Ellicott City Sew Vac cordially invites you to...
SPRING SEW FAIR 2018
Thursday May 10th, Friday May 11th and Saturday May 12th!
Exciting new products, continuous demonstrations & SPECIAL SHOW PRICES. Sewing machines and sergers, software, notions, books, furniture and all sewing accessories are specially priced for three days!
Admission is free but seating is limited, so...
Call 410-465-6366 to sign up TODAY!
Thursday May 10th
9:00 - 10:30 Sensational Serging - Missy Billingsley
Join Missy for some fabulous tips and tricks. Find out when and why you would want to use a serger and how EASY it can make some projects! Are you intimidated by zippers? Fear no more, putting them in by serger is easy peasy! What about ruffles, piping and decorative stitches and more! Babylock sergers can make your life a breeze when sewing and we mean that! No "tension" headaches and threading will be a breeze!
11:00 - 12:30 Diva Detectives-Take 1 - Barbara Dann
Barbara Dann teaches us to become a quilt detective! How is a block made? How can I make it in a different size? How can I make small changes to my blocks for big impact? Answers to these questions and many more during this fun, lively and informative lecture trunk show.
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch and shopping break
1:30 - 3:30 Notions Commotion - Debbie Lafrance
Sewfair just wouldn’t be same without Debbie showing all the coolest tools and gadgets you just have to have!
Friday May 11th
9:00 - 10:30 Magic in the Hoop! - Evy Hawkins
Evy Hawkins is back! Machine embroidery enthusiasts come and learn what else your embroidery machine can do! Make toys, become a florist. How about paper piecing without hurting you brain? What about putting embroidery on things you simply CANNOT get in the hoop? Did you know your embroidery machine is also a die-cutting tool? That you can "sew" in the hoop? Let Evy show you how!
11:00 - 12:30 Multi-Needle Mania - Missy Billingsley
Tired of all those thread changes? Ever wonder about embroidering with a Muli-needle Machine? Maybe you've been a little intimidated by the looks of one. Well, Missy will show you how easy it is to use a Multi-needle and how easy it is to embroider those hard to hoop projects! From hats to bags, shirts and more, a multi-needle is the perfect addition to your studio.
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch and shopping break
1:30 - 3:00 Diva Detectives Take 2!   - Barbara Dann
We all have a "bucket list" quilt or two. You know, the ones you want to make but don't really feel like you have the skills or the time. "Storm at Sea" was on Barbara's "bucket list"! No paper piecing, no templates, no stress- making this quilt is fun! Featured in this lecture will be the Square Squared tool and the Diamond Rects. Come and get inspired!
3:30 - 4:30 Machine Embroidery Inspiration and Trunk Show - Evy Hawkins
Come and see what happens when a fiber/artist couturier gets her hands on an embroidery machine! Watch a virtual trunk show while Evy explains how she did what she did with machine embroidery to create wedding garments, children's wear, evening ensembles, accessories, home decor, quilts and much more. You will learn about creating your own unique fabric for use with embroidery appliqués; how to jump start other craft techniques in the hoop and how to use your design stash to create original works of art.
SATURDAY
9:00 - 10:30 Fire Away! - Barbara Dann
Lemoyne Star Quilts and Hunter's Star Quilts were traditionally made with "Y" seams, inset seams and lots of stress. Not anymore! Barbara shows both can be made with the Rapid-Fire Tools-Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star and Rapid-Fire Hunters Star tools. Using strip piecing methods both of these quilts go together quickly and easily. Hunter's Star blocks can be set in many ways- the choices are endless! Lemoyne Stars are fabulous but wait until you see all the variations of this 8-pointed star!
11:00 - 12:30 Machine Embroidery S.O.S. - Evy Hawkins
Machine embroidery is so much fun, but what about when that "oops" happens? Can you fix it? YES, you can! Learn how Evy fixes the glitches in the stitches during her adventures with machine embroidery. Plus learn Evy's favorite tips and tricks for hooping, stabilizing and appliqué. Figure out what stabilizer your project needs with one easy question. Learn about toppers and undercover materials and how to use them to make your embroidery designs perfect no matter what you put them on. After over thirty years of machine embroidery experience, Evy has a stockpile of "save the project" fixes to share.
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch and shopping break
1:30 - 3:00 Create your own works of art! - Missy Billingsley
Heard all the buzz about the Babylock Destiny II but wondered what's it all about? Missy will show you how easy it is to scan artwork to create your own embroidery designs and using built in fill patterns to create your own works of art. Are you a quilter? With a touch of a button stipple around any design. So many things you can do and so easy to do them! Things we never thought possible can be done on an embroidery machine!
Meet the Educators!
Missy Billingsley
Missy has embraced sewing for more than 20 years. She travels the country teaching sewing, serging, embroidery and software with a special focus on heirloom sewing by machine and serger. Missy is a Martha Pullen Licensed Teacher and a Sulky Certified Instructor, and has four instructional project DVDs. She’s appeared on “Martha’s Sewing Room” and in several magazines, including Sew Beautiful, Creative Expressions, Creative Machine Embroidery, Quilting, and Classic Sewing.
Evy Hawkins
Evy has been sewing since she was a child. During the course of her career she has been a couturiere, a women's wear designer, a freelance embroidery designer, shop owner, children's wear designer/manufacturer and a graphic artist. She currently designs and digitizes her own line of embroidery designs and creating projects, patterns and more at her website, A Bit of Stitch.
Barbara Dann
Barbara is a passionate quilter with too many ideas and never enough time! She specializes in Studio 180 Design tools and techniques. She teaches at guilds, quilt shops and quilt shows. Barbara's lectures and classes are relaxed, informative and fun. She enjoys teaching quilters of all skill levels and shares many tips and techniques that make piecing easier, faster and more accurate.