Editor’s Blog

Video Tutorial: Shaping a Lace Heart

My favorite types of sewing techniques are those that look complicated, but are actually quite easy to create. Lace shaping falls nicely into that category! Often used on christening gowns and other heirloom creations, lace shapes can add a beautiful and unique embellishment to projects. In this clip from Martha Pullen’s Lace...

It’s School Time – Serger School Time, That Is!

As summer starts to wind down, now is a great time to head back to school – serger school, that is! We’re bringing back our Serger I Online Licensing course Aug. 31, and we would love to have you join us. You all know serging is my favorite, so this course...

Stitching Granitos on Pleated Fabric

Granitos are easy to stitch and create ideal petals for many kinds of flowers, including the yellow daisies featured on this beautiful “Caitlan” dress designed by Claar Crul. Featured in issue #91 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery, this beautiful little sundress is smocked and embroidered in cheerful colors and trimmed with...

August Internet Embroidery Club Designs are Live

Head back to school in style with our August 2015 Internet Embroidery Club designs! This set of four mini coordinating motifs includes three apple designs and a stack of school books. They’ll add the perfect touch to bookmarks, book covers, backpacks and lunch boxes, and will also be cute on shirt...

Back-to-School Sewing Ideas

We are wrapping up our Children’s Garment Construction teacher licensing this weekend, and what a ball we have had in Palm Harbor, FL! Thank you to all of you who have joined us this week and last week at our Perfect Mix: Sew, Serge, Embellish teacher licensing and our Afternoon Tea...

How to Make Rickrack Bias Straps

Spaghetti straps are a summer design staple, and this technique from Connie Palmer adds a fun twist to the ordinary bias strap. Rickrack bias straps, shown here on Connie Palmer’s “Ella” pattern, are created by sewing spaghetti bias to each side of a strip of rickrack. The result is a cute,...

Silk Ribbon Bow Tutorial

Silk ribbon can be used in so many creative ways on sewing projects, from elegant silk ribbon embroidered flowers to decorative ribbon trims and embellishments. On this beautiful dress – “Ava” designed by Gail Doane – from the book Perfect Party Dresses, silk ribbon is threaded through the wide beading on...

How to Stitch a Bullion Rose on Smocking

We’re having a wonderful time in Palm Harbor, FL this week at our Perfect Mix: Sew, Serge, Embellish teacher licensing! I can’t wait to see all of you who will be joining us Monday for our Afternoon Tea With Martha and of course our Children’s Garment Construction licensing on Tuesday! If...

Serger I Online Licensing is Back!

It’s back! We are so excited to announce that registration is now open for our Serger I Online Licensing course. This online serger course will run Aug. 31, 2015 through Jan. 31, 2016 and is taught by expert instructors Kathy McMakin, Peggy Dilbone, Alicia Welcher, Connie Palmer and Charlotte Potter. Licensing is...

R.S.V.P. by Wednesday for Tea With Martha Pullen

We are just one week away from our Afternoon Tea with Martha Pullen in Palm Harbor, Fla. This special event will be held Monday, June 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Innisbrook Resort’s Edinburgh Hall. Registrants for both of our Palm Harbor licensing events (The Perfect Mix: Sew, Serge and Embellish July...