You name it, we’ve got it from reality sewing competition to one of a kind fabrics and supplies
NOVI, Mich. (PRWEB) September 13, 2011
The 18th annual American Sewing Expo opens Friday, Sept. 23 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Suburban Collection Showplace (formerly Rock Financial Showplace) in Novi with fashion sewing, quilting, needle arts, home decorating and crafting classes, shopping, fashion style shows and competitions
“You name it, we’ve got it from reality sewing competition to one of a kind fabrics and supplies,” said Janet Pray, show producer of the largest independent consumer sewing show in the country. “Whether you’re a beginner, expert or in-between, the hands-on workshops, classes and demonstrations will whet your artistic and creative appetite.”
Show experts include “Suede,” 2008 Project Runway semi-finalist who is remembered for his tendency to speak in the third person and his signature colored faux-hawk; Sandra Betzina, author, Vogue pattern designer and Power Sewing Web-TV and HGTV Sew Perfect show host; Sue Hausmann, author and PBS-TV sewing and quilting show host and producer; Kathy Delaney, author and quilting expert; and other award winning fashion sewing designers including Barb Callahan, Joi Mahon, Kathy Ruddy and Angie Wolf.
Other industry professionals will conduct educational presentations at over 160 lectures, hands-on classes, seminars and all-day workshops in addition to the over 60 presentations at the free show floor demonstration stages.
The “Show Your Support Bra Challenge” sponsored by Janome, Coats & Clark and BurdaStyle and benefiting Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute will display bedecked fun, serious, themed or abstract bras completely decorated inside and out using thread in some form. The ‘Yes, I Made This!’ pin purchased by attendees to show off their sewing project benefits the Dress for Success charity.
Reality television competitions are the inspiration for the Passion for Fashion Sewing Challenge that starts as the show opens when 12 finalists design and sew garments for judging and a fashion show (similar to Lifetime’s Project Runway and Bravo’s The Fashion Show).
Attendees can learn unique tips and techniques as they sew their own project to take home at the Sew Experience Café and make a handbag and embellish it using their style and imagination at the Bag-Mania Station sponsored by Janome and Clover.
Simplicity Pattern Company will host a fashion show featuring Suede’s new collection. The Innovation Generation Fashion Show Competition 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. A Dream Sewing Room sponsored by Brother will be given away on Sunday.
Over 125 exhibitors from 35 states, Australia and Canada will be displaying fabrics, sewing machines, notions, threads, patterns, yarn, sergers, technology, embellishments, kits, gadgets, embroidery designs, tools and other products. Showgoers can participate with quick Make and Take projects at some vendor exhibits. Several special exhibits will display art quilts, couture collections, fiber art and fashion designs.
“Show visitors can test-drive sewing machines, attend a seminar or watch a demo to get creative tips, discover fresh possibilities and be inspired for new projects,” said Pray. “Sew’ many possibilities to learn new crafts, brush up on techniques and find out how the experts do it at this year’s show.”
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. 21 and Thursday, Sept. 22. 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 $98 to $148 and special combination packages are available. Onsite parking is available for $5. Social networkers can become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AmericanSewingExpo. For more information, visit http://www.AmericanSewingExpo.com or call (248) 889-3111.