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Posted on: 3/18/10 7:14 PM
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I am a local and started attending in about 1993. I am also handicapped and have always needed to use some form of wheelchair in order to attend which gives me a different perspective. This year, the handicapped access had improved considerably despite a large attendance. The biggest problem in years past has been that the show is so crowded that it is difficult to get through the crowd. This year they changed the classrooms to different buildings and this was a huge improvement for me. I did not attend any classes this year, but have in the past and they seem to improve every year.

This show has something for everyone and it is worth travelling to see it. It is often still winter in much of the country, but already early spring in Puyallup, despite our northern latitude. I always learn a number of new techniques and my sewing expertise just gets to be even more fun. This year I learned how to add sparkles to quilts and my tween daughter's clothes. We also bought things to make pincushions, Japanese crafts, and quilted accessories.

I always enjoy the fashion shows. There are free stages where you can see many patterns made up and worn by living people. This year we also had a fashion show by schoolchildren and one by my ASG sewing club.

I have met many sewing celebrities at these shows including Nancy Zieman, Sue Hausman, Martha Pullen, and Linda McPhee. The ticketed seminars tend to be highly educational and entertaining. This year they added in depth seminars which include bringing your machines which I did not try.

This last year I travelled to the southeast (Savannah, Georgia and central Florida. I have also lived in Arkansas and Delaware. I came to realize that the Pacific Northwest is blessed with fantastic sewing and quilting shops as well as many talented teachers. This show is where many of them come together as well as many from across the country. They are right when they call it the country's funnest sewing party. I recommend spending more than one day at this show.

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sl3 said... (6/28/10 9:28 PM) Reply
I attended the show this year, travelling from New England to attend. I agree with kikismama completely
Haze said... (5/3/10 10:25 AM) Reply
I have been attending this expo for about 5 years. Every year I see changes for the better. I agree, there seems to be Fantastic sewing and quilting shops in the Pacific NW as well as many talented teachers and designers. To meet so many at the expo is a sewers dream. To have Sandra B measure you and tell you how to work her patterns for her, well, it doesn't get much better than that!
Laurie Lou said... (3/19/10 2:24 PM) Reply
Very good review from this perspective too. I'm glad that it is getting better too. Our in Mpls has been held down town...I wish they would move it back to where it was free parking saves a bundle too.
jokittens said... (3/19/10 11:13 AM) Reply
I'm handicapped, too. Good to know that the show is accessible. Hopefully, I will attend the show in the future.
nancy2001 said... (3/19/10 10:51 AM) Reply
Thanks for your review.
SusiM said... (3/19/10 1:08 AM) Reply
Thanks for the review. I've been wanting to go to this one.
Gingersnap1932 said... (3/19/10 0:23 AM) Reply
great commentary on the Expo, I have attended many years, not the last two but was part of the original Extension sewing groups that started the Expo many years ago. It only gets better every year and one day will not do it justice - you are so right
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