American Sewing Expo


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The Sewing Vacation You Deserve! 
September 21-23, 2017
Novi, Michigan
Teachers & Classes

Janet Pray
Islander Sewing Systems
Gail Yellen
Gail Patrice Design
Professional Sewing Without Pins!

Janet teaches a unique system of industrial sewing techniques adapted for home-sewing. Even if you have taken an in-person or online class from her you are in for some exciting new tricks of the trade. The class will start with how to employ specialty feet used in the industry and those for home machines to make sewing easier, more accurate and a whole lot more fun! 
Next, hands-on topstitching tips, tricks, threads, needles and feet that will easily add a professional look to all your sewing projects. 
Then Janet will take you through some essential tools and methods for the very best pressing results including fusible interfacings. Did you know you may be pressing too often? 
Last, but certainly not least, make one of Janet’s quick projects, the Roll ‘n Snap Market Bag, while we re-enforce some of the basic “sewing without pins” techniques and more!

​Kit Fee: $13

Modern Serger Techniques

Are you still using your serger just to finish seams on your garments? Your serger can do sew much more! Join Gail Yellen for an in-depth look at how a serger works and take your “serger smarts” to a whole new level. 
Using a few helpful notions will make you as comfortable serging knits as you are wearing them.
Specialty feet and attachments may look mystifying but don’t be intimidated. You’ll see how several of these marvels enhance construction precision and fashion serging embellishment. 
And I think you’ll love my new favorite Cosmetic Serger-y technique— Picture Perfect Pintucks.

​Kit Fee: $24

Lorraine Henry
Lorraine Henry for Conselle 
Pattern Alteration for Everybody

If you love to sew but are sometimes baffled or discouraged by fit issues, this is the class you need. Lorraine Henry is the top expert in the US on fitting and pattern alterations. In this jam-packed 4-hour session, she will teach you how to take proper measurements that will help you choose the best size pattern, the importance of certain measurements you didn’t know you needed, how to analyze the relationships between measurements and how to determine the ease of any pattern before cutting.
You will discover the three different methods of altering a pattern and learn where and when to use them by hands-on experience of several pattern alterations. Special attention will be given to pant pattern alterations and fitting.
Go home with a new sense of empowerment to stitch-up a wardrobe of well-fitting outfits custom made by YOU!

​Kit fee: $10

Sue O'Very
Sue O'Very Designs
Embroidery for the Fashionista

Even if you have never embroidered by machine, you will enjoy this relaxing class and go home with two finished fashionable accessories.
Every fashionista enjoys adding a special detail to her wardrobe, making it her very own. Machine Embroidery expert, Sue O'Very, will share her tips, tricks and techniques guiding you through two machine embroidery projects. The first, an elegant and chic Pashmina. Make-it-your-own by choosing the pashmina color (several colors to choose from), Enchanted embroidery design and thread color. There will be no two alike! 
The second project is a flower applique coin purse made entirely inside the hoop. Watch as this beautiful purse comes to life right before your eyes. Attach the flower applique and construct the entire project in the hoop. Top it off with a gorgeous coin purse frame. You will leave class with machine embroidery confidence and a Fashionista sparkle in your eyes. 

​Kit Fee: $15