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« on: November 28, 2006 07:54:00 AM »

Hello to all!

I have a quick question about sewing paper for cards. Do you just run it through your sewing machine? What needle size(s) do you use? Does it work the same way if you are sewing fabric to paper?

I figured that I would toss this out there to y'all since Craftsters know all! Thanks for the help.
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2006 07:58:42 AM »

yeah I usually just run it through like usual, but I always feel like I am hurting my sewing machine. as long as you're careful and don't use to thick a paper it should be alright.
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2006 08:34:55 AM »

I just use a regular sized needle, but make sure it is SHARP, otherwise the paper will keep cutting your thread. Set your stitch length pretty long, go slow, and have at! Don't forget to lock the stitches at both ends.
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2006 10:31:14 AM »

Thanks to you both! I will make sure the the needle is sharp and the stitches are long.

Thanks for the advice!
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2006 09:47:00 PM »

Ha!  I love craftster...  I was just looking for tips on machine sewing with paper, and here is the perfect discussion thread!

I found a website here: http://www.momscape.com/scrapbooking/articles/techniques/sewing.htm that had these tips...

Machine Sewing on Paper

Machine-sewing on paper is much the same as sewing on fabric. It takes a little practice, but don't let the idea intimidate you.

A couple of tips:

- Before you start to stitch, make sure your bobbin has enough thread to finish the job. If your bobbin runs out of thread midway, you'll be left with holes in the paper that you'll have to work to conceal.

- Don't try to machine stitch more than 3 layers at a time.

- Don't "knot" the thread as you would when sewing on fabric by going over the same spot repeatedly. Secure the thread underneath by adhering it to piece of paper, and it won't unravel.


Does that sound like good advice to you pro paper-stichers out there?  I would totally be like Knitty club and feel like I was hurting my sewing machine if I went in blind.  Also, does it make sense to change needles for paper and fabric, like you do with scissors?

Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2007 08:37:44 PM »

Once you use that needle for paper, you should probably make it only for paper. Kind of like only cutting fabric with one pair of scissors than never touch paper. Either keep it in a different place than where you store your other needles, probably mark it with nail polish or wrap a piece of masking tape with "PAPER ONLY" on the needle before storing.

You may still think your needle is sharp, but if you go to use it on a lightweight fabric, you'll see issues.

Just an ounce of prevention.
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2007 10:09:10 PM »

That is Exactly the type of advice I am looking for!  Thank you for the tip!  Now if I could just work up the nerve to actually try this with my machine...   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2007 10:34:06 PM »

Relax, maps, your machine can handle it. Did you know that a piece of tissue paper or a plastic grocery bag under the pressure foot helps move slippery fabrics? So, if it can handle that, it can handle paper.

I wouldn't run bookboard through it -- unless you have an industrial machine that could rip through anything.

Have fun!
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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2007 12:08:22 PM »

OK, I'll do it!  I've been wanting to try sewing on cards for so long  - yay!  Smiley
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