For best results, do not sew through any more thickness than absolutely needed. Sometimes youneed to sew through multiple layers to hold pieces together but with a little planning, you canminimize the thickness and improve the quality of the sewing.As an example, take two cardstocks to have a zig zag stitich connecting. Do not overlap thecardstock. Please the cardstock side by side and feed it into the machine. Sew at a mediumspeed to have the best control.I suggest sewing at a medium speed. You might think you have more control when going slowbut a little faster can be easier. Give it a try!
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER sew over adhesive!
Adhesive will goo up your needle and may jam up your machine. If you need to adhere the items you are sewing, do it in a place that youwill not be sewing over.Always be sure to finish off your thread ends. The easiest way to do this is to pull the loosethreads to the back and tape down. I use photo safe scotch tape. If your sewing ends in themiddle of the paper, pull the threads to the back by gently pulling up on the bobbin thread. Asyou pull, you will see a loop from the top thread peaking through the hole. Catch the loop of thetop thread (using a pin, paper piercer or similar object) and pull. The top will look nice andclean and simply tape down both loose threads.Another option for reinforcing those loose ends is to backstitch. A backstitch is simply areversing of the stitch to provide reinforcement.
I love hand sewing. I think it is very relaxing and gives you lots of flexibility in how to placeyour stitches.*tip* Avoid using paper that is very lightweight when hand sewing. It can tear easily. Or besure to use a stabilizer (see section below).Start with a template to identify where your holes will be placed. This could be (1) a stamp set(2) a plastic template (3) an image (i.e.: patterned paper, dies cut, or hand-drawn line/shape).CTMH carries 2 stamp sets designed for hand sewing: Placement Guide and Stitch alphabet.These are my most used sets. Each set stamps the holes only. The straight stitch stamps onplacement guide set have a variety of distances between stitches and include correspondingstamps for proper corner placement. There are also zig zag and other stitch options. To usethese sets, stamp the holes onto the paper, place the paper over a piercing pad and use a piercingtool to punch the holes where indicated.To use the template, simply place you paper or cardstock over a piercing pad and place thetemplate on top. Use your piercing tool to punch holes where indicated. I “hold” the template inplace by using a thumbtack through a section of the template not being used holing it onto anarea of the paper that will be trimmed away or simply into the piercing pad.