Quick Shopper

What to do on a Sunday Arvo?  This is what I made, a shopper tote bag, with a retro Caravan theme.

I loved the caravan fabric, so thought it would look great as a shopper for those keen Caravanners out there.

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Caravan Shopper Tote

 

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Hello new sewing machine

Today, I went in the search of a new replacement sewing machine.  I knew our local ALDI still had some of their re-badged Janome DC2050’s in at $199, I thought they may have reduced them down further now, since it was November that they had them in.  But that was the cheapest.  So I bit the bullet and bought one.

I had done research online at it appears that Janome is a good brand.

So here she is….

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Aldi Stirling DC2050 aka Janome DC2050

A computerised sewing machine with 50 stitch patterns for $199, has to be a bargain.  I have done a little test run and it is so quiet, and pretty easy to use, although some of the buttons will take some getting used too, but I am sure we’ll get along just fine.

 

Sick bed…

My trust little Husqvarna Viking H|Class E10 (Husky as she is known) is very sick.  Due to the lack of support here in Australia it looks like she is going to be going away for 8 weeks to be looked at!

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Naughty little Husky!

She started being naughty with the needle getting stuck, so I’ve had her apart cleaning, defuzzing, oiling, but oh no still remains insistent on playing up.

Yesterday she decided to sew really really slow, I thought the foot pedal must be stuck, nah, weird.  Switched it off, started to sew again and yeah it worked for about 4 stitches then went at lighting speed where she wouldn’t stop, had to switch off to stop.

So awaiting details from the Husqvarna Agents as to what to do (as there is a 2 year warranty on these).

In the meantime today (Saturday) I am going to look for a cheap stand-in until she is back!

 

Progressing….with the second tote

Well, what a week it has been.  My trusted little Husqvarna Viking E10 sewing machine has decided to not play nicely anymore, needle keeps getting stuck, which results in fabric being stuck in the machine, how it didn’t rip I’ll never know!   So you could say I’ve had issues.

I have a fascination with zip pockets.  I had never attempted this up until two months ago, but found a tutorial online, which simplified the process, now everything has to have internal zip pockets.

Internal Zip Pocket

Internal Zip Pocket

 

Opening finished ready for zip

Opening finished ready for zip

 

Completed internal zip pocket

Completed internal zip pocket

Despite the issues with the Husky,  I have managed to get this far with my second Two Pretty Poppets (TPP) tote bag.  Just the straps to complete and then assemble it all together.

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The ever increasing fabric stash

Today was a ‘no sew’ day.  I needed some more fusible interfacing, so headed of to my local Spotlight store, where I cannot go past the fabric section.  Found they were having a spot sale of 50% off already discounted fabrics – result!  I came out with some more fabrics, a metre of each plus some interfacing for $25.

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How it all started…

How did I get in to making bags?  Well, we love camping, we have just bought a new camper trailer (well more of a crossover type).  I wanted to get a waste pipe hose bag, but for what they were charging in the stores, I thought I would make my own; surely if can’t be that hard?

I already had some Vinyl Blind off-cut which I bought from the Reverse Garbage store in Woolloongabba, plus some clear PVC which, I don’t really remember why we bought it!

I cut a length of Vinyl and placed a length of clear PVC on one side.  Sewed up the sides, and boxed the corners (that was the first time doing this too!), finished off the top and voila I had a waterproof bag.

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My very first bag, simple waterproof waste hose bag