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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Doggy Fleece Sweater on: February 04, 2012 01:37:17 PM


I made this safety orange sweater for a special little dog to go hiking in. He's hard to see in the dark so I used a hunter's fleece in bright orange. Made from a hand drafted pattern based off a knitted sweater.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wombat Pack in OD and Coyote on: February 04, 2012 01:34:05 PM
Got a new order for a back pack this week! Similar to this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=392298.0 old post of mine. This one was made in Olive Drab and Coyote Brown combo and I think it looks nice.


Juicy pockets for stashing snacks, maps ets... I even make the zipper pulls Wink


Sewn on four way patches allow for lashing straps to connects jackets or other gear on the sides.


These are the straps that I make. I matched the fabric with the body and I think it looks good Smiley We don't usually do that but since the straps come off I thought I would see if the client likes it.

These bags are cut, sewn and dressed out by me Smiley Real people sewing for real people.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Scrappy Cordura Totes on: February 04, 2012 01:27:18 PM
I posted this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=393203.0 tote a while back and I have since made some new ones. We have an ever overflowing scrap stash at work and I finally got the ok to piece and use them up! WOooohoooOOO!

I made three totes entirely from the scrap drawer and using cotton webbing that we don't use any more. Stash buster, I felt so good about it. Money from nothing Wink



Only two made it to the store lol one of the ladies at work decided she needed to keep the other one which had some pink patches in it Wink

Each tote has a squared bottom, exterior pocket, webbing handles that wrap all the way around the body to support the weight of the bag's contents. Simple, basic....
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Juki DDL 8500 Review on: December 17, 2011 01:14:05 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CObeY3X6Ufs&context=C327df7fADOEgsToPDskIxF8W2LKeEhjK9jxHSJuTz


This is the machine I use at home. With needle and tension adjustments I can sew a real variety of material combinations. I used this exact machine in my alterations shop and I got to take it home with me. I am so excited for you all to check this out. It feels so substantial Smiley

Brand: Juki

Model:DDL 8500

Year: 6-8 years old

Cost: $ 600- $700 used

How long have you had the machine? In my ownership, 3 years.

Is it a basic sewing machine, serger, or embroidery machine? Basic. Straight forward and reverse only.

What are your favorite features? Speed and reliability

What are some of the unique features it has? Nothing special just a real work horse.

How well does it run? Like a champ.

Has it ever broken or needed maintenance you couldn't do yourself? Very friendly when it needs an oil change.

What are your least favorite features? It doesn't sew for me Wink

Would you recommend this machine to a friend? Every day.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pink Tote Bag on: October 21, 2011 04:49:11 PM
I made this tote bag at work today. I have had it in my head all week and I finally made it to shut my brain up! It took me less than 30 min cut and sew. It's made of pink and black Cordura. The seams are all taped and the handles go around the whole bag for durability Smiley



Everyone at work liked it Smiley C&C <3
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Premiere Rifle Case on: October 12, 2011 06:44:10 PM
I know this isn't a purse but I am considering it a bag Smiley  This is the rifle case that I make at work. I engineered the construction of this product with close guidance and critical measurements provided by the awesome gun guys at my work.

So far I've made 10 of these guys in different sizes but I just finished the first customer ordered one today and I just had to share. Proud Mommy pic!


In case you are wondering why I look like garbage lol each case takes around 7 hours to complete and has just over 50 pieces to cut with ultimate precision. It is pretty much like giving birth  Grin

These are the sizes I've made. We won't be making them in crazy colors but for the prototypes I got to play a little.


This is the littlest one, a 27" in Multi Cam. We won't be making this one but I still love it.


And now for the shots of the actual work...See that? All those lines with tacking? I did that....all million of them. The goal is to lash the rifle down to the webbing so that it doesn't get rattled and damaged.


The structure is provided by an aluminum stay which keeps the case from squashing under the weight of the rifle. Those things are super heavy! I think you can see my sewing pretty well here too Smiley


The exterior pocket is flat when not in use and can poof out to fit magazines or whatever you want inside.


I made all the straps myself too Smiley I hope you guys like it. It's a real labor of love for each case. I am so happy that people are buying them. It's been an intense prototyping and pattern grading process and it's nice to finally see it for sale.

Questions and comments will be greatly adored <3 Good sewing vibes to all tonight!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wombat Back Pack on: October 07, 2011 06:10:20 AM
Ok, So there aren't any real wombats involved...it's just the name of this back pack. Sorry to disappoint. I hope the details are cool enough to keep you reading <3



This back pack is something that I make at work. In fact it is one of the first big products that I was appointed. The bag had no written construction instructions and only some plastic templates as "patterns." Stellar. The guy who had made these before me had left the company taking the knowledge with him. Oops.

On my first run I made five and wrote a pattern down as I went along. It took me way longer that it should have, about 3 or 4 weeks. Not good for a sewing company. I was nervous to get all the details perfect and I analyzed the crap out of the last few packs we had in house.

Now I am proud to say that I have made several of these in different colors and with the smaller accessory pieces prepped I can make one of these in about a day. I haven't made one lately but next time I do I am shooting for 6 hours. Gotta make money!

The most awesome parts are the inside which really can't be seen unless you visit the store or just buy one. I took a few pics while making it because the inside is the hard part. There are webbing pockets that we slip stays into to give the pack rigidity when carrying a heavy load. On top of the straps there are ballistic plastic squares that have little notches in them so you can slip accessory straps in and lash your stash to the stays. Pretty awesome. You have to sew very very carefully so you don't mess up the plastic. If you do mess it up you have to take it off and put on a new one all together...not good. Hence why I took pictures of the inside Smiley


This is the panel before it gets put into the body of the bag. The front and back of the inside have zippers like this.



Here is how the green ones look inside of a bag. Pretty neat huh? I even make the straps that go inside Smiley





Proud Mama/Fisherman pose! I am always so proud when I finish these packs Smiley They are a challenge and I just love making them.

I don't have a picture of the straps but I make those too. We make every little thing for every product we make Smiley

Anywho! I hope you like it. Comments are unexpected.

I have not mentioned the name of the company I work for to avoid being limbo-ed. If you are interested to know, please PM me.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Precision Rifle Deployment Pad on: October 05, 2011 04:51:16 PM
Ok, I am going to risk it! I make lots of neat things at work but they are not Teesha Moore, they are not colorful, they are not poppets or dotees or ATCs but you know what...I am super proud of them.

I make lots of neat things at home but since I am at work more hours than I am at home, I want to share with you some of the things I make.

This one is a mat that rolls up in thirds or in half so you can lash it to your pack. You unroll it when you're out hunting or being a sniper and it keeps your body from losing temperature while laying on the ground. It has a foam liner inside and is pretty comfortable to lay on. The front strap gives you something to push up against while positioning your rifle.

It's made out of Cordura and heavy duty webbing. I also make the roll up straps too Smiley


This pic shows me in the back too Smiley See my machine cubicle?


This is one of the corners. You can see it's sewn many times to be very durable. The loop is so you can stake down the mat if you need/want to OR so you can rig the mat up to be a quick shelter Wink


I have intentionally left out the company name so I don't get limbo-ed and I don't think you can read the logo from the pictures. If you are interested to know, please PM me Smiley Pics used with permission <3

Questions & comments are unexpected Tongue
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tactical Messenger Bag on: September 30, 2011 05:49:17 PM
Hello all! I have never posted any of the sewing that I do for work because it has labels on and I didn't want to whacked with the limbo stick....but this new product doesn't have a label on it yet AND I developed the design myself. I made it in the style of the products we usually make though Smiley



I only have the one picture that I took with my phone. It's not available online yet so I don't have the good pictures.

It's now up online so I have better pics!



It's made of Cordura and foam and has details that match our other products. It's super strong and really cute in person. It can be worn with a shoulder strap or like a back pack.

Hope you all like it Smiley If I can figure out how to show you my other work sewing I'd love for everyone to see the heavy duty stuff I make...
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Nakajima 280l Review on: September 13, 2011 04:57:35 PM
I am not sure if anyone here needs a review of an industrial but this is the one I use at work and I wanted to show it off and throw props to anyone who sews for a living on one of these <3

Brand: Nakajima

Model:280l

Year: Probably 20yrs old...

Cost: $700-800 USD On Craigslist. The new ones aren't the same...

How long have you had the machine? Sewing on this one for 1 1/2 years.

Is it a basic sewing machine, serger, or embroidery machine? Walking foot industrial

What are your favorite features? Guts. This machine sews through plastic, heavy duty webbing, cordura and velcro sandwiches with no problem.

What are some of the unique features it has? It's a pretty basic machine. Takes 20, 22 sz needle and 90, 92 thread. Standard bobbin winder. Knee lift is nice Smiley

How well does it run? Like a champ. I love my machine.

Has it ever broken or needed maintenance you couldn't do yourself? Needs oiling regularly and you can blow it out with an air compressor.

What are your least favorite features? That it doesn't sew for me Wink jk

Would you recommend this machine to a friend? Definitely!


I use this machine at work. It's one of three industrials that I run while making tactical gear like belts, back packs, shooting mats and other crazy stuff. I am in love with the power and will of this machine. It doesn't ask questions when you shove a thick stack of plastic and velcro under the foot. This is my own machine here.


Complete with a 12ga shotgun shell, a 308 shell, my trusty pliers for flattening thick webbing, and my St. Anne card. She's the patron saint for seamstresses Wink I need prayer to get me through my crazy sewing most days!

P.S. That great little light underneath is an add on. It's magnetic and puts the light right where you need it. It's a must for sewing black on black like we do at work Smiley
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