Sew Easy Projects

A few weeks ago, I ordered the Sew Easy (made by We R Memory Keepers) from Scrapbook.com. I really like this tool, but I have always loved hand stitching on my pages, so I really wanted to like it. I’m happy to report that after using it on several projects, I truly, sincerely like using this tool.

I wanted to share a few projects I’ve worked on, to show my progress.

Dude, Happy Birthday

I’m not really a big card maker, but last week was my brother’s birthday, so I found some scraps from one of my very favorite vintage Basic Grey Collections (Vagabond) and made a card for him. Once upon a time, I sent out cards all the time. Somewhere along the way, I got so wrapped up in making layouts that I hardly ever make cards anymore. Well, that’s going to change. Cards are such a great use of all of our scrapbooking paper scraps. There is just no excuse not to make them!

I LOVE how the zig zag stitching looks. I mentioned this before, but I’m finding that if I’m rolling the tool along a straight edge (like seams of the paper meeting) I get much better results. I actually get down at eye level with the roller attachment and make sure I’ve got the tool centered over the seam before I start rolling. Because there are two layers of paper here, I did need to take my Brad Setter piercing tool and poke through some of the spots that didn’t go all the way through.

Scrap Paper Example

This is just a scrap piece of paper using the pink straight stitch. I wanted to show that there’s versatility here. With this head attachment, you can curve the tool as you roll to get curvy edges like this. There is a scallop edge roller too, but say you created waves or hills on your layout — you could use stitches for extra definition instead of inking your edges. Just another look and another way to use the tool.

’08 Xmas Faves

Here is another completed project — a Christmas layout from 2008. I went back and added the stitching. (I seem to be doing that a lot lately, going back and putting finishing touches on older layouts.) Once again, on this layout I had a paper seam to work with. I’m finding that the longer the length of paper (here it’s 12 inches) the harder it is to roll in a straight line all the way along the edge. You just can’t go too fast and you really need to watch where you are going. But I didn’t do too bad here for my first try.

Adding stitching is just one of the finishing touches that can help take a layout from OK to fantastic.

Thanks for stopping by today! I know that Sue likes hers, but has anyone else given the Sew Easy a try?

16 Comments

  1. Oh, I have not seen the sew easy and now I totally want it!! Love the stitching on your cards and layouts.

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    • Thanks! For me it’s not another tool that will sit in a drawer unused. It’s a good one. 🙂

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  2. i love the card and i so forget about my sewing machine. love the stitching.

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    • Oh, I tried to use a machine on my layouts once. It wasn’t pretty. I’m so glad for tools like this that give you a little more control. Sewing is good! 🙂

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  3. what great examples of the sew easy! i love to sew on my pages, I will have to check this out! your birthday card is just too cute!

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    • Thank you!

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  4. Thanks so much for the link to my blog – much appreciated! Love your post, and totally agree with your comments about using the Sew Easy tool. I’ve finished a few projects with it, so I need to post them. Stitching on cards is wonderful!

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    • You are welcome! It’s good to spread the blog love around. 🙂

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  5. Wow, looks fantastic! Your layout is gorgeous. I haven’t hand sewn in ages, probably for that very reason, it takes forever to poke the holes. I might just “need” this little gadget!!

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    • That’s what is so cool about it – it pokes the stitching holes so much faster. I still have to go back and re-poke a few but I’m OK with that. For sure, it’s a “need”! 🙂

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  6. Wow love your stitching on your layouts.
    I never did cards only did layouts. Now I seem to be doing only cards. I see a New Years Resolution in my future, teehee

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    • Thanks! When I made this card I realized why I used to love making them – instant gratification! I can start and complete it in one sitting. They just don’t take up that much time. But then my layouts get neglected. There has to be a happy medium…… 🙂

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  7. This is so cool! Thanks for sharing, I was wondering how this worked. Love your layout!

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    • Thank you! It’s a great little tool – and not too expensive! 🙂

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  8. I am so glad you posted this today. This tool is one list to check out at my lss tomorrow. Glad to hear you like it. Did you buy the special mat that goes along with it as well? or do you have another suggestion?

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    • Yes, Tracey – you need to buy the mat. I didn’t buy it at first – I thought I could wing it. I tried to roll the tool on several different pliable surfaces and none of them worked. I did have a small mouse pad that gave me good results, but it was too small for larger projects. I caved and finally got the mat too. It’s not too big – it’s maybe 8×12 or so, long enough to roll the tool on a 12×12 paper, but won’t take up a ton of space on your work surface. I find that rolling along seams works better than just rolling along empty cardstock. Oh, and don’t put to much pressure on the roller or you will crease your paper. There is a sweet spot of not enough pressure (it won’t poke holes all the way) and too much pressure (the tool will crease the paper). I hope your LSS has a demo for you to try it. Just practice with it. I hope you love it too!

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