When is Sew Pro?

Sew Pro is a weekend long event, September 15-18, 2016, where attendees will attend two full days of lectures, panels, and instruction from professionals in the sewing industry. In addition to classes, attendees will have midday lunch sessions and surprise fun events and cocktail parties after hours! Sew Pro is a truly unique event that allows budding designers and writers to learn from and mingle with the people who have the best advice to offer– those who have been there and done it all themselves.

Where is the convention held?

Sew Pro 2016 will be held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago, Illinois. The address there is 9300 Bryn Mawr Ave in Rosemont, Illinois.

What airport do I fly into? And how do I get to the hotel from there?

You’ll fly into Chicago O’Hare International Airport, which is conveniently only about 2 miles from the hotel. The Hyatt Regency O’Hare runs a free shuttle service to and from the airport with pickups every fifteen minutes.

When do Sew Pro events start and end?

Check-in and registration for the event will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 15 and will be followed by a kickoff mixer in the main ballroom shortly after. Seminars and classes will officially end at about 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. If you need to leave that evening, you won’t miss any formal events but we encourage you to take advantage of the last evening in town by having a networking dinner with new friends!

Do I have to register for classes at Sew Pro?

Nope! You’ll receive a class list well in advance of the list for you to scope out what you think you’d like to take but you’ll be able to drop in to classes as the weekend progresses.

How do I know what classes to take?

We’ve designed our schedule to cater two four different “tracks”: fabric designers, pattern writers, authors, and bloggers. Depending on what your are of interest is, you’ll be able to choose classes that have curriculum that caters to your needs– and we’ll tell you exactly what those are! When you sign up to buy your ticket, you’ll fill out a brief survey to gauge your needs as a beginning professional. Once that’s filled out and you’re signed up, we’ll let you know what classes will help you in the areas you’re looking for.

What is included in the ticket, in terms of meals, extras, etc?

A plated lunch will be provided on Friday and Saturday. Attendees will be on their own for breakfast and dinner. There will be a cash bar at the kickoff mixer on Thursday night.

What does the schedule/timeline look like for the weekend?

A finalized schedule will be coming soon! But generally:
Thursday: Kickoff Mixer from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: Classes from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with keynote speeches each day

Do I need to bring my sewing machine?

Nope! There will be no actual sewing at Sew Pro. We do encourage you to take tons of notes during your classes! If you choose to do this on a laptop, note that power outlets will be very limited.

I'm not currently a sewing professional/I haven't started a business yet but want more info on how to do that. Is this right for me?

Yes! Absolutely! Sew Pro is really the perfect chance to see what it really takes to become a professional in this community. If you’re curious or have maybe dabbled a little bit, this is your time to see what it takes to go from a sewing enthusiast to an industry pro.

I bought a ticket for Sew Pro and now I can't go/changed my mind/etc. What do I do?

First off, we’re sorry to hear that! Unfortunately, Sew Pro tickets are not refundable but they are transferrable! If you can’t make it, you are welcome to sell your spot to someone else who would like to attend. Unfortunately, we cannot perform a refund without the spot being transferred to a new attendee. If you choose to sell your ticket, please email admin@sewproconvention.com to transfer your ticket to someone else’s name.

Who is organizing Sew Pro?

Sew Pro is organized by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness and Brenda Ratliff/Hayley Grzych of Pink Castle Fabrics.

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