• Trapunto Embroidery Basics

    What is Trapunto Embroidery

    Trapunto Embroidery 101 Learn all about trapunto embroidery techniques and how to achieve the look with pretty designs & fun thread. What is Trapunto Embroidery? Trapunto is a technique that provides a dimensional effect, similar to the puffiness of a quilt. Fabric is layered with batting before the stitching begins, so open areas of the design “puff” up, raising the fabric surface. Embroidery designs labeled as “trapunto” are digitized with this in mind. There are often knockdown stitches in areas of the design that compress the batting around larger motifs that are left open to accommodate the loft. Knockdown stitches consist of close stitches in the shape of circles, squares…

  • freestanding lace basics

    Freestanding Lace Basics & How-Tos

    Freestanding Lace What is it? How do I make it? Freestanding lace is made from a machine embroidered design, usually comprised of lace fill stitches and satin stitch outlines that hold the lace together and finish the edges so the finished piece can stand alone. Read on to learn the basics of these designs and how to stitch them with professional results. Note: This post contains affiliate links, which if used to make a purchase may earn us a commission. What is Freestanding Lace Freestanding lace designs are often referred to as “FSL.” These types of designs are always stitched onto water-soluble stabilizer so it’s entirely washed away after the…

  • Bunny Hop Machine Embroidery Designs

    Easter Bunny Machine Embroidery Collection

    Easter Bunny Machine Embroidery Collection – new at Sulky! Our new Easter Bunny machine embroidery collection is called “Bunny Hop,” and it’s perfect for Easter, spring and sweet embellishments in your must-make queue this time of year. The Bunny Hop machine embroidery design collection includes six appliqué embroidery designs and two bonus designs for different options. Each featured appliqué is done in Sulky Felty™ and/or faux fur for texture and dimension. All of the appliqué is done in the hoop for ultimate accuracy and ease. Be sure to use Sulky Solvy® as a topper over the faux fur to ensure the beautiful threads sit proudly atop the fabric surface. Grab…

  • reverse applique tee

    Reverse Applique Tee with Lotus Template

    Reverse Appliqué Tee Breathe new life into a loved T-shirt (or two)! This boho T-shirt featuring a large-scale lotus flower appliqué. Using Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy™ to stabilize the shirts makes the process super simple. GET THE PATTERN> SUPPLIES (2) coordinating color T-shirts (same style and brand is preferred) Appliqué Lotus Design (part of the free pattern available HERE>) Coordinating or contrasting Sulky 50 wt. Cotton Thread Organ Size 70/10 Jersey Needles Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy™ Stabilizer Clover Wonder Clips Removable fabric chalk T-SHIRT NOTES This project consists of two layered T-shirts. It works best to use the same brand, style and size of T-shirt so they nest into each other for…

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  • Sue Hausmann machine Embroidery FAQs

    Sue Hausmann Machine Embroidery FAQs

    Machine Embroidery FAQs with Sue Hausmann, sewing expert & host of America Sews The following machine embroidery FAQs is comprised of questions we hear a lot at Sulky, whether asked during one of our virtual events, via email or on our Ask the Experts page. These have been answered by Sue Hausmann, one of the most knowledgeable people in the embroidery industry. To celebrate National Embroidery Month, we’re kicking things off with Sue and her expert advice! ABOUT SUE HAUSMANN Sue Hausmann has been sewing since her first 4-H project at the age of 10 and she has been inspired and mentored by neighbors, friends and work colleagues all her…

  • Machine Embroidery Basics & Beyond Webcast

    Machine Embroidery Basics & Beyond a FREE Webcast with Sulky Newbies and experts alike will learn tips and tricks for machine embroidery success in this free webcast. Ellen March will explain the basic functions of embroidery machines, with special attention given to embroidery designs and supplies to make things easier and ensure quality stitchouts. You’ll also learn fundamental embroidery terms, from techniques to design anatomy, that will help you navigate projects with better understanding and ease. Learn about working with different thread types and weights and when/how to substitute threads in any given design. Also, learn about different stabilizer types to determine which one to use and when. All registrants of this free webcast will receive an…

  • love bunting with appliqué

    Love Appliqué Bunting

    Love Appliqué Bunting   Valentine’s Day Décor to Sew by Hand or Machine designed by Chelsea Briner, Sew Simple Home Create a festive flag bunting featuring appliqué letters that spell out a special “love” note. Hand this up for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary celebration or birthday party. The following instructions are to sew the project by hand. Alternatively, do the appliqué and topstitching by machine for a quicker version. Use Sulky 50 wt. Cotton Thread for the machine version and a size 70/10 Universal Needle for stitching. Love Appliqué Bunting Supplies Love Bunting Templates 3 to 5 cotton fabrics (or try Sulky Felty™ for a different, no-fray look) 35” length…

  • Next Level Serger Success

    Serger Sewing Session: Next Level Serger Success

    Serger Sewing Session with Katrina Walker Are you ready to take your serger education to the next level? Whether you joined us for our first Serger Sewing Session (Basics & Beyond) or are just now dipping your toe into the serger waters, this Session will allow you to explore your serger and get the most out of your investment. Katrina Walker includes valuable tips, tricks and instruction for using your serger – and using it more often! Next Level Serger Success In this Session (Next Level Serger Success), sewing star Katrina Walker will teach you intermediate serger techniques and take you through a table runner and BONUS coaster project that showcases those…

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  • Yoga Bag Pattern by Sew Hungry Hippie

    Yoga Bag Pattern Tips & Tricks

    Yoga Bag Pattern – Bliss Yoga Bag by Sew Hungry Hippie This yoga bag pattern is a pretty easy sew; however, a few tips and tricks will help you navigate the tricky parts. Stitch up this yoga bag and sew your way to wellness in the new year! Note: this post includes affiliate links. If you make a purchase from those links, we may receive a commission on those purchases. Yoga Bag Pattern Particulars This yoga bag is lined with a layer of interfacing and fusible fleece (or batting) between the layers. This results in a nicely structured bag with a comfy strap. What I did: I used a heavyweight…

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  • Quilted Heart Pot Holders

    Quilted Heart Pot Holders

    Quilted Heart Pot Holders for Valentine’s Day & Beyond Pattern by Heidi Pridemore of Whimsical Workshop Create heart-shaped oven mitts, quilted with insulated batting between the layers to protect your hands and surfaces from hot dishes. These Quilted Heart Pot Holders make great gifts for Valentine’s Day or any time of the year. Finished Size: 9″ x 7″ QUILTED HEART POT HOLDER SUPPLIES   Supplies listed are enough to make one Heart Holder. You will sure want more! Thread  Sulky 30 wt. Blendables® Thread (quilting)  Sulky 50 wt. Cotton Thread (construction)  Organ® Needles  Size 90/14 Quilting (quilting)  Size 70/10 Universal (construction)  Fabrics  1/4 yard of Fabric A  1/4 yard of…