6 Hacks For Getting the Most Out of the EXPO Experience

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Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO’s next stop will be at the DoubleTree Bloomington in Minneapolis, MN, in just a few days — Nov. 10, 11 and 12. A general admission ticket will get you in the door, and lead you to all of the EXPO excitement — shopping, stage presentations, fashion shows, quilt displays and more — and there are dozens of great classes you can register for, too. Martha Pullen Co. will be there for our pre-event School of Art Fashion Boutique retreat Nov. 7-9, and some of our instructors, including Kathy McMakin and Connie Palmer, will be teaching classes at the EXPO as well. Oh, and we’ll have our own shopping booth, too! Whether this is your first EXPO or your 20th, here are a few helpful hacks you should know for getting the absolute most out of your Minneapolis EXPO experience:


Plan your schedule around the EXPO Stage.

Check out the EXPO stage schedule and plan your day around those “free with admission” classes and presentations. Diane Tomlinson, Cynthia Guffey, Linda Lee and Cindy Losekamp are just a few of the big names who will be taking the stage. You’ll find renewed energy, inspiration and lots of how-to advice from these lively 30-minute sessions. Learn more.


Arrive early to shop.

The EXPO hall opens at 9:30 a.m. in Minneapolis, which is 30 minutes before the first class lets out. That means the early bird will get the worm because you’ll get in to shop before the big crowds come in! The hall will be filled with an incredible selection of machines, tools, notions, patterns, fabric and all the experts to help you get everything you need. Learn more.


Check out “The Spot.”

While you’re in the EXPO hall, be sure to check out “The Spot” — this more intimate demonstration area will include more “free with admission” classes, trunk shows and presentations. Learn more.


Pre-register and save with value package pricing.

Classes at the EXPO are $19 per session, but you can pre-register for a value package and save! Value packages include some great perks too: FREE general admission and a FREE shopping bag. Learn more.


Carpool with friends and save.

The “Driver Gets In Free” promotion is one of the EXPO’s best hacks. It lets YOU enjoy free general admission when you bring two friends (who purchase admission) with you in your car. It’s more fun, and the environment will be better for it. Learn more.


Bring a friend to class, and you’ll both get a free class ticket.

Have a dear sewing friend or quilt guild pal who you just know would love the EXPO? Introduce them to classes at the EXPO, and you can both get one free class ticket. All you have to do is both pre-register for at least one class, then follow the easy steps for our Bring-a-Friend program. Learn more.

Click here to visit the Minneapolis Original Sewing & Quilt Expo site and plan your trip!


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