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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 in honor of...

Preview Our NEW ‘Celebrating Sergers’ Online Licensing

It’s here! Our brand new online licensing — Celebrating Sergers: Tricks, Trends, Technique and Tradition — is open for registration. Offered for the first time online, this course is taught by Kathy McMakin, Alicia Welcher, Connie Palmer, Pam Mahshie and Missy Billingsley. It includes so many wonderful projects and techniques; in all, there are...

Sneak Peek: November School of Art Fashion

Want to join the Martha Pullen team live and in-person? Registration is now open for the School of Art Fashion Boutique in Minneapolis, MN on November 7 and 8! We are offering four fun schools at this retreat: sew an adorable little girls outfit and matching doll dress with Connie Palmer and Kathy McMakin;...

Whipped Chain Stitch Tutorial

Back-to-school season is in full swing, and we have the cutest little dress for your little one to wear to class. The pattern for this corduroy tunic named Top of the Class is featured in issue #94 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery. Designed by Julie Graue, the dress is embroidered around the hemline with pairs of...

Free Sunflower Smocking Graph: Les Tournesols

Laura Jenkins Thompson’s Pascale pattern is a true classic. The darling French-inspired design was first introduced in the January 2002 issue of Sew Beautiful magazine and has been featured dozens of times since. Part of this simple, timeless design’s versatility is the fact that you can make it so many different ways. Sixty-four different ways, to...

Tutorial: Create the Cutest Rickrack Trim

As the little ones head back to school, there are all sorts of sweet garments we can create for the season ahead. Of course, a classic jumper is one of the first things that comes to mind for this time of year. Take a look at this little jumper created by designer Laurie Anderson....

The Ultimate Guide to Online Licensing

Our Teaching Beginning Sewing online licensing course is off and running, and there’s still time to enroll if you want to join in on the fun. This wonderful course includes more than 20 projects for you to create as you hone your sewing skills with our licensing team. Not sure if online licensing is...

August IEC: Back to School Embroidery

Send your little ones to school in style with our August 2017 Internet Embroidery Club designs! This sweet collection features six designs including apples, a chalkboard, crayons, an old-fashioned school house and a school bus. These classic school-time motifs will be cute-as-a-button on back to school outfits, backpacks, lunchboxes and more. They’d also be...

Texture Stitching: Flower Smocking Tutorial

Have you ever tried your hand at flower smocking? This old-fashioned technique is achieved by stitching a series of pulled stitches and slack stitches worked over a grid. In this tutorial from our Sew Beautiful: Sewing Favorites for Summer special issue, designer Paige Alexander walks you step-by-step through creating this age-old technique. Paige’s finished handwork...

How to Embroider a Pistil Stitch Flower

Embroidered flowers always make lovely embellishments. And, just like real flowers, there are so many different types and variations available.In this tutorial, learn how to embroider a pistil stitch flower. This unique flower is described as a “French knot on a stem,” and it’s shown here on Debbie Shepherd’s fun Kaleidiscope dress pattern from...