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« on: July 03, 2008 08:20:14 AM »

Hi can anyone tell me how to get a neat, profesional looking finished look to my bags, the ones i have made so far have all been lined and i have just top stitched around the opening. I think it looks kinda 'homemade' so how do i get it looking great?
Any help would be good!!!
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2008 01:41:45 AM »

I'm new to this whole thing, and yesterday I discovered bias binding!  I put it around the top of my tote bag and I'm quite pleased with it.  This gives it a bit of a "finished" look but I think good top stitching looks pretty professional, too (I'm just crap at doing it!)

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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2008 01:32:42 PM »

If I want to get a really nice, smooth look I use interfacing on both back of both the main fabric & the lining - the I iron fusible web in between the the 2 sides. It looks like main fabric, interfacing, fusible web, interfacing, then lining. I then do the typical topstitching. Everything comes out real smooth looking.
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2008 05:31:06 PM »

I don't even do any topstitching.  O_O  Is it really an all-important step?  I'm afraid of doing it because I still have trouble sewing in a straight line sometimes...
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2008 04:20:43 AM »

Hi can anyone tell me how to get a neat, profesional looking finished look to my bags, the ones i have made so far have all been lined and i have just top stitched around the opening. I think it looks kinda 'homemade' so how do i get it looking great?
Any help would be good!!!
Fee x

Maybe you have some photos of your bag?
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2008 09:56:13 PM »

If you want to avoid the whole topsticch thing & don't mind some handstictching or "backwards seams"...sew lining to bag with bag right side out & lining wrong side out (lining is outermost) while leaving either part of the side (less noticeable) or the bottome of the lining open and turn rightside thru that opening...once everything is in the right place, either handstitch the opening closed or do an edgestictch at the opening...does that make any sense? If I had any pics I'd show them...but I've never taken any as I go...
not sure if you see it...but the bottom was open before the "turn" and sewn as edgestitch to finish...
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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2008 08:40:41 AM »

FeeSewBug - Maybe use 2 layers of interfacing. One behind the main fabric & one for the lining then iron when all completed. That should help.

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I don't even do any topstitching.  O_O  Is it really an all-important step?  I'm afraid of doing it because I still have trouble sewing in a straight line sometimes...
See if your machine comes w/a guide to help you make straight stitches, usually a piece that attaches to your machine & is adjustable so you can guide your fabric against it. OR you can use masking tape to tape where you want want the seam & follow that (remove tape ASAP to avoid stickness). It takes practice. I think top stitching is very important to any bag or purse. It gives it a more complete finish & holds everything together.

tiltcreations - I like your seams & stitching on that bag, very professional looking. I would like to see the whole bag, is it posted?
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2008 02:50:05 PM »

Hi thanks for your suggestions, once I can afford it I think I will buy interlining or stiffner wi glue applied already. I'm making eight bags at the moment and now I would like some suggestions as to decoration?
The bags are recycled from a double duvet cover, they will have a purple outside and lilac lining but the thing is I think they are too plain. As I am a poor student I only have cutoffs from the duvet, acrylics and crayons.
I am quiet good at applique but i'm not sure on a simple design that will sell well. I will post a pic of the bags as soon as I have finished the first one!
Thanks everyone!
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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2008 04:50:56 PM »

If I want to get a really nice, smooth look I use interfacing on both back of both the main fabric & the lining - the I iron fusible web in between the the 2 sides. It looks like main fabric, interfacing, fusible web, interfacing, then lining. I then do the typical topstitching. Everything comes out real smooth looking.

I just wanted to echo this! Some sort of stabilizer will do wonders for a bag! Smiley
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