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Posted 7/19/2013 by katyscrap in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 7/19/2013 11:40:59 AM
I have no idea how to sew. I always sew by hand but I would really like to get into machine stitching on my layouts. I think it adds something more to a page that you just can't achieve any other way.

So, can any of you recommend a machine that I could get that would be easy to learn, self threading if possible (I have really bad eyesight) and not too expensive because it would be used just for scrapbooking. Thanks!

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Posted: 7/19/2013 12:06:19 PM
IKEA actually has a pretty decent beginner sewing machine for 69$



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Posted: 7/19/2013 12:10:51 PM
I had to read this a couple times, trying to figure out how typewriters could sew... and I'm still confused.

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Posted: 7/19/2013 12:18:30 PM
Typewriters don't sew

But you can buy a sewing machine at a good price at Costco to type on your layouts



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Posted: 7/19/2013 12:20:24 PM
hahahaha, I didn't even catch that! LOL.

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Posted: 7/19/2013 12:24:46 PM
I just checked out a review for the Ikea machine and it seems pretty good. I think this might be just what I am looking for! Thanks.

Ikea review

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Posted: 7/19/2013 12:31:31 PM
Haha, OP. I can't sew either! My mother and grandmother have sewn for a living for the past 35-40 years, and I simply cannot even remember how to thread the machine she gave me. She gave me one of her older ones (it's a really good machine too!) and I just can't do it. I wanted to stitch on layouts. Managed to do it once and now can't remember how to thread. I'm sure there are instructions in the manual or on the machine but I found that using a paper piercing template and hand stitching is far quicker for me! Plus then I can make other shapes and stuff much easier than trying to learn it.


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Posted: 7/19/2013 1:48:39 PM
I can totally relate with the OP.


I actually pretty much hate to sew and do not own a machine. Nor do I know how to use one. But I love the look on LOs.


But alas, no Costco or Ikea here.



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Posted: 7/19/2013 1:58:29 PM
One thing you're going to want to be sure to be able to do is to adjust the stitch length. Too short a length and you're basically cutting the paper by poking a bunch of holes super close together.

I use my great-grandma's machine from the 60s. It was her last machine -- her previous one had been manual and was converted to electric somehow. I love this machine, it's built solid. I only use it for scrapping. Perhaps you can find something similar at a garage sale?


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Posted: 7/19/2013 3:04:02 PM
My Tuesday AM has a pretty decent Kenmore (made by Janome). I think it was around $80.

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Posted: 7/19/2013 4:26:00 PM
Mine is from Walmart and prior to using it on scrapbooks I made slipcovers and curtains with it. I don't remember the price but it wasn't bad.
A tip on threading your machine I learned from my mom who sews for a living: always leave your machine threaded. To change it to a different thread all you do is cut it at the top with a some extra length. Tie the original thread to the new thread in a regular knot. Slowly pull the thread through the machine by pulling on the thread at the bottom. The knot is small enough to go through all the places the thread does.
Hope that makes sense.
Once I found a stitch length and tension that I loved on paper, I took a photo of it with my phone. That way if it accidentally gets moved I can always know what to reset it to.

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Posted: 7/19/2013 6:56:30 PM
Thanks for the threading tip. That is so smart,

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Posted: 7/19/2013 7:13:25 PM
I also have my Grandma's old machine and barely use it because I don't get the threading! Love the tip!


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Posted: 7/20/2013 6:38:59 AM
Think thrift store
I often see old machines there for $15 which are perfect for LOs
I didn't want to use my good machine for paper so I picked up one of these and it is ideal


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Posted: 7/20/2013 8:16:44 AM
I picked up the Brother model that Ali E uses and I love it! It has the little doodad that helps you thread the needle super easy (not at all sure what that's called technically...) and I only sew on paper and have never been any sort of seamstress and I was up and sewing in a short amount of time after I took it out of the box. I probably machine stitch on at least 75% of my pages now. Metallic tread is awesome

Got it on amazon for reasonable price
Brother sewing machine


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Posted: 7/20/2013 8:24:11 AM
Mine is a Singer one from the Walmart Thanksgiving sale. Stitching on paper is actually quite easy because of the stiffness of the paper. Watch some Youtube videos to get a feel for how to do it or take a class from a local sewing store.


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Posted: 7/20/2013 12:12:36 PM
The Janome Sew Mini is often on sale at Hancock Fabrics (online) for $49. I don't have one, but if I wanted one just for SBing I would get that because of it's small size, brand name, and price.

Sometimes you can even get free shipping.

I have regular sized machine for sewing and Sbing, and just can't justify buying another one just because it's little, and would take up less space.





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Posted: 7/20/2013 12:34:17 PM
Here is a youtube step by step tutorial for non-sewers from Gina K for the Sew Mini.

Janome Sew Mini tutorial


Do a search for sew mini on her channel for the other 3.








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Posted: 7/20/2013 1:03:12 PM
Thank you all so much! Love the recommendations, tips and suggestions.

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Posted: 7/20/2013 2:10:36 PM
Sewing on paper is quite easy and anyone can do it. It's easier than you think and easier than sewing on fabric. You might be frustrated with a cheapy machine, though. I would recommend not buying the cheapest. You might check Craigs List for a nicer machine, second hand.


A tip on threading your machine I learned from my mom who sews for a living: always leave your machine threaded. To change it to a different thread all you do is cut it at the top with a some extra length. Tie the original thread to the new thread in a regular knot. Slowly pull the thread through the machine by pulling on the thread at the bottom. The knot is small enough to go through all the places the thread does.


LOVE this tip. Totally trying it the next time I change thread. Thanks!


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Posted: 7/20/2013 6:16:53 PM
The M store near me just started carrying small (maybe half size) Singer sewing machines... Not sure the model or how great they are, but apparently they're starting to carry sewing stuff... Might be worth checking out in case you can use either a coupon or get it on one of there % of everything sales...

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Posted: 7/20/2013 6:46:41 PM
Thank you so much for the threading tip. So clever! I timed myself a while back when I was changing thread on my machine, it took me 30 minutes! I don't use my sewing machine as much because of that. Thanks MoniL
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