Sulky Educator - Michelle Umlauf

Michelle Umlauf is an alumni of many of the Sulky Certified Teacher programs. Like many of us, although she dabbled with sewing projects off and on as a young adult, she did not really catch the sewing fever until a little later in life. As her enjoyment of sewing evolved, it quickly became her passion. She discovered it was difficult to work full-time and still follow her dream and attend sewing related meetings and classes.
Michelle resolved that she wanted to make a difference in the sewing community. She combined her love of sewing with her fearless curiosity of technology and developed online sewing classes through her website. As a result, she has virtually taught students all around the world.

Michelle graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She spent nearly 20 years working for the federal government. With her husband’s encouragement and support, she made a major career change and is now pursuing her dream of teaching others how to sew, quilt and embellish. Michelle is a member of the American Sewing Guild, and in 2014 she became the President of the Maryland Chapter. In 2011, she started the Cyber Stitchers, an online Neighborhood Group.

Michelle enjoys all types of sewing and likes to challenge herself with incorporating new techniques in her projects. She is partial to free- motion sewing and using Sulky products has helped her learn and gain confidence in this skill. Michelle says that the new book, Embellish Your Life with Sulky is right up her alley. She hopes to inspire you and sharing her creativity through her website and at a store or guild near you.
Michelle also volunteers for HART for Animals, an organization that is dedicated to low-cost spay and neutering and placing homeless pets in their “fur-ever” home. Michelle and her husband live in the mountains of western Maryland with their German Shepherd, Heidi, and two rescue cats, Chai Kitty and MagiKat. They enjoy traveling together as her husband and Heidi participate in dog training classes along the east coast.

Visit Michelle’s website: where she offers Podcasts, Videos, a free class and more! Michelle is currently the only Sulky Certified Teacher and National Educator that offers you creative sewing machine classes online.