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Posted on: 12/21/06 4:17 PM
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I have been to this event in Overland Park, KS the previous two years and loved it. This year was not exception! Three days of tropping around "sewing stuff" all by myself with no children---I was in heaven! I may not need any Valium for an entire year.
OK, seriously, I have a goal this year to sew for myself. Therefore, I took ten classes that I felt would really help me achieve that goal. Below is a list.
Cynthia Guffey:
1) Bridge to fabulous sewing: Solid beginnings for Spectacular results
2) Bridge tfs: skillful stitching for spec. results
3) Backs first fitting.
4) Pocket Details
5) Pants tweaking
6) Waitline Management
All of these courses were fantastic. I don't care how long you've been sewing, Cynthia teaches so well, so funny, so fast, that everyone has something to learn. I was taking notes so furiously I got hand cramps. I particularly liked the fitting classes and the stitching for spec results. You get to see her actually sew which helps me.
Cynthia teaches very detailed methods (more on that later) and is entertaining as well as informative.
Peggy Sagers:
7) Success from the start
8) Speedy sewing
I changed to Peggy's classes because of reviews I had read here and I was not disappointed. I had a French Curve, but did not know how to use it. She really gave me personally great insight into pattern drafting and particularly copying RTW for myself. She helped focus my thoughts and direction on exactly what I wanted to see when I am sewing for myself. The only thing I did not care for was her opinion that we should not have a stash and should get rid of all the excess. Easy for her to say! Well, atleast, I have taken a new look at my excessive stash and decided to USE it! I also enjoyed seeing her show some speedy methods on the machine. I am very visual and sometimes pictures and descriptions just don't cut it. I just wish I could spend a whole day or two seminar with her. She was very gracious.
Louis Cutting:
9) One Seam Pants.
I loved her class and I loved her! I have not tried the pattern yet, but I think I will like it. I bought several of her patterns and found her to be enthusiastic and inspiring.
Laura Murray:
10) Brush your way to beautiful fabric.
If you want to embellish at all---this is a must class to take. This woman is wonderful and the time I spent hands on were great and lots of sun. She is such a sweet and talented person and she has so much to teach.

OK! I came home with my head swimming with ideas, inspiration, and motivation. I know I took the gambet of classes from very detailed Cynthia Guffey to Louis Cutting who sews fast and with flare. I had read in one review someone made a disparaging remark about Cynthia's three layer hand sewn hem and what a waste of time is was to her. I witnessed a womanat the sighing in utter extasy over hand sewing that hem. She was elated which shows different strokes for different folks. It is my opinion that people processes information differently. Some of us are parts to whole or detailed, and some of us see the whole and go to parts-or global. These women do represent this continuim of the sewing process. I am very global and loved Louis Cutting, but I know to be really good I will have to be like a great chef that goes to culinary school to learn all the details first. I need to learn the right way to do sewing from Cynthia, but I love Louis' fast fresh method. In the end, I will probably sew like Peggy Sagers, who is in the middle.
What I experienced from everyone of these teachers was an utter pashion to get you and I sewing, doing it well, and giving us a venue to produce something we could be proud of.
For that I am very grateful for their time and effort since I don't think they are getting rich dragging around the country teaching us.

Other comments: TAKE MONEY!! There was a lady from Seattle that had handmade buttons where I dropped bucks! Vogue fabrics was there--my stash is now enlarged. If you are in the market for any kind of machine; this is the place to shop. Where else can you try out, ask questions, and barter for any major brand all within the space of a few hundred yards. The dealers are waiting for your business with baited breath and have wonderful deals on all their machines. The savings on gas alone would pay for an upgrade.
Finally, the expo will be up north in KC by the airport next year which is a nice facility. I am so glad they are having it in October instead of right before Thanksgiving. I never get to try any of the goodies I buy till January because I am sewing for Christmas. I will definitely be there again next year!

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SewPaula said... (2/5/07 1:23 AM) Reply
Thank you for this review! I am hoping to go this coming November to the KC show -- now I'm really looking forward to it.
BARBARA J said... (12/22/06 11:13 AM) Reply
Thanks for this comprehensive review! You've persuaded me to make plans to go to the Expo in MA in the spring. I'd love to meet some of my PR friends there--anyone else hoping to go?
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