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How to insert Diamond-shape Strap Connectors

Posted by Lisa Lam on

What is a strap connector and why would you use them?  Strap connectors are a designer-look option for easily and professionally attaching straps to your bags.  The results are highly durable and highly yum-yum!  Why use them? with their boutique looks, they take your creations to the next level. if you are using thicker fabrics/many layers stitching your straps in-between seams is not always viable (or attractive!).  Strap connectors enable you to add your straps to wherever suits you. they are so simple to use. they are very durable/strong. Today, I'm going to show you how to insert our Diamond Shape...

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How to use fusible interfacing strap tape (aka waist shaper tape) to make professional-looking bag straps

Posted by Lisa Lam on

Traditionally used for making waistbands this fusible tape is just brilliant for making neat, strong and smooth bag straps.  Now you can beef-up lighter fabrics like quilt weight fabric to make substantial and sturdy straps.   It is so easy to use, no measuring or finding the centre of anything.  Just cut and fold along the perforations as follows (instruction photos are shown below the instruction). 1.  Cut the strap interfacing tape to the same length as your desired strap length.  Ensure the interfacing short edges are straight (at 90 degrees). 2. Place the strap interfacing tape adhesive side (the shiny side) onto WS strap...

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THREE TOP TIPS FOR TIP TOP PICS

Posted by Lisa Lam on

We are always blown away by what a talented lot you are!  We really enjoy featuring your inspiring creations on our Social Media, so we thought we’d give you some simple tips on how to make your photos look as professional as your bags, which you will find in this helpful blogpost 'three top tips for tip-top pics'.  When you are ready to send us your images email them with the Subject Title CUSTOMER MAKES to info@u-handbag.com, include your Facebook, Instagram and/or Pinterest Account Names and we will add them with your images to our relevant Social Media outlet.

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How to feed yo sew-jo (or get it back)

Posted by Lisa Lam on

Don't get stuck; get a kit!    No matter how much of a hardcore stitch lover you are, there are times when sewing can turn ugly; the swear-jar is overflowing and we are that close to hurling the machine out of the window.  Sound familiar???   To experience these feelings (a few times during every project or every now and again) is normal and anyone who says it isn't should be treated with suspicion... I've sewn for a living for over 20 years.  In that time there have been plenty of occasions where I felt that sewing was crap and I wished I was a...

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How to sew with cork fabric (and make a cork bag strap)

Posted by Lisa Lam on

We only stock Touch Pro cork, this superb quality cork is backed with woven flannel-like fabric (see left-hand side) or canvas-like fabric which gives it a padded feel and durability and stability. How does cork feel and what is it like to sew with?  Well, in a word, it's lovely!  High-quality cork is beautifully smooth and pliable.  It has the handle of leather.  It's almost warm to the touch and has a strokeable peach-fuzz softness.   This cork fabric is made in such a way that it will retain these properties over time.  It will not dry, become brittle or flake with age.  As a fabric, the...

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