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American Sewing Expo

rjf | Posted in General Discussion on

I spent the weekend in Detroit at the American Sewing Expo.  Sensory overload!!  173 booths crammed with materials and tools and people oohing and aahing!  Every third woman was wearing an embellished and/or quilted jacket that you knew she had made and every one looked perfect.  Lots of booths with sewing machines and small projects you could make.  Computer booths for specialized sewing programs.  Fabrics of every description and some indescribable; fantastic for a sewist who has access only to Walmart.  Beads and beads and buttons and embellishing supplies.  Lots of booths gave demonstrations of new techniques using their wares and lots of booths with “make and take”.  Booths selling designer patterns and the designer was there to talk about them.  Threads had the actual garments we saw in the magazine. (No Brook Delorme—too bad)  And they gave a fashion show to exhibit the “Inspired by Threads” competition.  The whole experience was unimaginable ….it felt like an orgy.  I wonder where next year’s will be…..         rjf

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  1. carolfresia | | #1

    The good news is that this show is always at Novi, so book your tickets now! I had a great time at the expo, too, and am writing up a web story to post on the Threads homepage. It should post around Oct. 6th, with some pictures to give an idea of the whole scene. This was Novi's 10th anniversary, so they went all out to make it a special occasion.

    I was VERY good this year, and came home with one pattern (Christine Jonson's Basewear 2, which includes variations on a t-shirt and straight skirt designed for stretch knits--she was wearing versions of this throughout the show and always looked great), one piece of fabric, and one Thai sarong. I was sad to leave so much behind, but there's really only so much one person can do, right? So I'm trying to feel virtuous instead.

    Carol

    1. rjf | | #2

      Virtuous is good!  I achieve that every day when I eat my yogurt. It sets a good tone to the day.      rjf

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