Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sewing and Foe Stitching Tutorial

I am hosting this weeks challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday and this weeks  Challenge is:

Stitches, Real Or Faux
Sewing on your Creation

What better way to get your creative juices flowing than by sharing some tips on how to do sewing on paper projects and also how to achieve FOE STITCHING.
 WARNING! This is a picture heavy post...the good news is that it is a tutorial and if you are a visual learner then it is just perfect:0)

I will start by telling you that I am a beginner at sewing and have mainly used my sewing machine on paper crafts so as you can see my sewing is not perfect. I need more practice and if you have tips for me they are welcomed!

I started by reading my machine's manual cover to cover. So get to know your machine by reading first then by trying it out on scraps. This is my machine; which was a birthday gift from my Mother.
 Once you have figured out how to thread your machine (which for me took some time) then you are ready to try! I like to start my sewing in a place where I think will be covered by something on my project. In this case it is at the top where I will add ribbon for my tag. Lift the pressure foot pedal and insert your project. I use the markings on the foot pedal to try and keep my sewing aligned around the way.
 When I get close to a corner I use the hand wheel (handle on the side) to do the sewing. That way I don't feel pressured to going too fast. When I get to the point where I would turn I stop; ever so slightly lift the pressure foot pedal and shift my project. Then continue going all the way around until you have reached your starting point.

You can adjust your stitching by using the controls; each machine is different so see where yours would be. I can make my stitches be farther apart by adding to the top button.
 Here is a comparison on the first stitch it is at 2.5, the second is at 3.0 the third is at 4.0 and the last is a Foe stitch.
Here is how I do a FOE STITCH:
I have used my Scor-Pal, Cutter Bee Bugs Piercing tool, and a white gel pen.
 I align my paper to the 6 1/2 inch line and use the line to the left of it. This gives me just the right distance from the edge.
 I then take my piercing tool and run it in that 3/8ths mark. This is super fast and keeps my pierced lines nice and straight!
 Then KEEPING the paper in this position I use a pen and connect the pierced dots.
I do this to all sides and VIOALA! It is so fast and easy! Here is a comparison on the two tags. The one on the left has been done on my sewing machine and the one on the right is done with the Foe Stitching technique used above.
 Closer view of the front.
 Closer view of the back.
I really hope that you have learned something; here is my finished tag:
 Image is from Saturated Canary (one of my FAVE shop right now!) The FAB Krista has supplied the DT with images of our choice and I just love the flowy hair that this "Let it Rain" cutie has. Thanks a million Krista!
TIP: If you would like to acheive high gloss in black hair try using a blue next to the highlights. I have used T9, T7 and B24 in my Copic markers.

I would like to enter this tag into the following challenges:
 Partytime Tuesdays - 3E (2E anything goes wk) - PTT #57 Anything Goes
 Sassy Cheryl's -3E- SIO #104 Are You Seeing Spots? Use Spots & Dot's
Creative Mondays - 2W - (2nd week) Anything Goes
 iCopic Challenge - 2E, must use Copics - Anything but a Card
 Lollipop Crafts - Tags 
Love to Create - 3E - Add Stitching to your Project (Real or Faux)
 MyGrafico - 2W, SIO - (2nd week) Flowers
 Nettie G's Digital Gems - 2W, SIO - (2nd week) Anything Goes
 Squigglefly - SIO - Spring is in the Air 
The Crazy Challenge - 2E - Anything Goes 
PanPastel UK Challenge - 1E, SIO - Use a Ribbon

All righty ladies; so hope you will join us this bi-weekly challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday; you will be in the chance to win prizes from these sponsors:

1st Prize is 2 Digi images from Her lovely Etsy Shop.

Prize 2 is 2 Digi Images from Debbies lovely Online shop.

WOW so if you have made it this far; you deserve a HUGE HUG!

Catch you all later:0)


  1. Brilliant Tutorial and AWESOME colouring and LOVE the colours and style of your tag too! Reallly awesome hugs me x

  2. Love, Love, Love your tutorial and your Top Tip to use the black is awesome - so effective!

    Carol x

  3. Great tag! I love the colours and the image! Thanks for joining us this week at The Crazy Challenge!

  4. How adorable! Love the coloring of the image, especially the hair! And the shading on the dress and umbrella is great! Well done!

  5. This is beautiful! Your coloring is off the charts gorgeous. Love the image and all the wonderful embellishments you used! thanks for playing in Squigglefly's challenge!

  6. Holy cow what a gorgeous tag! Love the stitching and those fun papers - thanks for joining us at iCopic!

  7. Fantastic tag, I love the stitching and your colouring is gorgeous. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
    Lindsay xx

  8. AMAZING TAG!! You are so talented!! Thank you so much for joining us this week at Love to Create Challenge!! Come share your creativity & Join us again soon!

    Many Blessings,

  9. Gorgeous tag! Fabulous tutorial! Thanks for joining us at Lollipop Crafts! ;)

  10. Fabulous!! Love the hair! I have yet to perfect sewing on cards myself, so it was nice to get someone else's take on it! Great job on the tutorial!

  11. Hola! Tanto tiempo! Como estas? (aquí por casa estamos todos enfermos, por suerte yo estoy un poquito mejor y puedo cuidar de lo chicos, pero me he pasado unos días mas que horribles, con una bronquitis feísima, de la gripe estomacal pase a eso y después siguió Theo y hoy tuve que buscar a mi hijo mayor mas temprano porque tenia fiebre, espero que se pase pronto)
    Gracias por el tutorial y por el tip, voy a probarlo! Me encanto tu tag, es muy llamativo y se luce!!!! ese pelo deslumbra!
    Te mando un gran cariño, mas tarde te escribo un email

  12. Well ! I am just full of admiration for your colouring skills! Such a wonderful tag and thank you for the tip about the 'blue' hair highlights! I use my sewing machine just for my card making and I am not so good! I read your tutorial with great interest and will be using the faux sewing on my cards! I will link back to you when I do. Thank you for taking the time to share and I will be back soon as I am now a follower too! Thank you for joining us in this weeks PanPastel UK Challenge . Eileen xx

  13. Wow! Great tutorial. Love the stitching. This is FABULOUS. What a gorgeous tag. Perfect!
    Thanks for playing in the Spots & Dots challenge this week at Sassy Cheryl's. So glad you could join us!

  14. Cute Tag Girl, Love the tutorial and your sewing machine is awesome!!


  15. Fanatastic tutorial..and this tag is colored so perfectly...and I just love the soft colors you've chosen along with her black hair! Thank you so much for joining us at iCopic! :)

  16. What a great card! You tutorial is amazing, and the colors you used are phenomenal--thanks for the inspiration! :)

  17. A great tag, love your faux stitching and thanks for showing how you did it. Thanks for sharing this with us at PanPastel UK this week.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  18. Wow this is so great tag !!!! great colors, sweet image - super !!! thank so much for playing with Lollipop crafts :-))hugs Joanna

  19. Thanks for entering your beautiful card in our Showcase Challenge at Nettie G's Digital Gems Challenge.
    luv'n huggz
    Jen Leeflang
    NGDG DT Lead & Challenge Co-ordinator

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