I know my design team sister, Marti, has (or will have) a video on the Sew Easy tool but I thought I'd do a Danni style tutorial with photos too.
In case you haven't heard about it, the Sew Easy allows you to sew on your paper crafts without a sewing machine and without having prior sewing experience.
There are many different interchangeable heads/attachment tools for the tool that you can purchase also for different stitch types.
There is also floss that goes with the tool, but you can use any thread or floss in the tool. These are just a good way to start if you don't have any already and how neat to have 3 coordinating colors together! (there are more colors than the one shown)
I would recommend either getting the mat that is sold to go with the product or using a foam craft sheet--you can get it at any hobby store for very little cost. I also got the tool to work with an old mouse pad--but it wasn't as easy with that. I also got the tool to work with the back of a plastic/foam placemat.
My hubby bought my craft sheet for me and he found a 12x18 size that I just cut into half so I can have an extra for when the first wears out. I love that he got me pink. LOL!
Your first step in working with the Sew Easy is the tool itself. ( just a little sidenote--each interchangeable head/attachment comes with a card that tells various stitches you can do with that attachment--I saved mine for easy reference and the color on the card coordinates with the color of the attachement)
On to the tool~
You want to hold it like this~
Not like this~
You apply medium pressure and go at a medium speed and it pierces the holes easily for you.
The graphic on the top of the attachment shows you where the tool is going to pierce.
I found that if I place an object that has some depth to it next to the Sew Easy, I can get straight lines. In this photo I'm using the clamshell case I store the tool and accessories in as my guide.
Voila--a pierced line ready to be stitched.
The Sew Easy tool has a handy storage compartment in the handle to keep your needles in.
Once you have your needle threaded, you can use as many strands of the floss as you want for different looks, then you're ready to stitch.
I have found for cards, it's easiest for me to use tape to keep the tail of the thread secured as I start my stitch.
Then you use whatever style stitch you want, on this straight piercing line you could create any of the stitches they suggest or mix it up to what you want! (for beginners, the easiest is up one hole in the piercing, down the next--you can google how to do stitching as well)
For this example I just did an "dashed stitch"--Danni vocabulary there.
To finish the stitching you can just tape it again to the back of the cardstock.
Easy peasy Sew Easy!!
A few things to note:
- I have found that using one piece of cardstock/paper works best.
- Play around with the tool on some scraps first so you can get the feel for it.
- Use the piercing holes to place brads---add beads to your floss-- be creative!
- Have fun!!!