• Machine Embroidery Series: Rayon vs. Polyester

    Rayon versus Polyester Thread Crayons, oil paints, water-colors, and even chalk are ways in which an artist expresses creativity. Almost all of us began our machine embroidery love affair by stitching designs in a 40 wt. Rayon or Polyester Thread. Embroidery supplies and techniques tend to be very personal, and we may have, at one time or another, engaged in a somewhat excitable conversation in defending our choice. Hopefully, after understanding a bit more about both Rayon and Polyester Thread you will agree that not only is there a place for both threads in machine embroidery, but that it is a must to include both thread types within your own…

  • Sulky’s 30th Anniversary: Looking Back

    Sulky’s 30th Anniversary Looking Back: Hurricane Andrew We spoke with Fred and Joyce Drexler once again to discuss another one of their most memorable moments with Sulky. Here’s what Fred had to say… One of my fondest memories has to do with Sulky’s involvement in the 10-month “Operation Mend” hurricane relief project that I spearheaded in 1992 – 1993. I carried it out with the help of 60 Port Charlotte, FL Rotarians and their families, along with the Miami chapter of the American Sewing Guild and a local church in Homestead, FL. Many of you may recall that in August 1992, Hurricane Andrew devastated the Homestead area below Miami with…

  • Is Cotton Thread a Good Choice for Machine Embroidery?

    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!   Cotton Thread and Machine Embroidery Rumor has it that synthetic threads are the best threads to use for machine embroidery.  They flow through the machine’s mechanics effortlessly, plus they reflect light and shine just like an angel’s halo!  I must admit; this rumor is all true.  These threads ARE perfect for machine embroidery! However, there is also a rumor floating around that you should stay away from cotton thread because it will only bring embroidery heartache. And…

  • Thread Applied to Machine Embroidery

    Thread Applied to Machine Embroidery 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! Crayons, oil paints, water-colors, and even chalk are ways in which an artist expresses creativity. Thread articulates individual creativity when machine embroidering! Just as all artists look for “quality” raw materials in creating their next masterpiece, so should a seamstress, quilter or a machine embroidery enthusiast. But what defines “quality” in thread? One that is strong, smooth (not fuzzy), consistent in thickness, and resists tangles One that is made from long, tightly…

  • May the Fourth (be with you)

    May the Fourth (be with you)…Happy Star Wars Day!  Let’s be honest, MOST of us are die-hard Star Wars fans, whether we like it or not. When even an utter of a new Star Wars movie is spoken we jump on the nearest computer (aka our smartphones) to find out if the news is true. We then mark our calendars for the big event – even if it won’t be released for another year. To share their enthusiasm for this “galaxy far, far away” crafters everywhere have shared their Star Wars projects – and creative, they are!  So today, on Star Wars Day, we wanted to share a few of…

  • 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…