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« on: September 19, 2003 03:58:05 PM »

Hey! I'm Adrianne I've been using a McCall's pattern (it's the one with just basic tote bag styles). Anyway, sometime I have a problem sewing the long thin snake-like part (the sides) onto the two square parts (front and back). I find that it's often hard to match them exactly. Anyone have tips for how to sew it on better? Thank you!
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2003 01:31:24 PM »

Are you pinning it up before you start sewing?  And making the reinforcement stitches that they recommend?  Also, I checked out your site, and am wondering if you use interfacing, and re-press the bags when complete?  I've been on a bag kick lately, and am using CraftBond interfacing- it makes the fabric look really sharp and professional.

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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2003 02:59:42 PM »

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I'm not sure if this is do-able with the parts that you need to match up, but in addition to pinning, I use a little Stitch Witchery (fusible hem tape) to fuse together the areas I really need to carefully match up.  

I totally agree with oregoncoastgirl that interfacing is great for giving you a very professional look -- and it can also help your matching-up problems.  Since it stiffens the fabric, it may be easier to keep the pieces in place that need to match up.

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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2003 10:38:25 PM »

As the others said, interfacing is a must!!  I've started making purses as well, and don't think I could live without my craft bond (make sure to get the fusible stuff though - so much easier to iron the stuff on instead of another sewing step!)

On the patterns I have, there are little circles in the gusset part where you match it to the front and back of purse.  Once you mark the circles, sew threw them about 1" above and below the circles.  Then, just cut the fabric from the raw edge to the stitching, but be careful not to snip through the stitches!  

The cuts allow the fabric to make a nice 90 degree corner.  Then, pin the gusset to front of the bag, starting at the bottom in the middle.  When you get to your corners, because you snipped the edges, the fabric will bend right at the corners of your purse.

Sounds a bit difficult, but you'll be surprised at how much easier the sewing goes.  And you'll get better with practice.

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