February 15, 2009October 6, 2009 Miss Celie Dear Amy Butler…. Dear Amy Butler, You owe me a new pack of size 16 needles. Thank you. Sincerely, Cidell Share this:TwitterEmailLike this:Like Loading...
Betty Shopper strikes again? I broke a couple on the Frenchy bag. There are a lot of layers – now I use heavy denim needles
Oh my god — how did that happen? Was it the plastic-like interfacing?
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.
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!
LOL! I hear the frustration!!
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.
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!
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!
Time for the industrial!
You poor thing! Your photograph hints at doing some surgery to your sewing machine as well.
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
That is hilarious! I mean, it must have been frustrating, but the photo is too funny. I hope you’re alright!
I’m starting to think that the necessary equipment to make one of those bags is an AWL!!!
I hate to say I told ya so, but…
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!
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!
The look of that Amy Butler bag is so cute, I’m sure your finished one will be well worth the effort!
Are those Schmetz? If they aren’t, then they should be……lol…..
I’d have loved to see that fight!
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.
I did the same thing with the Weekender. The final product is lovely, but what a pain to sew through all those layers!!!
Oh man I almost peed on myself for that one! I hope your machine is okay.
You’ve summed up in few words and one photo a frustration that obviously a lot of us have gone through! Brilliant!
Haaaaaaaa! That’s the reason I’ve resisted this pattern thus far.
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.
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LOL, you can tell her yourself tomorrow night on the PR chat.
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