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Bag Making Tips & Tricks
We asked the experts to share their top bagmaking tips for creating beautiful and practical handmade bags plus we have an amazing offer below – get 3 patterns for a fantastic price!
You can also buy the bag patterns individually at the end of this post or over in the Love Sewing sewing pattern shop.
Sara Lawson of www.sewsweetness.com
“Remember these tips if you are running into difficulty such as skipping stitches. First, make sure you are using a new needle (sometimes a dull need can be the cause). Next, try out a denim needle to handle the thickness. Lastly, it’s okay to switch out to a walking foot to make things easier.
You don’t need an expensive fancy sewing machine, but you should always use a high-quality thread (I love Aurifil 40wt for bags).”
Sara creates truly swoon-worthy bags from the latest fabric lines, teaches amazing classes and recently released her second book, Windy City Bags
Handmade Jane – www.handmadejane.co.uk
“Never underestimate the importance of a bag lining! A lining serves many functions – it adds shape and structure, hides raw edges neatly from view and gives the bag a professional finish. Some linings can also make your bag completely reversible. Essentially you make another bag the same size as your outer bag and join it at the top seam.
I love being able to add a pop of colour or flamboyant print to my bag lining, which is only revealed when the bag is opened!”
London-based tutor and blogger shares her dressmaking and sewing projects, tips and tutorials – along with lashings of vintage patterns on her website.
Lisa Comfort – Sew Over it
“With bag-making it’s all about durability. Unlike clothes, you might use your bag every day, which means it will get a lot of wear and tear. Strong durable materials are a must. We use extra strong polyester thread for handles, and to get through the sturdy fabric, we like to use a strong leather needle when sewing. If you’re not lining your bag, make sure you finish the seam allowances to prevent them from fraying, which will help your bag to last longer.”
Established sewing pattern designer, author and tutor Lisa teaches sewing classes for all abilities from London, and also online.
We have loads of bagmaking patterns in our issues – take a browse through our bag pattern archive if you’re looking for some bagmaking inspiration.
Amy Thomas – www.almondrock.co.uk
“Don’t be afraid to use unconventional tools to help with your bag making. Masking tape is excellent for holding straps in place during sewing instead of using pins, use a strip to mark straight top-stitching lines or tear off a little piece and write temporary labels to keep all your pattern pieces clear.”
Editor of Love Sewing Amy mainly specialises in dressmaking, but she certainly knows a thing or two about bags!
As well as patterns from the magazine – find our free bag pattern round-ups from the blogosphere!
Victoria Peat – www.littleblackduck.co.uk
“A walking foot is a valuable tool as it helps all of the layers feed through your machine as evenly as possible. It’s also great when you are working with trickier materials such as oilcloth or leather/faux leather.
Don’t underestimate the value of a zipper foot – it’s narrower than a standard foot and therefore super handy for sewing tight 3D turns like curved gussets.”
Victoria studied bag design and construction at the London College of Fashion and runs a business designing sewing and crafting patterns as well as teaching people to sew.