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Who should attend? 

You! If you are a sewist looking for a fun, engaging, inspiring sewing retreat then Sew and Sew Retreats is for you. Sew and Sew Retreats are open to all sewing enthusiasts.


What kind of sewing experience do I need to attend? 

Sew and Sew Retreat is for everyone from confident beginners to seasoned sewers. The workshops are diverse in skill level with complete instructions. You should have some prior sewing experience and be comfortable working your machine.


What makes Sew and Sew Retreat different? 

Your hosts! Linda and Roxanne have almost a combined 85 years' experience in textiles including sewing, embroidery, cross-stitch, beading, quilting, and 'sew' much more. Either one or both also brings their knowledge of teaching, hosting workshops and planning large events.


Are machines provided? 

Sewing machines are NOT provided. You will need to bring your own machine and foot pedal. Electrical outlets are provided.  If flying, we suggest making arrangements to carry on your machine in a travel bag.


Can I rent a sewing machine? 

Unfortunately machines are not available to rent thru Sew & Sew Retreats.


What are the costs? 

Tickets are $345. 

Tickets DO include five workshops with kit, breakfasts, lunches, snacks and beverages plus admission to the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts exhibit - Quilt Nihon.


Tickets do NOT include hotel or transportation.​


Are classes/workshops included? 

Yes! Their are five workshops included in the ticket price of the retreat. One workshop is optional and will cost $7 for the kit. You will receive an email prior to the retreat with a small supply list.


Are tickets refundable? 

Sorry, tickets are NOT refundable, but they are transferable. If you are unable to attend after you purchase your ticket, you may make arrangements on your own for someone to buy your ticket from you. We ask that you let us know who is coming in your place. Also, there is usually a waiting list. We are happy to help reach out to those on the waiting list.


Do I need to bring any supplies?

Yes, you will receive an email with the list of supplies needed for after you register.

Anything else should I bring?

We will update you via email with what supplies you need to bring. Don't forget your unfinished sewing projects or a new project as there is time on the agenda for free sewing. Sew and Sew Retreats will provide ironing stations and workshop kits.


Will there be free sewing time so I can work on my own projects?

Yes, there is time in the agenda for open sewing so bring your own works-in-progress with you. 


Should I reserve my hotel now?

As soon as you register!  Sew and Sew Retreats has provided a list of area hotels on the Agenda & Useful Information document.


I want a roommate – how do I go about that?

Please email us (go to Contact page). We’ll try to pair sewists up.


Can I take pictures and video?

Sure. We encourage attendees to bring their camera and phones to share their fun sewing retreat experience with friends and family.


Do you have suggestions for packing?

Yes. Start off with the list of supplies you’ll need to complete the workshops at the retreat.  Next, make a list of a project or two that you’d like to take with you.  This will quickly help narrow your supplies and what you really need to take with you. Using the list, now you can go through it one by one.

If an item appears a few times on the list, you may need to take twice the amount. After you have list – it is time to start gathering!


Using your list, gather each item then place a checkmark next to the item so you know you are done. Then put it into one pile on a clean surface or work station. Looking at your pile of supplies organize them.  Put like things together and make sub-piles.


Fold your fabric into nice stacks.  Use baggies and put all the supplies for each project inside.  If it doesn’t fit, consider using a larger bag or a second bag– with a big note as to what project it belongs.


Now it’s time to load it up. I love using the large recycled bags with handles to haul my projects.  It is heavy duty and no matter how much I have put in the bag it won’t break.  There is something about the square bottom that allows me to really load up. I may also use a wicker laundry basket for packing up the smaller bundles.


There are going to be items used for several workshops and projects.  This can include scissors, rotary cutters, threads, needles, pins and rulers – basic supplies. I keep all that in my mini notions box.  


Finally, pack up your sewing machine in a padded box or its original container. And don’t worry – we can help you unload at the retreat if that’s a concern for you. And then the magic begins – making those supplies into awesome completed projects at the sewing retreat!


I have different questions!

Click on the two links below for more information. If you still have a question, send us an email (go to Contact page).

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