Free Stage

Get inspired with a selection of free learning opportunities presented daily in the Showplex

Stabilizing Solutions for All Fabrics and Embroideries!
Floriani Educator, RNK Distributing/Quality Sewing
Thu/Sat 8:30 AM
Fri/Sun 110:30 AM
Learn about the various stabilizers and embroidery design techniques available for all fabric types. Understand and solve some of those nagging problems with your embroideries—no more ruined garments, puckered embroideries, or off-center designs. Remove the mystery and you are on the way to perfect results every time!

Fifteen Sewing Skills You Should Know
Debra Justice, Labours of Love
Thu/Sat 11:30 AM
Debra shares her special, “go beyond the basics” skills everyone who uses a sewing machine should know, balancing your stitch and tips for choosing the correct needles. Build from there with techniques you’ll use over and over, including French seams, perfect topstitching, invisible scarf edging, ruffles, pleats, “reverse threaded” darts, the rolled hem, hemming jeans and knits, invisible and regular zipper, plus making and applying bias tape and piping. These are the tried and true, foundation skills that will provide sewing satisfaction that you’ll use for the rest of your sewing life.

Meet Your Feet: Show and Tell
Debra Justice, Labours of Love
Fri/Sun 1:30 PM
Debra’s Learn To Sew With Your Feet book comes to life in Puyallup. She will demonstrate a wide variety of presser feet and show clever additional uses for each one. Learn how to use the feet you already own to the max, and identify the ones worthy of purchase. See the Ruffler, Braiding, Pintuck, Darning, Bias Binding, Invisible Zipper, and Flower Foot; and get solutions for difficult fabrics with the Roller, Teflon® and Walking Foot. Learn to attach pearls and beads, stipple, fix damaged lace and see the Button Foot attach a variety of buttons, closures and embellishments. We’ll even step back in time with a vintage feet “show and tell.”

U 2 Can Quilt (No Experience Required!)
Lisa Maki,  Crooked Nickel Quilt Designs
Thu/Sat 4:30 PM
Fri/Sun 8:30 AM
Yes, you can! Don’t worry be happy! You will witness a simple, fast and achievable technique that will interest any level of quilter. The Pellon fusible grid makes your points perfect and is a time saver for us all! You will see 14 different projects using the same technique. You will be amazed!

American Sewing Guild Style Show
Sat 10:30 AM
Celebrate the amazing diversity of our sewing community with the American Sewing Guild. This annual event features fabulous fashion, home décor, and more sewn by Guild members from around the Northwest—and even the U.S.! You’ll be sure to be inspired by their innovative creations as they reveal their tips and techniques for success. Join us for the most fun fashion show yet!

Fusible, Painted, and Embellished Wall Hangings
Sue Purdy, Sue's Studs & Stencils
Thu/Sat 2:30 PM
Fri/Sun 9:30 AM
Sue is the self-proclaimed queen (or princess) of no talent embellishment. Watch her spray paint stencils, fuse crystals and other iron on designs. She will share tips to electronically cut fabric to fuse for the watercolor quilts and more. With Sue’s ‘no talent’ embellished techniques, you will see quick to complete projects with high end results.

Scarves and More: Your Necks Best Friends
Carol Steinbrecher, Style Solutions LLC
Thu 10:30 AM
Scarves, ties, jewelry, collars—they all fit around your neck! These are all great accessories and it’s time to pay them some well needed attention. See this lively demonstration on how to tie scarves, and choose styles and colors that will flatter your face and figure. We may even look at some fun tie knots men can use too! Neckwear—we’ve got you covered.

All about Plush Lush Fabrications
Cindy Surina, Custom Creations for Shannon Fabrics
Thu/Sat 3:30 PM
Fri/Sun 12:30 PM
Learn the properties of working with specialty fabrics. Learn about Shannon Fabrics and all of the fabrics they have to offer. Cuddle—a superior minky type plush microfiber fabric, faux fur, satin, terry cloth, Cuddle Suede, Embrace Double Gauze 100% cotton and more. See lots of examples and samples.

Original Fabric Art
Joyce Teng, TSC Designs
Thu/Sat 8:30 AM
Fri/Sun 10:30 AM
Let Joyce show you a simple but effective technique that will change plain yardage into one of a kind fabric art! See how Joyce uses a combination of Tsulkeniko inks, several simple tools and materials, combined with exciting stencils that will create your own style of fabric art. Use the fabrics for any project you may be working on; traditional or art quilts, wearable art, clothing or home decor, the list is endless. Be inspired by Joyce’s many inspirational pieces!

Gourmet Garments
Gayle Wallace, Custom Machine Quilting
Thu/Sat 1:30 PM
Fri 3:30 PM
Garments made at home do not have to have the “loving hands at home” look. They can be stunning, amazing and fun to wear. Casual or evening out can be created with your own imagination and talent. Use the ideas in the garments shown to give you a spring board to creating one of a kind items to be worn with pride.

Introducing the New 18” Doll Book from Nadeen!
Nadeen Ward, Dolls R SEW Fun
Thu/Sat 12:30 PM
Fri/Sun 2:30 PM
Learn so many things that can be done on your basic serger and more advanced sergers for your 18” dolls. You will touch and feel the samples from the book and start to understand how easy the garments are to make for your dolls.