Get to know the talented staff who's behind each issue of Sew iT All!
Ellen March, Editor-in-Chief
My mother and grandmother taught me to sew at the age of 8. I thank my lucky stars that they did, because I never had an option to take a home-ec class in school. Sewing has been an important part of my life ever since. At age 16, I starred in the Franklin Clay Films educational feature Picking Your Pattern, Fabric and Notions. Upon graduating from USC, I started my own business selling clothing made from original patterns. Then I moved on as the managing editor for Sew News magazine. When I was able to try an embroidery machine for the first time, I was hooked! And now I sew, embroider, embellish, create and write every day for Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Jill Case, Online Editor
I love sewing, fashion and all things vintage. I come from a long line of home seamstresses including my mom who taught me how to sew on her grandmother's treadle sewing machine. I started sewing doll clothes for my Skipper who was always fabulously dressed, more so than Barbie ever was. I soon moved up to sewing clothes for myself and found that there is nothing more thrilling than making something for me! I still don't sew much for others, I'd rather be sewing something I can wear. I love working for Sew News, Sew It All and Creative Machine Embroidery, to be surrounded by people who are so knowledgeable and creative and love sewing as much as I do has been a high point of my work life.
Sue Dothage, Creative Director
I was raised in the woods by a family of artists, crafters, sewists and do-it-yourselfers. I watched my lovely and talented neighbor sew me pair after pair of knickers and ruffled high-neck blouses (using metallic thread!), which I wore daily. I was always inspired and encouraged to make anything. I studied fine art and graphic design in college, and skipped out on parties for late-night oil painting and sewing sessions. I went on many adventures in strange lands, eventually discovering my passion for magazine design as an art director for travel and fashion publications. I now have the perfect job where I am able to combine my interests into magazines that inspire Sew News, Sew It All, and Creative Machine Embroidery readers. Life is good!