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Sewing Smorgasbord Scheduled for March 21

Sewing Smorgasbord Scheduled for March 21 

Are you interested in learning how to make a Twisted Quilt Block, a Split Nine Patch, or a One Block Wonder Panel Quilt?  Want to learn how to Adjust Clothing to Fit or how toMaintain and Troubleshoot Your Sewing Machine?  Interested in maximizing your Serger or want to learn how to make a Vinyl Mesh Tote?  Are you curious about Cosplay and Making Cosplay Costumes?  Want to learn about favorite Notions, Gadgets and Tools quilters/seamstresses use to improve their sewing skills?  Excited to learn more about the Needle Arts of Beginning Needle or Beginning Shuttle Tatting, Fair Isle Knitting or Beginning Crochet?  Do you have several pair of jeans that need upcycled?  Then Denim Re-imagined is the class for you.  Want to learn more about Fabric Coil Coasters and Baskets, Woven Baskets or is Jewelry Making 101 of interest to you?  Looking for new Sewing and Crafting project ideas?  Do your scissors need sharpening?

New for 2020 is a Youth Track – specifically designed for youth.  Youth classes  include ABCs of Sewing, Accordion Scrapbook: “Measure Twice, Cut Once”, Youth Hand Sewing Class, and “You Can Quilt”. 

For these topics and many more, plan to attend the 47th annual Sewing Smorgasbord on Saturday March 21st to be held at Sheridan Middle School in Thornville, Ohio, (Perry County).  This is the textiles and clothing update of the year sponsored by the Perry County Homemakers Organization and Ohio State University Extension.  This year’s program includes 36 classes on a variety of topics, over 14 exhibits by area businesses, a fabric fair, scissor sharpening and the “people’s choice” contest.

Back by popular demand is the People’s Choice Contest.  A Reading/Pocket Pillow has been chosen for the 2020 People’s Choice Contest.  Including a Children’s Book is optional with your Reading/Pocket Pillow entry; books will be donated to a local literacy program. The contest is open to anyone.  There are two categories – a youth (18 years of age and younger) division and an adult (over 18 years of age) division.  The winner in each category will be determined by a “People Choice” vote of those individuals attending the Sewing Smorgasbord.  Registrations entries will be accepted during the Sewing Smorgasbord until 10:00 a.m. and must remain on display until the announcement of the winning entries at approximately 3:15 p.m.  Individuals may submit as many Reading/Pocket Pillow entries as they chose; there is no limit.  However, there is a $1.00 fee per entry. An overall prize-winner will be chosen for each division.  Winners will be chosen by “viewer’s choice”, from individuals attending the 2020 Sewing Smorgasbord.  The overall winner in each category will win a $25.00 award.  Entrants must be present to win.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Cindy Shuster, Associate Professor, OSU Emeritus, Perry County at or call her at 740-405-7891.

Two new features for the 47th annual Sewing Smorgasbord are a Sewing Machine Raffle and a Fat Quarter Raffle.

The sewing machine raffle is a Brother, Project Runway Computerized Sewing Machine model number CS5055PRW which features 50 unique built-in stitches, 87 stitch functions, and 5 styles of 1-step auto-size buttonholes.  Raffle tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.

The “Fat Quarter” raffle is simple.  Bring a fat quarter and you will be entered in the drawing for the “basket” of fat quarters.   The winner of the sewing machine and fat quarter raffles will be announced following the presentation of door prizes at the conclusion of the day.  You must be present to win.

The fabric fair is a huge attraction for annual attendees.  The fabric fair is an opportunity for individuals to clean out their fabric closets and sell unwanted or orphan fabric.  Individuals may sell pieces of fabric 1/8th yard in length or greater by putting the fabric in a clear, self-sealing plastic bag.  Enclose an index card with your name, county, fiber content (if known) and asking price.  A team of Perry County Homemakers/volunteers will sell your fabric and you get the proceeds at the end of the day.

For a nominal fee, scissor sharpening will be provided by Charles Lewis of Chuck’s Sewing Machine Repair, Zanesville.  Bring your scissors, drop them off, attend classes and pick them up at the end of the day.

Doors open to the public at 8:30 a.m.  Classes will begin at 9:15 a.m. and continue until 3:05 p.m.  Registration fee is $8 which is payable at the door.  Participants may purchase a light lunch for a small fee or bring a brown bag lunch with them.  Door prizes will be awarded at the end of the day.

For additional information or a complete listing of classes, contact the Perry County Ohio Homemakers Facebook page or OSU Extension, Perry County’s webpage at


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