Welcome to the second week of the Sandhill Sling Sew-Along! I'm excited you're here!
Last time (Week 1), I put together a video on fabric selection and cutting & interfacing which I hope you found helpful. Here's a link to that newsletter. We also completed the adjustable strap, strap connector, and shoulder connector!
This week we're onto more fun - the pockets (front pocket for both views and the interior pocket)! The video is included below, but I did want to chat about some of basic sewing items.
Needle & Thread
I get asked a lot about what type of thread and needle I use for bag making, it is an important part, right?! If you followed along with the Pepin Tote Sew-along you'll have already seen this info, so feel free to skip over this part.
In my patterns I suggest a polyester thread and a size 14 or 16 denim or Microtex needle. But here are a few more details!
I have a healthy stash of sewing needles (thank you coupons!) that I picked up at my local big box sewing store. I use the Schmetz brand which I've found to be very reliable. I typically use a Denim size 14 or 16 needle. Now the size is important for a needle! The larger the number, the stronger the needle. Strength is the real workhorse we need in order to get through the layers of fabric/handles without your needle bending and breaking! I've also used Microtex (sharp) or even a Leather or Topstitching needle. Definitely experiment on some test scraps before using whatever needle/thread combination on your final bag. Also, here's a great chart with needle information.