It’s been another week and I will be really happy to see the end of it. The weekend just can’t get here fast enough.
Plus… DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME STARTS THIS WEEKEND!!! The day the time changes in the spring is, literally, my favorite day of the year! I just love having light in the evenings.
I feel better just knowing it’s coming!
I was tired last night and didn’t spend one minute in my sewing room. So I got in there tonight after our walk and cut and fused the lining for my current bag project, finished the slip and zipper pockets, and made the zipper placket.
I was just too wiped out to get the placket sewn onto the linings. So I’ll save that for tomorrow night. I should get this bag finished tomorrow night and get it ready to ship this weekend.
I did something crazy on the zipper pocket. I rotated the zipper so the pull is on the opposite side. It just seems to work better for a right handed person.
Would someone even notice the different orientation for the zipper? Is there an industry standard for the proper way to install a zipper? Or is it like toilet paper on the roll and there are equal number of fans for over and under?
I’m a big fan of over.
I’m getting pretty fast at making these zipper pockets. But this was not one of my best. It’s not terrible. Just not perfect.
Here’s a photo of the zipper pocket after the zipper is sewn into the opening and before the pocket edges are all sewn together. It helps me understand how the mechanics of this all work.
And here it is after the pocket is folded up and the edges are all sewn closed.
I make these pockets a nice generous size… much bigger than in the tutorial I use. I might have to make my own tutorial that shows my measurements and how I place the pocket on the lining. I could use my new gooseneck!
As I was fumbling around in my top drawer for my zipper foot this evening I happened to notice some of the tools I use over and over.
Starting at the left, my brother gave me this wooden combo stiletto and seam ripper. Next is a pair of long tweezers. I’m amazed how often I use these… picking off threads, I use it a lot in paper piecing, all kinds of uses for this. Then there’s the Purple Thangle that a friend gave me. This is a great little tool. I’m not sure what it was made for, but I use it for all kinds of things. The next one is a fake bone tool. I think it’s made for folding paper, but I could be wrong. I use this for poking out corners, like on my zipper plackets and slip pockets. The tip of it isn’t sharp so I do less damage to my points. Next is that pair of scissors with the yellow handle. I keep those handy for trimming the fabrics off corners. They are serrated, so grip the fabric nicely. The last tool in this photo is a little pair of snipper scissors. I keep this at my right hand all the time to cut threads as I sew. I like to clip threads as I go along so everything stays neat and nice. I can’t stand having stray threads all over the back of a piece.
And my new plaything… earlier this week I purchased a goose neck stand to hold my phone so I can use it to video tape. I’m thinking I might make some quick little videos of how I do things that I can include here. I’ll have to come up with something to be the first thing I test it out on.
Here’s the picture from the box.
Here’s the real thing hovering over my cutting table.
The neck has a lot of heft to it, so it should stay in place once I get it set. It looks a little like some kind of prehistoric bird.
We’ve had a week or so of nice weather and we’ve been enjoying our walks.
The rain is supposed to come back on Saturday and will stay with us for at least ten days. pretty typical for this time of year.
I may have purchased a bag of 200 googly eyes a couple of months ago.
There are a good number of these around my neighborhood.
Here’s to the weekend . . . almost.