Sewing Expo 2011 – Day 1

I could kick myself.

I took my time going over to the Expo this morning. Why should I rush? My first workshop was at 12:30 and the vendor section doesn’t open til like 10:00. Right? WRONG! The Expo and Fashion stages had shows every 30 minutes starting at 9:30. I got there around 11:00. Wasn’t I suppose to be working on that being late thing? Yeah. It “ain’t” working.

With about 45 minutes before my workshop, I rush to where Vogue Fabrics has been setup the last few years and they’re not there. WHAT? WHERE ARE THEY? I spend another five minutes walking up and down all the aisles trying to find them. FINALLY I see them up front near the doors I came in. DOH! I don’t want to be late for class so I know I won’t be getting fabric cut. So, I take cell phone shots of the pieces that interest me. I’m surprised I’m not overwhelmed by choices like I have been in the past. What’s up with that? Not only that, but usually that area is like a mad house and you can barely get to the fabric. Is it the economy or maybe it’s simply because it was a weekday.

At 12:27 I make a mad dash for Salon 10. Where the heck is Salon 10? I get there with a minute to spare and we’re given these:


Aren’t they cute? We learned all about the Seam Method of Pattern Alteration.

Seam Method Alteration


Next I’m off to spend an hour with Peggy Sagers to discuss Tissue Fitting and then it’s SHOPPING TIME. 🙂


I love going to this conference. I didn’t win anything in the drawing, but I sure learned a lot today. Now I just need to put it into practice. I think I’m off to a good start though. All the other years, the bags would get tossed into the sewing room and I may not see that stuff until months later when I’d forgotten everything I learned. This year I’m determined to practice what I learn. Stay tuned and keep me honest.

The Brother reps gave me a demo of their latest sewing machine. That is a HUGE machine. My Bernina 1230 is about 18 years old and I’m still happy with it, but I think I’d like something newer to go along with it. I have no preference for brands so I have no clue as to what to buy. What brand of sewing machine do you have and why did you buy it?

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