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Convention Info:  Online Registration

SAGA Annual Convention 2016 - Registration opens Monday, May 16th

Registration is open!

Click Here for Hotel Reservations

SAGA Retreat in Bedford Glen, MA

Join us in Bedford Glen, MA (Boston area) for the first of the 2 SAGA 2017 Retreats.  More information to come.

See you there!

2017 SAGA Retreat in St. Louis, MO

Join us in St. Louis, MO for the 2nd of SAGA's Retreats in 2017.  More information to come.

See you there!


Shuttle Information

Arriving in Hampton by air. Hampton is serviced by both Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (11 miles) and Norfolk International Airport (19 miles).

Shuttle service to the hotel from both airports is available from:

Tidewater Coach

(757) 218-9539

Serving Newport News airport for $20 single/$15 each if two or more riders

Serving Norfolk airport for $50 single/$30 each if two or more riders

Please use for additional information and reservations.


Shuttle service to the hotel from Norfolk is also available from:

James River Transportation

866-823-4626. The cost is $58 per car. Up to 3 people may share a car and split the cost. James River is located in the baggage area, inside the airport next to door number 3.

Anchored in SAGA - FOS and Meal Information

If you (or a friend) are planning on joining us for the 2016 Anchored in SAGA Convention in Hampton, VA and are not planning on taking classes, there are meal options available.

Friend of SAGA (FOS) includes all of the group meals during convention (Tuesday night reception, Thursday and Friday lunch, and the Saturday night banquet) and is $200

If you want to join other member for any of the meals, they are as folows:

Tuesday evening reception        $45
Thursday lunch                             $35
Friday Box lunch                           $25
Saturday evening banquest       $90

Please contact Eunice (Convention Registrar at , if you wish to add a meal to your regisration

Basic Sewing Supply List for SAGA Classes

It's almost time to pack for the Convention



SAGA Design Show Challenge

The 2016 Designer’s Challenge is “Jacket.”  You may use an original or commercial pattern with sleeves; with or without collar; child or adult sizes.  However, the stitching technique design must be your own as per stated by the Design Show Handbook. All the details are in the upcoming SAGANews. The Design Show Handbook can be found on the convention information page. Just click on the Hampton logo. The Best in Show of the Design Show will take home a Baby Lock Soprano Sewing Machine!

Click Here for Design Show Registration Info


Registration Tutorial

Register Online - it is the best way to get the classes that you want! Below is a tutorial to walk you through the process step by step.

Debut Classes for Hampton!

They are finally here - check out the Debut Classes for Hampton!

SAGA Announces the 2017 Retreat Schedule

Mark your calendars now for the SAGA Retreats that are scheduled in 2017

March 30 - April 2, 2017 - Bedford Glen, MA (Boston area)

October 19-22, 2017 - St. Louis, MO

Stay tuned for more information!

Convention Name Badge Holder

Make this simple, reusable name badge holder for convention and other events.