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Sewing Expo in Massachusetts

2tallct | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi,

I was wondering if anyone from CT is going up to the Sewing Expo in Worcester, MA the weekend of April 10,11 and 12.  I have never been and wondering if it is worth the drive up for the day or even 2 of the days.  There seems to be an unbelievable amount of classes to choose from!  I am overwhelmed.

Also, are any of you in the American Sewing Guild?  CT chapter?  I have to become a part of a group or I will never start sewing again for myself!  I am desperately in need of some motivation as well as instruction in sewing for a tall person (me!).  I sew great for everyone else, but just have not quite crossed that line yet to get my dressform padded to fit my fitting shell.  Doesn’t help that my basement flooded recently and everything is all over the place.

Thanks!!

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  1. Linda03052 | | #1

    Hi 2tallct!

    Definitely worth it!  It's my favorite "girl' thing to do--I wait for it all year long!  Unfortunately I live in NH, or we could travel together.  My husband's not fond of me going into Worcester by myself, but it's too much fun to miss!  There's classes and fashion shows, and fabric, and quilts,and booths with patterns, notions, crafts--it'll motivate your socks off!

    Linda 03052

  2. Tessmart | | #2

    2tallct

    It's great fun and really motivating.  I started going 2 yrs ago and now make it a yearly outing for myself.  You are right, they have great classes and the instructors are great.  You can walk from the hotel's to the DCU Center. I'm looking forward to it again this year.

    Teri

    1. 2tallct | | #3

      I only live about an hour away, so was thinking of just driving up for friday and saturday. It would be alot cheaper than staying in a hotel for a night. How late do the classes run at night?

      1. 2tallct | | #4

        Do those of you who attend pre-register and take classes, or do you just wander around and glean what you can from presentations, etc?  I am sure that I am going to be totally overwhelmed!  What about parking?  I am driving up each day, so wondering about where to park that is a good deal.   How late does it go each day/night?

        1. SewistKitty | | #5

          I have never been to this particular one but from the other expos that I have attended you need to preregister if you are determined to take certain classes. The classes do fill up before hand especially if the teacher is a nationally known expert. I would register ASAP if you want to take courses.
          LVK

        2. LindaG | | #6

          Hi,Here's parking info from the Wocester DCU page at http://www.dcucenter.com/directions.php
          (scroll down to find this info)"The preferred parking garage of the DCU Center is the Worcester Municipal Parking Garage located at 30 Major Taylor Boulevard on the corner of Major Taylor Boulevard and East Central Street off of exit 16 from Rt. 290. The garage is open Monday through Sunday from 6AM til 2AM."I park in this garage when I go to the DCU -- it's above ground, very open, $5 or $6 for the day in past years -- might be a dollar or two more this year. Remember to bring your parking ticket with you and pay in advance in the lobby!

          Edited 4/1/2008 2:41 pm ET by LindaG

          1. 2tallct | | #7

            Thanks!

        3. Tessmart | | #8

          2tallct

          There is a pre-registration, I think it ends soon, I left my paperwork at home. website is http://www.sew-expo.com, seslect Worcester.  You can even sign up for classes there. I pre-registered late this year and had to miss one I really wanted. Oh well.  There are a lot of vendors, new items,etc. Fashion Shows daily, a large quilt demo.

          have a great time.

          Teri

          1. rodezzy | | #9

            Edited 4/2/2008 11:46 am ET by rodezzy

          2. 2tallct | | #10

            Have any of you gone all three days before? I am trying to decide if I should just go up on Thursday and check it out, and then if is amazing, see if I can find a hotel room and go ahead and stay for Thurs. and Fri. nites. I am about an hour and a half away. I tend to get overwhelmed at these things, especially the first day, but I want to get as much as I can out of it. Do many of you stay over or just travel to and fro to it? Do you meet up with other people there for dinner, etc. or just go home to your families at the end of the day? My hubby said, just go if you want, you deserve it, but I hate to waste money if it would not be worth staying up there. For all I know, there may not be a hotel room in sight!!!

          3. Tessmart | | #11

            2tallct

            I'm in Watertown, about 1 1/2 hrs away and I stayover. The 2 hotels in the brochure are sold out, I am stayingin Auburn. I am taking classes 3 days and feel I deserve  to stay over. My time. I could meet up with you if you want, Thurs evening.

            Teri

          4. 2tallct | | #12

            I missed the class pre-registration deadline so am hopeful that I can get into some classes the day of. I am on the fence still about staying over or not. I wonder if I would rather spend the money on fabric, etc. but I will see. If I do decide to stay over, I will email again and see where you will be on thursday eve. Thanks! What classes are you taking?

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