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Topic: My Spring Tote/Diaper Bag  (Read 1566 times)
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« on: February 18, 2010 06:53:45 PM »

I needed a new bag, and got inspired by some of the bags made here.  Im still pretty new to my sewing machine, but I gave it a try. After 2 broken needles, lots of frustration, and plenty of determination later, I came up with my new tote/diaper bag! I still need lots of work keeping my lines straight and hiding my edges, but I am happy with this result.  Any advice is more than welcome, and thank you for looking! Smiley

« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2010 07:08:39 PM »

0o0oh, I love it!!! Did you use a pattern? I've actually been wanting to make a new bag. I made a tote once, but I didn't put enough pockets (well, i just put one) and I'd like to make a new bag with more pockets and be able to hold my books for class. This looks like it might fit the bill!!

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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2010 07:20:45 PM »

Very cute!  I applaud your effort.  Keep up the good work!
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2010 07:44:49 PM »

Oh, I love the fabric.  What a super cute bag!!  Is it a pattern?
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2010 10:17:39 PM »

This looks awesome! I would never have guessed you had any problems making it, it looks perfect!

For the needle breakages... I usually just use a Universal needle but when I made purses, especially because I'm going through so much fabric in a small space (plus interfacing, etc), I use the Heavy Duty denim needles.
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2010 05:37:41 PM »

It's lovely and a great job. First you need to make sure you have the right needles. I usually start with a 14 sharp and when I assemble the bag use either a 16 or an 18 depending on the weight of the fabric. When you get to a thick seam, like where seams meet, go slow and use the hand wheel on the machine. Make sure you are using new needles too. I usually change needles every other project, but only because I swap out in the middle of a bag. If I don't swap out, I change the needle every project.

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