Frequently Asked Questions

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When is the 2021 Expo?
The 2021 Sewing & Stitchery Expo is Feb. 25-28, at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup, WA!
What are the hours of the Sewing & Stitchery Expo?
The vendor floor and fairground gates open at 9:00 a.m.

The shopping floor hours are:

  • Thursday 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Friday 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 9:00 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 Four-Day Pass is available for purchase through the website for $42.
Do children need to pay for admission tickets?
Children 10 and younger always receive free admission onto the fairgrounds during the show (class tickets are still required). In addition Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and 4-H members are admitted FREE on Sunday! Check with your group 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.
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 all events at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo—except for the Four Needle classes on Wednesday.
How much is parking?
Parking is FREE, courtesy of the Sewing & Stitchery Expo!
Where can I find the class descriptions and schedule?
Classes have not yet been selected for 2021. Browse the 2020 Class Catalog to get familiar with the types of classes offered at the show. If you did not receive a catalog and wish to be included when the catalog is sent, join the mailing list. You can also sign up for our 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 the fairgrounds map for more information.
How can I register for the classes?
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 (but recommended for some classes): portable light, and anything else you use to make your sewing experience pleasurable. Rotary cutters, cutting 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:

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 (2) 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 included in the back of the class catalog and Show Program.
  • Download a PDF map of the fairgrounds or Paulhamus Arena.