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Red JL Mini sewing machine bag

2 April 2009, 11:20

I’m so enamoured with my new tiny red sewing machine that I decided to use my time at the moorings crafty night on Monday to sew up a travelling case for it so I didn’t have to lug the box and styrofoam everywhere. There’s something almost perverse in using a sewing machine to create its own case, though. It just feels a bit cannibalistic somehow…

Anyway, I drew up some plans based on its measurements, and did a few calculations:

And then when I got to my neighbour’s boat I plugged it in, chopped up some spare red corduroy, and had a nice carrying case for it by the end of the evening (in amongst the traditional crisp and cake eating, of course).

I wasn’t really being fancy here, but just sewed by the seat of my pants – it’s not lined or anything, and I did plan to have some interior pockets for the foot pedal and power brick, but I got to talking and missed the point where I should’ve inserted them. Ah well, I’ll just make some drawstring bags for them to keep their cables contained.

The red corduroy for the bag was actually leftover from a pair of cords I quickly bashed out as an easy, wearable project after the intellectual construction of the silk birthday dress. We were going to do a photoshoot in the neighbour’s wheelhouse for something different, but the combination of low lighting and high tide made for really blurry shots. So here’s a taster, and you’ll get to see more next week.

I’m also now midway through another pair of jeans, this time from the January 2009 KnipMode, with really weird interesting seam lines, and next up after that is a jeanskirt from the March 2009 KnipMode, since I can just carry on with the same thread colours and needles, and use up the very last scrap of my heavyweight Levis denim.

I’m now realising that a second sewing machine actually comes in pretty handy for denim sewing, since I can have my sturdy vintage machine sewing navy thread for the seams, and have the mini machine on topstitching duty. Though I did notice another limitation of the JL Mini after a few seams – the pedal has no speed control, it’s just on/off! If you thought topstitching was nerve-wracking before, you should try it with no brakes! Heehee!

Oh, and since I promised you some action photos of the green silk birthday dress, here’s a few from Saturday’s party. And after-party!

(Yes, that is a jeroboam bottle of wine! And as promised, the abdominal swelling was only temporary, thank god!)

I had an absolutely brilliant birthday party and was truly touched and amazed by the generosity and tenacity of everyone who came despite the last-minute Jubilee Line closure. I’ve got the best friends ever!

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  1. Your little red machine is just enchanting! And now she has her own little bag. You look lovely in your birthday dress. Looks like you were having fun!

    gwen    Apr 2, 12:37 PM    #
  2. I look smashing in the dress! I just think it is so cute—chic! Hope you have somewhere else to wear it!

    cindy    Apr 2, 12:38 PM    #
  3. I love your sewing machine bag – especially how it matches the machine. :-)

    Jenny    Apr 2, 02:13 PM    #
  4. Love those party pics! You look very happy. The carrying case is cute!

    The Slapdash Sewist    Apr 2, 03:54 PM    #
  5. Oooh your bag is juicy! Really enjoyed your birthday pics. Such a beautiful dress!

    Rachel S.    Apr 2, 06:05 PM    #
  6. You just whipped up that bag? Wow. Not my forte at all. It looks great and your little red machine deserves a red bag.

    Nancy K    Apr 2, 06:11 PM    #
  7. The birthday dress is absolutely ‘fab’ – the style and colour really suit you :-) Sounds like you had a fun party too. Happy Birthday!

    — Sandra    Apr 2, 09:44 PM    #
  8. I love the little machine bag… it’s so adorable!

    stacy    Apr 3, 02:37 AM    #
  9. So glad you had a lovely Birthday! You look fabulous in that dress!

    Sue    Apr 3, 05:42 AM    #
  10. You look stunning in the green satin dress! Bravo!

    Tany    Apr 3, 02:32 PM    #
  11. It looks like you had a lovely birthday party. The green dress is so pretty and you are so clever to just “whip up” a little bag for your new machine.

    MrsV    Apr 4, 02:45 AM    #
  12. Hi Melissa, have been reading your blog for a while and wanted to say thanks for the inspiration and your posting about Goldhawk Road shops, have now been many times! Love the birthday dress, have been thinking about making that one myself and now I’m convinced!

    Happy sewing,

    — Claire Brewer    Apr 14, 11:43 AM    #
  13. Bag instructions for tiny red sewing machine.Just loved your sewing machine tote bag. Do you have a pattern available for this bag? Thank you

    — Maureen    Jan 20, 02:36 AM    #
  14. Love the bag! Please please please can you make the pattern available for us newbies? :) :) :)

    June    Apr 25, 11:11 PM    #

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