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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...


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 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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