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We're Coming to a City Near You! Introducing the Sew4Home Sewing Escape Retreats

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In our 2016 Sewing resolutions, we teased you a little bit about this new adventure. Our number one resolution was: To connect with YOU in even more ways. Today, we're pleased to announce one of the most exciting ways we'll be doing just that this year: the Sew4Home Sewing Escape sewing retreat. 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.

NOTE: THE PAGE IS LIVE WITH THE LATEST DETAILS. CLICK HERE TO LOOK FOR LOCATIONS AND TO REGISTER.

We love virtually interacting with our amazing Sew4Home community every day, but we can't wait to get together in meet-ups around the country. This will be your opportunity to hang with like-minded sewing enthusiasts to sew, learn, and simply enjoy two and a half days of creativity guided by master sewing instructors. 

Several popular Sew4Home projects were selected and then adapted to an in-person learning presentation. We've upscaled them with new embellishments and features, including monogramming, matchstick quilting, in-the-hoop embroidery, and more. We'll also be concentrating on many of the basics that form the foundation of great sewing, like trim techniques, seam finishing, special stitch settings, and the ever popular-yet-feared: zipper insertion! So while this first series of retreats is aimed at those newer to the world of sewing, there will be something for everyone to learn. But most importantly, it's all done in the style of Sew4Home you've all come to love and look forward to online every weekday.

Janome dealers will be hosting the events at special venues around the country. The calendar was just opened up last week in Las Vegas at the sewing machine industry's largest trade show, and we were thrilled at the enthusiasm of dealers to sponsor the Sewing Escape events. We have dates on the books for California, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Alabama, and more.

Every detail of the Sewing Escape retreats is designed to be both fun and inspiring. There'll be a kick-off presentation on opening night to share a few of our sewing secrets, explain where we turn for inspiration, and give you the tools to "master mixology" in order to create a look that is uniquely yours. You'll receive an awesome swag bag filled with fabric and notions, and you'll meet the sewing machine that will be yours for the duration of the retreat. 

Over the course of the event, you'll make three beautiful projects: a whimsical quilted patchwork pillow, a chic and roomy teardrop tote, and you'll learn to embroider in-the-hoop as you make your own custom-monogrammed zippered pouch. Everything will be provided – from the designer fabric to the pins and scissors – including the personal help of excellent instructors to walk you through each step. You'll leave with three finished projects you can use right away and proudly show off.

Over the next few months, the final planning and preparation will be finessed. We'll be opening up a special area here on the Sew4Home site with a complete calendar showing when and where the Sewing Escape retreats will be held. You'll be able to register online to reserve your space (we're keeping the size of these first retreats small for more personal attention, so you'll want to sign up right away), and we'll be bringing you images and more information along the way. 

We can't wait to Escape with you!

NOTE: THE PAGE IS LIVE WITH THE LATEST DETAILS. CLICK HERE TO LOOK FOR LOCATIONS AND TO REGISTER.

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Melanielovestosew said:
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Are you coming to Spokane?  It isn't too far from Portland :)

Marilia Ribeiro said:
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How about Portugal???  i love your site, i've learn a lot of things.

Tank you

Vickie Delano said:
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Oh my gosh I'm SO EXCITED!!  Indiana!!!  I can't believe this!!  I can't wait.  Going to take a day off from work to attend. 

joa2grls said:
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Metro Detroit!  Please!  Please!  I've been using your site for about 5 years and LOVE it!  

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ joa2grls - Thanks for being such a loyal follower! We are very close to releasing all the locations and dates. 

Gillian - in Sydney said:
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how about popping on down to us in Sydney Australia... we've got kangaroos and koalas and even imported British Janome sewing machines (along with their owner!)... ;-)

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Gillian - Thanks for invite! We don't have plans outside the US yet... but you never know what the future holds, right? Besides, who on earth could resist a koala?!

Judith Yvonne said:
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I'm a true beginner with only a couple of projects completed. Would I be able to attend? I live in West Central Florida but am willing to travel as far as necessary.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Julia - the calendar listing will be going up in just a few weeks with all the details.

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@ Judith - Yes! Just as we do here on the site, the retreats are designed to take you through each project step-by-step, aswering questions along the way. They are aimed at giving new sewers new confidence and skills.

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@ Karen - Big Easy chimes in with support... Thank you!

Jen Cleary said:
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Cleveland area please.  Preferably the west side.  I can come up with 15 women who would attend.  Thank you thank you.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Jen - You are a mover and doer! Thank you so much for showing us your support!

Robin W said:
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Would love for you to come to Eastern Washington (TrI-Cities) as our closest Janome dealer is more than 150 miles away.  That didn't stop me from purchasing my Janome in an adjoining state from a wonderful lady but sure would love to see closer support.  I love my Janome and would dearly love to learn more sewing techniques.  Your site is wonderful  and I look forward to each every post.  Keep up the great work you are all brilliant.  

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Robin - thank you for such kind words. It's so fun to see visitors chiming in from all corners.

Margaret ReicholdPlease said:
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Please come to Raleigh,North Carolina.  Love your weekly projects .  

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Margaret - Thanks! News and more coming soon. 

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Jacqueline - Thanks! Can't wait to post the registration links.

Cheryl in Twin Cities said:
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Please come north. I want so very much to participate.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Cheryl - Thanks so much for your enthusiasm.

Vicki Denver said:
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How about Denver??? Home of the super bowl champs. Would love to attend one here! And have my sewing partner from Phoenix to join us..

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Vicki - Thank you ... and, yes, congrats on those Super Bowl champs you have.

tenajl said:
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Richmond, VA Please!  Our only Janome dealer here has closed up shop.  We could sure use some Janome support!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@tenajl - Thanks so much for letting us know. Final details will be going up very soon.

juliainnorway said:
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I know you won't be in Norway, but I'll fly to New York???.....Can't wait to see the calendar! Brilliant idea - I got free lessons with my Janome machine here in Norway and signed up for more courses - which were so fun but this sounds FAB! Takk! (Thanks!)

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@julia - Wow! Flying in from Norway. I think you just might win the "traveled the furthest" award. Thank you much for your support and enthusiasm.

Evelyn Patterson said:
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Please also consider adding Spartanburg, SC---home of the beautiful BMW plant (smile)---to your list. Thanks, Liz.

Thanks, Liz.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Evelyn - thank you! The list is coming together nicely and all our dealers should be in place within a couple of weeks. 

Lillian Rucker said:
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I saw you mentioned Calif, really really hope it is southern Calif ( los angeles area) can not get a better trip or get away than SO Cal beaches, snow, desert, mountains, vineyards everything you need in a get-away, will sign up for sure. Love These type of retreats, relax and learn.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Lillian - It all sounds lovely. We should be able to start posting the final info by the end of this month.

Alene said:
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Where else could you enjoy work, surf and play in our beautiful sunshine surrounded by beutiful beaches "......... Hawai 

Sharon Krog said:
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please please come to the Southeast near a beach or Dallas, TX!!! We desperately :-) need a retreat!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Sharon - Thanks so much for letting us know how excited you are! Can't wait to get you all the details. 

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