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Old 09-15-15, 02:46 PM
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These are gorgeous and yet because I was just thinking about my tweenager years, they made me think of my bike-hoarding, junk-collecting, CRV-redeeming grandpa, who would set out for a bike ride into the desert every morning with a plastic bag strung on his handlebars to bring home his haul.
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[MENTION=4576]Zaphod Beeblebrox[/MENTION] dabbled in this for a while. Are you here, Dan?
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What say we derail this into another sewing machine thread, eh?
Or a cat thread.

Or a cats using sewing machines thread....

C'mon.
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Sewing bike luggage out of cats?
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figuring out how to thread this machine is driving me a bit crazy! hopefully i can get the hang of it soon and get to work on some projects
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Thanks [MENTION=174646]The Golden Boy[/MENTION]!

Here's my most recent bag:



In progress:


Here's a matching saddle/tool bag I made for the bag [MENTION=174646]The Golden Boy[/MENTION] posted that may be closer to what you're after:
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Sewing bike luggage out of cats?
If only there were an easy way to remove and discard the inside of the cat, you could use the outside as a bag. No sewing required.
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My friend David, a Vermont-based randonneur, has started a bike bag fabrication side-business. His attention to detail is superb, and his bags have a very well constructed and finished look and feel:

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Originally Posted by aquateen
any suggestions as to where i can purchase material for this clear plastic?
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Old 09-17-15, 03:20 PM
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I recently taught myself to sew and have made a few bags for myself and some tool rolls for other people. All on an entry-level Singer Simple which seems to be enough for my needs, for now.

Small frame bag and tool roll:



Figuring out the size so it could still clear 2 bottles on my very compact cx bike:



Rando bag:



Tool roll w/ elastic closure:



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Beautiful examples of handwork in this thread.

So much talent.

Heh Sophia, got time to build one (handlebar bag) this winter for me?

If you start building those I'm in.

My wife would love one for her Stumpjumper.

Remind me a bit of Swifts and that's a good thing.
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this stuff is great and exactly the kind of stuff i'm hoping to do
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did you follow any plans online for the tool roll or did you just eyeball it?
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Originally Posted by aquateen
figuring out how to thread this machine is driving me a bit crazy! hopefully i can get the hang of it soon and get to work on some projects
Lots of info online. Start here:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkdBpOu2jiU

Sewing machine maintenance | oldsingersewingmachineblog

The Vintage Singer Sewing Machine Blog: How To Remove a 201 Bobbin Case
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Originally Posted by aquateen
did you follow any plans online for the tool roll or did you just eyeball it?
I made it up as I went. Still don't know how to read sewing patterns, I just make things up.
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yeah it took me watching a bunch of videos a bunch of times to figure out how to properly set up the bobbin. everyone had their cameras in the wrong place or their hands in the way it seemed.
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Originally Posted by aquateen
any suggestions as to where i can purchase material for this clear plastic?

sailmakers supplies???? from a quick google....no personal expericence Crystal Clear Strataglass Clear Vinyl | Sailmaker's Supply
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Originally Posted by whatwolf
I made it up as I went. Still don't know how to read sewing patterns, I just make things up.
Top notch looking creations, WW. And the day-glo fabric really makes you visible!
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Old 09-19-15, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by gomango
Beautiful examples of handwork in this thread.

So much talent.

Heh Sophia, got time to build one (handlebar bag) this winter for me?

If you start building those I'm in.

My wife would love one for her Stumpjumper.

Remind me a bit of Swifts and that's a good thing.
I'd consider it, Grady... I certainly have enough time on my hands. Let me know what you have in mind via PM if you like.
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I covet this bag.

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I haven't done any machine sewing, but I hand stitched these bags. The material is an artificially waterproofed leather, with a rather bizarre sparkly finish, not especially attractive but they've proved to be extremely useful. The material really is waterproof, and I stitched the seams tight enough that very little water gets in.



The big one on the back is an exact copy of an old English bag. Sometimes you see bags like this bearing the Schwinn brand.

The one in front is customized for the Soma 'Lauterwasser' bar, and I now have it on my commuter bike.

I've made a couple other bags, more or less by the same method, not always successful.
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Originally Posted by aquateen
any suggestions as to where i can purchase material for this clear plastic?

you can get vinyl sheeting from Menard's, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. would be easier than ordering it online and all that.
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Originally Posted by dwnwrdspirl
I covet this bag.
I'm so flattered!

Lucky for you, I made a pattern for it. Get busy!

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The condition of that Singer is unreal.

What a find!!!
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I'm getting ready to start making these which I call a"Bicycle Billfold". I've got over a dozen cut out and partially sewn. I'm planning on selling them loaded already with a multi-tool, patch kit with tire levers and a tube. Just attach and ride. Nice little pocket to toss a few bucks, credit/debit card or whatever. Removes in second and toss in the back of your jersey just like a wallet. With it loaded it's about 2.5" thick and can fit it into my back pocket of my shorts.

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Old 09-26-15, 01:50 PM
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well i finished my first tool roll. definitely have some issues to work out with the tension/timing of my machine because the seams would look great on the top but the underneath side would be sloppy. hopefully i'll get things figured out before i make my next attempt



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