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« on: April 17, 2006 12:30:41 PM »

I've been thinking about getting into the handmade bag business and even though these are just my first attempts (my stitchwork needs some improvement), I was wondering what the lovely crafsters here thought of them. Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated (unless it's really mean...).

I made this wristlet with navy and white vinyl and a bird patterened cotton lining. It has a single cell phone pocket and zipper closure.


This totebag is made with a heavy pink cotton and white vinyl applique with a black and white checkered cotton lining. It has a double pocket. I should have added interfacing because it's really floppy.


Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2006 01:14:59 PM »

i am in love with that skull purse! you did a wonderful job on both!

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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2006 05:06:33 PM »

I love your skull purse! So awesome! It's very cute too.  Is it a hatched egg on your wristlet (that looks very professional btw!!)

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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2006 05:10:20 PM »

are you using a roller foot or a teflon foot for the vinyl stitching? I have order one of each for my machine because I just want to sew on it all the time but have been unhappy with the sticking the way it does. I'm hoping this will help me.
Best of luck with your endeavors!

« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2006 08:54:26 AM »

Thanks so much for the kind words everyone!

The foot that I use is when stitching vinyl is actually just a regular one, but I also have the sticking problem when I try to stichy vinyl right sides out. I didn't even know there were other types of foots (making it even more obvious that I'm a total newb). The sticking is a real bitch, so what I've been doing is stitching through wax paper. it's really not that great of a solution though, since sometimes the thread is pulled out when I tear the paper off.

I'm definitely going to head to Fabricland and investigate. Anything that will make working with vinyl easier is more than welcome in my pursemaking! Let me know how you make out with those feet.

« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2006 07:46:01 PM »

the skull bag is awesome!

I too reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally want to get into the handmade bag business!

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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2006 09:22:58 AM »

 I would think that the wax paper might cause it to stick as well. What I have used is old patterns tissue paper. It does help but I can't wait for my other one to come in. I am not sure fabricland would carry this type of thing. I ordered mine through a sewing machine sales shop. Hope this helps

« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2006 02:32:55 PM »

So I went to a sewing store yesterday and the lady working there told me that it would be really difficult to find a teflon foot for the machine I'm using (it's from 1972) and that I could instead go to Home Depot and get teflon tape (it was only about .64 cents) and put it on the bottom of any pressure foot.

I tried it and it worked really well. The tape needs to be reapplied after you're done a project because it does start to flake off after a while, but there is lots on the roll. I'm so happy with it, though! The topstitching on my vinyl is now 100% better - every stitch is even!

If you don't have the money for a new pressure foot or anywhere to get one, teflon tape is AMAZING.

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« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2006 07:08:30 PM »

wow that is so cool! Thanks for that info. Now I'm kind of committed to buy the foot now since it was ordered but I'm going to try the tape too! No one suggested that to me where I shop! YOu had a great sales person there!

« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2006 07:05:47 AM »

Wow oh wow, thanks so much for the info about teflon tape.  I am definitely going to try it!  I made one item where I had to topstitch on vinyl and it did NOT come out so great. 

I put away the rest of the vinyl that I had bought until I could afford a teflon foot.  But I think we have some teflon tape around here from last year's plumbing fiasco...er I mean the wonderful plumbing job my hubby did...  (well it turned out wonderful in the end...)
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« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2006 07:13:41 AM »

Oh, I love that, and I picked up a bunch of new sewing machine tips! Thank you, all who have unwittingly supplied me with new information.

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« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2006 07:15:18 AM »

You did a great job on both.  I know vinyl can be a challenge sometimes.  Even though Skulls aren't my thing, I really love your skull bag. Smiley

« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2006 05:27:15 AM »

I think if you want to sell your bags you should, these seem sale/customer ready to me.  As a really really really anal stitcher I can honestly say your stitchwork is very neat and tidy...  Smiley

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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2006 09:34:27 AM »

Thank you all very much - you're definitely making me feel more confident about selling my work to people. I actually finished and delivered my first totebag and I have 7 more people interested in various items!

I'm glad that I could provide some tips on vinyl stitching; I was so happy when I used the Teflon tape and I know you all will be, too!
Good luck with your vinyl endeavours!

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