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Expo Reviews > Original Sewing and Quilt Expo: St. Charles, Illinois

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Posted on: 10/14/08 10:55 AM
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I was looking forward to this Expo since its the first one I've been able to go to since having children. The last Expo I went to was in 2003. I took two classes at this Expo: Super Slick Serger Tricks and Knitting: Finishing as a Professional. I wanted to take Coverstitch 101, but the class was full. Most of the other classes offered during the weekend were not filled, so you could register for classes at the door and most likely get into the class you wanted. I wanted to take more classes, but I couldn't get my MIL to watch my kids longer. lol!

Super Slick Serger Tricks was taught by Diana Cedolia and it was a great class (it was 3 hours long). We learned a 4 thread rolled edge, ruffling, gathering, how to use the serger to do blanket stitch on fleece, how to make two different tote bag bottoms, a very easy technique for making cuffs, easing a sleeve cap, and how to apply piping in one step.

There was so much information that I thought I'd get home and suffer from IO, information overload, but Diana gave us a handout on the techniques we learned and of course we kept our samples. I was excited to get home to make something using the techniques we learned. The class was designed for those who had some serging experience, but there was a student there whose only experience was the Serging 101 class she took in the morning and she did just fine in the class. The class used Viking Huskylock 936 sergers and I was so glad it did since I have been wanting to purchase one. The class gave me hands on experience and confidence with the machine.

Diana herself was very informative and obviously knew what she was teaching. She brought samples of her work which were simply beautiful. Her personality was down-to-earth and friendly with a dry sense of humor. The class started and ended on time.

The second class I took was Knitting: FInishing as a Professional. I love to knit and this class was incredible (and 4 hours long!). Helen Hamann taught it and since there were only 3 other people in the class Helen was able to work very closely with us. We learned to knit pockets, buttonholes, how to pick up stitches, different bind off techniques and provisional cast on. I definitely suffered from information overload at this class, but with some practice and the handout from Helen, I think I'll be ok.

My only disappointment was with the Expo exhibit hall. There were a lot of vendors, but the exhibit hall lacked excitement. The vendors were all just sitting around in their booths and looked bored. Perhaps its the bad economy, but I think if you are going to make the effort to exhibit at the Expo you should do your best to liven the place up. I didn't buy a thing! I wanted to get some Sulky thread, but the man at the booth didn't even say hello to me as I looked at the thread packages offered. I stopped by the Husqvarna booth to try out the 936's coverstitch capability and it was the only time I was greeted and had my questions answered. I didn't buy the machine even though I had every intention of buying one at the Expo because the price they quoted me was the same price my local Viking dealer offered me. I thought since it was an Expo that they should make me an offer I couldn't refuse.

I will definitely go to next year's expo. The classes are fun, informative, and you meet some really nice people. Perhaps if the economy picks up the vendors will be a little more lively next year!

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godsgift2me said... (10/30/08 7:27 PM) Reply
you are absolutely correct. The exhibit Hall sucked!!!!
maidathome said... (10/15/08 8:54 AM) Reply
Great review! I wanted to get there and didn't. The serging class sounds like it would have been worth the trip though.
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