Let me just tell you about this! Earlier in the year I got an email or saw an ad or something that told me that the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo would be close to my house. I am pretty sure it’s been coming to Novi Michigan for a long time but I wasn’t paying much attention.

This year I had certain things I was interested in learning about and so I waited impatiently for the class list and registration to be available.

I wanted to learn more about fitting and pattern alteration so when the class list became available that’s where I went first. Of course there were a lot of other classes I wanted to take too but I couldn’t fit them all into the three day schedule.

I took a total of 10 classes over the three days. Some were just one hour lectures and a few were more hands on. In those 10 classes I had only 4 teachers though which ended up to be a great thing.

Here’s the problem. I only took 4 photos the whole time because I was so focused.

In my next post I’m going to talk more in detail about my 2 favorite classes which were taught by the same instructor and maybe I’ll show you a couple of pieces of fabric I bought. But let me just leave this here for now with a strong suggestion to take any classes you can. Learn from other people. Ask them questions. Even if you decide that you like your way of doing things better you might get a small tip that can help you in your craft.

One of my favorite tips was from the one instructor I had only one class from but I would take all of her classes next year. Her class was a 90 minute lecture and I took 3 pages of notes from her. Her name is Linda Lee.

Wanna know the tip? Maybe it was my favorite because she put into words something I agree with wholeheartedly. She said, “Sew like the clothes you can’t afford to buy.” What that means to me is when you are in a store and you see a garment you love that is out of your price range, look at the inside construction. See what they are doing to make that garment worth the money. sometimes it’s just the label but often there are little details that make that garment stand up or stand out.

Next year the Sewing Expo will be back in Novi Michigan and so will I.

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