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Old 08-03-2005, 07:02 PM   #1  
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Default Sewing technique - any substitute?

I have seen several examples of cards with stitching that are great. I would like to know if there is something that can be done to duplicate the effect - without actually sewing? I can't sew and don't have a machine. Suppose some could be done by hand but it would be difficult to get the even stitches - at least, for me it would. Any suggestions?
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You could lay a ruler on your card where you want the stitching and then use a fine-tip marker to 'stitch.' If you use the 1/8" marks on the ruler for your stitches, they will look nice and neat.

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Old 08-03-2005, 07:11 PM   #3  
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And for the zig zag look, Hero Arts has a stamp of zig-zag stitches. I have a couple cards in my gallery that use it. This is my most recent version - just so you can see what I mean....
http://gallery.splitcoaststampers.co...0&ppuser=27057
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Old 08-03-2005, 07:22 PM   #4  
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There's the paper piercing look too that is very similar. You just use a heavy duty sharp needle and punch holes in an even pattern. I don't have a copy of a card to show you but it looks really cool.
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Default If you are looking for the raised look of stitches

I've used liquid applique, applied along a ruler, and let it dry overnight. The stitches are larger, but it's a lot easier and faster than piercing all those holes.
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Default A perforating tool run over an ink pad imitates stitching

a perforating tool like an old style dressmaking tracing wheel or the new scrapbook tool that is in a red and black ladybug case works well to mimic stitches when you run it over an in pad and then over the paper placed on a mouse pad.
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I have done the same thing. Love the look of it!
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There's the paper piercing look too that is very similar. You just use a heavy duty sharp needle and punch holes in an even pattern. I don't have a copy of a card to show you but it looks really cool.
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I also use the paper piercing trick. This isn't made to look like stitches, but here is a card that I used the paper piercer on:

http://gallery.splitcoaststampers.co...0&ppuser=11291

There are also rub on stitches that I like to use. I ordered them from Joanns.com. They are quick and easy. Here is a card that I used them on:

http://gallery.splitcoaststampers.co...0&ppuser=11291

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a perforating tool like an old style dressmaking tracing wheel or the new scrapbook tool that is in a red and black ladybug case works well to mimic stitches when you run it over an in pad and then over the paper placed on a mouse pad.

What a cool idea! I have one of those thingy's & haven't used it in years! I don't own a sewing machine either & wouldn't want to try to hand stitch. I can't wait to try this! I'm going to go play right now!!!!

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And for the zig zag look, Hero Arts has a stamp of zig-zag stitches. I have a couple cards in my gallery that use it. This is my most recent version - just so you can see what I mean....
http://gallery.splitcoaststampers.co...0&ppuser=27057
That is so cute. I've never seen a stamp like that before. Much faster than getting the sewing machine out!
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I used that zig zag rubber stamp at an Archivers class and I seriously WANT THAT STAMP! problem is, I hate Hero Arts in general because they never trim the dies very well, and you have to spend 20 bucks on a huge set and the only stamp I want out it is the zig zag one.....

But it rocks! I want it... I am holding out hope other companies with copy it.
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If you check at AC Moore or Michaels's they sell a very small battery operated sewing machine for $10 in the stampin/scrappin section. For $20 you can get 30 filled spools of thread for it along with a small idea book and the machine. I haven't tried mine yet but it looks fairly easy.
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There is also a sticky fiber product on the market (SU does not carry it) and I think you just apply it to your card. You wouldn't have the holes though.
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Wouldn't bother. Don't like mine. There have been threads about it in the past and noone liked it.
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you can also use the white gel pen that SU sells - I've done that with good results - I use the wheel guide and the white gel pen
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If you check at AC Moore or Michaels's they sell a very small battery operated sewing machine for $10 in the stampin/scrappin section. For $20 you can get 30 filled spools of thread for it along with a small idea book and the machine. I haven't tried mine yet but it looks fairly easy.
When you do try it, I doubt you'll be happy with it! I bought one, and though I paid well under $10.00 for it, it's not even worth that little amount! I haven't heard anyone say they like it. I'd much rather use my full-sized machine!
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I also use the paper piercing trick. This isn't made to look like stitches, but here is a card that I used the paper piercer on:

http://gallery.splitcoaststampers.co...0&ppuser=11291

There are also rub on stitches that I like to use. I ordered them from Joanns.com. They are quick and easy. Here is a card that I used them on:

http://gallery.splitcoaststampers.co...0&ppuser=11291

Hope that helps!
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How did you copy the flower image so well? Is it stamped on the back side of the paper? But then the image would be backwards. I love that idea and would liek to try it.

We used the little guide that Stamping Up sells to punch rows of holes that looked kind of like stitching at the last party I was at.
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