A keeper


Recently I re blogged a post sent to me by my Aunt Joy about “keepers” With this sentiment in mind I noticed a problem with my laptop cover.  It comes from a shop at the end of my street in Sunny Westgarth, Northcote. It is a gorgeous thing of practical, durable beauty and although Catherine Manuell is famous for after sales service I thought it would be pushing the friendship considering it was years (and a few more) past it’s warranty.

 On inspection the zip wasn’t broken as it first appeared but rather the material around the zip had come away from the material it had been sewn onto.corner Putting in a new zip is a bit hard even for an expert but hand sewing a small area(4cms or 1.5 inches) is quite doable.  I used upholstery thread rather than regular thread and I strongly recommend you have some living in your tool box.


Upholstery thread is available in most sewing or craft supply shops and is super strong and durable. I very carefully and with good light  followed the track of stitches and was rewarded with a working zipper!working zipper

My joy was short-lived however when I checked the other corner and found it was in a more subtle variation of its neighbor. Yes it was coming adrift there too! Back to the drawing board. Another round of gentle but firm stitches and we have a fully functioning very smart laptop cover.case





Here is a picture of it at work.  Well if  you count watching a DVD work. LOL.

Tricky looks on


Remember “mending is better than ending!”

Author: gentlestitches

the future is in our hands.

18 thoughts on “A keeper”

  1. How valuable each day of life is no meattr how few of them there are. How to be compassionate to others. To be less judgmental, realizing everyone grieves in a different way and at a different pace.


  2. Ah yes I am afraid I do too. Would your problem be compounded by a “gem” of a dog? My dogs love to bite any socks they can lay their teeth into (not when they are being worn, they are gentledogs) but they even have “tug of war” with Shane’s socks and I am afraid we laugh which doesn’t help.


  3. A flawless finished – no one would ever guess that laptop carrier was ever anything less than perfect! You are so clever.


  4. I agree with you about the disposable society. It is out of control and we are encouraged to throw and “repurchase” or “update” constantly but I believe the tide is turning as more and more people are seeing the non sustainability of it. thank you for commenting on my blog.


  5. You inspire me, gentlestitches, to take the time to repair all the items in my dresser that could find a new life with just a few stitches and thread. Thanks so much for inspiring me. And I must tell you how cute your doggie is!


  6. We have such a “disposable society” these days – I like seeing things being restored and repaired rather than thrown away! Also, I like your narrative style! Thanks for writing!


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