• Handmade Gift Ideas from “Trash to Couture”

    Hi there, Laura here from Trash to Couture! Need some inspiration and ideas for your handmade gifting this year?  No worries, Sulky and I have got you covered. Not only are handmade gifts a sentimental gesture, they’re also fun to create.  Below we have 4 DIY gift ideas you can make for just about everyone in your life. Get the details below : DIY Ornament: Hoop using Sulky’s Fabri Solvy – I usually do 2 layers. Use a free standing ornament design. I used a star from my Brother SE machine. Use Sulky’s Metallic Thread and metallic needles. Embroider away! Place in water and let the magic happen as the stabilizer…

  • Root for Your Favorite Team with Embroider Buddies!

    Football season is upon us and it’s never too early to get your kids rooting for the (obvious) winning team!  Whether you’re a “Cheese-head”, a Dawg, or a Gator, it’s time for your kids to be a part of the tradition – and what better way to get them in the team spirit than with Embroider Buddies?!   It’s the best of both worlds – they get a soft cuddly new stuffed animal, and you get the pleasure of knowing they’re headed in the right direction in life!  Embroider Buddy stuffed animals are not only adorable, but are extremely simple to customize. Plus, if you’re like me (yes, I can still…

  • Free Webinar: Holiday In-the-Hoop

    Free Webinar: Holiday In-the-Hoop Embroidery Quilt Block Projects & More with Lisa Archer   Join us for this FREE webinar: Holiday In-the-Hoop!  Lisa Archer, Owner & Creative Director of Pickle Pie Designs, will teach you how fast, fun and easy it is to make machine embroidery in-the-hoop projects. Lisa is the master when it comes to in-the-hoop projects, and she will share her tips and tricks for success. She will explain the purpose of each step of an in-the-hoop project as she walks you through the process of making a whimsical Snowman Coaster entirely in the hoop. That’s right, no machine sewing required!   Get the details: Title: Holiday In-the-Hoop…

  • Christmas in July Sale 2017 + Projects and Inspiration

    Christmas in July 2017 Projects and Inspiration   To kick off Christmas in July 2017 we put together some great projects and ideas to get those creative juices flowing! We’ve got some amazing deals on the Sulky website this year that we can not wait to share with you! 40% off Webinar Kits, NEW bundles and kits over 20% off, Deck the Walls Christmas Panel kit – only $14.99, 15% off Embroider Buddies, 25% off all Christmas Thread, and so much more! A few new and exciting things we’ve added to the site for Christmas in July are all new Amy Barickman Crossroads Thread and Fabric Bundles!  The inspiration for Crossroads…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • May the Fourth (be with you)

    May the Fourth (be with you)…Happy Star Wars Day!  Let’s be honest, MOST of us are die-hard Star Wars fans, whether we like it or not. When even an utter of a new Star Wars movie is spoken we jump on the nearest computer (aka our smartphones) to find out if the news is true. We then mark our calendars for the big event – even if it won’t be released for another year. To share their enthusiasm for this “galaxy far, far away” crafters everywhere have shared their Star Wars projects – and creative, they are!  So today, on Star Wars Day, we wanted to share a few of…

  • Sew All Your Gifts In One Day – Part Three

    Here is the last installment of this series, “Sew All Your Gifts In One Day.” You can read part one here and part two here. Another quick gift I like to give (and receive) is Mug Hugs! They are super easy and great for just about anyone. Pick fabrics and buttons that fit the personality of the gift recipient and you are golden! The full step-by-step tutorial, including the downloadable pattern is here. Even when I lived in Southern California, I occasionally needed a cute fleece headband that would also keep my ears warm. I think these are technically called ear bands. I bought several of these when they were…