|I attended 2 of Cynthia Guffey's workshops at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo recently. The first dealt with preparations for sewing (grainline, pattern marking, pinning, more grainline), and the second with actual garment sewing (collars, directional sewing, easing in sleeves, etc).
First, let me say Cynthia is a fabulous sewer; probably one of the best out there. She sews with an incredible amount of attention to detail, and so much precision. She is very passionate about sewing, and has a vast amount of technical knowledge.
The downside to this is that she is a big advocate of some very time consuming processes (for example, she hems skirts in 3 separate rows by hand and advocated changing your sewing direction 6 times while sewing sleeveless armholes for proper directional sewing). It seemed the majority of her tips involved hand basting or hand understitching of some type (not that I am always opposed to this). She is not a fan of sergers, and I definately fall in the opposite viewpoint of this.
I DO feel I got my money's worth (a mere $19 per class at the Expo), but if I had understood her philosophy beforehand, I probably would have opted for other instructors instead. My fault for rushing in to register...
I would be interested in attending her FITTING seminars, as I think her precision and attention for detail would be a definate plus here.
It was amazing to hear how she thinks through her garments/sewing, but at this stage of my life, I am looking for better results with the same or less effort than I am putting in now. Cynthia would be perfect for those couture minded sewers. I just need a little more efficiency in my sewing than her techniques allow. Maybe someday when my nest is empty and I have a quiet house I can take on more of these principles. Her results are beautiful, but they would be painstakingly time consuming for me to implement.
Just thought I would post this for those contemplating which classes to register for.