Sewing tips, Ohio trips, & IEC, oh my!


I just want to thank you very much for publishing Sew Beautiful Magazine. I have almost every issue. When I join your Internet Embroidery Club, this is what I do. I purchase a large binder and sheet protectors. When I download the designs I also print a copy of the picture and the stitch order. I place each page in the sheet protector and put them in the binder. I do this all year long. I have a lovely book and when I need to look for a certain design it is easy to find. I also use a marking pen to put IEC and the year on the CD. Keep up the beautiful work you do. May God bless you and your staff.



I’m just taking a breather and thought I should send a sewing-related tip. As you know, we use a lot of starch/fabric sizing when working with heirloom fabrics. It won’t take long for the ironing board cover to be “messed up.” I keep handy a stack of used white and light-colored towels, and spread one to three of them on the ironing board. When one is saturated with starch, it’s easy to take it off and toss it in the washing machine. This keeps the regular cover clean. I also use a dampened terry cloth to wipe my iron each time I heat it and sometimes between times so starch that accumulates there does not come off on good fabrics.



My friend, who does a lot of needlework, recently took a long road trip and gave me this tip. She did her embroidering while her husband drove. She would thread several needles with different colors of threads she needed and stick them into the sun visor. When she was finished stitching or wanted to take a break, she would just push up the visor and it was out of the way until she needed the needles again and then she’d pull the visor down and her needles were all threaded and ready to go. She said it was so funny with all the threads hanging down from the visor and since the threads are so thin they don’t block the view.


Dear Sewing Family,

We have just returned from one of the best sewing weeks of my life!! TRULY! We were in Cincinnati, Ohio in the FW studios taping our very first on-line licensing program. We are NOT READY to sign up students yet—probably not until January-but I can tell you I am very very very very excited about it. I never would have believed that we could have done what we did. Patty Smith, Connie Palmer, Alicia Welcher, Kathy McMakin and I are your teachers! The curriculum is Martha Pullen Beginning Licensed Teacher Curriculum. You will get many workshops taught via video plus ideas on teaching these workshops. You will get a HUGE printed curriculum just like you do when you come to Huntsville to licensings. We had a round table discussion with Alicia and Connie telling how they had built their “in store” teaching businesses from the ground up. I did a rather long “sewing teaching methods” video as well as a “how to build a business with your licensing” video. Just  you wait!!! You will hear more!!

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Ladies we have purchased the back issues of the Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazines which we are offering on line. These are the most GORGEOUS MAGAZINES WHICH HAVE EVER BEEN PRODUCED, I PROMISE!! They have fabulous full sized patterns in them and the most beautiful smocking in the world. They are truly international treasures!! Don’t be afraid of purchasing them on-line. Actually you can see them much better on-line than on paper, and the patterns you will always have available without having to hunt for them. Please GO look at what is available. Having these magazines for you is a dream, beyond a dream of mine. Just try one of these magazines. The patterns alone in one magazine are worth over $70 plus all of the smocking design plates. OH, LADIES YOU REALLY NEED THESE MAGAZINES IF YOU LOVE TO SMOCK AT ALL. Click here to see what is available. Even if you do not have anyone to smock for right now, you need to invest in these publications to “stash” away in your computer for future generations. I used to say that people were smocking for “figgie.” That means that the only children they were smocking for were figments of their imaginations; HOWEVER, that is OK since classic children’s styles NEVER CHANGE for little ones. Smocking has never gone out of style and will never go out of style. It is OK to begin smocking for “figgies” in your life. Just have fun and smock and smock and put them away. I went from no grandchildren to about 12 grandchildren in no time flat. (Of course now I have 18 and I BETTER START SMOCKING for “figgie great-grandchildren” since I have 18 grands!) Now no one is even engaged or even thinking at this time about getting married. That is unimportant. They certainly will marry and I am going to need hand made clothes. I better get busy now if I have a prayer of having something hand made for everybody! Click here to see these international treasures and I promise you that you need to purchase your favorites to have for future reference.

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Now to more exciting news!!! This year’s IEC is the most exciting we have EVER had. I especially love the doll dress!!! Just wait until you see her bodice for the dress—all machine made lace!! And her shoes!!! And just wait until you see the lace shapes!!! Be still my heart!!! And the Celtic alphabet is the most beautiful we have ever had. Everything is totally designed by our artists—nothing taken from “pre-fab” art work or fonts from the computer ones available. Now is the time to join for our Early Bird special of only $69 Regular price is $79 after Dec. 31, 2013. You will download many designs upon joining and receive designs every month. This is one club you cannot afford to miss if you love machine embroidery. There is time to make an 18” doll dress for someone you love or for yourself!! So many of us are making 18” doll wardrobes for ourselves!! Dolls are not and have never been just for little girls!!

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Our February School of Art Fashion Early Bird special pricing is available until November 25th! This February trip to Huntsville has long been an annual journey for so many people. I can’t wait to see all of you again! For the new February “gang,” you will love our classes and all of the February fun. Please click here to see the fabulous classes offered! I can’t wait to see you.

Our four licensed teacher classes in Huntsville next year are nearing waiting list status—actually two of them are already on waiting list status. Please, please call or go HERE to register if you want to come. You are welcome to put your name on the waiting list for those that have a waiting list. Some of the waiting list people always get in.

  • Children’s Garment Construction: Feb 28 – Mar 7, 2014
  • Serger III: April 4-11, 2014
  • Heirloom I: Sept 5-12, 2014
  • The Perfect Mix-Sew! Serge! Embellish! **NEW** : Oct 3-10, 2014

May God Bless You.  I pray for our men and women serving in harm’s way and for their families.   I love coming to see you every week in this blog. Thank you for your loyalty and your business this year, last year and future years. We are thrilled to have the most exciting year ever for you at Martha Pullen Company. Thanks be to God, our incredible team, Joe, and you. Without you, we would not have the pleasure of bringing you this fabulous sewing. I want you to know that I do pray for you and your families during the week. You are indeed my beloved sewing family. Please never forget that. This journey with you is the dream of my life—my dream of having a sewing business that I love which has lasted and lasted and lasted. You are among my dearest friends of my lifetime—truly you are family. It is important to me that you always remember how much I love you.

God Bless You



Dr. James H. Daughdrill, Jr.© Copyright 2008 James H. Daughdrill, Jr
Prayers At Work, Inc., 4646 Poplar Ave, Suite 543, Memphis, TN 38117 (used with permission)

Proverbs 3:5-6 (Meditation)
O God, I need Thee every hour. But then I fill up every hour with everything but You. Then I wonder where You are, and why You seem so distant. I make appointments for important things, but many times I squeeze You in only when there is a lull. God, forgive me and help me to make Your priorities my own. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.

When I read Dr. Daughdrill’s prayer above, I thought about how important a work schedule is to me if I am to get anything done. Now, Joe and I have a short devotional in the morning; however, do I ever schedule other Bible reading time or prayer time? No, I just let it happen when I “have time.” Since I do understand the importance of a schedule why don’t I make it my new year’s resolution to spend more time with God? I have had a feeling lately that I need to pray more for God’s will not my own requests. I believe that it is scriptural to ask for the things we need but I know that always God says, “my will not thine will I do.” I know that God knows what is best for me and my family; however, I am a “hard worker” and I “work very hard to see that everything is done which should be done.” Just look at my lists if you don’t believe me. Why don’t I seem to understand that God knows completely what I need and his will is the one which will be done? In all decisions, why don’t I turn it over to God rather than worrying so much about “how to solve this or that?” Why don’t I listen more for God’s leading rather than my own? Proverbs 3:13 says, “Happy is the person who finds wisdom and gains understanding.” Several years ago I made my new year’s resolution to become closer to God. I think I will revisit that resolution for this coming year.



Russian Tea (for these cold days): This is the original recipe I used to use. Sugar free Tang and sugar substitute (I use Splenda) can make this wonderful drink almost calorie free. With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming very soon I always think about Mama’s making some of this to have at home during the holidays. So I am sharing this very simple recipe that reminds me of home in Scottsboro, Alabama one of the world’s best places!!

2 cups Tang
1/2 cup instant tea
1-1/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
Make the dry mixture and add as much water as you like for a cup of hot tea.