This bag has both batting and thick interfacing, and I don’t think my machine is strong enough for that combo. I may break out the Singer 401A for the next attempt at such a structured bag. Anyway, I really like how this turned out.
I think for future efforts I will have a pocket all across one side (front or back) and an applied pocket on the other side. This will avoid thickness at the seam and having to match the pocket height on the sides.
It took a long time to make this bag mainly because I have a dainty small machine and this was a heavy, thick project. Next time I will use a more heavy-duty machine. Most of the thickness was from the adjustable strap which required a double strap thickness at one side. I couldn’t do the topstitching over such a thick area so ended up doing it by hand with double thread and some pliers.