Well, I'm home from Seattle (the picture at the left is typical of Northwest weather days-overcast or raining!) and from attending the Sewing and Stitchery Expo at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center. What an experience! I ended up attending six of the seven classes that I signed up for--One I missed, just because of logistics.
|Picture from SewExpo blog|
I watched demonstrations of various sewing machine models from several manufacturers, including Husqvarna, Brother, Janome, Juki, and Bernina. This was what I had expected.
Note: You can see more about the behind the scenes SewExpo activities on the SewExpo blog. (Picture at the right taken from the blog.)
And what didn't I expect? I didn't expect to be overwhelmed! It was as if I was on overload and just couldn't take anymore! I expected to be inspired, not humbled by my lack of knowledge of the sewing field! What was the cause of this? It was due to the overall point of the Expo. Everything was geared to SHOPPING! Even the classes were done by vendors who let you know where their booth was and what they were selling. I had expected to gather information about increasing my skills, not about using new products. Case in point: a class about bags. I expected to learn some new techniques for making better bags, but instead, it was nearly an hour infomercial about a particular product that you really must use when you make a bag! Not entirely bad information, but not what I anticipated.
All the classes were like this. How to use this particular stitching technique with your serger (some usable information there); ideas for dressings up thrift store clothing using your extra fancy embroidery machine--which I do not have! I even won the door prize in this class for a free three month subscription to a pattern service for my "non-existent" expensive embroidery machine. And were there inexpensive machines being demoed there? Majority were all over the three thousand dollar mark! I felt like a minnow in a whale tank!
Now don't get me wrong, I gleaned from the experience, but it was not a hefty meal. I saw gorgeous quilts--every booth seemed to use beautiful quilts as their backdrops, whether they were a quilt shop or not. This was overload too, and we could not take any pictures! I did snap a couple while I was having lunch. I don't think that I violated anyone's private creativity! I did glean a handful of vendor possibilities that I may use in the future. But in a sea of stitchery stuff, with representative quilt stores from all over America, I am sure that I will not be shopping from their online options, unless they had something special. It was all geared toward them feeding on me and the other attendees. I would have preferred to see booths from fabric manufactures with their new line of goods. Then I could go home and ask my local shop to carry what I liked.
My purchases? I spent a whole $22, after it cost me $78 for entrance and class fees. As to going again next year? I probably will not spend the money, unless one of my daughters or DIL's just really want to go. So . . . . "Sew" . . . here's a final view that maybe someone can use for inspiration . . . the reflected lights on the floor are pretty!
|See quilt back drop in the upper left|
P.S.S Here's a blogpost about someone else--a vendor--who was overwhelmed!