• Machine Embroidery Series – Wool and Cashmere

    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!   Wool and Cashmere   Cooler temperatures are quickly settling in, so let’s turn our attention to fabrics which will keep us warm. Wool is a natural material obtained from sheep by spinning their crimped locks into long fibers which are then woven together. 100% wool can be found in a wide range of weights, nap density, and weaves.  It can also be blended with other fibers, both synthetic (polyester, acrylic) and natural (cotton) fibers. Beautifully embroidered…

  • An Easy Burlap Table Runner Perfect For Your Fall Table

    Not that you could tell by the temperatures outside, Fall is in full swing. That means it’s time to make some fun Fall-ish stuff for the house (Don’t tell my hubby, he thinks we have too many Fall decorations as it is). I had some burlap laying around, and I wanted to test the boundaries of machine embroidery on burlap and the results are so cute! I love my new table runner! Here are some tips to make your own: I used an alphabet that came with my embroidery machine for the ‘N’ in the center and used this scroll design from the Sulky Embroidery Club And this Pumpkin design…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Re-Think Those Old Sweaters

        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! We all have sweaters hiding in our closets which are still very near and dear to our hearts. Although we cannot part with them, we also would not be caught dead actually wearing them!!!! Let’s think of a way to make these memorable sweaters into practical items bringing comfort to our busy lives. For success in stitching with knits, begin with a basic understanding about their construction. All knits, whether manufactured or hand-knitted, incorporate a series of interlocking loops. The locking loops stabilize…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Suede Cloth and Corduroy

      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! Fall is here, bringing cooler temperatures and the kids are back in school! Two of my favorite fabrics for this season are suede cloth and corduroy.  Although one might think they are vastly different fabrics, they actually have a lot in common, especially when it comes to machine embroidering. Both materials are “nap fabrics”; meaning their surface has a texture which reflects light. Different shades of color are evident depending on whether the nap is “down” (surface…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Linen

      Linen is the perfect fabric for summer clothing and it is also very popular for home linens and decorative pillows.  Let’s not forget accessories such as aprons, purses/totes, guest towels or handkerchiefs.  Although the natural flax fiber can be combined with synthetic ones, linen fabric is at its best when 100% natural fibers are used. Linen can be found in a wealth of colors and in a variety of textures: delicately smooth and refined through to a nubby, coarse appearance.  How the flax stalks are “processed” and the fibers spun all play a part in the look and weight of the fabric. Linen fabric should always be pre-washed and dried…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Denim

    To round out our discussion on Heavy Weight Fabrics, let’s take a look at Denim. Denim Supplies: Stabilizer: Sulky® Soft ’n Sheer™ – This is a viable stabilizer option, even though we generally suggest tear-aways for wovens and cut-aways for knits: The general thought process when selecting a stabilizer for any project tends to be that a “heavy” fabric requires a “heavy” stabilizer.  However, with few exceptions, the opposite holds true. Think about it. The main purpose of a stabilizer is to provide a solid “foundation” for the fabric to accept the intended embroidery, as well as enabling the fabric to be secured in an appropriate size hoop to allow for the necessary machine movement…

  • 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.…