I sew on 99% of my cards now, so I thought it might be fun to show you all how I do it. I know there are lots of you out there who already sew on your cards, but since I've only been sewing on mine for a bout a year, I know there are some of you who have wanted to give it a go, but didn't know where to start, or are a little worried about straight lines. It just takes practice and getting comfortable with the sewing machine you use.
Here is one of the first cards I made with sewing -
I made a little photo tutorial and I wish I had a video camera so it would be a little easier to show you, but hopefully my photos will show what I need them to show. This is a looooong post, so grab a snack.
My disclaimer is this - I'm not a professional seamstress by any means - I just sew on paper. I'm sure they won't be calling me to mend trousers at Downton Abbey anytime soon, so just keep that in mind.
First, I glued my patterned paper to my cardstock and got all of my individual pieces ready to go. Be sure to avoid adding adhesive to the areas of the paper that you are going to sew. This will help keep your needle gunk-free. Sometimes this is unavoidable like with my scallop trim pieces, so I try not to all a lot of adhesive there.
I'm going to use the D setting on my Janome Sew Mini.
I start with my layer base sheet and will align the needle in the lower left corner, about 1/8" in from each side.
To keep my stitches fairly straight, I hold my fingers next to the cardstock, using both hands on both ends of the paper, as a guide. I found this method to be easier for me rather than holding the top of the paper and guiding it through. I let the foot of the machine do all the work, I just keep the paper in place.
When the needle gets close to the end of the paper, I take my foot of the floor pedal and manually turn the wheel on the side of the machine to make those last few stitches so I can be sure not to get crazy and sew off the paper. It happens.
To make the corner, lift the foot while the needle is still in the paper and then turn your cardstock 90 degrees and then put the foot back down. Continue sewing around all 4 sides.
Now that I've finished my border, I'm going to add the next layer.
I love using the zigzag settings for my sideways panels, so I'm going to use my favorite - G.
I usually line up the needle on the top edge of the panel so that my stitches overlap both sheets of paper. Each zigzag setting moves the needle to different places, so be sure to line up an edge before you start sewing full speed.
I've completed my sewing, so now I'm going to pull the loose ends through to the back side of the paper. This gives the card a more polished and completed look. To do this, simply pull on the string on the back side of the paper and it will pull a loop through from the front of the card, like this:
Here is my finished card. I also did some zigzag stitching on the tag where the scallop border is attached.
RS#13 for this layout and the stamp set is Cute as a Button. I hope you'll try some sewing if you haven't tried already. It's quite therapeutic!
I use a Janome Sew Mini, which is small and sits nicely on my craft desk. It's a perfect little starter machine.
Thanks 'sew' much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful day.