Username Post: Has anyone tried the SEW EASY        (Topic#1559785)
Momma2Bryn
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Do you like how they worked, or are they more of a pain in the butt?
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corrie fan
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In response to Momma2Bryn

I haven't but try reading this thread to see what others have said.

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Tina scraps
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I like it. I've only tried a few of the attachments so far, but they're fun. I'm not very good at keeping it straight though, so I need to line it up against a ruler.


 
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OMG, it's one of the best "little tools" I've bought EVER. LOVE IT!!! I only have the attachment that comes with it, though. I really need to look for others.


 
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I just tried it this morning. I tried to use it on layered cardstock and it didn't really work, so I had to get out my sewing machine. I will try again on thinner patterned paper.


 
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  • amandahugandkiss Said:
I just tried it this morning. I tried to use it on layered cardstock and it didn't really work, so I had to get out my sewing machine. I will try again on thinner patterned paper.




I've used it on two layers. I went slow and put one of those squishy mousepads underneath.


 
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I really like mine. I have 4 different heads. It did take a bit of practice to make perfectly straight lines. I practiced on ugly paper from a big slab. This is not a fast embellishment but that is exactly why I DO like it. I generally cut several long chunks about 4 inches wide. I then do the piercing part on each one and finally the hand stitching. I keep them ready to use.. adding them to my embellishment type bin.The hand stitching part can take about 10 minutes per strip. I find it relaxing. It reminds me of my younger days when all of my girlfriends would cross stitch or embroider. I also enjoy doing random curves and swirls....if you are unsure, I think you should try out one from a friend to see if you want to buy it.


 
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I don't really like mine. I'd rather pull out my sewing machine.


 
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I kinda like mine, but I can only get a full pierce when I run it on a single sheet. Unfortunately for me, I don't remember to stitch until I've glued down all my layers of paper.


 
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You definitely want something squishy underneath - if you have it on a hard surface, there's no "give" and the piercer won't be able to go through the paper. it works on cardstock, even bazzill, but probably not multiple pieces at once.

I do'nt have a sewing machine and won't be buying one, so this will help me - I've been hand piercing and using bazzill templates (which I will still use for some things by the way)


 
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I LOVE mine!!! I don't have a sewing machine and don't really want one. You need the mat that comes with it. I love all the different heads, I have about five of them!!! I love the case that you can get with it. Best embellishment for a page!!!!


 
DSGNSBYLYNN
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In response to Momma2Bryn

Thank you for asking this question. I just bought several components of the Sew Easy system but had not tried it yet. This made me get it out to try it! If you are looking for speed, your sewing machine is the way to go vs. hand stitching. But I find the Sew Easy has better placed stitches and stitching with layers of floss looks better than one layer of thread. Plus each head other than the basic one provides 3 stitch opportunities, not just 1. I thought it was fun.


 
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I have the sew easy mat...maybe I will try more pressure and slower speed. thanks!


 
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  • Tina scraps Said:
You definitely want something squishy underneath - if you have it on a hard surface, there's no "give" and the piercer won't be able to go through the paper. it works on cardstock, even bazzill, but probably not multiple pieces at once.

I do'nt have a sewing machine and won't be buying one, so this will help me - I've been hand piercing and using bazzill templates (which I will still use for some things by the way)



Right now, I do use a squishy surface, it looks a lot like a hand towel. Perhaps it's not the right kind of squish. I've only used it twice, so maybe there's something that I just don't "get" yet. Because I went ahead and bought two of the heads to go with it, I'm not giving up yet.


 
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In response to MommaSaid

I like mine, but I don't think I'm doing the stitches correctly. My one complaint is that the heads don't come with better instructions of how to follow the stitch patterns.


 
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I love my sew easy, but like others have said, the sewing part takes awhile.


 
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I just bought one but I haven't really used it yet. Can you use regular embroidery thread instead of the floss they sell? Is it the same thing?


 
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you need the mat they sell it's different then other mats and makes it run smoother.


 
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YOu can use any thread you like!!!!! I personally like their thread, but if I need another color, I cross stitch and always have dmc thread.


 
croppincarla
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well I just got mine this past weekend, even though I have a sewing machine I wanted this little tool. I have not tired it yet but was curious too what others thought. I had a GC for lss and that is what I bought with it.


 
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In response to croppincarla

It's one of my favorite pieces from the NSBD prize pack. I want to order additional heads for it. I don't have the foam mat they offer, but got a pack of foam sheets from kid craft section at salary. Two sheets of that works nicely underneath. I will order the sew easy mat though when I order heads. .


 
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So far I've just been using DMC floss from my cross stitching days--I did just buy some official thread for the Sew Easy line, but haven't had a chance to use it yet.


 
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I have a couple of the sew easy floss but I just thought it would be cheaper to use the DMC floss. I'm glad to hear that it will work!


 
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Got one in the NSD prize package but haven't tried it out yet. I have a paper piercing mat, will that work?


 
binkiemonstermom
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I think dmc floss is cheaper and I have tons of colors but I ordered some of the sew easy floss and I have to say, I do like it too. But dmc works!!!! You can even use some fancy floss too, as long as it will fit through the punched hole, it works!!!!


 
Cori in WA
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I find it easier to just use a sewing machine. No, really. I wrote a book (no joke!) on sewing on your pages by hand, and while the tool is cool, it is much quicker and simpler to just use a machine.

Just my opinion...


 
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  • Cori in WA Said:
I find it easier to just use a sewing machine. No, really. I wrote a book (no joke!) on sewing on your pages by hand, and while the tool is cool, it is much quicker and simpler to just use a machine.

Just my opinion...



I'm sure you're right, but some of us (myself included) don't OWN a sewing machine


 
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Hi Ladies! I've never posted on here but have lurked a lot! I have this product and although I haven't really used it I have played with it on scrap paper and found for me that if you use a mouse-pad that works well. This seems to be the same consistency as the pad that they recommend to use with it. Also firm pressure but not too hard because I did break the "prong" thingies on my first one and had to purchase another.

Hope this helps!
Gina


 
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I have it and a few heads - I strongly recommend the mat for it, and it's not terribly expensive. Also I just buy the ginormous bag of normal floss in the sewing section, more colors, more affordable. I started using that floss to hand-stitch on pages eon's ago and have plenty of floss left for awhile, since its not a common technique for me. I received that little sewing machine for scrapping as a gift, but have barely used it. As a non-sewer I found handling the machine more difficult than fun.


 
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I got the main part and few attachments before I could get the mat--I tried using a squishy mouse pad and thought that worked ok...until I got the official mat. Trust me, the official mat is much better! I got better, cleaner holes than with the mouse pad--and now that they have this cute carrying case it's so much easier to keep it all together! (and even though I have 50 pairs of scissors, I wish it would have come with one that fit the scissor spot perfectly!)


 
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I agree about the made for Sew Easy mat. I tried a mouse pad but it's not big enough and the grid lines on the real one help line things up.

A hint to do some of the more complicated designs - it helped me to make light pencil marks to connect the dots then I could see what way to go.


 
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okay, I think I may need to try this. I love to sew on my pages but when I am at a crop or retreat I don't have my sewing machine & this sounds perfect!


 
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just bought this yesterday with a few extra heads ... I have the Bazzill In stitches mat and I'm going to see how that works with it before I decide if I need the "official" one


 
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I meant to add yesterday that I have used Baker's Twine as thread with my Sew Easy, too.


 
madmatter
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so I just played with mine and the smaller heads that I bought work great, but the 2 larger heads are a pain, especially the loops one ...

anyone have any suggestions on how to make it run smoothly?


 
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Do you mean punching the holes or following the pattern to sew?


 
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In response to madmatter

  • madmatter Said:
so I just played with mine and the smaller heads that I bought work great, but the 2 larger heads are a pain, especially the loops one ...

anyone have any suggestions on how to make it run smoothly?



I just got this one a couple of weeks ago, but hadn't used it--I just tried it out after reading your post and I too am having some issues. It worked ok on a thinner piece of CS, but then I tried some Bazzill scraps I had and it didn't work so well (and now is not working so great on the first CS...) The first time on the CS it worked better to pull back than to push it forward.

Now it looks like some of the inner pokies are already dull/tips bent...hmmmmmmmm...


 
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I liked mine after the first time I used it, I went out and bought some extra heads (and I do have a sewing machine but this is easier). However I also recommend a soft mat underneath - I used a stamp mat (which has lots of give)as I tried the self healing mats and they don't really work well. I also found I needed a ruler to guide my wheel else I was all over the place. It did work with Bazzill for me but not more than one layer.


 
madmatter
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it's not the sewing part ... it's the punches ... the small ones work like a charm, but the larger ones not so much

the zigzag pattern is dealable, but the loop one is a pain in the rear ... half of the holes aren't actually pierced all the way through ... do you think I have a defective one or is there some trick I don't know?


 
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Anytime that the holes don't punch all the way through, i just use a piecer to punch it through for me or use the needle. It happens but I think it happens for me because I don't use the same pressure all the time. I'm still perfecting it for me. All in all, I am happy!!!


 
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I really like mine too...but I have to agree their mat makes it much easier!


 
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