Vintage toy sewing machine

Each time I’ve been passing by my Kay-ee Sew Master (toy sewing machine from the 40’s), for the last 9 months,  I’ve been thinking : “I really need to take photos of it for the blog, it’s just too cute”. Well I finally took the time to do it, because it’s worth it … It is pink!

It was a birthday present… From last year. My buddy Ben found it in an antiques shop in Rochester (MN) and brought it back to France for me. Knowing that this Kay-ee was made ​​in Germany in the 40’s post WWII, on the west side of the Iron Curtain, this little machine has crossed the Atlantic twice.

These little toy sewing machines were manufactured in Germany but on behalf of an American company (KAY-an-EE Corp. of America, New York) and sold in the U.S.,  and they really worked.

Later electric versions were manufactured. This one is mechanical. It still has its needle, the foot can be raised and lowered, the wheel turns, and the feed dogs move. There’s even a tension disc. Yes, this toy sewing machine really works. It produces a single chain stitch (no bobbin is used) and I’ve posted a photo of the threaded machine and of the stitching below. Alas the presser foot doesn’t maintain the fabric enough to sew straight ^ ^.

Without further ado, here are the pictures

Kay-ee sew master pink

Kay-ee sew master

Dos : on voit le levier du pied presseur

Back : view of the presser foot lever

Pied presseur et griffes d'entrainement.

Presser foot and feed dogs.

Machine à coudre vintage

Wheel

Kay-ee sew master

Engraved plaque : “Berlin – Made in Germany – US zone”

Machine enfilée !

Threaded machine !

Point de chainette kay-ee endroit

Stitching : right side

Point de chainette : envers

Stitching : wrong side (single chain stitch)

Taille comparée à ma Janome

Size comparison

Dans sa boîte !

In its wooden case

 

She is cute, isn’t she ?

Easy sling bag tutorial

Here is an easy tutorial for making a sling bag like the one pictured below.

This bag is worn across the body or as a regular shoulder bag. You can see other pictures of the bag here.

This is an easy sewing project, perfect for beginners or for those who want a quick and easy bag to make.

What I like about basic simple patterns, like this one, is that you can easily customize them and make them your own. On the bag I used to make this tutorial, I simply sewed an appliqué on the front of the bag and added a small pocket inside.

I’ve posted this tutorial on my French blog 2 years ago and I though it was about time I translated it to English.

easy Sling bag tutorial

easy Sling bag tutorial

Sling bag worn

Sling bag worn by “Georgette”

 The tutorial provides instructions for a lined bag but for those who want a super fast bag to make I will also provide instructions for an unlined one. Beginners : do not be intimidated by the lined version, it isn’t difficult, just a little longer !

Here is the tutorial with step by step pictures

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  • Main fabric : cotton, linen, canvas,…
  • Lining : cotton
  • Needle size : 90 or 100 (at least for steps 3 and 4)

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Here is the pattern that needs to be traced

Seam allowance 1 cm (3/8″) is included

patron sac bandouliere

Sling bag pattern

The body of the bag is to be cut on the fabric folded in half, and the “fold” marking must be aligned on the fabric fold.

[one_half]Main fabric : Cut the body of the bag (corps du sac) twice (front and back) and the strap (bandoulière) once.

pièces sac bandoulière

You should have : 1 front, 1 back and 1 strap

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[one_half_last]Lining fabric : Cut the body of the bag (corps du sac) twice.

You should have : 1 front and 1 back.

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If you want to add an appliqué or a pocket do it now before assembling the bag !

The seam allowances are 1 cm (=3/8″) (unless otherwise stated).

 

Step 1 : body of the bag

 

A- Assemble

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Sew along the dotted line

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Lay the front on the back, right sides together, stitch the sides and bottom.

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seam opened

 

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Press the seams open.

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Additional Step for a bag WITHOUT lining

Finish the seams: using a serger, a zigzag stitch or your usual method.

If you make a bag with lining you can skip this step.

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B- Add volume

 

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Dos = back – Devant = front

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It’s a bit hard to explain but in fact it’s quite simple and easier with pictures.

Bag wrong side out : take one of the bottom corners of the bag to form a triangle so that the bottom seam and the side are aligned and in the center of the triangle. In picture it’s clearer.

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Stitch along the white line

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Sew at a right angle, along the white line on the picture, 3 cm from the tip.

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Wrong side

Right side

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Here is what it looks like once a corner is sewn.

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Wrong side

Right side

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Repeat the step for the other corner.

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You can leave the triangles or cut them (you’ll have to finish the edges if you make a bag without lining).

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Additional Step for a bag WITHOUT lining

Finish the opening of the bag: by folding the fabric on itself twice or by using a bias tape if you prefer.

Then go straight to step 3 : the strap

If you are making a bag with lining, ignore this additional step.

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Step 2 : The lining

A- Assemble

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Leave an opening at the bottom of the lining

 

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Proceed in the same way as for the main fabric body see step 1 – A.

Beware : you will need to leave an opening of about 10 to15 cm (4″ to 6″) in order to turn the bag in step 2 – C.

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B- Add volume

Proceed in the same way as for the main fabric body see step 1 – B.

 

C- Assemble the lining to the bag

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assembler sac et doublure

Pin together the bag opening and lining opening

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Insert the bag into its lining right sides together. Align the side seams of the bag and the lining and pin the openings together.

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Stitch all around the opening

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Stitch all around the opening.

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Tirer le sac par l'ouverture de la doublure

Pull the bag through the opening left in the lining

 

Continue pulling until the bag is completely out

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Gently pull the bag out of the lining through the opening left in Step 2 – A

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Stitch the opening closed

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Close the opening  by folding the seam allowances inside and stitching across.

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Topstitch all around the opening of the bag

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Put the lining inside the bag.

Press the opening.

Topstitch 1 cm (=3/8″) from the edge.

Sewing trick : if your main fabric and lining fabric are different colors, you can use a thread matching the fabric for the spool and a thread matching the lining for the bobbin (like I did for my bag).

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Step 3 : The strap

You must wonder about my sanity, because the piece of fabric you cut for the strap is pretty large. Let me reassure you : I’m perfectly  mostly sane, in the end the strap will  be smaller and also, because of the several layers, more comfortable!

 

A- Fold the strip in two, right sides and long edges together.

The strip is now 9 cm wide and 105cm long.

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sew, leaving a short edge open

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Sew around the long opened edge and one of the small edge, leaving the other short edge open.

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B- Turn the strap right side out. Press.

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Turn right side out and close the opening

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Fold the seam allowance on the opened edge and stitch closed. Iron the strap.

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C- Fold the strap in half again.

It’s  now 4cm by 103cm.

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Stitch along the lines

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Topstitch the two long sides starting and stopping 15cm (=6″) from the short edges.

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Step 4 : Attach the strap to the bag

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Pin the strap to the bag

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Pin the ends of the strap on the outside of the bag, aligning the side seams of the bag with the middle of the strap. Overlap by 2 cm (=3/4″)  (or more if the strap is a bit too long).

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Stitch as shown

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Attach the strap by topstitching a rectangle and two diagonals (see image)

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And voilà your sling bag is done !

Sac bandoulière tête de mort

Sling bag

Now that you know how to make a basic sling bag, you can vary the size, change the shape of the opening… Happy sewing!

Sacôtin : bag patterns

Sacôtin is my new adventure, and as the title very subtly hints at, Sacôtin will be about bag patterns.

I haven’t talked about this project on my English blog yet, but I did talk about it a bit more on my French blog. So to keep the English readers up to date, let’s roll back to a few weeks ago.Sacôtin

On February 1st 2013 I’ve started a part-time scheduled at the office in which I’ve been working for the last 10 years. You see, in France, when you’ve been working for the same company for some time, you can ask for a leave of absence or a part-time schedule for the duration of one year, to start your own company. After the one year is up you can either say goodbye to your employer or go back to your full time schedule. Of course your employer can refuse the deal… Mine said yes.

So since February 1st I’ve been very busy pattern making, pattern testing (aka sewing bags), writing instructions and drawing illustrations… And going to my “regular” work.

Why bag patterns ?

Because I love bags, I have more bags than shoes and that says something !

Because they are the sewing projects that give me the most satisfaction. When you sew a bag there is only the pleasure of choosing fabrics, sewing and carrying it around proudly. There is no fitting problem, no gaping neckline, no FBA (although I do love conquering fittings foes).

Bag e-patterns

The patterns will be available as downloadable PDFs only.
They will be automatically delivered by e-mail a few seconds after buying.

Patterns will be available in French and in English.

 

Launch in May

The first patterns will be available in May. It will be a collection of 3-4 summer bag patterns.

Then I think, that starting in September, I’ll release a pattern every month – month and a half. It is not yet set in stone, but it seems a more dynamic and fluid option to me than releasing 3 patterns 2 to 3 times per year.

Today

I’ve created two patterns. They have been tested, instructions and illustrations are ready, I still need to do the final layout for the PDF… And translate them to English.

I’m currently writing and illustrating the instructions of the 3rd pattern, then it will be tested by other seamstresses. The instructions and illustrations part is what takes me the most time : I pay special attention that everything is perfectly clear and easy to understand, and that takes time.

And well, you guessed it, the patterns are only the visible part of the iceberg, I have the website to set up, translations, paperwork,… The road is still long, but I’m on my way, one step at the time.

Follow

Sacôtin

I’ve created the Sacôtin Facebook page, where I’ll publish my progress, my joys and torments from day to day. Once on the Facebook page, just click “Like” to follow it all.

I also set up a newsletter that I’ll use to announce the official launch, so if you want to be informed on D-day, register now !


That’s it I have unveiled (almost) everything about my project!