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Mark your calendar for American Sewing Expo in September

Sewers, it’s time to gear up your sewing machines for the upcoming American Sewing Expo at Suburban Collection Showplace where you’ll find an amazing assortment of sewing notions, textiles, tools and SEW much more!

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“Beginner to expert sewers and crafters will find fashion shows, classes and shopping,” said Janet Pray, show producer of the largest independent consumer sewing show in the country. “This year, it is being held in conjunction with the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals’ annual conference.”

The 19th annual show features accessories, embellishments, one-of-a -kind fabrics and supplies, fashion sewing, fitting, home decorating, machine embroidery, needlearts, quilting, sergers and wearable art. Show-goers will see over 20 exhibits, fashion style shows and sewing challenge competitions. Over 125 exhibitors from 35 states, Australia and Canada will be displaying sewing machines, notions, threads, patterns, yarn, technology, kits, gadgets, embroidery designs tools and other products. Techniques and tips will be taught at over 200 seminars, hands-on workshops and demonstrations.

Show instructors include couture expert and HGTV host of “Sew Much More” Susan Khalje; New York City Fashion Institute of Technology couture professor Kenneth King; fashion sewing expert and “Chanel and That Jacket” workshop teacher Claire Shaeffer; Quilting Arts TV and fiber artist Lynn Krawczyk; Sew News writer and founder of Labours of Love Heirloom Sewing Supplies Debra Justice; home seamstress and creator of Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing Gretchen Hirsch; sewing blogger and owner of A Fashionable Stitch Sunni Standing and other award-winning fashion sewing designers, including Linda McGehee, Joi Mahon, Kathy Ruddy and Angela Wolf.

Reality television competitions are the inspiration for the “Passion for Fashion Sewing Challenge: that begins as the show opens when 12 finalists design and sew garments for judging and a fashion show (similar to Lifetime’s Project Runway and Bravo’s The Fashion Show).

Attendees can learn tips and techniques at make-n-take projects in vendor displays; as they sew their own project to take home at the Sew Party Cafe sponsored by Juki; and as they make a handbag and embellish it using their style and imagination at BagMania sponsored by Janome and Ghee’s.

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. A Dream Sewing Room, sponsored by Brother, will be given away on Sunday.

Special exhibits will display cutting-edge of fashion sewing, quilts, wearable art, Threads Magazine ASDP Challenge garments, Haute Couture Club stripe challenge garments, 2-D and 3-D fiber art showcase, Custom Home Furnishings Academy showcase vignettes, Passion for Fashion 2011 winner Erin Miller designs, American & Efird “Out of the Box Quick Gifts Challenge” and Art of Cosplay costumes.

“Show visitors can test-drive sewing machines, see a fashion show, do some shopping, or watch a demo to get cretive tips, discover fresh possibilities and be inspired for new projects,” said Pray. “Sew’ many possibilities to learn new crafts, brush up on techniques and find out how the experts do it at this year’s show.”

Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Avenue, between Novi and Beck Road, in Novi.

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. Pre-show workshops are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 and Thursday, Sept. 27.

Expo admission is $14, and children 15 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. One-hour seminars are $14, all day workshops are $130, and special combination packages are available. On-site parking is available for $5. For more information, visit www.AmericanSewingExpo.com, or call (248) 889-311.