Frequently Asked Questions

A shopper checks out fabrics.

When is the 2021 Expo?
The 2021 Sewing & Stitchery Expo is Feb. 25-28, at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup!
What are the hours of the Sewing & Stitchery Expo?
The fairground gates open at 8:00 a.m. Please note, the  shopping floor hours do not begin until 8:30 a.m.

The shopping floor hours are:

  • Thursday 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Friday 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
What is the cost of admission passes?
Daily admission passes are $14 at the door, or $12 pre-sale online, mail-in registration, or at selected fabric and quilt stores. A 4 Day Pass is available for purchase through the website for $42.
Do children need to pay for admission tickets?
Children 10 and under are admitted free onto the grounds. If your child attends a class, you must purchase a ticket for your child. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and 4-H members are admitted FREE to Expo on Sunday, March 1! Check with your leader for more information.
How can Scouts and 4-H members get tickets?
The special free youth tickets will be available from your local offices. Your leaders can give your local offices a call after Jan. 8, 2020, to pick up tickets for the whole group!</dd
Do I still need to buy a daily pass if I only want to go to one event?
Yes, a daily gate pass purchase is required to attend any events at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo — except for the Four Needle classes on Wednesday.
What does the button symbol mean?
Classes with the orange button in the 2020 Class Catalog are designated as appropriate for kids and less-experienced sewists. If a more experienced sewist thinks it looks fun, they are still welcome to attend! Teachers ask that children attending sewing machine classes are comfortable with machines.
How much is parking?
Parking is FREE, courtesy of the Sewing & Stitchery Expo!
Where can I find the class descriptions and schedule?
The 2020 Class Catalog is available here. If you did not receive a catalog and want to be on the mailing list in the future, sign up here. You can also sign up for the e-newsletter for more information!
There are two classes booked back-to-back in different buildings. Can I make it to both?
The fairgrounds are a big place, and some of the buildings can be pretty far apart. We recommend avoiding back-to-back classes, unless they’re in the same building! Check out this fairgrounds map for more information.
How can I register for the classes?
Online registration opens Tuesday, January 8 at 8:30 a.m. PST.
You can sign up for the e-newsletter for Expo information, including when class tickets go on sale. 
What is your refund policy?
No refunds will be made for lost, forgotten, unused, or stolen tickets. There will be a $2 fee charged per class for ticket replacement.
Do I need to bring a sewing machine?
No! Our partners at Quality Sewing & Vacuum, Sewing Machine Service, and Janome provide state-of-the-art sewing machines in each machine classroom for your use, along with trained technicians to make sure things go smoothly.
I plan to take a Three- and Four-Needle class. “Basic sewing supplies” are listed under student supplies. What do I really need to bring?
Basic sewing supplies means scissors (fabric & paper), pins, seam ripper, chalk, seam gauge, ruler, measuring tape, sewing needles, etc. Optional: portable light, and anything else you use to make your sewing experience pleasurable. Rotary cutters, mats, rulers, irons, and ironing pads are all available for classroom use in limited quantities.
What’s your best advice for first-time visitors to the show?
Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Register early! Many of the classes fill up very quickly. Sign up for the newsletter to receive updates on when tickets go on sale.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and plan your schedule with the fairgrounds map in hand.
  • Use the Package Check in the Fair View building for hands-free shopping.
  • Use the Expo Show Guide (handed to you at the door) to help you make the most of your time at the show.
  • Take advantage of the FREE classes at the Free Stage events in the Showplex building near the Ticket Booth (Door D).
Are there food booths at the fairgrounds?
Yes, there is an assortment of food vendors located at the fairgrounds.
Is there a photo policy?
When you buy a ticket to attend the Sew Expo, you may be photographed by show management while shopping, attending classes, or at special events. These photos may be used in future advertising or promotion of the Expo.
Can I take pictures?
Yes! Please take pictures at the show. We want you to post those pictures on our Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram pages, or on your favorite sewing blogs. Be sure to use the hashtag #SewExpo to help spread the word! You can find those pages at:

  • Facebook – facebook.com/sewexpo
  • Pinterest – @SewExpo
  • Twitter – @Expo_Sew
  • Instagram – @SewExpo

Please note that individual vendors and teachers may choose to not allow pictures in their booth or class. Please respect their wishes.

Are wheelchairs available, and how much do they cost?
Wheelchairs are available free as a courtesy at the Information Booth in the Pavilion building on a first-come, first-served basis. Or, you can contact Wheelchair Haven, 253-926-8971, www.wheelchairhaven.com
I have ADA needs. What do I need to do?
Persons with ADA needs should call WSU Conference Management at 866-554-8559 as soon as possible. Requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the show.
Can I bring my wheeled tote?
For the security and safety of all attendees, vendors, and Expo staff, we request that you leave carts, carriers, and suitcases at home or at your hotel. Purchases may be checked at the Coat & Package Check Booth, located on the first floor of the Fair View Building.
Can I bring my pet?
Only service animals are permitted entry to the fairgrounds.
I am coming from out of town. What accommodations or hotels are nearby?
Visit Accommodations for a listing of local hotels, motels, and RV parks in the area.
Is there parking for my RV?
RV parking is available at the Washington State Fairgrounds. Call 253-845-1771 for more information.
How can I contact a teacher or vendor after the Expo?
The at-the-door Newspaper has a list of the teachers/vendors with the phone numbers and addresses. You can also check the website for a list of vendors.
Is there a shuttle to Expo?
No, there is not a dedicated shuttle. However, there are local transportation options such as the Puyallup Connector and Sound Transit Buses.
Is there a map of the fairgrounds?
A current map of the fairgrounds is on the back of the Show Program. Download the fairgrounds map. Also see the map of the Paulhamus Arena.