• In-the-Hoop Christmas Stocking Tutorial

    In-the-Hoop Christmas Stocking by Pamela Cox Stitch this Christmas Stocking to use as decoration, a gift, or to fill with goodies!  It is made in two “in-hoop” sections:  the embroidered stocking, and the lining, with finishing touches stitched on a sewing machine. Don’t be afraid of the high stitch count for the patterned stocking front. The rows are decorative patterns, so the stitches are all small. It stitches up quicker than you might imagine. Supplies: 1/4 yard wool felt 1/4 yard lining fabric 5-1/2” decorative cording Topstitch Needles: 100/16 – use with wool felt 80/12 – use with lining Sulky® Stabilizers: Sticky +™ Soft ’n Sheer™ Thread: Sulky 40 wt.…

  • How to Achieve Perfect Design Placement

    *This post is written by guest blogger Pamela Cox. Although there are rulers, plastic templates, charts suggesting where a design should be stitched on any given item, and even fancy laser lights with the sole purpose of aiding in perfect embroidery design placement… you already have all the necessary tools to ensure proper design placement right at your fingertips! Follow these easy steps to take the imagined difficulty out of the process: Know the size of the intended design: Find this information on either the color chart, in an editing software program, or by checking on the embroidery machine’s screen (if your model offers this feature). Use a calculator if…

  • Dads & Grads DIY Gift Ideas

    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! Dads & Grads Can there be any busier month than now?  School is getting out, summer is in full swing and we have two exceptional people to make gifts for!  Embroidering distinctive gifts becomes a little easier when starting with a premade item.  Most of us are familiar with embroidering on t-shirts, sweatshirts and towels and they should not be overlooked as possible gifts. Any one of them can be embellished with a design specific to the…

  • Why You Should Embellish Fabric First

      Do you ever wonder how a beautifully embroidered garment can be stitched so “perfectly”?  Designs are perfectly centered on panels!  Right and left sides are mirror images of each other! How is this possible? The trick is to embellish the fabric first! Let’s use a simple collar in understanding the steps: “Trace” the pattern piece, on grain, on a piece of fabric larger than the require finished cutting line.  My favorite method is tailor tacks through both layers of fabric at the same time.  That way I am sure to have both the right and left side of the required pattern. I baste along seam allowances for a visual…

  • Machine Appliqué Tips Part II

    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! In my previous Sulky® Blog post, you discovered that machine-embroidered Appliqué Designs stitch up quickly and are fun to create, combining different textures and prints of fabrics. The only “rules” cited for this process was to follow the digitizer’s directions: Understand what each color stop represents Follow the digitizer’s stitching order Do not color-sort/combine threads colors However, sometimes being a bit naughty and “coloring outside of the lines” produces a new twist to a design. Appliqués use…

  • Machine Applique Tips

      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! Machine Applique Tips Applique designs are one of the quickest, most fun methods of machine embroidery.  Quick, because fabric takes the place of fill stitches (check out the difference in thread count!). And fun because fabric color, print, and even texture combinations are endless! Owl with Heart: Sulky Embroidery Club #684 – American Sweetie Pie: Sulky Embroidery Club #762 (free download) – Heart and Megaphone: Original design Basic steps are involved with every applique. Although, the…

  • Valentine’s Day DIY Photo Frame Mat

    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! Picture This! DIY Photo Frame Mat It’s hard to find a Valentine’s Day gift that can be used all year long.  Candy is great, but in this household it is gone almost as soon as it is opened!  Love those flowers and I do wish they would last forever, but sadly they don’t. But picture this… A photo frame mat! A framed picture of a loved one does last forever, and machine embroidery makes it easy to…

  • Free-Standing Lace vs. Lace Effect

    Free-Standing Lace vs. Lace Effect 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 know what lace is, but do we understand “lace” in terms of machine embroidery? Many design collections include the word lace in their title, and this is especially true for embroidery intended for Bridal or even Heirloom designs.  However, lace in a title can be describing a “lace effect”, which requires a fabric foundation, a strip of lace to be used as an accent or even an item made of…