|This was the second year for the ETA Dallas event. This year it was located on the campus of Southen Methodist University (SMU). There were several hotels close by to choose from - Leslie and I roomed together and will do a little better job with our selection next year! We both assumed there would be a frig and microwave but there weren't any at the Radisson where we stayed. It did have a shuttle service to SMU which we used the first day (the day we hauled our machines!!) After that Cyclegirl, Blue Mooney, and SoNewToSewing were our "drivers". Some of the teachers/exhibitors included Barb Callahan, June Colburn, Jan Bones, Linda McGehee, Cynthia Guffey, Linda Kubik, Carol Lane-Saber, Shirley Adams, Emma Seabrooke, Peggy Sagers, Karen Erickson, Trish Stewart, Rebecca Shanks and Carol Coleman. There were six choices for pre-day classes on Friday. Four of us from PR went to Cynthia Guffey's class - Linda E, Cyclegirl, Leslie in Austin, and myself. We had a good time together and learned to put beautiful collars and neckbands on shirts. This was an all-day class that could probably have been done in an afternoon with a pretty hefty fee ($20) for the kit.. I took several other classes from Cynthia, a pillow making workshop from Karen Erickson, and a zipper class from Linda McGehee. This expo is still having "growing pains" and I hope more in the area will come next year. Peggy Sagers listened to some of our suggestions from last year and we gave her some more this year!! Hey - she asked!!! A few of the things I would like to see are more vendors, the lighting was poor in several of the classrooms and in the expo area, there were 20 machines on one circuit in the sewing room which made for some "stop and go" stitching, the teachers move from "class to class" which is probably pretty difficult for them, and it would be nice if everything was in one building rather than spread out. I walk a lot so it didn't bother me but some of the women had trouble with the stairs and the distance between the buildings. The best part - seeing all my PR buddies from last year and meeting some new ones!! We went out to eat, to the "fabric warehouse district", had a pattern exchange and measuring/fitting night at the hotel besides the classes at ETA.
I did not go to the fashion show this year but maybe someone else will report on it.
All in all, I had a great time. I hope more of you will come next year (second weekend in February) and this will continue to grow and get bigger and better!!!