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The WSU sponsored expo was held Thurs Feb 26th Ė Sun Feb 29th at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup, WA (About 30 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma airport). I bought my tickets ahead of time and attended the expo Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I currently live in Texas and am originally from the Puget Sound area of WA, so I conveniently scheduled my vacation around the expo to see my family ;) This was my first sewing expo and I was blown away. There was so much to see and do it really did take 3 days. It is very popular and was so crowded with so many vendors and a lot of people attending the expo. The cool part was the raffle. They were giving away great, expensive prizes, like sewing machines and more, two each day. All in all, it was awesome.

I shopped the first day. There were 3 fairground buildings full of vendors from across the country. I browsed every booth there which made me very tired, but it was so much fun. I would have to say the expo was equally geared towards garment and quilt sewers with a little for crafters/knitters/doll stuff. There was a ton of quilting fabric there and a handful of booths with fashion fabric (Vogue Fabrics had a lot there). There was a huge array of quilting and fashion patterns along with the made up samples. Some fashion sewing patterns that were there were Saf-T pockets, The Sewing Workshop, Cynthia Guffey, La Fred, Palmer/Pletsch McCalls, Sandra Betzinaís Vogue, Purrfection, Alternatives (embellished garments), Peggy Sagerís, Great Copy Patterns, and much more. All the main pattern software companies were there as well. Oh my and then there were the sewing notions and gadgets. I needed a good French curve for altering patterns so I picked up the Japanese armhole/crotch and hip curve tools from the Professional Sewing Supplies booth. I canít wait to try them out. There were also a lot of neat embellishments there. If I had only more time, I couldíve really looked for some. I was just so overwhelmed by it all. Of course there were all the sewing machine manufacturers represented as well as the sewing magazines like Threads, Sew News, etc. Sewing furniture, thread vendors were there too. The deals were so good, everyone was spending too much money. My mom ended up buying the TOL Burnina because they had such a great deal for the show, I am very jealous.

I took some seminars on the 2nd and 3rd day. They were 45 minutes long with room for about 75 people in each one. They were giving away door prizes at the seminars too. I am mainly interested in fashion sewing, so I attended the Palmer Pletsch seminars on Fitting and Serging. Those were really good. Marta and Patti offer to measure you at their booth and tell you what size you are and I did that. My favorite was the garment construction and couture sewing seminar by Cynthia Guffey. I was so impressed by how clean and neat her finishing is, wow. I went to her booth, got a pattern and some of her books/videos. She was also selling some nice silk and wool at her booth which should be available at her website when it is up soon. I took Jan Boneís seminar on lingerie finishing techniques for clothes where she passed around her samples and described step by step how to replicate her finishes. There were a ton of various non-fashion sewing seminars offered too, but I didnít go to any of those.

I didnít have time to go to the Bernina fashion show. It was off-site at a nice ornate old Theater in Tacoma. Bernina had a couple of the fashion show garments on display at their booth, and they were so intense. And, if you went, you got a nice color book of the garments with your ticket purchase. Iíll have to go next time.

If you can go, you should. I highly recommend it, and then you have an excuse to make a trip to Seattle which is a great city to visit. Now, Iíll have to go to another sewing expo somewhere else.

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SJ Kurtz said... (3/19/04 1:06 AM) Reply
I live in Seattle but this was the first time I made it to the Expo. I can only echo SewNew's comments, there was so much to do and see and BUY it was overwhelming. I was amazed at how much fabric was there. Highlights for me were meeting Fred Bloebaum, Mary Lou Rankin of Park Bench Patterns (getting to try on her designs was a thrill - those drawings do not begin to communicate the beauty of her work) and taking the Fair Isle knitting class from Ann Bourgeois. If anything, the Expo is a chance to meet other "sewists" and share what is often a solitary experience.
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