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Date: 3/19/12 9:06 AM

I've never been to a sewing expo. Is it just classes and booths or do they actually sell fabric too?

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Date: 3/19/12 9:32 AM

Mostly they have classes on different techniques, machine demonstrations, notions, patterns and pattern making. In recent years I have noticed more things I consider to be craft rather than sewing, such as knitting, yarns etc.

The one usually in my area often had a fashion show, and a few places sell fabric but generally specialty types.

I will always go to one when it is in town, I have taken courses on sewing machine feet to pattern drafting. It is also nice if you are looking for a machine as there are usually more than one company there with the brand reps so you don't have to travel all over to try them out.

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Date: 3/19/12 10:24 AM

I bought lots of fabric at the one in Cleveland last year. Had to hold myself back because they had some beautiful batiks.

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Date: 3/19/12 10:37 AM

My wallet and credit card definitely know that they sell fabrics at the Sewing Expos -- I attended the one in Minneapolis last November. There were several booths set up selling fabric (both garment and quilting). I know Vogue Fabrics goes to some of the Sewing Expos (not Minneapolis last year).

Classes are offered throughout the day (usually a 1 hour or 2.5 hour format). Separate booths will also have free make-N-take projects that you can do. There are lots of booths with different sewing machine brands that you can try out and a lot of booths with different kinds of notions, independent pattern companies, trims, etc. You get a chance to see a lot of new products which are just coming onto the market.

Throughout the day there will be fashion shows, demonstrations, etc. that you can take in.

I'm already planning on attending the next expo in Minneapolis in November (hotel room is already booked).

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Date: 3/19/12 10:58 AM

I went to the one in Denver and I can attest to the fact that you need to bring a credit card. They have lots of fabric at this one and all kinds of notions. Besides everything else - I bought this nifty handle for my big quilting ruler 6" x 24". It's just a little handle with suction cups on each end. It's can't be used the hold the ruler down because that won't work - but - I always had a heck of a time picking up the rulling and placing it. So - this works.

They do have some craft stuff and also some of the new sewing machines by Bernina, some embroidery machines (industrial I think) with 8 needles, etc. Lots of goodies to look at.

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Date: 3/19/12 4:21 PM

Since I have a cousin in Cleveland that we can go out to eat with that night, my husband and I are going to that one. Bring your check book honey!

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Date: 3/19/12 5:08 PM

Lucky you -- Vogue Fabrics is at the Cleveland Expo as is The Wool House.

Have Fun!!!!!

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Date: 3/19/12 5:34 PM


At the big expo in Novi, MI, Vogue Fabrics and Haberman Fabrics had very large displays of fabric for sale...they were more like mini-stores than booths. There were also many smaller vendors that had specialty fabrics and quilt fabrics and supplies. Some of the indie pattern makers were represented. Lots of sm dealers have popular models set up for people to test drive. You can find many notions, tools, sm accessories, patterns, embellishments, books, kits...most it unavailable at your average fabric/craft store.

I love taking classes at expos, but for a few years it seemed like the same classes were being repeated year after year. This year the class offerings are much improved! I'm attending the Chicago expo this week, and I'm taking hands-on classes in coverstitch methods, beading, and sewing contemporary knits, as well as some shorter workshops on various topics.

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Date: 3/20/12 5:24 AM

Halleyscomet,

Let's put it this way - if you ever go, you will probably be hooked! I attended my first one near Pittsburg several years ago sponsored by the ASG there. From there, I attended several at Chantilly, VA, then on to the one in Atlanta - I think 3 times. What an experience! Coming from a rural area where one can't find much of anything except quilting stuff - it was like being let loose in that great sewing store in heaven!!! ..........and the ability to get together with other like obsessed sewers is wonderful.

I'm not able to attend any longer due to back related issues and the inability to walk any distance! Drat it! I do read everything anyone posts about their experiences. I live through their tales of fabric buying and classes they attended!

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Date: 3/20/12 7:10 AM

I'm going to the one in Cleveland and then since I'm just north of Pittsburgh I'll probably hit that one in August. This could become a habit!

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