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leather carryall - oversized

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Design Your Own Handbag taught by Brett Bara

Design and sew your very own high-fashion handbag in this class taught by author, designer and television host Brett Bara.

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Casual
Sveta McBirnie on

What materials did you use? very thick leather

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What are you most proud of? I painted the wrong side in bright green!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Do not attempt thick leather without walking foot machine (industrial)

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Very nice bag! I like the color and style . What material did you use for painting the inside ? Can you recommend a good industrial machine that can sew thick leather easily?

01/07/2014 Flag

Just thought I would share that I have a new-to-me Consew compound walking foot machine with reverse that I purchased from an upholstery shop owner, had called around and lucked up on a nice deal. I'm very happy with Happy (the name off my new industrial sewing machine). There it's a learning curve with it. I compare it to learning how to drive a stick. It's like riding a bike. Once you learn it, you know it for life! If you get one with a clutch motor, it'll help to buy a cheap child's plastic play ball and wedge it underneath the foot pedal. That will help immensely until you gain control with practice. Keep in mins these machines are nothing to play with. They are very fast and very strong, especially in the case of heavy duty ones. If you do decide to buy an ndustrial sewing machine, enjoy it to the fullest!!! No bag will be off-limits to you...

01/10/2014 Flag

in addition to very good recommendations below: (1)some people recommend to change size of the output wheel on the motor to a smaller one to reduce speed - I did not try it but you can do research. also, please see my comments on the machine I have and I would recommend :-) (2) to paint the leather on inside, I used neutral edge coat with added acrylic paint (the latter can be bough in a any art supply/dollar store)

01/11/2014 Flag

this is a beautiful handbag! which sewing machine do you have because I have really struggled to sew leather on my machine without having to hand sew all the missed stitches.

01/10/2014 Flag

I bought a few month ago my first industrial walking foot machine consew is over 50 yo flat bad and has limitations - for example I cannot stitch close to the razed area - zipper, piping, rolled handle etc. I have to work around it and it limits the construction that I can use. on the other hand it is very strong and goes easily through very thick leather. it has clutch motor that is too fast and I was scared to use the machine and had no control over speed at first. after 3 month I made over dozed handbags (some posted here, some I made to order) and my control of the speed is much better. it you buy walking foot machine, make sure to use leather needles, appropriate size on nylon or upholstery thread and have additional feet for your machine for piping and zipper installation - newer models have these options. I also think that adler on consew with cylinder bed is a better choice and it allows to stitch in closed/tight areas. good luck, sveta

01/11/2014 Flag

Thank you for the information and the handbags you've uploaded on here are fantastic! I've had recommendations from other people to use an older machine so I toyed with the idea of getting a proper industrial machine but I don't have the room and they are too ugly to have sat in my dining room so instead I bought myself a 50 odd year old Jones machine which is very basic but can sew leather and the seller is sending me a teflon foot for it too. My husband has also treated me to an upgrade for my brother sewing machine to a Frister & Rossmann quilters machine which has an extra high presser foot to enable me to sew around the top of my tweed bags easier and it has a lot more stitches and other fancy bits that my brother didn't have. Unfortunately, I can't have that sewing machine until my birthday next week but I can't wait to make a leather handbag this weekend using my Jones machine. I just hope I can work out how to use it and I will watch out for the speed :-) best wishes, Rachael

01/17/2014 Flag

Good luck, Rachael! (and Happy Birthday :-) I hope Jones works for you. Sveta

01/26/2014 Flag

Pretty bag, I am a professional leather bag pattern designer, welcome you to try my patterns!

04/06/2015 Flag

Hello, nice leather working, I am a professional leather pattern designer, If you have the basic tech of leather making, welcome you to try our patterns :)) click my name to see our pattern shop :)

04/07/2015 Flag