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Sew a Wide Gathered Netting Ruffle

The “Royal Netting Christening Gown,” designed by Connie Palmer and Kathy Barnard and featured in Sewing for a Royal Baby, was inspired by the famous christening gown worn by generations of British royal babies. Our version includes elegant machine embroidery motifs, gathered strips of netting and a silk satin sashing. We also...

December 2014 IEC Designs are Live

Create special projects and gifts with these delicate December Heirloom Crosses. The surface embroidery designs are offered in two different sizes – the small requires a minimum 4×4-inch hoop; the large requires a minimum 5×7-inch hoop. Embroider a decorative pillow or Bible cover to create a beautiful and inspirational gift. These...

Martha Pullen’s Thanksgiving Message

Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Isaiah 12:4 In that day you will say: “Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make...

Pattern Spotlight: Pascale

Laura Jenkins Thompson’s “Pascale” pattern, available in sizes 3-7 and 8-14, is nothing short of a classic. First introduced in Sew Beautiful’s France Issue (#80), we have used the pattern in countless different designs over the last 12 years, which attests to its timeless style and staying power. The capped sleeve...

What’s on Your Holiday Wish List?

When I was a little girl, I loved creating my Christmas wish list. These days, when someone asks me what I want, I’m more inclined to say, “Oh, I don’t know. I’ll love anything you pick out!” The truth is though, we’ve all received presents that, for one reason or another,...

Stitch a Bullion Loop Flower

Dainty bullion loop flowers add a colorful touch to the collar of this adorable dress from Australian Smocking & Embroidery. Designed by Lesley Fletcher, “Ava” is made with a fresh floral print and features a fully smocked bodice in vibrant blue and pink. The lace trimmed hem of an attached petticoat...

Serger 1 Online Licensing Update

We’ve had quite a few of you ask whether you can still sign up for our Serger I Online Licensing, and the answer is YES! The class began Nov. 3, but we’ve extended the registration deadline for just a little while longer for those of you who would like to join....

Christmas Fabric Project Ideas

I am completely in love with Riley Blake’s new “Christmas Basics” line. This festive 100 percent cotton fabric features a variety of coordinating whimsical prints in pink, blue and lime colors (plus they are 10 percent off through Tuesday, Nov. 11 as part of our Editor’s Picks Sale). I was browsing...

How to Accent Quilt Binding with Piping

Adding piping to the edge of binding is a lovely decorative accent for a quilt and is very easy to do using this tutorial from Missy Billingsley’s Sweet Baby Quilt DVD. This step needs to be applied once you have finished the quilting and trimmed the excess batting and backing fabric away...

How to Sew a Perfect French Seam

French seams are a great way to add a beautiful and professional finish to your sewing projects. This seam is designed to enclose fraying and hide raw edges, and works particularly well on sheer and lightweight fabrics. To sew a French seam, you actually begin with stitching the wrong sides of...