Monday, September 24, 2012

Fashion Sewing Design Contest, IPCA

Here's just the Ticket To Paradise . . .  a terrific fashion sewing contest recently announced by the Independent Pattern Company Alliance - IPCA.  Winners will be announced March 3, 2013 at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA.  Great prizes include a fabulous Baby Lock Symphony sewing machine.  The Grand Prize winner will be invited to the International Textile Expo in Las Vegas also in March.  Sounds exciting doesn't it!

Here's how to enter: 
  1. Visit to discover all the pattern companies included in the contest.
  2. Choose a pattern from the IPCA members' pattern collection, then free your imagination using the theme "Ticket to Paradise".
  3. Stitch up your garment or outfit using your personal vision of  Ticket to Paradise.
  4. Submit an entry form with at least 2 photos of your completed entry to the appropriate IPCA member company.
  5. Entries are due by January 25, 2013.
Who's the IPCA?  Just as the name suggests, these independent designers formed a coalition to promote their creative pattern designs.  When you buy a pattern from an IPCA member, you are assured that it has been professionally drafted, professionally graded for multiple sizing and include comprehensive illustrated pattern guides.

I'm thinking Ticket to Paradise in a great chance to showcase your design and technique skills. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sew It! International Sewing Month

September is International Sewing Month.  The kids are back in school and it's time to schedule sewing time back into the daily routine.  First stop, your local independent sewing dealer.  Look for this promotional sign for participation in International Sewing Month activities, an annual nation-wide event. 

You could win a $600 gift certificate as the grand prize drawing winner.  Sweet!  How would you spend an unexpected $600 windfall?  Your local dealer will show you lots of opportunities to win great prizes from favorite manufacturers including Coats and Clark, Janome America, McCall Patterns, Nancy's Notions, Sulky to name just a few, plus yours truly . . . . SCHMETZ needles.

SCHMETZ Gift Boxes
Prizes for International Sewing Month
Your local independent sewing machine dealer is eager to greet you.  Over the summer dealers traveled to their machine annual conferences to stay current with sewing machine product lines, techniques and education.  Whether you need a basic machine for a grandchild new to sewing or a fully loaded machine with all the bells and whistles for yourself, your local independent dealer has been trained to find the right machine for you. 
Baby Lock Endurance with bells and whistles for fast and easy embroidery
Baby Lock Tech 2012
Your local independent sewing dealer is a wealth of information and friendship just waiting for you to walk through the doors.  Sewing is fun . . .  and sewing is especially fun when you can win great prizes this month through your local dealer during International Sewing Month.