Nov 4 2017
Have you always wanted to learn to smock, brush up on an old skill or perhaps need a gift for a someone?  Well, we have put together a special kit just for you!  The kit includes our popular “Beginning Smocking” book, a ready-to-smock pleated insert, four skiens of DMC floss, and two #7 long darner needles.  All packaged together and ready to ship.  Not only does the book cover all the basics of smocking but it also includes several smocking designs as well.
To celebrate this new product, we are giving away one free Smocking Kit.  All you have to do to enter the random drawing is to leave a comment on this blog telling us who taught you to sew.  We’ll need the lucky winner’s contact information for shipping, so watch for the announcement of the winner on the next blog. ∼ Michie’

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60 comments on “Free Giveaway!

  1. My Aunt Earlene taught me the basics of sewing when I was a young girl. Then as an adult, I studied sewing for children at Watkins Institute in Nashville. I would love to have the kit to share with a friend who is having her first baby and would like to learn smocking. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

  2. Jenny G on said:

    I learned to see and gained an interest in sewing from my precious Mother. She wanted me to learn better than her so I would later see for her. I have tried smocking techniques by watching video but just never finished a project. I have wished one day I would have successfully completed a simple project.

  3. Carol Ann Pileggi on said:

    I know someone who is interested in learning to smock!

  4. Linda Lindsey on said:

    Who taught me to sew: My grandmother, who worked as a factory seamstress in NYC during the 1930’s and 1940’s.

  5. Charlynne Kovach on said:

    My wonderful mother taught me to sew. She sewed most of her clothes and mine too–including my wedding gown. Thank you for offer a free giveaway on this wonderful kit.

  6. Rachel on said:

    My beautiful mom taught me how to sew. She always sewed clothing for me while I was growing up…..and when I became pregnant with my first child, she taught me how to sew maternity clothes. That was 30 years ago and I don’t remember a time when I haven’t been working on something for someone in my family. I now have my first grandchild and look forward to sewing for this new generation!
    I’ll always be grateful to my mom for passing on this legacy of sewing with love!

  7. Livingston Angie on said:

    My mother taught me to sew. The summer before the 7th grade we spent the summer making dresses for me to start school in. This was back when you had to wear dresses to school! My mother has gone to heaven now but I can still see her bent over helping me layout the pattern, cut the fabric, and helping me with her old singer sewing machine. She left a wonderful legacy and beautiful memories!

  8. Janet Davis on said:

    My mom taught me sewing basics. She was even better at knitting, crocheting and tatting, none of which I have mastered! I learned more sewing techniques at various workshops over many years. I learned to smock and appliqué when our children were small and have been brushing up those skills for our granddaughter and am about to begin her Christmas dress.
    What a nice gift package you have put together!

  9. Ramona Wheeles Braswell on said:

    Before I started to school, I lived with my grandparents. My Mother was in nursing school and she had to live in the dorm on campus. Grandmothers always let you do things that mothers never would. She let me sew on the machine when I was 4. I promised not to tell. I was so upset because my seams were on the outside. Not pretty like hers. Precious memories.

  10. Regina Edmiston on said:

    I learned to sew in Home Economics (mandatory) class. Was a great class and teacher.

  11. Gwendy Coats on said:

    I would love to have this kit. I know some about smocking but not a lot.

  12. Linda Bracey on said:

    Handcrafts were a staple in my family. It was a treat to receive outfits my Great Aunt sewed for us on special occasions. She did everything from needlepoint,quilting,embroidery, tatting,etc. My Mother also knitted, crocheted, did needlepoint, etc. Sewing and needlework were taught to me by my Mother. As a young child I watched her make clothes for us on an old singer that did straight stitch and zigzag only! She started me sewing the lines on loose leaf paper without thread. My first project was the popular scooter skirt ( I’m dating myself…could that really be 50 years ago!). I made quite a few! I remember playing sewing store; creating doll clothes patterns and putting them in envelopes. Somehow, out of four girls I was the only one interested in sewing. Now, looking back I’m amazed at the diversity and skills my Mother and Aunt had. How I wish they were still here to share my love for sewing!

  13. Jeannie Stanfield on said:

    My mother taught me to sew. I started with making doll clothes and still enjoy making them for my grandchild’s dolls. Learned to smock for my daughter (don’t know where I found time) !

  14. I learned to sew from my Mother. We also embroidered tea towels and pillowcases for gifts. Still love embroidering.

  15. Ninette Cormier on said:

    I took a week long sewing class in the summer after 5th grade. After the class I couldn’t read sewing pattern directions so two of my aunts that loved to sew helped me along. I have sewn my own clothes since. I sewed my daughter’s clothes and some things for my boys. And now I sew for my grandchildren. It was the only lesson that my Mom made me take that continues today (some 45+ years later)!

  16. Julia Cleary on said:

    My sisters and I learned to sew first from watching our Mom, then tweaked our talent in a high school class called “Home Econmics”, (that dates me!). Later in life, raising our children, making their clothes and things for the home, our interests increased in diverse areas of sewing. One of my sisters was taught to smock by a friend and she taught me. I picked up classes from various shops and sewing schools (Marth Pullen’s school). Now, I mostly check youtube for instructions or check out books from the library to refresh or learn a new technique or skill.
    I haven’t smocked in a few years. It would be fun to pick up again!

  17. My mother was a wonderful seamstress. She was also super quick. She showed me how to operate my Betsy Ross sewing machine when I was eight years old. I made doll clothes for my Ginger doll. I love your patterns with just the right amount of smocking and would be honored to receive your smocking kit. Thank you!

  18. My mom taught me to sew, and now I’m trying to teach my four daughters! This looks great, thanks!

  19. Nancy Martin on said:

    My neighbor in my cul-de-sac taught me how to smock when my three daughters were 2 yrs ( twins) and 3 yrs old. I could not afford the smocked dresses so I wanted to learn to make them myself. At night when the kids were in bed I would run over to her house and she would teach me. She was a great teacher, so good that I won 1st Place in the next years SC State Fair for my “Mary Had a Little Lamb” dress, and she won 3rd Place:) Fast forward 27 yrs and I have three grandchildren under the age of 2 and forget how to smock! I know my daughters are probably disappointed I have not yet smocked them some dresses and jon jon’s for my grandchildren! I need some help in learning it all over again!

  20. Nancy Fomich on said:

    After watching my grandmother and mother sew dresses for me from feed sacks, I was not too impressed by homemade clothes. As a high school freshman, I was required to take a semester of sewing. Although we sewed pajamas and a pencil skirt, I did not develop a real interest until I was out of high school and visited a lovely lady who sewed all her daughter’s prom dresses. I took a sewing class at the YWCA and from there I went on to make items now and then. With 5 little kids to take care of, there wasn’t a lot of time to sew. I was a teacher, then an administrator, so sewing was on the back burner for my retirement. I sew more now, especially for the youngest of my 15 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. I sewed 2 of the boys’ christening suits and new baby clothing.
    My two daughters sew, and both have surpassed me in skill and creativity. All three of us enjoy talking about our projects and planning new ones. We have divvied up my grandma’s quilt pieces and plan to sew something from them.

  21. Celia Duncan on said:

    I learned to sew from a Clemson Extenstion class when I was 9 years old! Put it away and did not start again until I had my girls, 3 in 3 1/2 years! A friend taught me to smock while I was standing in her kitchen all our kids were running around and I was holding a 9 month old!!! That was quite a while ago!

  22. Carolyn Smith on said:

    My mother enrolled me at an authorized Singer dealership that offered excellent seeing classes for children when I was 10 yrs. old. Every summer, I took those classes until I was old enough to take classes at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Extention Service. My mom and grandmother taught me to embroider. I was a lucky girl!

  23. Paula Pattengale on said:

    My sewing is self-taught. I have worked all my life. When I retired I needed to fill my time. African violets were not satisfying. The deer ate my garden Then one Mothers Day my children gave me my first sewing machine.

    By then there were online classes. From online classes, books, correspondence classes I have slowly learned. What I miss is having someone by my shoulder to critique my efforts. Although my results are far, far from professional, my whole heart is in my efforts.

  24. My mom and my Mawmaw taught me to sew. I remember sitting with my Mawmaw and hand sewing scraps together to learn to piece quilts.

  25. Debi Johnson on said:

    I have always wanted to learn how to smock! My goal for 2018 is to learn how to smock ! If I don’t win the kit, I will probably be buying it.

  26. Angie Gregory on said:

    My 8 th grade home ec teacher started teaching me and then my mom taught me the rest!!

  27. Ellen Gallup on said:

    My mother. My first projects were doll clothes, and I learned about darts by making Barbie clothes!

  28. My grandmother taught me to sew and I learned to smock at Beaucoup in Greenville MS many years ago.

  29. Vivian McCreless on said:

    My mother first taught me. My first project was an apron. She made sure later I took a sewing class at the Singer store in our town during the summer. Thank you for the opportunity for the smocking kit!

  30. Kim Ward on said:

    My mom taught me and reinforced those teaching with sewing lessons for Christmas one year.

  31. I signed up for a smocking class at a local craft store when our three girls were little. Susan (who also brought me to our smocking guild) taught us to smock a Bishop nightgown for ourselves knowing that would probably be the only personal garment we’d ever make once we smocked for our children. My first daughter is now interested in smocking for her three year old daughter~this kit is perfect for her to learn!

  32. Patsy Chalker on said:

    My mom and others sewed for my sisters and me when we were young. My third grade teacher taught some of us hand embroidery. I was in love!! My first experience sewing with a machine was in high school home economics class. I have sewn on and off since then.

  33. Carole Scott on said:

    I learned to sew when I was in the sixth grade at a Singer Sewing Center.

  34. Mary Kaye Bailey on said:

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter the give away. It will be a perfect gift for a neighbor that wants to learn to smock. My grandmother taught me the love of hand embroidery and I began my machine sewing skills at a Singer store when I was 10 years old…quite a while back!

  35. Jesmin on said:

    My mum used to sew but sadly she passed away before I could learn from her. I went to sewing classes and also learnt to smock . Taking online classes has also helped me to perfect my sewing,

  36. I was taught to sew by my Mom and 4-H leader, Mrs. Boyd. It was fun learning how to sew and I love it to this day. Just can not find enough time to sew. Smocking I was sort of self taught but would love to know more. Would love to have the time to smock, sew, and quilt!!

  37. Louise Jones on said:

    I am basically self taught although I took smocking lessons from a small shop in my home town that is no longer in business.

  38. Martha South on said:

    My Grandmother taught me to sew when I was about 7 years old. Now I am teaching some of my grand-daughters. Thoughts of both sets of lessons bring back such sweet memories!


  39. Lucille LeJeune on said:

    My mother taught me to sew. I never learn to smock, But sure would love to learn, some basics smocking to start. And I hope I win your kit.

  40. Annie Patterson on said:

    My great mother more than 60 years ago, when you had to make dots on fabric to pleat. My mother who also was a great seamstress taught me to sew on a treadle sewing machine. Both have been gone for a long time now, but I also enjoy teaching those who ask. And would love to pass this on to a young mother just learning. Thanks, Annie Patterson

  41. Annie Patterson on said:

    My great mother more than 60 years ago, when you had to make dots on fabric to pleat. My mother who also was a great seamstress taught me to sew on a treadle sewing machine. Both have been gone for a long time now, but I also enjoy teaching those who ask. And would love to pass this on to a young mother just learning. Annie

  42. Sarah Milloy on said:

    YouTube taught me to sew! I Couldn’t find the class I wanted, so I cobbled my own “classes” together by searching for video examples on the internet.

  43. Elizabeth Thetford on said:

    I was taught to sew by both of my grandmothers. I remember learning how to cross stitch from one and needlepoint and embroider from the other. Now I am teaching my daughters and nieces to sew. I have made a quilt with each of my daughters. Sewing has given me a lifetime of pleasure!

  44. Bonnie konkle on said:

    My grandmother taught me how to sew when I was very young. I have been sewing ever since, and I love to teach my granddaughters how to sew.

  45. Gina Snyder on said:

    My Mom taught me to sew as a young girl. I love sewing all kinds of things, but especially for children!


  46. My mother and grandmother taught me to sew. I sewed for myself, my two children, and now I get to sew for my grandson!

  47. Dottie Krull on said:

    I taught myself to sew. My mother had an amazing Elba machine which she used to hem flour sack towels in various decorative stitches. I bought my first pattern, but it was a disaster! That didn’t stop me. When Mom died I got the machine but basically stored it till I stayed at home with my first beautiful baby girl, Colleen! She didn’t know you could buy “ready made” anything at the store! Now her little girl says, “Grandma make it me!”

  48. Marie Roche on said:

    I was taught to sew by my mother. Sewing was something I always wanted to learn as it was a way to have new clothing. Thank you for this give away.


  49. Cheryl Kellahan on said:

    I was blessed to have been taught to sew by my mother. paternal grandmother, & paternal great aunt. I learned from the best! Began with sewing by hand then on to sewing machine. Sewing was not a hobby for my mom, but a financial necessity.My mother always said “I have to be in the mood to sew”. I didn’t understand @ the time, but I know now. My dear Gran always did seams by hand first, then would complete on sewing machine. This was how she was taught to sew. My Aunt Ruth first started my love of sewing teaching me to sew by hand. These three remarkable ladies were the best, and I’ve been crying remembering all they did for me while writing this!

  50. Martha ullmer on said:

    My grandmother taught me to sew on her treadle machine. She cut up her old slips for doll clothes, and I still have them!

  51. Mary Rowell on said:

    My Mother taught me to sew on her Necchi sewing machine back in the day. She made many Barbie doll clothes for me and they were so beautiful. I still have the barbie dolls and the clothes. I made alot of my clothes as i was growing up as i was tiny and had trouble finding clothes to fit. I now have my own shop and sew for my Grandchildren and the public. I also love to quilt and watched my Grandmother sew her blocks together and then hand quilt the finished quilt. I love to be creative and would love to learn how to smock. Thanks for this opportunity to enter the giveaway.

  52. My Mom gave me my first sewing machine…she got a new one! I pretty much am self taught…although I’m sure I had questions for my Mom! I made a shirt for my brother and basically cut out a block style “T” and sewed the under arm and shoulder…then cut up the middle! Needless to say this did not work but it got my mind thinking and I am now 56 and have sewn all my life!

  53. Terri Jones on said:

    My aunt taught me how to sew. I was captivated with how you could put two pieces of fabric together and made something out of it with thread and needle. 🙂

  54. Connie Kellis on said:

    I took a summer school class to learn to sew when I was 15 years old. The dress style at the time was mini skirts or maxi skirts. My mother would let me make a maxi dress so I wouldn’t want to wear the mini skirts. I took advantage of that and have enjoyed sewing all my life.

  55. Julie Frymoyer on said:

    I am currently teaching myself. My Grandma was a very accomplished heirloom seamstress, but unfortunately she passed before she could teach me.

  56. Mom taught me the basics and I learned the rest by reading and practicing. While I love smocking, I’ve never gotten the hang of it even with classes. I have a sweet little bishop dress that got started in class but when I tried to continue on my own, I royally screwed it up. So, even if I don’t win, I would like to try your kit! Thanks

  57. Nancy Itson on said:

    My grandmother taught me how to sew. When I was very young I would sit in her lap and help push the fabric through the machine. As the needle went up and down, I could see each tiny stitch taking it’s place on the fabric. When I got a little older, I would sit beside my grandmother and do handwork until it was my turn to sit at the machine by myself. Such sweet memories for me. When I became a teenager I took home economics class every year. I remember when I couldn’t master something in this class my teacher would say, “You’re not holding your mouth right!” I still use that line today when I work with our 1st through 6th grade girls at church each summer teaching them to sew. Sewing is such a passion for me, and I look forward everyday, when I get home from my full time job, going into the sewing room to work on my most current project. Thank you so much for this wonderful giveaway!

  58. Sarah de Roos on said:

    I taught myself to sew after my mother had tried for years to try to teach me. She did however, teach me how to smock which I love and it started my love of all needle arts.

  59. cynthia thomas on said:

    i learned in 8th grade home ec. and from my mother took it from there! have not been sewing since sewing for my children. just started back as i now have 2 granddaughters. i enjoy your blog, especially sewing techniques! would love one on bias strip at neckline and plackets.

  60. Elisa Vincenty on said:

    Hi! Michié . I Love your children’s pattern . And I Love to Sew. This book is really a beginner manual to smock. I bought it a few years ago. If I win , I would like to give it to my best friend. She loves to learn new sewing techniques. In Puerto Rico few people know picture smocking. It is difficult to find who gives you clasess. We have to learn by oneself.