I would like to start using sewing as an element in my scrapbooking pages. I notice a lot of people use small, inexpensive machines but I also quilt so I already have a nice Husqvarna/Viking machine. I spent quite a lot of money on my machine and I obviously don't want to do anything to ruin it. The only thing I can think that sewing on paper would do to my machine is dull the needle. But just about the time I think I've thought of everything disaster will strike. Anyone out there want to share tips/warnings? I kind of feel dumb for asking but you never know til you ask.
I would LOVE to have stitching on my layouts and cards. But I don't sew. I need EASY, sewing for dummies machine!! Any advice there???? LOL!!!
In all honesty, I have a $10.00 sewing machine that is made for little children that I use for scrapbooking because it is small easy to drag out when I want to use it. And it's very simple to use. My 4 year old uses it too. I also have my big, expensive sewing machine for regular sewing, but I use a tiny children's one for scrapbooking. http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_0 21V0025189260...
I bought mine on sale, but this is exactly what I have. It is battery operated which is why I like it better for scrapbooking. And it's small enough to store anywhere.
I have a Pfaff machine that will embroidery as well as sew and quilt. I sew on paper with no problems. I just keep 1 universal needle for this. Don't use an expensive quilting or embroidery needle. Works good.
I used to have a Brother computerized machine and it worked just fine too.
I just wouldn't back up to start or stop like you do in sewing. It can make more holes and shows up more. Just use a drop of glue on back if need to secure stitching or in most cases, it's just fine as is. My machine will tie off at start and end, so I do that.
My Bernina Sewing and Embroidery machine embroiders designs on watercolor paper and I embroider on card stock to make cards-I put a sticky back stablizer in an machine embroidery hoop and then lay the paper on top. When stitching on paper using a light weight stablizer or interfacing may help. Also in 7th grade home ec classes we learned to sew straight lines and curves on paper before the teacher allowed us to sew on fabric.
The only thing that I notice on my machine is a LOT of extra dust. If I had paid a lot of money for a really good machine and I was serious about sewing first before using the machine for scrapping that might concern me.