sewing machines and be inspired by ‘sew’ many possibilities,” said Pray.

Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Avenue between Novi and Beck Road in Novi, Michigan. Show hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Preshow workshops are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Thursday, Sept. 24. Expo admission is $14 and children 15 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. One-hour seminars are $14, all-day workshops are $130 and special combination packages are available. Onsite parking is available for $5. For more information, visit http://www.AmericanSewingExpo.com, Facebook.com/AmericanSewingExpo or call (248) 889-3111.

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