Typewriter fabric? Typewriter fabric?! You’re saying that to me, with my literary weaknesses? Thanks, Joanne!
I checked it out and next thing I knew, I was ordering half a metre with some matching solid turquoise cotton. Those two half metres made me this bag with mere scraps left over, just enough to make a little pocket for my keys on the interior:
This is the fourth time I’ve made this Amy Butler Swing Bag. I love this bag. Every summer I like to make myself a new version. It’s a real tardis – not too big, but you can carry half your life around with you. I fear it’s out of print now, but Amy Butler has loads of other groovy bag patterns, details here.
Because I’m a plonker of the highest order I fouled up the cutting out and had to sew two sections together to make one of the panels. I decided to use a flat felled seam to make this an ‘interesting detail’ instead of a ‘mistake’. I genuinely think it’s a cool interesting detail! No one ever need know. (Shhh, don’t go telling on me.)
The fabric is unbelievably great, cool and high quality. The saturation of colour on the solid turquoise is a beauty to behold. I can just imagine the beautiful quilts to be made from this. Sigh, I’ll never find the like on Walthamstow market. Am I developing champagne tastes? My purchases from The Village Haberdashery (including thread and delivery) came to £16.95. You could probably buy a high street handbag for something close to that, but dang – it’s still a reasonable spend! Perhaps prosecco tastes, what say you?
This make involves sewing through several thick layers, so I decided to finally break out my walking foot:
I’ve had this for about two years (it came with my machine) and have never used it before this make. Why not? Because I was terrified of it, that’s why! But I decided to be all brave and strong and tackle this. I looked up Youtube tutorials. Jeez, there are lot of people out there pretending to supply tutorials when they’re actually just trying to sell you stuff. Stop it! Go away! If you want a genuine tutorial on how to attach this behemoth foot to your sewing machine you can watch this.
Here are my tips. Have the needle lowered as you’re trying to wiggle the foot onto your machine, then raise the needle when you want to fix the clamp in place to hold the foot on. The first time you try to put this foot on your machine, it will take about five minutes and some head scratching. The second time you try, it will take two minutes.
What does a walking foot do? It stops layers of fabric from shifting. This had always been a problem on this make as a layer of canvas is basted to the exterior fabric:
What can I tell you about using the walking foot? It’s brilliant! I’m tempted to use this on a lot of makes, now. But they’re not cheap. I was lucky to receive mine as part of the deal when I bought my machine, but otherwise they’re retailing at £85 a pop. Eek! I now feel very embarrassed that I’ve allowed this expensive piece of equipment to languish in my drawer because I WAS SCARED OF IT. Don’t be like me. Please.
Anyone out there have hints and tips about walking feet? Anyone else out there have sewing equipment that gives them nightmares?