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Nicole Mallalieu Design - Tips and Tutorials for Making Bags and Purses

VIDEO TUTORIAL - How to Use a Clover Quick Yo Yo Maker This is an absolute must-read for anyone embarking on bag-making! ALWAYS use interfacing on any bag piece where the pattern reads "cut [specified number] i/f". Interfacing creates structure if it is used on the body of the bag - but is entirely optional here, and using it depends on the weight of the fabric and the finished look that you require. By fusing interfacing to every piece of the outside of the bag you'll add a lot more structure and "OOMPH" to the fabric. You can interface the lining if you want a stiff lining, but it shouldn't be the main support in the bag.

It's important to remember that by adding an extra layer of interfacing to a bag piece, you are also increasing the bulk of the fabric. Click here to see the range of interfacings at Nicole Mallalieu Design 1. 2. 3. 4. Resources: Machine Needles. Selecting the correct needle for your project is just as important as selecting the fabric, thread and stabilizer.

Resources: Machine Needles

There are different sizes and types of needles for different types of fabric. The European metric sizing system for sewing machine needles is numbered from 60 to 110. The American sizing system is numbered from 8 to 18. For both sizing systems, the lower the number the finer the needle and the higher the number the larger the needle. Most needle companies show both sizes on the package. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind: the lighter the fabric the smaller the needle size and the heavier the fabric the larger the needle size. A full selection of SINGER® needles is available online in our NEEDLES section. Sewing Machine Needles. Products > Interfacings > Iron-on Woven interfacings > G 785. Like all interfacing made by Vilene, the interfacing is always cut in a lengthwise direction, and thereby follows the grain of the fabric.Using a low heat – iron setting at wool/silk – first apply quickly to prevent any warping, then slowly glide the iron with pressure 6 x over the entire area - iron setting: wool/cotton.

Products > Interfacings > Iron-on Woven interfacings > G 785

Allow the pieces to cool flat for about 30 minutes, so that the adhesive can set properly. We strongly recommend that you attach a small piece of interfacing to a fabric remnant with your iron first to make sure that the hold and the adhesion meet your expectations. How to Create Elastic Shirring. November 27th, 2008 Email 87 users recommend By using elastic thread and a simple straight stitch, you can create professional-looking shirring such as on this neckline.

How to Create Elastic Shirring

Cal Patch This is the elastic thread that will allow you to do the shirring. Using tailor's chalk or a disappearing pen, mark dotted lines on your garment where you want to place the shirring. Photo: Cal Patch You've seen elastic shirring on shirts and dresses in stores, but did you know you can do it yourself? You'll need to get yourself some elastic thread before you begin. 1. 2. The Seam Method of Pattern Alteration. An innovative technique for pattern alteration that's simple to understand and easy to do, offering options other techniques don't. by Judith Rasbandfrom Threads #85, pp. 48-51 When I was studying pattern alteration in college, I learned that no matter what method you use to alter a pattern, when you're done, all that's really changed is the outline, or outer edge of the pattern.

The Seam Method of Pattern Alteration

As my teachers and I explored this idea, we further proved that the closer you place the alteration to the seam or stitching line, the less distortion to the pattern there will be. In other words, if you alter any pattern right at the stitching line, you can correct it without shifting the grainline, and you can keep changes to the lengths of nearby seams to an absolute minimum. We developed an alteration technique around these discoveries and called it the seam method. Alteration basicsThe following guidelines are useful no matter what alteration technique you're using.

. * The amounts of change must be correct.