• Sewing on Blanks

    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! Need a last-minute gift for a birthday or holiday, but there is no time for shopping?  Not to mention that your mind just goes blank?  That may not be a bad idea after all! There are many pre-made “clean slates” perfect for embellishing with machine embroidery.  T-shirts, sweatshirts, and linens all come to mind – and all are easily found in many local stores. Pillow A plain white pillow case can easily be turned into a special…

  • Remembering Nancy Zieman

    It was with a heavy heart that I read the news of Nancy’s passing this morning. She was such an important and strong influence on my sewing life. I tried so many new things, techniques, and even machines (she gave me the courage to try using a serger) after watching her on TV. The sewing world will not be the same without her. For fans and friends wanting to share memories, condolences, and how Nancy impacted theirs lives, please head over to the Nancy Zieman blog. There is also information on suggested memorial gifts, Nancy’s biography, and lots of great Nancy resources.

  • It’s Back! Fearless Free-Motion Stitching II

    Free-Motion Stitching with Eric Drexler In just six 15-45 minute segments, you can learn from Eric Drexler, the Master of Free-Motion, how to easily move beyond the basics of Free-Motion Stitching so you can enjoy more intricate Thread Painting, Quilting, Print Embellishment, Turned or Raw Edge Appliqué, and much, much more! Eric introduced you to the basics in “Fearless Free-Motion Stitching I – For Beginners”: It was an incredible success and we thank you.  He covers some of the basics again in this course (so you do not necessarily have to take the first course before this one); and we include a free, 26-page hand-out from the basic course to…

  • Fashion Flip | Turn A $3 Denim Skirt Into A $50 Skirt

    Fashion Flip: Turn a $3 Denim Skirt into a $50 Denim Skirt Here is another great Fashion Flip! This time we are taking this denim skirt that I got for $3 at a thrift store and using some great thread and decorative stitches to make it into a skirt that could easily sell for $50! Denim and embroidery is all the rage this fall too, so cheers to us sewists who can create these awesome pieces at a fraction of the cost AND ours will be like no one else’s clothes. I just love being unique, don’t you? If you have read my blog for any length of time then…

  • Fashion Flip | Turn $6 Jeans into $100 Jeans

    Fashion Flip: Turn $6 Jeans into $100 Jeans Like most women, I love to shop. I also love keeping up on the latest fashion trends. If nothing else, it gives me something to talk about with my two middle-school-aged daughters! The problem is my taste in fashion far outweighs my clothing budget, so when I saw these jeans for almost $100 on one of my favorite websites, I got really excited. Why you ask? Because I knew that I could make jeans with that look! You know all those fancy-dancy decorative stitches on your machine that you look at, love them, but have know idea when or how to use…

  • Kraft-Tex Paper Fabric

    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!   Kraft-Tex™ Paper All artists relish finding new methods in expressing individual creativity. Machine embroidery is not exempt from craving new inspirational materials. Welcome, Kraft-Tex™, an exciting product certain to stimulate the imagination. What it is Kraft-Tex is a paper product that performs like fabric on many levels.  Seriously! At least take the time to read about it, because it is amazing! Available in several colors, Kraft-Tex can be purchased by the roll, bolt, or in sample…

  • Christmas in July Sale 2017 + Projects and Inspiration

    Christmas in July 2017 Projects and Inspiration   To kick off Christmas in July 2017 we put together some great projects and ideas to get those creative juices flowing! We’ve got some amazing deals on the Sulky website this year that we can not wait to share with you! 40% off Webinar Kits, NEW bundles and kits over 20% off, Deck the Walls Christmas Panel kit – only $14.99, 15% off Embroider Buddies, 25% off all Christmas Thread, and so much more! A few new and exciting things we’ve added to the site for Christmas in July are all new Amy Barickman Crossroads Thread and Fabric Bundles!  The inspiration for Crossroads…

  • Machine Embroidery Series: Cotton+Steel Thread & Embroidery Designs

    Machine Embroidery Series Cotton+Steel Thread by Sulky & New Cotton+Steel Scout Embroidery Collection When was the last time you really got excited over thread?  If the answer is “Not for quite a while.”, the new answer is “Right Now!” Proudly announcing the newest addition to the Sulky Thread Family… Name: Cotton+Steel Thread Born: 2017 Weight: 50 Size: 660 yard spools Proud Parents: Sulky and Cotton+Steel, a division of RJR Fabrics Sulky recently teamed up with a wonderful, funky group of designers, Cotton+Steel, to bring their unique awareness of fabric color into the world of Sulky Thread! Cotton+Steel 50 wt. Thread is made from 100% Egyptian grown, Extra-Long Staple cotton.  It is spun…

  • Rod Art with Sulky Threads

    Did you know you can even glam up your fishing rod with Sulky Threads?  Rod art is a great DIY gift idea for the fisherman in your life!  We talked with John, who has been building rods to help make fishing easier for people with disabilities since becoming disabled himself. He uses Sulky Threads to turn his rods into beautiful works of art. Here are a few of his tips and tricks to making Rod Art: How did you get started with rod building? After I became disabled my hands became very weak and the pain in my body made fishing very difficult. My wife gave me the idea that…

  • 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…