Another way to use your sewing machine on your projects is to use it without tread. The finely pierced holes make great borders. If you don't own a sewing machine, and don't want to invest in one, WE R MEMORY KEEPERS has a rotary stitch piercer which creates perfectly aligned holes, just like a sewing machine. You can also get the same effect by piercing holes with a paper piercer or needle. Some rulers have piercing holes - which will make spacing your hand pierced holes perfectly spaced.
Sometimes I don't want to go through the effort of getting my machine out - and I don't have time to hand pilot the holes, but I really want to add stitching to my project. On these occasions I just using a journaling pen and draw stitches directly onto my project. This is quick and easy - and it adds a nice touch.