About Us

Creative Machine Embroidery gives machine embroidery enthusiasts of every age and skill level inspiration and techniques to further their craft and passion. Each magazine is filled with contemporary projects, must-know tips and how-tos by the top machine embroiderists in the country and free designs.


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!

Veronica Graham, Managing Editor

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I hail from the great state of Texas, so after getting my bachelor of journalism from The University of Texas at Austin (hook 'em horns!), I became a sports reporter and spent my Friday nights under those famed bright lights covering all things football. I'm the daughter and niece of two prolific sewists, though. Despite wearing countless home sewn dresses (remember the Flintstones dress, Mom?), Halloween costumes and having my room redecorated every other year with new bedding and curtains, I just didn't take to sewing growing up. The second the thread tension got messed up, or if I didn't stitch a line absolutely, perfectly straight, I gave up. Now that I'm grown up (debatable) and more patient (somewhat), I'm giving sewing another go and having a blast.

Eliane Pinto, Technical Editor & Designer

Eliane Pinto is the Technical Editor and Designer at Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines. She holds a BFA from RISD, has studied at Brown University and Parsons the New School for Design, and is currently pursuing a marketing degree at Harvard. Eliane brings her technical experience to her work and an exotic sensitivity to much of her design.

Jessica Ziebarth, Editing Assistant

Bio coming soon! (Trust me, she's fabulous)


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.  I soon moved up to sewing clothes for myself and found that there is nothing more thrilling than making something for me!  I love working for Sew News, Sew It All, Stitch and Creative Machine Embroidery, to be surrounded by people who are so knowledgeable and creative and love creating as much as I do is 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!

Coming Soon!

Danielle Fay

Bio coming soon, and we're so happy to have Danielle with us!



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Garden variety tote pattern
This pattern is not on the website. Purchased the designs from emblibrary. Now I can't make the bag.
No response
I posted on here on the 7th figuring since you are the powers that be, that you would read comments, but apparently not. No response on facebook nor C/S email. HORRIBLE customer care.
I have to say I've been to Sadly, I have to say I've been quite disappointed in the magazine for a while. Fashion items shown look like a 90-year-old woman would wear them. Color choices used on projects are hideous. You should hire some young fashion design students to bring new life into this magazine and embroidery in general. You should show some young trendy fashions with some mature options. Also some beautiful home Decour would be a nice addition as well. Sorry to be so blunt but I won't be renewing my subscription unless some changes are made. Best of luck bringing this magazine up-to-date.
Will not renew my subscription--company lies.
Subscribed June 2015. Was promised digital font CD with subscription. Many calls to c/s and 6 months later and still nothing. They say will send digital via email. Never receive. And yes--check junk box daily.


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