Erin Singleton is a Diet Coke-fueled wife, mama, blogger (at Two More Seconds), runner-wanna-be, sewist, reader, Flickr addict and collector of fabric. She always stays up way too late trying to finish just one more project while getting distracted by Twitter and blog surfing. Erin is also one of the founders of Sewing Summit, a modern sewing and blogging conference taking place this October in Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration opens soon so we asked Erin to tell us a little more about Sewing Summit. We want to go!
Sew,Mama,Sew!: Tell us about the inspiration behind Sewing Summit.
Erin: Sewing Summit was created after reading comments over and over in the online sewing community that there needed to be an event where modern sewists could meet in person. So many people are interacting these days through sewing blogs, Flickr swaps and sewing community websites like Sew,Mama,Sew!; we wanted to create an event to bring everyone together to finally meet in person!
Sew,Mama,Sew!: Who should attend Sewing Summit?
Erin: If you love to sew and are connected online you should come to Sewing Summit! We have mothers and daughters coming together, groups from sewing guilds and lots of people even attend solo knowing that there are plenty of chances to meet others who share their love. Whether you sew garments, handbags, kids’ clothes, quilts, home dec items– there will be classes for and you’ll be welcome at Sewing Summit.
Sew,Mama,Sew!: What surprised you about the first one?
Erin: Last October was crazy! The level of excitement from our attendees blew us away! It was amazing to see so many people interacting face-to-face for the first time, when you knew they had been online friends for years. There was lots of “Oh! You’re taller then I imagined!” going on.
Sew,Mama,Sew!: What are the details for 2012?
Erin: Sewing Summit 2012 will be held October 11-13, 2012, in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. We have a beautiful hotel & venue where you’ll stay in a gorgeous hotel room just steps away from our conference room classes. We’ll open the conference with a fun welcome reception Thursday night and then end on Saturday night with a community dinner featuring a great keynote speaker!
Sew,Mama,Sew!: What is a typical day like for attendees?
Erin: We like to think of Sewing Summit as a cross between a traditional sewing retreat and a blogging conference. So you’ll spend a lot of your time in classes and lectures learning from some of the best modern sewists around, networking with other sewing bloggers, and participating in discussion panels about things like growing your blog audience and transitioning your sewing hobby to a business. Then we’ve also left plenty of down time for hanging out with your friends (old or new!) and sewing in our fully stocked sewing rooms.
Sew,Mama,Sew!: Can you tell us about the teachers this year?
Erin: We have an amazing teaching team this year! We’re announcing two teachers a week every Tuesday, leading up to our tickets going on sale April 3rd. Maybe you want to hear Thomas Knauer lecture on the inspiration behind his great fabric lines, or take an English paper-piecing hands-on class from a proper English woman, Katy Jones? There will also be classes on sewing with lace, using a serger, sewing for guys, pattern making for kids, advanced quilting techniques, photography and lots more.
Sew,Mama,Sew!: How much stuff do I have to bring? (Tell me I don’t have to lug my sewing machine onto the plane!)
Erin: Definitely not! Sewing Summit will be fully stocked with sewing machines, thread, tools, notions and irons, and your ticket includes most materials needed for all the sessions. We are lining up awesome sponsors that are going to make Sewing Summit possible this year and make it an amazing weekend for our attendees.
Sew,Mama,Sew!: How many people can attend?
Erin: Last year we had just over 200 attendees and this year we expect to grow, although we are limiting tickets to keep this an event where you don’t feel like you’re getting lost in the crowds and can actually connect with lots of people. We recommend registering early to secure your space!
Sew,Mama,Sew!: Where and when can I register?
Erin: Registration will open Tuesday, April 3rd at 9:00 a.m. MST, sharp! The first 50 tickets get $50 off, and they’ll go fast. All the details can be found through the “Register” link on the Sewing Summit website. The registration link will go live on our website at 9:00 a.m. MST, Tuesday, April 3rd.
Sew,Mama,Sew!: What are your plans for the future of Sewing Summit?
Erin: We have big plans! One of the things we’re introducing this year is the Sewing Summit scholarship fund, which we’ll use to bring deserving sewists to the event. We’re having a charity partnership this year, where our attendees can give back to a foundation in need. And one of our most often-heard requests is a Sewing Summit done East Coast-style; we think that some of our fans from the right coast will be particularly excited about some of the gears we have turning in that department!