How I Got a Very Expensive Shower Bag I Didn’t Know I Needed

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If you’ve followed us a while, it probably doesn’t surprise you to learn that James has a process for everything. I’m not even sure he’s aware of it, but trust me, he does. This includes extravagant purchases for tools & machines he really doesn’t need. Take his recent video, where he had to sew a heated mattress pad to warm Number One’s bed chiller wall. James became dissatisfied with his standard heavy duty sewing machine. I remember filming that video and hearing him start STEP 1 (see below), and thinking from behind the camera as he initiated the Complaining Campaign, “welp, here we go…” Once Step 1 is initiated, I know what’s next. The process goes like this.


  • STEP 1: Initiate Complaining Campaign. Ensure spouse hears how hard your life is due to unsatisfactory tool.
  • STEP 2: Secretly research bigger/better/faster tool, and then hone in on The One.
  • STEP 3: Interject the benefits of the new tool into casual conversation with spouse.
  • STEP 4: Leave the new tool pulled up on devices throughout home.
  • STEP 5: Point out other problems in the house/RV the new tool could address. Even if you have no intention of doing them.
  • STEP 6: Engage in creative cost accounting exercises to prove to spouse that the new machine will save money.

James will cycle through these steps until he either gets bored and moves on to the next shiny tool, or I break down and beg him to buy it so I can live in peace again.

This is how he got his new sewing machine, the Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ. And how I ended up with a brand new shower bag. Thanks honey! You only need to make like 1,000 more then STEP 6 will pay off!



After 15 years as an educator in both the public K-12 setting and the University level in Special Physical Education, Stef made the leap to her true passion… the fitness world. She’s currently a personal trainer and wellness coach specializing in seniors, medical conditions, and injuries. Stef loves running, cycling, and being “Mugga” to her two favorite mini-humans — Punky and Marshmallow. ❤️

    7 thoughts on “How I Got a Very Expensive Shower Bag I Didn’t Know I Needed

    1. Chris

      Please post videos in LANDSCAPE mode. (The Hummer review is also in portrait). If you watch videos on your phone, I suppose you can change the orientation, but that doesn’t work on any other device.

      Due to the limitations of zooming out on your website, it is impossible to see more than half of the video at a time. While I would like to watch that Hummer video, I gave up on attempting to watch it twice – once with the top half and then again with the bottom half.

      1. James

        Hi Chris,

        Vertical format videos are quite popular and have become the preferred aspect ratio for most social media platforms. The videos you’re referring to were created specifically for those platforms.

        If you’re stuck, when you see the vertical format video on our site, those are YouTube Shorts. Once the video starts playing, you can click the word “Shorts” at the bottom of the viewer, and it will take you to YouTube, where you should have more options for how to watch the video.

        Hope this helps!

    2. Ian F

      LOL! I live alone, so my main discussion is with myself. Mostly the discussion is a debate between how much I need said tool vs. do I have any place to store said tool? In my overfilled 600 sq. ft house, this pretty much applies to any purchase I make. Like I have no idea where I’m going to put the new guitar I jsut bought… doh…
      That said… I am interested in knowing what industrial strength sewing machine James chose. Because… well… I do have some upholstery sewing in my future…

      1. Stefany - Post author

        I suspect James’ process for purchasing unnecessary things is relatable for many out there; whether it’s directed at a spouse or one’s self, lol. The machine he bought is the Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ–I will update the post to share that. He’s in love with it. Highly recommends. Good luck!


        Looks like more than one with this affliction! Problem is, if you have a specific item you want, or need, it may not exist in the market…hence the sewing machine. Case in point, I have searched high and low for cushions for the Adirondack chairs we have outside. I want thin, non water holding, and sun (UV) resistance. I can find all the materials, but those cushions don’t exist in the market place. Have I justified the purchase of a nice commercial swing machine!


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