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« on: December 03, 2010 01:03:45 PM »

I usually use 1/4 inch seam allowances in my purses (I draft my own patterns) but this time I'm using a Simplicity and they use a half inch. Does the size of the seam allowance really matter? I never really thought about it before (my mom is a quilter so I've always just followed with the 1/4" on everything) because it was always stuff for myself. I want to start selling some of my purses so I wanted to know if the seam allowance makes a difference in the sturdiness or anything. Sad to say I never use my purses long so I don't know about longevity, but if I'm making these for others I want to make sure they can stand up.

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Thanks so much!!
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2010 04:27:03 AM »

Hi Lauren,
I make bags for myself and friends and family, as well as to sell. I use a quarter inch seam allowance (or 7mm here in the UK) and it works fine.
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2010 10:23:27 AM »

Thanks Judith! Exactly what I was looking for!
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2010 12:24:09 PM »

You're welcome! I personally find a half inch SA a bit bulky on a bag or purse, especially with interfacing.
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2011 08:11:23 PM »

I always use 1/4th inch unless otherwise called for. It does bother me when a pattern says to use 1/2 inch and then 3 steps later says: trim seam allowance to 1/4th inch. What a waste and extra work lol! Smiley
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