Rocky Mountain Sewing Expo

Last Friday, some of our editorial staff spent the day the Rocky Mountain Sewing Expo in Denver. We attended classes, caught up with a few of our contributors and walked the show to see lots of  new gadgets, fabric and supplies.

Here we are gearing up for a day of sewing fun:

Colleen and Kim:

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Beth and Colleen:

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I learned some really cool tricks and techniques at the classes I attended. First up, I went to Peggy Sagers’ T-shirt workshop. She shared great fashion industry pointers on contemporary knit fabrics finishes and also has some cute new patterns coming out from her Silhouettes Patterns line. I’d really like to try #175 Valerie’s top, but I’m not sure what fabric I’d like to use. I’m always looking for a good source for knits,  so be sure to share in the Comments section if you know of any!

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Kim and I also learned a handy system for adjusting your serger tension at Kathy Ruddy’s Serger 911 class. I’ve had a lot fun lately trying out different functions on my serger, and understanding how each the tension of each thread affects the stitching is really helpful.

During our lunch break, we had a chance to catch Linda MacPhee’s fashion show. Always a packed house and a must-see! Here’s a picture, and although it’s pretty hard to tell, the model is wearing the classic wool coat we featured in Sew News Dec/Jan ’09:

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We couldn’t let the day go by without a little shopping as well. Kim stocked up on pretty peach thread cones that she’s actually going to use as a decor element in her new house:

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I found some cool vintage-looking brooches, one of which I might use for a closure on an upcoming project. And I couldn’t pass up a great deal on invisible zippers, which always come in very handy:

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Overall, it was a really inspiring and informative day that gave us lots of great ideas for upcoming Sew News features. Stay tuned!

Are there any sewing shows coming up in your neck of the woods? Have you attended in the past or do you plan on going to any shows this year?

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