Events

  1. It's Time to Get Excited for the 2017 Sewing & Stitchery Expo!

    It's Time to Get Excited for the 2017 Sewing & Stitchery Expo!
    Dear Sewing Enthusiast… That special time of year is almost upon us and I don't mean the holidays! Early March is a special time for everyone who loves to sew, quilt, craft or embroider. The WSU Sewing and Stitchery Expo begins its four day run on Thursday, March 2 and 2017 promises to be the best ever. By now you...
  2. We'll Be on KBTC Saturday, Oct. 18th!

    Be sure to watch KBTC this Saturday 10/18 from 8:00am to 12pm. You will see great sewing and quilting shows like Quilt in a Day and Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting. Plus you will see many Quality Sewing staff members answering the phones during the annual pledge drive. Before you say, "Pledge drive? I don't want to sit through...
  3. The Great Machine Embroidery Stitch-Off Recap

    The Pacific West Quilt Show happened at the end of August, and was full of amazing quilts. Perhaps some of the most inspiring were the entries in the "Great Machine Embroidery Stitch-Off." Each quilt entered had to be embroidered using machine embroidery. Now we've gathered all the entries in this gallery! Click any photo to see a larger version:  ...
  4. Serge your ‘art out: A serger-cally enhanced life

    "Serge your ‘art out: A serger-cally enhanced life" Coming up very soon we have a dynamic lady from Australia named Ann van der Kley coming to a few of our stores to inspire us. "Anne is a pioneer in contemporary textile techniques in the 21st century— her major tool, the humble overlocker." At Sew Expo, I was fortunate to spend...
  5. Puyallup Sew Expo is Feb 28 to March 3, 2013

    Did you know the nation’s largest event for sewing enthusiasts takes place right here in the Pacific Northwest? The Sewing and Stitchery Expo is a non-profit educational event that features inspirational seminars daily, hands-on workshops, style shows and vendors from all over the country with booths that specialize in the latest in fabrics, tools, and supplies! This year Sew Expo...
  6. Announcing Wednesday Trick-or-Treat Giveaways on Facebook!

    Every Wednesday in October (starting today) we are going to be holding a giveaway drawing on our Facebook page! To enter the drawings, simply follow the instructions on that Wednesday's Facebook post. Winners will be randomly selected from all who enter.*  Then on October 31st we'll have our Grand Prize drawing! Anyone who enters into any of the other Wednesday...
  7. Favorite Photos from Sew Fun March 2012

    Every month each of our Quality Sewing & Vacuum centers hosts a Sew Fun lecture/demo class that is Free for Sew Fun Members (if you don’t know about Sew Fun, be sure to learn more about Sew Fun Classes & Memberships). A big part of each Sew Fun is the show & tell, and photos are taken of the wonderful...
  8. Favorite Photos from Sew Fun February 2012

    Every month each of our Quality Sewing & Vacuum centers hosts a Sew Fun lecture/demo class that is Free for Sew Fun Members (if you don't know about Sew Fun, be sure to learn more about Sew Fun Classes & Memberships). A big part of each Sew Fun is the show & tell, and photos are taken of the wonderful...
  9. Last Chance to Sign Up for Tomorrow's Tips & Tricks of Machine Quilting on a Frame!

    Join Denise Applegate-Schober, an experienced Instructor specializing in the art of machine quilting, as she presents an informative Seminar focusing on machine quilting with a frame, a machine, and how the computer industry makes machine quilting a breeze. Sign Up for this event now — there are still spaces available at our Everett Store tomorrow, March 7th! Here is a...
  10. Sew Expo Day 1 Highlights, Don't Miss the Fun!

    Are you coming to Sew Expo this year? It is better than ever! There are so many fun booths and great deals. It also sounds like everyone is having a ton of fun their classes. Check out some of our favorite highlights below and you can click any photo to see it full-sized. Looking forward to seeing you at Sew...
  11. Sew Expo Starts Tomorrow, March 1st -- Check Out Our Preview Videos!

    Don't miss the largest sewing show of the year! We have been busily setting up our booths and are excited to share the fun with you. Here are two sneak peek videos: We hope to see you all there! Be sure to stop by our booths and say hello!
  12. The Brochure for the 2012 Sew Expo is Available Now!

    The 2012 Sewing & Stitchery Expo (or "Sew Expo") is coming to the Puyallup Fairgrounds March 1st through 4th 2012. If you're not familiar with Sew Expo, it's a massive annual event with over 400 vendor booths, in-depth workshops, hands-on seminars, daily free stage shows and more! The Sewing & Stitchery Expo has just released on their website their entire...
  13. Make it With Wool Contest

    This October the Puyallup Quality Sewing store will host Washington’s Make It With Wool (MIWW) Contest  (formally held at Pacific Fabrics). What is Make It With Wool? MIWW is the longest, continuous promotional entity of the American lamb and wool industry. It began to help promote wool and generate new interest in sewing with wool among young sewers.  Sponsorship of the program...
  14. 2011 APWQ Show

    The APWQ Show a few weeks ago at the Tacoma Convention Center was so inspiring!  I sure hope you were able to attend.  If you missed it, I will try to give you a brief recap. The APWQ (Association of Pacific West Quilters) hosted what will now be an annual show in Tacoma.  There were so many beautiful quilts to...
  15. Do You Dream of Designing? Project Runway Starts Thursday

  16. Pacific West Quilt Show is Coming Soon!

    Are you ready to be inspired?  This may be just what you are looking for!  The Pacific West Quilt Show (formally known as the APNQ Quilt Show) is coming to the Tacoma Convention Center August 26-28, 2011. The Show is presented by Pacific West Quilters and offers a Juried & Judged Quilt show & Contest with prizes equaling $25,000 and...
  17. Sewing with Betty Cotton

    This past weekend I was at the Puyallup Store and Audrey was giving a class on Cotton Theory by nationally sought after Author and Designer Betty Cotton. It has been a bit since I have made a project using the Cotton Theory. After seeing how much fun everyone was having, it has encouraged me to start another one. I think that...
  18. New Viking Diamond Deluxe and new Deluxe Stitch System

    Have you ever heard of Thread Portioning? Until recently, I had never heard of this technology either. Thread portioning is a patented thread delivery system just introduced on the brand-new Viking Designer Diamond Deluxe. What is it? It’s a very clever system for delivering exactly the right amount of thread – the correct portion – for every stitch, embroidery design...
  19. News from the Viking Convention!

    Guest post from Lana L Jones As we traveled to Reno for the Husqvarna Viking Convention the excitement of seeing the new Diamond Deluxe was on our minds. What features could they add that no one else has thought of yet? If you have a top-of-the-line machine, you know it has lots of the most technically-advanced features that make sewing...
  20. Who are the "Stitching Sisters" you ask . .

    They are only one of the most talented and fun Sister teams around!  This dynamic duo is made up of Eileen Roche (embroidery innovator & Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery Magazine) and Marie Zinno (sewing sensation & Eileen's real life sister). Eileen and Marie, both, became infected with the love for sewing as young adults and have a fresh...
  21. Anita Goodesign Embroidery Party

    Have you ever been to an Anita Goodesign Embroidery Party? If you haven't you are missing out on tons of fun! What better place can you imagine than a room filled with beautiful top of the line embroidery machines surrounded with happy and excited sewing & embroidery enthusiasts? All gathered together in one place to learn and be inspired by...
  22. Leading Edge Tips & Techniques with Steve Wilson from Anita Goodesign

    If you are unable to attend the Anita Goodesign Embroidery Party on April 28-29th, come visit with Steve Wilson on Saturday April 30th, from 10am to 1pm at the Everett store. Steve will show the newest Anita Goodesign collections and even offer you a sneak peak of what's coming out soon. He will also teach his "quilt as you go...
  23. Show Off Your Quilted Masterpieces at the Pacific West Quilt Show

    Enter your original quilting masterpieces to be judged at the 2011 Pacific West Quilt Show and you could be one of the winners of over $25,000 in cash and prizes. The entry submission deadline is Thursday April 28, 2011. There is a limit of 2 quilt entries plus 1 wearable entry per person. To be eligible to enter a submission...
  24. 2011 Sew Expo Highlights

    The 2011 Sewing & Stitchery Expo at the Puyallup Fairgrounds was last weekend. This year's event was bigger and better than ever! A few of our employees  that worked the Sew Expo have highlighted their favorite parts: "It is hard to believe that another Sew Expo has come and gone.  As always, it is so much fun to see...
  25. Sewing for a Cause Follow-up

    Last month we posted a blog about numerous sewing and quilting groups that meet around the Puget Sound region to sew for a charitable organization or cause. We had a fantastic response from numerous readers that participate in groups! Read about these additional groups, plus we included the information posted previously to get the word out about these rewarding opportunities...
  26. Gearing up for the 2011 Sewing & Stitchery Expo!

    Did you know the nation's largest event for sewing enthusiasts takes place right here in the Pacific Northwest? The Sewing and Stitchery Expo is a non-profit educational event that features over 100 seminars daily, hands-on workshops, style shows and over 400 booths that specialize in the latest in fabrics, tools, and supplies! This year Sew Expo will be taking place...
  27. Celebrate National Embroidery Month

    Did you know February is National Embroidery Month? In honor of the national observance of the embroidery craft, we are excited to be hosting an upcoming Anita Goodesign Embroidery Party with Steve Wilson! Last year we had Steve teach an embroidery party, this event was so popular we have arranged to have Steve come again. An embroidery party is...
  28. The Love of Sewing Retreat with Special Guest Nancy Zieman

    We recently hosted the Love of Sewing Retreat with special guest Nancy Zieman at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.  This was a unique opportunity for our customers and employees alike as Nancy only presents four sewing retreats a year. The event was a success and I think everyone had fun! Two of Nancy's samples that inspired me the most were the Trace...
  29. Sewing for a Cause

    It's a new year and we wanted to share ways to benefit the community through sewing & quilting! These organized groups offer a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in our communities while doing what we love...to sew! The Piecemakers Quilting Group Giving back to the community while incorporating their love for quilting, the Piecemakers Quilting Group meets twice a...
  30. Sew Fun Open House Show & Tell

    The Holiday Sew Fun Open Houses were recently completed at all of our stores. What a wonderful fun-filled three weeks! While not able to attend each open house, I loved the ones I attended.  I heard great reports from the Sew Fun Consultants that were at other Open Houses. Do you know we have the most talented customers? It’s...
  31. Interview with Nancy Zieman

    I had the opportunity to interview Nancy Zieman this week! It was so much fun. Thank you to everyone who emailed me ideas of questions. You can see the questions and answers below. If you enjoy reading this interview be sure to attend one or both of the Nancy Zieman lectures at the Love of Sewing Retreat next week...
  32. Help Me Interview Nancy Zieman!

    Next week, I am going to have the opportunity to interview Nancy Zieman! What questions should I ask? I really want to know what her favorite sewing projects are and how she became the sewing icon she is. What else do you want to know? Comment on this blog with your questions or email directly at carmen@qualitysewing.com. I can't wait...
  33. Urban Craft Uprising is this weekend - Seattle's Largest Indie Craft Show!

    Have you been to an Urban Craft Uprising show before? If not, you have been missing out! This is the one stop shop for a large variety of hand-crafted goods including clothing of all types, jewelry, gifts, bags, wallets, buttons, accessories, aprons, children's goods, toys, housewares, paper goods, candles, journals, art, food & much more. The admission is free and...
  34. KBTC Sewing Shows and Recent Pledge Drive

    Do you watch the sewing shows on KBTC? They have a wonderful flight of sewing & quilting related sewing shows each Friday and Saturday morning. We are so lucky to have so many great sewing shows playing in our area! Many communities are lucky to have 1 or 2 sewing shows that play weekly and we have 8 different...
  35. Celebrating 25 Years of Quality Sewing

    So it was September 1985 and Christine and I had our 1200 square foot store in Juanita and our friend Jerry Belvill had his store in the Burien area. We had been sharing the cost of advertising in the Seattle Times with John Coan who owned Ballard Sewing. John decided it was time to retire and sold his store...
  36. KBTC Pledge Drive This Saturday!

    Be sure to watch KBTC this Saturday morning October 9th from 9am to Noon. Not only will you see the wonderful flight of sewing and quilting shows that broadcast every Saturday, but you will see many Quality Sewing Sew Fun educators and staff answering the phones during the annual pledge drive. Before you say, "pledge drive, I don't want to sit through that...
  37. Kids Summer Sewing Camp

    Six years ago, I was asked if I would like to teach kids to sew. Since I was a retired Home Ec and Elementary school teacher it was a dream of mine for several years. The Kids Summer Sewing Camp was launched and has become a summer tradition at the Bellingham and Mount Vernon store locations. This camp is...
  38. KBTC Pledge Drive a Huge Success

    First of all, to all of you who donated to KBTC on Saturday during the pledge drive - THANK YOU!!! We surpassed our goal and raised over $20,000. It was a great day and one of the most successful on air pledge drives ever! All of us from Quality Sewing & Vacuum Centers had a great time answering phones and...
  39. Sewing & Stitchery Expo Preparation Guide

    Can you believe it? The Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup is just around the corner. That means it's time to start training. You might laugh, but I am completely serious! There is so much to see and do that it is a very good idea to have a "game plan" in place prior to arrival. First: Prepare yourself. The...
  40. Fashion Challenge: Make It With Wool

    With Labor Day behind us and the school buses once more appearing on the roads it's impossible to deny that fall is not far behind.  That means it's time for the annual Make It With Wool competition.  This historic national contest provides scholarships for participating youth and promotes the use of wool fiber and fabrics for fashion garments. Youth and...
  41. Fairs: Tips for Entering Your Sewing Projects

    Every year I enjoy looking at the many different kinds of entries that are on display at The Puyallup Fair. It's wonderful that we have such an amazing artistic heritage here in the Pacific Northwest. Have you ever considered entering your handiwork in the Fair? It's fun and easy and you can even win cash prizes! Not to mention the...
  1. It's Time to Get Excited for the 2017 Sewing & Stitchery Expo!

    It's Time to Get Excited for the 2017 Sewing & Stitchery Expo!
    Dear Sewing Enthusiast… That special time of year is almost upon us and I don't mean the holidays! Early March is a special time for everyone who loves to sew, quilt, craft or embroider. The WSU Sewing and Stitchery Expo begins its four day run on Thursday, March 2 and 2017 promises to be the best ever. By now you...
  2. We'll Be on KBTC Saturday, Oct. 18th!

    Be sure to watch KBTC this Saturday 10/18 from 8:00am to 12pm. You will see great sewing and quilting shows like Quilt in a Day and Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting. Plus you will see many Quality Sewing staff members answering the phones during the annual pledge drive. Before you say, "Pledge drive? I don't want to sit through...
  3. The Great Machine Embroidery Stitch-Off Recap

    The Pacific West Quilt Show happened at the end of August, and was full of amazing quilts. Perhaps some of the most inspiring were the entries in the "Great Machine Embroidery Stitch-Off." Each quilt entered had to be embroidered using machine embroidery. Now we've gathered all the entries in this gallery! Click any photo to see a larger version:  ...
  4. Serge your ‘art out: A serger-cally enhanced life

    "Serge your ‘art out: A serger-cally enhanced life" Coming up very soon we have a dynamic lady from Australia named Ann van der Kley coming to a few of our stores to inspire us. "Anne is a pioneer in contemporary textile techniques in the 21st century— her major tool, the humble overlocker." At Sew Expo, I was fortunate to spend...
  5. Puyallup Sew Expo is Feb 28 to March 3, 2013

    Did you know the nation’s largest event for sewing enthusiasts takes place right here in the Pacific Northwest? The Sewing and Stitchery Expo is a non-profit educational event that features inspirational seminars daily, hands-on workshops, style shows and vendors from all over the country with booths that specialize in the latest in fabrics, tools, and supplies! This year Sew Expo...
  6. Announcing Wednesday Trick-or-Treat Giveaways on Facebook!

    Every Wednesday in October (starting today) we are going to be holding a giveaway drawing on our Facebook page! To enter the drawings, simply follow the instructions on that Wednesday's Facebook post. Winners will be randomly selected from all who enter.*  Then on October 31st we'll have our Grand Prize drawing! Anyone who enters into any of the other Wednesday...
  7. Favorite Photos from Sew Fun March 2012

    Every month each of our Quality Sewing & Vacuum centers hosts a Sew Fun lecture/demo class that is Free for Sew Fun Members (if you don’t know about Sew Fun, be sure to learn more about Sew Fun Classes & Memberships). A big part of each Sew Fun is the show & tell, and photos are taken of the wonderful...
  8. Favorite Photos from Sew Fun February 2012

    Every month each of our Quality Sewing & Vacuum centers hosts a Sew Fun lecture/demo class that is Free for Sew Fun Members (if you don't know about Sew Fun, be sure to learn more about Sew Fun Classes & Memberships). A big part of each Sew Fun is the show & tell, and photos are taken of the wonderful...
  9. Last Chance to Sign Up for Tomorrow's Tips & Tricks of Machine Quilting on a Frame!

    Join Denise Applegate-Schober, an experienced Instructor specializing in the art of machine quilting, as she presents an informative Seminar focusing on machine quilting with a frame, a machine, and how the computer industry makes machine quilting a breeze. Sign Up for this event now — there are still spaces available at our Everett Store tomorrow, March 7th! Here is a...
  10. Sew Expo Day 1 Highlights, Don't Miss the Fun!

    Are you coming to Sew Expo this year? It is better than ever! There are so many fun booths and great deals. It also sounds like everyone is having a ton of fun their classes. Check out some of our favorite highlights below and you can click any photo to see it full-sized. Looking forward to seeing you at Sew...

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