I've never dealt with sewing burlap. I got a massive burlap coffee sack and want to make a few tote-type bags from it. I don't know what to expect/any specifics in dealing with burlap (although I heard it's a bit of a pain).
I assume I should wash it first (it was never used to hold beans, it was just a display bag). The fibers from it are all over me from holding it...I hope washing it eliminates the problem.
If anyone can help, I'd greatly appreciate it!
Disclaimer: I have no idea what I am talking about.
That said, I made a bag a couple of weeks ago from burlap:
(Sorry about all the other stuff in the pic, too lazy to take a new one.)
I just made it for like a beach/shopping bag, nothing fancy. I lined it with cotton so nothing would poke out (like knitting needles lol).
It didn't press well, before or after washing. The fibers everywhere problem was solved with washing though. I broke one needles while working with it, but only when I was going through several layers (and I don't have a hardcore machine).
I'm a n00b though so I imagine others will know more.