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Come to the Sew Expo in WA in February!

Ckbklady | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi everyone!

It’s that time again – is anyone else chomping at the bit for the Sew Expo festival in Puyallup (Washington State, USA) to come as fast as possible? The schedule is out and available online and in a booklet you can request:


I’ve signed up for some of the classes and plan to spend at least three days there. The two closest “good” hotels (Best Western & Holiday Inn) are already full for the expo days I’ve chosen, but there are other hotels in nearby cities like Tacoma, Fife and Kent that are possible. I’ll probably just get up really early and drive in every day, and spend the hotel money on sewing show stuff!

Of course, Threads will be there – Amber, will you be along? Who will we meet from your team? Gatherers, is there any interest in a lunch together at a nearby restaurant?

Can you tell I’m excited? Wheeee!

🙂 Mary, grinning from ear to ear and crossing days off the calendar already….

Edited 1/1/2008 2:21 pm by Ckbklady


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    blondie2sew | | #1

    Hey Mary,I will be there as it is at my backdoor so to speak! I will actually be working a few shifts as I am a WSU CTA so I plan on being there alot!! I too want to sign up for some hands on or half day classes...I just have to see what I can work out I would love to meet up...a few of us did last year as you go into the Talk with Amber section and look up Sew Expo 06 or so I posted some pics...So lunch is great!! I am game...Time is coming fast and I just need to get my schedule at hand for it!!

    1. Ckbklady | | #2

      Yippee, Blondie, that's awesome!

      I'm in Redmond, about an hour away, but I'll be there bright and early on Wed, Thurs and Friday.

      I haven't eaten at Cattin's, the diner adjacent to the main gates, and I bet if Gatherers are signed up for classes before or after the lunch hour, we'll have to eat close by. Are there other nearby food spots I've missed? Or maybe we meet en masse at the food concessions in the main building? What worked last time?

      Looking forward to it!

      :) Mary

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        blondie2sew | | #3

        Perfect!! Except for Cattins....not really great!! Sorry if I have offended anyone who reads this..but I can check out others or just the Food court inside
        would be fine they have great sandwiches and soup and such!!I will email you personally with my #'s and such...So let me get my stuff together and see when I am working then when I get to play!! Look for my personal email Ok unable to send you an email via your profile so you send me one if you want!! ThanksBlondie

        Edited 1/2/2008 1:11 pm by blondie2sew

        1. Ckbklady | | #4

          Hiya Blondie,

          Sounds good - food concessions it is, then.

          How do I find your email address?

          :) Mary


          EDITED TO ADD : I think I figured it out. I sent you an email this evening. Drop me a line back when you know your schedule and we can compare notes. :) M

          Edited 1/3/2008 12:10 am by Ckbklady

          1. MaryinColorado | | #5

            Oh, gee whiz!  I want to go too!  I spent all my money on the new 4D software so unless I win the lottery , I have to wait one more year....darn darn darn....sniff sniff sniff....I'll be thinking of you all.  Have a great time!  Mary

          2. Ckbklady | | #6

            I was thinking of you and hoping you'd come out. Please reconsider! And start buying lottery tickets tomorrow if that's what it'll take!

            But gosh, FOUR-d software? Length, width, breadth and ... what? In Star Trek the 4th dimension was TIME! Crikey - have you found a wormhole in space that allows infinite sewing time? Yahoo - you'll have us all applauding, and just think - you could spend the cash portion of that Nobel prize on a trip to Puyallup! :)

            :) Mary

          3. MaryinColorado | | #7

            They say the 4th Dimension is me!!!  Hoooboy!  Lookout!  I paid when I ordered it so I could get 30% off, which is phenomenal to me.  I can't wait to get it and start playing.  I've done some of the online tutorials with no worries so far.  I've never done any digitizing, though I've been machine embroidering for over 10 years.  You can imagine how excited I am after waiting so long to do this....and I believe this software will be worth the wait.  I can scan my own drawings, use photos, clipart, alter current designs, split large designs to fit my hoop,  yummy yummy yummy! 

             I hope it lives up to my expectation that it will compare to eating chocolate....without the calories!  Wheeeee!  That will make up for the exercise I'm not getting due to the snow and cold weather....ha ha  (I have two kinds of Hershey's kisses, chocolate raspberry milano cookies, and peanutbutter chocolate fudge in my sewing room at this very moment.....and a Pepsi.  I'm so naughty this time of year.

            I might be able to stay with a friend who lives in Washington if he will be in town then.  He works on helicopters so has to travel alot.  He spent a few days with us during his Christmas vacation.  Gas and food might be affordable, so there is an inkling of hope yet.  I will go buy some lottery tickets tomorrow!   Mary

          4. Ckbklady | | #10

            You're the 4th dimension? Better call NASA - they need your help!

            The embroidery software sounds fantastic! All the more reason you MUST come to Washington in February - to show us pictures of your work and explain what the heck needs to be done with the International Space Station.

            That's a hoot that you have choco-goodies in your sewing room. I hide chocs in a sewing basket "in plain sight". Hubby claims to have "sweets radar" but it must be on the fritz, because he's never found it!

            And about the Sew Expo, if it sweetens the deal, a typical February day is 45 degrees and raining - no snow in sight...I had you at "45 degrees", right?

            :) Mary

          5. MaryinColorado | | #12

            45 degrees sounds wonderful!  If it wasn't for the rain, we could put the top down on my little convertible and turn on the seat heaters!  I'm tempted, but trying to control my wanderlust until Spring....when I hope the bank account recovers from the wild December spending.  Mary

          6. Ckbklady | | #15

            But you see, in Seattle, in February, it IS spring!

            A convertible at the sewing show would be a hoot, but where would you put all the sewing machines you might buy?:) Mary, afflicted with Sew Expo madness....


          7. MaryinColorado | | #16

            Bite your tongue!!!  I pray that I won't need to be buying any sewing machines for at least another decade or so!  But threads, sheer fabrics, yarns, trims, notions shouldn't take up too much trunkspace right?  If I come, I'll just pack very lightly so there's room for goodies.

            I received an email today saying they mailed me the Expo info.  and it said I can't sign up online for any classes, hurumph!  I really shouldn't go this year.  Mary

          8. Ckbklady | | #25

            So? Are you coming to the Sew Expo? Did you get your brochure? How long before we're changing your screen name to "Mary in Washington"?

            :) Mary

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            blondie2sew | | #26

            Oh my gosh Mary that is too funny what you wrote to Mary in Colorado!!I am lovin it

          10. Ckbklady | | #27

            Then help me Blondie, help me get her out of Colorado and out here for the show! (MIC, are you reading this??)

            :) Mary

          11. MaryinColorado | | #28

            heh heh heh......I'm lurking!   I haven't been onine for a bit, dh decided to buy himself a new computer so I am trying out his old hand me down....it seems to be okay.  But after I bought the 4D software and he bought a new computer, I don't think I will be able to come out this year.  I didn't get the brochure yet.  Still hoping to work something out, we would have a blast, I'm sure.  Mary ready for mischief....smile..

          12. Ckbklady | | #29

            A new computer, hmmm. I'm still boggling at the idea of 4D.

            Keep us on your "potential plans" list!

            :) Plain ol' 3D Mary

          13. MaryinColorado | | #30

            I'm glad he didn't buy it for me!  It's Vista and the last thing I want is to have to learn a new operating system, yuck!  No thanks.  He is complaining already that it is cumbersome and irritating so I would have fits with it.  Just switching from the laptop to his regular computer is a pain for this computer illiterate old gal.  It will be difficult enough for me to learn the 4D software and all those programs that I am so excited about.  (Can you tell I am shakin' in my boots already?) 

            I'm still hoping, but doubtful...of course if I really get frustrated with the software, I'll have to have an "escape route", right?  (I'm such a bad girl).  Mary

          14. Ckbklady | | #33

            Vista? Ick! I live in Redmond, WA, literally blocks from the main Microsoft "campus", and all of our friends who work there make a face and shake their heads at its mention. I got as far as XP Service Pack 2, and that's it for me - it had better last another ten years.

            But you know, hmmm, if the software does prove to be frustrating, you have a great excuse to come to the Sew Expo to recuperate....

            :) Mary

          15. MaryinColorado | | #35

            If you are interested, you can go to the Husq/Viking/USA site and do the tutorials on 4D Professional.  They also have it at the Pfaff site for the 4DSuite, which is the one I decided to buy.

             The dealer's employees said they were identical except for the packaging.  I did discover that it doesn't have the module for the Rose, but think I will be able to remedy that. 

            I've been dropping hints about the Sew Expo, he's ignoring me.   I can't blame him, really. 

          16. Ckbklady | | #36

            But don't I need a NASA security clearance to test that equipment? :) Thanks! I'm curious and will zap over to the site later today.

            Hints? Why be so subtle? Say that you'll learn so much that it will enhance your sewing for him. Works every time.

            :) Mary

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            blondie2sew | | #37

            Hey Mary,Say "Thank you for investing and believing in my passion honey all that you invested in my equipment, this trip is also an investment in me!!" Knowing that you will be able to learn more about the tools you are using at home and such...Too bad you couldn't use the one about being a tax right off for the year!!

          18. MaryinColorado | | #38

            Great suggestions!  He doesn't understand that the Denver shows just aren't the same caliber.  (Speaking of caliber, a pun on words, if it was for a gun, hunting, woodworking, fishing event, he would "get it". lol). 

            I did get the information I needed on the Expo., they sure have alot to offer.  Mary


          19. Ckbklady | | #39

            Then be sure to tell him that this is the largest sewing show in the US - that will put Denver's show in perspective.

            And then go buy a plane ticket! :)

            :) Mary

          20. MarshaK | | #40

            You ladies make me so envious being able to go to that show! At least I look good in green. Attending the Sewing Expo is on the top of my 'sewing related' wish list, I receive a brochure every year, and it makes me want to cry when I read all the things going on there, especially the vendor/exhibitor list. I can't use the excuse that going to the show would improve my sewing for my husband, he likes and appreciates every shirt I sew for him. And I can't use those sewn shirts as a favor to be repaid as right now I owe him big-time for all the things he's been doing for me and instead of me while I have a cast on my left wrist. I guess I'll just have to wait until you post all the goings on after the show. Marsha.

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            blondie2sew | | #41

            Well how about just telling him that you would love love love to be around your fellow sewists in a wonderful venue!!! A girls week out so to speak where everyone speaks your language and love!!

          22. MarshaK | | #42

            Unfortunately non of the 'girls' I know do any sewing so I have no travelling companions to go on a girls week out. Maybe next year----


          23. MaryinColorado | | #43

            You don't live near Colorado by chance?  I was looking at the brochure today whistfully.  It's about 19 hours drive from here.

            My son's friend lives in Puyallup but is moving here the end of April or I would be going this year and camping out at his house.  (He stayed with us for Christmas so it wouldn't have been an imposition.)  There must be a reason that the timing just didn't work out. 

            I hope your wrist is healing well and that it's not too painful.  Mary

          24. MarshaK | | #44

             Mary, I'm up in Alberta, Canada, in the middle of the province towards the east. I wish my mother had chosen the Seattle area instead of Spokane when she moved from Alaska. That would have made things so much easier! If your son's friend isn't moving until April there's time for you to go, the Expo is Feb. 28th-March 2nd. ?? Unless he has to bunk elsewhere at that time before his move.

            Thanks for your comment about my wrist, yeah, it's still painful, I haven't been taking all the pain meds the doctor prescribed. I go back on the 25th to find out how it's healing. Marsha.

          25. MaryinColorado | | #45

            I understand how you feel about pain meds, but, if they have anti-inflamatory properties, they help decrease the swelling, which helps bloodflow and healing. 

            Oh, I typed April, I meant to type January.  It's a shame I didn't get out there while I had the opportunity.  We are still close to alot of our son's friends, even though they are in thier mid to late twenties now.  It really helped with the empty nest syndrome when our son went into the service.  It's like having a huge family, even though we only have two children of our own. 

            I bet it is pretty up there, how's your weather?  Ours is bouncing between 20-50 but today was below zero, which almost never happens here as we are surrounded by the Rockies.  Mary

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            blondie2sew | | #46

            Hey Mary,I just wanted to interject to say that I and my family will be coming your way in towards the end of May...Colorado Springs we will be going.But I was checking on Airfare and it is cheaper to fly into Denver than Co. Springs....What is up with that!!How far of a drive is it?And ya know you still have someone in Puyallup...that be me!! But I know!! So my offer is always standing!!

          27. MaryinColorado | | #47

            That is so funny, my friend from Puyallup is moving to Colorado Springs.  It's a small world.  My son was stationed there while in the Army.  (He's thinking of going back into the service.  He's been in the Army and the Colorado Air Guard, wonder what he'd chose next time, maybe Airforce now that he's a private pilot.) 

            Colorado Springs is about 60 miles from Denver.  Most of the people I know prefer the other airport as it is not so busy and complex, but DIA is usually cheaper because it's an international hub with more flights.  If you can, try to avoid rush hour traffic, but at that highway takes you around the East side and not actually through downtown Denver now.  There are lots of expensive shops and restaurants in the airport.  If you look at a map, you'll probably take 225 to I-25 South to Colorado Springs.  There are outlet stores in CastleRock, on the way there.  The Airforce Academy will also be on the way. 

            If you are looking for things to do with your girls, let me know if I can make some suggestions.  How long will you be here?  If you have time, I could meet you somewhere as I have friends there that I could go visit at the same time.  The weather will be beautiful here in May, if you go to the mountains you'll still want to bring along jackets or sweaters/sweatshirts and comfy shoes.  I hope you enjoy your visit!  Mary


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            blondie2sew | | #48

            To all who is attending this wonderful Expo....I got my ticket for the Friday Night Live....Let me know who all is going to that because I would love to meet and enjoy together!!

          29. Ckbklady | | #49

            Hiya Blondie!

            I'm not doing the Friday night Live, but I am doing a whole lot of other classes on Thurs and Friday. Will you be at the show on Saturday? I thought I would return then to shop and catch up with you if you're free and other Gatherers if we can rally them.

            :) Mary

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            blondie2sew | | #50

            Thats cool,I am working the show on Thurs/Fri in the morn....and I am hoping to get some classes in...I have heard they are selling out fast!!So Sat will work for me....Let me know what your thinkin

          31. MaryinColorado | | #31

            ooooooooooooooweeeeeeeeeeeeeee!  The shop just called and my 4D has arrived!  I am so excited!  Now to gobble down my breakfast, get dressed, and drive across town!  Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!   Mary

          32. Ckbklady | | #32

            Why do you have to drive across town when you can just beam yourself down there? :)

            I'm excited to learn more about your bending-the-rules-of-physics 4D thingie. Once you've got it up and running can you report in here and explain it to all of us neophytes (I can't be the only one)? And if you do so, can you explain it VERY simply (look, children, this is a com-PU-terrrr, and this software makes time-bending embroidrery like so...)?Yippeee! I'm so happy that you've got a new sewing goodie!

            :) Mary

          33. MaryinColorado | | #34

            Thank You!  It is fun to share my excitement with my sewing buddies here.  4D is all loded up and raring to go so will tell you of my adventures in the 4th Dimension upon my "hopeful" return.  Mary

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            blondie2sew | | #8

            Hellooooo Mary,I told you you can stay with me!! You need to be here this year!!Lots and lots of Trims remember!!!

          35. MaryinColorado | | #17

            You all make it so tempting!!!  Mary

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            blondie2sew | | #18

            Well of course you wouldn't expect it any other way...Huge smiles to you

          37. cafms | | #19

            I got to go last year and enjoyed every minute of it.  It was a dream come true.  Can't do it again as it is just too far but will be thinking about it when the time comes around again. 

            Someone said it would be 45 degrees there then.  It was snowing and sleeting when we got to the airport there last year and so cold for Mississippi girls but we made it and had a fantastic time.

            Did you ever post anything about your CTA training?  I was curious about what all it covered but never found any posts from you about it.


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            blondie2sew | | #20

            We will miss you!! No I am sorry I haven't posted anything about my CTA training as I had a lot of family things happening during this last 07 and that is why I was kinda scarce the last half of the year...but I am back now and when given the chance I will post my training and such!! Thanks for remembering...sorry again I won't forget!!

          39. cafms | | #21

            I be watching for it. Thanks.

          40. Cherrypops | | #22

            Glad to have you back on board!

            Looking forward to reading more from you this year.


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            blondie2sew | | #23

            Hey you!!You haven't checked out the photo gallery lately have you?!! A have just a few of my projects (Christmas ones) Posted!! Hey you...how about comiing to the states and embark on a Sewing Adventure with me!!! Like the Sewing Expo...I still have a place for you!!

          42. Cherrypops | | #24

            You are so sweet, a year later and the offer is still there. I really wish I could..if I cross my arms, nod my head and blink maybe Master could fly me over there!

            I'm sure I will read about it here....you've got a good crew together, have a ball!

            Ah no, I haven't looked into the gallery yet.. thanks, I'll find yours and other new pics and must add mine to it.



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            blondie2sew | | #9

            Thanks I did get your personal email and I will reply hopefully soon!Gotta make some calls!!

          44. Ckbklady | | #11

            Goodie - no rush - drop me a line when you can. It'll be fun to turn the show into a "meet-up"!:) Mary

  2. AmberE | | #13

    I'll be there!

    1. Ckbklady | | #14

      Wonderful - I'll be sure to come by and introduce myself.

      I LOVE the Threads booth - it's so exciting to see the actual garments I've studied in the magazine illustrations. It will be fun to come by and say hello.

      :) Mary


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