"We don't stop playing because we grow old,
we grow old because we stop playing."
George Bernard Shaw
A few weeks back I was fortunate to win some wonderful homemade items from Barbara at To stitch or not to stitch. I decided I wanted to make a zipper bag like the one I won. I went to my local Joann's and was looking at the remnants because they were 50% off. My daughter is a big tea drinker and there was this cute material with the names of tea all over it. I bought it and put it aside not real sure how to really get started. One day I was on the freebie gallery and saw a zipper bag and mentioned Karen at Sew Much 2 Luv. She had this great tutorial Don't fear the zipper.... bag and Easy peasy tissue holder. Well now I was ready to start my first zipper bag. I cut out my material, I also found some great lining material in the remnant, I was ready to go. But I mean a big BUT, where is my zipper foot. You see my first sewing machine was bought with my first full time tax return back in early 1978 fast forward to about late 80's and I got a new better sewing machine. Since my mom's was so old I gave her my old one. Years later my mom got a new one and I took back the 1978 old Kenmore. Daughter moves out of the house a few years ago, borrows my sewing machine and well never have seen it again. So I am back to the 1978 and somewhere in the move the zipper foot got lost. All day Friday and Saturday husband heard me complain about missing foot. Sunday I go to Joann's after church to see if they have a zipper foot. No but they have machines on sale. I look at the very simple heavy duty one. Come home do some research on line and husband who is tried of hearing about missing foot says you deserve a new one. Later that day we went to Sears to look for zipper foot, yes I know it is 2011 and I am looking for a 1978 foot. Well imagine that no foot only new top of the line computer type machines. Told husband don't need that just a simple one. We leave go downstairs and by the door is sewing machines on clearance. Too late to make this long story short, I bought the computer one on sale for $149.00. Twenty dollars cheaper than the simple one on sale at Joann's. We go to check out and they ask to you have a rewards card, of course I do and that day you get an additional 10% off with rewards. So with tax only pay $143.00. So here is my new toy.
The best thing about it is you bring down this little tool and it threads itself, that's right itself. I could do it with out glasses. You just drop in the bobbin. I have been playing with putting in a number and stitching a new stitch. I guess I really needed more than a simple machine after all.
Here is my first zipper bag. Since my daughter only uses cloth handkerchiefs I changed the measurements just a little and made a pouch for Wet-Ones. With the left over I made a draw string bag. With Karen's tutorial I even lined the zipper bag.
Well I am off to do some more playing. Hope your day is as fun as mine.
Always keep love in your stitches,