I have noticed a trend with the Stampin’ Up catalogs for the last two years (09-10 & 10-11). In both catalogs there are so many projects that have sewing on them.
Now I have to admit that I have had a sewing machine for over ten years now and have used it probably four times. After researching it and getting my courage up, I decided to drag it out of it hiding spot in the top of my closet and put it to use. I followed the instruction book for the most part, but decided I needed something that I could reference more quickly and easily than the book. So I made reference sheets.
I decided which materials I would sew the most of and came up with cardstock to cardstock, designer paper to cardstock and textured cardstock to cardstock. (I will be testing and making ribbon samples at a later date) I am very forgetful at times, especially if I don't use the information alot, so I made notes on the base. I noted which stitch, the tension, and stitch width and length. It was so worth the few hours I spent in advance to have a quick and easy reference in the future.
The best advice I can give is that when you are testing your tension is to use two different colored threads so you can distinguish between the top and bottom threads.
The next best advice is to go for it. Pull out the sewing machine or clean the dust off of it and put it to use. After all it’s only paper and you can use scraps.
Thanks for Stopping by.