The handles are a great shape and have 6 rows of topstitching. The topstitching serves two purposes on a bag like this, to reinforce the strength of the handle (when both carrying the bag and washing it) and to be attractive. Herein lies the problem! :) Unless you are a super precise sewer and pretty experienced in topstitching, this can look sloppy and uneven. So cheat!!!
If you are not a quilter, which I am not, you may not know about this awesome sewing machine foot!! The 1/4" foot is mostly used in quilting to ensure accurate piecing. I use mine, not only for piecing, but often times to ensure accurate topstitching as well!
Here is a solid colored handle that I am going to use on one of my bags. It is much easier to see the stitching lines on this handle.
I use my 1/4" foot to sew the line of topstitching closest to the edge of the handle as you normally would. Then, I use the guide on the foot to keep the next line of stitches evenly spaced from the first. Just line up the guide with the first row of stitches!!
I use this technique any time I need really accurate, evenly spaces rows of stitches. You can move the needle over on your sewing machine to adjust the spacing between the rows of stitches as well. :) Pretty neat, huh??? Here is another example of how I use this method.
This is the exterior piece on a crayon art folio. I sew a line of stitches on either side of the seam that joins the 3 pieces that make up the exterior. I just simply run the guide along the seam line. Here is a picture of the finished art folio so that you can see what I mean.
I hope you all enjoy this little tip!!