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Learning To Sew: Sewing On Paper Part Two With Thread

Are you interested in learning how to sew? This article will teach a great method of learning to use your sewing machine by sewing paper using thread!


This is part two for sewing paper, part one was sewing on paper without thread and part two will be sewing on paper with thread! This article (part two) will be very similar to part one, I will only point out new keywords so make sure that you have read through part one first!

This article is in the learning to sew series, and is going to be about sewing on paper! Make sure to read the previous two articles from the series before this one! You can read about them in this article!

You might be thinking, “why would I sew on paper?!”

And here’s the answer, sewing on paper is one of the best ways to learn about your sewing machine and how to use it, to learn how to pivot the presser foot, sew on curves and even learn how to sew in a straight line!

Onto sewing the paper! Here’s what you’ll need:

   - Sewing machine 

   - Lined paper 

   - Pen

   - Sewing needle (doesn't have to be new, we are just sewing paper!)

   - Presser foot “J”

   - Thread

   - A prepped machine (read about how to get your machine ready in this article!)


   1. First, to start out attach your presser foot, place the needle in the machine and tighten. Adjust the speed to where you would like it, starting out with the slowest speed is helpful.

   2. Place the paper under the presser foot and lower the presser foot. To do this, bring the presser foot lever down. 

   3. To start your needle in the correct place, turn the handwheel. Turn it towards you, never the other way, until the needle is in the paper. Either depress the foot controller with your foot or click the start/stop button to start. 

   4. The feed dogs will help to keep the paper moving through the machine, and you will use your hand to guide the lined paper. This is so that you are sewing on one of the lines, but not pulling it. You’ll want to have your left hand to the left of the presser foot just guiding the paper lightly by hand, keeping the machine sewing straight (without pulling, tugging or moving harshly). As you learn to sew hand placement will start to become natural!

   5. Take the paper out of the machine and look at how you did. Are you happy with this and ready to move on to the next step?

   6. Sewing straight lines. Using presser foot “J” and straight stitch(left), place the lined paper under the presser foot so that when you start sewing, you’ll be sewing down the line. Using the handwheel to move the needle down to where you want it, sew down this line. 

Continuing to keep the fabric in line with your hand as you go (don’t pull the fabric though). When you’re done sewing the stitch, either cut threads if your machine has the button or press the needle position button, lift the presser foot and cut the threads. 

I recommend not using reverse/reinforcement stitches as it will just put a big hole in the paper! Reverse stitching is also known as backstitching.

Reverse/reinforcement stitches: generally needed at the beginning and at the end of sewing. Reverse stitches are when the stitching is sewn in the opposite direction, and reinforcement stitches will sew a few stitches in the same place. Depending on which type of stitch you have selected, reverse or reinforcement stitches will be sewn when the reverse/reinforcement stitch button has been pressed. 

Reverse/reinforcement stitch button: when you press this button it will sew reverse/reinforcement stitches, it looks like a half oval arrow!

   8. Learning to pivot. Sewing a staircase, using your pen draw a staircase on the paper, make sure that the lines are long enough to sew along. Now using the knowledge of pivoting from part one, you are going to sew along your line until you get to a corner, raise the presser foot, move the paper 90 degrees, sew down the line and continue this step until you have completed the staircase.





Continue to practice sewing along staircases until you’ve mastered the skill! 

Zig-zags are also a great way to learn to pivot while sewing! They also show that pivoting does not just have to be on 90-degree angles and that pivoting is just any time you are changing the direction while sewing without cutting the threads!



   9. Sewing curves, using your pen draw a curve on a piece of paper. Make sure that the lines are long enough to sew along. Sew along the curve guiding the paper lightly with your hand, pivoting is a huge part of curves, so don't forget to pivot! Curves are a difficult skill so keep on practicing them! 



   10. The whole SHEBANG!! Now we are going to put them all together! Sewing straight, staircases and curves. Take your pen and on a piece of paper draw a mixture of staircases, zigzags, curves and straight stitches, making sure that the lines are long enough to sew along! Sew along all of these lines while using the tips from before. 









This is the most difficult and the most fun step, so take your time and sew on the lines you drew!




Continue to practice the last step until you’ve mastered it! Next week is learning about sewing on fabric! Find out more info on the article series, including a table of contents, here!

Wow! That was a lot to learn in one article!! Congrats! Now that you have learned a lot more about your sewing machine, make sure that you take a break after all that good and fun hard work! 

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