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Posted by: Portia Hirschman
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Posted on: 10/5/08 7:35 PM
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Seems to be getting smaller and this year it seemed a lot less crowded. I hate this venue. The classrooms are either extremely noisy or incredibly cold. Cynthia Guffey was back but fewer of the name instructors are coming to this one every year. The quilt displays were beautiful. Not much in the way of garment sewing. I did see the new Viking machine and the new Babylock Ellismo. These are HUGE machines--lots of real estate will be required!

Vogue had some decent fabrics but you had to look very closely. All the salesfolks were very friendly and helpful. Otherwise I was able to leave with one "green" bag of fabric, one book and some buttons. Not much to tempt this year.

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Nancy Rhodes said... (10/26/08 1:26 PM) Reply
I think we are going to see more of this "trend" - as the economy cools, and our hard-earned dollars go for skyrocketing expense of energy, be it gasoline for the car, or heat or electric for our homes disposible income will be in short supply. I can foresee such expo's shrinking to fewer events, but larger venues. It takes a critical mass of money spending shoppers to make it successful for all who bring their talents and inventories to each event. I went to Chantilly in 2007 and found it easy to park and get in and get out. I live near Cleveland and go there regularly, but parking and access is a headache. All that said, I hope I an wrong and all events grow and prosper in spite of the gloomy economy. Otherwise, we will all be sewing strictly from our stash and waiting for things to get better.
slee said... (10/15/08 4:42 PM) Reply
This is my second time at this expo. The quilt displays were beautiful. I saw the new Bernina, it's a big machine. I did get some notions and buttons. I would go again.
Stitchology said... (10/6/08 2:12 PM) Reply
I've gone to this a couple of times and was so underwhelmed that I didn't go even when I'd won free admission in the raffle. I wish they'd find a better location.
SunFlowers said... (10/6/08 11:27 AM) Reply
It was my first time to this show so I have no way to compare it to the ones held before. But I was not impressed at all. I expected to see a lot more sewing notions like zippers for bags, lace... I can buy those online without spending gas. And I agree with you: the quilts were beautiful!!! Other than that... no big deal.
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