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Using a sewing machine for scrapbooking, any specific things?

October 10, 2010 by  
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Question by grapefruitgirl: Using a sewing machine for scrapbooking, any specific things?
I have a sewing machine and started a lot of scrapbooking. I have seen a bunch of stuff around with sewing machine patterns on the pages. I want to do that now, but i'm a little unsure about the needle and thread sizes and other stuff. Will paper damage the needle? Is there a certain kind a paper that I can use? I would appreciate any answers! If you don't know, DON'T ANSWER! It is no good for me if you say "i don't know".

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Answer by jkschmier
On one hand, you need to experiment a bit with your machine, of course. On the other hand, there are LOTS of tips out there. I've provided a link below. A few things I've learned - a bigger needle and a longer stitch will be better, as paper is more fragile than most fabric and this way, you'll have fewer holes and stress the paper less. Don't add anything with dimension until after you've stitched to avoid the foot from getting caught as you guide the paper.

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One Response to “Using a sewing machine for scrapbooking, any specific things?”
  1. Chirp says:

    Sure, paper will damage the needle, but fabric damages the needle, too. You just need to plan on replacing needles frequently. Damaging the needle doesn’t necessarily mean you’re hurting the machine – needles are meant to be expendable. Consider buying ‘quilting’ type needles – they’re extra-sharp and should penetrate the paper more easily. You can use any thread your machine accepts (check your manual), and you can ‘couch’ threads you can’t use in either the needle or the bobbin. Paper may produce more lint even than fabric usually does, so be sure you clean underneath your machine at least every 8 hours of sewing – vacuum or brush the bobbin area and all around it.
    Good luck!

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