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    Senior Member Cecilia S.'s Avatar
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    Sewing Paper

    In a recent thread, Steve H mentioned sewing paper/binding books. I thought this topic deserves its own thread!

    I have been sewing paper as well; but in a way more like... well.... I ran out of staples a few months ago, and decided it was ridiculous to buy a box of 2000 staples, so now I sew stuff together. Deposit cheque? Sew it to the cover letter! School assignment? Sew those pages together! Income tax filing? Sew my return and receipts together! Envelopes for mailing? Sew them up!

    It works well and gives people a real giggle, too. And, staples and paperclips are cruddy in their own special way. Currently, I have designated my F & R handcrank (which works gorgeously, but I am still working on the cosmetic aspects) as my Go-To-Stapler.

    I would love to know what others are doing. So far I am only sewing a maximum of 8 - 10 pages at once, and using whatever thread I have on hand, and a regular needle. Steve, I would love to know what funky threads you are using (to be sure, you are using something period-appropriate!)

    Also, what is the thickest thread that one might use on a domestic hand-cranks? Is thick thread even desirable for sewing paper? Is thinner thread better? Cotton better than synthetic? I'd love to know more about what people have done.
    -Cecilia. Tinkering more than stitching, really.

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    That is a very clever idea Cecilia. I will remember your hint when I eventually run out of staples. I am thinking that using a leather needle with larger thread would work. Definitely worth an experimentation.
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    when I did the binding i was using 16 sheets of paper on a Singer 241-12 Industrial, using modern tough poly thread.

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    I have sewn paper to make a homemade coupon book but it was so the perforations would allow the coupon to be ripped off easily. I have used thick thread to sew a homemade recipe book binding.

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    I've been sewing paper envelopes for years. Course I sometimes make fabric envelopes and sew them shut. Ladies at the post office get a little excited. And sometimes the recipient is stumped on how to open them.
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    Great ideas! I paper piece a lot but never thought of other paper uses.

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    Pic of kids sewing on paper bags:
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    good fun activity for kids - no thread - shine a light inside the bag - look at the patterns in the folds - way fun.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    And yes I sew manuals - paper clips get lost. This 23 page manual was sewn on my Consew - it has a walking foot
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    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    You made me giggle. How your mind works. But, seriously, I love your ideas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecilia S. View Post
    So far I am only sewing a maximum of 8 - 10 pages at once, and using whatever thread I have on hand, and a regular needle.
    Cecilia, that idea is indeed a good one. My mind was in overdrive as I read everyone's contributions.
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    What a great idea! I have some machine manuals printed and just clipped together. I will have to sew them!
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    Love all of your ideas!! I have sewn paper tickets without thread for perforations, never thought of binding, will give it a shot --- I work in a museum would be fun to use a hand crank to sew up customers bags!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NopahDesertRat View Post
    Love all of your ideas!! I have sewn paper tickets without thread for perforations, never thought of binding, will give it a shot --- I work in a museum would be fun to use a hand crank to sew up customers bags!!
    it would be even more fun if it had a chain stitch
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Fabulous idea!

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    I bound a copy of Devere's Tailoring book from the 1800's that way. 8 sheets of 8.5" x 11" at a time printed booklet format on both sides, folded and stitched, then those sets bound with glue.

    There are color scans of some old documents like that available. I print them at work on a two sided color capable copier and when i bind them they look like the originals.. hehe

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    Ooooh, Lori... nice avatar!!!

    Candace mentioned paper piecing... obviously this must mean sewing paper together; but what for? Have heard the term a few times and have been unsure as to what it means.

    Miriam, your Consew manual seam made me giggle. Promise me that this year you'll sew your income tax filing together, eh?

    Redmadder, fabric envelopes??!! Dude, teach me how!!!
    -Cecilia. Tinkering more than stitching, really.

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    Cecilia,

    Paper piecing is for accurate quilt block piecing where the fabric is sewn to a paper base marked with sewing lines. It results in a very accurate block. The paper is removed after the block is complete. Only one piece of paper is used -- paper is not sewn together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecilia S. View Post
    Promise me that this year you'll sew your income tax filing together, eh?
    Why, so they would audit me?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daylesewblessed View Post
    Cecilia,

    Paper piecing is for accurate quilt block piecing where the fabric is sewn to a paper base marked with sewing lines. It results in a very accurate block. The paper is removed after the block is complete. Only one piece of paper is used -- paper is not sewn together.
    I sort of don't get that.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Miriam, here is a paper piecing pattern picture:

    http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.49008...19631&pid=15.1

    The areas on the paper are numbered in order of the seams to be sewn. Paper pieced blocks can be very detailed, and rather than cutting tiny pieces of fabric, rough cut pieces of fabric are used similar to a "sew and flip" method with trimming after sewing.

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    Paper piecing is wonderful if you want accuracy. You don't "lose" your points. It took my quite awhile to wrap my brain around the process. Latest block from a BOM I am working on.
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    Sweet Caroline

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    That's beautiful, Caroline. Miriam, there are tons of videos and info. about paper piecing on google.

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    Cecilia, My Tanta (Aunt) Cecilia always sewed things together by hand. At first I did not understand but she was VERY thrifty. Now I sew many things together. Love your ideas.
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    Caroline,

    Your paper pieced block is beautiful! It does a much better job of showing paper piecing than my diagram did.

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