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« Reply #20 on: November 20, 2003 11:40:38 AM »

Hi! I'm new, and just starting to make handbags, too. This site is awesome and a huge help!

But anyway, I have question. Has anyone here ever used a handy stich on handbags? I have a sewing machine (or, my dad does), but I saw a Handy-Stitch at Michael's for only $10. Is it helpful and a good buy, or am I better off just using a sewing machine?

http://www.greatbuyusa.com/product_detail.asp?product_id=MA49W-A&sc=PCWEBXC&lc=handy+stitch&site=DDI
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« Reply #21 on: November 20, 2003 06:07:22 PM »

IMO, it would be much easier to use a sewing machine.  I think it would be really difficult to get a straight stitch line with a handheld machine.  Plus, you may be sewing thru heavy duty fabric or multiple layers so a 'real' sewing machine would probably do a better job.   Smiley
Good luck!  

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« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2003 07:31:25 PM »

Here's my sewing machine testimonial (cue the choir, please):  Knowing nothing about sewing and never even having considered sewing, I recently bought a beautiful old sewing maching for $10 at a yard sale.  I did have to put some money into having it repaired and tuned up (almost $100!).  But it was worth it.  You can't get me away from the thing now.  The measuring and cutting part of making something is okay, take it or leave it.  But sitting at the sewing machine is the fun part.  It feels really good.  And it's also been the easiest part of the process for me to learn.  

My sewing machine is mint green and it weighs 42 pounds.  I love it!

Thank you.
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« Reply #23 on: November 21, 2003 12:11:38 PM »

ugh. i hate these things. sorry!

i really think you should treat yourself to a 'proper' machine. it will be a definite investment and, after a few projects, it will pay for itself.

i'm lucky enough to work for an international sewing machine company as a consultant/demonstrator and i get to see a lot of these new gadgets. some of it them are just awful, cheapo crap that won't last five minutes.

just my thoughts though hehe  Grin
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« Reply #24 on: November 21, 2003 12:40:34 PM »

here's my big tip--put it in the classifieds (aka=want-ads).  see this post for my sewing machine "testimonial" Wink

http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=41;action=display;threadid=554
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« Reply #25 on: November 21, 2003 02:05:20 PM »

I agree with Debzy. A real sewing machine will work much better, and a good sewing machine is dreamy to use!

I spent a lot of money on my machine. I didn't get it at a yard sale or out of the paper. But it paid for itself within a year, easily.

Next I will buy a serger!  Grin
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« Reply #26 on: November 22, 2003 04:12:15 AM »

...and of course, the more you spend on a machine, the more fun you will have with it!

computerised machines are fantastic. super easy to use. check out the new brother models, nx200 and nx400. they're lovely lol i wonder if santa will bring me one?

don't think i've been good enough lol
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washu
« Reply #27 on: November 22, 2003 10:51:50 AM »

You never know, Debzy! Santa brought me mine a few years ago!

Maybe he'll bring that serger this year! Grin
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« Reply #28 on: November 22, 2003 12:45:39 PM »

lol! have you been a good girl?  Wink
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washu
« Reply #29 on: November 22, 2003 01:58:07 PM »

 Cry probly not good enough.
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