Sewing for Geek Hobbies


A few years back Amy got a sewing machine and with all of the other things going on, it hasn’t been used a ton.  Amy made some curtains for the house as well as a great Halloween costume for my niece, but otherwise we haven’t done a ton with it.

I had her show me the basics of it and having watched a ton of relatives sew everything from boat canvas to wedding dresses over the years, I felt like I could work it out.   For the most part that was true, even if she did have to show me the thread routing half a dozen times.

Anyway, I’ve blundered through a few things in the last 6 months when need arose – starting with the image above: a laptop sleeve and a small drawstring bag.

I was psyched with this first effort, even if I didn’t quite know how to really make something. Lesson learned: my lines aren’t super straight, and I need to leave more material to sew, and trim it of later. I Think stuff has fallen out of this smaller bag already.

Next up: a tool belt. I volunteer at a community bike shop and frequently need to have a few tools on me, as well as a place to wipe my grimy hands from time to time. I bought a pattern for this a few months back while out shopping with Amy but never got around to it. Recently I sat down to try:


Lessons learned: there’s probably an equal amount of sewing that’s not visible on the finished project as there is visible – doing it ‘right’ takes a lot of work. Oh, and I have no idea how to really use a pattern, but made it up as I went along and I think it mostly worked out. I’ve clearly got something wrong somewhere as the back of my stitches look like crap, but I’m all about function over form, so this is a win in my book.

Latest attempt: lock pick roll-up case.

Sewing: made a lock pick roll today.

Sewing: made a lock pick roll today.

Lessons learned: I probably went overkill, and didn’t need the whole thing to be double-thickness. My lines are straighter but my tension (I think?) is still way off, as the back-size of stitching looks bad. No pattern on this one, I just made it up as I went along.