No need to limit yourself to cotton!

Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

Part two of the Designer Handbags series on Sewing with Nancy is on the http://www.nancyzieman.com website. Watch how easy it is to finish the bag after the embroidery is complete.

www.nancyzieman.com

As you watch, you’ll notice we used cotton quilting fabrics for the bags. But you’re not limited to those fabrics. In fact, almost any fabric will work since it’s the interfacing that gives the bag body.

Recently I raided the home décor aisle in my local fabric store and scored two awesome fabrics. I selected an animal print canvas along with a brick-patterned polyester. The results are two totally different looks. The animal print is great for everyday use; I used headliner fabric for the interfacing and really enjoy the soft feel of this bag. I didn’t bother making a tab closure but opted to add a ribbon-embellished zipper. You’ll see the how-to steps for this bag in the January/February 2012 issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery (shipping now).

The more formal brick-patterned polyester fabric called for a more serious approach. So I used Peltex craft interfacing and ultra-suede scraps for the tab, corner trims and strap connectors. The result? A proper bag appropriate for business meetings and ventures into the city. I’ve been stopped twice by strangers asking where I bought this bag. Wow! What a compliment!

I am having so much fun making handbags. I love the professional finish of each one and yet they are all so different. I love how just a bit of fabric is needed for each project and I get to use scraps for some of the elements. I love how the bags can be any size I need and any style that I envision. I can’t wait to see what you’ll do with these ideas.

Here’s your assignment this week:

Tell me what Nancy Zieman uses to press the seams on her Designer Handbag and you could win a copy of Designer Handbags. Does she use a clapper, a seam roll, a wooden dowel or a pressing ham? Leave your comment and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Designer Handbags.

Designer Handbags by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

If you’ve been browsing the pages of Designs Nov/Dec. 2011 issue, you’re probably wondering what happened to Platinum Embroidery’s ad on page 81. It wasn’t a typo, Platinum Embroidery wanted their ad displayed in that manner. Tell me what was different about their ad and you could win a $35.00 gift certificate to Designs’ website. Hope you win!

And the winner is… Rachel D.  

“The ad is upside down. It’s an awesome way to grab your attention!” – Rachel D.

Congratulations Rachel!

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87 Comments on No need to limit yourself to cotton!

  1. Jayme Clark
    December 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel, because the stabilizer is so thick! Love watching Nancy’s videos.

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    • sandra wilkinson
      December 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm (8 years ago)

      Nancy uses a wooden dowl so it doesn’t leave any mark on the outside of the fabric. Sandra

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  2. Lorie
    December 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden rowel. Nancy’s videos are so helpful! I always learn something new.

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  3. Patricia Douglas
    December 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm (8 years ago)

    She uses a wooden dowel, brilliant idea!

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  4. Anne Marie Reilly
    December 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy used a wooden dowel underneath the seam. Neat trick to know.

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  5. Rachel
    December 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm (8 years ago)

    She uses a wooden dowel. She’s so smart!!

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  6. Robin
    December 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm (8 years ago)

    She uses a wooden dowel. I love her tecniques!

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  7. Ann
    December 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel. A very slick trick.

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  8. Carolyn Collins
    December 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel. I would have never thought of that myself, nice trick!

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  9. Vicki
    December 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm (8 years ago)

    A wooden dowel.

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  10. Lillian Moser
    December 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm (8 years ago)

    A wooden dowel. How clever!

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  11. Rosa Smith
    December 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm (8 years ago)

    She uses a wooden dowel to make it easier to press.

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  12. Carol Seavitt
    December 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm (8 years ago)

    A woonden dowel and so looking forward to the upcoming issue of Designs magazine. Merry Christmas to me:)

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  13. Rosalee Suchsland
    December 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm (8 years ago)

    A wooden dowel.
    thanks

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  14. Glenda Fowler
    December 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm (8 years ago)

    She used a wooden dowel.

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  15. karin
    December 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm (8 years ago)

    A wooden dowel does the trick for her – sooo clever!

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  16. Susan J
    December 14, 2011 at 6:58 pm (8 years ago)

    A wooden dowel.

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  17. Dee
    December 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm (8 years ago)

    A wooden dowel

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  18. kathy
    December 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden rowel.

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  19. Gail Beam
    December 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm (8 years ago)

    She used a wooden dowel. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Gail

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  20. Sara Satterwhite
    December 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel.

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  21. Bonita
    December 14, 2011 at 9:36 pm (8 years ago)

    A wooden dowel was the pressing tool.

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  22. Cindy McCord
    December 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel.

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  23. Sue Anderson
    December 14, 2011 at 10:09 pm (8 years ago)

    She uses a wooden dowel.

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  24. Jean
    December 14, 2011 at 10:09 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel.

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  25. Donna G.
    December 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm (8 years ago)

    A wooden dowel, which is something I hadn’t thought of. The videos are so helpful!

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  26. Laurie Dacus
    December 14, 2011 at 10:26 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wood dowel to press the seams open. she has the best ideas for sewing – love her shows and the ones you are on with her, as well
    Laurie

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  27. Kathy
    December 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm (8 years ago)

    nancy uses a wooden dowel to press the seams open. Love the videos – gives me great ideas!

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  28. Suzanne Link
    December 14, 2011 at 11:08 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel.

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  29. Brenda L. Pedersen
    December 14, 2011 at 11:46 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy used a wooden dowel to press the seams on her designer bag. Every sewist should have one!

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  30. Shirley R
    December 15, 2011 at 1:25 am (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel. Your two bags are beautiful! The black one is so sophisticated, and I love the animal print. I’m going to take a look at the Home Decor dept the next time I go in to shop! Wow!

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  31. Linda Coleman
    December 15, 2011 at 3:07 am (8 years ago)

    She uses a wooden dowel

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  32. Keri Riedell
    December 15, 2011 at 4:47 am (8 years ago)

    Good morning! She uses the wooden dowel. It would be great to win this. I have so many ideas and would really like to try my hand at it.:-)

    Reply
  33. Nancy Nebeker
    December 15, 2011 at 7:11 am (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a dowel. Makes me think of what else I have around the house I can use. Your bags are very attractive and you have thought of everything in the design files. Great video!

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  34. Whitney H
    December 15, 2011 at 8:19 am (8 years ago)

    Love that idea of using a wooden dowel! Love the idea of more handbags!

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  35. Margaret Pepper
    December 15, 2011 at 8:48 am (8 years ago)

    I never would have thought of using a wooden dowel! My husband thinks I am crazy for buying t-squares, laser levels and wallpaper seam rollers for use in my sewing.

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  36. Sandy Sanger
    December 15, 2011 at 9:42 am (8 years ago)

    She uses a dowel

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  37. Beth C
    December 15, 2011 at 11:59 am (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel. What a great idea!

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  38. Cindi Carroll
    December 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowl. I love the bag idea.

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  39. Lyn Blansett
    December 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy used a wooden dowel under the seam, then pressed with an iron. Love these VIDEOS!!!

    🙂

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  40. Rosemary A
    December 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy used a wooden dowel. I have a couple of sizes of dowels and they work great!

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  41. Elaine Tabor
    December 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy used a wooden dowel. I can’t wait to try my hand at making this.

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  42. Kathy Schmidt
    December 15, 2011 at 9:18 pm (8 years ago)

    A wooden dowel is what she uses, great idea! Can’t beat the dynamic duo of Eileen & Nancy, thanks gals!

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  43. Barbara
    December 16, 2011 at 7:21 am (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel. These handbags are fabulous — now that I’m finished with my day job,I’m ready to dive in!

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  44. Denice
    December 16, 2011 at 10:54 am (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel. I have enjoyed watching Nancy for many years on the cable chanel and now on the internet. I have a number of her books and she always inspires me with her crativity and comprehensive instructions. Keep up the good work ladies.

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  45. Vicky Isliefson
    December 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel. I wonder if the narrow side of my June Tailor pressing board would work too.

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  46. Mary Jane
    December 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm (8 years ago)

    A wooden dowel does the trick

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  47. pam
    December 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel under the seam to press it open without leaving marks.

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  48. Bea Nixon
    December 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm (8 years ago)

    Wooden dowel……great idea!

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  49. Lynda
    December 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm (8 years ago)

    A wooden dowel…nice!

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  50. Dale
    December 16, 2011 at 8:32 pm (8 years ago)

    What wonderful creative handbags. The use of the wooden dowel to press the bottom in very inventive. I have so many ideas now.

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  51. Beth R
    December 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel. Never would have thought of that.

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  52. Kari
    December 17, 2011 at 8:06 am (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel. I’ve used one for years which my father-in-law cut in half for me, so it doesn’t roll around. One thing to be careful is that over the years the wood can start to splinter – you don’t want to snag expensive fabric (ask me how I know).

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  53. tas francine
    December 17, 2011 at 8:56 am (8 years ago)

    Nanvy uses a wooden dowel. i love these bags, they are verry beautifull
    Merry christmas to all

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  54. Coni
    December 17, 2011 at 9:08 am (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel under seam to press it open

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  55. Shawna Yonts
    December 17, 2011 at 9:11 am (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel. I am going to try it!

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  56. Judy
    December 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel. Wish I could be that out of the box thinker.

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  57. Martha
    December 18, 2011 at 8:41 pm (8 years ago)

    Love all the stuff I learn here — Nancy uses a wooden dowel.
    Happy Holidays!

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  58. Karen
    December 19, 2011 at 5:45 am (8 years ago)

    I LOVED watching this series when it was on TV! Nancy uses her wooden dowel, but she also uses a ham to help open up the seams and shape them.

    Reply
  59. Alyne Arnett
    December 20, 2011 at 2:22 am (8 years ago)

    Eileen, Not a comment although I enjoyed reading it all. I wish to know whether you still have space available in your Fresno, Ca. class the end on Jan. Please respond as I must make my arrangements if able to get in. Anxiously awaiting a positive reply. LOL
    Alyne Arnett
    aarnett0755@charter.net

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    • eileenroche
      December 20, 2011 at 10:03 am (8 years ago)

      Hi Alyne, please call Authorized Sew & Vac – the host of the Stitching Sisters event in Fresno. Their phone number is 559-439-2560. I’m pretty sure there are still seats available but they have the final word! Hope to see you there! Happy Holidays.

      Reply
  60. Shirley
    December 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel since the fabric is thick.

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  61. Kim
    December 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel. What a great tip! Love your videos with Nancy. Just finished the Lady Liberty quilt from your book. It’s stunning.

    Reply
    • eileenroche
      December 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm (8 years ago)

      I would love to see a photo! Feel free to post it on our Facebook page!

      Reply
  62. Barbara Wiggins
    December 20, 2011 at 9:39 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel. I also use a piece of 1 X 2 for some “odd” areas requiring pressing.

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  63. Norma
    December 21, 2011 at 10:08 pm (8 years ago)

    A wooden dowel.

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  64. Loretta Hanes
    January 1, 2012 at 12:17 am (8 years ago)

    A wooden dowel. Love the purses!

    Reply
  65. Vicki Bowling
    January 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm (8 years ago)

    A Wooden Dowell, thank you.

    Reply
  66. Wienerwane
    January 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowell! Thanks

    Reply
  67. Melinda
    January 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel. I just saw the show yesterday. I loved it and can hardly wait to make one of bags from your new book! The tips were great and very informative. Are you coming back to Colorado in 2012? I would love to see you!

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  68. Carol
    January 11, 2012 at 5:46 am (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a large wooden dowel! Great tip. I made the small gadget bag for my new Nikon 1 camera, ended up enlarging by 20% to accomodate the lense and use the original for the extra lens. These ‘designer’ bags are going with me to Europe this summer!! Thanks to you both!

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  69. Karen U.
    January 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm (8 years ago)

    She uses a wooden dowel.

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  70. Pat Bailey
    February 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel. Love all the great tips. Thanks

    Reply
  71. Bernice Keller
    February 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm (8 years ago)

    Nancy uses a wooden dowel so it presses the seam open without leaving marks in the fabric.

    Reply
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