Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Sewing on card

Saw a post on one of my craft forums recently, for help re sewing machine use, as sewing on layouts and cards is so popular at the moment! I used to be a sewing teacher so here goes with my 10 top tips.

1. For sewing paper, I use an 80 needle but a 90 needle is stronger if it breaks and a 100 needle or denim needle is even stronger.

2. I use regular sewing cotton. The only way to use embroidery thread is to wind it on the spool and sew with your card upside down, loosening your top tension slightly, so the thicker thread lies on the surface and the other thread "couches" it in place.

3. For even stitching, make sure you have inserted your needle correctly, as some have the flat part of the shank to the back and some to the side.

4. Make sure you have threaded the spool in the underneath with the thread coming off in the right direction (check handbook for individual details.)

5. Paper blunts your needle, so if you start missing stitches, it is time to put a new one in - NOTE it will not sew fabric after paper, so I keep one marked with nail varnish for paper only in my pin cushion.

6. If you are still having tangles. make sure you bring the bottom thread up through the card by turning the wheel by hand, one whole turn, whilst holding the top thread. Then when you start, they can both be held on the surface. This should stop tangles.

7. Use a larger stitch size than fabric, as holes close together make perforations for easy tearing!Dont try to reverse as too many holes makes the cardstock tear. If you want perforations for an invitation reply slip or something, sew without thread at all.

8. When you have completed your stitching, pull both threads to the back of the cardstock when complete and stick down with DST before trimming.

9. Experiment with various stitches, but complex embroidery ones on paper may just result in holes.

10. You can sketch an outline shape on paper and then stitch around it with fabric underneath, then, once finished, you cand tear away the paper to reveal the fabric shape underneath, which can be cut out and used as a small embellishment.

1 comment:

Hi I'm Maria... said...

WOW CC, is there nothing you don't know, thank you so much for the sewing tips.

Maria x