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Topic: First post, first bag ... of course a Jordy  (Read 3741 times)
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« on: March 20, 2006 08:51:39 AM »

I'm very excited as this is my first post. Cheesy
I got recently a sewing machine and looking online for some inspiration for my first project, I found this site. I'm so happy to have found such a group of talented people. After some weeks getting use to my sewing machine (practicing sewing a table runner and some napkins Smiley) and reading you almost everyday to get inspiration I decided to make my first bag. Of course it had to be a Jordy bag. I only changed the shape of the pattern and here is the result:

I also did a matching pouch (which was my first zipper Tongue) :

And an image of the interior with a lined pocket and the matching pouch:

I'm quite happy on how it turn out. But there are a couple of things that I don't like. One is the closure. I used the same fabric as the exterior and it is too stiff. I'm thinking for next time to buy one of these magnetic snaps. And the other one is the interfacing ... too many wrinkles although I ironed it several times.
The bag is not completely finished as I can't decide which thread to use for the topstiching. The pink thread that I used for the rest of the bag it may contrast too much with the white backgound. What do you think? I saw transparent thread on my local store. Has anyone use it on situations like this?
Thanks for looking!
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2006 09:07:11 AM »

Your bag is awesome, what a fabulous first piece!!  You did a really fantastic job and obviously thought out a lot of details. Kudos!

As for interfacing, I have been having troubles with the iron-on stuff; even though it is definitely easier to work with in many ways, I can't get it to stop wrinkling.  Maybe I'm doing it wrong, I don't know.  But what has been working really well for me is felt - plain old ordinary white felt that I buy off the bolt.  It costs about the same as the interfacing but has some body to it and is not stiff.  I've been using a light iron-on interfacing on the lining of my bags and felt with the exterior, and I've been very happy with that.  Try experimenting with different things, you never know what might work for you.  I'd like to try fusible fleece but I can't seem to find any.

I'd also be interested to hear what people have to say about invisible thread, I haven't tried it myself yet.


« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2006 09:10:13 AM »

Your bag looks amazing.  I'm definately impressed.

Personally, I detest iron interfacing.  I always use the sew-in kind.  For me, the iron on stuff neve really sticks very well. 

I like the idea of using felt.  That might work in a pinch....

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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2006 09:56:29 AM »

Looks great. I really like it. Where did you find that beautiful fabric?
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2006 11:51:22 AM »

Thanks a lot for your nice comments. This weekend I bought sew in interface, so now I'm thinking on my next project to try it and see if I like it better. I may try felt too ... thanks for the tip dejavugirl.
Regarding the fabric, because of my work I live now in ireland and there are very few stores where they sell fabric and the range is very, very limited. I usually go to one that is speciliased in home dec fabrics. These were sold for curtains, that's why the flower is so big, but I managed to center it where I wanted. But they are quite expensive too, around 12$/yd on sale!
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2006 10:20:09 AM »

I'm jealous of your sewing skills.  That looks very very nice.  I have been trying to figure out what the right type of interfacing was.  I think when I tried the sew on stuff I realized I should have sewed along all of my seams.  I had a different color bottom fabric than my sides. 

I think that if I'd sewn along that spot it would have worked a little better.  And not pulled away from the fabric so much.  But the fabric seems to stay ironed pretty well.  I'm not sure that makes sense but if so I hope it helps.
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2006 10:29:44 AM »

I just have to say it - this is the NICEST first bag post I've EVER seen! Great work! I think it's really cute, and awfully proffessional looking for your first try.

Have you tried ordering fabric on the internet? I find the greatest deals online, much better priced than in stores in my area. There's always supply swaps & trades too! I'm kinda new here, but I've seen some really great textiles shared across the miles! Keep up the good work - you did a great job!

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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2006 10:39:17 AM »

You did a great job for a 1st bag.  I just made my 1st bag recently and it was not nearly as nice as yours!

« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2006 11:59:34 AM »

Your bag is GORGEOUS!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE that fabric!

I too, have interfacing woes.  Sometimes it works great--other times not so well.  I think I may try the felt trick.  That has definitely intrigued me...especially since white felt can be quite cheap!


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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2006 12:06:52 PM »

 since noone else has said anything abotu the invisible thread...
i used it in my old (very VERY old, like early 1900's) machine and it streched and snapped frequently. i haven't tried it in my new machine, but it would probally work better since my new machine deals a lot better with non ordinary thread. i LOVE that fabric and bag!! i found somehting like it at a local joanns in upholstery and bought a half yard, the lady looked at me like i was crazy haha!! Cheesy

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