As a self proclaimed Old Fashioned Nana, cool isn’t a style I embrace. But this lime green and silver sewing machine tool bag really is cool. It looks almost futuristic, like something that should be a space shuttle carry on.
Of course, if I were to fly to the moon in that big, scary bird I would take my Dream Machine along. And of course, I would need my accessories packed in this cool tool bag.
This project was designed and taught by teacher extraodinaire Lyn Powers at my home-sweet-home sewing store, The Sewing Studio , just outside of Orlando. I am so fortunate to live near enough to shop and learn there. The all-day class was one of a series of 8 for owners of Brother’s Dream Machine and Babylock’s Destiny. NOTE: If you have an extra minute, you might enjoy the little story at the end of this post.
The bag is so useful! It holds those miscellaneous, fabulous tools that go with today’s sewing machine. Many of these do not fit in the machines’ accessory cases and many require careful handling. They really shouldn’t just rattle around loose in a drawer by the machine. The batting offers protection to these valuable accessories.
The silvery cotton fabric was quilted with a serpentine stitch and a 6.0/100 twin needle. Alternate diamonds were stippled in the hoop with lime green thread. Have you ever seen lime green velcro???? It was imported from France just for this class– made me feel pretty important!
I added a variety of buttons to the top edge, mostly because I am drowning in buttons and am always on the lookout for a way to incorporate them into a project. Included are utility plastic, antique glass and flashy jewel-like green leaf novelty buttons.
Much as I dislike the time it takes to hand sew buttons in place, which is how each of these were attached, it took even longer to decide which buttons to use.
So much was learned in this class, from creating a stipple fill, placing it with the machine’s scanner, using specialty feet and more. But certainly you could design and make your own such bag without using high-tech features. There are probably patterns available.
I plan to make one for for each of my other machines. But it’s likely they will be of the more traditional, Old Fashioned Nana style.
Have you made any special sewing bags?
P.S. Check out this beauty!
Sewing Studio Story
In one of the previous Dream classes at The Sewing Studio, I was chatting with my new friend who was sitting next to me. She related that she had spent her working years “up North” but often came to the Orlando area to visit family. And The Sewing Studio.
When she was ready to retire to the Orlando area, she found a near perfect home with one draw back–it was 4 miles from The Sewing Studio. She said she knew she could afford the house, but was not sure she could afford being that close to this sewing candy store.
She bought the house anyway and said she spends waaaay too much time and waaay too much money at The Sewing Studio. And she has no regrets.