After working on a few bags I found that pins are a challenge with bags. Bags have a lot of layers – exterior fabric, lining fabric, multiple layers of interfacing, and decorative trims like piping. With all these layers, pins don’t insert easily and frequently bend.
So I recently decided to order some Wonder Clips and give them a try. I got mine on Amazon in a package with 75 small clips and 25 large clips. They came a nice plastic jar that works well for storage. However, I did put the jumbo clips in a different container as it was hard to find the small ones under a pile of jumbos.
In using them while creating my bag, all I can say is Wonder Clips really are wonderful! They clip to the fabric quickly and easily but hold strong. They actually hold strong enough that if I didn’t remove one before the presser foot ran into it, it would actually stall the feed of the fabric through the machine. While feeding the fabric, it is very easy to pull the clip off just before it meets the presser foot. I also like that they had no problem holding together the many layers of my bag – sometimes upwards of 9 layers of fabrics and interfacings plus a zipper.