Post # 1
I have seen some great invitations that I love with stitching on them, such as this line from Papermints:
Has anyone every used a sewing machine on paper? If so, did you use an older machine, or is there something newer/compact/inexpensive that would work? Is it easy, or more work than it’s worth for 100 save-the-dates?
My ideas for a vintage-charm-meets-modern-whimsy wedding are coming together, and I want to use vintage-looking buttons as a touch on my save-the-dates. I thought also using stitching will give it that hand-crafted charm that I’m looking for. Basically, I like to make things as complicated as possible for myself
Please tell me if this is a venture I should just plain stay away from!
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2018 - Methodist Church/Country Club
I have no real help for you, other than to say I realllly adore the look of stitching on paper! Can you just do a practice run on regular cardstock?
Post # 4
I could, but I don’t have a sewing machine, although I’ve been wanting a cheap portable one to play with…. so I was hoping to get some feedback before I bother to buy one I can use my mom’s old one, but I didn’t want to risk hurting it!
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2007 - Westbury Manor
I have a mini sewing machine at home that I’ve used for stitching. Honestly though I still haven’t gotten the hang of using it so I don’t use it much but it was pretty cheap. However it did receive very poor ratings, good thing I only paid $8 (on sale) for it. If you do a search, you should be able to find similar ones. http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat3414&PRODID=prd36215′ defer=’defer
Also, a new product that may be easier to use. Rub on Transfer tape, but it’ll probably be costly especially if you are making a lot of invites. http://www.daisyds.com/featuredprod1.cfm
The last method is to manually stitch by hand, which I’ve done using buttons on paper. It’s quite tedious but I use embrodiery floss and it comes out pretty nice. See link, for sample: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5825332
Good luck, let us know how it turns out because the ones on papermints look really nice.
Post # 6
Check out Martha Stewart – she has had several machine-stitched invitations and vellum favor bags in the magazines, and I expect there will be instructions on the website. I believe I’ve seen a few projects in Weddings.
I haven’t personally stitched paper (other than non-woven interfacing), but I can’t imagine it would hurt a sewing machine. Go for it, and don’t worry about it. Try it out on your mother’s.
Post # 7
I recently blogged about rub-on stitches. I can see that being pretty expensive and laborsome for invitations so I also recommend stamping stitches on. Close to My Heart stamps contain stamps so you can stamp paper to look like it’s been stitched.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA
Many years ago, I sewed my Christmas cards using ribbon and simple card stock from the office supply store. I just made sure I was using a wide stitch, but i didn’t even need any sort of fancy thread. I just used straight stitches, and it seriously took me about an hour to stitch them all!
My big hint is not to use any sort of adhesive near where you’ll be stitching. Seems obvious, but this can quickly break your needle and stall your projects.
I would think that the little tiny sewing machines (the $30 ones) would be just fine if this is all that you’re doing. Otherwise, a cheap machine usually runs about $100. Hope that helps a little bit?
Post # 9
I’ve sewn custom made CD covers using cardstock and photographs and what not… The thicker the paper the better the sewing machine works and doesn’t chew up your paper… you may have to adjust the tension a few times to get everything just right, just make sure that you buy extra paper to practice with.
I used a cheapy $200-ish plastic machine that I bought years ago before I got my Singer. It had a lot of fun stitch designs to choose from so it was the best candidate for creative paper stitching
I will recommend that regardless of which stitch you choose, DO NOT stay stitch (d: stitch in one direction, back-up, and continue stitching) your paper, instead let the thread run long, and hand tie the ends in a double knot. It’s a much cleaner look (stay stitching works well on fabric, but not for finished stitching)
Post # 10
You can stitch on paper with any sewing machine really. You just have to use a good quality paper that can hold up to the stitching, and make sure you are using larger stitches per inch so you dont tear the paper…..Another helpful hint is to put a sheet of tissue paper behind your sheet for slipage and support purposes……after you are done stitching you can tear away the tissue paper and you are left with a clean card. Hope this helps! (i have a lot of sewing experience) 🙂 Good luck
Post # 11
Thanks for all the help, ladies! I think I am going to give it a whirl
Post # 12
OMG the tissue paper idea is brilliant! Sorry, I know this board was from a year ago but I couldn’t help bumping it.