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Missy Billingsley [More Info]
As a young girl growing up, Missy wasn't too interested in sewing. It wasn't for the lack of trying by her Mom. She made all of her dresses for school dances, many other outfits, all kinds of crafy things and even got her brother sewing. He actually won an award in high school for his sewing skills.
He was named home ec student of the year. How cool is that!! Now, Missy and her Mom have come full circle. Missy has now been sewing for more than 20 years and her Mom has become the student.

You may have seen Missy at a sewing event somewhere around the country or perhaps on tv. She travels around the country teaching classes on sewing, serging, embroidery, and software for Baby Lock USA. She specializes in heirloom sewing by machine and serger. She teaches regularly at the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion, Celebration or Love of Heirloom sewing events with Martha, Baby Lock retailers and various sewing related events across the country. Missy is a Martha Pullen Licensed Teacher who has appeared on Martha's Sewing Room, many times. She is also a Sulky Certified Instructor and has been featured in Sew Beautiful Magazine, Creative Expressions Magazine and Creative Machine Embroidery and Quilting Magazine.

Missy lives in the panhandle of sunny Florida with her husband, Billie. She enjoys making jewelry in her spare time and she loves animals but with her busy travel schedule, the neighbors dogs have to suffice. It is hard to take great danes on an airplane.
 
Kevin Conley [More Info]
Kevin has a theory about life and sewing . . . keep it fun, keep it interesting, keep it creative, and reach your potential. This comes from a lifetime of multi-faceted interests at which he excelled, not the least of which is his ability to connect with people, especially sewers at SVP events. His over 40 years in the sewing industry include sewing, quilting, embroidery and crafts, as well as regional management of 21 stores, merchandise management, management training, writing training manuals and customer service instruction. Kevin engages consumers with his humor and easy, yet professional style in leading events. He loves to share valuable information, tips and techniques.
 
Peggy Dilbone [More Info]

Peggy Dilbone - Independent Sewing Educator, Designer & Author

Peggy Dilbone is a designer, author and teacher. She has been teaching for over 20 years, sharing her enthusiasm for heirloom sewing and sergers. She has appeared on America Sews with Sue Hausmann and Martha’s Sewing Room with Martha Pullen. Peggy has been published numerous times in Sew Beautiful Magazine and has garments showcased in Elegant Sewing for Baby, Fabulous Fashions, Six Easy Patterns for Women, Small Quilts and Such, and Sleepwear Just for You by Martha Pullen. Peggy’s Trinity Cross Christening Gown is featured in “The Best of Sew Beautiful Christening Gowns” by Martha Pullen, which features eight of Sew Beautiful’s favorite gowns. Peggy has taught classes in London, Mexico and Puerto Rico; and at Husqvarna Viking convention, Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion and Martha Pullen /Husqvarna Viking Extravaganzas. Peggy presents heirloom and serger seminars and trunk shows throughout the United States and is a key teacher and designer for the Martha Pullen Heirloom licensing programs. Peggy is also a Certified Sulky™ Teacher. Peggy publishes a series of sewing and serger patterns, CD’s and a DVD on serger coverstitch. Her patterns are available on her website www.PeggyDdesigns.com

 
Gail Doane [More Info]
Gail Doane is quite sure she was born with a needle in her hand and has no recollection of ever not sewing. Mostly self-taught but a natural book learner, Gail is detail oriented but quite open to breaking the “rules.”
Her work began appearing in Creative Needle and Sew Beautiful magazines in the early 1990′s and continues in current issues. Gail’s first project published in Australian Smocking and Embroidery was in 2002. She has a good eye and great appreciation for quality fabrics. Her personal motto is “keep working on it ’till you get it right.” A self-described complete heirloom sewing addict, Gail brings to the classroom 25 years of hands-on, real life experience, dressing seven children, and now an ever-expanding crew of grandchildren in beautiful heirloom clothing.
 
Debbie Glenn [More Info]
Debbie Glenn is the author of Victorian Treasures: Nostalgic Needlework Projects, designer of Love and Stitches patterns, and Smocked Miniatures I- VI. Sewing has always been an integral part of Debbie’s life. She began designing garments in her teens (baby-sitting Friday nights, to buy fabric on Saturday, to create a new outfit for Monday). Shortly after her son’s birth she discovered smocking, was hooked immediately and to date has created over 100 stacked cable and geometric designs. The birth of a daughter was all the excuse she needed to enter the wonderful world of frothy fabrics and lacy frills of heirloom sewing. Her distinctly detailed garments, smocking plates, and unique innovative sewing techniques to recreate handwork by machine have been a regular feature in Sew Beautiful magazine since 1992.
 
Soni Grint [More Info]

Soni Grint has been a sewer since she was 8 years old. Her embroidery career began when she combined her formal education (M.S. Optical Physics / Computers) and her love of fabric and sewing. She started working with a sewing machine dealership in San Diego, California. Moved to central California where she worked a short time for White Sewing Machines.

The real break through came when she was asked to be a part of Viking Sewing Machines Product Council in Huskvarna Sweden. She epresented the market place expressing what people want in their embroidery and embroidery software. She traveled frequently to the product developers in both Sweden and London England. Soni lived in Jonkoping Sweden for 2 years as she headed up Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff’s international education departments. After coming back to the United States, she continued with her love of embroidery and sewing while heading up the Software department of Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff, eventually becoming the Global Product Manager for this division.

Now Soni has started another adventure working on her own with software programs and embroidery machines coming full circle with her love for sewing, embroidery and computers and sharing her joy with others.

 

 
Pam Mahshie [More Info]
 
Gloria McKinnon [More Info]
Gloria has been embroidering since the age of eight. As children, she, her brothers and sisters were not allowed to say they were bored as long as there was gardening to be done. To avoid gardening, Gloria asked her mother and aunt to teach her to embroider – flowers – an instant garden that grew in her own hands.
And so began a long love affair with needle and thread, ribbons and braids and all things of delicate beauty. In 1976, Gloria opened the now internationally famous Anna’s Glory Box in Newcastle, Australia. Gloria has traveled to speak and teach at seminars across Australia, America, New Zealand and England. Her beautiful embellishments and embroideries inspire students to create pieces that are beyond their imaginings. Her wonderful talent for teaching and fun sense of humor makes her classes a joy to attend.
 
Kathy McMakin [More Info]
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.
 
Kari Mecca [More Info]
Kari’s eye for the unexpected combined with her ability to capture the magic of childhood gives her designs unique appeal to today’s seamstress. She is the designer and owner of Kari Me Away, a business catering to those who love sewing, embellishing and hand embroidery.
Kari has authored the books, Sewing with Whimsy and Silk Ribbon Whimsies, and co-authored Silk Ribbon Weaving and Embroidery. She has also designed and published a line of sewing patterns that include clever embellishing and creative embroidery designs. As a regular contributor to Sew Beautiful magazine, she has seen her designs grace many covers.
 
Connie Palmer [More Info]
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 [More Info]
 
Trisha Smith [More Info]
Trisha Smith is a designer of children’s clothes and has her own pattern line, “Trisha’s Treasures”. She has taught children’s sewing for over 23 years and is known for her sweetness and patience in the classroom. She travels and teaches throughout the US for various specialty shops and saga groups and has taught at the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion since 1997.
Her designs are featured regularly in Sew Beautiful magazine. Trisha’s desire is to share her love of sewing with her students and teach them how to make timeless garments for the special child in their life. She enjoys helping them feel the satisfaction that comes from seeing their child in a garment made with love “just for them”. She says it is those little details that make the difference between a garment being just ok and something really special.
 
Alicia Welcher [More Info]
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.
 
Lindsay Wilkes [More Info]
'Lindsay Wilkes is the owner and designer of The Cottage Mama (www.thecottagemama.com), a boutique children's clothing and sewing pattern company and the writer behind the popular sewing and crafting blog, The Cottage Mama (www.thecottagemama.com/blog). She is known for her use of contemporary printed designer cotton fabric, her love of unique trims, timeless style and vintage details. She is also the author of the sewing book, 'Sew Classic Clothes for Girls: 20 Girls' Dresses, Outfits and Accessories from The Cottage Mama'. She resides in Chicago with her husband and three young children.'

 
Hope Yoder [More Info]

Hope Yoder is an author, designer and sewing instructor who specializes in heirloom sewing and loves to incorporate embellishment techniques and machine embroidery into romantic ladies clothes and accessories. She has written two books and has designed a series of machine embroidery CDs called "Heirloom Embellishments" which features heirloom techniques that are re-created in the embroidery hoop. “Hope Sew Patterns” is an exciting new line of sewing patterns for clothing and accessories, which include many different embellishment techniques and fashion forward projects for everyone. Hope’s newest addition to the website includes her “Virtual Pattern Workshops CDs” which are projects that includes videos, directions and embroidery designs.
Hope has appeared on several TV episodes of “Martha’s Sewing Room” and she often teaches for Martha Pullen at the School of Art Fashion. Her work has been featured on the cover of “Sew News,” “Sew Beautiful,” “Designs in Machine Embroidery” and “Clotilde’s Sewing Savvy” magazine. She also writes for “Australian Machine Embroidery,” “Creative Machine Embroidery,” and "House of White Birches.” Hope travels the country teaching hands-on workshops helping ladies discover how to romance their wardrobe using her special techniques. To find out more, visit www.HopeYoder.com