If you’re just starting started, this selection of hardware items will be perfect for you, and if you’re an experienced maker, maybe you’ll find something here that you hadn’t considered before!
Instruments for Measuring and Cutting: Hardware items for Making Bags!
Components such as clips and pins
As you stitch, the layers of fabric, interfacing, and foam will gradually build up in thickness. The reason for this is because include these two components increases the overall weight of the final product. All these layers won’t fit without some way to hold them together, and that’s where your Wonderclips come in handy! They can be easily taken out of the way while you sew and feature a large hole that can handle several layers. Also, it would be a good idea to stock up on some sturdy pins. These quilting pins are longer and thicker than the average, making them more resistant to bending even when used on layers that are thick or heavy.
Indicative of a Hump Jumper
A jumper, commonly called a “hump jumper,” is one of the most helpful pieces of machinery you may have for stitching bags. If you want your sewing machine to be less perturbed by the height difference, using thicker layers is a smart suggestion. You may do what Lisa did and obtain ones that are tailored to your machine, or you can do what I did and purchase generic ones. In any event, it’s a great help when working with tricky seams.
You’ll need a variety of needles for sewing in order to produce bags from all the different types of cloth available. Included on this list are some of our top recommendations for stocking up on:
Needles for denim
Sewing jobs involving vinyl, leather, cork, and other similar materials need the use of Microtex Leather. It punches a hole in the cloth in such a way that it won’t rip when you’re using it. You should also have a Teflon or non-stick foot for use with leather needles.
Producing bags requires an iron that can achieve high enough temperatures, but you don’t need anything fancy. You need to make sure your iron can get hot enough to fuse the interfacing to the fabric since certain interface glues are tricky to work with. The finished product also benefits greatly from my liberal usage of steam. It removes the last of the wrinkles and makes everything seem freshly pressed. When shopping for an iron, I prioritize finding one with a big water tank to reduce the number of times I have to move the appliance to the sink.
Supplies for Making Notes
Hardware items of all kinds will be required as you go through your bag projects to mark snaps, lines, and other aspects on top of your fabric. Have a broad selection of marking hardware items on hand in case you need to use them on a wide range of materials. Because the ink can be erased with an iron but reapplied if the item is allowed to get too cold, Frixion pens are fantastic. While chalk markers excel on dark surfaces, their erasable marking lines may be stubborn at times.