Enter Your Design In The American Sewing Expo

2011_PFF_Winners Sewing Design Contest

The American Sewing Expo recently announced its 2014 contest called the Fashion Design in Half Scale Challenge. This Challenge is to create a garment on a half scale dress form. The theme is Fashion Icons thru the Ages. An icon can be defined as someone known for wearing, designing or having a strong influence on fashion.

Participants must purchase a $99 kit that includes the official half scale dress form and a special code to participate in the online sew-a-long. The online portion is hosted by 2013 ASE Teacher of the Year and award winning Fashion Designer, Joi Mahon.

Contestants will be judged on fashionable interpretation of the theme, originality, creativity, technique and construction. Prizes will be awarded to winners.

Fill out your entry form by August 1, 2014. Entries and winners will be on exhibit at the 2014 American Sewing Expo starting September 26, 2014

American Sewing Expo

September 26-28, 2014

Novi, Michigan


http://americansewingexpo.com/2014_Half_Scale_Rules__2_.pdf entry form and rules

Discover Fun Themed Buttons At Shellysbuttonsandmore.com

Buttons can add so much to a project or outfit. Find the perfect button, whether it be a locomotive, an angel, or a fish skeleton, at this button and bead bonanza online store. Go to http://shellysbuttonsandmore.com/index.asp?c=244849.

Clean Your Sewing Machine To Keep It Running Smoothly

Sew4Home Clean MachineSew4Home has a great step-by-step tutorial to help you learn how to keep your sewing machine ship shape. Check it out at

 http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/you-asked-4-it-care-feeding-your-sewing-machine .

Learn How To Decorate Your Home


Encyclopedia of Sewing“The Little Book of Home Sewing” by Cheryl Owen, is a compendium of techniques that will give you all the skills you need to make individual furnishings for your own home. Each technique is explained with clear step-by-step instructions and photographs, then applied to a range of contemporary projects. It can pre-ordered at a discount before June 1, 2014, when it will be released. Go to http://www.amazon.com/Little-Book-Home-Sewing-Cheryl/dp/1780095163/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390360012&sr=1-3&keywords=new+sewing+books+2014 for more information.

Join Teachers and Fellow Quilters For A Creative Experience


The SewDowns, presented by the Modern Quilt Guild, is an all-inclusive weekend quilting getaway sponsored by Janome. A swanky hotel, meals, and all workshops are included in the attendance fee. Live it up from Friday through Sunday with four teachers, a full load of workshops and tons of sewing fun. Can’t make the entire weekend? Luncheon and dinner lectures will be available. Subscribe to the MQG newsletter to find a SewDown in your area before it sells out.


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You Can Do It – Watch To Learn

Improve your skills by watching these short videos on specific topics related to sewing and techniques. Additional resources are available to those who subscribe. Check them out at http://www.threadsmagazine.com/videos .