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april_cocaine
« on: April 05, 2007 09:03:27 AM »

I've been making up some prototype bags for selling at craft fairs, and I've come across a bit of a problem.

The bags I'm making have a knitted outer layer, so I have to hand sew the lining to it. I'm happy with the quality of my hand sewing, and every other seam on the bag is done by machine - just not the top.

Would this put people off buying them?


there's the bags, a simple tote style.
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2007 09:09:24 AM »

I think what would put me off would be not the lining -- lining a knit bag is always a good idea -- but the handles.  They're kind of... well, the only word I can come up with right now is flimsy.  That I-cord handle isnt going to take a lot of weight.  I like bags with a big healthy handle.  Makes them sturdier.  What if you made the handles match the lining?  Perhaps put on a flower made of the same fabric, or a pocket or something, to tie it together?  Just a thought.
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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2007 09:25:11 AM »

I do not think a well done hand stitched lining would turn people off from buying these.
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april_cocaine
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2007 09:32:01 AM »

butterbean - the handles are fine, they're very tightly knit so they have very little stretch. But I might try out fabric handles, thanks for the suggestion!

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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2007 03:54:57 PM »

I think they are very nice and 2nd the comment that handstitching would not prevent people from buying them.
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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2007 05:13:57 PM »

I think they're just lovely! and the sewing of the lining wouldn't change my mind if i wanted one Smiley  i would be paying more attention to the outside of the bag cause thats what is seen most :O)
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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2007 05:53:32 PM »

They look really really nice on the outside. The inside shouldn't matter too much, so long as it doesn't fall apart, hehe  Grin
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april_cocaine
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2007 12:21:33 PM »

thanks - you're all very kind!
I'm going to be adding some decoration to just one patch on one side - i'm drawing up some ideas now Cheesy
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miserylovesme
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2007 12:42:21 PM »

I love hand sewing!!
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2007 02:16:20 PM »

For some people well-done handsewing makes it more attractive. Gives it that handmade touch. As long as your stitches are neat and relatively even, I wouldn't think it'd be a problem.
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