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Do you know the way to Puyallup?

Go to SewExpo.com for more information.

The 25th anniversary of the Sewing & Stitchery Expo kicks off this week in Puyallup, Washington. This show is the largest consumer sewing show in the U.S., making it a show you would not want to miss. The event, which runs from Thursday February 26 to Sunday March 1st, offers aisles and aisles of exhibitors, loads of seminars taught by leading sewing experts (many are our very own Threads authors) and inspiring runway events. There are so many great things to see, do, and, of course, sew; we can’t even begin to list them all. So, here’s a sampling of show highlights that I can’t wait to check out: 

Spectacular Sewing Seminars
Spend some time sewing the day away and learning from industry experts, many of whom are also our talented and beloved Threads contributors. Here are some of the seminars being offered:
• Carol Ahles, Carol Ahles Fine Heirloom Tools: Perfect Turned-Edge Scalloped Hems
• Louise Cutting, Cutting Corners: One-Seam Pants Just for You
• Janet Pray, Islander Sewing: Industrial Shortcuts
• Diane Ericson, ReVisions: Stenciling and Sewing with Hand-Printed Fabrics
• June Colburn, June Colburn Designs II Inc.: Hand Beading as a Layer in Surface Design
• Connie Crawford: Sew Like a Pro
• Lyla Messinger, LJ Designs: Fashion Forward Knit Techniques
• Fred Bloebaum, LaFred Patterns: The Best of Threads
• Kathleen Cheetham, Petite Plus Patterns: Pattern Fit & Flattery for the Plus-Sized Woman
• And lots more!

Runway and Fashion Events
Get your fashion fix and hit the style shows. Here are a few of the many to choose from:
• Bernina & The Sewing Workshop: Fashion Studio’s Runway to Everyday Challenge
• Sandra Betzina, Power Sewing, & Marcy Tilton, Marcy Tilton: From the Closets of Sandra & Marcy
• Linda Lee, The Sewing Workshop & Louise Cutting, Cutting Corners: The Shape of Things to Come
• Simplicity: It’s Sew Time! Simplicity Presents Inspired by Project Runway Plus the Key Items for Spring

Products Galore
And, finally of course there will be plenty of shopping. What could be more exciting? I hope to see you there!

Check out sewexpo.com for more information.


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  1. Runa | | #1

    I'm looking forward to seeing Threads at its booth at Sew Expo. :D

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    Deana | | #2

    Hi Runa, Unfortunately we don't have a booth at the show this year. But, I will be there, so keep a look out!

  3. Celeste_S | | #3

    I always look forward to the Threads booth to see first-hand the fashions that have appeared in the magazine throughout the year. How disappointing. Why no booth this year?

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    Deana | | #4

    Hi Celeste,

    I'm so glad to hear that you've enjoyed the Threads booth in years past. As you can tell from this post, we think the Sewing & Stitchery Expo is a superb sewing event and we have always been proud to have a booth at the show. Our decision not to have a booth is in no way a reflection of the quality of this fine event. But, like so many others, with the economic climate being what it is, we need to be conscious of our spending. So, we have decided to focus our resources on continuing to put out great magazines and websites while cutting some costs in other areas. While it is dissappointing not to have a booth, I am thrilled to be attending the show and can't wait to meet all the Threads and Threadsmagazine.com readers who are there! If you see me there, please stop me and say hello.


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    Cheriezel | | #5

    Love Sew Expo! As a local Washintonian, I've been going for the last 10 years or so. If this is your 1st time here's some tips:

    Bring your own bottled water - the vending machines run out quickly.
    Bring your own snacks/food - limited food vending.
    Wear your most comfortable walking shoes - it's all concrete or hard floors.
    Bring a large backpack or tote for your goods that you buy, rolling totes/suitcases are severely FROWNED UPON!

    Have fun everyone!

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