|This was my first expo, and I loved, loved, loved it. The area (Duluth) is nice, hotel is nice, and the convention center is not too big where there's an excessive amount of walking from the parking lot. The area was extremely neat, and I felt safe.
I registered well in advance. I signed up for two hands on classes and a variety of other one hour classes. I'll summarize the classes below.
Cynthia Guffey - Two hands on collar classes (one was construction and the other was attaching). I learned a lot. I attended other one hour sessions with Cynthia (pants construction and upper body fit). In the one hour classes I felt she wondered off topic and entertained. I preferred her hands on class.
Mary Ray - Well planned, good info.
Kathy Ruddy - Jacket tailoring speed tips. Good presentation, well planned. Picked up several tips.
Judy Rasband - The fit you want, style you like. Well planned and well presented. Good tips on wearing the right styles for your body type.
Lynda Cutting - Cutting Remarks. Her style is not the style of clothing I wear. She kind of rambled with bits & pieces of tips.
Mickey Hudson Sandoval - Zippers demo. WOW. She makes inserting zippers look so easy. Next time I'd like to be in a hands on class with her. She's very impressive. She demoed inserting a center, lapped and invisible zipper.
Observations: Different presenters gave different advice -- i.e., use Pelon, don't use Pelon, interface upper and lower coller, interface only lower, etc. Realize they are options and select the one that works best for you.
Taking 2 hands on classes 6:30 - 9 two nights in a row were tiring but enjoyable.
Food at expo was very expensive -- $3.50 for a large diet coke, sandwiches $6 - $7 and not much variety. I'll bring snacks or leave to get a meal next time.
Shopping - Loved Vogue fabrics, and the vendors that had unique buttons. There were more quilting vendors than fashion sewing vendors. I did buy a $25 White Ginger C&C DVD but haven't tried it yet. I'll also did the $39 show special for Kathy Ruddy's Unique Creation custom fitting pattern.
Travel time - I flew in to ATL Thursday arriving at 2:15. By the time I got a rental car, I was not on the I-85 until about 3:30. Traffic was heavy but not as bad as I thought it would be. My return flight was Saturday at 4:40. I left the center at 1:30 to be sure I allowed for traffic and rental car return. No problems. I made it to the airport in plenty of time.
General: The expo was well organized. The Ambassadors were very helpful and friendly. However, at 6 p.m. they turn out the lights in the vendor area, so have shopping complete by then.
I hope to go again.