My Sewing Expo Adventure

Last weekend, I visited the much anticipated Michigan Sewing Expo.  I got there reasonably early in the morning to a packed parking lot.  Vendors with every sewing, quilting and knitting gadget imaginable filled the showroom.  I was really looking forward to dropping some serious cash at Vogue Fabrics.

Expo showroom

Two years ago, I found some incredible deals there but since I was a novice I didn’t do nearly the damage I was prepared to do this time.  Sadly, I was very disappointed!  First of all, their space was really condensed from what they had 2 years ago, so the fabric was not as accessible.  It took too much effort to look thru tightly compacted bolts or the fabric remnants piled high on top of each other in one big heap! There was way too much personal space invasion happening as people were attempting to pass thru the very narrow aisle way!  I walked away with only 2 lousy purchases!

Habermans on the other hand, did not disappoint (they rarely do!).  Their fabric was easily accessible.  The selection and prices were great.  I had no problem finding some great pieces.  I even bought fabric that wasn’t on clearance- something I rarely do!  Like this silk wool from Italy.

Italian silk wool

Absolutely gorgeous and super soft.  I’m almost afraid to cut it!   It would look great as a jacket which would showcase the beautiful fabric.  Problems is: I’ve never made a jacket before and I’m slightly, kinda, absolutely terrified of ruining my fabric!   The pattern I chose seems fairly uncomplicated but I have fitting issues as in I’m not that great at it!

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Maybe I should stick to making the skirt I had originally intended to make!

Habermans also had this very cool pop art upholstery fabric.  It had images of Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Kool and the Gang and many more.  What a conversation piece but at $47 a yard, a picture of the fabric will have to do!


After hours of perusing and spending, I was ready to go home and caress my beautiful fabrics as I make a home for them in my stash.

“Feed Me Kenmore”

I ran into Gertie who was there teaching a class.

Photo op with Gertie

She’s even prettier in person and was nice enough to pose for a picture.  I told her she was like a sewing rock star and I was happy to have met her.  What a perfect way to end my expo shopping adventure!