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Topic: HERE IT IS! That tool apron thingie for your sewing table!?  (Read 1055 times)
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MaxineBrandywine
« on: August 18, 2008 07:16:52 PM »

Hey All...
I'm proud to post the finished product and to say thank you all for your help. I took what you guys posted and used my own ideas, too.

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I've Googled for it but I can't seem to find any decent pattern/design ideas.
I'm not sure what they are called.
I want to make one for someone.
I'm designing one in my head like I usually do but I like to get input too.
Any help would be appreciated..

Rock On
Maxine

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This is my first machine apron. Not sure what it's actually called. The embroidery is of a rose font capital N and then the name over that.
If you guys are not familiar with 'Designs by Sick' for embroidery designs, check them out because they have great deals every single day. I got the Rose font alphabet on sale for $1.00. That's right a buck. They haven't had a dollar sale for a whole collection for a while and their prices are a little higher than they were before but they are still cheaper than anyone else.
http://www.designsbysick.com

This one is of my Pfaff and the whole table. I've only been embroidering since last X-Mas. I really love it. This project is for my grand niece. She's just learning to sew. I think she's 10. I forget, lol I'm really happy with the way this came out. The only thing I don't like is that it slides on the table surface. I'm going to the dollar store tomorrow. They have rolls of that non slip stuff in pink. I will cut a piece for under the apron and send it along with.


The black is a med weight gabardine sort of a fabric. Sort of a suit fabric. Very nice. I got it @ Goodwill. The pink is a sale fabric from Walmart when they had the dollar table. Now it's the dollar fifty table.


You can see in this picture that I made it in two sections. It was much easier to work with. I did the same with the back. The next one I'll make the back a single piece and cut it out after I do everything to the front two pieces, including sewing them together.


I made everything from scratch including the thread catcher and the pin cushion. They are both removable and are attached with velcro. Everything is washable, too. I'm especially happy with the thread catcher. It has a plastic band in the top front which is why it holds it's shape. The bottom is pleated for fullness and I used a piece of ultra firm for the back of it.


I also used a piece of ultra firm in the top section and the bottom section where the pockets are, sandwiched in between the black so it's stiff enough to hold it's shape but you can still fold or roll it up.

I think I'll make one for my sister and oh yah, one for myself!
If anyone wants any tips at all I'll be very happy  to help. It was really easy and I'm sure there are many variables that can be incorporated. Like the apron part is a little bit long right where my legs are. When I make another, I'll make that a little shorter. And I was @ a sewing shop one day where a quilting class was going on. A lady there had one that went way further to the right. She had lots of pockets with tools and stuff. I guess if you have to bring everything with you that could potentially be a lot of things.

Anyway, thanks for lookin.
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Maxine
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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2008 05:54:13 AM »

I want to say McCall's (maybe Butterick or Simplicity) had one as part of a pattern set that also had pincushion, machine cover & a couple other sewing related accesories, Project Runway stuff. I think they are called something like Machine Pad with Pockets, because the top portion is intended to protect the surface under your portable machine.
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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2008 08:12:38 AM »

There are a few online for free -  but I just got a call and have to walk out the door!  I will update later with some links unless someone beats me to it!
It is a really quick and easy project - and a lot of people even make them with placemats... You just fold it up and sew in your pocket lines and viola all done.

Also online there is a thread catcher too... and I swear it is on the same pattern page as the tool holder doo dad that you are thinking of.
I will find it later I promise!
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2008 03:58:47 AM »

Okay - sorry about the delay... I knew I forgot to do something yesterday!
Here is one that I don't care much for...yeah.  The concept is there but how can that person sew with all that stuff there??? Cheesy
http://www.getcreativeshow.com/seminars/sewing-tool-organizer.htm

this one is nice and the only one I can find right now... sorry Embarrassed
http://www.sewing.org/html/sewing_room_accessories.html

this will keep your feet nice and tidy...
http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/ca/en/507_9229.htm

and another thread catcher..
http://www.kquilts-studio.com/pincushionthread_catcher_tutori.htm


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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2008 03:22:28 PM »

Excellent input. Thanks a bunch for the links. I'll post the project when I'm done. If I have time I'll take pics and post a tut. It seems they are scarce.

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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2008 07:33:01 AM »

Butterick also makes a pattern for this, I haven't tried it yet, but i do have the pattern...  Its Pattern Number 4521
http://www.butterick.com/item/B4521.htm?search=4521&page=1

It also includes a whole bunch of other patterns, like tailor's ham, Sewing machine cover, serger cover, litter bag, travel sewing kit, pin cushion and more...  I haven't sewn anything from it yet, but it doesn't look very difficult at all...
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2008 10:42:49 PM »

Hey de_sjiem thank you so much. I'm still on the lookout. I have

Thanks Penlowe and craftydeb too...

I'm thinking of making one for my bf's grand niece for Christmas. She's learning to sew and got a sewing machine for her b-day in Sept.

Anyway, thank you all.. I appreciate the input very much.
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« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2008 08:50:25 AM »

I just had to bump this  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2008 11:38:42 AM »

And, thank you for bumping it!!  I've been looking for something to use my sewing themed embroidery designs.  This is perfect, and thanks everyone for the links.  Yours looks great! 
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MaxineBrandywine
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2008 03:39:03 PM »

Hey suthernstitcher...

No Prob! Just a couple things to add that may make your project easier if you so desire...

I made the knee area a bit too long. The next one should be a little shorter.

Also, a way easier way to sew the pockets... One long piece... then stitch where you want the pockets. AND you are applying the piece at the same time. I didn't do that here because I just wanted it to be extra special looking. Anything to impress the in-laws  Wink
Remember  whenever possible, embroider the embroideries FIRST on a larger piece of the project fabric, then make cuts based on that embroidery for that part of the project. If you first cut the piece the exact size you want it, then you will be forced to centre that piece exactly in your hoop so that it will embroider exactly where you want it. You may already know this, I just wanted to share because I have made this time consuming decision myself in the past Undecided  I wouldn't call it a mistake exactly, just a very time consuming step that can be completely avoided by approaching it differently.

One more thing. The pin cushion is much larger than necessary. Maybe half the size would be fine and also the flower print on top makes it harder to see the pins. I have a bunch of those yellow headed quilting pins cause I like long pins. They are hard to see so I would make the top of the pincushion a solid color.

Can't wait to see your finished project. When I finish my X-Mas gifts for everyone I intend to make one for myself and a few more for friends. I used this one for a day and the thread catcher was in exactly a very good place.

Anyway I can't think of anything else..
Best of luck to you...
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Maxine

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