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« on: February 03, 2006 02:46:05 PM »

I received a sewing machine for Christmas and I picked up Burda pattern 8235 to try to make a simple purse/bag. Unfortunately, the fabric I choose did not agree with my sewing machine at all, so I had to hand sew it all. I misunderstood the pattern at some points, but now I feel confident that I could work from the pattern again and do well with it. Anyway, here are pictures of the bag. Any comments or helpful hints would be much appreciated!



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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2006 02:48:07 PM »

It looks very cool indeed!xxx

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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2006 04:34:41 PM »

Congrats!  on a job well done.  This fabric can be tricky to work with.  It works best with certain types of needles, tension, stitch length....all things that we learn the more we use our machines with different fabrics.

You should be very proud of yourself that you did not get discouraged when your machine & fabric didn't get along.  To tackle this project by hand speaks highly of you.

You ask for suggestions.  I would suggest you make a spring / summer bag with this pattern.  Think about cottons & cotton blends (mostly cotton).  Find one that you like, then look around for a cool coordinating lining and go for it.  If you are going to use cotton, please remember to wash, dry and iron it before you start your cutting / sewing.  Cotton shrinks.  If you don't pre-shrink your fabirc your stitches will look funny & funky after the first washing.  Pre Wash your cotton and elimimate the funny&funky issue.

Hey - what kind of a sewing machine did Santa bring you?

Congrats again.  Please make sure we see your next bag. And please ask any questions.  Someone is always around to lend a helping hand.
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2006 04:38:30 PM »

Congratulations on a job well done!

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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2006 05:05:05 PM »

Thank you so much for the kind comments and helpful suggestions! I'll definintely keep them in mind for my next project!

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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2006 05:58:46 PM »

I am also impressed that you hand-sewed it...I would have given up completely! Great job!
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2006 12:05:47 AM »

you know a trick that makes everything look awsome!  Ironing the seams!  I'm not sure about the fabric you used, but for cottons, its awsome.

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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2006 12:34:37 AM »

I think it looks great for a first purse!  and what an ambitious project. And I am in love with your lining fabric.
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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2006 01:49:19 PM »

you know a trick that makes everything look awsome!  Ironing the seams!  I'm not sure about the fabric you used, but for cottons, its awsome.

I agree with that, that's the only thing I would suggest. Iron them or maybe sew around the edges of the flap and stap, so the lay flat and don't look so puffy. That's the only thing I wouls suggest. I love the fabric you used, it looks awesome!

« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2006 03:54:38 PM »

Thats too bad you had to hand sew it. Kudos to you for doing it. Just as a side note, Burda patterns are notorious for being kinda skimpy on the instructions, especially for a beginner. The best patterns for beginners, although a bit more expensive, are the Kwik Sew patterns. New Look and Simplicity are pretty good too.
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