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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gathered Clutch on: August 18, 2012 07:07:07 AM
I love that fabric!! It looks great.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Laptop Messenger Tote! on: August 18, 2012 07:05:58 AM
Thank you guys so much! I am loving it. Wish I had put padding on both sides of the laptop instead of just one, but it's working great! Cheesy
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Laptop Messenger Tote! on: August 05, 2012 08:01:09 PM
Thanks! I saw it at goodwill and knew it had a place in my stash! There are a few stains but I just made sure not to cut on those parts. For 99 cents not too shabby!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Laptop Messenger Tote! on: August 05, 2012 05:25:45 PM
I made a laptop messenger tote for my new MacBook i'm getting through work.

Inspirations:

http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2011/08/back-to-school-laptop-bag/#.UBzB5vZmSwB

http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=JC&Screen=TOTEBAG

Mine: I got the pocket for the laptop general idea from the sew mama sew link and the rest of the bag from the J Caroline link. I changed it to be more messenger style as far as strap goes cause I gotta have a long strap and then I added the laptop pocket from the first link. If I did it again, I'd do it differently. I am not so sure I'll ever make it again. It was hard. But end results are great.







All fabric was in my stash but I know I did spend money at some point. I used fleece from my stash as a cushion for the laptop pocket instead of foam like the tutorial. Blue fabric was free, flower fabric was .99 at Goodwill and I only used half (approx .50), and the fleece was 2.29 and I used a 3rd of it (so approx .75). The black was a scrap from a christmas gift project but it was so miniscule I won't count it. Velcro from was also from what I already owned. (approximately 1.25 for the fabric)

I went to Jo-Anns to get foam (.99), stabilizer (3.59), strap is belt webbing (3.92 with 40% off coupon), thread (1.79), and bias tape (1.99). I also had a 25% off entire purchase coupon.  :pom:  So I spent 9.21

So this bag cost me approximately 10.41 cents. Can't get better than that! I was wondering how much I ended up spending, this was so worth it cost wise. Frustration wise? Well, you couldn't pay me to make another one.  Wink
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: A Few Refashions on: July 17, 2010 11:41:29 PM
I have those tights for my daughter and was dreading the day she outgrew them. Now I'm not. Wink
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: tin can stars NOW WITH TUTORIAL on: July 15, 2010 11:29:09 PM
Love love love this! My mom loves coca cola products but has most everything in the stores so now I must find someone who drinks coke so I can take their cans and make something similar.  Grin
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: suggested machines for under 100$? on: July 13, 2010 03:05:42 AM
I'm a novice at this, if it matters but here is my opinion. If you prefer something brand new, I recommend the brother sewing machine from walmart. I think they have one (it's pink) for $80ish dollars right now. I have the same one (mine's blue Sad ) and I have no complaints. Works for all I have needed it for. I am not doing anything crazy or fancy though. My main complaint is that it is sometimes hard to sew through too many layers and the layers don't always feed through, but I just hand crank it at those spots and usually all is well. Not a huge biggie, but that's my main issue. I also wish I could choose left, middle, or right needle position and I can't but it's also not too big of a deal.  Smiley
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Older Sewing Machine, wanting info... Deluxe ZZ Model 4700 **img heavy on: July 13, 2010 02:56:09 AM
Well, I got the machine running!!!  Grin

I oiled it after watching a youtube video where a guy oiled an old necchi (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf7DsEE02zM&feature=related) and then just went to town. It wasn't hard, but it was definitely tricky. I don't have a handy tool like he did but I did find a thingy in my kitchen that I was able to guide the oil down to the holes/areas that needed oiled with it. After oiling I was able to "jumpstart" the machine by pressing down on the foot and turning the wheel and it would kick in. While looking around I also noticed the screws that mount the motor to the machine were lose so I tightened those and it is sewing on it's own without a kickstart!!!!  Cheesy I'm so stoked! Can't wait to see what this bad baby can do. It has a ton of cams that I am super interested in experimenting with.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Older Sewing Machine, wanting info... Deluxe ZZ Model 4700 **img heavy on: July 11, 2010 05:58:58 PM
Thanks! Was hoping for free. hahahaha It does look a lot like it.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Older Sewing Machine, wanting info... Deluxe ZZ Model 4700 **img heavy on: July 11, 2010 11:04:55 AM
Alright, I have this machine that was my moms. I am wanting to find out as much as I can about it.

I am interested in learning how to oil this machine. The motor is working (I believe) but it's not turning the wheel and I am wanting to see if oiling it will help. It could also be the belt, but I have oil right here and I don't have belts.  Wink

The machine!!


Side view, wheel with motor back behind.


Place for cams, What is this called?


Mechanisms on the bottom, what are these called?  Cheesy


Light and needle...


And these last two pictures are of the plates with the model number, etc.


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