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Posted 5/6/2013 by justcindy in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 172,432
October 2004
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Posted: 5/6/2013 9:23:58 AM
I really like the look of a little stitching on scrapbook pages but have yet to try it.myself. Those of you that do, I have some questions!

Do you use just your regular sized sewing machine or is there a mini version available that you use for pages? I dont have a ton of room in my craft area to just leave mine out all the time while I am scrapping...I pretty much have to have one craft out at a time. If that is your situation, do you save up several pages you want to stitch on, then bring out your machine to do them all at once, or have it set up in another area, or something else?

When stitching on a page, is it something you do as you are assembling the layout, or do you do it at the end as a finishing touch?

I was thinking this weekend about Crystal's LOAD challenge abiut rying a new technique and I have always wanted to try this but I think I finally figured out that its the logistics of it that has me stalled.

Cindy in Texas


PeaNut 541,651
February 2012
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Posted: 5/6/2013 9:33:53 AM
I had my hubby and FIL buy me a regular sized sewing machine at wally for my bday several years ago just for sewing scrapbook pages. I sew as I go where I think I want it sometimes after a LO is done, just depends.
I also save up a few Lo and sew them all at the same time cause my room isn't big enough for a separate space for my machine so I have to pull it down and work!!


PeaNut 172,432
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Posted: 5/6/2013 9:51:14 AM
I'm really thinking what I'll end up doing as well...savjng them up and dking several at once.

thought if another you add something to the back of the page you are stitching on, or is the cardstock, etc stable enough to handle the stitching alone?

Cindy in Texas


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January 2009
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Posted: 5/6/2013 11:15:41 AM
I sew on every layout, using my regular machine and just whatever needle that it came with. I think it's a universal needle. And I don't use expensive thread or back the layout with anything. I finish scrapping the whole thing and then sew wherever I want. It's so super easy. Try it!

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PeaNut 153,156
June 2004
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Posted: 5/6/2013 11:25:50 AM
I sew on a lot of my layouts. I bought a Kenmore Mini Ultra at Sears around '05 for about $70 and it is one of my best scrappy purchases. It has never given me a problem. I've made other projects with it, too. A few baby quilts, rag quilts, doll clothes, and hemmed many pairs of pants.

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PeaNut 319,334
May 2007
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Posted: 5/6/2013 11:41:41 AM
I stitch on all of my layouts (except Project Life) and use a full-size machine. I don't have a ton of free "flat" space available to have it set up, either, but you don't need a lot of room around it just to work on a 12x12 page. Mine is on top of an IKEA Alex cart with just a enough room behind and to the side for a page to fit in.

I wait until the very end to stitch on my page as a finishing touch, and like others have mentioned, I just use plain thread and a regular needle.


PeaNut 510,965
June 2011
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Posted: 5/6/2013 12:42:55 PM
I use a regular sewing machine, the basic needle and have only been using white thread so far. If I switched the color, I'd still leave the bobbin thread as white since it doesn't show.

I suggest starting on some scraps, with sewing around the edges of photo mats or stitching on die cuts. Then I adhere them to the page with a tape runner.

I tend to move the paper on purpose so I don't have to worry about achieving a perfectly straight line - I like the softer flow. It's amazing how a few seconds through the sewing machine add so much interest.

Give it a try!

Ginny Callahan

PeaNut 85,372
May 2003
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Posted: 5/6/2013 12:58:30 PM
I use my regular machine & sew as I go. I've found the machine tucks into the back of my table & I just pull it out when I need to sew. It really doesn't take up much room. I keep the bobbin threaded with white or beige. I sew on scrap paper to test everything-new project, thread change, stitch change etc.

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September 2001
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Posted: 5/6/2013 3:37:26 PM
I use a regular machine, and mostly stitch on elements before they are glued to the layout.



PeaNut 324,746
June 2007
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Posted: 5/6/2013 3:44:24 PM
love stitching on LOs, PL, and ATCs. I just use a regular machine also with whatever thread is in it at the time.



PeaNut 508,466
May 2011
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Posted: 5/6/2013 3:49:14 PM
Personally, I use my regular sewing/quilting (full-sized) sewing machine. But, I do keep an old needle just for sewing paper and swap out my currently sharp, fabric needle for the old needle, which needn't be sharp for going through paper.

Like you, I don't have the space to have both my sewing and papercrafting supplies out at the same time. I typically haul out the sewing machine whenever I decide that I want to use it on LOs, which unfortunately sometimes means that I'll skip stitching when I don't feel like going to the trouble of taking everything out.

I would also recommend one of the early Glitter Girl videos - she goes through all of the machine stitching options with many useful suggestions for how to go about doing it, especially if you're new to the technique. Not sure which episode it is (sorry) but I recall it being among her first few.

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PeaNut 31,617
March 2002
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Posted: 5/6/2013 3:54:45 PM
I stitch by need for another machine to take up space in my room!

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PeaNut 172,432
October 2004
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Posted: 5/6/2013 3:55:10 PM
wow, so much awesome advice! thanks to all of you. I cant wait to give this a try. I will hunt around for the glitter girl video,thanks for.pointing me that way.

sorry for all the typos....peaing frombmy phone and trying to learn a new keyboard...

Cindy in Texas

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PeaNut 109,681
October 2003
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Posted: 5/6/2013 3:59:55 PM
i use a regular size machine. i've had the smaller ones in different sizes. the smaller the machine, the worse the stitch. nothing works as good as a regular machine.

i have my machine on a corner of my table so i sew as i go. i don't save it all to sew at once.

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PeaNut 134,495
March 2004
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Loc: seattle

Posted: 5/6/2013 4:00:32 PM
I am not a very good sewer so I just use a basic machine I bought years ago at Target, white or gray thread and the needle with which it came. I kept it on a folding tv dinner tray for a long while until I bought a cheap desk at Ikea. I just add some stitching when I'm done with the layout.

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PeaNut 530,045
November 2011
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Loc: Ohio

Posted: 5/6/2013 4:05:52 PM
I use my regular machine & am fortunate enough to have it out all the time on a cart in my craft room. So, I sew as I go. The only improvement to my setup would be if there was enough room to wheel my chair from desk to sewing machine

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PeaNut 163,613
August 2004
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Posted: 5/6/2013 4:58:37 PM
I love stitching on my pages.
I use my regular sewing machine with a heavy duty needle and heavy duty thread.
I like the heavy duty thread because its s little thicker. The heavy duty needle us important because I sew through several layers and chipboard
Oh, and I've been using the same needle in my machine for 20 years. I do g even change it when I'm quilting or making costumes

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PeaNut 533,735
December 2011
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Posted: 5/6/2013 5:28:00 PM
I have a normal sewing machine from AEG. I sew during creating the layout and as a finishing touch as well

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PeaNut 551,978
April 2012
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Loc: Canada

Posted: 5/6/2013 6:22:30 PM
A really sweet Pea gave me her mini size sewing machine that she didn't want anymore!

I've been playing around with it a lot, and I have it just off to the side of my work area so I can go to it any time to add stitching... Sometimes I want stitching just on a few of the layers or embellishments and not on the whole page, so that works best for me... If I put half finished things aside (any more than I already do), then I'd never finish projects...LOL Since it's a half size machine, it's really light and small - if I want it off of my desk I just tuck it on top of my bookcase...

I tend to sew as I go because of the convenience, and also because if I need to take things apart it's easier to pry off some adhesive than the stitching... Not that I ever change my mind mid-project


PeaNut 1,038
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Posted: 5/6/2013 7:35:12 PM
Glitter Girl has a really good video on stitching on your pages. It has several tips and tricks in it. I can't remember the title but it's something catchy about sewing and is pretty obvious if you scroll through the list of videos. Hope this helps.


PeaNut 563,248
August 2012
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Posted: 5/6/2013 7:52:56 PM
I use a regular sewing machine. Currently have black and white thread but have only used the white so far. I used the needled that came with the machine. Did not change tension or needle placement but did change stitch length. I like my stitches on paper a little longer.
I am fortunate where I can leave my sm out. I just uncover it and sew on my layout when I am done.
There are a couple ladies I know that stitch on youtube mercytiara and kraftybuns.
HTH Melissa


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September 2012
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Posted: 5/6/2013 8:38:41 PM
I have a Janome mini. Love that its lightweight and I don't have to lug my big heavy one out of the closet!



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September 2009
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Posted: 5/6/2013 9:15:44 PM
I use my regular machine and it is already set up in a separate area. Usually I sew as needed during the process of the page but sometimes I leave until the end if I can so I don't have to make so many trips up and down the stairs.

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November 2005
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Posted: 5/6/2013 9:44:32 PM
I have a nice machine I sold a camera lens to buy... the sewing machine gets WAY more use!

It is always set up on my desk because I use it on nearly every single project. I just love it!

I use denim needles since I sew through lots of thick things like chipboard, but you don't need it.

I usually do it as I go, and then I finish up with stitches too.

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PeaNut 76,445
March 2003
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Posted: 5/7/2013 8:30:56 AM
I use my regular machine.
My dad built a long L shaped desk in my scrap space several years ago. The short "leg" of the L is where I keep my machine sitting. I just cover it when not in use. Since I don't have to drag it out and pack it away, I tend to use it more frequently.


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October 2003
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Posted: 5/7/2013 9:11:17 AM
Everything gets sewn on over here. Layouts, Project Life... everything.
Normal sewing machine. Plain Jane needle. Plain Jane thread. Nothing special.

Have fun.



PeaNut 225,500
October 2005
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Posted: 5/7/2013 10:13:46 AM
I got a sewing machine for Christmas and I love it! I use it on probably 90% of my layouts. I have a regular size Brother that my parents got me off Amazon for a really good price. It's the one Ali Edwards uses and links on her blog.

My biggest thing with the sewing machine is to leave it out. I have it on a little table in my closet so it's not in plain sight but within easy reach and always plugged in and ready to go. If it wasn't out, I probably wouldn't use it. I also just use a regular universal needle and whatever thread is cheapest at whatever store i am at. I just got silver and gold threads at M's the other day and they are super fun to use on pages!!

And since my machine is out all the time I just sew as I go. Adding it to whatever I am working on. On and mine is super easy to thread so if I want to change the thread color that takes about 10 seconds!


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PeaNut 78,876
March 2003
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Posted: 5/7/2013 10:18:07 AM
I stitch on my layouts using a regular sized Singer machine.
I do use heavy duty needles b/c I have a tendency to break mine
I think I hurry too much, though!
I use it to help secure embellishments and paper as well as adding texture and


PeaNut 405,405
December 2008
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Posted: 5/7/2013 9:09:31 PM
Since not having mine out I hardly ever use it. I would try to work out somewhere in tr house that you can have it set up so you can use it.

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PeaNut 533,982
December 2011
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Loc: Queenstown, New Zealand

Posted: 5/8/2013 7:07:45 AM
I'm using a really old machine that my mum in law has lent me. I have it permanently set up and mostly add my sewing at the end. I'm lazy and don't change the thread, so I always sew in white. Even if I go to a crop I'll add sewing to my finished layouts. I love the look of stitching and the security that bits won't move once my pages are in my albums.


PeaNut 172,432
October 2004
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Posted: 5/8/2013 11:10:39 AM
Thanks so much, Ladies for all the tips and encouragement! I think I really just want to leave it out somewhere....maybe I could keep it under my work table and just pull it up, instead of buried in the downstairs closet.

I loved to sew when I was younger, but haven't done anything but hand stitch an emergency tear or hem here and there. Can't wait to give this technique a try!

Cindy in Texas
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