Let’s Make It Waterproof! Plus the Giveaway winners! (We All Love Free Stuff)

When it comes to gifts, monogrammed items are always a favorite. Here in the south, we monogram everything from shirts, purses and jackets to shoes, lunchboxes and umbrellas.

The problem is, once you have embroidered anything that is supposed to be waterproof, like a rain jacket or umbrella, the holes that were made by the needle for the embroidery are no longer waterproof.

Have no fear! Sulky Stitch ‘n Seal is here!

Stitch ‘n Seal is a wonderful cover-the-back stabilizer that you apply after the stitching is finished to reseal the holes made by the embroidery.

Monogram Your Lunchbox

To show you how it works, and show you how to embroider on a waterproof item, here is a little tutorial on how to embroider on a lunchbox (BTW – it’s super easy).

  1. Grab some Sulky Sticky +, Sulky 40 wt. Rayon thread, and your machine embroidery hoop.

  1. Hoop the Sulky Sticky + with the release sheet side up (It even says ‘hoop this side up’ on the release sheet).

  1. Use a pin to score the paper release sheet and then peel it off to expose the Sticky +.

  1. Stick the lunch box (or whatever you are embroidering to the Sticky +. Be sure to measure and center the lunchbox so you get your monogram in the right place. Press it firmly to the stabilizer so it is secure and won’t come up during stitching.

  1. Secure the hoop in the embroidery machine and stitch away!

As a side note, this is the exact same process I used when I monogrammed this umbrella (above).

  1. Once the stitching is finished, remove the lunchbox from the Sticky + and peel away any excess. If you can’t get it all peeled off, it’s okay. It will be secured under the Stitch ‘n Seal anyway. Position the Stitch ‘n Seal over the embroidery, being sure to cover all the stitching holes.

  1. Because of the material the lunchbox is made of, I used a pressing cloth to fuse the Stitch ‘n Seal in place. You don’t have to use a pressing cloth usually. With the umbrella, for example, I just pressed directly onto the Stitch ‘n Seal.

And you are done!

The Contest!

12/12/17 Update: Thank you all for entering in this contest! You all have great ideas for how to use Stitch ‘n Seal. Our winners are Roxanne Sposato and Adrian Renee Brown. I can’t wait to see your finished projects!

What waterproof item would you like to embroider? Tell me in the comments and I will pick a couple random winners and send some Sulky Stitch ‘n Seal. Share this post on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest with the hashtag #SewBetterWithSulky to increase your chance of winning!

Happy Sewing!

Vintage Made Modern Blog Tour & Giveaway


I am so pleased that I am a guest blogger on Indygo Junction’s blog today! I got to make this wonderful dress for my daughter with fabric from Amy’s new fabric line.

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Read the full blog post here.

HINT: There is a coupon code for 20% at the bottom of the post and you can enter in the Blog Tour Giveaway.

Happy Sewing!

PatternReview.com 2015 Sewing Bee Contest


We are excited to announce that Sulky is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Sewing Bee Contest with PatternReview.com! This a cool contest that will help inspire, possibly stretch your skills a little and give you a chance to win some awesome stuff! Check out the blog post here that gives you the ins and outs of the contest.



If you haven’t been on PatternReview.com, it is a great sight for discovering what other sewers like you say about different sewing patterns once they have used them. I especially love it for clothing patterns as sewing clothing is not my first love. I have learned to go to the site and check out the reviews before I purchase a pattern that may in fact be way over my head.


I hope you will join us for the 2015 Sewing Bee! I can’t wait to see what you make.

Happy Sewing!

Quiltmaker’s Christmas in July Starts Today!


Can you believe it is already June? This year has just flown by for me. I feel like just yesterday I was making my New Year’s goals and learning to write 2015 on everything. Now, here we are have way through the year.

One of the fun things we are doing this summer is partnering with Quiltmaker Magazine for Christmas in July (I know it’s June, but the contest goes through July). You will be sent on a fun scavenger hunt to answer questions on several quilting related websites.  Answering the questions gets you closer to winning one of several awesome prizes including Sulky threads and one of these great quilt tops!

quiltmaker prize quilt tops

Or you could be one of the grand prize winners and get either $1,000 gift certificate to Handi Quilter or a brand new Skyline S5 sewing machine from Janome! Head over to the contest page by clicking on the Christmas in July button below to start your adventure!


Happy Sewing!

PS – The contest is open to US residents only

Crossbody Bag with Sulky Blendables Thread

Sulky Cotton Blendables and Crossroad

I am so excited to be on Amy Barickman’s Crossroads Denim Blog Tour! I hope you have been following along on the tour. I have the full schedule with links at the bottom of this post. Be sure you head over to Amy’s blog too so you can enter the fabric and pattern giveaway at the end of the tour!

A few months ago I got Amy’s Magic Pattern book and fell in love with it. I have made a dress from the book and have started on one of the jackets using some of the Crossroads Denim that I received. I also got a pattern for a Crossbody bag. I love this bag and knew it would be the perfect accessory to bring on my trip to Colorado so I set the jacket aside and did the bag.

Crossroads denim blog tour

These denims are wonderful because they are soft yet sturdy and come in wonderful colors that are a perfect backdrop for Sulky Cotton Blendables thread! If you haven’t seen them yet, click on the picture below and you can check out all the yummy colors.

CrossroadsfabriclogoThe pattern was great and easy to follow. I love that she gives you lots of options on how to do this bag. I like it when a pattern doesn’t just tell you one way of doing things. I like for a pattern to be my jumping off point to use my own creativity. Since this looked like a bag I would probably make more than once, the first thing I did was trace the pattern onto Sulky Cut Away Plus™.  Cut Away Plus is great for patterns you plan to use multiple times. It’s sturdier than paper but will still fold up nicely in the bag or envelope that the pattern came in so everything can stay together.

cutaway plus as a pattern

After cutting the pieces out, I began auditioning thread. I love the way these two Sulky Cotton Blendables® thread played with the Crossroads Denim. Blendables are not your ordinary variegated or multi-color thread. Because of a top secret proprietary method of dyeing the thread, each spool is a masterful blend of different colors within the same range of tone and intensity, with random, subtle color changes every 2-1/2″ to 5″. This gives the thread a more organic feel that works great with the casual organic feel of the denim.

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detail with Sulky Blendables

Bonus Tip: I used KK 2000™ Temporary Spray Adhesive to position my pieces on the front so didn’t have to deal with pins.

This is the first time I have used Blendables in my serger, so I was a little nervous about whether or not it would play nice with my fairly basic serger. To my happy surprise, I didn’t have a single issue and I just love the results.

sulky blendables on serger

Using Sulky Blendables in a serger

serged edge detail

The entire bag turned out better than I expected and only took me a few hours to make. It will be the perfect accessory for my trip.

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Thanks for stopping by my blog on the blog tour! Please feel free to comment below and don’t miss the rest of the tour:

3/17 Fishsticks Designs

3/18 Today’s Creative Blog

3/19 Cool 2 Craft

3/20 JediCraftGirl

3/23 Sulky (That’s me!)

3/24 Pati Fried

3/25 Crafty Planner

3/26 Therm O Web

3/27 Coats and Clark Sewing Secrets

3/28 Indygo Junction


Happy Sewing!

Giveaway Winner!


Congratulations to Kelly Paquet! She commented on this post about my favorite hand embroidery sites and won the giveaway.

Thank you to everyone who participated. I love seeing all the different kinds of hand work that you do.

Happy Holidays and Happy Sewing!

Quilting Live! Ticket Giveaway Winners

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Happy Monday! I am excited to go to Quilting Live! this week. The winners of our ticket giveaway will receive two one-day tickets each to this fun show. I will put the tickets at will call for each of you. Come visit me at the Sulky booth while you are at the show.

The winners are:

Shari Kersey
Carole Corn
Nancy Root

Thanks to everyone who commented. I hope to see you all at the show.

Happy Sewing!

Quilting Live! in Atlanta Ticket Giveaway

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September is finally here! I love September; it’s my favorite month. My birthday is in September, Fall begins in September (my favorite season) and there are lots of quilt and sewing shows in September! I love quilt and sewing shows because I always come away inspired by the talent of others and usually with a few new projects. That’s one reason I am excited about the “Quilting Live!” show presented by Fons & Porter and Keepsake Quilting Sept. 11 – 13 here in Atlanta, GA. I will be working in the Sulky booth (# 422, Come see me!) on Friday and checking out the quilts and other vendors on the other days.

I happened upon some extra tickets to the show yesterday, so if you are in the Atlanta area and want to come to the show, comment on this post with the answer to this question, “What is your favorite aspect of a quilt or sewing show?”

I will choose the winners at random and let you know on Monday!

Good luck and Happy Sewing!

Sulky Focus on Blendables Photo Contest Winner

For the month of May, Sulky ran a photo contest on our Facebook site. For the contest, the entrants had to submit a photo of a project that used Sulky Cotton Blendables® and the photo had to include the spool of thread they had used. The winner received a Slimline box of Sulky 30 wt. Cotton Blendables thread. The winner was Anne Marie Miro and she did this amazing thread sketch.

anne marie miro

She said this is her first thread sketch! Anne Marie was thrilled when she got her box of thread.

Anne Marie Miro blendables contest winner

Anne Marie Miro with her prize

I hope Anne Marie has inspired you as much as she has inspired me. I think I will do a little sketching this weekend.

Introducing Our Friend Lori Kennedy: She is doing a Sulky Giveaway on her blog!

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I love reading blogs. I have been known to waste an entire day that I could have been sewing, just reading and looking at pictures on different blogs. I have had to reign myself in. Now I only give myself a set amount of time before I will then get off the computer and go make something, instead of just reading and looking at pictures of what everyone else in the internet world has made (don’t get me started on Pinterest, although I would love for you to follow us).
Like everyone, I have my favorites that I always check to see what they are up to. One of my favorites is Lori Kennedy’s blog, The Inbox Jaunt. Lori is a mother of 6 kids, 5 girls and 1 boy; she is a photographer, quilter and all around great girl! My favorite things on her blog are her wonderful free-motion quilting tutorials and there are over 75 of them. She creates free-motion quilting motifs that are beautiful, intricate and look complicated, yet she breaks it down, step by step, in a way that just makes you feel, “I think I could do that!”

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Her pictures are stunning (of course, she is a photographer), and helpful and give you a great visual for each step in the process. But here is the beauty of Lori and her blog. She does everything on her home machine, WITHOUT A STITCH REGULATOR! She is showing you how to create these amazing designs on a machine very similar to the one I sew on every day. Can you see why I just love her? I’m not the only one, lots of people are gushing over her work, as a matter of fact, she is the newest contributor to American Quilter Magazine where she will have a bi-monthly column.

So hop on over to her blog, and get inspired to try some free-motion quilting. While you are there, you may win over $100 worth of Sulky products because she is having a giveaway today! Lori loves Sulky Rayons and says they are the perfect thread for her free-motion work.