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11  Re: Zippers versus Magnetic Snaps in Get Product and Website Opinions by GeorgiaN on: March 08, 2006 06:49:13 AM
Actually, here's an illustration of the problem I'm having. After looking at several purses that have 1 handle attached at either side of the bag with zipper closures, I concluded that they all seem to have a small bit of fabric coming up and having the zipper attached to that.

The problem is it leaves the corners open where the handles are, because you can't bag the lining and stitch around the top to close off all of the raw edges. I thought this wouldn't be a problem, because I could just close it by turning the edges and sewing it down as the last step; however, that won't work either, because the areas that need to be stitched closed are too narrow to fit under my machine! Sad

Here's a picture of the problem:

See that corner? How the hell would anyone close that up to prevent the raw edges from showing? I can't exactly sew this like the lined zipper pouch tutorial because the handles are there at the side of the outer fabric. URGH... this is confusing!
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12  Minsc Messenger in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by GeorgiaN on: February 10, 2006 06:13:20 AM
Here's pattern numero fouro Smiley I didn't expect to work on this one last night, but I was in such a sewing mood when I got home that I immediately went upstairs and whipped this up. This is the fourth bag design I'll be offering. I *love* this one, and I'm half tempted to keep it for myself LOL... I used a soft linen/rayon blend (which was a bitch to attach to the interfacing, not doing this again) with a cotton twill lining (my usual).

It is interfaced with Peltex, so you can imagine how hard it was for me to get that thing around the sewing machine lol... I ended up turning my sewing machine so that the needle area hovered over the end of the table ^_^; And of course, I got to watch a bag lining give birth again. This one was a doozy! The end result is so worth it though. The bags at least don't crap everywhere and eat all of your energy when you're done with them *snickers*

Anyhoo, enough chatter, here are the pictures:

My issue now? Pricing. This takes slightly more fabric than the Nimue style, which I sell at $32.99. I was thinking $39.99 for this one, but it did take a tiny bit longer to make as well. But that coupled with the shipping should be just a good price overall.
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13  Anyone know where I can get this notion? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by GeorgiaN on: February 09, 2006 07:39:57 PM
I have a custom order for a laptop bag, and the client wants to use something like this:

Any clue where I could get something like that?
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14  Rar! Orange Retro Print in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by GeorgiaN on: February 06, 2006 07:44:08 AM
Now sometimes you go into the store not expecting to get fabric... but this one caught my eye, and from the darned bargain bin area too! I thought it was something you guys would like, so I'm going to post some pictures of the bag.

I used Peltex on this one. I think I'm going to go ahead and continue to use Peltex and increase my prices ever so slightly to compensate for the extra heavy-duty stuff. It really does make the bag look and feel so much nicer.
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15  Re: Lining in Handbag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by GeorgiaN on: January 27, 2006 10:55:38 AM
Here's a crappy image I whipped up real quick for you:

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16  The Nimue in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by GeorgiaN on: January 22, 2006 01:31:19 PM
I've been busy making new patterns for my bag designs all week long. Today I decided to go ahead and cut into some fabric. I've named all of my patterns after family cats. "Nimue" is my husband's cat. She's very small, but tough. I figured this was a good one for her. It measures 11" wide, 7" high, 2" deep. It closes with a magnetic closure (my first one!) and the handle is 34" long. There are two inner pockets:

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