|I went to this show five years ago (in 2001) and had a blast; there was a lot for garment sewing both in the class roster and on the vendor floor. This year, I thought I had wandered into the wrong show. The vast majority of vendor spaces were devoted to scrapbooking, beading or knitting. There was precious little that actually had anything at all to do with sewing. Even the fabric stores booths were a fraction of the size they were just a few years ago. Most sewing machine manufacturers had nice booths, but that was about it -- most of the "make & takes" were for the scrapbooking crowd, or for the machine-specific stuff (i.e. embroidery). I got through the huge show floor in less than two hours -- and that was going through twice, just to make sure I hadn't missed something. I didn't take any classes -- when looking at the show brochure when it came out, I didn't see much that spoke to the garment sewer. That should have been the big tip-off!
The show has now changed its name to "Creativ Festival" (yes, without the "e"), probably to encompass all the various hobbies, not just sewing. It's such a shame... this used to be such a grand show. I have never attended their Spring show, so don't know if that's any different.