Teaching Beginning Sewing: Teachers

Kathy McMakin

Kathy McMakin is one of America’s foremost authorities in the field of heirloom sewing by machine and by serger. She teaches beginning and advanced sewers from every corner of the world and inspires a new level of confidence in her students. Kathy directs sewing and serging events for Martha Pullen Company held all across the United States and is the director of Martha Pullen’s Teacher Licensing Program.

She has been a guest instructor at events for every major sewing machine manufacturer in the world. She has authored several sewing and serging books and has produced and appeared in numerous sewing and serging videos. Kathy lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband and has two grown children and two absolutely precious grandchildren.


Connie Palmer

What began as a simple interest in sewing 25 years ago has blossomed into an exciting adventure that Connie loves to share with her students. Her gift for elegant design and exquisite craftsmanship has made her a highly sought-after teacher in the US, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico.

She has traveled and taught for the Martha Pullen travel events and returns year after year as one of the favorite teachers at the School of Art Fashion in Huntsville. Her showcase of skills can often be seen on PBS television in Martha’s Sewing Room, America Sews with Sue Hausmann and Quilting with Shar. She is a regular contributor to Sew Beautiful magazine. She has the privilege of having garment designs on the covers of five Martha Pullen books: Lovely Lingerie; Elegant Sewing for Baby; Contemporary Heirlooms for the Older Girl; Six Easy Patterns and Fabulous Fashions.


Patty Smith

Patty_SmithPatty Smith is a writer, designer and teacher. She has authored three sewing books and teaches at the School of Art Fashion and in the Martha Pullen Teacher Licensing program. Patty is one of the world’s leading heirloom sewing teachers and has many years of experience in teaching sewing at all levels. Her expertise in heirloom techniques, including smocking and French sewing by machine are beyond compare. She has been a regular contributor to Sew Beautiful magazine since it’s inception.


Alicia Welcher

Alicia is a designer, author and sewing instructor who specializes in heirloom and serger sewing. She has appeared on Martha’s Sewing Room with Martha Pullen and has published countless projects under the Martha Pullen Company label.

As a beginning and advanced instructor at the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion, Martha Pullen Teacher Licensings and events throughout the country and at the Dublin Sewing Center in Dublin, CA, she has earned a following of devoted sewists.