• Sunflower Wallet – Make One in an Afternoon!

    Pam Damour, The Decorating Diva, will show us how to make this fantastic sunflower wallet. Made of Cuddle Suede, the wallet features a metal frame closure and an exclusive wrap around embroidery design that hasn’t been released yet. Co-author of the book Hold Everything: Purses, Totes and More, Pam will share her professional wallet construction techniques and inspire you to customize your wallets. After learning how to make the Sunflower Wallet, you will be able to make one in an afternoon! Learn: How to embroider on specialty fabrics with Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Thread How to Topstitch with Sulky Holoshimmer™ Metallic Thread Tips for using stabilizers for purposes other than machine…

  • DIY Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pillow

    Create your own Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pillow! Halloween will be here before you know it! I don’t know about you, but we’ve already started decorating for the festivities and sewing spooky projects. Guest blogger Pamela Cox stitched up this amazing Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pillow for us and you’ve got to check it out! It would make a fantastic addition to your Halloween decor that you can use year after year. Isn’t it great?! This pillow is available as a FREE Project on the Sulky website, equipped with free design downloads, free instructions, a supply list, and free tips and tricks. Check out these details! And it really glows! You can find the…

  • Flat to Flair: 3D Machine Embroidered Peony – Free Webinar!

    Zandra Shaw of Embroider Shoppe is coming to us all the way from South Africa for this FREE one hour webcast. Zandra will show us how to easily make flawless peonies using an embroidery machine. Watch the 3D peony come to life as she gives you great tips for success and demonstrates how to shape it while assembling into a flower on a stem and brooch. “From Flat to Flair” 3D Machine Embroidered Peony Featuring Special Guest: Zandra Shaw of Embroider Shoppe LIVE Date: September 11, 2018 Time: 2:00 PM, EDT Duration: 1 Hour Cost: FREE! or Watch it On-Demand!   How to create this 3D flower quickly using your…

  • Back to School Sewing Series: Whimsical Insulated Lunch Bag - Unicorn Style

    Back to School Sewing Series: Make a Whimsical Insulated Lunch Bag – Unicorn Style!

    Hi everybody! It’s Desiree here from Desiree’s Designs. It’s that time of the year – when the kids go back to school! I am so excited to be partnering with Sulky® for their Back to School Sewing Series. Sulky has gathered several awesome designers to create some fun projects for you and your kiddos as they go back to school and you get some long overdue sewing time. Although my kids are grown, I now have 7 grandchildren that I sew for all the time so I was thrilled to be able to add a project! Below are the wonderful, talented guest bloggers for this series. Guest Bloggers: Stephanie Kendron – Modern…

  • Machine Embroidery for the Summer

    I recently met a friend who is not from the South and the concept of monogramming everything you own was completely foreign to her. As a G.R.I.T.S. (Girl Raised In The South), I explained the importance and beauty of having everything monogrammed. And yes, I do mean everything. The wonderful thing about monograms is they are an easy and elegant way to personalize a gift for someone. I decided to make a summer care package, including a monogrammed bag, towel, and beach hat, for my friend using several of the tutorials on this blog! Supplies Good quality beach towel Matching waterproof beach tote Wide brim straw hat Sulky Sticky Plus™…

  • Why It’s Never Too Late to Start Machine Embroidery

    I met Clyde by phone about a year ago when he called with some questions about threads and stabilizers.  I was so charmed by him, and we ended up talking about all kinds of things.  The fact that he was 80+ years old and had just recently embarked on a computerized embroidery hobby blew me away!  He kept in touch, and I asked to read his book. (Yes!  He wrote a book – for his family and friends).  After his wonderful book, I felt like we were friends, too.  It is so unusual to meet men who embroider; and men who begin embroidery in the their 80’s are rare indeed. …

  • How to Achieve Perfect Design Placement

    *This post is written by guest blogger Pamela Cox. Although there are rulers, plastic templates, charts suggesting where a design should be stitched on any given item, and even fancy laser lights with the sole purpose of aiding in perfect embroidery design placement… you already have all the necessary tools to ensure proper design placement right at your fingertips! Follow these easy steps to take the imagined difficulty out of the process: Know the size of the intended design: Find this information on either the color chart, in an editing software program, or by checking on the embroidery machine’s screen (if your model offers this feature). Use a calculator if…

  • Dads & Grads DIY Gift Ideas

    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! Dads & Grads Can there be any busier month than now?  School is getting out, summer is in full swing and we have two exceptional people to make gifts for!  Embroidering distinctive gifts becomes a little easier when starting with a premade item.  Most of us are familiar with embroidering on t-shirts, sweatshirts and towels and they should not be overlooked as possible gifts. Any one of them can be embellished with a design specific to the…

  • “Mad Tea Party” Jacket

    “Mad Tea Party” Jacket By Diane Gloystein This is the story of how my “Mad Tea Party” jacket nearly drove me mad.  As a National Educator representing Sulky of America, I often hear comments from people who assume that, as an educator, I must know it all, have all the answers, and easily whip out one project after the next.  Just for the record, I want everyone to know that I, too, have sewing projects that are disastrous and throw me close to the brink of insanity as I wonder how this hobby that can be so much fun can just as easily send me over the edge. Where it…

  • Why You Should Embellish Fabric First

      Do you ever wonder how a beautifully embroidered garment can be stitched so “perfectly”?  Designs are perfectly centered on panels!  Right and left sides are mirror images of each other! How is this possible? The trick is to embellish the fabric first! Let’s use a simple collar in understanding the steps: “Trace” the pattern piece, on grain, on a piece of fabric larger than the require finished cutting line.  My favorite method is tailor tacks through both layers of fabric at the same time.  That way I am sure to have both the right and left side of the required pattern. I baste along seam allowances for a visual…