Dear Amy Butler….

15 Feb

Dear Amy Butler,


You owe me a new pack of size 16 needles.   Thank you.



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30 Responses to “Dear Amy Butler….”

  1. Mary Beth Klatt February 15, 2009 at 18:44 #

    What happened????

  2. kathleen February 15, 2009 at 18:56 #

    Betty Shopper strikes again? I broke a couple on the Frenchy bag. There are a lot of layers – now I use heavy denim needles

  3. craftyprofessor February 15, 2009 at 19:13 #

    Oh my god — how did that happen? Was it the plastic-like interfacing?

  4. Gwen February 15, 2009 at 19:20 #

    Your post prompted me to look at the Schmetz website. There is a wealth of information concerning needles on that site.

    I would try a denim size 18 needle for the bag. Perhaps increase the stitch length and increase the pressure of the foot. I want to make that bag also, and am eager to see your results.

    Good luck.

  5. Gorgeous Things February 15, 2009 at 19:30 #

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha! Snort!

    I just wrote a similar post about killing five needles on a Latin dance competition dress. Only I can’t blame the pattern designer, since she’s me!

  6. Lisa Laree February 15, 2009 at 20:08 #

    LOL! I hear the frustration!!

  7. stacysews February 15, 2009 at 20:28 #

    I had the same problem with the Weekender when I tried making it…. needles to say it was in a WIP pile for ages and is now in a landfill somewhere. :) I did find a new pattern by Echino that has the same vibe as the Weekender, but maybe less stress.

  8. E February 15, 2009 at 20:29 #

    uh oh.

  9. laura February 15, 2009 at 20:34 #

    Survival of the Fittest is the name of the game with some of Amy Butler’s patterns. To finish your bag is a sign of perserverance and you shall be rewarded!

  10. Linda February 15, 2009 at 20:57 #

    The red ink on the needle kind of looks like blood in the picture. I thought you had some horrible needle accident at first. Yikes!

  11. Kim February 15, 2009 at 21:07 #

    Time for the industrial!

  12. C February 15, 2009 at 21:08 #

    You poor thing! Your photograph hints at doing some surgery to your sewing machine as well.

  13. peacockchic February 15, 2009 at 21:21 #

    OMG it looks like a murder scene!! Well…I guess it kinda was huh?! But sacrifices have to be made for the Weekender…maybe they should rename it the BLOOD, SWEAT, and TEARS bag

  14. Katy February 15, 2009 at 21:24 #

    That is hilarious! I mean, it must have been frustrating, but the photo is too funny. I hope you’re alright!

  15. Toby Wollin February 15, 2009 at 21:31 #

    I’m starting to think that the necessary equipment to make one of those bags is an AWL!!!

  16. MelissaB February 15, 2009 at 21:45 #

    I hate to say I told ya so, but…

  17. Sigrid February 16, 2009 at 01:56 #

    Great picture! I see you’re having a hard time with it too, isn’t this a difficult bag? Because of the many layers, not because of the pattern itself. I’m sure you will get it in the end! Now sending positive energy your way!

  18. Johanna Lu February 16, 2009 at 02:55 #

    OMG, I’m gotta to stop myself from laughing in front the computer! Love the picture. Even though I’ve not sewn any Amy Butler bags, I know from first hand experience that sewing a handbag is an exercise in horror, I nearly lost it completely during last years handbag competition. Actually I listened to an interview with Amy Butler a while ago, and she said something like “I want to make patterns that are easy to sew” but I guess she wasn’t talking about this bag though!

  19. Isabelle February 16, 2009 at 04:24 #

    Oh dear!

  20. Jean February 16, 2009 at 09:38 #

    The look of that Amy Butler bag is so cute, I’m sure your finished one will be well worth the effort!

  21. Heather February 16, 2009 at 09:58 #

    Are those Schmetz? If they aren’t, then they should be……lol…..
    I’d have loved to see that fight!

  22. Noile February 16, 2009 at 10:31 #

    This looks like a crime scene! Did the perp get away?

    Talk about blood, sweat and tears . . . still, her bags do look great on the pattern envelopes.

  23. MaryClaire February 16, 2009 at 18:08 #

    I did the same thing with the Weekender. The final product is lovely, but what a pain to sew through all those layers!!!

  24. Barbara February 16, 2009 at 22:17 #

    Oh man I almost peed on myself for that one! I hope your machine is okay.

  25. Shelley February 17, 2009 at 00:02 #

    You’ve summed up in few words and one photo a frustration that obviously a lot of us have gone through! Brilliant!

  26. Cindyann February 17, 2009 at 09:21 #

    Haaaaaaaa! That’s the reason I’ve resisted this pattern thus far.

  27. yaiAnn February 17, 2009 at 12:58 #

    Yah, my Weekender Bag fortunately didn’t wreck any sewing needles, but I stuck myself many times and ruined a whole lotta pins.. and this was using Timtex too. But you know what.. it’s all worth it in the end. I *heart* my weekender bag and my mom keeps trying to steal it from me.

  28. Marji March 28, 2009 at 09:15 #

    LOL, you can tell her yourself tomorrow night on the PR chat.


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