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71  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jordy Bag - Square Bottomed Lined Bag Tutorial on: May 14, 2005 05:01:35 AM
Hi everyone!  Of course I want to chime in and say -

Thanks Jordy for the tute!!!!!

WOW! Shocked  Everyone has done such wonderful work!!!  I am new to the boards and I have worked my way through and read each post in this thread and outloud "Ohhhh and Ahhhh'd" at each of the fabulous bags.  I was a bit disappointed that so many of the pics from early on (last year) in the thread were no longer viewable.

Next, I wanted to say that I admire and am touched by the warmth and encouragement offered and shared by everyone here.  I am so fortunate to have happened across this board.  Smiley

I came across this looking to put together some different patterns for a really large bag that I need to do for a special project.  Now, I have been encouraged and inspired to try the Jordy!  I am having our second babe in about 6 weeks.  He will be here about a month early and there is a lot of medical who-ha to deal with on my end.  My aunt and cousin are coming in for a week to help out.  I have been wondering what I can do for them, um, hello!  A JORDY!  My cousin is really hip and stylish and 11 years old!  I will have way too much fun picking her fabrics out and playing with her bag!  I can't wait to get my initial project done, so I can start their Jordy's!!!!!

72  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Appliques on: May 11, 2005 08:08:45 AM
I am eagerly watching to see what everyone has to say here.  I too have been wanting to tackle this and would love to have some first hand feedback on how they got started, etc. Smiley
73  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Handles, Liners and yes, Zippers on: May 07, 2005 06:07:55 AM
Hi everyone!  I have been lurking and absorbing for a while now.

I have found some fabulous tutorials - making a zipper bag with a liner, the jordy, etc....

You guys sure are a wealth of knowledge and information!!!!!!!!

But I have a few questions and hope this is the forum to ask them in.

1.  When making a bag that is lined and with a zipper - is there a foreseeable problem if I sew the two layers together with an overlock stitch then attach the zipper?  I want to use a vinyl lining and the overlock to help with wicking issues.  I would sew the layers together, and then attach the zipper by
  - placing the zipper right side facing directly on the outside layer (rightside).  Then sew from the wrong side of the fabric or zipper.
 - Then just flip the fabric over the seam and the right side of the fabric is attached to the zipper and the seam is hidden.
 - Duplicate this on both sides.

2.  On the same two layer bag I want to insert handles on the side.  I am wanting to use a cotton webbing for a wrist/hanging type handle.  I want it to be very securely attached since the contents could be weighty at times, so I am thinking I want to certainly attach it to both layers for strength.  Do I do this by -
 - sewing up the sides of both layers and leaving an opening where I want the handle inserted
 - insert from the rightside of the outer layer and sew, leaving enough ends to sew onto the next layer
 - pull the inside layer through and sew again trying to get as close to the edge of the handle
 as possible so it is not too visible from the inside layer?
 A -  Is there a way to make it less visible on the inside layer?
 B -  When attaching the handles will a stretch stitch make it more flexible and strengthen it at the same time?

3.  Is a top stitch necessary on a zipper if you are not placing the seam/fabric up close to the actual zipper?  I like my zippers to be a bit away from the fabric.  I know that fabric getting caught in the zipper or the zipper getting caught in the fabric can be a problem when the zipper teeth are close to the fabric. 
 - Will sewing/attaching out closer to the edge of the zipper tape solve this?
 - Is there a stability problem when doing this? (I am talking about sewing say 1/2 way or 2/3 towards the edge.)

I am sorry if I am not to clear in my descriptions, I am new to all of this. Tongue

Thanks so much for any input that you can give. Grin
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