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« on: April 01, 2005 07:42:36 AM »

sorry if this has been discussed ... i didn't find the thread so any links would be appreciated!

i want to make some notecards by machine sewing fabric scraps onto cardstock. i have seen this type of effect before, but i have never understood how it doesn't just perforate the paper so the whole thing pops off.

any suggestions? recommendations? experiences? tips? 

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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2005 09:00:02 AM »

I have never sewn paper before but I would use a demin needle.  The needle is designed for denim is a wee bit tough will likely work better on heavie paper.  Just my totally uniformed opinion.


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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2005 10:32:37 AM »

it does perforate the paper - really delicate papers sometimes rip, but it usually works pretty well.  it'll dull your needles faster than fabric, the same way paper will dull your scissors faster than fabric does.  I'd actually reccomend using a slenderer needle,s o that the holes you punch are as small as possible.  Also, if you paste a piece of tissue or something over the back of where you've sewn, it will help protect the stiching and make it last.

good luck!  oh, and remember, sometimes things that are a terrible time to sew (with 2 disparate layers) are easier if you flip them upside down.  try both ways.

« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2005 10:54:23 AM »

awesome, thanks for the tips. i am going to try this out now.

i've got plain cotton fabric that i am going to fuse to interfacing to keep it from fraying, and then cardstock. i'll post a link to the finished item when i can (it's for a swap so i can't ruin the surprise!)

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2005 12:58:27 PM »

Also, try to make your stitches pretty long. The closer together they are the more likely the paper will be to tear (because there are more perforations).

I do this a lot for homemade cards--it's fun! Makes you feel like a rebel using your sewing machine on something other than fabric.

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