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Old 06-03-2008, 12:57 AM   #1
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Felted handbag-Sew/seam before or after?
Should I sew up the side seams before or after I felt this handbag?
I would think after, so it would felt evenly and the stitches wouldn't get pulled all wonkey, but I'm not sure.....
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Old 06-03-2008, 04:55 AM   #2
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Felt it AFTER SEAMING.

Felting a 'seamed' bag doesn't distort the seams nor the bag.
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Old 06-03-2008, 06:05 AM   #3
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I would say, seam it before felting,...

It appears to me at least, that it could get a little difficult to seam after felting, and that it might look ... different.
My opinion...
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:36 AM   #4
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Definitely seam it first then felt it.
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:26 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by ArtLady1981 View Post
Felt it AFTER SEAMING.

Felting a 'seamed' bag doesn't distort the seams nor the bag.
I agree....so you won't have lumpy seams.
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:54 PM   #7
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I agree....so you won't have lumpy seams.
Thats what I was thinking. If I felt it first, then I am sewing nice flat material. If I seam it first, it might felt funny between the "stitches" of the seaming and get all lumpy.
But then I thought, if I seam it first, then it will all felt up together, nice and even and the seams won't work loose or anything when it is done. Who knows..... I can only try, eh?

Off I go to felt in a front load machine! (Which has the option to pause, so I can take it out and check it along the way, and so I can take it out before the spin/rinse cycle!)
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