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« on: June 21, 2004 04:06:20 PM »

I'm curious to know what ways you find most efficient to make something.

I make handbags, and I am having trouble deciding what is better: cutting out everything at once for say 10 bags, front & back pieces, lining, straps, pockets, etc., or doing it one full bag at a time.

I think preparing many bags at once, and then sewing them each up quickly would be more efficient, but I find myself lost when I have so much on the go.

What method do you find most efficient for sewing up handbags for your business?
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2004 04:23:30 PM »

I sort of do inbetween.  If I'm making a bunch of the same bag, I first cut, iron, and interface everything.  From there, I make one at a time.

Although, if the design requires I change presser feet or thread colors or something like that midway through, then I do all the cutting, all the outers, all the linings, and so on like an assembly line so as not to have to change feet/thread/whatever over and over.

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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2004 05:30:34 PM »

my mom has been a crafter professionaly for 20+ years and she has learned that it is much quicker to cut them (she does dolls) and then makes them in a marathon session cut cut cut, sew sew sew stuff stuff stuff sew sew sew finish finish finish . So I thought I would share her years of experience with you.     
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2004 05:54:22 PM »

Yeah, what hillarybillary said... that's the way to do it for maximum time efficiency, although it certainly cuts alot of the fun out of it.  But if you are cranking out multiples of the exact same thing (or close to it) doing each step, to each thing, before moving to the next step. 
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2004 05:30:13 AM »

I am not sure about handbags, but I assume the principle is the same, when I am making lots of creatures at once I cut them all out keep them in ziplock bags (so I don't loose any small parts) and then do all the sewing at once. But in order to go even faster I put the colors together, like Sunday I sewed three things all at once that all needed black thread, and then sewed three others that needed to be sewn in brown thread.

Another quilter's trick to conserve thread is not to cut each piece's thread after sewing it, but pull a tiny bit of slack and sew the next piece, and the next piece. Then pull it all out and snip the tiny bits inbetween to separate them.


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