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« on: January 08, 2004 09:36:07 PM »

ive been making bags with velcro closures cause i cannot for the life of me figure out zippers.


ive used the lined messenger bag tutorial [what a great thing!] to figure out how to make lined bags... but my question is.

when do you put the zipper in?
do i do it last? like when the bag is finished? or before i sew it all together?

gah i dont get this. its driving me nutty.

any help is appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2004 09:37:54 PM »

Do you mean a zipper in a lined bag like you asked earlier? Or a zipper in generally anything.

I was going to take some pictures earlier tonight actually, but my camera died. (I can't figure it out, It keeps dying, and its new recharged to the max batteries!!!!)

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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2004 10:14:04 AM »

Jordy,
You'll want to put the zipper in first after step 1 in the tutorial.  
-Fold and press under 1/2 inch of fabric on one end of each of the outer fabric pieces.  (This will be the top of the bag)
-Place the folded and pressed fabric pieces end to end and pin your zipper in between them.
-Sew each sides of the closed zipper making sure the folded pieces meet in the middle.
-Continue step 2 in the tutorial. Sew around all 3 sides of the lining instead of leaving a 1 inch gap.
-Continue step 3
-Fold and press under inch of fabric on the open end of the lining.
-Open the zipper.
-Continue step 4.
-Pin the folded edges of the outer fabric and the lining together at the top covering the raw edge of the zipper..
-Hand stitch the lining to the outer fabric/zipper edge using a back stitch or blind-hem stitch. See this site for details http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Things/Reference_Charts/handsewing_stitches.htm
----Your bag should be complete minus the straps at this point.
-Skip steps 5-6
-Continue with step 7-8.

Gosh, I sure hope this helps and doesn't sound confusing.  Let us know how it turns out.

Jan
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2004 10:53:44 AM »

lia, im still trying to do the zippers on lined bags.

and thank you for the tips, recyclerdudette!

i'll try that and let you know how it turns out!


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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2004 06:46:17 AM »

i'm nervous to try zippers.  i can't get comfortable w/ directions i've found for it.  i think i get it & probably should just sit down and try!  i've been trying to find a website w/ good zipper photos.  this is the best i've come up w/ so far (i'm still looking!):

http://sewing.about.com/library/weekly/aa062300a.htm  

someone should really break down and make a pictoral tutorial Smiley  course, i guess jordy & i are still slacking on the tutorial for a lined square bottom bag Wink
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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2004 09:31:33 AM »

comfits!!

i made that tutorial last night and posted it today.
ive gotten great responses for my purses and i had to make a couple last night so i just took pictures as i went along.

and i figured out zippers for lined things too!

i tried recyclerdudette's tips but ended up going another way.. kind of.

i will post pictures when i make another one.
i basically made 2 indetical bags and hemmed the top of each. then attached the zipper to the outside bag and flipped that inside out and stitched the lining to that.

it takes practise tho.. i will post those pictures. promise! damn zippers!
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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2004 05:32:34 PM »

this isn't for a bag w/ a lining.  i used uncommonindustries thread about a tyveck bag.  tyveck is the material.  the bag is just a normal change purse-type thing.  here's the link:  http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=11;action=display;threadid=1435

here's what i did for the zipper.  i just noticed in uncommonindustries pic that she laid her zipper on top of the fabric, so that the right sides are facing each other.  i laid my fabric on top of the zipper.  then she sewed it together.  this takes away the hemming step & makes more sense!!  see the link i left on my previous post for pictures of this method.  >>i'll try to modify this post tomorrow to reflect the better zipper method!<<


iron a small hem on fabric.  pin it to the zipper.  both sides are facing up (right sides up).  use zipper foot & sew on, close to zipper.

 
iron a small hem on 2nd piece of fabric.  pin it to the other side of the zipper.  right sides are facing up again.  sew close.


 open zipper a little, so you can can turn it right-side out later.  pin fabric right sides together & stitch the sides & bottom of bag together.  btw, you can use one long piece of fabric for this.  then, you only have to sew the sides up.  i cut two pieces, since i was using a priority mail envelope.  


turn bag right-side out through your open zipper & your done.

yeah right.  i screwed up somehow.  was my zipper too short for the bag or what??  it wouldn't shut all the way.  tips?Huh?


jordy, i am soooo anxiously awaiting your pictoral tutorial of the zipper for a lined bag.  ZIPPERS SUCK!!!!!
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2004 06:17:32 PM »

I used to sew zippers the way you showed comfits, but last month I realized the better way aka the way uncommonindustries sewed her zipper.

comfits - to prevent what happens at the end of your bag, make sure your seam goes right next to the stopper on each end of the zippers. i don't know if that make sense.... i gotta run, otherwise i would elaborate! yikes!
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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2004 06:37:06 PM »

yess! i wanna see the tutorial plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzz . Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2004 07:41:05 PM »

i dont have a tutorial yet!

i think the best way to do it [after screwing up many 'change purses' is sewing the zipper to the outside fabric then hand stitching the lining to that.. just like recyclerdudette suggested!

i would have tried this tonight if i werent so tired from work.

great pics comfits! i havent tried the tyvek stuff yet. hrmmm...

i think my next major project will be the book handbags. those look fun.

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