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Sewing Escape Retreats Are Rolling

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Our first Retreat events have been such a blast! It’s a fabulous experience to be in new parts of the country with new sewing friends for a weekend of creativity. We gathered up a few photos from the first events, and will continue to share images with you as additional Retreats take place over the next months. A big, BIG thanks to our Hosting Dealers and of course – to all the enthusiastic attendees. Haven’t heard about these Retreats yet? Lean in! 

We’ve partnered with Janome America as well as some of our favorite providers of notions, fabric, and sewing tools to bring the Sew4Home experience directly to you in fun-filled, multi-day events. It's your opportunity to hang with other sewing enthusiasts in a hands-on workshop environment.

We kicked off the series in Pennsylvania with Hosting Dealer, Amy Baughman Sew & Quilt. It may have been rainy and cool outside, but inside, there were miles of sunny smiles as attendees saw all their gorgeous projects come together.  

Several popular Sew4Home projects were selected and then adapted to this in-person learning presentation. We upscaled them with new embellishments and features, including monogramming, matchstick quilting, in-the-hoop embroidery, and more. Plus, we made sure construction concentrated on some of the important basics that form the foundation of great sewing; like trim techniques, seam finishing, special stitch settings, and the ever popular-yet-feared: zipper insertion!

These projects will expand your skills and give you results you’ll be proud to share. You’ll leave with completed projects for yourself and your home. And, there are excellent follow-up sessions available with each Hosting Dealer to continue the inspiration during personalized in-store group tutorials. 

If you’re a S4H regular, you know here on the site our goal is to give you the skills that distinguish quality construction. Going “live” with this professional instruction kicks it up another notch. When you’re sitting in front of a new Janome Skyline S7, yours to use throughout the event, the techniques and tricks are up-close-and-personal so they really sink in. And, excellent instructors are there to walk you through through any challenges.

Our most recent stop was in Virginia with Hosting Dealer, Precious Lopez of Sew Magarbo. Many attendees there were quite new to the sewing experience, and we were thrilled with how eagerly they plunged right in and came back out with beautiful results.

You'll see Liz in the photo collages, leading a keynote presentation on opening night that shares a few Sew4Home secrets about how to "master mixology" in order to create a look that is uniquely yours.

We’ve packed a lot into these Retreats, but have still kept registration at just $199 for all days, all projects, everything you need – from the designer fabric to the pins and scissors – you just bring your enthusiasm.

  • Get a new Janome Skyline S7 sewing machine to use throughout the event – no need to share
  • Complete fabric and supply kits for each of the projects — the designer fabric is all pre-cut to each pattern and you even get a pillow form for the pillow!
  • A full set of notions to use at your personal work station
  • Embroidery station machines
  • Ironing and cutting station tools
  • TWO amazing swag bags full of wonderful goodies
  • Mix, Make & Mingle Reception – make our own embroidered lanyard
  • Food and beverages each day
  • Door prizes – including a special prize valued at $800 
  • Pop-Up Shop – special event pricing on notions and tools 

Below is a great video put together by Precious Lopez's daughter, Casey at the Virginia event. How fun it is to see everything come together – congratulations to all the retreat attendees on their wonderful finished projects!

Click over to the registration page to locate the Sewing Escape Retreat that may be headed to your neck of the woods. If you don’t see something in your area, let your local dealer know you’re interested so we can bring a Retreat to a space near you in the future.

We do encourage you to register sooner rather than later as space is limited so we can keep the learning environment personalized.

We can't wait to Escape with you!


Comments (10)

BrandiP said:
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I was hopeful to find one in FL and then scared it'd be SUPER far away.  How happy am I to see there's one less than an hour away!??!  I'm going to get right on this :)

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@BrandiP - That's great news! You'll love the Retreat 

JoanSews said:
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This was a wonderful weekend! Great people, projects, food, location! I especially liked that everything was provided and ready. All we had to do was show up and have fun!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Joan - Thanks so much - I couldn't have said it better myself 

Donna Tomlinson said:
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This was such a fun weekend. We couldn't have been in a better place during a very rainy and chilly weekend. 

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Donna Hi there... and thanks! It was fun times ten!

KKarin said:
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This sounds to be great fun! I am so jealous cause I would love to participate. But unfortunatelly I live in Germany. If I win in the lottery than I would hop over imediately to join  I wish all lucky participants lots of fun and perfect project results!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@KKarin - Thanks so much! Wouldn't it be fun to come to Germany :-)