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We've reviewed a number of top-notch books on bagmaking in the past few months, and this one, by Sue Kim, is right up there with the best of them. The two features that we think make it outstanding are the range of patterns and the quality of the instructions. Let's begin with the instructions: each and every detailed step in the making of each bag is illustrated with a clear photograph. This is a real boon for visual learners and makes this book an excellent choice for someone who is still building their bagmaking confidence and skills. You have a photograph right in front of you so you can tell immediately if you've understood what's required and are doing it correctly. The other thing that we felt distinguished this was the number and stylishness of the projects. There are detailed instructions and patterns for 19 bags, from a case for sunglasses and a small zippered wristlet through to clutch bags, hobo bags, totes and backpack-like bags. Full-size patterns are provided for each project on tear-out pattern sheets inside the back cover.
(Australian Homespun Magazine)

I can't really put my finger on why I like bags so much, I just like them. So, when I saw this book on bags with it's intriguing title, I knew I wanted it. I have the ebook version of Bags, The Modern Classics by Sue Kim. I like having the ebook version. At first, I thought I would miss having the actual book to hold. But, I like that it isn't taking up space on a bookshelf, that I can have a copy with me anytime my laptop is with me, and that I am being “green”.There are 19 different projects in this book, each neatly divided into categories. There are Small Bags, Clutches and Large Bags. There are several (if not all) of the bags that I plan to make!The instructions are very well written and there are photo illustrations for most of the steps. It has very easy to understand directions for each bag. The patterns are all at the back of the book. Since I had the ebook, I wondered how well that would work, but I printed out the pattern for my first project last night and it printed just fine. I think it might actually be easier than keeping up with pattern pieces that you tear out of the back of books.The small bags section has a pencil case, a case for your sunglasses, a wallet, and an adorable wristlet. Everyone of these projects would come in handy for gifts and for your own personal use. I think I will HAVE to make the sunglasses case very soon! (Michelle Kitto 07/13/2012)

Bags the Modern Classics, is filled with a wide range of bags to make and is geared for every skill level. If you have never made a bag in your life Sue Kim will take you through the process step by step. Once you open the book and are past the table of contents and introduction to this book, you are immediately taken to the teaching and what tools to use. Sue's standard for skill level buttons of one, two, or three. One being the easiest and less piecing to level three, where there are more pieces to sew with pleats, and thicker layers. Far as I could see none of the bags in this book require anything over the top. Not to mention Sue shows how you can make the same bag look completely different with different fabrics and embellishments. (Gable House & Co., 02/11/2014)

About the Author

Sue Kim has been creating sought-after modern bag designs for years. She shares her patterns and creativity on her popular website www.ithinksew.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (December 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607053888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607053880
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Kerwin on January 9, 2012
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I love the majority of the bags in this book, and was excited to give them a go myself. However, when I got to the pages with the patterns (which are attached in the back) my confusion began. They managed to cram the patterns for all the bags in this book onto two pages, front and back. The pattern pieces overlapped and when it came time to trace it took way more thought than I wanted to give to figure out which lines belonged to which pattern etc. So, if you're willing to invest some time into figuring out the method to their madness, go ahead and buy it. But if patterns confuse you, this probably isn't the book to start with.
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Unlike the others reviewers thus far, I was not familiar with this author or her website before examining this book. I think those who know her projects from her website would appreciate it a lot; for me, I was slightly disappointed. The title is appropriate: the bags are classic styles (hobo, tote, clutch, etc.), and the designs are modernized by the choice of fabric, which is mainly colorful prints. They are very well-chosen and a good source of inspiration. There are many photographs in the book, including several examples of each of the 19 bags in different fabrics. There are also many photos of the step-by-step directions (which is relatively rare in books of this sort). The author writes clearly, so even sewers who have relatively little experience should be able to follow the instructions. My own feeling is that for more advanced sewers, this book is less worthwhile than, for example, the book called _Sew the Perfect Bag_. It has more bags and a much greater variety of styles; it would be a lasting and versatile resource. This is not to be overly critical of the book under review, but if you're not buying every book available, then it might be worth considering one with more variety.
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I've been a fan of Sue's patterns from her personal website [...]for a couple of years now, and I pre-ordered her book as soon as I could. It does not disappoint! I was concerned that the book would be filled with patterns that I've already bought or considered buying, but it was not the case. Sue's patterns are easy to follow with clear, concise directions. The patterns are stylish and modern, and will work with so many different fabrics. If you enjoy sewing bags, or are interested in learning about the process, this is a great book to pick up.
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I think this book has some really cute bags to sew, but a working knowledge of sewing and pattern reading is essential. One of the reviewers said how confusing the patterns are since they all are traced off on two sided paper, and that is the truth. You have to put the pattern on the window and trace if off on another piece of paper, and it does get confusing. You can also copy the pattern and tape the parts together to make a whole pattern, especially the smaller ones. I'm only giving it 3 stars because I think it would have been much better if the publisher had traced out the patterns only on one side, using another piece of pattern paper or two. I have been sewing for a long time, so I can navigate the patterns without much trouble. I got the book form the library and then decided I'd like to own it.Great ideas, great fabrics, a fun book if you know how to sew. If not.....
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PLAIN AND SIMPLE... THIS BOOK IS A MUST-HAVE FOR ANYONE WANTING TO SEW BEAUTIFUL BAGS AND PURSES!!!!!

I've been a fan of Sue's designs ever since I found her on Etsy and clicked on her website [...]
This book is very well written, all instructions are clear and easy to follow, just as all the patterns sold on her website!
The moment I found out about the book, I knew I wanted to have it, and Oh Boy! what a treat!
This book far exceeded my expectations, all pages are filled with beautifully done photographs with easy to follow instructions. It doesn't matter if you are a novice (like me!) or an experienced crafter, if you enjoy sewing beautiful purses, this book is a MUST-HAVE addition your collection.

I will be purchasing another copy for my daughter who also shares my passion for sewing, I know she is going to love this book!... and so will you!!

Way to go Sue!... and thank you for sharing your talent with the world!!!

Sandy N. from Ohio
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I purchased this book for my daughter's 15th birthday. However, my older (17 and an experienced sewist) daughter is the one who started sewing from it. We were disappointed at the pattern piece configuration, as not all the pieces were on the same page. The pattern was read through several times before fabric was cut. Little things in the pictures were annoying like the way the pins were placed with points facing out of the fabric, and telling the sewer to fan outward the tabs on the magnetic closures when the pictures show them pressed inward... My daughters bags have all turned out wonderfully. The patterns are nice in this book and we will continue to make bags from it. A beginner would probably not do so well with this book.
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I wanted to learn how to make bags of good quality and also interesting. Bags that would not look home made.
This book it it. Easy to follow. Patterns for large bags as well as very small bags. If you are making multiple bags like I have, I would recommend making templates from the large pattern sheet. That way you will always have them. I will use this book for a long time.
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