I have been noticing on many of my favorite layouts that the edges of the papers look like they have a basic stich going through them....Is it a basic sewing machine stich or an artful illusion? I love the look but I don't sew!
I can't tell without actually seeing the layouts you're thinking of. Many layouts and cards have been sewn with a machine. Some people hand sew and some use stamps, rub-ons or pens to make the illusion of stitches.
I don't sew either, but I use my sewing machine on my papercrafts.
Amy's right. There are lots of ways to get the sewing look on your project and I use every single one: hand stitching, rub ons, stamp, pen doodling, and machine stitching. I bought a machine specifically for my paper crafts. Not sure that I could sew together a pillowcase.
I do a bit of decorative sewing (slipcovers, etc.) so I just doodle my sewing because I don't want to ruin the needle that's in the machine. Needles get dull from running through paper and then won't go through cloth properly. And I'm too lazy to change the needle
I love stitching too. I have hand stitched card stock and that is NO fun. I have also doodled on stitches, but I prefer the real thing.
There is a new product coming out in November called Sew Easy and I am really excited to try it. It's a wheel (imagine a pizza cutter) that puts indents in the paper for you so all you have to do is thread the holes.
Here is a link to a product show. The clip is a little annoying, but you'll get the point.
Like others have said, you might be seeing machine stitching (easy, even for those of us who are incompetent at sewing). It might be handstitched or doodled, or it might be a rub-on. Or, it might be digital.
i can't sew and currently don't have a sewing machine, so i get the look of sewing with rub ons or doodling. i am considering trying hand stitching with a template. either that or maybe asking my b/f...he can actually sew pretty good. lol