Sewing Retreats

Spend a week sewing with Sandra in San Francisco!

Sandra will help you choose a flattering style and master the art of combining patterns to get the exact look you desire. Space is limited to 10 participants per session.

No Upcoming 2018 Dates

Personal Fit Formula

No more trial and error fitting! Sandra takes an accurate set of your measurements and individually fits you to determine a Personal Fit Formula.

Sew fast

Learn time-saving techniques that give you professional looking results!

Try before you sew

Try on a plethora of garments from Sandra’s wardrobe and seize the opportunity to ask questions about them.

Master your material

Uncover tips on great patterns and learn to handle a variety of fabrics under the needle and the iron.

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Sandra by your side…

Sandra takes sewers of all levels from rank beginner to extremely advanced. Sandra will help with whatever you want to work on! If fitting is your nemesis, bring 6 yards of muslin and lots of patterns. Go home with patterns altered just for you. Or, if you own a piece of fabric that intimidates you, bring it along and sew it up here! If you have always wanted jeans that fit, now is your chance! If you just want to relax and have fun, bring any project your heart desires and Sandra will assist you with fit and construction whenever you need it.

2017 Schedule of Events


2-6 pm
Arrival and Check-in for 5 nights (included in the total Sewing Retreat fee) at the Marine’s Memorial Club, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, (415) 673-6672.

6:45 pm
Head to the Heritage Room on the 10th Floor. Janome and Viking machines are provided for your use. Bring projects, fabrics and sewing supplies. Set-up sewing station and meet with Sandra Betzina.
Sandra will do a trunk show with lots of clothes which she will leave in the sewing room all week for you to examine and try on.


7:00-9:00 am
Full complimentary breakfast buffet for hotel guests

9:00 – 4:00 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday)
Fitting and sewing with Sandra. Mini demos throughout the morning and sewing in the afternoon. Get help on fit, altering patterns or any aspect of construction.

12:00 pm (Monday-Thursday)
Lunch delivered to sewing room

1:00 pm (Tuesday)
Button sale from button collector (today only)

12:30 – 5:00 pm (Wednesday)
Fabric Shopping Tour at Sandra’s favorites with discounts

4:00 – 10:00 pm (Monday-Thursday)
The evening is a chance to try on Sandra’s clothes and continue working on your projects.

6:15 pm (Thursday)
Pick-Up in lobby for great food and drinks at Sandra’s home for the Farewell Party!!!

8:30-11 am (Friday)
Finish up and clean-up sewing station

11 am-12 pm
Departure Day- Hotel Checkout is at 12 pm

What Does It Cost?

  • $2,970 per person, private hotel room for 5 nights
  • $2,390 per person, shared hotel room (2 students) for 5 nights
  • $1,700 per person, no hotel room

The rates include a standard hotel room. You may reserve a deluxe room, dependent on availability, for an additional $130 for the week. If you would be interested in this option, inquire with the Power Sewing office. We will check with the hotel and make this reservation for you, and then add $130 to your fee. Occupancy taxes are not included in price and will be added to the final installment based on current tax rates.

If you would like to add on a few extra days for San Francisco shopping and sight-seeing, you can add them (at your cost) to the 5 nights covered by the Sewing Retreat fee. Contact the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel directly at (415) 673-6672.

Live locally? Stay with a friend?

$1700 (All inclusive class except for hotel)

What Does It Include in 2017?

  • 5 nights hotel at the Marines’ Memorial Club, one of San Francisco’s turn of-the-century private clubs.
  • 3 1/2 seminar days and workshop days with Sandra Betzina and open sewing time in the evening with Sandra’s assistant.
  • Wednesday afternoon fabric shopping excursion to Sandra’s favorites with big discounts.
  • Sewing machines, sergers, ironing equipment, and your own 6′ sewing station.
  • Farewell dinner at Sandra’s home on Thursday evening.
  • Full Breakfast (hotel guests only), lunch and free drinks 4-6pm at hotel bar.

The Marines’ Memorial Club offers you comfortable lodging, excellent restaurants, a full-service gym with swimming pool and a beautiful conference room with plenty of windows where you can sew to your heart’s content.

You will not waste a second of your precious sewing time; an elevator ride up will get you something to eat and a ride down will take you to your room for that quick power nap. And, best of all, it’s located just 2½ blocks from Union Square and 4 blocks from Britex fabrics.

How Do I Sign-up?

For more information, or to reserve your spot, contact the Power Sewing office at:

(415) 876-2434

Payments can be made in FULL, MONTHLY or in the following 3 INSTALLMENTS:

  • $400 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit is due upon enrollment
  • $1000 is due six months before the date of class
  • Final balance is due two months before the beginning date of class

Visa, MasterCard, American Express and personal checks are accepted.
Please call the Power Sewing office if you want to attend a Sewing Retreat without the hotel portion.

*At this time we are limiting retreats to women only (please inquire about any exceptions)

Cancellation Policy
  • Power Sewing will retain the initial $400 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit if you decide to cancel for any reason.
  • Power Sewing will retain $1,400 of your paid fees if you decide to cancel 60 days or less before your scheduled seminar, for any reason.


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