If you have pets, maybe you have one of these in your home.
I use them a lot.
I won’t admit to how many I actually have (but I can justify each and every one).
I have soft-sided crates for the car, for use in hotel rooms when we travel, for dog shows, etc… They are great because when they are folded they take up minimal space, and they are very light weight.
The problem with them though…
This is actually a friend’s crate. But this is certainly something I’ve had happen to mine as well. I think an overly rambucious English Pointer decided to try to make his own exit in this crate.
Usually the zippers go on mine.
I know a lot of people would just toss them at this point but I always want to try to save them! I mean, these crates are not cheap. This one was actually an easy fix. And a good test of the Janome G1212 I’m trying out right now!
I’m really enjoying this machine. I love that it’s super lightweight. It comes in at just over 15 lbs. Which means it’s truly portable. Something I’ve been taking advantage of lately as my house is in a bit of a transition right now. Today, I hauled the G1212 to the dining room table for this little project.
It’s also got just enough stitches for a lot of the common projects people buy a machine for. This machine is perfect for mending, repairs (like this one) and other commonly used features.
You can even do hemming on this sweet machine!
Getting set up on this machine was really easy. There are guides right on the machine for threading the needle. And the bobbin threader was super easy to use as well.
So the first thing to do when tackling one of these crates, is to literally ‘break it down’. Fold the crate as if to store it and then remove the outside fabric from the aluminum structure. And remember which way the crate folded when you take it a part. It will save you from having to take it apart again and turn it around (like I may have with another crate, ahem!).
So the last time I tackled repairing one of my crates it was a zipper that needed to be replaced. A $10 zipper repair saved me over $80 by not having to replace the whole crate.
But the process of pinning in the zipper was a real pain.
An instagram friend gave me this little tip. Position the zipper in place with double-sided tape. Well, duh! I wish I had thought of that sooner. I gave it a try on this repair job. While I wasn’t having to tackle the zipper with this one, it definitely helped to not have to constantly stop and start with pulling out pins when I was already dealing with bulky and an unwieldy mass of fabric. I used some double-sided sticky tape that I had from scrapbooking because that’s what I had on hand. But I will certainly plan to invest in some proper double-sided tape for my sewing kit!
The Janome June G1212 was a dream to sew with. It’s smooth and super quiet.
I adjusted the stitch length to its widest point so that I wasn’t creating too many holes in the canvas. I used the straight-stitch for fixing the rip in the top of the crate opening. It worked perfectly.
There were also a few holes in the front screen. I switched to the zig-zag stitch and closed those up easily, as well.
I’m so impressed that this machine was able to tackle this project! And that the crate is repaired and back in commission again. The boys sure seem impressed with my work. Don’t ya think! 🙂
Are you in the market for a new sewing machine? I’m so excited that Janome Canada is allowing me to give away a brand new Janome June G1218. Just follow the rafflecopter prompts below. Draw will take place on September 11, 2013! Good luck!
As part of my Janome SAH experience I will be receiving a Janome Juno sewing machine, but I promise you this — all views expressed here are my own.