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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recyled Denim Purses on: September 18, 2013 12:30:12 PM
Thank you  Smiley. I like figuring out how to use the pieces. No two purses look alike. I tend to design the purse around the pieces instead of designing pieces for the purse.
2  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Crafty Resources in Minnesota on: September 07, 2013 08:17:39 PM
If you are in northern MN go to Anderson Fabrics in Blackduck. They sell home dcor remnant's by the pound. They are cheaper than either SR Harris or Mill End.  They also have a regular quilt shop attached.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: how do you organize/ keep patterns? on: September 07, 2013 07:51:59 PM
I use the tall sterlite boxes that can be found at Target or Walmart. They hold store bought patterns perfectly and will even hold pattern books. They stack nicely also. Since I tend to hoard patterns I organize them by type and designer. Patterns that I draft myself or with too many small pieces get put in small manila envelopes.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recyled Denim Purses on: September 07, 2013 07:36:24 PM
I have been busy lately making purses out of old blue jeans. Here are a few examples
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your Pros & Cons for Using Velcro? on: July 10, 2013 10:24:20 PM
The main advantage is that it is cheap to use. The disadvantage is that over time sometimes the seam that holds the Velcro can come loose from wear and tear. I used magnetic closures for larger bags but I still use Velcro for small items.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does this bag look makeable? on: July 10, 2013 10:15:02 PM
I would insert the zipper as described above including a lining piece. I would probably cut the zipper side of the lining piece in half even if you didn't cut the leather piece in half.  I would then layer the pieces like they will look on the finshed bag right side out. Stitch as close the the edge as you can for the first row of stitches. I would push the lining in a little so it is not included in the first outside seam. I would then a second seam inside the first which would catch the lining and give it a finished look. The top strap would have to be inserted during this step. The next step would be to add the bottom and the bottom strap. I would turn the bag inside out leaving the zipper open. This seam would probably have to be finished off with bias tape to hide the seams. Turn it right side out add the buckle hardware and you are done.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yet Another Amy Bulter Weekender Travel Bag 2013 Ed. on: March 01, 2013 04:12:07 PM
I made one and used vinyl for the bottom section and the straps.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Smart Tablet Cover on: January 20, 2012 07:29:55 PM
When I make these I add a layer of header foam between the vinyl and the lining.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Considering industrial or heavy-duty machine - some questions on: August 28, 2011 09:53:42 PM
I purchased a new juki 1541 this spring and love it. It took
awhile to get used to the speed though. You need to use special needles and heavy duty nylon thread in these which are not available in fabric stores. The results look very professional especially with vinyl. I can also make purses much faster now. I still use my home machine for sewing lighter fabrics and doing special stitches.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red Bag and Yellow Wallet on: August 22, 2011 09:08:33 PM
You should also clip the curves once the seam is sewn. Cut into the seam allowance almost up to the seam along the curve line. It will make the seam lay smoother once it is turned inside out.
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