The 2012 Sewing & Stitchery Expo Event

It’s 6:04 am , dark as midnight, and the All West Bus , loaded with 55 enthusiastic women pulled out of the Fabric Depot parking lot and began rolling it’s way to Puyallup, Washington for the annual Sewing and Stitchery Expo 2012. This annual event has been called “The Biggest Sewing Party in America”. Whether you are a beginner, or a seasoned sewer, this Expo is the perfect place to indulge your existing creative passions, or find and explore new ones.

The weather was overcast with a few light sprinkles, and was unseasonably warm. Conversations were light hearted, laughter abundant, and expectations were high. Many of the ladies had been to the Expo before, but for many this was their first bus ride up. The ride was wonderful. The bus floated along the freeway without a bump, and driver Rick made sure that the temperature was just right for everyone.

Discussions ranged from button jars, dresser scarves, treadle machines, to long armed quilting, sergers, creating the perfect bias binding, and mastering that perfect point on a star quilt. There was some sleeping, others reading electronic books. One lady even brought her quilt to catch up on some of her hand work.

We stopped at Scatter Creek rest area briefly, leaving less than an hour to the Puyallup fairgrounds. Just before we reached our destination, Dian from Fabric Depot held a bus raffle and gave away some great notions and books to the winning passengers.

Once we arrived at the Gold Gate entrance, the ladies quickly packed up, flowed out of the bus and rushed into their day of sewing and stitchery adventures.

There are more than 400 booths from all over the world making shopping an interesting experience. Countless sewing products were available for purchase, such as fabrics, books, notions, patterns, and unique inventions. Jewelry, scarves, and toys were also featured.

Add it up... the seminars, fashion shows, classes, and special events, it’s hard to fit everything into a day.

The Pavilion was our first stop. There were wall to wall vendors with floor to ceiling merchandise. There were enough new ideas, gadgets, and tools to fill any basket. Upstairs we found free fashion shows continuing throughout the afternoon.

The Showplex arena was the next stop. An enormous building, bustling with hundreds of seminars and work-shops offering beginner and advanced classes in sewing education. Some of the classes were equipped with sewing machines, offering a hands on approach to quilting techniques, and fashion design.

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The main hall consisted of row after row of beautiful booths that filled every nook and cranny with their sewing wares. All around people were chatting and laughing, and yes, there was quite a bit of shopping.

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Before we realized it, the day had slipped away and it was time to board our magical All West Bus towards Portland. Everyone was coming back with treasures, new knowledge, and fantastic stories to tell. By the looks on everyone’s faces this was a Sewing and Stitchery Expo to remember.

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