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    Bag Type Bellows Sewing Pattern?

    Does anyone have or know where I can download a wide angle "bag" bellows sewing pattern? I think I need to have one made for a camera I'm putting together but I don't want to just describe it to a seamstress, I'd rather show a pattern.

    Thanks.
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    Re: Bag Type Bellows Sewing Pattern?

    I had bag bellows made by Camera Bellows in the UK (no called Custom Bellows) in about 1976/7 for a De Vere Whole Plate, half plate 5x4 camera, they had the original De Vere pattern in their map drawers - they made all De Vere's bellows. I've sold the camera but the pattern was quite simple and I realised it would be relatively simple for me to make more if I needed to. (I make bellows occasionally - have 9 sets to make after Xmas).

    The exact shape can vary slightly, mine were hexagonal the two halves need to be sewn together with a flexible stiffener in each edge. I'd make a mock up first to test.

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    Re: Bag Type Bellows Sewing Pattern?

    Here are photos of one design:
    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...hlight=bellows

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    Re: Bag Type Bellows Sewing Pattern?

    Dan, how long does it have to be?

    I made a short one out of two 10" x 10" sheets of 1.5 mm wet suit fabric. Read about it here: http://1drv.ms/1ygm2Aq

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    Re: Bag Type Bellows Sewing Pattern?

    This is really inspiring; I learned how to use glue in kindergarten! And what is more, I just googled fabric glue and found a plethora of possibilities! Glue, who knew?!?!

    Perhaps I can buy some 16oz duvetyne, fabric glue, put on some Basie, Sinatra and Dino, make some hot chocolate and end up with a couple of bag bellows! What a great way to spend a winter day!

    Thanks for the input! I'd love to hear more!
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    Re: Bag Type Bellows Sewing Pattern?

    Dan, whatever you do, make sure that the material you buy really is light-tight. The wet suit fabric I bought passed the "LED flashlight up against it" test but isn't perfectly perfectly opaque. It works well but I wouldn't leave the camera with it fitted and the dark slide pulled out in the sun for hours.

    Also, as I think I mentioned in the piece you read, the first time I assembled it the glued seams held for about a month. I reglued it, my wife sewed the edges, ... and its been fine since then.

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    Re: Bag Type Bellows Sewing Pattern?

    Thanks Dan, I will make sure it is dark, possibly using more than one layer. I am just starting to imagine the first cuts, the initial design and materials. I'm thinking of a drawstring on each end. Thanks for the insight.
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    Re: Bag Type Bellows Sewing Pattern?

    It would be helpful to see what you want to do in photos. As far as I know, sometimes regular sewing machines are not suitable for this type of work.

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    Re: Bag Type Bellows Sewing Pattern?

    Hmm. Nearly seven years late. Better late than never, I guess.

    FWIW, my wife's sewing machine did better than well enough.

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    Re: Bag Type Bellows Sewing Pattern?

    Everything depends on what you are going to do. There are two types of sewing machines that can do different things. I sew just when I have free time, and I do it only for myself, and never considered doing it professionally. Sometimes, I look on Pinterest for different inspirational ideas and tried to re-create them, but it doesn’t work for me. Recently I’ve read about another type of sewing machine - an overlock machine. Surprisingly, there is a difference between an overlock machine and a regular sewing machine. I am considering purchasing one since it can give more opportunities to create more things.
    Last edited by AndrewPiperIHR46; 1-Oct-2020 at 00:36.

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