Date: 19 February 2015. Sewn Up (shopping bag repair)
It's always something. And today
it happened to be my shopping bag. You see, I've sewn bunches of
bags out of light weight *spinnaker fabric. They fold small and fit
into my purse. When going to the grocery store or a book sale at the
library, I've always got a way to get my goodies home. Almost that
spinnaker is the big poofy sail that is
useful for sailboats when the wind is light. It will often have a
brightly colored decoration though not always.
Photo from my
Today, when I loaded my groceries one of the handles of my fabric bag
tore free from the seam. Nonetheless I was able to use it to get the items home.
Knowing that in addition to
putting away the rabbit food (think "produce") I'd have to fix the
bag did not make for a happy boater! The Pity Party lasted all of
two or three minutes before I came to my senses:
I'm living on a
boat in Florida. And life is wonderful afloat!
Having a sewing kit [see
Sewing Kit Saves Time vignette] at
the ready makes these minor irritations a relatively easy repair.
Not having to hunt
down the components or dig
them out of a locker means I fix stuff immediately.
After perhaps twenty years of use
and umpteen trips through the washing machine, the
threads in my bag had deteriorated to the point where they were breaking. Of
course I could have thrown out the shopping bag and for many that is a viable
option. For me however, budget constraints mean I've plenty of time
and not so much cash. Thus, I got out my sewing kit and went at it.
My sewing kit isn't fancy.
It's a little snap fabric bag (Chinese, bought decades ago) and
in it I have a needle, a thimble, a pair of folding scissors,
and one spool of thread. It matters not to me what color thread
I use, as long as it's a Coats & Clark brand.
doesn't last and as long as better brands.
When fixing something I
expect it to last a long time. I doggone sure don't want to be
doing the same thing again soon. That's why I buy decent thread.
On some items I'm more than
willing to take a short cut and go for lesser cost items, but
not for sewing.
Another thing: for me it's easier to
have a contrasting color when making repairs. For fixing loose buttons
on my white shirts I do use white thread. Otherwise, I really
don't care what color is used.
This time I ended up with blue thread on the
pink bag. It was easy to see where my stitches were going too. Hey, it works, and will presumably last me another
decade or two.
Side Note: If you're
making this type of carry-all bag, do make the straps wider. Mine are
too narrow at one inch wide. That means that when carrying
heavy items the straps cut into my shoulder. Wider is better.
Not too long though: you
want to be able to have your arm straight down and not drag
the bag. I aim to have mine about 1" above ground level when
my arm is extended.
Of course there was a reason for my immediate repair. Later this
week, on Saturday is the annual book sale at the Carrabelle Library
and I fully intend to do all I can for the local economy. And this
is better than your usual library book sale. Check it out:
What's not to like about a library
that in addition to sharing wonderful books, also adds soup and
bread to their annual sale?!?
And in Carrabelle, the
library (#2) is located on the
waterfront, just right for boaters coming through.
#1 is Lady Pamela IV, a
beautiful Hatteras; #3 is an unnamed
Life is good afloat. I'm going to read another
book. And when I finish with it, I'll do as is the norm: return it
to the library so they can sell it again. I did notice a few books
at the sale that I'd bought, read, and returned.
Carrabelle is a small town and that is indeed one
of it's charms. I met Richard from Lanark Village at the sale, and
another lady I'd seen at the post office earlier in the morning.
Folks are friendly and that makes all the difference in the world.
Happy cruising and perhaps I'll see you along the
waterways one day.
Are you a library fan?
Given a choice, would you rather go to a library sale, a used book store
or a place like
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