Bright Lights Big City

The following article is a re-print from an article on the Kids Sewing Studio Blog written by Jen Dulyanai.  You may or may not know that I am a partner in Kids Sewing Studio – an exciting new way to share our love of sewing with the next generation. We’ve produced a way for people to learn how to sew, even if they have never touched fabric before.  The lessons were designed for children but they’re so good that even adults can use them.

Anyway, Jen and I went to Las Vegas to visit the   SDTA (Sewing Machine Dealers Trade Association) conference.   There are so many stories from the naked city. This is ours:



Well, I don’t want to say we’re rubes, but I live in a small town and Bobbi lives in a village, so yes, we did walk around the Vegas strip with wide eyes, taking in the sights! (Including, but not limited to, the emergency footwear machine.  You know, for when you get overexcited by the pirate ship battle in front of Treasure Island, and jump in the water?!?)

We were in Las Vegas last week for the Vacuum Dealers/Sewing Machine Dealers Trade Association show which was far more exciting than it sounds. We wanted to know if this might be a good place to take our Sewing Classes in a Box next year to market to dealers. We believe it would be a fabulous thing for every sewing machine dealer to include with a lower end machine sale. Wouldn’t that be nice?  You want to learn to sew, so you buy a starter machine and get a free class.

Anyways, there was a lot to see new product-wise. We found some amazing fabric  from Shannon Fabrics that we absolutely fell in love with–so complete was our infatuation that we went back the next day and placed an order. A large order, larger than we originally intended. We simply had to have it. When you touch it, you’ll understand why.  Imagine, if you will, a luscious double gauze, opaque and drapy enough for garment sewing in a wide range of beautiful colors and patterns.


You know those new baby blankets that are really just a super soft wrap to swaddle the baby in?  Aden + anais is a popular brand. Imagine making clothing out of that fabric.  When I say soft, it’s an understatement. And it only gets better with washing!



I can’t wait to start my summer wardrobe:  loose tops, swishy skirts, a new nightie, pajama pants for lounging.  Really, there’s no end to the possibilities!


My adorable nephew might even get a new blankie to replace the one he’s worn to tatters.

We’ll be showing and selling the new fabric in a few weeks at the Sewing Expo in Puyallup.  But before that, we’ll be sewing our own samples.  I can’t wait!


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