I hadn't thought about it, the zipper teeth are pretty big LOL. I bought a bunch of metal zippers on closeout for $0.50 each. I figured since I'm just learning all this stuff the cheaper on the hardware the better.
It sounds like I have a machine much like soorawn's. Mine is simple but rarely do I find I can't sew through something. I recently made a wallet with crypton suede, making the wristlet handle was challenging as it had to go through 8 layers of crypton suede at one point. There were a few times here and there that I had to turn it by hand - but for the most part it went through.
When I'm going through a lot of fabric and/or interfacing - even if I'm going through quilting cotton I use a denim needle. They are nice and sturdy and punch through the thicker surface better. I also tend to use a very thick fusible interfacing in making wallets and purses. I like my finished product to have structure - floppy fabric wallets/purses for some reason drive me batty. I will many times cut off the seam allowance when cutting the interfacing. Occasionally I won't (it depends on what I'm doing) the denim needle works like a charm!
For example the crypton suede wallet I just made has a pocket in the middle that is sewn to the inside of the wallet. At that point I had to go through two layers of fusible interfacing (very thick stuff btw), one layer of crypton suede and three layers of cotton. My machine didn't even blink with the denim needle.
That's totally cool! I'm not sure I got a feel for all the various compartments, but it looks great! Too complicated for my mind to try to figure out, but really cool! Love that "Badanna" print, too. I've made several things out of it for my dh.
hahaha it looks complicated - but it's actually just a tube of four pieces of fabric (a bottom, a bottom pocket lining, an upper pocket lining and a top). On one end of the tube is a zipper and the other end is a snap flap, then it's sewn through the middle when it's being attached to the inside of the wallet.
Thanks everyone for the comments. I'm loving this wallet and will be happy to get the dimensional tweaks worked out. I haven't had a chance to work on the vinyl version of this in the last few evenings - I'm thinking I'll get some time tonight!