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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / N00b Q: Would you sew a flat felled seam if you didnt have a serger? on: September 02, 2010 03:01:28 AM
Hi there,

I'm totally new to sewing, only finished one project!! But mean to learn lots more Smiley I'm on a budget too and only have a sewing machine. This means I cant do those fabby serger seams and what not.

My question is, would a flat felled seam be ok to replace a serger seam? I know there is a difference in how you would treat knit fabrics etc and sergers are great for that, yeah?

But if you (as someone who knows infinitely heaps more than me!) had to choose another type of seam, would the flat felled seam be ok?

I feel fine with them, with thicker fabrics that is. I've never tried with thin or knits yet which is why I ask, before I explode the universe with a failed attempt!

Thank you!  Grin
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Slouchy Denim Messenger Bag with PICS on: August 30, 2010 01:54:04 PM
My first completed sewing project and there are a lot of mistakes, but I learned a lot along the way.

The lining is an old skort which I had never worn and the material - although you cant really see it - is glittery denim, with a slight stretch to it.

First ever zippered pocket and first time trying any of the strap hardware too. That seemed to be the easiest part. to be honest I spent most of the day deciding what handles to make and whether or not to have a flap over the top or just an opening.

Anyway, I'm glad its done and will probably try another one now I know what 'not 'to do Smiley


3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Attaching bag handles to a bag with a band over the inner and outer seams? How? on: August 28, 2010 07:50:35 AM
Hi All,

I am in the middle of sewing a bag which has (so far) a denim outer and cotton inner with zipped pocket. Both pieces dont have a seam at the top and are also pleated twice each side from the middle.

I want (hope) to sew a band round the top of both pieces (covering both raw top parts) but would also like to have a tiny 3-5mm piece poking out all round between the bag and band of the lining fabric to tie it all in.

My problem now is that I cant for the life of me figure out how to do that without have to sew through a ton of fabri needlessly and how to attach bag handles, what type and and at what stage?! My head is like fizz at the moment!!

If you can help me I would so much appreciate it. I've got this far and quite chuffed, even though some of the stitching might be a bit off lol

Here are some pics as I think i might be describing it poorly :0/

I'm really new to sewing so I apologise if Im asking really silly questions. Thanks very much for looking.


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