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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Chocolate and dots purse on: November 09, 2008 12:52:49 PM
I really like how this bag turned out.  The half circle on the front and back is a pocket for cell phone, etc.

Front (excuse the yellow tone, still working on the photography and lighting.)



Close-up of pocket



Inside (also has pockets on the inside though you can't see them.)


22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hot pink Kitty tote on: November 09, 2008 10:40:58 AM
I made this for my daughter to hopefully replace the ginormous backpack she insists on toting to school.  She had a say in the design hence the rainbow letters and black kitty like ours.  I even added a zipper pocket inside, my first zipper in YEARS!  Thanks to SewPixie's zipper pocket tutorial it was super easy. 

Here's the front with kitty and letters appliqued.  (Excuse my non-perfect embroidery.)



And a close-up of the lining and pocket


23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / little bird purse on: October 21, 2008 06:03:30 AM
Cute little bird purse with pockets on the front and back (the dark purple area) for cell phone or whatnot.  Birdie still needs an eye, I forgot it.  Not sure if I want to use a seed bead, button, or just embroider it.  The pics are a little funky from the pattern on the fabric. 

Do you think it looks to "country"?  'Cause that's not what I was going for. 









24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / guitar vest turned tote bag on: October 20, 2008 06:24:16 PM
My mom made this vest in the early 90's, while I've always loved the design on the back it was a little big/boxy for me.  So it's been hanging around the closet waiting for the day it would blossom into a tote bag.  Now it's quite useful and may never be banished to the back of the closet again.  I've never posted pictures before, hope I can figure it out.

Back before



Front before



front after  (that's not a zipper, just fancy stitching)



back after





25  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I want a heavy-duty machine! (first post) on: October 07, 2008 06:02:42 AM
Hello everyone, this is my first post.  Um, does anyone else find that there's so much to look at here that you forget to post? 

Anyway, I'm looking for a decent machine that actually sewing through heavier fabrics, is that too much to ask?  Should I go vintage or bite the bullet and get a mega machine?  I have a cheapy Brother machine that definitely doesn't get the job done.  I've been scouring craigslist hoping for a deal.  There's an Elna 6003 and a Pfaff Hobbymatic 927 (definitely an older model) any experience with those?

Thanks a bunch!!   Wink
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