I know this has nothing to do with Cricut, but a scrapbooker cannot live on Cricut alone - at least I can't! And anyone who knows me, knows how much I love to sew on my projects. I’ve even bought a sewing machine just to use for scrapbooking! But sometimes it seems like a pain to drag it out, it’s definitely too much to take to a crop, and sometimes I want to get a different look with thicker thread. I’ve used plastic canvas as a guide for punching holes when hand sewing, but punching all those holes by hand is a pain! I was so excited when I found out about the We R Memory Keepers Seweasy stich piercer. I finally got one last weekend and gave it a try. The price isn’t bad at all - at Archivers I got the mat, stitch piercer handle and two extra stitch piercing attachments for less than $25.
The mat may not be a necessity for everyone, but they do recommend you use a self-healing mat. I didn't have one, and liked that this was 12 inches long but not too wide to stash away, besides having a handy grid printed on it. Plus, hello, it's pink!
The handle also comes with a great needle - it has a huge eye so it’s easy to thread through embroidery floss, and the end is blunt so you don’t poke the heck out of your fingers with it. (Or am I the only one who does that and then bleeds on my projects?) An added bonus, the handle has a storage compartment so you can stash your needles in it.
Another thing I think you must have is something straight with a bit of height to it, so you can run the piercer alongside it and keep your line straight. I used this bendy ruler. It‘s about ¼ inch high and works perfectly when straightened out. Mine is from the quilting department at Joann’s, but I know BoBunny makes a cute pink one now just for scrapbookers.
Once I figured out the ruler trick, I was off. It took a few tries to get used to rolling with even pressure, which is more critical on the attachments that have side by side holes. At first I was a little worried that the holes weren’t pierced very thoroughly, but they were easy to sew through. I did a little sampling of the different stitches you can do with each of the attachments I got - the single straight stitch (which comes with the handle), the zigzag and the blanket. I’m sure there are endless possibilities, but these are the stitches featured on the back of each of the packages.
Another option, if you’re in a hurry or just feeling lazy, you can pierce the holes and then connect them with a pen or marker as I’ve done here. A very quick way to get the look of sewing without the hassle!
So far I’m very pleased with the Seweasy and would definitely recommend it! In fact, if my blog hits 25 followers I'll draw a random winner to receive the Seweasy stitch piercer handle plus the zigzag and blanket attachments, and a bendy ruler! So share the blog with all of your Cricuty friends!