Playing with the sewing machine

Playing with the sewing machine

Using a machine vs. hand stitching definitely takes a different approach. Working on control and actually thinking patterns through a little further. First, I made a simple clutch from start to finish, just to see what would go wrong. Ha ha. A lot did.

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After that, I started on a backpack for our short hikes. Large enough to hold lunch, some paraphernalia, and a water bottle on either side. My intention with this bag was to make something as fast as possible, and see how long my mistakes last before the whole thing unravels.

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Erg, going around that corner got messy. I think I need more seam allowance. And a triple fold would look nicer. Oh well, the point is to see how little I can do, not how much I can over-build it.

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I ended up needing to hand-stitch four inches on the top of each side – bad planning, I guess. The 9 layers of canvas + one layer of leather just barely fit underneath the foot, but the sudden changes in height made the stitching look too wonky with the machine.

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I need to spend some quality time on youtube.



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