AMERICAN SEWING EXPO
COMING TO NOVI IN SEPTEMBER
NOVI, MI – Sept. 25, 2009 – Hands-on classes and seminars to fashion style shows and demonstrations will all be at the 16th annual American Sewing Expo at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi Friday, Sept. 25 through Sunday, Sept. 27.
“This is the place for beginner and veteran crafters to be inspired for sewing, quilting, home décor, or needle and fiber arts,” said Janet Pray, show producer. “You’ll see and learn something new here every year.”
Over 125 exhibitors will be displaying fabrics, sewing machines, notions, threads, patterns, yarn, sergers, technology, embellishments, kits, gadgets, embroidery designs, tools, and more from 35 states, Australia and Canada. Showgoers can participate with quick Make and Take projects at some vendor exhibits.
Attendees can learn unique tips and techniques as they make their own sewing and embellishing project to take home at the Sew Experience Café, decorate their own jeans with machine embroidery or reprocess them into different projects at the Re-Construction Zone and participate at the sewing lounge from BurdaStyle.com. Other options to learn new methods, improve skills and find out about the latest products and tips are available at the educational presentations at over 160 lectures, hands-on classes, seminars and all-day workshops led by industry professionals and at over 60 presentations on the free show floor demonstration stages of the largest independent consumer sewing show in the country.
Experts include Kenneth D. King, professor of the haute couture program at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, sewing expert on PBS-TV series “Sewing Today” and author of Designer Bead Embroidery and Cool Couture Construction Secrets for Runway Style. He has designed clothing, home furnishings, and accessories for Elton John and Jim Carrey and will share his resources and ideas during hands-on Cool Tricks, Son of Cool Tricks, Embellishments fit for a King and Royal Tassels classes.
All day workshops will be conducted by New York fashion designer Koos van den Akker who is a master at using garments as a canvas for unusual collaborations of color and creative collage techniques. He is a featured Vogue pattern designer, has dressed Bill Cosby, Cher, Barbara Walters, Stevie Wonder and Madonna, exhibited at the New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and sold fashions at Saks and Bloomingdales.
Corinne Leigh, host of “ThreadHeads” show and Meg Allan Cole, host of “Décor It Yourself” show from ThreadBanger.com will share their passion and secrets for making their own fashion in the Re-Construction Zone. ThreadBanger.com is a network of forums, shows, blogs and newsletters for people who want to create and discover their own style through alternative fashion of recycling, up-cycling and re-fashioning with simple sewing tools and techniques.
Sewing Jackets, 20 Tips to Sewing Better and Easy to Make Great Fitting Clothing are the seminars presented by Pati Palmer of Palmer/Pletsch International School of Sewing in Portland, OR, where she trains consumers and sewing educators. She is a sewing book author and The McCall Pattern Company and Vogue pattern designer.
The Passion for Fashion Sewing Challenge will begin Friday as 12 finalists design and sew their garments for judging on Saturday (similar to Lifetime’s Project Runway and Bravo’s The Fashion Show).
Embroidery Extravaganza Fashion Show sponsored by Creative Machine Embroidery magazine will be held on Friday featuring garments from their publication.
PatternReview.com founder Deepika Prakash will host a Top Ten Challenge Fashion Show and Contest on Saturday in addition to being available at their exhibit.
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.
BurdaStyle members will present the caliber of their work and designs as they show off their creations at a fashion show Saturday.
A Dream Sewing Room that includes items from Brother will be given away on Sunday. Several special exhibits will display art quilts, couture collections, fiber art and fashion designs.
Rock Financial 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 $12 and children 16 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 online in advance.
Onsite parking is available for $5.
[/color][/color][/color]For more information, visit www.AmericanSewingExpo.com or call (248) 889-3111.