Sew Beautiful Blog Tour

on August 10 | in Contests & Giveaways, Products | by | with 320 Comments

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We’re excited to be a part of the Sew Beautiful magazine blog tour today! Sew Beautiful magazine has been in publication for 23 years and has always celebrated a love of fine and heirloom sewing. With its pages long-graced by hand embroidery, fine laces and trims, delicate smocking, Christening gowns, and antiques, it’s no wonder there is a general misconception that heirloom sewing, with all of its finery and detail, is very difficult. But the truth is that basic heirloom techniques are really quite simple, and with the right materials, require little more than a straight stitch and zigzag stitch!

Sew Beautiful Blog Tour
In an effort to spread the word that heirloom sewing is not only doable, but relevant, Sew Beautiful developed a blog tour that features series of heirloom technique videos. Each video “class” shares a basic technique needed to complete a gorgeous women’s camisole that the editors have recreated from a vintage nightgown, which includes a sampling of these basic techniques.

The pattern is drafted from any basic tank top shape, and Sew Beautiful shares the instructions and templates needed to create this camisole in their September/October issue #132.

Sewing with Lace Videos
Today we’re hosting the “Sewing with Lace” tutorial blog tour stop. The video is broken up into two parts below:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Visit the Sew Beautiful website to join the blog tour and watch all of the videos from start to finish!

You can win a big giveaway from Sew Beautiful! Comment on this post for your chance to win a prize package (retail value over $160) including:

  • – Complete kit needed to make the Vintage Inspiration camisole, from sizes XS (2-4) to 3X (26-28)
  • Sleepwear Especially for You (contains the basic tank top pattern suggested in the instructions)
  • – New issue of Sew Beautiful (contains the Vintage Inspiration article and embroidery and lace shaping templates)
  • – June Tailor Heirloom Stitcher’s Shape ‘N Press board

All of the heirloom sewing supplies used in the kit and videos are also available from the Martha Pullen Store. Use the code BLOGTOUR for 25% off your order through October 31 (no minimum order, regular priced items only, pleaters are excluded, one use per customer).

Tell us about your love of heirloom sewing, Martha Pullen, Sew Beautiful magazine or sewing with lace and heirloom fabrics in the comments. We’ll randomly select and announce a winner on Monday.

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320 Responses to Sew Beautiful Blog Tour

  1. Beth Crossan says:

    I was fortunate enough to join Martha Pullen for a wonderful 3 day heirloom sewing retreat in June of this year. The fabulous fabrics and trims that turned into beautiful finished projects are treasures. I bought some books to keep me inspired through the winter.

  2. Carolyn says:

    I LOVE HEIRLOOM SEWING, Martha Pullen ~ and Sew Beautiful Magazine. I read it cover to cover as soon as it arrives. I don’t get to watch Martha’s show often so these blog videos have been great. I am going to the Heirloom Sewing Licensing in October and can’t wait! Thanks and great work.

  3. Love the cami, and the blogs were all so well done. I love all the contributors to this blog along with sew beatiful. I have found some new wonderful informative sights that I am putting in my favorites list. Thanks to all of you

  4. Becky says:

    I have been reading Sew Beautiful Magazine for at least 15 years and I love heirloom sewing! I keep up with Martha through her weekly newsletter and I attend the Martha Pullen sewing market in Arlington, TX every year.

  5. Chris says:

    Heirloom sewing is something I’d love to be able to pass on to my children one day. I’m too new to sewing to feel confident enough to most of the techniques just yet, but, I hope to be there soon.

  6. I want to go and create!

  7. Patricia L says:

    Heirloom laces are so beautiful. I love working with beautiful
    materials, they inspire me so. Thank you hosting such beautiful video tutorials. Patricia L.

  8. Peg Wier says:

    Heirloom is my favorite. I don’t have any grandchildren so I have to sew for myself. I love to make heirloom nightgowns, slips, etc. Thanks for offering this lovely package, Martha.

  9. cynthia dooley says:

    Great refresher on heirloom techiques.

  10. I loved the site! Vintage clothing is so cool. thanks for posting!

  11. Betty says:

    Very beautiful.

  12. Micmacker says:

    Love that cami! I have a small lace stash with no idea what to do with it. Happy for the inspiration!

  13. anne says:

    i loved the grandmother used to teach me lace making n eversince i love lace n lace on my night wares.i wish i can win this so i can make my own night ware with the instructions..yipeeee…

  14. Crystal says:

    Mmmmm. Gorgeous!!!

  15. sarahgkeel says:

    I would love to have this kit! I have recently come across some of my grandmother and great-grandmothers things that they sewed themselves and would love to refashion and repair them so that my daughter and I can enjoy them! I’m too afraid to tackle this without some good instruction and materials, and I think this would be the greatest help in accomplishing that!!

  16. Nancy Marie says:

    I love vintage lace fabric and have some vintage hankies that I would love to incorporate into a project. This magazine would be very helpful.

  17. margie says:

    I love vintage textiles … the lace and cottons are just amazing. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  18. Linda Thompson says:

    I love what Sew Beautiful and all our wonderful sewists are doing with this blog…WONDERFUL…and sew informative!

  19. Amanda says:

    How lovely it would be to win this!

  20. galen says:

    Oh I would L-O-V-E to win this!!

  21. Alissa says:

    I’m pregnant and hoping to be making a blessing dress for a baby girl on the way, something special, something that she can keep forever.

  22. Jan Scragg says:

    I have been watching Martha’s Sewing room for years. I am in awe of her beautiful heirloom techniques and have dabbled in heirloom sewing. I hope to make a lot more of the gifts I give this year and see this blog on heirloom sewing as the creative inspiration I need (and crave).

  23. Carolina says:

    I can’t wait to get started on a project of my own! I think these techniques will finally give me the upper hand in the longstanding “leather vs. lace” dispute I have with one of my girlfriends (I’m on the side of lace, of course).

  24. Colette says:

    I have yet to do any heirloom sewing myself because I was under the impression that it was difficult…so happy to hear otherwise! Can’t wait to try making that camisole!

  25. Tabitha says:

    I’ve just gotten back into sewing and the video was a great tutorial. I’d love to win this. Thanks!

  26. Elizabeth says:

    This is great! I’m just getting back in to sewing, so it would be great to have an instructional guide ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. Rosa in the Antipodes says:

    I’ve a few rolls of vintage lace and I was always wondering what to do with it. Oh, now I know! Thank you, guys!

  28. Gretchen Thomas says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!! I would love to learn to sew with lace and to make heirloom items!!!

  29. Lisa M says:

    That’s for the video’s helps explain what went wrong the last time I was sewing lace on..

  30. Jennifer says:

    Gorgeous! I would love to make some things for my girls.

  31. Tina says:

    Wow, can’t wait to try it.

  32. Stephanie says:

    I love the delicate look of heirloom sewing. This is
    really nice, being able to learn with these videos.

  33. Rebecca says:

    my favorite use of lace and heirloom sewing techniques is in my fiber art projects. I love using insertion, smocking and other handiwork in my wall hangings. I am also very fond of using antique and repurposed lace on every-day pieces of clothing to add a little flair and romance ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. I’ve never tried heirloom, but it’d be a great technique to try for my new niece or nephew’s special outfit! (He or she is coming in March!)

  35. Pattij says:

    I love the look of heirloom and would love to try it for the granddaughters!

  36. I love the Magazine!

  37. ang says:

    this is beautiful!

  38. gina snyder says:

    Love it! And all things Martha! Pullen that is!! Thanks for doing this giveaway!


  39. pia says:

    This lace stuff is exquisite. I would love to try some of it soon…

  40. Susie says:

    Wow, that camisole is beautiful! I love all things vintage and vintage-inspired… thanks for the great giveaway!

  41. Suzanne says:

    I adore the look of vintage dainties! I collect vintage slips and whatnot but they never fit me. I would love to learn about heirloom sewing! Just gorgeous!

  42. Amy S says:

    Heirloom sewing reminds me of my mom making chenille animals for my kids out of vintage bedspreads. The camisole is so beautiful! I would love to become more skilled in those techniques!

  43. Melody says:

    I would love to learn and give heirloom sewing a try.Winning this package would help me.Thank you for the chance.

  44. SewLindaAnn says:

    I’ve always browsed thru the Sew Beautiful magazines. They are filled with lots of beautiful work.

  45. Angela says:

    Sew Beautiful magazine truly upped my sewing skills. Their directions are very clear, and there are so many times they show you how to change up a basic pattern into something else. Every issue has some technique or pattern worth keeping.

  46. Colleen says:

    I just love lace and would love the sewing advice. Thanks

  47. Deb Cameron says:

    Heirloom sewing always makes me think of beautiful cotton lawn nighties with all their beautiful handwork, great giveaway!

  48. Andrea says:

    I love the oh so feminine look of lace and white cotton. It reminds me of movies like Somewhere In Time and Anne of Green Gables. Just a very romantic look!

  49. Erin says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. I would love to try my hand at this.

  50. Anie says:

    wow, my grandma is the one who showed me how to sew and she had learnt from her grandma.
    I really treasure the bits and pieces left behind. especially the half embroidered tablecloth!

  51. Debbie says:

    Heirloom sewing is lovely and is really worth the time and effort.

  52. april says:

    I would appreciate monthly sewing advice. And all the new ideas!

  53. Mary Jo says:

    this looks like serious sewing and something that is more than worth the time to do.

  54. Heirloom sewing with those patterns would be awesome! All my sewing has been focused on my kids that I’ve yet to make something for myself!

  55. Ange says:

    Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway. I would love to learn more about heirloom sewing.

  56. Carla Siu says:

    I’ve not sewn with lace or done any heirloom sewing, but I’m excited to learn. I appreciate the video!

  57. Janette says:

    I love lace. This is a beautiful kit.

  58. Maree says:

    I haven’t ventured into heirloom sewing as yet, but I don’t think I would be able to resist such a lovely project!

  59. Rebecca says:

    I love getting Sew Beautiful. I love making heirloom daygowns for little ones.

  60. Bindu Ann says:

    I love sewing and really really want to learn how to sew with lace.

  61. Just last month I finished an heirloom christening dress for my very first granddaughter. It was much different from the sewing I usually do, but I learned a lot and it turned out great! This prize package would be so fun to use!

  62. Iva says:

    The heirloom style is divine, but my sewing skills for such work is not up to par. Anyone know a good home ec teacher??? ๐Ÿ™‚

  63. JenO says:

    how pretty! i’ve never sewn with lace before but would love to try it sometime! lace adds so much with really being something so little! ๐Ÿ™‚

  64. Jennifer says:

    I have yet to to any heirloom sewing, but absolutely love the look and feel of it!

  65. Heidi says:

    That stuff is so beautiful!

  66. Lauren says:

    I watched both videos and they make these techniques very easy to understand. I hope I win!

  67. Rebecca says:

    I haven’t done any “heirloom” sewing. (I didn’t feel I could do it justice with my beginner skills) but love how elegant even the jammies look with the lace and soft material.

  68. Jennifer says:

    I’m always afraid to sew with silky fabrics that “slip” while sewing, but these items look great! Also, adding a little strip of lace can give an item just the perfect feminine touch.

  69. Joanna says:

    Love this magazine and everything lacy!

  70. Paloma says:

    Love the inset lace!

  71. Deb DeChurch says:

    I’ve got a brand new Janome Horizon with lots of heirloom stitches and would love to learn how to use them.

  72. Rachel May says:

    I would love to win this giveaway! It’d be fun to make one of those vintage-inspired camisoles, they’re beautiful!

  73. Mary Lou says:

    I’ve not done any sewing with lace before. This would be a great way to start.

  74. kate C. says:

    I love lace! But I haven’t done that much sewing with it myself, this would be the perfect inspiration!

  75. DK says:

    I’ve never made undergarments or lingerie before. Unless you count boxer shorts for family members, but they were just super basic and made of cotton so I don’t.

  76. Kim says:

    Very Beautiful! Great Giveaway!

  77. Ana says:

    Thank you so much! This is so fun!

  78. Celeste Spaans says:

    I love finding and thinking of worth projects to use older lace in! My grandmother had a huge stash when she passed from when she making my mom’s / aunts childhood clothes (~ 50s & 60s). It’s just so fun to incorporate the older things into new projects!

  79. Thais says:

    We just went over a few heirloom techniques last week in my Bernina class! How timely this blog tour is for me! Also, my late grandmother did beautiful hand smocking and french handsewing. I would love to learn more about these techniques.

  80. Sandy says:

    I love Sew Beautiful magazine and would love to win this giveaway!

  81. I’m just starting to get into embellishments, including lace. As for heirloom, my grandmother can no longer sew and has given me permission to raid her stash the next time I visit. How awesome is that?!

  82. Mandy says:

    Oh how lovely! I love pretty silky things! I’ve never done anything with lace before, I’m excited to give it a try! ๐Ÿ™‚

  83. Ronda says:

    Oh. So pretty.

  84. Jasmine says:

    I’ve been hoarding my grandmother’s extensive collection of lace, hankies, doilies, and pillow cases for years…but have always been too nervous to work with any of them! Maybe this is just the motivation I need. ๐Ÿ™‚

  85. Thanks for the chance!

  86. Charity says:

    So many wonderful things – thank you!

  87. Love that cardigan! Super stylish! What beautiful ideas.

  88. Lynn1963 says:

    I have always been in envy of those who can sew with such beauty in heirloom type ways. I am embarking on a new adventure to learn this technique. This would be a perfect chance to get my feet wet and learn this craft.

  89. Ms. Fine says:

    I’d love a chance to win! I rarely sew with heirloom types of fabrics–largely from fear of the delicate fabrics and fussy patterns. But I think my skill as a seamstress has evolved enough to give it another try. This could be my inspiration to do it.

  90. MeganAnne says:

    This year I sewed both my wedding dress and vail. I got to use a little hidden lace on the linning hem of the dress. I also added edge lace to the edge of my veil. I found the vintage-y lace at the flea market – something like 10 yards (maybe more) for <$5. Then I totally forgot I had it when I was sewing up the vail and made a mad run to the fabric store where I ended up buying not enough lace. When I realized this when I got ready to add the lace I was totally bummed until I remembered that I already had the perfect lace and lots of it from my flea market find. That stopped my panic attack in it's tracks and everything worked out beautifully.

  91. Carina says:

    I love heirloom sewing! It’s what prompted me to take up sewing again, rather than sensible things like sewing on buttons. Nope, vintage touches and modern fabric bows all the way. Just usually not in the same piece ๐Ÿ˜€ My technique is a little lacking still, but I’m working on it.

  92. Lisabee says:

    I’ve never sewn heirloom fabrics OR lace (beyond adding lace to the edge of weird little projects when I was a kid). I don’t always like the way it looks because sometimes it seems so fussy.. however, this top is beautiful. It’s so delicate and pretty!

  93. Oh I want its sooooooooooooooooo beautiful….

  94. Helz says:

    Heirloom sewing has always been a fascination of mine yet I see from your many admirer’s that Sew Beautiful needs to be my next most desirable acquisition ๐Ÿ™‚ the Vintage Cami is exquisite…

  95. Debbie Bishop says:

    The camisole is lovely. It would be great to learn to sew such things as well as other heirloom items. I may have to spend some time on that site.

  96. Birgit says:

    so many fun thinsg and so many skills – and I am moving this wknd so no chance to try it all out….all inthe new house!

  97. Deborah S. says:

    Thank you for the inspiration and tools that I need to make beautiful clothing as a way to keep my grandmother’s lace work front and center. It is time for that lace to come out of the closet!

  98. myriam says:

    Oh, what a wonderful give away! I love heirloom styles, but have never made my own. I’m hoping this will change that in short order. Thanks!

  99. Jenn says:

    OH! I would love to do some heirloom sewing. I have been wanting to learn some new techniques. This would be a great giveaway to win.

  100. Busymom says:

    My last child at home is off to college next week and I will have more time on my hands…good but also sad! I want to start sewing more and have always loved heirloom sewing. I have several projects waiting in my to-do stack!

  101. Jen R says:

    So nice!!! What beautiful items to sew! And so much to learn.

  102. Mary says:

    I love the name of the magazine, Sew Beautiful! Videos are always great to watch over and over again! Thank you!

  103. Karen says:

    I’m thrilled to see that heirloom sewing is alive and well in the current handmade renaissance. My granddaughter is my sewing buddy and I am looking forward to teaching her all these techniques.


  104. Margaret says:

    Wow, gorgeous stuff. I would love to learn how to make these beautiful things!

  105. Jessica says:

    I have only done a little bit of heirloom sewing, I am definitely still learning!

  106. Erika says:

    I’ve always been intimidated by heirloom sewing, but I would love to try it. Thanks for the great video tutorials and the nudge I need to try it.

  107. Tabitha O. says:

    This is one of my all time favorite magazines and I snag it from the bookstore whenever I see it…

  108. Chris Aiton says:

    I love sewing with lace, adding those very special personal touches to garments – thanks for the chance to win

  109. Janelle says:

    What a great giveaway!!

  110. Beth says:

    Just learning – but finding it very exciting!

  111. Christine says:

    Those videos are so inspirational! I’ve never tried my hand at heirloom sewing but now I want to!

  112. Julie says:

    One day I must stop subscribing to “Sew Beautiful” ! My mind can absolutely not take in any more inspiration. I love this magazine and have learned so much from it.

  113. jill says:

    wow, how beautiful. love how delicate.

  114. Jeannie says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck to everyone!

  115. This is stunningly beautiful. I don’t know that I could ever do something like this.

  116. Patty says:

    Beautiful, I’ve just starting sewing clothes again and love getting new ideas and tips.

  117. Molly says:

    I love the sophisticated look that lace can give to projects, but I need to get more comfortable with it!

  118. Sarah says:

    That camisole is gorgeous!

  119. Kirsten says:

    I have yet to try out some heirloom sewing myself, but it’s beautiful and I’d love to win this little package!

  120. anne says:

    oooh lace! I never sew with it, and should start! gorgeous!

  121. Corrie says:

    I have never done heirloom sewing, but I would love to learn. I desperately need some new nightgowns and sleepwear!

  122. Stacey says:

    that is so pretty!!! i would love to wear that, talk about sexy, and sometimes it is nice to feel that with having 4 kids!!! so so pretty!!!

  123. Melissa Ann says:

    I’ve done a little heirloom sewing. A commissioned baby gown out of a beatiful shiny cotton with some simple insertion and pin tucks. I also made my twins Christening gowns: but with theirs I just relied on the beauty of the embroidered linenfabric. I was too sleep deprived to add lace or tucks!!

  124. Kerstin says:

    I would love the chance to delve into the world of lace sewing, how pretty!

  125. Tara says:

    oh pretty garments!

  126. LFinn says:

    I love this idea! I find heirloom sewing to be intimidating, but these step-by-step videos seem like they will break it down for me. I can’t wait to view all of them. Thank you for participating in this, and inspiring us all!

  127. Jennie says:

    so highly coveted! i hope i win!

  128. Corvus says:

    I’ve not done much with lace and the like at this point, but certainly want to!

  129. Starjumper says:

    I’ve always wanted to try sewing with delicate fabrics like this, but been too scared… I guess I have no excuse now!

  130. Nicole says:

    The little details are what makes the big differnce. Love lace but struggle to get it right. thank you

  131. Carolyn Rickard says:

    I would love, love love to sew that top.

  132. VickiT says:

    What a fabulous package. I’ve always been very interested in learning more about heirloom techniques. I just love the look of insertion laces and the crisp white fabrics. This would be such a great package to win.

  133. Tonya says:

    It sure would be nice to learn to sew something besides quilts! How fun!

  134. Liz says:

    I’d love to learn more about this. It does look overwhelming to me, it’s neat to hear that it really isn’t.

  135. Rebekah says:

    so pretty….this would be awesome!

  136. Heidi says:

    I adore sewing with vintage lace, especially Venice lace. It is a wonderful way to make heirloom pieces from current designs. I am still new to garment construction, so these would be fantastic resources!

  137. Paula says:

    Thank you for the giveaway and videos! I am a quilter, and just starting to sew garments. I would be lovely to add some of these touches!

  138. Okay I have to admit that when I saw Amelia Johanson’s cami sample it looked intimidating until I had to make it for the videos. The camera girl, SB’s art director, Shannon (who is a quilter and crafter) was so confident after filming the tour that she went and cut herself a kit to make one. Mine is half way finished thanks to the tour. Believe me when I say “you CAN do this”. We have selected a less expensive and equally beautiful lace and fabric choice for those that might still be intimidated and for those that want to give it a try without too much investment the first time. Just give it a try. Work out each technique on a scrap then go for it. Thanks for sewing with us

  139. Alice Fecskovics says:

    Thankyou, Martha Pullen, for your dedication to heirloom sewing and various sewing techniques embellishing garments. It’s nice to see that nostalgia lives timelessly in our present day through appreciation of fine sewing skills.

  140. Jerry says:

    I learned the basics of heirloom sewing when my granddaughter was born in 2005. It was love at first stitch! Thank you for being part of the SB blog. I was fortunate to attend the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion in Feb.2008 and take the Intermediate Heirloom School with Lynne Holyoake from Australia. If you have not taken advantage of the school, you MUST! Most people don’t really understand that the techniques are not hard to do; rather just time consuming and a bit tedious sometimes.

  141. Elisabeth says:

    Heirloom sewing reminds me of my Aunt Mary whoรขโ‚ฌโ„ขs needlework and embroidery books I inherited. I would love to add lace to my repertoire. I am a huge fan of delicate, feminine and vintage looks!

  142. Cyrena Downing says:

    “Sew Beautiful” Magazine is my favorite!!! I have been subscribing since 1991, and I have always anxiously held my breath every other month in antication of the magazine’s arrival in my mail box (that’s a looooong, long time for one to hold one’s breath — almost twenty years!!!). Anyway, I still have all those issues, and have sewn many an outfit and project out of “Sew Beautiful”. Thanks so much for almost twenty (breathless) years of lovely, beautiful, cute, “whimsical”, bi-monthly delights … “Sew Beautiful” Magazine is definately “eye-candy” for an Heirloom Sewer’s soul!!!

  143. Krystina says:

    What a treat! This is an amazing prize, thanks for the chance to enter.

  144. Corinne says:

    I love heirloom sewing, was introduced to it by SB. My first SB was given to me while pregnant with my dd, after having 4 boys. I fell in love with it. I have made her many things, with lace and batiste, tissue silk. I LOVE Martha Pullen! We see her every year when she comes to TX. She is a wonderful lady!

  145. carmel says:

    well i love lace!
    i love adding it around pilowr or at the botem of a dress
    since i was a little girl i loved lace

  146. Mary says:

    Good review. Even if you’ve done heirloom sewing for awhile it’s good to have a review and reminder. Thanks.
    It says on all the pages to “join the blog tour”. I can’t quite see how to join. When I click on that phrase it just takes me to another info page.

  147. Kristin says:

    I haven’t tried heirloom sewing yet, but my sister has and loved it, and I’ve been dying to try it! This would be the perfect intro for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  148. Nikky says:

    These are so beautiful and delicate its like a little something for mama…

  149. Susan Spiers says:

    I luv Sew Beautiful magazine! My first attempt at heirloom sewing was for my granddaughter’s 1st Communion. Everyone was thrilled with how it turned out! Many of the other mothers thought it was purchased at one of the more expensive shops! Now I’m hooked & ready to learn some new techniques. I hope to see more adult heirloom patterns & ideas in following issues.

  150. Molly says:

    Love this magazine!

  151. Sara Hemmeke says:

    LOVE heirloom sewing!!! My girly daughter would love to have a beautiful cami or nightgown like this!

  152. HJ Hess says:

    Sew Beautiful is a wonderful magazine. I have been buying it for a dozen years. Martha’s editorials are a great way to begin each issue. I love, love, love Sew Beautiful. It would be great to win the giveavay.

  153. I love that forever special and timeless quality about heirloom sewing. Never dates, never is out of fashion, always appreciated for it’s delicacy and beauty. Love it.

  154. Vickey Harris says:

    I would love this!!! Great give away!! My daughter is learning to sew and said “pick me” “pick me” please

  155. Rebecca says:

    I am not familiar with heirloom sewing, but these are some beautiful garments and I would love to give it a try!

  156. Shirley Clark says:

    All of these blogs are so inspirational, and useful. Thanks to SB Magazine for a very creative idea!

  157. Chris DuPuis says:

    I fell in love with french handsewing when my oldest daughter was born – almost 30 years ago! I have made many dresses since then, almost all of them completely by hand.
    I would love to win the giveaway.

  158. Cindy says:

    Love your site, how exciting for an heirloom “video event”. Count me in on your drawing. Thanks C

  159. Robin E. says:

    I love the challenge of heirloom sewing. I’m all for sewing anything not boring, and heirloom is sooooo not boring.

  160. Denise Norris says:

    I can’t wait to get the new issue of SB mag. I have watched all of the videos and am ready to try out the techniques. SB mag is always inspirational and now with the additional help on the blog, learning a new technique like lace shaping doesn’t seem so intimidating. Thank you for the chance to win the prize.

  161. Sophia Patterson says:

    I have a collection of Sew Beautiful magazines starting with the premier issue. Sew Beautiful and Martha Pullen has been my inspiration ever since I started heirloom sewing,smocking, etc 26 years ago. Thank you so much.

  162. I would love to make my own clothes again. I hate the garbage that is in the stores, and the quality is horrid. I would love to make something like this for myself and my daughter.


  163. Lisa Sheets says:

    I LOVE THIS>>>I am ordering the supplies right now!! I am soooo very excited it is a woman’s garment!!!! YEAH!!!!!

  164. Laurel says:

    Heirloom sewing has always been something I have been interested in. My first attempt at it was smocking a dress for my daughter by hand. I would love to sew something beautiful and delicate for myself.

  165. CaraQuilts says:

    That is so beautiful! I love lace anything.

  166. Ginger says:

    What a pretty top.

  167. Jennifer says:

    I’ve added lace to baby bibs, and it is so cute!

  168. Sherri S. says:

    I’m still a novice, so heirloom sewing is something to aspire to…my mom is a great seamstress, so hopefully I’ve got some of her talents in my fingers! Thanks…

  169. Vicki K says:

    When I was nine I belonged to a girls club and one of the projects we learned was smocking – I loved it. My pillow project was just perfect in my nine year old eyes…I’m sure it was. Since then I have mostly boys to sew for so my heirloom projects tend to be small pillows or lavender sachets for friends. Would love to be inspired to try some new techniques! In any case, I’m getting the magazine!

  170. corinne says:

    gorgeous. this would be fun to try. love the details.

  171. pastrymama says:

    I love heirloom sewing. I would love the chance to finally sew something for myself instead of my children all the time.

  172. Renee Muhlbauer says:

    I have only done one heirloom sewing project. It was a christening gown for my cousin’s daughter. The results were amazing! It turned out even better than that I had envisioned. I would love to do more in the future!!

  173. Katie says:

    I usually stick to modern/contemporary sewing, but more and more I’m attracted to the look of heirloom sewing. I love that camisole and I could see myself wearing it under a cardigan this Fall. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this magazine.

  174. Cary says:

    I’ve not done much heirloom sewing, but would love to be inspired!

  175. Abby says:

    I am so excited to watch those videos (when I’m not in the office)! I’m working on a lace-trimmed underdress for a Renaissance costume, and that will be so helpful!

  176. Mindy says:

    What a lovely nightgown! So many great ideas and tips in Sew Beautiful!

  177. I have a boxful of heirloom linens that my mother embroidered when she was young girl. i would to restore some of the tattered ones and give them new life.

  178. Cycling Farm Girl says:

    Heirloom sewing is so beautiful. History follows this art and I hope that it never dies. Thank you for sharing it with the world and blessings to Martha Pullen!

  179. Erica says:

    I would love to lear to do a little heirloom sewing!

  180. Jane says:

    What a great giveaway. I have always been intimidated by heirloom sewing so this sounds like the perfect time to learn. I am heading to their blog right now.

  181. jane says:

    Love heirloom sewing and can not do without this magazine!!! Always learn something from each issue. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway.

  182. Miz says:

    This is the kind of sewing I have always wished I could do, and want very much to learn. You simply cannot find this level of workmanship on most garments today.

  183. Claudia says:

    Oh, how wonderful to learn sewing with laces! Never give up learning! What a wonderful idea!

    Kind regards

  184. Farscapegirl says:

    I have a passionate love for vintage gowns and clothing. Learning a new way to spruce up my modern wardrobe with lace would be just brilliant!

  185. Joyce Mosby says:

    Heirloom sewing would be wonderful to try. I now have a beautiful granddaughter to sew for. I did not realize that is was not as difficult as I always thought.

  186. Donna says:

    I fell in love with this magazine when my first daughter was born, all the lovely smocking projects. I need to slow down and not rush through projects to be better at heirloom sewing. The camisole is exquisite!

  187. Leah says:

    I haven’t done much heirloom sewing and would love to do some for myself. What a wonderful giveaway! This gift would get me started!

  188. I would love to win this! Wow! It’s exciting just thinking about it! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  189. Jean says:

    I’ve been doing heirloom sewing for about 4 years now and am totally hooked. My latest thing is baby clothes–I’d never done any, but this summer I made my first daygown and a couple of dresses! I love being able to sew beautiful and stylish things for my two daughters.

  190. Karen says:

    Making lace and sewing with lace give a classic vintage look. Love Sew Beautiful.

  191. I didn’t even know or think about heirloom sewing until now… but I do have some things I could pull out of boxes and make into pretty things that could be worn or used as decor. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the inspiration! I would LOVE to win, this is an exciting giveaway!

  192. Shelly says:

    Oh, what a lovely giveaway!

  193. Erin says:

    Love that magazine! Id love to win this one!

  194. gMarie says:

    What a great give away. I’m totally into lingerie these days. g

  195. Serena says:

    Oh my goodness, that camisole! I love lace insertion and crisp white fabrics–things that look like they took care and skill to make, and, oh, that camisole fits that bill!

  196. And I am thrilled that all of you love Sew Beautiful!! Thank you from all of us here in Huntsville! This camisole/heirloom package is gorgeous and good luck to all of you-our sewing family! Please enjoy the videos that Kathy Barnard has made for you. Thanks to Sew,Mama,Sew for being our friend in this! God Bless All Of You and come to see us in Huntsville for a hands on class! We so appreciate hearing from you. And don’t forget the 25% off of your order from until October 31 on almost everything if you use the code BLOGTOUR.

  197. Janine says:

    I adore heirloom sewing, I am in love with the softness and the sophistocation of the look. It brings happiness to my days.

  198. Anna Redding says:

    I love this giveaway! Both my grandmother and aunt are such amazing talents at heirloom sewing. They’ve created such beautiful baby and children’s clothes… real treasures for our family. I would love to follow in their footsteps. I’ve already started making shortalls but just this weekend made a sweet shirt for my son with a peter pan collar that buttons down the back. That project really boosted my confidence to try my hand at heirloom sewing and make my son some really fine things. This SB gift would be a great inspiration to get going!

  199. Faith C says:

    I love Sew Beautiful magazine. The camisole is so delicate and feminine. I’d love to make one for myself. Thanks SMS for hosting this great giveaway.

  200. marla says:

    awesome giveaway. Heirloom sewing is so pretty.

  201. Andrea M says:

    Alas, I do not know how to do any heirloom sewing! But, I am so intrigued by it! I am always drawn to little girls’ smocked dresses, and hunt for those kinds of things at flea markets. I would love to learn!

  202. Jenny says:

    How about how I would love to try heirloom sewing!?!? The pictures are beautiful and I think it would be lovely to have some handmade by moi!

  203. I have never sewed with lace before, but I would love to learn!

  204. Samantha says:

    I love Sew Beautiful! I still have last month’s issue next to my bed, I have been drooling over the Liberty of London prints featured. I have never had the courage to make sleepwear, it looks so pretty and delicate! What better teacher than Martha Pullen? ๐Ÿ™‚

  205. Mary says:

    I just became a Sew Beautiful magazine subscriber in the last month. Love the beautiful heirloom childrens items.

  206. Andrea says:

    I’d love to expand my sewing capabilities. My mother and aunt were amazing seamstresses and I remember seeing all the beautiful things they would make. I hope to learn how to do all the beautiful intricate heirloom sewing they made look so easy (but I have as of yet only flubbed!

  207. Shanea says:

    I have never tried sewing with heirloom fabrics before, but I love the look of these pieces.

  208. Linda Weinberger says:

    Thank you so much for posting these wonderful videos. I have never made an heirloom piece because I simply didn’t know the techniques. You’ve provided me the platform, so now it’s time for me to take the stage and perform!!!

  209. Victoria says:

    I LOVE Sew Beautiful Magazine. It’s been an inspiration to me since my kiddos were babes – and I had no time to sew :). Now that they are older, I’m going back through my magazines that I’ve kept for inspiration! Some I’ve had since 1998!

  210. amy says:

    Oh, I love Sew Beautiful Magazine!

  211. Jenny says:

    I love upcycling fabric (expically if it comes with a great story)and hand sewing. I love heirloom gardening- never knew there was also heirloom sewing! Can’t wait to look into it.

  212. Java Jane says:

    Amazing! Sew Beautiful has never been on my radar–until now.

    Thank you!


  213. Tina L. says:

    I would love to try my hand at this. Vintage looking night clothes are my favourite.

  214. Heidi says:

    Heirloom sewing is so delicate that I’ve never considered sewing that way. But the sleepwear ideas are enough to make me consider sewing some.

  215. CarrieMJ says:

    I have never done any heirloom projects. But if I won this, I would definitely give it a try. Everything’s so beautiful!
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  216. Amy says:

    I have never done heirloom sewing before and will agree that it looks intimidating. I love lace though and that sleepwear looks just beautiful.

  217. Sandy N. says:

    I love the beauty of heirloom sewing. There is something so delicate about it.

  218. I love to watch Martha’s Sewing Room on PBS. I have many Sew Beautiful Magazines, I can bear to toss them out. I have have shared my magazines, but I am sure to have my name on them for safe return. Heirloom sewing never goes out of style and it is always cherished. If you are going to take the time and effort to sew something, create something that is sure to be passed down and treasured.

  219. Anna N says:

    Heirloom sewing is gorgeous! What a great blog tour.

  220. Laurie says:

    I have always loved Martha Pullen! Laces, tucks, delicate and etheral fabrics. I would love a chance to play with these great prizes.

  221. Christine M says:

    I’ve only just started sewing with lace. I made a couple of lovely hangers as a gift. I now want to make some more and, oh dear me, I’ll just have to go shopping for some more beautiful lace!

  222. Debra Parker says:

    I love heirloom sewing! I was just introduced to it about 1-1/2 years ago. Last year the first heirloom dress I made won a blue ribbon, best of show, and award of excellence at our state fair. What fun!

  223. carolyn says:

    I have not done heirloom sewing since making a christening dress for my first child too many years ago to say…with twin grandsons born in June and hopefully a granddaughter in the years to come, I’d like to try it again.

  224. Lindsay N says:

    I love heirloom sewing! My mother is proficient at it and I have loved learning how to do it as well! My three children have the most beautiful blessing gowns!

  225. Elaine Sloan says:

    I love heirloom sewing. This blog tour is a great idea and a wonderful review of the techniques.

  226. Deanna says:

    That would be such a great package! Oh, what fun I could have. Thanks!

  227. Joanna says:

    I’ve enjoyed watching Martha Pullen’s show on PBS. It was on her show that I first saw demonstrated satin ribbon embroidery. The camisole shown here is just beautiful. I would love to win the Sew Beautiful giveaway.

  228. Mikaela says:

    I love Sew Beautiful! The projects and patterns are lovely and sweet.

  229. donnag says:

    I have long been a fan of Martha Pullen and her work. I was glad to see Sew Beautiful featured here at another favorite place!

  230. sy says:

    the sew beautiful magazine looks so nice, i’ll check it out. i have never sewn with lace and heirloom fabrics but they are so beautiful, i want to make tops with them.

  231. Hettie Lynn says:

    What a wonderful idea to use modern technology to teach ageless heirloom techniques! Thank you Sew Beautiful!

  232. lorena says:

    WOW! is all I can say! ๐Ÿ™‚

  233. Valerie says:

    Simply Beautiful! I love all the details that go into this type of sewing!

  234. Elizabeth says:

    What a change of pace from the play clothes you’ve been featuring! I like those, but I am also happy to see you show more complex techniques, especially with videos. And who wouldn’t love this prize?

  235. Joyce Ford says:

    This tour is amazing! I would absolutely love to win this giveaway. I do some heirloom sewing, mostly clothes for antique dolls, but would love to be able to do this project!

  236. SheilaC says:

    All that lace is so beautiful!! I would love to learn more about sewing like that ๐Ÿ™‚


  237. Teresa says:

    I would LOVE to learn more about heirloom sewing. It’s so delicate and beautiful. And with a little girly-girl for a daughter, I know as she get’s older she’s going to love this kind of design. ๐Ÿ™‚

  238. Joy says:

    I discovered Sew Beautiful when I learned to do heirloom sewing for my daughter 15 years ago. It has been a wealth of information to me!

  239. Helena says:

    I never tried heirloom sewing but growing up I had many outfits my Grandmother and Great Grandmother had made, with smocking or laces.

  240. Andrea P. says:

    I don’t have much experience with heirloom sewing, but I would love to try hand sewing. Thanks for the giveaway!

  241. Samina says:

    The heirloom pieces look amazing, but I’ve never had the confidence in my skill set to attempt them before. Maybe soon, though…

  242. Martha says:

    Great magazine! Thanks for showing it!

  243. Jennifer says:

    I have tried to make a few things for my kids, but nothing this beautiful. I would love to make some of these heirloom pieces. It would be awesome to see my grandchildren in the same clothes I make for my children.

  244. briana says:

    O wow I would love to try this

  245. Jansie says:

    I picked up my first issue of Sew Beautiful last week and down the rabbit hole I went; eventually I found myself at the Sew Mama Sew Blog and Web Site. I owe a great debt to that magazine and will be a paying subscriber shortly!

  246. heather says:

    Wow! This is a great prize. I would love to win.

  247. Debbie B says:

    I’m enjoying sewing again while making clothes for our 15 month old grandgirl. I still have her mama’s clothes that I smocked over 20 years ago. I can’t wait to use sweet laces & make her a beautiful heirloom dress for next Easter.

  248. Wendy says:

    I haven’t ever done any heirloom sewing, but I would love to learn how to smock someday!

  249. Mama Lusco says:

    Wonderful prizes. I’d love to sew some heirloom pieces for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  250. Donna says:


  251. Kimberly says:

    I do love heirloom work but have been afraid to tackle it – I hope these videos will help!

  252. teri pastorino says:

    How feminine and pretty. thanks for the tutorial

  253. Beth says:

    I’ve been looking for some pretty nightgowns and not having much luck — until I saw the cover of “Sleepwear Especially for You!”

  254. Merry G. says:

    I would love to win this prize! I have been wanting to make some new sleep things for myself and this is a wonderful opportunity.

  255. Kelly Farris says:

    It’s beautiful! I’d love to try to make them!

  256. Angela says:

    I’ve never made anything like this before, but I’d like to try. I always assumed that this type of sewing would be time-consuming and complicated, but I’m glad to here that it’s not.

  257. Anne Marie says:

    Love this magazine – my favorite heirloom sewing is smocking – such a lost art. It is so beautiful and a craft definitely worth learning.

  258. Bekah says:

    Wow, all of that looks great. I really adore heirloom pieces, but have never sewn any because it seemed intimidating.
    Thanks for the videos and for the link to the Martha Pullen store, wonderful stuff.

  259. desiree says:

    I love the look of heirloom sewing, but have never tried it before. Maybe I should start.

  260. This is great. I want to learn heirloom sewing so badly, but it is really hard to find classes on it. I signed up for one and it was canceled due to low enrollment (I was the only one). I even told the teacher I’d pay for an individual lesson. These videos should help!

  261. Nicole Balazs says:

    I would love to learn how to do some heirloom sewing! Such beautiful stuff can be made!

  262. Kimberlee says:

    I love sew beautiful! What a great entry you guys have, and of course I would love to win the giveaway too!

  263. bruinbr says:

    I’ve never been into heirloom sewing before because it always looked too complicated! I love the delicate look of it though and would love to learn more!

  264. Marcia W. says:

    We regularly watch Martha’s Sewing Room on PBS. The heirloom techniques she demonstrates, especially lace insertion and embroidery, are amazing. It would be grand to win this package.

  265. Thanks for being one the “stops.” I can’t wait to see all the videos!

  266. Sue says:

    I haven’t done any yet, but would love too, maybe with your help of this giveaway!

  267. Andria says:

    I would love to learn how to make such beautiful things!

  268. Karen says:

    I have recently been bitten by the heirloom bug and throughly enjoy it and love learning all the techniques.

  269. laura says:

    I live for lace. I make lace. I haven’t made any heirloom quality stuff yet, but I’d like to. Once my sewing skills get better, I fully plan on making awesome things to pass on in the family

  270. MrsNehemiah says:

    I dearly love SB. I’m putting as subscription to it on my birthday wish list since the only store that carries it anymore is almost an hours drive from me. I keep all my issues and love the patterns.

  271. Fawn says:

    As I child I grew up reading my grandmother’s old McCall’s Needlework and Crafts magazines (60s-90s). I still have a large stack of those and I love flipping through them for ideas and tutorials on techniques. I’d love to make vintage nightgowns for some of my family members, what great gifts those would be!

  272. Marsel says:

    I have loved Martha Pullen since my childhood, when I would watch her PBS show with my mom and then watch my mom make lovely heirloom things. Now I would love to make some of this lingerie for myself…and, in a few years, for my daughter!

  273. I’ve never made sleepwear before, and I really love the look of heirloom pieces. I’d love to learn how to create these beautiful garments.

  274. Lynn Poulin says:

    Sew Beautiful was one of the first sewing magazines I ever bought. I LOVE heirloom sewing and hope this blog tour will increase its popularity!

  275. Rochelle says:

    What a valuable skill to have. Heirloom sewing is beautiful! I’d love to win this package.

  276. Heather Bush says:

    I would love to win this. Fingers crossed!

  277. I have’t done heirloom sewing yet, but it looks so beautiful that I would love to give it a try!

  278. Wow, this is awesome! I definitely agree that heirloom sewing is modern and lovely. Any time sonething is constructed with such skill and detail it’s fashionable. At least in this little gal’s opinion. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I alwasy love learning more techniques. I’ll definitely be tuning to Sew Beautiful’s blog tour!

  279. Lisa D says:

    I love beautiful/comfy underthings. I was lucky to receive some lacey slips from an older relative and use them frequently. I only wear self made panties now and would love to have this gorgeous kit to add to my sewing arsenal.

  280. DebbieKL says:

    I haven’t sewed much non-cotton. I’d love to try some nightwear though – so pretty and comfortable!

  281. jaici says:

    Amazing Give-away – and super cute top ๐Ÿ™‚

  282. Sivje Parish says:

    I love Sew Beautiful magazine. When I first fell in love with smocking, a family friend had just boxed up all of her old Sew Beautiful magazines, a complete set, and decided to pass them on to someone new. That friend chose me, and sent me 6 boxes of magazines!! I learned how to smock, on my own, with those magazines. I learned so much! I am so grateful. Thank you for this giveaway.

  283. Doris says:

    I love old linens and embroidered pieces, repurposing otherwise “ruined” items is a thrill!


  284. Barbara says:

    that tank is beautiful!!!

  285. stacy says:

    Sew Beautiful magazine always looks so lovely on the shelf, but I have been intimidated by it, I don’t know if my skills measure up to the beautiful work in it!

  286. I love learning new things. This would be new for me. I haven’t explored much but I do plan on checking out that blog tour they have going on. Hope I win!

  287. Kate says:

    I have never sewn with lace before but I love how delicate everything looks. Definitely something that I will have to try in the near future!

  288. I would love to learn some techniques and tips for a Christening gown.

  289. marilyn podoll says:

    I’m a new sewer but I picked up the last issue of Sew Beautiful and found some great info. Looking forward to getting the new issue.

  290. Lorrie says:

    Heirloom sewing has always appealed to me. I’ve done a very little of it over the years, but would love to get into it again.

  291. Leslie says:

    I am brand new to sewing and have already fallen in love with the look of heirloom sewing. What a great tutorial to show a beginner all of these techniques. Thank you!!!

  292. miktha says:

    heirloom is really new to me, i know a little about sewing with lace, it is chalenging…
    maybe this kit from sew beautiful will help me understand heirloom and sewing with lace.

  293. Steph G. says:

    Thanks for introducing me to this magazine! I would love to learn these techniques.

  294. Becky says:

    I’m trying to give new life to my husband’s grandmother’s hand-made lace doilies by incorporating them in projects for myself and my daughters, but would love to learn new techniques to use them in new and beautiful ways.

  295. Belinda says:

    I would love to learn heirloom sewing techniques! Years ago, I purchased several books and a few supplies but never managed to
    make anything. I would love to make the tank top for myself and my girls!

  296. jana says:

    I have never done any heirloom sewing, but that lacy cami looks like a challenge!

  297. Maris Olsen says:

    I love beautiful things, both seeing beauty that others create as well as creating beautiful things myself. I began smocking when my two youngest children were small, and wished I had known about this special art form when my oldest 2 were younger! I hope to be making an heirloom christening gown for a first grandbaby in the next year or two – and am already thinking about fabrics, laces, and special embellishments. And since I stiull have MANY, MANY editions of my Sew Beautiful magazine subscription in my sewing room, I know just where to go for inspiration!

  298. Tammy C says:

    I have seen the lovely items that both my grandmother and my mother-in-law have created, and I’d love to be able to create in the same way. Thank you.

  299. Megan says:

    My grandmother is an avid sewer and made many of my baby clothes. They are boxed up now and waiting for the next generation. She is such a talented seamstress and I know that these clothes will be in our family for years to come. Heirloom sewing is important to and embedded in my family!

  300. Gill says:

    This magazine looks wonderful but I don’t think it’s available in the UK – I’d love to win a copy – I’m just getting back into sewing after a gap and I’d love to try something like this cami!

  301. Jennifer G says:

    I haven’t sewn much with lace but I’d love to improve on it. It brings back find memories of watching my grandmother sew. She loved to use lace on clothes, table runners, and other items. Thanks!

  302. Oh that is so beautiful! I’d love to try my hand at this. ๐Ÿ™‚

  303. I love the delicate look&feel of heirloom fabrics. Never got to try anything. I am always too scared of messing up, hey I am a beginner and when I am confident enough, I want to make some luxury lingerie for myself!

  304. Alice says:

    I haven’t tried any heirloom sewing but I have a small collection of vintage pieces.

  305. Amy says:

    I have seen heirloom sewing and think they are so beautiful. I could only wish that I could win. I would love to try some of the techniques.

  306. Catarina says:

    I simply adore that top.
    Soooo lovely!

  307. Kristy says:

    I love this magazine, so beautiful!

  308. Jessica C says:

    I haven’t done any of the above yet, but I’m heading out to pick up sew beautiful (I’d never heard of it before!) and would love to try some vintage sewing. (I guess if you count reusing fabric from my middle school wardrobe, then I have done some vintage refashioning!)

  309. Maria says:

    Heirloom sewing is so beautiful. I love the details put into the pieces – the laces, the tucks!

  310. kelli says:

    I love Sew Beautiful and Sewing With Martha. I’m not quite to heirloom sewing yet, but I’m working on it and I love the inspiration from Mrs. Martha!

  311. Keri says:

    I love the look of lace and smocking. It gives each garment that extra touch and makes it one of a kind.

  312. Betsy says:

    I am a longtime smocker and I’m just venturing into the world of heirloom sewing. I want to try a christening gown!

  313. Southern Gal says:

    I always drool over the Sew Beautiful magazine. I love the patterns they have in each issue. I have a granddaughter now and would love to pursue heirloom sewing to create sweet dresses for her.

  314. Lael says:

    I have a few table cloths and napkins that my grandmother made! These are priceless. I’d love to make something special for myself!

  315. Jessica C says:

    Oh, I love this magazine! I love the heirloom sewing, especially smocking. Just beautiful!

  316. eadaoine says:

    Although I would not classify heirloom sewing as easy it is very enjoyable. It also makes one appreciate the effort that our great grandmothers put into sewing.

  317. maddie says:

    Ohhh I read SB for years.. loved making stuff for my children out of that magazine.. such classic styles! Still have all my old patterns hoping one day to make them for grandbabies!


  318. Lisa Ann Alexakis says:

    I love the delicate look of heirloom sewing. I would love to win the supplies to whip up a vintage inspired camisole.

  319. Jennifer says:

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! Heirloom stuff is so sweet and delicate! I love it!

  320. Lucy says:

    I love sewing with lace and heirloom fabrics, though I need to learn more about techniques so I make best use of these lovely resources!

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