Despite doing numerous rounds of decluttering the house, I kept thinking “one day I will re-use my sewing machine again”….and I kept telling myself that for about 15 years!!!!!!!!!
Today I finally dug it out of the study wardrobe, rummaged around for the instructions and fetched a bottle of 3-in-1 oil in case it had seized up having not been used for a decade and a half (at least)!!!
I half expected it to blow up when I plugged it in, but a good few drops of oil on all the parts and it burst back to life! There was a weird incident where the reverse button got stuck and I sewed one side in reverse!!! Not sure how I can oil that part.
As you can imagine I am totally out of practice using it, but made a liner for my new felted bag I made. I am happy enough with the results and if I make some more I am sure they will get neater, but for now I am very proud of my efforts.
There are loads of YouTube clips on how to wet felt and Gilliangladrag website sells products, kits and has some how to videos. I would say I made the bag first, then made the strap, so I have sewn the strap inside the bag. I made the strap long enough that I could overlap the strap to the bottom of the bag so that I could sew a good amount and hopefully the handle is secure.
I needle felted a bit of wool curls along the edge of where I had turned down the opening, just for a bit of detail and to avoid needing to tidy the edge.
I will probably give it another cool iron to reduce the wrinkles and attach a clasp inside. For a first attempt at a bag and only my 4th go at wet felting anything, I am really please with how it has turned out.
Update: I have now added a lining, toggle and my logo lable.