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Old 06-30-2021, 04:39 PM   #1  
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I love the stitching I see on cards in the galleries! How are you cardmakers doing this? Is it actual sewing machine stitching or is there a tool or trick I need to know about? I noticed cards that some stitching looks like regular linear stitches, but I saw another that looks like dots. Please share your knowledge!
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Old 06-30-2021, 05:11 PM   #2  
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When I stitch on cards I use my sewing machine. I set the tension looser so that the paper doesn't tear, then pull the loose threads through a stitch hole to the backside of the paper.

Maybe the stitching that looks like dots is just someone using her sewing machine without the thread (or using a paper piercer to poke holes in the paper).

Stitching on cards is so fun! It's another way to attach things without using adhesive. I haven't stitched on a card in a long while, though.
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Thanks, Nicole. I agree that it is a fun way to attach things, although I would probably still be using my ATG for fear of tearing. Maybe, big maybe, I will get inspired to drag my machine out of the closet where it has been for years. Decades? I really do like that look!
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I think there are a couple of specialised gadgets, possibly one by WRMK, but in general the feedback on those is they are often more trouble to use than they are worth. I use a regular sewing machine. Often I use slightly heavier thread, sold for buttonholes, as it gives more definition. I usually use a clear nylon thread in the bobbin, so that I don't have to have four or five different colours.
Because paper doesn't have the stretch of fabric, it can be hard to get the corners exact, so I often prefer two or threes of wonky stitching, a decorative stitch or zigzag.
We have a tutorial in the Resources section: Sewing On Cards on Tutorial at Splitcoaststampers.

I once set a challenge to make a card with NO glue or tape; sewing was much used for attaching layers. In general, while I am primarily a wet glue user, when it comes to attaching a stitched panel to a base I do tend to prefer tape.
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Old 06-30-2021, 09:25 PM   #5  
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I love stitching on cards! I use my sewing machine. I use rayon thread for a shiny look; but, also regular thread for other cards. Be sure to use one needle for your "paper" sewing. Paper dulls the needle.

Here are a few cards from my gallery:

https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2182804?&cat=500&ppuser=48783

https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1888447?&cat=500&ppuser=48783

https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1888451?&cat=500&ppuser=48783

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I am definitely feeling overwhelmed, but so many SCS members are using stitching that I am guessing it maybe isn't as difficult as I am thinking. The idea of the mini sewing machine is appealing due to my lack of space (due totally to my inability to get rid of anything). I do have a paper piercing thingamajig from WRMK, and you are right that it seems more trouble than it is worth. I used it several times when I first got it, but my recollection is that it was not good at going clear through the paper. Thanks, everyone, for the feedback.
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I used to sew on cards and sb pages often, sewing machine is dusty now. Two tips:
Use a long stitch length, stitches close together act like perforations and a paper will tear.
Do not backstitch at the end of a row, sew to the edge then leave enough thread for tying a knot or
taping the ends to the backside of cs.
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I keep forgetting to use this technique! Your post is an awesome reminder! It's been a while, so I would have to practice again. lol...I have seen some adorable faux stitching on cards too.
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one thing about it, if you are going to use your real machine for fabric and paper. ( not one of the toy ones that will not back up and lock the stitches) you will want to have a needle you dedicate to using on paper as it will dull the sharpness of it really fast/more so than using the needle on fabric.

I tend to use a piece of scotch tape on the backside of the panels that were sewn together to keep it from flashing out the sides too.

oh and I really like this for wrapping lace and ribbons around a panel so, I use the scotch tape to hold it in place, and be sure to keep the glue out of the path you know you are going to run the stitches through, so move your what ever temp adhesive in from the edge a little bit.
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We have a few site tutorials that might help:

Stitched Die String Art on Tutorial at Splitcoaststampers
Stitching On Patterned Paper on Tutorial at Splitcoaststampers
No-Line Piercing on Tutorial at Splitcoaststampers
Sewing On Cards on Tutorial at Splitcoaststampers
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I am an avid crafter and teach several types of papercraft. Please google "Embroidery on Paper" or "Ornare". They have amazing examples and also AMAZING templates that you can pierce and then sew or just leave the pierced dots as images. ENJOY!!
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I’m old school. I love cross stitching by hand and making cards with what I stitched. I use my die cuts to make my aperture cards.
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I'm old school too, but I love getting new ideas...and all the examples are stitched by hand.
I like these two sites (and many more) for their ideas....you can do as much or as little as you wish.

https://www.art-of-craft.co.uk/paper...e-stencils.irc

https://ecstasycrafts.com/collection...idery-on-paper
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craftiema, thank you for sharing the two links. I’ve bookmarked them for future reference. 😁
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Spellbinders has some dies that once you die cut them, you hand stitch them. Check out You Tube, Spellbinders Large die of the month for May 2021...

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Pinterest is also an excellent place to get new ideas.
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I love the stitching I see on cards in the galleries! How are you cardmakers doing this? Is it actual sewing machine stitching or is there a tool or trick I need to know about? I noticed cards that some stitching looks like regular linear stitches, but I saw another that looks like dots. Please share your knowledge!
I machine stitch on almost all my cards. About ten years ago I bought a $99.00 Kenmore sewing machine from Sears. It basically has straight stitch and zigzag stitch options. I have only used this sewing machine all these years for sewing on my cards, not fabric sewing ever. I have used the same needle for years, maybe changing it once. I only use Gutterman 100% Polyester thread which I purchase at JoAnns. The designer paper I sew on has a couple of tiny pieces of tape gun tape on the back of it to keep it from sliding around when I am stitching. . Place the tiny piece of tape in the middle of the backside of the designer paper and never around the edges because you do not want the machine stitching to ever go through sticky tape. In the beginning I wasn't the best at getting the perfect result but I kept practicing, and practicing. Don't give up. I love the stitched look on my cards and will probably always continue doing that. Hope this helps.
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