Sew-In Retreats

Three times a year, members of the Guild meet for a weekend of sewing, inspiration, guidance, laughing, eating and a whole lot of fun! Sleeping is optional. Participants work on their own projects and, although we do not have a special teacher for these retreats, occasionally someone will demonstrate a new tool or technique.

The $60 fee covers your portion of the meeting room, which is our sewing room for the weekend. We get a special block room rate at the hotel, arranged through our retreat coordinator. At checkout, you will need to pay the hotel directly for your guest room, whether it is a single or shared room.

From November 2019 forward, we have a NEW LOCATION! We are now at the Hilton Garden Inn in Schaumburg.  The price for the meeting room remains the same, and the room rate will be similar (taxes vary slightly). It is near Woodfield Mall, so we still have many many retail and restaurant choices. For those participants who have been to Lake Forest/Mettawa Hilton Garden Inn, you will feel right at home. Please remember, ALL ROOM RESERVATIONS/REQUESTS MUST GO THROUGH THE RETREAT COORDINATOR! Especially as we get to know this new staff. And don’t forget to use our new registration form below (either mailed in or online). Your request for a reservation will not be considered complete without it!

Be certain to add these important dates for these exciting, entertaining, get-away weekends to your calendar! For more information contact

Some things to note:

  • The sewing room is available from 8 AM Friday to 6PM Sunday. You may come and go as your schedule allows.
  • You will have your own sewing table, and there are shared cutting tables and irons provided by the hotel.
  • Bring all the supplies for your project, including cutting tools and a light. (If you forget something, there are plenty of retail options nearby.)
  • The cost of your room and meals are not included in the registration fee. Rooms are approximately $95 plus tax for double occupancy and come with a coffee maker, refrigerator, and a microwave. A lot of dining options are within a short drive.
  • DO NOT MAKE YOUR OWN ROOM RESERVATION!!!! All room reservations are handled through the retreat coordinator. If you have any questions about your reservation, please contact her through If you contact the hotel on your own, you may end up making an additional reservation, for which you will be responsible.

Registration Dates

To register for one of our upcoming retreats, use our secure online system, or mail a check for $60 plus a completed registration form (below) to the address in the page footer. Participation is limited to 30 people.

To be fair to all, reservations are opened on the dates below, and are first come, first served. For mail-in registration, postmarks are the  standard and online registrations are date stamped. Mail-in registrations with postmarks prior to the first registration date will be considered after ones mailed/submitted on the correct date.

Retreat Date:

Registration begins:

November 8-10, 2019

September 3, 2019

February 2020*

December 2, 2019

July 2020*

May 1, 2020

*Dates TBD

Reservations for the November 8-10, 2019 retreat

We are currently taking names for the waiting list for the November retreat. If you are interested in being added, please email