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KWIK SEW Pattern Co. founder inducted into Sewing Hall of Fame

KWIK SEW Pattern Co. founder Kerstin Martensson is the American Sewing Guild's 2006 inductee to the Sewing Hall of Fame. The honor was formally awarded to the home sewing pattern pioneer at the Minneapolis/St. Paul ASG Chapter's annual banquet and fashion show in September. The award was presented to Martensson's son and current KWIK SEW President Eric McMaster.

The honor was bestowed upon Martensson for her more than three decades of contribution to the home sewing industry. It was Martensson who created the first home sewing patterns designed specifically for knit fabrics during the mid 1960s while employed by Viking Sewing Machine Co. In 1967, Martensson established the Sew-Knit-N-Stretch Co. in Minneapolis, MN, and published her first book in 1968. She dedicated herself to creating quality patterns for the home sewer, offering the latest fashions and sewing techniques. The company name changed to KWIK SEW in 1974.

Martensson was educated in clothing, construction, pattern design and fashion. Initially she used her knowledge in the ready-to-wear industry which required quick and easy patterns to reduce labor and time for clothing manufacturers. Her position as a pattern maker for Viking evolved into an international representative. She traveled extensively, earning international recognition. Martensson passed away in 2002 after a long battle with breast cancer, but her company carries on her objective to provide home sewers with quality patterns.

KWIK SEW Pattern Company's headquarters are currently located in Minneapolis, MN. Visit the company online at www.kwiksew.com.

Reprinted from SQE Professional, November 2006