Editor’s Blog

Shaped Puffing: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

Do you want to add a “wow” factor to your next heirloom sewing project? Try using shaped puffing as the focal point. This technique is ideal for adding a wonderful, visual texture to christening gowns, girl’s dresses, fancy pillows and more. In this article from our March/April 2006 issue (#105) of...

November IEC: Snowflake Ornaments

Snowflake ornaments are an annual tradition in the Internet Embroidery Club, and you’re going to love this year’s new additions. We have a beautiful free-standing lace snowflake ornament, as well as an appliqué snowflake ornament. Both designs are available in 4×4 and 5×7 hoop sizes. These ornaments are perfect for decorating...

Oh, No! I Cut My Lace

How to Repair Lace with Sue Stewart The instructions say simply, “Trim fabric from behind lace,” so you take a deep breath and begin. Then… “Oh, no! I cut my lace!” Relax, it’s OK. It is possible to almost invisibly repair nearly all lace “disasters.” Everyone who has done any amount...

Free Pumpkin Patch Smocking Plate

Nothing says “autumn” quite like pumpkins! And now, you can celebrate the fall harvest by smocking this classic Sew Beautiful pumpkin smocking plate designed by Angela Pullen Atherton. Pumpkin Patch made its first appearance in our July/August 2001 issue of the magazine, and the design was so popular that we brought...

5 Martha Pullen Licensing Students Tell Their Stories

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...

Sweet Candy Corn Smocking Graph and Tips

Looking for a sweet fall smocking design? Here’s the sweetest one you’ll find! This precious candy corn smocking design by Michié Mooney features the classic candy in its traditional form with a white top, orange center and yellow base. The seasonal plate was featured in our September/October 2012 issue of Sew Beautiful...

October IEC: Martha’s Favorite Designs

Martha Pullen loves beautiful heirloom embroidery designs, and this monthly collection includes some of the best of the best. The collection includes three machine embroidery designs — a doily, a teapot and a cornflower — perfect for adding a special touch to your projects. Use these elegant designs to embroider gifts...

Celebrating Sergers and a Special Caddy

Get a special bonus when you enroll in ‘Celebrating Sergers’ by 10/10/17! There’s so much to love about sewing with sergers. It’s fast, it’s easy and we have a brand new online licensing designed to help you master everything you could possibly want to know about it. Celebrating Sergers: Tricks, Trends,...

5 Fall Sewing Projects for Your Home

Autumn has officially arrived, and we have some project tutorials to share with you that are perfect for decorating your home for the new season. These five fall sewing projects all have one thing in common: pumpkins! From hand embroidery to smocking to machine embroidery and more, there are so many...

6 Ways to Celebrate National Sewing Month

September is National Sewing Month, and there are so many ways we can celebrate. There’s, well, sewing, of course, but there’s also so much more — from entering our Sewing Month giveaway, to sharing your love of sewing with others. Here’s our list of the top 6 things you can do...