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SewingLori
« on: April 22, 2008 03:10:55 PM »

Have any of you used this pattern?



http://montessoribyhand.net/patterns.html#gnome

I could not quite understand the zipper pocket instructions and had to change my needle to a fatty upholstery needle to get through the layers of fabrics. I loved how mine turned out, but it sure was rough on my poor little machine.
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electramyers
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2008 03:26:53 PM »

I've beenw anting to make a messenger bag for ages! thanks for the link to the pattern <3 your bag looks so adorable, and the green is just perfect, very nice for earth day!
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YukinaKipling
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2008 03:52:58 PM »

wow, super cool well done
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SewingLori
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2008 04:07:37 PM »

I've beenw anting to make a messenger bag for ages! thanks for the link to the pattern <3 your bag looks so adorable, and the green is just perfect, very nice for earth day!
It is a good pattern. Just be sure to have a fat machine needle. Besides the inside zipper pocket (which I omitted), it was very easy and came together quickly.
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keliadora
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2008 06:48:53 PM »

What's the difference between a fat and thin machine needle? Does the fat one handle thicker fabric better or something? ^^;;;
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SewingLori
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2008 08:00:56 PM »

Yes, and they are sharper.
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2008 08:08:08 PM »

Your bag is so cute!

I have been debating buying that pattern. I may have to give it a try this summer.
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sewnutzz
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2008 03:05:21 PM »

What's the difference between a fat and thin machine needle? Does the fat one handle thicker fabric better or something? ^^;;;

Needle size has to do with the diameter of the shaft of the needle.  Needles come in various sizes (as well as points and kerfs), and for sewing, size really does matter.  http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00185.asp is a link to a nice article from Taunton Press (Threads magazine) on needles. Click on the link for needle types for descriptions of the many needles and how they differ from one another.

You do need a heavier weight, sharp pointed needle to get through heavy material (or multiple layers).  An upholstery needle or jeans needle in a size 90 or 100 should do just fine.

Happy stitching, SewNutzz/AnneWynne
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keliadora
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2008 07:02:08 PM »

Wow, thanks for the info. :3
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SewingLori
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2008 07:48:49 PM »

Thanks, sewnutzz. I used a 100 for this project when I was sewing all of the layers. While I was sewing all of the components, I just used an 80... I think.
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