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Thread: BUT it is not a Vera...grrrrrrr

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    I had my eye on a VB wallet for the past month and I finally ordered it last night. I expect I will like it.
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    Have two VB handbags and seldom use them. I use a small purse with a shoulder strap. Occasionally, I will use a tote bag and insert it into the tote. I do not like to leave my purse in a shopping cart. I made a tote bag for DD and her work associates bought some of my totes after seeing hers. It is time consuming to make them because I create my own designs and styles. No two are alike. I use fusible batting and not much quilting. VB is not my fav brand...The ones I like are made by SAC....Two of them have been crocheted. One in wonderful blue granny squares and the other in a navy drawstring shoulder bag.

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    I make my own bags, too. I had never heard of Vera bags, so I did a search online. With those prices, I will never own a "Vera." I can't imagine spending that much money on a bag even if I couldn't make my own. I carried one of mine into a local quilt shop recently. Another customer complimented me on it. It was my own design and I had used my favorite fabrics. I felt good about what she told me. Then a store clerk came up to me and inspected my bag told me she really liked the finishing touches and the quality of my work. The customer then stated that my bag didn't even look "homemade." She had embarrassed herself and tried to explain. I laughed and told her it was alright because it was "homemade." She then told me she would be glad to go into a store and purchase one just like it. The store clerk agreed and I must say I left the store feeling great. So keep up the good work Sandy and enjoy your own bags.

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    I would rather invest in a "ME" bag.... lol... I am going to make a purse with matching stuff and when one asks me about it... I will say, Oh no, this is not a Vera bag, it is a ME bag, the lastest bag around....
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    The Professional Tote pattern is by The Creative Machine and has pockets galore. I've made three of them. I had to mark each pattern piece and work slowly, checking off each step. It was worth it. The bags are fantastic.

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    So true, your custom creation is something that no one else will be walking down the street with. I am sure you put more time into your bag, than they do in a factory, they just throw them together, and most likely are not even made in the US. They get them made cheap overseas and because of her name they charge big prices. At least you know yours is made better.
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    Sorry, but I love my Vera bag. Have made many purses myself, but still love my Vera bag. And it is very well made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sash View Post
    Sorry, but I love my Vera bag. Have made many purses myself, but still love my Vera bag. And it is very well made.
    They would have to be attractive for so many to try to emulate the "feel" of them.

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    I'm a Vera bag lady. I love the big duffle bag and the smart phone wristlet. It holds my Iphone in otter case easy. I never pay full price and buy when it's 60% off. If you sign up you get the email for 60% off all the time. Vera is the thing right now for most young girls but only certain fabrics. LOL. My granddaughter has asked for Vera Bradly the last two years. I keep her stocked with Vera with the 60% sales.
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    I was given one several yrs ago as a Mother's Day gift...before I knew who VB was....like it, it is reversible and washes well...I use it in the summer....

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    Guess I'm way behind on stylish bags/purses as I did not know what a "Vera Bradley" bag or purse was till now. Like i just looked them up on-line and found they were no different than those I have seen you guys make and show here on the board. The only difference is that yours are unique in design, 100% hand made bags and purses while hers are most likely mass produced in a sweat shop. So, who needs "Vera" when we have each other to cheer us on while we make our own!
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    I love VB bags! If mine didn't so look homemade, I would be more inclined to make them, but unfortunately I just dont have the knack. Now, oldest DD makes great bags. She has made me 2 and I wore them out. I enrolled her in Sew Sweets Bag of the month the first of the year, but due to a hectic, stressful job, she hasnt had time to make any of them.
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    I was recently told by my therapist to use a crossbody bag. VB's were the only ones I could find light enough make a difference. I purchased one, found it doesn't go with my summer clothes so I have ordered another. Both came from ebay at great prices and have quite a few pockets. No zippers on the interior ones, though. I don't have time to make purses so these are a viable alternative or were until I learned they have been outsourced to China. Hopefully, these two are old enough to be USA made. I do have some quilted fabric and a pattern. Someday!!

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    My DDIL (and she definitely is) loved the bag I made her so much, she wore it out and asked me to please make another exactly like it-I did, with a few improvements. She works in a large international company and has received several compliments on her "designer bag". She hugs it and says, "I commissioned it so it is one of a kind". The response usually includes some comment about how that must have been very expensive. She gives them a little smile and says "yes, but I know the artist personally and just had to have one of her pieces, because she only makes a small number and no 2 are ever even similar- I know she only charged a fraction of what it is worth because of our friendship". Ha! She is such a doll!
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    I may be mistaken,but they are just another import from China with a very hefty price tag. They are not appealing to me but I do make my own original bags. for those people who don't sew they must seem marvelous.

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    *** I have seen them but do not care for them.
    *** I looked closely at one and it had raw seams everywhere.
    *** Look like cheap imports.
    *** Do not think they are Nice at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cybrarian View Post
    My DDIL (and she definitely is) loved the bag I made her so much, she wore it out and asked me to please make another exactly like it-I did, with a few improvements. She works in a large international company and has received several compliments on her "designer bag". She hugs it and says, "I commissioned it so it is one of a kind". The response usually includes some comment about how that must have been very expensive. She gives them a little smile and says "yes, but I know the artist personally and just had to have one of her pieces, because she only makes a small number and no 2 are ever even similar- I know she only charged a fraction of what it is worth because of our friendship". Ha! She is such a doll!
    It would be such a joy to make a bag for someone like this!

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    Whilst I love all the totes, bags and purses made by all the QB members, I still go for black leather (currently a small backpack/convertible handbag). When one old faithful gets too shabby...I replace it with another, after much umming and ahhing. I do have a couple of spares/backups and "good, going-out" bags, but anything that doesn't fit in the leather bag, gets shoved in an environmental shopping bag (usually good old calico). Shoes....now that's a different story

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbj137 View Post
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    *** I have seen them but do not care for them.
    *** I looked closely at one and it had raw seams everywhere.
    *** Look like cheap imports.
    *** Do not think they are Nice at all.
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    You must have looked at a knock off. Purses are probably the most notorious for such things. My VBs have no raw seams and I've never seen one with any. I don't even think my lookalike from Dollar General has any raw edges.

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    I have to VB I bought several years ago. Haven't used either. Everybody in my sewing group raved about their VB but it doesn't make any difference to me if it's a Wal-Mart, Dollar Store or whoever. My favorite is Brighton...

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