Rocketeer 500A Machine

I was pleasantly surprised to add one more machine to my collection.  A Rocketeer.  I have wanted one for a little while but never for the right price.  My vintage machine budget is $25 to free and this machine ended up being $20.  It came with a defunct foot controller.  I found someone on facebook that was willing to trade a pedal, slant shank feet, and cams in exchange for some vintage Bernina feet I wasn’t using, so the stars aligned!  This machine sews very well and has many pre-built decorative stitches which makes versatile. However, I much prefer the weight of the Featherweight 221 or 222s, to these beige singer machines – its kinda heavy.  Some of the new paint jobs of this style of this machine are awesome. Ever since I saw this re-model of the Rocketeer in a futuristic grey and red, I had wanted to buy this style of machine.

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Sew Together Bag

I am on a bag kick I recently made this Craftsy pattern called The Sew Together Bag.  This bag stretched my skills with 4 zippers and binding for champions.  This will be holding my sewing gadgets on Sunday mornings.  I will be making a second bag now that I know what I am doing and were all the pieces end of in the final object.

The best part of the this zippered pouch is that is a total stash buster.  You can ‘go crazy’ with all sorts of fabric and even zipper colors.  I may have to try using some 5 inch charm pack squares pieced together for the interior.  I also really like the idea of quilting and designing the outer fabric – and the pattern encourages embellishments.

A construction point – i used a scrap of plain old flannel instead of interfacing.

What I don’t like about this bag is the size.  Although the varying compartments are so very handy for sewing needles, seam rippers, rulers, snips and measuring tape, if I add my chunky rotary cutter – it doesn’t zip shut.  I think I will have try making the Bionic Gear Bag for that kind of thing.

In the end, I really like how this little bag came together.  It will be used a lot.  I can also see re-making this bag for my daughter’s make-up, or as it was suggested to me by a friend, a first aid kit for the RV. It is not long enough for 10inch knitting needles but it would hold interchangeable circular ones, stitch markers, and other knitting paraphernalia.  I am sure that are so many other uses.

I forgot to take a final pic of this bag filled…and you can still see the pins where I plan to hand sew the binding (oops!). And I have to thank my good friend Kirsten for this pattern.

Happy Sewing!

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The Two Zip Hipster Bag

This pattern was given to me by a quilting friend.  We have been sewing every second sunday since Sept. The Two Zip Hispter PDF Pattern is from the Dog Under My Desk site.

I have made one other Dog Under My Desk pattern which is called the Circle Earbud Pouch Tutorial. The full tutorial is here.The earbud pattern is the perfect gift for teenagers.  I usually make one for my daughter to put her friend’s birthday money in.

Back to the bag.  This pattern in not for beginners.  I am thankful I had a comfort level with bag making and zippers.  There are may pages of instructions and images which were invaluable – and sometimes I had to read several times to really ‘get’ it.  I have a habit of trying to speed through patterns and this pattern is one in which you would want to take your time!  I had to rip and resew many aspects of the bag, but it paid off!

I love it!  The material is kinda loud, garish, and in your face.  It was from my stash and the next one will be more calm in nature. I also chose to use metal zips which was a new experience for me and resulted a few broken needles 🙂

This bag is fully lined has a great small zipped exterior pocket plus a drop-in pocket.  The main compartment is deep and has side pockets for your cell or pens, etc.  Below are pics of the partial constructed bag and the final project.

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