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Many mistakes later improvised boxed bag

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Camera FUJIFILM FinePix XP20
Exposure Time 1/30
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Beginner Serging: Machine Basics & Techniques taught by Amy Alan

Take your serger out of the closet! Learn the fundamental setup stitches, then make three posh projects: an exposed zipper bag, an ombré ruffled apron and a striped knit scarf.

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Style Casual, Whimsical, Traditional
brenda june on

What materials did you use? I live in a remote area so I wasn't able to purchase fusible fleece. I rummaged through my stash to see how I could improvise. I found unfinished quilted placemats that I had made to coordinate with my daughter's planned redecoration of her kitchen and dining room. She had planned to use majolica colours. When she and her husband suddenly abandoned that colour scheme I abandoned my project. The placemat was a diagonal log cabin design on low loft quilt batting. The mat was 12.5" x 16.5" (not exactly the same as the class pattern but I decided to go with it). The fabrics are 100% good quality cotton. I particularly like the bug fabric- I thought that my grandson would get a kick out of it.

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This project is far from perfect. I had trouble with the first zipper insertion slipping. The second side went better. The quilt batting seemed to be just a bit too much for my serger when it came to the bulk of the mitered corners. I changed needles. Damaged my blade when I forgot pins and then finally resortesd to my sewing machine to finish. Even there I had to fiddle with jeans needles to make it work. Still I am pretty happy.

12/07/2013 Flag

the third photo shows a rather ragged interior. I think that it may have been better to topstitch down the zipper, but hey it's done!

12/07/2013 Flag

Great job repurposing an existing project! I like the little bugs too. For the future, you can quilt batting to your outer fabric instead of using a fusible fleece. I know many students have done it with great results- look thru the other student class projects to get ideas!

12/09/2013 Flag

quilting show off ;0)]

01/06/2014 Flag