A Serger Does What?
Melissa Billingsley, Baby Lock Educator
Do you realize you can make piping and put in a zipper with a serger? What about making ruffles or sewing decorative stitches for quilting? You can even make a cute pair of pants in a jiffy! You’ll be amazed to see what a serger adds to your sewing room!
Artistic Explosion: Create Fabric Art
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
Whether you are working with paper or fabric, learn to use exciting new art mediums for quilting, art garments and greeting cards. See how to use the latest resists, paints, screens, marker, glues and more, to create totally new materials. Your creativity will explode!
Coloring Book of Style
Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop
Age is nothing but a number when it comes to looking fabulous. And no one does timeless style better than The Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection. Featuring beautiful fabrics in stunning color themes, this showcase of chic fashions will challenge you to rethink how you dress and what you sew. See the latest carefree combinations of daring fabrics, textures and patterns in layers that drape and shape. Linda will show how to read the trends and fit today’s concepts into real wearables for you.
Creating with Texture Magic
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
Everything you want to know about making Texture Magic a regular ingredient in your studio: explore different stitches and results, using it double-sided to make reversible fabric , in quilts after the quilts have been quilted and more.
Distinctive Styles & Delightful Details
Louise Cutting of Cutting Line Designs and Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop
Longtime friends and industry insiders, Louise and Linda design modern, trend-appropriate patterns for their own independent companies. They produce patterns that are young in spirit with realistic fit, making them ageless and sophisticated and very wearable. Using contemporary fabrics from casual to elegant, you will find touches of classic to decidedly chic ensembles, all with a fun fashion edge and sassy attitude.
Essentials for Your Studio
Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
Customize your studio to fit your specific needs. Learn about favorite “must haves” and about new, re-purposed and recycled items that can complete your tool set. Enjoy a humorous approach to working within a budget to create an idea sewing space.
Fitting Made Easy for the Faint Hearted
Lorraine Henry for Conselle
Sew your own fashions with renewed confidence and success. Learn how to get that favorite pattern to fit your unique and ever-changing figure. Learn some new tricks that assure great fit and make your fashions a success every time.
I Made It Myself Event
Step into the Expo spotlight and show what you’ve made – you might be wearing it, or you might be carrying it. Just come with something you’re happy about because it turned out so well...or took you in new directions...or because you had so much fun making it. It’s your time to show off your creative pursuits and find new inspiration in what others are doing, too.
Modern Quilts for the Perpetually Busy Quilter
Colleen Casey of Some Art Fabric
Do you love beautiful quilts but only have time to make the simple ones? Learn how to select the right fabric and pattern right off the bat to help you create dynamic and visually beautiful quilts without fussy points and tricky seams. Simply beautiful.
Needles and Thread: What Your Mother Never Told You
Judy Phillips of Sew Déjà Vu
The right tools make your project go smoothly, easily and look better. Be enlightened with great information your mother never told you to ensure a fabulous finish for every project!
Notions: The Latest and Greatest
Phyllis Vandergriff of Fabric Creations
Ever asked yourself that age-old question: “Why did I buy this and how do I use it?”. Phyllis shows you the latest sewing and quilting tools and notions, along with some you may already have, and demonstrates how to use them to make all your sewing quicker, easier and more precise.
Paintstiks®, Stamps and Wow!
Laura Murray of Laura Murray Designs
Learn to create quilts and garments with richly-colored dazzling stars, kaleidoscopes and seemingly complex quilt blocks using Paintstiks®, fusible shapes and stamps.
Pressing Details and Tools
Carol Steinbrecher of Style Solutions
Pressing and ironing are not the same! When quilting or sewing garments, use the right pressing skills and tools to “amp” up the look of every project.
Rock Star Rivets & Glamorous Grommets
Luveta Nickels of The Junk Jeans People
Add that rock star panache to your wardrobe with these tap in rivets and grommets. Transform t-shirts, jeans, hoodies, jackets and accessories without sewing. It’s fun, fast and adds dazzling shine and attitude to your day and evening wear! Also see the latest Crochet-by-Day/Knit-by-Night quilted bag that keeps yarn under control and provides great storage for your craft essentials.
Scarves and More: Let’s Tie It Together
Carol Steinbrecher of Style Solutions
Calling all scarves! Pull them out of the closets and the drawers and pull your outfits together to create fashion magic in your wardrobe. Then, add accessories and wow! Smashing!
Sew To Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
The right style and fit can take 10 or more pounds off of the way you look! Sewing can give you a high-end wardrobe that fits, is comfortable and camouflages your weak points! Watch Kathy Ruddy as she models and shows you clothes that make you look and feel good. Learn about techniques and tools to make your creative process fun and successful.
Sewing's Next Generation: Youth Fashion & Project Show
This fashion and trunk show featuring students ages 9 – 18 years of age will be SEW much fun! Get an insight into the interests and talents of our newest sewing enthusiasts as they show off their latest accomplishments. Whether it hangs in the closet, hangs on a wall or hangs out on beds and sofas, the creativity involved will inspire audiences of all ages. Don’t miss it! (If you know a young person who might like to participate, please call 800-699-6309 or click here for more information
Super Prize Drawing
Win fabulous prize packages worth hundreds of dollars! You could win a sewing machine, plus patterns, books, videos, fabric, embroidery designs, notions, tools, and more from the exhibitors you'll meet at the Expo! Click here for more Super Prize Drawing information
Vintage and New: Textile Art Works
Barb Callahan of Barb Originals
A collection of bits and pieces, new leftovers and vintage treasures help create memorable and artful clothing, accessories, quilts and more. Gather ideas and inspiration from one very creative brain.
Visual Magic: Clothes Re-make the Woman
Want to see real women in stunning designs from Cynthia Guffey's pattern line? Cynthia will take a variety of body types and figures and flatter them based on variations of her own patterns. Be ready to be stunned and dazzled as Cynthia gives personalization and fit a new twist and flare!