On the Road with Martha Stewart

The original domestic goddess is exploring new territory, endorsing sewing machines that don't have the Martha brand. How her empire is expanding

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Martha Stewart at a special screening of Miramax Films' The Hoax held at the Dolby Screening Room on March 22, 2007.

Martha Stewart has made a career out of trumpeting the joys of long-abandoned homemaking skills like gathering eggs from Araucana chickens you've raised yourself. So it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to learn that she made her own wedding dress. The embroidered Swiss organdy gown and matching hat she wore to her 1961 nuptials were the culmination of years of practice. "I learned to sew as a little girl," Stewart says. "My mother made our clothes--every year we had a new Easter coat--and taught me the basics of sewing at a young age." Stewart admits that she hasn't...

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