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Machine Embroidery Archives - Page 6 of 7 - Sulky
  • Machine Embroidery Series – Duck Cloth

    Today we are continuing to explore machine embroidery on heavy woven fabrics. Here is a great example of embroidery on Duck-cloth. Duck-cloth Supplies: Stabilizer: Sulky® Tear-Easy™ Design is a free download to all members of the Sulk Embroidery Club:  #870 Spoolie 5.  Membership is free – just sign up. Topstitch Needle – dependent upon the weight of cloth: 90/14 or 100/16 The Spoolie design has a lot of detail stitched on top of other stitched embroidered spaces, producing several fairly dense areas.  The larger needle was chosen for this fabric. Thread:  Sulky 40 wt. Rayon thread Step 1 Layer the fabric on top of the stabilizer and secure both in the machine embroidery hoop. Keep both…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Embroidery on Canvas

    Today we are continuing to explore machine embroidery on heavy woven fabrics. Here is a great example of embroidery on canvas. Canvas Supplies: Stabilizer: Sulky® Sticky+™ Design is a free download to all members of the Sulk Embroidery Club:  #1090 Heart Scrollwork-Small-an outline design Needle:  100/16 Topstitch Thread:  Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Blendables® Thread  #713-4123 Hot Batik Step 1 Hoop Sulky® Sticky+™ in a 120mm (minimum) hoop, with the grided release sheet still intact and facing up. Score the paper making sure the exposed surface, at minimal, is large enough to accommodate the size of the design. Any extra surface exposure offers additional adhesive security. Step 2 Firmly, but smoothly, press the canvas to the sticky…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Heavy Woven Cottons

    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! Heavy Woven Cottons What do Denim, Duck-Cloth and Canvas all have in common?  All three are considered “utility fabrics” because they are sturdy, heavier-weight, woven, cotton fabrics.  Denim and duck-cloth are often used for slacks or jackets while all three are great for many home-dec projects and just perfect for tote bags!! Although woven fabrics can be secured directly in an embroidery hoop, often times the weight of a utility fabric precludes this from being a viable…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Embroidery on Mid-Weight Cotton

    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!       The term “mid-weight/medium weight” cotton fabric covers many fabrics known by other names such as oxford, “quilting cottons” pique, broadcloth, just to name a few.  They are often used, but not limited to, tote bags, throw pillows, table-toppers, garments, quilts and other patchwork projects. They are the most common fabrics used for machine embroidery and by following a few simple tips, your machine embroidery on these kinds of fabrics will always turn out great.…

  • Quick and Easy Vinyl Placemat – Tutorial

    As an added bonus to our Machine Embroidery Series, Pamela Cox has designed this wonderful tutorial for a quick and easy vinyl placemat. If you have never tried machine embroidery on vinyl, check out Pam’s blog post here and then try this great project. Quick and Easy Vinyl Placemat Materials: 12-1/4” x 17-1/4” piece of textured vinyl, Usually sold by the yard with the intention of being used as a tablecloth, this type of vinyl will have a fuzzy, very thin, batting/backing. (1/2 yd. of 54” wide vinyl will yield 4 placemats) 90/14 Leather Needle Thread: Sulky® 40 wt. Rayon or Poly Deco™ 40 wt. embroidery thread – your choice of colors for your design Sulky…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Embroidery on Vinyl – Probably Not What You’re Thinking!

    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! Vinyl – Not the clear stuff! Since “summer fun” is right here at our finger tips, let’s explore vinyl, another material which might never be considered as an acceptable foundation for machine embroidery.  Yet, it is perfect for quick summer or party accents, not to mention, it is actually useful for totes or accents on hand bags or even throw pillows. Once again, vinyl, even displaying beautifully embroidered designs, will never be considered an “heirloom”.   However, with…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Embroidery on T-shirts and Knits

    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!   T-shirts! Light-weight cotton Jersey knits. Oh my gosh!  Fewer projects are more fun to do than stitching on a T-shirt!  First of all, the garment is already made…..what’s not to like about that, right?  More importantly, a plain T-shirt is easily transformed into a “one-of-a-kind” special gift. Knits stretch, which is why we love them!! However, we need to control this property during the embroidery process and yet still enable this wonderful trait to return. Because…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Embroidery on Straw!

    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!       Most of us take machine embroidery skills very seriously as we strive to produce “heirloom” quality projects; and well we should!   We are investing many hours to create projects expressing love for someone or to capture a special occasion.  We trust that this item will be passed down through the generations. However, along comes summer, which just cries out “do something just for fun”!!  So what if the embroidered item is not considered an…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Terry Cloth

    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!       Terry Cloth Terry cloth is a fabric characterized by long loops on both sides and most often noted for its usage in towels.  The long loops whisk away moisture, hence making it the perfect choice for towels, but terry cloth is also great for sports related items (head bands, sweat jackets or swim cover-ups) as well as bathrobes, baby bibs and burp cloths.  Although the “loops” of terry cloth provide a great service, this…

  • Machine Embroidery Series: Hooping

    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! Over the next few weeks, we will explore how to embroider on various fabrics, learn which stabilizer is most effective, and whether any specialty supplies are needed in order to be successful. However, success is not only dependent upon the fabric and the embroidery design, but a truly professional result begins with some prior considerations and often times, a bit of practice. All fabrics which can be pre-washed and dried, should be, prior to using.  Please follow the manufacturer’s…