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Date: 1/27/13 4:28 PM

I have a retreat in February and have to start planning what to bring and prep for it. What do you like to bring to retreat and how do you prepare?

I will be in two different workshops-- one for about 6 hours on Saturday and another for 3-4 hours on Sunday so won't be sewing then. One of my focuses will be on machine embroidery, some work on piecing a quilt, and some knits.

Any hints or tips? This is my first retreat. Since I am taking those seminars, I am arriving early the day before to get in more sewing and fun time.

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Date: 1/27/13 5:08 PM

The workshops don't involve any sewing?

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Date: 1/27/13 5:28 PM

They are presentations. One is on 5D embroidery program and the other is on Floriani stabilizers.

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Date: 1/27/13 9:27 PM

I always take more projects than I think I will finish. That way, if something happens (& it usually does) you can move onto another project. I pre-cut my garments & place them in a big ziplock bag along with the pattern, thread, bobbin and any notions required. Anything requiring interfacing will be already fused. Then it's all at hand when you're ready to start.

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Date: 1/27/13 10:37 PM

I just got back from a retreat. I cut out my projects ahead of time and made sure I had all the notions and the pattern for the project. I brought the usual notions - scissors, pins, rulers, etc. as well as my sewing machine and serger. Next time I would also bring an Ott light.
Do any cleaning and oiling of your machine(s) before you go.

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Date: 1/28/13 1:13 AM

I always have great intentions of having patterns pre-fit and the fabric cut out and interfaced before I leave home. But three years running it hasn't happened. So I spend valuable sewing time doing this at retreat. Make the time to have at least two garments ready to sit down and sew. And having a couple of UFO's is also a good idea in case you just don't feel like starting something new. Some women bring nothing BUT UFO's to retreat and then they feel great when they go home because otherwise these things would not have been finished. Retreats are the BEST fun! Enjoy. (In addition to bringing an Ott light - as someone suggested - you might bring an extension cord).

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