Home › Forums › Beginning Handbags Forum › A1 T-Bottom Tote Forum › First bag
- This topic has 15 replies, 4 voices, and was last updated 6 years, 2 months ago by Richard Manigault.
- December 31, 2016 at 11:04 pm #12994
Well I got through the first project. It’s not very good and there are many areas I need to improve on but I learned a lot. I’m trying to learn to sew at the same time I’m learning how to make bags. Where do I go from here?
ChuckDecember 31, 2016 at 11:33 pm #12996Reem MohammedMember
Wow that looks really good how long did it take you to make?
Congrats on the awesome creationDecember 31, 2016 at 11:40 pm #12997
Thanks. It took me about 2 days.January 1, 2017 at 12:01 am #12998
I know the feeling, I had never sewn in my life when I started to make bags, my wife taught me to sew. It will come in due time, every bag you make you will get better and understand more. Let’s deal with the most important things now.
The first problem you had was thickness. The edges should be skived if leather or vinyl to take away the thickness so that the edges will be thinner when turned to give you a more professional look. Your lining is not big enough and this could have happen because you didn’t sew along your seam allowance, I will need to see your pattern to determine. It could have also happen because of the way you sewed the linning in too. You should fit the lining before sewing, when you sew on a flatbed how you sew effects the fit of the lining. If you sew from the inside you get one fit if you sew from the outside you get another. Sew all the way through the seam, it looks like that seam at the top is not completely together or again it is a thickness problem. Once sewn you can clip the excess leather off, clip upward not down at an angle toward the top, be careful not to cut the stitch. The applique wasn’t clipped properly, look at the shorts in each lesson there is a button in the class to get to them. Next time you make this type of strap or handles sew on both edges, did you use a stay?
Your lining pocket looks good! Get closer to the edge with your topstitch. The reason being the top of your lining over time will separate from the leather above the stitch.To be honest you did a great job for your first bag, you should have seen mine 🙂
The only real problem you have with this was a ill fitting lining. In the class I state that your lining should be 1/16 smaller then the outside. That is a starting point, this measure will vary due to the thickness of the turned edge. Since each material is of a difference thickness, you will have to make a judgment call. Always make your lining bigger to fit then too small. Bigger you can take in, smaller you have to start over because of the stitch holes.
Have you joined the Facebook group yet? Please do, I can talk to you in real time and discuss what went wrong in more detail.January 1, 2017 at 12:04 am #12999
Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/DesignerHandbagGroup/January 1, 2017 at 12:17 am #13000
Richard, you are absolutely right about the lining not fitting. I sewed too far to the inside and didn’t follow my marks very acutely which resulted in the lining being too small. I skived the top edge on the first two attempts but ended up tearing the leather. It’s very soft and spongy. So since I was running out of material I didn’t skive this version. I’ll check out your Facebook page.
ChuckJanuary 1, 2017 at 8:28 pm #13003wendyMember
I didn’t realise you could skive vinyl. This would obviously make a big difference to the bags I have made with upholstery weight faux leather.
How do you do it?January 1, 2017 at 9:11 pm #13007
You remove the backing with a Dremmel tool.January 1, 2017 at 9:17 pm #13008
Chuck, try to to the lessons in order. There is a reason for the order they are placed in, it’s progressive one lesson is harder then the other.January 1, 2017 at 9:22 pm #13009
Richard, I will. I just wanted to get an idea of what’s ahead.January 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #13010
Okay Np problem, since this is a first for you I want to make sure you have a great learning experience.January 2, 2017 at 7:07 pm #13027wendyMember
Thanks Richard, now to see if hubby has one in his tool boxJanuary 3, 2017 at 9:45 pm #13033
I’m remaking the tote bag to use on the 2nd lesson. I’m using fairly thin pig skin. I followed Linda’s direction in the video with 2 stays and what happens is when the material bends back on itself it wrinkles and bulges out. Any way to avoid this?
ChuckJanuary 4, 2017 at 1:57 am #13035
Yes, sew closer to the edge is one way, the other is to sew on a cylinder machine. Like belts straps are sewn with a slight bend. What stay paper did you use? Sometimes when this happens to me I simple work the leather back and forth and it relaxes the leather and the little fold goes away. Is this a strap that’s folded on to itself?January 4, 2017 at 2:09 am #13036
yes like in the video, two stays 1/16 apart folded over on the edge and then the two covered stays are folded on to itself. I used the 014 or 015 that is in the sample kit. Sewing on a curve is interesting I wouldn’t have thought of than. I’ll try it on my cylinder machine.
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.