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Quilt, Craft & Sewing expo in Pomona (Sewing Expo Review)
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Posted by: SewLil
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Posted on: 10/19/07 2:53 PM
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I went to this expo today. It runs for 3 days. It costs $8 and you can get in all 3 days with the same ticket. I had a coupon that I received via email for 1/2 off so I was ready to pay my $4. But as I was waiting in line a lady showed up with coupons for free entrance! Hooray!

I went through the whole thing in 2 hours. There were 3 aisles, most of them filled with quilting things. Quilt kits, rulers, mats, patterns, quilting machines, embroidery machines, and all kinds of tools that would be useful for a quilter. I am not a quilter. But I did enjoy looking at all the beautiful quilts that were laid out and was pleased that they offered patterns to copy them and even entire kits that included all the fabric one would need to complete the fabric. I was quite enticed by this. However, seeing as to how I live in a little, tiny apartment and that I can't even sew the things I have already planned to sew, I wisely decided against buying one. Not to mention, the kits ran from $65 on the lower end to $185. So, I plan to return next year with the goal of having sewed the things I planned to and with the time (ha ha) to make one of these kits.

I've imagined how wonderful it would be to make a big quilt to give to my mom and one to my grandma too.

Anyway, I thought the floor was nicely set up. It remained neat during the 2 hours I was there. The bathrooms at the front entrance were messy and ran out of both toilet papers and towels. However, the toilets in the backend were very clean and unoccupied. It did not get crowded b/w 10-12pm. There was one area providing sandwiches for $7.50. I brought snacks with me and so I didn't buy any food there. There was lots of fabric for quilters and nothing that stood out for me.

The one thing I drooled over was the 3 feet provided at the demonstration. But I just could not afford to buy those 3 feet (satin edge, ribbon, sequins, cording, beading, and who knows what else they did) and that is also one of the things I plan to get next year. It will give me a year to save up for it.

There were other booths for special irons, some selling clothing, some selling patterns but I don't think I saw any for clothes that wasn't an apron.

In conclusion, unless you're a quilter or you need little random sewing tools, you're not going to get much out of this besides an occular enjoyment.

These are the random things I bought. 2 marking items, a really cool magnetic pin picker upper/holder, a "purple thang", that's what it's called and it has a multitude of uses, mainly helping you turn your corners out, and a little wooden block that's sharp on one end. It sorta takes the place of an iron for us lazy people, who don't like to get up in the middle of sewing to press seams with the iron.
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Sewing Sweetie said...
Hi, SewLil! Thank you very much for your review - you saved me a trip! Anyway, what kind of Kenmore do you have - is it made by Janome? I have three feet kits - "Elastic Wizard," "Ribbon Wizard," and "Quilt Wizard." The kits aren't made by Creative Feet, but I suppose they are probably pretty much the same thing. They fit the Janome 9000 (which I have) and also the Kenmore made by Janome. Despite the fact that I too hardly have any time to sew (hence these kits have never been opened), I find that somehow I have suddenly gone and bought myself a new Baby Lock Elegante! (Oh, how I dream of sewing . . . .) So anyway I am unlikely to use these feet kits now. Would you like to have them? I would be very happy to send them to you. All my best to you, and have a great weekend! Love, Sewing Sweetie
10/20/07 1:30 AM
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10/20/07 2:14 AM
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10/20/07 2:16 AM
Peggy L said...
Sewing Sweetie - that's why I love PR. The genuinely kind, sharing people!!
10/30/07 2:48 PM
Sewing Sweetie said...
Thanks, Peggy! It just seems such a pity to wait a whole year! But I don't think SewLil has checked her comments yet. (I've been checking every day.)
10/31/07 0:14 AM
SewLil said...
OMG Sewing Sweetie! I had not checked back on this review until today. I would LOVE to have the feet. I'll have to let you know what kind of machine I have when I get home. It's about 8 years old. THANKS!
11/7/07 5:50 PM

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