The Sewing Expo 2017 Guide

Heads up, all you sewing fanatics out there — we’ve got all the details on every major sewing expo in 2017 that the USA has lined up for us.

From sales vendors and classes to seminars and demonstrations, you’re in for a real treat. But that’s not all.

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Sewing conferences are fun meetups that give you the opportunity to socialize with likeminded people who enjoy chatting about all things sewing related.

This major crafting industry pulls together the best minds, products and representatives to bring you a series of incredibly valuable events in 2017.

Whether you are a serious sewer or regard it as just a hobby, one of these sewing trade shows is sure to suit your interests and needs.

Here’s our pick of the top sewing expos in 2017.


Sewing Shows 2017

Sewing & Stitchery Expo

Puyallup, WA
2-5 March 2017

Head over to the Washington State Fair in Puyallup March 2 to March 5, 2017 for the fun and educational Sewing & Stitchery Expo.

You can park for free and explore vendor shopping across all 4 days, as well as immerse yourself in over 100 seminars per day and various special events to boot.

You can even stop by the Showplex and customize a bandana for your favorite pet…

From gifts, handicrafts and textiles to knitting, stitching, architecture and designing, this event is going to be huge. For more information, you can download the full sewing expo brochure from their website, and remember to book your classes early to avoid disappointment.

This original sewing expo is also known as “sewing’s biggest party”, so you can be sure of a good time. See you there!

American Sewing Expo

Novi, MI
10-12 February 2017

The Hyatt Place Detroit/Novi in Novi is home to the American Sewing Expo from February 10 to February 12, 2017. As one of the largest independent sewing trade shows in the USA, you can enjoy 3 whole days of sewing heaven.

With thousands of eager sewers showing up every year, you’ll be surrounded by others who love sewing just as much as you do.

Whether you want to shop till you drop, attend classes or watch demonstrations, this event offers it all and more. You can even enter contests and win give-a-ways, as well as discover products including needle arts, home decoration, quilting, fashion sewing and fiber arts.

Described as the ‘Disney World’ of sewing conferences, ASE offers three different types of classes, including workshops, hands-on classes and lecture classes.

There’s also fashion shows throughout the expo and free demonstration stages to peek in on.

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festivals

USA-wide
Year-round

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Sewing expos don’t come any better than the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival. Hosted in various locations around the Southwestern United States — and in Puyallup, Washington, you can attend as many shows as you like.

In addition to the many workshops and free educational seminars, you can find hundreds of vendors, supply exhibits and new products.

If you’d like to buy a ticket and find out more about these upcoming events, check out all the event details here. Alternatively, click on the links provided below for information about each Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival.

Northwest Quilting Expo

Portland, OR
28-30 September 2017

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One of the 2016 winners. Via Facebook

Another of our recommended sewing shows 2017 has to be the Northwest Quilting Expo at the Portland Expo Center in Portland, Oregon.

It’s well-known for being Portland’s original sewing expo, hosting a wonderful array of special exhibits, quality companies, professional instructors and more.

If you think you’ve got a talent for quilting, you can also enter your best quilt to be in with the chance of winning a prize of up to $2,000. Want to attend? Save a space on your calendar for September 28, 29 or 30, 2017.

This is their 17th annual show, so you can expect a slick, professional and fun-filled event.

Quilters: this is one not to be missed.

Nancy’s Notions

Beaver Dam, WI
4-6 May 2017

You can do more than just shop at Nancy’s Notions warehouse and retail store in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Take a trip to one of the most beautiful Midwestern north farm states and visit Nancy’s Notions for a sewing weekend on May 4, 5 and 6.

You’ll find leading designers and instructors including Weeks Ringle and Amy Ellis, as well as America’s number 1 sewing educator, Nancy Zieman.

If you like the sound of learning various sewing and quilting techniques from the best of the best, then this is the sewing expo for you. Furthermore, you can have fun shopping and make friends with fellow sewers of all abilities and ages.

Quilt Expo – Wisconsin

Madison, WI
7-9 September 2017

The main lady is back again. Grab this fantastic opportunity to see Nancy Zieman at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibitions Hall in Madison, Wisconsin from September 7 to 9, 2017.

You’ll also get the chance to learn from leading quilting masters and browse quilt exhibits including the quilt contest entries from national, regional and local quilters.

Presented by Wisconsin Public Television, Quilt Expo is a popular sewing conference among experienced and beginner quilters. There are also more than 20 stage presentations for your enjoyment throughout the event, and you can even pre-schedule an appointment for a quilt appraisal.

Make sure you attend all the classes and get a ticket for the raffle!

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo

USA-wide
Year round

The original sewing expo is taking American by force in 2017.

Here’s where it’s dropping into town:

  • Atlanta, GA: 9-11 March
  • Lakeland, Fl: 16-18 March
  • Cleveland, OH: 30 March – 1 April
  • Raleigh, NC: 20-22 July
  • Arlington, TX: 24-26 August
  • Schaumburg, IL: 28-30 September
  • Fredericksburg, VA: 5-7 October
  • Minneapolis, MN: 9-11 November

At the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, you can wander around beautiful display galleries, and get inspiration from the many stage presentations and how-to demonstrations. There are also Make-It Take-It projects, which help you to learn new skills and techniques.

You can also browse a magnificent selection of fabrics and products, and you could even walk home with one of many prize packages that include supplies, tools and sewing machines.

Classes on offer include the fitting clinic, upholstery 101, modern vortex quilting and beginner French sewing.

Quilt Fest and World Quilt

USA-wide
Year round

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The Merchants’ Mall at World Quilt Florida 2015

Quilters shouldn’t miss the Mancuso managed Quilt Fest and World Quilt Festivals all over the USA in 2017.

Shows feature works from all over America and a professional appraiser. Whether you’re a home sewer, needle crafter, textile artist, quilter or fiber and wearable creator, you will not be disappointed that you attended this unique event.

Both novice and seasoned artists can enjoy fun and inspiring workshops and demonstrations, as well as special exhibitions and countless merchant stalls. What’s more, in New Jersey, you can see all entries of the Tri-State Quilt Competition and award-winning quilts of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

Here’s where the events are taking place:

  • World Quilt Florida: Orlando, FL: 19-21 January
  • Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival: Hampton, VI: 23-26 February
  • The Quilt and Sewing Fest of New Jersey: Somerset, NJ: 2-5 March
  • World Quilt New England: Manchester, NH: 27-19 August
  • Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza: Oaks, PA, 14-17 September
  • Pacific International Quilt Festival: Santa Clara, CA: 12-17 October

ASG Annual Conference

Lake Buena Vista, FL
27-31 July 2017

Otherwise known as the American Sewing Guild Annual Conference, the ASG Annual Conference is a premier event for all sewers.

This year’s sewing conference will be held from July 27 to July 31, offering seminars and lectures in two-day, all-day, half-day, two-hour and 90-minute formats. You can also take part in workshops and classes, which are all tailored to suit your sewing ability.

Located in the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel in Orlando, Florida, you can join over 1,000 other show-goers with a passion for all things sewing. The ASG Annual Conference 2017 will showcase leading exhibitors and a huge range of services and products related to quilting, sewing and stitch.

If you choose to stay at the Hilton while attending the conference, you’ll also get your resort fee waived and a 50% parking discount.


Now, there’s your round-up of all our favorite sewing shows 2017!

Will you be attending a sewing expo this year?


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