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To-Do Tuesday 4-2-19 | Retreat Prep

Happy Tuesday, friends! I have lots to share this week, so I will get right to it! First, I did get all of my bags sewn last week, but it was a struggle to get through. Last week was just one of those low energy weeks, so my sewing ended up spilling over onto Saturday. Here’s a collage of last week’s bags (I made two of the Darth Vader Sugar Skull pouch style bag):

I also had another stitchy finish. I’m stitching up a project for a Stitch and Give event that will be at a stitching retreat I will be attending next week. It is called Traveling Stitcher from Little House Needleworks. It is intended to be sewn onto the front side of a pouch. The pouches are no longer available, but I have ideas on how to sew my own pouch/envelope to attach it too. I hope to get that done over the coming weekend.

I also have been having some serious issues with my evenfeed foot. I have a Brother PQ1500S and I realized that the foot was so worn out that it wouldn’t feed fabric through properly any longer. My 4mm stitch length was at about a 1.5mm length. Fabric would float through the feed dogs and foot, so I couldn’t get a straight line sewn. I went to buy a replacement, but discovered that the evenfeed foot for the high speed straight-stitch machines (the Brother, Janome 1600D, Juki TL-98) all cost $99. I found it on sale for $79. That still seemed really high, and after some searching on Amazon I found a likely replacement that, according to reviews, was a match for these kinds of machines. The foot cost $36.05, plus $4.94 shipping (affiliate link). I received it a few days ago and it is a perfect match! I had actually forgotten how noisy my original evenfeed foot was until I got this new one! I had worn the parts out on the old one so much it became very quiet! I’m getting used to the noise again, and now my machine is stitching perfectly. I am so glad I found this foot at a reasonable price!

A fun purchase I made was this clock. This image is from a foundation paper pieced pattern created by Kristy of Quiet Play. She has a few items being sold through Society 6 and the moment I saw the clock I knew it would be perfect for my room. I absolutely love it! I happened to catch it at 20% off, so I was super happy about that!

This week I will be sewing bags, but they are all going with me to the retreat next week. As part of my pouch for the Stitch and Give I am also stitching up a small Needle case. So I will be stitching on that this week. I look forward to seeing what projects you all are working on!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Sew bags
  • Stitching WIP: finish Needlecase and create pouch/envelope for finishing needlework

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9 thoughts on “To-Do Tuesday 4-2-19 | Retreat Prep

  1. Hi Christine! Wowee – you had a productive week. You are keeping up with your goal on the bags, which is fabulous. The cross stitch finished piece is just perfect for a carry-along bag, and I am 100% certain you can easily make your own design for it to be featured on. I actually wore out my feed dogs and had to have them replaced, so I can imagine wearing out your walking foot. What a perfect match that new foot is!! And even better, what a great price you got it for too. That clock will go perfectly in your room, especially from what I remember of those colorful zippers hanging as you come into that space. That will make you happy each time you look at it! Happy Tuesday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. you must be selling bags to keep making so many! glad you found a part for your machine I hate it when they get really loud

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    1. I decided to start making them a while back and listing them on my Instagram destash page (@stitchallthethingsdestash). I stopped taking custom orders, so that has removed a lot of pressure around making these. And this way I get to choose my own fabric combinations without worrying if I picked the wrong coordinating print or not. If they sell, they sell. If not, I get another bag to add to my own collection! Hahahaha! But, they actually sell really fast, so I’ve been blessed in that regard!

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  3. I recently discovered you through your room reveal video – lovely and isn’t IKEA great for projects like that? I changed my daughter’s bedroom into my craft room when she moved out too…its my happy place.
    I love all of your creative bags and am wondering where they are available for purchase? So many social media platforms nowadays πŸ™‚
    Thank you!

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    1. IKEA was so perfect for this! My husband was impressed with their engineering and their prices. He did sort of give me a look when I told him the ALEX drawer cost what it did, but when he opened the box and saw the rails already pre-installed he just looked at me and said, “worth it”. LOL!! I post my bags on my Instagram Destash page. I just post them and anyone who is interested claims them with a “me” and then I send them a PayPal invoice. You can find my destash page here: https://www.instagram.com/stitchallthethingsdestash

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    1. This is not normally the pace I’d like to make these at, but I thought I was only going to be able to make them until we left for the summer. Then Brad told me we’re taking the motorhome to Oregon and I would have plenty of room to take whatever I wanted! YAY! So I can slow down sewing them a bit and still make them over the summer if I wanted to. And I agree, starting them sooner and spreading out getting them done between now and Christmas is a fantastic idea!

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