Topic: Field Trip
The 2016 Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyalup Washington has come and gone and a good time was had by all.
This year, eight ladies from our quilting group carpooled up and started in with classes right after noon on Thursday.
There was time for shopping between classes and I had a short list of things I wanted to pick up.
After our dinner (at the Chinese Buffet) we all meet in one of the hotel rooms for show and tell.
We share what casses we took and any especially neat techniques we learned from it. Then we share our purchases.
This year I picked up a bodkin which is used to thread materials (ribbon, elastic, etc.) into casings.
I picked up a tailor's awl which is used as a stiletto when sewing to keep fabric going straight and prevent the seams from flipping over the wrong way.
I got a hara marker which is a sharp edged plastic that, when drawn across fabric will create a crease. This can take the place of marking the fabric with pens or pencils.
I bought a new foot for my sewing machine that has a 'blade' aligned with the needle, making it easier to stitch in the ditch.
The last tool I picked up is a french curve. This is used to make smooth transitions in garment sewing (waist to hip, armhole, etc.)
I'm sure I'll 'need' something when I go back next year.