• In-The-Hoop Projects and Photo Frames – A Better Way (& a Valentine’s Day Gift!)

    By Guest Blogger:  Patti Lee, Vice President, Consumer Relations, Sulky of America I have fallen in love with in-the-hoop projects.  Yes, the first prototype of each project takes some extra time; but once you’ve done the first one, they become easier and faster.  My favorite thing about in-the-hoop designs is that when you’re done, you’re done.  There is usually very little finish work once it is out of the hoop. THIS IN-THE-HOOP FRAME IS A VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT TO YOU FROM A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN EMBROIDERY LIBRARY AND SULKY: www.emblibrary.com Click here to download the “Hearts Abound” In-the-Hoop Frame Project.  (Note:  Fits in a 4 x 4 hoop.) Just like with the Sulky Embroidery…

  • Machine Embroidery Series: Leather

    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!       Leather Leather is not as difficult to embroider on as one might imagine. However, it is important to first understand leather’s properties and then to follow a few rules to ensure success. “Fabric” is made up of woven or knitted threads which can stretch, move and recover.  Leather does not have this “memory” and is therefore not forgiving.   Once a mark, or a hole, has been made in leather, it is forever there. “Unforgiving…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Delicate Fabrics

    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!   Delicate Fabrics   Today, let’s talk about how to be successful when embroidering on light-weight, semi-sheer cloth. This fragile, woven-fabrics category is not specific to a fiber content. In other words: Batiste (cotton)   Handkerchief linen (linen) Organza (silk) or one of the many synthetic fiber look alikes, all require the same steps and supplies for machine embroidery. Prior to use, it is always recommended to pre-wash and dry fabrics which can be cared for this way.  This…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Satin

    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!   Satin     The fabric we call “Satin”, actually refers to its weaving pattern which produces a shiny, slippery, easy to fray fabric. Therefore, the “fabric” can be manufactured from silk fibers, or synthetic threads, both sold under the “Satin” label, although with much different price points!  “Satin” fabrics produced by weaving cotton or polyester threads often are found under the name “Sateen”.   Make sure to check the bolt label to know the fiber content and…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Velvet

    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! Velvet Picture Christmas represented by a fabric…..it would be a rich, elegant fabric, yet soft to the touch, bringing joy when caressed. Only velvet can fulfill all these wishes! Originally made from silk, velvet is now manufactured from synthetic fibers bringing price points down without sacrificing the deep nap or the soft-flowing drape of the cloth.  Check “care instructions” found at the end of the bolt as most velvets do require dry cleaning. Velvet should never be directly…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Felted Wool or is it Wool Felt?

    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!   Felted Wool? or is it Wool Felt? Often the two terms are used interchangeably, although that would be incorrect to do, since they are two different materials.  The common factor is that both fabrics are made from wool.  The difference comes in the way the wool is processed: Wool felt is produced by applying moisture, heat and pressure directly to wool roving, compressing the roving into a solid compact fabric. Felted wool is a woven fabric,…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – FREE Baby Blanket Tutorial

    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! Baby Blanket Directions Approximate Finished size: 40”x 32½” Life has been good to us, especially if we can afford an embroidery machine; not that we didn’t have to work hard to make this happen!  However, we still must be, not only “in a good place” with our lives, but possibly in a “better place” than many others. We have the ability to create many beautiful items while uniting our love of sewing with the technology of computerized,…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Fleece

    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! Fleece The term “fleece” truly means “the coat of sheep or other long-haired animals”.  However, much like the trade name “Xerox” is interchangeably associated with “copying a document”, “fleece” is now associated with several types of synthetic fabrics, all characterized by a some-what stretchable, soft, comfy, napped fabric. Fleece can be purchased in a wide range of colors, to include many prints and comes in several weights, textures and price points.  More expensive fabrics will usually display a…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – A Free In-The-Hoop Project!

      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!   Baby Bib – An In-The-Hoop Project   Now that you have some great tips on doing machine embroidery on flannel, let’s try it out on this cute baby bib in-the-hoop project! This is a great little gift for Christmas or a baby shower. Simply change the colors up to fit the decor (and sex) of the little one you’re making this bib for. Skill Level: Embroidery – Beginner Bib Stitching – Not Applicable – since…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Flannel

    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!       Flannel is one of the easiest fabrics to machine embroider on.  Although it is found in a variety of weights and fiber content – cotton, wool even synthetics – the common characteristic is that it retains a soft feel allowing it to be used for blankets, bed sheeting, nightwear and baby items. Although flannel is considered a “nap-fabric” and needs to be treated as such when cutting out a garment, the “nap-rules” do not…