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21  Re: Thread Catcher with removable Pin Cushion in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Ambimom on: August 01, 2008 10:01:30 AM
I've already made two, and am thinking of a third.  I don't know what I ever did without them!  One stays on the ironing board and the other on the machine.  Now I want another for the machine.  One for the right hand, one for the left. Cheesy

Instead of strapping I used regular plastic drinking straw in one.  I didn't use anything in the second, and it really doesn't make much difference.
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22  Ottoman Slipcover in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Ambimom on: July 27, 2008 12:41:59 PM
My 14 year-old custom made living room ottoman (that matches my curtains and a living room chair) began to show a lot of wear.  I covered it with a throw but it looked awful.  I can't match the fabric anymore so I decided to tackle a slipcover.  This is the result.  The fabric is from Ikea.  It has my living room color scheme but to tie the room together, I'm making throw pillows next. I used almost all of 3 yards for the slipcover, but I think I'll have just enough left of the 3 yards for about 3 small throw pillows. 
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23  Re: Bags, clutches, keychain wallet, phone cosey TUTORIAL added on pg 4!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Ambimom on: June 30, 2008 06:12:13 AM
Here's my version.  I made it out of gabardine -- no leather.  I added a zippered pocket and a key leash but I had a lot of trouble with the gathers and I'm not all that happy with the finished product.  My handles are cross body.  I know I didn't do this right, but here it is anyway.



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24  Re: Need a little help making a gorgeous bag (Any help will be accepted) PLEASE!!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by Ambimom on: June 26, 2008 02:59:14 PM
How about this tutorial http://machenmachen.wordpress.com/2007/08/31/free-pattern-for-the-wasp-bag/

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25  Re: Elna machines in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Ambimom on: June 26, 2008 08:38:07 AM
I've owned the Swiss-made Elna shown below since 1984 and it's been a wonderful machine that I love and still use.

There's a but coming...

Elna has fallen on hard times in recent years.  Apparently the company is about to be taken over by Janome.  If I were you, I wouldn't buy an Elna brand manufactured in 2005-onward.

Here's a link to a site that discusses used models that you might consider instead. http://zigzaggers.typepad.com/zigzaggers/

 
Elna Carina SU 66 Duplex, my sentimental favorite.  It still forms the most beautiful stitches I've ever seen on any machine, but the buttonholer no longer works.  I have all the cams and extra feet.  The air foot pedal still intact.

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26  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Ambimom on: June 22, 2008 12:04:49 PM
I couldn't resist any longer.  These are mine.  In addition to these I have a Sergemate Serger (storebrand bought at Cloth World about 20 years ago), a Pfaff Calandra, bought in 1964, and a Singer Stylist circa 1975 that are all packed away in my sister's attic.

Viking 400, the machine I use the most. Has just enough features for my kind of sewing. Reliable, jam-proof and never needs oil.  Recently sent to Viking for factory service for the first time in it's 14 year life.  They asked if I still had my warranty card.  I do.  They brought it back to factory specs for FREE!


Elna Carina SU 66 Duplex, my sentimental favorite.  It still forms the most beautiful stitches I've ever seen on any machine, but the buttonholer no longer works.  I have all the cams and extra feet.  The air foot pedal still intact.


Simplicity Serger with differential feed, a feature that I thought I wanted but never use.  I bought this on television shopping network.  Low-end but reliable.  Makes beautiful overlock seam finishes and rolled edges.
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27  Another pleated tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Ambimom on: June 20, 2008 02:35:31 PM
My cousin Joyce admired the one I made for my sister.  I had to make her one too.  The button is about 50 years old, a legacy from my father's days as a sample maker in the garment center, but it matched perfectly.

 

Here's the interior.
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28  Re: Bags, clutches, keychain wallet, phone cosey TUTORIAL added on pg 4!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Ambimom on: June 19, 2008 03:13:40 PM
I just came across this design.  OMG it's so clever.  Anyway, I hope this helps others.   I wanted a paper pattern.  Here's the result.  The pieces follow the photos exactly and the dimensions indicated.  I assume they were handrawn originally which is why they might appear a bit wonky.   Print ACTUAL SIZE not scaled to fit paper.

Here's the original photo I copied.


Here's the link to the pattern pieces.
     




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29  Re: My version Jackie O in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Ambimom on: June 03, 2008 02:32:15 PM
How did you accomplish getting the bottom to do that?!  (That is a mystery to me!)

I've attempted to reproduce the pattern I made for myself.  Print them at 100 percent on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.  You may have to shift from portrait to landscape, depending on your printer.



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30  My version Jackie O in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Ambimom on: June 03, 2008 10:02:12 AM
I've lusted after the classic but who has that kind of money?  Certainly not me.  So after finishing a couple of projects, I decided to use the leftover fabric and see if I could copy my own version.  I made a pattern based upon photographs of the original.   If I had it to do again, I would insert the handles directly rather than use D rings.  My poor sewing machine had a hard time on some of the edges because in certain places it was 6 layers of suede.  I often had to turn the wheel by hand to get it to pierce through.  The stitches would be neater otherwise.

Here it is:






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