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anastrophe
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2009 11:12:31 AM »


For the tabs, I cut the piece so that the edges angle in. So if you have a rectangle where the short edges are raw, snip the corners towards the center. When you fold it under it will look clean from the sides.  I only turn under the minimum amount needed to stitch it on so that there isn't a lot of fabric hanging over. If you turn under more, maybe you could do a tight zigzag or serge to neaten the edge. Then I just topstitch it on both sides (3 times each plus backstitching at the ends). Make sure your thread matches well because this could look messy.

Ah, mitering. Thanks for the explanation, makes much more sense. I assume you have an industrial machine, if you are sewing through 5 layers plus interfacing there. That's guessing the bag is interfaced with something like Pellon 72 or something? It looks very stiff.

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Actually those aren't french seams but that's a good idea...I just made 4 panels and sewed them together. If I had enough fabric I could just do it in 2 sections instead of 4. The Coach bag had this detail and I loved it. It is a nice decorative touch and it accents the construction of the bag. I don't know if it adds any strength though. It seems to me like any point where there is a seam would be weaker than just a solid expanse of fabric, but I'm not sure!

I agree that a seam is weaker than plain fabric, because in an unbroken piece of fabric the stress is being distributed along the weave, whereas in a seam it's concentrated, if that makes sense.

About french seams--I wouldn't think they would work well or be necessary in an upholstery-weight fabric, they're typically used for sheers and other fine fabrics I think. They're also very labor-intensive so I doubt you'd want to use them for something you were going to sell. They do look nice though so I might use them on a bag I was going to keep for myself.
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« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2009 11:36:25 AM »

i love your bag!! the fabrics work so well together, thanks for sharing the names of the fabrics. I think it's great that you used four pieces of fabric instead of two because it makes it mush more visually interesting. Lovely.
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« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2009 02:03:01 PM »

Love the style and shape of this bag.  I have seen your pink fabric running around and disliked it enormously however it looks wonderful on this bag!  I love the top-stitching on either side of the side seams.
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« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2009 07:58:44 PM »

anastrophe - Actually I don't have an industrial machine, it's just very well built. It was my grandmother's first machine after she got married so it's made entirely of metal. It can sew through 8 layers of cotton duck! I rarely use my brand new machine because I love the old one so much.

Oh and the bag is interfaced with one layer of Pellon 987F (fusible fleece) and one layer of Pellon 50. I used Pellon 70 on the bottom. I think the combination works better than just one layer of super stiff interfacing to give a more comfortable bag!

I think it's great that you used four pieces of fabric instead of two because it makes it mush more visually interesting. Lovely.

This is my favorite part about it! I think it really dresses up a sort of plain shape.

Love the style and shape of this bag.  I have seen your pink fabric running around and disliked it enormously however it looks wonderful on this bag!  I love the top-stitching on either side of the side seams.

I'm glad this fabric has grown on you! I have been using it a lot lately  Cheesy Actually at first I almost didn't buy it (I preferred the Fireworks fabric of the same collection) but now I love this one so much more. Wait till you see the bag I have in my studio now, it's brown imitation leather with green topstitching...the detail really stands out! It should be ready to post tomorrow.
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« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2009 04:59:09 AM »

*That* is an amazing bag.  I want one!  And it looks waaaaaaaay better than the original Coach bag.
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« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2009 05:04:09 AM »


Oh and the bag is interfaced with one layer of Pellon 987F (fusible fleece) and one layer of Pellon 50. I used Pellon 70 on the bottom. I think the combination works better than just one layer of super stiff interfacing to give a more comfortable bag!


That's a great idea with the interfacing. I use Pellon 70 a lot and I hate how stiff it is...almost as bad as needlepoint canvas. I never even thought to use fleece!

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« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2009 05:58:03 AM »

*That* is an amazing bag.  I want one!  And it looks waaaaaaaay better than the original Coach bag.

I totally agree,  GrannysAnnie!

I totally have to get myself some of this fabric.
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« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2009 06:14:50 AM »

What an awesome bag!  I haven't tried putting a zipper on a bag yet.  I'm scared I'll mess it up.  LOL  You did a great job on yours though.
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« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2009 06:35:32 AM »

Awesome bag!  And that star fabric is the softest I've felt too!  I saw it in pink and lime green at my local quilt store and it was so hard to leave it all on the bolt.
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« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2009 06:41:13 AM »

Aside from the fact that this has been added to my wists, would you be willing to due a tut on your next one?  I am totally in love with that purse. Yes, I used totally and love in the same sentence. Wink  That is a spot on match to the original.  It looks so professional.
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