Our next online licensing course — Celebrating Sergers: Tricks, Trends, Technique and Tradition — kicks off later this month, and we’d love to have you join us! This fun learning experience includes patterns and video tutorials for more than 30 serger projects as well as other fun stuff. When you complete the course, you’ll receive your Martha Pullen teacher’s license, which makes you a co-owner of the copyright for all the written instructions. That means you can take these ready-to-teach project lessons and use them in your own classrooms, make the projects to sell or simply make the projects for your own enjoyment. We asked a few of our licensed Martha Pullen teachers who’ve taken previous licensing courses to share with us what they thought of the experience. Check out what they had to say, plus learn more about what makes this course so special.
1. Barbara B.
“I have been blessed with the experience of attending in-person licensing. So when I heard Alicia Welcher enthusiastically introducing ONLINE licensing, I have to admit I (was) curious but doubtful it would work (I am not the most technical person around). I took the first one and was very pleased with the results of online teaching – I could play them over and over, I could pause and review the technique – I was actually sewing along with the most talented and giving teachers in the industry. Asking teachers questions and posting finished projects was easier than I anticipated.
I have taken a total of four online classes and eagerly waiting for the next one. To have these classes for lifetime to review and inspire and strengthen my own sewing experience is beyond any initial cost. I would truly recommend to any level seamstress to try an online licensing class, it will be a very rewarding experience.”
2. Jan J. (National City, Michigan)
“If you are thinking about becoming a Martha Pullen Licensed teacher… DO IT! If you love to sew – if you would like to learn new skills while making new sewing friends… DO IT! If you would love to experience positive teachers who go above and beyond……this is the place! Better than any other online classes out there!”
3. Jackie A.
“I have loved every minute of my Martha Pullen licensing classes both face to face and online. Not only are the instructors kind, patient and thorough, they are highly acknowledged experts in their field and have created projects that are unique, beautiful and fun to make. Whenever I have a question, they are quick to respond and know all manner of quick fixes. I have made wedding presents, baby gifts, beautiful home decorations and gorgeous quilts. Our daughters are busy young adults and their peers want to know where they got their sassy purses and laptop bags. I prefer to just sew for friends and family but it would be so easy to launch a sewing business with all of these fantastic projects. Looking forward to many more licensing experiences! Thanks for everything!”
4. Frances W. (Knoxville, Tennessee)
“I am extremely pleased with the course. I was 79 when I signed up (80) now and needed some encouragement and new ideas as well as brushing up on old skills and learning new ones. At first glance I was overwhelmed with so much material to look at, so many videos but they are invaluable and the nice part is I can use them as long as I want. I didn’t finish the course on time although I did make a really cute little outfit for my 3 years old granddaughter with the pj pattern and I made Easter purses for my granddaughter 7, 5, and 2. I also finished the beginning assignments. Kathy has informed me I can keep turning my projects in to her via email for grading even though I didn’t finish on time. There are so many wonderful patterns included and videos and instructions for all, I shouldn’t need to buy another pattern ever! And they are as cute as can be. I am not interested in being a teacher except to my grandchildren and really took this course for fun and to grow in my sewing skills. It seems expensive at first but there’s no driving to and from class, it is great entertainment as well as education and I think you definitely get your money’s worth.”
5. Marla C. (Pittsboro, Indiana)
“I have taken three online licensing courses! I loved them all! The instructors are terrific and I loved all the projects!!! I took the courses for personal improvement and fun. And, oh, what fun I had taking the courses and making the projects! But I hope I can pass my passion on to others someday!”
The Celebrating Sergers: Tricks, Trends, Technique and Tradition course videos are taught by Kathy McMakin, Connie Palmer, Alicia Welcher, Missy Billingsley and Pam Mahshie. You won’t need to create all of the projects to receive your Martha Pullen teacher’s license at the end of the course, but you will need to complete the required projects. In addition to all the projects and techniques, we’ll also share tips on how to improve your teaching skills and more. During the course, our instructors will be available to answer any questions you might have about projects, patterns, techniques and teaching methods by message board, email or phone. Plus, you’ll have lifetime access to the video instruction, so you can go back and brush up on the content as often as you’d like.
Originally taught at live retreats as Serger III, this course includes some of our all-time favorite projects and techniques – garments, bags, decor and more. Each licensing curriculum is unique, and can be taken as a stand-alone or as the next step in your teacher licensing journey. A cover stitch serger is not required; all assignments can be completed with an overlock serger.
The Martha Pullen Team