The sewing machine and I don't get along. Never have and I think I finally just gave in to the fight. The machine wins and I just sew by hand! These little bugs make that a lot easier. The stitches are perfectly even each and every time. Plus, with the option of a single or double line of holes, you can even experiment with different stitches (like the straight line stitch or diagonals, for instance). If you are a perfectionist and want that perfectly straight line, use a higher edged item than a ruler to run them along, though. These guys run so smoothly that you run up on the low edge of a ruler if you are not careful. Also, be advised that these little guys are great, but not miracle workers. They can't cut through multiple layers of super-heavy cardstock without some serious pressure from your hand. However, they'll still leave enough of an indent that you can see just fine where to put the needle through. All in all, a great product that is definitely worth the tiny bit of space they'll take in your cropping tote! Besides, who can resist PINK???
These looked great, but I thought they were probably difficult to use. Not so! They run smoothly along your paper. It really helps to put a mousepad or some kind of foam under the paper though to allow the holes to be punched better. I have used them freehand and also along the edge of a ruler with good success. I also love that the heads pop in when you're not using them so you don't poke yourself unintentionally. These make handstitching so much easier--with one row of holes or two. I can't believe I waited so long to get them!
I am just learning to sew, but in the mean time I am using these to get that perfect stitch! These are such a great tool and even if you don't use the thread, just pierce and leave for a cool look. I have also seen people use these to make the holes, then run over it with a marker. This gives the illusion of a stitched line! Love this tool, and it's pink which is even better!!!