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National Sewing Month Archives - Sulky
  • How to Take Back Your Love for Quilting

    Have you ever had something happen that just stole your love for quilting?  Maybe you overheard someone say something really harsh about a quilt that you worked really hard to make. Maybe it was an overly critical comment on a quilt you put into a juried show. Maybe it wasn’t one thing; maybe it was just the continual lack of time to actually do it, and slowly but surely, you just stopped making them. You didn’t stop wanting to make them, you just were afraid to make them; too worried it wouldn’t be good enough, or the stress of trying to carve out the time to quilt became too much. I…

  • Tips for Using All Sulky Threads on Longarm Machines

    By Sue Moats and Evelyn Byler These tips are from two professional Long Arm Quilters who are graciously allowing us to learn from their vast experience. Do you have any tips or tricks for Long Arm Quilting? If so, please leave them in the comments. While all Sulky threads can be used on longarm machines, some may need special handling. Some of the most important things are: Sew more slowly; use a soft, smooth thread in the bobbin; and use a needle with a larger eye, even when the thread seems very thin, like Sulky Original, Sliver™ and Holoshimmer™ Metallic Threads. It is not unusual to need to adjust the top…

  • Why September Is The Best Month

    Just the other day I got out of my car and took in a big breath of air. I could hardly contain my excitement. I could smell the promise of fall. That slight bit of crispness, the low to possibly no humidity in the air; I have to admit, I went straight home and started pulling out my fall decor for the house. I love the fall. It is my favorite season full of my favorite colors, my favorite temperatures and my favorite activities. But September is truly my favorite of all! Here is my list of reasons why: My Birthday! My birthday is in September. When I was growing…

  • How to fold your fabric so you have room for more fabric

    I was doing a little sewing room clean up last week. I had let thing get really messy and it was no longer a fun space full of inspiration. Instead it was a really cluttered space that was paralyzing. Do you ever let your sewing room get that messy? Part of the issue was I had a ton of fabric that need to be folded and put away properly. A few years ago, I took a class from Lois Hallock who wrote a great book called, “Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space.” In her book she gives a wonderful way to fold fabric that not only keeps all your fabric uniform…

  • 7 Reasons to Sew Everyday

    Sewing is my favorite hobby. I really would rather sew than just about anything, but life, kids, the house, the hubby , the job…it all seems to drown out that precious time to sew. One the my favorite bits of advice that I received when I asked you to send in advice to new sewists (see that post here) was to sew for at least 20 minutes per day! I love that and have tried to put that great advice into practice ever since then. It has been an amazing change for me in my life! Today I want to motivate you to do the same thing by giving you seven…

  • Advice to Sewists in 2015

    Have you noticed this picture making it’s rounds on the internet lately? Since this was the advice given to women who had just purchased a sewing machine in 1949, I wondered what advice we would give today. So a few weeks ago, I asked my eNewsletter readers to send in the advice that they would give to a person who had just purchased a brand new sewing machine. I received over 100 responses! After combing through all the advice: some gave the same advice, some gave funny advice and yet others had conflicting advice! I have sorted through them all, consolidated it and here is what Sulky fans came up with: If…

  • Metallic threads

    Tips for Sewing with Metallic Threads

    For the last couple years, I have been obsessed with metallic threads. I love how they add just the right amount of pop to my piece, whether it is a little bling to a pencil skirt, sparkle to a landscape quilt or adding the dazzle to a Christmas tree skirt, I can’t get enough of these fabulous threads. I NOW love sewing with metallic threads but I didn’t always. I used to shred them, break them, curse them and then switch to an ‘easier’ thread at the expense of the look that I truly desired. Learning how to sew with metallic threads was really important to me and now that I know…

  • Sulky Thread’s Color Coded Spools

    I love things that make my life easier: automatic needle threaders, programmable thermostats, drive-through Starbucks, and when things are color coded! I jumped up and down when Schmetz introduced their color coded machine needles. Most people know that Sulky’s stabilizers are color coded but did you know that Sulky’s thread is color coded? Here is your cheat sheet to know which color means what: Rayon: 40 wt. Rayon (our most popular thread) has Blue on the end of the king spools, and the writing on the small spools is boring black (yes, that was the first thread type we introduced – who knew we’d have end up having so many!) 30 wt. Rayon…

  • 15 “non-sewing” Sewing Studio Must-haves

    Painter’s tape – I use this for lots of things! I put it on my machine as my quarter inch guide, I tape the backing down to my cutting table or the floor to keep it nice and flat while a spray baste with Sulky KK 2000™ Temporary Spray Adhesive for quilting and I put a little piece around the top of a needle like a flag and will write what kind of needle it is. Glue stick – My glue stick is probably my favorite non-sewing sewing supply! I use glue stick to hold my first piece of fabric when I am paper piecing, I turn my raw edges…

  • I broke the rules and boy am I glad!

    I have been quilting since I was about 7 years old. Here is my first quilt that was made from my old clothes (I think that green in there is from my Girl Scout uniform!).  From the very beginning I had been told that quilting had very strict rules that must be followed: You must always use a scant quarter inch seam, you must quilt with a walking foot and you MUST use cotton fabric and cotton thread only. Polyester was the devil’s thread as far as my quilt teachers were concerned and must be kept as far away as possible from our precious cotton quilts. Fast forward a few…