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The Sewing & Embroidery Retreat in Kent! 


Book now for Spring 2023!

Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th May 2023

Holiday Inn Maidstone - Sevenoaks
London Road
Wrotham Heath
TN15 7RS


So, what is a sewing & embroidery retreat?

Well, apart from the obvious (some sewing and/or machine embroidery) it's an opportunity to get away for a couple of days, enjoy spending time with like-minded sewists, not having to worry about cooking, cleaning, ironing, work etc!

Meet some new friends, catch up with old ones, complete an unfinished project, start a brand new one and learn new skills too. All with the help and guidance from your tutors.

  • Get away from it all and stitch, stitch stitch!

  • Tutors on hand to help and guide you

  • All food is taken care of

  • On site accomodation so we stitch into the night! (If you want to!)

  • Book yourself a treatment for some additional 'me time'

  • Meet new friends who love sewing as much as you do!

  • Learn a new skill, or brush up on old ones

  • Try a more challenging project you wouldn't attempt on your own

Away To Sew - Janice, Caroline & Rachel.jpg

Between us, we have a combined 130 years worth of

experience working in the sewing industry!!!

But also a mutual love of sharing this knowledge with others and helping people to enjoy sewing and embroidery as much as we do, and to learn something new!

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Janice is quite frankly a sewing superstar!! She travels all around the country giving dressmaking tuition and she also loves quilting, crochet and most things crafty!! If you're ever at one of the larger sewing exhibitions in the UK, be sure to check out the workshops as Janice will usually be there teaching!

Caroline has grown up in the sewing industry and owned her sewing machine shop CCB Sewing Machines in Rochester for many years. Not only is she a whizz using all machines (especially overlockers and embroidery machines) but she is also highly experienced in taking machines apart for servicing and repairs too!


Rachel has worked in the sewing industry for 14 years, 10 of those for Brother Sewing Machines UK. She has now taken her knowledge from her Brother days and set up her own business teaching people how to get the most out of their machines with one to one tuition! She loves creating bespoke embroidery for friends, family and the occasional commission!


The main aim of our retreats is to make them as relaxing, comfortable and enjoyable as we can, with everyone spending some quality 'me' time stitching away, having the opportunity to learn something new while catching up with old friends and meeting some new ones too!

Come and join us!

Some pictures from our last 'Away To Sew' retreat in September 2022


We look forward to seeing you in May!

If you have any questions regarding Away To Sew, please don't hesitate to get in touch

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