Stitching How do you do this?
Posted 16 March 2005 - 10:52 AM
So tell me, how do you all add stitching to your paper layouts? Do you use a normal sewing machine? Do you use a paper sewing machine or is there such a thing? How much time does it take? If I wanted to incorporate stitching on my paper layouts what would I have to buy and where would I buy it? I don't even know if I could work the machine properly. LOL.
Give me the scoop on stitching.
Posted 16 March 2005 - 11:05 AM
Too bad you aren't closer: I have 3 machines. One my grandma bought for me when I was born (goes forward and backward, your basic Sears Kenmore circa 1955); one my mom bought while we lived in Japan: a portable but all metal so it weighs a ton. She gave it to me so I could do my own button holes and zigzag edges, and finally one I bought for myself----so lovely, that when my mom saw it she went and bought one just like it. I am thrilled to have it, but rarely use it. However it made sewing those vampire costumes a breeze and was worth every penny!
As for stitching: I do it digitally, but it's still hard to capture every nuance perfectly (but I bet Tonya could!)
Posted 16 March 2005 - 11:50 AM
I have heard that those little portables that Michaels and Joann sell work pretty well, but ALWAYS test your stiches on scrap paper before you sew! That is my advice...
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Posted 16 March 2005 - 01:37 PM
I remember reading this somewhere... If you don't want to invest in a machine, punch holes in your paper with a needle, using graph paper as a guide. Then you can hand stitch the papers. You could also use embroidery floss this way for a different effect.
Posted 16 March 2005 - 03:52 PM
dinny, on Mar 16 2005, 10:37 AM, said:
bwahahaha in my spare time!
Posted 16 March 2005 - 05:13 PM
What I found was a Kenmore Mini-Ultra on EBAY. I think they are still being sold there, for hmm, either $40 or $60. I can't remember. I love it. It does 3 different sizes of straight stitches, and 3 different sizes of zig-zag stitches. I use it a lot. It's not exactly portable, but it's small and sits on a table top.
Posted 16 March 2005 - 05:17 PM
I does many many stiches (around 40) and there are many feet that I just don't know how touse, like the embroidery foot, I tried using it, but it made a whole knotty mess, I gave up until I get time to take lessons to further my knowledge
I do my scrapbooking stiches digitally
you use the - and the _ caracters in a font you like, then you can emboss it or add a bevel and then add a dropshadow and it can look pretty real...
Posted 16 March 2005 - 07:05 PM
so I was so grateful for the manual LOL. I luckly remembered how to thread it and wind the bobbin with help from the manual.
Now ,about using it for lo's and cards , It went very well and fast.
I used the zig zag stitch and practiced first to get the size of stitch , size meaning length and space of stitches. It does become addicting. Also I would recommend having a lot of bobbins wound in all different colors to be prepared. Hope this helps!
Posted 03 April 2005 - 05:26 PM
I have also found digital stitching (zig-zag) can be really effective and pretty convincing and there are also some gorgeous stitching rub-ons available now.
so, if the thought of getting a sewing machine out again fills you with horror, the same effect can be achieved by other means!!
Posted 04 April 2005 - 01:58 AM
Rub-ons that look like a sewing machine.
There are just somethings that can't be faked. Real sewing is that. To me, it's like fake violins on a CD. I play the violin so I can ALWAYS spot them.
If you've ever done real sewing then you can spot the fake stuff right away. For one thing, it's just not that perfect. Nothing done in real life is....
I've been a sewer all of my life. It was expected (in my generation in my family where I lived) that all female children would learn to sew clothing because they would be mothers someday. (Just like it was expected that I learn to bake, to bottle jam, plant a garden and all of that stuff... It was a matter of honor, sort of, to learn to do those things... I didn't feel picked on. I felt like I was learning time-honored traditions.)
And it was cheaper to sew clothing until Walmart got into the action and changed the world. I used to sew all of my boys clothing (my older two boys). That's all I could afford for them. I made their jeans and everything.
By the time Andrew and Julianne had come along, the world had changed and it was more expensive to sew their clothes. I've only made Julianne one dress and she only wore it once.
So my sewing machine just sat around, gathering dust for years...
Until I started to sew on my scrapbook pages again. I love it.
Mandy - that box I'm making? The top has all kinds of papers layered up with sewing around the edges.
But don't - under any circumstances - buy one of those little craft sewing machine things. They are junk and people that get them hate them. You have to have the real deal.
If you want one, I'd go to yard sales, look on eBay - or even just put out the word. You might be surprised to find out that there are lot of women out there (my age) that aren't scrapbookers that have their sewing machines just sitting around and would love to give them a home for cheaps. Tell people that you'd like a used sewing machine that works... that you don't care if it's old as long as it works. You only need it to do two things well - straight stiches and zig zag stiches. The new ones come with so many bells and whistles that you just don't need.
But you have those little girls.... who knows? You might find it fun to make them some little dresses. It's pretty fun, actually. If you are interested in that kind of thing, you have to have a machine that will make good button holes.
I've had machines that do all of the fancy stuff. Guess how often you use those things (unless that kind of thing fascinates you... )? Almost never.
Okay - now I'm off of my grandma's sewing machine soapbox.
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Posted 04 April 2005 - 08:17 PM
Posted 04 April 2005 - 08:21 PM
Have any samples to show us?
Posted 04 April 2005 - 09:21 PM
Might keep my eye out for a cheap sewing machine at yard sales this summer like you mentioned Ro. Afterall, if it's cheap enough, it's okay if I can't figure out how to use it because I won't have sunk a lot of money into it. I don't think I'll be needing the one that does button holes. I won't be making any clothes. I have enough other things on my plate, not to mention my girls have two wonderful grandmas who supply them with clothes like crazy. I'm blessed that way. Thanks for ALL of your responses on stitching. Keep this thread flowing (no pun intended)...I'm enjoying reading it.
Posted 05 April 2005 - 06:04 PM
I know that they still have auctions all the time for this little baby. Do a search and see what you come up with!
Posted 09 May 2005 - 10:38 PM
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