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« on: January 28, 2008 02:04:20 AM »

What's the one thing (or two things) you wish you'd known when you began making bags?  It would be good if this thread turned into a kindof tip place for everyone. 

Mine would be that you don't have to sew on sew-in interfacing to your outside fabric separately - you can just fold them together and sew them as one when you're sewing up the sides etc.
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2008 08:22:52 AM »

I wish I had known about this website. There is so much inspiration here, plus learning shortcuts & tricks from fellow bagmakers. It is so nice to have this place where we all (people/women from everywhere) share a common interest. I would like to someday just sit & read all the old posts from years before w/a cup of tea & get more inspired.  Grin

« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2008 09:31:47 AM »

I am a beginner, but buying a rotary cutter and cutting mat with measurements was a very good move.
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2008 04:29:41 PM »

Try not to use plain black fabric as a lining. It just makes things harder to find when you're using the bag.

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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2008 01:04:34 AM »

I'm pretty new to making bags but mine would be THINK IT OUT BEFORE YOU SEW IT ON lol. I cannot count how many times I've sewed the wrong thing on or the wrong way.

Also...dont sew when your tired. It won't turn out as nice as it would have if you were fully awake  Cry

Can't wait to hear everyone else's tips !

« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2008 03:31:17 PM »

Press, Press, Press!  Always press your seams as you go.  You will have a much more professional looking finished product and construction will be much easier. 
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2008 10:53:46 AM »

Interfacing is your friend!

And use GOOD thread. I bought some cheap stuff at walmart for like .50, but it kept breaking. So now I use the more expensive stuff and it's worth it.
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