• Sulky’s 30th Anniversary – Where it all began

    This year marks 30 years of Sulky! We met with Fred and Joyce Drexler, the founding partners, to discuss the history of Sulky and where it all began…. What was your vision for Sulky when you started?  Our vision for Sulky of America when we first began in 1987 was to create a company that would focus on educating consumers and sewing store owners to the joys of Creative Sewing as a fun, interesting and rewarding hobby that they would love to do with our 193 colors of super high quality, silky, shiny, Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Threads. The seeds for this educational program were sewn eleven years earlier in 1976 when Joyce first started teaching…

  • Earth Day Featured Artist: Laura Pifer of Trash to Couture

    Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is an annual, worldwide event held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. This week we highlighted two of our Eco-friendly products, Sulky Rayon Thread and Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Adhesive Spray. Both products demonstrate that you CAN have a great product, while still being eco-conscious. Also in the spirit of Earth Day, we wanted to feature Laura Pifer, founder of Trash to Couture. Laura has reinvented the way we see fashion. With her innovative DIY projects she is teaching her viewers how to up-cycle clothing into creative, trendy looks. Her refashioned designs are not only eco-conscious, they are absolutely adorable! We met with Laura to…

  • Environmentally Friendly: Sulky KK 2000

    In honor of Earth Day, we want to highlight our environmentally friendly KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive. Read on to learn what Sulky KK 2000 is, how it’s safe for you, AND how it’s safe for the environment! What exactly is Sulky KK 2000? While Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive was developed for applique, it is a must-have for machine embroidery, as it also helps provide drum-tight hooping for stretchy fabrics when sprayed onto the stabilizer. This allows these fabrics to be placed in their own natural lie. (This is particularly useful when dealing with large hoop areas!) That’s not all! It is also great for “unhoopables”, such as…

  • Just in Time for Easter: Bunny Bags and more!

    With Easter quickly approaching we have some fun Easter ideas for you to make just in time for the festivities!  Bunny Bag by Jen Frost Project Overview: Note: 1/4 yard of fabric will make multiple bunny bags; however, instructions are written (for simplicity) to make just one bag.   What you will need:  4 fat quarters in Easter prints (or scrap pieces) Bunny Templates (found in full instructions on website) Sulky® Thread in complementary colors Soft ‘n Sheer™ Cut-Away Permanent Stabilizer KK 2000™ Temporary Spray Adhesive Straight pins Ribbon in complementary colors (45″ in length, cut to 15″ per bag Polyfill                  …

  • National DIY Day

    Founded by the girls from Craft Box Girls, National DIY Day is a movement to celebrate creativity in all its forms. National DIY Day launched on April 2, 2016, designating that day as the official holiday for all things DIY! The day was started with the intent to bring people from all over the world together in order to celebrate a common love: crafts! Last year, celebrations sprung up from Atlanta to New York to the UK, all the way to Australia! In the days leading up to National DIY Day there are events, inspirational projects, videos, live broadcasts, and more! You surely won’t want to miss out. This year…

  • April Spools Day – Tame the Tangle

    April Spools Day! We love spools here at Sulky so much that we put our hand embroidery thread on a spool! No more dealing with that tangled mess of floss, no more separating strands (one strand of our 12 Wt. Cotton thread equals two strand of regular embroidery floss) and no waste! It’s the same, great, Sulky Solid Color and Blendables 12 wt. Cotton Thread you know and love – but on a “petite” 50 yd. snap-end spool. We all know the “threadaches” that can come with floss thread. Our Sulky Cotton Petites Thread are the perfect remedy. Here’s why: One strand is equal to two strands of the typical…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Upholstery

    This series is written by guest blogger, Pamela Cox. Pamela is an expert embroiderer, designer, digitizer and all around wonderful girl! We are so happy to have her contributing to the Sulky Blog!   Upholstery Fabrics   Let’s talk about Upholstery Fabrics, which include a wide variety of textures, patterns, weights, fiber content and weaves. Most materials sold under this heading are strong, durable and resist stains making them perfect for accessories such as tote bags, backpacks or even small purses. You will also find uses in home deco projects including placemats, throw pillows… and, yes, even actual upholstery! Although fiber content may vary, the shared characteristic is that these…

  • Trends from Quiltcon 2017

    Trends From Quiltcon 2017 Quiltcon is a quilt show like no other as it focuses specifically on the world of Modern Quilting! The quilt above won Best In Show. It is titled bling by Katherine Jones from Tasmania, Australia. The quilt was paper pieced from solid fabrics; the inspiration for this quilt was a princess cut diamond. I got a chance to chat with Katherine at the show. She is a lovely woman with a passion for all things quilty. Modern quilters use quite a lot of thread! Look at the beautiful machine and hand stitching in the quilt, Madonna by Brittany Bowen Burton, that won for Best Machine Quilting.…

  • Easy as Pi(e)! Strip-Pieced Mariner’s Compasses

    It’s Pi day (3.14) and to celebrate we wanted to show you an Easy as Pi(e) way to do a Mariner’s Compass. I met Robin at Quiltcon 2017 and was fascinated by her rulers and the way she put together a Mariner’s Compass. This is a great project to piece together with the new Cotton + Steel Thread by Sulky and then finish the quilt off with any Sulky 30 Wt. Cotton Thread. What do you think of Robin’s method? Let me know in the comments and Happy Pi Day! It’s as easy as Pi(e)! Strip-Pieced Mariner’s Compasses by Robin Ruth Design What started as a quest to make a…