Stitching Without A Machine

by Elena
(Athens, Greece)

I LOVE stitches on jj pages and/ or on embellishments of jjs (like tags, folders etc), but I don't have a sewing machine. Is there a way to make stitches without a machine? Maybe a tool?

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May 04, 2016
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Stitches
by: Mary

In case you're interested---someone makes a clear stamp called "Sewing Stitches", but I'm not sure who makes it. If you go to Amazon, simply search for the stamp name and you'll see it. The stamp set comes with 4-6 different styles of stitching. I have a stamp set in my Amazon cart as we speak!
Hope this helps...

Apr 01, 2016
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Thank you!
by: Elena

Thank you all for your comments, you've really helped me a lot! I love the zig zag stitch which (I think) is quite difficult to make by hand, but I'll try the more simple backstitch to see how it looks and if this goes well (and beautiful!), then I'll try to make the zig zag. I'll let you know of the results soon! Thank you all again! Wish you many beautiful, happy and creative moments!

Apr 01, 2016
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Stitching without a machine
by: Joan Mannix

Make the holes first, without thread in needle and then use a finer needle to sew. Keep your thread short and dont pull the stitch too tight. Having long thread will lead to knots and tugging which wont help the paper. Sew some tissue(eg napkin) on edge where you are sewing at back of page and you can tear it off gently when finished. or using a stabilizer as some one else suggested as a backing page and then decorate that or stick something on top of it. Iron on stabilizers are great for this and most will take paint, markers etc so you can colour it too it you like. Backstitch is probably the best stitch as is looks the closest to machine stitching if that is what you are trying to emulate and is gentle on paper. Or you could not actually sew them, but use a coloured pen to create a stitch image on the page.

Mar 31, 2016
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Stitching without a sewing machine.
by: Leigh

Hi Elana, you could always sew a blanket stitch by hand really quick with needle & thread. Also, WeAre Memory Keepeers (I think) has a sewing stamp roller. It stamps out what looks like actual stitches. And they also have one that actually sews as you roll it. Great way to go also. Hope this helps.

Mar 31, 2016
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Piercing Tool
by: Nancy N.

I love to stitch on paper. I find that I like to use a piercing tool or a darning needle best. If I want a straight line, I can pierce along a ruler. If I want to go wonky, then I just go freehand. I can make the holes as far/close as I want, which will determine my stitch length. I vary the size of the piercing tool depending on the size of the thread I want to use; 1-6 strands of embroidery floss, baker's twine, yarn, etc. This option also gives you the freedom to stitch any word or design anywhere you want, using templates or stencils.
I hope that helps! :o)

Mar 31, 2016
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Stitching Tip
by: Lori

I have an old cuttlebug perforator that you roll on the paper and puts perfect holes in a line. Then I just hand stitch. It's time consuming but works nicely. In a crunch you could just draw lines with a pen.

Mar 31, 2016
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Sewing Tool
by: Debbie-Anne

Hi Elena, I've never tried this myself but I wonder if a stitching roulette used to sew leather would work? You could run it along a ruler on the edge of your paper. Some have deeper 'points' on them so if your paper is resting on a soft surface like fun foam or sewing mat the holes might perforate right through. And if not, then you'd have to go back in with an awl. I know this tool is fairly inexpensive so it might be worth a try (I might actually give it a go myself!)


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