Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Very happy with the progress on my bag today, it is looking exactly how I hoped it would.

I was able to use my blind stitch foot for a nice straight topstitch, I move the machine needle to the left, line up the blade with the seam and start stitching.  I find it works quite well although care needs to be taken when approaching thicker seams which is where this clever tool comes in handy.

I deviated from the pattern instructions, instead of cutting separate pieces of fusible fleece I waited until I had the front and back panels completed, then fused Matilda's Own Fusible Foam to the complete panels. The panels are nice and smooth and I didn't have to worry about stitching through thick seams.

Completed front and back panels

I topstitched through all the layers, it was fairly thick so I stitched slowly and used a size 16 needle.  In previous bag making attempts I have probably gone too fast and used a needle that was the wrong size. I've found when sewing thick layers the machine copes better when a stitch length of 3.00 is used and for topstitching 3.50 works well (plus if any unpicking is required it is a lot easier)

The back of the panel after topstitching.

After more pressing, the piping was put on ready for the next stage - making the side gussets and the base, which is then stitched on to the front and back panels.  I'm hoping that part won't be too difficult and then I can progress on to making the bag lining.


  1. Oh, is that what that doodad is for??!!! I have at least one of them in my Bernina supplies and didn't know what it was for - haha! The bag really is coming along nicely! xx

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Jocelyn, I love Alison Glass fabrics and this seemed a good way to use some of my stash. Pip

  3. What a lovely bag!! Lovely bright colourful fabric really stands out agains the grey.

  4. This is going to be such a fabulous bag, like your little tips and tricks too.

  5. I can't wait to see your finished bag, Pip. I love the bright colours. Meg:)


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