Monday, March 22, 2010

Giveaway Time: A Silk Ribbon Embroidery Package!

Tomorrow, we ship Issue #130 of Sew Beautiful (May/June 2010) to the printer; from that point onward, we'll spend a few weeks in anticipation of its return as a finished publication. I think this is the most exciting part of putting together every issue of SB: getting boxes of the completed product delivered to our office and thumbing through the glossy pages for the first time! Although we spend a year or more preparing for and creating each issue, it all comes down to these final days of last-minute corrections and sending our digital files off to our publishing house for printing.

In Issue #122 (January/February 2009) we had a blast putting together our "pink issue"; conversely, Issue #130 is our first ever blue issue, and we are so excited for our readers to get their hands on it! In addition to a number of great techniques, templates and embellishment ideas, #130 comes with two free patterns on the centerfold (a two-piece toddler bathing suit and a vintage reproduction toddler dress) as well as 13 different looks for little boys – not including a unique silver-blue boy's Christening gown design. We think it is going to be a great issue and can't wait to hear what you think.

To celebrate our completion of the blue issue, we're giving away a silk ribbon embroidery package, featuring our newest publication, Beverley Sheldrick's Little Blessings: Silk Ribbon Projects for Baby! This is a soft-cover, full-color, 142-page project book with a pattern pullout section with all of the patterns and templates shown in the book. I've got to say, this is definitely one of the most beautiful books we've ever published, and I'm not just saying that because I work here. The photography and book design are stunning, and of course, fans know that Beverley Sheldrick's designs and embroidery are not to be outdone.
Our prize package also contains a sampling of silk ribbon embroidery supplies, including:
  • YLI 4mm silk ribbon in blue (#125), green (#62) and coral (#76); 5 yd quantities each
  • A white linen ready-to-embroider gift bag, filled with 3 sample strands of silk ribbon, a strand of floss and a tapestry needle for silk ribbon embroidery
To enter for a chance to win our silk ribbon embroidery giveaway package, leave a comment below – and make sure you include an email address so that we can contact you if you're the winner! In your comment, tell us about how you started sewing; have you done it your whole life? Have you recently begun teaching yourself? Attended a local class or travelled to a Martha Pullen school event? Haven't started yet, but would like to? We'd love to hear your stories!

Giveaway entries will close this Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. CST. We will draw the winner at random and announce the results on Thursday morning, March 24th. Good luck and thanks for playing!

120 comments:

  1. Love Sew Beautiful magazine! Been sewing for 35 years, started with that 4-H project that caused me frustration to no end. As an adult, I was inspired by my grandmother's love of quilting so I took quilting classes. I bought my first computerized sewing machine and I feel in love with sewing and quilting all over again. smiggv@gmail.com Beth VH in MO

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  2. I started sewing by hand when I was a little girl, and feel so fortunate to have been taught sewing in home ec classes in junior high school. Nowadays I am very much a fan of heirloom sewing and am trying to learn more and practice more.

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  3. I forgot my email address.
    maire48@att.net
    Mary

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  4. I started sewing in high school after a friend started taking sewing lessons. A woman in my town taught in her house. She had several sewing machines and room for people to bring their own. I learned so much from her. She made everything she wore and all the Christmas and birthday gifts for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I can't imagine not knowing how to sew! Luckily I have a very good friend who loves it as much as I do and we have our girl time a couple of times a year at classes including the July school in Humtville. I bring my 2 girls with me and they also love to sew!
    Eileen Maylone eileen@eileenm.com

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  5. My mom used to drop me off at the babysitter's house during the day while she worked when I was little (a very long time ago). She sewed and had an old treadle Singer machine in her bedroom that she made all kinds of things on. I was fascinated. She taught me how to do simple things like (ahem!)make rolled hemmed handkerchiefs, which I loved to do. Years later, I took home ec in 8th grade and BEGGED my mom, who never sewed a stitch in her life, to buy me a sewing machine, which she thought was a waste of time and money. Months, maybe years, later she bought me the cheapest machine she could find to get me off her back. I wore it out. LOL. When I got married, my new husband, whose mother DID INDEED sew, bought me a really nice Kenmore, which I still have and will never part with. When my boys were born, I took smocking classes in Charleston, SC, where we lived, and I made the most amazing clothes for them (like the ones in Sew Beautiful). When they got too old for that kind of clothing, I started quilting. Love to do that! I don't know why I never thought to make anything frilly and pretty for myself. It was always for the boys, and they didn't wear frills! LOL. Oh, if only I'd gone on to have a little girl! I am now, thanks to Sew Beautiful, inspired to start making myself a few things. I have a list of projects a mile long to make. LOL. My dream is to be able to attend a Martha Pullen school. I can't imagine how wonderful 5 or 6 days at the Fashion School would be. I will make it one day. And I will meet Martha herself one day! That's a goal of mine.

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  6. I also forgot my email address: prissymissy50@gmail.com

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  7. I started sewing in high school. I saved up my money from my part-time job and bought my very own sewing machine. A top of the line Singer. I sewed on and off while my kids were growing up and then I went to work and didn't sew for 20 years. I got back into it about six years ago when I bought my Pfaff embroidery machine and I am relearning all over again to sew. Things have changed a lot. I haven't gotten to a Martha school yet but was able to meet her at a Martha event in Denver, Colorado. My dream is to one day go to a SAF. I have just started learning silk ribbon flower making. I love it, I love all the pretty things and I love Sew Beautiful Magazine.

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  8. I look forward to my new Sew Beautiful book each month that I meet the mailman at the road a week before it is due to come.lindag@frontiernet.net

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  9. I did some sewing when I was in home economics in Jr. High, but didn't really LEARN until I had children. I told my husband that I wanted a sewing machine when I was pregnant the first time (11 years ago)! :) I am pretty much self-taught. I've learned so much through the internet and have recently become interested in heirloom sewing. I've started getting SB and I'm hooked! I started with a sewing machine and since have added embroidery, serger (purchased one that Margaret Tulley used in a demo and she signed it!), and just recently, a new sewing machine! I LOVE to sew....I LOVE to see someone smile and ask, "You MADE this for ME?" It brings great joy!

    Rebekah
    info@sewshine.com

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  10. I have loved embroidery since my mother taught me the basic stitches on prestamped pillow cases when I was about 9 or 10. I still prefer hand work to machine. Last year I took a silk ribbon class at our local quilt show and have had a blast with it. Wish I could retire and do it all the time.
    Pat Simpson
    patsim0730@sbcglobal.net

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  11. I've been sewing off and on all my life. I grew up wearing beautiful dresses sewn by my grandmother and mother. Since my first daughter was born, sewing has increasingly become one of my favorite hobbies. I love smocking and French hand sewing and just recently bought an embroidery machine to increase my options.

    cate.connery.bury@gmail.com

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  12. I too forgot to attach my email. Noeway7@gmail.com

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  13. I have been sewing ever since my mother sewed my fingers (accidently) up in her sewing machine when I was six. That was 49 years ago. About 10 years ago I stabbed myself with my dress making Ginghers when I dropped them, they hit the chair and stopped falling just as I was grabbing for them and stabbed 2 holes in my right palm. I have fallen asleep with straight pins in my tee shirt and scratched up my neck. With all these battle injuries, I still love to sew and can't imagine not doing it. At the moment, my passion is heirloom sewing. Thank you Sew Beautiful for introducing this technique to me. Marnette Hurt moirnet@charter.net

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  14. I started sewing with my mom's help at 6 to make dresses for my Barbie dolls. I have been doing heirloom sewing only since my daughter is born. She is 4, and I am finally getting good at it! I have been to Market last year, and I hope to get to go to School of Art and Fashion soon. I am young and don't have all the funds some people have to go to all these things though. I'd love to win this because I haven't tried silk ribbon embroidery, but it is on my shortlist to learn!
    kira at branscum.org

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  15. I love your magazine, cant wait to see this issue!

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  16. i HAVE 9 GRAND CHILDREN TO SEW FOR AND THIS FREE PACKAGE WOULD SURE COME IN HANDY WHEN i WANT TO WELCOME A NEW GRANDCHILD INTO THE WORLD. I first starting sewing with Sew beautiful when it first came out and I still ahve all the issues starting with the very first one. my email is mimisneedle@yahoo.com

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  17. My mother started me sewing at the age of about 5 with a little play sewing machine and embroidery hoop! What she couldn't teach me, she asked friends and family to augment. I now have 3 girls in my house and inumerable neices and friends' babies that I sew for!

    Over the years, I have learned a new style of sewing or embroidery about every other year. Smocking has been my latest joy (three years) and I am self teaching myself some new styles of embroidery. I am itching to get into ribbon embroidery!

    I have yet to attend a Martha Pullen school event - so few come to my area (Eastern Washington).

    jennysprague@comcast.net

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  18. I started sewing at 8 or 9 with doll clothes and then by 11 I started sewing for myself. I sewed for the public while my husband was in grad school and sewed for my boys while they were little. In the hopes that I would someday have grandchildren, I took two French Handsewinging by Machine classes in the late 0s with Kathy McMakin. Then I waited and waited and waited. Caroline is 21 months old now and there is always something in progress for. Her Easter dress is done!

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  19. I started making doll clothes when I was 8 or 9 and by the time I was 11 I was making my own clothes. My mother was a home economics major so that really helped. I sewed for the public at one point when my husband was in grad school. I had two boys and sewed for them while they were little. In the late 80s I took French handsewing by machine classes with Kathy McMakin in the hope that I would have a grand daughter. I waited and waited and waited. Caroline is 21 months old and I have been sewing for her since before she arrived. Her is Easter dress is done!

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  20. I love Sew Beautiful Magazine and the projects especially hand smocking and ribbon embroidery.
    Ramona Honan

    mona48@sbcglobal.net

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  21. I believe that passion for sewing skips a generation! My mother would rather be tortured than sew, but my grandmother would let me come to her farmhouse for a week every summer and we would sew doll clothes by hand and watch Lawrence Welk. She loved pretty things. I made a few things as a teenager and even made my bradesmaids' dresses (crazy!)but it wasn't until I had a little girl of my own and took a smocking class that fell in love with sewing again, just like those sweet baby-doll clothes. Sometimes I get real nostalgic and watch Lawrence Welk :) amarett@knology.net

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  22. My mother has always been "crafty" and sewed all my dresses growing up. I think I inherited that. I took Industrial Sewing I and II in my high school. The lady that taught it sewed all kinds of clothes and new all the ready made tricks. We ended each year with a fashion show. Now I have two daughters, 5 and 2, and enjoy sewing for them. I hope to teach them to enjoy it one day, too.
    thatkellygirl@yahoo.com

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  23. My grandmother and her sister taught me how to sew when I was 5. I started making doll clothes and eventually clothes of my own and for other people. When I got married I made all 8 of my bridesmaids dresses. I also made high school prom dresses for both my daughter and niece.

    I do a little quilting, smocking, ribbon embroidery and anything else I can get my hands on that involves fabric, needle and thread!. I also collect vintage sewing patterns.

    One day I would like to attend the Martha Pullen heirloom sewing teacher licensing program.

    the3salas@comcast.net

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  24. When my first child was borned due to necessity I went to work in the garment industry. My great-aunt had sewn for me until then. I purchased fabric/pattern took them to her and she informed me that since I sewed for others I could learn for myself. Said that was the last thing she'd make for me. So, I excepted the challenge. Taught myself to sew. And I've been sewing ever since. I was 16.
    Thanks to Sew Beautiful I have since ventured into sewing for children.
    Up until this year I've always bought my magazine, but decided this year it was time to do a home subsription.
    I have not been disappointed with my dicession.

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  25. Have been sewing as long as I can remember. Both my grandmothers sewed, but my mom only hemmed & sewed buttons on. I still have my grandmother's old treadle maching that she let me make 9-patch quilt squares on when I was about 10 or 12. I can't wait for the blue issue of Sew Beautiful. What can I pick to make for our 10 month old granddaughter?

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  26. I remember when I was a child my father taught me crochet. Then in home economics class at 13 I learned hand sewing and embroidery. Later I learned smocking, Battenberg lace, Carrickmacross lace and actually bobbin lace. I would like to blend those arts with sewing...
    Maria de los Angeles from Puerto Rico
    http://artesaniasherencia.webs.com
    artesaniasherencia@gmail.com

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  27. Oh how I'd love to win this...Beverly is such a sweet and TALENTED person I took a class from her at Martha's and loved it I have my fingers crossed! Thanks

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  28. I started sewing in 7th grade and took Home Economics all thru junior high and high school. My best teacher though was my Mother. She was my critic and cheerleader. Am on my second sewing machine and my mother went through three in her lifetime. I miss shopping with her for the perfect fabric and patterns.
    lokramer@comcast.net

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  29. I started sewing when I was about 10. My friend and I would get on the bus to downtown San Jose and take classes at the local Singer store. I've been sewing since. I attend Martha's Sewing Market every year in Arlington and have to admit that it was Sew Beautiful and Martha herself at the Sewing Market that helped turn around my life after going through a severe depression.
    I've taken a two day class from Beverley and she is the sweetest woman!

    sadiemom@charter.net

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  30. Ruth Miller, ruthsew@charter.netMarch 22, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    To keep me busy in the summer my Mother began by teaching me to make handkerchiefs when I was about six. I had to hand -roll hem them. Soon I began to learn to embroider dish towels. At ten I learned to sew on my Mother's featherweight.
    I fell in love and was soom making doll clothes then in jr high I began to make my own.
    Now I am teaching grandchildren to sew. Spent several years teaching 4-H girls and also girls and ladies at my church.
    I try to emulate my mother's patience and emcouragement. She always made me feel I could do anything.
    I have attended several of Martha's Markets and my dream would be to attend Martha's sewing school. I have been sewing over 60 years and am constantly learning and striving to improve.

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  31. This is a great giveaway and the book is beyond gorgeous! I got a sneak peek at one a couple weekends ago and it's a "must have" for my sewing library!
    I am self-taught in all things sewing and I began sewing my senior year of high school. I attending MP's School of Art Fashion in 2008 and LOVED every minute of it!
    ~ southernstitches (at) charter.net

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  32. I began learning from my grandmother on her treadle sewing machine. Mentors have been many. I was most challenged with tension issues until I was blessed with a new Bernina machine. It made a huge difference. I have taken clases. I have sewn and mended for my 12 children (five yet at home) but want to learn more heirloom techniques as do my four daughters at home. I am also blessed with 10 granchildren so far. Martha Pullen's magazine is a blessing us girls all enjoy! MoreThanConquero@aol.com

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  33. My first embroidery lesson came from my aunt who was appalled that at the ripe old age of 10 I had not sewn a sampler yet. NO, I am not 200 years old, this was in 1968. So I was immediately whisked off to pick out a sampler..and I was hooked! I loved it! I learned to sew and embroidered my jeans in the 70's. I have sewn over the years for myself, my sisters and my children, neices and now my own grandchildren!My favorites are heirloom sewing, smocking and I dearly love shadow work embroidery! I have issues and issues of very well used Sew Beautiful magazine that have been and still are a wealth of information for me as I thumb through them almost every day! I have not had the opportunity to go to one of Martha's schools yet, that is still a dream of mine! For now...I have Sew Beautiful, and Martha's Sewing Room to keep me going! Thank you so much!!

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  34. Got carried away and forgot my email address!
    thepeppers@charter.net

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  35. Love your magazine and I have been an avide collector since around '95, though I didn't have my first daughter until '96. My first ever attempt at one of your patterns (and first serious clothing attempt) was the Dandelion Delight My daughter was a (22wk) mini micro preemie and by the time you published that pattern, I was able to make it for her in a small size three (even then it was a bit large) for a her first real formal picture. It was a celebration as she was no longer on O2- weekly visits to the doctor. That dress was saved and her little sister wore it years later.
    I actually shocked myself as I thought my skills were not up to that contoured collar- and though not perfect, you can't spot that in the photos. :)

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  36. Sorry- I couldn't find where to add my email....
    chaoticjinx@hotmail.com

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  37. I love all the beautiful garments, I am always inspired. One of these days I am going to make it to her schools. Got to start saving up, it a goal of mine.
    sanch5@frontiernet.net

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  38. Hello, My Maternal Grandmother was a seamstress for the public back in 1950, my mother made all my clothes, even prom dresses, and she taught me to sew. I have always loved to make beautiful sewing items. I had two children in the 1980's and tried to pick up the silk embroider skill, it was popular in the late 1980's, I was just to busy with my children to get around to it. I taught my one daughter to sew, and she is good. She is now expecting a daughter, my first grandchild, and we have just exploded with sewing everything BABY! I recently picked up my book of silk embroider from 1987, and this time I want to learn this skill so I can add it to many of the new baby items I am sewing. I love the look of the flowers and they make a wonderful new look to baby clothes. If I were to win this contest I would be so excited to share with all my FB and sewing friends. Just trying to find the ribbon is an ordeal in itself, no one is caring it, and if so, it is in limited colors and no instructions. I would love to get this beautiful artwork brought back to life and given the appreciation it deserves. I have never been to one of Martha's classes, but I would really gain so much knowledge toward sewing my first Grandaughters wardrobe! I hope to teach all the skills I have in sewing so when my granddaughter gets old enough to sew she can carry the tradition on with her daughter!

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  39. Forgot to post my e-mail address.
    sharonwjett@gmail.com

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  40. I started sewing after I got married in 1975 & haven't stopped! Though my kids never appreciated the matching outfits, I kept making them. I do other crafts as well (tatting, crochet, bead work, teneriffe lace, embroidery, cross stitch, and macrame). I recently found your magazine in my local supermarket & fell in love. I'm hoping to sew for grand children - when they come! I know I will get great ideas from SB! Hello from SE GA. morebetter@tds.net

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  41. I have been sewing throughout my life..when I think about it, 37 years.. I have 4 daughters, now all grown but have made many items of clothing for them throughout their lives and still continue to do so.. Now blessed with Grand "son's" I have discovered a whole new area of creativity.. Sad with the direction the world is traveling, with the ever growing loss of the Art of Sewing, I find it my passion to make sure that this ability is not lost to modern technology and fast paced lives.
    I am so happy that there are people like Martha and her staff and along with all her supporters, it is wonderful that there are so many with the desire to never let this slip away from all the future generations..

    enchanted40@nycap.rr.com

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  42. My grandmother is an excellent seamstress, and I must have inherited her love of sewing. My mother bought me my first sewing machine at 12 and a replacement at 24 as I had outgrown the beginner machine. That was when I was expecting my first child, and could not find the types of clothes I wanted to dress the baby in. Within a year I had discovered Sew Beautiful after seeing an episode of Martha's show on PBS. I was immediately hooked. Heirloom sewing has been my passion for the last 7 years. leana_korthuis@yahoo.com

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  43. I have been sewing for over 40 years! I started out simply, sewing clothing for myself. I have since taken many classes, but my real love is sewing beautiful children's clothing. Sew Beautiful magazing is such a wonderful inspiration for me and I save all editions! My e-mail is djhigdon@yahoo.com

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  44. Hi- I started "sewing" as a little one with sewing cards (remember those?!) and my Grammy was a master seamstress who could and did sew anything and everything. I started sewing in earnest when pregnant with my first daughter since all of my baby stuff was for boys. My sisters have become sewers also and one is a wonderful seamstress and quilter and the other is a great beginning quilter. What a wonderful family tradition! I have been wanting to learn to do ribbon embroidery for years! LisaAnn at myfamof11@yahoo.com :)

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  45. As a youngster, Mother made sure I took lessons several summers at the local Singer store where I learned enough to later make dresses and even some knit shirts for our son. As the family grew there was hardly time or space for sewing. Sewing for me was making a costume or Christmas dresses for the girls. I rediscovered sewing when our first grand daughter was born and slowly have found a wonderful sewing community on the internet and in local groups. It was a wonderful moment when I found others with my same passion. Your magazine is a real inspiration, and someday I would love to come to Huntsville for a week of sewing. hellageo@comcast.net

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  46. It's hard for me to remember not being able to sew. My mom taught me although she didn't think I'd ever be able to sew well. She would let me put in gathering stitches or sew other straight seams to start with. (usually stuff she was making for my sisters and I) I wasn't very good but my mom never gave up on me and I kept persevering. I was given and old Singer when I was about 10 and now I own a Bernina sewing/embroidery machine and serger. I love my Berninas!
    I've pretty much dabbled in all the different arenas of sewing but my favorites are garment construction and heirloom. My mom and I love trying out new heirloom techniques!
    I have been to two Marthat Pullen Teacher Licensing schools (Beginner and Serger). What a treat they were! I learned so much each time and was treated amazing! It was like a retreat! I was able to be an assistant at the kids school at the July School of Art Fashion and loved every minute!
    I have three young girls right now that I currently teach. It has been so much fun to watch them learn and enjoy sewing. =)
    I have three nieces that I love sewing for! I can't wait till I have daughters of my own to sew for and pass on my love of sewing to.
    katy.l.bloom (at) gmail dot com

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  47. Wish my Gram was here to see all the beautiful things I have learned to do at SAF!! She'd also love that I have sewed for over 40 years and am finally sleeping under a quilt I made! I usually give them away to friends and family. gsewfine@sbcglobal.net

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  48. My mom always sewed things for me, but I didn't have a ton of interest until college, when I started sewing quilts over the winter and summer breaks. Pretty soon I was borrowing my roommate's machine and making lap quilts for all my marrying friends! I did just quilts for about 10 years and then got into heirloom sewing about 4 years ago. Jean at roadq.com

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  49. when I was about 6 or 7 yrs old,our neighbor sewed,i was fascinated by the light and sound of the machine.One day I went with my Barbie doll,who happened to be naked.the lady said to me oh no dear we must dress this lady. she looked into her fabrics and within minutes my doll had the prettiest dress ever.I went to high school and took a sewing class,but i was so mad because we spent the entire semester writing and all we made was a pin cushion.I bought a sewing machine but never really did anything.years later I got married and my husband who is a soldier gave me a couple of projects and to my surprise supported me like no one.today I have a really nice sewing room with embroidery machine,serger, dressforms and even a smocking pleater. when our daughter was born I became fascinated with Sew beautiful magazine and for her birthday two weeks ago, I made Claire's bib dress from issue 122.yes I keep my issues,they are valuable to me.jl0_22@hotmail.com

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  50. I have been sewing for as long as I can remember! My mother and both my grandmothers were always working on projects, and so it was natural for me to do it too. I must have started reading Sew Beautiful when I was a young teen - I don't remember when. I loved doing smocking and ribbon embroidery for my younger sisters and for baby gifts. Now I have the fun of doing it for my own children, and hopefully soon some nieces and nephews!
    onegoodcook at gmail dot com

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  51. I fell in love with stitching when I was 2 years old(seriously!) I would run my fingers over the hand stitches on my nap quilt, and loved embroidery, crochet, and tatting. I first started trying to sew when I was 4 and got a cross stitch kit for my birthday. But really truly learning to hand sew and embroider came a little later, at about 8 when I learned to make doll clothes and had my first embroidery lessons that were taught by a male teacher in a summer arts program! My first design was a ladybug on a flower. Didn't learn to machine sew until 7th grade because I was afraid of the machine, lol. pio@twinmounds.com

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  52. I was taught to sew by my mom around 50 years ago. I love sewing and embroidery. I've been reading SB magazine for years, and my comment about recyling was published in the latest issue in the article "Eco-Friendly Sewing." Nothing brings me more joy than sewing for my 3 year old granddaughter. I've never been able to attend a Martha Pullen school, but I do watch her every Saturday on PBS. Maybe someday!
    Shirley Clark clarkclay@bellsouth.net

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  53. I grew up watching my grandmother sew beautiful dresses for me as well as my dolls. I took the required Home Ec sewing classes in high school but did not really begin sewing until after the birth of my daughters and now i am sewing for my grandchildren. I have been lucky enough to attend 4 SAF's and one licensing in Huntsville. I have learned so much at these schools and the friendships made are priceless. The world of sewing is great and I want to experience as much as I can! michelle@campnc.com

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  54. As I grew up, my hands were always busy, as were my mother's and grandmother's. Through the years I have received no greater joy than to share the knowledge with which I have been entrusted with others. Although the satisfaction of mastering a new technique certainly rivals that joy! Having taken a class with Beverly at the School of Fashion has left me wanting more! There could be nothing better than having the time (and money) to sit next to Beverly and learn to make all the beautiful stitches she uses so effortlessly!! Thank you Beverly for the inspiration and Martha Pullen and Company for helping so many of us learn how to create so many wonderful things!!!

    Valerie
    vconnot@mac.com

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  55. I began sewing by hand with embroidery. My aunt taught me.. I was teaching another aunt when I stitched my work to my skirt. That began my life of sewing, stitching, and unsewing.

    One grandmother sewed on a treadle Singer. She let me push the treadle. The other grandmother sent us boxes of fabric and patterns. Mom sewed for us. She taught me at age 11. I first sewed a summer top in purple gingham.

    My family were often strapped for cash, but my dad always found money for my sewing projects. He only required I complete project before beginning another. My husband should probably know about that, but I have too much fun with multiple projects going at once. Most begin with fabric and notions from my sewing room.

    I sewed for our sons from toddler years and for our daughter from birth. I didn't realize the smocked day gown set I made were heirloom items. I used iron-on dots. Now I have a pleater.

    Later I found Sew Beautiful! When my husband was unemployed I never had to give up my subscription like we did others.

    Now I sew for 9 grandchildren and even for the 10th who is expected in October.

    Sewing taught me to use care and to never give up. I learned almost any mistake can be made right. That is any sewing mistake. When my preschool son cut up the front and back of a pretty top I had cut out and left on my bed, I coudn't fix that. He was using my electric scissors. I should have been glad he didn't cut up our covers. He loved to test things for sharpness. That son now loves it when friends and I make quilts or garments for his 7 children. One granddaugther is learning to sew. I plan to buy her a machine.

    After 55 of years I've learned to calmly pick out seams. I learned sometimes a zipper goes in better when sewn by hand. I even learned from sewing that when I make a mistake while knitting it is always better to back up carefully and get it right, than to go ahead with mistakes.

    I used to sew jointly with my mom for my our children. I cut out pinafores and collars and mailed them to her for her embroidery. I sewed them into dresses. One joint project is a green polished cotton, tea-length dress with a white embroidered pinafore. It was made for my daughter. It is now hanging on the back of my oldest two granddaughter's bedroom door awaiting the time when they can wear it.

    We worked together on a red dress with pinafore for my nieces. Two nieces wore it, then years later my daughter had it. We also worked together on Jon Jons for my sons.

    Martha, Cathy, Beverly, and others, I love your magazine, TV episodes and your books and DVDs.
    Thank you!

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  56. My grandmother taught me to hand embroidery when I was nine years old. My mother taught me to sew after that. Later in life I went to one of Martha's schools. Even later in life I went to Martha's beginning sewing instructor schools. I taught in my home awhile then around 2005 I opened a professional workroom. Now I sew anything and everything and do alterations also!! I guess you could say sewing has been my life gift. God is good....All The Time!!
    jrg0143@aol.com

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  57. I can't remember not sewing. I learned to hand embroider hankies from my grandmother and by the time I was 6 I was sewing on my Mom's old black Singer making dolly clothes from scraps. I had to turn the hand wheel to make it go though because Mom was afraid I would sew my fingers if the machine was plugged in.
    When I was 8 or 9 I wanted a dress in a style that my Mom didn't like so she let me buy the pattern and make it myself.
    By junior high I was making clothes for both Mom and me. My home ec teacher in eighth grade and I did not see eye to eye and she just would not give me an "A". Had to be and A minus.
    My best heirloom project was matching Christening gowns for our twin grandsons.
    Now I am teaching several fellow ASG members garment construction. It makes me happy to be passing along my skill.
    Janice in CO bjbeitz@aol.com

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  58. My mother in law taught me to sew while my husband and I were dating!
    I'll never forget the project was a blue sundress with a cute little jacket. As I was cutting out the pattern laid out and pinned to the fabric in the dining room, it begin to get difficult to cut through and to my horror I was cutting through the table cloth too! Luckily it was just a flannel backed vinyl cloth for every day use and not an heirloom! My sweet mother in law just laughed.
    My email address is roussel.lisa@yahoo.com

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  59. hated home ec, just HATED it (brutal teacher)...
    then found out we were having our first child, took a stretch & sew class and have loved it ever since. started smocking when my second child (a daughter) was 3 days old. she turns 30 tomorrow. :)
    snowdrop.nicholson@gmail.com
    ribbon embroidery is new to me and i am anxious to try it.
    i hope, i hope.....

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  60. Good morning!
    I am an obsessed sew-fanatic. My husband bought me a Janome 4100QDC for Channakah this year so I've only technically been sewing for 4 months. I've made numerous projects like an embroidered school bag, a skirt, apron, a teddy bear, t-shirts, spring jacket and a quilt is next! I'm afraid I am hooked! I would love to try ribbon embroidery and look forward to the possibility of winning this sweet prize. Thanks for letting us play!
    Sincerely,
    Carrie
    dlcw2006@yahoo.com

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  61. My mom taught me to sew when I was about 7, now I sew for my granddaughters. I love to sew, smock,embroidery,and knit(not very well). The one I love to do most is hand work, such as embroidery, even though I don't have the time to as I would like. I love to see what is new in every Sew Beautiful Magazine. I have used a lot of the patterns in Sew Beautiful for my little girls,and just love them. Thank you so much for a great magazine.Dianne Brown ruffled_edges@yahoo.com

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  62. Hi All- I was blessed with a Grandmother who taught me to embroider during the summers I spent with her. When I was married in 1971 my Mother bought me my first sewing machine, an Elna. I really fell in love with sewing with Stretch 'n Sew but in the last few years I have gotten heavily into heirloom sewing. I attended the Martha Pullen Extravaganza in Columbia, SC last Fall. I would love to attend a licensing class....it is on my wish list! I now have 3 granddaughters to sew for...isn't life grand!!
    Sallie Nold
    sallienold@gmail.com

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  63. I began sewing when I learned that I was expecting my first child. Now that he is outgrown baby gowns, smocked/embroidered garments and Jonjons, I am now sewing for Godchildren, nieces, and nephews. SissyRadford@gmail.com

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  64. I started sewing in highschool where we had home ec classes. My mother sewed and help me with different projects. Over the years I would sew off and on but really started sewing when the grandchildren came along. I love the heirloom sewing as wells as the play clothers. A friend and I went to the first 5 of Martha's Sewing Market in Dallas. We had so much fun. I would love to attend Martha school in the summer and take my grandaughters. Maybe one day. Sandra6jdc@bellsouth.net

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  65. Susan Spiers spierssusan52@gmail.com
    I became interested in sewing as a little girl after watching my mom sewing. She showed me how, not with patterns, but starting from scratch. First, I hand-sewed clothes for my baby doll, then graduated to the sewing machine. My first project that was grown-up was an apron (no pattern) that I needed in order to take home economics in junior high school. In sewing class we all made a suit (as I remember now, it was an awful lime green tweed), including lining & I was so proud as we all strutted thru our first fashion show! I didn't win a prize, but I was hooked!

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  66. Oh I love the YLI silk ribbons and would love to win this giveaway.

    I started sewing as a small child. Actually so small, it is difficult to remember how old. But I know by the time I was in the 4th grade I was able to sew basic clothes and made fitted clothes in the 6th grade. Early on I was taught by my mother and grandmother, but eventually took sewing classes. I do love the Sew Beautiful Magazine and have learned far more insights than the little cost of this delightful magazine, but I haven't yet been able to take a class with Martha Pullen. Hopefully someday soon.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com
    SewCalGal {at} live {dot} com

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  67. I don't really remember learning to sew. I spent a lot of time with my Grandmother and she made everything - sheets, pillow slips, night gowns, slips and dresses. I just remember sitting at her old treadle sewing machine hemming sheets. My Grandmother didn't smock or embroidery but she made the most beautiful handmade lace and crocheted lace to 'dress up' her items. Unfortunately I never learned to make the laces but I did develop a desire to learn to sew and over the years sewing became my therapy. A place where I could pour my energy and work through life problems by creating outfits for my two boys and beautiful items for my home. I never had a girl but I did have several nieces that benefited from my sewing. I have one granddaughter and that is when I really became interested in heirloom sewing and took classes in smocking and embroidery. I have never taken a Martha Pullen class but Sew Beautiful and Martha's classes on TV have been my inspiration for years. I love the magazine Sew Beautiful. I would love to take a class and now that I have retired it would be possible for me to do so. My email address is: abrown2223@charter.net

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  68. I love Sew Beautiful. Look forward to every issue. Just sat last night and looked at the past issues. They are my inspiration. And love the people associated with the Martha Pullen Co. and Sew Beautiful. They are an inspiration to all. Warm and loving.

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  69. delee61@gmail.com My aunt taught me to crochet when I was very young. My stepmom didn't do any kind of sewing so really started in 6th grade homemaking class on a treadle machine. Have loved anything done with a needle. Except have never learned tatting. My grandmother who died when I was 5 was a great seamstress. A friend that she made a pair of trousers for-from drafting the pattern to sewing them up-said they were the best pair of pants he had ever had. Wish I could have more time with her.

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  70. I learned to sew from my mom when I was very young. I hadn't done any sewing until very recently. It was low on priorities when in college and just starting my career, but I'm so happy to have started again!

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  71. I had a sewing mom who taught me to sew at her knee. I cant even remember how old I was but by the time I was in the 6th grade I was sewing my clothes. Since then I have read every pub I could get my hands on and attended several educational events including Martha Pullen licensing last fall. I teach in a store and do private lessons. I have always loved ribbon embroidery and Beverly, bless her heart, is one of my favorite guests on Martha's show. I hope to have a flourishing business of my own by this time next year.
    Thank you for this great giveaway.
    Kim H. at kimsdesigns@comcast.net

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  72. My mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and I am told a great-great grandmother all were fine seamstresses. My mother started me on embroidery when I was about 7. I have worn out several sewing machines but my husband just keeps telling me to buy a new one. He is well aware of how much money I have saved over the years making clothing for the family.
    I love Sew Beautiful. It feeds my creative needs and keeps me sketching and making notes for future projects. I just emailed a photo of an Easter dress to Sew Beautiful with silk ribbon embroidery on the sash to match the flower print on the dress.
    Jane cynthiabear98@yahoo.com

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  73. I started embroidery when I was about 13. When I was about 20 the quilting bug hit and I have never looked back! The silk embroidery package is beautiful! Thank you for having this give away, Sharonj.

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  74. When I was in 6th grade I made my own Centennial dress. I have been sewing since I was 9. Self taught and with help from step mother.
    I enjoy designing girls dresses and doll clothes. I love doing machine smocking, on girls dresses and doll clothes. I started doing machine smocking in 1994. Currently teaching sewing to 3rd - 8th grade students after school and on school breaks.

    I just returned from Martha's Beginning 2 Licensing for Adult and children. I have attended many of her Licensing's and regular schools since 1994. These are my vacations away from home.

    My goal in life is to be published in the Sew Beautiful Mag.
    email: ktufteskog@msn.com

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  75. I learned to sew first from a friends mom who helped me make my first quilt when I was 13 years old. From there I learned on my own from PBS sewing programs (including Martha's Sewing Room) and books. I now do several forms of needlework, including quilting, knitting, clothing sewing, embroidery, home dec (which I did for a business) and more. I am looking forward to this new issue of Sew Beautiful because I have a 9 week old son who I would love to sew some special things for but I can't find many boy patterns.
    Chelsea
    michal_c1984@hotmail.com

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  76. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh my goodness!!! My third favorite Heirloom teacher after #1- Ms Martha Pullen, #2 Kathy McMakin & #3 Beverley Sheldrick. WHOW what a true blessing to have a chance to win a Beverly Sheldrick's Little Blessings: Silk Ribbon Projects for Baby
    I have been a Ms Martha Pullen ADDICK for over 15 years. I literly learned to sew properly by watching MP annual videos and DVDs as well as all the picture instructions & patterns in Sew Beautiful. I have enjoyed Beverly on the few Martha's PBS shows I have been able to watch. I always admired silk ribbon emb, but didn't think I could ever do it. Have become soooooooooo frustrated with try to learn Buillion Roses on my own in the dessert of So Calif but just yesterday I stumbled on to a ladies blog - http://dandelionavenue.blogspot.com/ and Angela has been so helpful & encouraging me on silk ribbon embroider techniquea and I know I can master this, finally for darling spider roses and lazy daisy buds on my new great nieces dresses & the ones I make for my bussiness -Auntie Pam's Creations. I took my first MP week long class in San Diego over 13 years ago & she encouraged me then to start my bussiness while I continued to work as a financial anaylst for the US Navy. I have on 9 months to go until eligible to retire. I am the one you will hear Martha refer to as Auntie Pam of So Calif. Well, the Lord blessed me and I was able to in Nov 2009, to spend a "blessed" week again with Martha & Kathy & Sis & Peggy and all the other MP ladies in Pasadena!!! I can home sooooooooooo lifted up and inspired, I don't think my feet have touched the earth yet. Any way thanks to the MP, KM & BS - as of yesterday 3-22-10, I am adding silk ribbon spider roses to the custom heirloom dresses I sell at Auntie Pam's Creations & the one for my 11 mo old great niece. Cann't wait to purchase to win Beverly's book to help me along the way. Just love the darling cross on the booties!!! Thanks again - sewnangel@gmail.com Auntie Pam of Auntie Pam's Creations

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  77. wixson@bellsouth.net I started sewing 10 years ago not because of a stressful job but because of stressful supervisor. I was on 8 months of sick leave and two dear friends encouraged me to start smocking. I smocked so much, I had to learn to sew (my mother had done all that for me--I couldn't even hem a dress.)
    my husband bought me my first machine--then I added embroidery machine and serger and finally ended up with Bernina 200 and kept all the others. What a treat!!! I have (with my sewing buddies) attended 2/3 Martha Pullen Dallas shows and loved every minute of them--AND spent way too much money!!! It is truly an addiction--I belong to a SAGA group and we were lucky enough to participate in a photoshoot for Sew Beautiful and have another one planned in which I hope to be chosen to participate. Have had soooo much fun sewing for six grandchildren and a couple of my friend's grandchildren. Handmade gifts as so very much appreciated at baby showers. Our group, of course, sews for Wee Care and it touches my heart so much. Love Sew Beautiful and the people who work there!!!

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  78. Great giveaway! Please count me in! I started sewing a year ago, because I wanted to do something useful in my spare time. I have a lot to learn!

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  79. Please enter me in the giveaway. I taught myself to sew when I was 4 or 5 years old. My grandmother gave me some of her scraps and I cut out and sewed a dress for my doll, only it didn't fit because I didn't leave room for the depth I needed at the sides. Amazing that I still remember that. Mother had a sewing machine but didn't use it unless forced to, so she didn't mind me using it. I am now 64 years old and teach smocking, heirloom sewing, pleater classes, and whatever else someone asks for that deals with sewing. Of course, during the week, I tutor all day, everything from pre-school to phonics to algebra and geometry. I have every Sew Beautiful magazine from the inception and continue to subscribe. Blessings to all who are a part of the staff.
    My email is nhayes11@aeneas.net.

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  80. Martha, I've been with you from the start.I lived in Greenville, SC from 1976 to 1990...and learned Heirloom sewing from your begining. I live in WI now...not as much interest in Heirloom Sewing here..but we perservere!

    Perfect timing - I will become the Grandmother of a darling little boy in June. It is my son's first child and the first grandchild!. I already have permission from his wift ( a wonderful young woman) to make an outfit for coming home from the hospital. They both love the outfits Wesley wore as a child.

    And, I'm hosting the baby shower in April...Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes is the theme...

    Thank you for all the wonderful issues over the years. I've saved them all...

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  81. I learned to sew when I was young and sewed for my four daughters. But when my grand-daughter was born I had to learn to smock and embroider bullion roses like my grandmother used to do. My favorite things are bullions, smocking, and all heirloom tricks. Please enter me in your give-away. I'd love to win this! thanks. my email is vinciew@gmail.com.

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  82. I grew up watching my mother sew and majored in Home Economics in college. I didn't really enjoy sewing until I learned to smock when my children were young. I put it down as they outgrew it almost 20 years ago, but have spent the past couple of years relearning and perfecting my skills.jimnems2@gmail.com

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  83. Oh my gosh, a Shades of Blue issue! I'm in heaven. Can't wait to get it. I LOVE blue. I started embroidering at a young age, have never stopped. I love embroidering on children's clothing. I also love silk ribbon embroidery. I wore out my favorite shirt with silk embroidered flowers. This package would be perfect for a new blouse. Thanks for all the wonderful issues. I treasure them. My email is: Katdale57@yahoo.com

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  84. When I was 10 years old, my father decided to close his corner grocery store and open a fabric store. He named it after his two daughters, Beverly and Martha (BEV-MAR). I can remember the boxes of wonderful fabric arriving and I begged my mother to let me take lessons at the local Singer Sewing Machine shop. I went on to major in Home Ec, teaching for a few years. But I have been sewing ever since...I am now sewing for my grandson and future grandchildren. bmckay3tee@cableone.net

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  85. I started sewing after I was invited to a boyfriend's wedding. I shopped & shopped for the perfect dress...when I arrived, there was a girl with the SAME dress! The very next day, I bought a machine and never looked back. I make ALL of my clothes. I sew every day! Thanks to that nasty boyfriend!

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  86. Like so many girls, I started sewing by making doll clothes for Barbie. By the time I took home ec in high school, made many of my own clothes and could have easily taught sewing to the teacher - lol.
    To think of sewing as merely a practical endeavor, it to completely miss the best part. In the 40+ years that I've sewn, I've never stopped learning. I adore the creative challange of seeing each project evolve. I never can pass up an opportunity to learn a new technique, a new embellishment, a new notion - whatever. And as each issue of Sew Beautiful makes it's way to my waiting hands, I find myself giddy with excitement! Sewing is one of those mystic entities that you can master but never conquer; you can become proficent at it but never bored with it. Is it an art? A skill? A game? yes!
    Ammie
    ammie.girl@gmail.com

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  87. when i was little I was fascinated with my mother and her sewing machine, very top of the line Singer Zig Zag machine it was the 50s and 60s. But I really learned alot in my Home Econmics class and I have been sewing since then.

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  88. I started sewing after my daughter was born. I actually saw a beautiful dress on the back of Sew Beautiful, Easter 1998, and I "had" to make it. I had never sewn before. It took me more than a year to master techniques to make that dress, and my love for sewing was cemented. When I think of all the things I never would have learned (and loved) if I hadn't picked up that Sew Beautiful all those years ago... It really changed my life at a time when I needed something to occupy my mind.

    I think your dates are wrong too, Wednesday is the 24th isn't it? email: jemimabean at gmail dot com

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  89. Angie, you're right...thanks! I always seem to get the dates wrong when I write these things.

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  90. I thought I would enter this giveaway as I love Sew Beautiful plus love what I see on the pic above. I have 2 little enter the world this June that I making quilts & baby items for. So thank you for having this giveaway. sheri55@sbcglobal.net Have a great Day.
    Sheri Whiteley

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  91. I also started hand sewing as a child,because of a mother and grandmother sharing their knowledge and love of sewing with me. I continued through my school years with any class or opportunity to sew. Now I love to sew for others and to teach others to sew as my family did for me. I would love to advance my skills to heirloom sewing. My kids are getting older and I have more time to learn more difficult things to teach the young ladies in my life.
    jlwhim@aol.com

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  92. After raising 3 boys I finally have 2 granddaughters to sew for. I love all types of sewing by machine and hand. Linda
    granny-nanny@earthlink.net

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  93. I am just learning about silk ribbon emb. and this would be a great beginning.

    Pat

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  94. A year ago my grandfather passed away, he left me some money and to honor both of my grandparents I purchased a Viking sewing machine. With that I have found renewed joy in sewing for my grandchildren (3 girls, 2 boys and 1 unknown). Many people think I am nuts because I enjoy the feel of needle and thread and handwork. I have wanted to learn to do the silk ribbon work, I admire Beverly Sheldrick when she is on Martha's show. iamacolanut@gmail.com

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  95. Sew Beautiful is such an inspiration for me. I made a first communion dress from issue #67 and sent it to a friend in the Phillipines. Photo is in my facebook album.

    linpgreene@fairpoint.net

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  96. My Mom taught me to sew when I was little, but I really started enjoying sewing when I was expecting my first baby and sewing for her nursery. cmjenniferm@yahoo.com

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  97. My mom sewed and I took sewing in school. When I had my daughter I got serious about sewing. I took a smocking class and have been sewing and smocking ever since. bcg60@aol.com

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  98. My mom sewed and I took sewing in school. I got serious about sewing for my daughter and now I sew for my grandchildren! Love your magazine! bcg60@aol.com

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  99. I started sewing when I was about twelve years old and have been sewing ever since. I'm kind of self taught, with some of my grandmother's and sister's help, but a lot of trial and error because I wanted clothes that I couldn't buy. This is a beautiful give away package.

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  100. Pat of Greenville MSMarch 24, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    I started sewing a age 7, making clothes for my Barbie dolls. I continued to learn to sew throughout high school (when that was still taught in school).I even made my own wedding dress. When I turned 30, I finally had a baby girl and taught myself to smock and do heirloom sewing. Eventually I even learned to do quilting. I love all types of sewing!!!!
    sewpieceful@suddenlink.net

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  101. I started sewing in high school when a home ec teacher showed great patience with me. Being from a family of 3 girls and 3 boys, money was tight or should I say nonexistent. I was able to sew for me and my sisters,then after marriage, sewing for my children and now for my grandchildren.

    After taking a GOM class, my sewing went into a new direction. I thought I made nice things before. But nothing compares to the heirloom pieces that I now make. I have been to 7 of MP Licensing Schools. Each time has been a wonderful experience and full of excitement.

    Thank you Martha for all that I have learned because of you and your wonderful staff.

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  102. Started sewing age 5.My adopted grandmother , a french lady , was a big influence.We wil spend hours gathering lace .During my teen years I will alter clothing just to give them my own twist .While I was living in Hong Kong with my husband ,I find a Japanese quilting teacher . She was my inspiration .I have taken every single class during my years there .Move to the US when my son was born . Find Martha ... what can I say from Market in TX and Orlando , Quilting Academy and Schools in Huntsville to Licensing . Sewing is big part of my life .
    I am 43 years old , mommy of 3 beautiful children, 2 lovely dogs and my husband is the best.
    May the Lord always blessed all the wonderfull sewing ladies that came to my life .
    marianacary@usa.com

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  103. I first started sewing as a child when my grandmother taught me quilting --like a lot of people. I picked it up again in college, choosing apparel this time. It is a bittersweet thing to think about the denim jacket, my first major project, which I showed my grandmother as she was in the hospital, days before her death. Now, I have moved on to children's clothes and embroidery for "Figgy", as Martha says. Sew Beautiful has inspired so many projects and projects-to-be that I wouldn't think of going a day without at least one magazine (or more!) in tow. thomas.marliese@gmail.com

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  104. I just recently started sewing. I was always afraid but was always wanting to try. My husband bought me a sewing machine for Christmas two years ago and I took a local class and have not been able to stop since! Love sewing so much and wish I would have started years ago. Fab4lvr3@aol.com

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  105. Learned to sew in home ec. some 40+ years ago. Everything from machine to hand. Just don't teach those skills to girls today. Learned to smock before my now 30 year old son was born. Really used it once my daughter, now 13, was born.
    Karen in NC
    ka91955@aol.com

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  106. I started sewing about age 10 with help from my mother, I made stuffed animals and doll clothes. In high school I started making clothes for myself. I made clothes for my daughters and now for my grandchildren. I only started smocking 2 years ago for my granddaughter but I love it.

    cshortteach@yahoo.com

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  107. I started sewing as a teenager and have sewn for more years than I care to mention!!! I sew primarily for myself, two granddaughters and one grandson. I love smocking and also do machine embroidery. Sew Beautiful Magazine is absolutely wonderful, keep up the good work.

    nsummerlin@live.com

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  108. I started sewing when I was about seven years old. My mother and grandmother were both sewers, and my mother thought I should make pillow cases and tea towels for my aunts and grandmothers for Christmas. She taught me to make French seams on the pillow cases, then ironed on an embroidery design and taught me to embroider. I would come home from school and watch afternoon cartoons and embroider. I remember embroidering one day while holding the hoop against my knee and embroidered the whole thing to the leg of my pants! I still love hand embroidery and sewing of any kind. Guess it goes back to the Biblical idea of raising up a child in the right way, and I am still embroidering after all these years.
    Tawana in Arkansas
    tw7424@yahoo.com

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  109. I've been sewing since 7th grade "clothing" class at Ensign Junior High School, taught by Mrs. Pritchard in 1974. I love making heirlooms for my kids and nieces and nephews and I do some sewing for myself. I only wish I had more time to sew.
    Diane
    dmwwcw@msn.com

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  110. I started sewing as a small child but learned how to use a sewing machine in 4-H. also, when I was a child I would spend two weeks in the Summer at my Oma's house sewing. about 14 years ago my sister taught me about heirloom sewing and I've been hooked ever since! I've gotten Sew Beautiful magazine ever since then :)

    Missy
    missy@fairychildheirlooms.com

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  111. I started sewing doll clothes by hand out of my mother's leftovers. I wend on to sew many of my own clothes in high school and even designed and sewed my own wedding dress. When my children came along-the first four were girls-I sewed for them. I did not learn heirloom sewing until the girls were "too old" for that and the young ones were all boys-four of them in a row! I now have the joy of sewing for 3 granddaughters and am awaiting another grandbaby.
    I taught my girls to sew and the boys who were interested. One of my daughters has attended two licensings with me and we both teach sewing.
    I love sewing because I can create beautiful things!
    Marcy
    marcy.l.bloom (at) gmail dot com

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  112. I have been sewing for about sixty years and love it as much today as I did as a young child. A friend gave me an issue of Sew Beautiful many years ago and I immediately became a subscrber. Last Friday I went to Langhorne shopping for heirloom sewing supplies and even had the good fortune to meet and speak to Martha Pullen, a real treat. Gita/bubbygigi quiltnb@hotmail.com

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  113. I started sewing when I was 10 years old. My mother and my grandmother were both seamstresses and I loved sewing from the time I started til' now. I made most of my clothes when I was a teen-ager and continued seeing as a newlywed. After 4 children came along I was busy and sewed off and on but not too regularly. However, I now have 2 sets of twin grandchildren and they have inspired me to start sewing again. I really like sewing for babies and children and I have been able to make the them some really cute clothes. I look forward to getting my Sew Beautiful Mag. and I always see something I am I terested in making.

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  114. I remember my mom teaching me to sew...but she says I learned in 4-H...Funny how we remember it differently. My first project was a bright yellow polka dot apron with white rick rack. Now, I'm back to making aprons again! I love to sew to take my mind away from the world and loose all track of time. So thankful to have an understanding husband who indulges my passion!

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  115. I started sewing when I was 9 years old. My 2 sisters were in a class and I just had to learn . too! I am the only one who stuck with it and I am 58 now, so that is a very long time. I have since taught myself to smock years ago when my daughter was a baby and have learned a lot of other wonderful things through Sew Beautiful. The only magazine that I subscribe to. Thanks so much, Martha for all of your knowledge and sharing. theresalensmyer@gmail.com

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  116. I don't remember exactly when I started sewing......I just know that by highschool I was making all of my dresses. I went to an all girls catholic highschool and took sewing and tailoring classes from a nun. I made all of my prom dresses and later continued sewing for my daughters. I learned how to smock and heirloom sewing for my daughters and whenever there is a new baby in the family I usually end up making their christening gown. When I graduated from highschool my parents gave me a sewing maching that I still have and use. I don't want to get rid of it......it's a back up. Sewing is something I always fall back on....I guess I would say it's my passion. miriam4166@yahoo.com

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  117. I started sewing in high school. After high school I got married, raised six children, owned several businesses with my husband and finally got the opportunity to get back into sewing a few years ago when I bought my first embroidery/sewing machine. I have upgraded twice since then and added a serger to my sewing room. With a busy full time job, I don't have much time for lessons so I'm self taught, which means I use my seam ripper regularly. I don't often make the same mistake twice, just new and more exciting ones. I get just enough right, however, to send many cute outfits off to my grandchildren who love to receive sunsuits, pillowcase dresses and embroidered shirts and matching shorts from Boutique Grandma. I love, love love seeing them so proud of the special clothes made just for them. They get so excited they can't decide which to wear first. Someday I will attend a Martha Pullen sewing event as I would love to learn all the heirloom techniques. After all, Boutique Grandma has to keep her "customers" happy! halfshell1954@aol.com

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  118. I love your magazine. It combines everything I love to do, from sewing, crochet, smocking, embroidery and quilting. I have always wanted to silk ribbon embroidery and learn how to tat. My grandmother could do all of that, and made extra money by making gifts for people. She also would barter. She traded some projects to my mother's school teacher for shoes for the children. Keep up the great work. Pam Troxell

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  119. opps, to late for this one, wife is going to be mad at me oh well......

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  120. I think the computer ate my last comment :(

    I learned to do silk ribbon embroidery when I belonged to a SAGA group in MI. I loved learning the stitches and the beautiful flowers that we made. I loved it so much I even made a scissor holder just to be able able to use my ribbon. That was before I had children!!
    Smiles,
    Kelly
    ihaveanotion@yahoo.com

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