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Posted by: KaySews
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Posted on: 9/28/06 6:47 PM
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The Round Bobbin Expo I attended was in St. Charles, MO Sep. 21-23, 2006 at the St. Charles Convention Center. This Center had very nice classrooms and workrooms. The speakers I heard were excellent and I heard no bad comments about speakers I did not hear. There was no Expo fee: classes were $7 each. Hands-on workshops were $14 the kit fee ($15-$40)
This was my first Round Bobbin Expo and as an experienced meeting planner, here is what I thought they could do better:
1. The website did not have all the needed information when it was available for signing up...and, even then, some people who signed up and received email confirmations were actually not registered and did not receive their information by mail as promised. (I beleive all of these people were able to pick up their documents at the Expo with no problem).
2. Hotel information was not given until after classes were selected and payment sent. Since I came from WI, I wanted to be guaranteed a convenient place to stay before paying for the Expo, so I had already made my hotel arrangements.
3.There was no option for transportation except by rental car for out-of towners.
4. The longest break between classes was 30 minutes and the line at the deli counter in the Convention Center could be long.
5. All of the included style shows and demonstrations were held while classes were going on. Most of the information about these events came with the packet that was mailed after I had paid for my classes.
6. There were many door prizes given everyday; however, the vendor area did not open until 10AM and classes began at 9AM. The door prize entry box/boxes were in different places each day and it was a project to find them.
The vendor area had many different items and most, if not all, of the speakers had booths with their speciality items for sale. There were many items you do not find in your regular fabric store...and I was in "hog heaven"!
Here are the speakers I heard:
Connie Crawford, a very experienced fashion designer who had excellent classes on fitting. I attended "Fitting Solutions that Work", "Sewing Shortcuts", and "Drafting Pants with Couture Fit". Connie has written excellent books and pamphlets on her procedures. She gave some away in her classes and all her books and patterns were available in the vendor area. In May, her patterns will be available in the Butterick label.
Larry Engemann "Bridge Gap-PC & Embroidery Machine" explained using the different formats on any embroidery machine including the features of the Magic Box and his specially designed card reader.
Sadia Andrews "Machine Embroidery at It's Finest" was the most commercial presentation; however her ideas on how to use her embroidery designs are inspirational.
Kathy Ruddy is also a pattern designer and emphasises the best fit for your form. I attended two of her classes: "Fast Ways to Sew Jackets Better" and "More Fast Ways to Sew Better". In the vendor area, Kathy offered to measure you for a perfect jacket pattern and created the pattern for $6. She also had other great items and patterns at her booth. She is currently designing patterns for Simplicity and they should be available soon.
Linda Lee "Cutting Outside the Lines" opened new horizons!
She changes the look completely without changing the fit.
Linda MacPhee "Slinky is the Answer" a wonderful presentation on this marvelous fabric. She discussed the best uses for slinky and the best ways to sew it.
All of the ladies had many garments in each class so you could see how their techniques worked. Larry had a table of embroidery supplies and answered all of our questions.
Because of the speakers and vendors, I would definately attend this Expo again. Hopefully, Round Bobbin will fix some of the "glitches" mentioned above.

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