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This afternoon I measured the last of the red cordura I bought at Mary Jo's 10 years ago for my ski bag and boot tote. I need to cover our outdoor swing on the patio porch out front and there is just enough left to do it! Now that I live in a cottage with no attic or cellar and fewer closets, the rule one out and one in will apply....I have my eyes on a luscious piece of microfiber print.

I love that store! Next time I visit my friend in Gastonia I'll surely stop again!!

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Comment by Patricia W. Tingley on December 16, 2009 at 3:17pm
Hmmm, the one thing about Cordura I found helpful is to work with it "warm". It stiffens in the cold, that is why I was a bit surprised that it would be used motorcycling. It is not flexible and "soft" like leather. It does shed water well, that's why I like it for taking my ski equipment back to the car.
Just shake the snow off and throw the bags in.

As for cutting, stitching I have no problems using a #22 needle, top stitching thread and/or buttonhole/carpet thread. I do not use nylon (heavy duty) as I find it too harsh for the protective coating and fabric it stress point. And fishline would "pop" too easily in the cold and stretch in the heat.
Comment by Larri on December 16, 2009 at 2:44pm
It looks great! And so do you w/Santa! :o)
Comment by Susan on December 16, 2009 at 1:15pm
What was the cordura like to sew with? My other-half rides a motorcycle and a lot of their jackets are now made of cordura... Beautiful work on the cover!
Comment by Patricia W. Tingley on December 16, 2009 at 12:15pm

I think I need help understanding how to "blog"; this is coming out the way I expect it too. :)
Comment by Patricia W. Tingley on December 16, 2009 at 12:12pm

Swing and cover in place and celebrating a job done!
Comment by Patricia W. Tingley on December 16, 2009 at 12:11pm
Hummm, pictures missing...

Back away from cottage to show velcro tabs
Comment by Patricia W. Tingley on December 16, 2009 at 12:00pm
Wednesdays are my extra early mornings (take another extra med that I have to stay upright for) so I completed the top stitching on the swing cover and set the velcro tabs on the lower back.

None to soon, 4 inches of lake effect snow during the night and still coming down today!

This is the back showing the tabs and the next photo shows swing in place in front of window.

And finally, Yes, I do ski downhill in this suit. Santa, cutout by DH and painted be me will have to be under this window; the swing takes his last year's post!.
Comment by Patricia W. Tingley on December 14, 2009 at 9:19am
I kept both when I bought to Pfaffs. IMO best mechanical sewing machine ever made. It was invented at the same time as Singer and White and by agree served only the industrial market until the lease ran out in the early 50's. This was the first model released to the domestic market. About 10 years later, I picked up another one for $75 brand new because the dealer wanted to clear his inventory for the "automatic" machine coming out...that just "junk" by comparison. I keep one in this wonderful walnut map desk and the other is portable...heavy, very heavy, but I can still handle it! My first DGD had the portable one on loan from the time she was 8 and wanted to sew; she was really good. Now she has her own apartment in NYC and didn't sew in college, so I have it back. DD's DD is interested in sewing at the moment and and so DD has it for her. Not sure how long that will last.
Comment by Susan on December 14, 2009 at 7:26am
How do you like your Necchi?
Comment by Patricia W. Tingley on December 14, 2009 at 7:17am
Larrie, will definitely let you know if we head South next Spring! That will be delightful and I doubt I will be able to hold my thumb behind my back in that place and walk out without anything!!

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