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« on: October 30, 2006 06:24:57 AM »

Hi everyone, new to craftster and has been lurking here the past month , admiring everyone's wonderful creation. . The last time I used the sewing machine was 10 years ago to hem up striaght edges of curtains..straight line sewing only Smiley .This is my first time sewing a "creation" piece.  Finally pluck myself up to try a zipper pouch too .. this is the first time I ever sew a zipper onto anything Smiley . The fabrics were bought on clearance or remants under $1/yard, including the floral linen used for the swing bag.

since I'm new, not sure if picture will show up here. otherwise, click to my picture gallery at craftster
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showgallery.php?si=&perpage=12&sort=7&cat=500&ppuser=74270&friendemail= email@yourfriend.com&password=

<--- floral linen swing bag front & w/o stuffing . Amy Bulter's Swingbag pattern.
i moved away from the yellow lightings in the black background shot -- still the color should be neutral floral linen right in between both of these shots

<-- reversal inside w/ woven green/red pin stripe . 2nd pic photo with zipper pouch size 8x6

<--zipper pouch. excuse the wonky image as I was trying to clean up and remove the ugly background in picture Smiley

<--tote - sized for one binder, both bag reversable
the last 2 totes were for my 5 yo daughter to tote her binder for weekend classes .

<--don't laught at this wonky orange corduroy pouch- i kick start with this before sewing up the swing bag. didn't care for orange corduroy and was prepared to trash if i mess up Tongue

my biggest problem I found while sewing up these bags are
1. how do i cut up my fabric pieces so they are straight. I drew straight lines but my cutting skill is horrible.
2. when i align my pieces to sew , the pieces never seems to match up perfectly (at least 1/2 inch difference all around) even tho it was the same size when i cut them ?  I might have over stretch one of the pieces ?
3. bobbin tension is my biggest headache. Is there a trick to winding bobbins ? or should i give up and purchase prewound ??  my fabric keep getting "suck" under ...anyidea why that happen ?

anyway , I am learning my sewing through the user manual of my kenmore machine. so far , so good expect for some of the above .

Thanks for looking and appreciate all comments  Grin.  

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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2006 08:40:42 AM »

I love the little coin purse in the big bag--that's just what I want to do for the purse I'm making for my mom! One that detaches and becomes a wrist bag is really ideal, isn't it?

I also ADORE that red asian-style fabric, where-ever did you find it?

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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2006 07:27:38 PM »

I love the little coin purse in the big bag--that's just what I want to do for the purse I'm making for my mom! One that detaches and becomes a wrist bag is really ideal, isn't it?
thanks sarahpanda... I was very happy with the zipper pouch/wrist bag.  I will be making more of these to give away.

I also ADORE that red asian-style fabric, where-ever did you find it?
isn't that red asian kids w/umbrella a cute fabric... the vertical dash line you see are the rain drops Smiley  .There  are a cluster of wholesale fabric jobber/batcher warehouse close where I work. They open a section to public for their excess fabric remnants .. that's  where I check them out and buy my fabric . Majority are decorator grade fabric but they do have cotton prints like the above. I picked that up last year at $1/yard and they only had 1.5 yards left then.    If you are interested, PM me and I can check out deals for prints you like Smiley 
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2006 07:15:09 AM »

You did a great job!
I keep my lines straight by using a rotary cutting blade, mat and straight edge.  I even use it freehand (slowly) for curves.  This saves me so much time!

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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2006 02:14:15 PM »

These are your first bags??!  They are great.  I love the striped fabric which lines the first bag.  Very, very cool.
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2006 07:44:50 PM »

You did a fantastic job for those to be your first bags! I love the zippered pouch.  Great bags!! Grin

« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2006 07:56:55 PM »

oh i like the striped bag and the orange wallet thing their so cute =D
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2006 07:10:49 AM »

You're doing a wonderful job learing how to sew using the manual of your Kenmoore sewing machine. Practice makes perfect.. The more you sew yoiu'll see that you'll be getting better at it.
As far as your pieces not matching up, are you using a store bought pattern or your own? I had the problem when I was making my own patterns that things didn't match up. You should try to use that blue grid line stuff(in the aisle with the interfacing). I cut my patern out of that and then match everything up as if I was sewing it and make needed adjustments from there.
If you are using a store bought pattern, maybe you should use baste around the edges before you sew the pieces together to prevent the stretching. It sounds like a lot of work, but is worth the extra effort in the long run.. trust me.. i know Smiley

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