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Posted on: 3/7/09 8:05 PM
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I attended the Original Sewing Expo (Mar 5-7, 2009) on Thursday and Friday. Classes on Fashion sewing, quilting, machine embroidery, long arm quilting, home decor and technology were offered. I waited until Thursday to register since I did not know ahead of time whether I would be able to attend. I was able to get all the classes I had wanted. I must say it was an exhausting 2 days. I drove back and forth each day this year and traffic was a challenge. The only classes I saw that were sold out for the event were the hands on classes. On Thursday I went to the class on Accessory Feet Know How taught by Debra Bohn. It was wonderful. I learned some new uses for the 12 feet covered and made note of those I wanted to purchase. Debra will continue this class with different feet next year. The other class I took on Thursday was Skirt Yokes: Perfect Fit taught by Cynthia Guffey. Cynthia taught how to make a yoke pattern piece that fits the waist and upper hip. From this yoke one can make yoke topped pants or yoke topped skirts of many styles such as A-line, pleated or flared. Just sub the yoke piece for the top of the pattern.
On Friday I took three fitting classes with Cynthia Guffey. There were: Fitting Accomplished: Upper Body, Fitting Accomplished: Transitional Fit and Fitting Accomplished: Pants. The upper body class covered fitting the shoulder slope and upper back curve. The transitional fit class covered the bust, arm hole, sleeve cap and sleeves. The pants class covered fitting the waist back and front, hip back and front, crotch shape and length and thighs. All the classes had Cynthia's usual attention to detail with much information. On Friday I also went to the class on Industrial Shortcuts taught by Mickey Hudson-Sandovai. This was a demo of the Islander techniques and covered short-cuts for centered, lap and invisible zippers, sewing uneven fabric lengths, a smooth treatment for curved patch pockets , waistbands and flat-felled seams. I hope to incorporate some of these. If I had attended on Sat, I would have taken Mickey's Easy Zippers class. Instead I opted to buy the DVD Easy Zippers. I really had absorbed all I could this week, and need to digest this information before learning more.
There were far more quilting vendors at the Expo than fashion sewing. This is always a disappointment to me even though I quilt. I don't need many supplies for it. On the other hand, the quilter exhibitors help make the Expo possible. The long-arm quilting class in the hallway was popular and drew many onlookers. I did miss some vendors that have been at OSE in the past: Lyla Messinger was not there this year. Nor was or Alecia's Attic. I had hoped to purchase a few quilting items from her. I will order on line instead. Peggy Sagers had some wonderful fabric at her booth for $5 a yard including cashmere. I bought some boucle. Emma Seabrooke was there with her amazing knit fabrics. I got a great bargain - 3 yards of black/white knit for $9. The best attended stage show that I saw was the New Designers Showcase. The handout was different this year with space to make notes for each designer rather than sketches of their items. Additionally, the stage demo on Jeans creations was well received. I also liked the Islander presentation since I didn't know that much about it. I did purchase the waterfall pattern for a flowing top. However, the Islander techniques are actually not used in this pattern though one could do it on their own. Babylock, Brother, Janome, Singer and Viking Machines all had booths. I don't know how sales were this year; I did see several Janome Quilter sewing machines sold. Proof of the Pudding was the caterer. Drinks were $3.50 and sandwiches were about $6. I didn't see very long lines and food was not available in the hallway as last year. The parking was free and the attendants very helpful. I Do wish there could be some vendors such as Gorgeous Fabrics and other fashion fabric vendors. I also would love to see a book dealer there. All in all I had a good time and look forward to the next Expo I am able to attend. One thing is for sure, you are never alone with so many friendly and helpful sewers around

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Debbiemac said... (10/21/11 12:54 PM) Reply
I love this expo and go every year as it's only about a 45 minute drive. I always buy from Vogue fabrics. This year it seemed there were fewer fashion fabric vendors. And yes the price of food is crazy. I always take some kind of meal bars and water. Rather spend my money on fabric than food any day!
dbsewer said... (3/30/09 9:44 AM) Reply
I understand that the cost of setting up a booth is prohibitive for smaller vendors. We used to have Sawyer Brook at the Worcester Expo but they don't go anymore because it's too expensive and time-consuming. Maybe if enough people complain they'll lower the cost - and improve the quality of the food. Thanks for the good review.
RLL said... (3/18/09 2:32 PM) Reply
This was a very good, time comsuming review. Well done! I have been going to the expo for about 5 or 6 years now and always love it. I am lucky enough to live about 15 min. away from the arena. Your review really summed it up nicely. Suprizingly, I did NOT buy anything from the Vogue booth this year, but I did buy some of the cashmere and some wool from Peggy Sagers booth. Gotta love that price. Would never buy her patterns again tho! And I always love Cynthia Guffey's classes. The info is repetitive for me now, as is most of the classes, but I still love going for the reminders. I will go again next year and the year after that and so on..............
Debbiemac said... (3/9/09 9:34 PM) Reply
I attended the Expo as well. I enjoyed but would like to have seen more fashion fabric vendors. I did buy several pieces from Vogue. There was another vendor selling gorgeous knits and I regret I did not buy anything from him. I eyed two pieces several times but didn't get them. Lots of friendly people, lots of fun. I look forward to it each year. It is a drive for me, but worth it.
cybermom said... (3/9/09 4:01 PM) Reply
Thanks, I'm going to the one in Tampa next week. I hope it's just as good.
nancy2001 said... (3/8/09 5:34 PM) Reply
Thanks for your very helpful review.
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