Free Stage Events

Get inspired with a selection of free learning opportunities presented daily in the Showplex.

Participants on free stage holding dolls and sewing materials, audience in foreground

View the complete 2019 schedule in the class catalog

Power Serge
Pam Damour, Decorating Diva
Thu/Sat 2:30 PM, Fri/Sun 8:30 AM
From her newest book Power Serge, Pam Damour will share the techniques and finishes you never knew your serger could do. Whether it’s quilting, home decor, purses, wallets, or garments, your serger can do it all!

Sew Read!
Michele Drovdahl
Fri/Sat 4:30 PM
Michele has a vast resource of books written that include our favorite obsessions – sewing, quilting, knitting, crafting and more! Let Michele entertain you by describing many novels with a connection to sewing and other crafts that you may find here at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo. Use her booklist to help choose your next good read and explore the wonderful world of sewing and quilting novels!

Easy Pattern Changes = Maximum Creativity
Laura Nash, Sew Chic Patterns
Thu 10:30 AM, FRI/SUN 1:30 PM
Starting with a classic one view pattern by Sew Chic Patterns, Laura will show you examples of how to use pattern features and details plus  the easy, easier, and easiest of all pattern alterations to turn in, turn on, and turn up a multitude of dazzling style options locked inside. Discover how to effortlessly repurpose, restyle, and re-design your patterns to yield the most amazing results with the least amount of effort. Who knew creativity could be so easy?

Sewing Tools for Comfortable Clothes
Kathy Ruddy,
Thu/Sat 1:30 PM, FRI/SUN 10:30 AM
Learn how to use Kathy’s techniques combined with her favorite notions to make your creative process fun and successful! Watch Kathy Ruddy as she models her wardrobe and shows you when and where she used her favorite sewing tools to create them.

Upcycle Sewing Tips: Sizing, Color/Pattern Selection, Proportion, and More
Michelle Paganini, Paganoonoo
Thu/Sat 9:30 AM
Join Michelle Paganini, upcycle sewing guru, to discover insider secrets to successful upcycling practices.  How should I choose the starting garments?
What colors and patterns should I use?
How can I get a good fit?
How does proportion influence design success?
How do I make adjustments and corrections?
Bonus:  Find out which Paganoonoo upcycle sewing designs are most flattering for your figure type!

Top 10 Reasons all Sewers Should Include Upcycling in Their Toolbox
Michelle Paganini, Paganoonoo
Fri/Sun 9:30 AM
In upcycle sewing, pre-owned clothing is used for raw materials rather than flat fold fabric. Reworking old garments to make new fashions is as old as fashion itself.  Why is it a relevant practice today?  Join Michelle Paganini, upcycle sewing guru to discover the top ten reasons you will want to upcycle.  Includes trunk show of beautiful upcycled Paganoonoo garments.
Upcycle (up-si-kel): To improve existing goods (such as clothing) through the use of labor, materials, and creativity.

Comfortable Clothes the Fast and Easy Way
Kathy Ruddy,
Thu/Sat 8:30 AM, Sun 12:30 PM
Learn how to use Kathy’s techniques combined with her favorite notions to make your creative process fun and successful! Watch as she models her wardrobe and shows you when and how she used her favorite sewing tools to create them.

Embellishments with Sue Purdy
Susan Purdy, Sue’s Sparklers
Thu/Sat 8:30 AM, Fri/Sun 10:30 AM
Enjoy a stage show with Sue’s Sparklers embellishments. You’ll learn how to spray paint stencils, make your own patterned fabric and backgrounds for quilts. Simple acrylic paint, water and a spray bottle can open up a world of embellishment. Then use iron on metal and crystals to jazz it up. No time, no talent!

American Sewing Guild Style Show
Melanie Ransom, American Sewing Guild
Sat 10:30 AM
This is the 9th Annual American Sewing Guild (ASG) style show.  The ASG is open to all and is the only national organization dedicated to Advancing Sewing as an Art and Life Skill.  Attend this style show and be inspired to create! Members from the many neighborhood groups that make up the local ASG Chapters will be showing their most recent creations. You’ll see real women of all shapes and sizes modeling their garments, showing quilts, and perhaps there will be some other surprises to see on the runway.

Mixed Media Techniques for Your Textile Projects
Joyce Teng, TSC Designs
Thu/Sat 11:30 AM, Fri/Sun 2:30 PM
Joyce will share her techniques to change plain yardage into one-of-a-kind fabric. See how Tsukineko inks, simple tools, combined with different media and materials, along with Joyce’s exciting stencils, are used to create fabric art that reflects your own color and design choices. Use your unique fabric in any project from traditional quilts to the most unique art quilts to innovative wearables.

Secrets to Making Beautiful Bags
Annie Unrein, LLC
Thu/Sat 3:30 PM, Fri/Sun 11:30 AM
Learn the secrets to making beautiful bags with durable structure, designer touches, and professional construction details.

The Care and Feeding of Your 18″ Dolls
Nadeen Ward, Dolls R SEW Fun
Thu/Sat 12:30 PM, Fri 3:30 PM
Whether you want to make doll clothes for family or to give to your favorite charity, they can sometimes be overwhelming. Most people say they are too little but teacher Nadeen says these dolls are big enough to try out interesting techniques and small enough not to use too much fabric. Learn about flat pattern construction, seam allowances, fabric choices, and size proportion in fabric and accessories. This is for the beginner or the experienced seamstress.