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RE: February 2014 - 10/8/2013 6:51:59 AM   
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The whole situation is very disappointing.

At the July 2012 school, I had a long chat with the rep from F+W. He assured me that things would change-- instead they have gotten much worse.

I did not attend in 2013. I don't know if I will go in 2014. I will make that decision if and when the brochure ever gets released.

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RE: February 2014 - 10/10/2013 1:20:50 PM   
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Still waiting....... so disappointed. Is this the new normal for this company???

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RE: February 2014 - 10/10/2013 9:50:59 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Hokie Mom

The whole situation is very disappointing.

At the July 2012 school, I had a long chat with the rep from F+W. He assured me that things would change-- instead they have gotten much worse.

I did not attend in 2013. I don't know if I will go in 2014. I will make that decision if and when the brochure ever gets released.


Well, Lisa, the rep. said that "things would change," didn't he? And they have......

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RE: February 2014 - 10/11/2013 7:51:12 AM   
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Did anyone else notice on the home page (on the right hand side) how it says DOZENS OF FASHION AND HEIRLOOM SEWING SCHOOLS TO CHOOSE FROM ??

http://a1444.g.akamai.net/7/1444/1104/155908772/ads.addesktop.com/gifs/AM_570650_8890-soaf-web-ads-300x250.jpg

Besides being bad grammar, DOZENS? Plural as in more than one dozen, so at least two dozen.... I wonder if the classes will be a la carte like SAGA or Sewing at the Beach.

Yes, Kathleen, the rep did says it would change-- but for the better! We corresponded several times and he indicated that F+W was working on improvements. Well, the brochure three months late (when it was in print during the July school) is certainly no improvement. I get multiple emails every week from F+W. Why can't there be an email that at least lists the available schools and pre-days?

It also looks like there is only one pre-day as the dates went from Feb 2-9 to Feb 5-9. I also noted that there is no July date or location.


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RE: February 2014 - 10/11/2013 1:14:17 PM   
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Lisa - do tell about the 'other oportunities'!!! PLEASE! Tell Charlotte and Jean and LisaV too!!

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RE: February 2014 - 10/11/2013 9:25:30 PM   
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At this rate, I'm getting tired of all the delays, excuses, disorganization, etc., etc., etc., and think to myself, "Who gives a rat's rump?" I'm ready to move on....

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RE: February 2014 - 10/12/2013 7:53:54 AM   
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I do not think that F+W realizes that there are probably 200 women who would love to sign up for February school in early September the way it used to be. I can remember sitting by the telephone and pressing REDIAL repeatedly until I got a connection. I remember schools selling out in 45 minutes!

There are probably another 100 that are so disgusted with the way things are now-- but might be enticed back if there was substantial improvement. The brochure three months late is NOT an improvement.

Add on another 50 newbies, and all of a sudden you have a very full school.

Like you, Kathleen, I am close to the breaking point. If it were not for my good friends that I know I will see in February, I would have moved on already. It really doesn't matter what the projects are-- it is the friendships that matter most to me.



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RE: February 2014 - 10/12/2013 8:27:34 AM   
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I agree, Lisa. It is now really more about the friendships. (Were you the person who suggested getting rooms at the Embassy and having our own conference/retreat? I think THAT would be a great idea! -It would certainly help maintain friendships.)

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RE: February 2014 - 10/12/2013 8:33:40 AM   
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Given how business gets done these days, my expectations were never high after the first sale. Been there, done that, as they say, with my last 3 jobs. F&W is tracking pretty much the same ... businesses today are ALL about the profits, losing sight of the reason they are in business in the first place. Not taking the time to understand their customers, I frequently think the goal is just to drain the resources off these acquired companies and move on to the next one. And they get away with it and manage to stay in business because the economy isn't kind to anyone wanting to start a smaller business that could give them quality competition. or ... they buy up anyone who can. F&W hasn't yet shown us they are different.

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RE: February 2014 - 10/12/2013 10:26:42 AM   
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Yes, I think that was me who said we needed to have our own retreat at the Embassy during school week.

If I find anything interesting in the SOAF schedule, perhaps I will call the Embassy and see what the room rental rate would be for one of the smaller conference rooms on the second floor. It is just too dark in the hotel rooms to sew.

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RE: February 2014 - 10/14/2013 10:12:42 AM   
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Thank you, Lisa!

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RE: February 2014 - 10/14/2013 6:04:56 PM   
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Or you could join us at Sewing at the Beach for great fun!
maggieb!

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RE: February 2014 - 10/14/2013 6:58:53 PM   
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Maggie, I have wanted to do the sewing at the beach and thought I would get to go this year. My daughter is having her 3rd baby in late Dec., so I am going to start planning for 2015.

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RE: February 2014 - 10/15/2013 3:08:16 PM   
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I have confirmed through several different sources that there will be only one day for prday classes. I wonder if this has caused the teachers to have to redo what they are teaching.

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RE: February 2014 - 10/15/2013 9:18:15 PM   
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What and when is sewing at the beach, please?

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RE: February 2014 - 10/16/2013 8:36:51 AM   
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Sewing at the Beach, an event sponsored by the Stranded Smockers and Stitchers is held at Myrtle Beach, SC, this year Jan 13 - Jan 19th 2014. http://www.sewingatthebeach.com Susan O'Connor, Gail Doane and Maggie Bunch are a few of the teachers on the roster. I attended last year for the first time and found it to be a very relaxing, watching the waves splash on the shore while sitting and stitching. It seems to have a much lower key feel than SOAF, perhaps due to the smaller size. They have a market that last year included Farmhouse Fabrics and Barb from Fine Stichery. We shared a condo which enabled us to do breakfast and a few meals in.

Del

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RE: February 2014 - 10/16/2013 10:07:24 AM   
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If you live in the northeast, check out the Machine Sewing Section for the article on Trisha Smith.

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RE: February 2014 - 10/17/2013 7:42:31 AM   
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Del are you going again? I just found it hard if you didn't have a group of your own as there is no social activity at night for you. I did enjoy the smaller classes.

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RE: February 2014 - 10/20/2013 10:57:58 PM   
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Makettle, are you going? Hope to see you there.

< Message edited by Kathleen -- 10/20/2013 10:58:59 PM >

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