The B380 Designer Handbag

Simply Stylish Sewing…describes both the B380 designer handbag and BERNINA’s new line of 3-Series machines. The 3-Series line introduces 3 NEW machines, the 330, 350PE and the 380, developed especially for any sewer desiring functionality, creativity and reliability. Explore the BERNINA 380 as we make this designer handbag – and one won’t be enough! This unique handbag style with secret zip pocket on the outside is adapted from the Steel Ball Frame Purse Pattern. Use the pattern for general sewing instructions and create the decorative panels with the following instructions. These are easy to make and the purse handles are interchangeable so having more than one becomes a necessary fashion accessory.

Supplies BERNINA 380 Sewing Machine Silver Frame Purse Pattern Purse Handle Style 1500 in dark silver 3 cotton FQs (BENARTEX Arianna) 1 layer of batting (13 ½” x 17”) 1-9” non-metal Zipper to coordinate with fabric 1-5/8” x 8” embroidered ribbon to coordinate with fabric 1-5/8” x 8” grosgrain ribbon to coordinate with fabric 1-12” x 6” strip of tulle to work with fabrics and ribbons Patchwork Foot with Guide #57 Edgestitch Foot #10 Dual sole Walking Foot #50 Light Weight Tear Away Stabilizer Point Turner Buttonhole Cutter and Block Jeans Needle Size 80 Wonder Tape Mettler Silk Finish Cotton 50wt thread for assembly and decorative stitching Instructions Wind a bobbin using the automatic bobbin winder with the Silk Finish Thread. Insert the bobbin and cut the bobbin thread tail on the cutter behind the bobbin door. It is now ready for the first stitch. Insert the jeans needle and thread using the automatic threader for speed and accuracy. Attach the Slide on Tray and the Free Hand System. The Slide on tray has a release button for easier removal
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and has etched vertical and diagonal guidelines to assist in sewing. Cut fabric according to pattern except for pieced strips for center panel. The pink dot fabric is the main fabric and the brown fabric is the accent fabric. Cut the purse sides, bottom and ruffle strips from the dot fabric. There will be some dot fabric leftover which will be used to make the front zipper pocket. Cut the brown accent fabric into 2 5 ½” x 8” pieces. This replaces the pieced strips instructions. The third fat quarter is for the lining; cut as directed in the pattern. Create a Pieced Zipper Pocket Attach the shank to zipper sole #4 on the left side. Sew the leftover piece of the pink dot fabric to the right side of zipper with the straight stitch. Apply the fabric in between the zipper tab and stop. On the other side of the zipper, sew the embroidered ribbon also in between the zipper tab and stop. Use Wonder Tape to hold the ribbon in place and topstitch the ribbon in place with a straight stitch and Sole #4. Lay the pieced zipper strip over the lower right corner of one of the 5 ½” x 8” pieces on the diagonal. Pin in place allowing for a generous corner pocket. Stitch the zip pocket piece to the brown fabric with stitch #114. To select stitch #114, press the # button 2 times and then the 1 button and the 4 button. The stitch number appears on the high contrast screen. Adjust the stitch width to 4 using the arrow buttons. Attach optional accessory foot, the Edge Stitch Foot #10, to the machine and stitch guiding the ribbon edge to the blade.

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Move the zipper tab to the center of the pocket. Attach the shank with sole #20 to the machine. Select Stitch #2 and adjust the Stitch Width to the maximum width. Drop the feed dogs using the button on the right side of the machine. Center the zipper coils inside the toes of sole #20 and stitch a thread stop at the both ends of the zipper. Pin the fabric pocket flat to the brown fabric and use a pair of non-fabric scissors to cut away the excess zipper and fabric. The thread stops will prevent the zipper tab from zipping off until the pieced seams can be sewn. Raise the Feed dogs. Customize the Zip Pocket Side Stitch the Model Number Open the Memory of the machine by pressing the MEM button. An empty machine memory will display the number 30, indicating that all 30 spaces are open and ready to receive stitches. If the screen is showing another number, hold in the Clear (CLR) button and MEM button at the same time to clear the contents. With Memory open press the A button to open the Alphabet menu. The 380 has 2 alphabets, block and open block. Select the block style and use the forward and back arrows to scroll through the letters and numbers. Scroll to the letter B and press the MEM forward arrow button to insert the letter into memory. The screen should flash 29 indicating there are 29 spaces left. Use the left Alphabet scroll arrow to scroll back in the characters until the number 3 is displayed on screen. Press the MEM forward arrow button to insert the number into memory. Use the right Alphabet scroll arrow to scroll forward in the numbers until the number 8 is displayed on screen. Press the MEM forward arrow button to insert the number into memory. Use the right Alphabet scroll arrow to scroll forward in the numbers until the number 0 is displayed on screen. Press the MEM forward arrow button to insert the number into memory.

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Set the shank with sole #20 next to the ribbon at the bottom edge of the corner pocket. Lay a piece a light weight tear away stabilizer under the area to be stitched. Set the sole of the foot next to the ribbon edge to stitch B380. Engage Pattern End to sew only one B380. Leave the project under the foot. Clear the memory contents and program a decorative stitch pattern to finish the row next to the ribbon. Insert Stitch #55 and Stitch #60. To select stitches, press the # button, the 5 button and the 5 button. Stitch number 55 will appear on screen and insert into memory by pressing the MEM forward arrow. Stitch this combination. Clear the memory and press the MEM button to close the memory feature. Pin the grosgrain ribbon diagonally on the opposite corner and select stitch #107 the blanket stitch. Adjust the Stitch Width and Stitch Length to 2. Use the shank with sole #20 and set the needle position to far right. Guide the toe of the foot to the ribbon edge and stitch both sides of the ribbon. Press the MEM button and clear the previous contents. Stitches can be entered with defaults, with stitch width and length adjustments and with Mirror Image. Insert the following stitches: #33, #34, #33, and #34 with Mirror Image engaged. Only the last stitch has mirror image engaged and to do this press the mirror image button prior to inserting the stitch into memory. Stitch this combination on the center of the ribbon using with sole #20. Close memory.

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Buttonholes as Embellishments Automatic buttonhole features make sewing buttonholes effortless and with perfection on any project. Attach the automatic buttonhole foot #3A and press the 0 button to select the standard buttonhole #10. Stitch 2 buttonholes ¾” apart in the approximate center of the grosgrain ribbon. Adjust the red slide guide on the foot to 22mm and start the buttonhole at the top of the ribbon. The buttonholes are placed perpendicular on the ribbon. To sew the first buttonhole, set the length by pressing the quick reverse button when the slide reaches the red guide of the foot. The automatic buttonhole will sew until completion and tie off – be sure to keep the foot control depressed until the machine stops sewing. The BERNINA 3-Series machines also can be powered by the start/stop button while controlling the speed with the slide speed bar. To sew the second buttonhole, place the foot where the buttonhole needs to begin and power the machine – no need to touch the quick reverse button – the buttonhole length is remembered from the previous stitched buttonhole! They’ll be exactly the same. Cut the buttonholes open using the buttonhole cutter and block. Cut the 12” piece of tulle into 2 6-inch lengths. Thread the tulle through the buttonholes and tie off. Fluff to fan out the tulle.

Assemble the Purse Following the pattern instructions, piece the purse front using a ¼” seam allowance using the standard BERNINA ¼” foot with guide #57.

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Layer the batting, lining and front with ruffle strips as directed by the pattern and stitch using the BERNINA Walking Foot #50 guiding to the ¼” mark for a ¼” seam allowance. Be sure to leave an opening. Clip batting from corners, turn and sharpen points with a point turner. Attach Edgestitch Foot #10 to the machine and move the needle position to close the opening with a straight stitch. Quilt the layers by stitching in the ditch using the Walking Foot. Prepare the ruffle strips as directed by the pattern and while the Walking Foot is still attached, stitch the 1/2'” rod pocket needed for the handles.

Decoratively Doodle Quilt the plain panel with a straight stitch and a lengthened oval stitch. Select the straight stitch and sew about an inch. Select stitch #42 and set the length to 1. Engage Pattern End and sew one oval. Press the Pattern End button to disengage and select stitch #1 to sew some straight stitches. Select stitch #42 and engage pattern end. The stitch settings are recalled – and remembered during your sewing session – or until the Clear Button is pressed. Altered Stitch Memory is a BERNINA exclusive – it’s quite a time saver and convenient. Continue alternating between the straight stitch and the oval stitch until the panel is quilted. Turn the bag wrong sides out and stitch the sides with a modified Zig-Zag stitch by machine (and not by hand as recommended by the pattern). Attach Edgestitch Foot #10. Select Stitch 2 and change the Stitch Width to 3.1, the stitch length to 1.1 and the needle position to far left. The narrow zig-zag will machine whip-stitch the sides shut. If the tension needs to be increased, move the top tension dial to 7 and thread the stitch finger of the bobbin

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case. Begin at the top of the bag and stitch to the fold. Use the Quick Reverse button to knot the beginning and end of the stitches. Box the bottom of the bag as the pattern recommends. Insert handle rods through rod-pocket and into handle frame, tighten ball; repeat for the other side. The hinge of the handle frame sits outside the bag and gives the handbag its pretty shape by controlling the sides fabric. Congratulations! You have completed your designer handbag and it is ready for your next event or shopping trip! To make a larger version of this bag, Use the Steel Ball Frame Purse Pattern and Purse Handle Style 1800 in antique, silver or dark silver.

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