Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

You’re almost there! We’ll finish the purse today and you can finally see what you created over these past six blog posts. This post will focus on the finishing details, such as the handles and straps.

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This type of handle is usually used to leather goods that don’t fray, so creating the same look in a woven fabric takes a little bit of hand stitching, but the finished look is worth it.

Fold one handle-end upper edge 1/2” toward the wrong side; press. Mark a 1/4” seam allowance on the side and lower edges.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!With right sides together, position one handle end over one handle short edge; pin. Stitch using a 1/4” seam allowance and pivoting at each corner. Repeat to stitch the remaining handle end to the opposite handle short edge.

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Trim the seam allowance to 1/8” and trim the corners.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!Turn the handle end right side out using a chopstick

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Press flat. Topstitch the handle end 1/16” from the perimeter.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Press each handle long edge 1/2” toward the wrong side. Center one cording length over the handle wrong side, aligning the end with the handle-end folded edge.

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Fold the handle in half lengthwise, enclosing the cording within handle and aligning the folded long edges; pin. Whipstitch to secure the handle long edges.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Repeat to construct the remaining handle.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!Insert one handle end into one D-ring on the bag front and fold TK” with wrong sides together; pin. Hand baste 1/2” from the short end.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Topstitch 3/4” from the fold.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!Repeat to stitch the opposite handle end into the opposite bag front D-ring, making sure the handle isn’t twisted.

Fold the strap in half lengthwise with right sides together; pin. Stitch the strap short end and long edge using a 1/4” seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to 1/8”. Turn the strap right side out using a long dowel.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Trim the stitched short edge 1/2” from the end. Fold each strap short end 1/4” toward the wrong side; press. Press the strap flat. Topstitch the strap perimeter.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Insert one strap end into a swivel clasp and fold the strap end 1”; pin. Topstitch 1/8” from the short end. Repeat to attach the opposite strap short end to the remaining clasp, making sure the strap isn’t twisted.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Attach the clasps to the strap D-rings.

For an additional embellishment, create a quick and easy zipper fob with your monogram for the front pocket. You’ll need a 1/2” swivel clasp, 2 1/2”x6 1/2” scrap of leather or faux leather, mediumweight tear-away stabilizer and embroidery design letters 1/4” tall.

Hoop three layers of tear-away stabilizer. Center the leather scrap right side up over the stabilizer; secure the perimeter with painter’s tape.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Open your initials on the embroidery machine screen. Rotate each letter 90º and position the surname letter near the screen lower edge center. Position your first-name letter over the first, making sure they are properly aligned.

Thread the machine needle with 40wt. embroidery thread and the bobbin with matching bobbin thread. I used thread that matches the color of the leather. I think it gives it a subtle, yet sophisticated look. Place the hoop onto the machine. Embroider the design.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Remove the hoop from the machine and stabilizer from the hoop. Trim any jump threads. Carefully tear away the stabilizer from the design perimeter. Trim the leather using the zipper fob pattern. Insert one fob short end through the swivel clasp and align the short ends. Topstitch the fob near the swivel claps bar. Attach the clasp to the pocket zipper.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

To make a zipper pull for the purse zipper, cut a 1”x5” strip of leather or faux leather using the template. Topstitch the leather 1/8” from the folded short end. Open the ring slightly, and then insert the ring through the folded short end.

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Insert one ring open end through the purse zipper, and then squeeze the ring to close. Move the leather to cover the ring opening.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

We’re finished! We’ve created a designer-inspired purse with a geometric embroidered panel and cool gold hardware.  Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

SOURCE

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

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Learn Expert Home Decor Tips & Tricks with Pam Damour

Pam Damour, known as the Decorating Diva, is an interior designer that has been beautifying homes for over 30 years. Pam has written several top selling home decorating books, has taught world-wide through in-person classes, DVD’s as well as online instruction. You won’t find a more knowledgeable and down-to-earth instructor.

Pam damour ss3 Learn Expert Home Decor Tips & Tricks with Pam DamourIf you’re interested in learning insider secrets to the home décor industry, want to start your own business or simply want beautiful draperies in your home, Pam Damour’s Window Treatment School is the one to take. In Pam Damour’s Window Treatment School, you’ll learn key techniques for creating beautiful draperies. Techniques that go beyond the basic how-to book or course. You’ll learn pattern matching, how to achieve perfect corners and curves.

Plus, a simple way for making perfect pleats. In addition you’ll learn fabrication sequence, proper pressing, mounting, installation of draperies and:

  • How to calculate yardage
  • Create contrasting facings
  • Add trims
  • Difference between linings and interlinings and how to construct them
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Pam’s special patterns make it super easy

With the patterns and course materials included, you’ll know how to make custom window treatments to add value to any home or business. The possibilities are endless when you know how to do it yourself.

To register and more information check out CraftOnlineUniversity! Class Starts May 31.

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery Episode 2 Preview

Hello fans of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine. We are excited about the latest launch of a new machine embroidery series. This series teaches and inspires both new and experienced machine embroiderers to get the most out of their machine investment and create beautiful embroidered projects. If you are new to machine embroidery, you’ll love this new series. If you need a refresher this series might just be the thing to get you back to creating beautiful machine embroidery garments, crafts and quilts.

Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery will guide you through a variety of topics including:

  • different types of embroidery designs
  • stabilizers and threads that are available
  • how to embroider on ready-made-projects
  • embroidering on difficult fabrics
  • different stabilizers & how to use them
  • the basics of embroidery software, and so much more.

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This series is great for those that sew garments, quilts and/or crafts. As long as you have an embroidery machine and you want to learn all there is to it, you’re all set! Just sit back and find out how fun machine embroidery can be.

Each week on the Sew News and CME blogs will be presenting a very quick preview of the latest episode.

Episode 2 is all about embroidery threads. You’ll learn about the different types, colors, needle choice and more.

Watch a quick preview of Episode 2 of Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery

You can purchase this as a subscription to QNNtv.com or purchase the entire series (26 episodes) here for 24.99

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You’ll LOVE These Embroidery Designs!

Lovely new embroidery designs for machine AND hand embroidery. The best of both worlds from Jenny Hart!

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Hand Embroidery Designs For Your Machine

As I watch more episodes of Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery, I’ve become much more confident using my embroidery machine. On Pinterest, I noticed a pair of white denim pants with a fun embroidery design on the bottom on one leg. It was a pink flamingo, just on the one pant leg. I thought it was really cute.

It’s something really easy to do with an embroidery machine. But, instead of a a pink flamingo, I think I might give one of Jenny Hart’s new designs a try. Not sure I’m going to do white, since my lifestyle and white clothing don’t mix. But, I have plenty of pants to try.

You might not be familiar with Jenny Hart. Jenny is the owner, artist and talent behind Sublime Stitching. Jenny’s hand embroidery designs are quirky, sweet, sometimes cheeky, but never boring. Now, Jenny is the latest talent to join the Sew With Me series.

This series, featured in Sew News through out 2016 features sewing super stars. Jenny Hart is our first hand embroidery artist. Lucky for machine embroidery lovers she has digitized four exclusive designs for Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery fans. If you’re a fan of hand embroidery or machine we’ve got you covered!

Question for the day: Do you hand embroider, or are you strictly machine embroidery only? Let me know on the blog and I’ll be showing off my latest machine embroidery creation!
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Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course

Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course brought to you by Sew News and hosted by Craft U.

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This course will run from May 31st 2016 through September 6th 2016.

You may be asking yourself, “What will I get out of the Islander Sewing System Certification”? This course has a lot to offer for all types of sewers.Janet Pray 300 Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course

Janet Pray of Islander Sewing Systems has written in her own words what each and everyone of you may get out of the course:

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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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Learn Fine Sewing Techniques from Martha Pullen Co.

We’ve talked a lot about the upcoming licensing event from Martha Pullen Co. Serger Serger! event.  This is really exciting because it is the first time that this course is offered online! No more traveling to other locations (although I think that’s part of the fun) you can now take the course in your own home.

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You’ll study with the same fantastic Martha Pullen faculty during your online experience but just in your home on your schedule. Continue reading

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Forecast Calls For Sewing -12 Hours of Sewing Ahead!

A Whole Day of Sewing?! What Would You Do?

mg 9i5a2598 1024x682 Forecast Calls For Sewing  12 Hours of Sewing Ahead!A while back I received an embroidery machine as a gift. It was one of the nicest surprises I have every received and actually brought tears to my eyes. Thing is, I haven’t had a lot of time to use it. I sew almost every day, but I sew, not machine embroider. Continue reading

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Style tips and inspiration with Katrina Walker

Celebrated author and teacher, Katrina Walker is a long-time contributor to both CME and Sew News, and she is the creator behind the fabulous Lovely in Lace dress featured in our newest issue of CME. Katrina’s creations are always immaculately constructed and with impeccable style. Read on to learn more about Katrina, her inspiration, her favorite recent trends and her upcoming webinar, called Sewing for Style. Continue reading

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Mystery Sew Along Part 4: Inserting Pockets

Kim continues on with the CME Mystery Sew Along. I’m sure the mystery is growing more familiar. MysterySewAlongLogo3 Mystery Sew Along Part 4: Inserting Pockets I love adding pockets to anything-dresses, pants, bags, whatever! And a small interior pocket for this project is no exception. This post will focus on creating an easy welt pocket and constructing the lining. You can also take this welt pocket technique and use it on another project. This technique is simpler than a traditional welt pocket, but looks just as good. Continue reading

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