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« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2009 09:32:35 AM »

I really like this.  You did a really good job iwith the construction. 

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« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2009 01:58:02 PM »

Thank you so much for all the nice comments everyone!  I'm super excited that the purse is being well-received! It's my baby Smiley 

I thought I'd address a few questions!

That looks fantastic! The colours you've chosen are great. Don't suppose you'd put a tutorial up?
Thanks! I've decided red and white are my favorite colors together.  It's the color scheme of classic diner booths, coca-cola (mmmmm), and all things wonderful.  I might try to make a tutorial soon, but I did most of the big work on the bag back in January so hopefully I remember everything I did! A lot of it was trial and error, but I can give some insight into what worked best.  If you have any immediate questions, feel free to message me, I'd love to talk craft Smiley

Wink Absolutely fabulous! Did I miss seeing where you found the red vinyl?
Thanks! I got the red vinyl on fabric.com.  They had free shipping for your first order (not sure if that offer is still there) and it came all nicely packaged in a huge roll Smiley  I looked at vinyl a few other places too, but I have to say this was the best I found.  Some places had vinyl with larger pieces of glitter and I felt that didn't look quite as good.  This is really shiny and has smaller pieces of glitter.  I'm very pleased with it and it's really good quality.  I'm definitely going to order their sparkle vinyl again.

That's super cool, great idea (and job)!

And by the way, I don't know if it was intentional or not, but you're avatar reminds me of Jessica Rabbit, so cute!  Smiley
Yay! It was totally intentional! That was my halloween costume! haha.  Thanks for recognizing it Smiley


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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2009 06:29:08 AM »

Great job on the purse!
(And I congratulate you on the Jessica Rabbit impersonation- It's spot on!)
« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2009 09:48:29 AM »

I love love love love love that purse!!!  And I love that you used Route 66 material for the lining!  BEAUTIFUL!!!! 

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« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2009 10:42:18 AM »

best. thing. ever.
sparkly vinyl is one of my most favorite thing -- *because* it reminds me of 50s diner booths!
i am completely in love with this bag! <3


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« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2009 07:14:56 AM »

Very, very well done. You're braver than I am. I've never attempted a purse-framed purse. I've done other bags, but never that kind. Love the glitter, the sparkles, the avatar, the glitter (it's worth mentioning twice).

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« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2009 04:40:48 PM »

Awesome! I never would have noticed that wasn't white vinyl either. That is just too cool!  Cheesy

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« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2009 08:07:17 PM »

I just hit this rocks.  I absolutely love anything 60's red diner anyway (kitchen remodel on the way), and this purse is simply amazing.   You could SOOOO sell these for big money girl!!!

If you ever get any up for sale, please send me a message.  I want one!


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« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2009 04:08:45 PM »

I have been wanting to make a vinyl purse, but have been scared of sewing the actual vinyl and hurting the sewing machine. What kind of machine did you use? Was it difficult to sew the vinyl?
« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2009 04:55:51 PM »

I have been wanting to make a vinyl purse, but have been scared of sewing the actual vinyl and hurting the sewing machine. What kind of machine did you use? Was it difficult to sew the vinyl?

I actually used a pretty old sewing machine. It's a Kenmore 17922 from the 70's i think (it was my mom's).  I hand-sewed some of the pieces, but i also did a lot of machine sewing.  The vinyl i used it upholstery weight so i used a size 18 (green) needle because that is what the machine's owners manual recommended for heavyweight fabrics.  (i'm not sure how universal that is, so I'd recommend looking in your owner's manual and seeing what it suggests).  The machine worked pretty good with it.  The hardest part was making sure the vinyl didn't stick to the presser foot if you're sewing with the slick surface outward.  I put some rice paper on top of it to remedy that and just sewed through it and then tore the paper off when i was done.  There's probably a better way to do that, but i just had some rice paper laying around so I used that.  Tracing paper or any other thin paper would probably work too. 

It didn't hurt my machine at all, but I can't guarantee it for other machines.  Just be careful and go slow!  And make sure you're using a sharp needle!  It's a little trickier than other fabrics, but definitely manageable.

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