Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review

Advanced Search
New to PR?
Find a member
MY Stuff
Friends of PR Benefits
My Pattern Reviews
My Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Photo Album
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Deal Corner
Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine Central
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests
Read All Review Requests
Add a Review Request
Live Chats
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
See all Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
all contests
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo (Sewing Expo Review)
Viewed 5205 times
Review rated Very Helpful by 9 people   
Posted by: LisaRM
About LisaRM star
Member since: 9/30/08
Reviews written: 29
Sewing skills:Advanced Beginner
Favored by: 7 people
expos reviewed: 1
Bio: more...
Report a problem with this review
Posted on: 3/10/09 8:37 PM
Rating: starstarstar
Web site/URL: photo
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.

Merchants on PR
Lanetzliving Vintage Sewing Patterns
Vintage Sewing Patterns
Style Arc sewing dress patterns
Patterns That Fit
Web site
Victoria Jones Collection
Timeless Hawaiian styles
Web site

<< Previous Next >>

Add Sewing Expo Review    Read All Sewing Expo Reviews

4 Comments      Login to Add a Comment
nancy2001 said...
Sounds like an interesting event.
3/12/09 3:47 PM
Shannon Gifford said...
Lisa, it was nice meeting you at the Expo, even for a brief moment. Perhaps next time, we can actually sit and visit!
3/14/09 10:23 PM
Peggy L said...
Good review
3/16/09 9:37 PM
MaryMH said...
Sorry you were not satisfied with Louise Cutting's presentation. I just attended the Tampa Expo and enjoyed 3 of her classes and found them to be exactly what they were advertised to be - wish she had two hour sessions so she could share more of her wealth of knowledge!
3/22/09 5:55 PM

Copyright © 2014® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us