I noticed the large number of threads and posts on bike bags on this forum. It is so obvious as our portable bikes seems to need the cover and protection a bag and/or slipcover offers it if used. Rkokish started this thread recently “A Cheaper Bag for BF Pocket Bikes?” (I posted an reply right there if you are interested in reading it.) But I have been commenting and designing my own bags and slipcovers for quite a while now, and not just for Bike Friday. I am also interested in the other different bike brands too like my former Dahons, present Brompton, and the earlier 1970s Raleigh Twenty and soon (I hope) Worksman Folding Tricycle & Bicycle.
I wanted something a bit different this time. For myself to use on or off any or all my bikes. I decided on a messenger bag as it would do nicely as they are very popular among cyclists and not right now. And are not too difficult to sew on a plain mechanical domestic household machine like this one is. Plus to answer the periodic question I get just like in past previous threads, “Can you sew a bag on that household domestic sewing machine?” The answer is....you probably can if you pay attention to the weight or density of the fabric (not too dense as to allow the needle to penetrate plus not to be too hard on the motor or the gears) and use the proper size needle (avoiding breakage and possible damage to the fibers).
I decided to demonstrate this practice myself by buying another sewing machine-one intended for little girls/beginner level. I went online to one of the largest discounter department stores in the USA, Target, and ordered this “Janome Hello Kitty Green Model # 11706.” I can quite imagine your faces and laughter. I was not sure what to make of this machine-until I put it to use. And here is the first project finished completely by this machine. I used whatever I had at hand to make it. Remnants of past projects just lying around waiting for just the right time and need. This bag would retail for over 100 US dollars (the same price as the sewing machine itself).
If Hello Kitty is not your style (I was limited by buying at Target for several good reasons), you can get the exact model (minus Kitty & flowers) here plus more information. The surprising thing about these models is; they are all you need to make pretty much any bag-or anything else-you want.
Even this person feels the same way. While it is not exactly how I would put it, he/she helped me to consider, then finally buy this machine model: From www.target.com reviews:
KURDAPYA Nov 24, 2010
5 of 5 stars
5 of 5 stars
easy to use
I am a seamstress who works at somebody's shop and get paid per production. Of course, to make more money at the end of the day i wanted to finish more work orders. But i can't do that if my sewing doesn't stitch properly. So i decided to buy my own sewing machine instead of using the one that the shop owned. And OOOOoooohhhlllllaaaaaaaa Abra Cadabra. . . With this Hello Kitty sewing machine, people thought i am just a kid-like person that works at the dress shop just for fun. But they don't kn ow that this sewing machine works so fast i make [$] This sewing is awesome. It can also sew delicate fabric that most of my co-workers' sewing machine won't. Yesterday i sew a leather jacket on it. I have tried 5 different sewing machine and most of them are more expensive than this Hello Kitty of mine, but they are slow and very sensitive to work on. My Hello Kitty is so pretty and very hardworking. . . I plan to have my own dress shop in Fall 2011 and i will be buying 2 more of this for my employees. . . Without this, my career in sewing will not be possible.