Continental Breakfast & Registration / Vendors | 8 – 9 am


Sewing Maintenance Checklist | 9 – 10 am

Sam Sloan, Sloan Machinery Co.
Keep your sewing machines in running order by following a general maintenance tips covered in this session. Learn how to prevent common issues and troubleshoot problems.

Understanding Thread | 10 – 11 am

Quality Thread and Notions Co.
Learn about thread types and how to select the best one for your application. Discover overlooked issues and common mistakes when selecting thread.

Guide to the Needle in a Haystack | 11 – Noon

Miriam Krug, Groz-Beckert
Discover how to choose the best needle type for your application that will help you improve the quality and precision of your manufacturing. Taught by Groz-Beckert’s head of sales sewing division North America.

Networking Lunch | Noon – 1 pm

Make time to grow your professional network while enjoying a delicious meal.

Vendors | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Enjoy dessert and coffee, while you meet vendors to discuss new products and increase your knowledge.

Inspiring Innovative Design and Development Ideas | 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Matt Rhoades – International award-winning designer / accelerator, formerly with Nike
Innovation is the cornerstone of American ingenuity and success. Rediscover the process of design thinking and the new idea of “Disruption Mapping” to expand your company’s need for an elevated competitive advantage through innovative thinking. Learn to push your creativity process into new spaces.

Fabric Welding | 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Jason Damis, Miller Weldmaster Corp.
Learn about the versatility of your welding equipment and get tips on settings.

Industry Trends | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Regional Companies Including Ehmke Manufacturing Company
How are you preparing your business for innovation, workforce talent and market share? Discover how to drive change and leverage technology.