Events & Shows

Clothes Don’t Fit?

This spring Kathy is offering at all events to measure you at her booth and send you a knit top and slacks pattern with perfect fit and the style you want. Prices Vary!

Here is Kathy’s Spring 2017 schedule. Go to each shows web site for details:

Sewing & Stitchery Expo – March 2 to 5, 2017

Puyallup Washington – Washington State Fair – Events Center
110 Ninth Avenue Southwest Puyallup, Washington 98371

Go to – or call 866-554-8559 for details


Show Floor, Exhibits, Demos & Classes
Thursday – March 2nd – 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday – March 3rd – 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday – March 4th – 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday – March 5th – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


Sewing & Stitchery Expo

PreExpo Wednesday Hands On Classes
March 1st 1-5 pm ROOM 3, PAULHAMUS

Four Hour Hands On Workshop – Pants For You! Personal FIT! and STYLING!

Create the only pants pattern you will need for years to come. Measurements and visual keys are the foundation for creating your own custom pants pattern. Kathy will demonstrate how to correctly take measurements as you work in pairs to complete your individual measurement chart. Each member of the class will receive a visual fit chart on which Kathy will analyze and record the changes you’ll be making to your pattern. Using 1/2 scale pattern blocks for fit, you will practice all of the fitting changes on the visual fit chart and practice how to use your pattern block to restyle the leg to follow current and future trends.

Kit Fee $25 Includes Seam Allowance Curve Ruler, drafting pen, practice patterns and technique tutorial.  SUPPLY LIST: Basic sewing supplies, good paper scissors, Scotch tape and four sheets of printer paper

1 1/2 hour in depth lecture – Shirts, Sheers and Skinny Pants Sunday March 5th, 8:30am-10:00am ROOM F, SHOWPLEX

During a trip to NYC, Kathy observed how great women of all sizes and shapes looked in this type of outfit: a long shirt with a yoke for better fit, chiffon for the ultra-feminine look and skinny pants to complete the so-slimming ensemble. Join Kathy as she shares her know-how and great tips for making these three pieces. For shirts: Learn fast ways to sew collars, add yokes and length to make fitting easier. For sheers: Learn how to stabilize and cut, the proper needles and threads, seams and hems.

For skinny pants: Learn how to redraw your pant leg from straight to skinny.  Includes Step by step tutorial with complete instructions and pictures plus live camera projected on viewing screen for easy closeup viewing.

45 minute Seminars

Serger 9-1-1  Thurs Sat March 2nd & 4th 4:15-5:15

If you have a serger and barely use it or want to use it with greater proficiency, then it’s time to get to know how it operates from the inside out. Learn all about burrs, how width is used to improve stitches, and how to create a perfect balanced-tension control strip to use for each new fabric and thread. Discover a sequential tension formula that works on any model and all thread types. And, a five-minute serger pocket that can be added to any pattern.

Zip It Up & All About Elastic – Fri. March 3rd & Sun. March 5th Fri. & Sun. 12:30 to 1:15

Showplex Room B

Leave your fear of zippers behind forever! Learn to install smooth zippers in all types of fabrics on curved or straight seams. Learn how to select good elastic and successfully measure and sew through it. Learn how to use elastic to make your clothes fit and be comfortable. After this class you will even be using zippers and elastic for accents.

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo Atlanta GA – March 9,10,11, 2017

Infinite Energy Center formerly known as the Gwinnett Center
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway | Duluth, GA 30097 | 800-224-6422

“As Seen on TV” Clothes Thursday, March 09, 2017 – 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

‘Magic’ fabric and specially designed pockets can team up to make your tummy look flatter and your booty perkier. Learn to work with stretch wovens to build tummy flattening pockets that work with the fabric to lift your ‘bum,’ flatten your tummy and make you look a size smaller. Learn to add front pockets, yokes and back pockets that compliment your silhouette, and to add them at the right time — after the pant fits. See how to install a fly zipper Kathy’s way, and more. Always more.

Sew and Love What You Get -Thursday 3/9/17 – 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

If you find pattern directions confusing and aren’t happy with your results, here’s a chance to turn it all around. Learn the proper order for easy construction as Kathy
shares her original techniques to turn out a successful garment the first time around, even for beginners. Learn to stitch seams, facings and zippers, plus fun details like pockets, ruffles and pleats, all the step-by step sewing skills that will make your sewing experiences more gratifying.  You will sew what you want, and love what you get!

Serger 911 Friday 9/30/2016 10:30 AM-11:30 AM

Get comfortable with your serger! Control serger tensions with a formula that works on any serger and see factors that affect stitch quality plus some fun projects using a balance stitch.

Copy Cat Sewing  Saturday 3/11/17 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Explore a series of techniques which enable you to sew clothes just like the ones you already own and love to wear. Learn Kathy’s steps for copying sleeves, darts, seams and gathers, for a whole new wardrobe — inspired by already favorite looks. You’ll discover how to add facings, seam allowances, hemlines, smooth curves and more, gather tips about choosing the right fabric and how to add commercial details like ruffles, pleats and pockets to make a garment even better.

Pants Construction Kathy’s Way Saturday 3/11/17 – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Three styles of waist finishes, three kinds of pockets and two zippers? Kathy gives you all these options and more, using a single pants pattern as her base. See how to make your own tummy tuck jeans or yoga pants, using her ready-to-wear sewing secrets to save time and give you great results. You will love this no-nonsense approach to real women’s bodies and clothing needs, in this comprehensive pants style-and-construction class.

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – go to for details 8 weeks before expo starts.

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo Lakeland FL – March 16, 17 & 18, 2017

The Lakeland Center -701 West Lime St | Lakeland, FL 33815 | 863-834-8100

Exhibit Hall Hours: Thursday & Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm & Saturday: 10:00am – 5:30pm

“As Seen on TV” Clothes – Thursday 3/16/17 – 9:00AM – 10:00AM

Sew and Love What You Get – Thursday 3/16/17 – 2:30PM – 3:30PM

Serger 911 – Friday 3/17/17 – 1:00PM – 2:00PM

It’s Sew Easy: Sewing With Knits – Friday 3/17/17 – 4:00PM – 5:00PM

You’ll love how easy it is to “body fit” your fabric and sew with knits – even if you’ve sewn knits before! Learn pattern sizing, how to handle different stretch factors, plus marking, cutting, seaming and setting in sleeves. Learn to strengthen and stabilize seam and hemlines, and control the shape of corners. Discover how to make a dress using your favorite knit top pattern as the base; easy design changes will have you looking your very best!

Copy Cat Sewing Kathy RuddySaturday 3/18/17 – 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Pants Construction Kathy’s Way Saturday 3/18/17 – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Original Sewing & Quilt ExpoI-X Center Cleveland OH – March 30, 31 & April 1, 2017

6200 Riverside Dr. | Cleveland, OH 44135 | 216-676-6000

go to for details 8 weeks before expo starts