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Making a lined backpack
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Date: 7/21/12 7:06 PM

So I'm making a lined backpack. The fabric I am using for the lining is a cotton woven that frays extremely easily. The seams will, of course, be "out" towards the inside of the outer fabric.

I'll probably do a quick zig zag along the seam right now, but I'm curious as to what the rest of the PR folks do. Do you bother "finishing" the seam like this? Or just leave it be?

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Date: 7/21/12 7:29 PM

I once made a backpack out of some beautiful tapestry fabric. I really loved it! Until it started wearing through. So I vowed the next time, I'd do something different.

I understand from other posts you don't have a serger, and neither did I up until a few months ago. What I did on my succeeding backpacks was a couple things: I pinked the edges with pinking shears then sewed them shut. I also lined them in double fold bias binding; which I feel is a great way to finish them, because you can knock stuff around on the inside and it won't destroy any part of the seam allowance. I found the bias bound seams held up pretty well and I didn't have any little "whiskers" flying around on the inside.

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Date: 7/21/12 8:44 PM

Huh.. using the bias binding is interesting. I've never thought of that.And you're right, I don't have a serger. I was looking at the stitches on my sewing machine and one of them is actually called an "overlock" stitch in the manual. So what I did was sew the seams closed with this stitch. I'll probably do the same for the outside fabric also. I don't have pinking shears.. I suppose I should finally get a pair.

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Date: 7/23/12 2:39 AM

I would finish them off in the linings in some way (zig zag, straight stitching near the cut edges of them, serger, pinking shears, or even just liquid fray check) if you expect it to last a long time, and actually get washed a lot. The reason I say that, is not because I have home made a bunch of them, but have bought a whole lot of them, like one or two every new school year for a child. They do get dirty, and I did attempt to wash all of them, eventually, even if only in a sink and hung to dry sometimes and sometimes in the washer and dryer.

The ones that did not have the lining seams finished off in any way at all even if enclosed and in the insides (and some of those were more the $32 levi messenger style ones even of cotton duck with cotton linings) fared fine until washed. But not so great after that, and the linings inside there, started to unravel and the seams pull apart there in the lining. I was just forever mending those in the linings. I guess some other Mom's might have just tossed them then, and never washed them maybe, and went though even more of them, but I was trying to keep them going more intact, for longer periods of time. So my vote is doing something to the lining seams, to keep them from unraveling away after you wash it a few times.

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Date: 7/23/12 10:11 PM

I would use French seams. Easy, quick, and good for fraying.

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Date: 8/2/12 1:04 PM

Quickie update. I made the backpack (I'll review soon!) The lining frayed so badly that I would sew the pieces together and then closed the fabric and used the "overlock" named stitch on the edges. I did this not just for the lining but for the fashion fabric as well.

I've been using the bag for about a week now and I'm so glad I did this.

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