Katie Bartz | Sewing Scene

Katie Bartz   "Katie has the reputation of being an adventurer and an inspiring entrepreneur." Her experience in sewing and computer software have made her a successful educator, with multiple online classes, a book, instructional DVDs, and more!
Katie Bartz of Sewing Scene

What inspires you?

I'm inspired by the creativity of others. I also love sharing knowledge in the sewing industry and did so by co-authoring a book, "Pillow Talk", several years ago, and by teaching nationally with the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo. I am also an international online educator at Martha Pullen's educational website as well as a designer for some of their licensing projects. I love digitizing my own designs to coincide with my patterns and love teaching the "new" student how to embroider with success.

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How do you come up with your designs and collections?

My designs and collections find me…unless I'm looking for something specific, I'm usually inspired by something I see or if there is a need for a particular project. I get lots of requests for project designs as well. Since I love to educate, my pattern designs focus on techniques, but you get the benefit of a great project once the design is completed! It's a win-win and you learn something as well! For example, my "Pack it in Series" of classes include a duffle, toolbox, and organizing portfolios. This series of patterns takes you from beginning machine quilting, embroidery, adding hardware, and shows you how to set your machine correctly for a professional project when finished. It focuses on techniques and fine-tuned engineering construction, but you have a nice set of luggage to take to a retreat when you have finished…and you learn skills to take to your next sewing project!

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What is your favorite Sulky product? Why?

I have to say, there isn't a day when I'm in my sewing studio that I don't use one or more Sulky products to take my project "from home-made to pro-made". It's hard to pick one product as I do use them all. As you can see from the project photos, I have a diverse interest and I like using products in ways others may not use them to get the results I want. I love embroidering with Tear Easy Stabilizer. It's my "go to" stabilizer for machine quilting, channel quilting, and embroidering designs on t-shirts, as well. The "Core Embroidery Skills" classes at show you how to create pucker-free embroidery stitch outs!

Core Embroidery Classes

I love digitizing my own cross stitch designs and Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Thread gives me such great color matching, as you can see from the "Latte" design below.

Digitized Designs

I also use Sulky Invisible Thread for the beading by machine that you see. Each bead is sewn on individually using Tear Easy, and stitched in place with Sulky Invisible Thread. I use the invisible thread in the top and bobbin whenever it is used.


For free-standing lace, Fabri-Solvy Stabilizer is my choice for perfect stitch formation and stabilizer removal. The flowered apron uses perfectly matched Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Thread to coordinate with the fabric colors. I wanted to have the flowers embroidered on the bodice fabric so I digitized the fabric and ta-da! – a custom embroidery to coordinate with the fabric!

Digitized Embroidery