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« on: May 27, 2006 01:33:32 PM »

hi,  Last night, I attended a purse demo/workshop at Hancock's.  It was fun and informative.

I've been having a hard time turning a purse strap.  One of my colleagues got one turned, then I thought I could do the 2nd one.  No way, I just couldn't get it started.  I took it with me to Hancock's and one of the workshop attendees was able to complete the turn.  YEH!  Now I can complete the purse, probably today.

thanks.  catdaddytn

« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2006 01:42:05 PM »

Are you talking about turning it inside out?  Like a tube?  It can be a pain with small straps!  I always use a safety pin, although I do have tube turners as well, and there are different techniques out there. 

There is another method, as well, that you don't have to turn.  I use it whenever I don't plan on puttin boning in my handles.

You cut a strip 4 times the size you want ( so for this example, for a 1" wide strap, cut it 4").  Fold it in half the long way, and iron down.  Unfold, and you will have a center line.  Then, fold each edge to the middle, and iron.  Now you have the raw edges in the middle, and the strip is 2" wide.  Finally, fold both side together (raw edges still inside), iron, and sew close to the edge.  There you have a handle strap that is 1" wide.  Takes a bit more fabric, but it really is easy, and sturdy since there are 4 full layers of fabric.
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2006 03:29:09 PM »

yes, like a tube.  You are right about your instructions for folding a strap.  I have a pattern that uses that method and it's much easier than turning a piece.

I tried to use some sort of turning gizmo and I just couldn't get it to work.  A safety pin is probably just as good - perhaps better.

I'm sewing challenged.  I really have to learn something new for just about every pattern used.  With purses, some parts are OK, then something is always hard and I need help.  Sometimes, it's with turning the lining; other times it's the straps, etc.  Rounded or oval bottoms give me a fit. (I have been given another idea to help iwth this, but haven't tried it yet) Maybe I need to combine several patterns for the best of all. 

Once I figure out how to post photos, I will.  I've made hobo purses and tote bags.  Right now, I'm about to finish one with a round bottom and the troubling straps.  My daughter and friends really like the hobo bags.

Part of sewing is the challenge, though.

thanks.  catdaddytn

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