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.Patchwork Portable Sewing Wallet using the BERNINA 350PE
I decided to try the BERNINA 350 Patchwork Edition on a project I've made quite a few of over the years - a portable sewing wallet. I had in mind some variations to try which utilize a few of the machine's special features.
In the past, I've done these with a solid fabric front but decided to make a scrappy version with some lettering as a focal. The BERNINA 350PE makes lettering super easy! See the 'A' button on the right? Just use it to scroll through the alphabet. I started with the letter 'M', you can see it selected in the LCD screen on the left.
The word I decided to use for the center front of the wallet was 'MAKER', which I felt was appropriate for an embroiderer or hand stitcher. Here's a side view of the word being sewn.
Since I was going to make this version of the sewing wallet scrappy, I went with a log cabin design. I added strips of colorful fabric to the top and bottom of my center piece, then to the sides. I just repeated this process until I got it to a size I liked.
I made the back cover in the same fashion, then trimmed it to be the same size as the finished front piece. Here are the front and back completed.
I used a pink and purple batik fabric for the interior, cut to the same size as the front and back panels. Here I'm attaching a side pocket. To secure the pocket, I anchored it by tracing the stitch in reverse for about a quarter inch. The reverse button is so handy on this machine.
I knew I wanted to include a piece of felt to hold pins/needles. I decided to try to combine a decorative stitch with the machine's alphabet capability. Reviewing the stitch pattern summary card, I selected a lovely floral (#68) and programmed it into the machine. One really handy feature is the pattern end button. When you select it, the BERNINA 350PE sews just one decorative stitch pattern at a time (exactly what you see on the card). It stops sewing when it's done. To sew another one, just lift your foot off of the pedal and push it down again.
I decided to write the word 'PINS' between the floral decorative stitching, all in one line. The BERNINA combined the decorative and alphabet stitching together. So cool!
When I had both interior panels completed to my liking, I sewed it together with some fusible fleece inside to give the wallet some structure. To finish it off, I sewed a ribbon to the interior that will secure a pair of scissors and made a small pincushion that fits into one of the interior pockets.
This is my favorite version yet! I'm loving how the crazy colors work together, and the lovely decorative touches I was able to include thanks to this machine.