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« on: August 29, 2008 08:10:44 AM »

Hello. I made another messenger bag. This one is for a friend. My friends husband asked me to make her a bag as a surprise and said her fav colours are red and black. He said he would pay but I don't think its good enough for that so I'm just gonna give it to her as a present.

I just want to know if it looks ok to give her. I've not made anything for anyone before so not sure if she will like it.

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Please tell me what you think before I give it to her.
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2008 08:18:52 AM »

I think it looks great Smiley  If I were your friend I would feel so proud to get a creation from you like this. 
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2008 08:36:01 AM »

I think it looks great as is.  But if you want it to look a little more polished you should sew a 1/4 inch seam around the outside of the flap and around the top of the bag (under the flap).  Then everything should lay a little flatter and crisper.

I think if he want to pay you, you should accept.  No one is as critical about our sewing as we are to ourselves.  You are talented!!  Then take that money and make more bags....smile!!
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2008 10:02:34 AM »

that is some sweeeeeeet fabric.
lovin that.

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it looks awesome!
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2008 10:15:52 AM »

Good job. Maybe you can tell him you are not entirely happy with the way it turned out and don't feel right charging him. Maybe you can show it to her husband first and ask his opinion. If he really wants to pay then offer a compromise of him paying for the supplies and your labor is your gift. And thank him for the compliment and support of your creative work.

I would top stitch the edges to make them more crisp looking. Although soft is good too.
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2008 12:01:55 PM »

Thanks very much for your comments. I feel really chuffed now. What colour thread should I use for the top stitch?
I get worried doing that thought 'cos I can never get the tension right so the bottom thread shows Sad I will keep testing on scraps before I do it on the bag lol
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2008 12:24:14 PM »

Depends on the look you want... Black on black or red on black. do you want the topstitching to show and be part of the design? what do you think your friend would prefer? I would prefer black on black. You could use red or black for the red fabric.

For your bobbin... Either your top thread is too loose and you need to adjust the tension to tighten your upper thread. Or your bobbin tension is too tight and needs to be loosened. If the tension isn't adjusted properly the seams will more easily rip apart. So it's important stuff.

Grab some cotton fabric. Two layers. Stitch about six inches, check for proper adjustment. Adjust if necessary. Repeat if necessary. You can use old sheets or clothes for practice. After you think you have it right then test on scraps of your special fabric.
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