Sunday, October 18, 2009

Mark of the Beast

We did all our running around yesterday so we wouldn't have to today.

It was rainy, windy and cold. Perfect for staying inside.

I decided I would spend the day with my sewing machine, The Beast.

I have been on the lookout for a new lunchbag pattern for a while. While surfing the CRAFT magazine blog this week, I found my way to a link for the Poochie Bag. While I'm not so fond of the colors she used to make up all of hers, I liked the small tote-ish nature of the bag and was sold on the front pockets. I like to carry my bills in my lunch bag (so I don't forget to mail them*).


Great easy to do pattern.

Not fun to make when you've got a shitty sewing machine. I broke three needles on this bag and for some reason when I am running down to the end of the bobbin thread or the top thread, the tension gets all effed up and the stupid thing decides to throw a hissy fit.

Chunky is entering a safety poster drawing contest at school with a prize of $1000. He assures me that if he wins, after he buys himself every set of Legos he doesn't have, he will buy me a new machine. Awww!


Despite the plethora of profanity and hair I ripped out wrestling with The Beast to make this, it turned out pretty good.

I can't wait to use it for lunch tomorrow!

*No, I don't e-pay my bills. I will spend the 44 cents to send the dickwads at the power company my check. Why should they get their "estimated" money any faster?


Blogger Erin said...

The bag turned out great!

7:50 PM  
Anonymous sarah said...

That's very cool!
Just catching up on your whole week too.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Yeah, I don't e-pay bills, either - mostly because signing up for e-checking was such a hassle. Of course, I don't even have an ATM card ... or a cellphone ... or a credit card. I guess I'm pretty much in the dark ages compared to most folks ;).

8:27 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

When I epay a bill, I tellit to pay the day befor eit is due. since sometimes it takes the bank a day to post it.

Nice bag. I keep thinking I'm gonna drag out my vintage machine. and then not doing so...

8:55 PM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

Nice bag. I love the colors... very citrusy.

I fought tooth and nail about paying e-bills. I finally caved and don't know what I was fighting for. I do the same as Carol, post it for the day before its due. I have them e-mail payment confirmations too. So if anyone ever tries to say I didn't pay, I can just pull up the email. And I buy way less checks and stamps than I used to. I don't think I could ever go back to paper.

9:38 PM  
Blogger dmcL said...

Ooh, nice sewing! I've experimented with different makes of bobbins to find the ones which cause the fewest tension issues. The cheapest plastic ones seem to work best, oddly enough.

Ah, the "estimated" bill. Our water bills were like $8 a month for most of the year, then we got a $200 bill. Because they finally took a look at the meter and discovered we bathed, I suppose. So DH sent them $50 as our "estimated" payment, and we've been slowly paying them off. Estimating bills should be illegal. Grrrr...

11:19 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

Our meter readers still come to the house so our on the months our bills are guestimated, they're pretty close. I e-pay because it's just easier and takes less time. I realized the other day I can't remember the last time I wrote a check.....

I love the lunch tote. Good cheerful colors and the pocket would be good for lots of things like reading material.

7:02 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

Nice Poochie bag and nice debut photo -- I like the contrast of its sunny colors with the brolly in the corner. (FWIW, the designer's workspace looks a bit scary to me.)

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH! Shoot! I forgot to tell you that Chunky told me he was also taking you all out to dinner!! Yes, he told me about the new sewing machine. When was the last time that you cleaned and oiled "The Beast"? You have been working with flannel it puts out a LOT of fuzz. Sorry about that, but your lunch bag looks really good. Love, Mom

8:25 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

How sweet is Chunky. If he needs anything for his safety poster, let me know. I have a whole mill safety department at my disposal!

8:31 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

awesome bag! i've been looking for a lunch bag myself. i might have to steal your idea.

i'm a big e-pay fan. except when they want to charge me a fee to use it. then i use stamps. i will have the same box of checks with an outdated address for the next ten years.

9:26 AM  
Blogger DPUTiger said...

Nice bag! I need to get sewing on some Christmas stuff. You're inspiring me! :-) As for the bills, as long as they get paid on time just do what works for you!

11:13 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

You have an award on my blog!

1:52 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

That's so adorable! He surely loves his momma!

2:57 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Super cute bag!!! And I just love that Chunky is going to buy you a new sewing machine with his potential prize winnings :) Such a good kiddo!

5:05 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

Good luck to Chunky on the poster contest!!

I like your Poochie bag! Now you need a Moochie bag.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

It's super-cute!

A great little gadget to look for in sewing stores and catalogs: a hump jumper. (yeah, get your mind out of the gutter.) It allows you to keep your presserfoot straight while traversing thick seams, thereby breaking fewer needles. Worth the few bucks!

6:38 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Nice bag! Hmmm...maybe your beast just doesn't like the lesser filled bobbins. If there is anyway to tweak the tension a bit when the bobbin is getting lower? Darn, wished I was closer to help ya out!

6:45 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Very cute!

I hemmed some pants last week and you should have HEARD the cussing that was aimed at my machine. It's in the corner now so it can think about what it's done.

7:11 PM  
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