Sunday, April 28, 2013

Bernina 1130

Mary and I just got back from picking up a "new to us" Bernina 1130...!!!

We saw it this morning on CraigsList and called at 7:00 AM.  We left a voicemail and the seller called back by 7:30 AM.  We made an appointment at 3:00 PM at her home about a 100 miles from our house.  She said she had bought it new and the machine was in excellent condition with all of the accessories plus a walking foot.

When we saw it, it was immediately apparent that it had been well cared for.  She did a little demo for us, had a nice conversation, paid her and we were on our way.  Got back at 5:15 and decided that we needed to sell some machines.

Currently, we have a Singer 15-91, a Necchi BU Nova, Four Kenmore 1560's, Two Kenmore 1040's, a Bernina 830, and now the Bernina 1130.  I think I'll sell a couple of the 1560's and the Bernina 830.

The 830 is absolutely complete and is beautiful... thoroughly cleaned, serviced, waxed, and lubed.  This is going to be difficult...

I'll take some pictures of the 1130 soon and post them.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Project - Upcycle Capri Pants Purse

Didn't take a before shot but they were
similar to this pair.
So, I was rummaging through a Salvation Army store and found a great pair of Chico's capri pants for $3.50 and thought of trying to convert them into a purse for Mary.

I added the pleats to the front as the previous owner was on the plus side.  Used the legs for the straps added a pocketed liner with fusible fleece interfacing.  Had I to do it again, I'd have used a thinner interfacing.

I used a magnetic closure and hand stitched the lining to the outer bag using a slip-stitch.  It came out nice.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Project - Upcycle Drapery Purse

Found some very clean drapery panels at Goodwill and decided to make a test purse just to see if I could do it and also to see what problems I would encounter.  I didn't use a pattern; just sort of came up with the design as I went.  I incorporated curtain and box pleats on the four identical panels that make up the outer bag... originally it was going to be two panels, but after adding the pleats you couldn't fit your hand in the bag.

Lessons learned:
  1. Zipper should be lower in the opening of the purse.
  2. Inside pockets should be higher in the purse.
  3. Add straps before top stitching the bag to the lining.
I used Pollen SF101 fusible interfacing on the lining and fusible fleece on the outer bag.  With the heavier fabric, the fleece gave it just the right body.  With all of the interfacing and the already thick outer fabric, the only machine that would sew the top stitch along the top of the bag was the Bernina 830.  The Singer 15-91 and the Kenmore 1560 ended up with thread nests.

Here are some photos of Mary using the bag on Easter Sunday:

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