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Adapting a Pattern for a Drawstring Hem

Every Christmas baby deserves something special to wear. The sweet little nightie shown here has been designed with that in mind. The embroidery is perfect for the season, and the fabric, Swiss flannel, will keep baby cozy and warm. Made from a daygown pattern, this garment has been adapted to draw up at the hem to keep little feet from...

Origami Ribbon Trim Tutorial

Looking for a fun trim for holiday garments? Origami ribbon embellishment is suitable for both adult and little girl garments, so it’s a perfect embellishment choice for coordinating “Mommy & Me” garments. By working the technique in not-so-traditional Christmas colors you can get more mileage out of your sewing. Red and...

Celebrating Sergers: All the Techniques!

Our Celebrating Sergers: Tricks, Trends, Technique and Tradition online licensing recently kicked off, and we’d love to have you join us for all the fun! We’ve talked a lot about the 30+ projects included in this course curriculum, and today we’d like to tell you more about another great aspect of...

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...