Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sew Expo recap and decompression

Well, it has been a few days since I got home from Sew Expo.  If I had to sum it up in one word, it would be wow.

I met a bunch of extra cool people, and I attended some excellent classes.  15 of the 17 classes that I went to were great.  I learned an awful lot and by the end of the 4 days, I was physically exhausted.

Here are some of my favorite classes (in the order that I attended them):

Sew Constructive - Katrina Walker

No Slip Pedal for Sewing Machines - Lynnette Sandbloom of Beach Garden Quilts

The Etsy Sellers Handbook - Angela Jorgenson

Sprocket Pillows - Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew

Threads and Needles, What You Really Need to Know - Steve Butler of A&E (Manufacturer of some very well-known brands of thread)

My favorite thing that I heard during the entire show was on the last day.  While perusing sewing machine feet, another shopper made the comment that machine feet were his kind of foot fetish.  Could it have been more funny?  Nope, I don't think so.

Unfortunately, I did not get very many pictures.  I'll work harder next year to get more.  For now, here are a couple:

My sprocket pillow

A Bernina 780 demo unit in a clear case that allows you to see all of the moving parts.  Easily one of the coolest things at the whole show.  I did the sprocket pillow on the non-clear version of this machine.  :)
My Fit for Real People book that I got signed by Marta Alto and Pati Palmer of Palmer Pletsch.
I was so busy with classes that I didn't get a lot of shopping done.  This is it!
I also got some great freebies in classes that I attended.
Schmetz Needles also provided the Sew-Cial Bloggers group with some goodies.  I've been playing with these over the last few days, so I'm just about ready to post my reviews on a bunch of these items.

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