• Get Scrappin’ with Free Webinar: Scrap Quilting Made Better with Stabilizers

    Scrap Quilting Made Better with Stabilizers  For all you scrap lovers! Have piles of scraps around your sewing room, and need a little inspiration for what to DO with all those wonderful scrap pieces? Then our newest, FREE Webinar: Scrap Quilting Made Better with Stabilizers is perfect for you! Our Special Guest, Judy Gauthier is the author of “Quilts for Scrap Lovers” and “Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers”. Judy will amaze you with her beautiful scrap fabric quilts, as she demonstrates how easy (and fun!) it is to delve into your scrap bins so you, too, can make gorgeous quilts from all those leftover pieces. Not only that, but you will…

  • Machine Embroidery Series: Cotton+Steel Thread & Embroidery Designs

    Machine Embroidery Series Cotton+Steel Thread by Sulky & New Cotton+Steel Scout Embroidery Collection When was the last time you really got excited over thread?  If the answer is “Not for quite a while.”, the new answer is “Right Now!” Proudly announcing the newest addition to the Sulky Thread Family… Name: Cotton+Steel Thread Born: 2017 Weight: 50 Size: 660 yard spools Proud Parents: Sulky and Cotton+Steel, a division of RJR Fabrics Sulky recently teamed up with a wonderful, funky group of designers, Cotton+Steel, to bring their unique awareness of fabric color into the world of Sulky Thread! Cotton+Steel 50 wt. Thread is made from 100% Egyptian grown, Extra-Long Staple cotton.  It is spun…

  • Machine Embroidery Series: Sulky Specialty Threads

    Sulky Specialty Threads 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 have been exploring all types of Sulky Thread in our last few blog segments and have learned about individual properties and potential usage for 40 wt. Rayon, 60 wt. PolyLite™, 40 wt. PolyDeco™, and 12 wt. and 30 wt. Cotton Thread  (including Sulky Cotton Blendables® Thread) !  We have also been exposed to the creative possibilities of stitching, or accenting, an embroidery design in one of the many threads from the Sulky Metallic Family:  Original,…

  • Machine Embroidery Series: Metallic Thread

    Specialty Threads: Metallic Thread 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!   If you have been following the Sulky Blog about “Thread”, hopefully you agree that one of the most important elements needed for stitching exquisite machine embroidery is to have a variety of Sulky Threads on hand to select from! There is really not a single “perfect thread”, but rather “perfect choices” for different applications. For example, 60 wt. PolyLite™ is best for lettering, while Sulky 40 wt. Rayon reflects the luster of…

  • Is Cotton Thread a Good Choice for Machine Embroidery?

    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!   Cotton Thread and Machine Embroidery Rumor has it that synthetic threads are the best threads to use for machine embroidery.  They flow through the machine’s mechanics effortlessly, plus they reflect light and shine just like an angel’s halo!  I must admit; this rumor is all true.  These threads ARE perfect for machine embroidery! However, there is also a rumor floating around that you should stay away from cotton thread because it will only bring embroidery heartache. And…

  • Thread Applied to Machine Embroidery

    Thread Applied to Machine Embroidery 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! Crayons, oil paints, water-colors, and even chalk are ways in which an artist expresses creativity. Thread articulates individual creativity when machine embroidering! Just as all artists look for “quality” raw materials in creating their next masterpiece, so should a seamstress, quilter or a machine embroidery enthusiast. But what defines “quality” in thread? One that is strong, smooth (not fuzzy), consistent in thickness, and resists tangles One that is made from long, tightly…

  • Here is a Shortcut for Machine Embroidery on Linen

    Confession Time: I wait until the last minute. I know I should plan ahead, especially when it comes to a gift that I am making for someone’s wedding. It’s not like I haven’t known the wedding date for almost a year. Yet, alas, I still seem to wait until the day before to start on the gift. Although this is a horrible idea, and I have more than once been caught in a pickle because of this practice, I have also learned some nifty tricks for getting things done rather quickly! One of my favorite wedding gifts to give are monogrammed linen towels and napkins. What new bride doesn’t want…

  • April Spools Day – Tame the Tangle

    April Spools Day! We love spools here at Sulky so much that we put our hand embroidery thread on a spool! No more dealing with that tangled mess of floss, no more separating strands (one strand of our 12 Wt. Cotton thread equals two strand of regular embroidery floss) and no waste! It’s the same, great, Sulky Solid Color and Blendables 12 wt. Cotton Thread you know and love – but on a “petite” 50 yd. snap-end spool. We all know the “threadaches” that can come with floss thread. Our Sulky Cotton Petites Thread are the perfect remedy. Here’s why: One strand is equal to two strands of the typical…

  • Big Stitch Quilting with Sulky 12 Wt. Cotton Thread

    I have to be honest, I had always looked at beautifully hand-quilted quilts and thought, “Well, that’s just crazy.” Although I loved the look feel and texture that hand quilting added to a project, I never saw myself doing such intricate work. The funny thing is, I love hand embroidery. Ah, the slow pace, the relaxation of having a project to work on at all times (I always have a hand embroidery project in my purse); and the satisfaction of finishing something that only required a simple needle and thread. I don’t know why it took my so long to realize that hand quilting is just one big hand embroidery…

  • Free Webinar – Quilting with Your Embroidery Machine!

    Join us for this special FREE webcast with Eileen Roche, an innovative expert in the field of computerized machine embroidery. Even if you do not have an embroidery machine, or if you have one and are ready to expand your skills, you will be inspired to create in new ways and learn some really great tips. Eileen will show you how you can use an embroidery machine to quilt anything from a pillow to a full-size quilt. For those of you who do not do computerized embroidery, you can apply some of her methods with your preferred way of quilting. In this 60-minute webinar, Eileen Roche will share her 20…