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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ottoman Slipcover on: July 27, 2008 12:41:59 PM
My 14 year-old custom made living room ottoman (that matches my curtains and a living room chair) began to show a lot of wear.  I covered it with a throw but it looked awful.  I can't match the fabric anymore so I decided to tackle a slipcover.  This is the result.  The fabric is from Ikea.  It has my living room color scheme but to tie the room together, I'm making throw pillows next. I used almost all of 3 yards for the slipcover, but I think I'll have just enough left of the 3 yards for about 3 small throw pillows. 
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Another pleated tote on: June 20, 2008 02:35:31 PM
My cousin Joyce admired the one I made for my sister.  I had to make her one too.  The button is about 50 years old, a legacy from my father's days as a sample maker in the garment center, but it matched perfectly.


Here's the interior.
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My version Jackie O on: June 03, 2008 10:02:12 AM
I've lusted after the classic but who has that kind of money?  Certainly not me.  So after finishing a couple of projects, I decided to use the leftover fabric and see if I could copy my own version.  I made a pattern based upon photographs of the original.   If I had it to do again, I would insert the handles directly rather than use D rings.  My poor sewing machine had a hard time on some of the edges because in certain places it was 6 layers of suede.  I often had to turn the wheel by hand to get it to pierce through.  The stitches would be neater otherwise.

Here it is:

14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Need recommendation for reliable [cheap] industrial model on: May 31, 2008 07:26:19 AM
I've totally messed up the thread tension on my oh-so-reliable Viking 400 by ewing a couple of handbag projects made of heavy sueded material.  I thought using an 18 needle and heavy thread would be ok.  WRONG. 

I think I need to invest in an industrial model that can handle heavyweight fabrics, but I'm totally at a loss. What should I be looking for?  How much should I expect to spend?

And while I'm at it, are any of the newer sewing machines [I haven't bought one in 14 years] worth investing in? 

I really love my Viking 400  This particular model has all the bells and whistles I need or want and it is extremely reliable and problem-free.  I've sent it back to Viking for factory service to get it back to original specifications but maybe I should be looking at buying something newer?

Help!  I'm soooo confused.
15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Black Pug Motif Fabric? on: May 24, 2008 07:47:15 AM
I have been searching everywhere for fabric with a black pug motif.  I've seen fabric with fawn pugs, black pugs among a lot of other breeds, and fawn pugs among other breeds.  I want a fabric that has a black pug alone. 

I've looked at every pug-related site I can find.    Anyone?  As you can see black pugs are very near and dear to my heart!
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wasp Bag on: May 17, 2008 08:05:15 AM
I first saw this FREE pattern months ago http://machenmachen.wordpress.com/patterns/ and fell in love.  I was scouting a fabric store with bargains I could not pass up and I felt like a new bag, so I bought fabric and voila!  [Note: I made the handles  longer than the original pattern because I prefer cross-body.]

The piece that runs upward diagonally across (L-R) is a key leash.

My sister wanted one too. Hers is suede inside and out.  It was much harder to sew (I have the bloody fingers to prove it) but it turned out okay in the end.  [I used the same lining].

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