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Thread: VSMS Retreat???

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    Okay guys we all know it is going to be a wonderful spring and summer coming up and was wondering if you would be interested in a Vintage Sewing Machine Shop Retreat.

    Of course this will be a family type of gathering and more than likely be a weekend type of retreat at a State Park or someplace like that. That way we all can stay at the park in cabins or the camp ground which ever you would like. We want activities for us and our loved ones who might would like to hit the golf course or go fishing or something like that. Of course there will be a huge cook out and lots of socializing going on.

    So if I can get everything organized what would you guys be interested in doing? Any suggestions are welcome and I am hoping that this will be something that we can move around to different parts of the country each year to let everyone have a chance at coming.

    So let me have your ideas and lets see what we can do about possibly having a get together!!

    Billy

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    Billy, I think this is a great idea. I am sure you are doing the first retreat near you to start it off. Any thoughts to date. If you can make it near the ISMACs convention I may be able to do one trip and hit both events.

    You can count on me for a west coast version in future years.

    :D

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    Your going to Nashville for the ISMACS convention? :-D

    Billy

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    Billy I love this idea!!
    But I have no idea where Bikini Bottom is ~!!~ lol

    Keep me posted!

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    Well give me some ideas as to what you guys would be interested in doing. It will more than likely be here in Tennessee first off but I was also thinking about Petit Jean Mountain State Park in Arkansas, or Hot Springs Arkansas.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Well give me some ideas as to what you guys would be interested in doing. It will more than likely be here in Tennessee first off but I was also thinking about Petit Jean Mountain State Park in Arkansas, or Hot Springs Arkansas.

    Billy
    AR would be great!!

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    I'd love to come, but it's a bit far away from me. I'd still think about it though! If gas were not so expensive. I love the idea!!!! Keep me in the loop, maybe I can get hubby to come camp with me... he's fun. And he's impressed with Billy's blue and gold flake wonder Singer pictures. lol....

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    I would love to attend. Since I am here in TN no problem, just name the place and time.

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    I am still running the logistics through my head and seeing what might work and what would we do. Do we want it to be more of a laid back kinda hang out and do things type of feel to it of do we want to have a class type of setting or both.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    I am still running the logistics through my head and seeing what might work and what would we do. Do we want it to be more of a laid back kinda hang out and do things type of feel to it of do we want to have a class type of setting or both.

    Billy
    I think some of both, and perhaps swap and sell section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Billy I love this idea!!
    But I have no idea where Bikini Bottom is ~!!~ lol

    Keep me posted!
    I love sueisallaboutquilts' answer! I do know where "Bikini Bottom" is, but it is too far for me this time around! Although, it would be a fun trip!

    Nancy

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    What an excellent idea! This might sound a little off the mark but maybe we could setup several "stations" for different educational opportunities. Treadle free motion quilting. Cleaning and maintenance. Restoration of cabinets (Glenn??) Handcrank Conversions. Attendees might even bring a "project machine" from home, rotate through each station and have 1:1 time to ask questions and have a chance for hands on .... Sorry if this wasn't the direction you were thinking just throwing out some ideas.

    Did I mention the coffee and lemon bars station? :D

    I would love to attend whatever the agenda!

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    Hey put all the ideas you guys want out here so we can pick and choose what we will be doing.

    I was thinking of a game of "Who can put the Singer 66 back together the fastest" and the winner could take the machine home with them.

    I was on the Hot Rod Magazines "Power Tour" one year and they had a contest to see who could build the motor the fastest and it had to run from the first turn of the key! I forgot how many teams of 3 they had but the team I was on almost had the fastest time. But the contest was so much fun!!

    Billy

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    I would love to attend, but it is a bit far for me...so, I will have to wait.

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    Sounds great! We are 3 hours from Chattanooga and have stayed in some cabins somewhere near Racoon Mountain. Would love to learn free motion on my treadle...haven't learned on my newer machine yet...would rather learn on my treadle.

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    I would love to attend, depending on when/where it is. Living in MT, I already have some company scheduled for 3 weeks in June, one week in July and 2 weeks in August. How come no one ever comes in December?

    What about Reel Foot Lake in TN or Pickwick. AR would be good as well.

    I'd like to see demonstrations on cleaning, and perhaps Glenn could do something on getting cabinets cleaned up and repaired etc. Of course, I like the ideas already mentioned by others.

    Just my 2 cents.

    Marie M.

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    I have several different types of SM's with all kinds of attachments but never seem to have enough time to get them out and use them. Tried a binder foot once... maybe I need more practice.

    Could we possibly have a demo on how to use attachments? :roll:

    Judy

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    I love everyone's ideas. Billy was thinking if had two things two events to go to it would be easier to talk myself into it.

    I love the idea of demo's on all the different attachments. I don't have time to figure them out either. But I would like to just hang out, too hard to bring a machine on the airplane to play with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
    I have several different types of SM's with all kinds of attachments but never seem to have enough time to get them out and use them. Tried a binder foot once... maybe I need more practice.

    Could we possibly have a demo on how to use attachments? :roll:

    Judy
    Judy, I love all the ideas, but especially having someone demonstrate how to use all the different attachments!

    Nancy

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    Hmmmm. Sounds interesting. I want to know where and when. I might be able to participate, but the cost of gas is a caution.

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    agree with above.


    Quote Originally Posted by Shemjo
    Hmmmm. Sounds interesting. I want to know where and when. I might be able to participate, but the cost of gas is a caution.

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    I would love this, but the trek from CA would be daunting this year...cost-wise and time-wise!! Maybe next year closer to us West Coasters??

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    I would like to go to the retreat if timing is right and it would be my pleasure to pass some refinishing techniques on to the members of VSMS. I have a 26 ft camper I tow behind my pick up so somewhere with a campground would be good. You know us retired people have to have air and the flat screen tv in the evening. :lol: Oh my wife has to have her bathtub to!! Glenn

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    We definitely have to have an attachment class! That would be neat to see them in action and all of us looking like "Why didnt we think of that". :lol:

    Now to find someone who knows how to use them all......... :roll:

    Billy

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    id love to come, like everyone, timing will be a determining factor. just a suggestion, if cant find someone who knows all the attachment, maybe each person coming learn one and we all get together and share that knowledge. all can be pretty daunting, but one at a time might be fun. the whole thing sounds like a real blast. we ll need plenty of coffee and rolls.

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