Sewing with paper questions

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Posted 11/25/2012 by jessicajdesigns in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 213,399
July 2005
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Posted: 11/25/2012 6:01:23 PM
I am sure this has been discussed before, but I can't seem to find what I'm looking for as I am on the app on my phone.

I am wondering what is the most basic machine I can purchase to do this? Also I would love to do both straight stitch and zig zag stitch.

Do I need a special needle for using with paper?

Any other tips you can offer me on seeing on paper?

Thanks everyone!

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Posted: 11/25/2012 6:06:38 PM
If the only thing that you will ever do with a machine is see, you may be able to get away with one of the $100 machines. But if you even put a piece of fabric next to it, you need to invest way more than that. Cheap machines have too much plastic and won't hold the tension correctly.

If you plan to do ANY real sewing, buy a used/reconditioned machine. Check with someone who does repairs. I firmly believe that people who say they hate sewing just have crappy machines.

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February 2009
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Posted: 11/25/2012 6:12:00 PM
Just a basic machine will work fine. There is a craft machine...not sure who makes it. No special needles needed but paper dulls needles faster than fabric so be sure to get a couple of extras. You will want to use larger stitches so as to not perforate the paper.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 7:41:06 PM
Thanks for the advice ladies! I will be putting one on my Christmas list.

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June 2005
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Posted: 11/25/2012 7:57:10 PM
I use an older model of the Janome SewMini. It works very well for paper (two pieces at a time) and paper-fabric (again, two layers--one of each).

I find it to be perfect for sewing two pieces of paper together, which was a huge issue for both of my regular sewing machines (Singer and Pfaff). The SewMini has just the right amount of tension for this type of craft sewing.

It has a minimal set of features--zig zag IS one of them. I love mine!!

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Posted: 11/25/2012 8:02:55 PM
You don't need a particular type of machine, but a nice sewing machine will make you a lot less frustrated, esp if you venture out from just paper. You may think now that you'd only ever use it for paper but before you know it, you'll be buying some fabric. There are so many fun, easy and CUTE sewing projects.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 9:33:33 PM
I have the Walmart special that goes on sale each year right about this season. It was WAY less than $100. I've sewn curtains, decorative pillows, and a few clothing items with it. Most of the time I use it for my paper projects and layouts. I change the needle when using fabric, but it's worked great!

I'm no seamstress, but I can straight stitch and zig zag and do a few other fancy sewing things and it's been all I've ever needed.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:34:36 AM
get the sew ribbon or sew easy kit
or cheat get the sharpie white mini pen and fake stich works fab

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Posted: 11/27/2012 11:28:55 AM
sewing on paper is more fun than on fabric (to me at least)!

I recommend using a denim needle, but regular ones work fine too.
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