• Copyright and Crafters – Recap of my panel discussion at Quiltcon

    One of the fun thing I was able to do at Quiltcon West in Pasadena, CA a couple weeks ago was to be on a panel called Copyright and Your Work. We had a wonderful panel of people and an even better audience for this. The discussion was so interesting and well received that I decided to give a recap here. The panel was moderated by Rossie Hutchinson of rossiecrafts.com and my fellow panelists were Suzanne Paquette of ateliersixdesign.com, Amy Marson (@amymarson on Instagram), Publisher with C & T Publishing, and Linda Augsburg, Editorial Content Chief of the Better Homes and Gardens Crafts Group, allpeoplequilt.com. Here are some of the questions that we answered with our…

  • Free Sulky Webinar

    Free Webinar from Sulky If you ever wanted to try free-motion work on your sewing machine, but didn’t know where to begin, this project is ideal. You literally can’t make a mistake! Once you see how easy it is, you’ll be inspired to create all kinds of beautiful projects with this technique.   How to Make a Thread Lace Scarf Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Time: 9:00pm EST Featuring: Michelle Umlauf, National Educator Representing Sulky of America, Kelly Nagel, Sulky Social Media Manager, Gee & David Caulder, Owners, The Caulder Group and Lee Fletcher,National Educator Representing Sulky of America / Owner of Pat-E-Patterns Duration: One hour Cost: FREE! You’ll Learn: How…

  • Tips for Using All Sulky Threads on Longarm Machines

    By Sue Moats and Evelyn Byler These tips are from two professional Long Arm Quilters who are graciously allowing us to learn from their vast experience. Do you have any tips or tricks for Long Arm Quilting? If so, please leave them in the comments. While all Sulky threads can be used on longarm machines, some may need special handling. Some of the most important things are: Sew more slowly; use a soft, smooth thread in the bobbin; and use a needle with a larger eye, even when the thread seems very thin, like Sulky Original, Sliver™ and Holoshimmer™ Metallic Threads. It is not unusual to need to adjust the top…

  • Needles and Threads

    All too often as sewists, we blame our skill level when a project doesn’t come out perfectly, but many times, it isn’t our skill that is the issue, but our needle and thread choice! I have been planning on writing a blog post about this issue for a while but our friends in Canada beat me to it. So instead of rewriting and possibly plagiarizing Zoë MacDonald, the Social Media Manager for H.A. Kidd, I am simply linking you to her well written post. (Click here or on the picture to go to the post) Enjoy!  

  • Another Free Webinar from Sulky!

    We are excited to bring you another Sewing Online with Sulky (S.O.S.) webinar. “A Pocketful of Love” on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at 9 pm EST. Create “Hot Pockets” for all your projects, garments, friends and quilts! These pockets are all the rage and can be stitched in a trendy chevron fabric or fabric of your choice. Choose a machine sewn version, or a computerized embroidery version. Back by popular demand, Sue Hausmann, world-renowned embroidery and sewing machine expert, and Ellen Osten, Director of Education for Sulky. They will guide you through the process of making these SUPER HOT pockets. Ellen will show you a conventional method using just a sewing machine, and Sue will demonstrate how…

  • Free Webinar from Sulky Tomorrow!

    Have you heard? We have another free webinar tomorrow night! Add Some “Magical Thread Art” to Your Life on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 9 pm EST.  During this free, one-hour webinar, Ellen Osten, Director of Education for Sulky of America will entertain you and show you how to create a lovely Magical Moldable Leaf Bowl (shown above).  Inspired by Carol Ingram’s Fantasy Floral Art from the “Magical Thread Art” Online Certified Teacher Course (shown below). The ultimate quick and easy gift for any season! Lee Fletcher, National Educator for Sulky, will take you on the journey of her career from caring for young children, to selling wallets at Nordstroms, to having her own pattern line. …

  • Embroidery Zen is Now Available Online!

    Have you ever wanted to embroider on something but weren’t sure which stabilizer to use? Have you asked yourself, “Is this the right thread for this project?” Or how about, “I only have one blank, I don’t want to mess this up!” Whether you just got your embroidery machine yesterday or have been doing machine embroidery for years, this class is for you. You will learn from the legendary machine embroidery expert, Sue Hausmann, who is passionate about teaching Machine Embroidery. During her 35 year career with Husqvarna Viking, Sue, as Vice-President of Education, ushered in the era of machine embroidery in the early 90’s, and for the next 20 years became…

  • Sulky Online Sewing Classes – Have you tried it yet?

    I love learning new things and expanding on my skills. Whether it’s learning how batik fabrics are made or learning a better way to appliqué, I want to know it all. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time or money to constantly run off to a quilt show or retreat and take these kinds of classes in person (although a trip to Bali to see them make batiks in person is on my bucket list). That is why I love Sulky’s online classes. We partnered with F&W Media for this because we wanted to bring you state of the art classes and still keep the autonomy to teach “The Sulky Way.”…

  • Machine Embroidery Classes – Now Available Online!

    One of the most popular Sulky events is now available online! If you would love to gain the knowledge and confidence to embroider just about anything, then Sulky Embroidery Zen courses are the best possible way to accomplish that goal. In these classes you will gain the knowledge of how to obtain the very best results and make embroidering on your machine easy and professional looking. Sue Hausmann, world-renowned embroidery and sewing machine expert, AND…”Edutainer”, And…   Ellen Osten, Director of Education for Sulky, will lead you on your Zen journey. This powerhouse team will teach you more about successful machine embroidery than you ever imagined you could learn!  And all…

  • Let’s Get Organized and Sew Much More – Sulky Webinar Q & A

    Our webinar on Tuesday night was fantastic! If you were unable to join us, check out the recording here. We had some great questions come up in the webinar and as promised, here are the questions and the answers. Do you have more questions? Put them in the comments and I will answer them! Questions and Answers From the Webinar  Stabilizer Organizer:  How do you bind the ends? The ends of the pockets are not bound as they are sewn to the background in a way that they are not seen when looking at the organizer.  The instructions for the project contain step-by-step instructions and pictures.  The instructions were made available…