Product Review | New Sew Easy Stitches

Hello!

Thanks for stopping by today! I am excited to be sharing a new review with you today. I recently purchased two of the newest stitch replacement heads for my Sew Easy tool. (If you missed my original Sew Easy review, check it out here.)

The new replacement heads, released at CHA Winter 2011, have a wider base than the original group of stitches. They are all what I would call “novelty” stitches, in that they have designs not typically found on a sewing machine — like hearts, pennants and flowers. The surface area covered by these stitch designs is much wider than with the original stitches.

I took a few practice runs to make sure I got a handle on how each design rolled out. They were both very smooth and I think that the wider base actually provided a bit more stability than the original set.

However, my results were mixed. Here’s how they stack up:

Loop de Loop

Supplies: Cardstock – Bazzill Cream Puff and Typhoon. Pattern paper – Crate Paper Restoration Fringe and Slipcover. Tools – Tattered Angels Old Lace and Wheat Fields, Quickutz 4×8 Chocolate alphabet, Sew Easy and Loop de Loop stitch, DMC embroidery thread, Bic Mark-It pen.

Loop de Loop is fabulous! I can safely say that this one is my very favorite stitch ever. I love how large the loops are. This stitch is not just a finishing touch for your layout, this one is bold enough to be part of the design.

I already have some other ideas swirling for using this as the background or foundation of a layout. More examples to come!

If you have they Sew Easy tool, get this design! You won’t be sorry.

Vine

I had a harder time with this Vine stitch. This stitch is not as intuitive as I have found the others to be. I am a cross stitcher from way back and I know how to do a variety of stitches. I actually had to follow the instructions on the back of the package to do this loop stitch because it just wasn’t working for me.

I was using DMC embroidery thread with 3 strands, but as you can see, the strands easily separated. I decided to abandon that idea and use some crochet thread instead. The crochet thread is a single strand and it’s thicker, so I also had to switch to a larger needle.

I am definitely happier with my second try, but I’m still not crazy about how the stitches turned out.  I found that it took me several tries to get the tension right. The loop needs to be pulled to a certain point before pulling that stitch at the end of the leaf through.

What I can say is that these absolutely look like hand created stitches. Maybe in the end, that’s all that matters. Because I am a cross stitcher, I prefer that my stitches look more polished. I wasn’t able to achieve that here. But I’m not giving up. I’ll keep trying and I’m sure you’ll see this on future projects. If anyone out there has this stitch and has figured out how to master these vines, please share your secrets!

Has anyone else out there tried out any of these new stitches?

24 Comments

  1. I’ve been on the fence getting one of these but it’s becoming clearer I need to have one! Thanks for the review!

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    • You’re welcome! I really do love the tool – makes hand stitching so much easier! 🙂

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  2. Both are cute!
    And your second vine attempt looks great to me 🙂

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    • Ah, thanks! It’s definitely better and I think the next time I give it a try it will be better still! 🙂

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  3. I agree, I have to give up my cross-stitching expectations when using the Sew Easy. But I’m getting used to the hand-stitched look; definitely easier and cheaper than investing in a sewing machine and trying to figure out how to use it!

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    • That is such a good way to put it – with the vine I really need an expectation adjustment! And not only isn’t there money for a new sewing machine, but where the heck would I put it???? 🙂

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  4. This is fabulous. I love it all and the stitching totally rocks. Thanks for the review. Makes me need them now. LOL

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    • You’re welcome. My enabling job is done! 🙂

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  5. I think the stitches turned out nice, but I know what you mean as I embroider. It’s difficult to get the same look on paper as fabric, but I think yours looks lovely.

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    • Thank you and I think Sue said it best – just adjust the expectations! I’ll give it another try on an actual project soon. 🙂

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  6. Thanks for the review. I do not own any of the Sew Easy items. I think they look cool and I think I would use them, but at the same time, I’m not sure I really need them. Right now, if I want a design I just punch it out with on of my Bazzill templates.

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    • I have a few Bazzill template and still use them too! If it works, why mess with it??? 🙂

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  7. I really like the loop de loop also – it’s the perfect accent on that layout.

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    • Thanks! 😀

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  8. Your layout is lovely. I love the title how fitting for the photos as well as using the stitches with it.
    I have only stitched on a layout maybe twice.
    I am a x-stitcher and embroider as well 🙂
    Your sencond try on the vines looks more polished, I agree.

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    • I love that so many of us are stitchers too! I feel like I’m in such great company. 🙂

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  9. I like the idea of using the stitches in the layout but just have not gotten one of the tools to make it easier. I think I would stick to the loops, and straight stitches. The vine is cool but I am like you I would want it to look perfect and fear I would spend more time with it than the whole layout. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Yes, that’s part of the trouble. I kept re-doing the stitches over and over until I got one I could live with. It did take longer and that adds to the frustration. But I’m still going to try because I do love this tool and it is usually fun! 🙂

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  10. thanks for the info tammy! my lss is having a demo this weekend. i think i might go now that i have seen this post! thanks

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    • You’re welcome! Hope you give it a try! 🙂

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  11. I love your stitching! I may have to look into that tool!

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    • Thanks!

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  12. Just have to stop by and tell you that I love the layout! I especially love the theme and how you selected/cropped the pictures. You are making me wistful for travel again.

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    • Oh, tell me about it! I am so, so glad I splurged last year and went to Europe. Traveling just isn’t in the budget right now, except maybe for a road trip up to IL to see my brother and nephews. And then my move back to Orlando. But I guess, if traveling isn’t an option, Orlando isn’t a bad place to be. I can just play local tourist! 🙂

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