25 April 2008

Sometimes I have a good idea!!

On odd occasions the light goes on in my head. I'm not sure there's a brain there - well, probably one or two grey cells left.
It occurred to me yesterday that it was all very well having this spanking new machine but the manual was getting an awful lot of use!! Although it's pretty well self explanatory (the instructions are very good on the machine itself) there are a few things I have to keep referring to. The manual is A4 size and on ordinary paper - not the shiny 'last for ever' sort, so I've set myself the task of scanning it so that I can print any 'bits' off if I ever need to. How about that for inspiration, eh?
Below is another 'roly poly tat bag' which I've made as a present for somebody who's going through a rough patch. The picture was taken before I sat down last night and sewed the lining into the bag.
I'm pretty pleased with the design. I've put a hook on a ring at the 'closed zip' end. The reason for this and not a handle is so that it can be attached to one of those mobile phone lanyards and hung from a belt. Having it separate like that means that a handle doesn't get tangled in your handbag. Well, that's the theory!!! Also having it at the end where the zip closes means you can leave a ball of thread in the bag while you've got it hanging from your belt and it doesn't run away!! I think this is going to be useful when I'm at exhibitions or even doctor's waiting rooms as all you have to do is bundle things back into the bag when you're called!! Time will tell!!!
Any comments or other suggestions are very welcome before I go into mass production!!!


Unknown said...

Again, I like the colors. Can you provide a link directly to your etsy shop? Just in case.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that looks lovely! I am immediately wondering how you did the construction what with the zip and the ring and the lining. What size is it and does it seem like it would be a good size?

Jane Eborall said...

Heck, there's nothing in my Etsy shop at the moment but here's the link 'just in case'!! http://tinyurl.com/5d725g
The construction? Hmm, with difficulty and cussing!!! I put the zip in first and then put the ends on. I included the ring while doing the ends. The size? The zip is 6" so the length is just over. The ends are round and measure about 10" in circumference!!!

Carol Schockling Lawecki said...

Very nice bag Jane. Nice size and desgin. Sounds like you are having fun with your new sewing machine. That's one thing I don't care to do, Sew! That reminds me, I need to take up a pair of pants, they've been in my closet just waiting to be worn, but they are too long. Maybe it will be my weekend project.

Have a great day!

Tattycat said...

I really like this one Jane. You are really getting your money's worth with the new machine! We'll watch the shop!

Sherry aka Celtic Dream Weaver said...

Hi Jane. Here it is only 9:30 at night and already I feel exhausted and ready for bed. This mess I got into trying to quick smoking is really difficult for me. I always feel tired. But I did quit smoking. I am now a non smoker but...I am writing to you because I love this bag with the roses material. It is so pretty and I bet very useful too. I love the zipper idea too...that way you don't have to worry about loosing the treasures of our craft inside it.Very pretty!

Jeff Hamilton said...

Um, I hope you haven't started scanning the manual. If you go here:
http://tinyurl.com/5rr6hu and select "specifications", you will get a "download manual option". You shouldn't have to scan it; many manufacturers have manuals on their websites nowadays.

Jane Eborall said...

Thanks SO much Jeff. Tat's a great help.

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