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Sewing Tuesday 3

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Dave!It's been a really tough week to keep up with my sewing classes but, since I ended up coming home so early yesterday, I spent most of last night getting caught up...

...AND PLAYING WITH MY BRAND NEW SEWING MACHINE!!

My dad saw my sewing struggles on my blog and decided to give me an early birthday present... a Brother SE400! It's pretty sweet, does just about everything you could ever want, and sews like a dream with dozens of computer-controled stitches. As if that weren't enough, it can do embroidery as well...

Brother SE400 Sewing and Embroidery Machine

It's going to take a while to figure everything out, but I'm digging it so far!

The first project I had to work on was a "Drawstring Tote Bag." I thought it looked kinda like an army duffle bag, so I decided to buy some cammo fabric and make something I could use in one of my AnySoldier.com care packages. It holds three rolls of toilet paper perfectly...

Sewing: Duffle Drawstring Tube Bag

The next project was a "Relaxing Eye Mask" filled with rice that you can microwave or freeze. I had a big problem trying to get the tie-straps turned inside-out, so I ended up having to make them really huge so I wouldn't get stuck...

Sewing: My Mask an Failed Strap

Still works okay though...

Sewing: Relaxing Eye Mask

The last thing I had to do was practice stitching around shapes appliqué-style. My new sewing machine makes stuff like this a snap because it feeds fabric so beautifully and can make such perfect stitches...

Sewing: My Heart Appliqué!

I may have went a little too dense on the stitch-length though... I burned through a spool of thread in no time flat.

Our next project is an apron with ruffles on it. I have given up all hope of making it look like something a guy like me could wear, as I am not nearly macho enough to pull off ruffles. Oh well... you don't need an apron to heat up a microwave TV dinner, so it's all good.

Now I really should unpack my dirty clothes. Otherwise my next sewing project will have to be a suitcase, because my current one is starting to smell.

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  1. Kailyn says:

    I am so jealous of your new machine.

    When turning something narrow, I usually use a safety pin or a bobby pin.

  2. Suebob says:

    That eye mask makes you look a little like some kind of weird militia member. One that doesn’t want to see the enemy invaders, I guess.

  3. Sybil Law says:

    I can see you on Project Runway in a year or two. Woohoo!!

  4. Sarah says:

    I love all your projects! And that sewing machine looks super rad!

  5. Dave, I’m totally loving your sewing projects! They’re looking so great. And I’m fricking loving that machine . . . have you named her? Or, er, him? Might as well get friendly! It sounds like you all are going to be spending a lot of time together :)

  6. martymankins says:

    Camo sewing projects are fun. And for a good cause, too.

  7. Beth says:

    An embroidery machine! I happen to have a really wicked monkey design, ya know. :)

  8. Lisa says:

    I’m so jealous that you have an embroidery machine! That’s on my wish list!

    I should do a post about my quilting class. Hey I haventhad a blog worthy idea in months!

  9. i am now giggling at they photo of you in the awesome camo eye mask. and i really don’t know why.

  10. Sue says:

    I’m jealous of your new toy. I got the one I’m using for free and it’s super heavy and clunky. This gives me a goal to save up for. Love your applique work!

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