Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

After this post, there’s only one more left. We’re all fairly certain you know what it is by now.  I think after now, there are some very nice projects finishing up. Maybe some have already finished! We have one more post and then we’ll pick a winner that will be featured in an issue of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine.

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Remember, there is still time to enter the sweepstakes! There are many great prizes that could be yours! Below is a showing of what is at ‘stake’!

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Let’s have Kim get started.

We’re in the home stretch of this mystery sew-away project. I’m sure everyone realizes we’re creating a purse! This post will focus on attaching the lining, topstitching the purse exterior and installing the zipper.

Press one strap tab in half lengthwise with wrong sides together; unfold. Fold each long edge toward the wrong side to meet at the center foldline; press. Repeat to fold the remaining strap tab.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

Fold the tab in half widthwise with wrong sides together; press. Insert the tab through a D-ring aligning the wrong sides together and the short ends. Repeat to create the remaining strap tab. Center one strap tab over one side-panel upper edge, aligning the strap short ends with the side panel raw edge. Hand baste 1/4” from the short ends. {Photo #5-2}

 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

Repeat to baste the remaining strap tab to the opposite side panel.

Fold the upper-back panel and interior band down over the panel right side. Whipstitch the side panel to the upper panel at each corner

 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

Place the lining over the exterior with right sides together, aligning the upper edge and seamlines; pin, and then stitch.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

Remove the zipper panel and strap tab basting stitches. Press the seam allowance toward the lining, and then press open the zipper panel and front panel seam allowances. Turn the bag right side out though he lining opening. Set your machine up to sew with the free arm. Insert the free arm through the lining opening and understitch the lining.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

Press the zipper panels toward the lining. Install a zipper foot onto the machine. Topstitch the zipper panel 1/8” from interior band/zipper panel seamline.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

Repeat to stitch the opposite zipper panel. Topstitch the upper-front panel, beginning at one short end as close to the side panel as possible.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

End at the opposite short end.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

Slipstitch the lining opening closed. Push the lining into the bag with wrong sides together, favoring the bag upper edge toward the lining.

If you purchased a zipper longer than 11” you will have to trim the zipper. If you’re using an 11” zipper, skip to the zipper insertion instructions. Measure 11 1/2” from the zipper end; pin-mark. Unzip the zipper 1” past the pin-mark. Trim the zipper at the pin-mark.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

Using a chalk wheel, mark 1/2” from the zipper cut edge. Using needle-nose pliers, remove the zipper teeth on each tape edge up to the mark.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

Position one zipper stop over the zipper tape just above the last zipper tooth. Using pliers, squeeze the stop together to secure.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

Insert the left zipper tape in between the front zipper panels, aligning the zipper end in the right panel short end seam allowance and the zipper teeth 1/8” from the panel long edge; hand baste.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

Align the zipper upper edge in the left zipper panel short end, folding back the zipper frayed short end onto itself and into the panel seam allowance. Hand baste to secure.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

Align the upper and lower zipper panel with wrong sides together; hand baste 1/4” from the folded edge.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

Topstitch the zipper panel 1/8” form the folded long edge.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

Repeat to stitch the right zipper tape to the back zipper panel.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

Below are two detail images of the zipper.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

SOURCE

Big Duck Canvas Warehouse provided the 15-ounce navy blue duck fabric: (800) 704-6138, bigduckcanvas.com.

The last post is coming up and will focus on creating the handles and straps. And you finally get to see the final purse put all together!

Here are the free designs from past blog posts if you should need them.

Arrow

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Diamond

2 Diamond 150x150 Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

Pattern Fill

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8 Responses to Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

  1. Linda Accetta says:

    I’m glad I continued with this project! Had I known the mystery was a purse, I wouldn’t have pursued this. But I’ve learned quite a bit and the result looks very professional to me. Thank you so much. I hope to see more mystery projects in the future!

  2. Jill says:

    We are so glad to hear that! Yes, we learned a lot too on this, so the next project will be smooth sailing! – Jill

  3. Rachel says:

    How long will the instructions for the sew-along be available? For people like me who are way behind.
    Rachel

  4. Jill says:

    They will be up forever. Plus, we’re going to have the entire project in an end-of-year issue, so you’ll have it all in one place as well.
    Thanks for sewing along!

  5. Carolyn says:

    I am so happy with the purse and its size. I keep checking for the final post for the handles but have not seen it. Hope I have not missed it somehow. Are we sending pictures of our purses? I would like to see what other people have done as well. Thank you so much for this project.

  6. Jill says:

    We are so glad to hear it! The last post will be published tomorrow, June 1.

  7. Laurie Anderson says:

    Now that I can see step 5, I can go back to where I left off in step 3. I could not figure out where to attach those flaps that said for inside pocket, but were being attached on the outside, on a finished edge (according to what I could make out of the pictures and from the instructions). Two of us spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out where those went, without success.

  8. Laurie Anderson says:

    Stupidest, worst zipper insertion I have ever done. I don’t know how the closed ends were supposed to be seen on the machine.

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