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machine embroidery Archives - Page 3 of 7 - Sulky
  • Machine Embroidery Series – Upholstery

    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!   Upholstery Fabrics   Let’s talk about Upholstery Fabrics, which include a wide variety of textures, patterns, weights, fiber content and weaves. Most materials sold under this heading are strong, durable and resist stains making them perfect for accessories such as tote bags, backpacks or even small purses. You will also find uses in home deco projects including placemats, throw pillows… and, yes, even actual upholstery! Although fiber content may vary, the shared characteristic is that these…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Paper

    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! Embroidered Paper Several years ago, when first asked to present a machine embroidered paper project, my initial thought was…. “why?” Why invest time, not to mention the cost of materials, into a “disposable project”? Seriously? However, once the experimentation began, it was then I realized that paper is not only a fun foundation for machine embroidery, but it presents many wonderful possibilities, which I guarantee will never be thrown away! Some embroidered items, such as a card, may be treasured for the…

  • Cork Fabric Needle Case – A Free In-The-Hoop Project

    Cork Fabric Needle Case In-The-Hoop Project by Pamela Cox Supplies: 3-1/2”x 5-1/4” piece of cork fabric 3-1/2”x 5-1/4” piece of felt Sulky Soft ’n Sheer™ Stabilizer Sulky KK 2000™ Temporary Spray Adhesive Sulky 40 wt. Rayon thread Basic Needle Case Embroidery Design – Free download (Download is below) Color Chart for Needle Case – Free download (Download is below) Embroidery Design of Choice – optional (No larger than 1-1/2”x 2-1/4”.) Preparation: Download both the needle case design and the color chart here: Needle Case Emb Designs If a design is to be added to the cover of the needle case, open the basic case design in a software editing program.  Be sure…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Cork Fabric (And a Free Project!)

    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!       Cork Fabric   Cork, a natural product obtained directly from the bark of an evergreen oak tree – mostly found in Portugal – has been in use for thousands of years. Relatively recently, cork fabric has been developed by adhering thin cork sheets to a fabric backing. This innovative, new material presents the sewing world with a friendly, extremely versatile, medium to work with. Available in many colors and textures, cork fabric has the…

  • In-The-Hoop Projects and Photo Frames – A Better Way (& a Valentine’s Day Gift!)

    By Guest Blogger:  Patti Lee, Vice President, Consumer Relations, Sulky of America I have fallen in love with in-the-hoop projects.  Yes, the first prototype of each project takes some extra time; but once you’ve done the first one, they become easier and faster.  My favorite thing about in-the-hoop designs is that when you’re done, you’re done.  There is usually very little finish work once it is out of the hoop. THIS IN-THE-HOOP FRAME IS A VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT TO YOU FROM A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN EMBROIDERY LIBRARY AND SULKY: www.emblibrary.com Click here to download the “Hearts Abound” In-the-Hoop Frame Project.  (Note:  Fits in a 4 x 4 hoop.) Just like with the Sulky Embroidery…

  • Machine Embroidery Series: Leather

    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!       Leather Leather is not as difficult to embroider on as one might imagine. However, it is important to first understand leather’s properties and then to follow a few rules to ensure success. “Fabric” is made up of woven or knitted threads which can stretch, move and recover.  Leather does not have this “memory” and is therefore not forgiving.   Once a mark, or a hole, has been made in leather, it is forever there. “Unforgiving…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Delicate Fabrics

    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!   Delicate Fabrics   Today, let’s talk about how to be successful when embroidering on light-weight, semi-sheer cloth. This fragile, woven-fabrics category is not specific to a fiber content. In other words: Batiste (cotton)   Handkerchief linen (linen) Organza (silk) or one of the many synthetic fiber look alikes, all require the same steps and supplies for machine embroidery. Prior to use, it is always recommended to pre-wash and dry fabrics which can be cared for this way.  This…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Satin

    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!   Satin     The fabric we call “Satin”, actually refers to its weaving pattern which produces a shiny, slippery, easy to fray fabric. Therefore, the “fabric” can be manufactured from silk fibers, or synthetic threads, both sold under the “Satin” label, although with much different price points!  “Satin” fabrics produced by weaving cotton or polyester threads often are found under the name “Sateen”.   Make sure to check the bolt label to know the fiber content and…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Velvet

    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! Velvet Picture Christmas represented by a fabric…..it would be a rich, elegant fabric, yet soft to the touch, bringing joy when caressed. Only velvet can fulfill all these wishes! Originally made from silk, velvet is now manufactured from synthetic fibers bringing price points down without sacrificing the deep nap or the soft-flowing drape of the cloth.  Check “care instructions” found at the end of the bolt as most velvets do require dry cleaning. Velvet should never be directly…

  • Machine Embroidery Series – Felted Wool or is it Wool Felt?

    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!   Felted Wool? or is it Wool Felt? Often the two terms are used interchangeably, although that would be incorrect to do, since they are two different materials.  The common factor is that both fabrics are made from wool.  The difference comes in the way the wool is processed: Wool felt is produced by applying moisture, heat and pressure directly to wool roving, compressing the roving into a solid compact fabric. Felted wool is a woven fabric,…