Meet the Staff

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. 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, Sew it All and Creative Machine Embroidery. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Amanda Carestio, Senior Editor

My mom taught me to sew at an early age but it wasn't until high school when I sewed my first garment from a pattern...from there, I was hooked. My mom was a reading teacher and my dad was a physics teacher: I think editing sewing instructions might be somewhere in between! I've been in craft publishing for almost 10 years. From new independent pattern makers to crazy good fabric designers, this community constantly inspires me.  I love making costumes (especially for my toddler), quilting, needle felting and occasionally crocheting something cozy, but my first love is sewing. I'm beyond excited to join the Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery team!

Jessica Ziebarth, Assistant Editor

My great-grandmother taught me to sew at a very young age. Although I didn't sew regularly growing up I knew there was a passion there. I was lucky enough to go to Savannah College of Art & Design and graduated with a degree in Fibers and minored in Accessory Design. I love fashion and researching upcoming trends and color forecasting. Being the Assistant Editor of Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery and Sew It All allows me to push the boundaries and experiment with fashion trends in my "Get the Look" and "High-End Hack" columns. I am lucky to have a job where I am able to be creative and encourage others to be creative.

Kate, Creative Editor

I started sewing when I was in college studying theatrical costuming. Later I found myself employed in a costume shop, where I enjoyed working with historical patterns and turning a design into reality. Though my sewing was sporadic for several years after I left the theater for editorial work, I have always cherished the sense of accomplishment I get when I take fabric and turn into something I can wear or use. And now, being the Creative Editor for Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery and Sew It All allows me to combine my editorial career with a love of sewing - what could be better? As a bonus, after all those years of sewing costumes for other people, I'm finally getting to sew and embroider everyday garments and bags for myself.



Jill Case, Web Producer

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.  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 creating as much as I do has been a high point of my work life.


Ty Tradelius, Social Media Manager - photo coming

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