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« on: February 24, 2013 03:53:53 AM »

I just read an article about a woman who makes handbags and sells them. She says it takes her 2-3 hours to make one.  The accompanying photo shows a fairly simple tote style purse.  I'm thinking, "What's wrong with me?  I've never made a bag that quickly and I've been sewing for 40 years."  It takes me about 2 hours just to cut out and interface...granted, I usually interface every piece and add tons of pockets.  It takes more time if the bag is complicated. I'm just curious what your experience is and would love your suggestions for making bag projects go faster - especially the cutting out/interfacing part.
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2013 09:22:29 AM »

It probably has a lot to do with how familiar you are with the pattern, if you know any 'short cuts', etc etc.  For a simpler, small bag, with no pockets, zipper (still haven't tried that honestly), or anything extra, it can take me under 2 hours - maybe under 1 if I just got going and did it and didn't procrastinate.  But for a more complicated bag with pockets, pleats, fasteners, etc, it would definitely take me longer.

Honestly, the cutting and interfacing is my least favorite part of bag making. Sad  Do you always make a different type of bag each time?
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2013 09:31:41 AM »

Thanks for your response. I think the need to fiddle with a pattern is part of the problem.  If a tote calls for a simple pocket, I want to make it a zipper pocket.  If it calls for handles sandwiched between the lining, I have to add  purse rings.  And I seldom make the same bag twice. When I do, the second time goes faster.  Still, cutting and interfacing are the same regardless and are my least favorite parts of the process. I would love to know what others do to streamline it.
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2013 06:57:20 PM »

If it's just the tote bag - no embroidery - It takes me about an hour from start to finish. I think the reason it goes so quickly is because I've made so many. In the beginning it took me 2 - 2.5 hours to complete the bag. Now after making nearly 40 of these bags, I can whip one out in a hour Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2013 10:18:38 AM »

It always takes me a long time to make anything, especially the cutting out part. 

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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2013 06:01:55 AM »

The only way I get to speed up the cutting process is to layer the bag fabric, lining fabric and interfacing for the main body and cut them out all together. Everything else is, sorry to say, annoyingly piecemeal. I hardly ever make the same bag twice. What's the fun in that? I don't understand these sellers who make the same dang bag over and over and over and over... ugh. But that's how they can do it in less time. Pick yer own poison.

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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2013 09:26:02 AM »

Cutting out all the pieces is my least favorite part of bag making, so I do it while watching the tele. It probably slows me down as I stop to pay attention to the interesting parts, but it makes the time fly by.

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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2013 11:03:22 AM »

Forever!  I am super slow I guess.  I do feel that I am a little faster once I've made the bag before but I rarely make anything in 2-3 hours.

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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2015 07:23:38 PM »

Did the article mention whether she meant just the sewing part, or first cut to last stitch?

On my favourite bag (Kwik-Sew 3526), first cut to last stitch is generally 5-6 hours. If it was timing "Just the sewing part", 3-4 hours. That's the part that 'on the machine'.

Pressing and interfacing, tucks and gathers, they all add to the time to get it done. Lining, choosing the fabric and contrast, pre-shrinking, pressing, I consider part of the process as well. (Which adds more time!) If I added embroidery, that would add time also.

I wouldn't rush it just because somebody else (says they) can do it in shorter time. And, I wouldn't be intimidated by it. Like I said, s/he might be meaning only 'on the machine', not first cut to last stitch.

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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2015 03:01:53 AM »

A simple clutch I made some years ago, no pattern just made from my own head, was few hours of 2 sunday afternoons. I am a hand sewing woman and I use plain fabric scissors for cutting. And  when I made that bag I did not have the hands/wrists osteoarthritis issues I now have I go much, much slower now. I have a quilted shoulderbag still quilting around tiny flowers and that has been in the making few years because of the health issues. The small beaded bags is also years of work. Not a bag but a belt total beadwork for my DD,she  is now a teen I started that when she was starting school. I have never made bags for sale but maybe when you make more of one and the same, it goes easier a bit faster depends also on what you are making. Maybe not the best comparision but a series of same holidays greeting cards as to making just 1 card.
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