American Sewing Expo
September 26-28, 2014
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American Sewing Expo Contests
Our very popular and inspiring contest, sponsored by Coats & Clark, for young sewers ages 8 - 18 is presented on the Fashion Stage at the show.
Contestants are split into three age groups for judging (8-11, 12-15, and 16-18) and provide a wonderful free fashion show for all to see.
These young sewers always amaze and delight attendees with their skills and creativity! 

All contestants will win prizes. The Grand Prize recipient will receive a Sofia sewing machine, generously provided by Baby Lock! 

Any questions can be answered by calling or emailing our office.

Entries must be postmarked by September 8, 2014 

2014 Rules and Entry Form 
American Sewing Expo offers a large variety of contests and drawings designed for all levels of sewers! 
Passion For Fashion - a live sewing and design competition
Innovation Generation - a sewing competition for children ages 8-18
Fashion Design in Half Scale - 2014 Contest
Push the Envelope, Pocket Pizzaz - see where your imagination will take you 
Dream Sewing Room - a drawing that anyone can win

Calling all sewers: If you are a sewing enthusiast that likes to add your own style to projects, the American Sewing Expo wants you to put on your creative hat, let your imagination go wild and enter our 7th Annual ASE Passion For Fashion! design challenge. This is a live challenge 
that will provide the opportunity for avid sewers to showcase their sewing and 
design talents complete with professional models and fashion show. The participants 
will be given a design challenge scenario and have all day Friday, September 27, 
to create their "secret project". Expo attendees will have the opportunity to follow 
the progress of the designers as they work on their creations. Contestants return 
on Saturday, September 28 to finish their creations and a last minute fitting on their 
professional model before the fashion show and photo shoot in the afternoon. 
A panel of industry fashion experts will judge and choose the challenge winner 
based on creativity, construction, fit, and composition. 

We encourage sewers of all skill levels to challenge their creativity and participate 
in this event.

Many prizes will be awarded and the top three winners, along with three audience 
members, will receive the following Baby Lock machines:
1st Place: Crescendo
2nd Place: Eclipse
3rd Place: Anna

Deadline to enter is July 1, 2014. 

Submissions must be accompanied by a $25.00 non-refundable jury fee and 1 
fashion garment (no more than a 3-piece outfit) that has been created within 
the past two years. Fashion garment will be returned. 


2013 Winners and their models with sponsor representative, Steve Jeffery, from Baby Lock
Everyone arriving by 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 28 will have the opportunity to win a Dream Sewing Room! 

When you arrive, you will be given 10 entry tickets. Fill them out, find the 10 American Sewing Expo boxes as they are noted on each ticket. Drawing for all prizes will take place at 5:00 p.m. You absolutely must be present to win! Prizes will be awarded from each individual box, followed by one Grand prize winner from all boxes combined! Everyone arriving by 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 28 will have the opportunity to win a Dream Sewing Room! 

One of the excited 11 big winner in 2011
2011 Dream Sewing Room Drawing Winner with some of her prizes
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Calling all Sewers, Crafters, and Quilters!  

Push the Envelope is back for 2014 with a brand new and exciting theme - Pocket Pizzazz! Enter this contest by filling out the contest entry form and mail to ASE. In July you will receive an envelope with A&E products to use in your contest entry.

We want to see where your imagination takes you. Entries can be anything sewn: quilt, garment, accessory, wall hanging, crafts, etc. Whatever you decide, just make sure you include at least one pocket. 

The first 100 to send in the entry form by July 1, 2014 will receive the envelope of products from A&E (envelopes will be send out after the July 1 deadline). 

Contestants have until August 30th, 2014 to send the completed project to American Sewing Expo.

Winners will be announced on September 26th and all acceptable entries will be on display at ASE September 26th - 28th.


Full Rules and Entry Form

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The Challenge is to create a garment on a half scale dress form using the theme, Fashion Icons thru the Ages. Fashion icons can be defined as someone known for wearing fashion, designing fashion or having a strong influence on fashion. 
Participants will purchase the kit that includes the official 1/2 scale dress form and special code to participate in the online sew-along with Designer Joi Mahon. Joi will lead you through the process of draping and designing on a dress form. 
Participants will be notified of the specific date and code of the sew-along.

The contest is now closed. See all entries at the show! 

2013 Winner, Miranda Irwin, with sponsor representatives, Lynn Browne from Coats & Clark and Steve Jeffery from Baby Lock
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Join us on Sunday for a special contest for anyone who loves making costumes! Any kind of costume will go - anime, steampunk, historical, TV, movie, video game, or comic book character to name a few. It could even be something straight from your own imagination! 

Fill out the entry form below and mail it in or bring it to the show with you on September 28th, 2014 to participate. 

Rules and Entry Form 

Looking for an idea of something to make? Here is a tutorial on how to turn a tank top or shirt into tunic or dress. Try it out and you can enter it in the contest! 
Shirt to Dress Tutorial