CME at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo

Hello All!

I spent the past five days in Puyallup, Washington, attending the annual Sewing & Stitchery Expo. I took some great classes, where I learned how to create fun and easy 3-D embroideries, how to finish a quilt with embroidery, what software applications to use when and much, much more.

I scoured the show floor for new products to bring to you in future issues of CME. Among tons of fabric and ribbon that I had to stuff into my full suitcase, I also brought back a new Oliso iron. We featured the cool yellow iron in Sew It All magazine, but I was lucky enough to meet the inventor, who developed the iron design and concept for his college thesis. The iron remains horizontal throughout the ironing process. It has feet that extend once you stop touching the handle, positioning the soleplate about 2 inches above the ironing surface. No more scorched shirts or burnt ironing surfaces! It also turns itself off after 30 minutes of inactivity. So you can rest assured that you won’t be responsible for burning the house down! Rita Farrow filmed a demo of this iron for her Sew Expo blog. Check here for it:

Here’s a short video of me walking the show floor–I only got halfway down the first aisle before I ran into our friend Donna Babylon, owner of More Splash than Cash Decorating.

Here’s a stunning garment from the Martha Pullen Sew Beautiful booth. Look at all the intricate embroideries! LOVELY!

I’ll post more video and photos soon. Stay tuned!

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